In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’?!

Jens Tholstrup

Jens Tholstrup

Jens is Managing Director of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), Development Director SQW Group and Senior Advisor, Oxford Economics. Previously, he was Managing Director UK, Oxford Economics, Executive Director, Oxford Analytica and Executive Director UBS. Jens holds a MA in PPE and an MSc in Economic History, both from the University of Oxford. Jens is a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Director of Venturefest Oxford, Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a governor of St Clare’s, Oxford and a Trustee of Charity Mentors Oxfordshire. He is a member of the Society of Business Economists (SBE).


1. What do you enjoy about being a mentor?
In my capacity as a Charity Mentor, I have been privileged to have met and worked with a number of inspirational leaders. My meetings and discussions with these leaders have provided me with insights into the significant issues and challenges faced by the charity sector and to witness the often life-changing impact of their work. It is gratifying to be able to share some of the experience and insights that I have gained from my career in the private sector with these leaders.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
My principal leisure activities revolve around the outdoors – cycling, walking, swimming and kayaking. I am also a voracious reader and enjoy the theatre.

3. As a busy person wearing various hats, what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’ ?

My ‘top time-saving tip’ is a very traditional and non-technological one: a hand written ‘to-do’ list with priority tasks highlighted.