OXCEL was founded in the City of Oxford, United Kingdom, in 1999 with the OXCEL name being derived from the title OXford CEntre for Leadership. The founders envisioned an international organization that would bring together leaders in business, the public sector and voluntary service. Having established a strong and dynamic presence in South-East Asia in the early years of the twenty-first century, OXCEL quickly expanded and incorporated both in the United Kingdom and overseas. Growth was particularly strong in Malaysia, where OXCEL’s success led to the involvement of many leading individuals in major organizations who qualified through the OXCEL Certification Programme. In addition, OXCEL established representative branches in Indonesia, Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China and Bahrain.
The heart of OXCEL’s activity has always been in educating and assessing leaders. The Certification Programme is the most visible aspect of this. In the past, seminars featuring leading business speakers have been organized both conventionally and also under the brand “Global Learning Café” which offered delegates an immersive cultural experience with exposure not only to learning experiences but to art, music and food.
OXCEL does not have its own campus, but operates via distance and blended learning at locations internationally, hiring or renting premises as is necessary to conduct seminars, lectures and events. OXCEL’s Registrar in the United Kingdom handles our mail and routes communications to officers as necessary. OXCEL Asia-Pacific maintains its office in Kuala Lumpur.
OXCEL is a private United Kingdom certification body that is not within the UK state education system and cannot award degrees by law. The certification programme offered by OXCEL leads to diploma and/or certificate awards which are not degrees. In the United Kingdom, no governmental authority, recognition, licensing or accreditation is required for a private professional body to award its own diplomas or certificates and many such bodies do so. These awards are fully legal United Kingdom qualifications which are designed for independent professionals, most of whom work in the private sector and are seeking an award for professional and personal development.
OXCEL – The Oxford Centre for Leadership is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) with Provider Reference Number 10063798. The UKRLP does not quality assure or accredit in any way the learning provision of the provider. However, registration with the UKRLP does serve as an official confirmation that the education provider’s existence and details have been verified by a UK government agency.
OXCEL certifications are listed in the 39th edition of British Qualifications: A Complete Guide to Professional Vocational and Academic Qualifications in the UK (Kogan Page) “the definitive one-volume guide to every recognized qualification on offer in the United Kingdom”.
While OXCEL certifications have been recognized for credit by some overseas degree-awarding bodies, the degrees issued by those bodies are not United Kingdom awards, nor are they designed to be comparable to United Kingdom awards.
Award and graduation ceremonies in exclusive venues in the United Kingdom, continental Europe and Malaysia have been a regular feature of OXCEL’s work, often with several ceremonies each year. OXCEL Certifications and Awards are presented at these splendid events and delegates have the opportunity to experience the unique culture of a historic global city. From 2008 onwards, OXCEL developed a close partnership with European-American University (Bunyoro-Kitara, Panama) and evolved a popular dual award scheme with the University which continues today.
Between 2011 and 2013, OXCEL was rebranded as the Oxford Centre for Excellence (OXCELL) which was incorporated in Malaysia, and until 2013 it also held membership of the European Council for Business Education, hosting several events which were attended by officers of that organization.
Following the death of the founder and President of OXCEL, Dr Saiful Bahri Musa, in December 2013, the OXCEL organization was re-established by a group of educationalists who had formerly been closely involved with its operation. Today, OXCEL continues to offer a distinctive and inspiring vision to the leadership community of tomorrow.
OXCEL’s name derives from its foundation in the City of Oxford in 1999. It is an independent professional association and has no connection with the University of Oxford.
Advisory Council of OXCEL
President of OXCEL International
Datu Professor John Kersey
DLitt, PhD, EdD, MBA, Honorary Academician, Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, Rome.
Professor Kersey has a background in education, serving as Chancellor of European-American University. He holds an MBA and PhD from the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (Business University of Costa Rica) as well as a management certificate from INSEAD. He has taught business at several colleges and universities, and has enjoyed a close working relationship with the OXCEL certification programme since 2007. He is an Honorary Datu awarded by the Sultan of Baloi, Philippines.
President/Chief Executive of OXCEL Asia-Pacific
Dato’ Professor Azahari Othman
FDipOXCEL (UK), FEAU, DBA (USA), MBA (EU), BSc (USA)
Dato’ Prof. Azahari Othman is among the distinguished corporate trainers and a celebrity speaker in the corporate training industry in Malaysia. He is a founder and a Master Coach of 8ELQ, and a Chief Consultant of Barefoot Consultancy, Training & Advisory. Dato’ Prof. Azahari Othman is a much sought-after motivational speaker by many well established corporations and government agencies, and has often appeared on television and radio in Malaysia. Dato’ Prof. Azahari Othman has been appointed President of OXCEL Asia-Pacific by OXCEL UK under the new management. He works as a partner of OXCEL UK in organising all activities in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Malaysia. He has also been appointed as Pro-Vice Chancellor of European-American University. In July 2020, Dato’ Prof. Azahari Othman was honoured and awarded among highly accredited personalities in the 3rd Edition of Encyclopaedia Book BritishPedia of ‘Successful People In Malaysia’ by The British Publishing House, United Kingdom.
President, OXCEL Malaysia
Dr Maria Rufina, DBA, BSc, FDipOXCEL
Vice-President, Professional Leadership Certifications, OXCEL Asia-Pacific:
Vice-President, Professional Leadership Certifications, OXCEL Vietnam:
Dr Nick Le (Le Tan Can)
PhD, MBA, FDipOXCEL
Vice-President, Professional Leadership Certifications, OXCEL Indonesia (Northern Sumatra):