April 25, 2017

News Category: Alumni & Friends News

Team from Africa Wins Global Social Venture Competition with Anti-Malaria Soap A team from Burkina Faso that has developed a soap to fight malaria won the Global Social Venture Competition this year, becoming the first team from Africa to ever win the $25,000 Grand Prize after beating out nearly 650 teams from 37 countries. (04/15/2013)

Picturing Haas Culture The walls have come to life at Haas with new posters that reflect our Defining Principles and showcase just a few of our many talented faculty, students, alumni, and staff. (04/15/2013)

Young Entrepreneurs at Haas Opens Summer Academy to Students in Asia, Preps to Pick Volt Raffle Winner The Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) youth mentoring program is expanding its summer business academy to high school students in Taiwan. (04/15/2013)

Tee Off May 13 at Haaski Golf Open (04/15/2013)

Watch YouTube Documentary on Sight-Impaired Alum's Polar Trek At the end of 2011, Alan Lock and Andrew Jensen, both MBA 11, strapped on skis and trekked 570 miles over 28 days from the Antarctic Shoreline to the South Pole. For Lock, the Polar Vision trek—now captured in a new YouTube documentary—was the culmination of a journey that began when he suddenly lost most of his eyesight to macular degeneration at the age of 23 while serving aboard a British submarine. (03/31/2013)

Global Social Venture Competition to Host Record Number of Worldwide Finalist Teams Reducing malaria in Africa via a mosquito-repelling soap and addressing the plastics pollution crisis with pulp-and-paper packaging alternatives are among the objectives of the record 18 finalists in this year’s Global Social Venture Competition Global Finals and Conference at the Haas School April 11 and 12. (03/31/2013)

Undergrad Program to Host First Women Empowerment Day, April 19 The Undergraduate Program's inaugural Women Empowerment Day on April 19 will bring nearly a dozen successful alumnae back to the school to talk with students. (03/31/2013)

Two Alumni Make SF Business Times "40 Under 40" List Kevin Chou, BS 02, and Sheldon Kimber, MBA 07, were named to this year's "40 Under 40" list of young professionals who "hit home runs," compiled by the San Francisco Business Times. (03/18/2013)

Entrepreneur Hansoo Lee, MBA 10, Founder of Magoosh, Passes Away Alumnus and entrepreneur Hansoo Lee, MBA 10, passed away March 4 after a 15-month battle with lung cancer. A memorial for Lee was held today in San Francisco, and classmates are currently setting up an entrepreneurship fellowship in his name. (03/18/2013)

UC Berkeley Startup Competition Offers Larger Prizes Thirty-nine teams, including 16 from Haas, are competing for larger cash prizes and a new $100,000 grant and mentorship program in this year's UC Berkeley Startup Competition, a marquee entrepreneurship event at the university. (03/18/2013)

Profs. Williamson, Yellen Named Berkeley Fellows Haas Professors Emeriti Oliver Williamson and Janet Yellen were honored as Berkeley Fellows earlier this year by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. (03/18/2013)

IDEO General Manager Tom Kelley to Headline Alumni Conference, April 27 From lessons on design thinking to a series of talks modeled after TEDx events, the Annual Alumni Conference on April 27 will feature a full day of teaching by more than two dozen alumni, faculty, and staff. (03/18/2013)

Latin American Business Conference to Explore Region's Investment Opportunities, April 5 With Latin America representing 8 percent of global GDP, the region's role as an important destination for local and foreign investment will take center stage at the fourth annual Latin American Business Conference at Haas on April 5. (03/01/2013)

Learn about Quantitative Finance Careers, March 12 "Quants" from the Federal Reserve, Barclays, and BlackRock will share their personal stories on building careers in quantitative finance during a panel discussion March 12 at the International House. (03/01/2013)

Haas Faculty Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Solar Light Research in Uganda Three Haas professors are bypassing traditional grants and going straight to crowdfunding to raise money for a study on how to get people in rural Uganda to replace dangerous kerosene lanterns with life-changing solar lamps. (03/01/2013)

Silicon Valley Veteran Heidi Roizen to Headline Women in Leadership Conference, April 6 Silicon Valley venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, the subject of a popular case study on networking, will give the keynote address at the 17th annual Women in Leadership Conference April 6 at the Haas School of Business. (03/01/2013)

2013 Asia Business Conference, "Asia. Bigger than You Think," to Provide Perspectives Beyond China The 2013 Berkeley-Haas Asia Business Conference on March 16 will feature keynote addresses from a renowned futurist with Salesforce.com who has written about China and an Indonesian alumnus who came from modest beginnings to become a major player in his nation’s energy industry. (02/14/2013)

Center for Responsible Business to Celebrate 10 Years with Reception, Sustainability Workshop The Center for Responsible Business will celebrate its 10th anniversary March 20 with an evening reception for the entire Haas community and a daylong workshop on sustainability for business school alumni. (02/14/2013)

Telecom and Consulting Leaders to Speak at Commencements Arun Sarin, MBA 78, MS 78 (Material Sci. and Eng.), former CEO of Vodafone, and Marc Singer, BS 86, director of McKinsey & Co.'s Marketing and Sales Practice for the Americas, will speak at commencement ceremonies this May. (02/13/2013)

Skydeck Wins Catalyst Award Skydeck, the UC Berkeley startup accelerator, won the Catalyst Award at the first-ever East Bay Innovation Awards celebration. (02/06/2013)

Haas Sends Off Last Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Class With an inspiring commencement speech from alumna and vintner Kathryn Hall, BCEMBA 08, former ambassador to Austria, 66 students in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program marked the end of their 19-month program Saturday at Wheeler Auditorium. (02/04/2013)

Students, Staff, Faculty Extend Big Thanks to Donors Hundreds of Haas students, staff, and faculty wrote thank-you cards to donors last week to acknowledge that without their generosity, the school would not have enough funding to operate after the beginning of December. (02/04/2013)

Longtime Berkeley-Haas Benefactor Tom Clausen, Former Chief of Bank of America and the World Bank, Passes Away Former Bank of America and World Bank chief A.W. "Tom" Clausen, a longtime Berkeley-Haas benefactor, passed away Monday from complications from pneumonia, according to media reports. He was 89. (01/22/2013)

Two Undergrad Alumni Named Most-admired CEOs by San Francisco Business Times Two Haas undergraduate alumni—Joy Chen, BS 87, of Yes To, and Andy Kurtzig, BS 94, of Pearl.com—were among the 15 winners of the San Francisco Business Times 2012 Most-admired CEOs Award. (01/16/2013)

Silicon Valley Business Journal Spotlights Alum at eBay Chris Plasser, MBA 04, head of product at RedLaser, part of eBay mobile, made the "40 under 40" list compiled by the Silicon Valley Business Journal last month. (01/14/2013)

Innovation in Action: MBA Grad Brings Haas@Work to Life at Wells Fargo After graduation, Amir Zelazny, MBA 09, went on to build the kernel of an idea from his Haas@Work project into a major new strategy for Wells Fargo Bank. (01/07/2013)

Media Shines Spotlight on Two Companies with Haas Origins Two Bay Area companies hatched and nurtured through the Berkeley MBA Program recently received some high-profile coverage: Indiegogo, an online crowdfunding platform, was showcased in a Financial Times article, and TubeMogul, a media buying platform for video advertising, was featured in an Advertising Age article on the company’s recent $20 million Series C round of funding. (12/20/2012)

Gift-giving Ideas and Discounts from Alumni-founded Companies Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? Haas alumni entrepreneurs are generously offering exclusive discounts to the Berkeley-Haas community. (12/10/2012)

Undergrad Team Wins Barclays Competition by Urging “Yes” on Media IPO Factoring in everything from the Greek economy to the tech IPO landscape, a team of undergraduate students won the Barclays Investment Banking Case Competition at Haas Dec. 5. (12/10/2012)

Elder-care Idea Wins MBA Bosch Robotic Challenge An idea for a robot designed to help the elderly stay in their own homes longer garnered the first-place prize for a team of first-year Berkeley MBA students in the Haas School’s second Robotics Business Model Challenge Nov. 29 at Bosch in Palo Alto. (12/10/2012)