Arthur Qi, a student in the Berkeley-Haas Master’s of Financial Engineering (MFE) Program, passed away suddenly over the weekend.
Qi was about to graduate from the program on March 16. His classmates alerted the MFE Program and the authorities after Qi had missed their group lunch and hadn’t been seen all weekend.
“He was a gentle soul, kind and extremely polite, and always smiling,” said Linda Kreitzman, executive director of the MFE program. “Our hearts go out to his family and to his girlfriend in China.”
Qi is a Chinese national who attended Haas on an international student visa. Prior to enrolling in the MFE program, he completed his MBA at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business and obtained a bachelor of economics degree from East China University of Science and Technology. He started his career with Shanghai Pudong Development Bank as an account manager and later worked in asset management at AEGON-Industrial Mutual Fund.
He also served as academic manager at CKGSB in 2009, where he headed two departments and several extensive projects. He is the sole author of the case “BAIDU: Searching for Truth,” which is widely used by business schools in China and in the U.S.