Haas NewsWire

Haas NewsWire, March 8, 2004


Global Social Venture Competition Finalists Announced
Master's in Financial Engineering Celebrates Commencement, March 13
The Lester Center Celebrates Sandy Robertson with Lifetime Achievement Award, March 18
US Ambassador to Algeria to Speak at Haas, March 15
Brand Pioneer David Aaker to Speak at the Haas School, April 5
Act Now: UN/MOT Conference Tickets Available Online
Staff News
Haas in the News
Happening at Haas

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Global Social Venture Competition

Global Social Venture Competition Finalists Announced

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) announced the nine finalists in three categories that will compete for $100,000 in prizes at the Global Finals in London on April 15 and 16.

In its fifth year, this competition has grown to be a truly global partnership, shared by the Haas School, Columbia Business School, and now London Business School, as well as The Goldman Sachs Foundation, which has supported the competition for the past three years.

GSVC promotes the creation of businesses that incorporate a significant social impact and are financially profitable or sustainable. Each venture must have at least one MBA currently enrolled in an accredited business school program on its management team.

The competition awards one prize for the best plan in each of the following three categories: medium-growth, high-growth, and social return on investment. An additional prize is presented to the finalist team that best blends the social and financial values of their venture.
This year's finalists are:


For more information on GSVC, go to www.socialvc.net.

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Master's in Financial Engineering Celebrates Commencement, March 13

Sixty Master's in Financial Engineering students will celebrate their new alumni status at the MFE commencement at the Haas School on March 13.

The MFE class of 2004 is an international group of highly educated scientists and professionals. Members of the class originally came to Haas from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. Of the 60 students, 72% are multi-lingual, with 17% speaking four languages. Many of the students already held advanced degrees when they entered the MFE program; 8% hold a Ph.D. and 30% hold a master's degree in another field.

In 2003, the MFE program was ranked #1 among financial engineering and quantitative finance master's programs, according to Global Derivatives, an information clearinghouse for quantitative finance topics.

A new class of 60 students will begin studies in April. The one-year MFE program, launched in 2001, prepares its graduates for a growing niche of quantitative finance careers. Its leading-edge curriculum balances teaching the latest financial theory with practical applications of financial modeling concepts.

Stanford finance professor Darrell Duffie, recently named Financial Engineer of the Year by the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), will give the commencement address. The winner of the Earl F. Cheit Excellence in Teaching award for the MFE program and the David Pyle Prize for the best student-authored applied finance project paper of the year will be announced at the ceremony.

The commencement will take place on Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 a.m. in the Arthur Andersen Auditorium. This is a closed, invitation-only event. For more information, contact mfe@haas.berkeley.edu.

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The Lester Center Celebrates Sandy Robertson with Lifetime Achievement Award, March 18

When Sandy Robertson comes to Haas on March 18 to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, he will be feted by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Larry Sonsini, chairman and chief executive officer of the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Paul Stephens, BS 67, MBA 69, co-founder of Robertson Stephens; and Dick Kramlich, co-founder and general partner of New Enterprise Associates.

Recognized as Silicon Valley's pioneering technology entrepreneur, investment banker, and investor, Robertson's award will be presented at a special Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Haas School's Arthur Andersen Auditorium. For more information on Robertson, visit http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/groups/newspubs/haasnews/archives/hn020904.html#1.

The event is open to the public. To register, call 510-642-4255 or go to http://entrepreneurship.berkeley.edu/Reg&Park.asp.

The Lester Center Lifetime Achievement Award annually recognizes outstanding leaders for their entrepreneurial excellence, their leadership in both business and community, and the efforts by which they return value to their communities.

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US Ambassador to Algeria to Speak at Haas, March 15

The US Ambassador to Algeria, Janet Sanderson, will share her experiences serving as an ambassador and discuss life in the Foreign Service with the Haas School community on March 15 at 4:00 p.m. in 210 Cheit Hall.

Sanderson will also speak on the challenges and opportunities faced by US businesses abroad, particularly in the Middle East and northern Africa. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. This event is sponsored by the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy.

Sanderson's career in the Foreign Service began in 1978. Currently serving as the US State Department's Diplomat in Residence at UC Berkeley, Ambassador Sanderson's role is to help recruit graduates for the Foreign Service.

For more information contact Sebastian Teunissen, adjunct professor and executive director of
Clausen Center for International Business and Policy, at teunisse@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Brand Pioneer David Aaker to Speak at the Haas School, April 5

All Haas School students -- MBA, undergraduate, MFE, and Ph.D. -- have the opportunity to learn about building brands from one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, Haas School Marketing professor emeritus David Aaker, at a special lecture on Monday, April 5, at 4:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room.

The lecture, entitled "The Relevance of Relevance," is part of the David Aaker Distinguished Lecture Series in Marketing, which was launched in spring 2001. Advance copies of Aaker's new book, Brand Portfolio Strategy, will be awarded as door prizes at the event.

An internationally recognized authority of brand equity and brand strategy, Aaker has published more than 90 articles and 12 books including several classics in the field: Managing Brand Equity (translated into seven languages); Developing Business Strategies (translated into five languages); and Building Strong Brands. Aaker is the E.T. Grether Professor of Marketing and Public Policy Emeritus. He now serves as vice-chairman of Prophet Brand Strategies, a San Francisco consulting firm founded on the basis of Aaker's brand principles by two of his former students, Scott Galloway and Ian Chaplin, both from the MBA class of 1992.

A reception will follow the lecture. Seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Sarah Benson at benson@haas.berkeley.edu.

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Act Now: UN/MOT Conference Tickets Available Online

For faculty, staff, students, and alumni looking to get a seat at the inaugural UN/MOT conference, "Bridging the Divide -- Technology, Innovation, and Learning in Developing Economies," now is the time to purchase tickets; they are already selling at a brisk pace.

This conference is part of a new collaboration between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UC Berkeley's Management of Technology (MOT) program and will take place on April 1 to 3.

UC Berkeley student volunteers are still needed for the conference. Volunteers will get free admission in exchange for a few hours of work. For more information on volunteering, send an e-mail to bridge_volunteers@lists.berkeley.edu.

Organized under the auspices of Management of Technology (MOT) an interdisciplinary program between the Haas School, the College of Engineering, and the School of Information Management and Systems, the conference has garnered support and enthusiasm from faculty and students across the UC Berkeley campus, global industry leaders, and public officials and UN representatives from around the world.

For more information on the event, or to register, visit http://bridge.berkeley.edu.

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Staff News

Members of the Dean's Staff Advisory Committee Named

The recently elected members of the Dean's Staff Advisory Committee are Lisa Feldman from Career Services; Jan Greenough from the Ph.D. program; Sharon Joyce from MBA admissions; Wendy Peter from development; and Gundars Strads from California Management Review. The Dean's Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) is an advisory committee that will consist of six Haas staff members who will assist Dean Tom Campbell in making informed decisions on administrative and other staff issues affecting the Haas School community. The CUE clerical union will be conducting a separate election of the sixth committee member.

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Ashok Deo Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll, both researchers at the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, were quoted extensively in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 7 in an article titled, "Offshoring's Giant Target: the Bay Area." Read the full text at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2004/03/07/MNGRT5G2C11.DTL.

The study on job outsourcing by Ashok Deo Bardhan and Cynthia Kroll was mentioned in:

Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Professor in Public Policy and Business Administration, was interviewed by numerous media outlets this past week, mostly about the increase in gasoline prices. Borenstein was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times, the Contra Costa Times, and the Sacramento Bee. He appeared on KCBS radio (March 3), KXJZ radio (March 3), KPIX Channel 5 TV (March 4), KIRO radio (March 4), KTVU Channel 2 TV (March 5), and KFWB radio (March 5).

Henry Chesbrough, visiting assistant professor in the Institute of Management, Innovation & Organization, was mentioned in the March issue of the Technology Review. For full text: http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/innovation60304.asp.

Kellie McElhaney, executive director and adjunct assistant professor at the Center for Responsible Business, was interviewed by KRON 4 TV on March 3 on McDonalds and its decision to phase out "supersized" items on its menus.

Kenneth Rosen, the California State Professor of Real Estate and Urban Economics Group, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 3 in an article titled "Bay Area Home Prices Not Rising as Quickly as Other Areas: Fresno Takes Top Spot in Survey's National Ranking." Rosen commented on Santa Clara County home prices. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2004/03/03/BUG925CK811.DTL&type=printable.

Dean Tom Campbell was quoted in the Orange County Weekly on March 4 in an article titled "Hey, Where's the Stoners, Druids, and Ferret-Lovers?" Campbell commented on drug policies and the Libertarian party. For full text: http://www.ocweekly.com/printme.php? &eid=51417.

Second-year MBA student David Egan was quoted in a Bloomberg News article on March 3 titled "After a Three-year Lull, the Big Investment Firms Have Returned to US Campuses, and the Competition For the MBA Grade is Tough." The article highlights the increase in the number of banks recruiting on the Cal campus.

Cynthia Kroll, senior regional economist in the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer on March 2 in an article titled "Firms, State Agencies Send Positions Offshore." Kroll commented on service jobs in the Philadelphia region. For full text: http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/business/personal_finance/8081689.htm? template=contentModules/printstory.jsp.

Teck Ho, William Halford Jr. Family Professor of Marketing, was quoted in The KCRAChannel.com on March 1 in an article titled "Call 3: Consumers Rattled Over Rebate Rigors." Ho commented on relationships between manufacturers and retailers and their consumers. For full text: http://www.thekcrachannel.com/call3/2886880/detail.html.

Cynthia Kroll was quoted in the Rocky Mountain News on March 1 in an article titled "US Jobs Take Overseas Trips." Kroll commented on the effects of outsourcing in the job market. For full text: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/technology/article/0,1299,DRMN_49_2693429,00.html.

Kenneth Rosen was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on February 28 in an article titled "A Coup on SF's Market: $185 Million Sale Could Bode Well For Commercial Real Estate." Rosen commented on capital markets and real estate in the current economy. For full text: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi? file=/chronicle/archive/2004/02/28/BUG8T5ACG11.DTL&type=printable.

Peter Sealey, adjunct professor in the Marketing Group, was quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on February 27 in an article titled "Coca-Cola Alumni: Heyer's Not it." Sealey commented on the difficultly that Coca-Cola faces in finding a replacement for the outgoing CEO. For full text: http://atlanta.bizjournals.com/atlanta/stories/2004/03/01/story2.html? t=printable.

David Levine, professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group, appeared on Channel 7 News on Thursday, February 26 on a segment about the southern California grocery strike.

Sarah Takesh, MBA 03, was featured in The Denver Post on February 9 in an article titled "Kabul Couture." For full text: http://www.denverpost.com/cda/article/print/0,1674,36%257E45%257E1941989,00.html.

Sarah Takesh and her company Tarsian & Blinkley, were featured in The National Tradeshow Reporter on January 28. For full text: http://www.nationaltradeshowreporter.com/ntrDetailedDisplay.asp? id=1344&hrdsect=prpre.

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