Plugging into our Berkeley-Haas Network
Events such as the annual Haas Celebration in Silicon Valley at the Menlo Circus Club (shown) are one of many ways alumni can connect with one another.
I want to keep you informed about the power of our Berkeley-Haas network and what we’re doing to make it even more powerful. We’ve been encouraging new modes of connection among alumni across industries and within companies—for example, C-level executives in energy or finance or all alumni working at Google. This starts by making sure you are aware of one another and extends into initiatives like informing you when new interns from Haas are starting at your company. Feedback we’ve received on these and related initiatives has been overwhelmingly positive.
Here’s a representative story. Back in July, I received an email from Tai Tran, BS 16, while he was interning at Apple. An alum he met there helped him reach out to other alumni co-workers. Tai set up more than 10 one-on-one lunches, some with director-level employees. “It has been an eye-opening experience to see the Berkeley-Haas network growing and thriving, especially with alumni who graduated from Haas many years ago,” Tai wrote. “As a soon-to-be alumnus, this makes me extremely proud of our business school.”
We are 38,000 alumni strong, but all it takes is one conversation or one handshake to launch your career in a thrilling new direction. Our award winners profiled in this issue certainly know that. Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, MBA 08s, our Leading Through Innovation Award honorees, couldn’t have built Indiegogo without Haas support. And Joe Jimenez, MBA 84 and CEO of Novartis, has kept close ties with Berkeley-Haas throughout his career, enriching the lives of many with his valuable insights.
Keep leaning into our network, your network. Do it in new ways. Learn how at haas.berkeley.edu/alumni/benefits. There’s power in personal connections, and there’s power in one another. We’re stronger together.
Rich Lyons, BS 82
Berkeley-Haas powers free online initiative
Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82; His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh, chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group and Philanthropy U founder; Prof. Laura Tyson, director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact; and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, at the signing ceremony for the Philanthropy U/Berkeley-Haas collaboration.
Berkeley-Haas and Philanthropy U have teamed up to create Philanthropy University to provide free online training for anyone wanting to perform social sector work for measurable impact. More than 400,000 people from over 100 countries registered for the inaugural courses, which cover skills such as fundraising, strategic planning, and scaling for impact. The goal is to teach hundreds of thousands of NGO leaders, whose work will benefit 100 million people worldwide, by 2020.
The Philanthropy University initiative was envisioned by His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh, chairman and CEO of Al-Dabbagh Group, a global business based in Saudi Arabia. He founded the nonprofit Philanthropy U as part of the company’s giving activities, including sponsoring the Philanthropy University initiative.
Under the cooperative arrangement, Berkeley-Haas will incubate the non-degree-granting initiative, providing faculty to teach some courses and integrating the program with the Global Social Venture Competition. The Institute for Business & Social Impact and the Center for Social Sector Leadership (CSSL) will lead these efforts. “The cooperation between Berkeley-Haas and Philanthropy U is a powerful, game-changing alliance for social impact,” says Ben Mangan, CSSL’s executive director. “We’re testing new ways to scale learning and collaboration and removing so many of the barriers that have kept people worldwide from getting the tools they need to solve some of the world’s biggest problems.”
Education pioneer Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, named a MacArthur Fellow
Ashesi University expanded to a 100-acre hillside campus in 2011. In May, a new engineering building was completed. Photo: Ashesi University
2015 MacArthur Fellow Patrick Awuah, MBA 99
Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, founder of Ghana’s Ashesi University, was one of two dozen to be named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, winning the so-called “genius grant” and its no-strings-attached award of $625,000. The fellowship is administered by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Ashesi University’s mission is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders who will help transform Africa. Since its founding in 2002, the university has graduated more than 700 students, 90 percent of whom stay in Africa. A full 100 percent of Ashesi grads are employed, in graduate school, or founding startups. Alumni have launched 19 new ventures and developed new technologies, including mobile healthcare, cardless ATM access, and biometric voter-identification.
Awuah has emphasized ethnic, economic, and gender diversity at Ashesi. Fourteen African countries are represented in the student body, nearly half of enrolled students are women, and 40 percent receive financial aid.
In July, Ashesi received accreditation for new mechanical, electrical and electronic, and computer engineering programs. In the next decade, it aims to add majors in economics and law.
New Tusher Center to study intellectual capital management
Berkeley-Haas inaugurated the new Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital in August to promote the school’s thought leadership in a vibrant, complex field. The center will address research, funding, and outreach related to intangible assets and long-term enterprise-level competitiveness. Prof. David J. Teece, the Thomas T. Tusher Professor of Global Business, will serve as the faculty director.
“Tangible assets matter, but even in resource-rich places like Australia and North Dakota, the path to riches involves building and leveraging intangible assets,” he said. “These assets can anchor the long-run advantage of both firms and nation states.”
The Tusher Center aims to transcend the complex fields of intellectual capital, including antitrust legislation, international trade, business strategy and organization, science and technology policy, and communications policy.
Thomas Tusher, BA 63, former Levi Strauss & Co. president and COO, established the center, which is housed within the Institute for Business Innovation.
Berkeley-Haas to provide seed funding for student founders
Berkeley-Haas will strengthen entrepreneurship support for its students and provide $100,000 in seed funding for Haas student startups this year, Dean Lyons, BS 82, announced in October.
In addition to seed funding, Berkeley-Haas plans to enhance its offerings for its MBA and undergraduate students who wish to learn more about entrepreneurship, work at entrepreneurial ventures, or start their own businesses.
“Our student entrepreneurs are already thriving within the Berkeley-Haas and Bay Area startup ecosystem. This new effort will continue to build on and expand that success, creating a new generation of leaders who will be mixing with alumni and giving back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Lyons says.
Berkeley-Haas will pool a variety of resources from across the school to integrate entrepreneurial thinking throughout the Haas student experience under a new umbrella organization, called the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP).