Haas List


1. World Renown

Since its founding in 2002 by Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, Ghanas Ashesi University has expanded to a 100-acre hillside campus and graduated hundreds of students.

Since its founding in 2002 by Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, Ghana’s Ashesi University has expanded to a 100-acre hillside campus and graduated hundreds of students.

Joining Pope Francis, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg, Berkeley Haas’ own Patrick Awuah, MBA 99, made Fortune’s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders in 2015. Awuah founded Ghana-based Ashesi University, which has become a model for quality higher education in Africa. Students there cultivate critical thinking skills, a concern for others, and the courage to transform the African continent.

Awuah also received one of UC Berkeley’s most prestigious honors in the spring: the 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award. The accolade and its $15,000 prize recognize an alum for distinguished service to his or her country.

New Building

2. Watch It Rise


Track the progress of the new North Academic Building via our webcam: haas.org/NorthAcademicBuilding. Hit the play button for a time-lapse movie.

Open Innovation

3. Mining Fresh Ideas

How might a ride-sharing app like Uber work in Seoul, South Korea? That’s the question Gunso Kim sought to answer during his time as a Garwood Innovation Fellow. Launched in January by the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation at Berkeley Haas, the program gave five fellows exposure to Berkeley research and interaction with Bay Area startup culture. MBA students helped Kim, the secretary general of the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, and other Garwood

Fellows with their research. The fellows’ findings—compiled in a case study, video, or research paper—will be used in the classroom by Professor Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, Garwood Center director.

Visiting Dignitaries

4. Climate for Opportunity

Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore urged nearly 400 Berkeley Haas community members to redouble efforts to stop climate change and bring innovation to the marketplace at a spring Dean’s Speaker Series event. “We are seeing the greatest business opportunity in the history of the world with the decarbonization of the economy,” he said. Learn more and view the talk: haas.org/DSS-AlGore.


5. Hall of Famer

Prof. Emeritus David Aaker

Prof. Emeritus David Aaker

Brand guru David Aaker, widely considered the father of modern branding, was named to the New York American Marketing Association’s 2015 Marketing Hall of Fame for his outstanding lifetime contributions to the field. Aaker, a Haas marketing professor emeritus, developed the Aaker Model, a brand identity tool used by hundreds of firms to build and strategically manage brands.


6. Haas at the Top

The Evening & Weekend MBA Program ranked #1 among part-time programs in the U.S. for the third year in a row in the annual U.S. News & World Report list. The Full-time Berkeley MBA Program ranked #7 for the eighth year. The Berkeley MBA for Executives remained at #9 in EMBA specialty rankings.


7. First-Class Grads

Katie Benintende and Nikita Mitchell, both MBA 15

Katie Benintende and Nikita Mitchell, both MBA 15

As if you needed proof, Haas grads are among the best on Earth. Nikita Mitchell and Katie Benintende, both MBA 15, were named to the Poets and Quants list of the World’s Best & Brightest MBAs. Benintende was recognized for helping boost the percentage of women in the full-time MBA program to 43 percent, the highest nationwide. Mitchell served as class president and led award-winning diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. Robert Ford, EMBA 15, made the list of the 30 Best Executive MBAs.


8. CrowdBerkeley

Crowdfunding democratizes access to investors and funding, but what does that mean for finance? Enter CrowdBerkeley, a new campus partnership between Berkeley Haas and the College of Engineering that positions UC Berkeley as a premier hub of education and research on all topics related to crowdfunding. Engineers at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership are aggregating databases from global crowdfunding platforms. Berkeley Haas researchers in finance and social enterprise will use the data to study how crowdfunding is influencing traditional financial models and paving the way for new ventures. Crowdfunding models, both current and evolving, also appear in the MBA curriculum. For example, Adair Morse, Haas assistant professor and one of the leaders of CrowdBerkeley, teaches students how to raise equity without traditional investors and to understand the implications of new currencies such as Bitcoin.


9. High Praise

Panos Patatoukas

Panos Patatoukas

“Teaching doesn’t feel like a job,” says Assistant Professor Panos Patatoukas of the Haas Accounting Group. “It is my passion and hobby.” Patatoukas, who teaches a Financial Information Analysis & Valuation course to evening and weekend MBA students, earned a spot on the Poets & Quants World’s Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors list for his research insights and teaching accomplishments. He also made the corresponding Top-10 B-Professors list of Fortune magazine.

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