Haas Worldwide Events

This spring was bustling with activities for Haas alumni around the world. From New York to Shanghai to Budapest, alumni reconnected with each other while learning from top Haas thinkers.





The first New York City Alumni Colloquium on March 5 focused on innovation and leadership. Pictured here are participants Jas Khaira, BS 04, from Blackstone Group; André Marquis, MBA 96, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship executive director; and Henry Chesbrough, PhD 97, Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation faculty director.




Berkeley Haas experts talked about innovation in a wide range of fields, including biotech and finance, at the Berkeley Asia Business Center Conference in Shanghai March 22. Shanghai Vice-Mayor Tu Guangshao (l.) was the guest of honor and Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez, MBA 84, gave a keynote speech.




Also attending the Asia Business Center (ABC) Conference were Jeanne HuangLi, senior development director; ABC Director Teck-Hua Ho; Cal parents and conference sponsors Yolanda and Horton Ma; Dean Rich Lyons; and conference sponsor H.K. Wu, a Haas Board member.




The annual Women in Leadership Dinner April 7 featured a panel discussion titled "Pathbending Leaders, Managing Change." Pictured here are Haas professors Jenny Chatman and Laura Tyson with panelists Jennifer Cook, MBA 98, of Genentech; Rhonda Zygocki of Chevron; and Laurie Yoler of GrowthPoint Technology Partners.




U.S. Secretary of Energy and Cal grad Steven Chu (front, fourth from l.) gave the keynote speech April 9 at the seventh Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference. Pictured with Chu from Haas are Pete Thompson (first row, far l.), MBA 12; Chris Pawlik (second row, third from l.) BS/BA 06; conference co-founder Bhavik Joshi (first row, second from r.), BCEMBA 08; and conference co-founder Deep Sahni (far r.).




The Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership hosted the 13th annual Public Leadership Dinner on April 14. Nora Silver (center bottom), the center's executive director, is joined here with students from her Strategic Philanthropy course (see p. 3 story) and co-instructor Colin Lacon (far r.), CEO of Northern California Grantmakers.




Families from the MBA class of 1991 enjoyed the sunshine at a picnic during Reunion Weekend in April.




Barbara Desoer, MBA 77, president of home loans at Bank of America, advised graduating Berkeley MBA students about building a "life of meaning, of purpose" during her commencement speech May 15. Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, BS 81, spoke at the undergraduate commencement May 16.




Carl Jacobs, BS 65, retiring HAN Los Angeles Chapter board member, chatted with John Tallichet, BCEMBA 07, at a gathering in Hollywood on May 12.




Players at the 9th annual Haaski Open and Auction May 23 included Cesar Angobaldo, MBA 01, a Young Entrepreneurs at Haas Program mentor; Diana Ding, a Wu Fellow at the Asia Business Center; Richard Whitehurst, BS 57; and Haas Lecturer Naeem Zafar.




U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, MBA 92, spoke on innovation in the former communist country at a Haas symposium June 3 in
Budapest. Joining her here are Gyula (Julian) Nagy, MBA 00; Adjunct Prof. Hank Chesbrough, PhD 97; Nimrod Pais, MBA 06; Peter Szappanos, MBA 05; Dean Rich Lyons; and Peter Hajdu, MBA 05.



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