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Richard K. Lyons  //  Former Dean, Haas School of Business

Richard K. LyonsRichard K. Lyons became the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, in July 2008. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program. Prior to becoming dean, Lyons served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he was responsible for leadership development among the firm’s managing directors. His academic research has explored currency markets, a focus reflected in his book “The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates” (MIT Press). Recently, his research has taken a quite different tack, namely, exploring the links between leadership and innovation in organizations. These links are of strategic importance to the Haas School’s approach to developing business leaders. Dean Lyons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His past consulting relationships include the Federal Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and Citibank. In 1998 Lyons received UC Berkeley’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Richard K. Lyons

Richard K. Lyons

Dean, Haas School of Business

Richard K. Lyons became the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, in July 2008. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program. Prior to becoming dean, Lyons served as the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he was responsible for leadership development among the firm’s managing directors. His academic research has explored currency markets, a focus reflected in his book “The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates” (MIT Press). Recently, his research has taken a quite different tack, namely, exploring the links between leadership and innovation in organizations. These links are of strategic importance to the Haas School’s approach to developing business leaders. Dean Lyons is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His past consulting relationships include the Federal Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and Citibank. In 1998 Lyons received UC Berkeley’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Amir Sepehri  //  Machine Learning Researcher at LinkedIn

Amir Sepehri is a Fellow at the AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development. Amir is a senior researcher at LinkedIn. His conducts applied research in machine learning, causal inference, experimentation, and fairness in AI. Amir has served as a scientific advisor to health-tech startups in the past. He has presented in top-tier academic conferences, including Joint Statistical Meeting(JSM)and ACM SIGKDD CONFERENCE ON KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY AND DATA MINING (KDD). He has also delivered invitedlectures at industry conferences and academic institutions, including the USF Data Institute and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Amir holds a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology.

Bradford DeLong  //  Professor of Economics, University of California-Berkeley

Brad DeLong

Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at U.C. Berkeley, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a weblogger at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and a fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and 1987. He joined UC Berkeley as an associate professor in 1993 and became a full professor in 1997. Professor DeLong also served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995. He worked on the Clinton Administration’s 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, and on the unsuccessful health care reform effort. Before joining the Treasury Department, Professor DeLong was Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He has also been a John M. Olin Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University, and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at M.I.T.

Bradford Delong

Bradford Delong

Professor of Economics, University of California-Berkeley

Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at U.C. Berkeley, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a weblogger at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and a fellow of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and 1987. He joined UC Berkeley as an associate professor in 1993 and became a full professor in 1997. Professor DeLong also served in the U.S. government as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy from 1993 to 1995. He worked on the Clinton Administration’s 1993 budget, on the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, on the North American Free Trade Agreement, on macroeconomic policy, and on the unsuccessful health care reform effort. Before joining the Treasury Department, Professor DeLong was Danziger Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. He has also been a John M. Olin Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University, and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at M.I.T.

AnnaLee Saxenian  //  Dean, UC Berkeley’s School of Information

AnnaLee SaxenianAnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Yahya Tabesh  //  Senior Fellow

Yahya TabeshYahya Tabesh is a Senior Fellow at the AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development at the Haas School of Business. He has been a Visiting Professor and a Research Fellow in Mathematics Education at Stanford University and has served as a Distinguished Faculty in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Sharif University of Technology (Tehran-Iran). Dr. Tabesh was the director of Math and Computer Olympiads in Iran for many years and a pioneer in developing the Math House and Schoolnet. Dr. Tabesh was also responsible for developing mathematics textbooks and the development of curricula for high school students as a member of the high council of educational reform in Iran. He won the Erdős International Award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math and computer education. Dr. Tabesh is currently working on cognitive and innovative learning systems.
AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Sara Beckman  //  Faculty Fellow and Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley

Sara Beckman, Faculty Fellow and Teaching Professor, UC BerkeleySara is Earl F. Cheit Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business where she designs and delivers courses on design, innovation and product management and a Teaching Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering. Her 25 years of experience teaching design and innovation-related topics at the Haas School of Business culminated in creating a course, Problem Finding, Problem Solving, which is now offered to all business students at Haas. For the past two years, she has served as the Chief Learning Officer of the recently founded Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation within University of California, Berkeley’s College of Engineering. Sara directs the Product Management Program for the Berkeley’s Center for Executive Education, serving 350 product managers from around the world each year. Before joining Berkeley-Haas, Sara worked in the Operations Management Services group at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and ran the Change Management Team at Hewlett-Packard. Sara received her BS, MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
Robert Price

Robert Price

Professor & Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Robert Price is Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Berkeley. His research and teaching fields include comparative politics and African affairs, with a special emphasis on South Africa. He is the author of Society and Bureaucracy in Contemporary Ghana (1975), U.S. Foreign Policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa: National Interest and Global Strategy (1979), The Apartheid Regime: Political Power and Racial Domination (co-editor, 1980), and The Apartheid State in Crisis (1991), as well as a variety of journal articles and book chapters dealing with the new African state, U.S. foreign policy towards Africa, and political change in South Africa.

Harry Kreisler  //  Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Hossein Askari

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Mark Coopersmith  //  Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley

Mark Coopersmith, Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, UC BerkeleyAn educator and entrepreneur, Mark has spent his career building high growth companies and helping shape the next generation of business leaders. At Haas Mark teaches the sought-after Workshop for Startups course from which a broad range of innovative new ventures are regularly launched. Mark also co-teaches the pioneering course “The Other ‘F’ Word” about how insights developed from failure can drive innovation, growth and long-term success. Mark is also an accomplished executive and an advisor to businesses ranging from VC-backed ventures through global corporations such as Intel and DirecTV. Previously Mark led the $350mm Global Technology Brands group at Newell Rubbermaid, founded and built a $150mm consumer products and online commerce division for Sony, and was founding CEO of online payments venture WebOrder. Mark has been quoted in the The Economist, the New York Times and USA Today, and has appeared in media including Fox News, CNN, The Huffington Post and NPR. Mark also mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and teams including those working at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. Mark is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he earned his BA and MBA degrees.
Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Amir Kermani  //  Associate Professor, Haas School of Business and Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

Amir KermaniAmir Kermani holds joint positions as assistant professor at the Haas School of Business and Department of Economics at the University of California Berkeley. His research interests include monetary policy, macroeconomics and housing, market securitization and political economy. Before joining UC Berkeley in 2013, he received his PhD from MIT.

AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Peter Wilton  //  Senior Lecturer in Marketing, UC Berkeley

Peter Wilton, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, UC BerkeleyPeter Wilton, PhD., and at the Haas School of Business since 1992. Professor Wilton is a leading thinker, teacher, and advisor in the area of organizational innovation. Based out of Australia and the San Francisco area, Prof. Wilton has helped dozens of organizations around the world to set and execute on their “stretch goals,” achieving transformations previously thought impossible. His work ties together strategy, marketing, and organizational culture.
Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

John Danner  //  Senior Fellow, Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program

John Danner, Senior Fellow, Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship ProgramAn experienced management consultant and entrepreneur, John Danner has advised senior executives of multi-billion-dollar international enterprises on strategy, value management and business growth, as well as management teams of emerging ventures on competitive positioning, marketing and product strategy. His clients include leading companies in healthcare, energy, entertainment, food products, telecommunications and information and startups in energy management, e-commerce and supply chain integration. He has designed and successfully launched several new business initiatives for client organizations over the past twenty-five years. Mr. Danner is a senior moderator for The Aspen Institute, and conducts seminars on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship around the world.
Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

Gregory La Blanc  //  Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La BlancGregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Gregory La Blanc

Gregory La Blanc

Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Adam Sterling  //  Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy

Adam Sterling, Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the EconomyExecutive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at Berkeley Law. Previously he was a startup attorney at Gunderson Dettmer and the co-founder and director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force and Conflict Risk Network (CRN). Adam currently serves as a non-resident senior fellow for the Enough Project at the Center for America Progress Adam’s writings and work have appeared extensively in the press; including contributions to The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio. He has appeared on a number of broadcast news programs, including CNN’s Situation Room and CNBC’s Street Signs.
AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Naeem Zafar  //  Lecturer in Engineering and Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley

Naeem Zafar, Lecturer in Engineering and Entrepreneurship, UC BerkeleySerial entrepreneur, is a member of the faculty of the School of Engineering at the University of California Berkeley, Naeem teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the MBA program. Naeem is the founder of Startup-Advisor.com and focuses on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a company. Naeem’s entrepreneurial experience includes working directly with six startups, and he has extensive experience in mentoring and coaching founders and CEOs.
Harry Kreisler

Harry Kreisler

Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Harry Kreisler is Executive Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. In that role, he shapes, administers, and implements interdisciplinary academic and public affairs programs that analyze global issues. He is also creator, executive producer and host of Conversations with History, an interview program. Conversations with History is also a critically acclaimed online archive containing more than 485 one-hour interviews with distinguished men and women from all over the world who talk about their lives and their work. From 1996-2004, Harry Kreisler was also Executive Producer of Connecting Students to the World, a World Wide Web -based program that introduced students and retirees to leading figures in international affairs through online curricula, preparatory workshops, and Internet conversations. From 1995 to June, 2006, Mr. Kreisler was Editor-in-Chief and Executive Producer of Globetrotter, a website for global affairs The site won accolades from Netscape, Lycos, USAToday, MSNBC, Yahoo, The New York Times, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lancet, the British Journal of Medicine and The California Monthly. The Globetrotter website is used widely by educators, the media, and the general public.

David Charron  //  Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, UC Berkeley

David Charron, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, UC BerkeleyMember of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley, entrepreneur and consultant. He teaches courses in innovation and entrepreneurship including Business Model Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy and the core Entrepreneurship class for MBAs, Product Market Fit in Health and Applied Open Innovation for undergraduate students, Venture Capital Investing for Executives, and NSF I-Corps / LLP programs for scientists and corporations. Mr. Charron has held leadership positions at Berkeley, run incubators, and worked in the field of technology commercialization and entrepreneurship for over 25 years at corporations such as Xerox PARC, academic institutions including MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF, and the national labs such as LBNL, LLNL and Sandia.
Gregory La Blanc

Gregory La Blanc

Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Sina Tabesh   //  Fellow

Sina Tabesh
Sina Tabesh is a Fellow at the AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development at the Haas School of Business. He is also founder and CEO of KrowdLearn, a San Francisco-based education technology startup with a mission to provide more tools and opportunities for language teachers and learners. He received his MBA from ISM in Paris, France. He is currently completing his PhD dissertation in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and teaching courses in Strategic Management and Multi-Cultural Management at the same institution. Prior to founding his startup, he worked as a management consultant in France and the Middle East. In recent years, his multi-cultural experiences have enabled him to work with different communities as a board member and adviser in variety of French, American and Middle Eastern nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area, where he has build entrepreneurship, innovation and education bridges across varying communities. Sina serves on the board of directors of Alliance Française of San Francisco, and is a board member of the Generarion+ initiative at the Pars Equality Center.

AnnaLee Saxenian

AnnaLee Saxenian

Dean, UC Berkeley's School of Information

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor and dean of UC Berkeley’s School of Information and has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her latest book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in a Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006) explores how and why immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley are transferring their technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in their home countries—Taiwan, Israel, China and India in particular—and launching companies far from established centers of skill and technology. The “brain drain,” she argues, has now become “brain circulation” — a powerful economic force for the development of formerly peripheral regions that is sparking profound transformations in the global economy. Saxenian is also author of the widely acclaimed Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994). Other publications include Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Public Policy Institute of California, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). She holds a Ph.D. in political science from MIT, a master’s in regional planning from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics from Williams College.

Elizabeth Kovats  //  Director, Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design, UC Berkeley

Elizabeth Kovats, Director, Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design, UC BerkeleyElizabeth currently serves as Director of the Berkeley Roundtable on Applied Innovation and Design (BRAID). In this role she cultivates a learning community comprised of Silicon Valley executives and UC Berkeley faculty, teaching design-related workshops to a wide-range of industry partners. She has also served as a guest speaker at Stanford University’s d.school. Elizabeth’s particular focus is on adapting design principles for personal transformation, and the area of design and ethics. Previously, Elizabeth served as Associate Director of the International Business Development MBA course at Berkeley-Haas. She was responsible for significant expansion within the program, and also served as a faculty mentor to MBA teams working on high-technology consulting projects. Additionally, she co-led Seminar in Business courses to Turkey, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
Gregory La Blanc

Gregory La Blanc

Chair, Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty

Gregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Lecturer at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he teaches classes in executive leadership, innovation, finance, organizations, law, and big data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world and has taught in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. His research is in the development of human capital in emerging economies and industries.

Mohsen Hejrati  //  Fellow

Mohsen Hejrati, CEO and co-founder, Clusterone
Mohsen Hejrati is a Fellow at the AMENA Center for Entrepreneurship and Development. Mohsen Hejrati is co-founder and CEO at Clusterone, where he is focused on large-scale machine learning platform systems. He is also a co-founder at Data for Life Academy, which actively advises startups and non-profits in the fields of artificial intelligence, education, healthcare, and social impact. In the past, Mohsen founded the largest MOOC in Farsi, and was a research engineer at Waymo. He has presented in first-ranked academic conferences, including IEEE Conference in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) and Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). Mohsen holds a Ph.D. in computer vision and machine learning from the University of California, Irvine and a BSc in Mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology.

Mohsen Hejrati

Mohsen Hejrati

Fellow

Mohsen Hejrati is co-founder and CEO at Clusterone, where he is focused on large-scale machine learning platform systems. He is also a co-founder at Data for Life Academy, which actively advises startups and non-profits in the fields of artificial intelligence, education, healthcare, and social impact. In the past, Mohsen founded the largest MOOC in Farsi, and was a research engineer at Waymo. He has presented in first-ranked academic conferences, including IEEE Conference in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) and Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS). Mohsen holds a Ph.D. in computer vision and machine learning from the University of California, Irvine and a BSc in Mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology.