Institute for Business
& Social Impact
Kristiana Raube is executive director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact. She is also director of both the Graduate Program in Health Management and the International Business Development Program at Berkeley-Haas, as well as an adjunct professor.
Raube has spent her career teaching and researching health and poverty issues, and her work has taken her from the housing projects of Chicago to villages across Africa and Asia. In her 15 years at Haas, Raube has been a key architect of programs that combine the study of business with the broader goals of healthcare access, poverty reduction, and social justice.
Raube began her career with the Peace Corps in Africa, first as a volunteer in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) and later in Togo.
She earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. From 1992 to 1999, she taught and conducted research on health care policy at the University of Chicago, spending much of her time studying women's health issues on the city's south side. From 1996 to 1999, she also served as associate director and acting director of the university's Center for Health Administration Studies.
In 1999, the Haas School of Business recruited Raube to revitalize its Graduate Program In Health Management. While teaching and overseeing the health care program, Raube also carried out consulting and research projects in over 60 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. And as director since 2010 of the International Business Development Program at Haas, she now places some 140 MBA students per year on business and non-profit consulting projects around the world.
In her new role at the Institute for Business & Social Impact, Raube will be working to expand the kaleidoscope of programs that link for-profit business and the broader goals of social and environmental sustainability.
"This is an extension of the work I've been doing, but it is also an extension of a long tradition at Haas to bring business practices and ideas together to think about and solve social problems," says Raube.