Berkeley Haas always brings distinguished speakers to give the commencement keynote address. In recent years these speakers have been some of the school’s own distinguished alumni.

2018

Paul Rice, MBA 96

President and CEO, Fair Trade USA

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Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, BS 09

Co-Founders, Back to the Roots

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2017

Sangeeta Desai, BS 98

Group COO/CEO for Emerging Markets, FremantleMedia

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Joseph Jimenez, MBA 84

Chief Financial Officer, Novartis

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Howard Morgan

Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist, and Angel Investor

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2016

Kevin Chou, BS 02

Co-Founder & CEO, Kabam

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Carrie Dolan, BS 87, MBA 97

Chief Financial Officer, Lending Club

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Jon Sebastiani, MBA 11

Founder, Krave Jerky

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More Commencement Speakers

2015

MBA Program

John Stroup, MBA 95  Video
CEO & President, Belden Inc.

Kevin Brown, MBA 96 Video
CEO & Founder, Innit

Linda Lang, BS 80 Video
Former CEO, Jack-in-the-Box

 

2014

MBA Program

Suni Harford
Managing Director, Regional Head of Markets, North America, Citigroup

Cathie Lesjak, MBA 86 Video
CFO, Hewlett-Packard

Mark DiPaola, BS 99 Video
Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, inMarket

 

2013

MBA Program 

Arun Sarin, MBA 78, MS 78 Video
Former CEO, Vodafone

Marc Singer, BS 86 Video
Director of McKinsey & Co.’s Marketing and Sales Practice in the Americas

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program

Kathryn Hall, MBA 08
Vintner, Hall Wines

Masters In Financial Engineering Program 

Robert Litzenberger
Professor Emeritus, Wharton School

 

2012

MBA Program

Shantanu Narayen, MBA 93 Video
CEO, Adobe

Margo Alexander, BS 68 Video
Chairman Emeritus, the Acumen Fund
Former Chairman and CEO, UBS Global Asset Management

Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program

Maura O’Neill, MBA 04
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Masters in Financial Engineering Program

Michael Sternberg, AB 86 (Econ.)
Managing Director and Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Strats and Modeling Group