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.


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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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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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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More Commencement Speakers

Howard Morgan
Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist, and Angel Investor

Jon Sebastiani, MBA 11
Founder, Krave Jerky

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

Kevin Brown, MBA 96
CEO & Founder, Innit

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

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

Cathie Lesjak, MBA 86
CFO, Hewlett-Packard

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

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

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

Kathryn Hall, MBA 08
Vintner, Hall Wines

Robert Litzenberger
Professor Emeritus, Wharton School

Shantanu Narayen, MBA 93
CEO, Adobe

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

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

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