Alex Budak

Alex Budak

Management of Organizations

Social entrepreneur, changemaker and leadership expert


Alex Budak is a social entrepreneur and professional faculty member at Berkeley Haas. Budak created and teaches a transformative course called “Becoming a Changemaker,” and is Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program. He co-founded and now advises the social enterprise, which has helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $10 Million USD.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Budak ran Scandinavia’s leading incubator and helped raise $30M from impact investors. He’s written about leadership for FastCompany and The Guardian and lectured on social entrepreneurship in venues ranging from the White House to the World Bank to Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle.

He has an MPP from Georgetown and a BA from UCLA, and also received UCLA’s 2017 Recent Alumnus of the Year award.


Expertise and Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leading Change
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Impact
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurial Mindsets
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