Whitney Hischier

Faculty Director, IBD, Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Whitney Hischier is a lecturer at Haas and serves as the Faculty Director for its Center for Executive Education. Whitney has spent most of her career in change management and system implementation consulting, primarily on international assignments. She has worked for KPMG in the Netherlands and UK, ABN Amro Bank in Portugal and Spain and the Endeavor Initiative, on projects in Chile and Argentina. Following an undergraduate degree focused on security and arms control, she worked with NATO for ten summers to run presidential-level conferences on European security issues in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, and Russia. Whitney previously served as the Assistant Dean for the Center for Executive Education at Haas from 2004-2012, spending much of her time consulting to domestic and international clients on human capital challenges and designing educational programs to help solve them. Major international clients include Statoil and DNV (Norwegian), the Panama Canal, and universities in Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Whitney serves as a faculty mentor in the International Business Development program. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Haas with a Certificate in Health Management.

David Richardson

Executive Director, IBD, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

David has worked in the IBD program at Berkeley Haas since 2011. Prior to joining IBD, he spent 26 years in sales and marketing for global investment banking firms in New York, London and San Francisco — including positions with JP Morgan and Bank of America. David’s prior responsibilities included managing corporate finance relationships with sovereign entities, banks and companies in the Middle East and the UK. He also developed and maintained investment management relationships with institutional investors in the US. David has an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University, an MA in English from Indiana University, and a BA in English from Davidson College. He served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa.

Danner Doud-Martin

Associate Director, IBD, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

In her role as Associate Director, Danner oversees the administration, logistics and marketing of IBD at the Haas School of Business. Danner has twenty years of experience working in program management, event planning, marketing and hospitality in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Danner is the leader for the Haas Sustainability Task Force, a staff, student and Faculty organization that focuses on sustainability initiatives in partnership with Berkeley Haas leadership and the greater UC Berkeley community. She led the Zero Waste Initiative for Connie & Kevin Chou Hall and secured a TRUE Zero Waste platinum certification from GBCI.  Chou Hall has been designated the greenest academic building in the nation because of the trifecta of GBCI certifications earned; including WELL and LEED. The building serves as a model for environmental sustainability at UC Berkeley and represents a critical step toward the University of California’s Zero Waste by 2020 and beyond and Carbon Neutrality by 2025 goals.

Precious Ward

Program Coordinator, IBD, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Precious’ professional background is in youth development, college counseling, program development, and program management. For over 15 years she has managed programs in the nonprofit sector, providing direct services to under-resourced and at-risk youth from diverse backgrounds. She has also held positions in higher education as well as several foster care agencies. Prior to joining the IBD team, Precious worked at Chabot College. She founded and managed Chabot’s existing program for foster youth called the Guardian Scholars Program, and developed and coordinated a support group for women called My Sister’s Keeper.

Precious has a Master’s in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University, and a BA in Business from UC Santa Cruz. She is also currently working toward earning a Doctorate of Psychology from California Southern University.

Judy Hopelain

Faculty Mentor, IBD, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Judy is an Executive level corporate strategy and brand management professional. Judy has helped to grow three consulting practices, conceive and launch two multichannel Internet-based businesses with responsibility for business strategy, channel development and marketing, and advised four Internet startups. Her background includes 20+ years’ experience driving growth through customer- centricity, with particular expertise in business strategy and brand positioning, customer insight and activation, business development, and integrated marketing.

In addition to consulting, Judy is a lecturer on the Marketing faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches Brand Strategy & Management and Marketing, and sponsors Berkeley’s National Student Advertising Competition team.

Jon Metzler

Faculty Mentor, IBD, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Jon Metzler is Lecturer at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches on competitive advantage in technology, telecom and media markets (Strategy for the IT Firm) and on international business (Seminar in International Business: Japan). Jon teaches at the undergraduate and MBA levels. Jon is also associated faculty for the UC-Berkeley for Center for Japanese Studies. He has received grant funding from the Center for Japanese Studies for research on Japan’s sharing economy and inbound tourism into Japan, and from the UC-Berkeley Center for Long-term Cybersecurity for research on security implications of 5G Networks. Jon is also faculty mentor at Berkeley Skydeck, an accelerator for Berkeley- affiliated startups.

Jon completed his MBA/MA-Asian Studies at the Haas School of Business. There, he co-founded the Berkeley Asia Business Conference, and authored a thesis comparing new venture creation in Silicon Valley and Japan. He has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Stanford Yokohama Center).

Olaf J Groth, PhD

Faculty Mentor, IBD, Lecturer, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Dr. Groth serves as Professional Faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Professor of Global Strategic Management, Innovation & Economics, as well as Program Director for Digital & Disruption Futures at Hult International Business School, teaching across a global campus network in San Francisco, Boston, New York, London, Ashridge, Dubai and Shanghai.  Dr. Groth, Founder & CEO of Cambrian Futures, Inc., is a member of the Global Expert Network for the 4th Industrial Revolution at the World Economic Forum, a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) and its program Working in the Era of Intelligent Tools & Systems (WITS). He has served as a Sr. Adviser to the UK’s All Parliament AI Global Governance Commission (AIGG), Sr. Fellow at the Center for Competitiveness at Grenoble École de Management and the Institute for Business in the Global Context at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

Dr. Groth holds PhD & MALD degrees in international affairs with business, economics and technology focus from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, MAIPS & BA degrees with economics focus from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He studied negotiation at Harvard, trade at Georgetown, finance at Berkeley, leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership.

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