Executive Team

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President

Yashi (she series) is a junior double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Economics. As the President, she hopes to help BRB grow into the thought leader for business and financial literacy at Cal and beyond. She also hopes to push for more diversity and believes that financial literacy is important for all majors, all people. Outside of BRB, Yashi’s interests include writing and art. You can often find her tackling South Asian stereotypes as a staff writer for HerCampus or uploading her poetry to her Instagram account.

Editor-in-Chief

Katherine is a sophomore in the Global Management Program and intends to minor in History. Her interests in international business and markets inspired her to join BRB’s economics column to explore more about economics around the world. Beyond international relations, she also enjoys understanding how the political landscape affects markets and is excited to pursue these passions in BRB. As a San Diego native, she loves nice, sunny days and can be caught reading in the park; otherwise, you’ll find her binging some movies or shows.

Director of Publishing

Brian is a sophomore majoring in Economics. He is passionate about how businesses are able to impact communities of people, which led to him writing for Business Review at Berkeley as a community columnist for two semesters. As a Southern California native, he enjoys finding the best sushi restaurants, watching movies of all genres and, of course, cheering on the Lakers in his free time.

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Ella Suh

Director of Marketing

Ella Suh is currently a first-year student at Berkeley. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she has diverse interests in business, environment, and public policy. As the Head of Marketing, she hopes to use her design expertise and creativity to increase BRB’s presence in and outside of Berkeley.

Bella Aharonian

Director of Internal Affairs

Bella is a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Economics and minoring in Data Science. She is very interested in a career in finance which led her to join BRB. She really enjoys graphic design as well. Some of her hobbies include thrifting, snowboarding, and painting. Bella loves sushi, crunch wrap supremes, and pasta.

Nina Tagliabue

Senior Graphic Designer

Nina is a sophomore from New York intending to major in Business Administration and minor in Data Science. She is very interested in finance and has started an international finance organization called Focus Finance with students from around the world. She likes artistic digital mediums as a hobby and loves creating for BRB. She also enjoys playing tennis.

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Sanya Sethi

Director of External Affairs

Sanya is a junior majoring in Economics and Business Administration. As external director, Sanya is looking forward to supporting BRB’s motto of being thought leaders of financial literacy and business by organizing engaging and informative events even in this remote semester. Outside of BRB you’ll probably find Sanya baking, dancing, or binging mystery tv shows.

Prof. Panos Patatoukas

Haas Faculty Adviser

Prior to joining Berkeley-Haas, Professor Patatoukasreceived his PhD, MPhil, and MA from Yale University, his MSc (with highest distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his BA in Accounting and Finance (valedictorian) from Athens University of Economics and Business. Patatoukas devotes his time to BRB because he believes in its broader mission of democratizing access to financial literacy to undergraduates, young adults, and non-financial professionals. Between advising PhD and MBA students in Accounting research, Patatoukas fine-tunes his mom’s classic, Greek recipes like Melitzanosalata, Avegolemono, and Tzatziki (the secret is draining the excess liquid from the cucumbers before adding the yogurt).

Edward Bian

Director of Finance

Edward is a sophomore studying Industrial Engineering and Operations Research with a minor in public health and a planned second major/minor in Data Science. He wrote for the Financial Literacy column for two semesters before becoming Finance Director and loves the explorative nature and collaborative atmosphere of Business at Berkeley. His interests include geopolitics, history and investment. In his down time, Edward can be found taking naps, sampling local restaurants or playing chess (poorly).

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Kevin Liao

External Affairs Operations

Kevin is a first-year studying business and intending to double major in data science. He is originally from Pennsylvania, and loves spending time outdoors hiking and playing sports. During quarantine, he has picked up Monopoly and crime movies. Professionally, Kevin is interested in economics, finance, and technology.

Paulina Calmes

Internal Affairs Operations

Paulina is a freshman student in the Global Management Program and intends to minor in data science. As internal operations, Paulina is looking forward to planning socials and meeting all the talented and creative individuals in Berkeley Business Review. When she is not studying outside in her hammock, Paulina is skiing, reading books, playing board games, or napping.

Rayann Yao

Marketing Operations

Rayann is a freshman intending to double major in Molecular and Cell Biology and Business Administration through the Biology+Business program. Her interests include biotechnology, start-up culture, and corporate social responsibility and sustainability. As a part of the Marketing team, she hopes to expand BRB’s influence on campus as the leader for business and financial thought. You can find Rayann working as a consultant for Bio-Business Initiative, hiking by her home near Lake Michigan, and excessivly baking lemon bars.

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Senior Investing Columnist

Leo is a freshman intending to major in economics. As an investing columnist, he is particularly eager to investigate the intersection between political institutions, technological growth, and macroeconomic trends. Leo is also currently a member of the Chinese Finance Club and a pro bono consultant at The Berkeley Group. In his limited free time, Leo can be found supporting Raptors basketball, indulging in hours of Civilization gameplay, and binge watching Scorsese-directed films.

Senior Investing Columnist

Varun is a junior in the Global Management Program at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Business and Statistics with a minor in Conservation Resources. His interests in emerging markets and the changing investment landscape led to join BRB’s investment column, which he hopes will continue to become a thought leader by publishing unique articles. Outside of class, you can find Varun sleeping on the glade, dancing with AFX on Sproul, or hiking by the BIG C.

Investing Columnist

Ananth is a sophomore at U.C. Berkeley pursuing dual degrees in E.E.C.S. and Economics. He is passionate about investing and financial education, and blogs about it on StockTalk.us. When he’s not working on an article or researching investments, he likes playing chess and basketball with friends, watching WWII documentaries, and hunting for the best burrito in Berkeley.

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Investing Columnist

Joyce is a sophomore double majoring in economics and political science at UC Berkeley. Her interests in start-ups and emerging technology companies led to join BRB’s investing column. Outside of BRB, Joyce’s interests include painting, jogging, playing the violin, watching movies and reading books. Joyce also enjoys exploring different restaurants. She loves sushi and hotpot the most.

Investing Columnist

Robert is a first-year student from Mānoa, Hawaii, studying at the Haas School of Business as part of the Global Management Program. As an investing columnist, he hopes to explore emerging markets such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, trading cards, and more. In addition to investing and journalism, Robert is extremely passionate about the intersection between business and law, and hopes to one day attend law school. In his free time, Robert enjoys thrift shopping, playing beach volleyball, eating sushi, and visiting new places.

Investing Columnist

Ishan is a first-year student at UC Berkeley pursuing degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. As an Investing Columnist, he is super passionate to discuss topics relating to global politics, foreign policy, international finance, and the intersection of business and tech. Ishan is also an analyst for the Phoenix Consulting Group, and a software developer and business consultant for Berkeley’s premier startup accelerator, Convergent. In his free time, Ishan loves gaming with friends, and playing and watching tennis and basketball, while rooting for Roger Federer and repping the Dubs.

Investing Columnist

John is a first-year student from New York City, New York studying in the College of Letters and Sciences as an economics major.

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Senior Economics Columnist

Sean is a third-year student at UC Berkeley studying Economics with minors in French Language and History. Sean is interested in multilateral financing and international economics with an auxiliary interest in international law and practice. He pursues independent research work with both a World Bank economist and a French historian through UC Berkeley’s political economics and history departments. Sean is also the former External Vice President of Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity and is an editor for the Berkeley Economic Review.

Senior Economics Columnist

Sukkriti is a freshman at UC Berkeley, intending to major in Business Administration and Legal Studies. With her writing, she strives to create enduring impact on timeless themes that trouble her immediate and extended communities: rampant Teenage Smoking; the fragmentation of cultural values; and, most recently, India’s deep-rooted caste system. She is also in the process of developing her Ed-Tech startup, Books & Notes. At BRB, she hopes to commingle her passion for writing and her amassed knowledge of Economics hitherto.                               

Economics Columnist

Daniel Hyunwoo Lee is a sophomore at Cal intending to pursue a B.S. in Business Administration and a Minor in Education. Having lived in five different countries—Canada, England, South Korea, the United States, and Taiwan—Daniel has developed a passion for international business that he plans to explore in his writing at BRB. BRB aside, he likes making music beats, listening to podcasts, and most importantly, playing soccer. You can become Daniel’s best friend by inviting him to play soccer or buying him a cranberry scone at Caffè Strada.

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Economics Columnist

Ria is a freshman from Boston, MA who is intending to major in economics. She is passionate about educational economics and public policy. In her free time, she likes reading, hiking and listening to podcasts. Since moving to Berkeley, Ria is taking advantage of the weather by going outside as much as possible.

Economics Columnist

Maia is a freshman from Singapore intending to major in Economics or Business Administration. She is interested in understanding the direct impact of businesses on the communities around them, and hopes to shed light on these stories as a Community columnist. Outside of BRB, Maia is a media consultant at ImagiCal, where she explores the intersection of creativity and business. Maia also loves music, and she eagerly awaits the day in the ideal post-COVID world where concerts return.

Economics Columnist

Chris is a junior studying Economics with a minor in Logic. He has been in BRB since his freshman year and has written for the investing and economics columns. Professionally, he has experience working at in asset management. He spends his free time reading, cooking, and playing video games. When the school re-opens, he looks forward to freely roaming between his favorite libraries of his choice and lounging at the numerous cafes on campus.

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Economics Columnist

Aydin is a freshman at UC Berkeley intending to major in Economics and minor in Data Science. He is interested in international economics and public policy and exploring the performance of different developing economies. He is excited to explore and develop his knowledge of these fields through his writing. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching soccer and touring the variety of kebab shops around the world.

Economics Columnist

Rina Rossi is a freshman graduating in Spring 2022 majoring in Political Economy & Classics, with minors in Journalism, Anthropology, and Comparative Literature. She was a novelist in high school and is currently a research apprentice for Professor Angela Marino. Her personal research interests focus on developmental economics, particularly analyzing how menstrual inequity and contraceptive access disproportionately affects women in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. In the future, she hopes to work in clean energy investments or join the World Bank, and become a civil rights attorney after pursuing finance.

Economics Columnist

Natalia Nava-Urbina is a Junior majoring in Business Administration, with a minor in Public Policy. She is passionate about solving problems that have blocked the opportunity for innovation or growth. In doing so, she can find herself growing personally, professionally, and academically. She is currently invested in creating opportunities to support underrepresented students who are interested in pursuing a career in the business sector by leading in various organizations including the Latino Business Student Association.

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Economics Columnist

Logan is a freshman from Little Rock, Arkansas, and he intends to major in Business Administration or Economics. As a columnist, Logan looks forward to combining his passions for writing and economics with the goal of helping educate his broader community on current events. In his free time, Logan enjoys watching and playing soccer, basketball, and golf.

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Senior Financial Literacy Columnist

Suraj is a sophomore at UC Berkeley intending to major in Economics and minor in Data Science. He is excited to help BRB educate readers on different financial/economic topics relevant to their daily lives. Outside of BRB, he is involved in the Berkeley Investment Group and UC Berkeley Zahanat, a bollywood fusion dance team. In his free time, you can find him jamming out to Jay Park or Twice (or just K-Pop in general), watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, or playing League of Legends/Teamfight Tactics with his friends.

Financial Literacy Columnist

Andrew is a freshman intending to major in Business Administration and Data Science. His interests include international relations, start-ups, and wealth management. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching the Boston Celtics, reselling sneakers, and playing fantasy football. He loves playing beach volleyball and spikeball, and knows all the great beaches SoCal offers.

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Senior Community Columnist

Brian is a junior studying Business Administration and Global Studies at UC Berkeley. He is interested in socially responsible investing and how institutional decisions impact the community they serve in, which is why he joined BRB’s community column and stayed there since. He hopes to continue writing about little known topics and breaking them down into easy-to-read articles. Outside of class, you can find Brian watching Broadway musicals, binging on Netflix, or taking part in half-marathons.

Senior Community Columnist

Dhruv Muralidhar is a freshman at the Haas School of Business majoring in Business Administration through the Global Management Program. He is a passionate public speaker who is interested in geopolitics and its intersection with business. His belief in the power of small businesses and community-minded approaches to improve social mobility inspired him to write for BRB’s Community column. Hoping to put his business skills to good use, he is also a member of BRB’s Financial Operations. In his spare time, Dhruv enjoys trying new cuisines and building LEGOs.

Community Columnist

Wayne is a junior double majoring in Philosophy and History. His buisness interests include international economics, local development, and buisness ethics. Besides BRB, Wayne works at a consultant at The Berkeley Group and is a staff writer for the UC Berkeley human rights journal. His favorite energy drink is Monster Energy Zero Ultra, which has helped him through numerous midterms and deadlines.

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Charles (Alex) Paltzer

Community Columnist

Charles is a freshman intended to double major in Economics and Gender and Women’s Studies. His interests include Wealth and Gender Economics.

Community Columnist

Vidushee is a freshman intending to double major in Business Administration and Data Science, with a minor in Public Policy. Her business interests include business ethics, sustainability, and the intersection of business with both the law and policy. In addition to writing for BRB, Vidushee enjoys working at NextGen Consulting at Berkeley, Capital Investments at Berkeley, the ASUC Legal Office. Outside of school, she loves to sing, shop, explore new places, and spend time with her friends.

Community Columnist

Jocelyn Gao is a freshman studying Business Administration through the Global Management Program and intending to major in Political Economy. She is interested in the intersection between international relations, public policy, and business, and she is passionate about understanding social inequities within her communities. Along with this, she loves finding new restaurants/cafes, sleeping, and listening to music.

Graphic Design Team

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Jenny Chen

Graphic Designer

Jenny is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Architecture and minoring in computer science. As an aspiring UI/UX designer, she believes her background in architecture helps her see the relationship between creators and users, and she is keen to apply that to business-related fields. She hopes to help BRB articles reach a wider audience through good design. In her free time, she tries to dance, ice skate, or play video games

Ming Dong

Graphic Designer

Ming is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley, intending a double major in Business Administration and Art Practice. As a multi-media artist, she does graphic design in BRB. She loves incorporating her interests in art in the field of business. Ming has explored a variety of possibilities in the past 19 years: she grew up studying art intensively, has taught children drawing and French, has written short stories, and has ran her own handmade product business. Ming is an advocate for her idea “art think”: a systematic thinking process through the angle of art, including seeing the big picture and using multiple perspectives breaking space and time. By constantly applying this thinking process, she increased the sale of her handmade products. Outside of art and business, Ming also enjoys listening to opera and learning foreign languages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Senior Advisors

Joseph Ng
Will Ko
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Senior Advisor

Joseph is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Business Administration and Data Science. After writing as an Investing Columnist during the Business Review at Berkeley’s first year, Joseph served another year as Co-Editor-in-Chief before taking on his current role as Senior Advisor. Also a member of Presence Fellowship and UFA|UMCG, as well as cofounder of the UC Berkeley chapter of Scholars of Finance, Joseph is passionate about leadership, learning, and personal connection. In his free time, he enjoys crosswords, comedy sketches, and following professional football.

William Ko

Senior Advisor

Will is a junior majoring in Economics with a minor in data sciece. He was the 2019 – 2020 President and has been in BRB since his first semester at Cal and first joined as part of the community column. Besides BRB, Will is part of Berkeley Investment Group and works for the Berkeley Endowment Management Company (investing is an integral part of his life!). In his free time, Will can be found engaging in long zoom conversations and excessively spending money on boba.

Darren Chow

Senior Advisor

Darren is a senior majoring in Business with an English minor. Back in 2018, he was one of the founding members of BRB who aspired to create a business publication actively engaged in investigative journalism and critical thought. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief and Fin Lit Senior Columnist. BRB has been an integral part of his college career, one which defined his interests in business, entrepreneurship, and writing. Otherwise, Darren is the co-founder and CEO of Amni (amni.io), a fintech start-up operating in Berkeley SkyDeck.

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