Executive Team

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Bella Aharonian

President

Bella is a junior 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.

Editor-in-Chief

Sean O’Connell is a senior at UC Berkeley studying Economics with minors in History and French Language. He is interested in multilateral finance, development economics, and international law. Sean served as an intern with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Development Finance as well as with the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute. He pursues independent research with a World Bank economist as well as with a professor of French history in UC Berkeley’s political economics and history departments. Sean is an assistant editor for the Berkeley Economic Review and was the External Vice President & Research Chair of Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Fraternity.

Director of Publishing

Brian is a junior 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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Director of Publishing

Katherine is a junior in the Global Management Program and intends to minor in History. She loves studying international relations and markets, which encouraged her to join BRB. Over her four semesters at BRB, she has been excited to learn new skills and take on new positions, most recently as the Co-Publishing Director. As a San Diego native, she loves nice, sunny days and can be caught reading outdoors or driving her card, Brad. Otherwise, you’ll find her binging the latest movies and shows.

Ella Suh

Director of Marketing

Ella Suh is currently a second-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.

Nina Tagliabue

Senior Graphic Designer

Nina is currently a junior from New York studying Economics with a minor in Data Science. This is her fourth semester in BRB and second semester as Senior Graphic Designer. Her interests in international markets and financial trends led her to BRB and she loves tapping into her creative side via graphics. In her free time, Nina can be found hanging out with friends on campus, finding new places to eat in Berkeley, or playing tennis. 

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Joshua Lee

Director of External Affairs

Josh is a junior studying political science at UC Berkeley. He first joined Business Review at Berkeley as a graphic designer before becoming External Director. Outside of BRB Josh serves as the Vice President of Risk Management for the Interfraternity Council and is an intern at Westlake Financial Services. In his free time Josh loves to backcountry snowboard, golf, and play tennis.

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).

Director of Finance

Edward is a junior 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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Paulina Calmes

Director of Internal Affairs

Paulina is a second-year studying business administration through the Global Management Program and intending to double major in cognitive science. She is originally from Moscow, Russia, and is interested in international consulting, marketing, and management. As a director at BRB, Paulina is looking forward to leading the internal operations team and planning events for this school year. Outside of class, Paulina enjoys being outdoors, skiing, hiking, and traveling.

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Kevin Liao

External Affairs Operations

Kevin is a second-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.

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Internal Affairs Operations

Jolie Ana is a sophomore intending to double major in Business Administration and Philosophy. Her interests include start-up culture and entrepreneurship, operations and technology management, and social and environmental policy. My interest in operations led me to join BRB and I hope to hone my interests in business strategy and internal organizations management. In my free time I enjoy hiking, baking cookies, dancing, and exploring new coffee shops in Berkeley!

Elizabeth Roboz

Internal Affairs Operations

Elizabeth Roboz is a junior from San Luis Obispo, CA double majoring in Rhetoric and Political Economy. This is her first semester in Business Review at Berkeley, and she is excited to join and assist in the pursuit of spreading financial literacy across campus and exploring the impacts that varying trends play on differing industries. Her professional interests include educational equity, technological compliance, and governance, and she likes to spend her free time reading Greek philosophy and watching basketball!

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Max Hauser

Internal Affairs Operations

Hi my name is Max Hauser and I am super excited to work in Internal Affairs for BRB this semester. I am from Palos Verdes (SoCal), so naturally I love the outdoors. I’ve always been enthusiastic about business and writing so it’s nice to find a way to combine the two. My favorite book of all time is “Slaughterhouse-5”, and my favorite podcast is the Economist. Looking forward for the semester!

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Marketing

Erika Galindo is a second year at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Data Science. On campus, Erika is highly involved in organizations focused on leadership, business, and serving marginalized communities. At the Business Review at Berkeley, Erika hopes to expand her knowledge on business topics and to share that information with a wider community.

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Connie Chen

Marketing

Connie Chen is a sophomore from San Diego, CA, studying Business Administration through the Haas Global Management Program and minoring in Data Science. Her vye to share financial literacy and recent business news to Berkeley students and beyond inspired her to join BRB. She hopes to explore a diverse and collaborative community by contributing to the BRB’s marketing operations. Her other interests are painting, music, and thrifting.

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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

Ria (she series) is a sophomore double majoring in Economics and Data Science with a minor in French Language. Her economic interests include labor, development, and education. She hopes her work in BRB can encourage people to learn more about how business and economics intersect with their fields of choice. Outside of BRB, her interests include film, theater, hiking, and trying new foods.

Senior Economics Columnist

Rina Rossi is a second year studying Political Economy and Classics, with minors in Journalism, Public Health and Comparative Literature. 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 her free time, she loves writing, cooking, listening to jazz music, dancing, watching films, and fashion design. She hopes to pursue her J.D. and PhD next year in Political Economy. Afterwards, she hopes to become an attorney and work in mergers and acquisitions.

Economics Columnist

Sukkriti is a sophomore 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. 

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Logan Carney

Economics Columnist

Shreyansh is a freshman from India intending to major in Business Administration and Global Studies. He is passionate about the role of Artificial Intelligence in the workforce and the intersection of economics and politics. He loves reading non-fiction, hiking, and playing table tennis.

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Economics Columnist

Maia is a sophomore studying Economics with a minor in Creative Writing, and BRB is where she seeks to combine her two interests. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and attend music concerts.

Economics Columnist

Logan is a sophomore 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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Jay Sahaym

Economics Columnist

Jay is a first-year student at UC Berkeley from Washington state intending to major in Economics and minor in Political Economy or Anthropology. He joined BRB to explore business and economic topics of interest through his writing. As a columnist, Jay is looking forward to delving into the intersection of policy and economics along with the areas of global development, resource economics, and more. Outside of BRB, Jay loves to read and enjoys playing and watching soccer, tennis, and basketball.

Economics Columnist

Derrick is a freshman at UC Berkeley intending to major in Economics and Computer Science. Derrick has interests in public policy, empirical economic data analysis, and emerging technology/innovation. In his free time, Derrick reads up on international news, plays Overwatch, and explores a wide range of music.

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Economics Columnist

William is an exchange student from the University of Oslo and is a senior majoring in Computer Science. He is interested in understanding how technological advances in machine learning and AI can affect the future of economics. As an economics columnist, he wishes to shed light on this topic through stories and research and to help educate a broader group of students and readers. In his spare time, he enjoys meeting new people and learning about the US culture. William is also always down for a surfing or skiing trip with his friends.

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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

Hailing from Metro Detroit, Dhruv is a sophomore in the Haas School of Business’s Global Management Program. He endeavors to graduate with simultaneous degrees in Business Administration and Political Science. He is a passionate public speaker who is interested in geopolitics and its intersection with business. Now in his second semester serving as a Senior Columnist, Dhruv looks forward to leading the column while continuing to write original articles. In his spare time, Dhruv enjoys trying new cuisines and building LEGOs. After graduation, as an advocate for social and economic justice, Dhruv plans on attending law school.

Senior Community Columnist

Vidushee is a sophomore 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.

Jessica Yu

Community Columnist

Jessica Yu is a sophomore from Shanghai who is intending to major in Economics and minor in Demography. She has special affections for statistical representations of people’s behaviors, and is interested in understanding the society through data. For BRB, she hopes to write about business in Chinese popular culture, including but not limited to: popular lifestyles, entertainment business, and online business. Outside of class, she enjoys classic rock, vintage fashion, and tours to museums and galleries.

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Rohan Godara

Community Columnist

Rohan is a junior studying data science. He’s an international student from India, and has a passion for the intersection of business and entertainment, especially involving fashion and music. He joined BRB with a desire to write about these fields, and hopes to one day work in a position where he can use his creative expertise and passion for business while working with people in many different fields. Around campus and at home, you’ll find him playing guitar, reading fashion blogs, thrifting or hiking.

Amalia Nichols

Community Columnist

Amalia is a sophomore from Houston, Texas studying at the Haas School of Business in the Global Management Program. As a community columnist, she looks forward to exploring the intersections that social justice and popular culture have with business. Amalia is also very interested in the impact of international culture and events on business. In her free time, Amalia enjoys playing basketball and obsessively reading.

Aditi Somayajula

Community Columnist

Aditi is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Her interests in investing, startups, and emerging markets inspired her to join BRB. As a columnist, she looks forward to writing articles about international economics and the investing landscape. Apart from business, Aditi is also passionate about technology and informatics and their ability to deepen our understanding of medicine and biology. In her free time, Aditi enjoys reading new books, hiking in the East Bay hills, and traveling.

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Community Columnist

Vaishali is a freshman planning on majoring in Economics or Business with a minor in Data Science at the University of California, Berkeley. As a BRB columnist, she looks forward to exploring her interests in finance, entrepreneurship, and the complex relationship between business and community. She hopes to discover more about how businesses influence (and are influenced by) society. Outside of BRB, Vaishali likes to spend her time rewatching Marvel films, trying new restaurants, dancing to her favorite Bollywood songs, and playing tennis with her friends.

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Eugene Jang

Community Columnist

Eugene is a sophomore studying business and minoring in data science. He comes from South Korea and has his sights set on a professional career in strategy consulting. In his free time, Eugene enjoys playing basketball, video games, and cooking subpar oatmeal. In his first semester with Business Review at Berkeley, he looks forward to learning more about the publications process and writing about topics of personal interest. As a columnist for the community column, he is eager to learn more about the people and culture of Berkeley.

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Carol Lu

Graphic Designer

Carol is a sophomore from Vancouver, Canada studying Political Economy. She is interested in law and business and enjoys drawing, tennis, listening to music, and playing games in her free time. She has been painting, drawing, and doing various design-related activities since she was young and joined the BRB graphics team to meet people interested in business while having a creative outlet. 

Senior Advisors

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Darren Chow

Senior Advisor

Joseph is a senior 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 senior majoring in Economics with a minor in data science. 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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