Fellows 2017/2018


  Amy Fan --    LinkedIn

Amy Fan -- LinkedIn

  Claire Collery --    LinkedIn

Claire Collery -- LinkedIn

  Andrew Briggs --    LinkedIn

Andrew Briggs -- LinkedIn

  Esmond Ai --    LinkedIn

Esmond Ai -- LinkedIn

  Matthew Bond --    LinkedIn

Matthew Bond -- LinkedIn

  Brett Cooper --    LinkedIn

Brett Cooper -- LinkedIn

  Hussein Ahmed --    LinkedIn

Hussein Ahmed -- LinkedIn

  Christian Keil --    LinkedIn

Christian Keil -- LinkedIn

  Mariana Lanzas Goded --    LinkedIn

Mariana Lanzas Goded -- LinkedIn



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Prior to Haas, Amy was the General Manager of Onomie Beauty, a DTC clinically-validated skincare startup launched in 2015. As a part of the venture studio Brainchild, she has experience in consumer health, medical devices and ecommerce. She is passionate about the power of tech-enabled products and services to change user behaviors, particularly in health and wellness. At Haas, Amy is leveraging her experience in early-stage startups and from Bain & Co. to advise new ventures as an InSITE fellow, and working with emerging healthcare technologies as a Berkeley Haas-UCSF Startup Fellow. Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University, and is pursuing a MBA/MPH dual degree at Haas.



Andrew came to Haas from Uptake where he led product strategy for aviation predictive analytics products. Andrew led initiatives to improve operations for Fortune 500 as well as private late-stage travel and transportation companies while at Uptake, McKinsey and Airbnb. Currently, he advises startups as a Berkeley Chapter InSITE Fellow. His passion for designing technologies that improve quality and cost of travel is fueled by his experience of living in 5 countries and visiting 41. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Rice University.

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Brett comes to Haas with a background in early-stage company valuation, operations, and growth strategy. His areas of interest are emerging market and social impact startups and investing. For the past two years, he has worked with startups in East Africa in full-time and consulting roles as well as teaching in a Pan-African accelerator. Prior to this, he was a manager in the valuation practice of financial services firm in the United States where he focused on the valuation of startups, venture backed investments, and complex financial instruments. Additionally, he is a Haas Impact Investing Network Fellow, CPA, and a Level II CFA candidate.


Christian is a former management consultant and current entrepreneur. At Deloitte, he specialized in telecom strategy; Christian's game-theoretic modeling shaped a $10B spend portfolio in the "most complex government auction ever attempted." Christian's company, Tuesday, develops technology for progressive political campaigns. They recently raised seed funding and were accepted into the inaugural cohort of Higher Ground Labs Accelerator. At Haas, Christian is the co-chair for LAUNCH, one of three student-run accelerators in the country, and was recently awarded a substantial grant to write a whitepaper on the future of blockchain technology in the telecom industry. Christian is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan -- either the first or second-best public school in the nation.



Claire is excited to be in the Bay Area after four years working in and around startups in New York. Prior to Haas, Claire worked as a Product Manager at General Assembly, an education technology company backed by Maveron, Institutional Venture Partners, and Queensbridge Venture Partners among others. While there, she organized a series of conferences (Assembled: Education) connecting early stage edtech startups with VCs, and she loved getting to know the founders, investors, and accelerators in the process. Prior to GA, Claire worked for two years for Westfield Limited, a retail real estate firm in Sydney, Australia. She is especially interested in the education, real estate, tourism/hospitality, and B2B software spaces. In her free time, Claire loves speaking Italian, hiking, and doing the NYT crossword. Claire holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

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Esmond currently works as a real estate investor/agent, collaborator with an angel investor organization, and advisor to several tech startups. Although he started his career in bioengineering, Esmond has spent the past 8 years in international business development, corporate strategy, and entrepreneurship. He has experience in biotech, consumer electronics, hitech (IoT, cloud, VR), food/beverage, and real estate. He is passionate about early stage strategy and further developing Berkeley as a premiere startup ecosystem. Aside from HVF, Esmond is also a member of the executive committee for VCIC and MENA Group at Haas.

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Hussein is a serial entrepreneur. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. Hussein raised millions in venture capital building highly functional, capital efficient teams. Prior to that, he worked as an engineering manager at high scale companies including Amazon. Currently, he is in the acclaimed Haas Executive MBA program while working on his third company, ReliefClub, a FinTech startup based in San Francisco. Hussein is passionate about disruptive business models, innovation, and design. His goal is to help UC Berkeley founders navigate the startup ecosystem and to succeed, not only in raising capital but in launching successful ventures.


Mariana comes to Haas determined to unlock the potential of for-profit structures and financial flows in order to solve pressing social and environmental issues like climate change, waste generation or financial and economic exclusion. After studying international development and economics at Yale University, she spent two years doing sustainability and climate change consulting, when she became aware of the potential of leveraging the incentive structures inherent in business for creating a prosperous future for people and the planet. Most recently, she worked on strategy and business development at an 8-person social tech startup, Bridge for Billions, and managed the launch of a new Venture Capital and Accelerator program for green startups in Spain. At Haas, she is also a Haas Impact Investing Network Fellow.


Prior to business school, Matthew worked in investment banks, hedge funds and private equity for 7 years, mostly in quantitative trading, model building and portfolio management roles. He founded, grew and exited two profitable companies while at school and university, and now seeks to combine his twin financial and entrepreneurial backgrounds to develop the next game changing company while at Haas. He is passionate about working closely with UC-wide startups seeking to solve big problems, particularly in the Machine Learning, AI and Blockchain spaces. Matthew holds an MA in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Math & Computer Science from the University of Oxford.

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Patrick is an entrepreneur with 6+ years of experience as a founder and executive of successful food and beverage startups. Most recently Patrick founded Surfing Donkey, a craft beverage alcohol company backed by John Foraker, a Haas alum and former CEO of Annie’s Homegrown. In addition to food and beverage, Patrick is also very passionate about developing new ventures / new products within technology. As part of Lean Launchpad in the fall ’16, Patrick and three UC Berkeley CS PhD students created a technology product called SalesStash, that used machine learning to help sales teams find and deploy their best content. Patrick was the 2016 recipient of the Berkeley-Haas School of Business Hansoo Lee entrepreneur fellowship. He went to CAL as an undergraduate where he was a 4-time National Champion on the Varsity Rugby team.



  Jeff Oldenburg ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Jeff Oldenburg ('16-'17)

  Sundar Subramanian   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Sundar Subramanian ('16-'17)

  Taylor Smith   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Taylor Smith ('16-'17)

  Amanda Eller   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Amanda Eller ('16-'17)

  Zach Thigpen   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Zach Thigpen ('16-'17)

  Patrick Castles   ('15-'17)    LinkedIn

Patrick Castles ('15-'17)

  Chinmay Malaviya   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Chinmay Malaviya ('16-'17)

  Josh Ephraim (  '15-'17)    LinkedIn

Josh Ephraim ('15-'17)

  Sahinaz Safari   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Sahinaz Safari ('16-'17)

  Ali Sardar   ('16-'17)    LinkedIn

Ali Sardar ('16-'17)