Student Region Representatives for 2017

Student Region Representatives

The Student Region Representatives (SRRs) serve as a student resource for prospective and admitted students. In particular, the mission of the SRRs is to ensure that no matter where our global population of students come from, they have a smooth and informed transition into their MBA and life at Berkeley-Haas. The SRRs are a good resource for regional questions such as tips for finding housing or cultural acclimation.

Questions? Email the Student Region Reps from your area.

Asia Pacific

Joanna Guo

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Joanna (Xiaojun) was born and raised in Guangdong, China. She moved to Beijing to obtain her undergraduate degree at the University of International Business & Economics. This is where she found her passion for marketing and became the national champion of the L'Oreal Brandstorm Marketing Competition. Upon graduation, she joined Johnson & Johnson as a Management Trainee. She worked both in Sales and Trade Marketing, and successfully launched a new product line and redesigned a business model for a 30-year-old consumer brand. Her goal after business school is to carry her passion and skill-set into the consulting industry to increase her impact. She chose Haas as a perfect place to polish her business and leadership skills in a collaborative and tight-knit community that breathes with its four defining principles in everyday life. Outside of school, Joanna enjoys playing the guitar, the piano and the violin. She composes music and performs as a singer in her band.

Harsh Thusu

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Harsh was born and raised in the Jammu & Kashmir region of India. He obtained a degree in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. After graduating from IIT Kharagpur, he joined Finmechanics, a small financial services consulting firm, in its Mumbai office. He relocated to the Singapore office of the firm a year in and worked there for four more years before coming to Haas. At Finmechanics, Harsh led highly strategic and analytical consulting projects in the capital markets domain to deliver solutions for trading desks and risk departments of banks. Harsh was attracted to Haas because of his genuine and warm interactions with alumni and students who reaffirmed his belief in the tight-knit and collaborative community that is Haas.

At Haas, Harsh is either active or holds leadership positions with the Asia Business Club, Beer Industry Club Consulting Club and Culinary Club. He is also leading a team for an international consulting project as part of the International Business Development (IBD) course. Outside of Haas, Harsh enjoys traveling, soccer, reading, exploring food in the Bay Area, and spending time with friends and family.

Ricky Tjok

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Born and bred in Jakarta, Indonesia, Ricky studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Indonesia on a full scholarship from Accenture. Upon graduating, he joined Accenture in a five year stint where he managed Fortune 500 and state-owned clients undergoing performance transformations. With a budding passion for technology, Ricky then joined the newly-established Google Indonesia as employee number twelve. As Analytical Lead, he worked with eCommerce companies to enhance their digital campaign performance and to mine data for customer insights.

Aspiring to spearhead Indonesia's data analytics company, Ricky came to Haas for its strong entrepreneurial climate and to collaborate with peers who shared a drive for innovation and a commitment to create impact. At Haas, Ricky is involved with the Haas Asian Business Club, Haas Technology Club and Haas Data Science Club.

As an awardee of the Indonesian Educational Fund scholarship, Ricky hopes to bridge Indonesia and the Berkeley community. Outside of school, he is a mentor to undergraduates aspiring to work at consulting and tech companies and is the founder of TrickyAnalytics, a platform to educate small-medium businesses and university students about data analytics. In his spare time, Ricky is an avid traveller, a voracious reader of biographies and Sherlock Holmes, and a Barça fan.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Gloria Gerngross

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Gloria was born and raised in Austria, where she obtained a Bachelor's and Master's in Business. She always loved exploring new countries through their culture and cuisine and spent as much time as her university allowed abroad. She did an exchange semester in Bangkok/Thailand, worked as a consulting intern in Jamaica/Kingston, attended a university program in Guadalajara/Mexico, spent a month in Peru to learn Spanish, and combined all of these with multiple trips to other countries.

After graduation, she joined Ernst & Young as an auditor in Vienna/Austria and transferred to Boston after a year. Two years later she transferred to San Francisco. Throughout her time at Ernst & Young, Gloria worked with multiple clients and different industries from Biotech to Consumer Goods and Energy.

Gloria is the co-president of the European Business Club at Haas and also works on her start-up providing DIY skin care kits. Gloria loves the Bay Area and is passionate chef and an outdoor enthusiast.

Kernie Obimakinde

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Kernie was born and raised in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa. She studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria. Prior to Haas she worked in the IT Department of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria, where she managed server infrastructure, strategic plans, process improvement, and organization design.

She is the pioneer of a one-week annual boot camp in Nigeria, a program that is focused on building core leadership and democratic values and engendering entrepreneurship among Nigerian youth through mentorship, training, and collaboration.

At Haas, Kernie is the VP of Technology for the MBA Association (the Haas student government). When not thinking about education, Kernie loves to travel, shop and dance. She is a proud mother of beautiful baby boy, and enjoys spending time with her family. Already bilingual, she is trying to add another feather to her hat by learning Spanish.

Latin America

Tulio Da Silveira

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Tulio was born and raised in Brazil. After majoring in Product Design at the Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), he began his career in the home appliances industry working in innovation and product development for Whirlpool Corporation in Sao Paulo. He then moved to different functions, such as Strategic Planning and Marketing Intelligence.

The tight-knit community and the opportunity to enjoy a student-led environment are two of the things that drove him to choose Haas.

Outside school he is passionate about running, his hometown soccer team and the automotive industry.

Cinthya Fernandez Preda

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Cinthya was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After majoring in Chemical Engineering at Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), she began her career in the consumer packaged goods industry working for Unilever’s global supply chain. She developed an interest in the company’s food division and prior to Haas, she was managing factory wide consumer safety, quality program implementation, and continuous improvement initiatives in one of the company’s food manufacturing facilities. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and spent the summer prior to school helping a nonprofit implement solar power and energy efficiency for low-income families.

Cinthya came to Haas to acquire strong business and leadership skills within an inclusive community of smart, talented, and compassionate individuals. At Haas, she is involved with the Berkeley Energy Resources Collaborative Club and is doing a cleantech consulting project as part of their Berkeley Innovative Solutions program. She also actively participates in the Women in Leadership (WIL), Latin American and Hispanic Business Association (LAHBA) and Consulting clubs. Outside of class, Cinthya loves hiking and exploring the multiple outdoor opportunities the Bay Area has to offer, and is a food nerd who loves cooking, experimenting, and learning everything about the intersection between food and science.

US and Canada

Andy Kang

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Andy was born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey. After graduating from Emory University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Andy began his career at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, Georgia. At Delta, Andy worked in financial planning and analysis and in corporate development, leading financial forecasting and valuation work. After four years, Andy chose to get an MBA at Haas (despite losing his travel privileges) so that he can not only pursue a career in management consulting, but also be part of a diverse, supportive community and develop as a compassionate business leader.

At Haas, Andy is the Co-President of the Haas Consulting Club, a Berkeley Board Fellow, and an Academic Cohort Representative. Outside of Haas, Andy is a Taco Bell enthusiast, enjoys singing, and loves learning and practicing new languages.

KC Loder

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KC was born in the bustling metropolis of Orem, Utah as the second oldest of 8 kids. While completing his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, KC took a two year break to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in Portugal. After returning from Portugal and finishing his undergraduate degree he moved to Boston to work with Innosight, a boutique consulting firm focused on disruptive innovation and growth strategy. While consulting, KC spent most of his time in the health care practice and especially enjoyed projects focused on new care models and improving access to care for the marginalized in South America. His frequent travels to South America led him to work with a small startup offering quality care for low cost to patients in the slums of Sao Paulo. KC came to Haas to take advantage of the incredible dual degree MBA/MPH program and the amazing culture represented by our defining principles.

At Haas KC is involved in the Haas Healthcare Alliance, Berkeley Board Fellows, LAHBA, and IDEC clubs. Outside of Haas KC is actively involved with his church, is a husband, and father to three adorable kids, a five-year-old boy and twin toddler girls who he thinks are the cutest ever. If he ever finds free time, it is spent going as fast as he can on his road bike.

Christina Pappas

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A born-and-bred Northeasterner currently testing out the "west coast, best coast" theory, Christina comes from Massachusetts, where she studied psychology and economics at Tufts University. After graduation, she spent four years in consulting - first at a global consumer packaged goods consulting firm helping Fortune 500 manufacturers optimize their retail strategies, and then at a small social impact B-corporation in Washington, DC as their first manager of data analytics. While in DC, she also spent time creating a daily digital newsletter designed to connect millennials to their city and to one another. Here at Haas, Christina focuses on human-centered design through HaasID, serves as Co-President of the Gender Equity Initiative, and remains involved in the social sector as a Berkeley Board Fellow and S3 Team lead. Post-MBA, she plans to apply her analytic experience to a design thinking role. Outside of school, Christina can be found cooking Greek food, practicing vinyasa yoga, or basking in the California sun on a nearby beach.

Amanda Parker

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Amanda Parker grew up outside New York City, finding her way to Brown University as an undergrad and studying film and languages while there. Upon discovering her passion for food during college (and especially while living abroad in Bologna, Italy), she graduated and sought out work in food-related media, including stints at the Food Network and Martha Stewart Omnimedia.

During what she likes to call the "great layoff season of 2008," aka the recession, she found herself suddenly working as a cheesemonger for New York retail institution Murray's Cheese, selling (and quickly falling in love with) cheese and other specialty foods. After several years working her way through retail management, she was tapped to spread her love of cheese nationwide as part of Murray's partnership with Kroger, the nation's largest supermarket chain. Over the past six years, she traveled the country, building a store-within-a-store retail concept and teaching America about cheese. Most recently, she worked as Murray's Vice President of Business Development, managing the corporate relationship, business strategy and expansion of now over 350 retail locations nationwide.

At Haas, Amanda is the co-President of Food@Haas, VP of Coming Out Week for Q@Haas and a member of the content committee for the annual Women in Leadership Conference. In addition to her love of food, nourished in the Bay Area by amazing farmer's markets, like-minded cooks, and a constantly growing list of must-eat-at restaurants, Amanda is a TV and movie buff, occasional runner and yogi, and an increasingly avid hiker.

Risa Shen

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Risa was born in Boston and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated with a degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and subsequently joined PNC Bank in a sales and trading role based in Philadelphia. After three years she moved to Houston, Texas to help the bank start its energy hedging business. During her time in finance Risa discovered her passion for how technology is changing traditional industries like banking, so she applied to Haas for its proximity to Silicon Valley.

At Haas, Risa serves as the Co-President of Haas Technology Club. She also volunteers through Reading Partners to teach elementary school students from low-income families how to read. Outside of school she enjoys playing poker and listening to podcasts. She is currently working on getting her motorcycle license so that she can take full advantage of the Bay Area weather.