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Yossi Bachar

Yossi Bachar
MBA 85, PhD 87

Former Director General
Israel Ministry of Finance
Tel Aviv, Israel

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"UC Berkeley was the first place in which I felt I was under pressure to study hard," says Yossi Bachar. "During my first ten weeks at Berkeley, I studied more than in all of my undergraduate studies put together." Enduring Berkeley's rigors gave Bachar confidence years later when the Israeli government tapped him to address the near-total control the five largest Israeli banks had over the nation's capital market. As director general of the Finance Ministry, Bachar helped jumpstart the Israeli economy by opening the markets to new banks.

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