International Student Representatives

The International Student Representatives (ISRs) serve as a student resource for prospective and admitted students across the globe. We're here 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 here at Berkeley Haas. Feel free to reach out to us with regional questions such as tips for finding housing, cultural acclimation and transition, or anything else that's on your mind!

Asia-Pacific Region

Jessica Lui, MBA 19

Fujian, China

Prior Industry: Private Wealth Mgmt

Future Industry: Impact Investing

Haas Clubs: Berkeley Board Fellow, Impact Investing Network Fellow, Socially Responsible Investment Fund

Favorite memory about moving to the US: The third day after my arrival in Berkeley, I did a quick hike up to Big C. The moment I saw the view of Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay Area, I knew I would enjoy my time here.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: We have a very cohesive community where people are willing to help you in every aspect. I feel very supported here.

Fun fact: I travel quite a bit and have been a travel writer/ photographer for a few years.

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Arion Blas, MBA 19

Hometown: Manila, Philippines

Prior Industry: Economic Consulting

Future Industry: Technology

Haas Clubs: Tech Club, General Management & Strategy, Christian Fellowship, Asia Business Club

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Seeing snow for the first time and catching my first snowflake.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: Deep Dish Dinners — Several times a semester, I get to invite Haasies who I haven't had a chance to meet for dinner. During the meal, we get to share stories and build friendships.

Fun fact: Outside of school/work, I do experimental baking and cooking.

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Allan Lau, MBA 19

Hometown: Hong Kong, China

Prior Industry: Finance

Future Industry: Media/Technology

Haas Clubs: Digital Media & Entertainment Club, Berkeley Board Fellows, Haas First-Year Band

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Seeing the Cal football team win as underdogs, and rushing the field afterwards.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: All of the opportunities available and the inclusiveness of our community — you are encouraged to and can really get involved in anything you want, time is the only limiting factor.

Fun fact: I've been known to participate in marathon karaoke sessions, some lasting up to 7+ hours.

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Europe, Middle East & Africa

Sandra Tamer, MBA 19

Hometown: Zahle, Lebanon

Prior Industry: Energy

Future Industry: Consulting

Haas Clubs: Co-President of Consulting Club, Berkeley Board Fellow & Committee Member, MENA group consultant for a startup in the Middle East

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Week Zero — our student orientation — right upon arrival. It was only my second day in the US.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: The people, the people, the people.

Fun fact: I can't stop smiling!

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Luca Cosentino, MBA 19

Hometown: Rome, Italy

Prior Industry: Tech

Future Industry: Tech/Blockchain

Haas Clubs: Co-chair of Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association, International Business Development prospect, Program Manager for Tech Club

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Meeting my roommates and organizing our first house party of the year.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: The collaborative and open culture.

Fun fact: I went to a party in LA one time with Justin Bieber. He doesn't remember me.

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Daniel Mombiedro, MBA 19

Hometown: Madrid, Spain

Prior Industry: Investment Management

Future Industry: Consumer Products

Haas Clubs: Team lead for International Business Development, Sports Business Club, Tech Club, Strategy & General Management Club, European Business Club

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Driving across the Bay Bridge listening to San Francisco — a song by Scott McKenzie — with views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco in the background. It felt like something big had just started!

Favorite thing about the Haas community: I love how supportive and humble my classmates are. The diversity of our community and the highly collaborative environment here makes this experience so rich and exciting.

Fun fact: I have always been passionate about planes. I learned how to fly a small propeller plane before I learned how to drive a car!

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Latin America

Laura Gomez, MBA 19

Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia

Prior Industry: Finance

Future Industry: Technology

Haas Clubs: Co-President of the Tech Club, VP Social for the Latin American & Hispanic Business Association

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Building IKEA furniture with strangers who quickly became friends and eventually became family.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: Knowing there's always someone willing to be there for you.

Fun fact: I have weirdly shaped ears. Headphones will never stay in place!

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Eduardo Nince, MBA 19

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Prior Industry: Consulting

Future Industry: Technology

Haas Clubs: Tech Club, Data Science Club, Improv Club, Latin American & Hispanic Business Association, Redwoods Club

Favorite memory about moving to the US: Going to a jazz concert with Pharoah Sanders and Ravi Coltrane at SF Jazz Center.

Favorite thing about the Haas community: How people are always willing to help each other.

Fun fact: I went for a 3-day hike alone in the Himalayas. After 5 hours, I realized that the map I had bought was wrong and was lost for several hours. Needless to say, I made it back!

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