The Berkeley MBA
March 16, 2013   Haas School of Business   University of California, Berkeley


Morning Remarks

Ross Levine - Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking & Finance, Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group

Ross Levine is the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking and Finance at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ross Levine completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University in 1982 and received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1987. He worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System until 1990, when he moved to the World Bank. At the Bank, he managed and conducted research and operational programs. After teaching at the University of Virginia, Professor Levine became the Curtis Carlson Professor of Finance at the University of Minnesota, where he worked from 1999 until 2005. From 2005 through 2012, he worked at Brown University, where he was the James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics and Director of the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance. Professor Levine’s work focuses on the linkages between financial sector policies, the operation of financial systems, and the functioning of the economy.

Afternoon Remarks

Tan Le - Founder & CEO, Emotiv Lifesciences

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur. She co-founded Emotiv in 2003 and serves as its President. Before founding Emotiv, she cofounded and ran SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators, and one of the companies responsible for the creation of Australia's SMS application market. She helped grow SASme from its humble beginnings to a thriving company with thirty-five employees and multiple locations worldwide. She has also worked with one of Australia's leading law firms, Freehills.

She was a Special Visitor to the United Kingdom as a guest of the British High Commission and Foreign Commonwealth Office, a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia in Asia, and a Patron of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development Program. She has been an Ambassador for the Status of Women since 2001, and she's also been appointed to a number of prominent Boards, including Plan International Australia, Australian Citizenship Council, National Committee for Human Rights Education in Australia, and RMIT Business in Entrepreneurship. Tan has been featured in "Who's Who in Australia" List since 1999 and "Who's Who of Australian Women" List in 2007 & 2008. Tan has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009.

In 1998, she was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30. At the age of twenty-one, she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) from Monash University

Anna W. M. Mok - National Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Anna Mok is the National Managing Partner for Client Excellence for the Advisory practice of Deloitte. During her 20+ year career at Deloitte, she has served some of its largest and most prestigious clients in the payments, financial services and high technology sectors and also has significant life sciences, health care, and consumer business experience. She has advised clients in their enterprise transformations, globalization and growth strategies, mergers and acquisitions, operating improvements, initial public offerings, corporate governance and risk management initiatives.  In addition, she has deep global business experience and is the Managing Partner of Deloitte’s US-Southeast Asia Program and an executive member of Deloitte’s Chinese Services Group.

Recognized as a leadership partner, she leads and serves on various global and U.S. initiatives.  She has been instrumental in spearheading numerous marketplace, leadership development, and talent initiatives at Deloitte. She was a member of Deloitte’s Board Council and the CEO Advisory Partner Council.  Anna was the first Chinese American woman admitted to partnership at Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Anna is also recognized as an active community leader.  She is currently the vice chairman and board of director of the Commonwealth Club of California (America’s oldest public affairs forum), executive vice president of Ascend(National); chairman and founding president of Ascend(pan-Asian leaders in business) Northern California; chairman and past president of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association.

Anna has been bestowed numerous recognitions, including the San Francisco Business Times, Most Influential Women & Forever Influential Awards, the Society of Asian Women Leaders Award for Community Service and the AICPA Minority Leader Award.  She is also a past recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and Deloitte’s Community Involvement Leadership Partner Award. She frequently speaks and is quoted on global business, governance, leadership and diversity matters. She started her business career as a certified public accountant and is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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