Haas Podcasts

Haas Podcasts Family

We are Haas Podcasts, a Berkeley Haas podcast hub dedicated to giving the Haas family a voice over the air. 

We are supported by student volunteers with their generous “time” donations, Haas Culture Champions, and other sponsors. Our mission is to promote connectivity across the Haas family, between the different MBA cohorts, years, programs (FT, EW, and EMBA), Alumni, and Undergraduates.

Our family of podcast shows include OneHaas (Alumni), Here@Haas (On-Campus MBAs/Faculty), OneHaas Undergrads (Haas Undergrad BSBA Alums), and more.

With over 1,400 enrolled Haas MBAs on campus every year and 40,000+ alumni, there is more to this network than meets the eye. Our aim to bridge the network gap ever so slightly and introduce you to people you never knew you had in your Berkeley Haas network. Thank you for tuning in to this Berkeley Haas Podcast and lest we forget we are forever One Haas!

Founder & Host

Sean loves connecting people and learning new things (#studentalways). It is from this passion for connection and learning that led him to create the Berkeley Haas podcast series including Here@Haas, for current Haas students and faculty, and OneHaas, for Haas alumni.

He prefers an unorthodox, off the cuff, interview style fueled by his insatiable curiosity of the human condition. Although his background is rooted in Finance and Accounting, his entrepreneurial endeavors have always led him towards media and education. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing with music, and traveling to warm sunny places; which is partially why he prefers to reside in Southern California.

Here@Haas Host

Paulina Lee has a passion for storytelling and seeking to understand what motivates and drives others. Her background in marketing and sales drives her to make creative connections between people and ideas.

A proud New Yorker, Paulina joins the Haas Podcast team with previous experience as a college reporter and a strong devotion to the oxford comma (though slightly irrelevant to podcasting). Her journey to Haas started with a quest to figure out what she wanted to become when she grew up (still a work in progress) and a hope to meet inspiring and interesting humans. Paulina has an insatiable curiosity that leads her to pursue a variety of hobbies from surfing to perfecting homemade pasta.

Here@Haas Host

Raymond Guan, ACAS, is not your typical actuary. He values collaboration, teamwork, and connecting with others on both a professional and personal level. His journey to getting an MBA was inspired by a continual fascination with getting to know others from different backgrounds.

Ray joined Here@Haas when a classmate suggested that he utilize his interest in conversing with others through podcasting. Inspired by media personality (and podcast host) Jordan Harbinger, Ray has a more casual style of interviewing, preferring to have conversational-type interviews with guests. Ray is also a typical millennial, bundling his free-time to travel the world and increasing his country count (30+).

Raymond Guan
OneHaas-Ellen Chan

OneHaas Undergraduate Host

Ellen Chan

Ellen joined the Haas Podcast team because she recognized that there was no easy medium to hear about stories of Berkeley Haas Undergrad Alumni. She aims to help people connect beyond the limited information they provide on their LinkedIn and is excited to uncover the incredible stories and paths that others have taken!

A problem-solver at heart, Ellen likes to figure out the motivation behind each individual and how their stories can be relevant for her audience. Ellen is a growth equity investor by day and in her free time, you can find Ellen taste-testing sparkling water (Topo Chico is still #1 in her books), staying active, exploring new bars and restaurants in the city, and going on ski trips in the winter. 

Chief Growth Officer

Possibly the most interesting man on earth, Aravind believes that magic happens when you bring people of diverse backgrounds together to discuss new ideas. Having grown up in India and coming to the United States at the age of 21, Aravind loves meeting new people who use out-of-the-box thinking to solve new problems. He fell in love with the world of podcasting as a way to be exposed to these different viewpoints and ideas.

Aravind has worked in technology as a database engineer and product owner for eight years. However, it was an entrepreneurial bug that has led him to Berkeley Haas. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, riding his motorcycle, and eating biryani.

Aravind Mamidanna

OneHaas Alumni Podcast Host

Bree Jenkins

Bree Jenkins is an engineer and artist. Born in Flint, MI and claiming Atlanta, GA as her home, she finds the most joy when dancing, storytelling, and crafting with her partner. She loves podcasts because she simply enjoys hearing about the different ways people choose to spend their time – their hopes, their passions, and their challenges.

An alumna from Haas, she’s passionate about inviting people onto the podcast who share her desire to work toward positive social change. During the day, she spends her time working in Leadership Development supporting and learning from creative and technical artists that inspire her.

Here@Haas Host

Adam is a huge fan of podcasts, waking up each morning to the soothing tones yet sharp insights of Michael Barbaro on The Daily. His passion for putting a spotlight on a diverse range of people’s backgrounds was a huge motivator for pursuing political journalism and getting involved with Here@Haas. 

Originally from the UK, Adam moved to San Francisco three years ago and will never miss an opportunity to discuss a potential new US roadtrip. With 33 states under his belt, he’s looking forward to the road ahead. 

Here@Haas Host

Nick Gerwe

Nick loves to hear and help tell the stories of fellow students and leaders at Haas. As a major consumer of podcasts, it was a clear choice to leverage this medium to get those stories out to the Haas community and beyond. His journey to Haas was inspired by a constant curiosity to learn and to become part of the best network of peers that one can ask for.

A Bay Area transplant from Iowa, Nick’s background is in healthcare, working in roles spanning engineering and program management. A sports junkie, Nick can rattle off more useless sports trivia than anyone would ever wish to know and occasionally gets out on the court to relive the (bench warming) glory days of high school basketball.

Here@Haas Host

Navya is a Podcast fanatic and fangirls over NPR’s Kai Ryssdal. Her favorite radio show is Car Talk from NPR. Her first binge listen was the Serial podcast for 9 hours straight. Navya loves the human stories and conversations and aspires to bring more diverse stories to life. OneHaas podcast was one of the factors apart from Haas’s leadership defining principles that really resonated with her and pulled her to Haas.

She works in the tech sector and is passionate about technology but always gravitates towards more creative outlets like pottery, podcasts, home renovations and cooking outside of work. She loves traveling with her husband and 3-year old son and although can not pick a favorite, she recommends driving through Iceland as one of the best experiences.

Here@Haas Host

Runjini Murthy

Obsessed with the radio as a child, a precocious young Runjini used to record her own talk shows on cassette tape. Though a career at NPR never materialized, she has loved listening to podcasts ranging from The Daily to pretty much the entire pop culture oeuvre on The Ringer Podcast Network.  When the opportunity arose to join the Here@Haas team, Runjini jumped at the chance to realize the dreams of her younger self, and learn more about the amazing students, faculty, and alumni that make up the Berkeley Haas community.

Runjini works as a fundraising analyst for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that hosts Wikipedia. In her free time, she loves to take spin classes, eat carbs, and travel around the world.

Here@Haas Host

Kyle Cook is a huge fan of podcasts of all types (except true crime). He enjoys learning more about classmates, classes to pursue and an in-depth look into different potential career paths.

A proud Wisconite, Kyle has a decade of experience in the financial sector. His journey to podcasting came from a desire to understand the behind the scenes work that it takes to create podcasts and tell stories. He wants to understand storytelling and how to captivate an audience. In his free time you can find kyle reading, listening to podcasts, watching the Simpsons with with wife Jayanthi, and hanging out with his dogs (Chewbacca and Limerick Pickles).