Michael Chien is the president of the Berkeley Forum. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization and is responsible for ensuring its long-term success. Previously, as vice president of programming and events, he was responsible for the invitation, topic selection, and event management of all speakers at the Forum. Having joined the Forum in a personal attempt to keep an open mind and challenge his convictions, Michael hopes speakers at the Forum can do the same for others as well.
A Southern California native, Michael enjoys bouldering, eating pastries, and playing basketball. He is a junior pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Environmental Economics and Policy.
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Megha currently serves as the Vice President of Events and is a third-year studying Economics with a minor in Statistics. She enjoys long-distance running, keeping up with Californian politics and English Premier League football, and eating at the newest foodie spots in her free time.
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Charlie is a sophomore studying Economics from Sacramento, CA. As Vice President of Programming, he is responsible for ensuring that the Forum invites a diverse line-up of insightful speakers and prepares to host them next semester. He also serves on the Moderating Committee and has led conversations with speakers such as Saturday Night Live director Don Roy King and KQED President John Boland.
Outside of the Forum, Charlie plays the saxophone in his UC Jazz combo and works for Berkeley Economic Review. His erratic interests include ultimate frisbee, monetary policy, Bollywood movies, world geography, roller coasters, celebrity impressions, the Dallas Cowboys, and writing about himself in 3rd person. A public speaker since middle school, he loves presenting uncommon points of view and making people laugh.
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Tanya Mahadwar is a second-year studying Political Science with minoring in Conservation studies and Human Rights. Outside of the Forum, Tanya is a member of the Cal Mock Trial team, conducts research for the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law, and is a debate coach for her high school alma mater. Passionate about women's rights, micro-finance, and sustainable development, Tanya hopes to pursue a career involving all three interests. In her free time, Tanya enjoys watching videos of old cats getting adopted and reading style publications.
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Anh-Tu is a sophomore hoping to major in Operations Research & Management Science and Linguistics. This semester, Anh-Tu is the VP of Finance. In his free time, Anh-Tu likes to watch dog videos and browse subtle asian traits on Facebook.
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Tyler is a sophomore studying Computer Science from Burlingame, California. As the VP of Technology, he oversees the work of the Data team, coordinates the use of audio and video equipment at events, and manages the Forum's website and other online platforms. Outside of his work for the Forum, Tyler enjoys playing and watching sports (particularly basketball and football), as well as browsing Reddit and hiking the Fire Trails.
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Ankita Inamdar is currently a member of the Finance Committee and is involved in overseeing the annual crowdfunding campaign. She is also the Director of Social Affairs, in which she leads the planning of social events for Forum members.
Currently a freshman, Ankita is interested in studying either Business Administration or Economics. In her free time, you can find her drinking boba, binge-watching Netflix, or going on foodventures with her friends. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ankita enjoys being able to visit her family and friends often (and do her laundry at home).
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Avi Garg is a member of the Berkeley Forum, working as the Photography and Videography Manager. He has worked in Selenium with other members to automate data collection and also work with the data interpretation of audience attendance to tailor future events and increase yield rates.
Avi is an intended Business Administration and Data Science major, with the ultimate goal of a Masters or PhD in Economics. In his free time, Avi likes to workout and is currently training for an obstacle course for the Summer of 2019. He also enjoys dancing as part of a Bollywood dance team and baking and drawing cartoon characters when he has the time.
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Jeffrey Park is a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Political Economy. A native of South Korea, Jeffrey decided to study abroad at UC Berkeley in order to experience socio-cultural diversity and widen his intellectual gaze; joining the Berkeley Forum was one of such efforts to engage in intellectual diversity and community discussions. Jeffrey is passionate about public health, music, and coffee.
For the Berkeley Forum, Jeffrey invites speakers as part of the Programming Committee and moderates discussions with speakers as part of the Moderating Committee.
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Cindy Tang is a member of the Programming and Moderating Committee of the Berkeley Forum. In these roles, respectively, Cindy reaches out to potential speakers and contributes to ensuring that meaningful discourse occurs at all of the Forum's events.
Currently a freshman at Berkeley, Cindy intends to double major in Business Administration and Political Economy and minor in Human Rights. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with friends and exploring the Bay Area's food and cultural scenes. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Cindy greatly appreciates Northern California's weather and spends a lot of her time outdoors.
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Kaitlyn is an Architecture major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In her free time, Kaitlyn likes to talk about working out.
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Ian Wong is a member of the Communications and the Moderating Committee. A freshman at Cal, Ian is planning to double major in Sociology and Economics. Outside of the Forum, Ian competes competitively in debate. In his free time, he enjoys playing late-night rounds of ping-pong and introducing people to the objectively greatest baseball team ever, the Boston Red Sox.
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Rosalyn is a third year student within the Dual BA program between Sciences Po and University of California, Berkeley. In France, she studied Political Science with a regional focus on the Middle East and a concentration in International Economics. At Berkeley, she is a Political Economy major with a concentration in Resource Management. She is excited to serve as the Internal Finance Manager. She enjoys hiking, hammocking, and searching for the best croissant in the Bay Area.
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Aditi Ramakrishnan is a sophomore from Bangalore, India studying political economy, (hopefully) business, and (possibly) minoring in theater. Her work in the Forum isn't as haphazard as her academic plans-- she's been involved in Programming and Events, as well as in Moderating. When she's not working on Forum stuff, she can be found engaging in intellectual discourse on Harry Potter, marketing events by for(u)ming great puns, and making chai and/or new friends.
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Abhay Aggarwal is on Programming and Moderating for The Berkeley Forum. He is very passionate about politics and sustainable design and hopes to use his time with the Forum to engage with both. Having grown up in the Bay Area, Abhay wants to use his time with the Forum to see different viewpoints and incorporate them into his own dogma.
A freshman at UC Berkeley, Abhay hopes to major in Computer Science and pursue a minor in Public Policy. In his free time he enjoys obtaining political stickers for his laptop and watching Tasty videos of food he cannot eat. When not napping, Abhay can be found vacuuming his room or scrolling through Vine compilations on YouTube.
Mihir is a third year double-majoring in Business Administration and Applied Mathematics. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, watching basketball, and reading about the latest in economic news.
Maitri is currently a third year studying Computer Science and Economics. She is involved in marketing as part of the Communications Committee and has designed posters for a events featuring Don Roy King, Jasmine Lawrence, Craig Newmark, an Varun Sivaram. She is also in the moderating division and has moderated the Jasmine Lawrence event.
In addition to The Berkeley Forum, Maitri is involved in the "How to Build the Future" DeCal on campus, where she sources entrepreneurs and change makers to come speak to class. She also started a committee under the Society of Women Engineers at Berkeley to teach middle school girls how to code.
Interested in education, entrepreneurship, and social good, she's always trying to find a way to solve issues and make the world a better place. In her free time, Maitri likes to read, travel, write, and shop!
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Brian Chen is a Public Health and Data Science major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He joined the forum hoping to challenge his beliefs and help foster meaningful and respectful dialogue on campus. In his free time, you can find him trying out new spots to eat, hiking, binge-listening to Troye Sivan, or playing the violin.
Liz Eddy is a first-year studying Political Science and Economics at UC Berkeley. She enjoys politics and political discourse, causing her to strongly align with the Forum’s mission of providing a venue for the free spread of ideas within the greater Berkeley community. She is on the Finance committee, focusing on External Finance.
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Orianna Jia is a member of the Events and Moderating Committees. A part of both committees, she seeks not only to invite speakers with interesting and diverse ideas that will enrich the Berkeley community, and also works to ask those speakers thought-provoking questions. Having joined the Forum in order to help shape and be shaped by the discourse on campus, Orianna hopes to make the Forum as accessible as possible.
Interested in politics, science, and interdisciplinary work, Orianna has worked to be involved not only in politics by advocating for women's and students' rights but also involved in scientific research as an intern at the NCMN Ferroelectric Thin Films Laboratory. In her free time, you can find her reading the news, baking various foodstuffs, or playing tennis. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Orianna is a freshman pursuing degrees in Political Science and Integrative Biology in the College of Letters and Sciences.
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Amanda Di is a sophomore majoring in Legal Studies and Economics from the Bay Area. She is in the Communications and Internal Affairs Team where she helps the marketing team with promoting events and planning socials for the Forum members. She joined the Forum to work for an organization that facilitates open conversation about a wide range of ideas and perspectives on different topics, so that she and other members of the Berkeley community can learn and grow. She really enjoys her work in creating social media posts and reaching out to various organizations. Her interests include photography, watching criminal and law shows, and reading novels of all types.
Da Eun Jung
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Da Eun Jung is a member of both the Communications and the Programming Committee. She is a student from South Korea who is intending to pursue a double major in Sociology and Media Studies.