Tanya Mahadwar serves as the President of the Berkeley Forum. In her role, she oversees the internal operations of the Forum, while also helping to sustain the institution's community presence. Tanya's greatest hope is for Forum audience members to come to events with an open mind, and leave with new ideas and interests.
Outside of the Forum, Tanya enjoys going to concerts, eating ice-cream, and -most of all - pampering her cats. Tanya is a Political Science major with minors in Human Rights and Conservations & Resource Studies.
VP of EventsRead Bio
Charlie is a junior from Sacramento, CA studying Economics and Business Administration. As Vice President of Events, he is responsible for planning this semester’s exciting lineup of debates, panels, and talks. Outside of the Forum, Charlie plays the saxophone in a jazz combo and 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.
VP of ProgrammingRead Bio
Cindy Tang is a second-year student intending Business Administration and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights Interdisciplinary. Originally from Columbus, OH, Cindy has passions for diversity & inclusion, people, and education. In Cindy's free time, she enjoys hiking, vintage shopping, and trying new restaurants. Cindy is currently an RA in Blackwell Hall and her favorite ice cream flavor is cotton candy.
VP of ModeratingRead Bio
Aditi is a junior from Bangalore, India studying Economics and Business at Cal. During her four-semester long career with the Forum, she has been in Programming, Events, and Moderating, particularly focusing on arts & culture and women’s/human rights.
Outside of the Forum, Aditi has been involved in South Asian fusion music; the theater community, teaching a Harry Potter class, and in almost any venture that allows her to interact with and befriend other people. When not doing the above, she can be found climbing the Big C, making chai but drinking coffee, or marketing the Forum by for(u)ming great puns.
VP of CommunicationsRead Bio
VP of FinanceRead Bio
Ankita currently serves as the Vice President of Finance and is a second-year intending to major in Business Administration and Political Science. Outside of the Forum, Ankita is involved in Berkeley Women in Business and is a volunteer at the YWCA's Young Women Financial Literacy Program. In her free time, Ankita enjoys spending time outdoors, feeding her sweet tooth at trendy dessert spots, and adventuring with friends.
VP of TechnologyRead Bio
Avi is a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and is studying applied mathematics and economics. He is interested in data science, deep learning, and artificial intelligence and wants to work on algorithm and model building in the future.
Outside of school, he enjoys making Spotify Playlists, training for obstacle courses and cooking and baking. He is also a member of UCB Azaad, a Bollywood fusion dance team.
Director of Social AffairsRead Bio
Dhruv Mandal is currently a junior at the University of California-Berkeley, majoring in Political Science and Molecular/Cell Biology, with a minor in Public Policy. For the Berkeley Forum, Dhruv is the Director of Social Affairs, in charge of planning social events for the organization's members. Outside of the Forum, he serves as Under-Secretary-General of Outreach and Education for Berkeley Model United Nations. Additionally, he was formerly a writer for the Berkeley Political Review and a caseworker for the Berkeley Suitcase Clinic. A native of New Jersey, Dhruv enjoys reading modernist fiction, playing golf, and baking in his free time.
Director of MembershipRead Bio
Indu Pereira is a fourth-year double major in Business Administration and Music and serves as the Director of Membership for the Forum. Reach out to her for anything regarding member development, recruitment, and integration! Outside of the Forum, Indu competes with California Mock Trial, sings in the UC Chamber Chorus, and dabbles in aerial arts.
Event Logistics ManagerRead Bio
Events Venue ManagerRead Bio
"Orianna Jia is a part of the Programming, Events, and Moderating Committees. As the Events Venue Manager, she helps support event managers in finding suitable venues for their events. Additionally, as a member of both the programming and moderating committees, she seeks not only to invite speakers with interesting and diverse ideas that will enrich the Berkeley community, but 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 is involved in advocating for women's and students' rights through the ASUC Sexual Violence Commission. 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 sophomore pursuing degrees in Political Science and Integrative Biology in the College of Letters and Sciences."
Da Eun Jung
Programming Talks ManagerRead Bio
Da Eun is a second-year international student from South Korea majoring in Sociology with minors in Race and the Law and Demography. In her free time, she likes to play with animals, watch crime shows, and bake desserts to satisfy her sweet tooth.
Bianca Monique Luansing
Programming Talks ManagerRead Bio
Bianca is a second-year pursuing a double major in Physics and Astrophysics, as well as a minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies (SSEAS). Using her background in STEM and SSEAS, Bianca seeks to reform the education system and provide support/resources to underrepresented groups interested in Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Mathematics. In her spare time, she enjoys partaking in hands-on STEM Outreach events to engage and inspire 3-15yrs. students to pursue careers in STEM/STEAM. Bianca was born and raised in San Diego, CA and loves classical music, learning languages, and exploring cafes.
Programming Debates and Panels ManagerRead Bio
Jasmine is a third-year international student from China pursuing a double major in political science and environmental economics and policy. As the Debates and Panels Manager, Jasmine helps guide members through the process of putting on debates and panels for the 2020 Spring Session. Outside of the Forum, she co-founded Perennial: The Berkeley Undergraduate Environmental Journal. She also serves as a writer for Berkeley Political Review and Philanthropy Chair for her sorority. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading fictions, taking candidate photos, eating ice cream, and taking beginner Zumba class at RSF.
Moderating Training ManagerRead Bio
Abhay Aggarwal is a sophomore pursuing a BA in Computer Science and a City Planning minor. As a Moderating Training Manager, he helps guide members through the research and public speaking skills required for moderating. In addition, he is also a researcher with the Division of Data Science. Abhay is passionate about politics and sustainable design and hopes to engage with both through the Forum.
In his free time Abhay enjoys obtaining political stickers for his laptop and listening to EDM and anime instrumentals. When not napping, he can be found vacuuming his room or scrolling through Twitter takes.
Moderating Training ManagerRead Bio
Omotara Oloye is a 3rd year studying Computer Science and Music. This semester she is serving as a Moderating Training Manager. Outside of The Berkeley Forum, she also serves as an ASUC Senator and on the Executive Board of the Black Engineering and Science Student Association. In terms of talents and skills, she proudly boasts that she can recite the entire discography of the High School Musical, Cheetah Girls (she refuses to acknowledge the 3rd movie), and Camp Rock film series.
External Finance ManagerRead Bio
Mads is a fourth year Business/Psychology major from Torrance, CA, with an interest in CSR, the power of institutions on governments and citizens, and how to balance growth and innovation with moral practices and empathy. Also she works at a bug museum.
Internal Finance ManagerRead Bio
Ethan Qi is a second-year from Cupertino, California intending Business Administration and Statistics. He is responsible for the Forum's internal financial initiatives and processes. Ethan has a passion for lively debate and witty banter; in his free time, he enjoys indulging his peculiar music tastes, online shopping, and stuffing his face with food .
Communications Project ManagerRead Bio
Ian Wong is a member of the Communications Committee. A sophomore at Cal, Ian is planning to double major in Sociology and Economics. 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.
Events Committee MemberRead Bio
Aditya is originally from Albertson, NY and joined The Berkeley Forum in Spring of 2019. As part of the programming and finance committees, he worked with his VPs to tackle his responsibilities and invite the best possible speakers for the following semester.
Technology and Event Committee MemberRead Bio
Events Committee MemberRead Bio
Samy is a rising junior studying Computer Science. Samy joined The Berkeley Forum because he was interested in being exposed to a wide variety of viewpoints and ideas and is committed to the message of free discourse.
Finance Committee MemberRead Bio
Brian Chen is an Economics major from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. As a member of the Finance Committee, he works to secure grants and partnerships with organizations both on and off campus. 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 listening to R&B, playing the violin, and watching BA Test Kitchen videos.
Communications Committee MemberRead Bio
Amanda Di is a junior 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.