I didn’t know it before I picked up a guide book, but Ghana was at the centre of the slave trade from West Africa to Europe and the New World.  We’d been told that we HAD to go and see the remnants of this dark chapter in Ghana’s history, so for our first weekend, Read More

We arrived in hot and humid Accra and checked into one of the better hotels in the tourist district. Over the next week we spent each day meeting with a bunch of government departments and officials, several UN agencies, a handful of NGOs and other relevant organizations. By the week’s end we were happy, Read More

Here’s a few pics from some of the festivities to celebrate the end of first year.  Some of the highlights included a fantastic class banquet at the International House followed by an after-party at Brad’s place up above the school, and a bonfire on Ocean Beach one evening to celebrate Kristin Richmond’s birthday.  , Read More

The school’s International Business Development (IBD) program was something I’d always wanted to be a part of, and I was fortunate enough to be selected for it.  The program is an opportunity for MBA students to put their skills to the test by providing pro bono (ie. free) consulting services to clients around the, Read More

My friend Jolien Blankestijn came to visit me from the Netherlands so I took her up to one of my favourite places on campus one evening.  If you walk up the hill above Haas, the Stadium and the Greek Theatre, you get some fantastic views west over campus and the Campanile (clock tower) to, Read More

In early 2005 I had my first visitors to San Francisco.  First to visit were my great friends James Habersberger and Katie Brown from Melbourne.  Katie works for Exxon-Mobil back in Oz and had managed to wangle a weekend off from her work in Houston to come and see me in SF. The view, Read More

Berkeley plays Stanford at football (that is, American Football) each year in the Big Game.  It’s been played for the past 100+ years and is a huge event in the Bay Area – it seems like everyone in the city is either a Cal or Stanford alum! I went to the game this year, Read More

    Wheeler Hall.     Haas School of Business.                        Sather Gate at Sproul Plaza. The view from above Memorial Stadium with the Campanile and San Francisco in the distance.