Berkeley Club of London
Berkeley Club of London
President/Chair: Geoff Kertesz, Class of 2001
Geoff graduated from UC Berkeley in 2001 with a degree in Political Science. Realizing he would have to go to graduate school in order to make a living with that degree, Geoff went on to Loyola Law School. He graduated in 2004 and passed the California Bar that year.
He was a litigator in San Francisco for three years before qualifying as an English solicitor in 2008. He is a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell and head of the trusts and succession disputes team, and is part of a market-leading team that acts for individuals, family offices, national charities, and institutional trustees.
Geoff continues to be actively involved with UC Berkeley and, for his sins, keeps up with Cal football.
Events Co-Chair: Keitlin Li (B.A. Cognitive Science '01)
Following graduation from Cal, Keitlin travelled extensively around the world and had a varied early career in New York, Hong Kong, Madrid before settling in London in 2006. She is now ERP Project Manager for a financial information servcies provider. Outside of work, Cal volunteering activities and running a houeshold with two young children, she finds time to maintain sanity in the swimming pool, trying out recipes, and exploring new places in London.
Events Co-Chair: Alexandra Brodmann (B.A. Dramatic Arts '88)
Communication Chair: Nicole Parry (B.A. Social Welfare '08)
Berkeley Haas Alumni Network
Co-President: Ali Hasan Butt, Class of 2009
Ali got his MBA from Haas in 2009 as a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan and has been based in London since 2011. He has worked primarily in Technology and Consumer Marketing, with his more recent and most exciting work involving Marketing Strategy development and deployment across diverse markets in EMEA and AsPac. Ali is an avid traveller, an enthusiastic sports fan and loves mentoring MBA applicants. Playing League cricket in the summers and racket sports in the winters are his favourite pastimes.
Co-President: Paul Callaghan, Class of 1981
Paul is a business transformation consultant with extensive international experience implementing business strategy and turnarounds that deliver rapid growth. He is a private equity venture partner with Hambro Perks and an NED of pi-top where he oversees the development of the strategy, supply chain and planning at this high growth start up supporting STEM education.
His previous experiences at Motorola Mobility EMEA include managing the product configuration and logistics from 0.6m to 10m units per year over six years. At Premier Farnell, he turned around the European supply chain operations before moving to Singapore to lead the APAC growth strategy for Premier Farnell/element14. At Thomas Cook, he led the implementation of the £500 million cost restructuring and business transformation plan that returned the company to profitability.
Paul has an MBA for University of California, Berkeley 1981.