2012 Global Consulting Class the Largest yet

Lily Chou and Sameera Chilakapati, both MBA 12, talk with villagers in rural India for their IBD project.

It’s official: the 2012 International Business Development (IBD) class will be the largest one ever at Berkeley-Haas, comprising 129 students, and 32 IBD teams.

For more than 20 years, IBD has matched teams of Berkeley MBA students with clients for 5-month consulting projects that culminate with 3 weeks of in-country work. IBD students have worked in more than 70 countries.

IBD’s expansion is part of the Berkeley Innovative Leader Curriculum, which includes an experiential learning requirement for all MBA students.

Last year’s teams took on projects from improving the sustainability of a school feeding program in Ghana to working on an expansion plan for a New Zealand Bio-IT startup, and expanding vocational training opportunities in a Cambodian coastal village. Read more about their adventures in this CalBusiness article.

As for members of the class of 2013? Keep an eye on this space to find out where they’ll be working and what they’ll be doing.

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