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Maura O'Neill

Distinguished Teaching Fellow
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Academic Status: On duty
Personal Homepage: http://mauraoneill.com


PhD, Interdisciplinary (Psychology, Biology, and Business), University of Washington, 2009
MBA, Columbia University, 2005
MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
BA, magna cum laude, Environmental Studies, University of Washington, 1977

Positions Held

At Haas since 2005
2005 - present, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
2017 - present, Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Executive Education
2014, Lecturer, School of Engineering, Stanford University
2014, Lecturer, Columbia University
2010 - 2013, Senior Counselor and Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
2009, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Energy and Climate for Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
2008 - 2009, Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senate
2006 - 2008, Lecturer, Columbia University
2005 - 2008, Chairman, Fourteen40 (www.cafescribe.com)
1999 - 2001, Chairman and CEO, ImproveMyBusiness.com
1995 - 1997, President and CEO, ConneXt

External Service and Assignments

  • Vice Chair, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
  • Co-Curator and Leader, Aspen Institute Global Incubator
  • Advisor, VideoCoin
  • Board, Project Implicit
  • Advisor, Various Early Stage Start-Ups

Current Research and Interests

  • Innovation: How does disruptive innovation occur
  • Women: Access to Capital
  • Regulatory and Policy in Blockchain & Cryptocurrency
  • Entrepreneurship & Disruption from Blockchain
  • Unconscious Bias including in AI & Algorithms

Selected Papers and Publications

• Disruptive Innovation Often Comes From Unexpected Places http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maura-o/scientific-innovation_b_2546044.html
(For all articles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maura-o/)

• Fisman, Raymond, and Maura O’Neill. “Gender and Workplace Perceptions Around the World: Evidence from the World Values Survey.” Journal of Human Resources 44, no. 4 (2009): 858-870


  • New Venture Finance
  • Advanced New Venture Finance
  • Blockchain Technology and Strategy
  • Berkeley Executive Leadership Program
  • Washington DC Immersion Week

Honors and Awards

  • Berkeley Haas Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Businessperson of the Year, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1989
  • North American Participant, NATO Advanced Study Institute on Energy Efficiency and Utility Industry, Portugal, 1987
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Rotary Club of Seattle, 1992
  • Academic: PhD nominated for top dissertation across all departments and schools (2009); Columbia University Distinguished Service Award (2004); University of California, Berkeley Haas School of business- Dean’s Council of Student Presidents, Haas Community Fellow & Graduation Speaker
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Academic business honor society)

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