Panos N. Patakoukas, a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of Berkeley of California was named professor of the year at UC Berkeley’s community. This distinction not only reflects the recognition of his colleagues at the University but also his popularity among the students, some of whom are older than him and hold high positions in the business world.
The way he teaches (at MBA and Ph.D. level) is the reason he succeeded and named professor of the year. Financial analysis is a rather difficult and inaccessible field, but he manages to keep students of all ages engaged in the course and gain their appreciation and fondness. This title is one of the most prestigious for a professor at the University of Berkeley and aims to identify the professors who stimulate the student’s intellectual curiosity.
Panos N. Patatoukas was raised in Peristeri area in Athens, Greece and is 37 years old. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the Athens University of Economics and Business, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master of Arts and Mathematics and a Ph.D. from the University of Yale.
The Berkeley University, where he has been working since the beginning of his academic career, is one of the most famous universities in the world, both for its academic achievements and accomplishments in research and for being the place where the Freedom of Speech movement was born in the USA. He says it is “a very protected environment, very international and cosmopolitan. Also, as a public university, it ensures a much more pluralist profile of the students than the other major universities in the country. Moreover, one of the basic reasons for choosing Berkeley was this public character, which also reminded me of Greece”.