Alex Budak

Lecturer, Haas School of Business
Circular image of faculty member, Alex Budak

Alex Budak is a social entrepreneur and professional faculty member at Berkeley Haas. Budak created and teaches a transformative course called “Becoming a Changemaker,” and is Executive Director of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program. He co-founded and now advises the social enterprise StartSomeGood.com, which has helped over 1,000 changemakers in 50 countries raise over $10 Million USD.

Prior to joining Berkeley Haas, Budak ran Scandinavia’s leading incubator and helped Change.org raise $30M from impact investors. He’s written about leadership for FastCompany and The Guardian and lectured on social entrepreneurship in venues ranging from the White House to the World Bank to Cambodia to Ukraine to the Arctic Circle.

He has an MPP from Georgetown and a BA from UCLA, and also received UCLA’s 2017 Recent Alumnus of the Year award.

Academic Background 

MPP, Georgetown University

B.A. (Political Science & Geography), UCLA

Awards & Honors 
  • UCLA’s Recent Graduate of the Year (2017)
  • Real Leaders Magazine 100 Visionary Leaders for a Better World
  • Diplomatic Courier’s Foreign Policy Top 99 under 33
  • Friends of Europe: Top 10 North American Young Leader under 40
  • YouthActionNet Global Fellow, Social Enterprise
Academic Background 

MPP, Georgetown University

B.A. (Political Science & Geography), UCLA