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Five Stanford MBA Students Designated 2012 Siebel Scholars

Stanford GSB News

October 3rd 2011

STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — A cyber security specialist who organized nonprofit volunteer events in the nation's capital, a business analyst who founded India's largest ad network, a mechanical engineer and management consultant who discovered his inner "Disney Imagineer," an investment portfolio manager who pilots small planes, and a management consultant who spent the summer at a nonprofit agency offering employment services for people with recent criminal convictions, have been named 2012 Siebel Scholars.

These five accomplished second-year MBA students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) join an elite group chosen by a faculty committee based on academic achievement and demonstrated leadership within the business school community during their first year at the school. The honor includes a tuition grant, established in 2000 by the Siebel Foundation to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business and computer science.

The five Class of 2012 Stanford MBA students are: Christopher Bockman, Mudit Garg, Woody Hartman, Joanna Pratt, and Karl Werner.

Christopher Bockman is co-president and CFO of the student High Tech Club and co-chair of the Stanford Hoover Institution Rising Fellows program. While at the GSB he has focused on finance, particularly quantitative investing strategies, and technology entrepreneurship. In spring 2011, his team's technology startup won the Stanford University BASES Product Showcase business competition; he spent the summer further developing the concept. Prior to business school, Bockman worked in network security for the U.S. government. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins University, where he received his bachelor's and master's, respectively, in computer science. He is a native of Torrance, California, and counts among his interests international relations, cybersecurity policy, and hiking.

Mudit Garg serves on the business school's IT committee and is among the leaders of the High Tech Club. In his first year at the GSB, Garg focused his entrepreneurial energies on creating wildbug!, a mobile application that allows rapid creation of groups based on proximity of people around the user. Prior to business school, Garg spent two years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Seattle and Palo Alto. There, he worked extensively in the health care, clean tech, and automotive practices. While pursuing his master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University, Garg founded Vdopia, at the time one of India's largest advertising networks. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, where he was honored with the Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Award for best performance in curricular and extracurricular activities. He is a native of New Delhi, India.

Woody Hartman is passionate about helping others have fun. So much so, he co-produced last spring's live, on-stage "GSB Show" and spent his summer interning with Walt Disney Imagineering. An Arbuckle Leadership Fellow and co-president of GSB Pride, Hartman plans to balance these responsibilities with plans to launch a startup that he says will "make even exercise fun again." Before coming to the GSB, Hartman spent two years at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco, and two years at a videogame media company called IGN Entertainment where he led strategic planning. Hartman received a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering with highest honors at University of California–Berkeley. He grew up in Denver and became an Eagle Scout at age 13. When not in classes, Hartman enjoys getting out of town as often as he can, whether on foot, by bicycle, snowboarding, or canoeing.

Joanna Pratt is COO of the GSB's Wine Circle and active in the MBA Admissions Ambassadors program. Prior to business school, Pratt spent five years at Citadel Investment Group where she was portfolio manager in the energy commodities group, and launched the company's weather derivative trading business. She spent the past summer working in fundamental equity research of the oil and gas sector; she plans to pursue a career in investment management with a focus on the energy industry. Pratt is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, where she studied economics and finance. She is originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and enjoys flying small planes and skiing.

While at business school, Karl Werner has channeled his interests in international development and social innovation into service as co-president and CFO of the GSB's International Development Club. This summer he worked at an Oakland, California, nonprofit organization, which offers employment services for people with recent criminal conviction. Before entering the MBA program, Werner spent two years as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Mexico City, where he worked primarily on projects in the health care and financial services industries. Before that, he was an analyst at Dresdner Bank AG in Germany where he developed the annual budget of the wealth management division. He received his undergraduate degree at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and was honored with the DZ Bank award for best German-language finance thesis in 2007. Werner speaks five languages, and is a native of Bad Mergentheim, Germany.

During the past 11 years the Siebel Scholars Program has created a community of 700 scholars that fosters personal leadership, academic achievement, and the collaborative search for solutions to pressing societal problems. As future leaders in the fields of business and computer science, these students will have the opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and societal decisions that shape the future.

Siebel Scholars are key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. For more information, please visit www.siebelscholars.com.

About the Siebel Foundation
The Siebel Scholars program was founded in 2000 to recognize the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, computer science, and bioengineering, and to form an active, lifelong community among an ever-growing group of leaders. Today, more than 700 of the world's brightest minds are Siebel Scholars. This exceptional group has the unique opportunity to directly influence the technologies, policies, and economic and social decisions that shape the future. Siebel Scholars serve as key advisors to the Siebel Foundation, guiding the development of innovative programs the Foundation initiates. For more information, please visit www.siebelscholars.com.

The Siebel Scholars Foundation is funded by the Siebel Foundation. Established as a private foundation in 1996, the Siebel Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. Its mission is to support projects and organizations that work to improve the quality of life, environment, and education of its community members. For more information, please visit www.siebelfoundation.org

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