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Best 40-Under-40 Professor Yaniv Konchitchki

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Yaniv Konchitchki of Berkeley Haas is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

Yaniv Konchitchki

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Age: 39

Institution: University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Since: 2011

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel

Education:

Stanford University Graduate School of Business, PhD in Business Administration (Accounting) and MSc in Statistics

Courses currently teaching: Financial Accounting, Core MBA Class

Fun fact: I actually really love accounting!

Professor you most admire: My dear friend, colleague, co-author, mentor, and PhD dissertation committee chair while I was at Stanford: Prof. Mary E. Barth.

Most memorable moment as a professor: At the end of the last session of my most recent fall class, all my students stood up and applauded for about one minute. They wrote and gave me a card with blessings which I found very meaningful.  It overwhelmingly touched me.

“If I weren’t a b-school professor…” I would have probably continued my spiritual journey in the Far East, where I practiced Vipasana meditation and learned Buddhism for a few years in rigorous and silent Buddhist monasteries.

Students say:

“You were able to effectively take an admittedly dry subject (and one I was not particularly looking forward to) and turn it into a great learning experience.  I appreciate all the time and dedication you put into the class, it truly shows.” 

“I want to thank you for teaching me one of the most useful lessons in my life. I used to consider accounting a boring book keeping process, however, your class has completely changed my perspectives on this topic.” 

“Thank you very much for an excellent introductory course in Financial Accounting. Although I did not have any background in accounting prior to your class, I thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot.”

“Thanks again for a great class this term!  You’ve opened my eyes to the wonders of accounting.”

“Thank you so much. I really enjoyed your class, and I don’t think you could have made accounting any more interesting and fun!”

“Thanks once again for a great class.  We had fun, learned a lot, and it was very clear how much time and passion you put into the curriculum!”

“Your enthusiasm for accounting is contagious and we all appreciate the effort you put into making sure we got the most possible out of your class.”

“Thank you so much for a great accounting class. You made the material come alive with your expertise, enthusiasm, dedication, and humor! I am so excited about accounting!”

Financial statements and macro forecasting; earnings and GDP; inflation and financial reporting: Haas’ Yaniv Konchitchki focuses on distilling practical insights from accounting information. Thanks to the applicability of his research, Konchitchki has been invited to dozens of conferences and presentations. Inside the classroom, his impact is just as profound, demonstrated by popularity among students and several awards for teaching excellence and innovation. Before he went into academia, he was a senior financial consultant at PwC and a senior investment and economic expert for the Israel Securities Authority.

Yaniv Konchitchki is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

  • Manish

    I took the professor’s class (MBA 202) at Haas and really didn’t look to it. But he changed my opinion about the accounting topic! I started to invest and use accounting information. He made me realize the power of accounting knowledge. I am actually thinking of changing my career following his course. Also, I just came across a news coverage of this selection:

    http://newsroom.haas.berkeley.edu/article/yaniv-konchitchki-makes-worlds-top-40-under-40

  • gir

    We all loved this professor! Very sweet, human, smart, knowledgeable, approachable, charismatic, and thorough. This guy is truly special. Personally, I was an engineer, working here in the south bay area. His class made me discover the power of accounting and finance knowledge, so immediately after his class I started to think about changing my career to a finance-related one. I now work in a SF hedge fund, and am still using his class notes even at my work!

  • equanimous

    As a former student and fan, I can honestly say : Yaniv is a poet AND a quant

  • dana

    Awesome professor! Although his class was intense and made us work hard, it was worth it. He is extremely dedicated, smart, and know how to deliver the material. All the MBA students have recently voted him for the Cheit Award and he handed the MBA diplomas (with Dean Rich Lyons) in the recent Berkeley Haas MBA Commencement Ceremony.

  • Steve

    The best professor and human being I have seen in my life. All of us loved him and benefited tremendously from his class-we even started to inspect our firms’ financial statements and even invest. He is genius, extremely experienced, nice, kind, and likeble; with no ego. He got awards for excellence the and the highest evaluations. I miss his class!