THE TEAM

Imagine 3 UC Berkeley grad students packed like sardines into a barely functioning car, racing 10,000 miles from England to Mongolia to support two amazing charities. The trip will take us through some of the world's toughest terrains, into the Gates of Hell in the desert of Turkmenistan, over the mountains of Uzbekistan, and into the open plains of Mongolia, all to raise money for great causes and to experience the adventure of a lifetime!

Geoff Grant

Hey there! My name is Geoff Grant and I grew up in Newport Beach, California. After watching my good friend complete the Mongol Rally a few years ago, I became completely hooked on the idea of doing it myself after I graduated from business school. Before I started at UC Berkeley I had the unique opportunity to spend a summer volunteering in sub-Saharan African at World Bicycle Relief, where we successfully launched the inaugural Bicycle Education Empowerment Program in rural western Kenya. I know firsthand how much of a difference WBR has made in the lives of schoolchildren all over the world and am thrilled to partner with the organization again.

Juan Casanova

Hola! Juan Casanova here. While I grew up in the U.S. and Argentina, my passion is in immersing myself in countries and cultures abroad. The travel bug bit me during a service trip to a rural village in Mali with the organization BuildOn. There, I came to see location and access to opportunity as irrevocably linked. Thirty countries later, I’m more eager than ever to understand the role that country and culture play in shaping opportunities and outcomes. This trip will no doubt be the highlight of my time at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. I couldn't be more excited to share this adventure with two of my best friends and classmates while also supporting two amazing charities.

Jean-Marc

Hi my name is Jean-Marc Chanoine. I grew up in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Miami, Florida. I spent 5 years in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps as an attorney fighting for the needs of sailors and marines all over the world. In 2015 I took my talents to the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business for a change of pace. I've seen first hand the impact something as simple as a set of wheels can have on communities in developing countries, and have a truly personal stake in the success of WBR.