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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Slava Kotov

    Country:  Russia

    I currently work for an independent exploration and production oil company focused on developing tight oil and unconventional reserves in Russia. Unconventional oil is currently on a forefront in energy sector, but Russia has to go a long way to catch up with leading global practices. As a corporate finance and investment professional I’m helping the company I work for to benefit as much as possible from transferring best global practices, technologies, and talent into Russia to help it become the leading Russian unconventional oil company. Oil and gas sector experienced a dramatic leap forward thanks to shale boom in the United States. Technologies, which to large extend were developed decades ago, combined with favorable investment environment, buildup of expertise and entrepreneurial environment with right incentives finally resulted into a significant value. My work focuses on identifying best practices, technologies and approaches and trying to adopt them to local environment, identifying and engaging investors, as well as working with the government on improving the incentives independent oil companies and investors have to invest capital into Russia oil ad gas sector.

Q & A

  1. What book are you reading now?
    • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. In my learning I most enjoy when theory and practice intersect and enhance each other. This book is a perfect collection of how human psychology, behavior, and decision-making intersects with economics and economic theory.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • My fondest memory of Penn is, first and foremost, the community – my classmates, professors, staff, and everyone else who shapes the experience of every student. I believe that the scope of intellect, ambition, grit, and collaboration at Penn is what makes it one of the best schools in the world and one of its sustainable competitive advantages in evolving world of education and learning.

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Philadelphia is one of the most important places in US history. I recommend visiting and exploring the old city, together with refreshing the memory of what was happening in late 18th-19th centuries.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • One thing I would recommend is stretching yourself to engage in as many groups and activities - professional, social, cultural, athletic.

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I believe in power of education and I try to promote it whenever possible.

  6. Who inspires you?

    • People who are not seeking easy solutions, but who are working hard towards a meaningful goal inspire me. Many of such people are entrepreneurs, thought leaders, educators.

  7. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?

    • Negotiations class taught by Stuart Diamond.

  8. Where did you hangout off campus?

    • Center City.

  9. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Window.

  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.