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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:  Pablo Verra

    Country:  Argentina

    Current Global Engagement: I am currently the Regional Equity Head for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group. In this job, I manage 50+ minority equity investments in financial institutions in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, representing a cost of over US$1.3 billion (largest portfolio within the financial sector at IFC). On the portfolio side, I have structured and executed several successful equity exits, including the turnaround and sale of a distressed asset in Argentina. I am also the transaction manager for all new equity deals in financial institutions in the region, supporting local project teams in business development, equity structuring and negotiations. I am currently based in Buenos Aires but, due to my work engagements all over the region, I travel approximately 50% of my time.

Q & A

  1. What books would you recommend to others?
    • One of my favorite books, that I actually read for the first time when I was at Penn, is 'Barbarians at the Gate' - one of the most livid Wall Street sagas that I have had access to. On a more 'fictional' note, I am a big fan of the short stories of the great Julio Cortazar, which I have sometimes tried to copycat when writing my own short stories (clearly, Cortazar's stories are way better than mine).
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • As a Lauder graduate, I recall my endless hours at the Lauder lounge hanging out in the couches with my classmates. We debated and tried to solve all the world problems from our own mini-environment. The discussions were great and neverending. Also, as a huge U2 fan, I loved having Bono as my commencement speaker!
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Buenos Aires offers a lot to tourists. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be to attend a concert or an opera at the Teatro Colon, one of the most magnificent theaters in the world, which has been recently fully renewed and just reopened to the public. After the function, make sure to go to one of the many Palermo 'parrillas' and have the best steak in the world with a bottle of Malbec. I know, I mentioned 2 things but both are really worth it!
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Sleep less, do more things! I should have managed to take even more advantage of the zillion offerings of clubs, activities, conferences, trips, sports, etc. that Penn offered me. In the end, you realize that sleep is way overrated.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • After 10 years in developmental finance, I believe that, through the 50+ projects I have worked on, I have contributed to make a difference. For instance, I opened the IFC practice in Paraguay, a country with significant financing needs and where banking penetration is low. Now, on a more personal level, clearly where I have had the most impact is my family, as I now have 3 beautiful daughters.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • I will always admire my grandfather Angel, the most humble and happiest person in the world.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • Not sure if this is necessarily a Penn tradition, but hitting Little Pete's after midnight was a must!
  8. What was your favorite class and/or professor?
    • Several ones. Negotiations with Prof. Diamond. Private Equity with Prof. Metrick. Corporate Finance with Prof. Gultekin.
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • WHALASA, European Club, Private Equity Club, Investment Banking Club, International Cultural Show.
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • Mostly in Center City as I lived in 1500 Locust (as 50% of Wharton does!).
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Depends. For long trips, aisle, so I can stand up when needed. For shorter trips, window, so I am not bothered.
  • 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.