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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:  Malvika Khatri

    Country:  India

    Current Global Engagement:  I am currently working as a Supervising Producer at Disney India Studios – the Indian subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. My role involves production of local Hindi movies (Bollywood) in India under the Disney umbrella and ensuring that these films get a wide global release. Additionally, in my role as the President of the Penn Club of Mumbai and the Events Chair for the Wharton Club of India, I have had the opportunity towork with and ideate on alumni engagement initiatives with Penn students and alumni groups across the globe. Most recently, in December 2014 we hosted the Wharton Global Immersion Program students at our Disney India office and had them interact with our senior management.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • Maximum City by Suketu Mehta – a fascinating insider’s look into the city of Mumbai.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Walking down Locust Walk amidst a sea of incredibly charged students remains my strongest and fondest memory. However, my most memorable Penn experience was participating in the Penn in Cannes summer program in 2007 with a group of 30 other students led by Prof. Phillipe Met and Nicola Gentili. This program ignited my passion for world cinema and I made some great friends on that trip.
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Visitors to my city (Mumbai), must take a walk down Marine Drive during sunset – it’s the ultimate seaside promenade with a buzzing atmosphere and beautiful views of the city skyline. The walk should end with indulging some tangy ‘bhel-puri’(street food) at Chowpatty Beach.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Back at Penn, I would have advised myself to have done a Study Abroad semester in a foreign country and to have taken more classes outside of my major requirements.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • Currently I am working with the Penn Club of Mumbai committee on a mentorship program connecting senior Penn alumni in our region with young Penn alumni and current students. I believe this will be an initiative that will have a tremendously positive impact on the young Penn alumni community in India.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • The people of Mumbai always have and continue to inspire me – they have a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude and are renowned for their entrepreneurial spirit of ‘jugaad’ – an Indian colloquial term that refers to finding innovative solutions to any problem.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • Spring Flinging in the Quad!
  8. What was your favorite class and/or professor?
    • Professor Larry Robbins(theater arts), Professor Stefan Frank (cinema studies), and Professor Nelson Gayton (marketing).
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Wharton Women, SPEC Film Society, and the Wharton India Economic Forum planning committee.
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • Most of my time off campus was spent exploring restaurants in Center City and Old City. Our most favored weekend spot was the Spanish tapas joint - Amada, in Old City.
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Window, always.
  • 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.