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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:  Tala Al Jabri

    Country:  Saudi Arabia

    Current Global Engagement:  My work has focused on national sustainable growth strategy and job creation and capacity building of the local workforce in developing markets. In my work as a management consultant with Monitor Group, then Oliver Wyman, I was able to sere number of private and public sector clients across multiple industries in the Middle East and East Africa including oil&gas, agriculture, financial services, tourism and travel, and mega-events. In total, my project work has spanned 6 countries.

    I took a six month leave of absence from my management consulting job to work for the Ethiopian Agricultural transformation Agency out of Addis Ababa where I lead projects to support a transformation in the agricultural sector that would support a better livelihood for smallholder farmers. There, I lead the completion of Ethiopia's first agricultural mechanization sector, plotting key bottlenecks and developing interventions to circumvent them.

    After working in management consulting for a few years, I moved to work for Dow Chemical in Saudi Arabia, my home country. There, I was Head of Government Strategy where I led a government strategy that enables Dow to become a key development partner for the government and where I was a relationship manager for Dow with key government stakeholders.

    In my downtime, I provide commentary on issues relating to economic development, culture and politics in the Arab World. I have been published in Khaleej Times and News Deeply.

    I am a fan of volunteering both at a local and an international level. My two fondest experiences include my work as a global shaper with the World Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia and an English Teacher for Project Hope, an NGO based in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that supported refugees.

Q & A

  1. What books would you recommend to others?
    • Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
    • Islam and Human Rights - Wharton's own Ann Elizabeth Mayer
    • The Warren Buffet Way - Robert G. Hagstrom
    • Orientalism - Edward Said
    • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Partaking in Wharton's pre-term Olympics where I had the chance to compete against different clusters in Soccer and tug of war!
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Have a swim in the Red Sea where we have a coral reef that is among the World's most biodiverse.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • There is an overwhelming number of activities to get involved in while at Penn, think ahead and prioritize what you want to do! (and yes, absolutely get involved in extra-curricula’s!)
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • I believe that the agricultural mechanization strategy which I played a leading role in developing will be able to impact the livelihoods of the nearly 70 MM smallholder farmers in Ethiopia who now do not have access to it.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • My mother is my biggest inspiration, she is a pioneer in Saudi Arabia, being the first woman in the country to create and run her own professional services company.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • Wharton in particular has a great tradition when it comes to their Welcome Weekend for newly admitted candidates. It was a great way to have fun and learn about the school!
  8. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
    • I have many favourites! My most distinct is being taught "Foundations of Teamwork and Leadership" by Adam Grant.
  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • I took part in both professional, political and cultural clubs: Wharton Impact Investing Partners, Tech Club, FinTech club, Middle East & North Africa Club, Energy Club, Wharton Latin American Student Association, Cluster Council, Europa! Club, Penn Students for Justice in Palestine, Russian Club, Politics & Public Policy Club
  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • 2116 Chestnut, otherwise known as the unofficial Wharton dormitory.
  11. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • My many years working as a management consultant have biased me to always choose the aisle seat.
  • 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.