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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:  Dr. Marzie Taheri Sangani

    Country:  Iran

    Dr. Marzie Taheri Sanjani is an economist at International Monetary Fund. Her research focuses on interaction between financial cycle and real business cycle. She extensively worked on the role of external finance premium in explaining business cycle, macroeconomic stabilization and shocks transmission. She demonstrates that financial risk and credit can affect the potential output, in particular in the economies that experience asset price booms and busts. Selected by Iran’s National Elites Foundation, Marzie studied Physics at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, between 2003 to 2004. She received her B.S. in Electrical and Computer Science Engineering from University of Tehran in 2007. In 2009, she obtained a MSc from Department of Electrical and System Engineering at University of Pennsylvania. She received her MRes, MPhil and Ph.D. in economics from London Business School, between 2009 to 2013. Besides economics research and policy, Marzie is also interested in Psychology and Literature. She is a professional runner and enjoys traveling.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Gaarcia Marquez, Albert Camus' The Stranger, The Plague and The Fall, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, Metamorphosis by Kafka, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, and Her Eyes by Bozorg Alavi.

  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Studying in Van Pelt facing a beautiful view of the fall trees from the windows. 

  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Eating traditional street food in the middle of Tehran Bazar.

  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Enjoy everything that the school offers you! Attend different events, be a member of different clubs, make as many friends as possible.

  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • Moving away from self-centered views toward a global mind-set, with philanthropic and social considerations.

  6. Who inspires you?

    • My dream-self ! My dream-self is a moving target; it is a dynamic entity that is always growing and progressing in many ways!

  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?

    • Spring break

  8. What were your favorite classes and/or professors?
    • Applied Algebraic Topology by Robert Ghrist.

  9. What student groups did you participate in when you were at Penn?
    • Graduate student club! Woman in engineering club.

  10. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • New Deck, Penn bookstore

  11. 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.