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
Q & A
What book would you recommend to others?
- Maximum City by Suketu Mehta – a fascinating insider’s look into the city of Mumbai.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is your favorite Penn tradition?
- Spring Flinging in the Quad!
What was your favorite class and/or professor?
- Professor Larry Robbins(theater arts), Professor Stefan Frank (cinema studies), and Professor Nelson Gayton (marketing).
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.
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.
When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
- Window, always.