Penn World Scholars Class of 2021

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Farah Abdelrahim

Academic areas of interest: Economics, international relations, political science, law, and chemistry

Activities and interests: Fashion designing, playing the piano, reading, event organization, dancing, and debating

Future plans: Either going back to Egypt to help develop its economy through efficiently using underutilized resources, or possibly pursuing a career in the United Nations.

Tathagat Bhatia

Academic areas of interest: Philosophy, Mathematics, Cognitive science, and Logic

Activities and interests: Volunteering for environmental and LGBT+ causes, learning Russian, film, music, and comic art

Future plans: Understand how my academic interests fit with each other and how they can be used to effect change in society. I look forward to a career either in research or consultancy. 

Beverlye Gedeon

Academic areas of interest: Economics, Business/ Entrepreneurship, Environment, Philosophy, Mathematics, Computer Science, International Relations

Activities and interests: Volleyball, languages, community service, debate, writing, traveling, listening to music, watching movies, interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, discovering new things

Future plans: I am looking forward to become a better thinker capable of identifying nowadays' ecological issues and bringing effective solutions to them. First of all, I would like to help to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of the natural disasters which affect my motherland every year. Furthermore, I want to bring the citizens of the world to develop a safer relationship with the environment while applying entrepreneurial principles. I also wish to manage my own green company.

Libya / Morocco
Kamel Kamour

Academic Areas: Huntsman Program in Business and International Studies

Activities and Interests: Tennis, water sports and philosophy of politics. On campus, I am currently involved with the Huntsman Student Advisory Board and with the Wharton Global Research and Consulting club. I also conduct research with the MBA Lauder Institute on petro-states revenue diversification.

Future Plans: To lead a career in state financial institutions (sovereign wealth funds), to reclaim justice and legal order in Libya and elevate its international economic position. 

Greis Kapexhiu

Academic areas of interest:Natural Sciences, Public Health, Economics, Business, Geopolitics, Foreign Languages.

Activities and interests:Entrepreneurship, volunteering, counseling, skiing, music, Russian literature.

Future plans: I aspire to dedicate my career to significantly improving the global healthcare system for all the citizens in this world. I believe that we all have the right to live a healthy and happy life with the people we love and I want to be that somebody who people will remember for being devoted to making the world a better place.

Meri Kavtelishvili

Academic areas of interest: Physics, Economics, Gender Studies

Activities and interests: Social activism, volunteering, research, entrepreneurship

Future plans: I plan to become a physicist, and along with doing research, I will devote my time and energy to empowering girls and women to pursue science fields.

Daria Kulakova

Academic areas of interest: Neuroscience( esp. decision-making process), Abnormal Psychology, Biology, Classical Music.

Activities and interests: Playing the piano, reading, running, going to the gym, volunteering, traveling, learning new languages.

Future plans: I'm extremely interested in studying self-harming behaviors and other mental disorders. Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience, I aspire to explore the underlying causes of the diseases and hope to make my contribution to the development of these sciences. Additionally, I'm eager to create a network of volunteers who will travel to Cambodia and assist children with their studies.

Yan Li

Academic areas of interest: Electrical Engineering and Business Innovation (with considerable interest in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Design)

Activities and interests: Tennis, running, violin, tinkering, Olympiad competitions, Model UN, organizing clubs/events, exploring, volunteering, and mentoring

Future plans: I have always been enthusiastic about entrepreneurship as well as environmental sustainability/renewability, cutting-edge tech, research, poverty reduction, and various other social concerns " I aspire to one day create a start-up of my own, encompassing all of my passions and interests, to ultimately deliver a positive impact on society and the world at large.

Lloyd Maodzeka

Academic areas of interest: Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Mathematics, Ancient History, Psychology, Musicology and Entrepreneurship.

Activities and interests: Rugby, Chess, Robotics, 3D Simulation and Virtual Reality, Debate, Soccer, Camping, Ancient Art and History, Hiking and 'making things'.

Future plans: Major in Computer engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Invent, innovate and implement. Start a business with an engineering or more generally technology basis, then grow and develop it. My ultimate goal is to be happy and explore the world.

Cristina Pogorevici

Academic areas of interest: Concentrating in Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics in Wharton as well as pursuing a Minor in Urban Studies

Activities and interests: Generally: Travel, Social Impact, Community Service, Specialty Coffee, Dance. On campus actively involved in Wharton Council, Wharton Ambassadors, Greek Life, several Entrepreneurship clubs and initiatives, ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art).

Future plans: Founding a successful business with great social impact.

Hyacinthe Uwizera

Academic areas of interest: Electrical and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and Psychology.

Activities and interests: Dance, Pray, Community Service, and Photography.

Future plans: Basically, make the world a better place. I just want to use my education to help the undeserved, and everyone. I think that after my studies, I will go back to my country make a change, and from there go from place to place making an impact.