Penn World Scholars Class of 2021

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Egypt
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.

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India
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. 

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Haiti
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.

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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. 

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Albania
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.

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Georgia
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.

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Russia
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.

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Ireland
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.

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Zimbabwe
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.

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Romania
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.

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Rwanda
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.