Steering Committee 2016


Executive Board

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Anny Hu, President
(president@aisupenn.org)

Anny is a junior studying Computational Biology in the College and business in Wharton. She previously went to 7 different schools in Vancouver, Shanghai, and Sydney before coming to Penn. She started her involvement with AIS as Freshman Rep and hopes to engage a larger audience at Penn (not everyone has to be international to join!) If Anny isn’t replying your message, you can probably find her in her natural habitat — napping in bed or finding food to eat. She is really excited for what AIS has planned for the year, so stay tuned and come join us! If you also want to get to know the club more, have any suggestions, or just want to chat, feel free to get some food with her anytime.

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Dhruv Agrawal, Executive Vice-PresidentIMG_9071-2
(executivevp@aisupenn.org)

Dhruv is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences majoring in Computer Science. Originally from India, Dhruv attended high school in Nairobi, Kenya and has traveled to over 50 cities in 18 countries spanning 5 continents. He loves to meet new people and understand new cultures! Outside of AIS, Dhruv is also a member of the PennApps organizing committee, the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club and the Weiss Tech House. When not running around doing AIS stuff, Dhruv can be found either binge watching a show on Netflix, building the next big mobile app or taking photographs around campus.

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10991309_10152977384677013_1096369742933285073_nVidya Daryanani, Vice-President of Internal Affairs (vpinternal@aisupenn.org)

Vidya is a Junior studying Economics and International Relations, with a Minor in Consumer Psychology. Although her family is from India , Vidya was born and raised in Peru, came to Penn, and then studied abroad for a semester in Stockholm. When not doing AIS- related
things, you can find Vidya watching dramas like House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder or Scandal, making lists for everything, or eating (having added Sriracha to almost anything). Having been the Chair of ILINC last year, Vidya is  really excited to be VP Internal and cannot wait to meet everyone and build a stronger international community. If you have any questions, suggestions or just want to chat, don’t hesitate to contact her!

 

 

DSC_9922Caroline Suter, Vice-President of Finances
(vpfinances@aisupenn.org)

Caroline is a Freshman in Wharton, looking to concentrate in Finance and something else (just like every other Whartonite out there). Being half Malaysian and half Swiss, Caroline has lived in many different countries and speaks multiple languages. Up until last July, she was attending a French school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Caroline is a culturally confused child, so don’t be surprised if you find her wondering what she identifies as, where she’s from, or where home is. Caroline has a passion for good food, watches, and traveling. When she isn’t out and about or working, she spends her time cooped up in her room watching Friends or Sex and the City.

 

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10630574_10204275930755008_4221727858683226819_oSola Park, Vice-President of Communications

(vpcom@aisupenn.org)

Sola Park is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and French. Born in South Korea, she has lived in Louisiana, Texas and Virginia until she moved to Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides. As a Civic Scholar, she is interested in social justice issues and excited to continue her work with the international student community at Penn. Aside from AIS, she is the Communications Director and College Representative for the Undergraduate Assembly, one of the branches of Penn Student Government, a research analyst for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the copy editor for 34th Street magazine, Think Tank leader for the the Penn Social Entrepreneurship Movement, and a mentor in Francophone Community Partnerships.

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11187816_10206742161542713_1032111282_o-2 Wesley Chow, Vice-President of Marketing
(vpmarketing@aisupenn.org)

Hailing from Hong Kong, the metropolis of skyscrapers and humid weather, Wesley is a sophomore in the College majoring in Economics. Wesley is passionate in all things social-impact-related and is a part of PennOrb, a sustainability technology startup, PennSEM and MoneyThink. Wesley is also an (aspiring) polyglot who speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French and his next goal is to master Japanese. In his free time, Wesley enjoys taking hipster photographs, tasting all kinds of Asian food around Philly and pondering the meaning of life. 

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Committee Chairs

11898680_1013670048665131_7949518910803480661_nNeeraj Chandrasekar, Alumni and Employment Committee Chair
(ae@aisupenn.org)

Neeraj is a freshman in Wharton, currently confused as to what it is that he wants to study. Although he was born in Chennai, India, Neeraj spent most of his childhood in Bahrain, and went to high school in Qatar and Singapore. Having experienced the power of the alumni network even before he got to campus, he is passionate about connecting the Penn community with international alumni. Outside of AIS, Neeraj is involved in Penn Microfinance. He also enjoys playing tennis and exploring the city. In love with dosa, Neeraj will be eternally in debt to anyone who can find him a good South Indian restaurant in Philly.

 

 

unnamedAlex Yang, Alumni and Employment Committee Vice Chair
(ae@aisupenn.org)

Alex is a freshman in the College, planning to major in International Relations with a possible double major. Born and raised in tropical Singapore, he identifies as a city boy and regards winter as one of the great blessings in life. Alex is also on the board of ILINC, where he willingly carries out Dhruv’s wishes to the letter. Outside AIS, he is involved with the United Minorities Council, and competes with Intercol, Penn’s travelling Model UN team. Alex loves spending time with friends (AIS fam!), and can also be found planning the next not-so-big road trip while getting distracted by Netflix, or catching several power naps a day. He is stoked for what the Committee has planned, and looks forward to a great year with AIS!

 

 

12573209_10201292507030945_2942652834830409049_nAhaan Arora, International Mentorship and Orientation Committee Chair (imo@aisupenn.org)

Ahaan is a freshman in the College, planning to major in Economics and Mathematics. Having lived in Hong Kong, Mumbai, and Singapore, Ahaan has spent much of his life globetrotting and immersing himself in different cultures. When not swamped with work from his suicidal combination of classes, he might be found training with the cricket team (he plays competitively for Penn!) or discussing service and social entrepreneurship ideas with like-minded peers. Ahaan is usually publicly sighted with Alex, who is engaged in an enduring effort to drag him out of his room more often. However, put him down to re-watch any Tarantino film with you, and Ahaan is always up for it. Ahaan absolutely loves the international family at Penn, and is dedicated to organizing *the* best International Students’ Orientation yet with the IMO team!

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12417520_10154197385779905_868911108310257916_nTresa Zacharia, International Mentorship and Orientation Committee Vice Chair (imo@aisupenn.org)

Tresa Zacharia is a Sophomore from Kerala, India, majoring in Biological Basis of Behavior with a minor in Healthcare Management, currently living in Dubai, UAE. Though she considers herself Indian, she’s lived in 7 countries and never in India. Outside of AIS, Tresa loves to read (although who has the time) and she loves watching bad Bollywood movies on Netflix. Since Tresa has been to so many International schools, the AIS family is a home away from home and she is determined to make 2016 the best year for AIS yet.

 

 


1606337_10203614134775562_5659247892758324875_oChiara Bettale, Social Committee Chair
 (social@aisupenn.org)

Chiara is a Sophomore from Milan (Italy) studying Biological Basis of Behavior and Psychology in the premed pathway. She used to ice-figure skate at a national level back in Milan, practicing every day of the week and sometimes even in the morning before school. Now she still skates at the Penn Rink twice a week, but she is upset because freestyle sessions are always when her classes are happening!! Other than skating she LOVES meeting new people, and hanging with them (whenever she’s not busy with premed classes…)! Other than skating and socializing, she also loves doing service through her fraternity APO, spending time with kids at CHOP weekly, and doing biomedical research at the hospital. She’s been part of IMO since her first semester of Freshman year, and in particular she really enjoyed being a clan leader last fall. Chiara is so excited to improve social clans, and gather new members in the social committee, so if you want to meet new people and create a special bond with them, go and check the AIS clans out because they are going to be a lot of fun!

 

 

12528095_10153896206308035_1045104986_nPatricia , Social Committee Vice Chair
(social@aisupenn.org)

Patricia is a sophomore from Hong Kong planning to major in Biology and go on to medical school after her time at Penn. Patricia was actually born in California but moved back to Hong Kong, where her parents are from, at the age of one and identifies Hong Kong as home. She was a member of the Hong Kong Junior Show Jumping Team and qualified Hong Kong for the Youth Olympics in 2014. She’s travelled to Kuwait, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, and Germany competing for Hong Kong. At Penn, she devotes her time to AIS, Penn Preceptorials, MERT, and her research in a genetics lab in Perelman. She’s been a part of AIS since joining IMO last spring and is excited to strengthen and grow the AIS family!

 


IMG_9071-2Dhruv Agrawal, Ivy League International Networking Conference Chair
(ilincchair@aisupenn.org)

Dhruv is a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences majoring in Computer Science. Originally from India, Dhruv attended high school in Nairobi, Kenya and has traveled to over 50 cities in 18 countries spanning 5 continents. He loves to meet new people and understand new cultures! Outside of AIS, Dhruv is also a member of the PennApps organizing committee, the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club and the Weiss Tech House. When not running around doing AIS stuff, Dhruv can be found either binge watching a show on Netflix, building the next big mobile app or taking photographs around campus.