We envision a world in which organizations create transformative, sustainable change by connecting with their communities to tackle global problems.  

Throughout the year, our consultants work directly with NGOs, both on-site and off-site. Using our learned business acumen, we identify their capacity needs and develop projects with intended goals and outcomes. Both our on-site and off-site projects are completed throughout the year by internal PIIC members, selected from a rigorous school-wide application pool. After all project completion, we undergo extensive evaluation to measure the effectiveness of our projects and to determine how we can better scale our impact moving forward. 

In addition to our hands-on consulting work, we aim to raise student awareness about the importance of international development and pursuing socially conscious careers. To this end, we hold speaker events on social impact themes, conduct site visits to consulting firms and philanthropic organizations, and host social and educational events in collaboration with other on-campus organizations.

We strive to:

  • Utilize financial, management, and marketing skills and resources to identify and provide business solutions for global NGOs and other not-for-profits on short-term consulting projects.
  • Provide undergraduates with non-traditional applications for business knowledge in the global context and exposure to international culture and impact.
  • Educate the Penn community and promote awareness of international economic development through speaker events and site visits

Our Executive Board

 

Elena Zhou, Vice President

Elena is a junior in Wharton, studying finance and operations concentrations with a minor in math. While she calls Richmond, VA her home, she was born in China and is a Canadian citizen. This past year, Elena served as the Associate Consultant Chair, working with ACs in everything from trainings to external events. She could not be more excited to be serving as Vice President for PIIC this year. When she's not attending PIIC meetings, you can find her eating papaya, watching Suits, or exploring Philly's coffeeshops. Elena is super excited to meet the new AC class at school and ready to make PIIC this year absolutely, hands-down, without a doubt, insanely incredible! 

Kristin Li, President

Kristin is a junior from Baltimore, MD studying Business Analytics in Wharton with a minor in Computer Science. During the past two years, Kristin worked with the Ya’xche Conservation Trust as a member of the Belize team and led a partnership with Awamaki as Senior Consultant of the Peru team. Kristin joined PIIC her freshman year as a member of the Marketing Committee and served as Operations Chair from 2016 to 2017. Outside of PIIC, Kristin is involved with West Philly Swingers and with Wharton Cohorts as one of the Community Directors for Cohort Rupee. On a day-to-day basis, she enjoys finding new places to eat, drinking unreasonable amounts of coffee, and attempting to sing/dance. 

 

AJ Lahouaoula, Associate Consultant Chair

AJ is a sophomore from Vancouver, Canada that is studying Economics and International Relations in the College of Arts and Sciences. He loves PIIC for its engaging and impactful work, and the incredible community that has come along with the experience. Last year, he consulted for Challenging Heights, a Ghana-based NGO that works to reduce child slavery and promote children's rights. He was also involved in the sponsorship and conference committee. Beyond PIIC, AJ is involved in Penn’s Public Policy Initiative, Wharton’s Undergraduate Finance Club, and the International Affairs Association. He enjoys hiking, cooking and pastry baking, and keeping up with Formula One. 

 

Sabrina Hagan, Senior Consultant Chair

Sabrina is a senior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania studying Urban Studies and minoring in Survey Research & Data Analytics in the College. This past year, Sabrina co-lead a team of six to consult for the Social Welfare Association of Nepal (SWAN), an NGO dedicated to improve the education, health, and livelihoods of rural communities in Nepal, helping to create a volunteer program and find different streams of internal revenue. Last year, she traveled to Amman, Jordan to help Generations for Peace (GFP) in their marketing and outreach efforts. Outside of PIIC, she is in the Onyx Senior Honor Society and is the Social Chair for the African American Arts Alliance. She also is a fellow for Management Leadership for Tomorrow.  

         Saur Vasil,          Finance Chair

Saur is a junior from Ohio studying Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Upon coming to Penn, he discovered PIIC and fell in love with its community of people who were as passionate about humanitarian issues, global development, and world travel as he was. In his first year of involvement with PIIC, Saur consulted for Start-Up Chile, one of the leading accelerators in Latin America. He was also a member of the sponsorship and conference committee. Outside of PIIC, Saur is involved in Weiss Tech. House, and the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club. In his spare time, Saur often eats out with friends and enjoys the best cuisine Philadelphia has to offer.

Varun Vallabhaneni, Operations Chair

Varun is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio studying biology in the College and finance + management in Wharton through the LSM dual degree program. This past year, Varun consulted for Awamaki both off-site and on-site as a part of the Peru team, helping with everything from market research to a sales analysis. He was also a member of the sponsorship and conference committee. He developed a passion for social impact while building a suit that will improve protection for firefighters. Outside of PIIC, Varun is a Wharton 101 TA and a member of the Biotech. Society. He enjoys binge-watching reality tv, trying new food, and exploring Philadelphia in his free time.