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
Annie Lai, Vice-President
Annie is a senior from Richland, Washington studying in Wharton with concentrations in Statistics, Finance, and Decision Processes. This past year, Annie led a PIIC team onsite to Antigua, Guatemala to consult for SERES, an educational NGO that develops rural youth leaders in sustainability. Through PIIC, Annie has also worked with the Ya’axche Conservation Trust in Belize and the Social Welfare Association of Nepal. Outside of PIIC, she is involved in the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Delta Sigma Pi, and Alpha Phi. Annie’s main passions are music, dogs, coffee and the outdoors. She also enjoys traveling to unconventional places, open-water swimming, skiing, and running half marathons with little to no training.
Ricardo Pena, President
Ricardo is a senior from Beaumont, California studying in Wharton with concentrations in Finance, Behavioral Economics, and a minor in Anthropology. This past year, Ricardo led a PIIC off-site team to consult for Maquipucuna, a conservation-focused NGO that focuses on sustainability and preservation of the environment. Ricardo has also worked with Helping Overcome Obstacles Peru and the Social Welfare Association of Nepal. Outside of PIIC, he is involved in Phi Kappa Psi and the Joseph Wharton Scholars program. In his spare time he likes to procrastinate by binge-watching shows on Netflix or Hulu and then drinking gallons of coffee to stay awake and make up for the procrastination.
Janani Kalyan, Associate Consultant Chair
Janani is a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois studying in Wharton with an intended minor in Computer Science. This past year, she consulted for ACRES, a Singapore-based NGO that seeks to tackle illegal wildlife trade. As a freshman, Janani found her first home at Penn through PIIC, and she looks forward to facilitating that same tight-knit community in a new Associate Consultant class. Beyond PIIC, Janani is involved in the Social Impact Consulting Group and Wharton Council, and is a TA for her favorite class, CIS 110. In no particular order, she appreciates unflavored Greek yogurt, Spotify’s Beast Mode playlist, running, and a good socks and sandals combo.
David Zhou, Senior Consultant Chair
David Zhou is a junior from Burlingame, California studying Economics in the College and minoring in Data Science. This past year, David worked with mothers2mothers as a senior consultant, an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa which focuses on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Through PIIC, David has also worked with the Kalambi Community Outreach Project in Uganda and Awamaki, a Peru-based NGO. Outside of PIIC, David plays for the University of Pennsylvania Men's Water Polo team, is a photographer for 34th Street, and volunteers with We Can Swim! He is also very passionate about baking (but isn’t very good at it).
Angela Schmitt, Finance Chair
Angela is a sophomore from Kohler, Wisconsin pursuing a dual degree between Business Analytics in Wharton and Mathematics in the College. This past year, Angela worked with Mothers2mothers, an NGO based out of Cape Town, South Africa focused on preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission. Angela’s first year at Penn was defined by both the professional growth and incredible friendships that the PIIC community offers. As finance chair, she hopes to raise funds to reduce the financial burden of going on onsite trips so more students can gain the perspective and experience that PIIC offers. Outside of PIIC, Angela is a Joseph Wharton Scholar and a member of Wharton Women. When not at school, Angela is busy running her own food truck, selling artisan crepes and coffee.
Brandon Nguyen, Operations Chair
Brandon is a sophomore from Toronto, Canada pursuing a dual degree between Environmental Policy & Management in Wharton and Political Science in the College. This past year, Brandon consulted for the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society by developing a media and marketing strategy for the organization, as well as making recommendations to optimize the growth of their initiative, Project Orange Elephant. Outside of PIIC, Brandon is involved in the Wharton Undergraduate Consulting Club, the Hult Prize Ivy Organizing Committee, and works as both a research assistant in the management department and a program manager of GreenLearning, an environmental non-profit. In his spare time, he enjoys wasting money on bubble tea, pretending to be vegan, baking french macarons, and re-watching The Office.