Andrada Ispas

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Hometown: Bucharest


Mihai Viteazul National College



Andrada grew up in Bucharest, Romania, witnessing the nation's transition from communism to capitalism. During high school, she participated in an exchange program, which sparked her love for the culture and traditions of France. In pursuit of an outstanding education, she enrolled in the Huntsman Program, where she used the thriving Penn environment to enrich her international sensitivity: Not only did she become very active in international clubs on campus, but she also spent a year at the prestigious French "Grande Ecole," Sciences Po Paris. There, she was thrilled to play handball again and led her team to winning the national Sciences Po competition. Andrada graduated summa cum laude with three majors and a minor—Marketing, International Studies, French, and Mathematics—and became a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Like her eclectic education, Andrada's work experience spans several countries, industries, and professional fields. She started with two advertising summer internships with BBDO Romania and Ogilvy and Mather Paris. She benefited from the intimate size of the BBDO office, becoming thoroughly acquainted with different aspects of the advertising industry. In Paris, she worked on a major account, leading a worldwide team responsible for monitoring the competitors' communication strategies. After graduation, Andrada worked for Sears Canada in Toronto, where she was quickly promoted into several corporate positions (in human resources, retail marketing, and catalogue merchandising). Looking to enhance her work experience, she decided to join a small consulting firm, working with Canadian and Caribbean financial institutions on diverse projects (from Six Sigma to customer service initiatives). She also helped launch the Penn/Wharton Alumni Club of Toronto and has been an active communications director of the club.

Andrada returned to Penn in 2005 as a student at the Lauder Institute, the graduate level counterpart to the Huntsman Program, earning both an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Studies from Penn's graduate school. Currently, she works for McKinsey in Brussels, Belgium, but her projects have taken her to Greece, Romania, Holland, United Arab Emirates, UK and Italy, across a variety of industries and topics. She tries to take advantage of being based in Europe to go skiing in the Alps whenever she can. Andrada speaks native Romanian, fluent English, and French and is proficient in Italian and German. She is a big sports fan, likes interacting with different people and cultures, and hopes to be able to travel across the entire world one day.