Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The School of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Political Science

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has been teaching at Penn since 1996. His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, the politics of labor, international development, international relations theory, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences.  He is author, coauthor or coeditor of seven books. His two monographs are Managing ‘Modernity’: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. The latter book was honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011.  Prof. Sil is also author of three dozen articles and book chapters. He also serves on the editorial boards of two journals, Comparative Political Studies and Russian Politics, and is an elected board member of the Committee on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association (2016-19). Prof. Sil is currently working on two books, Russia Reconsidered:  Fate of a Former Superpower (under contract, Cambridge University Press) and Pathways of the Post-communist Proletariat: Labor Politics in Russia, China and Eastern Europe.  Research related to the latter project was presented in a paper that received the award for Best Paper in Labor Studies at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Sil’s College of Arts & Sciences Profile.

Faculty Director for the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, The Wharton School, Mack Professor; Professor of Management, Co-Director, Mack Institute for Innovation Management; Wharton School

Harbir Singh is the Mack Professor; professor of Management; and co-director of the Mack Institute for Innovation Management at Wharton. He is also Wharton’s faculty director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. He has also served as past chairperson of the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and chairperson of Wharton’s Management Department. He has served on the editorial boards of several leading management journals. His research on the role of cultural distance in explaining the choice of entry mode by multinationals won the JIBS Decade Award, presented by the Journal of International Business Studies. He has also received the Strategic Management Society’s Award for Outstanding Research. He is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society, the premier professional body for research in strategy, and was named its dean in 2015. Harbir has taught extensively in Wharton’s multiple degree programs. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of the Indian School of Business, and has been a visiting professor at the London Business School and Bocconi University, Italy. He has worked with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon, Cisco, and the Aditya Birla Group on issues relating to strategy, alliances, and acquisitions. Dr. Singh’s Wharton Profile.



Prior to joining the program in May 2018, Kelly served as the Dean of Career and Professional Advising at Haverford College. She is delighted to return to Penn, having supported students as a Senior Associate Director in Career Services from 2007-2013. She has also worked as a trainer for the U.S. State Department’s Irish Peace Process Cultural & Training Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Washington, D.C., and held advising roles at Stetson University, the University of Iowa, and George Washington University. Her first job was as a teaching intern at the Marymount International School in Rome, Italy. She has a B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, an M.A. in Community Counseling from George Washington University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Penn, with a research focus on interning abroad on career development.

Associate Director

Communications and Programming Coordinator

Prior to joining the program, Alyssa worked in Career Services at Penn, having supported the College of Arts & Sciences students. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Champlain College, as well as an M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. As a First Generation student herself, Alyssa is passionate about programming and support services that will promote development and success within this community of students. She is very excited to support students of the Huntsman Program as they discover their interests and begin to establish and work toward goals for their futures. Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog Ally, relaxing at the beach, and watching hockey (Go Flyers!).

Advisory Board

The Huntsman Program Advisory Board consists of Penn alumni, most with degrees from either the College or Wharton. Board members are senior level professionals, primarily from the business community, who provide advice and assistance to the Program. Board members are global in their perspective, with current members hailing from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Current Members

Emilio Bassini, W’71, C’71, WG’73 | Managing Principal, Bassini & Co, LLC

John Colas, W’84 | Partner, Oliver Wyman

Manuel Dubon, W’63, L’66 | President, D Group Equities & Affiliates

Elizabeth Granville-Smith, C’91, WG’96 | Managing Director, BV Investment Partners

Michael Heric, W’93, C’93 | Partner, Bain & Company

Paul Huntsman, WG’00 | President, Huntsman Family Investments

Sheryl Kaye, W’86 | President, JCC Manhattan

Paul Kelly, C’62, WG’64 | President & Chief Executive Officer, Knox & Co.

Samuel S. Kim, W’85, C’85 | CEO (South East Asia), Dairy Farm Group

Donald Lim, W’86, SEAS’86 | Director and Chief Operating Officer, Hotel Equatorial Management Sdn. Bhd.

Matthew Luth, W’00, C’00 | Deputy CIO and Managing Director, HBK Capital Management

Mazy Moghadam, W’93 | Managing Director, Julius Baer International Ltd.

John Reinsberg, C’78 | Deputy Chairman, Lazard Asset Management LLC

Sean H. Reynolds, WG’93 | Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Lazard Asset Management, LLC

Jonathon Rosenstein, C’86 | CEO & Founder, Trilogy Capital, LLC

Ricardo Salmon, W’93 | Managing Partner, Silver River Capital Partners

Henrik Schliemann, C’88 | PMB Capital Limited, Private Merchant Banking

Jeffrey Seltzer, W’78 | Managing Partner, Pierce Yates Ventures LLC

Rohit Singh, W’02, C’02 | Managing Director, Consumer Products & Retail Group, Americas UBS

Rajiv Sobti W’84 | Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Karya Capital Management LP

Luis Virata, WG’79 | Chairman & CEO, CLSA Exchange Capital, Inc.

Ehsan “Nanou” Zayan, CW’73 | Partner, Collingham Management LLP

Alumni Council

The Huntsman Alumni Council (HAC) is a highly engaged and committed group of 15 alumni, representing different cohorts, who also provide advice and assistance to the Program. The HAC provides perspective on the impact of various dimensions the Program has had on the careers of its graduates. Thus far, HAC contributions include increasing the number of alumni interviewers for admissions, organizing regional social events, creating an alumni fund to support scholarships for international students, and supporting students’ professional development by facilitating alumni-student connections for internship recruiting and mentoring activities.

Current Members

Nicolas  Aguirre (Huntsman ’11) Target Language: Italian | Vice President, Endowments & Foundations Group, J.P. Morgan

Matthew Asada (Huntsman ’02) Target Language: German | Vice President, U.S. Department of State, American Foreign Service Association

Cynthia Ding (Huntsman ’17) Target Language: Spanish | Associate, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Desiree Dubon (Huntsman ’00) Target Language: French | Executive Vice President, D Group Management NA, LLC

Maribeth Gainard (Huntsman ’02) Target Language: French | CFO, Groupe 3SI

Vijay Mehta (Huntsman ’04) Target Language: Spanish | Managing Director, Investment Group, Ziff Brothers Investments

Joyce Meng (Huntsman ’08) Target Language: Spanish | CEO & Founder, FACT Capital | Co-Founder, Givology

Ravi Naresh (Huntsman ’09) Target Language: Spanish | Portfolio Manager, Marshall Wace Asset Management

Roya Rashtchi (Huntsman ’11) Target Language: Spanish | Consultant, Bain & Company

Jeff Reisenberg (Huntsman ’00) Target Language: French | Managing Director, Evercore

Manoj Susarla (Huntsman ’04) Target Language: Hindi | Managing Director, Morgan Stanley

Matthew Tilove (Huntsman ’03) Target Language: German | Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Daniel Urgelles (Huntsman ’11) Target Language: Portuguese | MBA Candidate at Harvard University

Max von Weisberg (Huntsman’ 12) Target Language: French | Senior Traffic Manager, Shopbop & East Dane

Sharon Yang (Huntsman’ 98) Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Affairs, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Student Advisory Board

The Huntsman Student Advisory Board (HSAB) consists of current students, each elected by members of the Student Board and their peers. HSAB serves as an instrument for greater student participation and as a forum for students to voice their opinions about issues of concern to them. They often provide insight and help to execute programming that is of interest and relevant to Huntsman students. HSAB also works to build a sense of community through social events. Such activities help to maintain the close ties formed between Huntsman students during their freshman year, even after they spread out across campus and across the world during their semester abroad.

Current Members

Class of 2020:

Zachary Sweeney – Chairman
Target Language: Spanish     

Taylor Bell
Target Language: Spanish

Rohan Bharvani
Target Language: Mandarin

Nicholas Strauch
Target Language: German 

Class of 2021:

Cole Hancock
Target Language: German

Kamel Kamour
Target Language: French       

Daniel Leva
Target Language: Spanish

Couloir Hanson
Target Language: German

Class of 2022:

Matteo Brunel
Target Language: Italian

Sanjay Kalaga
Target Language: Spanish

Mariana Velasco
Target Language: Russian

Gabrielle Cabeza
Target Language: Spanish


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