About Us

The International Development Event Series (IDES) is an initiative by the International Development Club at UPenn housed in Kings Court English College House (KCECH) to bring together students, faculty and experts who are passionate about sustainable international development. The series covers round table discussions and lecture sessions on the following topics: international education, economics, public health, environment and technologies. This event series was designed as a student-run program supported by a committee of faculties, graduate and undergraduate students. The speakers from various areas of expertise representing diverse research and development organizations are invited to participate in the seminar series.

This program focuses on our roles as global citizens by better understanding development-related issues around the world. It is imperative that we share this concern for global human development in areas of health, education, technologies and environment directly impacting human beings. This interdisciplinary program allows students and faculties at Penn to interact and debate important issues and gain awareness of how to address them and develop solutions through engaged discussions with academics, scholars and practitioners in the field. Interested students have the opportunity to interact with the experts with unique perspectives on best development practices and explore opportunities to get involved in international development research work.

The program is organized in partnership with the Perry World House, Graduate School of Education, Center for Advanced Studies of India (CASI), School of Engineering, Annenberg School of Communication, Wharton and Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Our People

    Gina Elia is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in modern Chinese literature. She is also a graduate student at King's Court English College House.

    Leah Davidson is a senior in Wharton concentrating in Management and Global Innovation. She is an RA in Kings Court English College House, co-founder of the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, and a research assistant for the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies.

    Deepti Chittamuru is a doctoral candidate at ASC, Penn. She studies how persuasive technologies might be employed to change health behaviors amongst under-privileged populations both in the US and in developing countries like India.

    Fatima Zahra is in the Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and is a research associate for the International Literacy Institute at UPenn. She was the UNESCO Fellow at the International Educational Development Program at Penn and an Aga Khan Scholar. Fatima is also a graduate fellow of Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Fatima holds an M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development from UPenn.