May graduate Ethan Kallett Named a 2022 Yenching Scholar

Ethan Kallett, C’22

Ethan Kallett, C’22, has been selected as a 2022 Yenching Scholar and awarded full funding to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies, with a concentration in economics and management, at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing. Kallett is one of the 125 chosen from 27 countries to enroll in the one-year program in September. Six scholars affiliated with Penn have been chosen since the program’s inception in 2015.

From Vienna, Virginia, Kallett graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics, and a minor in data science. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and conversational in Mandarin. He has worked as a management consultant in Central and South America and Mexico at Bain & Company, EY-Parthenon, and Mandalah. In addition, Ethan has interned at FUNDES, a multinational non-governmental organization working with enterprises across Latin America.

At Penn, Kallett was involved in several projects through the student-run Social Impact Consulting Group, including helping to develop a reestablishment plan for an evicted Indonesian community center and as a junior board program for a nonprofit aiding LGBT asylum seekers. He was an editor for the Penn International Relations Journal and a summit coordinator for the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. He also was a student ambassador for the effective altruism organization One for the World.

As a Yenching Scholar, Ethan plans to analyze the impacts of technology transfer and enhancement of human capital on Sino-Latin American infrastructure projects, using economic data available from China’s Ministry of Commerce and at national economic data institutes in Brazil and Peru.


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