On June 8 and 9, Wharton traveled to a suitably historic — and dynamic — location as part of the celebration of the School’s 125th anniversary. The ancient city of Istanbul, now a center of economic growth and political change, hosted faculty members, alumni, and other guests at the sold-out Wharton Global Alumni Forum. The event was based at Çirag˘an Palace Kempinski and traveled to some of Turkey’s most recognizable locations, beginning with a luxury cruise of Bosphorus and concluding with a gala banquet at Esma Sultan Palace.
Wharton Dean Patrick Harker and committee chairman Mehmet Habbab, W’65, WG’67, also chairman of the Delta Petroleum Group of Companies, welcomed an impressive slate of dignitaries and business leaders from Europe and the Middle East, including Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey; Ross Wilson, Ambassador of the U.S. to the Republic of Turkey; Nabeel Shaath, WG’61, GrW’65, H’96, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority; Tezcan Yaramanci, Chairman of Bank Europa Turkey; Muhtar Kent, President, Coca Cola International; and Todd Thomson, WG’87, chairman and CEO of Citigroup Global Wealth Management. Don’t miss the next 2006 Wharton Global Alumni Forum in Rio de Janeiro August 10-11. Visit <www.wharton.upenn.edu/alumni/forums/> to register.