Carles Alonso Torras
Dual degree MBA candidate with The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania)
Carles Alonso Torras (Barcelona, Catalonia, 1991) is a Master in Public Administration Candidate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a dual degree MBA candidate with The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
He was a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business, where he graduated with degrees in finance and international studies (magna cum laude distinctions) in 2014. During his undergraduate years, he was the founder & CEO of Compass Capital, president of the Penn Microfinance LatAm Team, captain of the water polo club team and president of the Wharton MENA UG chapter. He was also inducted into the Lantern Senior Society, and completed a semester-long exchange at PUC-Rio, completing native-level courses in Brazilian history, politics and international relations.
Upon finishing his undergraduate studies, he joined JPMorgan Chase's FX Options New York trading desk, where he worked as an analyst providing global coverage. In January 2016, he joined an early stage, Medellin-based social enterprise called Suyo Public Benefit Corporation. Over the course of nearly two and a half years, he directed strategic partnerships and operations, before serving as the company's Chief Operating Officer. Suyo has been recognized as a global innovator on repeated occasions, by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Omidyar Network, Dubai 2020 Expo, and World Bank, among other entities.
At Wharton, Carles received the Joseph Wharton Fellowship, for outstanding academic, personal and professional achievement. Currently, he holds positions on the boards of the Wharton Impact Investment Partners, as well as the Private Equity & Venture Capital Club. At HKS, he was awarded the Zuckerman Fellowship, through the Center for Public Leadership. He is also certified as a Frontier Market Scout by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and has twice been invited to be a Latin America evaluator by the annual MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge.