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Penn Global provides strategic direction for Penn’s global endeavors with a focus on efficient investment of university resources for global activities. Penn Global collaborates with Schools and Center across the University and seeks to catalyze cross-school collaborations to integrate knowledge that addresses key issues. We partner with leaders from Penn and around the world to develop innovative interdisciplinary global strategies, initiatives and programs.

In addition, Penn Global provides important services in support of University endeavors, including academic year study abroad, immigration services for international students and operational and compliance support for international projects. The three reporting offices are Penn Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, and Global Support Services

Penn Global also manages the Global Engagement Fund, Penn’s Global Information System, and international agreements with partner institutions. 

OUR Team

  • Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

    Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School

    After completing Amherst College, he received his M.Sc. from Oxford University in Biochemistry.  He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Emanuel has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, health care reform, international research ethics, end of life care issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times. Read more.

  • Amy E. Gadsden, Ph.D.

    Executive Director for Global Initiatives

    As Executive Director for Penn Global, Amy Gadsden works with Penn’s schools and centers to develop and implement strategies to increase Penn’s global engagement both on campus and overseas.  She oversees Penn Global’s reporting offices, including International Student and Scholar Services, Penn Abroad, Global Support Services, and Perry World House, which will open its doors on campus in January 2016 and the Provost’s Global Engagement Fund, which supports cutting edge, interdisciplinary research on important global issues.  Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Gadsden spent five years as Associate Dean for International and Strategic Initiatives at Penn Law, where she built a comprehensive program aimed at expanding the Law School’s global curriculum, professional development opportunities, and reputation and managed cross-disciplinary programs.  She established or expanded all of Penn Law’s signature international programs, including the Global Research Seminar, the Bok Visiting Professors Program, and the Penn Law International Internship and Summer Human Rights Fellows Programs.  She also played a key role in building Penn Law’s cross disciplinary programs, pioneering new initiatives in law and technology and law and health. As an adjunct faculty member, Dr. Gadsden taught seminars in international human rights and rule of law.

    Before coming to Penn, Dr. Gadsden spent more than a decade working in the foreign policy field with a focus on China.  She served as a Country Director for the International Republican Institute and as a Special Advisor for China at the United States Department of State.  She has published several articles on democracy and human rights in China, documenting changes in legal and civil society reform.  Dr. Gadsden was one of the first American scholars to observe and write about grassroots elections in the PRC in the mid-1990s.   Dr. Gadsden has also consulted for the Pew Charitable Trusts, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  She holds a B.A. from Yale College and a Ph.D. in Chinese legal history from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Brandon Alcorn

    Project Manager for Global Initiatives

    Brandon Alcorn is the Project Manager for Global Initiatives. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in International Relations. He is responsible for collecting, storing, and analyzing data relating to all the international activities of the University, managing ongoing international initiatives, and developing new projects to expand the international reach of the University. Before coming back to Penn, Brandon worked as a Senior Modeler at Lustick Consulting, a political science consulting firm specializing in agent-based computer simulations for forecasting the behavior of political systems. He has a diverse background in data analysis and visualization, social science theory, modeling methodology, and political forecasting and has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

  • Alison Noji

    Global Initiatives Fellow

    Alison (Ali) Noji is the Global Initiatives Fellow.  She holds a B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Richmond.  She is responsible for coordinating the Global Engagement Fund, tracking exchange agreements with international partners, and assisting in the planning and implementation of ongoing international projects at the University.   Before coming to Penn, Ali was the Proposal and Project Coordinator at Child Trends, a non-profit research center.  She was responsible for managing bid, proposal, and post-award activities, and for supporting the Senior Scholar’s various research activities.

  • Laurie Jensen

    Administrative Coordinator for Global Initiatives

    Laurie Jensen is the Administrative Coordinator for Penn Global. She offers support to the Vice Provost and Executive Director for Global Initiatives, as well as to the Director of the Perry World House. Before joining the Penn Global team, Laurie spent three years in the Academic Affairs department at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice. She earned her BA in Archaeology and Classical Civilization from Boston University and is currently working towards a Master's degree in Classical Studies at Penn. 



    Barbara Gorka, Ph.D.

    Director of Penn Abroad

    Barbara Gorka has served as the Director of Penn Abroad since 2010. Previously, she held administrative positions in international programs at Colgate University and Temple University, and teaching positions in Spanish at Muhlenberg College and Dickinson College. She has her B.A. in Spanish from Dickinson College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Spain as an undergraduate (Madrid) and as a graduate student (Santiago de Compostela), and has led short-term programs in Spain and Costa Rica.

  • Global Support Services
  • Global Support Services

    Artemis Koch, M.S., CPA

    Executive Director of Global Support Services

    Artemis Koch is the Executive Director of Global Support Services (GSS).  Artemis joined Penn in October 2012 from KPMG LLP, where she spent 15 years, most recently as Senior Manager, International Services. She has consulted numerous clients in various aspects of their international activities, including compliance, employment, payroll, tax, relocation, benefits, compensation policy and international assignment program issues.  Artemis has presented on global mobility issues at client roundtables, International Chamber conferences, and internal training sessions.  She was a member of KPMG’s Culture of Inclusion Strategy Board as well as a recent graduate of the KPMG’s Executive Institute for Women.  Artemis is a Pennsylvania CPA with a M.S. in Taxation.

  • Global Finance and Administration
  • Global Finance and Administration

    Rose Flynn

    Manager, Finance and Administration

    Rose Flynn provides administrative and financial support the Penn Global leadership team.  She is responsible for developing and managing the Penn Global budget and overseeing all financial operations of the Center.  Before joining the Penn Global team, she held positions in the Perelman School of Medicine Finance Office and in the University’s Office of Budget and Management Analysis.  She holds a BBA with a major in Economics from the Wharton School and a Masters of Government Administration from the Fels Institute of Government of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Contact Information

122 College Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303