• Our Team
    • Our Team

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 four reporting offices are Penn Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, Global Support Services and Global Strategic Partnerships.

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 the Office of International Scholars and Student Services, Penn Abroad, the Office of 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.

  • Gayle Christensen, Ph.D.

    Outgoing Executive Director for Global Initiatives

    Gayle Christensen is the Executive Director for Global Initiatives.  She manages global initiatives and directs strategic international priorities for the Vice Provost. She came to Penn from the Urban Institute where she served as a researcher and principal investigator in the Education Policy Center. Gayle's primary research area is international migration and educational equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and Masters Degrees from Stanford and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She has been an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin; a Fulbright Scholar; and has worked with such groups as the World Bank, the Migration Policy Institute, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the UNESCO Institute for Education and Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

  • 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.

  • Beth Walker, M.A.

    Assistant to the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives

    Beth Walker is the executive assistant to the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives. She holds a MA in Adventure Education from Prescott College and a BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Beth came to Penn in 2011 from the University of Denver where she was the Assistant Director for Living and Learning Communities. She has also directed programs for Outward Bound, The Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colorado, and CoachArt in Los Angeles, California. Beth keeps up with the vice provost by training for long distance running events and riding her bike all over Philadelphia.



    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 Partnerships & Social Impact
  • Global Partnerships & Social Impact

    Joe Powers, Ph.D., MBA

    Managing Director of Global Partnerships and Social Impact

    Joe Powers is the Managing Director of Global Partnerships and Social Impact.  Joe leads the Global Social Impact program (GSI), a partnership between the Office of the Provost and Wharton Social Impact Initiative, aimed at developing partnerships to advance social impact around the world.  In his role, he is responsible for developing cross-School collaboration with industry focusing on research, teaching, and service projects in foreign countries.  Prior to joining the Penn community in 2009, Joe spent nearly a decade in a variety of business roles within the pharmaceutical industry, where he has developed an expertise in business strategy, global commercialization, and academia-industry partnerships.  In his last industry role, Joe gained extensive experience in Asia developing institutional and academic relationships in China and Japan.  He has also worked on projects in Canada, France, and the UK. Joe earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Exercise Psychology and has Master degrees in business administration, education, bioethics, and organizational dynamics.

    • College Hall
    • College Hall

Contact Information

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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303