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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 Spring 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 earned her Master's degree in Classical Studies at Penn. 


  • Penn Abroad
  • Penn Abroad

    Nigel Cossar

    Director of Penn Abroad

    Nigel oversees the Penn Abroad team at the University of Pennsylvania, providing leadership and support to the education abroad programs at Penn.  He comes to Penn from the University of Melbourne, where he directed the university’s study abroad and international exchange initiatives from 2007-2014.  Since 2014, he has worked in Washington DC, managing the University of Melbourne’s global engagement initiatives in the United States.  Nigel has previously been appointed as a Forum Council member (2012-14), and has held numerous leadership positions in education abroad including the Chair, Group of Eight Universities student mobility initiative and member of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) student mobility leadership group in Australia.

    Raised and educated in Australia, he twice studied abroad in the US as an undergraduate student, and worked as a Regional Director for a non-profit program provider from 2002-2004. Nigel earned a Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) from RMIT University, and a Master of International Business from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne.

  • Global Support Services
  • Global Support Services

    Artemis Koch, M.S., CPA

    Executive Director of Global Support Services

    Artemis Velahos Koch is the Executive Director of the Office of Global Support Services (GSS) at Penn Global. GSS serves as the single go-to office to support the administrative and business functions of the University’s global activity and the operational needs of faculty, staff, and students at every School and Central Administration.  Ms. Koch has consulted inside and outside Penn on various aspects of international activities, including: compliance, employment, payroll, tax, relocation, benefits, compensation and travel policies, and international assignment program issues.  She launched and co-chairs Penn’s Global Incident Management Team (GIMT) and the Committee on Travel Risk Assessment (CITRA), both part of a new global safety and security infrastructure at Penn.  She established the Global Administrators Working Group (GAWG) which serves as the main forum to bring forth operational needs in global activity at Penn. Artemis joined Penn from KPMG LLP, where she spent more than 15 years in International Tax and Global Mobility Services. 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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    • College Hall

Contact Information

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