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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 Centers 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
    Executive Director of Penn China 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 Summer 2016, and the Provost’s Global Engagement Fund, which supports cutting edge, interdisciplinary research on important global issues. In 2016, Dr. Gadsden was named executive director of Penn China Initiatives to coordinate and develop University strategy and activity in China.  In this role she works closely with the Penn Wharton China Center and directs the Penn China Research and Engagement Fund.

    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.

  • Alison Noji

    Associate Director

    Alison (Ali) Noji is the Associate Director in the Office of Global Initiatives.  She is responsible for Penn Global's communication initiatives, and development and stewardship reporting (e.g. Penn China Research and Engagement Fund, Global Engagement Fund, and other support initiatives), among other activities.  A former Global Initiatives Fellow, Ali returns to Penn Global after pursuing a M.S.Ed from Penn's Graduate School of Education. Before coming to Penn, Ali was the Proposal and Project Coordinator at Child Trends, a non-profit research center, where she was responsible for managing bid, proposal, and post-award activities.  Ali holds a B.A. in French and International Studies from the University of Richmond.

  • Olivia DiNucci

    Global Initiatives Fellow

    Olivia DiNucci is the Global Initiatives Fellow for Penn Global. She supports the Global Initiatives team by facilitating a number of projects around research and engagement in areas of regional or thematic interest.  Olivia also coordinates visits by foreign delegations, and supports a number of communication and outreach initiatives. Olivia comes to Penn after her service in Peace Corps Morocco where she was a Youth and Community Development Volunteer focusing on gender and development and the Field Manager for Project Soar Morocco, a girls’ empowerment and education NGO. Prior to Morocco, Olivia, worked as a Senior Program Facilitator for World Learning’s International Youth Programs. Olivia holds a B.S in Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

  • Jaclyn Billek

    Staff Assistant

    Jaclyn (Jackie) Billek is the Staff Assistant for the Penn Global Initiatives team. She holds a B.A. with honors from West Chester University. Her work includes administrative support for the Executive Director for Global Initiatives and the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, department correspondence, and support for internal and external department events. Prior to joining the Penn Global team, Jackie worked as an executive assistant in the real estate and finance industries,  and served as an academic and corporate program manager for Getting More Inc.,  a consulting firm specializing in high-stakes negotiation and dispute resolution training. 


  • 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.

  • Finance and Administration
  • Drew Cahan

    Director of Resource Management

    Drew Cahan is the Director of Resource Management in the Finance and Administration office of Penn Global.  He is responsible for overseeing the financial needs for each of the respective offices within Penn Global.  Drew is returning to Penn after two and a half years at Lockheed Martin as a Lead Financial Analyst supporting Naval Undersea Systems Contracts.  Prior to that, he spent five years as the Grants Manager for the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the Annenberg School for Communication.  CGCS was a global comparative media, law, and policy center focused on international programs in conflict/post-conflict and developing regions.  Drew helped grow the CGCS network of grants and contracts while maintaining the financial oversight and reporting for the center.  Drew holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (with a Certificate in Public Finance) and a B.A. in Finance & Accounting from Northeastern University. 

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Contact Information

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303