Global Philadelphia Conversations -- Interview Series, Curated by Global Philadelphia Association

Global Philadelphia Association conducts interviews offering new insights into Philadelphia's current and potential involvement in global projects and how leaders of the Philadelphia region are taking great strides towards creating a more global Philadelphia.

Read the full interviews below and join the conversation on our Global Philadelphia Facebook page.

Blanka Zizka, Artistic Director of The Wilma Theater. By Will Becker, Global Philadelphia Ambassador.
April 21, 2017
Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, recently transitioned into his new position after serving on the Alliance Board of Directors for almost 20 years.
July 14, 2016
Mayor Jim Kenney first introduced Dr. Nina Ahmad as the Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement last December. As Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement, Ahmad oversees the Mayor's commissions and offices on constituent-specific issues. These include the Office of Black Male Engagement and the Youth Commission.
June 27, 2016
Jennifer Rodríguez officially became the new CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on January 4, 2016. Rodríguez had been the executive director of the city’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs before being approved by the chamber’s board of directors after she was selected from a “large” pool of candidates by a search committee, according to Al DÍA News
May 9, 2016
Miriam Enriquez is no stranger to city government. She began her career a Prosecutor for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and after seven years as a prosecutor, she moved on to City Council where she served as the Directory of Policy and Legislation for Councilman O’Brien.
April 28, 2016
George de Lama is the President of Eisenhower Fellowships, a world renowned Philadelphia-based, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that identifies, empowers and links emerging leaders from around the world. Before arriving at Eisenhower Fellowships, he was a prominent journalist and managing editor at the Chicago Tribune. Among his tight schedule in the new position, he was able to make some time for a Global Conversation to talk further about his career and his work.
March 19, 2015
Christiaan Morssink is the Executive Director for the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (1501 Cherry St.) The native of the Netherlands turned global Philadelphian sat down with EIJP's Alison Vayne to discuss his career as an activist, the work of the United Nations and why Philadelphia should aspire to become a global urban hub.
March 11, 2015
The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance unites the most vital organizations in a city renowned as a center of culture and art. Soon, Maud Lyon will take over as President. As she prepares for her new role, she took the time to speak with EIJP correspondent Peak Johnson about her past, future and love of arts and culture.
December 11, 2014
Select Greater Philadelphia is dedicated to promoting the region as a great place to do business. Executive director Matt Cabrey took time out of his busy schedule to speak with EIJP correspondent Alison Vayne about Select Greater Philadelphia’s global marketing efforts, as well as his own career path.
November 26, 2014
In 2007, Wilfred Muskens was appointed the Deputy Secretary for the Office of International Business Development, a division of the state's Department of Community and Economic Development. He sat down with EIJP's Alison Vayne to outline how the department brings business to Pennsylvania, its hopes for the future and the role GPA plays.
October 15, 2014