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.

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Jan Campbell-Westlind is the President and Founder of Campbell-Westlind & Associates. As a cross-cultural trainer, consultant and executive coach, Jan has assisted and facilitated the adjustment process to a new culture for a large number of corporate executives and their families from various countries. As a Foreign Service Officer, Jan has spent more than 25 years overseas in ten different countries on four continents. With extended assignments in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, South Korea, the United States and Sweden he has, together with his family, acquired an intimate knowledge of the challenges that expatriates’ face in an overseas environment. He speaks English, Swedish and French, and has been the Honorary Consul of Sweden in Philadelphia since 2009.
April 26, 2013
Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, Lynn McMaster joined the Please Touch Museum administration in July 2012 and serves as the storied institution's Executive Vice President. She spoke with Global Philadelphia Association about her move to a new country and the manner of welcome she has experienced in Philadelphia. This transplant to the United States is certainly making the most out of the "adventure" that moving to Philadelphia has been, and eloquently shares her favorite discoveries so far.
March 30, 2013
Dr. Julian Siggers came to Philadelphia from Toronto earlier in 2012 after accepting the position of Director of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. GPA Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh interviewed Dr. Siggers on the eve of the Penn Museum's 125th Anniversary, and learned more about the Museum's international prominence as well as Dr. Siggers's vision for its future.
December 19, 2012
A New York native, Alan Luxenberg has worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute since the 1970s when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Luxenberg has long been an advocate of education and bringing FPRI’s assets to the wider public, particularly to educators. With his profound and invaluable understanding of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s legacy, Alan Luxenberg is an absolutely outstanding Global Philadelphian.
November 23, 2012
For almost fifty years, Dr. Leonard Swidler has been the head of the Dialogue Institute, which is headquartered at Temple University as part of its religion department. Speaking with Global Philadelphia Association, Dr. Swidler illuminated the many fascinating aspects of his work, including why interreligious dialogue is essential for peace in our world.
September 13, 2012
President of the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, Linda Mysliwy Conlin, offers in-depth insight into the WTCGP’s mission of increasing Philadelphia’s economic prominence on a global scale. Ms. Conlin brings to light the global outlook of WTCGP and how it is an invaluable asset to the city of Philadelphia.
September 8, 2012
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.
August 19, 2012
In January 2012, Marcelo Blaz came to Temple University with the first cohort of Science Without Borders scholars, fully funded to study a science or tech field in the United States for one year. Before he began his summer 2012 internship, GPA staff member Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz sat down with him to discuss his impressions of Philadelphia and his thoughts on what makes a global city. 
August 17, 2012
Formerly President of US Commerce at QVC and an extremely accomplished businesswoman, Devon, PA's Darlene Daggett now serves as Founder and Executive Director of Ikatu International, a private foundation implementing for-profit, market driven solutions to address youth employment challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global Philadelphia Association sat down with Ms. Daggett to discuss how she translated her incredible successes in the private sector into achieving her goals as a social entrepreneur, as well as why she chose to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and youth employment. 
August 7, 2012
As President and CEO of Philadelphia International Medicine -- an organization whose goal is to establish the Philadelphia region as an international healthcare destination of choice -- and a two-decade veteran of the U.S. healthcare industry, it comes as no surprise that Leonard Karp leads the initiatives to take what Philadelphia has to offer and give it back to the globe. Mr. Karp explains how PIM is not only a celebration of Philadelphia’s excellence in medicine, but also an inviting cultural atmosphere for international patients.
July 27, 2012