People

Behind the inspiring organizations, dynamic businesses, compelling events, intriguing communities, and notable news items that help make Philadelphia global, are individuals who bring a wealth of expertise and commitment.  Meet the scholars, researchers, students, diplomats, curators, artists, linguists, educators, attorneys, financiers, transportation experts, scientists, administrators and others who contribute so much to the globalism of the region.  (GPA members appear at the beginning of the list, followed by non-members in alphabetical order.)

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Suzie has over 20 years experience as a business development and consulting professional with expertise in the Near East and Central Europe.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Progressive Business Publications
Executive Director and Founder, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture
Honorary Consul of France; Counsel at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP;  Co-Chair, Philadelphia Bar Association International Law Committee
Co-founder and Coordinator, Italian Professionals in Philadelphia
Chief Executive Office, National Label Company
Brian Shapiro is a dynamic professional with 18 years experience in professional training, higher education, and the performing arts. He’s a funny, knowledgeable, and insightful workshop leader! Brian’s developed and delivered theater-based training programs nationally, served on the communication faculty at several colleges and universities, and has written and performed in over a dozen original theatrical productions, as well as being singer/songwriter for the Paris-based electronic music trio, Grand Plateau.
Anastasia Shown is a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice and Community Outreach Consultant in the School of Arts & Sciences, working most recently with the South Asia Center, Middle East Center and Center for Africana Studies.
  Board Treasurer
Chair, Board of Directors The Global Philadelphia Association Of Counsel Reed Smith LLP 2500 One Liberty Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 jfsmith@globalphiladelphia.org
President, World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Executive Director, International House Philadelphia
Curator of Chinese Art, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Professor of East Asian Art, Univeristy of Pennsylvania
President and CEO, CETRA Language Solutions
As head of the BFW Group, a firm that he created, Blane is responsible for a business that specializes in construction project management, program management, owners' representation, quality control, cost estimating, scheduling, safety, construction site management, and real estate development consulting. Blane has also been a civic entrepreneur and, among many other activities, was a founder of Young Caribbean Professionals. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Globy for Community Leadership
President; KCX Consulting
President and CEO, University City Science Center