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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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
Dedicated and self-motivated person who has a strong passion in social cause related private companies, non-profit organizations and public service. Health Care, Economy & Small Business, Clean Energy & Sustainability, Immigration reform and homeland security & anti-terrorism are the public issues that I care about.
Executive Director, Global Philadelphia Association
The Complex Litigation Center was the first courthouse in the United States designed exclusively for complex, multi-filed Mass Tort cases when it opened in 1992. Since February, 2002 it has been located in Room 622 City Hall. The Honorable Arnold L. New is The Coordinating Judge of the Center. He is assisted by Stanley Thompson, Esquire, Director.
Business Development Manager, Corporate Traveler USA
Board Member, Chamounix Youth Hostel and the Global Philadelphia  Association
Serve clients to create an international profile and explore new markets and partnerships; to diversify and develop strategies to target key constituency groups more effectively, and; in Latin-America to develop winning campaign strategies by tailoring proven US tactics to fit the specific needs of the Latin-American market.
Peter Van Buren , a 24-year veteran of the State Department, spent a year in Iraq. Following his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. Through the efforts of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU, Van Buren instead retired from the State Department on his own terms.
Council President, The City of Philadelphia  
Communications Director, The Wistar Institute
Founder, Chairwoman, and CEO, Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson
Retired Archpriest, Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, son of Philadelphia
Assistant Vice President, Global Partnerships and Programs & International Student and Scholar Services 
Principal, ghSMART
Kris Walski is a trilingual Philadelphia native, an International Relations alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. He has worked at Philadelphia City Council on the Committee On Global Opportunity and a successful gubernatorial campaign. Emerging International Journalists Program And Media Relations Manager at Global Philadelphia Association