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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Emilia Allen is a Master of Public Administration candidate at Villanova University (Spring 2015). After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Oakland University, she worked as a non-profit development officer in Clarkston, MI. Her work with the Global Philadelphia Association was as a research fellow for Project World Heritage - Philadelphia’s pursuit of World Heritage City distinction. Emilia’s research interests include economic and community development, urban sustainability, and municipal financial management.
Co-founder and Event Coordinator, Italian Professionals in Philadelphia
Dr. Azuka Anyiam, CEO of VICA Technologies, LLC; President of the African and Caribbean Business Council
Manager, C-ITIS Conseils
Will Becker is a graduate of University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland, majoring in International Relations. In the past he has interned with organizations such as the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and World Policy Journal in New York. He has a passion for International Relations, Politics, Human Rights, and Social Justice. He joined the team to help launch GlobalPhilly 2017. As GlobalPhilly 17 Coordinator Will works to ensure that all of the diverse and international activity that occurs in Philadelphia gets his proper recognition.
Clotilde Berling is a communications specialist. She graduated from La Sorbonne in Paris with a bachelor degree in Business and Languages. She then studied one year abroad at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, before completing her master’s degree majoring in Marketing and Communications in a French business school (Sup de Co Reims). She has worked in various industries, such as tourism, trade credit insurance and engineering, where she was in charge of developing branding initiatives, internal communications and external media relations.
President, Mary Sue Boyle and Company
Nikia Brown, is a native Philadelphian who has an unyielding passion for people and places. Growing up in a Caribbean household kindled within her a strong curiosity about world cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Upon graduating from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in government, she relocated to South Korea to teach English as a Second Language for two consecutive years.
Tiffany Chang Lawson is a life-long Pennsylvania resident. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA but moved to Hershey, PA when she was eight years old to attend the Milton Hershey School (MHS).
Peter Chawaga is the editor of Global Philadelphia’s Emerging International Journalist Program. He is tasked with managing the flow of original written and multimedia content for GPA’s International Magazine by assigning and editing articles to a team of local freelance and staff journalists. His managerial role entails identifying the stories that are most important to Philadelphia’s international community and making sure those stories are told in accurate, compelling and relevant ways.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Carl Cherkin has enjoyed long running success in sports, broadcasting, marketing and public relations. He is currently the Vice President, Business Relations with Philadelphia Union, of Major League Soccer, where he has been on staff from the very beginning.
Bénédicte Clouet is a globally-minded idealist with a long-held interest in world politics and foreign affairs. Before moving to Philadelphia 6 months ago, she served in a variety of international roles in fields ranging from education and internet governance to global health.
Ben Craig has spent the past ten years of his career in the capital markets, principally working for American exchanges. Previously a principal/founder of Swap-Ex, a startup commodity swaps trading platform, he has worked in corporate development and strategic planning roles involving equity and derivatives exchanges, as well as commodity trading platforms and clearinghouses.
Senior Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dean of the College of Science and Technology, Temple University
Born in Quebec (Canada), Mikhael De Thyse studied the history of architecture and urban planning at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and specialized at the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC – KUL, Leuven).
Joan Detz is the author of How To Write & Give A Speech, which The Washington Post praised as "A how-to classic". She writes speeches, consults on presentations, prepares executives for media interviews, and rehearses speakers for conferences.
Communication Professional Caroline Dubois holds a Master in Social Communication and Journalism. She graduated in 1999 from the Journalism School of Brussels (Ihecs - Presse & Information 99). Caroline has more than 15 years’ experience in the field of communication in Belgium.
Chairman, Project for Nuclear Awareness