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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The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Jillian Fornito joined the Global Interdependence Center in 2008 as the assistant director with a broad scope of responsibilities including organizational and program management.
Associate at Cipriani & Werner Attorneys at Law
Rhona Gold was the Administrative Coordinator at Global Philadelphia since its inception in 2010. Her role within the organization is both instrumental and diverse. In her primary position, she performs all the duties of an executive assistant working directly with the Chairman of the Board, John Smith. Specifically, she manages all the day-to-day needs of the association and is the principal point of contact for all its members. Additionally, Rhona is responsible for scheduling meetings, planning events, and fulfilling all the daily requirements of staff members.
In 2022, the French government appointed Marine Havel to the role of Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia. As an official representative of the French  government, and thanks to a intensive program at the Collège des Hautes Études de l’Institut Diplomatique (French Diplomatic Institute),  her missions are to assist and protect the citizens of the country which she represents, to establish and grow trade and Cultural Relations between our two people.
Partner in Philadelphia office of Troutman Pepper
Sr Project Manager - Data, Analytics and Insights & Business Operations at Starbucks
An accomplished group of musicians, educators, and activists, the multicultural South African band of Sharon Katz & The Peace Train helped Nelson Mandela end Apartheid and have continued spreading their message of peace and reconciliation through performances and workshops in festivals, educational settings and concert halls around the world.
Asmaa was in charge of the GlobalPhilly™ 2015 program as well as the Marketing Strategy of Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) with the ultimate objective of connecting and promoting our members. Currently, she is the CEO of Authentik Spoon.
Retired Superintendent at Independence National Historical Park
Michael Malarick is a Pennsylvania and New Jersey attorney who has been licensed for over 28 years. Michael is the owner of the Law Office of Michael T. Malarick, Esq., PC located in Boothwyn, PA. Attorney Michael Malarick serves the Delaware County community, Chester County community, greater Philadelphia community, and more.
Executive Director and President of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) 
Owner of Books for Benefit LLC
Gigi’s professional background has been in community engagement, intergenerational literacy and social services. She defines herself as a performance artist and writer who uses social practice to create books, plays, projects, transitory exhibits and site-specific events that are designed to encourage open discussion around themes and topics that affect us in our lives.
Former Honorary Vice Consul of Spain
As a former secretary of international relations in Salvador City Hall, Bahia, and CEO of the CEERI - Center of Studies and International Relations Strategy -, I strongly believe that the relations developed between Brazil and Philadelphia can potentially be promoted, helping and straightening organizations part of the GPA activities to contribute to business development, cultural exchange and tourism boost for both countries.     
Carnell Professor of Community Art, Tyler School of the Arts at Temple University
Contact Representative for Social Security Administration