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President Gutmann and Penn Faculty Participate in Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai
November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14

Dr. Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, was among world leaders participating in the Summit on the Global Agenda, a project of the World Economic Forum.

The inaugural Summit, held November 7-9 in Dubai, was a gathering of the world’s most influential thinkers, including leaders from academia, business, government and society. Its purpose was to advance solutions to the most critical challenges facing humanity.

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi of the School of Arts and Sciences and President Gutmann co-chaired the Council on Human Equality and Respect, on which Dr. Thomas Sugrue of SAS also serves.

Other Penn faculty who attended the Summit in Dubai and served on Councils were Dr. Michael Useem, Dr. Howard Kunreuther and Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, all of the Wharton School, Mitigation of National Disasters; Dean Thomas Robertson of Wharton, Marketing and Branding; Dr. Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine, Pandemics; Dr. Christopher Murray of SAS and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Challenges of Nanotechnology; and Joseph Gyourko of Wharton, Future of Real Estate.

Additional Penn faculty who are members of Councils are Dr. Jere Behrman of SAS, Demographic Shifts; Dr. John Jackson Jr. of SAS and the Annenberg School for Communication and Dr. Eve Troutt Powell of SAS, Human Equality and Respect; Dr. Eugenie Birch of the School of Design, Urban Management; and Monroe Price of Annenberg, Future of Media.

The work of the Councils, which will continue to meet throughout the year, will be taken forward to the Forum’s 2009 Annual Meeting, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland January 28-February 1 under the theme, Shaping the Post-Crisis World.

Almanac - November 25, 2008, Volume 55, No. 14