Penn President Amy Gutmann and Other Penn Faculty Participate in Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-01422November 17, 2008

PHILADELPHIA – 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 held in Dubai.

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

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

Other Penn faculty who attended the Summit in Dubai and served on councils were Michael Useem, Howard Kunreuther and Erwann Michel-Kerjan, all of the Wharton School, Mitigation of National Disasters; Thomas Robertson of Wharton, Marketing and Branding; Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine, Pandemics; 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 Jere Behrman of SAS, Demographic Shifts; John Jackson Jr. of SAS and the Annenberg School for Communication and Eve Troutt Powell of SAS, Human Equality and Respect; Eugenie Birch of the School of Design, Urban Management; and Monroe Price of Annenberg, Future of Media.

Additional information about the Dubai conference is available at

Information on the reports of the Summit councils is available at