Senior Scholar Lectures
Dr. Ashkenazi is an international expert on disaster management and leadership with both extensive professional and academic experience. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in medical preparedness for complex emergencies and disasters. He has published more than two hundred papers in medical and scientific journals, and presented his work in the United States, South America, Africa, Europe Asia and Middle-East countries. In the last twelve years, he has received Presidential Medals of Honor for Humanitarian Assistance from Turkey and Greece; the President of Rwanda; the Jewish Community in France, Turkey, Italy and USA; and the UJC.
Ori Shaham is currently Director of Procurement at MDA headquarters in Tel-Aviv. Magen David Adom (MDA) is the national Red Cross/ EMS system in Israel. Ori was formerly the director of the emergency medical station in Ashdod.
David Berman is the Special Assistant to the President and Co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), Irwin Redlener, MD. Dr. Redlener is an international figure on public health preparedness and noted child advocate and is also the director and founder of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where Mr. Berman also serves. Between CHF and NCDP, Mr. Berman is part of the executive team where he has oversight of programs and studies across the United States. As special assistant, Mr. Berman acts as a principal advisor and confidant to Dr. Redlener with a focus on strategic planning and time-sensitive, highly visible initiatives.