Colonel (Res.) Professor Isaac Ashkenazi MD, MSc, MPA, MNS, Chairman,  Founder

Professor Isaac Ashkenazi is an international expert on disaster management and leadership, community resilience and mass casualty events 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. Ashkenazi is the former Director of the Urban Terrorism Preparedness Project at the NPLI Harvard University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Emory University; an Adjunct Professor of disaster management at the UGA; a Professor of Disaster Medicine at Ben-Gurion University in Israel; Founder of NIRED Center at the College of Law & Business; Commander at Mobile Med One Foundation; Advisory Board member of Israel Homeland Security; and a consultant to Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the White House, the World Bank, Rio Olympic Games, the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, India NDMA, SAMUR – Protección Civil, China Ministry of Health and other national and international agencies. Ashkenazi served as the Surgeon General for the IDF Home Front Command.

Dr. Carmit Rapaport Ph.D. MA, Director

Dr. Carmit Rapaport is a researcher in the fields of disaster management and emergencies. Her main research areas include psychosocial aspects of disasters, adaptive behavior, risk management and organizational behavior during crises and disasters. Dr. Rapaport is the academic coordinator of the MA programs in Disaster Management and Fire Studies at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. She holds a Ph.D from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Carmit has vast experience in teaching and conducting large-scale research projects, including EU funded projects (FP7-BEMOSA, FP7-PsyCris) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Space.