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  • Military Strategy & History

  • Geopolitical Strategy: Israel

  • U.S. – Israel Military Cooperation

  • Integrated Business

  • Leadership

General Charles Krulak served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His last position was as Commandant of the Marine Corps and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  During his military service, Krulak received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star Medals with Combat “V,” two Purple Heart Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the French Legion d’Honneur Commandeur rank, and numerous other decorations and medals.


Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Krulak served on several corporate boards and in 2011 was invested as the 13th President of Birmingham-Southern College. He retired in 2015 and currently serves as President Emeritus. Krulak graduated in 1964 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Krulak also holds a Master of Science degree in Labor Relations from The George Washington University (1973) and attended the J.F.K. School of Government/International Relations at Harvard University. In addition, he is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School (1968); the Army Command and General Staff College (1976); and the National War College (1982). Krulak has served on the USIEA Board of Directors since 2017.




  • Healthcare

  • Veterans Affairs

  • U.S. – Israel Legislation

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Congressional Affairs

Dr. Roe is a former six-term U.S. Representative of Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. Roe served as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs from 2017 to 2019 and Ranking Member of the committee from 2019-2021. After earning his Medical Degree, Roe served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, attached to the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea and attaining the rank of major. After his military service, Roe went into OB/GYN practice. He began his political career in 2003, serving on the Johnson City, Tenn., Planning Commission. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Vice Mayor of Johnson City and as Mayor of the city from 2007 to 2009. He was elected to Congress in November 2008. Roe is a 1967 graduate of Austin Peay State University. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1970. Roe joined the USIEA Board of Directors in 2021.

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  • Integrated Business

  • Peace building 

  • Leadership

  • Economics

  • Entrepreneurship

Avi Zimmerman is the Founder and President of the Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JS Chamber) and the President and CEO of the Integrated Business Roundtable. Zimmerman established the JS Chamber to promote a thriving and sustainable regional economy through a growing business network that engages Israeli and Palestinian businesspeople alike. He launched the organization in 2017, after earning his MBA at Ariel University. In early 2020, Zimmerman founded the Integrated Business Roundtable with a group of global impact investors to substantiate the development of a growing investment community while cultivating a regional pipeline of innovative business enterprises. In addition to his MBA, Zimmerman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Tel Aviv University. He has served on the USIEA Board of Directors since 2015.

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  • Coalition Building

  • Leadership

  • Responsibility

  • Christian—Jewish Relations                       

  • Soft Diplomacy

Bruce Pearl is the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team, which he has led to 125 wins and the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance. In his 25 seasons as a Division I head coach, Pearl has guided his teams to the NCAA Tournament 19 times. During his five years at Auburn, 29 of his players have earned their degrees – the most in the Southeastern Conference. Pearl and his wife Brandy have long valued community service. They have raised over $1 million for Children’s Harbor in Birmingham, a program that helps children cope with serious illnesses. They also founded AUTLIVE, an initiative to help cancer patients fight the disease. In the summer of 2008, Pearl realized a lifelong dream when he served as head coach of the Maccabi USA men’s basketball team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He led the American squad to the gold medal for just the third time in 24 years, toppling Israel in the title game. Pearl received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston College in 1982, graduating cum laude. Pearl joined the USIEA Board of Directors in 2021.

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  • Strategic Communications

Ari Sacher is a rocket scientist and has worked in the design and development of missiles for over twenty-five years. He has briefed hundreds of U.S. members of Congress on Israeli Missile Defense, including three briefings on Capitol Hill at the invitation of the House Majority Leader and the Israeli Ambassador. Ari is a highly requested speaker, enabling even the layman to understand “rocket science.” Ari has appeared on CNN, Fox News, i24news, and the Discovery Channel.

Since November 2017, Ari has been serving as the Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Israel Education Association. In his position at USIEA, Ari is the direct interface with members of Congress and their staff. Ari leads in the development, implementation and evaluation of USIEA’s dynamic education programs.

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  • Healthcare 

  • International Relations

  • Food and drug administration
  • Risk management planning

Peter Pitts is a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris Medical School and President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. He is a former member of the United States Senior
Executive Service and Associate Commissioner of the US Food & Drug Administration. Pitts is a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)
Expert Working Group to help advance patient involvement in the development and safe use of medicines. (CIOMS is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949.)

He is the lead author of many professional peer reviewed publications including the Lancet, Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science, and Nature Biotechnology. He is an Associate
Editor of Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science (the official DIA journal), a member of the External Advisory Board, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in Asia, Executive Advisory Board, the Galien Foundation, Editorial Advisory Board, Food and Drug Policy Forum, Advisory Board, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Patient Magazine. Pitts lives in New York City.

Specific areas of global policy expertise include: FDA policy and process, healthcare technology assessment and reimbursement issues, real world evidence, social media, off label-communications, pharmacovigilance, patient-focused drug development, abuse-deterrent opioids, biosimilar development, Rx-to-OTC switching, risk management plans, GMP policies, pharmacy education programs, drug safety, Critical Path, personalized medicine, clinical trial transparency, IP protection, FDA reform, drug importation, counterfeiting, genetically modified food issues, food safety and security, recalls, nutritional labeling.

His comments and commentaries on health care policy issues regularly appear in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Health Affairs, Time, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, The Baltimore Sun, The Economist, The Lancet, Nature Biotechnology, BioCentury, The Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, the BBC World Service, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg, The PBS NewsHour, NBC Dateline, Sky News, La Stampa. L’Opinion, The Daily Show with John Stewart, among others.

He has given healthcare policy presentations throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States, as well as in Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Ukraine, Thailand, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Panama, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Columbia.

His new book is The Next Normal, an examination of post-pandemic healthcare policy. He is also the author of The Value Equation: A. Journey Through the Innovation Ecosystem in the Time of COVID, Common-Sense Healthcare for Common Sense Americans, and Become Strategic or Die, widely recognized as a cutting- edge study of how leadership, in order to be successful over the long term, must be combined with strategic vision and ethical practice. He is the editor of Coincidence or Crisis, a discussion of global prescription medicine counterfeiting and Physician Disempowerment: A Transatlantic Malaise.

A graduate of McGill University, he is married to Jane Mogel and has two sons.

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