Helen has served as an intelligence analyst on the Europe and Russia/CIS regional team at WorldAware since March 2017. She previously worked at WorldAware as an Americas specialist until 2014, when she began her work for the US Peace Corps for 2.5 years in the Republic of Georgia as a project manager for professional and youth development programs. She has a BA in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MA in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Cunnion retired from the US Navy in 1998 after many years as a disease outbreak investigator before teaching infectious disease epidemiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and then becoming the Director of Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health for the Navy and Marine Corps. He was selected by the State Department and Department of Defense to be the principle investigator for chemical and biological warfare allegations in Southeast and South Asia. Later, the Department of Defense appointed him as the program manager for the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program for Persian Gulf Illnesses. The originator of the first worldwide military medical information network, he currently runs an international health consulting service advising overseas governments and their universities and institutes in preventive medicine and epidemiology. Dr. Cunnion alerted the world about SARS and received the ProMED reporting award for that year.
Dr. Glushak has a long history of medical direction in their fields of transport medicine and aeromedical services. He is the International Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer of AXA Assistance and AXA Travel insurance. He has provided medical direction for travel and corporate assistance for over 17 years and currently heads a team of over 20 medical directors and over 300 medical staff throughout all offices of AXA Assistance globally, promoting best practices in international medical care as well as medical aspects of cost-control. He is also Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Section of Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago with extensive background in medical transportation (air and ground). Before joining AXA Assistance, Dr. Glushak was the EMS Medical Director for the University of Chicago Hospitals for nearly two decades providing medical oversight for ambulance and transport services for the City of Chicago.
He is a member of the National Transitions of Care Coalition and promotes the use of professional medical call centers to address the medical needs of patients worldwide. Dr. Glushak is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and received his medical degree and bachelors in physiology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec Canada.
Bradley A. Connor, M.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and founder and Medical Director of Travel Health Services, New York’s first private travel medicine clinic. Dr. Connor is also the director of the New York Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, a facility devoted to teaching and research in travel and tropical medicine. He is co-editor of a widely published travel and tropical medicine textbook, Travel Medicine.
Dr. Connor is Past President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM), an organization of over 2000 physicians and allied health professionals in over 65 countries. He is a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been part of the Health Information for International Travel working group in the Division of Global Migration since 1997. He is the New York City site director for GeoSentinel, the emerging infectious diseases network of the CDC and ISTM and has worked on avian influenza surveillance with the CDC and New York City Department of Health. Dr. Connor served on the task force in Travel Medicine at the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003.
He has also served as a consultant to the White House Medical Unit in the Clinton and Bush administrations and is an advisor in Travel Medicine for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
Dr. Connor is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA-F) and was awarded Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow) FFTM, FRCPS.
Dr. Callahan is Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine and is a licensed Command Physician with Rescue Medicine, an international medical evacuation service provider which has accrued an expatriate risk actuary of 39000 expatriate life-years, the most comprehensive database in health risk assessment. Dr. Callahan entered federal service as program director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed 7 remote medical care and therapeutics programs in excess of $220M over eight years, resulting in novel therapeutics for altitude acclimatization, emergency anti-infectives, and mass casualty care medicine. Dr. Callahan's federal responsibilities include serving the Office of the President and National Security Counsel of two administrations and execution of health threat assessments from the bedside of foreign referral hospitals under the White Coat Diplomacy and federal interagency cooperative programs for countering pandemic influenza and highly dangerous pathogens. Since 1998, he has deployed to over 17 UN disaster and disease outbreak operations including the 2003 SARS-CoV, 2004 Marburg, 2001-2012 Ebola outbreaks, and 3 H5N1 clusters. Dr. Callahan is a guest professor of medicine with teaching attending privileges at national teaching hospitals in Bangkok, Beijing a, d Jakarta and is currently executing 3 IRB trials for highly dangerous pathogen care in Nigeria, DRC, and Indonesia. He has been a member of the WorldAware medical advisory board since 2003.
Dr. Hamer is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases with a deep interest in tropical diseases. He is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development (ZCAHRD) in Lusaka, Zambia and is affiliated with the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University. Dr. Hamer is a Professor of International Health and Medicine at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. Much of his current research focuses on testing practical, policy-relevant interventions to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality in resource-limited countries. From 1990 to 2004, he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Tufts University School of Medicine and spent ten years functioning as the Director of the Traveler's Health Services at New England Medical Center. He also served as the Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases Center at the New England Medical Center. From 1996 to 2000, Dr. Hamer worked as a medical consultant and medical director for the Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. This position afforded him the opportunity to assess local and regional medical facilities and evacuation services internationally. From 2005-2011, Dr. Hamer served as the Director of the Boston Medical Center Travel Clinic. From 2011-2012 he served as the President of the Clinical Group for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and he currently is on the Executive Board of the International Society of Travel Medicine.
Jun M. Yamazaki has over 40 years of experience helping multinational organizations establish strategic processes for risk mitigation. Mr. Yamazaki helped shape the corporate risk management industry in Japan, serving as director of the Japanese office of Control Risks Group, a leading global business risk consultancy for 15 years before founding his own consulting group, Kameya Limited in 2008. He holds a legal degree from Keio University and is a regular security and crisis management lecturer at Waseda University in Tokyo. In May 2009, he published the book, “Japan Will Sink In The Sea Of Somalia”, warning of the grave risks of the Somali piracy issue for Japanese business ventures abroad.
Mr. Ritter leads the Global Trade Security practice at Ridge Global, a firm founded by the Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania. He is the co-author of Securing Global Transportation Networks (McGraw Hill), which has received widespread critical acclaim from industry publications such as Logistics Today, The Maritime Executive, Traffic World, and Supply Chain Management Review. Mr. Ritter is a board certified Transportation & Logistics Professional (American Society of Transportation and Logistics), and has spoken at more than thirty five industry and trade events in the last five years, including the keynote addresses at The American Association of Port Authorities Annual Security Conference. He is a former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer. Mr. Ritter holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, and an MBA from Old Dominion University.