Meet the Team

Mr. Dotan Sagi – Founder and Managing Partner

Mr. Sagi is a managing partner of BeST and veteran of managing war games as part of risk management for governmental and commercial entities around the world. Dotan is a pioneer in the efforts to integrate traditional War-Gaming and computerized platforms while using cutting edge algorithms to assess players behavior during crisis and the resilience of the organization participating in the game.

Mr. Asaf Talmon – Founder and Managing Partner

Mr. Talmon is a managing partner of BeST with over more than 20 years of experience in Risk Management sector. Ranging from the governmental to the private sector. Asaf brings to the team years of practical experience from the risk and crisis sector, leading to a pragmatic approach of providing practical on site insights to our clients during and immediately after games.

Professor Alen (Avi) Kirschenbaum – Applied Research

Professor Kirschenbaum brings with him a wealth of experience in the field of disaster management and has served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and as the initiator and coordinator of The BEMOSA consortium, a 15 partner Europe-wide research project aimed at improving security in airports. He was also a participating partner in PsyCris, an EU project dealing with mass disasters and its psychosocial consequences, during which his focus was on contingency planning.
Professor Kirschenbaum is also a member of the Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE) Workgroup for Safety and Security. In addition to authoring numerous scientific journal articles and book chapters, he has served on the editorial boards of leading international journals, on executive boards of international research committees, international academic associations and was a past director of research of the Population Behavior Section, Israel’s Home Front Command.

Dr. Carmit Rapaport

Dr. Rapaport is the Director of the NIRED – the Institute for Regulation of Emergencies and Disasters. She is also the Academic Coordinator of the Master’s programs in Coping with Disasters and Fire Studies at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa.

Recently, Dr. Rapaport has been nominated for the Academic Advisor to the Israeli National Center for Resilience of the Israeli NEMA (National Emergency Management Authority) and IDF’s Home Front Command.

Dr. Rapaport received her Ph.D.  From the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2011. Her areas of expertise include business continuity, crisis leadership, preparedness, social resilience and population behavior during emergencies.

Mr. Amir Lotan – CTO

Mr. Lotan serves as BeST’s CTO leading the software development and integration of algorithms into the system. with a Masters in computer science majoring in Big data analysis Amir focuses on applying a simple user friendly system with “big brains” as he puts it… Amir has spent more than 15 years developing big data systems, and was in charge of developing systems for companies like cyota-rsa-emc-dell, paltip and wix.com.

Mrs. Chelsea Zfaz

Chelsea is a Disaster Management Specialist with experience working in emergency preparedness, response, recovery and rehabilitation.
Chelsea completed her master’s degree in Disaster Management at Tel Aviv University in 2015, when she immediately deployed to Myanmar to support Israel’s emergency flood relief efforts as Head of Mission for IsraAID, Israel’s forum for international humanitarian aid.
Chelsea joined BeST in the winter of 2016, contributing her varied experience in disaster management to the development of the BeST platform.

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