I am 73 year old OD Canadian born and educated Israeli consultant, specializing in acute global diversity, post merger integration, interfaces between HQ’s and their “remote offices” and working with senior managers/teams to acquire global competency. And no, I have not retired, nor is it in the plan.
I am multi lingual, educated at McGill (Montreal) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem). My Hebrew and English are perfect. My French used to be excellent but has become very rusty. I need a few months in Spain to retrieve my Spanish, in which I was almost fluent. I can muddle along in Arabic, i.e. understand the gist of a conversation. Although my satiric character Gloria loves long German words, I do not know any German at all.
I am a nonconformist, an acquired taste and in some ways, a “most peculiar” man.
I spent time a career officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, years and service of which I am very proud. These years of service give me a free pass to express my ideas freely, which I do. I am secular, atheist, radical centrist, liberal yet realistic and not woke.
I work with Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, start ups, individuals and Boards in India, the Mid East, Europe, China South East Asia and North America.
I am a disciplined reader. One classic, followed by a best seller, followed by a historical biography, followed by a book in Hebrew, and repeat. I am a great fan of Radio Swiss Classic, and never miss the daily Haaretz.
I also like reading stuff with which I do not agree. Especially in this day and age when people love to inhale their own smoke, if you get my drift.
Part of my family has been in Israel since the beginning of the British Mandate in Palestine (1918) after Word War One. The rest of my family comes from England and Montreal. All of my family is secular. Thank God.
I have a son (Amir) , a daughter (Sarai) , a son in law (Nadav) and a daughter in law (Deby) . I have 4 grandchildren Daniel, Johnny, Maya and Rona…plus one more granddaughter on the way. I had a real British grandmother, and a Canadian one.