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Lynne M. Quittell, M.D. is the director of the North American office of BGU’s Medical School for International Health (MSIH). Dr. Quittell is a pediatric pulmonologist on faculty at Columbia University and has contributed to the development of clinical guidelines for cystic fibrosis. Having served as the director of Columbia’s Cystic Fibrosis Center for 20 years, she has also been on multiple national committees including the Cystic Fibrosis Center director’s committee. Dr. Quittell is associate director of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Having pursued her undergraduate degree from Baker College in Michigan, Ligia Forgaciu was the only female to graduate in the first cohort to receive a degree in Cyber Security. Ligia continued her education by receiving her MBA from Ben-Gurion University in 2021. She brings expert security experience in the areas of technical architecture, application implementations, project management, team management and program operations. Throughout her career, Ligia has provided strategic technical expertise to global organizations and has been recognized for designing effective security programs to meet business objectives. Prior to founding Data Security Consulting, Ligia was the lead principal DLP security consultant at Symantec, where she focused on developing, implementing, and managing strategic DLP programs that bridged the gap between Information Security and business stakeholders. Recognized for her ability to lead successful customer security programs, she was awarded the Top Team Award for her exceptional work with one of Symantec’s most strategic accounts. Prior to Symantec, Ligia worked at IBM implementing network perimeter security and defense solutions for global customers.
Hannah Leeman received her BA in public health and anthropology with a minor in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 2016. During her studies, she had the opportunity to work in global public health, specifically HIV and AIDS health education, in Cape Town, South Africa. Following her degree, Hannah worked at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of the Health Associate Fellowship Training Program, and received her MPH in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During the global pandemic, Hannah returned to public health to support the COVID-19 response, working for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She focused her efforts on mobile vaccination for homeless shelters and other vulnerable populations. Hannah is in her first year at MSIH and is thrilled to combine her passion for public health, medicine and love for Israel.
Maya Rubinstein serves as the Program Coordinator of the MBA International Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Originally from the Florida, Maya made Aliyah in 2008 after completing her undergraduate degree at McGill University in Canada. Several years later, fresh out of her MBA at Bar Ilan University, Maya was unexpectedly called to take the helm of her family’s US-based company. Leveraging the unique lessons she learned during that experience, Maya joined the BGU community in 2019 in her current role. As program coordinator, she has passionately collaborated with colleagues at the University to develop a unique MBA program, while also helping to strengthen the internationalization of BGU.