Joe is an Operations and Intelligence SOF operator having served 27 years of continuous active service in the US Army. He has extensive combat experience leading small elite teams in hostile environments. He has deployed multiple times to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa leading high risk raids and sensitive mission activities. Joe has developed and led joint multinational task units for U.S. and International SOF in combat as well as peacetime operations.
Tori is a seasoned humanitarian and experienced NGO, policy and program leader. She’s a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a masters in International Economics and Middle East Policy, as well as a master’s in Public Health and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Lucius Battle Scholar, she spent the last 10 years managing humanitarian relief and medical aid programs in refugee, IDP and conflict contexts throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe. Tori has also worked as a foreign policy and non-profit professional in Washington, D.C., serving at the Near East Affairs Bureau, Women, Peace and Security and Trafficking in Person’s initiatives at the U.S. Department of State, alongside USAID’s DART teams, and as a policy and advocacy expert at NGOs, including Mercy Corps and International Justice Mission. Her work specifically focuses on global relief efforts and supporting vulnerable populations, such as women, children, displaced populations, and slavery/trafficking survivors. She concurrently serves as a Senior Research Specialist at DAWNING, where she provides research leadership, development and advises on projects involving issues of women’s rights and economic empowerment, displacement, climate change and conflict.
Tony is a proven leader, coach and passionate executive with deep international experience spanning Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing, Strategy, Operations, and Human Resources. He has held increasingly responsible positions, culminating with roles as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Sales. Tony has a demonstrated history of winning in Semiconductors, Aerospace, Communications, Retail, and Sales and Marketing. His sales experience included Sweetheart Products, AT&T, McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), Intel, Apple, and Raymour & Flanigan. Tony spent nearly 20 years at Intel where great results led to many opportunities across the globe and confirmed him as a trusted leader and coach, problem-solver and developer of high performing teams and great leaders.
Tony retired in 2018 to take care of his ailing dad who passed in November of 2021. The war in Ukraine and an unexpected contact brought him out of retirement in March 2022 to lead the conversion of an old manufacturing building into the preeminent Humanitarian Hub, Cross Dock and Warehouse in Romania providing aid to the people of Ukraine.
Joana has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. She has been working with the United Nations for the past 5 years supporting different complex humanitarian operations as a logistics expert and data analyst. For the past 4 years, Joana has joined the UN-World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian organization, as supply chain planner and data analyst in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. She has also led the logistics relief emergency response in Mozambique after the 2019 cyclones and in Ethiopia during the Tigray war outbreak in 2020-21. Currently, Joana has accepted the role at the UN-World Health Organization as the team lead for shipping and cold chain strategies responsible for the supply-demand, procurement, and shipping of medical aid drugs and supplies to 52 countries across the globe.
Additional to her professional career, Joana has been dedicating her free time to providing assistance and technical advice to global NGOs. Since 2017, Joana has been collaborating with the Piccoli Ambasciatori di Pace, an NGO that hosts in Italy, Sahrawi refugees, kids from Tindouf, Algeria, organizing education and medical care summer camps. Also, in 2015 and throughout the flux increase of migrants from EU to UK, she volunteered at the Calais refugee camp in France, performing the administrative and financial tasks.