Life-Changing Breast Cancer Care in the Middle East
The chart to the right indicates the percentage Intelliversity plays in each area.
Breast cancer is far too often a death sentence in many Arabic-speaking areas of the middle east, especially Palestinian communities. Even with survival, the suffering during treatment and long-term recovery is greater than it could be. The main problem is screening, acceptable and available screening, to find breast cancer at an early stage when the chances of cure are greatest. The second problem is care during recovery, acceptable and available care. The Jericho Center provides both.
In dealing with breast cancer in this way, and later other forms of cancer, the Jericho Center also brings economic resources, transfer of medical knowledge, and valuable professional training to Palestinian communities. We also envision that collaboration with Israelis in this vital area will lead to other forms of collaboration and possibly conversations that lead to meaningful peace negotiations.
Intelliversity conceived the Jericho Center of Medical Diplomacy and continues to lead the multi-year development of this inspiring project. "Lead" is the right word, because this development requires input and creative talent from many individuals and companies. Intelliversity plays the full "vision master" role in this project. This role requires a full team of experts. Fortunately, we now have the backing of a world-class Advisory Council pictured here to complete the planning process, with each individual and company bringing an area of expertise. In addition to leading this top-down planning process, Intelliversity currently handles fundraising and the Center's online presence and public relations. This is an example of Intelliversity's "vision mastery" capacity to transform a humanitarian vision into a success in the real world.
Robert Steven Kramarz - Executive Director
Mr. Kramarz is the Executive Director of Intelliversity, known as the Innovation Accelerator for the Real World. Intelliversity manages the planning process for the Jericho Center of Medical Diplomacy.
Mr. Kramarzwas an entrepreneur in the computer industry, as founder of PC America, marketing director of Vector Graphic, General Manager of Cordata (which became Daewoo America), and CEO of 1776 Software. He then took up finance, as a mortgage broker, angel investor, wealth manager and most recently as a venture capital partner. He is currently co-managing Shepherd Ventures Fund II specializing in companies led or co-founded by women. This is the background that led to the idea of “medical diplomacy.”
In all of these business experiences, Mr. Kramarz found that he could predict the success of a new company by assessing its founders. So to help find winning companies, he created methods of assessing management teams called “Intelliversity Scorecards.” He’s author of hundreds of articles (most published in LinkedIn) and a handful of books on this topic, most notably Born to Star. This interest began while studying organization development at Kresge College with a degree in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Through these experiences, Mr. Kramarz observed that conflicts between people dissolve when engaged in common purpose.This is the root of “medical diplomacy” and the Jericho Center.
Karen Siniscalco Kramarz – Director, Intelliversity
Ms. Siniscalco is a director of Armanino LLP, a top-25 national accounting firm, specializing in business management for celebrities, sometimes known as a “multi-family office” practice. She has 30 years of experience in the field of business management. For Intelliversity and the Jericho Center of Medical Diplomacy, she brings a battery of financial skills, a conservative feet-on-the-ground approach to business, and team-management talent.
Leonard Chaikind - Retired Treasurer, Royal Dutch Shell
A Harvard Business School graduate, Mr. Chaikind was Treasurer and Finance Director of Shell Oil Company (Royal Dutch Shell), as well as head of the Shell pension plan. During this tenure, he pioneered the concept of "private equity funds." He later founded Institutional Investors Consulting Company, an impact-driven consulting company and investment bank. In 2019, this consulting company was reformed as IICC with a mission of "making the world a better place to live." He is a firm believer in the value of relationships and commitment to purpose when building companies and non-profits. In addition to the Jericho Center, Mr. Chaikind is an advisor to the Brain-Body Research Institute, and for-profit HAIL Technologies. (
William Wittmeyer - CEO, Electronic Sensor Technology
Mr. Wittmeyer is CEO of Electronic Sensor Technology Inc. and affiliated Pulmostics, which provides assays for critical disease conditions using breath analysis. Having launched Pulmostics with a breakthrough low-cost non-invasive screen method for breast cancer, Mr. Wittmeyer has become a leading expert in breast cancer screening. This expertise in cancer screening provides the Jericho Center with unique strategies for reducing cancer mortality and morbidity through more accessible screening strategies to detect and treat cancers in the earliest stages.
Adolfo Meza Guinea - Management Consultant
Mr. Meza Guinea is founder of Lykos Consulting providing executive coaching to impact companies. He holds an MBA from San Diego State University and spent most of his career in product management. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Venture Capital firm Shepherd Ventures. He has additional interests in healthcare technology and methods of prevention and recovery. He assists the Jericho Center with project management and leadership coaching.
Ransel Potter - Founder, C3 Summit International
Mr. Potter is founder and Managing Partner of C3 Summit International, Ltd., creator of conferences that exchange healthcare best practices between the United States, the Middle East, China and India. The C3 US-Arab Healthcare & Business Summit began in 2012 continuing in 2021 with conferences in New York and Riyadh. Noted participants in conferences to date include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Department of State, Saudia Arabia Ministry of Health, China Health Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, UICC Global Cancer Control, Friends of Cancer Patients, Novartis, World Health Organization, Harvard School of Public Health, Penn Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Health System, American Mission Hospital, the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council, and many commercial health-care enterprises.
Maggie Dodd White Eagle - Managing Director, IICC
Ms. White Eagle is Managing Director of IICC (founded by Leonard Chaikind), head of RTW Consulting, and serves as advisor to Independent Security Advisors which provides protection for dignitaries worldwide, with deepest experience in the Middle East. She brings her experience and connections in private security and awareness of the complex social and cultural issues present in the Middle East. As a breast cancer survivor, she brings a depth of knowledge in prevention and recovery emphasizing integrative and holistic approaches.
Paul Doherty - Architect and CEO, The Digit Group
As published by Forbes as “Changing the World,” seen on Bloomberg TV and reported by CNBC, Mr. Doherty is a professional architect specializing in the integration of process, technology, business and culture. Mr. Doherty is the Founder & CEO of The Digit Group, Inc. (TDG), a leading smart cities designer, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. He has spent the past 30+ years in the industry after graduating cum laude from the New York Institute of Technology and graduating from the Career Discovery program at Harvard University’s GSD. Mr. Doherty is also a contributing author to multiple sections of the AIA Handbook of Professional Practice, the Interior Design Handbook of Practice, the McGraw Hill Graphic Standards of Residential Construction, 3 whitepaper contributions to the McGraw-Hill Financial Global Institute and author/co-author of 7 books and over 250 published articles. Mr. Doherty brings to the Jericho Center of Medical Diplomacy an understanding of functionality, flow of people and traffic, use of technology, and connection of the planned facility with the surrounding community.
Dr. Robert Spengler -Executive Director
Brain-Body Research Institute
Dr. Spengler's career spans over 30 years of research in neuro-biology, pharmacology, and molecular immunology. Through the marriage of related fields, he developed a flourishing research program at the University at Buffalo. His research findings have been published in 74 peer-reviewed papers and authored five book chapters. He is most interested in relationships between the immune system and the nervous system to develop therapeutic breakthroughs in chronic pain, post-stroke recovery, depression, PTSD and Alzheimer’s, and other tragic brain-related conditions. Along with Dr. Ignatowski (below), he co-founded the Brain-Body Research Institute.
Lubna Dajani - Founder, Allternet Ltd.
Ms. Dajani has been a board member & advisor of many organizations in both the arts and technology, leading "innovation through collaboration" efforts at Microsoft, Viacom, G.E., Nokia, Booz & Company, Music TechFest, AEC Hackathon, SOS Ventures, Springboard Enterprises and Mobile Monday to name only a select few. As Founder and Managing Director of Allternet Ltd and a digital technologist with experience in AI, AR/VR, cryptography and block chain, Ms. Dajani regularly shares lessons learned with young STEM professionals. She brings to the Jericho Center a deepknowledge of digital technologies. Having close family members owning land in the town of Jericho on the west bank of the Jordan River, she also brings to the Jericho Center planners her insights into the Palestinian experience.
Irene Donnell - Co-founder, P5-Marketing
A social media expert and sales technology expert for growth-stage companies, Ms. Donnell is co-founder of P5 Marketing. She brings not only her abilities in these areas in support of the Jericho Center during its planning and funding stages, but also brings a particular expertise in reaching out to women business owners and executives.
Dr. Tracey Ignatowski - Managing Director
Brain-Body Research Institute
Working closely with Dr. Spengler, Dr. Ignatowski also specializes in molecular communications between the immune system and the nervous system, with an eye on treating long-intractable conditions. Dr. Ignatowski is a respected instructor as Assistant Professor of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at University of Buffalo-SUNY, an expert in research project management. She is on the editorial board of seven professional journals, as well as Managing Director at the Brain-Body Research Institute.
Shany Avdar - Structural Engineer, Research Analyst
Ms. Avdar is an alumnus of UC San Diego in structural engineering currently working as a project Engineer at JCSE LLC and as an advisor to the Jericho Center in the area of functional design. Ms. Avdar contributes a keen understanding of the functions required at the Center for treatment and recovery of cancer patients and their families, taking into consideration various therapeutic modalities and the need for cultural sensitivity, understanding that patients and their families may be in residence for weeks and even months at a time. In addition, her experience in human resources management for the Israeli Defense Forces provides an understanding of the human side of conflict and the cultural issues involved in Middle East conflict.
Matthew Parker - Director of Education, Independent Security Advisors
As Director of Education and Training for Independent Security Advisors LLC and as National Security Advisor for MS Global Partners LLC, a registered anti-terrorism specialist for the U.S. Department of Defense, Mr. Parker facilitates security for dignitaries and executives worldwide. With a depth of experience in the Middle East, Mr. Parker brings to the Jericho Center of Medical Diplomacy essential advice on design decisions and operational programs related to prevention of terrorism both to the facility, to nearby Israel and Palestinian cities, and to individuals as they enter and exit the facility.