The Most Engaging Speakers in the World
Ellie Cohanim is former Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State, and Visiting Fellow at the International Women's Forum. Ellie is a leading proponent on confronting antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and the Iranian threat, while also spreading the positive message of peaceful co-existence achieved through the Abraham Accords. Ellie is seen often on Fox News, Newsmax, BBC Persian and is a contributor to National Review, Newsweek, The Hill and Washington Examiner.
She was the State Department’s first Iranian-born Jewish Envoy, and led diplomatic initiatives resulting in historic breakthroughs in the Muslim world including forging groundbreaking partnerships with the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Co-Existence of Bahrain, and with Association Mimouna of Morocco, to combat anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and Islamophobia; persuading the Global Imams Council (GIC) to adopt the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism; and removal of anti-Semitic content from textbooks in the MENA region, all as part of the Abraham Accords efforts.
Ellie Cohanim also conducted a successful public diplomacy campaign with appearances on Fox and Newsmax, along with countless interviews and speaking engagements, to bring to world attention the Iranian Regime as the world’s largest state-sponsor of anti-Semitism, and highlighting the Iranian Regime’s overall human rights abuses.
As Deputy Envoy, Ellie Cohanim was the lead official on creating and implementing policy on countering anti-Semitism in both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Western Hemisphere regions.
Ellie Cohanim arrived as a child refugee to the US, after she and her family fled the escalating anti-Semitism in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Prior to her appointment to the US State Department, Ellie Cohanim was Senior Vice President and Special Correspondent for the Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), where she handled on-air reporting and anchored the broadcast of major international gatherings. Previously, she was an executive at Yeshiva University; The Jewish Theological Seminary; and UJA-Federation of New York.
Ellie Cohanim received her B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude, from Barnard College, Columbia University; and conducted graduate study in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is fluent in Hebrew and Farsi, familiar with German and Arabic.
Dr. Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, author of Dispatches From the Campus War Against Israel and Jews and Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel and Jews, is President Emeritus of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME).
Dr. Cravatts delivers an explosive speech entitled, "The Campus War Against Israel and the Jews". He has spoken about fighting back against Anti-semitism. Dr. Cravatts has published over 450 articles and book chapters on campus anti-Semitism, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, campus free speech, terrorism, Constitutional law, Middle East politics, and social policy in publications around the world.
In addition to serving as a member of the board of directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Dr. Cravatts is also a board member of The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, The AMCHA Initiative, The Israel Group, The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, the Florida chapter of the ZOA, and Alliance for Israel, an advisory board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, and a member of SPME’s Council of Scholars.
Ambassador Dani Dayan served highly successfully as Consul General of Israel in New York from August 2016 until August 2020. As Consul General, he represented the State of Israel to the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware. The Consulate General of Israel in New York is Israel's largest diplomatic mission in the world.
In this role, Ambassador Dayan excelled in forging relations with diverse communities in the area he covered and beyond and strengthening their bonds with Israel. Especially, he devoted time and effort in reaching out to Jewish and Hispanic communities.
Dayan has a long-time reputation as an Israeli public figure, lecturer and entrepreneur enjoying wide support and appreciation from all sides of the Israeli political spectrum. His nomination by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was publicly welcomed by the Israeli opposition too, a rare event in Israel.
Dayan was previously Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria from July 2007 until January 2013. He was instrumental in pushing through multiple reforms and policy changes to strengthen the image of the organization and advocate on behalf of its 400,000 citizens. He then acted for two additional years as the Council's Chief Foreign Envoy. His role included advocacy trips to the major seats of government worldwide as well as regular meetings with foreign diplomats and journalists based in Israel to explain the facts on the ground.
Amb. Dayan has been for many years a regular commentator in the international press, both broadcast and print and was frequently called upon to participate in public debates and panels at major conferences and universities. Among the media outlets he contributed to are New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and many more.
Dayan began his professional career as an entrepreneur and businessman, founding Elad Systems in 1982 at the young age of 26. He served for several years as its CEO and later as Chairman of the Board. Elad Systems specializes in the development, integration and maintenance of sophisticated information systems, outsourcing, facility management and more, for a wide range of large governmental, public and private organizations. In 2005, when Dayan sold his interests in the firm, it employed 500 IT professionals.
From 1990-1992, Dayan served as the general secretary of the Techiya political party. He was responsible for all of the movement's activities and public campaigns and was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the party's inclusion in Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir's 1990 coalition government.
Before establishing his own information technology company Dayan spent seven and a half years in the Israel Defense Forces serving in the elite MAMRAM computerized data processing center, attaining the rank of Major.
Dayan holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Sciences from Bar Ilan University and M.Sc. in Finance from Tel Aviv University. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Spanish. He also served on the Israel Broadcasting Authority Board and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Council. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955, Dayan immigrated to Israel in 1971.He resides with his wife and daughter in the community of Maale Shomron in central Samaria.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.”
He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz is the author of more than 40 non-fiction works and three novels with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Chutzpah and six other national bestsellers. His autobiography, Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law, was published in 2013. Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with my Most Challenging Client was published in 2019.
His most recent book, Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo, 2019 and The Case for Liberty, published in 2020 and Defending the Constitution published in 2020.
He is currently working on a book entitled Cancel Culture.. Dershowitz has been called “one of the sharpest legal minds of all time,” “a masterful advocate,” the “winningest” criminal appellate lawyer in modern history and has argued hundreds of appeals in courts throughout the nation and around the world.
Father Patrick Desbois is a distinguished author, university professor, historian, forensic detective and world- renowned human-rights activist.
He has dedicated his life to fighting the bigotry that fuels the disease of genocide and bridging the divide between faiths. His ongoing work brings closure to the victims and survivors of genocide and calls for legal justice for the perpetrators.
He is the founder of Yahad-In Unum (“Together In One”), a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering genocidal practices wherever they are found around the world. He has uncovered the location of more than 2,300 killing sites and documented more than 5,700 witness testimonies to the war crimes of the Einsatzgruppen (Nazi Death Squads).
His work through Yahad has been recognized through numerous awards and public commentary in France and throughout the world. Father Desbois is also the author of “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews“, Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and the recently released “The Fabric of Terrorists: Into the Secrets of Daesh”, based on his investigation of the Yazidi genocide in Iraq.
He has vigorously expanded its scope to the Yazidi massacres in Northern Iraq at the hands of ISIS. He has received numerous honors including the Humanitarian Award from the US Holocaust Museum and the 2017 Lantos Human Rights Francis as well as French President, Emmanuel Macron, who awarded him the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest honor.