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Retsef Levi, PhD

MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Retsef Levi PhD is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and affiliated faculty at the MIT Operations Research Center. He serves as the MIT Sloan Faculty Co-Director of the Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program and as the Faculty Director of the MIT Sloan Food Supply Chain Analytics and Sensing (FSAS) Initiative. Before coming to MIT, Levi spent a year in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as the holder of the Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University (Israel) in 2001, and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University in 2005. Levi spent close to 12 years in the Israeli Defense Forces as an Intelligence Officer in the area of special operations and cyber, where he held multiple leadership positions.

Levi is a world expert and a thought leader in risk management and the applications of advanced data-analytics within large healthcare and public health systems, food and agriculture supply chains, manufacturing of biologic drugs, cybersecurity, as well as logistics, procurement and inventory management. With over 50 articles in top leading journals, his research has had significant methodological contributions, as well as major impact on practice, including multiple field implementations of his research outcomes. During the last 15 months, Levi has consulted to several states in the US and government’s ministers in Israel, supporting critical aspects of COVID-19 related policies and decisions, such as protecting nursing homes, reopening of schools, public health safety and vaccination. Throughout 2020-2021, Levi has led the development and implementation of the operations and health safety protocols at the MIT Sloan School, enabling the reopening of the school to in person classes.

Dr. Levi's Capitol Speech Nov 2, 2021:



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