Itai Shamir

Program Director, Women's Health Empowerment Program
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Itai moved to New York City in September 2000  to intern at the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary General.  He then went on to join the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations where he served for five years as an advisor on economic and social issues and as the Mission's coordinator and election officer for all UN bodies.

After finishing his tenure at the Israeli Mission in 2006, Itai undertook what felt like a natural next step and joined The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s International Development Program (JDC – IDP). In his role at JDC, Itai has helped to develop and oversee JDC’s non-sectarian humanitarian programs for disaster relief and development.

In 2007, Itai became the director of the Women's Health Empowerment Program (WHEP), JDC's global breast cancer awareness initiative. Through its partnership with Susan G. Komen, the  largest breast cancer organization in the world, WHEP works to empower breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about the life-threatening disease in countries such as Bosnia, Herzegovina, Russia, Hungry, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. WHEP also provides life-sustaining medical services, such as mammograms, to underserved populations.


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