LONDON – Dan Green has been appointed World ORT Director General and CEO.
ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values, reaching 300,000 people a year, in more than 30 countries, and providing a combination of high-level science and technology education with strengthened Jewish identity to bridge the gap between ability and opportunity – and ensuring the continuity of Jewish life worldwide.
Dan’s predecessor, Avi Ganon, submitted his resignation as Director General and CEO in March, stepping down with immediate effect for personal reasons. He had been in the role since September 2017.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as Director General and CEO of World ORT – the largest Jewish education network in the world,” Green said. “Our mission today is as relevant as it was 140 years ago when we were established in St. Petersburg: providing education to the Jewish people.
“I can vividly remember my first encounter with ORT in 1991 where on my Gap Year in Israel I taught English at the ORT Ronson School in Ashkelon. It was a formative experience for me, seeing that not every student has the same access to resources and technology that I was used to,” he said. “I am proud today that I am leading ORT, the organization that strives to empower those same students with the skills, knowledge and values that will give them the very best opportunities in life.”
Green had been World ORT’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2016, having previously served as CEO of ORT UK from 2012. Before joining the network he worked in consumer media running sales departments of print and digital media outlets including BBC Magazines and the Jewish Chronicle.
“With this appointment World ORT begins a new and exciting chapter in its continuing commitment to help provide quality education to hundreds of thousands of students around the world,” said Dr. Conrad Giles, World ORT President. “The years I have worked with Dan and observed his service have convinced me that he possesses all the necessary qualities to lead us as our Director General. His vision and his strategic thinking are coupled with extraordinary people skills which will enable him to lead us and expand the impact of World ORT in the global educational community.”
Robert Singer, Chair of World ORT’s Board of Trustees, said: “I have known Dan for many years and I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead World ORT at these challenging times. The strength of ORT is in its global reach, its 140-year-old reputation and combined know-how of national ORT organizations worldwide. Dan’s main challenge will be to take the best from each family member and create many centers of educational know-how that ORT can share with the world.”
Main Photo: Dan Green