Dr. M. Moshe Porat is the former Chairman of the Risk, Insurance and Healthcare Management department.
Prior to his academic work, Dr. Porat served as deputy general manager of Ihud Insurance Group, a large international risk management and insurance firm, and as an economic and financial consultant. Dr. Porat authored several monographs and numerous articles on captives and their use in risk management, self-insurance and other financial topics. He has served as an expert witness and as a consultant to governments and many public and private organizations.
Dr. Porat is a Board Member of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League, Mastery Charter Schools, and Committee Chair for the Philadelphia Education Advisory Taskforce Committee of Finance, Resources, and Fiscal Impact. He also served on the Board of Advisers of Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance Company of Korea. He also served on the Board of Directors of United America Indemnity, Ltd. and Penn America Group. Dr. Porat was Chairperson for the Mayor of Philadelphia Transition Committee on the new economy and economic growth for the city and the region.
Dr. Porat holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation and is a member of American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), International Insurance Society (IIS), Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and the CPCU Society.
Dr. Porat has won several awards for excellence in research and the 1998 Philadelphia Mayor’s Citation for his activities in connection with international programs. The Academy of International Business selected him as the 2001 International Dean of the Year for his leadership and contributions to international business programs and research. He also received the 2002 Adam Smith Leadership Award for Academic Excellence and Educational Leadership by Economics Pennsylvania.
He received his undergraduate degree in economics and statistics (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University. His MBA (magna cum laude) is from the Recanati Graduate School of Management at Tel Aviv University. He completed his doctoral work at Temple University.