The Coronavirus: A Conversation With Leading Global Experts

What is the coronavirus and why is it spreading so quickly? How might my business be affected? Can the virus be transmitted on products shipped from China? How will the virus affect transportation? When will it be safe to travel to China?

Get access to a trio of the world's top experts who can answer these questions and many others on the health, government policy and business implications of this critical global issue. 

Panel of Experts: 

• Dr. Joseph Eisenberg, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health
• Dr. Mary Gallagher, Director, Lieberthal-Rogel Center For Chinese Studies, University of Michigan
• Peter Martin, Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International Crisis Management

Facilitated by: Jonathan Isaacson, CEO, Gemline

Jonathan G. Isaacson


Jonathan G. Isaacson is the CEO of Gemline, a top 20, multiple award-winning supplier of bags, business accessories, stationary, and gifts to the Promotional Products market.  It has its primary operation in Lawrence Massachusetts, with a technical facility in Shenzhen, China.

Mr. Isaacson is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Lawrence General Hospital where he sits on several committees and chairs the Governance committee.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Lawrence Partnership, the Global Council at Junior Achievement, the Parent Leadership Council at Harvey Mudd College, and he is an advisor to the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan School of Engineering.

Mr. Isaacson has served on the Board of the Young Presidents' Organization of New England in many roles including Chapter Chair. He has also served on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Promotional Products Association and the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group. In 2008, he was named The Counselor Magazine's International Person of the Year.

Dr. Joseph Eisenberg

Chair, Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan

Dr. Eisenberg is the John G. Searle endowed Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  Dr.  Eisenberg received his PhD in Bioengineering in the joint University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco program, and an MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Eisenberg studies infectious disease epidemiology with a focus on waterborne and vectorborne diseases. His broad research interests, global and domestic, integrate theoretical work in developing disease transmission models and empirical work in designing and conducting epidemiology studies. He is especially interested in the environmental determinants of infectious diseases. 

Dr. Mary Gallagher

Director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan

Mary Gallagher is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. The underlying question that drives her research in all of these areas is whether the development of markets is linked to the sequential development of democratic politics and legal rationality. Put simply, she is interested in the relationships between capitalism, law and democracy. Her empirical research in China is used to explore these larger theoretical questions. 

Peter Martin

Vice Chairman, FocusPoint International Crisis Management

Peter Martin is the President & CEO of AFIMAC Global, a company which for more than 30 years, has offered emergency response, strike security, travel risk management and other elite security services to image conscious companies across the globe. AFIMAC prides itself on partnering with their clients to protect people and property both during times of crisis and regular business operations.

 As an international security practitioner, Mr. Martin has worked extensively in both the North American and overseas markets for over 20 years. Beyond his experience in the international security industry, he is a recognized subject matter expert in crisis management, use of force, threat/risk assessment and personal and physical security measures.

 As a frequent keynote speaker and lecturer on a variety of security related issues, Mr. Martin advocates the importance of detailed risk analysis and proactive measures to enhance corporate and personal safety.

 In addition to his work at AFIMAC, Mr. Martin previously held a Partial Load Professor status teaching Advanced Security Management and Security Law in a leading College's Graduate Studies Program.

 Mr. Martin is a Graduate of Niagara Colleges Law & Security Administration Program with Honors, holds both an advanced certification in Corporate Finance from the New York Institute of Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions from the International Investment Banking Institute, and is current enrolled in Harvard’s Executive Education Program. Mr. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Manufacturing Association, the Steering Committee for the International Security Foundation through the U.S. Department of State and is an active member of the Global Security Advisory Group through Washington’s Center for Strategic International Studies. He also maintains active memberships in the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, Overseas Security Advisory Council and the Association of Counter-Terrorism and Security Professionals.


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