Photo: Tate Modern, London, UK
I grew up in Israel. After completing a B.A. at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I worked as a tour-guide in China and India. In 1998 I moved to California to study International Economics at the University of California in Santa Cruz (PhD, 2003). My dissertation, on financial crises, was written under the supervision of Prof. Michael Hutchison.
For almost a decade, I was an Assistant Professor, and then tenured as Associate Professor, at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. I then moved to New Zealand, and have been serving as the Chair in the Economics of Disasters at Victoria University of Wellington since 2013.
In 2017, I co-founded a new Springer journal, Economics of Disasters and Climate Change.