Since August 2013, Michael Berkowitz has been The Rockefeller Foundation’s Managing Director for its 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. 100 Resilient Cities – part of the Foundation’s $100 million commitment to build urban resilience worldwide – is an organization whose purpose is to support cities to adopt and incorporate a resilience mindset in their planning, development, and community-building so that they are prepared for a wide range of shocks and chronic stresses.
Previously Michael was the global head of Operational Risk Management (ORM) at Deutsche Bank, based in London. In that capacity he oversaw the firm’s operational risk capital planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts group-wide.
Over nearly nine years at at Deutsche Bank, he held various other positions including Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Security, Business Continuity (CSBC) and Operational Risk Management, where he had responsibility for budgeting, operations, and global coordination across the group’s six workstreams. During this time, he also served as the head of the Bank’s Protective Intelligence unit, designed to assess and analyze security and geo-political threats to the Bank, its staff, processes and information.
Prior to December 2010, he was the CSBC head in APAC. The Bank has a presence in 17 countries throughout the region with hubs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. Between 2005 and 2008 he had management roles for DB in Mumbai, India and New York. Until January 2005, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City. In this position he worked on major planning initiatives, including the New York City Coastal Storm, Biological Terrorism and Transit Strike contingency plans.
Prior to his arrival at OEM in March 1998, he was the editor of Emergency Preparedness News, a Washington, DC-based newsletter for emergency management professionals.