Bio: Michael D. McDonald, Dr.P.H.
Dr. McDonald is the architect of Resilience Systems and Resilience Networks in many regions of the United States and many countries around the world. The purpose of the Resilience Systems is to rapidly expand information sharing environments, open data systems, and collective intelligence to improve health, economic well-being, energy resilience, and human security, while enhancing levels of development and sustainability. The resilience of the energy matrix is crucial to all other mission critical functions in the U.S.
Dr. McDonald coordinates the National Sustainable Security Infrastructure initiative, which advises on the forecasting and management of strategic and existential threats to the U.S. In 2015 and into 2016, Dr. McDonald, as the coordinator of the Global Health Response and Resilience Alliance, developed the serious game exercises for the West Africa Disaster Preparedness Initiative in association with eleven ECOWAS countries and Cameroon. This effort was designed to help these countries prepare their Emergency Operations Centers and Standard Operating Procedures for managing complex events of mass consequence during rapid global changes (including but not limited to climate change) during the later part of the Ebola epidemic. Energy issues played a key role in the effectiveness of the response and the current recovery and development period.
Dr. McDonald ran $50 million in advanced technology programs while directing the Koop Foundation with the U.S. Surgeon General. He coordinated the U.S. Health Information Infrastructure Consortium, which led to the build out of the $30 Billion National Health Information Network, while chairing the U.S. Medical Technology Policy Committee (IEEE). Dr. McDonald took HealthCentral Public as its Founding Chairman. He is now Chairman of Health Initiatives Foundation Inc. and President of OVIAR Global Resilience Systems, Inc.
Dr. McDonald, within his ongoing work on the U.S. Resilience System and the New York Resilience System, he is chairing the East End REV (Reforming the Energy Vision) Grid Consortium. The East End REV Grid test bed initiative is providing an environment for leading energy, communication, and computing grid innovators to help shape the future of America’s internet of energy, as it integrates with the internet of things. Dr. McDonald will be applying his extensive experience with developing decentralized networks, distributed collective intelligence, community engagement, and serious game methods to building out tools and methods for decentralized simulation and control of renewable energy and other distributed energy, communication, and computing assets in the East End REV Grid.