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Ira Bedzow

Director, The MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics & Leadership

Areas of Expertise

Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Bioethics, Values-Driven Leadership, Jewish Law, Jewish Thought


Ira Bedzow is Director, The MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics and Leadership at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, and Head of the Unit of the International Chair in Bioethics, World Medical Association Cooperation Centre. He holds a PhD in Religion from Emory University and a Masters degree from University of Chicago. His interests relate to understanding the ethical implications of biotechnology and healthcare policy as well as how organizations can create an ethical culture through values-driven leadership. When it comes to ethical leadership, he tries to show that making a values-driven decision and implementing it effectively consist of different skills and face different challenges. Understanding the difference between asking “what to do” and “how can I act on my values successfully” is key to leadership and organizational success.

Bedzow is also Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, co-director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH), a contributor at the MirYam Institute, and a regular contributor in Forbes for their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section. He is also an Orthodox rabbi (yoreh yoreh, yadin yadin).