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Outstanding Leadership Awardee Mark Davidoff

Mark Davidoff serves as the managing partner of the Michigan practice of Deloitte LLP. He is the organization’s top leader in the state, overseeing more than 1,200 professionals based in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Midland. In addition to serving clients in the marketplace, he is responsible for the strategy, operations, talent, and business development of the statewide practice.

Some of Mark’s recent honors include: 2016 Michiganian of the Year, Detroit News; 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business; 2017 Chuck Newman Impact Award Honoree, Michigan Israel Business Accelerator; 2017 Walsh College Leadership Award Honoree; and 2018 Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader Award.

Mark served as CFO and Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit from 1992-2005. He was a President and Board Member of the Jewish Community Center; Board Chair for Jewish Senior Life; and first Treasurer and Secretary of The Jewish Fund, where he served as a board member for 17 years. Currently Mark serves on the following community boards: Business Leaders for Michigan, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Detroit Economic Club, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Chairman), Michigan Chamber of Commerce (Chairman), Michigan Council on Future Mobility, Michigan Israel Business Accelerator (President).

Mark is a CPA and holds a BSBA from Wayne State University and a Master of Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mark and his wife Margie are very proud of their children: Avi, his wife Amanda and their son, Chase; and their youngest son, Kale.

Guest Speaker Prime Minister Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007, the only Labour leader in the party’s 100 year history to win three consecutive elections. During his time in office, the UK economy enjoyed record growth. His Government made major improvements in Britain’s public services, particularly healthcare and education, through a programme of investment and reform. Britain’s first ever statutory minimum wage was introduced. The Prime Minister led the successful London 2012 Olympics bid; and oversaw the peace process for Northern Ireland. He introduced the first elected Mayor for London, the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly.

He was a staunch advocate of an interventionist foreign policy, in particular in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He trebled the UK’s aid programme for Africa and introduced the first environmental programme in the UK to combat climate change. Since leaving office Tony Blair has spent most of his time on work in the Middle East, in Africa and on the fight against religiously based extremism. In the Middle East, formerly the Quartet Representative, he is now specifically focusing on building relations between Arabs and Israelis. He works in eight African countries – Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mozambique – through his Foundation the Africa Governance Initiative, helping the Presidents of those countries to deliver change programmes. He has established a Foundation to combat extremism – the Tony Blair Faith Foundation – which works in over 20 countries with programmes on education and tracking extremism across the world.

He also founded and funds a Sports Foundation dedicated to boosting grassroots sport for young people in the North East of England, which includes the Sedgefield constituency he represented in Parliament. Mr. Blair chairs The Climate Group International Leadership council.

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