Mr. Jim Banaski is a world-wide recognized expert in the field of Public Health Emergency Management and the development of Public Health Preparedness programs. Mr. Banaski retired from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after 28 years of combined federal service, having also served with the Department of Defense, and the US Army. Mr. Banaski has provided technical assistance to countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Central Asia, and Africa. Currently, Mr. Banaski is the Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Management Training and Consulting, LLC, which provides international and domestic emergency management capacity development. Mr. Banaski’s clients include the World Health Organization European Regional Office, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous other businesses that provide capacity development technical assistance.
Mr. Banaski holds a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Biology from Drury University, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from Webster University. Mr. Banaski also holds the Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Master Exercise Practitioner certification from the US Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Banaski is the co-author of the textbook, “Essentials of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Management, Second Edition” published by Jones and Bartlett Learning in 2019. Mr. Banaski has also served as an Adjunct Professor for Drury University, and an Adjunct Instructor for Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and as a Guest Lecturer for The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health.