Dovi is from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was born and bred. After school, Dovi spent two years in Israel at a hesder yeshiva. On his return, Dovi qualified as a paramedic and then got a degree in accountancy (which he "loved") and got involved in student politics and debating (which he actually loved). His enjoyment of standing up and talking led him into teaching Jewish history and philosophy as well as creating and implementing programs for the Jewish informal education department. The "natural" progression for Dovi was to move to London to do investment banking, specialising in mining. Dovi is the former Africa director of Cadena, (a nonprofit organisation focusing on humanitarian aid and disaster relief), a much more fulfilling career than commodities. Dovi set up Cadena Africa by forming a board of directors who are equally passionate about tikkun olam and registering the organization in the country. Dovi feels that Cadena's ethos of "hand to hand" empowers those who have lost everything to start to rebuild. The focus on training and prevention instead of just sending aid has brought a new paradigm to the sector, as he believes that being forewarned is to be forearmed. In his spare time, Dovi is an avid reader and runner (although not simultaneously). He also enjoys watching sports and playing piano and guitar. His favourite thing to do is to spend time with his fiance Jade, who laughs at his jokes and bandaged him when he DID try reading and running.