Our Board

Jeffrey Swartz (Chairman)

MAOZ's Co-Founder and Board Chairman, Jeff served as CEO of Timberland (NYSE: TBL), a global footwear and apparel brand, for 15 years. While at Timberland, Jeff incorporated a social agenda within the company's business agenda — he led public and private partnerships with several social change organizations, including City Year, where he served as chair for 10 years, and as a board member of Share Our Strength, the Harlem Children’s Zone and the Climate Group. In 2011, Jeff led the sale of Timberland to the VF Corporation. Since then, he has invested all his professional energies to advancing sustainable socio-economic change aimed to have real impact in Israel and the US. Jeff holds an MBA from Dartmouth University (1984) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1982). Jeff lives in Boston and Jerusalem. He is married to Debbie and they have three married sons and a growing number of beloved grandchildren.

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Yodfat Harel Buchris

Yodfat is a Managing Director at Blumberg Capital, based in Tel Aviv. She is an experienced investor and board member with a track record in management, business development, marketing and strategic planning in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Blumberg Capital, Yodfat ran her own investing and consulting business. Previously, she was Managing Director of Tamares Capital Ltd., a large international private investment fund with holdings in technology, media, manufacturing and real estate. Earlier in her career, Yodfat served as Corporate Director and Head of the Medical and Venture Capital Groups at Orbotech LTD., a world leader in automated inspection for printed circuit boards and panel displays. She also previously served as Managing Director at Harel-Hertz Investment House Ltd., managing investment and business development for Japanese and Israeli corporations, and as Chief Advisor to ITX-Corporation, a leading Japanese electronics conglomerate listed on NASDAQ Japan. Yodfat serves on Israel Discount Bank's Board of Directors and serves as an industry representative on the National Labor Court. Yodfat obtained her executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management in Great Britain and her BA in Communications and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed advanced programs in director studies, mediation, advertising and marketing.

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Doron Livnat

Doron manages a group of family-owned international companies specializing in rental of logistic sites and seaports, and leasing construction-lifting equipment and investments. He is a tireless social entrepreneur who has focused his efforts on education and long-term infrastructure projects with Shanti House, Ayalim, Sapir Academic College, Matan Israel, Lishma Program, Or Association, 2048, Nalaga’at Center, Bialik Rogozin School and Peres Center for Peace (a program focusing on Palestinian children and physicians). He is the co-founder of Tovanot B'Hinuch – Insights in Education, the Weiss-Livnat center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, Access for All, the robotics program in Yeruham, and many other ventures. Doron is also involved in social initiatives in Brazil, India, Africa and in the Netherlands. He sits on the boards of many social organizations, including MAOZ, of which he is a co-founder. Doron holds an academic degree in Economics, International Commerce and Logistics from DAV Bremen in Germany and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Course (O.P.M) at Harvard Business School. In addition, Doron was awarded an honorary doctorate by Haifa University.

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Doron Latzer

Doron is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz law firm. He has over 25 years of commercial and corporate law experience, working with international companies, both as an in-house and outside counsel. At present, Doron serves on the advisory board of EMM Investments in New York and is a member of several technology companies' boards of directors. He is active in the 8200 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Program, which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among alumni of elite IDF units and is a mentor for the Microsoft Accelerator program in Israel, which assists selected startup companies in the IT and software fields. Previously, Doron worked as an in-house attorney for Kansas Power & Light (KCPL), specializing in joint ventures and technology-related investments. He also served as an advisor at Shook, Hardy & Bacon Company in Kansas City, Missouri, as an in-house attorney at Elbit Ltd, a leading international contractor in the defense field, and as the Chair of the Aktiva Holdings BV, a Dutch private investment fund. Doron graduated from the Middle Temple Law School, London. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Yael and three children.

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Rabbi Tzvi Lau

Rabbi Lau is married with nine children and lives in Tel Aviv. After studying at the Hebron Yeshiva and completing his rabbinical studies at the Binyan Av Beit Midrash, which was headed by the late Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Rabbi Lau was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Rabbi Lau is a multi-talented individual and has headed the Yeshivat Netivot Yitzhak for over 10 years. In addition, he has served as the Yad Eliyahu congregation rabbi in Tel Aviv and as the rabbi of the Kahal Hassidim congregation in Kfar Ganim, Petah Tikva. Over the past three years, he has served as the rabbi of the Lema'anchem organization, which provides consultation and medical guidance and supports social initiatives. Rabbi Lau also teaches Torah and lectures in various secular communities throughout the Gush Dan and Sharon regions.
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Debbie Swartz

Debbie is active in a variety of non-profits, where she works to build strategic capabilities and advance social impact. In addition to MAOZ, she invests time in Israeli and American organizations that focus on hunger, poverty, education and Jewish identity. Formerly a member of the board of CJP, the Jewish Federation of Greater Boston, Debbie focused on leadership development and chaired Acharai, their signature program, from 2015-16. She has an extensive track record in the education field, including serving as the Board Chair of PEJE: The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, a national organization which supported and promoted Jewish day school education in North America; as the chair of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston; and as a member of the development committee of the Maimonides School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Debbie divides her time between Boston and Jerusalem. She is married to Jeff and they have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren and counting!

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Scott Tobin

Scott is a General Partner at Battery Ventures, a firm he joined in 1997. He leads investments in the United States, Israel and Europe. Scott has focused on a variety of deals at Battery, including venture capital and private equity investments in sectors including enterprise infrastructure, materials science, application software, business services, media, and financial services. Scott has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List, which ranks top venture capitalists from around the world. He graduated with honors from Brandeis University with a BA in International Relations and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He and his wife are proud parents to five wonderful sons.

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Aiman Saif

Until recently, Aiman was the Head of the Authority for the Economic Development of Minorities in the Ministry for Social Equality. During his decade-long tenure, Aiman led development processes of unprecedented magnitude. In addition, he was responsible for implementing governmental decisions which included strategic and organizational planning, the establishment of an advisory committee for the authority, advancing the authority's establishment and more. Aiman also advanced a variety of economic projects, such as a private equity fund for the private sector, projects promoting women's employment, the establishment of the Kav Mashve (employment opportunities for Arabic speakers, employees and academics) joint venture, the opening of vocational counseling centers, the creation of MATI – the Galilee Business Development Center, and aid to potential investors. Aiman advocated Knesset legislation of an authority for the economic development of minorities and represented the authority in conferences and in the various committees that are related to the Arab society's economic development. Aiman holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Bamberg University in Germany and an MA in International Planning and Development from Clark University.

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Yael Lavie

Yael is the Chairwoman of the Bar Lev High Tech Park, which is being built in the western Galilee and which will provide quality employment opportunities for some 5,000 area residents. Yael is also the Founder and Chair of the Moshal Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to 1,000 students and has an alumni network in Israel and in South Africa. The students in the program come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and study for a degree that will enable them to earn a respectable living. Yael previously established and managed a private investment firm in London that focused on real-estate and finances. Earlier on, Yael worked at Bank HaPoalim for 17 years, serving as VP of the bank's Switzerland offices for six years. During her time there, she also held a number of additional management positions, such as managing the bank's platinum division. Yael holds a BA in Economy and an MBA with a specialty in Financing from Tel Aviv University. Yael has three daughters and lives in a village in the Sharon region.

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Amir Levy

Amir is the CEO of IBC (Israel Broadband Company), a telecommunication company which provides a unique solution – optic fiber infrastructure services – based on Israel Electric's grid to Israeli households, businesses and service providers. Prior to joining IBC, Amir spent a year as a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, examining how Israel can promote minorities and address inequality. Relocating to Boston came after Amir had served as the Director of the Budgets Department at the Ministry of Finance (equivalent to the White House's Office of Management and Budget). During his four-year tenure (2013-2017), he managed the state budget through the Government and Knesset plenum, setting fiscal policy targets, the budget framework and economic reform programs. He was responsible for structural reforms such as developing infrastructure and innovation and integrating the Israeli Arab and the ultra-Orthodox communities into the economy. He also regulated several markets as the Telecommunication, Public Transit and Energy Council.  Previously, Amir held several key positions in government, academia and the private sector. He has been teaching macroeconomic policy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2015. From 2006 to 2013 he was the CEO of Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, a company that initiates, constructs and operates power stations – especially solar – in Israel and abroad. Amir has served on the board of directors of corporations, such as the England-Israel and Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundations, Israel Railways and Israel Electric. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MA in Economics, both from Hebrew University.

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Nimrod Sheffer

Major General (Res.) Nimrod Sheffer completed his successful term as President and CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) in November 2020. During his tenure, he led the company to the two most successful years in its history, as it achieved significant growth and profit data following a decade of stunted growth and very low profitability.

 Nimrod completed his 36-year IDF service as Head of the Planning Directorate in the IDF General Staff. In this position, Sheffer was responsible for the military/international strategic planning, international military collaboration and in building the IDF’s manpower (thereby working on the military’s annual and multi-year programs).

 He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in Boston and a Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences from Tel Aviv University.

 Nimrod enlisted in the Air Force in the fall of 1979 and completed the pilot course in 1981 as a fighter pilot and has since held several positions in the corps, including the command of two combat squadrons, commanding the Ramon Air Force Base, serving as Head of the IAF Air Division, and as IAF Chief of Staff.

 Nimrod lives in Nataf, is married to Haya and is the father of four children.

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Emeritus Board Members

Orna Barbivai

Orna Barbivai is a Major General (reserves) in the Israel Defense Forces and the former Commanding Officer of its Manpower Directorate. She was the first woman to obtain the rank of Maj. Gen. (Aluf), the IDF's second-highest rank. Growing up in a family of eight children in Afula, Barbivai is the daughter of Tzila, a Jewish immigrant from Iraq, and Eli Shochetman, a Jewish immigrant from Romania. She was drafted into the IDF in 1981 and spent her entire career as an officer in the Manpower Directorate. Barbivai holds a BA in Social Sciences and Humanities from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from Haifa University. She is also a graduate of the "Turn-Point" administration course for senior military officials. Barbivai was the first woman to hold the IDF positions of Chief Adjutant Officer of a Command, Chief Adjutant Officer, Head of the Ground Forces' Manpower Division and Head of the Individuals' Sector in the Manpower Directorate. On May 26, 2011, Israel's Minister of Defense, Ehud Barak approved her appointment as the Commanding Officer of the IDF's Manpower Directorate. The promotion of Barbivai, a mother of three, to the rank of Maj. Gen. was praised by Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni, who said that "There is no rank that is too heavy for a woman’s shoulders, and there is no doubt that Brig. Gen. Barbivai was appointed because of her talents".

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Yaakov Berger

Prior to completing his civil service, Yaakov was Israel’s Deputy Civil Service Commissioner, a position he served in for 10 years. During his tenure, Yaakov was responsible for some of the most significant civil service reforms to date. Previously, Yaakov served as Senior Vice President in the Ministry of Health and in a number of senior roles in the IDF within the field of human resources, among them as Adjutant Officer of the Northern Command and as Head of Human Resources of the Ground Forces. Yaakov was discharged with the rank of Brigadier General. Today, Yaakov is involved in several organizations dealing with public service, creating training and leadership programs that will develop the next generation of Israel’s public leaders. He has sat on the boards of MAOZ, Cadets for Public Service and Kriat Kivun. Yaakov holds a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA with distinction in Political Science from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College (of the Israel Defense Forces). Yaakov and his wife, Agi have two sons and six grandchildren and live in Herzliya.

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Isaac Devash

Itzik is a social and business entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the field of venture capital and private equity investments and several years as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, London, and Tokyo. He is a partner at a fund focusing on life sciences called aMoon and is instrumental in establishing the first independent Israeli digital bank. In the past, Itzik established and managed a number of private investment funds and and represented a number of international investors and investment funds in Israel. He is one of the founders of Israel’s national talent management program called "Atudot le’Israel". For about two decade he has been investing his time and energy to promote the buildup of a critical mass of about 25 managerial and professional talent management programs that are meant to strengthen the public sphere in the central and local government as well as in the NGO sector. He was a member of the Goshen Corporate Governance Committee that promoted the establishment of a Delaware type "Economic Court" and he assisted in the planning and implementating structural reforms in the capital markets, leading to a more efficient allocation of capital and credit for the government, the private sector and for households, while reducing the systemic risk. He also founded the Israeli alumni clubs of the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School. During his military service, he served as an officer in the IDF during the 1982 Lebanon War. Itzik gained his BA degree, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Harvard University. Itzik and his wife Anna live in Tel Aviv and are the parents of three children.
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Michal Cohen

Michal Cohen served as Director-General of the Ministry of Education for four years, and previously filled different managerial roles in the public service, most recently as the Ministry's Senior Deputy Director and Director of the Pedagogic Administration. During the course of her professional career, she has led significant, large-scale pedagogic and structural reforms and initiatives. Michal holds an MA in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a diploma in Organizational Consultation for Education Systems from Tel Aviv University, as well as an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University. She has served as General Director of Rashi since September 2017.

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Eli Paley

Eli is a businessman and social activist. A Chevron Yeshiva alumni, he holds a BA in Talmud and Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 1990, he has served as owner and publisher of Mishpacha Media Group, which targets the ultra-Orthodox society and publishes weekly magazines in Hebrew and in English, with distributorship throughout the Jewish world. In 2014, he established the Paley Family Foundation in memory of his father, Yehuda Paley. The Foundation supports and promotes institutions and social initiatives in the ultra-Orthodox society. He is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network and is active in several philanthropic organizations. He is the Founding Chairman of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs, the first ultra-Orthodox research institute of its kind, which endeavors to promote systematic, professional dialogue on social policy issues relating to the ultra-Orthodox society. Since its establishment, the Institute has recruited key players from the intra-Haredi professional ranks and leading academics, alongside a team of ultra-Orthodox and secular researchers with expertise in a variety of disciplines. The Institute works in collaboration with various government ministries to advance work plans and policy documents in many fields. The Institute is funded mainly by the Paley Family Foundation and various philanthropic partners.

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Our Team

Dr. Yoav Heller, CEO

Yoav has served as CEO of MAOZ since 2014. At the beginning of his professional career, he was part of the staff that established Ynet, Israel's largest online media site, and went on to serve as one of its senior editors. Following his time at Ynet, Yoav made a career change and became Deputy General Manager at the Branco Weiss Institute. During his time at Branco Weiss, he supervised 200 employees, fundraised, managed a budget of roughly NIS 50 million, and was responsible for executing large-scale educational projects and working with government agencies, including the Ministries of Education, Absorption and Welfare. After six years at Branco Weiss, Yoav moved to London, where he lectured about history, served as an advisor to various local Jewish organizations and was the Director of the Israel Connect European Young Leadership Program. A historian, Yoav specializes in Holocaust research. He obtained his BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies and his MA in Management and Education at Tel Aviv University before completing his Ph.D. in History at the University of London, Royal Holloway College Holocaust Research Institute. Yoav served as the chairman of the national student campaign to reduce university tuition in the late 1990s and is a reserve officer in an elite Air Force combat unit. He lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.

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Vered Amar, Atudot North joint venture director

Vered is the new Atudot North joint venture director.  Vered has extensive management experience in the areas of local government and NGOs, as well as expertise and knowledge in planning and establishing infrastructure and multi sector cooperation. For the past two years Vered worked as a project manager in the fields of development and training. Over the course of eight years, Vered also held several senior positions in Kfar Vradim local municipality, including as the Director of the Education Department and the municipality CEO.

At the same time, she was a board member and a held signatory authorization responsibilities in two municipal corporations, as well as a board member in the Western Galilee Cluster.

Prior to that, she headed the Directorate for the Establishment of a Community Educational Campus in the Merom Hagalil Regional Council - a joint initiative of the council, the Rashi Foundation, UJIA and the Ministry of Education.

Vered began her professional career as an architect in leading design firms, and later set up an independent architectural firm alongside a partner and taught in practical training programs.

Vered lives in Koranit with her husband, Ilan and their three children, Achinoam, Yehonatan and Haleli.

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Adv. Michal Lehner, CFO & COO

Michal is in charge of MAOZ's financial management, governance, operations, procurement and information systems. In her previous roles at MAOZ, she led the organization's Resource Development and Organizational Development teams. Prior to joining MAOZ, Michal completed the Ministry of Foreign Affair's Cadets' Course, after which she was posted to Latin America, where she served in several roles, including First Secretary and Consul General in Costa Rica and the position of First Secretary in Colombia. Later on in her time at the MFA, Michal worked in the International Organizations Department and focused on the multilateral arena. Michal also served as a buyer for a Ministry of Defense delegation to New York. Upon her return to Israel, she joined Nokia Siemens Network's (NSN) post-merger integration department (PMI). At the beginning of her professional career, Michal interned with the deputy national defense attorney at the Ministry of Justice. Michal holds a BA in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives in Ein Vered with her partner, Yonatan and her son, Eitan. In her free time, Michal likes to exercise and visit the sea.

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Dr. Liat Basis, Chief of Staff

Liat is in charge of MAOZ's partnerships, as well as its strategic and organizational processes. Previously, she led MAOZ's Admissions, Measurement & Evaluation Unit. Liat has over 20 years of experience in the field of admissions and evaluation and she lectures at Bar-Ilan University's Master's Program on socio-organizational psychology. Until 2016, Liat managed Basis Evaluation, an organization she founded, providing services in the fields of developing screening and evaluation systems, and measuring details and programs. She is a trained social-occupational psychologist with a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University. Married to Eyal, Liat has three daughters and lives in Ramat Hasharon. In her free time, she strives to blend her interests in exercising, playing guitar and matchmaking.

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Sigal Kanotopsky, VP Resource Development

Sigal leads MAOZ's fundraising efforts and works to strengthen the organization's relationship and engagement with investors. Prior to joining MAOZ, Sigal served as Executive Director of Olim BeYahad, an organization dedicated to changing perceptions and eliminating racism in Israeli society through employment and media representation. Sigal led Olim BeYahad to impressive accomplishments, including expanding the organization's media strategy, launching a graduates program, significantly increasing the budget and income, developing an array of business volunteers, establishing a senior board of directors, and assembling a diverse and professional staff. Under Sigal's leadership, the organization won a number of social awards for its accomplishments. Sigal herself has also been awarded a number of recognitions, including the 2019 Rapoport Prize for Women Generating Change and being named by Yedioth Ahronoth as one of the 50 social change leaders in 2018. Sigal acquired her extensive resource development experience in her previous positions – from her work at the Jewish Agency For Israel to managing Olim BeYahad's fundraising activities prior to assuming the position of CEO. In addition, Sigal has traveled to numerous Jewish communities around the world as an emissary. She holds a BA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Conflict Resolution with a certificate in Mediation from Tel Aviv University. Sigal is married to David and is the mother of Shahar, Harel, Maor and Matan.

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Osnat Meron, MAOZ Eco Director

Osnat heads MAOZ's efforts to increase its impact spheres and create a wide and engaged ecosystem in various systems. Previously, Osnat directed the MAOZ Fellows Program for two years and created the MAOZ Network, which she directed for three years. In this position, she was in charge of the Network's activities and helped advance MAOZ's organizational mission. Prior to joining MAOZ, Osnat worked in various television production roles, including establishing Channel 2 News, producing the Friday Studio news magazine and serving as Executive Producer of the Uvda investigative journalism show hosted by Ilana Dayan. Osnat was also a founding member of Channel 10 and the Channel 10 News teams, as well as a production and operations manager of the Tchelet Channel and Or-Media company. In addition, Osnat produced the Now-Beyond events for Shimon Peres' 80th birthday celebrations. She is a graduate of Gvanim, a program for pluralistic Jewish leadership and of the Bertelsmann Foundation German-Israeli Young Leadership Exchange. In 2006, she began working for the foundation as a project manager. In this role, which she held for eight years, Osnat was responsible for all activities and seminars in Israel. She has also managed Israeli Horizon, the alumni forum for Israeli fellows of the Bertelsmann program. Osnat graduated with honors from the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was born in Jerusalem, has three children and currently lives in Ramat HaSharon. In her free time, she enjoys reading poetry, playing basketball and traveling around the world.

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Tali Semani, MAOZ Network Director

As Director of the MAOZ Network, Tali is in charge of fellows' transition into the Network, increasing Network members' social capital, accompanying their initiatives and building their trust with one another.

Tali is a clinical psychologist and an activist who obtained her BA and MA from Tel Aviv University. She has experience accompanying screening, measurement and evaluation processes. A researcher and a lecturer, Tali leads workshops in various fields, including on the subject of multiculturalism, about which she has published several articles. Prior to joining MAOZ, Tali served as the Jewish Community Director at the Chicago Community Center in Lod, established an early childhood care center and worked to develop solutions for residents of all ages.

A social activist in the Ethiopian-Israeli community, Tali provides mental health care to a number of Ethiopian-Israeli groups and volunteers with the Ethiopian-Israeli Health Promotion Forum. She also manages a Facebook group focusing on mental health among Ethiopian-Israelis. Tali is an Advisory Committee member of the aChord Center, and was selected as one of The Marker newspaper's 40 most promising young men and women in 2018.

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Shimrit Bainhorn, Change & Strategy Platform Director

Shimrit is in charge of social change and strategy-leading efforts at MAOZ. Prior to taking on her current role, she managed and accompanied Meitzim (Accelerator) and social change initiative portfolios. Shimrit came to MAOZ after having worked as a senior facilitator and the Director of Business Development & Marketing at Gevim Group, an organizational consulting firm. She has extensive experience as a facilitator and organizational process leader and is well-versed in personally accompanying senior managers and military officers. Holding a BA in Law from Bar-Ilan University, Shimrit is a trained lawyer and mediator and has extensive entrepreneurial experience. She has founded a number of ventures in diverse fields. Shimrit lives in Maskeret Batya with her daughter, Eliya. In her free time, she enjoys styling and fashion.

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Hadas Bracha-Kleider, Director of the INBAR Joint Venture & the Capacities Unit

Hadas directs INBAR, a joint venture between MAOZ and the Ministry of Health which seeks to formulate a leadership reserve of Israel's top senior healthcare system officials. In addition, Hadas directs the Capacities Unit, which builds trust and leads social changes with Network members. Before taking on her current position, Hadas was a facilitator in the MAOZ Fellows Program for two years. She has vast experience in developing and conducting workshops in the business sector, the nonprofit sector and in the IDF. Previously, Hadas worked at BISLAM, the IDF’s Leadership Development School, where she provided long-term consulting to units and commanding officers, developed teams, facilitated content and skill workshops, diagnosed leadership challenges and implemented interventions at the organizational level. She also worked at Basis Evaluation for six years, where she served as a facilitator and workshop developer for various organizations and HR managers in the business and third sectors. Her role also included developing professional screening tools and building different organizational measurement and evaluation processes. Hadas holds a BA in Psychology from Haifa University and an MA in Social and Industrial Psychology from Bar-Ilan University. She currently resides in Even-Yehuda, is married to Eyal, and has three children: Maya, Amit and Roy.

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Ella Ringel, MAKOM Joint Venture Director

Ella directs MAKOM, a joint venture between MAOZ and the Ministry of Interior which seeks to formulate a senior leadership reserve in the local sphere, civil society, business and central government in order to nurture a future generation of mamlachti leaders and social change leaders in the local sphere. In her previous role at MAOZ, Ella directed and was a facilitator in the INBAR Joint Venture, which focuses on developing healthcare system leaders. Prior to joining MAOZ, she worked at the IDF's Leadership Development School for eight years, where she held various management and guidance roles. In her last position there, Ella served as a consultant and team leader for a number of command courses. As such, she consulted and accompanied long-term processes in Ground Forces and Navy combat units and guided officers as they began their positions. She was also charged with preparing officers for international delegation trips. Prior to that, Ella worked as an occupational consultant and diagnostician at the Rom Institute. She obtained her BA in Psychology & Political Science from Tel Aviv University, Cum Laude and her MA in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from Haifa University. Ella lives in Ramat Gan, is married to Gilad and has two children: Roni and Gali.
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Aharon Karish, MAOZ Fellows Program Director

Aharon directs the MAOZ Fellows Program. The Fellows Program trains and connects a Network of value-driven, professional, mamlachti leaders in senior positions. Previously, Aharon served as a facilitator in the Fellows Program. Prior to joining MAOZ, Aharon was a teacher, a high school principal and VP of Organizational Development and Strategy at the AMIT Educational Network. In this capacity, Aharon established AMIT's 6-year high school in Ma’ale Adumim. The school initially had 80 students and 10 faculty members; by the time he left, it boasted 400 students and 70 faculty members. As VP, Aharon was responsible for all the strategic processes in the network, inter-managerial work and the organization's evaluation and measurement. Aharon holds an MBA with a focus in Integrative Management from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, he holds an LLM with a specialization in the study of Conflict Resolution and Mediation as well as an LLB, both from Bar-Ilan University. Aharon is married to Elisheva and is the father of Simha, Noa, Tzofnat, Maiki, and Nitzan.

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Ziv Harel, ADVOT Joint Venture Director

Ziv directs MAOZ's ADVOT Joint Venture.

Over the last 17 years, Ziv has gained experience in a variety of positions in the four sectors – especially in the public sector – by establishing and institutionalizing public organizations and systems. Between 2011 and 2016, Ziv partnered in establishing and institutionalizing the Israel National Mine Action Authority, for which he spearheaded information management work and GIS. Ziv also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Nofei Prat local authority and one of the founders of the Gush Adumim local committee. He served as CEO of Ulpan-Or, which specializes in teaching Hebrew innovative pedagogy, and served as a senior instructor and personal consultant for employment and career counseling at Macademia.

Ziv holds a bachelor's degree in sociology, anthropology and geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is a graduate of the group facilitation course at the Tafnit School of Management at the Open University.

Over the past five years, Ziv has been a Meitzim (Accelerators) field lead at MAOZ, and has partnered in the design, acceleration and implementation of over 30 systemic socio-economic change initiatives, most of which focused on the field of education.

Ziv was born, raised and educated in Jerusalem. He is married to Sarit and together they raise their children Eviatar, Carmi, Elisha and Ruth in Nofei Prat, situated in the Judean Desert.

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Hila Ganor Schindel, VP Knowledge & Innovation Center

Hila was involved in MAOZ's founding in 2010 and established the organization's Knowledge and Innovation Center in 2017. In her current role, Hila manages the Knowledge team and is in charge of developing technological innovation and supporting the organizational strategy. She accumulated diverse multi-sector experience prior to her time at MAOZ, as she served as the Jacobson Family Foundation's (now One8) Israel Manager, and provided consultation to nonprofits and philanthropists on issues of marketing and market research. In the private sector, she was a consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Boston-based Compete Inc., an online consumer behavior analytics company, and was a research associate at Harvard Business School, where she focused on marketing and market research. Prior to that, Hila served as an intelligence officer in the IDF and the government for eight years. She obtained her BA (Summa Cum Laude) in Government and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and holds an MBA (Cum Laude) from Boston University. Hila lives in Bnei Dror with her partner, Yair, who founded MAOZ, and their three children: Yonatan, Or and Yali.

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Hadas Lahav, Storytelling Director

Hadas established and directs MAOZ's Storytelling Department, which works to document and tell Network members' social change stories. Hadas has 18 years of experience as a journalist, during which she served as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper and as Deputy Editor of Ynet. Hadas has engaged in a number of social initiatives designed to alter perception using the media, including in an Olim BeYahad media initiative designed to change perceptions about persons of Ethiopian origin; integration of Arab journalists in the media and strengthening their social media reach; and in the Nivheret project to double the number of women running for municipal office. Hadas holds a BA in Law and Political Science from Tel Aviv University and an LLM (Cum Laude) from Bar-Ilan University. Hadas lives in Ramat Hen with her children, Yonatan and Ofri.

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Efrat Darf, HR & Organizational Development Director

Efrat is in charge of MAOZ team members' welfare and organizational development processes. She is a psychologist with a wealth of knowledge in the human resources world, specifically in the fields of recruitment and admissions practices, measurement, evaluation, and organizational consulting. Efrat holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University and obtained her MA in Socio-Organizational Psychology from Bar-Ilan University. During her IDF service, Efrat was an evaluations and research course Officer at the IDF’s Center for Behavioral Sciences, an experience which set her off on a career in the recruitment and admissions world. Originally from Kiryat Ekron, Efrat currently lives in Kibbutz HaOgen with her husband, Yotam and their children.

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Malak Msalha, Employment Joint Venture Director & Recruitment & Admissions Director

Malak directs the Employment Joint Venture, which is run in partnership with the Ministry of Economy's Labor Branch and was established in order to provide solutions for the burning challenges Israel's employment market faces. In addition, Malak oversees the multi-stage recruitment and admissions processes for MAOZ's programs, screening approximately 1,800 candidates per year. Before joining MAOZ, Malak managed the Career Center at Kav Mashve, which promotes the integration of Arab academics into the Israeli business world. Prior to that, Malak worked as a diagnostic and placement consultant at Ortal HR. Malak has roughly 12 years of experience in the employment world, including specific work in the recruitment and placement phases. Her tremendous experience with workshops, trainings and content development, project and team management, and creating partnerships all stem from her in-depth knowledge of diverse populations in the employment market. Malak obtained her BA in Psychology and Communications from Tel Aviv University and she holds an MA, Cum Laude, in Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University. Malak lives in Kafr Qara and enjoys traveling around the world.

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Philanthropic Investors and Partners


  • Dr. Yair Schindel 
  • Yotam Dagan

Governmental Partners and Philanthropic Foundations 

Governmental Partners

  • Ministry of Interior
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Justice

Philanthropic Foundations

  • One8 Foundation        
  • Klarman Family Foundation
  • Schusterman Foundation
  • Maimonides Fund
  • UJA Federation of New York
  • Russell Berrie Foundation
  • Rothschild Caesarea Foundation
  •   Friend Family Foundation 
  • Morris Family Fund
  • Aronson Family Foundation
  • Lion Family Foundation
  • Azrieli Foundation
  • Fisher Family Foundation
  • Gutwirth Foundation
  • Paley Family Foundation
  • Anonymous Foundation

Philanthropic Investors - Individuals

  • Swartz Family
  • Terrie and Brad Bloom
  • Marianne and Doron Livnat
  • Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine
  • Barbara and Ed Shapiro
  • Jennifer and Scott Tobin
  • Tracey and David Frankel
  • Sarah and Mark Zimman
  • Dan Farb
  • Jessica and Chuck Myers
  • Rom Company
  • Harley and Eli Ungar
  • Mordechai Rosenberg
  • Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker
  • Ellen and Steve Segal
  • Samantha and James David
  • Benny Levin 
  • Benny Schnaider
  • Itzik Danzinger
  • Yodfat Harel Buchris &  Pinchas Buchris
  • Ongi and Danny Ungar
  • Beth and Larry Greenberg
  • Linda and Michael Frieze
  • Hagit and Oren Zeev
  • Alan Schall
  • Christine and Robert Small 
  • Jen and Jon Block
  • Alyssa and Gregory Pool
  • Jessica and David Aronoff 
  • Joseph Gitler
  • Jonathan Koshitsky
  • Elizabeth and Dan Jick
  • Heather and Adi Rabinowitz 
  • Mike Rashes
  • Sam Wilderman
  • Seth Finkelstein
  • Ben Bloomstone
  • Lori and Matthew Sidman
  • Debra and Eitan Milgram
  • Sarah and David Nanus
  • Erez Ofer  
  • Ben Abram
  • Pamela and Meir Ukeles
  • Rafi Musher
  • Jeff Kupietzky
  • Ilan Rubinstein
  • Barbara Hellen and Phil West
  • Adam Suttin
  • Wil Rukin
  • Kevin Waldman
  • Steve Krichmar