Our Board

Jeffrey Swartz (Chairman)

Jeff, co-founder and chair of MAOZ served 15 years as CEO of Timberland (NYSE: TBL), a global brand of footwear and apparel. While at Timberland, Jeff incorporated a social agenda within the business agenda—he led public private partnerships with several social change organizations, including City Year, where he served as chair for 10 years, and as a board  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 invests all of his professional energies to advance sustainable socio-economical 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. Yodfat 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, 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 the board of directors of Israel Discount Bank and serves as an industry representative on the National Labor Court. Yodfat earned her executive MBA from Bradford University School of Management in Great Britain and her B.A. 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 that specialize in rental of logistic sites and seaports, leasing construction-lifting equipment and investments. 

Doron is a tireless social entrepreneur who focuses on education and long-term infrastructure projects such as 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 as well as many others.

Doron is also involved in social initiatives in Brazil, India, Africa and in the Netherlands, and an active member of the board of many social organizations, including MAOZ in 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.

Doron was awarded an honorary doctorate by Haifa University.

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Doron Latzer

Doron is a co-founder and a senior partner at "Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz" law firm. Doron has over 25 years of commercial and corporate law experience working with international companies, both as 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 boards of directors of technology companies. He is active in 8200 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Support Program which promotes entrepreneurship and innovation among alumni of elite units of the IDF and is a mentor for the Microsoft Accelerator program in Israel that 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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Debbie Swartz

Debbie is active in a variety of non-profits where she works to build strategic capabilities and to 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 their signature program Acharai 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 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 3 grandchildren and counting!

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Scott Tobin

Scott is a general partner at Battery Ventures, a firm he first 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 5 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 or Social Equality. During his decade tenure, Aiman led development processes of unprecedented magnitude. In addition, he was responsible for implementing governmental decisions including strategic and organizational planning, the establishment of an advisory committee for authority, advancement of the establishment of the authority etc. 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 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. In the Knesset, Aiman advocated 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 economic development of the Arab society. Aiman holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Bamberg University and a master's degree in international planning and development from Clark University, USA.

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Yael Lavie

Yael is the Chairwoman of the Bar Lev High Tech Park that is being built in the Western Galilee that will provide quality employment opportunities for some 5000 residents of the area. Yael is also the founder and chair of the Moshal Scholarship Program that provide scholarships to 1,000 students with an alumni network in Israel and in South Africa. The students in the program come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and study for a degree that will enable them to earn a respectable living. Yael established and managed a private investment firm in London that focused on real-estate and finances. Earlier on, Yael worked for 17 years for Bank HaPoalim where she served as VP of the Switzerland offices of the bank (6 years), and held a number of management positions including managing the bank's platinum division. Yael holds a bachelor's degree in economy and an MBA with a specialty in financing from Tel Aviv University. Yael has three daughters and she lives in a village in the Sharon region.

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Amir Levi

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 households, businesses and service providers in Israel. 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 OMB). 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 Board of the England-Israel and Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundations. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MA in Economics, both from Hebrew University.
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Emeritus Board Members

Orna Barbivai

Orna Barbivai is a Major General in the Israel Defense Forces and the former head of its Manpower Directorate. She was the first woman to be made Major-general (Aluf), the IDF's second highest rank. Growing up in a family of eight children in Afula, Israel, 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 has spent her entire career as an officer in the Manpower Directorate. Barbivai holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities from Ben Gurion University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Haifa University. She is also the graduate of the "Turn-point" administration course for senior military officials. Barbivai was the first female to hold the IDF positions of Chief Adjutant Officer of a Command, Chief Adjutant Officer, Head of the Ground Forces' manpower section and head of the Individuals' Sector in the Manpower Directorate. On 26 May 2011, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved her appointment as head of the IDF's Manpower Directorate, replacing Maj. Gen. Avi Zamir. The promotion of Barbivai, a mother of three, to the rank of Major General 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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Yacov Berger

Prior to completing his civil service, Yacov was Israel’s Deputy Civil Service Commissioner, a position he served for ten years. During his tenure, Yacov was responsible for some of the most significant reforms in the civil service to date. Previously, Yacov 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 Combat Forces (GOC Army Headquarters). Yacov was discharged with the rank of Brigadier General. Today Yacov is involved with a number of organizations connected with public service, creating training and leadership programs that will develop the next generation of Israel’s public leaders. As such he currently sits on the boards of MAOZ, Cadets for Public Service and Kriat Kivun. Yacov holds a B.A from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Master's degree with distinction in Political Science from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College (of the Israel Defense Forces). Yacov and his wife Agi have two boys and six grandchildren and live in Herzliya.

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Michal Cohen

Michal Cohen served as Director General of the Education Ministry 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 innovative initiatives. Michal holds an MA degree in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a diploma in Organizational Consultation for Education Systems from Tel Aviv University, as well as MA in Law from Bar Ilan University. She serves as General Director of Rashi from September 2017.

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Isaac Devash

Isaac Devash is a business and social entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in venture capital and private equity investments, and several years of experience as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, London, and Tokyo. Isaac established a number of private equity funds. He has been a senior advisor to global private equity funds and is a partner at aMoon Fund. Together with two partners, he initiated, with the Weizmann Institute and with Israel Prize winner Professor Ruth Arnon, a biotech company that is developing a universal flu vaccine. In the social sphere, since the year 2000, Isaac has been committed to advancing the establishment of a critical mass of public-sector leadership programs that help meet a number of current and future challenges facing Israeli society. With an emphasis on creating leadership pipelines, he co-founded a national talent management program called Atudot Le'Israel. He was a member of the Goshen Committee for corporate governance that advanced, among other things, the Economic Court and he assisted in the planning and implementation of structural reforms in the capital market that led to a growth in capital and credit for the government, private companies and the general public while reducing systematic risk. Isaac holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University. He founded and serves as the president of both the Wharton and Harvard Business School Clubs of Israel. Isaac did his military service as an Officer in the Artillery Corps during the First Lebanon War. Isaac and his wife Anna live in Tel Aviv and are the parents of three children.  
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Eli Paley

Eli is a Businessman and social activist, alumnus of the Chevron Yeshiva; holds a BA in Talmud and Jewish history from the Hebrew University. Since 1990 he has served as owner and publisher of Mishpacha Media Group, which targets the Haredi sector 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 Haredi community. He is also a member of the Jewish Funders Network and is active in several philanthropic organizations. He is Founding Chairman of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs, the first Haredi research institute of its kind, which endeavors to promote systematic, professional dialogue on social policy issues relating to Haredi society. Since its establishment the Institute has recruited key players from the intra-Haredi professional ranks and leading academics, alongside a team of Haredi 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 a variety of fields. The Institute is funded mainly by the Paley Family Foundation and with the assistance of various philanthropic partners.

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Our Staff

Dr. Yoav Heller, CEO

Yoav recently returned from four years in London where he completed his PhD in History from the University of London, Royal Holloway College Holocaust Research Institute. While in London, Yoav also lectured in History, served as an advisor to various local Jewish organizations and was the Director of the “Israel Connect” European Young Leadership Program. Prior to that Yoav was the Deputy General Manager at the Branco Weiss Institute where he was responsible for executing large scale educational projects and working with government agencies including the Ministries of Education, Absorption and Welfare and a number of large philanthropic organizations.

Yoav was a Senior Editor at YNET, Israel’s largest online newspaper, is an experienced tour guide for Jewish groups in Poland and was the Chairman of the national student campaign to reduce university tuition in the late 1990’s. Yoav received his M.A. in Management and Education and B.A. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel-Aviv University, is a Reserve Officer in an elite Air Force combat unit and lives in Tel-Aviv with his wife and two children.

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Adv. Michal Lehner, CFO & COO

Michal is a lawyer who completed her internship in the Public Defender's Office at the Ministry of Justice. After being admitted to the Israel Bar Association, Michal served as a buyer for a Ministry of Defense delegation to the U.S and managed the procurement field of the Israeli Air Force transportation system. Following that, Michal worked at Nokia Siemens Network's (NSN) post-merger integration department (PMI) and was co-responsible for various areas in the merger of Atrica into NSN. Michal was then accepted to the policy tract at the Cadets' Course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was posted to Central America where she served as a temporary replacement for the Consul General and Secretary at the Israeli Embassies in Costa Rica and Columbia. Afterwards, Michal worked in the International Organizations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Michal completed her military service as a psycho-technical evaluator at Jerusalem's recruitment bureau and received her Law degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Michal was born in Jerusalem and currently lives in Raanana with her husband Yonatan and son Eitan.
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Dr. Liat Basis,Chief of staff

Liat is a social and industrial psychologist who received her doctorate from Bar-Ilan University. She has upwards of fifteen years of experience in the field of admissions and evaluation focusing on aspects of developing professional tools, constructing processes, research, implementation and building and leading practical workshops. Liat is a member of the Israeli Association for Psychometric Testing and lectures in courses of ‘Admissions Testing’ Masters’ students in the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University. Liat has also worked with the IDF, Ministry of Education and other organizations in the private, public and social sectors. Her role at MAOZ is to manage the subject of admissions, evaluation, impact measurement and also to be responsible for guiding Fellows and Alumni with their projects and reforms. Additionally Liat is building the organization’s CRM system. Liat is married to Eyal, the mother of three daughters and lives in Ramat Hasharon.
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Sigal Kanotopsky, VP Resource Development

Sigal manages MAOZ resource development field in MAOZ. Before joining MAOZ, Sigal served as Executive Director of ‘Olim BeYahad’, an organization dedicated to change perceptions and eliminating racism in Israeli society through employment and representation in the media. In this capacity, she has devised the organizational media strategy, launched a graduates movement, significantly increased the budget and income, built an impressive rank of business volunteers, established a senior board of directors and assembled a diverse and professional staff. Under Sigal's leadership, the organization has won a number of social awards for its accomplishments.  Sigal herself was also awarded a number of prizes including the 2019 Rapoport Prize for Women Generating Change, and was named by Yediot Aharonot as one of the 50 leaders of social change in 2018. Sigal has extensive experience in resource development acquired in previous positions starting with JAFI through managing the fundraising activities for Olim BeYahad before assuming CEO position. In addition, Sigal travelled to a variety of Jewish communities around the world. Sigal holds a master's degree in conflict resolution with a certification in mediation from Tel Aviv University and a bachelor's degree in international relation from Hebrew University. Sigal is married to David and mother to Shahar, Harel, Maor and Matan.  
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Osnat Meron, MAOZ ECHO Director

At MAOZ, Osnat manages the Networking division. She is responsible for the continued training and development related to the members of the MAOZ Network (130 from the MAOZ Fellows Program and 78 from Kriat Kivun). In the past, Osnat has been a producer and a project manager for 18 years and served in various production roles in television including Channel 2 news, "Friday Studio" news magazine, and as the executive producer of "Uvda". Osnat is a member of the founding team of Channel 10 and Channel 10 news, as well as a production and operations manager of the "Tchelet" channel and Or-Media company. Osnat was also the producer of "Now-Beyond" events that produced Shimon Peres' 80th birthday celebrations. Osnat is a graduate of "Gvanim" (Shades) - a program for pluralistic Jewish leadership and of the Bertelsmann Foundation German-Israeli Young Leadership Exchange. She has since been working for the foundation as a project manager and is responsible for all activities and seminars in Israel. Over the past three years, Osnat 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 in Jerusalem. She served her military service as an instructor at the IDF's School of Artillery. Osnat is a mother to three children, was born in Jerusalem, and currently lives in Ramat HaSharon.
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Amit Persiko, MAOZ Network Manager

With extensive experience in government, Amit joined MAOZ to manage the Network. Amit is trained as an attorney and holds an LLM (cum laude) and a LLB in Law and International Relations (cum laude), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Immediately prior to joining MAOZ, Amit worked in the Ministry of Education where he served as the Senior Professional Advisor to the Minister of Education and the Chief of Staff to the Chairman for the Council for Higher Education. Amit was responsible for developing and implementing higher education policy for the Ministry and served as the liaison between the Ministry and other government offices. Earlier in his career, as Professional Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Amit oversaw issues related to employment and advanced of special needs populations. Before that Amit served as Chief of Staff for the chairperson of the Public Utilities Authority. After receiving his law degree, Amit practiced international law for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and worked as a legal clerk to Deputy Supreme Court President Salim Joubran. Amit interned with Deputy Supreme Court President Justice Hanan Melcer. Before, he interned in Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co. Advocates, and at the Office of the President of the United Nations’ The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Over the years, Amit has volunteered in a variety of roles including offering pro-bono legal representation, supporting at-risk youth, and working as a tour guide, journalist and a member of the HUJI Law Students Association. Amit lives in Mazkeret-Batia with his wife Dikla and their children Yonatan, Tamar and Yoav. In his free time he likes to cook and travel.

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Aharon Karish ,Employment Joint Venture & MAOZ Fellows Program Manager

Aharon manages MAOZ Fellows and the Employment Venture. The latter is a joint venture of MAOZ and the Ministry of Labor and Social Services designed to address the acute challenges of the Israeli employment market. The Fellows program which Aharon also manages trains and connects a network of values-driven, professional, mamlachti leaders in senior positions. Beforehand, Aharon was a facilitator in the Fellows program.

Prior to that, Aharon was a teacher, a high school principal and served as 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. He set up the school with 80 students and 10 faculty members and when he left, the school boasted 400 students and 70 faculty members. As VP, Aharon was responsible for all of 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 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 father of Simha, Noa, Tzofnat, Maiki, and Nitzan. In his free time, he competes in Iron Man tournaments and volunteers with children in AMIT's bikeguide program.

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Hadas Lahav, Storytelling Director

Hadas built and manages MAOZ storytelling department that works to document and tell Network's members' change-stories. Hadas has 18 years of experience as a Journalist. She served as the deputy editor-in-chief of the Yediot Aharonot daily newspaper and as deputy editor of Ynet.co.il. Hadas has engaged in a number of social initiatives designed to alter perception using the media, including in "Olim BeYahad" media venture designed to change perceptions about persons of Ethiopian origin; integration of Arab journalists in the media and strengthening their reach in the social media; and in the "Nivheret" project to double the number of women running for office on the municipal level. Hadas holds a bachelors degree 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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Hila Ganor Schindel, VP Knowledge & Strategy

Hila recently joined MAOZ to build and manage the Knowledge and Strategy Center; providing support for MAOZ's various programs. Her experience is tri-sectoral: In the nonprofit sector she consulted nonprofits and philanthropists on strategy and planning and was the Israel Manager for the Jacobson Family Foundation (now ONE8). In the private sector she was a consultant to Fortune 500 companies at Compete (Boston), an online consumer behavior analytics company and was a research associate at Harvard Business School writing cases on marketing and market research. Prior to that, Hila spent eight years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and government as an Intelligence Officer.  She graduated (Summa Cum Laude) in Government and Diplomacy at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and holds an MBA (Cum Laude) from Boston University.  Hila lives in Bnei Dror with her husband Yair and three wonderful children Yonatan, Or and Yali
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Arit Ansbacher, ADVOT Joint Venture Manager

Arit serves as a facilitator for the Advot and Ashmoret programs. Prior to joining MAOZ, Arit served as the deputy director-general of A.V. Israel, a nonprofit that uses the auditory verbal method to teach language learning to children who are deaf and learning impaired. Arit has extensive experience in facilitation and management, particularly with leading change processes. Arit has a B.A (magna cum laude) in communications and education from Sapir Academic College and is at work on her MA in public policy at the executive program at Hebrew University. Arit lives on Moshav Gitit in the Jordan Valley, a joint religious-secular community where she is involved with local politics. Arit is married to Ariel and has three children.
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Shimrit Bainhorn, Accelerators Manager

Shimrit Klein is 35 years old and lives in Maskeret Batya. She is trained as a lawyer and mediator and has extensive knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. She founded a number of different ventures in diverse fields. From 2009-2015, Shimrit also worked at the Gevim Group, an organizational consulting firm as a senior facilitator and the Director of Business Development and Marketing. She comes to her new position with vast experience in facilitation, organizational processes, and guiding and advising managers and senior officers through professional experiences.  She brings creativity, ingenuity, and the ability to drive and create partnerships.
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Hadas Bracha-Kleider, INBAR Joint Venture Manager

Hadas has vast experience in developing and conducting workshops in the business sector, the non-profit sector and the IDF. For the past three years, Hadas worked at BISLAM – the IDF’s school of leadership development. Her role included consulting and accompanying units and commanders, team development, facilitating workshops and skill content and diagnosing the challenges of leadership and implementing interventions at the organizational level. Hadas holds a master's degree in social and industrial psychology from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor's degree in psychology and human resources from Haifa University. She worked for six years at Basis Evaluation as a facilitator and workshop developer for various organizations and HR managers. Her role included developing professional tools, and building practical workshops. Hadas currently resides in Even-Yehuda, is married to Eyal and is mother to Maya, Amit and Roy.
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Efrat Darf, HR & Organizational Development Manager

Efrat comes from the world of organizational psychology, in particular the fields of recruitment, admissions and organizational consulting. Following her bachelor’s degree, Efrat spent two years working as an evaluator at the human resources firm Pilat following which she moved into the hi-tech sector where she recruited and placed candidates for technological positions within startup companies both in Israel and overseas. During her studies, Efrat interned at Lotem Sensing as an organizational consultant, giving workshops to clients within management positions. Efrat served in the military as an evaluations and research course Officer at the IDF’s center for behavioral sciences. Efrat completed her Master’s degree in Social and Organization Psychology at Bar-Ilan University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Efrat was born and raised in Kiryat Ekron and currently lives in Kadima.
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Dr. Gila Melech, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

Gila holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Gila has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing evaluation programs for the social and public sector, in particular with organizations that focus on reducing gaps and advancing excluded populations into the workforce. Gila founded and managed an internal assessment and evaluation unit at the Israel Venture Network (IVN) and at the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. In addition she created a toolbox for examining investment candidates for Israeli philanthropic foundations. In recent years her focus has been on the development of evaluative thinking and its implementation in large-scale initiatives such as the: 5×2 Initiative and at the and at the National Insurance Institute Funds Department. Gila is a lecturer in the course Assessment and Evaluation in the Social Field for Master’s students in the Department of Social Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She is a volunteer mentor at NOVA: Professional Volunteerism and a member of the steering committee of the Be’haaracha Raba Conference steering committee. Gila lives in Kfar Saba with her husband Paul and their children Avishai, Michal and Hila.
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Malak Msalha, Admissions & Recruitment Manager

Malak holds a master's degree, cum laude, in gender studies from Bar Ilan University and studied towards a master's degree in psycho-biology from the psychology faculty of Tel Aviv University. In addition, she completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and communication from Tel Aviv University. Malak has 8 years of experience in recruitment and placement including running workshops, developing training and content, managing projects and teams and creating new partnerships through her deep knowledge of diverse populations in the labor market. In her last role, she served as manager of the career center of “Kav Hamashve”, which promotes the integration of Arab academics in Israeli business world. Prior to that, Malak worked as a diagnostic and placement consultant. Malak was born and raised in Kafr Qara and has resided for more than a decade in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
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Ella Ringel, MAKOM Joint Venture Manager

Ella holds a master's degree in occupational and organizational psychology from Haifa University and a bachelor's degree in psychology & political science from Tel Aviv University, cum laude. Ella has 8 years of experience in various roles of management and guidance in IDF’s school of leadership. In her last position, she served as a consultant and team leader for a number of different courses for command positions. As such, she consulted and accompanied long-term processes in combat units of the Ground Forces and the Navy as well as guiding officers. Prior to that, Ella worked as an occupational consultant and diagnostician at “Rom” institute for occupational consulting and diagnosing learning disabilities.
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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