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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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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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

Isaac Devash is a business and social entrepreneur with over 20 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 (CSFB) in New York, London, and Tokyo. Isaac has established a number of private equity funds, has been a senior advisor to global private equity funds and is a partner at aMoon Fund. Together with two partners, the Weizmann Institute and Israel Prize winner Professor Ruth Arnon, he initiated 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 Israeli society's current and future challenges. 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 BA (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 served as an officer in the IDF 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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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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Adv. Michal Lehner, CFO & COO

Michal currently serves as MAOZ's CFO & COO. In her previous roles at MAOZ, she led the organization's Resource Development and Organizational Development teams. 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, she 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 obtained her Law degree from the Hebrew University of 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 currently serves as Chief of Staff at MAOZ. Previously, she led MAOZ's Admissions, Measurement & Evaluation Unit. She is a social and industrial psychologist who received her doctorate from Bar-Ilan University and has over 20 years of experience in the field of admissions and evaluation, focusing on developing professional tools, constructing processes, research, implementation and building and leading practical workshops. Until 2016, Liat managed her own organization, providing services in the fields of developing screening and evaluation systems and measuring details and programs. She is a member of the Israeli Association for Psychometric Testing and has worked with the IDF, Ministry of Education and other organizations in the private, public and social sectors. Liat is married to Eyal, is the mother of three daughters and lives in Ramat Hasharon.

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Sigal Kanotopsky, VP Resource Development

Sigal manages MAOZ's resource development field. 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. In this capacity, she 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 won a number of social awards for its accomplishments. Sigal herself has also been awarded a number of prizes, including the 2019 Rapoport Prize for Women Generating Change, and was named by Yedioth Ahronoth as one of the 50 leaders of social change in 2018. Sigal acquired her extensive resource development experience in her previous positions – from her work at JAFI to managing the Olim BeYahad's fundraising activities before assuming the position of CEO. In addition, Sigal has traveled to numerous Jewish communities around the world. She obtained her BA in International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and she holds an MA in Conflict Resolution with a certification 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 directs MAOZ's Eco Unit, which strives to expand the organization's sphere of influence. Previously, during her time at MAOZ, Osnat directed the MAOZ Fellows Program for two years and also created the Network, which she directed for three years. In this position, she was in charge of the Network's activities and helped advance the organizational mission. Prior to arriving at MAOZ, Osnat worked as a television producer and project manager for 18 years in various outlets. She helped establish Channel 2 News, produced the Friday Studio news magazine and served as Executive Producer of Uvda. 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. Osnat was also the producer of the Now-Beyond events for Shimon Peres' 80th birthday celebrations. Osnat is a graduate of Gvanim, 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 of Jerusalem. During her military service, she served as an instructor in the IDF's School of Artillery. Osnat, who was born in Jerusalem, is a mother to three children and currently lives in Ramat HaSharon.

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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, Meitzim (Accelerators) Director

Shimrit currently directs MAOZ's Meitzim (Accelerators) after having previously managed and accompanied Meitzim and social change initiative portfolios. Prior to working at MAOZ, Shimrit worked at Gevim Group, an organizational consulting firm, as a senior facilitator and the Director of Business Development and Marketing. Trained as a lawyer and mediator, Shimrit obtained her BA in Law from Bar-Ilan University and has extensive entrepreneurial experience. She has founded a number of ventures in diverse fields. Shimrit lives in Maskeret Batya with her daughter, Eliya.

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Hadas Bracha-Kleider, INBAR Joint Venture Director

Hadas directs the INBAR Joint Venture – a joint venture between MAOZ and the Ministry of Health which seeks to formulate a Network of Israel's senior healthcare leaders. 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 the IDF. She previously worked at BISLAM – the IDF’s Leadership Development School. Her role there consisted of consulting and accompanying units and commanders, facilitating workshops, team development and skill content, as well as diagnosing leadership challenges and implementing 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. Her role included developing professional tools and building practical workshops. Hadas holds an MA in Social and Industrial Psychology from Bar-Ilan University and a BA in Psychology and Human Resources from Haifa University. She currently resides in Even-Yehuda, is married to Eyal, and is mother to 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 reserve of senior leaders 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 the INBAR Joint Venture, which focuses on developing healthcare system leaders. Ella has eight years of experience in various roles of management and guidance in the IDF's Leadership Development School. In her last position there, 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 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 holds an MA in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from Haifa University and a BA in Psychology & Political Science from Tel Aviv University, Cum Laude. Ella lives in Ramat Gan, is married to Gilad and has two children.

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Aharon Karish, Employment Joint Venture & MAOZ Fellows Program Director

Aharon directs the MAOZ Fellows Program and the Employment Joint Venture. The latter is a joint venture between MAOZ and the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services designed to address the Israeli employment market's acute challenges. The Fellows Program, which Aharon also directs, 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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Arit Ansbacher, ADVOT Joint Venture Director

Arit directs MAOZ's ADVOT Joint Venture. She previously served as an ADVOT facilitator. 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 to children who are deaf and learning-impaired. Arit has extensive experience in facilitation and management, particularly with leading social change initiatives. In parallel with her work over the years, Arit has advised and accompanied community leaders, school principals and educational staff in leading social change initiatives. Arit obtained her BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Communications and Education from Sapir Academic College and her MA in Public Policy at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Executive Program. She lives on Moshav Gitit in the Jordan Valley, a joint religious-secular community where she is involved in local politics. She is married to Ariel and has six wonderful children.

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Michal Raikin, Atudot North Director

Michal joined MAOZ in 2019 and began establishing Atudot North – a center for northern development that aims to accelerate social change-leading initiatives dealing with three key challenges: employment, healthcare and local leadership. Between 2013-2018, Michal established and managed the Cadet for Municipal Service program local government, a joint venture between the Ministries of Interior, Finance and Education. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Head of the Golan Regional Council for eight years and as Director of the Council's Society and Community Division. In 2018, Michal competed in the race to be Head of the Golan Regional Council. Michal lives in Kidmat Zvi in the Golan Heights. She has four children and recently became a grandmother.

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Hila Ganor Schindel, VP Knowledge & Strategy

Since establishing the MAOZ Knowledge and Strategy Center in 2017, Hila has directed and developed it with the team she has assembled. Hila came to MAOZ with rich, diverse multi-sector experience. She has 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 obtained her BA (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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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 Manager

Efrat directs MAOZ's HR and development work. She is a psychologist who has a wealth of knowledge in the world of human resources, specifically in the fields of recruitment, admissions and organizational consulting. Efrat has a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University and obtained her MA in 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. She was born and raised in Kiryat Ekron and currently lives in Kibbutz HaOgen with her husband, Yotam and two children.

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Dr. Gila Melech, Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning

Gila directs MAOZ's measurement, evaluation and learning work. She previously 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 developing evaluative thinking and implementing it in large-scale initiatives such as the 5×2 Initiative and at the National Insurance Institute Funds Department. Gila lectures in the Assessment and Evaluation in the Social Field course for Master’s students at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya's Department of Social Psychology. 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 holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and 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. She 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 is in charge of recruiting and admitting candidates to MAOZ's various programs. Before joining MAOZ, Malak managed the Career Center at Kav Hamashve, 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 12 years of recruiting and placement experience, 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. She completed her BA in Psycholoy and Communication from Tel Aviv University and she holds an MA, Cum Laude, in Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University. Malak lives in Kafr Qara.

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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
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