Idit Segal

Acting deputy to the head of the Medical Administration, the Ministry of Health

Professional background

Idit has served as the Acting Deputy to the Head of the Medical Administration in the Ministry of Health since 2016. Previously, Idit worked as medical assistant to the head of the medical administration in the Ministry of Health.

From 2011 to 2015, Idit served as a senior physician in the pediatric gastroenterological unit at the Wolfson Medical Center in Hulon. She also, worked as a pediatrician in Leumit Health Services' Clinic in Kiryat Gat, and as a pediatric gastroenterological consultant for Leumit Health Services’ southern region.

Between 2008 and 2010, Idit was a senior physician in the pediatric gastroenterological unit at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem and a pediatrician for Maccabi Healthcare Services.

Idit specializes in pediatrics. She completed her residency at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem. She also completed a sub-specialty in pediatric gastroenterology in Vancouver, Canada and has an additional specialty in medical administration from the Ministry of Health. Idit completed her medical internship (with honors) at the Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva

About

Idit lives in Mazkeret Batya with her husband, Amir, and their three children. In her free time, she enjoys intensive sports activities, hosting and cooking.

Education

Idit holds an MD from Tel Aviv University. In the Inbar program, Idit is studying for a master's degree in business administration specializing on medical services management at Tel Aviv University.

ANAN ABASSI

Medical Advisor To Director General, Ziv Medical Center

Professional background

Anan currently serves as a Medical Advisor to the Director General of Ziv Medical Center in Safed, as part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management. Previously Anan worked at the French Hospital in Nazareth, first as the Deputy Head of the Ophthalmology Department and later as the Department Head. At the same time, Anan served as the Head of Genetic Ophthalmology at the Bnei Zion Hospital in Haifa. For four years, Anan has served as a member of the Israeli Ophthalmologists Association in Israel and a member of the National Consortium for Mapping Genetic Retinal Diseases. As part of his social activism, Anan has the past four years as a committee member of the Society for the Promotion of Health in the Arab Population in Israel (a subsidiary of the Israeli Medical Association). Previously he served as Chairman of Acadimed, promoting health, vocational guidance and raising awareness amongst the Arab population in Israel. Medical Specialization: Anan specializes in medical administration and completed his residency in ophthalmology, with a focus in ophthalmological genetics and surgery and diseases of the anterior segment of the eye (specialization at the Rothschild Hospital in Paris, France). He completerd his basic specialization in ophthalmology at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa, and his internship at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

About

Anan was born in Haifa, and later moved to Nazareth to work at the French Hospital. He is married to Dalal, a PhD student in Brain Sciences at the Technion and a professional singer. He has two children Lur and Hisham. In his free time Anan writes poetry, produces events, and exercises, mainly tennis and swimming. If he weren’t a doctor, Anan would have been a producer.

Education

Anan holds an MD and MSC in molecular genetics from the Faculty of Medicine, both at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Ananis studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Shmuel Abramson

Head of Research, The National Economic Council, Prime Minister’s Office

Professional background

Shmuel currently serves as the Head of Research at The National Economic Council of Prime Minister’s Office (NEC). The NEC is an advisory body to the Prime Minister and the Government that provides economic counsel and formulates socio-economic policies at the national level. Shmuel is responsible for integrating new methodologies and research processes and oversees the NEC research team. Previously he worked as a Senior Investigator at the Kohelet Forum and as an Analyst at the Rand Corporation based in the United States. Shmuel’s studies have focused on policy issues pertaining to pension savings in Israel, exporting energy, security industries, macro-economic policies and methodologies for decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. Shmuel began his career in the public sector as a Senior Economist for the National Council for Economy and as an Economist in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Finance.

About

Shmuel lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ruth and children Raya and Shira. In his free time he studies Torah, travels and is learning how to ski.

Education

Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Rand Institute in Santa Monica, United States. MA in Economics, and BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, both from the Hebrew University

Husam Abu-Bakr

Manager of the National Insurance Institute Branch in Nazareth

Professional background

For the past seven years, Husam has managed the Nazareth branch of the National Insurance Institute, where he is in charge of a team of 250 employees.

Husam served in managerial roles in the fields of education and government in the past. Husam served as a high school principal, regional coordinator in the Karev Program and managed the NCJW Research Institute program for innovation in education.

Husam also managed programs and initiatives the Abraham Fund, and worked in organizational consulting and group facilitation. He started his career as a teacher at Abu Ghosh high school.

About

Husam lives in Zalafa in Ma’ale Iron, with his wife and two children. In his free time, he reads books, gardens, spends time with his family and friends and works out. Husam likes traveling the world, enjoys cooking and adores art.

Education

Husam holds an MA in education from the University of Liverpool, another MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Middle East studies and general studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Husam has completed various certificate courses including organizational consultation, group facilitation, conflict resolution, and management among others.

Yusuf Abu-Ja’far

Treasurer of the Hura Regional Council

Professional background

Since October 2011, Yusuf has served as treasurer for the Hura Regional Council. In this role, Yusuf is responsible for advancing projects related to various council divisions and companies, including the Hura Municipal Development Corporation. Yusuf also serves as treasurer for the planning and building committee of the eastern Negev, which grants building permits to Bedouin communities in the Negev. Yusuf previously worked at the Rahat Municipality, where he established the education accounting department and worked as an accountant. After that, Yusuf served as Chairman of the Rahat Water Corporation, where he advanced the water system in Rahat by promoting investment in infrastructure and providing services to the town’s residents.

About

Yusuf is married and has four children. In his free time, he participates in volunteer social activities and writes a weekly column for the local newspaper.

Education

Yusuf holds an MA in public administration from Harvard University, USA (2010), as well as an MA in administration from Sapir College (2009). His undergraduate degree is in public administration also from Sapir College (2007). Yusuf also took a certificate course for treasurers in local authorities.

Yaniv Abuhtzira

Operations manager at Sodastream Israel

Professional background

Yaniv received his training in industrial engineering. After graduation he joined Sodastream and today serves as the national operations manager including the oversight of four factories with over 1,500 employees. Yaniv managed the development and launch of Sodastream's flagship operations plant, which proudly carries the name "the Island of Peace" and is proof of the possibility of living together in peace and as one big happy family.

About

He is a fifth generation Jerusalemite and he currently lives with his wife Danna and their children Hila, Noam and Dvir. In his free time he enjoys traveling with family and one day aims to open a boutique winery.

Education

Yaniv has a BA in industrial engineering from Ariel University.

Lea Abutbul

Director, Pisga- professional development

Professional background

Lea is responsible for the professional development of Hadera-based Israeli teachers throughout their professional careers. Her Pisgah center is responsible for around 6,000 teachersfrom nine local authorities. Before assuming her current appointment, Lea served as director of the Department of Education in Hadera, where she led significant system-wide processes in the city's education system. These initiativesincluded opening registration areas, implementing innovative pedagogical techniques and creating education programs for disadvantaged populations with the intended goal of closing opportunity gaps. In this previous role, she also promoted revolutionary reform in the planning and construction of educational institutions, infusing a spirit of innovation into education institutions and creating unique educational spaces.

In addition, Lea is a professor and pedagogical instructor in the Science Education Department at Gordon College of Education.

About

Lea lives in Zichron Yaakov with her husband Yehuda and their children, Erez, Tomer and Oren. In her free time, she enjoys playing Newcomb ball.

Education

Lea has a graduate degree in public policy for managers (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and an undergraduate degree in science education from Levinsky College of Education. She graduated from a certificate program in managing innovative education systems, a certificate program managing education departments and a board of directors training course.

Arik Adler

Director of Finance and Human Resources in the Bnei Brak Municipality

Professional background

Since 2004 Arik has served as Director of Finance and Human Resources in the Bnei Brak Municipality. Arik plays a key role in creating and implementing policy and is also head of the municipal steering committee managing organizational change and financial health. From 2000 to 2004, Arik was Vice President of Finance and Director of Human Resources at ‘Amidar’, the State housing company. Arik is involved in a number of voluntary activities. He lectures municipal training programs for urban renewal and regeneration processes on behalf of the Ministry of Interior. He also serves as a financial mentor for two nonprofit organizations: ‘Yad L’Achim’ and ‘Refua VeChaim’. Arik serves his military reserve duty as the head of economics in a specialized unit in the Northern Command.

About

Arik is married and has five children. In his spare time he studies, reads and travels around Israel.

Education

Arik has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accountancy and IT systems from 'The College of Management Academic Studies' (COMAS). In addition Arik graduated a senior management course at the Bnei Brak municipality and holds a .Diploma in General

Shilo Adler

Director General of the Judea and Samaria Council

Professional background

Shilo is Director General of the Judea and Samaria Council. He was Ministry of Senior Citizens. Prior to that, Since 2010, he has been the Executive Director of Lod's ‘Gar'in Torani', the largest social settlement of its kind in Israel with 500 member families. Shilo's role includes tackling many of the city's challenges in the areas of welfare, education and security. Shilo is a member of the 'President's Young Leadership Forum' and also serves as the voluntary Chairman of the 'Pre Military Academy' in Eli. Shilo was elected as a council member in the last elections for the Binyamin Regional council. He is also Chairman of 'Ra'ananim' - Religious Zionist Youth, and serves as a Reserve Batallion Commander for the Alexanandroni Brigade.

About

Shilo lives in Eli, is married to Hadas and a father of five. He loves long distance running, cycling and learning Torah with his children.

Education

Shilo has a Master's degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's degree in Education both from Bar-Ilan University.

Moshe Adler

Head, Office of the First Deputy Mayor, Haifa Municipality

Professional background

After the 2019 municipal elections Moshe became the Head office for the first deputy mayor in Haifa municipality. Previously he served in the Rechasim Local Council. Moshe managed the 'City Without Violence' program and facilitated collaborations across municipalities. Previously, he worked for the Haifa City Council culture department, managed a network of nursery schools in Haifa, managed the Haifa area branch of United Hatzalah and worked on behalf of national political candidates.

About

Moshe lives in Haifa with his wife and their seven children. In his free time, he enjoys studying with friends and volunteering as a senior paramedic for United Hatzalah in both Rambam Hospital in Haifa and in Ezer Mizion.

Education

Moshe is currently in his second year of a multidisciplinary BA at the Univerity of Haifa. He is a certified paramedic and emergency responder and has received certification in a number of training programs ranging from religious studies to large event management and vlunteer coordination.

Efrat Afek

Deputy Director, 'Cadets for Civil Service'

Professional background

Efrat is the Deputy Director of the ‘Cadets for Civil Service’ program of the Civil Service Commission in partnership with the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Finance. The program aims to create a bank of managerial talent, bringing change to the Civil Service. Efrat's role is to formulate and implement long term, strategic plans for the participants' professional advancement in the public sector, from admission as candidates through consolidating and implementing placement policies targeted at maximizing the program's potential and its contribution to the State of Israel. Earlier, Efrat was a Parliamentary Assistant and Senior Advisor to the Minister of the Environment. Efrat served in an intelligence unit during her military service.

About

Efrat lives in Moshav Even Sapir near Jerusalem. In her spare time she hikes, writes and enjoys photography.

Education

Efrat has Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Jewish History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Meir Aghay 

Manager of the Community Administration in the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, under the Israel Association of Community Centers

Professional background

Meir assumed his current position in 2018. Previously, he managed the City Without Violence Program for the Ministry of Public Security, working to facilitate connections and trust between the city’s leadership and law enforcement. For five years, Meir and his wife managed a shelter for ultra-Orthodox at-risk adolescents at the Kiryat Ha’yeled boarding school. Meir continues to teach life skills workshops for ultra-Orthodox youth in partnership with JDC Israel.

About

Meir, his wife, and their four children live in Jerusalem. He is a culinary enthusiast and enjoys poetry.

Education

Meir has an MA in Public Policy from the School of Management at Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a BA in Business Management with a focus on funding and stock exchange from Ono Academic Center. Meir is a graduate of JDC Israel’s program training life skills coaches.

Yael Agmon

Welfare and National Insurance Coordinator in the Budget Department, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Yael is a welfare and national insurance coordinator for the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance. In this role, she is responsible for designing and implementing policies and budgeting in the areas of welfare, immigrant absorption and national insurance.

About

Yael lives in Jerusalem.

Education

Yael has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Bassam Saiyid Ahmad

Manager of the Mao’f business center in Sakhnin, under the Eshkol Galilee Jewish- Arab group for financial development

Professional background

Bassam started working as a project coordinator in Mao’f in 2004, and after a year became the manager of the business center in Sakhnin. As part of his job he works as a consultant for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area, manages the business center as a greenhouse for new business initiatives, and assists them in growing and developing using the services offered by the government. Bassam helps in making governmental bureaus and offices approachable and accessible to businesses around the North District with up to one hundred employees.

About

Bassam lives in Sakhnin. He is married to Amal, a teacher in special needs education, and the father of four.

Education

Bassam has a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance. He has trained in different management and internal audit in local councils studies, as well as in group guidance and training.

Yaser al-Amur

Internal Auditor and Ombudsman, al-Kasom Regional Council

Professional background

Yaser was certified as a social worker in 1997, and since then has been working in the field of welfare. At the same time, Yaser also worked as an academic advisor at Ben Gurion University and in industrial zone development in the southern district at the Ministry of Economy. Since 2015, Yaser has served as an internal auditor and ombudsman in al-Kasom regional council.

About

Yaser lives in the Bedouin town of Kuseife with his wife and five children. He is socially involved in his community and in advancing the town, plays sports and likes hiking in nature.

Education

Yaser has an MA in social work and an LL.B. and is licensed to practice law.

Muhammad al-Badur

Internal Auditor, Lakiya Local Council and Tel as-Sabi Local Council

Professional background

Muhammad is an internal auditor in two local councils in the Bedouin community. He examines the organizational and financial conduct of the local councils, and serves as an organizational and financial consultant to the heads of the local councils. In his role, Muhammad uses an organizational perspective aimed to provide optimal and effective services.

Muhammad is a member of the audit committee at al-Fanar Company, a company acting to direct, employ and integrate young men and women from the Bedouin community in the job market. He was one of the first teachers in the Bedouin community to prepare high school students for the five-unit mathematics matriculation exam in order for them to be able to study science and technology in academia.

He was also a mentor in nonprofit organizations for education for women and girls in the Bedouin community on their way to higher education.

About

Muhammad lives in Lakiya with his wife and five children. He enjoys participating in actions that will change the face of society.

Education

Muhammad has an MA in industrial management, another MA in administration and public policy, and a BSc in mathematics. He has a mathematics teacher’s certificate for high schools.

Mahmud Alamour

Director of the Rayan Center for Promoting Employment in the Bedouin Community in the Negev (Southern Israel)

Professional background

Since 2010, Mahmud has served as the Director of the Rayan Center for Promoting Employment in the Bedouin Community in the Negev (Southern Israel), a joint project of the Ministry of Economy and the Prime Minister’s Office, in collaboration with JDC Israel and operated by the Al-Fanar Company (a public benefit corporation). Prior to that, from 2004 to 2009, Mahmud served as the Director of the Department for Informal Education in the Rahat municipality. From 1999 to 2003 Mahmud headed the municipal authority for the war on drugs in Rahat. Prior to that, from 1993 to 1999, Mahmud worked as a teacher and counselor at a high school in Rahat.

About

Mahmud lives in Rahat.

Education

Mahmud holds a master’s degree in management and public policy as well as a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in chemistry, all from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Mhammad Albadour

Internal Auditor, Tel Sheva Local Council and Laqye Local Council
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Mhammad Albadour

Internal Auditor, Tel Sheva Local Council and Laqye Local Council

Pazit Gabai Algi

Research and Development Division in Ministry of Education

Professional background

Pazit works in the Research and Development Division in Ministry of Education. Previously, she served as deputy director, and worked closely with local principals and organizations to manage programs and oversee the budget for the Education Department. Prior to this role, Pazit worked for six years as the community manager of 3600: The National Program for At-Risk Children and Youth. She also worked as a psychologist at Dimona’s psychological center and as an external lecturer in the Education Department in Ben Gurion University

About

Pazit was born and raised in Dimona. She is married to Adiel Algi and is the mother of three children: Harel (8), Itay (5) and Neriah (10-months).

Education

בPazit holds a BA in behavioral science and an MA in educational psychology both from Ben Gurion University. She is currently completing her PhD in educational psychology also at Ben Gurion.

Raaje Alkarem

School Principal, Ort School - Abu Talul, Ort Israel

Professional background

Raaje has served as the Principal of the ORT Abu Talul school since 2012. Abu Talul is located in a Bedouin agricultural township in the Negev desert. Raaje has spent his professional career as a teacher, educator and grassroots organizer in the Beduoin community. He currently works as an academic counselor supporting high performing Bedouin youth. In the past Raaje has served as a youth guide, coordinator and developed programming and training for the Daroma Idan community in the Negev. He also served as parole officer for the Hura local council and in this role he led programs to educate parents and teachers on the high dropout rate and developed programs to encourage continuing education. Raaje began his professional career as a teacher and educator at the El Amal School for Bedouin children. Raaje is a founder of the Kochavei Midbar, Desert Stars, nonprofit organization, focused on empowering high performing Bedouin youth through leadership training and development.

About

Raaje lives in an unrecognized Bedouin village near Hura in southern Israel. In his free time he engages in sports, mainly running.

Education

MA in Educational Counseling and MA in Conflict Management and Resolution. BA in Education and Geography, Levinsky College and BEd from Kaye College for Education.

Amin Alkrenawi

Director of the Employment  Bureau Rabat, Israel Employment Service

Professional background

Since joining Rahat’s employment bureau in 2013, Amin has lead a process to dramatically change the city’s image,and to facilitate urban renewal through job opportunities for residents, in particular for women. Amin has also managed the city’s Employment Circles program, which aims to reduce the number of city residents receiving welfare benefits through supporting their employment prospects. Previously, Amin led a customer service team at the Israeli Electric Corporation and oversaw the Path of Light Project aimed at promoting efficient and safe use of electricity in Israel’s southern district.

About

Amin lives in Rahat and has two children, Atzil and Rittel.

Education

Amin holds a BA and MA in public administration from Sapir Academic College. He also has a certificate in volunteer coordination from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a graduate of the Israel Leadership institute.

Benny Alon

CEO of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafa Chairman of CEO Forum at Association College Heads Israel

Professional background

Benny is the CEO of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafa and Chairman of CEO Forum at Association College Heads Israel. The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafa combines a high academic level and deep social involvement in the community. Benny served in various senior positions in the higher education system in the past: VP marketing at the College of Management Academic Studies, head of marketing and external relations at Holon Institute of Technology, member of the board of directors at AYYT – Technological Applications and Data Update Ltd. Among other public positions, Benny is also a board member at the Association of College Heads, a board member at the Tel Mond Municipal Development Corporation, and was previously chairman of the marketing committee and board member at Issta Group. As a student, Benny was a board member at the National Union of Israeli Students, and helped to lead the student protest in 1998 to improve student status and to offer solutions to their financial difficulty.

About

Benny lives in Tel Mond. He likes sports and plays basketball in his free time, he enjoys hiking in nature and finding new places in Israel and around the world.

Education

Benny has an MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University and an interdisciplinary BA in social sciences from Bar Ilan University and from Holon Institute of Technology. He is also a fellow of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship Fund for Better Government, School of Government and Policy, Tel Aviv University.

Erez Amber

Principal, Reut School, Jerusalem

Professional background

Erez was recently appointed Principal of the 'Reut' School in Jerusalem promoting pluralist education and social action as the basis for creating a youth culture dedicated to making the world a better place. From 2007 to 2013, Erez directed the 'Mae Boyer School' in Jerusalem responsible for the education and overall well being of 300 students in grades 7 to 12. Between 1994 and 2007 Erez served in a number of military positions particularly in the Shayetet 13 (Navy Seals). In his final position he served as the 'Egoz' unit commando school commander. As a Senior Commander Erez led unit forces during the Second Lebanon War.

About

Erez lives in Jerusalem is married and has four children. He enjoys education and loves sports and hiking.

Education

Erez is currently completing his Master's Degree in Jewish Education from the 'Melton Center for Jewish Education' at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Bachelor's degree from Bar-Ilan University is in Educational Administration and Political Science. In addition Erez graduated a course in school management for principles through of the Ministry of Education and the 'Avney Rosha' institute, as well as an annual course for better understanding, learning and developing pluralism in Judaism in Israel on behalf of the 'Gvanim Program'.

Ilil Amir-Kasif

Program Director, Rothschild Caesaria Foundation

Professional background

In 2015, Ilil became the program officer for the Rothschild-Caesaria Foundation. Since 2004, Ilil served as a Supreme Court Department Attorney at the State Attorney's Office. Ilil represents the State of Israel in appeals with substantial political and budgetary significance in various fields, ranging from education to security cases and currently is a Senior Deputy to the State's Attorney. In Addition, Ilil initiated and coordinated a lawyer volunteering program, a joint venture between the Hoshen School in Jerusalem and the 'Different Lesson' organization. During her military service, Ilil served as an instructor for the Israeli Society for the Protection of Nature.

About

Ilil is married with two children and lives in Moshav Neve Yarak. She loves literature, enjoys painting and hiking and has a soft spot for the Negev.

Education

Ilil holds a Research Masters (with Honors) in Law, from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her article addressing education for children of migrant workers was published. In addition, Ilil holds an LL.B and Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (both with Honors) from Tel-Aviv University.

Wafa Abu ammar 

Youth Director, Al-Kasom Regional Council

Professional background

Nowadays, Waffa is the youth director of Al-Kasom Regional Council. Previously Waffa managed the youth department in Lakiya. She managed all the informal education programs and activities that were designed to support the youth's development.

About

She lives in Lakiya.

Education

Wafa has a BA in health systems management

Rida Anabosi

Partner, Anabseh & Co. Legal firm

Professional background

Over the past year, Rida has been senior partner and a co-founder of Anbusi & Co. law firm which specializes in criminal law and public defense. Simultaneously, since 2013, Rida has been a director in the government company for tourism and has served as the director of its board’s project committee. Prior to this, from 2005 to 2013, he worked as an attorney in the central district branch of the State’s Attorney's Office, where he managed criminal proceedings in the Magistrates and District Courts. Rida was the first Arab citizen to serve as a prosecutor in the general attorney office -Tel Aviv district. In 2012, Rida served as member of the program for the development of leadership for democracy in the US Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2011, Rida has served as a member of the National Council of the Bar Association and as the Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board to the Committee of Judicial Appointments of the Bar Association. Rida is an elected member of the Israeli bar general assembly, Deputy Chairman of the National Bar Prosecutors Committee and Law Review editorial staffer. Rida is also a founding member of the “Invitation to University” program at Tel Aviv University and the Rabin Center for Israel Studies, which encourages young people from the Arab community and new immigrants to integrate into higher education.

About

Currently resides in Baqa Al-Gharbiyye

Education

Rida holds a LLB from the Buchman Law School - Tel Aviv University, a LLM (cum laude) from the University of California and Tel Aviv University, a BA in political sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in economics from the Tel Aviv University.

Dafna Appel

Managing Partner at Gravograph Israel Technologies Lt.

Professional background

Dafna serves as Managing Partner at Gravograph Israel Technologies Ltd. Prior to this position, Dafna worked in the Dan District Manager for the Israeli Employment Service Bureau. For eight years Dafna worked as the Human Resources Director for Tnuva Corporation, one of Israeli’s largest dairy distributers. Before that she managed Human Resources for the Coca Cola Group as well as HR departments for several subsidiary companies. She also launched the HR Department at Carlsberg Brewery in Ashkelon and worked as a private HR and organization development consultant. Dafna is an active member in her local community. She consults on a new program to encourage technological training in partnership with the Israeli Manufacturers Association and also serves on the parents’ leadership committee at the Yahalom junior high school. She also encourages technological training for high school students under the auspices of The Manufacturers Association of Israel.

About

Dafna lives in Shoham with her husband Moshe and three daughters.In her free time she enjoys sports, cooking and baking.

Education

MA in Organizational Sociology from Bar Ilan University, and BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University.

Liat Amar Aran

Director of Hetz Rehabilitation Center, Lecturer at the Ben Gurion University School of Social Work,

Professional background

Liat is the Director of Hetz Rehabilitation Center and a Lecturer at the Ben Gurion University School of Social Work. Hetz is a community center that supports rehabilitation from mental illness. In this role Liat oversees all organizational offerings and is responsible for launching new program and services. She serves a lecturer at the School of Social Work at the Ben Gurion University where she has taught for more than a decade. In the past, Liat has served as a lecturer and head of research at several academic and non-academic institutions Liat is also a mentor and research consultant for the Rothschild Ambassadors organization. Previously, Liat was part of the organizational development team at Intel. And in past roles, she worked with foreign students at the Hebrew University, at the ISEF organization, a program fostering dialogue between Arabs and Jews, at the Brandeis Bardin Institute and as an emissary to the Former Soviet Union. Liat is a social activist, and volunteered with the “mother to mother” program.

About

Liat lives in Eliav, a residential community for both religious and secular residents that she helped found. She lives there with her husband Biko (Tzvika) and three children Yali, Orya and Neta.

Education

Ph.D. in Social Psychology, where her thesis focused on relationships between Sephardic Jews and Arabs and an MA (magna cum laude) in Organizational Psychology, both from Ben Gurion University. BA in Bio-Psychology from the Hebrew University.

Yodfat Afek Arazi

Senior Deputy Director, The Government Companies Authority (GCA), Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Yodfat was recently appointed as Deputy Director of The Government Companies Authority (GCA) in the area of monopolies and structural change. Prior to that, she served on behalf of the GCA, as the coordinator of water and energy in the Ministry of Finance. In addition, since 2012, Yodfat has been the State's representative on the Boards of Directors at the Caesarea Development Company and the Caesarea Real Estate Corporation and from 2007 to 2011, Yodfat served as the salaries and human resources official at the GCA in the Ministry of Finance. Yodfat served as a noncommissioned officer (NCO) at the ' Michve Alon' education center.

About

Yodfat lives in Jerusalem is married and has two daughters. She is a fan of cinema.

Education

Yodfat has an LL.M Degree with ,Honors from Bar-Ilan University and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Political Science from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yodfat graduated the 'Cadets for Public Service' program for outstanding students at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in collaboration with the Commission and 'Atidim'

Moshe Arbel

Chief Of Staff Ministry Of Interior

Professional background

Moshe currently serves as chief of staff for the Minister of the Interior. This past fall, Moshe represented the Ministry on an interdisciplinary team led by the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff to discuss the issue of rail maitenance work performed during Shabbat. Previously, Moshe was a legal advisor to the Shas party as well as an advisor to MK Yoav Ben Tzur. As an advisor he authored the Kasrut Law, the principles of which were adapted for the Cornflakes Reform. In addition, Moshe serves as a rabbi in Petah Tiqva and teaches Gemara

About

Moshe lives in Petah Tiqva with his wife Keren and their five children

Education

Moshe graduated from the Nahalat David Yeshiva in Petah Tiqva. After being ordained as a rabbi, Moshe started to study law in the ultra-Orthodox campus of Ono Academic College, where he earned both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in law (magna cum laude). He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Haifa and previously held a clerkship at the Ramle Magistrate Court.

Avishalom Husman Arbel

Treasurer ,Zichron Yaakov Local Council

Professional background

Avishalam has served as the Zikhron Ya’akov local council treasurer since 2014. He manages the council’s budget as well as all routine management. Previously, Avishalom worked in the private sector, providing services and support for local councilsas well as for a major communications brand as both a region and sector manager.

About

Avishalom lives in Zikhron Ya’akov with his wife and three daughters.

Education

Avishalom holds an MBA and BA in Communications, both from the University of Haifa.

SAGIT ARBEL-ALON

Acting Head of the Policy Planning Department, Ministry of Health

Professional background

Sagit currently serves as the acting Head of the Policy Planning Department at the Ministry of Health, as part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management. In 2009, Sagit was on the founding team for the Center for Acute Treatment for Victims of Sexual Assault at Hadassah Hospital. In this role, Sagit was responsible for setting up the information center, fundraising, recruiting volunteers and ensuring that treatment was accessible and effective for victims. Together with her team, Sagit developed a comprehensive model for treating sexual assault victims—putting the victim at the center of the therapeutic process. Sagit is one of the leading trainers of the model that ensures more effective care for victims. Previously, she served as the Head of the Women’s Health Center at Misgav Ladach Hospital, and as the Head of the Gyno-Oncology Ambulatory Service at Hadassah Medical Center. As part of her social activism, Sagit has worked for more than eight years for Physicians for Human Rights. She was also active in the Hadassah Doctors Union and went on to serve as the Chairperson. In the past Sagit initiated and set up a six-year program for preventing dangerous behaviors and encouraging healthy sexual relations in junior high and high schools in Maccabim-Reut. Medical Specialization: Sagit specializes in healthcare management and completed her residency in gynecology and obstetrics. She completed her specialization in oncological-gynecology at Sapienza University of Rome and the Umberto Primo Hospital, also in Rome. She is a graduate of the School of Medicine at Ben Gurion University. She spent her internship and most of her specialization at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center and the Hadassah Ein Kerem University Hospital.

About

Sagit lives in Reut with her husband Eyal and children Dor, Yuval and Michal. Sagit is a poet and romantic. If she weren’t a doctor, Sagit would be the chief officer of the IDF’s central training base or the head educational officer.

Education

Sagit holds an MD from Ben Gurion University. She is also a graduate of the bibliotherapy program for therapists at the TELEM program and a graduate of the program for the development of medical leaders in academic institutions under the auspices of Harvard University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Sagit is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Uri Arbel-Gantz

Director of the Education Department, Ramat Hasharon Municipality

Professional background

Uri has managed the education department for the Ramat HaSharon municipality since May 2015. In earlier  roles he founded and served as the dean for the School of Education and Social Studies and as the director of the School of Social Studies and Civics both at Beit Berl College. Uri has lectured at Bar Ilan University and worked as a researcher for the Israeli Democracy Institute. He has been a board member of the Israel Political Science Association, a member of the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s General Assembly, and a member of the Fair Trade and Consumerism Administration. Uri is the author of books and articles on public administration, regulation, and civic accountability.

About

Originally from Tel Aviv, Uri has spent the last 20 years in Kfar Saba where he lives with his wife Iris, and their children Lia (15) and Adi (12). He loves Israeli music, enjoys singing and, when no one is looking, he plays acoustic guitar. Uri spends what little free time he has reading and watching TV.

Education

Uri is a senior lecturer, with a PhD in public administration from the Tel Aviv University, a master’s degree (with distinction) and a BA in public administration. He studied education at Kibbutzim College and holds a teaching certificate in history with a specialization in Hebrew Literature. Uri studied organizational development at Bar Ilan University and psychodrama with a specialization in art at Bar Ilan’s School of Education.

Hadar Gur Arie

CEO, McCann Valley, Mitzpe Ramon

Professional background

Hadar is the CEO of McCann Valley, Mitzpe Ramon. With 16 years of experience in the advertising industry, Hadar previously managed the digital division at McCann Erickson Advertising Agency. In her current position, she is the co-CEO of the social-business initiative for McCann Valley in Mitzpe Ramon. The goal of the initiative is to create jobs in the south and to attract Tel Aviv-based families to move to Mitzpe. Previously she was the CEO of the Leo Burnett Company.

About

Hadar holds a BA in advertising and communication from NYIT.

Education

Hadar lives in Mitzpe Ramon with her husband and two children

Arno Shapira

VP, Marketing and Board Member, Unilever Israel

Professional background

Since 2015, Arnon has served as VP of marketing at Unilever Israel, Israel's fifth-largest consumer product holding company. He also manages Unilever’s Food Products and Home & Personal Care business unit. Arnon is responsible for driving success for Unilever’s core business as well as managing long-term business strategies, including product innovation and advertising. He previously filled several key roles in the area of marketing and sales in Unilever Israel and in the company's global headquarters in Europe. During his military service, he was an officer in the Intelligence Corps Talpiot project in the 8200 unit of the IDF.

About

Arnon lives in Binyamina with his wife Tal and their children Alon, Amit and Shahar. In his free time, he plays music, travels and devotes time to his family.

Education

Arnon has two undergraduate degrees in economics and law both from Tel Aviv University.

Anat Asraf

Director of Municipal Elections Department, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

Anat is the Director of  Municipal Elections Department in the Ministry of Interior. Previously, Anat was the Director of the Training Division for the Human Resources Reform Implementation Project of the Civil Service Commission. The Commission is Israel’s oversees human resources within the public sphere and Anat was responsible for integrating systemic reforms and training workshops for thousands of directors and employees at various government ministries. For instance, pushing forward reforms, include leadership pipeline programs to develop human capital in the public sphere. In addition, Anat led the development of the National Midrasha for Leadership, Government and Management – the national body responsible for training senior executives in the Civil Service. For ten years prior, Anat worked for the Central Bureau for Statistics, first as the Deputy Director of the Department and later as the Head of Consulting and the Head of the Internal School for Organizational Professionalism. Anat also led the Israeli recruitment and admissions process at VYYO , a NASDAQ traded company and, before that served as the Deputy Director of Perach in Jerusalem, a national mentoring program for college students and youth

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About

Anat lives in Mevasseret Zion with her husband Yair and children Amit, Yuval and Aviv

Education

MA in Organizational Counseling (cum laude) and BA in Sociology (magna cum laude), both from the Hebrew University.

Roi Assaf

Head of the Social Development Department, The Authority for Economic...
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Roi Assaf

Head of the Social Development Department, The Authority for Economic Development of the minorities sector, Ministry of Social Equality

Ilan Avitan

Director of the Ministry of Social Services, of 'Maor' affairs

Professional background

Ilan is the Director of the Ministry of Social Services of 'Maor' affairs. Prior to this position, Ilan served as a district superintendent in the Child and Youth Service in the southern district of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In this role, he oversaw welfare department managers and leading teams who support children and youth. His guidance is both professional and budgetary, and includes consideration of establishment of comprehensive treatment solutions. In his previous role, Ilan was head of the department for social services in Shafir regional council, and before that managed a therapeutic boarding school for teenage girls.

About

Ilan lives in Moshav Nehusha in Hevel Adulam with his wife and five children.

Education

Ilan has an MA (2004) and a BA (1996) in social work, both from Bar Ilan University. Ilan also finished CBT psychotherapy certificate studies (2016).

Shlomi Avni

Founder & CEO, 'NIRIM in the Neighborhoods'

Professional background

The 'Nirim in the Neighborhoods' program, in memory of Nir Krichman, an Israeli Navy Seal who fell in battle, reaches out to youth at high risk in difficult neighborhoods, giving these young people an opportunity to find their way back into mainstream society, both by giving back to the community as well as benefiting from what it has to offer. For his contribution to society and educational entrepreneurship, Shlomi received the 2011 'Quality of Life' award from the Chairman of the Knesset. Along with his work at 'Nirim in the Neighborhoods', Shlomi is an elected council member for the city of Or Akiva.

About

Shlomi lives in Or Akiva, is married to Michal and a father of five. He loves sports, studying history and political processes.

Education

Shlomi has a Master's Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Haifa.

Naftali Avraham

CEO, Tech Career

Professional background

Since 2015 Naftali has served as the CEO of Tech Career an organization that supports career  evelopment for Israelis of Ethiopian descent. Tech Career provides technological training, enrichment workshops, personal development and placement services to match participants in hi-tech careers. The aim is to help participants gain economic independence. The meaningful integration of Israelis of Ethiopian descent into Israeli society is a professional priority. For the past nine years Naftali has been an executive member of Olim B’Yachad, an organization he co-founded. Olim Beyahad supports broad based career development and matching services for Israeli youth of Ethiopian descent. Nafftali works with partners, like Olim Beyachad, to leverage contacts and connections to bring thousands of volunteers to Tech Center. Naftali has also helped developed a team that promotes the integration of Ethiopian Israelis into the technical team of the Israel Air Force. Additionally, Naftali is a popular lecturer. He focuses on ways to transform challenges into opportunities, specifically to encourage the enlistment and integration of Israeli-Ethiopians into the IDF. Previously, he served as a consultant at the Eshbal Youth Village, a youth village working with youth at risk.

About

Naftali has been living in Yodfat for 25 years. He is married with three children. In his free time he hikes, runs marathons, and gardens.

Education

BSc in Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Technion.

Shlomi Avramzon

Senior Deputy to the State Attorney, Incitement and Security Issues, Ministry of Justice – State Attorney

Professional background

Shlomi serves as a Senior Deputy to the State Attorney, Incitement and Security Issues, within the Ministry of Justice. He deals with issues of public sensitivity, such as criminal statements, ideological crimes, and laws of warfare and security. Shlomi heads the Hasata (incitement) Forum and has recently initiated significant change in legal enforcement in this field. He occasionally appears in the Supreme Court and in Knesset sessions. Previously he worked in the department for investigating policemen at the State Attorney’s Office and dealt with complex cases in corruption, sexual crimes and extreme violence. Shlomi’s social service includes the establishment the Psifas Foundation where he continues to serve as a member of the Executive Board. In addition, he was on the Executive Committee of Maagalei Zedek, fighting for social justice in accordance with the values of justice and ethics of the Jewish tradition and Dolev Baharim, acting to maintain a joint religious-secular community in Nes Harim.

About

Shlomi lives in Nes Harim with his wife Ofra ad their four children. In his free time he loves to read and spend time with his family.

Education

MA in law from the Hebrew University and BA in Law and Business Administration (magna cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Shai Babad

Director General of the Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Starting in mid 2015, Shai serves as the Director General of the Ministry of Finance. Shai was the CEO of the Second Authority for Television and Radio within the Ministry of Communications. Prior to that he was the Israel and Near East General Manager for Zim Shipping Ltd. as well as a member of the general management for four years. Shai began his career at 'Zim' as Head of the economic and budgetary department and later served as Senior Assistant to the company's CEO. In addition to his current position, Shai serves as Chairman of the Directorate of Government Companies’ corporate educational fund, for engineers and technicians. During his military service, Shai served as an Officer and Commander in the special unit 504.

About

Shai lives in Moshav Rishpon, is an extreme sports lover and an enthusiastic traveler who has visited more than 50 counties. Shai also enjoys participating in Israeli folk music events.

Education

Shai has a Master's Degree in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an LL.B Degree in Law and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Hussam Abu baker

Director, Nazareth Branch, The National Insurance Institute
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Hussam Abu baker

Director, Nazareth Branch, The National Insurance Institute

Asaf Baner

Founder and CEO, 'Teach First Israel' ('Chotam')

Professional background

Asaf is among the Founders of 'Teach First Israel' and the organization's CEO. Established in 2010, the program trains skillful young people to become teachers in the Israeli social and geographic periphery and leaders in the public education system, striving to create and achieve equal opportunities in education. From 2009 to 2010, Asaf was Vice President of 'Hakol Chinuch' - a movement for bringing long term reforms to public education and the Israeli schooling system. Between 2004 and 2009, Asaf was among the Founders and was CEO of Ma'aglei Tzedek ("Paths of Righteousness"), a movement drawing on the values of Judaism and its discourse to bring social justice. In the military Asaf served as a combat soldier and Commander in the 'Egoz' Unit.

About

Asaf lives in Moshav Aderet with his wife Merav and their three children.

Education

Asaf has an MBA Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Asaf completed an NGO Directors course run by Matan Israel.

Edit Bar

Director of the Economic Development Administration at the Ministry of Interior

Professional background

From 2009 to 2012 Edit was a professional advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Interior in the realm of municipal government and was recently appointed Deputy Head of the Ministry’s Planning Department. Edit’s role is to oversee the entire ongoing operation, monitoring, and controlling budgets, work plans, tenders and so forth. Between 2007 and 2009 Edit was the Director of 'Chonchut Iskit', a mentoring and coaching program for small and medium sized businesses in the Ministry of Economy. In the military, Edit served as an infantry instructor.

About

Edith is married with two children and lives in Jerusalem.

Education

Edit has an MBA Degree majoring in Finance and Marketing and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

David Bar

Senior Deputy Director of the Department, State Comptroller Office

Professional background

David has worked in the State Comptroller's Office since 2007. In this role, he supervises state audit teams in government ministries, statutory authorities, independent units such as the Israel Tax Authority, and government companies. In addition, he works as a professor of accounting, auditing and taxes. He is also the author of a textbook on tax consultancy. Before that, David worked in the Israel Tax Authority for ten years in various roles.

About

David is married with four children

Education

David is an accountant and a lawyer. He received a medal (honors) on his Accountants' Council auditing examinations and holds a graduate degree in law (magna cum laude) from Bar Ilan University. David holds an undergraduate degree in law and another undergraduate degree in business administration with a focus on accounting.

Alona Bar-On

Joint Chair, 'Globes' and Managing Partner,'Bait VeGag' Investment Fund

Professional background

Alona is Founder and Director of 'Bait VeGag', an investment fund for urban rejuvenation, established in 2011. As part of her role, Alona is responsible for raising and managing the funds, determining strategy, marketing, sales and so forth. Since 2013, Alona has been a Director at 'Melisron', a commercial real estate company, and has also been a Director at 'Globes', Israel's daily financial newspaper, since 1998. Between 2010 and 2013 Alona was in charge of the newspaper's online desk, carrying out vast reorganization and reform. Between 2001 and 2010, Alona was a financial consultant at Yitzhak Swary Ltd., consulting for large firms during their mergers and acquisitions processes. During her military service Alona served as a reporter for 'BaMahane', the IDF's weekly published magazine.

About

Alona lives in Tel-Aviv

Education

Alona has an MBA Degree form INSEAD and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Accountancy from Tel-Aviv University. Alona is also a certified licensed Accountant.

Nitzan Barchan

Director of Urban Renewal, Ezra and Bizron

Professional background

Nitzvan joined the municipalities urban renewal team as Director in 2011. In this role he provides administration oversight to all development projects including demolitions, construction, preservation and rehabilitation of Tel Aviv’s buildings. Previously, he worked as an architect in the engineering department of Bat Yam’s Council focusing on urban development and project implementation. Nitzan worked in the private sector for Danny Lazar Architects and for his own firm. He served as an interrogator for the Israel Defense Force military police unit.

About

Nitzan lives in Ramat Gan. He is married with two children.

Education

Nitzan holds a BA in Architecture and a B.sc in biology and life sciences both from Tel Aviv University.

Ido Barkan

Head of learning and development for school supervisors, Avney Rosha, the Israeli institute for school leadership

Professional background

Since 2017, Ido has served as head of the Superintendent Division at the Avney Rosha Institute, Israel Institute for School Leadership. In this role, Ido is responsible for creating and leading training and development processes for superintendents working in the Israeli education system. Before this appointment, he served as a member of the Institution's research and development team. In recent years, Ido has served as a senior mentor in the Global Business Studies program at the Faculty of Management of Tel Aviv University, a program geared toward high-achieving students from a variety of countries studying for their graduate degree in business administration. Ido is a founder of the New School of Holon, a public school in the spirit of High Tech High San Diego that focuses on project-based learning. He started his professional career as a strategy consultant at the TASC company.

About

Ido lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Yehudit and their children Ori and Ofer. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, swimming and painting.

Education

Ido holds a graduate degree in education policy (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and an undergraduate degree from the Amirim program for exceptional students and the Cognitive Science Department of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds a teaching certificate from Beit Berl College.

Nir Bartal

Head of Ornit Municipality

Professional background

Nir is the head of Ornit Municipality.In his previous position Nir was regulatory initiatives to ensure consumer reform and leads efforts to monitor the insurance markets. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that insurance companies and retirement-savings companies provide improved services to consumers, an important component in customers’ ability to safeguard their rights.

About

Married and has 3 children.

Education

Nir has a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University, and an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Noga Gil Bassi

 Director of the Education and Community Division, Valley of the Springs Educational Council

Professional background

Noga has served as the Director of the Education and Community Division at the Emek Maayanot (Valley of the Springs) Educational Council since 2009. As part of her responsibilities, she built the division, led the strategic planning for a ten-year educational strategy to promote education and community. Noga is currently implanting this plan. Previously Noga served as a co-principal at the Shaked high school in Sde Eliyahu and as vice principal, pedagogic coordinator and homeroom teacher. Within the community, Noga is an activist for religiousfeminism processes and in the past was involved in the Shelef project which encourages12th graders to complete their high school studies in development towns.

About

Noga lives on Maale Gilboa. She is married and a mother to five wonderful children. She spends most of her free time raising her family, learning Torah and reading.

Education

MA in Jewish Studies (magna cum laude) at Touro College and BA and BEd in Talmud at Bar Ilan University. She is also a graduate of the school principals’ training course.

Ifat Bechor

Executive Director, Birthright Israel Excel

Professional background

Since 2013, Ifat has served as the Executive Director of Birthright Israel Excel. She is responsible for the strategic development of the program, managing partnerships with international stakeholders and expanding the program’s business and philanthropic investor community. Ifat also manages alumni activities in North America and in Israel. Previously Ifat worked for Friends of the IDF based in the United States, first as the Fundraising Manager and later as Deputy Director of Marketing. Ifat began her professional career as a Budget Manager at PUBLISIS Israel and worked in marketing, customer management and business development. She also worked with Eurotel and the Loews Theater Network based in the United States.

About

Ifat lives in Tel Aviv with her husband Rotem and children Amit, Yuval and Alma. Ifat loves movies, cooking, music, family trips and sports.

Education

MA in Marketing from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, New York, and BA in Communications and Management from the College of Management, Rishon Lezion.

Moshe Beeri

CEO, Tzohar

Professional background

Since 2007, Moshe has served as the CEO of Tzohar, an organization that serves to improve Jewish life for all Jews in Israel through rabbinic leadership, public policy and grassroots service. He concurrently serves as a member of a number of organizations -  the Council for Experiments on Animals in the Ministry of Health, the Forum for Government Stability, the Public Management of the Eretz Hemda Institute’s “Gazit” Rabbinical Court system and its foundation, and as a member of the regulatory board at the Jewish Legal Heritage Society. From 2011 to 2012, Moshe served as an instructor at the Hesder Yeshiva schools in Beit Shemesh and Efrat. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2008, Moshe served as the Chairman of the Gazit Union of Rabbinical Courts for Civil Affairs. From 1996 to 2012 Moshe headed a branch of Yad Sarah. Over the years, Moshe has published articles and co-authored several books on matters of Jewish law.

About

Currently resides in Sha'alvim

Education

Moshe holds a PhD in Jewish law and a master’s in Jewish law (cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Ono Academic College and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a focus in psychology and sociology from the Open University. In addition, Moshe completed judgeship and rabbinical training at the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Yonatan Ben-Dor

CEO, IsraelGives

Professional background

Yonatan is Founder and CEO of IsraelGives, an organization founded in 2009, assisting nonprofit organizations with their online fundraising as well as improving their visibility and online presence. IsraelGives operates a website through which one can donate to any organization or association in Israel registered on the site. Prior to IsraelGives, Yonatan served four years as Vice President at 'Leket Israel' - Israel's national food bank and the largest food rescue network in Israel, making sure leftover produce finds its way to those needing it the most. During his legal internship, Yonatan worked at the 'Yedid Association' – providing community empowerment for disadvantaged groups in the community. During his military service, Yonatan served as a combat medic in the Givati Brigade.

About

Yonatan lives in Tel-Aviv Yafo

Education

Yonatan has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal and an LL.B Degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Liran Avisar Ben-Horin

CEO, 'MASA Israel'

Professional background

Since 2013 Liran has been the Director General of 'Masa Israel' – a joint venture between the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel, encouraging young Jewish people from the Diaspora to make Israel their home. The project's goal is to create a strong connection between these young people from around the world to Israel and the Jewish people. Prior to 'MASA', Liran served as the Senior Advisor to the Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office where she led a number of reforms in the fields of government and civil society. Liran completed her military service as a Company Commander for the womens' field units officers' course, discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.

About

Liran grew up in Migdal HaEmek and today lives in Tel Aviv with Itai and her daughter Eshkol. In her spare time Liran studies Judaism at the 'Kolot' Seminary.

Education

Liran has a Master's Degree in Law from the NYU School of Law, an LL.B with Honors from the Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University.

Ofir Ben-Porat

Principle of Sde Boker Field School

Professional background

Ofir is the Principle of Sde Boker Field School. Prior to this position, Ofir has led the Migdal Or program, a values-driven initiative given at youth villages and boarding schools in Israel on behalf of the 'Atalef' Foundation for Shayetet 13 (Navy Seals) alumni. Ofir was in charge of the program's development, marketing, recruitment of instructors and their placement in youth villages and boarding schools. In addition, Ofir is a History and Social Studies teacher and an 11th grade Homeroom teacher as well as WIZO-Nahalal Youth Village's coordinator for values-based education. Ofir also serves as Chairman of the Youth Leadership Program and on the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000 Management Committee in the Central Galilee.

In the military, Ofir served as a Shayetet 13 combat soldier and Commander and was discharged with the rank of Captain.

About

Ofir lives in Moshav Nahalal, is engaged in community activities and a sports and horse riding fan.

Education

Ofir is currently a Master's Degree student, studying Philosophy and History of Education. He holds a teaching diploma in Social Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Political Science, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Michael Ben-Shitrit

Independent, Organizational consultant and Lecturer

Professional background

Michael is an Independent Organizational consultant and Lecturer. Prior, Michael served as the Founder and Principal of the Maof Branco Weiss School for school dropouts in Modiin. Previously Michael was the head of Maof classes at a municipal high school, and before that he was the coordinator and homeroom teacher for youth at risk in the Tafnit program. He served as a lecturer at the academic preparatory program at the Achva College. Michael is actively involved in the community. He counseled and led social activities for vulnerable populations in Beit Shemesh and the Mateh Yehuda regional council. He also founded classes for illiterate women on Moshav Zecharia.

About

BA in history at Ben Gurion University and a B.Ed. from the Achva College.

Education

BA in history at Ben Gurion University and a B.Ed. from the Achva College.

Ilan Ben-Yaakov

Pedagogic Director, MindCET

Professional background

MindCET is an organization that focuses on innovation and technology in education. In his role as pedagogic director, Ilan works closely with startup companies in the ed tech field and coordinates the Center’s educational activities which include: an entrepreneurship accelerator program for teachers, the technology early adopter teachers community, and the integration of innovative pedagogical practices through pilots at schools. Before joining MindCET, Ilan served as a teaching and education shaliach (emissary) in Toronto, Canada, developed educational programs at the Ben Gurion Heritage Institute, and taught Jewish studies in various formal and informal institutions. Ilan is the graduate of the 1st cohort of the Hesder Yeshiva in Yeruham and served in the Givati Brigade.

About

Ilan lives in Yerucham with his wife Michal and their five children. He likes solving logic-crosswords, listening to podcasts and Balkan music.

Education

Ilan has a PhD in Jewish studies from Ben Gurion University, a master’s Degree in Jewish studies from the Hebrew University and a B.Ed. and teaching certificate from the Herzog College.

Or Benjamin

Managing Director, Israel at The Good Food Institute

Professional background

Or is the Managing Director of The Good Food Institute in Israel. Previously, she directed the Meatless Mondays's NGO Program and directed Partnerships at 'Merkaz Ma'ase', a Rashi Foundation organization for advancing equality of opportunities through voluntary activities for young adults from Israel’s socioeconomic periphery. Prior to that, in 2009, Or founded and served as business development manager at 'Lazooz Media', a company developing artistic games and media concepts for children. Simultaneously she volunteered at 'Mother to Mother’, an organization providing  support to mothers post childbirth. Or served as a noncommissioned Education Officer working with new immigrant recruits from the Ethiopian community and later as an Education Officer in the IDF.

About

Or lives in Ra'anana and has three children. Her hobbies include traveling, Tai Chi, swimming, reading and art.

Education

Or has an MBA Degree with distinction, majoring in Finance and Marketing and a Bachelor's Degree with distinction in Industrial Engineering and Management both from Tel-Aviv University. In addition, Or has a B.Sc. Degree with Honors in Life Sciences from the Open University of Israel.

Roei Bentolila

CEO Roim leadership development

Professional background

Roei is the founder and CEO of Roim Leadership. In this role, he lectures and facilitates workshops on leadership and management in a variety of organizations in the private, public, institutional, volunteer and security sectors. Roei has played on the Israeli team in five European Wheelchair Basketball Championships. He is the captain and founder of the wheelchair basketball community of Beit HaLochem in Jerusalem. Roei founded and currently manages the mentorship program of the Maglan Organization. Roei also facilitates a leadership workshop where commanders, educators and managers come to Beit HaLochem and play basketball in wheelchairs. At the end of the workshop, participants take home practical tools from the basketball court to the "court" of life.

About

Roei lives in Mevo Beitar with his wife Maya and their children Shira, Alon, Shahar and Hadar.

Education

Roei has an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW) from Bar Ilan University, and a graduate degree (MA) in organization consulting and development from the College of Management.

Ofer Berkovitch

Deputy Mayor, Jerusalem & Director Awakening in Jerusalem

Professional background

 Ofer is the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Deputy Mayor and the Director of "Awakening in Jerusalem" movement. Among his roles, he is responsible for economic, employment and cultural portfolios, as well as the development of the city center. He has led major reforms and advancements in these fields throughout the city. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Hitorerut Movement advancing initiatives for youth and culture in Jerusalem, which he has chaired for the past eight years. Before that Ofer served as a city council member in Jerusalem where he led a campaign to encourage tolerance amongst residents of Jerusalem. Ofer is one of the founders of a national population census movement and was active for two years in building the movement’s strategy, fundraising and coordinating activities in marketing and creative advertising. In addition, Ofer supported the management of strategy and content of the First Station compound in Jerusalem (a commercial and cultural center.

About

Ofer lives in Jerusalem, is married to Dina and father to Ariel. In his free time he loves to play soccer, go on hikes and see good movies at the Smadar Cinema.

Education

BA in Philosophy, Economics and Political science from the Hebrew University.

Dganit Biderman

Founder and CEO, Lehetiv

Professional background

Dganit is the Founder and CEO of Lehetiv, a nonprofit working to improve the conditions of families suffering from poverty and exclusion in Israel. She also heads the “From Dependency to Responsibility” program in Migdal Ha’Emek. Previously Dganit was the Head of Higher Education in the Municipality of Raanana and chairperson of the placement committee. In partnership with the mayor of Raanana, she led a community program for at-risk youth. In addition, as a part of her role, constructed educational models, recruited various city authorities to her program and managed the program’s implementation. At the outset of her professional career, Dganit served as a District Officer for troubled youth at the Shachar department of the Ministry of Education’s central district. In addition, Dganit volunteered at Babayit Shel Gadi – a rehabilitation center for drug addicts.

About

married with four children Shai, Omer, Gali and Ran. In her free time she meditates, hikes, and enjoys folk dancing.

Education

Ph.D. in Education, MA in Educational Counseling (both with summa cum laude) and BA in Behavioral Science and Industry and Management (magna cum laude), all at Ben Gurion University.

Dganit Biderman

Founder and CEO, Lehetiv

Professional background

Dganit is the Founder and CEO of Lehetiv, a nonprofit working to improve the conditions of families suffering from poverty and exclusion in Israel. She also heads the “From Dependency to Responsibility” program in Migdal Ha’Emek. Previously Dganit was the Head of Higher Education in the Municipality of Raanana and chairperson of the placement committee. In partnership with the mayor of Raanana, she led a community program for at-risk youth. In addition, as a  part of her role, constructed educational models, recruited various city authorities to her program and managed the program’s implementation. At the outset of her professional career, Dganit served as a District Officer for troubled youth at the Shachar department of the Ministry of Education’s central district. In addition, Dganit volunteered at Babayit Shel Gadi – a rehabilitation center for drug addicts.

About

Dganit lives in Kfar Hogla. She is married with four children Shai, Omer, Gali and Ran. In her free time she meditates, hikes, and enjoys folk dancing.

Education

Ph.D. in Education, MA in Educational Counseling (both with summa cum laude) and BA in Behavioral Science and Industry and Management (magna cum laude), all at Ben Gurion University

Maoz Bigon

Director General, Mateh Binyamin Regional Council

Professional background

Maoz has served as the Director General of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council for more than five years. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the council, which has around 1,800 employees and a yearly budget of one billion shekels.

Maoz managed the department of education in the regional council and worked as a teacher and principal for many years. He previously served as chairman of the education committee.

About

Maoz lives in Ma'ale Levona in Mateh Binyamin with his wife Margalit, who works as a nurse in Hadassah University Hospital – Mt. Scopus. He is a father of six, and his eldest son is a combat soldier in the IDF.

Education

Maoz has a graduate degree in management and organization of education systems. He has two undergraduate degrees, one in education and one in industrial engineering and management. He also holds certificates in various fields including educational administration and organizational consulting.

Etty Binder

Chief Inspector of the Ultra-Orthodox District, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Etty has 18 years of experience in the field of education. She currently serves as a chief inspector for the ultra-Orthodoxdistrict of the Ministry of  . In this role, she manages 30 secondary schools for ultra-Orthodox girls and is responsible for leading meaningful learning programs as well as the school texts-on-loan program. Etty is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. The Mandel Program trains public leaders from within the ultra-Orthodox community and focuses on personal andprofessional devel opment, while training leaders to address the needs of the community and promote integration intoIsraeli society. While in the pro gram, she authored a position paper about ultra-Orthodox women in the workforce.

About

Etty is a married mother of four and lives in Bnei Brak.

Education

Etty holds an MA in public administration from the Hebrew University and a B.Ed. with a specialization in linguistics from the Talpiot Academic Teaching College. She also holds a certificate in mediation from The Gevim Group.

Shmuli Bing

Director of Yemin Orde Youth Village

Professional background

Shmuli was recently appointed as Director of the 'Yemin Orde' Youth Village prior to which he served as the youth village’s High School Principal for three years. From 2005 to 2010 Shmuli was a teacher, homeroom teacher and grade coordinator at 'Harel' High School in Mevaseret Zion. In 2005, Shmuli was an advisor to the Minister of Social Affairs and the Diaspora in the Prime Minister's Office. Shmuli was also among the founders of 'Good Neighbor’, a volunteer organization engaged in activities. For populations often excluded from mainstream society. Shmuli completed his military service as a Company Commander in the Marva program

About

Shmuli is married and has five children. He lives with his family in the 'Yemin Orde' Youth Village.

Education

Shmuli has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the program for outstanding scholars at the School, of Public Policy and Government as well as a Master's Degree in Jewish Education both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Shmuli also has a Bachelor's Degree in Jewish Studies (Torah and Jewish philosophy), from the 'Revivim' Program, also associated with the Hebrew University.

Inbar Yehezkli Blilious

Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Since 2015, Inbar has served as the Senior Advisor for Social issues in the Ministry of Finance. From 2011 to 2014, Inbar served as the Senior Professional Consultant to the Minster of Welfare and Social Services. Her role included coordination of finances for the Minister, reforms on welfare matters and consultations on issues of strategy, policy and legislation. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2012, Inbar was one of the founders of the Tachlit Reuyah – a party of lawyers that ran in elections for the Israeli Bar Association. Since 2010, Inbar has served on the Board of Directors at the International Center for Health Law and Ethics. From 2008 to 2011, Inbar worked as the legal counsel and Director of the Legal Department at the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel. At the same time, beginning in 2010, she served as the Director of the Rape Crisis Center in Jerusalem. From 2007 to 2008, Inbar worked as a lawyer focusing on policy, legislation and appeals in legal proceedings at Bizchut – the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities. From 2005 to 2007, Inbar served as an independent attorney. From 1997 to 2001, Inbar worked in various media jobs among them as an investigative journalist an arts and culture reporter.

About

Currently resides in Beit Zayit

Education

Inbar holds a master’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a bachelor’s degree in law, with specialization in human rights from the Academic College of Law in Ramat-Gan. She is a member of the Israeli Bar Association, since 2005, and holds a certificate as a qualified mediator.

Avital Blonder

CEO & Founder, Jindas: Urban Regeneration in Lod

Professional background

Following an extensive career in the education and social services field, Avital founded Jindasin 2013. Jindas focuses on urban rejuvenation by building and strengthening partnerships between Lod’s diverse populations, inspiring full resident participation in social change initiatives, implementing a comprehensive and holistic development plan and restoring Lod’s historical status as an important Israeli’s city.

About

Avital is married to Yael and lives in Lod.

Education

Avital holds a BA in psychology from Ben Gurion University in the Negev and an MBA in social leadership also from Ben Gurion University in cooperation with the Mandel Leadership Institute.

Emanuel Bohbot

R&D Director Social Finance Israel

Professional background

Emanuel joined SFI as a founding member in June 2013.  He managed the development and establishment of Israel's first Social Impact Bond, aimed at reducing the higher education drop-out rate. Emanuel is director of the research and development department, responsible for shaping and developing social bonds to promote effective solutions for pressing social issues. Emanuel previously managed the research department of the Rashi Foundation, one of Israel's largest foundations, which focuses on education opportunities and reducing welfare inequality. Before joining the Rashi Foundation, he served as a quantitative marketing researcher and senior statistician at CI, a large business research institute.

About

Emanuel lives in Kiryat Gat with his wife Heli and their children Ariel and Gefen. He enjoys hiking in Israel and abroad.

Education

Emanuel has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, and a graduate degree in psychobiology from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a professor of statistics and research methods at various academic institutes.

Menachem Bombach

Executive Director, Torah Academy

Professional background

Menachem has served as the Executive Director of the Torah Academy, which he founded in 2014. He continues to be a staff member at the Mandel Institute for Leadership, focusing on developing leadership in the Haredi community. In addition, he set up and managed the Haredi campus of the Hebrew University. Menachem also leads the Berdichev community in Beitar. Since 2001 he has served as Principal of a high school that was awarded the Lzion B’Rina Education Award. Previously he ran a boarding school and served as vice-principal of a high school at an institute for new immigrants in Afula. In Menachem’s first professional role, he was a member of the Municipality of Jerusalem City Council.    

About

Menachem lives in Beitar Illit. In his free time he works in education, management of educational systems and inter-cultural dialogue.

Education

MA in Public Policy at the Hebrew University and BA in Education and a B.Ed. at the Moreshet Yaakov College.

Asaf Brimer 

Founder and CEO of Moona – Space for Change

Professional background

Asaf is the founder and CEO of Moona – Space for Change and has served as CEO since 2013. Moona is focused on project-based learning technology and works with participants to build PBL skills as well as soft skills (ability, responsibility, teamwork and more). Asaf served as a combat pilot in the Israeli air force for 27 years followed by five years in the Israeli Aerospace Industries.

About

Asaf lives in Yuvalim. He is father of three.

Education

Asaf has an MBA degree from the Ono Academic College, a bachelor’s degree in law from the Interdisciplinary Center Hertzlyia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Haifa.

Fayek Bsoul

Treasurer, Qalansawe Council

Professional background

Fayek joined the Council as treasurer over a decade ago. In the role he manages the council’s budget, including payroll, work bids and contracts with consultants and suppliers. Fayek directly supervises the accounting, payroll and procurement departments and is responsible for the production of annual financial reports based on the Ministry of Interior guidelines. He manages capital flow and oversees collaboration with numerous banks.

About

Fayek lives in Reineh next to Nazareth. He is married and the father of three daughters. In his spare time he likes reading and follows sports, especially football and basketball.

Education

Fayek holds a BA in economics with a speciality in accounting from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He is a certified accountant.

Lina Bullus

Head of Regev, Director of Etgarim Program, Saknin Academic College for Teacher Education. Head of the Foreign Relations, MOE.

Professional background

Lina is the Head of Regev: Excellence in Teaching Program, Director of Etgarim Program, Saknin Academic College for Teacher Education and Head of the Foreign Relations in the Ministry of Education. Since joining REGEV in 2010, Lina has overseen all program design, content development and budget management for the teaching program. In 2014 Lina led the Arab education for the Council for Higher Education and coordinated  program to help individuals enter into the workforce. Recently she was selected to manage and integrate the Etgarim Program of the Teachers Administration in the Ministry of Education. Lina also lectures at local colleges.

About

Lina resides in Kafr Yasif with her husband Ibrahim and their three children, Lim, Halil and Ely.

Education

Lina holds a PhD in social cognition from the Tel Aviv University, an MA in the psychology of reading and reading disabilities from Haifa University and a BA in psychology from Ben Gurion University. Lina is at work completing her post doctoral studies at The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa.

Nir Casspi

CEO and Founder, Landwer Coffee Company

Professional background

Nir is Founder and joint CEO of the 'Landwer Coffee Shops' chain and was previously CEO and Partner at SMR advertising and media agency (today a shareholder). In the military, Nir served in the Israeli Navy Seals (Shayetet 13) and was severely injured during a mission carried out in Southern Lebanon. Following a long rehabilitation process, Nir decided to volunteer as a group instructor and facilitator for soldiers that were injured during their military service and undergoing rehabilitation processes. In addition, Nir is a member of the Management Committee at the 'Atalef' Foundation for Shayetet 13 alumni.

About

Nir lives in Kibbutz Shefayim, is married to Orly and a father of two sons. He loves sports, especially basketball, and runs marathons.

Education

Nir holds an LL.B and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from IDC Herzliya.

Moshe (Moshi) Cederboim

Head of the Management Reserves and Strategic Planning Department, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

Moshe is head of the Management Reserves and Strategic Planning Department at the Ministry of Interior.  In this role, he works to improve and build pipelines for leadership positions in local government authorities. Before that, he served as the director general of the Beit El Local Council. He previously served as a BOT director of national infrastructure projects on behalf of the accountant general in the Ministry of Finance, and as an advisor to the director general of the Ministry of Interior. During his military service, Moshi was an officer in the Armored Corps, and he currently serves in the  reserves as a regiment operations officer.

About

Moshe lives in Leshem with his wife and their two children.

Education

Moshe has a bachelor's degree in law from Hebrew University and is bar-certified as of 2009.

Gil Chadash

Manager, Academia-Classroom, Mofet Institute

Professional background

For the past year, Gil has managed the Academia- Classroom Initiative. With the aim to improve the quality and efficiency of professional development training, the Initiative also works to promote cooperation between the district, academy and the municipality. Prior to this role, Gil served as the principal of the Nadav Democratic School in Modi’in and as a co-founder, school principal and deputy director of the Nirim youth village for atrisk youth in Bustan. Gil began his career in education with roles as a teacher in the Gilo Regional School in Jerusalem, head of the self-leadership program at the Branco Weiss Institute and as a co-founder and counselor in the first secular army preparatory program, Nachson. He served as a counselor in the summer camps of the Bnei Brit youth movement in the United States for seven years.

About

Gil resides in Modi’in, is married to Dandy and is the father of Alon and Tamar. In his free time, he likes to hike, camp out, and cook on an open fire.

Education

Gil completed the thesis track for an MA in Hebrew and comparative literature from Haifa University. He holds a BA in Hebrew literature and philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a certificate in teaching.

Afaf charzalla

Vice President, Manager Human Resources, Baqa al-Gharbiyye City Council

Professional background

Afaf joined the Baqa al-Gharbiyye Council as Vice Director and Manager of Human Resources in 2013. Previously, Afaf managed the Council’s education department and served as a dropout prevention offer for 13 years.

About

Afaf lives in Zemer in the Arab triangle area. She is married to Mansur Harzalla, a doctor, and they have four children. In her free time Afaf enjoys reading and traveling.

Education

Afaf holds an MA in political science with a speciality in public and local government management and a BA in statistics both from the University of Haifa. She also is certified to teach math in secondary schools and is a graduate of a directors in local government training program.

Anat Chervinsky

VP - Chief Architect, Tidhar Group

Professional background

Anat is the VP and Chief Architect of the international Tidhar Group. Part of her mission is leading the Urban planning of the group. Previously, Anat worked at Kfar-Saba's city council. She started as the municipal planner and later became the municipal engineer and director of the engineering department As part of her job Anat takes part in leading the city’s future planning schemes, promoting the public building development around the city and supervising licensing. Anat joined the public sector after years of working as an architect in the private sector and specializing in urban planning, first as an employee and then as a freelancer. Once she returned to Israel she joined, in parallel to her working freelance, to the academic staff of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and was the advisor and moderator of multiple final projects and seminars in urban planning at the architecture department of the school.

About

Anat holds an MA in urban planning and a BA both from the U.P.C. Institute in Barcelona. Anat lives in Tel Aviv and dreams of Barcelona.

Education

Anat joined the public sector after a number of years working in the private sector as an architect and urban planning specialist. While working as a freelance architect consultant, Anat joined the faculty at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She has continued to serve as an advisor and moderator for students’ final projects as well as seminars in urban planning.

Yoel Cheshin

Chairman of the 2B Group

Professional background

Yoel is chairman and founder of the 2B Group. He also serves as the chairman and founder of all 2B member bodies including: 2B Angels, a high tech investment fund, 2B Commnity, an investment fund, 2B friednly, a nonprofit promoting environmentally sound social consumption, and 2B Hub, a co-working space. Yoel focuses on principles of conscious capitalism, conscious leadership and impact investment.

The group's vision is to build, create and empower friendly corporations. Before founding 2B Group, Yoel was a teaching assistant for various legal courses, including Theory of Law, Constitutional and Public Law and Corporation Law.

About

Yoel lives in Tel Aviv and enjoys every minute of it. He is married to Dana Glazer and is father to Avigail Orr Cheshin and Uri Mishal Cheshin. If he had any free time, he would write, a pastime which gives him great pleasure.

Education

Yoel holds an undergraduate degree in law (summa cum laude) from Hebrew University.

Gilad Chitayat

CEO and Founder of Botanima, for CBD Products in the U.S.

Professional background

Gilad is the CEO and Founder of Botanima, for CBD Products in the U.S. Prior to that, he served as Business Unit Manager and Marketing Director at 'Mentor Graphics', a technological leader in electronic design automation (EDA). Before that, Gilad served as VP Sales and Marketing at QualiSystems, a leading provider of DevOps automation solutions for IT infrastructure network, development and test organizations. Gilad volunteers as a student mentor at the WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village and at the Branco Weiss High School in Bat Yam. Gilad teaches 8th-12th grades, and over the years has connected the organization with the companies he has worked for. During his military service, Gilad served as a combat pilot, and continues to do so in reserve duty today.

About

Gilad is married with three children and lives in Moshav Bnei Atarot.

Education

Gilad has a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Sciences from IDC Herzliya. He graduated the Efi-Arazi scholarship program for excellence and the development of potential entrepreneurs in marketing, business administration law and entrepreneurship.

Oren Cohen

Chief of Staff for the Director General, Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Oren currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Director General, Prime Minister's Office. Before he served as the Assistant to the Director General of the Prime Minister's Office. Oren is also a member on the President's 'Young Forum'. Previously Oren worked at the Ministry of Environmental Protection serving as Senior Advisor to the Director General, advising in the fields of green growth and sustainable development, planning and regulation supervision and enforcement. Prior to his military service, Oren volunteered for one year on behalf of Gar'in Re'im and the Israeli Scouts. Oren was discharged from the military in 2009 with the rank of Captain. He was a flight instructor and Commander at the Israeli Air Force Flight Academy and carried out many assignments as part of a Black Hawk Squadron during the Second Lebanon War.

About

Oren lives in Tel-Aviv.

Education

Oren has a Master's Degree with Honors in Political Communication from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Political Science and Education from the Open University of Israel. In addition, Oren holds a Teaching Diploma in Civics studies.

Moshe Cohen

Head of the Jerusalem District, Israel Electric Corporation

Professional background

Since 2015, Moshe has managed the Israel Electric Corporation’s Jerusalem region.  In this role, he is responsible for a reliable constant electricity supply for all customers in the area, including customers under the Palestinian Authority (more than 300,000 customers, not including Palestinian electricity companies and Palestinian customers). Prior to his current appointment, Moshe founded and managed the Electric Corporation's unit where he established a fiberoptic infrastructure for the broadband transfer of information. After finishing his academic studies, Moshe began his professional career at the Israel Electric Corporation.

About

Moshe is a second-generation Jerusalem native, and he currently lives in Ma'ale Adumim. He is married to Tagit (named after the Hebrew word for the Carmel daisy flower), and is father to five adult married children (four boys and one girl) and a proud grandfather. He enjoys studying Torah and delving ever deeper into scripture. He also enjoys traveling to exotic places around the world.

Education

Moshe holds a graduate (MBA) degree from Hebrew University School of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in electronic engineering from Jerusalem College of Technology and graduated from an education program for electrical engineering at Ariel University. He holds an electrical engineering license.

Reuma Galisko Cohen 

Vice director of human resources and organizational development department, Beer Sheva City Council

Professional background

Nearly twenty years ago Reuma joined the team at Be’er Sheva’s Council first as an office manager for vice mayor Rubik Danilovich. She went on to found the public complaints development under former mayor Jacob Turner. She worked closely with Avishag Avtovi, the city council's director and over the past eight years Reuma has focused her work in human resources. She created a team dedicated to developing and investing in talented employees and has served as the assistant director for the organizational development office.

About

Reuma lives in Kibbutz Beit-Kama in the Negev with her husband Lior and their three children, Yarden, Doron and Dror. She enjoys hiking with her family and dinners with friends and family.

Education

Reuma holds an MA in public administration and policy from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She has a BA in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Talia Cohen

Vice President and Head of Traffic Control System Department, Ayalon Highway

Professional background

Talia is the Vice President and Head of Traffic Control System Department of the Ayalon Highway. Previously, Talia served as the Budget and Economics Manager for the Infrastructure and Transport Planning Division in the Ministry of Transportation and was appointed as Director and the ministry's representative on the Board of Directors of the Israel Ports Development & Assets Company (IPC). From 2011 to 2013 Talia was an advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Education. Prior to that Talia served as an economist for the Government Companies Authority (GCA) at the Ministry of Finance.  Talia is deeply engaged in public voluntary work and among other projects she established the Center for Rights Realization in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, Jerusalem, serving on the center's management team. In the military, Talia served as a Sergeant and Commander in the Sergeants Infantry Operations Course for female soldiers and received a medal for excellence.

About

Talia lives in Moshav Ginaton.

Education

Talia holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Governance, and a combined Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Talia graduated with Honors from the 'Cadets for Public Service' program.

Ohad Cohen

Vice Architect, Jerusalem District Ministry of Construction

Professional background

In 2014 Ohad was appointed Vice Architect of the Jerusalem District. In this role, he coordinates urban planning projects as well as designing, planning, and implementing development projects in rural areas throughout Israel.

About

Ohad lives in Jerusalem with his wife Naama and their children Ere’l, Ofri, and Nitzan. In his free time, Ohad enjoys long distance running

Education

Ohad received his BA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem with a specialty in Architecture. He is currently studying for his MA in Natural Resources Policy Management with a specialty in Urban Planning from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Gabby Czertok

General Manager, The Bridge
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Fadwa Dabbour

Secretary General, Beit Jann Regional Council
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Fadwa Dabbour

Secretary General, Beit Jann Regional Council

Professional background

.Fadwa is the Secretary General of Beit Jann Regional Council

About

Education

Fadwa Dabur

CEO of the Beit Jann Local Council

Professional background

Fadwa began working in Beit Jann local council in 1989 first as bureau manager for the head of the local council. Since 2004 she has managed human resources for the local council;

she is the first Druze woman in this position. She is also in charge of public inquiries, a member of the women’s council and works closely with the local nonprofit WePower. She has served as a board member for the CEO Union since 2013, and is currently chairwoman of the external relations committee. In a previous role, Fadwa worked as a library manager andtypist in an elementary school where she also established a library.

Fadwa also served as the women’s advancement consultant (2006-2013) and chairwoman of the workers’ committee (1991-1995) – the first woman elected for chairwoman of a committee in the non-Jewish sector.

About

Fadwa is married and has four children and one granddaughter. She likes learning, enjoys travelling with her family in Israel and around the world.

Education

Fadwa has a BA in political sciences and a teacher’s certificate. She is an alumna of the authority CEO training program, a personal coach and participant of the digital leaders for the local authorities program. She has completed various certificate programs in mediation, political leadership, and personal coaching.

Eilon Dachbash

Head of Business Development Division, Bank Leumi

Professional background

Eilon is the Head of Business Development for the Retail Division at Bank Leumi. He overseas strategic planning, programatic implementation and oversees the management team. Previously Eilon served as the Deputy Assistant to the Head of Human Resources and a member of Bank Leumi’s talent  anagement program. The executive team at Bank Leumi identified Eilon as an emerging leader at the Bank. At the outset of his career, Eilon worked in several positions at local bank branches. Before that he worked as the Head of Customer Portfolios in Motyknit Technologies and TakeToro in both marketing and ustomer service positions.

About

Eilon lives in Holon. He spends his spare time mainly with family and friends and loves movies and good food.

Education

BA in Computer Science from the College of Management, Rishon Lezion and an Investment advisor license from the Israel Securities Authority..

Shirel Dagan-Levy

CFO / COO, MAOZ

Professional background

Since 2010, Shirel has served as the Director of Global Purchasing at Verinet Systems Inc. Shirel manages complex contractual and commercial negotiations, budgets and business deals. In 2009, Shirel served as the contract manager at HP where she led the company’s purchasing contracts in the Middle East and Africa (MEMA). Prior to that, from 2004-2008, Shirel served as the senior buyer in the procurement delegation of the Ministry of Defense in New York. From 2001 to 2004, Shirel worked as an attorney at the Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. Law Office in the high-tech, international business and biotechnology departments. Shirel participated in the Brandeis Collegiate Institute Seminar as member of the scholarship panel for Israeli recipients, a lecturer, a social leadership consultant and a judge on the panel for selecting Israeli recipients of program scholarships.

About

Currently resides in Nes Tziona

Education

Shirel holds a bachelor's degree in law from Tel Aviv University has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 2002. In addition, she has completed a number of certification programs in finance and international business at New York University.

Roei Dahan

Senior Director, Development and Planning of Human Capital in the Local Government, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

Currently, Roei serves as Senior Director, Development and Planning of Human Capital in the Local Government, Ministry of Interior. Before that he was chief of staff of the general-director of the Ministry of the Interior, Mordechai Cohen. As a graduate of the Atidim Cadets for Public Service Program, Roei interned at the Health and Housing Ministries. In 2008, he joined the Ministry of Economy working to advance entrepreneurship and small businesses in the industrial zone. As part of this effort, Roei developed a support system for small  businesses and entrepreneurial initiatives. In 2012, he was appointed head of the planning and monitoring department, and then became director of the reserves and strategic planing division. While at the Interior Ministry, Roei held a number of positions including managing the Ministry’s reserves (Atuda) programs - Cadets for Municipal Service, digital leaders’ programs, and the Regional Clusters – an innovative model for strengthening municipalities.

About

Roei lives in Nehosha cooperative community in the Ella Valley. He is married to Liat and is the father of four children.

Education

Roei holds an MPA from Tel Aviv University, and graduate of the Atidim Cadets for Public Service of the Hebrew University.

Ayelet Daliot

Director of Educational Training and Development Division and Advisor on Gender Equality, Ra'anana Municipality

Professional background

Ayelet is the Director of Educational Training and Development Division and Advisor on Gender Equality in the Ra'anana Municipality. Ayelet is responsible for developing educational programs in schools in Ra’anana for leading educational initiatives, their adjustment and implementation. She also leads measurement processes and works closely with administrations to achieve target outcomes. As the women’s advancement consultant to the mayor, she leads systemic processes for advancing gender equality in the city and in the municipality. Ayelet is currently leading the establishment of the municipal center for professional development, which will support professional development in the humanistic spirit. She previously managed the preschoolers division in Moshav Batzra, programs in the Melitz nonprofit organization, and held various guidance and facilitation positions.

About

Ayelet lives in Tzur Yigal with her husband and two daughters.

Education

Ayelet holds an MA (with honors) in education from Bar Ilan University. She has a teacher’s certificate and finished coaching and mediation courses.

Harel Damty

Director of Division A (transportation inspector), Ministry of Transport and Road Safety

Professional background

As director of Division A, Harel serves as a central traffic authority in Haifa and the north districts, and is in charge of traffic arrangements in these districts. He also serves as the minister’s representative in the district planning committees in Haifa and the north. Before that, Harel worked as a traffic engineer in Tel Aviv and the center districts, and was an independent business owner for five years. Harel also served as a director at Cross Israel Highway Ltd. and Israel Railways. Harel began his professional career in the IDF, in academic studies as part of Atuda, and then completed three years in active army and three more years in standing army as head of the Traffic Engineering Department.

About

Harel was born and raised in Netanya, and lives there today with his wife and three children. In his free time, Harel likes to play sports and cook.

Education

He holds an MBA from Ben Gurion University and a B.Eng. in civil engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Amit Daniel

VP, Strategic Marketing, Verint

Professional background

For the past three years, Amit has served as VP of strategic marketing specializing in intelligence gathering and cyber security. In this role, she oversees all marketing activities, partnerships with clients and strategic advisors as well as all internal marketing initiatives. Amit has over twenty years of experience in marketing and product management at high tech companies, including Internet Gold Golden Lines, Starhome and cVidya, in the fields of data analysis, AI and cyber, and in a variety and markets and industries.

About

Amit lives in Tel Mond with her husband Eyal and their children Ido, Yuval and Roni. She volunteers as a mentor for youth and promotes entrepreneurship and management.

Education

Amit holds an MBA from the University of North Umbria in England, and an undergraduate degree in business management from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

Nasrin Siqar Daqasah

Daliyat al-Karmel Local Council Engineer

Professional background

Since 2014, Nasrin has served as the Daliyat al-Karmel local council engineer. She manages the engineering division at the local council, which includes the infrastructure, maintenance department and business licensing. She is also in charge of urban planning. In her previous position, Nasrin served as head of the planning team in a leading road and infrastructure planning firm.

About

Nasrin lives in Daliyat al-Karmel with her husband and two children. She spends her free time with her children.

Education

Nasrin is an alumna of the Faculty of Civil Engineering in the Technion, Haifa, with a BSc in civil engineering.

Yosefa Dar

CEO, The Fund for Innovative Education

Professional background

Since 2010, Yosefa has served as the Director of the Foundation for Innovative Teaching, an NGO that fosters creativity and innovation in education, where, Yosefa is responsible for the impact on the discourse of education in Israel, creating partnerships with foundations, government offices and various organizations, and for the development and pedagogical leadership of the foundation. Prior to that, from 1999 to 2010, Yosefa served in a variety of positions in the Shlomit Organization for National Service Volunteers. In her previous roles, she served as the Director of Shilat – the Religious National Service Branch and prior to that as the National Marketing Manager.

About

Currently resides in Jerusalem

Education

Yosefa holds a master’s degree in non-profit management from the Schwartz Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a bachelor’s degree in education and sociology from Bar-Ilan University.

Gilles Darmon

CEO, Lavi Capital Ltd. and Founder of Latet

Professional background

Since 2011 Gilles has been the CEO at Lavi Capital, a private banking and investments enterprise specializing in the field of infrastructure. Gilles is in charge of the company's overall activities including sales processes. Prior to Lavi Capital and between the years 2006 to 2011, Gilles was the Founder and owner of 'Teo Life Sciences', a resource development and consultancy company and between 2002 and 2006, founded and was a Partner in the investments and business development enterprise 'Coronis Partners'. In 1996, Gilles founded 'Latet' - an organization providing humanitarian aid to populations in distress in Israel and worldwide. Gilles was in a military reserve chemical warfare defense unit until 2011.

About

Gilles lives in Ramat-Gan, dedicates his spare time to social activities and enjoys his weekly game of soccer.

Education

Gilles has an MBA Degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, and served a year's internship in Human Resources and Organization Management.

Suzanne Dassouky

Adviser to the Director General, Ministry of Justice
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Suzanne Dassouky

Adviser to the Director General, Ministry of Justice

Assaf Dattner 

Operation and Infrastructure Manager, Mateh Binyamin Regional Council

Professional background

Since 2013 Assaf has worked for the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council first as the Manager of the Operations Department. In his current role, Assaf manages all utility aspects of the Council including construction, water, sewage, garbage, recycling, electricity, business permits, and veterinary services among others. Prior to joining the Regional Council, Assaf worked for the Ministry of Education as Deputy Development Manager, overseeing the facilities and budgeting department.

About

Asaf lives in Nofei Prat with his wife Adva and their three children, Rotem, Yotam and Danny. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, jogging and cycling.

Education

Assaf received an MA in geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a BA in geography from bar-Ilan University. He has completed coursework in computer systems analysis.

Tzvika Davidi

Treasurer of Kiryat Malakhi Municipality

Professional background

Since 2014, Tzvika has served as treasurer of Kiryat Malakhi municipality. In his role as treasurer, he is in charge of the municipality’s budget and manages the authority’s funds. Before that, Tzvika was a finance and real estate entrepreneur, and prior to that, served as CFO in a group of private companies. Tzvika also served in positions of CEO and owner of a company dealing with business consultation and leading change and improvement processes, head of corporate finance at Ernst & Young Company, and senior economist at Discount Bank’s Business Division.

About

Tzvika lives in Nehosha, with his wife and four children, and serves as chairman of the local municipal council at Nehosha.

Education

Tzvika has an MA in conflict research, management and resolution from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA from Bar Ilan University, as well as a BA in economics from Ben Gurion University.

Nisreen Saker Daxa

Municipality Engineer, Local Council Daliyat al- Karmel
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Nisreen Saker Daxa

Municipality Engineer, Local Council Daliyat al- Karmel

Tamir Dayan

Tel Aviv Convention Center, CEO

Professional background

Tamir is the Managing Director of 'Waismed', a leading intraosseous infusion manufacturer, holding this position since 2006. Since 2012 Tamir has also served as Chairman of the Board at 'First Care' developing and marketing innovative products for pre-hospital emergency medical situations. From 2003 to 2006, Tamir worked in sales and marketing for Johnson Johnson Medical, Israel. In the military, Tamir served as Commander of the Medical National Training Squad – Head of External Trainings in the Medical Corps. Currently completing the Battalion's Commanders' Course in reserve duty, Tamir was appointed Deputy Battalion Commander for a Search and Rescue Battalion and in August 2014, he is expected to become the battalion's commander, ranking Lieutenant Colonel.

About

Tamir is married with two children and lives in Tel-Aviv.

Education

Tamir has an MBA Degree majoring in Marketing and Business Entrepreneurship from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a combined LL.B and Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

Asher Dolev

CFO Digital Israel National Bureau, Ministry of Social Equality

Professional background

Since September 2015, Asher has served as the CFO of Digital Israel’s national bureau at the Ministry of Social Equality. From 2012 to 2015, Asher served as the manager of the Public Transportation Unit in the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance. Prior to that, from 2009 to 2012, Asher served as a team member at the Transportation Unit in the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance. Simultaneously, Asher taught economics and society at the Jerusalem Pre-Military Leadership Program. During his undergraduate studies, Asher completed an internship at the Budgeting Division of the Ministry of Finance, as well as at Government Companies Authority. In 2007, Asher established and headed the Forum for Education (NGO). In addition, Asher founded and headed the Jerusalem Group for Humanistic Jewish and Zionist studies.

About

Currently resides in Ramot Menashe

Education

Asher holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Israeli thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and he is an alumnus of the Program for a Future in Public Leadership, the honors program at the Hebrew University. In addition, Asher studied education and leadership at Oranim College.

Michael Yosef Dor

Deputy Director, Education Ways Network

Professional background

As the deputy director of the Archot Education Network, Michael oversees the Elad, Ramat David- special education and Meonot Bishvili day care centers. In the 2016-2017 academic year the Network provided 343 classes, served 7,524 students and employed 1,528 staff for programs across the country. In this capacity, Michael is responsible for strategic decision-making, managing every day operations, and for representing the organization to various government offices. In 2004, Michael served on the development and implementation team that built the Education Ways Network centers and infrastructure. Michael is a member of the Sitrin Youth Village Board of Directors and until 2013 served as the director general. Sitrin offers targeted programming to students who immigrate to Israel from the Former Soviet Union through the Naale Program, which supports children who make aliyah before their parents. While director general, Michael initiated and founded guiding principals for ultra-Orthodox teens that combined religious studies with core general studies. Prior to this role, Michael was the VP of the Or Avner Education Network in Israel, executive director of Or HaMelech and the CEO of the Diskin Institutions Network in Jerusalem

About

Michael resides in Beitar Illit. He is married to Rivka and has four daughters. In his leisure time he enjoys reading verdicts and laws.

Education

Michael studied law at Uno Academic College and completed his religious education in the High Yeshiva, Netzer HaTorah in Jerusalem

Dafna Dor

CEO, A Different Lesson

Professional background

Since 2003 Dafna has been the CEO of Shiur Acher, a nonprofit organization which supports the educational system by connecting thousands of volunteers from the business and public sector. The staff of the organization, which includes 30 employees spread across the country, offers volunteers and schools a supportive network that includes recruitment, training, guidance and enrichment programming.

Prior to joining Shiur Acher, Dafna managed projects that integrate content and technology for: the Babylon company, the project Kids World developing a channel with interactive content for children, for Matah (the Center for Educational Technology)- knowledge systems, and for C.D.I. Systems (an electronic software and publishing house). She also worked in teaching and instruction and as a researcher for investigative programs, series and documentaries.

About

Dafna lives in the Moshav Bnei Atarot with her two children Uri and Romi. She is very active in the social sector and is among the original organizers of CEO’s in the social sector. Dafna is a graduate of the Israeli Scouts Organization which greatly influenced her life.

Education

Dafna has a master's degree in Communications and Journalism and a BA in Law – both from Hebrew University. She also holds an MBA (with a focus on entrepreneurship and technological management) from the Israeli branch of the New York Polytechnic University and graduated from the Program for Directors of Non-profit Organizations of Lahav, Tel Aviv University. Dafna is certified to practice law and is certified to do mediation by the Courts Administration. She participated in projects of Kolot (voices) – (Social Leaders, Tehuda and Amitim), Gevanim of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and the Community program of Gesher.

Morris Dorfman

Head of the Regulation Division, Ministry of Health

Professional background

Morris is the Head of the Regulation Division, Ministry of Health.
Before, Morris  held a number of positions at the National Council for Economy in the Prime Minister's Office and is currently Senior Deputy Director at the Government Companies Authority (GCA). In addition, Morris is the National Council for Economy and the Prime Minister's Office representative in the Knesset.  From 2010 to 2012, Morris was a senior economist, in charge of the capital and energy markets, coordinating on various inter-ministerial committees. Between 2008 and 2010, Morris was a senior consultant at TASC Consulting & Capital. In the military, Morris served in the Territories Coordination Unit Chosen as an outstanding officer. He represented the unit on the IDF delegation 'Witnesses in Uniform' to Poland and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.
 

About

Morris is married with one daughter. He lives in Rehovot and loves many sporting activities particularly surfing .and skii

Education

Morris has a Master's Degree in Financial Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Morris graduated a Master's program in Law for nonprofessionals at Bar-Ilan University.

Yael Doron-Drori

Innovation & Education consultant Independent

Professional background

Yael is Innovation & Education consultant Independent. she was Director of Education for Google Israel. Previously, Yael served as Pedagogical Director at 'Education Cities' ('Arei Hinuch'), an organization developing and advancing education systems as a basis for citywide development, as well as a stimulus for leveraging local and national change and enhancing and accelerating innovative education processes in Israel. Yael works with educators and local authority leaders, facilitating groundbreaking processes for change in municipal education systems, as well as developing and implementing pedagogical innovation supported by technology. Yael builds internal and external learning processes, connecting them to continuous and ongoing global change and renewal. Prior to her work with 'Education Cities', Yael worked at the 'Institute for Democratic Education', teaching processes of change in schools on the municipal level, alongside her practice as a schools' counselor.

About

Yael is married to Eyal, has three children and lives in Giv'at Ada. She enjoys photography, traveling and playing 'Ingress'.

Education

Yael has a Master's Degree in Educational Counselling from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Yael is also a graduate of the Integrative Psychotherapy program at Tel-Aviv University.

Nimrod Dotan

VP Education, Educating for Excellence

Professional background

Since 2012, Nimrod has served as VP of education for Educating for Excellence an organization committed to bridge the opportunity gap. Educating for Excellence operates programs in Israel’s social and geographic periphery to support children and adolescents. Couple of months ago, Nimrod was appointed as Deputy CEO of the Education For Excellence Organization. Nimrod grew up in the Israeli Scout (Tzofim) movement, where he developed professionally in a variety of roles: chapter (shevet) leader, district education coordinator, district director and went on to serve as the movement's national education director. These days, he continues to volunteer in the Tzofim’s audit committee. During his military service, Nimrod served as a combat engineering officer, and he continues to actively serve in reserve duty in the Israeli Northern Command as a lieutenant colonel.

About

Originally from Haifa, Nimrod resides in Tel Aviv.

Education

Nimrod holds a graduate degree in sociology and anthropology with a focus on organizational development as well as an undergraduate degree in political science, both from the University of Haifa. He also has a teaching certificate from Kibbutzim College. Nimrod is currently working to finish his doctoral thesis at Bar Ilan University.

Hagai Dror

Director, Government to Government (G2G) Health Cooperation Directorate, Ministry of Health in Israel & Managing Director, Healthcare Israel

Professional background

Hagai is the Director of Government to Government (G2G) Health Cooperation Directorate in the Ministry of Health in Israel. Since 2006, Hagai has served in various positions in the Planning, Budgeting and Pricing Branch of the Ministry of Health. Initially, he worked as a budgeting economist, and later headed the team in charge of budgeting at the Ministry’s headquarters. Starting in 2013, he has served as the Deputy Director of the division. In addition, Hagai is involved in, and leads, reforms and central structural changes in the healthcare system, along with entities from the healthcare system and the government.

In 2006, Hagai served as a research assistant at the social sciences database of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, he served as a representative of the Melitz foundation, and he facilitated workshops on Israeli society in schools.

About

Currently resides in Rehovot

Education

Hagai holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Honors Program cum laude from the School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, economics and political science, both from the Hebrew University. Hagai was awarded the David Diego Ladowski Merit Scholarship for Public Policy.

Malca Dror

Public Complaints Commissioner and inspector, Jerusalem Local Council inspector

Professional background

Malca has served as the City Council inspector and the public complaints commissioner since 2011. In this role, Malca manages a 22 -person team and oversees the inspection of local governmental companies, the public complaints as well as the publication of the annual city council inspector reports. In her previous position Malca was the inspector and a member of the board (parallel to vice president) in Bezeq, where she managed all the member communication companies in the Bezeq corporate, in addition to the inspector teams. Malca began her professional career as a research assistant in the research department of the Bank of Israel.

About

Malca resides in Jerusalem. She is the mother of three and a poetry, music and photography enthusiast

Education

Malca has a BA in economy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She analyzes corporative systems and holds several international certificates in corporate inspection from a number of leading establishments.

Rani Dudai

Executive Director at JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance

Professional background

Rani is the Executive Director at JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance. Prior, Rani was the Director of the 'Center for Lay Leadership and Civil Society' at the JDC's 'Institute for Leadership and Governance'. Rani achieved new partnerships at the institute, working towards formulating and strengthening mechanisms for discussion and cooperation between government and civil society, in order to create influential processes and a meaningful network for Israel’s leadership.

In the past Rani initiated and established 'Kedem Children and Youth', an association practicing Family Group Conference (FGC) and community processes for families and children at risk. Rani partnered in formulating the field and integrating it into many government and social settings.

About

Rani is married to Shani, has two children and lives in Ramat Hasharon.

Education

Rani holds two Masters' Degrees: one in Social Work from Bar-Ilan University and the other, an MBA majoring in Management from the University of Haifa. His Bachelor's Degree in Social Work is from Tel-Aviv University.

Gali Shahar Efrat

VP, Social-Business Development, Rashi Foundation

Professional background

After almost two decades in the hi-tech industry in various roles, including project management and business operations, Gali shifted to the social sector in 2014 as CEO of Gvahim, working to strengthen Israel’s human capital via skilled new immigrant. Gali joined the Rashi Foundation in 2018, bringing her experience in both the private and social arenas and her passion for projects that connect the two worlds to create sustainable impact. Gali holds a BA from the Interdisciplinary Department for Social Sciences at Bar-Ilan University and MA in Public Policy Management from IDC Herzliya.

About

Currently resides in Raanana

Education

Gali has a master's degree in government, diplomacy and strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliyah, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Bar-Ilan University. Additionally, Gali studied marketing and digital media and participated in a Directors and Senior Officers Course, both from the “Lahav” Directors Development program at Tel Aviv University.

Motti Eichler

Founder and CEO of Achim Global

Professional background

Motti work focuses on the Haredi community and employment opportunities. In 2005 Motti launched programs to connect young Haredi individuals looking to integrate and find work in the employment sector. Three years ago, Motti expanded his work to focus on entrepreneurship as well as global business opportunities for the Haredi community.

About

Motti lives in Ashdod. He is married to Miri, a science teacher, and is the father of five. In any spare moment he can get, Motti likes to study Gemara

Education

M0tti has religious scondary school education.

Nurit Felter Eitan

Head of the Strategic, Public Relations & International Affairs Department, PUA - Public Utility Authority - Electricity Regulation

Professional background

Nurit is the Head of the Strategic, Public Relations & International Affairs Department of the PUA – Public Utility Authority – Electricity Regulation. She is responsible for representing the Authority, developing and formulating public policy, and branding and setting its public relations strategies. Previously Nurit served as the Plenary Secretary and Spokesperson of the Electricity Regulation. Before that Nurit worked at Yediot Achronot as an economic, political and parliamentary journalist and as the Chief Editor of the student magazine at the Hebrew University. She also headed the Center for Communication and Telecommunications Systems at Intel. Nurit volunteered as a member of the Dror Tali school committee encouraging reading and learning about current issues in Jerusalem high schools. She also edited a newspaper with high school students.

About

Nurit lives in Mevasseret Zion. In her free time she is physically active, and especially loves long distance running.

Education

MA in Political Science and BA in Economics and Political Science, both from Hebrew University.

Yossef Elamor

Founder and CEO of Lana, NGO

Professional background

Yossef is the CEO of Lana, a nonprofit committed to improving education and welfare opportunities in the Arab and Bedouin communities. Since joining Lana in 2017, Yossef has worked to bring new partnerships and opportunities to the Bedouin community. Previously, Yossef worked for Beit Hagalgalin, a nonprofit for people with disabilities in the Bedouin community where he managed their Beit Al’amal program. He began his career in education at the Alfarouk High School in Kuseife.

About

Yossef lives in the Bedouin settlement of Kuseife located in Israel’s Negev region. He is married with four children. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising and going for trips in the countryside.

Education

Yossef has an MA in Education, with a focus on special needs. He also holds a BA from Kaye Academic College in Beer Sheva in addition to multiple certifications in education.

Dani Elazar

Executive Director, Hand in Hand

Professional background

Since 2008, Dani has been a Vice President at the 'Shalom Hartman Institute' and Director of the 'Be'eri’ program for deepening and strengthening a pluralistic Jewish-Israeli identity in the Israeli public education system. Dani is one of the Founders of 'Yachad Modiin', an organization promoting community life based on education and Jewish heritage among families leading different Jewish lifestyles. Between 2004 and 2008, Dani served as the organization’s Director and between 2002 to 2004 and 2010 to 2013 served on the Board of Directors (two years as Chairman). In addition, Dani served as a member of Modiin's steering committees: 'Jewish-Israeli Identity' and the Rochester-Modiin partnership. From 1996 to 2002 Dani was CFO and treasurer at BreezeCOM Ltd. in the private sector. During his military service, Dani served in the 8200 intelligence unit.

About

Dani lives in Reut, enjoys photography and plays basketball in his spare time.

Education

Dani has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Management from Bar- Ilan University and is a graduate of 'Gvanim' school for leadership in education, addressing Jewish renewal in Israel and in the Diaspora based on the core values of Judaism, Zionism and Democracy.

Hila Elimelech

Director of the Services for the Resident Department, Sderot Local Council

Professional background

In 2002 Hila joined the Sderot Council’s social services department as the director of elder services. Last year, Hila was selected to establish and manage services for the city’s residents including the implementation of a hotline for residents and public inquiries department. Hila has introduced new policies to measure municipal standards across departments in the Council. In addition, Hila has spent the past three years advising the Mayor on elder affairs and served as a Sderot council representative in the Western Negev district committee. Hila also works in the classified department for the Israeli policy.

About

Hila lives in Telmei Yosef in the Hof Ashkelon regional council. She and her husband Moshe have three daughters, and in her free time, she enjoys working on integrating healthy living and balanced nutrition.

Education

Hila holds an MA in criminology and a BA in social work, both from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sawsan Elkassem

Judge, Haifa District Labor Court

Professional background

Sawsan serves as a Judge in the Haifa District Labor Court. Sawson helps to develop NII’s legal and judicial policies, playing a key role in spearheading change in the field of social security, in particular around the rights of insured. After nine years of practicing law in the legal department of the Tel Aviv district, she became the manager of the legal department of the northern district. She continues to be a member of Haifa’s civil enforcement team as well as the forum of legal advisers of the district’s government ministries. Sawson helped to establish Assiwar, the first Arab feminist movement of its kind. Assiwar aims to combat violence against women and to advance female empowerment, specifically around employment

About

Sawsan grew up in Rameh in the Galilee and moved to Tel Aviv in 1995. She is married to Marzuk Keezel and has three children. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching quality TV shows with her children.

Education

In her current position, Sawson helps to develop NII’s legal and judicial policies, playing a key role in spearheading change in the field of social security, in particular around the rights of insured. After nine years of practicing law in the legal department of the Tel Aviv district, she became the manager of the legal department of the northern district. She continues to be a member of Haifa’s civil enforcement team as well as the forum of legal advisors of the district’s government ministries. Sawson helped to establish Assiwar, the first Arab feminist movement of its kind. Assiwar aims to combat violence against women and to advance female empowerment, specifically around employment

Fadi Elobra

Founder and CEO, TalenTeam – Placement of Arab Academics

Professional background

Fadi is a serial social-business entrepreneur. He has established and managed a number of successful social impact businesses including Duroos, which aims to make higher education more accessible for the Arab population. He has won several prestigious local and international awards for his work in the field. For the past year, Fadi has been working as the program manager for the Collective Impact initiative. In this role he oversees the strategic direction of the Collective’s activities, integrates new models and tools and partners with local NGOS to maximize impact.

About

Fadi was born in Rahat where he lives today with his wife Dunywa and their child. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family whether it be hiking, traveling or playing at home.

Education

Fadi studied structural engineering with a focus on project management at Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Netanel Elyashiv

Educational Director, Bnei David Eli Pre-Army IDF Preparatory Yeshiva & Writer & Publisher

Professional background

Netanel is the Educational Director of Bnei David Eli Pre-Army IDF Preparatory Yeshiva & Writer & Publisher. Since 2004, Netanel has served as the rabbi and teacher-educator at the Bnei-David Pre-army Preparatory Academy. He is also the founder and publisher of the Torah Building Institute and the Noga Book publishing company. Netanel writes and lectures to various audiences throughout the country about Judaism and current affairs. His columns are published on leading websites, printed media and Shabbat pamphlets. In the IDF, Netanel served as a fighter and commander in the paratroopers’ brigade.

About

Netanel studied in Mercaz HaRav Kook for four years, in the Yeshivat Har Hamor for additional four years, and in the army veterans’ yeshiva in Eli for two years. He holds an executive MPA from Tel Aviv University and a BA in psychology. Currently he is completing his rabbinical ordination certification through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Education

Netanel studied in Mercaz HaRav Kook for four years, in the Yeshivat Har Hamor for additional four years, and in the army veterans’ yeshiva in Eli for two years. He holds an executive MPA from Tel Aviv University and a BA in psychology. Currently he is completing his rabbinical ordination certification through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Ben Erely

Principle, Ein Gedi High School

Professional background

Ben is the Principle of Ein Gedi High School. Before becoming a principle, Ben was a teacher at Boyer School, in charge of the 11th grade homeroom and responsible for teaching Bible and Jewish History classes. Ben has been the Director of the Beit Taylor Community Center and Director of the Adopt-A-Neighborhood program in Kiryat Hayovel, Jerusalem. In his role, Ben developed, advanced and managed programs in a variety of fields for the benefit of the residents of Kiryat Hayovel, among them: education, culture, recreation, community, building and urban planning. Between 2006 and 2011, Ben established and managed the 'Young Communities' department at 'New Spirit' and in 2010 founded the Jerusalem premilitary academy – the 'Jerusalem Mechina'.

Ben served as a Research Officer in an elite intelligence unit.

About

Ben lives in Kiryat Hayovel in Jerusalem.

Education

Ben has a Bachelor's Degree and a Teacher's Diploma from the 'Revivim' program - a training program for outstanding students for teaching Judaism. At present, Ben is completing his Master's Degree in Contemporary Judaism (majoring in Holocaust Studies). Both degrees are from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Moshiko Erez

CEO, Kadima-Tzuran Regional Council

Professional background

Moshiko is the legal advisor on issues of Labor Union real estate assets to the General Cooperative Workers Company of Israel. He is in charge of the legal division, and the Director General’s senior advisor, responsible for the legal handling of hundreds of real estate assets all over Israel, and a member of the company's board of management. From 2006-2012 Moshiko filled a number of positions in the real estate department at Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. law office, personally advising to clients on complex, large scale real estate projects. In 2011, Moshiko established 'The Legal Practice for Senior Citizens' together with Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co. law office and IDC Herzliya, serving as Co-Director of the organization. Moshiko lecturers to students, interns and practicing lawyers on various professional topics in the field of real estate. He also speaks in front of large groups at the 'School for Legal Practice' In the military. Moshiko served as a combat soldier and officer in an operational intelligence unit and is a Major in reserve duty.

About

Moshiko is married to Moran and has two children. He lives in Tel-Aviv and enjoys sports and traveling.

Education

Moshiko has an LL.B from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and graduated the 'Kolot' Fellows Program between 2012-2013.

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Havi Eyal

CEO of the Jordan Valley Regional Council Community Center

Professional background

Since 2010, Havi has served as CEO of the Jordan Valley regional council Community Center (registered association), which is part of the Israel Association of Community Centers’ community center chain. In her role as CEO, she is responsible for all leisure, society and community fields in the regional council: day care centers for infants, after school activities for children and youth, holidays and events – youth center and a center for the elderly, as well as culture and sports at the authority council. Before her current position, Havi served as coordinator of the preschoolers division, and coordinator of the northern branch of the center, and before that she worked as a teacher.

About

Havi lives in Shadmot Mehola with her husband and four children. In her free time, she likes to read, learn and knit.

Education

Havi is an MBA candidate with a sub-specialty in management from Ariel University. She has an MA in administration, accounting and Bible from the Jerusalem College for Girls – Bayit VaGan, and a teacher’s certificate.

Dganit Fahima

Senior Director at the Haredi Sports Department, Jerusalem Municipality

Professional background

Since 2000, Dganit has served as director at the Haredi sports department in Jerusalem municipality’s sports division. She is in charge of all fields of sports and related intramunicipal and extra-municipal interfaces concerning the Haredi sector. She oversees strategic planning, municipal policy making in fields of education for a healthy lifestyle, leads pioneering projects for the entire population in various fields of sports and informal education and strives for collaboration. She works closely with the municipality on issues related to conflict management and resolution.

About

Dganit lives in Jerusalem, with her husband and eight children. Most of her free time is dedicated to sports, conflict resolution, art and cooking.

Education

Dganit has an MA in conflict management and resolution from Ben Gurion University and a BA in educational administration from Bar Ilan University. She also holds a senior teacher’s certificate and a mediator’s certificate. She is an alumna of the UN’s Interpeace Program for conflict resolution, as well as courses for leadership and management, employee empowerment, management psychology, etc.

Rana Fahum

Chief Inspector, Jerusalem District, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Rana is the Chief Inspector at the Jerusalem District's Ministry of Education. Prior to that, in 1998, Rana founded a junior high school for girls in the Abu Tor neighborhood in Jerusalem. She managed the school for 14 years and during that time the school expanded from three classes to 15 and emphasized science, languages and humanist and feminist values. Rana was then appointed to the role of chief inspector of secondary schools for the Jerusalem district. She continues to serve as a referent for principals training in East Jerusalem. Over the years, prior to assuming managerial positions, Rana worked as a teacher and counselor in the Ministry of Education, tutor and teacher’s assistant in the English language school of the Hebrew University and taught ESL courses.

About

Rana lives in Jerusalem. She is married and the mother of three children. She enjoys reading, swimming and studying and is a social and feminist activist

Education

Rana holds a BA in international relations and English linguistics from the Hebrew University. She holds an MA in English linguistics also from the Hebrew University and another master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. Rana is a graduate of the 21st cohort of Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Mohana Farres

Director of the National Programs Division, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Mohana oversees the national programs division for the Ministry of Education. Between 2009 and 2014 he was in charge of education in the Druze and Circassian communities and prior to that, served as the Israel’s northern district’s inspector of the education in the Druze society. After two years of studies in the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Muhana worked in the Ministry’s headquarters in Jerusalem from 2003 to 2007. He worked on the implementation of the Shoshni committee’s report on differential budgeting and was in charge of wages in the economy and budgeting administration. Muhana also founded and managed the Yarka High School for the sciences and the community school in Hurfeish. He began his career in education as a math and computer science teacher at a number of high schools throughout the Galilee region.

About

Muhana holds a BA in mathematics and statistics as well as a master’s degree in managing educational systems both from Haifa University. He is also a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Education

Muhana resides in the village of Hurfeish. He is married to Ghaida and the father of three. In his nonexistent free time, he enjoys reading about the philosophy of science.

Dana Finenik

Mandel Center Fellow, Reform Leader in Professional Education, Employment and Social Affairs Department

Professional background

Dana is a Mandel Center Fellow of the Reform Leader in Professional Education program in the Employment and Social Affairs Department. Previously, Dana served as the executive director of the Dror Educational Centers, where, Dana established a boarding school for youth in Mitzpe Ramon, and a school in Ramla for Arab youth who have dropped out of school. She developed change-making models in public schools, the social school and the Hevrutaim Program. Dana founded Yiftah, a pre-army preparatory program for at-risk youth, helped to open ten kindergartens, led the development of colleges for training of socio-emotional caregivers of the elderly, and helped to launch the Dror Galilee schools for the professionals of the future. Prior to these roles, Dana coordinated and led the construction of ten group homes for children and youth and participated in the establishment of the Human, Society and Nature School in Karmiel and the Eshbal residential facility for at-risk youth. Dana began her career as a homeroom teacher, grade coordinator and a social coordinator in the Ofek School. In 1997, Dana was a part of a group of young adults who founded the educational kibbutz, Eshbal.

About

Dana is a member of the Dor Israel Movement and lives in Tel Aviv with her partner, Oded.

Education

Dana has served as the executive director of the Dror Educational Centers since 2010. In this capacity, Dana established a boarding school for youth in Mitzpe Ramon, and a school in Ramla for Arab youth who have dropped out of school. She developed change-making models in public schools, the social school and the Hevrutaim Program. Dana founded Yiftah, a pre-army preparatory program for at-risk youth, helped to open ten kindergartens, led the development of colleges for training of socio-emotional caregivers of the elderly, and helped to launch the Dror Galilee schools for the professionals of the future. Prior to these roles, Dana coordinated and led the construction of ten group homes for children and youth and participated in the establishment of the Human, Society and Nature School in Karmiel and the Eshbal residential facility for at-risk youth. Dana began her career as a homeroom teacher, grade coordinator and a social coordinator in the Ofek School. In 1997, Dana was a part of a group of young adults who founded the educational kibbutz, Eshbal.

Benny Fisher

Vice President, ATID Education and Schools Network

Professional background

Benyamin is the Vice President of ATID Education and Schools Network. Benyamin was previously the Department Director, at the Administration for Rural Education and Youth Aliyah in the Ministry of Education, where he was responsible for all the pedagogy, budgets and administration of all Israeli boarding schools. Benyamin has focused much of his career in youth education. He served as the Director General of the Yemin Orde Youth Village, as a supervisor at a youth shelter, and managed the Arevin program to train educators and therapists for working with youth at risk at Maale Gilboa Yeshiva. Before that Benyamin established and headed the youth community at Malkishua, headed the Amit daycare centers in Jerusalem and lecturered at the Western Galilee College. Together with his wife, he began his professional career as a foster family for 12 children at Beit Hayeled, a caring home for children removed from their homes due to parental inability.

About

Benyamin lives on Kibbutz Merav with his family.

Education

Ph.D. in Education from the E.L.T.E University in Budapest, MA in Educational Management from Derby University, a BA in Education from the Jerusalem College and a B.Ed.

Roni Flamer

CEO, 'Or Movement'

Professional background

Since 2002 Roni has served as the Founder and CEO of the 'Or Movement'. The movement's goal is to develop and settle the Negev and Galilee areas and work towards a holistic solution for young people and affordable housing in the periphery. Today the Or Movement is a central player in the issue of settlement and housing and partners with the government on decision making involving the periphery and advancing dozens of projects in the Negev and Galilee. Under Roni's leadership the movement has settled approximately 25,000 residents in these areas and has been actively involved in regulation concerning housing and advancing the Israeli geographic periphery. During his military service, Roni served as a combat soldier and Team Commander in the 'Egoz' unit.

About

Roni lives in Yeruham and, in his spare time, likes to draw and sketch.

Education

Roni graduated the 'Yatir' pre-military academy and is among the first class of the 'Otzem' Alumni Program combining agriculture and settlement in the Negev and Galilee with values, morals and learning Torah.

Uri Fleischman

CEO and Head Legal Advisor, Nurses’ Union, Histradrut Labor Federation

Professional background

Uri is the CEO and Head Legal Advisor of the Nurses’ Union, Histradrut Labor Federation. In this role, he advises, serves as a liaison, and deals with ongoing challenges facing nurses. In addition, he advances processes and initiatives on the micro and macro level with various authorities, all with an emphasis on workers’ contracts, professionalism, and the medical sphere. Simultaneously, Uri serves as the legal advisor to the workers’ union of the Clalit Health Fund and to several nonprofits for professional and social advancement. He is also a lecturer. Uri completed his legal internship at the Naomi Landau and Tamar Golan Law offices, specializing in collective (kibbutz) work contracts. He also lectured at the preparatory courses for the Israel Bar’s association exams in labor laws. Uri lectures on training workers’ committees at the Institute for Workers leadership, and previously he was the founder and chairman of the student committee at the Law Academic College and a founding member and spokesperson of the national student associations in colleges in Israel.

About

Uri lives in Kfar HaOranim. In his free time he loves to run, play basketball, listen to all types of music and hike.

Education

BA in Law from the Academic College of Law and a license to work in law.

Roy Folkman

Member of Parliament (Knesset), Kulanu Party

Professional background

Roy is a member of Parliament (Knesset) representing the Kulanu party. From 2013 through 2015, Roy has been an independent strategic consultant specializing in Results-Based-Management and Economic and Community Development in the public sector. Roy came sixth on Nir Barkat's candidates' list for the 2013 Jerusalem Mayoral Elections and from 2008 to 2012 he was Head of Strategic Planning and Policy on Jerusalem's City Council as well as policy advisor to the Mayor. During his studies, Roy was the Students' Association Chair at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was instrumental in the foundation of 'New Spirit' in Jerusalem. In the military, Roy served as a Combat Medic.

About

Roy is married to Kim and has two children. He enjoys camping and hiking, Judaic studies and community and economic development in Jerusalem and the periphery.

Education

Roy has a Master's Degree in Public Policy and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Middle East studies, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Wexner Israel Fellowship graduate with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Orli M. Frenkel

Medical Advisor, Chief Physician’s Office, Clalit Health Services

Professional background

Orli currently serves as a Medical Advisor at the Chief Physician’s Office, Clalit Health Services, as part of her residency in medical administration. At the Chief Physician’s office, Orli focuses on health policy planning and is working on key policy initiatives within the Clalit Health Services. As part of her  esidency, Orli recently completed a one-year rotation as a Medical Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Health, where she took part in major reforms within the healthcare system. From 2010 to 2014, Orli worked as a family physician throughout south Tel Aviv through Clalit Heath Services, first as a resident and then as a specialist. In addition to her clinical work, Orli was responsible for projects to meet the needs of the diverse populations in south Tel Aviv. These include initiatives for smoking cessation and projects to empower patients with chronic illnesses. The Israel Association of Family Physicians awarded one of her initiatives with an excellence prize, and she has gone on to present at conferences in Israel and abroad.Orli is also dedicated to tackling health literacy challenges. She has served since 2011 as a medical consultant to the advisory committee of Telesofia Medical Ltd., an Israeli company that provides tailored medical information to patients through video clips. She is also advancing a national initiative to adapt the medical healthcare system to patient’s health literacy demands. In addition, Orli was a member of the curriculum development team for a number of medical courses, both at Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. As part of her social activism, in the 011 Physician’s Protest, Orli was part of the core team of family medicine practitioners dedicated to strengthening the public primary-medicine system. Orli has also volunteered for initiatives working to minimize gaps in healthcare, both in think tanks and in clinical work. Medical Specialization: Orli is a board-certified family physician. She completed her residency in the Clalit Health Services, and her medical internship at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

About

Orli was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel with her family when she was 15. Orli lives in Tel Aviv with her young son. In her spare time Orli sings in a choir, and if she weren’t a doctor she would be involved in social entrepreneurship.

Education

Orli holds an MD from Tel Aviv University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Orli is studying at Tel Aviv University towards a MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Raz Froilich

CEO, Israel Community Centers Association

Professional background

Raz was recently appointed as Executive Director of 'The Israel Association of Community Centers', a government enterprise owned by the Ministry of Education. Prior to his current position, Raz was Sales Manager for Israel and Eastern Europe at 'Amdocs', the world's leading provider of mission-critical billing and CRM systems. Between 2005 and 2008, Raz was the Executive Director of 'Acharai Follow Me!' - A national social educational organization, working with more than 3,000 young adults, developing leadership skills and promoting social involvement among youth in the socioeconomic periphery. Prior to that, Raz served as the organization's CFO In the military, Raz served as a combat soldier and officer in an elite unit, and today is a Reserve Platoon Commander with the rank of Major.

About

Raz is married with two children and lives in Kochav Yair. He is an enthusiastic triathlete, also experienced in orienteering, rock climbing and scuba diving.

Education

Raz has an MBA Degree majoring in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Finance from Tel-Aviv University and a B.Sc. Degree from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, in Industrial Engineering and Management, specializing in Production and Operations.

Shai Fruchtman

Director of Education Department, Even Yehuda Municipality

Professional background

Shai is the Director of the Education Department in Even Yehuda Municipality and is responsible for all the ages in the education system.

Shai was the director of the elementary and junior high schools’ department in the Netanya Municipality. He managed 53 schools that serve the city’s diverse population groups. Prior to this role, Shai served as the principal of the Ashalim School in Holon for eight years and, together with the school’s staff, was awarded many prizes. Shai was also a lecturer and pedagogic facilitator in the history subspecialty at Kibbutzim College and an educator at the A.D. Gordon School in Tel Aviv.

About

Shai holds a PhD in history and education from Tel Aviv University. He holds a certificate in management of educational systems and management of educational divisions. Shai received an MA in American Studies (education in the 20th century and the influence of social processes) with honors, and has a certificate in teaching history from Kibbutzim College.

Education

Shai holds a PhD in history and education from Tel Aviv University. He holds a certificate in management of educational systems and management of educational divisions. Shai received an MA in American Studies (education in the 20th century and the influence of social processes) with honors, and has a certificate in teaching history from Kibbutzim College.

Tamir Gabai

CEO, Tel Aviv Convention Center

Professional background

Tamir is the CEO of the Tel Aviv Convention Center. Prior to that, Tamir worked for the Institute for Democratic Education as a strategic manager leading change processes in local municipalities. Previously, he managed programs for at-risk children and youth in local municipalities. Tamir began his career with the Israeli Scouts working in a variety of education roles before managing its northern leadership division.

About

Tamir holds a B.Ed. and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College. He has a master’s degree in political science from the Bar Ilan University and he studied for an MA in education administration at Tel Aviv University.

Education

Tamir holds a B.Ed. and a teaching certificate from the Kibbutzim College. He has a master’s degree in political science from the Bar Ilan University and he studied for an MA in education administration at Tel Aviv University.

Gal Gabay

Host of Interviews Programs on Israeli Educational Television, Commander of the IDF's Radio Station (GLZ) Pre-Military Course, and Co-Head of The 929 Initiative

Professional background

Gal is a journalist, the host of a TV news magazine and a documentary filmmaker. Previously, she worked as a reporter and anchorwoman on Channel 2 News. Since 2008, she has hosted the TV news magazine program, Osim Seder, and launched the investigative documentary series Vacuum. Gal won the Sokolov Prize for her investigation uncovering social injustices relating to disadvantaged populations, as well as the Primor Award for television investigations from the Second Authority for Television and Radio. She was also awarded the OMETZ Award. Since 2015, she has headed the 929 Initiative alongside Rabbi Benny Lau. In 2018, she joined the army’s radio station, Galei Tzahal as a commander.

About

Gal lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and their three children.

Education

Gal is currently studying toward a degree in law.

Hadas Gabay-Larom

CEO, Nova Organization

Professional background

Hadas has served as CEO of 'Nova' since 2010, an organization that offers strategic and organizational consultancy to nonprofit organizations in Israel. Additionally, Hadas represents the nonprofit sector at the Prime Minister's Office inter-sector round table. Prior to Nova, Hadas was an independent consultant in the nonprofit and private sectors, facilitating business development in organizations specializing in corporate responsibility.  From 2005 to 2007, Hadas worked as a consultant for 'Shaldor', Israel's leading business and strategic consultancy firm. Hadas served as an observer on the Lebanese border.

About

Hadas is married with one child and lives in Kfar Uria.

Education

Hadas has a Master's Degree with Honors in Environmental Studies from Tel-Aviv University, majoring in the Cost Structure for ‘Green Building', and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - the 'Amirim' program for outstanding scholars.

Hanadi Gabin

Director of kinder garden department ,Municipality of Rahat

Professional background

Since 2016 Hanadi has been the Director of the Early Childhood Department for the Rahat Municipality. As such she is responsible for 200 kindergartens in particular, managing the institutional activities, registration and class assignments as well as fostering pedagogical and social solutions in the system, administration of summer programs and management of human resources. Prior to joining the Ministry, Hanadi directed a kindergarten and coordinated the Pisga in Rahat, the center for the professional development of teachers.

About

Hanadi was born in Tur’an and moved to Rahat after getting married. She and her husband have a son Suliman. In her free time, Hanadi enjoys traveling and getting to know new places.

Education

Hanadi has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Achva College, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education specializing in the sciences from Ohalo College.

Ziad Abu Ganim

Director of Finance, local council Lakiya
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Ziad Abu Ganim

Director of Finance, local council Lakiya

Ronny Linder Ganz

Health Policy Reporter and Columnist, TheMarker – Haaretz

Professional background

In 2008 Ronny joined Haaretz’s Business section, TheMarker, to launch a column on healthcare policy. Since then she has continued to research and write columns on the healthcare system with a focus on economic policies. Previously Ronny was a consumer reporter, researching and writing articles on topics ranging from the cost of living to exposing consumer injustices. Before that Ronny was the assistant to the CEO and Deputy Spokesperson of the Israel Consumer Council. In 2001 Ronny helped to found the Journalists Association and continues to be a member.

About

MA in Labor Studies and BA in Psychology and Communications, both from Tel Aviv University.

Education

Ronny lives in Tel Aviv, and is mother to Beeri, Uri and Gali. In her free time, she loves cinema and literature, especially on the Holocaust, and at every opportunity visits Jerusalem, a city close to her heart.

Eti Geffen

Director of the Community and Welfare Department at the Emek Yizrael Regional Council

Professional background

As director of the Community and Welfare Department at the Emek Yizrael regional council, Eti is in charge of thirty social workers, and works to shape and advance the authority’s social-community policy, and strengthen the resilience of underserved populations. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Shalem Fund, as a representative of the regional councils in Israel. In her previous role, Eti managed the department for social services at Emek Yizrael regional council and Megiddo regional council. Before that, she managed the community service unit at Ramat Gan municipality. In this role, Eti worked to implement and manage municipal community programs and establish municipal welfare services using public participation processes.

About

Eti lives in Shimshit in Emek Yizrael, which she and her family took part in establishing 17 years ago. She is married and has two sons. In her free time, she travels, reads books and works to advance her town.

Education

Eti holds an MA (with honors) in social work in the administration and community work track and a BA (with honors) in social work, both from Bar Ilan University. Eti also took various courses in management, coaching and mediation

Nechami Genis

CEO, Ayalim Foundation

Professional background

Since 2012, Nechami has served as the CEO of Ayalim. Prior to that, from 2011 to 2012, Nechami was the Clients and Operations Manager at the Totem Imaging and Animation company, where she handled business interactions.

From 2004 to 2010, Nechami worked in a number of positions at the Adam Milo Institute. In her last role there, she managed the Jerusalem branch of the organization and served on the board of directors. The position included work plan construction and strategic planning. Prior to that, Nechami managed the Enrichment Center for Children, a unit of the Tzeva Association for “Youth Building a Future”.  While working there, she also worked as a youth counselor at the children’s emergency center in Be’er Sheva.

About

Currently resides in Ashalim

Education

Nechami holds a master’s degree in labor studies from Tel Aviv University, and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Lilach Geva

CEO of Katzrin Local Council

Professional background

Lilach serves as CEO of the local council, head of human resources and women’s advancement consultant to the head of the local council. Before that, she was a regional mentor in the Israeli Association for Community Centers, director of the Katzrin community center and director of Jordan Valley regional community center.

About

Lilach lives in Katzrin with her husband and three children. She spends her free time with her family, and enjoys baking.

Education

Lilach has an MA in systems management and community work and a BA in social work, both from Haifa University. Lilach is an organizational consultant and group facilitator.

Ori Gil

Head of Civil Society Department for Elka Institute for Leadership and Government, JDC Israel

Professional background

Since 2014, Ori has served as the Director of the Civil Society Department at the Elka Institute for Leadership and Government at JDC Israel. As the director, Ori is responsible for a joint venture of seven different government municipalities with JDC Israel. Prior to that, Ori served as the program manager and led policy development processes at the Institute. From 2011 to 2012, Ori worked as a consultant at GIL-GSC Strategic Management Consulting in the BDO group and offered strategic consulting services to a range of companies on a variety of matters. In addition, in 2010, Ori served as the head of a consulting team on the NOVA project for professional volunteerism and volunteered as a consultant to NGOs working to strengthen the younger population in the South. His team was awarded the title “Outstanding Team”.

About

Currently resides in Tel Aviv

Education

Ori earned a master’s degree cum laude in the Honors MBA program at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Ori earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and interdisciplinary studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Ori holds a certificate in mediation and a teaching certificate.

Amir Ginosar

Head of Export and Foreign Trade, Agricultural Department

Professional background

Amir practices in the field of environment and sustainability, serving as a Head of Export and Foreign Trade in the Agricultural Department. Prior, Amir was a consultant to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

In the past, Amir was Head of the community incubator in Tirat HaCarmel and an entrepreneur in the social enterprise (fourth) sector with a renewable energy company, developing social businesses and leveraging local resources. Earlier in his career, Amir served as a product manager for a hi-tech company.

Amir is active in an Israeli-Palestinian peace association (incorporating both Israeli and Palestinian activists), urging leaders on both sides to cease all unilateral actions and blame, and resume negotiations until the conflict is settled.

About

Amir lives in Mesilat Zion, he is married to Noa and a father to Yuval, Neta and Adar. Amir loves hiking, climbing, rappelling and riding his bike.

Education

Amir has an Executive MBA (EMBA) Degree, receiving the Dean's Award for Excellence, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Psychology, both from Tel- Aviv University.

Eitan Ginzburg

Mayor, Ra'anana

Professional background

Eitan is the Mayor of Ra'anana and the Chairman of the city’s building and planning committee. His previous positions were as CEO of a private enterprise, as an advisor to former Member of Knesset, Matan Vilnai and as a communications consultant to the Deputy Defense Minister.

Eitan is Ra'anana's Labor Party's Secretary and in the past was active in 'Hitorerut' (Awakening), a movement advocating equality in sharing the national burden, encouraging the recruitment of ultra-orthodox students to the military and improving reserve soldiers' rights. In addition, Eitan was among the Founders of 'Different Israel', a mass movement for young people that articulated both a vision as well as a strategic plan for creating a better Israel.

About

Eitan lives in Ra'anana, loves listening to Israeli music and reading biographies and history books.

Education

Eitan has a Master's Degree in Political Science from Tel-Aviv University and an LL.B Degree as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Government Studies, both from IDC Herzliya. Eitan is licensed and certified to practice Law in Israel.

Inbar Harush Gity

CEO, Aharai! & CEO "Pnima"

Professional background

Inbar is the CEO of Aharai! and "Pnima." Inbar oversees the day to- day management, strategic planning, fundraising and donor stewardship. Previously, she served as the CFO. Her career in the organization began as a coordinator for a young adult center for social involvement. Inbar’s past professional experience includes roles as CFO and Personnel Manager at Youth Leading Change (Tzeva), Director of Students in Sciences at Hebrew University and as coordinator for counseling groups for soldiers and youth at Gesher. Inbar volunteers for the Educational Leadership Project, helping youth with  educational difficulties and as a teacher focusing on skill development and Hebrew acquisition for Ethiopian Israelis through HaMaayan HaDemocratic organization.

About

Inbar lives in Shoham. She spends her free time doing long distance running, and with her family.

Education

MA in Public Policy in the Honors program and BA in Psychology and Biology, both from the Hebrew University. Inbar has also completed a BEd at the Beit Berl College.

GILI GIVATI

Medical Advisor to Hospital Management, Sheba Medical Center

Professional background

Gili serves as a Medical Advisor to Hospital Management, Sheba Medical Center, as part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management. She initially began working in the office of the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health, and has transitioned to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Previously, Gili served as the Deputy Head of the Neurological Department at the Sheba Medical Center where she was responsible for inpatient care, including liaising with other hospital departments and ambulatory care as well as managing the training program for interns and students. Gili worked as the Medical Director of the Sleep Institute at the Assuta Medical Center, where she oversaw research activities, clinical updates and trainings for new doctors. Medical Specialization Gili is specializing in healthcare management following a residency in neurology and sleep research. She completed her neurology specialization at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and her internship in medicine at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

About

Gili lives on Moshav Eitan, a religious moshav near Kiryat Gat with her husband Marcel, a farmer and their four children. She is secular and prefers the rural lifestyle in the periphery. Gili is involved in her local community and would like to help more youth from the periphery pursue professions in healthcare

Education

Gili holds an MD from the Ben Gurion University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Gili is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Ziad Abu Gnem

Treasurer, Lakiya Local Council

Professional background

Ziad joined the Lakiya Local Council as treasurer in 2000. In this role he manages the council’s finances including budgets, acquisitions, collection, accounting and payroll. In addition, he works as the financial advisor to the head of the council as well as the council’s committee. Previously, Ziad worked for the Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank as a mortgage advisor. Prior to that, he taught math.

About

Ziad lives in Lakiya with his wife Takua and their children Mohammad, Sultan, and Lian. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his children and watching football.

Education

Ziad has an MA in business management with a focus in funding and stock exchange from Ono Academic Center. He has a BA in fiannce and business management from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and another BA in accounting from the Collman College of Management. He is currently in his second year of law school.

Yair Goldman

Director of the Operations Division, Lod Municipality

Professional background

Since 2016, Yair has served as director of the operations division in Lod. In this position, he oversees infrastructure projects, business licensing and work force development. Yair has been working at Lod municipality since 2013, when he took part in the process of transitioning from an appointed committee to the election of the current mayor, Yair Revivo. Before that, Yair worked in security and zone management in the city and in Lod and Kiryat Ono authorities, and managed two nonprofit organizations working in the fields of society and education. Yair serves as a reserve company commander in the armored corps.

About

Yair lives in Lod with his wife and five children.

Education

Yair has an MBA from Ono Academic College, a BA in education and a teacher’s certificate. Yair is also a consultant.

Ofira Goldwasser

Director of Management Human Resources and Welfare Manager Osem Group

Professional background

In her current role, Ofira is the Director of Management Human Resources and Welfare Manager at Osem Group. Previously, Ofira served as the liaison between the CEO and internal and external bodies, and is responsible for government relations as well as regulatory initiatives that impact the company. Prior to her work at Osem, Ofira focused on promoting a culture of professional excellence and performance at Nestle. She led widescale change initiatives across the company’s eleven plants. Ofira served in the IDF as noncommissioned officer in the Education Corps and led educational tours in Jerusalem.

About

Ofira grew up in Rehovot and after completing her BA moved with her husband to the southern town of Arad. The south proved to be an inspirational backdrop for Ofira’s career and commitment to building a stronger Israel. Today she resides with her husband and two daughters in Me

Education

Ofira holds a BA from the faculty of biotechnology and food engineering at the Technion and an MBA from Ben Gurion University. In addition, she was trained as senior mentor in the Osem Group.

Yisrael Golomb

Executive Director of the Kindergartens, Agudat Yisrael, Coordinator of the Forum of Haredi Local Municipalities

Professional background

Yisrael joined the Network as executive director in 2015 and is responsible for 350 kindergartens located in 32 local municipalities throughout the country. In 2005 Yisrael was nominated to manage the forum for local Haredi municipalities. Working with several municipalities he led efforts to promote education, cultural projects and more. Earlier in his career, Yisrael served as bureau chief for Rabbi Yisrael Meir Uri Maklev, a former deputy speaker of the Knesset. As bureau chief Yisrael pursued a number of amendments to consumers’ laws to further benefit all Israeli citizens.

About

Yisrael received extensive religious education and is a graduate of a mediation course with the Gevim Group.

Education

Yisrael received extensive religious education and is a graduate of a mediation course with the Gevim Group.

Ayelet Golomb-Pelner

Attorney, Agamon and Co. Rosenberg and Hacohen.

Professional background

Ayelet has been a managing partner at Agmon & Co., Rosenberg Hacohen & Co. law offices since 2011 and has been at the office as a practicing attorney since 1997. During that time Ayelet also formulated civic education programs and trained teachers for civic education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Gilo Center for Citizenship Democracy and Civic Education. Ayelet was also an 11th grade civics teacher at the 'Giva't Gonen' School in Jerusalem.  Ayelet led the reestablishment of The 'Argentina School' in Jerusalem that was facing closure and served as chairwoman on the schools parents committee. Ayelet served as an instructor for the Education Officers Course, and facilitated educational programs at the Mount Gilo Military Academy for Commanders' Education, Jerusalem.

About

Ayelet is married with three children and lives in Jerusalem.

Education

Ayelet holds an LL.B from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, combined with a unit in Education and is certified and licensed to practice law in Israel.

Yona Goodman

Director- Department of education, Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network in Israel

Professional background

Since 2014, Yona has served as director of education for the Yeshivot and Ulpanot Bnei Akiva educational network. He is also a member of the mamlachti religious education council, the statutory body that oversees Israel's mamlachti religious education policies.

Over the years, Yona has worked both in formal education and informal education. For 12 years, he was active in a national nonprofit organization that assisted communities in processing loss and trauma, especially in the context of terror attacks and wars. He also coordinated a national rehabilitation project for youth displaced from the Gush Katif settlement bloc, served as secretary general of the Bnei Akiva youth movement and more.

Yona worked in a variety of management and teaching positions at the Orot Israel College of Education, including training educators and establishing and managing of the institution for developing educational leadership.

About

Yona was born in the United States. He lives in Peduel with his wife, Bracha, and their six children.

Education

Yona studied in the HaGolan Yeshivat Hesder in the Golan Heights and in the local Kollel. He has a doctorate in education from Hebrew University School of Education. In addition, he has taken dozens of continued education professional courses on a variety of topics from a certification in mediation to annual courses on coping with trauma and disasters.

Dasi Gordon

CEO, Community Administration in Jerusalem, IACC Israel Association of Community Centers Ltd.

Professional background

Dasi is the CEO of Community Administration in Jerusalem, IACC Israel Association of Community Centers Ltd. Previously, Dasi was the CEO of the Neve Yakov Community Administration and was responsible for leading community-wide efforts which range from introducing new,  innovative projects to supporting services and programs including learning centers, civic participation initiatives, youth and elderly clubs, cultural activities, promoting local business and facilities including day care and sports facilities for the community’s 26,000 residents. In her past role of vice president of Nitaza-The Israeli Center for Maternal Health, Dasi advanced awareness of pre- and postpartum depression, trained designated teams, and provided psychological and psychiatric treatments to hundreds of women. In addition to content development, Dasi also led extensive financial reforms to narrow the deficit, increase selfgenerated income, improve cash flow, and build better recovery processes.

About

Dasi lives in Jerusalem. She is married and is the mother of four children: Adina, Udi, Refael and Shuki. Dasi enjoys reading, meeting people, and having interesting debates.

Education

Dasi holds a BA and an MBA (with distinction), with a specialty in finance. She also holds a teaching certificate.

Tali Goren

VP of Regulation and Corporate Communication, Keshet Media Group

Professional background

Tali currently serves as vice president of regulation and corporate communication at Keshet. She is responsible for corporate social responsibility and regulation, overseeing all communication strategies as well as crisis management.

In this role, Tali helped to establish and write Keshet’s company's code of ethics. She also works closely with Roim Rachok, a nonprofit that Keshet founded over a decade prior to connect youth to cinema and television providing consultation and guidance.

Earlier in her career, Tali helped to establish the BIP comedy channel and managed Hed Arzi's public relations department. Previously, she served as spokesperson and manager of the company’s public relations department as well as a senior board member. Tali also serves as a board member at Channel 24.

About

Tali lives in Ramat HaSharon with her husband and their four children. She enjoys reading, long-distance running, good food and good music.

Education

Tali has a graduate degree in law from Bar Ilan University, another graduate degree in political science and political communication from Tel Aviv University, and an undergraduate degree in communication and management from the College of Management.

Vered Goshen

Manager of Urban Redevelopment, Beer Sheva Foundation

Professional background

The Bloomberg Foundation in Be’er Sheva is partnered with the Be’er Sheva Foundation to promote urban renewal efforts. Vered manages the team and provides strategic direction to all initiatives and programs. Previously, she worked as the vice manager of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev managing a budget of more than 100 million shekels. She played a role in the 546 government decision with regard to the Negev and worked on various economic development projects in the area. Previously, Vered served as a senior project manager for the PORI Institute for Market Research and managed research and strategy for global brands.

About

Vered was born and raised in Be’er Sheva. Today she lives in Mishmar HaNegev with her partner Ron and their four children – Shay, Yuval, Ziv and Lior. On weekends she enjoys spending time with her family as well as jogging and hiking.

Education

Vered has an MA in Business Management and a BA with honors in Hotel and Tourism Management both from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Hoshea Gottlieb

Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Hoshea works in the Prime Minister's Office. From 2013 to the beginning of 2015, Hoshea served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Ms. Tzipi Livni, in her term as Minister of Justice and Chief Negotiator with the Palestinians. Prior to that, from 2010 to 2013, Hoshea worked for the Prime Minister’s Office, as the coordinator of the public commission to examine the maritime incident of 31 May 2010 (the Turkish flotilla incident) and as a result engaged in tailoring Israel’s investigation methods to meet international legal standards.

From 2007 to 2009, Hoshea served as an advisor to Ministers of Justice, Professor Daniel Friedmann and Professor Ya’akov Ne’eman. He also held the position of Coordinator of the Israeli Government’s Ministerial Cabinet for Legislation and Law Enforcement. From 2006 to 2007, Hoshea served as an assistant to the State Attorney in the International Affairs Division. From 2004 to 2006, Hoshea worked with Israel’s former Attorney General, Supreme Court Justice Meni Mazuz. During his academic studies, Hoshea served as a research assistant in the field of constitutional law, and as a teaching assistant.

About

Currently resides in Jerusalem

Education

Hoshea holds a Master’s degree from Harvard Law School, and a bachelor’s degree in law cum laude from Tel Aviv University. In addition, he studied in the Hebron Yeshiva and Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Amit Granek

Municipal Programs and Strategy, Russell Berrie Foundation

Professional background

Amit is work on the Municipal Programs and Strategy in Russell Berrie Foundation. Previously, Amit was the Deputy General Manager of Planning and Strategy at the Tsfat Municipality. His position included management of planning and strategy in the mayor’s office, housing and demographic growth and expansion of the tourism industry and business development in the city.

From 2008 to 2012, Amit served as a team leader at the Reut Institute in Tel Aviv, where he worked on promoting economic policy development in peripheral regions of Israel.. From 2005 to 2006, Amit served as project manager at the Sunrise Company, where his responsibilities included writing business plans for high-tech companies requesting funding for research and development purposes from the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Industry and for federal funds from the United States government.

About

Currently resides in Mitzpe Hila

Education

Amit was awarded the Chevening Scholarship from the British Government in 2007, while earning his master’s degree in international public policy from University College London. Prior to that, Amit completed his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science cum laude from Tel Aviv University.

Shmuel Greenberg

Deputy Mayor, Beit Shemesh Municipality

Professional background

Since 2008, Shmuel has served as the deputy mayor of Beit Shemesh and has prioritized advancing culture, education and transportation for the city. He also serves as the director of the Beit Shemesh Community Centers Board and works with government ministries to bring new community center branches and subsidiaries to Beit Shemesh. Before joining the mayor’s team, Shmuel worked as MK Moshe Gafni’s parliamentary advisor and managed the ultra-Orthodox population’s cultural department in the Beit Shemesh municipality. Shmuel also worked for many years as a teacher and educator which included his time as a shaliach in Panama. Shmuel founded Talmud Torah, a school in Beit Shemesh.

About

Shmuel lives in Beit Shemesh with his wife and five children. While free time is rare, any time off, he spends traveling with his family.

Education

Shmuel has an MPA from Hebrew University and an LL.B. from Ono Academic College. He also has an equivalent bachelor’s degree in education as well as a certificate in teaching. He is a graduate of both a mediation and project management course and is a Mandel Laedership fellow

Yoni Greifman

General Manager, Uber Israel, Uber

Professional background

Yoni has served as the General Manager of Uber Israel since 2014.Yoni is responsible for leading regulatory change and opening the transportation market to competition. Previously Yoni was a consultant and project manager for the Boston Consulting Group, focused on finance, technology, transportation and consumer products. Previously, Yoni was an Israel Air Force pilot and hecurrently serves in reserve duty as a combat captain at the rank of major in the Desert Birds Squadron. Yoni has been a tutor and assistant for more than 20 years at the Yedidya Hostel, a residential facility for individual dealing with developmental delays. He is also a co-president of the Wharton Club of Israel and as part of this role, has brought student delegations from abroad to visit Israel.

About

MBA from the Wharton School of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in social sciences and humanities (magna cum laude) from the Open University

Education

Yoni lives in Tel Aviv, is married to Rona and father to Gil. He spends his free time training, reading and spending time with his family.

Shay Gueta

Deputy CIO(budgets and administration), Ministry of Education

Professional background

Since 2010, Shay has been employed by the Ministry of Education in the Telecommunication, Technology and Information Systems Administration, and has served as Deputy Director of the Administration since 2015. Shay is responsible for aspects of budgeting, purchasing, Human Relations, tenders and administration in the areas of technology and computerization. In addition, he chairs the Tenders Committee of the Ministry, participates on the Ministry’s planning forum and is on the team leading change in communal acquisitions. Shay began his career in government at the Ministry of Absorption, in Section A, overseeing the absorption of immigrants from Ethiopia.

About

Shay lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Hagar, and their three children, Nadav, Tamar and Ron.

Education

Shay has a BA in Political Science and Business Administration from the Hebrew University.

Tal Ben Guigui

COO, Nirlat

Professional background

Tal is the COO if Nirlat. Prior to that, Tal was the COO of Brand Industries, one of the leading companies in Israel in the field of production, construction and establishment of national and international projects in the metals industry. While at Brand Industries, Tal managed operations at the production plant in Yeruham, and, at the group’s HQ. He was responsible for driving and implementing cross-organizational processes on the operational level and for the supply chain between the group’s companies. Before this position, Tal served as a senior project manager and regional director at MW Group Israel. While there, he led construction projects in IDF bases in the south and the building of the private power plant, ASE, in Ashdod.

About

Tal lives in Omer, with his wife and three children.

Education

Tal is certified as a PMP by the global PMI, and has a BSc in industrial engineering and management from Ben Gurion University.

Ibrahim Habib

Director, Five-Year Plan for Development of Bedouin Community in the North, Ministry of Social Equality

Professional background

Ibrahim is the Director of a Five-Year Plan for Development of Bedouin Community in the North, led by the Ministry of Social Equality. Ibrahim joined the Prime Minister’s Office as the Director of Regional, Social and Economic Development in 2010. Ibrahim was responsible for formulating government decisions regarding social and economic development for minority populations, alongside economic and social projects. Previously Ibrahim franchised the Helen Doron English program, and opened and managed new branches of the school in the Western Galilee. He also served as the Division Director in the Doctors’ Association for Human Rights and was responsible for organizational activities in the Palestinian Authority zones.

About

Ibrahim lives in I’billin, is married to Shadiya Gerzuzi and father to Ava and Haviv. He spends his free time brewing beer and organizing educational and cultural events at his church in I’billin.

Education

MA in Public Policy with a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Arbitration at Tel Aviv University, and BA in Theater and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University.

Adi Hachmon

Deputy Director of Budgets (Infrastructure), Budget Division, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Adi focuses on formulating policies in the energy market by advancing cabinet resolutions as well as bills and proposals. She is a member of the general assembly of the Electric Authority and the council of the Natural Gas Authority. Adi coordinated the work of the 2nd Sheshinski Committee and worked to implement its recommendations until the bill was passed in the Knesset. Earlier in her career, Adi worked on water issues in the Budget Division and also worked to advance reforms in water and sewage treatment. Adi was a Milken Fellow during which she worked with the Bank of Israel and conducted two research projects on the Israeli capital market over the course of two years.

About

Adi lives in Jerusalem and is married to Dan.

Education

Adi holds a BA in economics and cognitive sciences (with distinction) and an MA in financial economocs, both from the Hebrew University

Ori Hacohen 

CEO of Maof, Center for the Promotion of Small and Medium Size Businesses

Professional background

Ori joined BDO Consulting Israel as CEO of the company’s subsidiary firm in 2016. The firm operates Maof’s services for Ministry of Economy. Ori oversees all services provided to small and medium sized businesses utilizing consultancy services as well as managing training and guidance for employees providing funding solutions. In his previous role, Ori served as the Vice President for business development for Maof and prior to that, he founded and directed VIBE, a corporate consultancy firm. Ori began his career in the Israeli Scouts movement and managed all programming for the Tel Aviv-Jaffa District.

About

Ori was born in Jerusalem and currently residents in Tel Aviv.

Education

Ori has an M.ED in Administration and Education from Tel Aviv University, and a law degree with a specialty in governance from the Interdisciplinary Center in Hertzlyia. Ori is a licensed lawyer and a graduate of Israel tour guiding studies.

Nir Hacohen

CEO, Beit Berl College

Professional background

Nir is the CEO of Beit Berl College, a multidisciplinary academic institute, specializing in the fields of education, culture, art, society and government. Prior to this position, Nir was CEO at the 'Israel Center for Excellence through Education', an association nurturing and advancing excellence through education as well as education for exceptional students. Earlier, Nir served as Vice President at 'Atidim', fostering a strong public leadership in Israel while bridging gaps between the periphery and the center. Nir served for many years as a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force where his last assignment was Flight Academy Commander. Nir continues to serve in reserve duty as a flight instructor.

About

Nir is married to Maya, has three daughters and lives in Ra’anana.

Education

Nir has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Management, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Yafit Haikin

Director, A.T.I.D Israel Program

Professional background

Yafit is a lecturer in the Department for Community Social Work at Ashkelon Academic College. From 2007 to 2013, Yafit was coordinator of the Community Studies Program, and responsible for the students' professional training. Simultaneously she was active in establishing Lod's Residents' Council and served as the Council's coordinator. In the last municipal elections, Yafit led the political movement 'Yachad'. Between 2008 and 2010 Yafit was the coordinator for community resources at 'Elem', a nonprofit organization providing care for youth at risk and in distress. Yafit was in charge of training and education for the organization's community resource managers and for developing an organizational working model enabling the best utilization of communities' resources and for establishing partnerships.

About

Yafit lives in Lod with her husband and children and loves reading.

Education

Yafit has a Master's Degree in Social Work, majoring in Community Management and a Bachelor's Degree with outstanding distinction, both from Bar-Ilan University.

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya

Director - The Project for Arab-Jewish Relations, the Israeli Democracy Institute

Professional background

Nasreen is the Director of The Project for Arab-Jewish Relations in the Israeli Democracy Institute. Since joining the Israel Democracy Institute, Nasreen has focused on the integration of the Arab minority in the employment, higher education and informal education spheres. Nasreen has also spearheaded efforts to integrate Arab teachers in Jewish schools – a joint project of the Prime Minister’s Office, Merhavim Institue and the Ministry of Education.

About

Nasreen is married to Sajer and they have three children, Carmel, Hala and Nil. In her spare time, she is an avid traveler and visits interesting destinations whenever she can

Education

Nasreen is a PhD candidate in social geography in Tel Aviv University. She holds two masters’ degrees – in education and in geography, and a BA in business administration.

Jawhar Halabi

Treasurer, Ariel Municipality

Professional background

Jawhar has served as treasurer in local authorities for thirty years, ten of which he worked at the Ariel municipality, and twenty at Yarka local council in the Western Galilee. In his role, Jawhar is in charge of management of the finance department – including procurement and bookkeeping, collection and payroll.

About

Jawhar lives in Yarka, where he was born and raised. He is married, has four children and four grandchildren. In his free time, he cares for his cactus collection and spends time with his family and friends.

Education

Jawhar has a BA in interdisciplinary social sciences from the Yizrael Valley College. He is also an alumnus of the Financial Management of Local Authorities School in Israel, “local authority treasurer”.

Fayaz Hana

Accountant, In-Charge of Haifa District, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

Since 2017, Fayaz has served as the Ministry of Interior commissioner for the Haifa district. In his role, he is in charge of all fields of municipality in the local authorities, in aspects pertaining to budget, development and administration.

Before that, Fayaz served as deputy commissioner for Haifa district at the Ministry of Interior, while serving as the Chairman of the appointed Committee, filling in for the Chairman of the District Planning and Building Committees.

He is currently the Minister of Interior’s representative in the planning institutions. Fayaz began his career as an accountant, and was previously the auditor of a local council and financial consultant in the municipalities.

About

Fayaz lives in Rameh, in the Western Galilee with his wife and three children.

Education

Fayaz holds an MA in internal and public auditing in local authorities and public organizations from the School of Political Sciences, Haifa University, and a BA in accounting and economics from the Hebrew University.

Michal De Hann

Pedagogic Vice President, Religious (Mamlachti-Dati) Education Administration, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Michal manages the Education Administration’s programming and pedagogic approach to ensure content and curriculum are in line with Ministry standards and objectives. In this role Michal leads two key initiatives focused on special education programming and the absorption of new immigrants. She also develops emotional-social value based education and develops content for training and enrichment activities. Prior to this role, Michal managed the religious, mamlachtidati, education unit at the youth and society administration in the Ministry of Education with a focus on fostering a religious Zionist identity in participants through the integration of a value-based educational curriculum. Michal also served as a supervisor in the central district and managed the leadership field in the religious, mamlachtidati, education administration. Michal began her career as a teacher in the Shomron Ulpana in Elkana where she worked as a homeroom teacher, social education coordinator and matriculation coordinator before being promoted to vice principal.

About

Michal and her husband Yehoshua reside in Peduel. They have eight children and three grandchildr

Education

Michal holds an MA in education leadership from the Lights of Israel College and BSc from Hebrew University. She is certified in teaching, organizational development and coaching.

Fayez Hanna

Superintendent Haifa District, Ministry of the Interior

Professional background

Since 2017, Fayaz has served as the Ministry of Interior commissioner for the Haifa district. In his role, he is in charge of all fields of municipality in the local authorities, in aspects pertaining to budget, development and administration. Before that, Fayaz served as deputy commissioner for Haifa district at the Ministry of Interior, while serving as the Chairman of the appointed Committee, filling in for the Chairman of the District Planning and Building Committees. He is currently the Minister of Interior’s representative in the planning institutions. Fayaz began his career as an accountant, and was previously the auditor of a local council and financial consultant in the municipalities.

About

Fayaz lives in Rameh, in the Western Galilee with his wife and three children.

Education

Fayaz holds an MA in internal and public auditing in local authorities and public organizations from the School of Political Sciences, Haifa University, and a BA in accounting and economics from the Hebrew University.

Limor Harel

The Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Limor has worked at the Prime Minister's Office since 2004. During her years of service, Limor has carried out various roles and field and intelligence assignments, as well as management and instruction positions. During her military service Limor was a fitness instructor for combat soldiers in the Israeli Navy Seals (Shayetet 13). Limor is a graduate of the Wingate Academy for Excellence in Sports, an Israeli record holder in swimming and a former member of the Israeli National Swimming Team.

About

Limor is a former professional swimmer in Israel's national swimming team.

Education

Currently, Limor is a Master's Degree student in Organizational Consulting at Tel-Aviv University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Studies and Management, majoring in Human Resources from The College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS).

Limor Bermann Harms

Supervisor, Ministry of education

Professional background

Since 2012, Limor has served as superintendent for the Tel Aviv District at the Ministry of Education. In this role, she is in charge of self-management and the Marom program which aims to bridge the opportunity gap. She also works closely with new principals and superintends to train them to be effective leaders. Limor aims to improve education on both the macro and micro scales and works to develop collaborations to ensure the betterment and improvement of education for all students.

Previously, Limor worked as a principal of elementary schools in Kfar Shemaryahuand Jaffa. When Limor was principal of the Hashmonaim school, the school won anational education award for excellence in achievements and for teaching multi-cultural values.

About

Limor lives in Even Yehuda with her husband and three daughters.

Education

Limor has a graduate degree in administration and education policy (magna cum laude) and an undergraduate degree in education and Jewish history, both from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate from the Mandel Program for Educational Leadership.

Yael Mazuz Harpaz

Director of the High Skilled Employment Division, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services

Professional background

Since 2015, Yael has served as director of the High Skilled Employment Division at the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In this role, she has created a new position tasked with increasing the supply of human capital to the high-tech industry. In order to achieve these aims, Yael implements programs for the integration of women, Arabs, the ultra-Orthodox and people over the age of 45 into the industry, promoting alternative technology training tracks and more. Before this appointment, she served as an advisor at the Director General's Office in the Ministry of Finance (as part of the Civil Service Cadet Program), a legal intern at the Supreme Court of Israel in the chambers of Justice Esther Hayut, as well as a student in the High Court of Justice Department at the State Attorney's Office. Yael is an alumna of the Civil Service Cadet Program excellence program, and she is a captain in the reserves, after serving in the IDF's 8200 unit for five years.

About

Yael lives in Jerusalem and is a cinema enthusiast.

Education

Yael has a graduate degree in public policy (magna cum laude) and an undergraduate degree in law and economics (summa cum laude), both from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Abed El Jabar Hasdia

Deputy Commissioner of the Capital Market, Insurance and Savings, Capital Market Authority, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Abed is responsible for developing the Authority’s strategy, monitoring annual work plans, partnering with other government bodies and institutional entities and advising on key issues and challenges facing the Authority. Before advising the commissioner, Abed managed the Pensions Department, supervising the fund’s activity and regulation in Israel and promoting initiatives to encourage saving for retirement. For the past five years, Abed has volunteered for Shiur Acher, an organization that promotes equality and encourages meaningful civic involvement in the Israeli public school system.

About

Abed lives in Jerusalem with Hanin and their daughter Aya.

Education

Abed is responsible for developing the Authority’s strategy, monitoring annual work plans, partnering with other government bodies and institutional entities and advising on key issues and challenges facing the Authority. Before advising the commissioner, Abed managed the Pensions Department, supervising the fund’s activity and regulation in Israel and promoting initiatives to encourage saving for retirement. For the last five years, Abed has volunteered for Shiur Acher, an organization that promotes equality and encourages meaningful civic involvement in the Israeli public school system.

Suzan Hassan

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Suzan Hassan

Director of Programs for Arabs and Career Advancement Programs, JDC Israel Tevet

Professional background

At JDC Israel Tevet, Suzan manages program development aimed at promoting employment integration and advancement for the Arab sector.

Suzan has amassed signficant experience with regard to employing disadvantaged populations. Previously, she worked at the Myers-JDC Brookdale Institute working on the integration of disadvantaged populations into the labor force. While at the Institute, she focused on assessing a wide range of programs and tools to aid in workforce integration, pathway programs, employment infrastructure and comprehensive government decisions.

Suzan managed research studies following programs supporting Arab society and impoverished women, from development to government adoption.

In addition to her research work, Suzan has consulted with social and business organizations to tailor  employment programs for disadvantaged populations. She also lecturs on the job market and developing work integration skills at career management units in academic institutes in Jerusalem and southern Israel.

About

Education

Suzan holds a graduate degree in law from Bar Ilan University, another graduate degree in political communication from Tel Aviv University, and an undergraduate degree in communication and management from the College of Management.

Suad Hasson

Internal Auditor and Examiner Public Appeals, Daliyat al-Karmel Council

Professional background

Suad joined the local council in 2002 as internal auditor. In this role she is tasked with oversight identifying strategic flaws and offering procedural shifts. She is responsible for workflow and strategic improvements to ensure residents are receiving adequate services. In addition, Suad manages the council’s public appeals. Earlier in her career, Suad served as the examiner of the Carmal City Council after spending her formative professional years as a lawyer working in Haifa.

About

Suad lives in Daliyat al-Karmel. She is married with two children. Suad participates in several steering teams and community forums that work to improve private and communal quality of living. In her free time she likes travelling to new destinations and learning about new cultures.

Education

Suad holds an MA in local government from the University of Haifa and a BA in law from the University of Liverpool. She is certified in programs ranging from women’s promotion in the workforce to mediation, senior payroll accounting and managing public companies.

Adel Hatib

Deputy Director Northern District, The Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC)

Professional background

As the Deputy Director of the northern district, Adel is responsible for the professional and strategic direction of 34 community centers in a variety of communities including towns, villages and regional councils. For 15 years prior, Adel was the director of the Tamra Community Center where he founded new centers for preschoolers, teens, while advancing culture, music and arts as well as a healthy lifestyle, learning center. Adel is a social activist who volunteers with vulnerable populations seeking medical assistance. He is the co-founder of Let The Needy Live, a non-profit that raises funds and provides assistance to people in need of transplants and medical equipment.

About

Adel is a resident of the town of Tamra. He is married to Yasmin and has three children, Yazan, Malik and Sara. He is a nature enthusiast and in his leisure time he plays sports and makes honey.

Education

Adel holds an MBA and BA in mathematics and computer science both from Ben Gurion University in the Negev. He is a graduate of the Hesche

Lior Zorno Heffes

CEO,Tozeret Ha’aretz

Professional background

In 2015 Lior was appointed CEO of Tozeret Ha’aretz, which is part of the National Union of Israeli Students. Tozeret Ha’aretz aims to create activist communities in Israel’s geo-social periphery by encouraging young citizens to create community in rural parts of Israel. In this role, Lior oversees the organization’s strategic direction as well as maintaining ongoing programming and all collaborative efforts with the nine participating local authorities and five academic institutes. Prior to joining Tozeret Ha’aretz, Lior managed the student communities of Lod for Ayalim, another nonprofit organization.

About

Lior lives in Lod and lives a life that integrates both secular and religious aspects. She is married to Nathan and they have two children, Elyai and Lavi. In her spare time she enjoys exercising and participating in the Mamanet league.

Education

Lior has an MA in honors in organization development from the Collman College of Management as well as a BA with honors in behavioral sciences from the Academic COllege of Tel Aviv- Jaffa.

Tomer Heimann

Head of Engineering Administration, Ra'anana Municipality

Professional background

Tomer is the Head of Engineering Administration in the Ra'anana Municipality. Previously, Tomer began his professional career at the 'Israel Land Authority' in the planning division. He was then appointed to the Ministry of Interior planning administration to coordinate local committees as planning team leader.

During his military service, Tomer was Commander of a combat team in the 'Shaldag' unit and serves as such in his reserve duty.

About

Tomer lives in Moshav Shilat, is married to Shani and a father of two children.

Education

Tomer has a Research Master's Degree in Public Administration and Urban Planning and a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tomer is a graduate of the Atidim Cadets Program for Public Service.

Ori Herman

Manager, Cybereason TLV Site

Professional background

Ori is the Manager of Cybereason TLV Site. In his previous position, Ori served as a Senior Director for National Projects at the Prime Minister's Office. He led strategic planning and implementation of projects that drive socio-economic growth, such as the national task force for transferring strategic IDF base to the Negev, the national initiative to strengthen trade relations between Israel and India, the national program for public sector talent development and more.

Prior to that, Ori served as VP for Business Development at DC Holding Group. In addition, Ori served on the board of directors of an additional subsidiary and managed exit transaction creating significant gains for the group.

Prior to DC Holding Group, Ori served as the project manager at Siemens Renewable Energy Division. In the years between his release from the IDF and his job at Siemens, Ori served as the CEO of Misdar Tov (NGO), which focuses on meaningful community service programs in under-served Israeli towns. Ori continues to volunteer as a member of the foundation’s board of directors. In addition, Ori serves as an active member of Tel Aviv municipality's operation committee. Ori lives in Tel Aviv and completed his military service in an elite unit of the IDF at the rank of major.

About

Ori currently resides in Tel Aviv

Education

Ori holds an MBA in Financial Engineering and Banking from the Hebrew University and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

Moshe Hershkovitz

Principal of the Pardes Hanna Agricultural School

Professional background

Moshe is the Principal of the Pardes Hanna Agricultural School. For the past 4 years Moshe has managed the ORT Zeil in Lod. Before joining ORT, Moshe managed the legal clinic for  monetary law in Bar Ilan University and was a member of the Board of National Clinicians. Previously, he taught at the Hesder Yeshiva in Petach Tikva and in a kolel, an institute for full-time, advanced study of the Talmud and rabbinic literature in Mevaseret Zion. Moshe is the founder of a religious study program, Beit Midrash, for Hebrew law in the Academic Center of Law and Science.

About

Moshe resides in Nehalim. He is married to Tamar, a social worker, and together they have seven children. Moshe is the author of two books; one about teaching Talmud in Rabbi Kook’s Mishna, 2007 and the second is a compilation of the work of Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog on the main institutions of Jewish law 2016. Moshe is at work on his third book, which will explore the spirit and values of the IDF. In addition, Moshe lectures on Jewish philosophy, law and education at local colleges.

Education

Moshe has a PhD in law from Bar Ilan University with a focus on the philosophy of law and Jewish law. Mos

REVITAL LEVI HEVRONI

Deputy Director General, Soroka Medical Center, Clalit Health Services

Professional background

Revital currently serves as the Deputy Director General and Department Head for Risk Management at the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. Previously Revital was the Medical Administrator for Clalit Health Services in Jerusalem. She was responsible for the advisory medical services and independent medicine in the district, as well as the appeals unit, investigations committees, and coordinating emergency shifts for the district. Previously Revital coordinated pediatric medicine for Jerusalem’s district and prior to that ran Yeruham’s Health Fund Clinic.

About

Revital was born in Jerusalem and lives in Yeruham. She is married to David, and has five children and one grandson. If she were not a doctor, Revital would have been a singer. Revital serves as the chairperson of Partnership 2000, a city-to-city partnership between Yeruham and Miami. In this role she has led volunteer groups, set policies and managed budgets for programs funded by the Miami community. For the past five years, Revital been learning in a medical professional course with Kolot, a pluralistic Bet Midrash in Israel. Revital volunteers for reserve IDF duty at the Be’er Sheva city office.

Education

Revital holds an MD and Masters in Healthcare Administration from Ben Gurion University. Revital is qualified by the Ministry of Health to diagnose and treat attention deficit disorders, and has graduated from a three-year course in adolescent medicine at Tel Aviv University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Revital is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Yael Heymann 

City Architect, and the Mayor’s Advisor on Women’s Issues, Beit Shemesh City Council

Professional background

Yael has served as an architect for the city of Beit Shemesh since 2000 and is responsible for the city’s urban planning policy as well as its infrastructure master plan. Previously, Yael served as the director for both the Ramat Beit Shemesh Administration Department and the Beit Shemesh Water Corporation. Since 2016, Yael has also served as the mayor’s advisor on the status of women.

About

Yael lives in Beit Shemesh with her husband Moshe. She has six children and four grandchildren. In her free time, Yael travels in Israel and in Brazil where her extended family lives.

Education

Yael holds a master’s degree in land and real estate and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning, both from the Technion. She is also a licensed real estate appraiser.

Daniel Hirshberg

General Manager, Daat

Professional background

Since 2016 Danny has served as the CEO of Daát, previously known as Torah U'Melacha. Today, the association is broadening its scope to focus on education, pedagogy and vocational training. Danny has long been a member of the Bnei Akiva youth movement and went on to serve in a number of positions before serving as the secretary general of the movement. He later worked as the deputy director of the educational network of Bnei Akiva yeshivas and ulpanas (religious girls’ high schools).

About

Danny was born in Tel Aviv, and lives in Talmon with his wife Noa and their five children. He is also the grandfather of two. In his free time, he researches the Holocaust and leads youth trips to Poland.

Education

Danny graduated from a Yeshivat Hesder. He has a master's degree in Jewish History from Haifa University and a B.Ed in teaching from Jerusalem College. In addition, he completed studies toward a teaching certificate and completed the Cornerstone Program for Managers. Danny was certified as a guide for youth delegations to Poland.

Dorit Hizi

Social Science Doctorate Candidate

Professional background

Dorit is a Social Science Doctorate Candidate. Dorit is also the Founder and former-CEO of an engineering consultancy firm, providing consultancy services to industries in Israel and worldwide.

Dorit is involved in a number of social projects, advancing equality for women and improving women's status in the workplace. She is also part of establishing of a social network for women holding groundbreaking positions and consults to 'Talpiot' - the IDF elite training program, for recruits who have demonstrated leadership potential and outstanding academic achievements in science.

About

Dorit is married to Elad and lives in Tel-Aviv.

Education

Dorit has an MBA Degree with Honors from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, acquired during her military service as a 'Talpiot' recruit. Currently, Dorit is studying for her Ph.D. Degree in Life Sciences at Tel-Aviv University.

Shahar Rachela Horev

Head of the Strategy and Planning Unit, CIBT Ministry of Defense

Professional background

Shahar is Head of  the Strategy and Planning Unit at SIBAT Ministry of Defense. In 2012 she established the division that is tasked with establishing policy and providing resources and tools to small and medium -size defense industries. In hers current role Shahar has led efforts to maximize the potential of defense exports by managing competitive intelligence and identifying global trends and business opportunities. She oversees organizational ethics and the quality in SIBAT - The International Defense Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defense. Shahar served as the business attaché in the Israeli embassies in Paris and in Lisbon on behalf of the Ministry of Economy. She also has experience in the private sector in China and in Europe.

About

Shahar lives in Mevasert Zion. She is married and has two sons. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the arts.

Education

Shahar holds an MBA (marketing and entreprenuership specialty) and a BA in business administration and international relations (with distinction) from Hebrew University in Jeusalem. Shahar is also a graduate of the industrial entreprenuership and management program – a unique project of Stef Wertheimer and the business administration school of Tel Aviv Univerity. She also completed a group facilitation course at the Kibbutzim Seminar College.

Yarden Ben Horin

Head of Students’ Division, Davidson Institute of Science Education

Professional background

Yarden has led the Students’ Division of the Davidson Institute of Science Education since 2014. Yarden’s department manages targeted science education activities for high performing students, broader activities for the general student population and additional programs for atrisk students. Before joining the Davidson Institute, Yarden managed the Six Year Schools’ Network at the Branco Weiss Institute and ran the first Branco Weiss school for at-risk youth. He continues to work as a facilitator for various workshops and is the author of the book Inventive Thinking published by Branco Weiss. Yarden taught chemistry at the Israel Center for Excellence through Education and in schools throughout Jerusalem including a course for teachers-in-training for Hebrew University’s education  epartment. Before transitioning to education, Yarden worked in high-tech as a programmer and project manager.

About

Yarden has an MA in analytical chemistry from the Hebrew University and a BSc in chemistry from Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Education

Yarden has an MA in analytical chemistry from the Hebrew University and a BSc in chemistry from Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Itay Ben Horin

Founder and CEO, Ben Horin & Alexandrovitz Strategy, Communications and Crisis Management

Professional background

Itay is the Founder and CEO of Ben Horin & Alexandrovitz, one of Israel's largest firms in the field of strategic communication and crisis management, representing commercial, public and social organizations. In 2000 Itay established 'Hitorerut' (Awakening) - a movement striving to achieve equality in sharing the national burden, by recruiting ultra-orthodox students to the military and improving reserve soldiers' rights. In 2002, Itay founded 'Different Israel' – a mass movement for young people that articulated both a vision and a strategic plan for creating a better Israel, and in 2006 he was among the Founders of 'The Israeli Forum for Equal Rights and Obligations', leading the successful struggle to abolish the 'Tal Law'. Itay also authored a number of books including: Newton Died a Virgin, Generation, and The Battle over Military Service: The Story of Ultra-Orthdox Army Enlistment, all published by Zemora Bitan. During his military service, Itay served as a combat soldier and Commander in the 'Maglan' unit.

About

Itay lives in Tel- Aviv with his wife Liran and daughter Eshkol. He enjoys reading, basketball and theater.

Education

Itay has a Master's Degree with Honors in Public Administration and an LL.B Degree, both from Tel Aviv University.

Ehab Hoseen

Deputy CEO and Chief Resource Officer, Babcom Centers

Professional background

Ehab is the Deputy CEO and Chief Resource Officer at Babcom Centers. Ehab joined Babcom Centers in 2008 as the Vice President of Customer Relations and managed a staff of 2,000 employees and 120 directors. He also designed and developed service strategies and was responsible for their integration. Ehab also served as an advisor for the building and adaptation of service policies to several companies in the Israeli market. Previously Ehab served as the Head of the Representatives at the training academy at Cellcom. He started his career in the field as a team member at Hot. Ehab is a social activist leading workshops and lectures on professional topics ranging for management to personal empowerment.

About

Ehab lives in Nazareth with his wife Narges and children Karem and Jude. He spends his free time mountain biking, and playing soccer and other competitive sports.

Education

Ehad has an Engineering degree in Industry and Management, with a specialization in production systems

Inbar Hurvitz

Director of Collective Impact Sheatufim
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Inbar Hurvitz

Director of Collective Impact Sheatufim

Professional background

Inbar runs the Collective Impact department at  Sheatufim.In this role, she promotes tri-sector collaboration between organizations in the public , business and volunteer sectors as a strategy for social influence. She also manages the 5×2 initiative, aimed at expanding the circle of excellence in science education. She previously served as the CEO of the Tirat Carmel Community Foundation, a non-profit organization operating innovative models of social entrepreneurship and local inter-sector collaborations.

Previously, Inbar lived in the United States and worked, at the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco where she focusd on the design and implementation studies for social organizations and philanthropic foundations in California. During her studies at Hebrew University, she worked as a research assistant at the Israel Democracy Institute.

About

Education

Inbar has a graduate degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy, the University of California, Berkeley, and both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in political science from Hebrew University.

Tair Ifergan

Head of the National Institute for Technology and Science, Ministry of Economy and Industry

Professional background

Tair recently became the Head of the National Institute for Technology and Science, the governmental body responsible for regulating the training of engineers and technicians in order to properly address the needs of the economy and maintain standards. Previously, Tair in a number of positions in the Ministry of Economy and Industry including the Senior Advisor to the Director General at the Ministry of Economy where she was responsible for formulating and navigating the director general’s policy, taking part in the planning, leading and management of diverse projects. In her previous positions Tair served as the Senior Deputy to the Deputy CEO for Human Resources and Head of Projects at the office for the development of the Negev and Galilee. Before that Tair completed her internship in the security policy department of the Ministry of Defense and served as an assistant to the Prime Minister’s economy advisor.

About

Tair lives in Mazkeret Batya with her husband Yehuda and two daughters. In her free time she loves to read, go on trips, spend time with her family and learn about art.

Education

MA in Public Policy at the Tel Aviv University and a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University

Inna Shugaev

Head of Acute Geriatrics department Fliman Geriatric Hospital

Professional background

IInna has managed the Acute Geriatrics A Department at the Geriatric Hospital in Haifa since 2015.

She also is a member in the Israeli Geriatrics Association, which she joined in 2005. From 2012 to 2015 she served on the association's audit committee. In addition, Inna lectures at the Technion School of Medicine, advises students and teaches in geriatrics training courses for physicians in retirement homes on behalf of the Ministry of Health.

Previously, Inna served as the chief physicians at the  internal medicine department(1A) at the Carmel Medical Center. Before that she was a senior physician in the internal medicine division of the Medical Center and a senior physician in the Western Galilee - Haifa districts' geriatric clinic of Clalit Health Services.

In 2015 Inna won an award for her outstanding contribution to the teaching of geriatrics from the Technion School of Medicine.

Inna specializes in internal medicine and geriatrics. She completed her residency in geriatrics at the Fliman Geriatric Hospital in Haifa, and internal medicine residency at Carmel Medical Center. She completed her internship in medicine at the Bnei Zion Medical Center in Haifa. Inna is also a graduate of a three-year course in psycho-geriatrics from Tel Aviv University.

About

Inna lives in Kiryat Motzkin with her son. In her free time, she enjoys listening to jazz music and to traveling both in Israel and abroad.

Education

Inna has an MD from the Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy. In the Inbar program she is studying for an MBA with a specialization in Heath Services Administration, at Tel Aviv University.

Ya’Ara Issar

Head of public infrastructure planning and development, the Unit for the Development of East Jerusalem, the Office of Jerusalem at its Heritage

Professional background

In her current role, Ya'ara is tasked with reducing social gaps and inequality in East Jerusalem through utilizing employment, financial and infrastructure development opportunities. Ya'ara also works as a researcher for the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research with a focus on mapping the needs and planning policy initiatives for East Jerusalem neighborhoods. In her work, Ya'ara also designs initiatives for cross-ethnic encounters. In 2017 Ya'ara served as a moderator and advisor for the infrastructure development team for East Jerusalem Leaders for Change, a program that aims to train government and council employees in senior positions. Previously, Ya'ara worked in the Jerusalem mayor’s office as a project manager focused on East Jerusalem.

About

Ya'ara grew up in Ma’ale Gamla in the Golan Heights and today makes her home in Jerusalem.

Education

Ya'ara holds an MA with honors in industrial design from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design with a speciality in social design. Her BA, also with honors, was in sociology and anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ya'ara is a graduate of a United States government based leadership program.

Udi Izak

Director, Education Department, Megilot Dead Sea Municipality

Professional background

Since 2002 Udi has served as the Director of Education Department at Megilot Dead Sea Municipality. Before that, he served in education and Israeli geography related positions in a youth movement, a kibbutz and various organizations. He is an alumnus of HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed (NOAL), and was a guide in Nahal groups. Udi also worked as a town education manager, organizational consultant to education institutions, teacher, field trip and workshop guide, and dealt with research of the Dead Sea region’s history.

About

Udi grew up in Ramat Yishay in Yizrael Valley. He has been a member of Kibbutz Almog in the northern area of the Dead Sea since 1996.

Education

Udi holds an MA in political sciences from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in social sciences from the Open University. He also has a teacher’s certificate.

Yonit Jacobovitz

CEO,Karev Education Program

Professional background

Since 2014, Yonit has served as the CEO of the Karev Education Program. Karev works to close the achievement gap in the Israeli education system. In this role, Yonit oversees the operation of enrichment lessons for 290,000 school children from all sectors of the population through 120 local authorities.

Previously, Yonit co-founded Afikim with Rabbi Dr. Danny Tropper as well as managed programs that integrate religion and value-based standpoints to empower school children. In addition, she founded the six-year Ruth Korman Pelech school in Kiryat Ekron, an integrative feminist orthodox school for girls.

About

Yonit participated in Gvanim, an initiative that promotes Jewish pluralish in Israel. She has also been involved in Lechidut Hevratit (social cohesion), a program for bridging divides in Israeli society, and Manhigut Lelo Gvulot (leadership without borders), an organization dedicated to strengthening ties between Israel and Jews abroad. She volunteers as a trainer for schools' principals and gives lectures.

Education

Yonit has a graduate (MBA) degree in business administration from TVU London, an undergraduate (BSc) degree in physics from Bar Ilan University and another graduate (MEd) in education management from Herzog College. She is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Yousef Abu Jaffar

Treasurer, Hura Regional Council
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Yousef Abu Jaffar

Treasurer, Hura Regional Council

Samah Heib jaljoli

Director of the Rayan Regional Center, Tira – Al-Fanar

Professional background

Since 2014, Samah has served as director of the al- Fanar Rayan Regional Center in Tira. Al-Fanar promotes Arab employment, in particular for women. In her role, she focuses on projects to recruit Arab candidates for placement or training, as well as budget and collaborative partnerships. Samah began her work at the Rayan Center in Tira in 2013 as head of employer relations. The position included identification of employment opportunities and relevant employers, supporting recruitment processes, their moderation and removal of obstacles as well as initiation and organization of business events. Before that, she worked as a lawyer in the municipal field at Rabi Law Firm.

About

Samah lives in Tira, with her husband and daughter, Dana. In her free time, she likes horseback riding.

Education

Samah has an LL.B and an MA in government from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Mariam Kabaha

Commisioner of Social Equality at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services

Professional background

At the end of 2015 Mariam appointed as the new Commisioner of Social Equality at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Servicess. Prior to that, between the years 2010-2015, Mariam has served as the Regional commissioner for Haifa and Northern districts, at the Equal Employment Opportunities commission (EEOC) of the Ministry of Economy. The EEOC aims to provide solutions for the challenges that arise in all issues relating to the enforcement of equality laws. Between the years 1999-2010, Mariam worked as a partner at a private law office in Haifa that dealt with a variety of areas of commercial, civil and administrative law. Mariam has worked as an attorney in the fields of tort law and security law. Earlier, Mariam worked as an attorney in the Meir Barak Law Office, mostly in the field of tort law and security law. During her studies, Mariam served as a PERACH Foundation Coordinator and managed a network of 60 students, who volunteered as tutors and mentors for elementary school students and children of prisoners.

About

Currently resides in Haifa

Education

Mariam holds a Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Haifa. She participated in various courses and programs in leadership; the Leadership Training program “X-change for Competence” (shared by the German-Israeli Future Forum and the Bertelsmann Foundation), the “Twinning” project by the European Union and the Leadership Development course run by the Ministry of Finance.

Ghalia Abu Kaff

Vice President, Rayan Center in the Negev, Alfanar

Professional background

Ghalia is the Vice President of the Rayan Center in the Negev, Alfanar. Prior to moving to this position, Ghalia served as the assistant director of the Ryan Center. A joint project of the Ministry of Economy and JDC Israel, the Ryan Center promotes employment opportunities for Bedouins in Israel’s southern region. The Center is operated by Al-Fanar, an Arab-led social venture specializing in workforce development. Before taking on the role of assistant director, Ghalia managed the beneficiaries’ division and oversaw the community department where she developed a model to encourage the integration of Bedouin workers across communities.

About

Ghalia lives in Um Batin and is the mother of five children.

Education

Ghalia is a PhD candidate in communications at Ben Gurion University. She holds an MA in public health, a BSW, and a B.Ed. all from Ben Gurion University

UDI KALINER

Deputy to the Head of Public Health Services, Ministry of Health

Professional background

Udi currently serves as the Deputy to the Head of Public Health Services at the Ministry of Health as part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management. He is responsible for handling diverse routine and emergency issues in public health. Udi also served as the Assistant to the Head of Public Health Services and was involved in the promotion, management and support of several areas pertaining to public health.While completing his studies, Udi worked as a technician in a clinical laboratory and at the blood bank at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. As a young adult, he volunteered for Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross) as a shift manager in a Jerusalem branch. Medical Specialization: Udi is specializing in healthcare management, following a residency in public health. He completed his specialization at the District Bureau of Health in Tel Aviv. As part of this rocess he worked in a variety of roles, including public liaison, epidemiological analysis of crib death in the istrict and epidemiological investigations. He completed his internship at the Hadassah Medical Center and was chosen as the Outstanding Intern.

About

Udi lives Jerusalem with his wife Ariella and their three daughters. He loves to do cryptic crossword puzzles and play bridge. If he weren’t a doctor he would be a historian or an economist.

Education

Udi holds an MD and Masters in Public Health, summa cum laude, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Udi is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Sigal Kanotopsky

CEO, Olim Beyahad

Professional background

Sigal was recently appointed as Executive Director of 'Olim Beyahad', an organization working towards the successful integration of Ethiopian Israelis into mainstream society. Prior to that she served as the organization's Director of Development and Deputy Director. Sigal has served as a Jewish Agency representative on numerous short term assignments abroad, visiting Jewish congregations all over the world meeting with various groups comprised of school and university students, business people and politicians. She has spoken about Israeli society with an emphasis on Aliyah and immigration to Israel and the absorption of the Ethiopian community into the Israeli society. In the military, Sigal served as a Communications Officer in the Northern Command with the rank of First Lieutenant.

About

Sigal is married with four children and lives in Tzofim. She loves different people and cultures.

Education

Sigal has a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution, Public Policy and Mediation from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Sigal participated in an American Embassy Leadership Delegation and a management course run by 'Olim Beyahad‘ and 'Check ' Point Software Technologies.

Hila Kaplan 

Director of the Urban Beautification Department at the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council

Professional background

Hila first joined the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council in 2012 as a project coordinator in the Urban Beautification Department. Hila spearheaded a project devoted to waste separation which was the first of its kind in Israel. She went on to manage the council’s waste treatment efforts where she worked closely with construction managers, governmental institutions including the Ministry of Defense, the Israeli Prison Service and nonprofits committed to environmental protection. Today, Hila manages the Environmental Protection Department overseeing all sanitary and environmental aspects for the council as well as managing collaborative projects with government agencies to promote environmental projects throughout the municipality.

About

Hila lives in Kadesh Barnea, a town close to the Egyptian border. She and her husband Topaz have three daughters. In her spare time, Hila enjoys volunteering for local committees as well as hiking and singing.

Education

Hila holds a BA in oceanography and environmental science with a specialty in biotech from the Ruppin Academic Center. She is currently working toward a MA in biotech and agriculture at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Yoram Karin

Head of Council, Emek Mayanot (Valley of the Spring) Regional Council

Professional background

Yoram is the Head of Council, Emek Mayanot (Valley of the Spring) Regional Council. Previously, Yoram was elected at Mayor in 2009. In his role, Yoram formulated a strategy and a vision for the council and together, with the senior managers team, led an inclusive regional growth process as well as regional and cross-sectoral collaboration and advances in education, community development, economic growth and employments.

Yoram served for two years as the deputy head of the regional council. Before that he founded a major factory in Emek Mayanot. From 1990 to 2000, Yoram served as the coordinator for kibbutz Kfar Rupin where he initiated a positive and comprehensive change in the kibbutz’s lifestyle.

About

Yoram has a BA in agricultural economics and administration from the Agriculture School of the Hebrew University.

Education

Yoram has a BA in agricultural economics and administration from the Agriculture School of the Hebrew University.

Musa Karini

Development Director of Youth Programs in Arab Society, Elem NGO

Professional background

Musa is the Development Director of Youth Programs in Arab Society, under the Elem NGO. Elem is a national program committed to providing assistance to troubled and at-risk youth. Before that Musa served as the manager of 'Finjan', Network of Centers for Youth at Risk in the Bedouin community, also under Elem NGO. Musa is responsible for a number of organizations that work with at-risk adolescents and young adults in the Bedouin community and brings these organizations together to establish a professional network for facilitating learning and networking. Previously, Musa served as the coordinator for community and employment development for the Rahat Council. In this role, he developed the career advising center and helped to facilitate the development of 100 positions for young people within the council. Musa is a founder of the Almahabash Theater of the Negev.

About

Musa lives in Rahat with his wife and five children. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and reading.

Education

Musa has an MA in Organizational Development with a focus on educational and business institutions from Ono Academic College and a BA in Education and Political Pcience from Sapir Academic College

Aharon Karish

MAOZ Fellows Program Director

Professional background

Since 2010, Aharon has served as the Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategic Development at AMIT – the network of religious, Zionist educational institutions, where he is responsible for the network’s strategic processes, intra-managerial operations and the creation of a comprehensive organizational strategy. While working in the AMIT network, from 2008 to 2012, Aharon volunteered as the Chairperson of the Talmon municipal secretariat. Prior to that, Aharon established and directed AMIT’s 6-year high school program 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. Aharon previously served as a facilitator and class coordinator at the AMIT High School in Ramat-Gan.

About

Currently resides in Talmon

Education

Aharon holds an MBA with a focus in integrative management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, Aharon holds a master’s in law with a specialization in the study of conflict resolution and mediation as well as a bachelor’s degree in law, both of which he earned from Bar-Ilan University.

Raz Karny

CO Chairman, Institute for Joint Israeli Leadership

Professional background

Raz served in the IDF for 28 years, first serving in command and training positions and later as an officer and commander at the IDF's Education and Youth Corps. Significant roles include the command of the Havat HaShomer Education Base as well as command of the IDF's largest education base, Michve Alon (Alon Education and Instructional Center). In addition to his roles in the Education and Youth Corps, he continued to volunteer in reserve duty as a combat company commander. Raz was discharged from the IDF as a colonel, after serving as commander of the Commission for Promoting Populations, the IDF’s collaborations with broader Israeli society. This role included command of soldier teachers, the Nahal Gar'ins, the Gadna, the bases for the promotion of unique populations – new Olim (immigrants), at-risk youth and minorities – and educational programs (high school level education, Hebrew courses for Olim and minorities, conversion to Judaism and preparation for military service).

About

Raz lives in the Shimshit local community with his wife Limor and their four children, Nave (19), Noam (17), Noya (14) and Nitay (11). In his free time, he enjoys adventure sports and community service. He likes reading, traveling in Israel and abroad and meeting new people and cultures.

Education

Raz holds a graduate degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in Israeli studies and Middle Eastern history, both from Bar Ilan University. In addition, he is a graduate from the Mandel Program for Educational Leadership.

Batsheva Kasay 

Manager of 360° National Program for Children and Youth at Risk, Petah Tikva City Council

Professional background

360° supports local governments as they develop and implement programming for at-risk youth. Bat-Sheva has managed the national program in the city since 2013. As manager, Bat-Sheva oversees internal operations, implements efficient work processes and inter-corporate collaboration, and supervises strategy for working with atrisk youth. Prior to joining 360°, Bat-Sheva managed the PACT program in Rehovot and worked as a coordinator of the Rehovot City Council Youth Center.

About

Bat-Sheva is married with three daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys reading. She has mentored high school students to support their personal and professional growth.

Education

Bat-Sheva holds an MBA and BA from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev, as well as a diploma in Career Development Consultation from Tel Aviv University.

Shimon Kashash 

Vice President, Education Department, 360° National Program for Children and Youth at Risk in the Bnei Brak City Council

Professional background

Since 2010, Shimon served in a number of positions in the Bnei Brak City Council. Throuohput his tenure, has managed education and welfare planning, promoted inter-departmental collaboration for the 360° program, managed public relations and budgeting teams, and facilitated seminars for professionals in conventions around the city. Recently, became active in urban renewal and community activism.

About

lives in Bnei Brak with his wife and four children. He participates in Torah classes and volunteers in organizations supporting hospital patients. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and hiking

Education

Shimon has a B.Ed in Special Education and Youth Development from Beit Berl Academic College. In addition, he completed a senior teachers program, a mediators training course, and an economic development and empowerment course, which focused on supporting young couples.

Shaul Kastelanitz

Supervisor of schools in the Jewish Orthodox District, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Since June 2011 Shaul has served as the senior supervisor of the Haredi Section in the Ministry of Education. Previously he was the principal of a Haredi boys’ school (Talmud Torah) in Beitar Illit.

At the same time he lectured on the Holocaust and was a tour guide at Yad Vashem, in the Haredi Unit of Yad Vashem. Shaul also interviews Holocaust survivors, as part of the Edoot Project (Testimonies).

He also served as an emissary to Ukraine and headed a school there.

About

Shaul lives in Beitar Illit. He is married, has 9 children and 3 grandchildren.

Education

Shaul holds an MA in Judaism, with specialization in education and history, from the Lander College. He is a senior qualified teacher for both regular and special education. In addition, Shaul is a graduate of the tour guide course at Yad Vashem and leads tours to Poland – Haredi Yeshiva (Kollel) in Beitar Illit and Yeshivas in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak.

Nataly Kats 

Planning Department Manager, Israel Railways

Professional background

Nataly has worked for Israel Railways in a number of capacities since joining the company in 2006. She currently manages both the planning and road and traffic departments, overseeing the strategic planning process and implementation of new train lines and stations to expand the current infrastructure. Prior to her current role, she managed the traffic light and road lighting control center in Haifa for nearly five years. Natalie has spent her career in the fields of transportation and traffic planning and is particularly interested in their influence on both urban environment as well as employment

About

Nataly lives in Kiryat Tivon. She is married and has two children. She enjoys cinema, literature and the outdoors.

Education

Nataly holds both a BA and MA in civil engineering from the Technion institute in Haifa, and a PhD from the University of Haifa. In her doctoral dissertation Natalie examined the influence of a developing and expanding railway system on the employment in Israel.

Oz Katz

Head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Administration Ministry of Economy and Industry

Professional background

Oz serves as the Head of the Environment and Sustainable Development Administration Ministry of Economy and Industry.  Before, he  served as Senior Division Manager of Strategy and Policy Planning at the Ministry of Economy. Previously Oz served as the Head of Hi-Tech and Communications at Adkit, specializing in international research and strategic consultation and, before that, as the VP for Development at the Galilea Group International Investment Foundation and Director of Business Development at Melta in New York. Oz is also committed to his local community where he has served as a team leader and a co-founder at Nova, which aims to strengthen the city of Jerusalem. He also founded Mashav, a student movement for social change.

About

Oz lives in Jerusalem, is married to Michal and father to Shira and Tal. In his free time, Oz loves longdistance running, spending quality time with his family, reading and participating in martial arts.

Education

MA in the Honors Program in Public Policy and BA in Economics and Agricultural Sciences, both from the Hebrew University.

Einat Katz-Sharony

Program Director, Institute for Leadership and Governance, JDC Israel

Professional background

Einat is a Program Director in the Institute for Leadership and Governance of JDC Israel. Prior to this positon, Einat managed inter-ministry partnerships regarding children and youth at risk, using the collective impact approach. Before this, she worked at Branco Weiss Institute for Promoting Thought, where she held several management and leadership positions of educational programs and organization and HQ positions, and specialized in work processes according to the “teaching for the purpose of understanding” perception. Einat also worked as an organizational consultant in the business sector at Lotem Company, and managed the Training Development Department in the Israeli Intelligence Corps.

About

Einat lives in Kibbutz Megiddo with her husband and three children.

Education

Einat holds an MA in organizational consultation from the College of Management and a BA in education and political sciences from Ben Gurion University. She also participated in various professional courses related to training management and development.

Yael haklai Kaufman

Director of Mifa’m Jerusalem

Professional background

Yael has been the director of Mifa’m Jerusalem, a partnership between the City Council and Ministry of Interior, since 2000. In this role, she trains municipal directors and council corporation managers, oversees innovation across local councils and training programs, and supports cross-council agreement implementation and procedures. Yael works closely with chief directors and managers, helps to establish new professional teams, and develops key measures to determine rates of success and markers of excellence. Yael develops training programs for new managers and oversees professional development opportunities for council employees and leaders.

About

Yael lives in Jerusalem, married to Gadi and the mother of two. In her spare time she likes to hike, read and visit the cinema and theater.

Education

Yael has an MA in Sociology and Social Psychology as well as a BA in English Literature and Sociology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Aviya Kedri

Director of the Social Services Department, Gush Etzion Regional Council

Professional background

Since 2013, Aviya has served as director of the social services department at Gush Etzion regional council. As part of the community team, he is responsible for guiding communities, enriching the hired and elected ranks in the towns, training resilience teams and creating solutions for community needs; as part of the individuals and families team he is in charge of providing solutions to individuals and families in various fields of life, in accordance with the policy of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. Aviya is a leading partner in the establishment of new services for the benefit of the regional council’s residents. In his previous positions, Aviya served as a social worker in the addiction therapy community “Retorno”, and established the rehabilitation hostel for rehabilitated community members.

About

Aviya lives in Nes Harim with his wife and five children.

Education

Aviya has a clinical MA in social work from the Hebrew University, and a BA in social work from Bar Ilan University. He is an alumnus of Yeshivat Otniel.

Orit Keller

Director of Educational Welfare Department, Tel Aviv Municipality

Professional background

Orit is the Director of Educational Welfare Department in Tel Aviv Municipality. Prior to that, Orit worked as a lecturer in the “Introduction to Law” course, as part of her paralegal diploma studies at the College of Management. Concurrently, she completed her internship in the field of criminal law and administrative law at the Shmuel A. Linzer Law Office. In addition, she taught enrichment courses in elementary schools, through the Karev Association for involvement in education, while completing her internship at the Ben-Tzion Yager Law Office.Orit has served as the senior assistant to Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Her position includes converting the Mayor’s policies into action and assuming responsibility for the implementation, monitoring and support of cross-functional and strategic processes, initiating urban & project development and overseeing all topics related to the Mayor’s status and public image.

About

Currently resides in Tel Aviv

Education

Orit holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University. In addition, Orit completed the course for directors of municipal government and public corporations in the “Lahav” Directors Development program at Tel Aviv University. Moreover, Orit took part in the Bertelsmann Foundation’s leadership course.

Roaa Khater

Director of the Education Department, Mas’ade Local Council

Professional background

Since 2011, Roaa has served as director of the education department in Mas’ade in the Golan Heights. Before that, she served in various positions in the local council in the fields of education, youth and culture and taught Arab literature and language in a high school. Roaa is a member of President Reuven Rivlin’s Leadership Club, her research focuses on local politics. She has published several papers, the last of which focused on the representation of Druze women in local authorities.

About

Roaa was born and raised in the village of Mas’ade in the north of the Golan Heights. In her free time, she likes reading legislation and verdicts, cooking and travelling.

Education

Roaa has an MA in gender studies from Tel Aviv University, and a BA in Hebrew language from Haifa University. She also studied personal and business coaching at Haifa University, education systems management in local authorities at Efal Seminar, and is an alumna of the leadership training program from the Mandel Leadership Institute.

Shadi Khouri

Head Engineer, Miahcom Water Corporation

Professional background

Shadi has served as the head engineer of the Miahcom Water and Sewage Corporation, serving the Lower Galilee villages, since 2014. He oversees the engineering department including all permits for water, sewage, environment and construction. In his previous role at the Israeli Water Authority, Shadi managed the engineering team for sewage utility development. His work included supporting local water corporations in their efforts to plan, budget, and build lines, pumps and sewage treatment systems. Between 2009 and 2012 Shadi worked in Angola, overseeing the construction and maintenance of a water supply network to 15 villages as well as in Waku Valley, Congo where he managed the maintenance of the drainage authority. Shadi began his career working as the Operations and Management Engineer for the watering department for Haifa’s Baha’i Gardens.

About

Shadi and Janette are married with two children, Polianna and Pearla.

Education

Shadi holds a Bs.c in agricultural engineering from the Technion with a specialty in water, soil, and environment.

Reem Asai Kinany

Treasurer, Isfiya Council

Professional background

In her role as treasurer, Reem manages the municipality's budget and finance portfolio including regular and irregular budgets, all accounting, preparation of financial reports, managing all contracts and financial obligations. Prior to joining the Isfiya Council, Reem worked for A’alimi Louie Accountants where she specialized in finance for local authorities. Previously, Reem served as an external financial advisor for the Arab Jewish Center for Business Development with a focus on small business loans.

About

Reem lives in Yafa-an-Naseriyye with her husband and two children. She is a member in the parent teacher association in her village. In her spare time she enjoys swimming.

Education

Reem has a BA in finance and business management from the Open University and is a graduate of the Collman College of Management. She is a certified accountant.

Yair Kirschboim

CEO of Modi’in Illit municipality

Professional background

Yair has served as CEO of Modi’in Illit municipality since 2010. He began working at the municipality in 1997, when Modi’in Illit was still a local council, and served in various positions: security coordinator, head of security department and municipal secretary. Before that, Yair worked in teaching and education at the independent education school in Hashmonaim. Yair began his career in a higher Yeshiva, where he obtained a degree in biblical studies from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He also participated in an officers’ course as part of the Chief Rabbinate and was certified as a military rabbi. He has a rank of major (res.)

About

Yair lives and works in Modi’in Illit. He is married, has five children and two grandchildren. In his free time, he volunteers at Magen David Adom and ZAKA, and helps students with ADD.

Education

Yair has an MA in public policy from Hebrew University, and an LL.B. from the Ono Academic College.

IRIS KLIERS

Deputy Director at Wolfson Medical Center

Professional background

Iris serves as Deputy Director at Wolfson Medical Center. From 2015 to 2018 Iris took part at "Inbar" Program, during which she completed an MBA at Tel Aviv university and health care management Internship at Sheba Medical Center. From 2013 to 2015 Iris served as the deputy director of Internal Medicine Department at Sheba. Previously Iris focused on family medicine at the Meuhedet Health Services. Between 2011 - 2017, Iris has served as a group facilitator in a course on medical education and communications at the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Medical Specialization: is is currently specializing in healthcare management following a specialization in internal medicine. She completed her internal medicine internship and specialization at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

About

Iris lives in Kiryat Ono with her husband Yoav and two sons.

Education

Iris holds an MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Bar Ilan University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Iris is is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Dr. Adi Koll

Dean, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)

Professional background

Adi is the Dean at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). After concluding a term in the Knesset, Adi was appointed as the Dean of Student Affairs and the Director of the Alumni Association for the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Before being elected as a Member of Knesset, Adi founded and for many years served as the CEO for 'Access for All', an organization offering higher education to disadvantaged groups within Israeli society. Prior to that, Adi established 'Street Laws', a juvenile rehabilitation program through studying Law. The program's educational content as well as its structure was later adopted by both Tel-Aviv and London Universities.

Adi also founded the 'Brera' (‘Choice’) center, using students to offer legal services for disadvantaged populations. Adi served as MK Tamar Gozansky's assistant during her office as Chairwoman of the Committee for Children’s Rights in the Knesset. For her work with 'Access for All', Adi received the 'Quality of Life' award from the Chairman of the Knesset in 2010, and in 2012 she received the Ometz Award for Social Justice and Rightful Administration and the Safra Award for Excellence.

About

Adi is married to Ilan and lives in Tel- Aviv. She loves playing water polo and following her discharge from the military she was a member of the national water-polo team.

Education

Both Adi's LL.M and Ph.D. Degrees in Law are from Columbia University. Her Bachelor's Degree is from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yehuda korenblit

Department of education director in Beitar Ilit conucil

Professional background

Yehuda provides strategic for the Haredi education system specifically in training and professional development. In this role he has founded branches of academic institutes, introduced progressive initiatives and innovative approaches for special needs students as well as for early childhood education. He also has created programs for teacher trainings in both Jerusalem and rural areas targeted for Haredi and Hasidic communities in an effort to increase access and opportunities for higher education and professional training. Today Yehuda directs the education administration in Beitar Illit overseeing instruction for 24,000 students across 87 facilities, yeshivas and seminaries. Yehuda incorporates social and communal involvement and focuses on retention among young Haredi students. Yehuda is a member of the Israeli Hope in Education Forum based in Beit HaNassi. The forum was created in the spirit of the Tribes’ Speech in order to facilitate connection and understanding amongst Israel’s disparate tribes. Yehuda is a member of Benenu, a nonprofit that supports families with children with special needs and disabilities.

About

Yehuda lives in Beitar Illit with his wife and ten children. He enjoys teaching and believes in the importance of learning; he is committed to self-teaching and training which contributes to both personal and professional growth.

Education

With a degree in education, Yehuda is also certified by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He holds an MA in system management from Lifshitz College of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in special needs education from Jerusalem College Michlala. He is a graduate of the School of Educational Leadership.

Tal Lagziel

Founder and Manager of an Algorithmic Hedge Fund

Professional background

As founder and manager of an Algo-Trading Hedge Fund, Tal leads teams in the fields of technology research and development and complex risk management. Following a significant military service as a Combat Pilot and a Flight Instructor, Tal worked as an Analyst and Investments Manager for a Hedge Fund in Switzerland and prior to that was a consultant at 'Hoshen Eliav Systems Engineering', a company specializing in defense industries.

About

Tal lives in Tel Aviv and loves extreme traveling, volleyball and chess.

Education

Tal has an MBA Degree majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurship from INSEAD (France and Singapore).

Tom Lahad

Vice President, Business Operations MAOZ

Professional background

Tom is the Vice President of Business Operations at MAOZ. Prior to joining MAOZ, Tom was the founder and program director of 'Kri'at Kivun', a preparatory program for public service designed for recent college graduates. In addition, he was also Biblical studies teacher at the 'Ayanot Yarden' High School in the Upper Galilee and a guide and facilitator for positive change processes in schools in the North of Israel on behalf of 'The Institute for Democratic Education' as part of the 'Halutz Hinuchi' (Education Pioneers) program for identifying, training and preparing quality education personnel for management and leadership positions in schools.

Following his release from his mandatory military service as a fighter pilot, Tom founded and managed 'The Sky is Not the Limit', a program advancing leadership in education and social entrepreneurship among Israeli Air Force graduates.

About

Tom is married to Tahel, lives in Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar and is a father to Imri, Ziv and Ori. He loves carpentry, traveling and photography as well as guiding people towards realizing their dreams.

Education

Tom holds a Bachelor's Degree in Bible Studies and Judaism and a Teaching Diploma in Judaism from the 'Revivim' program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Hadas Lahav

Storytelling Director, MAOZ

Professional background

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.

About

Hadas lives in Givatayim with her partner and two children.

Education

Hadas holds an LL.B. and a BA in political science from Tel Aviv University.

Ofir Lahav

Vice President Budgeting Research Department, Ministry of Immigration and Absorption

Professional background

Ofir is the Vice President Budgeting Research Department of the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption. Prior to taking this position, Ofir was the Senior Manager in the Department for Policy, Planning Budgeting and Research at the Ministry of Aliyah, Immigration and Absorption. Ofir was also the budget manager within the ministry and between 2007 and 2009, he worked in London as an economist handling acquisitions and business development for 'Beechfield Homes and Equities Ltd.', a development and real estate holdings firm. In 2009, Ofir taught financial education for groups coming from impoverished neighborhoods and in 2005 was a Mathematics teacher for 6th graders at Educating for Excellence - 'I Will Be A Student Too'. In the military, Ofir served as an Officer for joint IDF and Palestinian Authority patrols and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.

About

Ofir is married with one child. He lives in Kiryat Ono where he was born and bred. He is an extreme sports fan and loves scuba diving, rock climbing and skiing.

Education

Ofir has a Master's Degree with Honors in Diplomacy Studies from the Faculty of Political Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Management, both from Tel-Aviv University. He is completing his thesis towards an additional Master's Degree in Public Policy from IDC Herzliya. For his outstanding achievements, Ofir was selected to represent Tel-Aviv University for one semester at the International Campus of Venice, Italy.

Aya Laor

Vice President, Operations at Economic Development Kfar Saba

Professional background

Aya is the Vice President of Operations Economic Development in Kfar Saba municipality. For the past twelve years, Aya has worked to integrate technology and social action for advancing Israeli society. She began her career at Appleseeds Academy where she went on to become the COO and established the business development department. Aya combines a business and managerial approach with public action. She led and initiated projects for digital skills in Israel and Africa together with the business, public and third sectors. In the past, Aya would offer operational and strategic consultation to various companies as part of Tefen Management Consulting. She is a member of the board of directors at the Public Knowledge Workshop, and volunteers as a mentor in Olim BeYahad.

About

Aya lives in Tel Aviv with her spouse and children. She likes to spend her free time at sea.

Education

Aya holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center, and a BSc in engineering/industrial management from Tel Aviv University. She graduated various training courses, including Kidmat HaAtid, IVLP and an online course by Prof. Dan Ariely, strategy and innovation, etc.

Rivka Laufer

Coordinator for Land Planning and Environmental Protection, Budget Division, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Rivka currently serves as Coordinator for Land Planning and Environmental Protection. Before, she served as the Welfare and National Insurance Coordinator in the Ministry of Finance’s Budget Department, where she worked since 2010. Her role includes responsibility for policy and budget planning in the fields of welfare, national insurance and absorption. Prior to that, from 2006 to 2007, Rivka served as a coordinator in a boarding school for at-risk children and youth. Her role included leadership of the educational staff, addressing professional and personal matters for the staff and the children, and planning a range of projects.

About

Currently resides in Jerusalem

Education

Rivka holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Anat Nehemia Lavee

CEO, The Israeli Public Forum - Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk

Professional background

Since 2013, Anat has served as the CEO of the Israeli Public Forum of Youth Villages and Boarding Schools for Children at Risk. In this role she manages philanthropic partnerships with 20 stakeholders and leads national enterprises together with state authorities and philanthropists to promote youth villages and boarding schools. Previously, Anat served as the Head of the Alumni Organization and Doctoral programs at the ISEF foundation. From 2008 to 2009, Anat coordinated the RoundTable, an initiative led by the Prime Minister’s office, to encourages discourse between sectors in the Israeli society. Anat also served as the Deputy CEO of Zionism 2000 and established the social accountability unit of the business sector in Israel. She began her professional career coordinating a program for the development of young leadership in the periphery, founded by the Jewish Agency. Anat and her family lived in Tokyo for five years. There, she initiated and led projects to promote Jewish and Israeli cultural connection in the local community.

About

MA in Public Policy and BA in Political Science and General History, both from Tel Aviv University.

Education

MA in Public Policy and BA in Political Science and General History, both from Tel Aviv University.

GIL LAVIE

Deputy Director General, Carmel Medical Center, Clalit Health Services

Professional background

Gil has served as Deputy Director General at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa since 2014. In this role, he oversees hospital operations including ongoing management of the internal medicine units and emergency room departments, the procurement of medications for the hospital pharmacy as well as the oversight on the Unit for Prevention of Infectious Diseases. Gil is also responsible for the systematic management of medical records in addition to medical tourism and community relations. Previously, he served as a senior doctor in internal medicine also at Carmel Medical Center. He also served as a doctor in the IDF medical reserves in field units and in the medical corps, At his time of release from the army in 2014, Gil was ranked as a major. Medical Specialization: Gil is currently specializing in healthcare management, and he completed his residency in internal medicine at the Carmel Medical Center.

About

Gil lives in Haifa with his wife Naama and their three children.

Education

Gil holds an MD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters of Healthcare Administration from the Ben Gurion University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Gil is is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Sivan Lehavi

Director of Budgets Division, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

Sivan is the Director of Budgets Division in the Ministry of Interior. Prior to this position, Sivan served as the deputy director of the Local Government Administration and director of the Economic Development Department in the Ministry of Interior. He was responsible for regional collaboration, the municipal property tax and the local authority map – changing borders and income distribution as well as business licensing and the Arab regional program. Sivan has been promoting significant reforms in these fields; in particular around property taxes and collaboration between regional clusters. Before serving in this position, Sivan served as a referent in the budget department at the Ministry of Interior, and as a budget inspector where he oversaw an annual budget of ~5 billion USD. From 2009 to 2010 Sivan served as the Ministry of Interior CEO’s financial assistant.

About

Sivan grew up in kibbutz Nir Oz in the Gaza envelope. He currently lives in Har Adar with his wife and three children. In his free time, he likes to play volleyball.

Education

Sivan holds an executive MBA in public sector manager business administration from Bar Ilan University and a BA in economics and management from the College of Management Academic Studies.

Uri Leventer-Roberts

Executive Director of the Israel Office, UJA-Federation of New York

Professional background

of the UJA-Federation of New York since 2013. He is responsible for leading partnership cultivation and strategic development, which directs the Federation’s philanthropic allocations of 30 million dollars (in Israel) per year. Uri began his career at UJA as the head of Strategic Planning in the New York office where he led the Federation’s Israel based initiatives focused on Israelis of Ethiopian descent, and ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities. In the past Uri worked in several senior positions in the written and electronic media. He served as the Deputy Editor of Channel 10’s main news broadcast and of other news programs on the network. Previously he was the Head of the News Desk at Haaretz. During his time in the United States, Uri spearheaded the first active branch of alumni of the 8200 IDF unit abroad.

About

Uri lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Maya and children Tomer and Avishai. In his spare time he runs and has participated in marathons in Israel and in the United States. He is a self-defined “foodie” and loves exploring the culinary and urban culture of Tel Aviv.

Education

MA in Public Policy from Harvard University and BA in History and Political Science (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Adi Leviatan

Partner at McKinsey & Company

Professional background

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Adi worked for a business consultancy in China, assisting foreign companies to penetrate the Chinese Market. Beforehand Adi worked with groups of Jewish youth from the Diaspora in the early evolution of 'Taglit Birthright Israel', for strengthening identity, Jewish communities and solidarity with Israel.

About

Adi is married to Eli, lives in Tel Aviv and a mother to Yotam and Yaeli.

Education

Adi has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Diplomas in Chinese Language from the Peking and Tsinghua Universities in Beijing, China.

Malachi Levinger

Mayor, Kiryat Arba Municipal Council

Professional background

Malachi has served as the Mayor of the Kiryat Arba Municipal Council since 2008. He manages the local government including all planning, construction and economic development. Previously he worked as the CEO of the educational center at Midreshet Hebron. Prior to this, he was involved in the establishment of the Shvut Rahel community from its inception and served as the Head of the cooperative. Malachi worked in the Jewish Agency as an emissary in several countries in the Former Soviet Union and before that was involved in the absorption of Ethiopian immigrants from the wave of aliyah during Operation Solomon.

About

Malachi lives in Kiryat Arba with his wife Ateret and children Tair, Hallel, Dvir, Tama Uri and Noam. In his free time, Malachi reads books and likes hiking.

Education

MA in Management and Public Policy from the Hebrew University and a BA in Economics and Business Management from the University of Ariel.

Nir Levinger

CEO, The Sales and Distribution Company, Coca Cola Group in Israel

Professional background

CEO of the Sales and Distribution Company of Coca Cola since April 2016, Nir has significant experience managing and leading teams and processes in sales, as well as building business, marketing and commercial strategies in a retail environment. Previously Nir served as Vice President of Sales, at the Sales and Distribution Company, Coca Cola Group in Israel, where he built long term sales strategies, managed and lead innovative projects for groundbreaking digital sales infrastructure. Nir managed the organizational development efforts for the sales system. Nir joined the company in 1995 and has served in a variety of sales management positions.

About

BA in Business Management from the Center for Academic Studies.

Education

BA in Business Management from the Center for Academic Studies.

Maya Hofman Levy

Site Leader of Dell EMC, Beer Sheva

Professional background

Maya has worked at EMC Israel since 2011. In 2013, we was appointed site leader, and she has been responsible for expanding Dell EMC's activity in the Negev region, deepening ties with the Ben-Gurion University, promoting the support of community development in southern Israel, and strengthening the company's long-term presence in the Negev. Maya began her career in the field of human resources as a research diagnostician at the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the IDF. She later held a number of positions, including director of human resources at Atlantium Technologies, CEO of See++ and head of human resources at Compugen.

About

Maya is a member of the Kibbutz Beit Nir, her parents among its founders. She is married to Nimrod and mother to Noa, Michal and Tamar. Maya is active in the local community, participating in kibbutz activities, her local community center, and anywhere in the area of the regional council. She enjoys reading and regularly takes part in sport activities.

Education

Maya has an undergraduate degree in social sciences with a focus on psychology and education from the Open University of Israel.

Dalia Lin

Head Master of the Eeducation System, Ramat Gan Municipality

Professional background

Since 2014 Dalia has directed the Education Department for the Ramat Gan Municipality. In this role, she is responsible for the city’s educational activities including the youth and sports divisions. Prior to this role, Dalia was a high school principal in Raánana and a general supervisor in the Ministry of Education. She began her work in education at the Ministry of Education in Blich High School in Ramat Gan as a civics teacher, educator and deputy principal for the high school.

About

Dalia lives in Ramat Efal with her husband, Ilan, and their three sons. She also has one grandson. In her free time, she likes to play sports.

Education

Dalia has a master's degree in Educational Administration from Tel Aviv University and a BA in Education as well as a teaching certificate also from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she is a certified personal coach specializing in working with youth with ADD.

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Ilil Shahar Lis

Head of News and Current Affairs Division, Galei Tzahal Radio Station

Lital Wexler

VP Human Resources, Tikshoov

Professional background

Lital currently serves as VP of human resources at Tikshoov where she is responsible for over 6,000 employees across Israel. She believes in employment diversity as a way of life, crucial to enable business and social growth. Lital is a board member of the Israeli Society for Human Resource Management, Research and Development, which works to promote the human resources management profession in Israel, as well as people in this field. She previously acted as head of human resources at Egged Ta'avura. Earlier in her career, Lital served as an organizational consultant project manager in the fields of manager development and strategy creation.

About

Lital lives in Modiin with her husband Shlomi and their children Tair, Nave Halel and Gilad. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Education

Lital holds a graduate degree in organizational sociology (magna cum laude) and an undergraduate degree in psychology (magna cum laude) both from Bar Ilan University. She also holds a mediator certificate from the Gevim Group.

Noa Litmanovitz

Senior Advisor to the Director General, Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources

Professional background

As the senior advisor to the director general of the Ministry of Energy, Noa is responsible for a number of fields including strategic planning for the energy market and the development of the natural gas market. Prior to her role in the Energy Ministry, Noa was an economist in the Prime Minister’s office where she focused on housing and energy policies

About

Noa lives in Jerusalem with her partner Shai and their daughter Ella

Education

Noa has an MA in financial economics (with honors) and a BA in economics and in liberal arts from the Amirim program (with honors), both from the Hebrew University.

Shmuel Litov

Senior Director of the Department of Social Periphery, the Ministry for Development of the Periphery, the Negev and the Galilee

Professional background

Shmuel began his career as a professional advisor to MK Moshe Gafni in his role as chairman of the Knesset's financial committee, coordinating MK Gafni's communications with government ministries. In this role, he served as a member of a committee headed by Judge Sarah Frish tasked with setting the criteria for recognizing public institutions pursuant to article 46 of the Income Tax Directive. Over the past two years, Shmuel has served as senior director of the Department of the Social Periphery, and he sees this position as an opportunity to fulfil a mission to reduce gaps and create social change. Since January of 2018, Shmuel has also served as a member of the appointed council of the Majdal Shams local community in the Golan Heights.

About

Shmuel lives in Jerusalem with his wife and four children. He studies the Torah regularly.

Education

Shmuel has a graduate degree in public policy from the Executive Program of Hebrew University, and also an undergraduate degree in law from the ultra-Orthodox campus of Ono Academic College. He is a graduate of the Hebron Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Einav Lock

Director of the Department for Support and Prevention Programs, Psychological Counseling Services Division, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Since 2014, Einav has overseen the development of holistic programs that advance psychological well-being and minimize risk behaviors in the education system. These programs aim to optimize the schools’ environments, reduce violence and bullying, prevent sexual abuse, prevent alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse as well as promote healthy sexuality and safety online. Programs also encourage partnerships between parents and the education system. Previously, Einav served as the manager of the Unit for the Prevention of Violence and Advancement of Optimal Environment in the Psychological Counseling Services Division. In that role she was responsible for developing and updating the systematic program operated in Israel in the fields of environment, violence and handling of behavioral problems. She had to continually make cultural adjustments for populations across Israel in order to adapt to a changing reality and the unique needs of each group. Einav began her career in education as a school counselor at a secondary school in Be’er Sheva. Later she served in the southern district as a counselor in the program to reduce violence and advance optimal environments. In this role, she led municipal processes and advised numerous schools for all age groups including Bedouin schools.

About

Einav resides in Lehavim. She is married to Ofer and is the mother of three children.

Education

Einav holds an MA in educational counseling from Tel Aviv University and a BA in education and linguistics from Ben Gurion University.

LIOR LOWENSTEIN

Executive Medical Advisor, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa

Professional background

Lior currently serves as an Executive Medical Advisor at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa as part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management. Previously Lior was the Chief of  ynecology at Rambam Hospital where he managed the unit’s clinical and surgical work and also managed the unit’s research and teaching program. At Rambam, Lior has served as Deputy Director of the Gynecology department and Head of the Uro-gynecological service. He ran the Women’s Health Care Center at Leumi Health Fund in Kiryat Bialik and served as the gynecological consultant of the Leumi Heath Fund in the North. Lior is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Technion’s Faculty of Medicine and also continues to serve as an associate professor. In his extra-curricular volunteer work, Lior has participated in committees that award specialist licenses in obstetrics, gynecology and urology through the Scientific Council of Medicine, and is a member of the Educational Committee for Sexual Medicine in Europe as well as the Educational Committee for the European Society of Robotic Surgery. Medical Specialization: Lior is currently specializing in healthcare management, and prior to that specialized in obstetrics and gynecology. He completed his residency at the Rambam Health Care Campus followed by a three year program in rehabilitative surgery of the pelvic floor (uro-gynecology). He completed his internship at the Bnei Zion Medical Center.

About

Lior lives in Haifa where he lives with his wife Tali and their three children. If he weren’t a doctor, he would work in bio-technological research and development.

Education

Lior holds an MD degree from Semmelweis University, in Budapest, Hungary, and an MS degree in clinical research from Loyola University in Chicago. He also holds an MHA degree in public health from the University of Haifa. Lior is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Limor Luria

Deputy Head of the Pensioners Administration and Director of Disability Division, National Insurance Institute

Professional background

Since 2009, Limor served as a departmental director in the disabilities office of the National Insurance Institute, where she is in charge of allowances paid to roughly 270,000 individuals with disabilities, reaching a total sum of about NIS 11 billion per year. In addition, Limor is a partner in the policy-making process at the National Insurance Institute, and responsible for handling the provision of services for disabled citizens by the National Insurance Institute’s 300 disability officers around the country. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2009, Limor served as a consultant to the Vice President of Grants at the National Insurance Institute and from 2000 to 2005, as assistant to the CEO of the National Insurance Institute. From 1994 to 2000 Limor was Secretary of the Board of the National Insurance Institute, which functions as the Board of Directors of the National Insurance Institute. Limor simultaneously worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

About

Currently resides in Neve Ilan

Education

Limor holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a bachelor's degree in social sciences with a major in political science and international relations from the Open University.

Walid Majadla

Education Department Director, Baqa al-Gharbiyye Municipality

Professional background

Walid oversees the entire education system in the Baqa al- Gharbiyee municipality with schools serving children ages 3-18 in the mainstream education and ages 3-21 in the special education system. Today, the education system in Baqa al-Gharbiyye boasts a thriving system in line with international technological developments. Walid was a principal for ten years until his promotion to his current role, and prior to that, Walid worked as a teacher and as a coordinator for the mechanical engineering department.

About

Walid resides in Baqa al-Gharbiyye with his wife Lamis, a social worker. He is the father of three children, twins who are studying toward their BAs and a son in 10th grade. In his leisure time, Walid enjoys exercising and extreme sports such as rappelling as well as reading and tutoring stude

Education

Walid holds a BA in mechanical engineering from the Ben Gurion University in the Negev and an MA in mathematics and science teaching from Tel Aviv University where he completed his thesis with distinction. He received his teaching certification from Haifa University and attended the directors’ course of the Federation of Municipalities in Israel. Other coursework includes an empowerment and educational renewal course taught by the Federation of Municipalities among others. Currently Walid is studying for his PhD in technological education

Efrat Makin

Chief Resilience Officer (100 resilient cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation) For Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality

Professional background

In her current role, Efrat is responsible for managing the department, overseeing all policy making processes and implementation as well as leading large-scale government programming efforts in partnership with municipalities and the third sector. Before joining the Ministry, Efrat worked as a personal assistant to the owners of Brick-Capital Real Estate, an international real estate, investment, energy and technology company. In the preceding decade, Efrat served as a senior deputy to the district attorney of the central  district where she handled complex criminal cases, represented the State in administrative pleas and served as the director of the Central District’s Prisoners’ Pleas Division. Efrat served in the IDF as deputy commander and commander of the military police base in Beit Lid, an officer in the operations branch in the central command and a liaison officer to the MRed Cross.

About

Efrat lives in cooperative community in central Israel. She is married and has three children. Efrat is an activist working for social justice, particularly for disadvantaged populations.

Education

Efrat completed an LL.B. from the Radzyner Law School at IDC Hertzeliya with distinction, and a BA (with honors) in government and diplomacy from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Hertzeliya.

Bitya Malach

School Director, Bnot Jerusalem

Professional background

Bitya has served as the principal of the ultra-Orthodox mamlachti Bnot Yerushalim School in Jerusalem since 2014. Bitya develops programs tailored to ultra-Orthodox girls and teens, and combines high level religious studies with secular subjects including technology. Earlier in her career, Bitya worked as the director of special education kindergartens and as an instructor for special education kindergartens teachers on behalf of the Ministry of Education. Bitya also volunteered for Em Ha'Banim (mother of boys), an organization that offers support to mothers and single parent families.

About

Bitya lives in the Bait Va'Gan neighborhood of Jerusalem with her husband, Aharon, and five children aged 9 through 19. In her free time, she likes to travel to new and interesting places in Israel and abroad.

Education

Bitya holds both a master's degree in educational systems administration and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Jerusalem College. She also studied pedagogical management at the Avnei Rosha Institute.

Yariv Man

Director of the Economic and Social Development Department -- The Bedouin Community in the Negev, the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry

Professional background

Yariv is the Director of the Economic and Social Development Department of The Bedouin Community in the Negev through the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry. Previously, Yariv served as the Senior Manager for Economic Development and Government Relations in the Prime Minister's Office, and part of the administration for implementing settlement and economic development for the Bedouin population in the Negev.

Prior to that, Yariv was Senior Advisor to the Director General at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, facilitating and directing policy formulation and execution among the Ministry's professional divisions, as well as coordinating between the divisions and the Director General’s Office. In 2009, Yariv worked at the Prime Minister's Office in the Policy Planning Division, serving as Acting Senior Manager for inter-sector collaboration.

In the military, Yariv served as a Combat Medic in the Givati Brigade.

About

Yariv lives in Kibbutz Netzer Sereni with his wife and children.

Education

Yariv has a Master's Degree in Political Science majoring in Public Policy and a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Geography and Political Science, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Avraham Manela

CEO, Jewish Burial Society (Hevre Kadisha) Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Professional background

Since 2005, Avraham has been the Director General of the ‘Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society) in the Tel-Aviv Yafo and Dan Region. Avraham is in charge of the development and operations of 6 cemeteries, as well as the establishment of new cemeteries and burial sites. Avraham is also Chairperson of 'Ezra and Bitzaron', a subsidiary of the Tel-Aviv Yafo municipality housing company and its operational arm for building and construction. Avraham has driven organizational change, brining financial and economic stability to the company, today considered a leading development and Construction Company in Israel. Avraham is also a board member at Magen David Adom Israel (Israel’s Red Cross), in charge of the organization's management and administration committee and serves as Deputy Chairman of the Religious Council of Tel-Aviv Yafo.

About

Avraham is married, has three children and lives in Tel-Aviv. In his spare time he enjoys reading.

Education

Avraham has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University and an LL.B Degree from Ono Academic College. He is also a qualified Community Rabbi, on behalf of 'The Chief Rabbinate of Israel' and a graduate of the Tel-Aviv University program for directors and senior directors in municipal, government and public corporations.

Nereman Mansur

Director of the department of pharmacy in Hospitals, Central Administration, Clalit Health Services

Professional background

Nereman joined Clalit Health Services as Director of the Pharmacy Department for the Central Administartion in 2014. In this role, Nereman sets and implements organizational policy, develops standards for work processes, oversees professional development of all pharmacists and supervises pharmacy services in Clalit hospitals. Nereman manages the quality and safety of pharmaceutical care and promotes judicious use of drugs in hospitals. Nereman works closely with the Ministry of Health in the areas on behalf of Clalit. Bereman also directs the committee for the promotion of pharmaceutical knowledge in Clalit Hospitals.

Previously, Nereman oversaw the TREAT Project at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tiqva.

Between 2005-2014 Nereman worked as a clinical pharmacist in the pharmacy services of Belinson Hospital. During that time, she also coordinated and evaluated the quality and safety of pharmaceutical care (M.M.U). Nereman participated in serveral professional committees while at Belinson.

About

Nereman lives in Tira with her husband, Ibrahim and their three children: Ahmad, Nadin and Maiar. In her free time, she enjoys listening to good music.

Education

Nereman has a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine from Tel Aviv University. She has a BA and MA with honors in Clinical Pharmacology from Hebrew University. In the Inbar Program, Nereman is studying for a master's degree in the Administration of Health Systems at Tel Aviv University

Dafna Maor

Director of Labor Market Integration for Individuals with Disabilities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

Professional background

Since 2013, Dafna has served as the Director of Labor Market Integration for Individuals with Disabilities at the Ministry of Economy and Industry. She continues to work as a public representative and arbitrator at the Nazareth Regional Labor Court. Previously she was the Advisor to the National Insurance Institute focused on launching employment centers for people with disabilities. Dafna also served as the Operational Head of Projects in mployment for the Ministry of Trade and Industry, primarily on the Wisconsin Project (an initiative to increase participation in the workforce), and set up and managed the employment center for the Mehalev Project (part of the Wisconsin initiative). Prior to that, Dafna managed the Center for Employment Services supporting new immigrants in Haifa and northern region. In a volunteer capacity, Dafna helped to establish the Shimshit residential community, where she has been the Spokeswoman and Public Relations Consultant for the village’s emergency team. Dafna was a member of the Jezre’el regional council plenary. She has also been a sign language interpreter, and has trained many interpreters over the years.

About

Dafna lives in Shimshit. In her free time she is involved in local and regional community projects and loves to travel.

Education

MA in Law from Bar Ilan University and BA in Social Sciences from Tel Aviv University. In addition Dafna is a coach and qualified arbitrator.

Yoav Maoz

Manager of Cadets for Local Government and Cadets for Transportation Infrastructure Management, Atidim

Professional background

In his role as Manager of the Cadets for Local Government, Yoav focuses on training leadership teams in the geosocial periphery of Israel. The aim is to both foster and train leaders in order to improve local authorities, in particular for the Ministry of Transportation and its subsidiaries. Previously Yoav worked as executive director for The Good Seekers nonprofit which promotes volunteerism in Israel’s periphery. Yoav continues to serve on their board. He also works as a teacher at the democratic school in Nahalal. Yoav is a Major in the IDF’s reserve corps; he served for nearly a decade and worked in Cape Town representing the Jewish Agency for Israel.

About

Yoav lives in Kibbutz Ginegar in Israel’s Jezreel Valley with his wife Ma’ayan and their children Uriya, Amit and Ofri. In his free time, Yoav enjoys hiking and folk singing

Education

Yoav holds an MA in executive management and leadership from Tel Aviv University and a B.Ed with a teaching certificate for secondary schools in Bible Studies and HIstory. Yoav received specialized certification in democratic education.

Racheli Marom

CEO, Ye’adim–The City Group for Business Development in Beer Sheva

Professional background

Over the last three and half years, Racheli has served as CEO of The City Group for Business Development in Beer Sheva where she directs development of the city’s industrial areas. She works closely with the city’s entrepreneurs to nurture their business initiatives. She manages city markets and promotes urban renewal specifically around the city’s openair market

About

Racheli lives in Ramat Gan and is married with two children, Noa and Itamar. In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beach, reading, and swimming.

Education

Racheli has an MA (cum laude) in Organizational Theory from the Tel Aviv University School of Business Management and a BA in English Linguistics and Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Orly Friedman Marton

Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Israel

Professional background

Since 2007, Orly has served as the Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Israel. In this role she has designed and implemented a corporate responsibility program, which she built through tri-sector partnerships on a national level. Previously Orly worked as a lawyer in private law firms, Neiderman-Finkelstein and Dan Cohen, Spiegelman, Barak, Zamir and Co., and before that as a research assistant in law. Orly applies her technological knowledge and expertise to her local community where she participates on the national committee to close digital gaps. She is also an executive member for Tapuach, an NGO, that brings technological resources to the periphery, and as a member of the inter-ministerial committee for the Open Internet Day. Orly is a board observer for the NGO “A Computer for Every Child”.

About

Orly lives in Tel Aviv. She is married to Eran with two children, Alma and Emma. In her free time Orly enjoys pilates, reading and touring Israel and the world with family and friends.

Education

MA and BA in Law, both from Tel Aviv University.

Saloa Masaroa

Head of Human Resources and Payroll Department and Women’s Advancement Consultant, Tayibe

Professional background

Since 2008 Saloa has served as head of the human resources and payroll department in Tayibe municipality, and since 2000 as women’s advancement consultant. She is in charge of leading and implementing organizational processes, strengthening and enriching the human capital as well as hiring new employees and overseeing the budget. She works to set city policy for advancement of women in the city and the region. Saloa also volunteers in public social activity in nonprofit organizations for prevention of violence and sexual harassment against women. As a social worker she developed special services for young Arab women and unmarried Arab women. Saloa served as chairwoman of the authority’s workers’ committee and led an organizational struggle for salary payment and for maintaining employees’ rights.

About

Saloa lives in Tayibe with her husband and four children. In her free time, she volunteers in public social activity, likes to read and hike.

Education

Saloa has an MA (with honors) in public policy from Tel Aviv University (2016) and a BA in social work from Haifa University.

Salwa Masarwa

Director, Human Resources and Wages, Mayoral Advisor on Women's Status,...
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Salwa Masarwa

Director, Human Resources and Wages, Mayoral Advisor on Women's Status, Taibe Municipality

Sonia Massoud

Director, Deloitte

Professional background

Sonia, a CPA by training, has over 15 years of experience in conducting internal aduits in large organzations. In her current role, as a director at Deloitte, Sonia leads a team of accountants and interns who provide services to leading companies in the Israeli market, specifically in the fields of real estate, industry, and delivery serivices. She oversees accounting and financial reporting processes, provides auditing services and offers support to large public and private companies regarding taxation. Previously, she managed the team that audits NGOs. Recently Sonia was tasked with representing the public as a board member for Ramle’s governmental company as well as its municipal NGO.

About

Sonia lives in Ramle, with her husband Bashar and their children Elias and Tanya. She believes in a healthy work-life balance. She loves to travel and volunteer. Sonia works as counselor, advising children and adolescents on social and moral issues. She also helps out at Ramle’s Catholic choir and organizes concerts for the city. Sonia believes it is possible to use singing as a way to bring Jews and Arabs together. She is often called upon to lecture in high schools about the future of Isra

Education

Sonia studied accounting.

Rachel Matar-Sacofsky

Head of Department for Delayed Proceedings, Ministry of Justice

Professional background

Since 2012, Rachel has been in charge of Stay of Proceedings at the State Attorney's Office, in charge of applying criminal law procedures upon stay of proceedings. Since 2009 until today, Rachel has been a member of the Criminal Law Steering Committee in the State's Attorney's Office. From 2007 to 2011, Rachel was in charge of criminal affairs in the State’s Attorney’s Office, handling the distribution of urgent cases to be presented, determining whether to appeal to the Supreme Court. Rachel was in charge of the Ombudsman for complaints against the Security Services, and has recently been reappointed to this office. During her national service Rachel worked at the District Court of Jerusalem.

About

Rachel is married with six children and lives in Efrat.

Education

Rachel has a Master's Degree in Public Policy (a program for managers on behalf of the Civil Service Commission) and an LL.B Degree, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rachel has been a licensed lawyer in Israel since 1994.

Ifat Levy Mayer

VP of Human Resources and Logistics, Israel Railways

Professional background

Since 2017, Ifat has served as VP of human resources at Israel Railways, and is also responsible for the organization's human resources policy. This includes planning and defining the company's organizational structure, as well as standardization and recruitment policy, and managing the day-to-day lives of employees, including compensation models and employment conditions, training policy and the development of the organization's various training programs. She is in charge of the welfare of organization employees, work relationships and coordination with the employee union and its representatives. Before this appointment, she managed the human resources department at Israel Railways and served as deputy director for nine years.

In recent years, she served in a variety of human resources roles at Israel Railways, and before that, she served as a lawyer in the legal office of Israel Railways and at the Tel Aviv District Attorney's Office (Civil).

About

Ifat lives in Tel Aviv with her husband David and their children Gilly and Noa (and Dusty the dog).

Education

Ifat has an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in law (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Ayala Mayer

Head of Services for Individuals and Families, Ministry of Welfare and Social Services

Professional background

Ayala is Manager of Social Services for individuals and families at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. She is in charge of budgeting designing policies, supervising and developing services, interventions and therapy (including those imposed by law), for individuals and families in distress, victims of violence in the family, families and individuals that have suffered bereavement and loss, families in the process of divorce procedures and more. Between 2010 and 2013, Ayala served as the Ministry’s national supervisor for treating violent situations in the family, responsible for policy management, municipal social services departments and centers for therapy, management and prevention of violence in the family. Earlier in her career, Ayala was an occupational social worker working at the Courts' Administration social services department in Jerusalem. During her national service, Ayala worked with youth and the community at Moshav Mahseya in the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council.

About

Ayala is married with four children and lives in Efrat. She loves traveling around Israel and enjoys art, cinema, theater and reading books.

Education

Ayala has an MBA Degree with Honors from Derby University in Israel, and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ayala is a graduate of many courses among them: the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services management training program, basic and family mediating, therapy and management of violence in the family and others.

Tehila Maymon

Vice President, Business Development, Amber Feed

Professional background

Tehila joined Granot factories in 2013 and was promoted to Vice President of Business Development in 2016. In this role she manages the company’s finances as well as to determine potential growth factors for the company. Previously, Tehila served as the Vice Manager of Funds at Granot, where she oversaw the company’s budget reports as well as the company’s investing portfolio.

About

Tehila lives in Kfar Saba with her husband and three sons. She enjoys long distance running in her spare time.

Education

Tehila has an MBA from the Open University with a specialty in budgeting and a BA in Accounting.

Elisheva Mazya

CEO, Khan Theatre

Professional background

Elisheva is the CEO Khan Theatre. Before, she was the CEO of 'New Spirit' and was among its founding members back in 2003. ‘New Spirit’ is an organization working towards enhancing Jerusalem, making it a leading social and cultural center of Israel, reducing negative migration and encouraging students to stay in the city after their studies. In 2008 when Nir Barkat, Chairman of 'New Spirit at the time, decided to run for the Jerusalem Mayoral Elections, Elisheva served as Regional Director at his headquarters. Prior to her current position, Elisheva was the Deputy Chair of the Student Association at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

About

Elisheva lives in Jerusalem.

Education

Elisheva has a Master's Degree in Political Communication and a Bachelor's Degree in the joint program for Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Arnon Meir

Director of Impact and Government Relations at the Israel Democracy Institute

Professional background

Arnon is director of the impact branch of the largest research institute in Israel – the Israel Democracy Institute. He is responsible for relations with decision makers on the senior clerical levels and on the elected political level, in order to promote professional and value oriented discourse in all fields. In his previous role, Arnon was a journalist, editor and announcer at Israel Broadcasting Authority, where he served as the parliamentary journalist of Channel 1 for over seven years.

About

Arnon lives in Oranit with his wife and four children.

Education

Arnon holds an MBA with specialization in funding from Ariel University, and a BA in social sciences from the Open University.

Sharon Blum Melamed

Social Services Administration Director, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

Professional background

Sharon oversees the Social Services Administration of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, responsible for the welfare and health of the public in the city. Sharon deals with challenges relating to young children, the elderly and people with disabilities, and she works to integrate digital worlds in order to help city residents. Previously, she worked in a variety of positions in the development of services and professional infrastructure. She often focuses on result-oriented professional interventions, assessment and measurement outcomes. Her graduate degree's thesis focuses on implementing organizational change in welfare departments. Sharon coordinated the treatment of victims of the polygamous cult of Goel Ratzon and was part of a national policy-making team for the treatment of victims of cults.

About

Sharon lives in Reut with her husband, Yaron, and their three children, Roee, Omer and Amit. In her free time, she enjoys jogging with a group, cooking and baking, as well as listening to Israeli music.

Education

Sharon has both a graduate degree and an undergraduate degree in social work from Tel Aviv University.

Eilat Cohen Melkman

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Eilat has served in the Ministry of Education’s legal department since 1999. She began working as an attorney, was promoted to unit manager and then to deputy legal advisor. Prior to these roles, Eilat worked as an attorney in the private sector. She completed her legal internship in the criminal division of the State Attorney’s office and at a private practice

About

Eilat lives in Jerusalem and is married with four children.

Education

Eilat holds an LL.B. degree from Hebrew University and is currently studying for her LL.M. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Sefi Mendlovic

Deputy Director, Sha'are Zedek Medical Center

Professional background

Sefi is the Deputy Director of Sha'are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Also specializing in Health Administration, Sefi consults to the Head of Medical Administration at the Ministry of Health. Over the past 14 years, Sefi has volunteered as a group instructor and coordinator at 'House of Wheels', an organization providing a variety of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, and since 2011 has served as the organization's medical advisor. In the military, Sefi served as an Officer in an Intelligence Unit. A Major in reserve duty, Sefi serves as a physician in an elite unit.

About

Sefi lives in Jerusalem and in his spare time he changes diapers and practices hypnosis.

Education

Sefi is a graduate of the joint academic program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has an MD Degree and a Master's Degree in Health Systems Management. Sefi is currently working on his Ph.D. in Health Economics.

Kfir Metsuyanim 

Senior Manager, Project Department, Internal Office of Planning and Development, Prime Minister Office

Professional background

Senior Manager, Project Department, Internal Office of Planning and Development, Prime Minister Office. Kfir has managed the Project Department since 2016. In his current role he oversees all collaborative projects with local government authorities. Previously, Kfir worked in a number of roles in local government including in the finance department at the Ministry of Interior and budget management at the Office of Local Planning. Before he joined the public sector, Kfir owned and managed a shipping and delivery company. In his spare time, he conducts financial literacy and management workshops at Pa’amonim a National NGO. In addition, Kfir is active in numerous groups and forums that promote social and financial awareness.

About

Kfir lives in Ashdod with Reen and their three children, two boys and a girl.

Education

Kfir holds an MA in theoretical economics and a BA in economics and sociology both from Bar Ilan University. His thesis focused on the influence of demographic and economic factors in the voting rate in government elections. His thesis was the basis of an article later published in the European Journal of Political Economy.

Dudi Mizrachi

Director of Economics and Budgeting Administration, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Since 2011, Dudi has been the Budgets Manager in the Ministry of Education and Deputy Associate Director of Finance and Budgets. In addition Dudi is Chairperson of the Central Tender Committee for the Ministry of Education and volunteers as a member of the directorate at the Zalman Shazar Center for researching Jewish genealogy and sits on the Board of Directors at the Council for Gambling Regulations in Sports. Between 2009 and 2011, Dudi was advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Shimshon Shoshani, in the fields of finance and budgets, tenders and procurement processes and more. Prior to that, Dudi served as department manager at the headquarters for advancing foreign investments at the Foreign Trade Administration within the Ministry of Economy. In his military service, Dudi served as an Adjutant Noncommissioned officer.

About

Dudi is married and lives in Modiin.

Education

Dudi has an MBA Degree majoring in Finance and Banking and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dudi is a graduate of the 'Atidim – Cadets for Public Service' program.

Hagar Mizrahi

Medical Advisor Executive, Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya

Professional background

Hagar is the Medical Advisor Executive at the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya, as part of her board certified fellowship in healthcare management. Previously Hagar served as a senior physician and specialist in general surgery at the Center. While in these roles she managed the general surgery department providing consultations to other departments, allocating interns to appropriate assignments, putting controls in place, as well as educating medical students. Hagar also managed the clinical research, which included the choice of research topics, exposing her team to relevant literature, teaching interns and writing research proposals. Previous to these appointments, Hagar served as a senior doctor and specialist in general surgery at Ha’Emek Medical Center. Medical Specialization: Hagar is specializing in healthcare management, and previously specialized in general surgery. She completed her residency at Ha’Emek Medical Center where she was Head Intern of the department. In addition, she underwent training in laparoscopic surgery in the Intestinal Studies Department at the Darent Valley Hospital in England. She completed her internship in medicine at Ha’Emek Medical Center.

About

Hagar lives on Moshav Ein Ha’Emek with her husband Gur and their two children. She loves to travel around the world, mainly to developing countries. If she weren’t a doctor, Hagar would work in biology and life sciences research

Education

Hagar holds an MD from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and a masters’ degree in practical surgery from Kent University in England. Through INBAR Hagar is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Riki Mor 

Director, Dan Regional Sewage Treatment Facility, Mekorot Corporation

Professional background

Riki manages the Dan Regional sewage treatment facility. Since 2013 her roles have included all operations and maintenance as well as staffing and budgeting. Previously, Riki managed infrastructure projects including the integration of desalinated water from the Sorek sewage treatment facility into the national water network. She began her career as a construction engineer.

About

Riki lives in Matan, and is a married mother of three. In her free time, Riki enjoys exercise, reading, and volunteering her local community.

Education

Riki holds an MBA with a specialty in hi-tech management from the Collman College of Management and a BA in chemical engineering from Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Merav Morad

Director of the Urban Planning Department, Beersheba Municipality

Professional background

For the past seven years, Merav has served as director of the urban planning department at Beersheba municipality. In this role as director of the urban planning department, she is in charge of establishing residential neighborhoods, urban renewal, designing the public sphere and urban environment, transportation and bicycle roads, green building and sustainable planning and examining implications of regional and national land use plans on urban and metropolitan development among other responsibilities. Merav represents the municipality on forums on the local and national level. In the past, Merav lectured in the external studies unit at Sapir College as part of the arts school.

About

Merav lives in Omer with her husband and four children. In her free time, she enjoys photography and art.

Education

Merav holds an MA in urban and regional planning from the Department of Geography and Environmental Development from Ben Gurion University and a B.Arch. in architecture from the Faculty of Architechture at Bezalel – Academy of Arts and Design. She took advanced courses in fields of planning, green building and economic and legal aspects of urban and regional planning.

Yehuda Morgenstern

Deputy Director General, Economic Company for Bnei Brak

Professional background

Yehuda serves as the deputy director general for Bnei Brak’s Economic Company. In this role he manages projects for the municipal administration, and strives to develop and enhance the city's real estate including housing, commerce, offices and infrastructure. Yehuda founded Telem, an organization which builds sustainable models for the ultra-Orthodox community in the areas of economics, education and society. He is a fellow at the Samuel Neeman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion, wrote the EMC (English, Math and Computers) Studies Report, and spearheads initiatives to strengthen excellence in the ultra-Orthodox education system. Yehuda has worked as a lecturer and a social activist for many years, striving for the economic development of ultra-Orthodox society and for inter-sector discourse.

About

Yehuda lives in Haifa with his wife, their lovely daughter and four sons. He enjoys studying the Torah, reading philosophy books and cooking.

Education

Yehuda has an undergraduate (BSc) degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technion and a graduate degree in Israeli History from the University of Haifa.

Asi Moyal

VP, Training Solutions Division, Ness Technologies

Professional background

Asi has managed the integration solutions division of Ness Technologies. Previously, he held several key positions in the communications and high-tech industries including VP of the Business Division of HOT, and manager of the communications and industry group of Microsoft Israel. In addition, Asi managed the sales and customer services departments at HOT and Celcom. Earlier in his career, Asi worked as a security guard for public institutions abroad and on airlines.

About

Asi lives in Ramat HaSharon with his wife and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging.

Education

Asi holds a master's degree in business administration specializing in marketing from the Management College, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University.

Lara Mubaraki

Head of Arab Education Division, the Jerusalem Education Administration, Jerusalem Municipality

Professional background

Lara began her career in education in East Jerusalem where she worked as a special education teacher and then later as a principal at a school for children with cerebral palsy. After six years as principal, she went on to serve as deputy director of the Arab Education Department for the Jerusalem municipality and in 2010 was promoted to the role of director. Today Lara represents the Jerusalem municipality on the board of directors of the East Jerusalem Electrical Company, the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Waste Water Treatment Company.

About

Lara holds an MA in public administration in the managers’ program of the Hebrew University. She also has an MA in the sociology of education from Hebrew University and a BA and teaching certificate in special education and learning disabilities from the David Yellin Academic College of Educatio

Education

Lara holds an MA in public administration in the managers’ program of the Hebrew University. She also has an MA in the sociology of education from Hebrew University and a BA and teaching certificate in special education and learning disabilities from the David Yellin Academic College of Educatio

Salima Mustafa-Suliman

Director of the Regional Development Division, the Authority for Economic Development at the Ministry for Social Equality

Professional background

Since 2010, Salima has served as director of the regional development division at the Authority for Economic Development of Minorities at the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2015 she also began working for the Ministry for Social Equality. In her role, she promotes economic and social development for Arabs and works with local municipalities to implement change. In the past, Salima was the establishment manager and CEO of Clalit group’s Beit Derekh Haim in Nazareth, and a health science analyst at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA. In her role as health science analyst she focused on conducting research in the field of financial decision making in the healthcare system.

About

Salima lives in Nazareth Illit, with her husband and three children. She likes to spend her free time with her children.

Education

Salima holds a BSc in information systems engineering from the Technion’s Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Ahmad Mwassi

Manager of Arab Communit Rothschild Caesarea Foundation

Professional background

Ahmad established the Arab Community Division at the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. He started working at the Foundation as a coordinator of Arab society in the Rothschild Ambassador program, and since then he has developed, advanced and led social programs for the Foundation, with the goal of advancing higher education and social entrepreneurship among young people in Israel's geographic and social periphery, with a focus on Arab society. Before joining the Foundation, Ahmad held various positions in the public, business and volunteer sectors. In these roles, he advised Israeli companies on trade with Arab countries and specialized in communications specifically  Kol Yisrael in Arabic and at the Al-Sinnara newspaper.

About

Ahmad lives in Baqa al-Gharbiyye with his wife Rana and their three daughters. He is a self-diagnosed communication addict.

Education

Ahmad is currently working on his graduate degree in government and public policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and humanities.

Haim Nargasi

Head of the Attorney General’s Office and Deputy Legal Advisor at Jerusalem Municipality

Professional background

Since 2014, Haim has served as head of the Attorney General’s Office and deputy legal advisor at the Jerusalem municipality. He is responsible for all criminal enforcement in the city. Haim has advanced innovative and groundbreaking models in the field of financial crimes enforcement and combined enforcement, initiated the production of a municipal legal newsletter and founded the Prosecution for the Community Initiative. In 2010, Haim was appointed team leader in the municipal prosecution and led key processes pertaining to enforcement, advancement and improvement of business and building licensing processes. Haim also managed complex and significant legal cases that resulted in judicial innovation.

About

Haim lives in Jerusalem, with his wife and three children. In his free time, he likes playing with his children, reading, playing basketball and long-distance running, he is an avid fan of Hapoel Jerusalem Basketball Club.

Education

Haim holds an LL.M from Bar Ilan University, and an LL.B from the College of Law and Business.

Shirin Natour-Hafi

Principal, ORT School

Professional background

Shirin is the Principal of the first state Arab ORT School located in the Rakevet neighborhood of Lod. Rakevet is a low-income neighborhood comprised mainly of Bedouins. When Shirin took on this position in 2009, there were 150 students in the school; today the school has grown to 1,177 students. In 2013, Shirin was chosen as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Young Global Leaders, a selective cohort of young professionals from all over the world. In 2012, she appeared on the list of 40 promising young professionals of The Marker and Haaretz named her as a one of the top 50 influential people in education. Previously she worked in several management positions in the ORT network and the Ministry of Education. Shirin began her professional career as a literature and homeroom teacher, and literature supervisor in the ORT network.

About

Shirin lives in Lod, is married to Muhammad and has three children Lin, Aya and Omri.

Education

MA in Arabic, BA in Arabic and Jewish Literature and BEd, both from Bar Ilan University.

Keren Naveh

Director of the Israel Project, The University of Texas at Austin A&M

Professional background

Keren is the Director of the Israel Project at The University of Texas, in  Austin A&M. Previously, Keren served as the Director of Project Interchange, Israel the flagship educational institute of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) bringing world leaders to Israel on seminars exposing the diversity, creativity and complexity of Israel. Prior to Interchange, Keren was the Director of Projects at the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce in Tel-Aviv where she led high profile business delegations to Israel. Between 2006 and 2009, Keren was a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, representing Fortune 500 companies, formulating strategy and serving as the lead attorney on complex litigation cases. In 2005, Keren clerked at the Israeli Supreme Court for the Hon. Prior to that she received the Haas-Koshland Award from the San Francisco Federation to conduct refugee work at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR).

About

Keren immigrated to Israel in 2010 and lives in Tel-Aviv.

Education

Keren has a Juris Doctor Degree from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor's Degree with Distinction and Highest Honors in the major (English Literature) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shira Navon

VP of Budgeting, Council for Higher Education

Professional background

Shira manages the budgeting department at the Higher Education Council. In this capacity, Shira co-leads core processes that affect higher education in Israel including: multi-year strategic plans in areas such as excellence in teaching and research. Underscoring all efforts is a commitment to ensure that the system is accessible to all populations. She also oversees initiatives to promote theengagem ent of the academy in the community.

About

Shira resides in Ramat HaSharon where she lives with her husband Guy and three sons. She loves to read and to travel.

Education

Shira has a BA in economics from Tel Aviv University and received an MBA with honors from Hebrew University.

Miri Navon

Deputy Director of the pedagogocal administration, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Miri's began her career in education as a teacher. She went on to establish a junior high at the High School of the Arts in Jerusalem and serve as the principal of the Ariel School. In 2011 she joined the Ministry of Education. While at the Ministry she  worked closely on pedagogical reform, leading the Ofek reform, serving as Head of the Director General’s staff, Deputy Director of the Pedagogical Administration and then as Acting Director.

In her current role leading Integration Reform, Miri is responsible for implementing the new Special Education Law in addition to other large-scale reforms. Miri oversaw planning for the 70th anniversary year, promoting a commitment to excellence in teaching.

About

Miri lives in Jerusalem with her husband Shimon and their children Reut, Yonatan and Nitzan.

Education

She holds an MA in Contemporary Judaism from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in General and Comparative Literature and Jewish History. She also has a teaching certificate in history and civics.

Yael Neeman

Executive Director, Lautman Foundation

Professional background

Yael is the executive director of the Lautman Foundation, a role she has held since 2008. The foundation promotes collaboration and equality between Israeli subpopulations with a focus on education. Yael chose to pursue a career in education after serving as an attorney in the private and administrative sector. Yael worked as a homeroom, civics and Judaism teacher at a local high school before serving as a facilitator for organizations focused on Jewish identity. She managed the Haifa and northern district branch of the Gesher organization and worked as the programs manager for children and teens with special needs at the Ashalim Association of JDC Israel.

About

Yael grew up in Haifa and spent many years living in Jerusalem. Currently she resides in Nirit, a cooperative community. She is married to Yorai and is the mother of Omer, Ma’ayan and Shira. In 2012 she published a book titled If Only He Would Not Say That Word.

Education

Yael holds an LL.B. and master’s degree in criminology both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is certified to teach civics and graduated from the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. Yael also holds a certificate in mediation and is a graduate of a leadership course for executives.

Iris Nehemia

Vice President Strategic Planning, Israeli Civil Service Commission, Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Iris is the Vice President Strategic Planning in the Israeli Civil Service Commission of the Prime Minister's Office. Prior, Iris served as the Head of the Department of Policy Research and Knowledge Management for the Reform Implementation Team at the Civil Service Commission. There, she led system-wide projects, such as the “For the Future” project for the development and adaptation of a differential model for the evaluation of employee functioning in public service, and the "Communicating Vessels" project for information management.

Over the years, Iris has consulting in organizational development for businesses and public entities.From 2011 to 2012, Iris served as a public, academic representative on the council for maximizing human resource potential within public service. From 2002 to 2014, Iris served in a teaching and research position at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Sapir Academic College. In addition, she served as a facilitator for “Business Management in Israel” at Ben-Gurion University’s Faculty of Management.

About

Currently resides in Mazkeret Batya

Education

Iris holds a PhD in organizational behavior. Her thesis dealt with formulating public and organizational policy with regard to the integration of employees from the periphery into the High-tech industry in Israel. Iris earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree cum laude in business management from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Yaakov Israel Netanyahu

C.E.O of Harish City Council

Professional background

With over 20 years of experience in Israel’s hi-tech sector, Yaakov founded Plattinet, a startup that focuses on locationbased services. He worked in the technology department of Orange for 12 years in four roles in telecommunication management. He is certified in project management and served as a deputy manager for Project Managers Israel for ten years and teaches management, leadership, and innovation. In 2014, after three adolescent boys were abducted from Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion bloc, he helped coordinate action on behalf of the teens’ parents. He has worked in the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Interior under Minister Gilad Ardan and has served as manager of the Dolev Community Council as well as the director of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council Forum. Yaakov spends much time studying the historic, moral, and legal rights of the Jews in the land of Israel.

About

Yaakov lives in Dolev in Mateh Binyamin Council with his wife Esther and their children Tehila, Tsofia, Bat- El, Hillel, and Yinon. He enjoys reading about management, leadership, selfimprovement, and psychology.

Education

Yaakov is a graduate of the Or Etzion Yeshiva. He holds an MA in Governance, Diplomacy, and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a BA in the History of Israel from the Open University. Yaakov is certified in PMP from PMI International and is a graduate of the Voices Program. He holds numerous certificates in the hi-tech field.

Alon Nevet

Medical Advisor to Director General, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center

Professional background

As part of a board certified fellowship in healthcare management, Alon serves as a Medical Advisor and assistant to the Director General, at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera. Previously Alon worked as a senior physician and managed the pediatric intensive care unit, also at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. Before he started at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Alon worked as a pediatrician in community clinics in Baqua el Garbiya and Bnei Brak. In addition to his medical practice, Alon has researched, created protocols, and advised on medical issues facing Clalit Health Services’ online pediatric service. During his medical studies, Alon worked as a teaching assistant, tutor and researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Medical Specialization: Alon is specializing in healthcare management and previously specialized in emergency medicine and pediatrics at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. He completed his internship in medicine at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.

About

Alon lives in Kibbutz Ma’abarot with his wife Vered and three children. During his spare time, Alon is a long distance runner and if he were not a doctor he would be a scientist

Education

Alon holds an MD as well as a PhD in Neurobiology from the Hebrew University. As part of the INBAR Healthcare Management program, Alon is studying at Tel Aviv University towards an MBA degree, with a focus on health systems management.

Yael Israeli Nevo

Head of Legal Advice in Salaries Department, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Since 2010, Yael has served as a Commissioner in the Legal Department of the Wages and Work Agreements Office of the Ministry of Finance. Prior to that, from 2005-2010, Yael served as counsel in the Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office (civil) and dealt with administrative law, labor law, torts, contracts and legislation. From 2002-2004, Yael specialized and interned in the criminal and civil divisions in the Jerusalem State’s Attorney’s Office. From 2001 to 2002, she held an internship at the Supreme Court under Judge Miriam Naor. Simultaneously, Yael served as an instructor in the Israeli Parliament and Supreme Court on behalf of the “Zionism 2000” Foundation.

About

Currently resides in Jerusalem

Education

Yael holds a master's degree in law with a specialization in public law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been a member of the Israeli Bar Association since 2004.

Ziv Nevo

Director of Global Software Engineering Department, Intel

Professional background

Since 1998, Ziv has been working at Intel Israel and since 2012, he is the Regional Director of the Flex Engineering Program in Israel and Asia, managing a business unit of six software engineering teams in China, India and Israel that aim to improve product speed in the company. In addition to his current role, since the beginning of 2015, Ziv is also Intel Israel’s CIO. During his tenure at Intel, Ziv has worked in several different positions at Intel including Information Systems Manager and leader of the Platforms and Integration team. Ziv has been a board member of the “Democratic Education Spring”, an organization that he established. The organization promotes social change by providing practical tools, and increasing awareness and social capabilities. In addition, Ziv has served as an entrepreneur and partner in the Synergy project, where he volunteers. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Values Sports, an organization which utilizes existing sporting platforms to bring about social change.

About

Currently resides in Shoresh

Education

Ziv holds an MBA and bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and information systems, both from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Debbie Niderberg

Executive Director, Hidden Sparks

Professional background

Hidden Sparks is a non-profit that works to train and instruct teachers to work withchildren with special learning needs so that they will be able to fulfil their learning potential. After the initial training, the program leverages educational coaches who come to the school each week in order to build the teaching staff’s professional skillsets. Hidden Sparks won the Covenant Prize for excellence in Education and Slingshot has recognized its contribution to innovation in education for the past six years.

Debbie is responsible for developing the program, partnerships, strategic planning and fundraising in addition to managing all staff. In addition, she helps to manage the George Rohr Foundation and supervises grants for occupational training to the ultra-Orthodox communities in New York. Before that she was executive director of the Nash Family Foundation and founded the interactive Jewish Children’s Museum in New York and was its chairperson.

About

Debbie is married to Ben Zion and is the proud mother of six children plus a son-in- law. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, to work- out in the gym, to hike and read a good book.

Education

Debbie has two Master’s degrees: an MSW from Columbia University and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Stern College, Yeshiva University. In addition, she took a course in Educational Leadership in Columbia University and received the FEREP Prize from the UJA Federation.

Ilana Nolman

Head of the Administration for Residential Settlement Boarding School and Youth Aliya Youth Village, Ministry of Education

Professional background

Ilana is the Head of the Administration for Residential Settlement Boarding School and Youth Aliya Youth Village in the Ministry of Education. Previously, as director of the Education Department, Ilana focused on educational programs for high-performing youth as well as strategy development for excellence in the education field. She also led an innovative educational program in Ariel. Prior to this role she worked in Jerusalem as the principal of the Israeli High School for Arts and Science, a national residential facility for gifted and students. Ilana founded and managed the Yovel Junior High School in Ariel and, during her tenure, the school received specialrecognition fro m the Ministry of Education and the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust. Ilana was also among the designers, writers, and leaders of the Oz LaTmura, the reform in the high school education system centered on pedagogy, management and teacher benefits.

About

Ilana is married with three children. She resides in Ariel and is a singersongwriter and composer. She is the author of a book about her family’s experience raising a child who suffers from illness.

Education

Ilana holds a BA in education and the history of the Jewish people and an MA in education administration both from Hebrew University as well as a certificate in teaching.

Yariv Nornberg

Head of Representative Office, Julius Baer and Co. Ltd Bank

Professional background

Yariv is the Head of Representative Office in Julius Baer and Co. Ltd Bank. Prior, Yariv was the Managing Director Senior Advisor and Head of the Israeli Office of Bank Julius Baer and Co. Ltd. Until the summer of 2013, Yariv was Head of International Regulation and Government Relations at 'Better Place' and prior to that, served for three years as a manager on the Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions team at 'Amdocs'. Between 2005 and 2006 Yariv was the President of the United States’ Assistant for conflict resolution in Nepal, and his representative in setting up and facilitating the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more than a decade Yariv served in various commanding and operational roles in the IDF and was discharged with the rank of Major.

About

Yariv lives in Moshav Bazra, is a chess fan and enjoys playing the piano and horse riding. In the last year, Yariv ran three marathons around the world.

Education

Yariv has Master's Degrees in Public Administration and International Relations with Honors from Columbia University and Sciences Po, Paris. His Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and International Relations is from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ibrahim Nsasra

Social and Economic Entrepreneur, Founder and Executive Manager, Tamar Center

Professional background

Ibrahim has an extensive background in education and social change, specifically in Israel’s Negev region. In 2015 he founded the Tamar Center, a nonprofit that aims to strengthen the Negev Bedouin community in an effort to create a better, shared future for the Negev and the State of Israel. Today he serves as chairman. Before founding the Tamar Center, Ibrahim managed the education department for the Lakia Regional Council and established Armonot Ha’Negev, an NGO that advances employment for women in the Bedouin community where he continues to serve as CEO. Earlier in his career, he founded and served as CEO of Lahav TraveLtd.

About

Ibrahim resides in Lakia with his wife and four children. First and foremost he enjoys spending his free time with his family. Other hobbies include studying the English language, reading, and getting together with friends.

Education

Ibrahim holds a BA in education and teaching and an MA in public policy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Sari Nuriel

Executive Director, Zionism 2000

Professional background

Since 2006, Sari has served as the Executive Director of Zionism 2000, a social organization which aims to develop a culture of social responsibility among the civic and business community in Israel. Previously Sari was the Deputy Director. In a prior role, Sari was the Head of Post-Graduate studies at Tarbuyot – the Center for Geographical Studies. In the Tzofim Scouts Movement she served as the head of social counselors in Israel and the emissary and guidance coordinator in North America. Sari began her professional career as a social counselor coordinator in the Ramat Gan, Dan Region, Tzofim  couts Movement, where she focused on empowering creative women in theater. She volunteered in several foreign relations committees also for the Scouts Movement.

About

Sari lives in Rosh Ha’Ayi with her four-year-old twins, Ella and Gilad. In her few free hours, Sari loves to read.

Education

MA in Business Management and Nonprofit Management at the University of Haifa and BA in Classical Archaeology and Geography at Tel Aviv University.

Tal Ohana

Head of the City Council, Yeruham Municipality

Professional background

Since 2010, Tal has served as the Deputy Mayor of Yeruham, where she is also in charge of the education portfolio and strategic development. In addition, Tal is a member of the Bids and Property Tax Committees and serves as the Board Director of the Yeruham Economic Development Corporation.

Prior to that, Tal served as the director of “Young Adults of Yeruham". Simultaneously, she established and managed the National Program for Student Leadership through the Ma’ase Center and coordinated programs for young adults at the WIZO Nir HaEmek high school, and a project to support single mothers. She also worked as an educator and youth counselor in the WIZO Youth Village at Nahalal, operated an aid organization for the needy by youngsters in Yeruham, assisted in leading a group of students from the “Tzvi” youth program in Yeruham, and operated the SELA project for young adult female immigrants through the Yedidim organization. Tal established and headed the “Alfonso Tzeva” youth movement to promote immigration and Zionist education among Moroccan Jews.

About

Currently resides in Yeruham

Education

Tal is completing her master’s degree in strategic and organizational consulting and development from the College of Management Academic Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational sociology, cum laude, from the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel.

Hadas Ovdat

Director, Mifam (The Education and Development Centers System of the Interior Ministry) - Hashfela Region

Professional background

Hadas is the director of Mifam HaShfela – a program that seeks to develop organizational excellence and professionalism in local authorities. She is responsible for guiding local authorities, building a professional leadership development program and for producing content that details management guidelines for the municipality. Before that, Hadas worked at the Biblical nature reserve of Neot Kedumim, and managed experience programs for various audiences. Hadas began her professional career at the Rishon LeZion Museum.

About

Hadas lives in Maccabim with her husband and four children. In her free time, Hadas likes to travel across Israel and practice yoga.

Education

Hadas has an MA (with honors) in Israeli studies from Bar Ilan University, and a BA in geography from the Hebrew University. She also studied mediation, coaching and organizational consultation.

Ofir Paldi

CEO, 'Shamayim' (‘Sky’)

Professional background

Since his release from the military in July 2010 Ofir has been engaged in business and social entrepreneurship. In July 2012 he established 'Shamayim’, a social enterprise initiating projects that create meaningful impact on a national level. The company’s mission is to lead social value-driven change throughout Israeli society integrating Air Force alumni into social and educational practice. Ofir also manages 'GARPO' that he founded in 2011, an initiative for affordable housing in Israel through collective buying. Ofir serves in active reserve duty as a pilot, flight instructor and Operations Commander with the rank of Major.

About

Ofir lives in Tel-Aviv and in his spare time he plays soccer and initiates new projects.

Education

Ofir holds a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Political Science from the University of Haifa, and is currently a joint EMBA Degree Student at the Kellogg Recanati Program, in association with Tel-Aviv University and Northwestern University.

Sigal Pariente

Direcor of the Southern region, Israeli Association of Community Centers

Professional background

Since 2018, Sigal has served as the director of the Southern District for the Israel Association of Community Centers. In this role, she is responsible for the development and promotion of community centers and programs in southern Israel. She also is charged with implementing the Association’s visions and goals and managing all content and administration. Since 1994, Sigal has worked for the Israel Association of Community Centers, and  has held various positions. First, she worked as a community center director in Kiryat Gat. In 1998, she was promoted to CEO of the Kiryat Gat community center network.

In this role she led organizational and community-based initiatives. In 2003, she was honored as an exceptional manager in the Southern District, and she also received the municipality's Pioneering Woman award. In 2005, Sigal was appointed deputy to the director of the Southern District and also served as his stand-in. In addition, she held a city-wide position in community development and served as member of forums and think tanks for strategy building as well as the development of organizational culture, instruction models and more. Sigal began her professional career in the Social Services Department in Kiryat Gat as a social worker for at-risk girls. In this role, she established a transitional house project for girls, and later managed the Community Work Unit in Kiryat Gat.

About

Sigal was born and raised in Kiryat Gat. She currently lives in the Sgula moshav in southern Israel with her husband Dror and their three children, Amit, Ilai and Liav. She is active in the local community as a committee member and chairperson of the education forum, and she also volunteers in the parents committee. In her free time, Sigal enjoys reading and traveling in Israel and abroad.

Education

Sigal has a graduate degree in administration, organization and community work from the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University and an undergraduate degree in social work from the School of Social Work at Hebrew University.

Tamar Peled-Amir

Head of 'Atudot le'Israel' Department' Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Tamar is the Head of 'Atudot le'Israel' Department' Prime Minister's Office. Previously, Tamar was the Senior Department Manager for Society and Inter-Sector Cooperation in the Department for Society and Governance at the Prime Minister's Office. Tamar engaged in leading policy planning processes, formulating government resolutions and inter-sector socioeconomic development programs. Tamar is an attorney, specializing in the field of children’s rights and the connection between law, social services, welfare and education. Tamar served as Chief Operating Officer for a social based startup - the online international University of the People. She also served as deputy legal advisor and manager of the Center for the Child and the Law within the Israel National Council for the Child. During her military service, Tamar served as Course Commanding Officer for Education and Geography Noncommissioned Officers.

About

Tamar is married to Roni, has three children and lives in Ramat-Gan.

Education

Tamar holds an LL.M Degree with distinction from Tel-Aviv University and an LL.B Degree from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tamar graduated the School for Educational Leadership at the Mandel Institute, holds a Teaching Diploma in Civic Studies and Citizenship, and holds School Principal and Mediator Diplomas.

Dudu Peretz

CEO of Emek HaYarden Regional Council

Professional background

As CEO of Emek HaYarden regional council, Dudu is in charge of carrying out the policy of the head of the regional council, in accordance with public administration guidelines. He directs all strategic planning for the council and formulates all personnel policy. He supervises the implementation of the council’s actions, conducts routine follow-up on these actions and is in charge of all legal aspects related to HQ operation. Dudu serves as the council’s contact opposite person for the regional council’s town secretaries, and is head of the emergency HQ.

About

Dudu lives in Tiberias with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys long distance running, hiking and going to the theater.

Education

Dudu is an electronics and communications practical engineer. He holds an MA in national security from Haifa University and a BBA. He also studied law at Ono Academic College.

Osher Perry

Former VP International Marketing, Autoagronom

Professional background

Osher has been a Project Manager at the Portland Trust in Israel since 2011. An economic development foundation, the Portland Trust strives to promote peace and regional stability through strengthening the Palestinian private sector and reducing socio-economic gaps in Israel. Within the Trust, Osher leads the development of a social investment market in Israel and structures programs for employment among underprivileged communities, with an emphasis on the Haredi and Arab populations. In 2009, Osher founded MBA Cares, an initiative for social responsibility in business, within the Recanati School of Business at Tel-Aviv University. Osher is a naval officer, Lieutenant Commander (res.), who served in multiple commanding positions on-board Israeli Naval vessels. He grew up in the Elei Sinay community in the northern Gaza Strip that was evacuated as part of the Israeli Disengagement Plan from Gaza in 2005.

About

Osher is married to Ashley, an olah hadasha and former Olympic sailor. They currently live in Tel-Aviv during the week and spend the weekends on a boat.

Education

Osher holds a MBA, with honors, from Tel-Aviv University’s internaonal program. He received his BA from Haifa University as part of the pre-military tract, Atuda Kravit, which is geared for the fast promoon of combat officers. He is also a graduate of the IDF Military Academy Junior Command Preparatory School and the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.

Amit Persiko

Maoz Network Manager

Professional background

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.

About

Amit lives in Jerusalem with his wife Dikla and three children Yonatan, Tamar and Yoav. In his free time he loves to cook and hike.

Education

LLM in Law (summa cum laude) and LLBin Law and International Relations (magna cum laude), both from Hebrew University.

Keren Petel

CEO of Merom HaGalil Regional Council

Professional background

Since 2014, Keren has served as CEO of Merom HaGalil regional council. Keren oversees the improvement of municipal services and social, community and economic development of the region, while dealing with the complex challenges unique to the socio-geographic periphery. Before this, Keren served as head of the Merom Program Administration – a joint administration of Merom HaGalil regional council, UJIA and Rashi Foundation. While there, the regional center for education and community was established, and in addition to establishing education and community buildings, Keren managed various pedagogic programs. In the past, Keren worked alongside Prof. Yuli Tamir, initially as a parliamentary aide, and when Prof. Tamir served as Minister of Education – as a senior consultant. During those years, Keren dealt with advancement of social legislation, formulation and definition of the relations between different sectors.

About

Keren lives in Merom HaGalil, with her children Yair-David and Shira.

Education

She has an MA and BA in political sciences, both from Tel Aviv University.

Eitan Petigro

Head of Shoham Council

Professional background

Eitan is the Head of Shoham Council. Prior, Eitan was the advisor to the Minister of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources in the field of natural gas, as well as Head of the Director General’s Office. Previously to that, Eitan served as Head of the Director General’s Office at the Ministry for Regional Cooperation and Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Eitan is in charge of budget management and work plans as well as executing those plans on behalf of the Minister and Director General.

Since 2008, Eitan has served voluntarily as Deputy Mayor on Shoham's City Council, Chairman of the Shoham Economic and Development Association and in charge of the Planning and Engineering Committee. Eitan completed his military service as a Flight Instructor and Commander at the Israeli Air Force Academy and was discharged with the rank of Major. Today he is an El-AL pilot.

About

Eitan lives in Shoham, is married to Li-Or and a father to Yuval.

Education

Eitan has an LL.M Degree from Bar-Ilan University and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Management Administration from the Open University of Israel.

Chagai Philipson

Senior VP Human Capital and Managers, Ministry of Transport and Road Safety

Professional background

Chagai was recently appointed senior VP of Administration and Human Resources for the Ministry of Transportation and Road Safety after having served in the Civil Service Commission. While on the Commission, Chagai was a senior partner overseeing policy making processes and implementing reform in the senior staff authority. Between 1989-2014 Chagai served in the IDF. He served as  an adjutant officer of the GOC Army headquarters, head of the staff and human resources branch in the Artillery Corps, and the adjutant officer of the national center for ground training in Tze’elim. In the reserves, he continues to serve as a liaison unit commander. Chagai is a graduate of the Gvanim program in Gan Yavneh for the advancement of Jewish pluralism in Israel.

About

Chagai lives in Gan Yavneh with Einat and their three children. In his free time, he is involved with his local community and likes to travel.

Education

Chagai holds a BA in behavioral science and liberal arts from Ben Gurion University. He is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces Command and Staff College, and a graduate of the Open University’s course for directors and senior executive.

Ester Pik

Director of both the Income Department and Planning and Monitoring Department, Bnei Brak Municipality

Professional background

Over the past four and a half years, Ester has served as director of the Planning and Monitoring Department, which is in charge of managing the local authority in Bnei Brak. This position includes creating a strategic plan, leading work plans tied to the city's budget, organizational development and the management of human capital, implementing reforms in the authority's various departments, managing the authority's service infrastructure and establishing innovative projects in various fields. Over the past six months, Ester has also headed the Income Department, which is responsible for a yearly income of around half a billion shekels. Previously, she served as the office manager of the deputy to the authority head, where she was responsible for managing the public queries office and promoting the platform to the engineering department. In her past, Ester has worked as an operations and purchasing coordinator for the Heichalei Oneg youth movement, where she was in charge of organizing the movement's events from a pedagogic and logistical standpoint. Ester is a board member of the Economic Company for Bnei Brak and is also a board member of Bnei Brak's water corporation.

About

Ester lives in Bnei Brak with her husband, five sons and one daughter.

Education

Ester has an undergraduate degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from the Ono Academic College. She graduated Mifam (the education and development centers system of the Ministry of Interior) – Hashfela Region's course for local authority director generals. She also graduated from a course for CEOs of economic companies and a board of directors training course by the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and the External Studies Center of Bar Ilan University. In addition, she is a certified senior teacher.

Yair Pines

Deputy Director, Israel Lands Authority

Professional background

Since 2017, Yair serves as the Deputy Director, Israel Lands Authority. Before, he served as Land and Planning coordinator in the budgets department at the Ministry of Finance. Yair also leads the professional team for the 'National Housing Project' and is a key player in implementing comprehensive reform at the Israel Land Authority, engaged in formulating planning and licensing, as well as facilitating settlements between the Israel Land Authority, the local authorities, government companies and public corporations. From 2007 to 2010, Yair was in charge of the security and defense budgets in the budgets department at the Ministry of Finance in the Knesset. Additionally, he negotiated with government offices, processed military and other defense institutions’ budgets formulated and implemented economic models and structural reforms of government policy concerning the permanent resettlement of 'Gush Katif' evacuees and compensation following the disengagement from Gaza.

About

Yair is married with three children and lives in modiin.

Education

Yair has an LL.M Degree and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Accounting, both from Bar Ilan University.

Uri Pinto

Director, Western Negev Local Councils Group

Professional background

Since joining the Council in 2015, Uri has managed the organization’s strategic development as well as day to day operations. Uri is an entrepreneur who specializes in supporting initiatives with a focus on socio-economic enhancement based on collaborative tri-sectoral partnerships. Previously, Uri founded and co-director Misdar and managed the 'City in Change' program in Sderot and Yeruham for Zionism 2000.

About

Uri was born in the Negev and now lives in Meitar with his wife Dana and their four children. Uri enjoys spending his free time in nature as well as with family and friends. He believes in the power of the group to inspire personal and social change.

Education

Uri holds an MA in management and public policy as well as a B.Sc in life sciences, both from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He also holds a certificate in group training and guiding from the Department of Social Work at Ben Gurion University

Shira Berliner Poleg

Head of Haredi Employment Field, Ministry of Economy

Professional background

Since 2013, Shira has served as the Director of the Ultra-Orthodox Employment Department at the Ministry of Economy. Her role includes leading projects related to the employment of ultra-orthodox citizens, as well as handling the implementation of government diplomacy in this field. From 2009 to 2013, Shira served as an economist, on the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office initiating and facilitating projects in various fields including a project for the integration of ultra-orthodox Jews into the IDF and into the workforce. Prior to that, from 2008 to 2009, Shira served as a research assistant on the National Economic Council. In addition, Shira volunteered her services in establishing and coordinating a branch of "Pa’amonim”, an organization that helps disadvantaged families with proper financial management, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

About

Currently resides in Nes Harim

Education

Shira holds a master’s degree in economics with a focus in research and a bachelor’s degree cum laude in philosophy, economics and political science, both of which she earned at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Olga Polyakov 

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Sharon Alroy Preis

Quality and Patient Safety Division Director, Carmel Medical Center, Clalit Health Services

Professional background

Sharon directs the quality and safety division at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa and has served as member of the Board of Directors since 2015. In this position, Sharon is responsible for leading projects for the improvement of the quality and safety of care in the hospital, the therapeutic continuum of hospital-and-community, monitoring and improving quality indices, analysing and reporting incidents, and preparing the hospital for the accreditation examination (JCI (.  Before this Sharon was a senior physician in the internal medicine division and unit for infectious diseases and their prevention at Carmel Medical Center.

From 2010 to 2013, Sharon was the New Hampshire State Epidemiologist. In this role, she was responsible for superving and inspecting infectious diseases of in the state of New Hampshire. She was also responsible for investigating outbreaks of infectious diseases and served as a liaison between the Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Sharon also integrated quality assurance in the Department of Health, that included the development of an online platform for displaying public health data (New Hampshire Health WISDOM).

In 2007, Sharon was nominated an "outstanding lecturer" by the Medical Faculty of the Technion. In 2010, she won a prize for her remarkable work to improve timing for the administration of emergency antibiotics. In 2015, she was awarded a prize for excellence for her work to improve safety in the administration of chemotherapy, and in 2016 she won a prize her work to improve the treatment of CVA at a conference on Transparency in Medicine of the Ministry of Health.

Sharon specialized in internal medicine, public health and preventative medicine and completed a specialization in infectious diseases and the prevention of infectious diseases in the United States. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, and her residencies in infectious diseases and preventative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the United States. Sharon also graduated the prestigious program Leadership in Preventive Medicine at Dartmouth College. This program's goal is to train physicians to be quality leaders, and she was the program's chief resident. She completed her internship in medicine with honors at the Rambam Medical Center.

About

Sharon lives in Haifa with her husband, Meir, and their four boys: Eitan, Gilad, Yonatan and Yoav. She enjoyes dancing, hiking, skiing, photography and reading.