The MAOZ Employment Joint Venture trains and connects valued, professional and mamlachti (common-good behaviors and actions) senior leaders. The program focuses on identifying fellows from the field of employment that come from the social, governmental, municipal, private and media sectors and represent the diverse population groups across the Israeli society

The training is based on meaningful learning and constant synergy among theory, reality, and experience in an effort to create lasting change in the field of employment. By working on leaders’ self-identity and values, and by receiving professional tools, the leaders are able to address the burning  internal social and economic challenges of Israel and strengthen its socio-economic resilience

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Program Vision

Build a network of social change leaders from a diverse sectors and communities in Israeli society working to advance mamlachtiut (common good behaviors and actions) and strengthen Israel’s socio-economic resilience' with a focus on the field of employment.

Program Goals

Mamlachti Leadership

Promoting mamlachti, multi-sectoral and multi-systematic leadership that is capable of leading change processes to advance Israel’s socio-economic resilience.

Network

Promoting leadership in the Network, building trust, developing professional tools and creating partnerships for driving change

Capacity to Lead Change

Developing personal abilities and the capacity to lead- change.

Program Content

Approximately seven weeks of intensive learning (about 45 days) spread throughout the year, including two weeks in the U.S., one of them at Harvard Business School.

“On the Job Training” format that allows the fellows to continue working while participating in the program, allowing them to immediately apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations.

Peer learning and shared consultation regarding challenges faced by the fellows in their professional positions.

The program includes lectures and tours around Israel, meetings with inspirational figures and with senior Israeli leaders from the academic, business, public and social sectors. These meetings and the corresponding exposure to the challenges and opportunities of Israeli society, together with a constant and fruitful discourse of peer learning, create new knowledge, ways of thinking and a more lucid view of the future.

Admissions process

A synchronized admissions process across the ADVOT, MAKOM and MAOZ Employment Venture, in order to pool resources and enable an ideal match between candidates and programs, will open in Spring 2020.

  • The registration for the next admissions process will launch in spring 2020.
  • The admissions process includes four stages; at each stage, we summon the most qualified candidates from the previous stage:

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MAOZ Fellows

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Slomi Avni

Board Member, Nirim Foundation. CEO, Taga Urbanic

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.

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.

Amir Ginossar

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.

Limor Harel-Menashe

Director of Innovation, Prime Minister's Office

Professional background

Limor serves as Director of Innovation, Prime Minister's Office. 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).

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).

Tomer Segev

Educational entrepreneur and project manager for the establishment of educational innovation centers

About

Tomer lives in Modi'in, is married to Limor and has three children. He loves orienteering, traveling and cooking.

Education

Tomer has a Master's Degree in Applied Physics from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and Mathematics from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, both with Honors.

Gal Shacham

CEO of UPS International Shipping Division

About

Married + 3, lives in Binyamina

Education

Gal received his B.A. in Business Administration from Rupin College and an M.B.A. from IDC Herzelia.

Yair Shindel

Founder and managing partner of the Amon Partners Fund - Investments in Medicine and Life Sciences

Yair Shindel

Founder and managing partner of the Amon Partners Fund - Investments in Medicine and Life Sciences

Ronny Weinberger

Advisor, Organizational and Management Consultant Specializing in Management Development, Organizational Culture, Communication and Conflict Resolution

About

Ronny lives in Kfar Saba, is married to Maya and a father to three children. He runs marathons, loves reading and is currently writing his first book.

Education

Ronny has a B.Sc. in Information System Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology and is also a certified instructor of various effective listening and communication methods.

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Shai Babad

CEO of Blue Square Group

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.

Yael Drori Doron

Independent Consultant & Lecturer on Innovative Development & Creative Thinking

Professional background

Yael is a consultant and lecturer. 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 city-wide 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 school 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.

Ran Dudai

JDC-CEO

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.

Roy Folkman

Strategic Advisor

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.

Eitan Ginzburg

Member of Knesset, Blue & White Party, Chair, Knesset House Committee

Professional background

Eitan currently serves as the Chair of the Knesset's House Committee and as a Member of Knesset on behalf of the Blue & White party. He formerly served as the Mayor of Ra'anana and the Chairman of the city’s Building and Planning Committee. Prior to that, Eitan served 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.Earlier on in his career, Eitan served as Ra'anana's Labor Party's Secretary and was active in Hitorerut (Awakening), a movement advocating equality, encouraging the recruitment of ultra-orthodox students into 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.

Nir Hacohen

CEO, Beit Berl College

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.

Tomer Heimann

Deputy Director of Planning & Business Development, JTLV Investments

Professional background

Tomer serves as Deputy Director of Planning & Business Development, JTLV Investments. Previously, he served as Head of Engineering Administration, Ra'anana Municipality. 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.

Dorit Hizi

Director of the Public Information Workshop

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.

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, Q 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.

Adi Koll

Dean of Students, Lecturer, IDC Herzliya. Chairman of The Access for All Program

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.

Tom Lahad

Chairman of the Supplent Company

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.

Adi Leviatan

Vice President, 3M

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.

Elisheva Mazy

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.

Shahar Rubinstein

CEO, Kedma Youth Village

Professional background

In 2015, Shahar became the CEO of the Kedman Youth Village. Shahar is the Founder and was the CEO of 'Value Sports', an organization leading a unique educational program for children and youth participating in competitive and after-school sports activities.In the past Shahar was a high school teacher mainly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and a mentor at Teach First Israel, for training talented young people to become teachers in the Israeli social and geographic periphery and leaders in the public education system. In addition, Shahar was a Regional Manager at 'Acharai!' ('Follow Me!'), a social educational organization developing leadership and promoting social involvement among youth in the Israeli socioeconomic periphery.During his military service Shahar served as a Combat Officer in the Israeli Navy Seals (Shayetet 13).

About

Shahar is married to Ronital, lives in Kibbutz Nitzanim and has two children.

Education

Shahar holds two Master's Degrees: one in Jewish Philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the other in Education Systems Management. His Bachelor's Degree in Jewish Studies was from the 'Revivim' program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yakir Segev

Chairman of the Social Space

About

Yakir lives in Jerusalem and has three children.

Education

Yakir has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor's Degree from the combined program in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science.

Adler Shilo

Head of Infrastructure Director of the Ministry of Transportation

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.

Ari Singer

Owner and Director of a Diamond Trading Company

About

Ari is married to Rachel, lives in Peduel and has six children. He loves learning Torah, playing with his grandchildren and traveling around Israel.

Education

Ari has a Master's Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, both from Bar-Ilan University.

Keren Terner

Chief operating partner, Vintage Fund

About

Keren lives in Tel-Aviv

Education

Keren has an MBA Degree, majoring in Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Economics and Business Administration, both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Roy Wiesner

Managing Director, aMoon Fund

Professional background

Roy is the Managing Director at aMoon Fund, a fusion of life science specialists, hi-tech pioneers and financial experts who are passionate about healthtech revolution. Before that he was the CEO of Hutchison-Kinrot. Hutchison-Kinrot is a technological incubator in the field of water and clean-tech related technologies, owned by Hutchison Water, a unit of the Hutchison International Group, one of the world's leading seed investors in the field. Prior to his position with Hutchison, Roy was partner at Yuval Levy & Co, in charge of Private Equity and in the international department for Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Markets. Prior to that Roy worked in New York and Hong Kong for Weil Gotshal & Manges, a leading international law firm. Roy carried out his Law Internship in the chambers of Aharon Barak during his office as President of the Supreme Court.During his military service Roy served in the Artillery Corps and in the 8200 intelligence unit.

About

Roy lives in Tel-Aviv, enjoys photography, hiking and diving. He also participated in marathons in Berlin and New York.

Education

Roy has a joint Master's Degree with Honors in Public Administration and Economic Policy Management from Columbia University and from London School for Economics. Roy's LL.B Degree with Honors is from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and he is licensed and certified to practice law in Israel and in New York.

Hudi Zack

Chief Product Officer, Morfisk

About

Hudi and his wife Dalia live in Ramat Hasharon and have three daughters. He loves jogging, playing and listening to music and traveling.

Education

Hudi has a Master's Degree with outstanding distinction in Electronic Engineering from Tel-Aviv University and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics with Honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Shmuel Abramzon

Senior Deputy to Chief Economist, Israel Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Shmuel currently serves as Senior Deputy to Chief Economist, Israel Ministry of Finance. Previously he served as Head of Research, The National Economic Council, 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 was responsible for integratingnew methodologies and research processes and oversees the NEC research team.Prior to that, 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 andmethodologies 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

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 continuingeducation. 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.

Liat Amar Arran

Representative of the Jewish Agency in South Africa and director of the Israel Center.

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.

Anat Asraf

former, Director of Municipal Elections Department, Ministry of Interior

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.

Ifat Bechor

CEO of the Unistream organization

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.

Ofer Berkovitch

Chairman of "Awakening in Jerusalem", Chairman of the Opposition in the Jerusalem Municipality

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 Biederman

CEO of c.i.

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.

Menachem Bombach

Head of the "Eternity" educational network

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.

Eilon Dachbash

Deputy CEO of Phoenix, Retail Credit Manager

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..

Nurit Felter-Eitan

Director of the Department of Communications, Information and Community Relations, Bank of Israel

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.

Benyamin Fisher

Faculty member at the Mandel Institute Leadership School

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.

Noga Gil

Director of the Public Service Leadership Program, and Director of the Development Unit at Mandel North

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.

Inbar Harush Gity

Director of "Tikkun", project manager at the Ministry of Defense

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.

Jonathan Greifman

An investor in Intel's corporate venture capital fund

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.

Ibrahim Habib

CEO of Reina Local Council

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.

Ehab Hoseen

VP of Human Resources and Customer Experience in the King Store Network

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

Tair Soli Ifergan

Director of the Labor Arm, Ministry of Economy and Industry

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

Oz Katz

Director of the Industries Administration

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.

Anat Nehemia Lavee

CEO of the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Partnerships

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.

Uri Leventer-Roberts

Development Manager, Production Company G.G. Zohar

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.

Iitshak Malachi Levinge

Promotion of the jJewish Diaspora Topic

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 David 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 theSales 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.

Ronny Linder

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.

Dafna Maor

Director of Labor Market Integration for Individuals with Disabilities, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs

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.

Orly Friedman Marton

A social activist engaged in the fields of body-mind

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.

Weinberger Avraham Mordechai

Deputy Director of the Social Services Department for Finance, Bnei Brak Municipality

Professional background

Avraham is the Deputy Director of the Social Services Department for Finance for the Bnei Brak Municipality. He completed his internship in accounting at Schmidt, Ben- Tsvi, Perlstein accountants’ office. Previously he worked as an Administrative Manager at Mesilot, leading the organization from loss to profit and to a significant rise in organizational activity. Before that Avraham worked as the CFO and Accountant for Tzaad Rishon – a network of daycare centers. Avraham volunteers at Paamonim, an organization committed to fiscal education for families in financial distress since 2012. Avraham has been a leader in the Haredi community and he volunteers in various projects and charity organizations.

About

Avraham lives in Ashdod with his wife, four daughters and two sons. In his free time Avraham learns Torah and studies a wide range of subjects. He also reads and enjoys traveling.

Education

BA and MA in Business Management, with specialization in Accounting, Finance and Capital Markets from the Ono Academic College. In 2015, he was awarded an accounting license.

Avraham Naphtali

CEO, Ethiopian Jewry Heritage Center

Professional background

Naftali serves as CEO, Ethiopian Jewry Heritage Center. Previously, Naftali served as the CEO of Tech Career, an organization that supports career development 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 of Tech Career 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 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 52 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.

Shirin Natour-Hafi

Principal, ORT School

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.

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.

Amit Persiko

Chief of Staff of the Minister of Communications

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.

Ehud Remer

Global Business Development Manager, Mobileye

Professional background

Udi is the Global Business Development Manager of Mobileye. Prior, Udi was the Chief of Staff and Senior Economic Advisor to the Director General of the Ministry of Finance. Udi led the Ministry’s strategic programs. In his previous positions in the Ministry, he served as a macro coordinator and energy advisor in the Budgeting Department where he was responsible for formulating economic policy and leading reforms in the macro and energy markets. Previously Udi set up a company for the production and distribution of original t-shirts and before that he worked as a tutor in micro- and macro-economics at Ben Gurion University.

About

Udi is married to Katrin, and father to Jonathan. He lives in Jerusalem, and in his free time he lives to travel, run and bike.

Education

MA in Law at Bar Ilan University and BA in Economics (summa cum laude) at Ben Gurion University.

Ahron Safrai

Head of Employment Assistance Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services - Legal Bureau, Director General of Achvat Torah

About

Aharon lives in Elad. In his free time he reads and volunteers in his community.

Education

Aharon completed Yeshiva studies at the Ateret Yisrael Kollel in Jerusalem.

Na’Ama Schultz

Director General of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office

About

MA in law, for non-legal professionals at Bar Ilan University, and BA in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. In addition, Naama is a graduate of the leadership course for directors and senior executives from Tel Aviv University.

Education

MA in law, for non-legal professionals at Bar Ilan University, and BA in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. In addition, Naama is a graduate of the leadership course for directors and senior executives from Tel Aviv University.

Nasrin Shami

Founder & CEO, FORSA Foundation, Area Coordinator in the Young cadets in the local authorities program

About

Nasrin lives in Daliat el- Carmel with her husband and her sons Kian and linar. In her free time she loves reading, listening to music and baking.

Education

MA in Organizational Development and Counseling and BA in Social Sciences – Sociology and Anthropology, both from the University of Haifa.

Alma Shiran

Director of Southern Community Administration, Tel Aviv - Yafo Municipality

Professional background

Alma is the Director of Southern Community Administration in Tel Aviv - Yafo Municipality. In her previous position, Alma was the Head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Welfare in Education at the Tel Aviv – Jaffa Municipality. She was responsible for the initiation, development and operations of programs for diverse communities and for specific programs for closing opportunity gaps in south Tel Aviv. Prior to that, Alma served as the Head of the Shapira Community Center in the Tel Aviv - Jaffa Municipality. Alma also worked as the Head of the International Department of the Tzfofim Scouts Movement and lectured in cinema as the Open University. In recent years she worked in various positions at Tel Aviv University – as Head of the 9th International Festival for Student Movies, and as a tutor and teaching assistant in the laws of cinema and television. Alma began her professional career in the Tzofim Scouts Movement, where she served as a Head Educational Counselor and Coordinator and before that as a social guide in several Tzofim Scouts branches in Tel Aviv.

About

Head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Welfare in Education, Tel Aviv -Yafo Municipality

Education

Michael Ben Shitrit

CEO of Another Lesson association

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.

Abramzon Shlomo

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 atthe 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.

Guy Adin Spigelman

Healthcare & Life Sciences Startup Business Development Manager, Amazon Israel

Professional background

Guy previously worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR). Prior to that, Guy he served as CEO of PresenTense Israel. PresenTense is a community of innovators, thinkers, leaders, creators and educators from around the world who employ entrepreneurship as a tool to enrich communal life, grow local economies and solve critical issues facing society. Guy has built and led eight groundbreaking accelerators in the business, social and community world, including the first technological accelerator for the Arab sector in Israel and the first accelerator for initiatives focused on individuals with disabilities. Previously, Guy served in senior positions in various startups, including as CEO of Apos Medical in Great Britain, VP Sales at Radview Software, VP Asia-Pacific at XMPiE and more. Guy has been the Chairman of the Merchavim Institute for Shared Citizenship for the past six years. He is active in the Labor Party, where he is editor of the Party’s international news magazine and stood for party voting during the 2006 Knesset elections. He also led a campaign to change tuition laws for higher education, together with Minister of Education Yuli Tamir. Prior to his immigration to Israel, Guy was the Secretary General of Habonim Australia.

About

Guy lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Naomi and children Eden, Galya and Neta. In his free time, Guy loves to cook and spend time with his family.

Education

BA in Mass Communications at Macquarie, Sydney, Australia.

Noam Wiezner

Strategic consultant and entrepreneur in the health field

About

Noam lives in Jerusalem with his wife Ayala and children Omer and Yonatan

Education

MA, Public Policy (Honors) and BA in Political Science and Communications, both from the Hebrew University.

Matan Yaffe

Founder and co-CEO, Desert Stars

About

Matan lives in Nitzana in the Negev with his wife Aviv and children Nevo and Negev. In his free time he loves hiking and rock climbing.

Education

Matan is studying for his BA in Natural Sciences at the Open University and has a group counseling certificate from the Wingate Institute.

Ehud Yerushalmi

CEO, Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT)

Professional background

Udi is the CEO of Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Previously, Udi served as the Chief of Staff & Deputy CEO at Galei Tzahal – the Israeli Army Radio. He managed six departments, headed up strategic planning and policies, managed crisis response and led major projects including the station’s relocation to the city of Lod. Prior to that, Udi served as Consultant to the Chairman of the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority) and before thatworked at the Arison Group as Head of Marketing and as Consultant to the Director of Bank Hapoalim and Shikun & Binui. Udi was responsible for managing the marketing, advertising and branding  rogram at the Arison Group headquarters and initiated partnerships across the private sector. Additionally he  elped initiate the strategy of “Good Deeds Day” project and managed the marketing and branding.

About

Udi lives in Tel Aviv and is married. He spends his free time surfing and playing sports. He loves the sea, traveling abroad to unknown destinations.

Education

BA in Political science and Sociology at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Asaf Zamir

General Consul in New York

About

Asaf lives in Tel Aviv - Jaffa.

Education

BA in Law from Tel Aviv University.

Maisa Zoubi

Attorney at the Northern Civil District Attorney's Office

About

Maisa is married to Shua and is mom to Dana, Alin and Adi. She lives in Kfar Sulam and spends her free time reading.

Education

MA in Law at the University of Haifa and BA in Law at the Academic College of Netanya.

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Hadar Gur Arie

VP of Marketing, Mako Group

About

Hadar holds a BA in advertising and communication from NYIT.

Education

Hadar lives in Mitzpe Ramon with her husband and two children

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.

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.

Roei Dahan

Acting Senior Vice President of Human Capital

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.

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

Educator at the Eli Pre-Military Academy, Author, Publisher & Publicist

Professional background

Netanel is an Educator at the Eli Pre-Military Academy, Author, Publisher & Publicist. Previously, 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

Ofira Goldwasser

Director of Human Resources, Jerusalem District and Shefela, Maccabi Health Services

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.

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.

Shmuel Greenberg

Director of the Ultra-Orthodox Education Department in the Jerusalem Municipality

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

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 toimplement 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

Abed Eljabar Hasdia

Head of the Digital Division at Harel Insurance

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.

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 Chinaand 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.

Ghalia Abu Kaff

Director of Economic Development, Yanabia

Professional background

Ghalia serves as Director of Economic Development, Yanabia. Previously he served as Vice President of the Rayan Center in the Negev, after working as the Center's Assistant Director. The Rayan Center is a joint project of the Ministry of Economy and JDC Israel which 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

Yoram Karin

Head of Council, Emek Mayanot Regional Council, Chairman of the Kinneret Amakim Cluster

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.

Efrat Makin- Knafo

Chief Resilience Officer (100 resilient cities pioneered by the Rockefeller foundation), and Adviser to the Mayor for the Advancement of Women, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

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.

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.

Noa Litmanovitz

Head of the Senior Economics Division of the Public Transportation Authority

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.

Sonia Massoud

Accountant and business and financial consultant

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.

Ibrahim Nsasra

Founder and Chairman of the Tamar Center Founder and Chairman of the Tamam Initiatives Group

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.

Chagai Philipson

VP of Human Resources, Hadassah Medical Center

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.

Amir Reshef

Deputy Budget Commissioner (Defense & Government), Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Amir serves as Deputy Budget Commissioner (Defense & Government), Ministry of Finance. Amir previously served as Energy Coordinator at the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance. Before that, he was Director of Industry and Trade in the Finance Ministry’s Budget Division. In this capacity, he worked with different government ministries, such as the Ministry of Economy and Industry, to advance policies aimed at increasing market investment, expanding the competition in the consumers’ goods market and reducing living costs. Amir advanced a comprehensive reform, dubbed the "Cornflakes Reform", which made it easier to import food products, as well as to standardize regulatory amendments to better connect factories to natural gas. Amir also serves as Chair of the Pricing Committee in the Ministry of Finance and in the Budget Division's Real Estate and Planning Unit. In the IDF, Amir served as a combat solider, squad commander, platoon commander and a deputy company commander in the Nahal Brigade.

About

Amir lives in Jerusalem with his wife Rotem and their son Omer. He is member of Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem F.C association – the first fan owned soccer club in Israel.

Education

Amir holds a BA in philosophy, economy and political science and a master's degree in economy both from the Hebrew University.

Vardit Rosenblum

A rabbinical attorney and a lawyer. Moderator of the Mandel program for the development of leadership in Ultra-Orthodox society and the program "Public Representatives" in collaboration with the Hebrew University. Director of the "Otot" seminary

About

Vardit is a mother of four – three adult children and one small daughter. While she lives in the ultra-Orthodox city of Beitar Illit, her heart is in Jerusalem. She is married to Yehezkel. Vardit enjoys studying, teaching, and prioritizes time for reflection.

Education

Vardit holds a Rabbinical Pleaders certificate from the Chief Rabbinate. She has an LL.B. from Ono Academic College and is a board-certified lawyer. She has an MPA from Hebrew University and is currently completing an MA in Jewish thought at Hebrew University. Vardit is also a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Maya Schwartz

Director of the Mandel Program for Academic Leadership, Mandel Leadership Institute

Professional background

Maya serves as Director of the Mandel Program for Academic Leadership at Mandel Leadership Institute. In her previous position she has been Head of R&D Unit, Avney-Rosha, the Israeli Institute for School Leadership. Before she joined Avney-Rosha, she established and managed the R&D Unit at Branco Weiss, leading teams who develop new pedagogic models. Maya has extensive experience supporting teams of teachers and principals in schools, and in leading county-wide processes of change in teaching and learning. Maya co-edited Making A School, with Dr. Naomi Mandel-Levy, a paper on research and practical implications of pedagogic leadership. Previously, Maya taught creative writing, philosophy and thought in primary schools.

About

Maya lives in Mevaseret Zion with Yuval and their children: Daniel (10), Ido (7) and Alon (2). In her free time, she likes to read fiction and travel with her children.

Education

Maya is a PhD candidate in education with a focus on oral feedback in the classroom at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. Maya holds an MA in the philosophy of education and a BA in education and in the multidisciplinary track, both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is also a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Efrat Segev

VP Information & Research, Dun & Bradstreet Israel

Professional background

Efrat serves as VP Information & Research, Dun & Bradstreet Israel. Previously, Efrat served as VP of Business Development at Dun & Bradstreet Israel, where she was responsible for leading strategic cooperation agreements, maintaining effective communication with the company’s headquarters abroad, leading cross-company projects and overseeing D&B's 100 department – the ranking of the leading companies in the Israeli market. Before joining D&B, Efrat was the department director for the planning and strategy division at Division in Partner Communications, where she managed a team of project managers and led service optimization processes. Efrat served in the IDF as an air traffic controller at an air force base.

About

Efrat lives in Tel Aviv. In her free time, she enjoys TRX workouts and practices yoga.

Education

Efrat completed an LL.M. from Bar Ilan University and holds a BA in economy and psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Yifat Sela

Senior Deputy Strategy and Human Capital, Government Companies Authority

About

Yifat lives in Modi’in with her husband and four children. In her free time, she takes drumming lessons.

Education

Yifat has a BA in Israel studies from Bar Ilan University and an MA in gender studies from JTS in New York. She also holds an LL.M. from Bar Ilan University.

Sara Shadmi-Wortman

CEO of the Global Center for Community Building, and a faculty member at Oranim College

About

Sara has a PhD in education and community from Tel Aviv University, an MA (with distinction) in political communication from Haifa University and a BA in political science and sociology. She is a graduate of the 4th cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Education

Sara has a PhD in education and community from Tel Aviv University, an MA (with distinction) in political communication from Haifa University and a BA in political science and sociology. She is a graduate of the 4th cohort of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership.

Salam Sharkiaa

VP of Marketing, Globes

About

Salam lives in Jatt, a village in northern Israel, and is married to Almas. He is a fan of the Maccabi Haifa football club and attends all of the team’s games. Salam also likes diving.

Education

Salam holds an MPA from the School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Hertzeliya, and a B.Ed. from the David Yellin Academic College in Jerusalem.

Roni Shub

Psychologist in occupational specialization

About

Roni lives in Tel Aviv.

Education

Roni holds a BA in psychology from the Open University, an equivalent bachelor’s degree in teaching and she is the graduate of the careercounseling program in Tel Aviv University

Guy Simchi

Supervisor of the Employment of People with Disabilities, Histadrut- National Labor Organization

Professional background

In his current role, Guy is responsible for the implementation and expansion of the recent bill that requires all business entities employing over 100 employees to designate at least 3% of positions to individuals with disabilities. Before joining Histadrut in 2014, Guy was the CEO of the Center for the Blind in Israel- an umbrella organization that coordinates efforts among nonprofitsworking on behal f of the visually impaired inIsrael. Before that, he served as the chair of the Israeli Guide Dog Users Association.

About

Guy resides in Ganei Tikva with Sheli and their three sons. He is helped by Jack, his guide dog.

Education

Guy holds an MSW and BSW from Bar Ilan University

Riki Siton

Director, Havruta - Ayelet Hashahar Foundation

About

Riki lives in Bnei Brak. She is married and is the mother of eight children. In her free time, she enjoys reading.

Education

Riki holds an MBA (IT specialty) from the Lev Institute in Jerusalem and a BA in business administration (HR specialty) from Ono Academic College. She also holds a senior teaching certificate from Hamore House in Tel Aviv

Yair Tal

CEO, Acuna Reit

About

Yair was born in Jerusalem and lives in Mevaseret Zion. He is married and has three children.

Education

Yair is a certified accountant with a BA in accounting and economics (with distinction) and an MBA – with a finance specialty (with distinction), both from Hebrew University.

Yair Tarchitsky

Chairman, Union of Journalists in Israel, Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Movement for Public Journalism

Professional background

Yair is the Chairman of the Union of Journalists in Israel (in Partnership with the Histadrut) and the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Movement for Public Journalism. Previously, as Chair of the Union of Journalists and a member of the board of Israel Press Council, Yair engaged in public activities to promote journalists and their field. Yair has written and served as an editor for Haaretz, Maariv, Yediot Aharonot, and Globes newspapers, as well as for the IDF radio station (GLZ). He has taught communications and journalism at Haifa University, Ariel University and Netanya College.

About

Yair lives in Tel Aviv. He is a fan of HaPoel Holon basketball team and likes wordplays.

Education

Yair holds a BA in communication and sociology from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an MA in communications from Haifa University.

Hassan Towafra

Head of the Economic Development Authority in Arab Sector

About

Hassan is from Maghar in the north. Today he lives in Jerusalem with his partner, Rana. Hassan likes to travel and read biographies

Education

Hassan is a certified accountant with a BA in accounting and economics (with distinction) and an MBA – with a focus in finance (with distinction), both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Michael Vole

Director, The Department of Community Planning and Development, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

Professional background

Michael began his career as the assistant to the cabinet’s secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. Over the past few years, he established the young adults’ department in the Tel-Aviv- Yafo municipality. The department operates five young adult centers, including Mazeh 9, providing services to tens of thousands of young people. Michael also focuses on municipal policies that affect young adults including rental housing laws, civic participation and more. The department is the first of its kind in Israel.Michael established the innovation unit in cooperation with the Michael Bloomberg Foundation. Currently he heads a new municipal body aimed at consolidating efforts and advancing a joint strategy for the community building in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Michael is member of the board of Ben Gurion House and supports a variety of social endeavors.

About

Michael is married to Shtefi. Michael comes from a musical family. He comes from a line of musicians and for generations his family performed in the philharmonic symphony.

Education

Education Michael has an LL.B. and a degree in liberal arts from the Tel Aviv University.

Nasreen Hadad Haj Yahya

Director of The Project for Arab-Jewish Relations, Israel Democracy Institute & Partner, The Portland Trust

Professional background

Nasreen is the Director of The Project for Arab-Jewish Relations at the Israel Democracy Institute. In addition, Nasreen is a Partner at The Portland Trust. Her research focuses on the integration of the Arab minority in the employment market, higher education and informal education spheres. In recent years, Nasreen has 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.

Avi Yalou

Justice Party chairman, activist and social entrepreneur

About

Avi lives in Kiryat Ekron. If he had free time, he would spend it relaxing.

Education

Avi holds a BA in business administration.

Yaara Yeshurun

Social entrepreneur, Deputy Mayor of Mazkeret Batya

About

Yaara lives in Mazkeret Batya with her husband and four children. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee with friends and attending weekly ceramics courses.

Education

Yaara has a BA in communications and political science from Bar Ilan University

Eitan Zeliger

CEO and Partner, Zeligner & Shomron Communition

Professional background

Eitan is the CEO and Partner at Zeligner & Shomron Communition. Eitan’s firm provides strategic communication services to public and political organizations. Before starting the firm where he is now a partner, Eitan was the deputy editor of the Makor Rishon newspaper and had served as the spokesman of the Knesset’s Education Culture and Sports Committee. For the past three years, Eitan has served as a media commentator on various channels including as a permanent panel member for the Patriots program on Channel 20 alongside Erel Segal, Kalman Libeskind, Yariv Oppenheimer and other media personalities. Eitan has an active twitter account, with over 3,000 followers, focusing on the news and politics. Eitan was among the founders of joint secular-religious Keshet School where his daughters are currently students.

About

Eitan lives in Mazkeret Batya. He is married and a proud father of four girls. He works to advance equality for religious athletes, including his daughters, so that they will be able to participate in professional sports competitions.

Education

Eitan holds an LL.B

Aweke Kobi Zena

Head of the Anti-Racism Coordination Unit in the Justice Ministry

Professional background

In addition to leading the Anti-Racism Unit at the Justice Ministry, Eweke Jobi also serves as a member of the Ministry’s Management Forum. Before joining the Ministry, Eweke Kobi worked as a senior deputy in the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s office where he was a litigator focused on criminal cases. In this role he oversaw all efforts related to racially motivated crimes including hate speech and participatedon the national forum to eradicate incitement. He also served on the inter-ministerial team to combat racism against people of Ethiopian origin and co-wrote the summary report that was adopted by the government. Eweke Kobi studied for his law degree as part of the IDF’s academic reserves program. After graduation he served in the Military Advocate General’s office in the Southern Command. Eweke Kobi is ranked as Major (res).

About

Eweke Kobi is married to Almaz and is the father of Itamar and Yuval. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Education

Eweke Kobi holds an LL.M. from Tel Aviv University.

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Yael Agmon

Ministry of Defense Coordinator at Budget Department, Ministry of Finance

Professional background

Previously, Yael served as a welfare and national insurance coordinator at the Ministry of Finance's Budget Department. In this role, she was 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.

Moshe Arbel

Member of Knesset, Shas Party

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.

David Bar

Director of Division H, in the Division for the Audit of Economics and National Infrastructures

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.

Roei Bentolila

CEORoim 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.

Maoz Bigon

Director of the Adult Education Division. Ministry of Education

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.

Emanuel Bohbot

CEO, Tribu

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.

Moshe 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.

Yoel Cheshin

Chairman of the 2B Group

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.

Moshe Cohen

Acting VP of Network Services, IEC

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.

Gabriel Czertok

CEO, The Builders

Gabriel Czertok

CEO, The Builders

Professional background

Gabi is currently the CEO of The Builders. An entrepreneur and manager, he has a deep connection to the technological and social worlds. He founded The Bridge - an organization that bridges startups with giant corporations around the world, such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes, Turner, NBA, Cartoon Network, CNN, etc. and uses its own unique methodology to create commercial relationships and give both sides tools for use down the road. Gabi was the Coca-Cola Israel's Director of Innovation. In his previous position, he served as the CEO of a water-focused start-up, and while completing his law studies, he established a social organization that trains entrepreneurs in the legal field.

About

Education

Amit Shlomit 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.

Suzanne Dassoyky

Director of Senior Division - Treatment of Out-of-Home Populations, Correctional Administration and Assistance to the Court, Ministry of Welfare and Social Security

Suzanne Dassoyky

Director of Senior Division - Treatment of Out-of-Home Populations, Correctional Administration and Assistance to the Court, Ministry of Welfare and Social Security

Ron Eifer

Vice President of Economics and Strategy at the Gas Authority

About

Ron is a Jerusalemite living in Tel Aviv. In his free time, he likes to row in a boat on the Yarkon River.

Education

Ron holds a graduate degree in international economic development from the University of Cambridge in England, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy, economics and political science (magna cum laude) from Hebrew University.

Gal Gabay

Independent journalist, director, and presenter on radio and television.

About

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

Education

Gal is currently studying toward a degree in law.

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.

Yael Mazuz Harpaz

Deputy Minister of Economics and Applications, Digital Israel

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.

Suzan Hassan

Director of Strategic Programs, JDC Israel Tevet

Suzan Hassan

Director of Strategic Programs, JDC Israel Tevet

Professional background

At JDC Israel Tevet, Suzan serves as Director of Strategic Programs. Previously,  Suzan served as Director of Programs for Arabs and Career Advancement Programs, JDC Israel Tevet.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.

Yasir Hujeirat

Director of MyHeritage's CO-rona Central Laboratory

About

Yasir is a Bedouin Arab from the el-Hujeirat tribe. He lives in the Bir al-Maksur community with his wife Ibtisam and their children: Aseel, a pharmacist; Saja and Hadil, medical students; and Mahmud, Adam and Rittal, elementary school students. Yasir enjoys sports including soccer, jogging, and swimming.

Education

Yasir is a doctor who specializes in genetics. He received his Ph.D from Hebrew University and completed his post-doctorate research at the Technion and the Imperial Cancer Research Foundation in England, where he studied cancer genetics. Yasir has a graduate degree in biochemistry from Hebrew University and an undergraduate degree in biology, also from Hebrew University.

Inbar Hurvitz

VP of a start-up venture

Inbar Hurvitz

VP of a start-up venture

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.

Jona Jacobovitz

Director of the Quality in Social Services Division at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute

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.

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.

Ilil Shahar Lis

Deputy Director of the News Division at the Kan11 Broadcasting Corporation, and a member of the Press Council

Ilil Shahar Lis

Deputy Director of the News Division at the Kan11 Broadcasting Corporation, and a member of the Press Council

Samuel Litoff

CEO of Bnei Brak Municipality

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.

Ifat Levy Mayer

Vice President of Human Resources in the Academic Track of the College of Management

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.

Sharon 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.

Yehuda Morgenstern

Deputy Director General, Economic Company for Bnei Brak

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.

Ahmad Mwassi

Manager of Arab Community in the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation

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.

Esther Pick

VP of Finance, 2B Group

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.

Elyashiv Raichner

Journalist and publicist at Makor Rishon. Facilitator of the Resonance team at Maoz

About

Elyashiv lives in Yeruham with his wife Daphna and their five children

Education

Elyashiv graduated as one of the students in the first year of Yeruham's Yeshivat Hesder. He has an undergraduate degree in education and a teaching certificate from Herzog College. Elyashiv graduated from a board of directors training course led by the continued education center at Bar Ilan University.

Yuval Roitman

Head of a Regulation, Economic Law Division in the Department of Justice and Legislation, Department of Justice

About

Yuval lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three sons. He enjoys music and cooking.

Education

Yuval holds a PhD in law from Tel Aviv University, a graduate degree in law from Harvard Law School, and an additional graduate degree in law from Hebrew University (magna cum laude). He has an undergraduate degree in law (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

Zipi Rotlevy

VP,Yated Neeman Newspaper

Professional background

Zipi currently serves as the vice president of the Yated Neeman newspaper, Israel's best-selling ultra-Orthodox newspaper. In this role, she is responsible for marketing, advertising and sales, as well as managing the newspaper's employees. Zipi started working for the newspaper in 1986 and has since served at a number of different positions, including marketing manager, VP of marketing and head of human resources.Zipi developed the newspaper’s national distribution which helped to make Yated Neeman Israel’s primary ultra-Orthodox newspaper selling more than140 thousand copies each week, and reaches audiences from all walks of life in religious-Zionist and ultra-Orthodox society.

About

Zipi lives in Peta Tiqva with her husband, rabbi Moshe Rotlevy, a Talmid Chacham and educator. She is a mother of three and grandmother of eight. She volunteers as chairwoman of the women's forum of the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center.

Education

Zipi graduated from the Beit Yaakov Seminar in Bnei Brak. She has a teaching certificate from the Seminar and also graduated from a mediation course in Bar Ilan University.

Yaron Rozental

Business manager of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion and chairman of the Kfar Etzion Field School

Yaron Rozental

Business manager of Kibbutz Kfar Etzion and chairman of the Kfar Etzion Field School

Rasool Saada

Director of the "Statehood" project

About

Rasool is a native of Shefa-'Amr.

Education

Rasool holds an undergraduate degree in law from Bar Ilan University.

Wisam Sadi

Director of the Arab Society Division, the Branco Weiss Institute

Professional background

Wisam began his career as a high school psychology teacher working with at-risk adolescents. He established and implemented programs for closing educational gaps and preparing students for matriculation. In his current role as director of the Arab Society Division at the Branco Weiss Institute, Wisam works as an instructor for schools and an advisor to municipal education systems. He also established programs for improving the education system in Arab society.

About

Wisam lives in Arraba in the Galilee with his wife Taghrid, and their children Luna, Miral and Majed. In his free time, he works in architecture and design.

Education

Wisam has a graduate degree in educational psychology and an undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences. He graduated from various professional development training programs for teachers and principals.

Galia Sagy

Executive Director at the Food Industries Association Manufactures' Association of Israel

Professional background

Galia manages the Food Industries Association at the Manufacturers Association of Israel, which represents all manufacturers in Israel. Tasked with improving the business environment for food producers and the industry as a whole, she represents foodand drink producers when dealing with regulatory bodies and Knesset committees.Previously, Galia served as head of the Transparency International Israel organization, the Israeli branch of the Transparency International organization, which promotes ethics and transparency in order to combat corruption. Earlier in her career, Galia was a criminal lawyer on the legal team of the Custom and VAT Department of the Tax Authority.

About

Galia lives in Herzliya with her partner, her three children and a cat.

Education

Galia holds an undergraduate degree in law from IDC Herzliya and another in political science from Tel Aviv University, as well as a graduate degree in law from Bar Ilan University.

Arnon Shapira

VP, Marketing and Board Member, Unilever Israel

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.

Amihai Siboni

Owner, As Strategies, Strategic Advising, Company & Government Projects

Professional background

Amihai is the Owner of As Strategies, Strategic Advising, Company & Government Projects. Previously, Amihai served as Adviser to Minister of Education, Ministry of Education. Amihai held various roles in national government. He worked with Minister Naftali Bennett in the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Religious Services and the Ministry of Education. Amihai began his career as a political advisor to Bennett and was a trusted, professional advisor. In that role, he was responsible for leading strategic processes and setting long-term policy goals for all Ministry departments. Initiatives have included permanent budget ordinances, such as regulating the government's and Ministry of Education's budget as well as support for the student villages movement. In addition, Amihai works to implement projects at the national scale in partnership with the Ministry’s distinct departments and divisions.

About

Amihai lives in Shimshon neighborhood of Ashkelon, where he was born and raised. Shimshon is an economically depressed area and Amihai has established a number of programs with the aim to keep young people and families in the neighborhood and promote volunteerism and a commitment to social responsibility. Amihai is an avid reader and enjoys biographies.

Education

Amihai holds an undergraduate degree in education from Orot Israel College of Education, and a graduate degree from the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs in the Public and Political Leadership Program at Tel Aviv University.

Sheli Suissa

Chief of Staff of the Chairman of the Knesset's Economics Committee

About

Sheli lives in Yeruham with her husband Kobi and their children, Lenny, Ella and Yuli.

Education

Sheli has a graduate degree in administration and public policy from Ben Gurion University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the Center for Academic Studies. In addition, Sheli holds a teaching certificate from Ben Gurion University.

Shuly Wandam

Deputy Director of Human Resources, Reshet 13

Professional background

Shuli currently serves as Deputy Director of Human Resources, Reshet 13. Previously, she served as the Head of Human Resources and Managing Director, April Cosmetics & Perfume Network. The network has 250 employees across 40 locations across Israel. Shuli was in charge of organizational processes addressing core business challenges. Prior to that, Shuli worked at Unilever for five years, in a variety of roles including head of recruitment, HRBP and manager of employee satisfaction. While at Unilever, Shuli lead efforts to strengthen diversity recruitment practices as well as training and onboarding efforts.

About

Shuli has a sonnamed Ariel, and in her free time she enjoys reading books, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Education

Shuli holds an undergraduate degree in communications and human resources from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a graduate (MSc) degree in management sciences with a focus on organizational consulting from Tel Aviv University.

Lital Wexler

VP of Human Resources, cal

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.

Ilil Ben Zur

Founder and editor-in-chief of Tech12

About

Ilil lives in Ramat Gan with her partner Carmel and their children Nitay, Oded and Be'ery.

Education

Ilil has an undergraduate degree in literature and psychology (magna cum laude) from Tel Aviv University.

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Libby Affen

Chief Operating Officer of Matrix Global, Matrix Testing, Topq, Matrix North, Matrix Division : Matrix Global

Professional background

In 2004, Libby was among the founders of Talpiot – a nearshore activity of Matrix Global for ultra-orthodox women, which today serves more than 70 clients and employs over 900 employees. Currently, Libby is the chief operating officer of Matrix Global (Talpiot), Matrix Testing and Automation and TopQ. Previously, she was the manager of the IT department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was responsible for IT in the Ministry and in over 100 consulates abroad.Libby is a member of the Council of the Bishvilech Organization for Women’s Health, and of the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs.

About

Libby was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Rabbi Aryeh Libby – a Rosh Yeshiva and Esther Bakst – an educator. Libby immigrated to Israel in 1981. In the beginning she lived in Hadera, and currently lives in Jerusalem. She is married to David and is the mother of six children and many grandchildren. Libby greatly enjoys crafting, reading, and spending quality time with her family. 

Education

Libby holds a bachelor's from Thomas Edison College in the US. She has also completed courses in technology and management, including a course for chief information system administrators.

Lina Alatawna

CEO, Project Wadi Attir

Professional background

Lina joined the Wadi Attir Project in 2016 as director of organization, methods and resource development. The Wadi Attir Project is an initiative of a Bedouin community in the Negev desert, establishing a sustainable farm model that leverages Bedouin traditional values, know-how and experience with The Sustainability Laboratory’s signature approach to development. In 2017 her position expanded to include management of the project’s dairy operation. In February 2018 she was chosen as CEO of the project.

About

Lina lives in Hura.

Education

Lina holds a Master of Science in industrial engineering and management and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, both from the Sami Shamoon College of Engineering.

Sliman Amor

CEO of AJIC - Negev Institute

About

Sliman was born in the village of Tel Elmaleh and today, lives in the town of Kuseife. He is married to Miada and is the father of five children: Ibrahim, Miar, Silin, Jori and Muhamad. In his free time, he enjoys reading, spending time with his family and sports.

Education

Sliman holds a master’s in public policy from the executive program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a bachelor’s in Hebrew literature and Jewish history from Ben Gurion University in the Negev, and a teaching certificate in education and Arabic language. In addition, he has participated in many professional development programs and courses in Management.

Sami Asaad

Deputy CEO, Kav Mashve

About

Sami is married to Amal and is the father of wonderful daughters: Visal, Duniya, Miada and Tala. He loves the music of Umm Kulthum and Fairuz.

Education

Sami holds a master’s from the executive program in labor studies at Tel Aviv University, and a bachelor's in middle eastern history and Hebrew comparative literature from the University of Haifa. He also completed a certificate in group facilitation in organizations from the University of Haifa.

Mohamad Abu Ashiba

Atir CEO and Program Development Manager at the Tamam Group

About

Mohamad grew up in the town of Abu Qrenat until the age of 15. He moved to Beer Sheva and studied at the Omer Comprehensive High School. Currently he lives in Abu Qrenat. He is married with two sons and a daughter. In his free time, he enjoys fitness training.

Education

Mohamad holds a master’s in business management and organizational consulting from the Peres Academic Center and a bachelor's in management and public policy from Sapir Academic College.

Abed Assli

VP, Reut Group - Vision to Reality

Professional background

Since 2013, Abed has been the VP of the Reut Institute. In this position, he is responsible for strategic and business development, financial management and ongoing operations, and leads a team to advance innovation in an era of rapid. Previously, Abed was the deputy finance director of the organization, team leader for strategic advancement for the hi-tech industry in Israel, and team leader for economic-social development of the periphery. In the framework of that position, he led a collective impact process for socio-economic development in the Western Galilee.Abed is active in the Collective Impact Partnership for Arab employment and a member of the Board of Directors of the Moona Project – a technology space to advance hi-tech in the Arab community.

About

Abed is originally from Arraba in the north. He lives in Givatayim and is married to Hatam.

Education

Abed holds a master’s in economics and a bachelor's (with honors) in economics and business management – both from the University of Haifa. He is a graduate of the Mahalach Foundation program for creating profitable units in non-profit organizations; the Migrash program for leading change through collective impact; the Hashikma program – for leadership and sustainability, and also completed two years of an internship in socio-economic policy in the Milken Institute Fellows program.

Aharon Atias

CEO, Lod municipality

About

Aharon lives in Lod. He is married to Shimrit and is the father of four: Neria, Dvir, Matan and Tahel. In his free time, he participates in running groups.

Education

Aharon is an electronics and computer technician. He has a master’s in law and a bachelor's in political science – both from Bar-Ilan University.

Yonatan Bar-Siman-Tov

Head of Central District, Ministry of Interior

Professional background

For the past year, Yonatan has served as the central district commissioner for the Ministry of the Interior. This is the most challenging district as it includes 52 diverse local authorities and is the most highly populated (more than 2 million residents). In this position, he is responsible for the regulation of local authorities, and assistance in advancing development in the authorities.Previously, for more than nine years, Yonatan worked in the budget branch of the Ministry of Finance and filled a range of positions: manager of the macro staff, manager of the internal staff and internal referent.

About

Yonatan lives in Jerusalem. He is married and is the father of wonderful 4-year-old twins – Ron and Naomi.

Education

Yonatan holds an MBA with a specialization in finance and banking, and a bachelor's from the integrated program in philosophy, economics and political science – both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mor Barazani

Director of the Society and Government Division, President's House

About

Mor lives in Jaffa and is married to Oz.

Education

Mor is an attorney with a master’s in law and a bachelor's in law and business management.

Moshe Behar

Senior Deputy Commissioner for Wages, Ministry of Finance

About

Moshe lives in Jerusalem. He is married and is the father of three children.

Education

Moshe holds a bachelor's in the integrated program for philosophy, economics and political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Zemer Blondheim

Director of the Policy and Strategy Division of the Ministry of Justice, and Acting Head of the Corporations Authority

About

Zemer lives in the Alon settlement, a secular-religious settlement in the Adumim block. He is married to Yael, who also works at the Ministry of Justice, and is the father of four children: Omer, Noam, and twins Yuval and Shahar. He enjoys dogs, books and skiing.

Education

Zemer holds a Master of Law with a specialization in public and international law, an MBA with specialization in marketing and performance analysis, and a bachelor's in law. All his degrees are from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Shahar Botzer

Co-founder and managing partner in the Good Company fund

About

Shahar grew up in Jerusalem and Reut and currently lives in Shoham with his family. He is 36 years old, married to Miri and the father of three children: Nevo, Yannai and Arad.

Education

Shahar holds a bachelor's in economics and communication from Tel Aviv University, and a certificate in impact investment from Oxford University.

Moriya Brot

Head Of The Regulation Unit, In The Strategic And Policy Planning Department.

About

Moriya is a Jerusalemite from birth and lives there today with her family. She is married to Yehiam and is the mother of five children: Maayan, Tamar, Elad, Reut and Assaf. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing, cooking, reading and most importantly, loves strategy games.

Education

Moriya holds a master’s in public policy and a bachelor's in social work – both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Civil Service Cadets program (first cohort) and of the Tehuda – Beit Midrash for Jewish Leadership program (run by Kolot and Oranim College).

Roy Cohen

Director General of the Ultra-Orthodox Institute for Policy Studies

About

Roy lives in Ramat Gan. He is married to Einav and is the father of Shaked.

Education

Roy holds a master’s in international relations and a bachelor's in Law – both from the University of Haifa.

Yitzik Crombie

Bizmax CEO, The Kemach Foundation (Bizmax)

Professional background

Yitzik established and sold a startup. He opened an accelerator (technology incubator) for entrepreneurs from the Haredi sector, despite the fact that he, himself, was exposed to the internet and the world of computerization only around the age of 20. He currently runs Bizmax – a center for entrepreneurship and innovation whose goal is to help Haredi men integrate into the workforce, with an emphasis on the hi-tech industry.

About

Yitzik lives in Kfar Chabad, an agricultural moshav established 70 years ago by the Lubavitcher Rebbe in order to enable ultra-Orthodox Jews to support themselves with dignity and concomitantly maintain the Hasidic way of life. He is married and is the father of five children.

Education

Yitzik holds rabbinic ordination. He completed information systems studies (CIO) at the Technion Continuing Education program and he is currently studying for a degree in history and international relations at the Open University.

Sivan Detooker

IL Head of business Development and Regulation, Gett

About

Sivan lives in Tel Aviv. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, surfing and diving.

Education

Sivan holds a master’s in Law from Bar-Ilan University, and a bachelor's in political science and international relations from the Open University.

Jalila Elkrenawi

Director, Rahat & Negev Bedouin Communities Business Center; Director Of Business Accompaniment, Maof, Small And Medium Businesses Administration At The Ministry Of Economy And Industry

About

Originally from Rahat, Jalila is married and is the mother of four children. She enjoys traveling and learning new languages.

Education

Jalila holds two bachelor's degrees: one in law (LLB) from Sapir College and another in Hebrew language and literature from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Additionally, she has a librarian certification from Beit Berl College and Ben Gurion Universit

Ido Frommer

Director, Yeruham municipal education division

Professional background

Ido is the director of the Yerucham education branch. In February 2013, he retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the framework of his service, he performed most roles in the field of unmanned aircraft and commanded the school for training unmanned aircraft operators.Ido is a mathematics teacher and until 2019, he directed the Regional Center for Science and Technology Education in Yerucham. He gives lectures in various forums in the fields of technology education in the periphery and combat ethics.

About

Ido lives in Yerucham. He is married and the father of four children. His wife is a carpenter, maintenance and construction supervisor. He has many hobbies, mainly connected to the worlds of music and extreme sports.

Education

Ido holds a master’s in mathematics education from the Kibbutzim College, and a bachelor's in mathematics and computer science from Bar Ilan University. He is a graduate of the squadron commanders training course and the Ministry of Education’s principals’ course.

Jakob Gedanken

Head of Dealing Room - Financial Market Division, Israel Discount Bank - Financial Market Division

Professional background

For over a year, Jakob has been the director of the business room at Bank Discount. This position for him is closing a circle, for he began his professional career in 2001 as a trader in the exact same business room.Jakob is an expert in managing financial risk, currency hedging and trading, and in interest and currency derivatives. Previously he was a consultant to corporations and to diverse institutional and financial bodies.In recent years he filled several positions in the bank, among them director of the asset and liability management unit, and director of the capital unit of the Discount Group.For three years, he was the finance and operations manager of a company dealing in trade and export of non-ferrous metal wastes.

About

Jakob lives in Givat Shmuel with his wife Ayelet and their four children – Mika, Itay, Alon and Ori. He enjoys hiking and nature. In recent years, he has been hiking the Israel trail. He enjoys reading, mainly historical novels and biographies.

Education

Jakob holds a master’s in finance and a bachelor's in economics and business management, both from Bar-Ilan University.

Osnat Golan

VP Communications, branding and sustainability, Strauss Group

About

Osnat is a resident of the Krayot (small cities on the outskirts of Haifa). She is married to Avi and the mother of three grown children. In her free time, she enjoys sports and traveling.

Education

Osnat holds a master’s in organizational sociology and a bachelor's in political science and sociology, both from the University of Haifa.

Ofer Hahn

Vice President of Buisness Development, Tribu

Professional background

For about a year, Ofer has been the VP of business development of Tribu – a public benefit startup, which aims to revolutionize volunteering worldwide and make a mass movement through connecting volunteers and community needs.Concurrently, he consults for other organizations and projects, among them the leadership of Masa Israel, Ruppin Academic Center, the Rimon School of Music, the Password for Every Student project and more.For the past five years, Ofer was chief of staff and senior advisor to the two most recent Ministers of Education: Shai Piron and Naftali Bennett. In these positions, he was responsible for the policies and large-scale reforms carried out by the Ministry of Education under these Ministers.

About

Ofer lives in Tekoa, in Eastern Gush Etzion. He is 37 years old, is married to Liat and is the father of four children: Shira, Degan, Evyatar and Ahinoam. In his free time, he is a member of the town council and promotes social projects such as “Our Brothers.” His main hobbies are running and snowboarding.

Education

Ofer holds a master’s in public policy from the executive program at Hebrew University, and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Ono Academic College.

Maya Lugassi Ben Hamo

Senior Executive of pedagogy and professional development of Rashi Fund, Gustave Leven Campus - Beit Yatziv

About

Maya lives in Moshav Otzem in the Lachish Regional Council, with Yossi and their three children: Ben, Lihi and Nitai. In her free time, she enjoys sports, travelling and reading.

Education

Maya holds a PhD in genetic engineering, a master’s in molecular biology, and a bachelor's in life sciences- all from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Merav Horev

Senior Vp Education & Policy, Ministry for Social Equality, Digital Israel National Bureau

Professional background

Merav has been the deputy director for education and implementation at Digital Israel headquarters in the Ministry of Social Equality since November 2017. In the framework of her position she is responsible for formulating policy and implementing it in the worlds of education, labor and welfare in the digital age.Previously, from 2010-2017, Merav was the director of government programs at the Institute for Leadership and Governance of JDC Israel, and led teams developing senior public leadership in the civil service.Prior to that, from 2005-2010, she led social educational projects in the Negev and at Ben Gurion University, and from 1999-2004 she was the director of the Midreshet HaDarom – an organization promoting informal education.

About

Merav lives in the community settlement of Ganei Tal. She is married to Elad and is the mother of three boys: Eyal, Ido and Ron. In her free time, she volunteers in various community and educational projects where she lives.

Education

Merav holds a master’s in sociology and a bachelor's in psychology and sociology – both from Bar-Ilan University. She is a graduate of the Program for Young Educational Leadership at the Mandel Leadership Institute and completed training in the field of systems theory and complexity science, and in the field of training development and group facilitation.

Julia Kagan

Senior Associate, Jerusalem Venture Partners- JVP

About

Julia currently lives in Jerusalem, after many years of living in Tel Aviv. She is married to Ilya Katz, a Coordinator in the Budget Branch. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in nature, reading, meeting friends, mountain climbing, diving and surfing.

Education

Julia holds an MBA (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, and a bachelor's in industrial engineering and management (with honors) from the Technion.

Shimon Korlansky

Co-founder & CFO, Karmisoft Ltd

About

Shimon has lived in Karmiel for the past 22 years. He is married to Miriam and is the father of nine wonderful children – seven daughters and two sons.

Education

Shimon holds a bachelor's (equivalent) in education and studied for rabbinic ordination in the Karmiel Kollel.

Shai Lindner

CFO Shamir Group

About

Shai lives in Kiryat Ono. He is married and is the father of three children.

Education

Shai holds an MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University. He is a graduate of the Tel Aviv University Law School and is licensed to practice law.

Yitsik Marmelshtein

CEO of Ashtrom Renewable Energy

About

Yitsik lives in the town of Oranit. He is married to Yael Shtark and is the father of three children: Shaked (5), Gil (3) and Shahar (2 months).

Education

Yitsik holds an MBA and a bachelor's (with honors) in the philosophy, economics and political acience program – both from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Yaron Mates

Deputy Head of the Crime Prevention Division in Arab Society (CPD Division), Israel Police

About

Yaron lives in Moshav Mevo Beitar. He is married to Avital and is the father of four children: Lilach, Sagi, Hadas and Ophir. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and baking, and taking trips with his family in Israel and overseas.

Education

Yaron holds an MBA from the University of Derby, a bachelor's in industrial engineering and management from the Technion, and a bachelor’s in law from the Academic Center for Law and Science.

Chico Menashe

Deputy director- News division, Israeli Public Broadcasting Authority - KAN- IPBC

About

Chico lives in Mevasseret Zion. He is married and is the father of three children.

Education

Chico holds a master’s in law from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor's in management and communications from the College of Management.

Dorit Nitzan

Head of Business Development in the Banking Division, Bank Leumi

About

Dorit lives in central Tel Aviv. She is the mother of Amir and Maya. In her free time, she enjoys gaga dancing and pilates workouts, and spending time by the sea in good company.

Education

Dorit holds an MBA with specialization in marketing, and a bachelor's in management and sociology – both from Tel Aviv University.

Atar Razy-Oren

CEO, Beyachad Foundation: Stealla and Yoel Carasso Family Foundation

Professional background

Since 2015, Atar has been the director of the Beyachad Foundation for advancement of professional training and technical education as a means of providing socio-economic mobility for young people and strengthening the economy. The foundation initiates programs and multi-sectoral partnerships to make meaningful change in this area. Previously, Atar held management positions in leading social organizations: for five years, she was the director of the Philanthropy Center at Sheatufim, Strategies for Social Impact; for four years she was the director of the Tirat HaCarmel Community Fund; and for another four years she directed the Citizens’ Accord Forum. She began her military service as a soldier-teacher in Beer Sheva and completed her service as deputy commander of the national Soldier-Teacher Unit.

About

Atar lives in Kfar Vitkin with her partner and their three children. In her free time, she enjoys walking on the beach at Beit Yannai and in Nahal Alexander, running, reading and meditation.

Education

Atar holds a master’s from the Schwartz program for public policy and non-profit management and a bachelor's in sociology and philosophy and jewish thought – both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Sheli Saban

VP of Finance, the Jewish Agency's Pension Fund Management Company for Israel Ltd.

About

Sheli grew up in the north (in Acco and Nahariyya), but currently lives in Jerusalem. She is married and is the mother Naomi and Yair.

Education

Sheli holds an MBA with specialization in finance and accounting, and a bachelor's in economics and international relations- both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Eli Salomon

Chief of Staff, Municipality of Bnei Brak

About

Eli is a Jerusalemite at heart and currently lives in Petach Tikva. He tries to set aside time each day for studying Torah.

Education

Eli holds a bachelor's in education and community from Ono Academic College, with specialization in treatment of youth at risk. In addition, he has completed courses in software development from HackerU College, and he completed his Torah studies at Yeshivat Hevron.

Liora Schocken

Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Haaretz – TheMarker

Professional background

Liora is the VP of marketing and strategy for the Haaretz Group, a position she started at the beginning of 2018. She is responsible for growing brand perception, serving a broad audience, increasing the reach of the Group’s content and expanding the subscription base. With goals of creating impact and business sustainability, she manages budget, product, marketing communications, partnerships and business development.Previously, Liora was a marketing and product manager at Oracle and at Ravello Systems, an Israeli startup working on cloud infrastructure, where she developed marketing mechanisms and the skills for transitioning opportunities from marketing to sales.

About

Liora lives in Tel Aviv with her partner Meitar.

Education

Liora holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor's in philosophy, economics and political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Avinoam Segal-Elad

Senior Director of Education, Courts and Legislative Comparison, Department of Public and Constitutional Law, Ministry of Justice

Professional background

Since the end of 2017, Avinoam has been the head of the cluster in the legal counsel department of the Ministry of Justice. The cluster he directs is responsible for providing ongoing counsel to government ministries and for promoting legislative initiatives in a variety of areas: schools and higher education; courts; and comparison of Israeli law and laws applying to the Judea and Samaria region.Previously, Avinoam was a prosecutor in the department of supreme court cases in the Attorney General’s office, and in this framework, he represented the State in cases filed against it in the supreme court. Among the topics he dealt with were cases on evacuation of outposts; religion and state; and cases of sensitive security matters.

About

Avinoam lives in the community settlement of Alon in the Judean desert. He is married to Havi and is the father of four children – three boys and one girl. In his free time, he plays the piano and is a long-distance runner.

Education

Avinoam is a graduate of the Tel Aviv-Northwestern Israeli-American double master’s program in public law – and holds a bachelor's in law from the University of Haifa.

Moriya Shalom

Director of Makor Rishon newspaper, Makor Rishon newspaper

Professional background

Since 2008, Moriya has worked in different media in the communications field, mainly in content and in managing communication entities in Israel.Moriya began her career as a teacher of communications, but over the years she transitioned to working in the field, not only teaching it. In addition to her position, Moriya is involved in organizing conferences on different topics and musical evenings that focus on integrating Israeli song with songs from traditional sources.

About

Moriya lives in Jerusalem. She is married to Yohanan and is the mother of Srulik and Oriya.

Education

Moriya holds a master’s in government from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and a Bachelor of Education in communications and history from Orot Israel College.

Oshrat Shimon

Director of Employment Assistance Programs, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services

About

Oshrat lives in Ganei Tikva. She is married to Eli and is the mother of four children: Evyatar, Guy, Noga and Daniel. In her free time, she studies in the training program for parent guides at the Adler Institute.

Education

Oshrat holds a Bachelor of Law (with honors) and a master’s in Law in the excellence track – both from Bar-Ilan University.

Yehuda Shohat

Editor of Liberal Magazine, lecturer at the Ono Academic Campus, owner and director of a content company and shadow writer

About

Yehuda lives in Modi’in- Maccabim -Reut. He is married to Vika and is the father of Bar, Adi and Ariel. He loves change and to change and fix things. He takes part in sports only as a spectator and is very conscious about being environmentally friendly.

Education

Yehuda is currently in the final stages of his bachelor's Ono Academic College.

Gal Sides

VP and Legal Consultant, Moshe Sides & Son LTD

Professional background

Since 2003, Gal has held various positions in Moshe Sides and Son Ltd. – a leading importer and marketer of consumer products. In her most recent position as VP, Gal oversees business development, regulation, inventory planning and marketing strategy.Since 2016, Gal has been a member of the Presidency of the Chamber of Commerce, vice chair of the food branch, and the representative of the Chamber of Commerce to the Board of Directors of the Standards Institution. Since 2019 she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Tel Aviv and Central Chamber of Commerce.

About

Gal lives in Tel Aviv. She is married to Adi and is the mother of Romi, Lee and Ella. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and running.

Education

Gal holds a Master of Law (LLM) from New York University and a bachelor's in law from Tel Aviv University.

Ina Soltanovich-David

Director of digital transformation, innovation and data in the work arm of the Ministry of Welfare

About

Ina enjoys photography, art and nature.

Education

Ina holds an Executive MBA from Bar-Ilan University, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) in the academic track of the College of Management, and a Law License. In addition, Ina completed professional training in service design and is a graduate of the IDC BEYOND program in the School for Entrepreneurship at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Itay Temkin

Deputy Commissioner for Budgets, Ministry of Finance

About

Itay lives in Tel Aviv. He is married to Neta (a physician completing her internship) and is the father of two children, Alon and Maya. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is a crazy sports fan of all sports around the world.

Education

Itay holds both a master’s and bachelor's in economics from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Yakov Triptou

Director General, HISTADRUT General Federation of Labour in Israel

Professional background

Attorney Yakov Triptou is the CEO of the General Cooperative Workers Company Ltd., which is the economic arm of the Histradrut Trade Union. He manages the company and its holdings, including mainly companies such as the Mishan Assisted Living Network, Am Oved Publishers, the Cultural and Sports Centers Company, the Amal Education Network and more. The Workers Company also manages all the buildings and lands of the Histadrut throughout the country. In addition, the company is responsible for appointing directors of all the corporations under its control, in coordination with the Histadrut leadership.Until June 2019, Yakov served as the CEO of the Histadrut Trade Union.

About

Yakov lives in Tel Aviv. He is married to Dina and is the father of two sons – Ilay and Evyatar.

Education

Yakov holds a Master of Law (LLM) from Bar-Ilan University, and a bachelor's in law from Brunel University in London. In addition, he has completed professional courses in civil-commercial law and mediation.

Asaf Wassercug

Deputy Commissioner for Budgets, Ministry of Finance

About

Asaf lives in Givatayim. He is married to Tal and is the father of Mika, Neta and Karni.

Education

Asaf holds a bachelor’s in law (LLB) and Economics (double major) – both from Tel Aviv University.

Lea Weber

C.F.O. Yated Neeman newspaper

Lea Weber

C.F.O. Yated Neeman newspaper

Education

Leah holds a bachelor's in business management with a specialization in accounting from Ono Academic College. In addition, she is a certified tax advisor and has participated in professional training in advanced accounting. She is a graduate of the course in business advising and senior management from the Israeli Marketing Center and as well as a graduate of the program: Leaders in Promoting Excellence and Employment Leadership.

Belaynesh Zevadia

Ambassador, Special Envoy to the Organization of African Unity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

About

Belaynesh lives in Jerusalem. She is married to Sarkalm and is the mother of Lee, Itay and Yuval.

Education

Belaynesh holds a master’s in African studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and DePaul University in the United States, and a bachelor's in international relations and African studies from Hebrew University.

Abdalla Zoabi

Director of Human Resources Planning in Health Professions in Israel, Department of Human Resources in Health Professions Ministry of Health

About

Abdalla was born in the village of Sulam, and currently lives in Jerusalem. He is married to Hiba Sliman. In his free time, he enjoys diving with his wife.

Education

Abdalla holds a master’s in public policy and government (with honors) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a bachelor's in business management and marketing from the Ruppin Academic Center. He is also a graduate of the accountancy training course at Bar-Ilan University and a certified public accountant. Currently he is writing his research project on “The Impact of Globalization on the Arab Minority in Israel in the Context of Hi-Tech Employment.”

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Ailon Goldstein

Deputy Director Of The Employment And Vocational Training Administration, Ministry Of Finance

About

Married to Odaya, Eilon is the father of Noam, Evyatar and Alma. He lives in Tzur Hadassah and enjoys camping and spending quality time with his wife and children.

Education

Eilon obtained his bachelor’s degree in law and his master’s degree in public policy, both from the Hebrew University.

Alegra Kilstein

Chief Information Officer, Amdocs

Professional background

Alegra has served as CIO of Amdocs, an international company that develops solutions for the largest communication providers in the world, since the end of 2019. In her role, she is responsible for all of the company's information technologies, infrastructure and information security. As part of her role, she manages over 1,000 developers and engineers from all around the world. She places an emphasis on diversity in the employment of workers and she takes part in collaborative projects with various communities in Israel (including working with the ultra-Orthodox population, Druze women, a site in Nazareth and more).

About

Married to Uri, Alegra is the mother of Noa, Yoav, Yonatan and Evyatar. She has lived in Tel Aviv all her life, and enjoys running, walking in nature and on the beach, and doing treks all around the world.

Education

Alegra has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from the Technion. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Tel Aviv University.

Anna Pelkin

Head Of Mid-Market & Smb, Global Business Solutions, Tiktok

Professional background

Anna established and currently manages TikTok Israel’s Mid-Market department. In her previous role, which she held for nine years, Anna worked at eBay as head of the Business Development and Operations Division in Israel and Emerging Markets. Anna established and managed eBay's International Business Development System in Emerging Markets, a system designed to make e-commerce and digital transformation accessible to tens of thousands of global businesses. Anna lectures in Israel and around the world on e-commerce and digital marketing as global growth engines for businesses, and is also active in the fields of social action for the integration of women in technological professions and for social mobility.

About

Anna lives in Tel Aviv, is interested in technology, education and management, and enjoys traveling in Israel and around the world.

Education

Anna obtained a B.Sc in industrial engineering and management from the Technion.

Asaf Asher

Vp Infrastructure & Budget, Ministry Of Transportation

Professional background

In his current role, Asaf oversees the establishment of transportation infrastructure amounting to tens of billions of shekels in large projects throughout the State of Israel. These projects range from heavy rail to metro, light rail in metropolitan areas, and development of road and public transport projects in urban and interurban areas. Before assuming his current position, Asaf held a number of roles in the Ministry of Finance, such as defense establishment coordinator and administrative ministry reference.

About

A Ramat Gan resident, Asaf is married to Dafna and is the father of Daniella and Noa.

Education

Asaf obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Tel Aviv University and a master's degree in business administration with a specialization in finance from the Hebrew University.

Asaf Liberman

Kan Tv & Radio Journalist, Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation

Professional background

Asaf is a journalist and a presenter of the radio program "Kalman Liberman" on Kan radio, which broadcasts every morning to about 500,000 listeners. The program deals with daily current events in Israel and around the world and hosts influential Israeli guests such as politicians, economists, security officials and more. Asaf also leads the investigative program "Real Time" on Kan’s television channel, as well as the weekly political program "Everything is Political". In the past, he held a number of journalistic and managerial positions at Galei Tzahal radio station, including presenting the station's morning news and serving as deputy head of the station’s news department. Today he is also a lecturer in journalism at Ariel University and broadcasts a music show on Kan radio.

About

A resident of Tel Aviv, Asaf is married to Iris and is the father of Be’eri (three years old) and Evyatar (one). In his free time, he enjoys playing chess and playing the piano.

Education

Asaf obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and theater from Tel Aviv University and holds a master’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University.

Assaf Eldar

Coo, Israel Discount Bank Ltd

Professional background

Assaf runs the department which oversees all of Discount Bank’s financial operations (cash, clearing, means of payment, handling customer orders and more), as well as the the bank's logistical operations (from Kiryat Shmona to Eilat -- real estate, construction and maintenance, security and safety). The department is made up of about 550 bank employees and another 450 external, non-bank employees. In addition, for the past four years, Assaf has served as CEO of Discount Leasing, which is establishing the Discount Campus in Rishon LeZion. The campus will house Discount Group’s headquarters and approximately 4,500 employees from Discount, Cal and Mercantil in about two years. In addition to housing the group’s offices, the campus will also include Discount and Cal’s technology centers.

About

Assaf lives in Haniel, in Emek Hefer. He is married to Adi, a doctor, and is the proud father of Shira, Maya and Yael.

Education

A lawyer by training and by profession, Assaf completed his LLB (bachelor’s degree in law) at Tel Aviv University.

‪Dafna Lutsky‬‏

Deputy Editor, Globes ‬‬

About

Dafna is married and is the mother of three children. She lives in the Wizo Nahalat Yehuda youth village.

Education

Dafna holds a bachelor’s degree in management and media from the College of Management Studies. She is working on her master’s degree on a PhD track in analysis and culture at Bar-Ilan University.

Dalit Zamir

Legal Counsellor, Government Companies Authority

Professional background

Dalit serves as the legal counselor to the Government Companies Authority. As part of her role, Dalit, together with the legal bureau under her management, is responsible for providing legal advice to all authority units. Prior to taking on her current role, Dalit worked as a cluster head in the Advisory and Legislation (Economic Law) Department at the Ministry of Justice. In this role, Dalit was responsible for advising and legislating on various issues in the field of economic law, including insolvency, tax law and capital market regulation.

About

Dalit is married to Erez and is the mother of three children. She lives in Reut.

Education

Dalit holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Tel Aviv University. She obtained an MBA with a specialization in finance from the Hebrew University. She obtained her master’s degree in law and economics (European Master in Law and Economics) as part of the Erasmus program in Europe.

Dan Tiomkin

Manager Of The Responsibility Program, Aharai Organization

About

Dan began maintaining an ultra-Orthodox lifestyle midway through his life. He lives in Jerusalem, is the father of five children and has three grandchildren.

Education

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in management and a master’s in public policy from the Hebrew University. He also took various courses on formal and informal education, primarily through JDC Israel.

Doron David Torgeman

Jerusalem District Police Commander, Israel Police

Professional background

Ranked a deputy commissioner in his current role, Doron previously commanded the Kedem Zone in the Jerusalem District, on the eastern side of the city, at the rank of assistant commissioner between 2018 and 2021. Throughout Doron’s military and police service, his focus has been on the operational security field. Due to his many years of experience in the various positions, Doron has extensive experience in the following areas: detective and intelligence work, and commanding operations and patrols. His main positions in the police force have been commander of zone intelligence, chief of operations in Jerusalem, commander of the Lod Police, commander of the Netanya Police, commander of the David Zone, commander of the Kedem Zone in Jerusalem, and his current role as commander of the Jerusalem District. Over the years, he has gained a great deal of experience handling incidents of public order, serious crime and hostile terrorist activity, as well as significant community activities with complex populations, with an emphasis on youths.

About

Born in Jerusalem, Doron grew up in a six-person family. He is married to Tamar, a social worker, and is the father of five children. In his free time, Doron enjoys working with his hands, collecting cars and riding his motorcycle.

Education

Doron obtained his bachelor’s degree in the history of the Land of Israel, and he holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Eli Cohen

Ceo, Tel-Hai Academic College

Professional background

Eli has served as CEO of Tel-Hai since January 2014. Before that, he served as the director-general of the Kiryat Shmona Municipality for one term with the previous mayor. Prior to that, he served as the director of education at the Gilboa Regional Council. He was honorably discharged from the IDF in 2005 after over 20 years of service, most of which was served in the artillery corps.

About

Originally from Kiryat Shmona, Eli lives in Metulla, is married to Etti and is the father of Yarden, Ron and Yuval.

Education

Eli graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in economics and received a certificate in business administration from Tel Aviv University.

Galia Granot

Israel Deputy Director, Ruderman Family Foundation

Professional background

Galia has over 20 years of rich experience in establishing, managing and accompanying social intervention programs in nonprofits and through philanthropy. She specializes in initiating effective models and responses to advance marginalized populations through education and employment. Throughout her career, Galia has worked in third sector organizations, and has gained extensive experience in strategic and involved philanthropic work. Galia began her activities at the Ruderman Family Foundation as a program manager and currently manages the foundation’s activities in Israel, which includes managing grants, developing practices in strategic philanthropy in Israel, promoting policies, managing interfaces with government and public bodies, leading development processes, and establishing the Link20 Movement. In her previous role, Galia served as a higher education program manager at the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, where she founded the Deans Forum and partnered in establishing numerous programs and ventures.

About

A Modi’in resident, Galia is married to Ram and has four wonderful children: Maya, Ido, Yael and Yuval. In her free time, Galia enjoys traveling in Israel and around the world, doing pilates and working out, and hanging out with good friends.

Education

Galia obtained her master’s degree in labor studies with honors from Tel Aviv University after obtaining her bachelor's degree in communication and management at the College of Management. She received a certificate in facilitating biennial groups at the Bar-Ilan School of Social Work.

Genet Dasa

Ceo, Olim-Beyahd

Professional background

Most of Genet’s experience and work has been in the general social arena and in the field of education in particular, from the position of IDF education officer, to training and coordinating positions at the Ayanot youth village boarding school, to managing a boarding school for four years.

About

Genet is married to Danny and is the mother of Orpaz, Niv and Leah. She lives in Sde David. She enjoys community living, which is why she lives in a community village. She likes living the Israeli life and visiting with family members, as well as traveling to nature in Israel .

Education

Genet has a bachelor’s degree in logistics and economics from Bar-Ilan University. She obtained her master’s degree in business administration from the Ono Academic College.

Kineret Dahan Granit

Head of Senior Economics, Natural Gas Authority, Ministry of Energy

About

Kineret lives in Kfar Adumim. She is married to Yehonatan and has four children: Maya, Neta, Rotem and Zohar. Born in the Golan Heights, she loves hiking, reading and learning.

Education

Kineret holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy, economy, and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also has a teaching certificate form Beit Berl Academic College, a master’s degree in education from David Yellin College of Education (summa cum laude), and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Orit Halamish

Organizational Development & Hr Hq Director , Strauss

About

Orit lives in Mazkeret Batya, is the mother of three wonderful children and is partners with Lior, with whom she is the mother of three additional children. She enjoys swimming and reading -- both of which offer her excellent opportunities to detach from her daily workload.

Education

Orit holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication clinics from Tel Aviv University and an additional master’s degree in business administration from Bar Ilan University.

Yuval Teller Hasson

Finance Team Coordinator, Ministry Of Finance, Budget Department

Professional background

Yuval has been working at the Budget Department since 2014. He first joined the department’s housing team as a clerk and later advanced to team coordinator. In these roles, Yuval was responsible for the budgets of the Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Ministry of Religious Services. Yuval also promoted reforms for increasing housing supply and focused on the demand for housing. He also worked in the field of urban renewal, which he promoted by founding the Urban Renewal Authority and forming a strategic plan for improving urban renewal process. In the past year, Yuval entered the role of finance team coordinator. In his new role, he promotes financial reform for increasing competition, improving services, and optimizing regulation. Yuval is also the chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Prices Committee, which advises ministers on price-controlled consumer products.

About

Yuval was born in Tel Aviv, where he still lives today. He is married to Shiri, senior operations manager at Lemonade, and has two sweet kids, Hili and Adam.

Education

Yuval holds a bachelor's degree in economics and humanities from Amirim, the Hebrew University’s honors program. He also has a master’s degree in law from Bar-Ilan University.

Hilla Barkan

Director, Department of External Relations, Kinneret College

Hilla Barkan

Director, Department of External Relations, Kinneret College

Igal Gurevich

VP of Projects, Social Finance Israel

About

Igal lives in Karmei Yosef. He is married to Bat-Chen, a clinical social worker. They have two children: Itamar and Guy. In his spare time (when he has any), he enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends.

Education

Igal holds a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University (cum laude) as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from Bar-Ilan University (summa cum laude).

Itzik Sabato

Director of Strategy Innovation and Digital, The National Insurance Institute

About

Itzik is married to Shira and is the father of three children: Yishai, Hallel and Roee. He lives in Jerusalem and likes architecture, art and design.

Education

Itzik graduated with a masters in public administration (MPA) from Harvard University. He obtained three degrees from Bar-Ilan University: a bachelor of law LLB with honors, a master of business administration (MBA) with honors, and an LLM with honors.

Naeima Hinnawi Karram

Attorney in The Criminal Department, The State Attorney’S Office, Ministry Of Justice

About

Born in the village of Deir Hanna in the Lower Galilee, Naeima has been living in Jerusalem with her partner and their two children for over a decade. In her spare time, Naeima loves reading Arabic literature and cooking.

Education

Naeima has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law, specializing in jurisprudence and criminal procedure.

Khalil Eid

Manufacturing Plants Manager, Hp Indigo

Professional background

Khalil has over 12 years of management experience in engineering, product management, operations, manufacturing, and multidisciplinary programs. He has held several positions at HP Indigo, including heading the engineering department, managing factories, and managing programs valued at over 200 million NIS. Today, Khalil heads the manufacturing sector in Israel (over 300 employees) and manages the partnership with Singapore (150 employees). A competent leader and manager, Khalil is skilled at working with interfaces, has great people skills and is well-versed in team building and developing human resources. He has formulated strategies and led organizational change processes that touch on costs, quality, smart manufacturing, operational flexibility, product development and production and human resource development.

About

Khalil lives in Nazareth. He is married to Nidaa and a father of three. He is a musician, a music lover and a nature and sports enthusiast.

Education

Khalil holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in environment engineering, both from the Technion. He also has a bachelor’s degree in law.

Miriam Shtilman Lavsovski

Venture Partner, Tal Ventures Professional Background

Professional background

Miriam is a Venture Partner at Tal Ventures. Before joining Tal Ventures, Miriam was the Chief Operating Officer at Algotec, a world-leader in AI and medical imaging analysis, now part of the Philips Group. Miriam is a director at IATI and chairs the education committee. She is active in many education initiatives, including the Israeli Cyber Championship and Cracking the Glass Ceiling.

About

Miriam lives in Tel Aviv. She is married to Gal and a mother of four. In her spare time, she likes solving puzzles, hiking in nature and dancing.

Education

Miriam has a bachelor’s degree in economics (cum laude), a bachelor’s degree in law (cum laude) and an MBA (cum laude) specializing in technology and information systems, all from Tel Aviv University.

Sivan Klingbail – Lewin

Editor, TheMarker of Haaretz Group

About

Sivan lives in Tel Aviv and shares her life with Uri. She is mother to Adi, Amir, and Yoav.

Education

Sivan has a bachelor's degree in political science and East Asian studies.

Liat Shohat

Mayor, Or-Yeuda Municipality

Professional background

Liat Shohat was elected to the mayor's office in September 2015. She works to improve the city’s school system through a series of reforms that directly affect the performance of the city’s school children. Under her leadership, the city has signed a historic agreement enabling two new neighborhoods to be built. With the new residential zones, young people will be able to stay in Or Yehuda instead of moving away. Additionally, the agreement ensures that public buildings and schools in older neighborhoods will be renovated and upgraded. A giant commercial zone is also planned. Concurrently, Mayor Liat Shohat promotes urban renewal projects and sports activities for all ages and demographics.

About

Liat was born in Or Yehuda. She is married to Uri and has four children: Omer, Noam, Adi, and Lior.

Education

Liat Shohat is an attorney and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Bar-Ilan University.

Libi Zik

Head of the Development and Rehabilitation Services Division

About

Libi was born and raised in Jerusalem. Her family has always valued hard work, leadership and passion for one’s mission in life. A mother of 4, she is married to Gonen, a mathematician and Yeshiva student.

Education

Libi is a certified occupational therapist (BOT) and holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences specializing in leadership and education systems management. She also has a master’s degree in public healthcare (MPH) specializing in managing healthcare systems.

Dr. Mahmoud Kaiyal

CEO of Theosoul

About

Mahmoud is 46 and lives in Jadeidi-Makr, a town in the north of Israel. He is married with three children. He devotes his spare time to social and political activism, focusing on connecting the Arab population in Israel to the Arab world at large.

Education

Mahmoud is a Doctor of Medicine.

Meir Rubin

Executive Director, Kohelet Policy Forum

Meir Rubin

Executive Director, Kohelet Policy Forum

Miki Segal

Onveggo CEO, Mission critical conversational AI

About

Miki is married with three children. He lives in Alonei Abba, a moshav in Jezreel Valley.

Education

Miki has a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Haifa University. He completed his software engineering training at Amdocs.

Miri Shmueli

Head Of The Policy And Strategy Division, Ministry Of Public Security

About

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Miri is married to Haim and has three children: Ariel, Tamar, and Netanel.

Education

Miri has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in law, both from Bar-Ilan University. She has also completed a master’s degree in public policy within the Civil Service Senior Personnel Program.

Moran Schnaider-Rosenblum

‏Head of Legistlation Division, Legal Department Ministry of Justice

Moran Schnaider-Rosenblum

‏Head of Legistlation Division, Legal Department Ministry of Justice

Netanel Rom

Founder Of Lev Haolam, Rom Law Firm, Or Ami Ngo, And Samaria Company

Professional background

Netanel Rom is an attorney at law, a human rights activist, and a public speaker on Zionism and the settlements in the West Bank. He is the founder of Lev HaOlam, an organization dedicated to reinforcing the effort to settle the West Bank, the Galilee and the Golan Heights, as well as help the former residents of Gush Katif by supporting their businesses. He is also the founder of Or Ami, a nonprofit that supports Israeli pioneers.

About

Netanel is married to Yonat and has 6 lovely daughters. He lives in Esh Kodesh, in the West Bank.

Education

Netanel is an attorney and holds a bachelor’s degree in law.

Nira Zimels

Ceo, Be-Atzmi

About

Nira has lived in Jerusalem all her life. She is married to Eli and has 3 children and 2 grandkids. In her spare time, she likes to bake, sew and read.

Education

Nira has an MBA from Bar-Ilan University and a bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from the Hebrew University.

Noa Ben-Shabat

Legal Adviser Of Labor, Welfare And Health Committee, The Knesset

About

Noa was born in Jerusalem and cherishes the privilege of living there, going for walks, and raising her family there.

Education

Noa has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ofir Alcalay

Director-General And Chief Of Staff For The Chairman Of The Histadrut General Federation Of Labor In Israel

Professional background

Beginning this year, Ofir has been serving as the director-general of the Histadrut and as the chief of staff for the chairman of the Histadrut. He also serves as chairman of the following bodies: Consumer Club Together for You, Healthy Employees Club, the Davar HaOvdim in Eretz Israel news site, and Am Oved Books. He serves as a board member of the Rom Training Foundation, the Independent Forum, the College of Management Academic Track, Avshalom Institute and the Arlozorov Forum.

About

Ofir is a member of Kibbutz Harel. He is married to Tali and is the father of four adorable sons: Nitai, Jonny, Matan and Yahli. He works out on a daily basis in the early morning hours, runs in the kibbutz fields and does stand-up paddleboarding twice a week. A certified tour guide, Ofir travels and guides trips throughout Israel.

Education

Ofir holds a bachelor’s degree in law, master’s degree in public policy and is a certified tour guide.

Orsan Salman

Cfo, Holding Company & Director, Subsidiaries Of The Afifi Group

Professional background

Serving as CFO of the Afifi Group since 2015, Orsan previously worked as the deputy accountant of the Ministry of Transportation for three-and-a-half years. Before that, he worked as a general accountant for five years.

About

Orsan lives in the Northern village of I'billin. He is married to Abir and is the father of Yosef and Hila.

Education

Orsan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and a master’s degree in business administration.

Raed Nakhly

Vp International Business Development, Elnakhleh Coffee, Sobhi Nakhly And Sons

Professional background

Raed is the third generation to work in the Nakhly family business. As VP of international development, he is in charge of sales and marketing in more than 8 countries. An online marketing expert and a certified coffee taster, Raed oversees the company’s global coffee purchasing operation.

About

Raed lives in Shfar’Am with his wife Diana. If he didn’t have the family business to take care of, he would definitely be travelling around the world right now.

Education

Raed has a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from the European Business School, London.

Yonatan Regev

Vp Fraud Prevention & Regulation, Isracard

Professional background

As VP of fraud prevention and regulation at Isracard, Yonatan Regev has been responsible for credit card fraud prevention at the company since 2018. He is also in charge of the company’s PR, including regulator relations. Before his current role, he was advisor to Isracard’s CEO. During his time as advisor, he led major strategic efforts at the company as it gained its independence from former owner Bank Hapoalim and became a publicly traded company in its own right. Prior to that, he had spent a decade at the Budget Department in the Israeli Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for economic policy, among other things. Regev helped plan and manage structural reforms, including legislation and regulation to enhance competition and reduce the cost of living (connecting factories to natural gas, reforms in the food sector, reforms in the Standards Institute), supporting small businesses (the State Guarantee Fund for Small Businesses, growth capital funds), supporting advanced communication industries (LTE, the optic fiber initiative) and promoting government programs to diversify export and support innovation (the Israel Innovation Authority, Indochina programs).

About

Yonatan lives in Modi’in with his partner Liron, their children Ido and Amit (identical twins), Roni, and Eliana and their dog Johnny. He loves watching sports with his kids and going on hikes in Israel and, whenever possible, abroad.

Education

MBA, the Hebrew University. Bachelor's in economics, Tel-Aviv University.

Roee Levanon

Head Of Innovation, Research And High-Tech Employment At The Labor Division, Ministry Of Labor, Social Affairs And Social Services

Professional background

Roee Levanon entered his current position as head of high-tech employment at the Ministry of Labor in 2018. His job is to address the shortage of skilled workers by supporting the employment of underrepresented demographics like women, Arabs, Haredi Jews, Israelis of Ethiopian descent, etc. His goal is to help the Israeli tech industry reach the employment objectives set by the government and create solutions to the workforce productivity problem in Israel. In his previous role, Roee was strategy and policy director at the Ministry for Social Equality, where he formulated strategies concerning young people and senior citizens and was responsible for the ministry’s engagement with the public. In the early days of his career, Roee was a teacher and an educator. He was content manager at the nonprofit Machshava Tova and taught in various formal and informal education programs.

About

Roee lives in Tel Aviv. He is Tzuf’s husband and Iyar’s dad. In his spare time, he loves playing board games, listening to podcasts and playing soccer. He also enjoys photography.

Education

Roee has a bachelor's degree in psychology and cognitive science (Summa Cum Laude), a master's degree in public policy, and a teaching certificate — all from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Roei Dror

Head Of Governance Unit, Prime Minister Office

Professional background

In the last decade, Roei Dror has been building the Israeli Government’s strategy, planning, and policy implementation mechanism. At the Prime Minister’s Office, he is in charge of creating the Prime Minister’s work plans, tracking government decisions, promoting reforms, and sharing the government’s decisions with the public.

About

Roei is married to Dana and has three children: Mika, Naomi, and Nadav. He is originally from Mitspe Shalem, a kibbutz near the Dead Sea. He currently lives in Jerusalem. He has published a novel about Israel’s first secretary of state.

Education

Roei has a bachelor's degree in political science and geography and a master's degree in public policy, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Samir Mahamid

Mayor, Um-El-Fahim Municipality

Professional background

Samir began his career as a teacher and educator before climbing to school principal and vice principal, university lecturer and mentor to principals. Today, he is the mayor of a town with a population of 57 thousand residents. He runs the town’s affairs and adapts government policies to local needs. On top of having to run the municipality, his job requires him to provide the residents of Umm al-Fahm with essential services while striving to continuously improve their quality of life. As mayor, he is in charge of a diverse range of topics, from developing the residential neighborhoods and industrial zones to city beautification, education and welfare.

About

Samir lives in Umm al-Fahm. He is married to Nadia and father to Ibrahim, Asmaa, Salah, Eden, and Muhammad, who will be remembered always. In his spare time (when he has any), he likes reading and watching sports, especially soccer.

Education

Samir has a PhD in plant genetic engineering and a teaching certificate in biology and agriculture. He is also an organizational consultant.

Sara Heller

Maoz – Council Mentor, Kemach Foundation – Professional Manager

Professional background

Sara began working at MAOZ as soon as she completed the Fellows Program, helping local authorities promote business and employment in their areas. Over the last ten years, she has led processes relating to the employment of ultra-Orthodox women, demonstrating a high level of sensitivity to the community. An ultra-Orthodox woman herself, she acts as a link between governmental and private programs and rabbis from the ultra-Orthodox sector. Over the years she has developed her career counseling profession by running over thirty seminars for the ultra-Orthodox community, helped open training tracks for professions other than teaching, assisted recruitment agencies culturally adjust their recruitment tools, created forums for ultra-Orthodox professional women, developed workshops to understand the dilemmas faced by ultra-Orthodox women in employment and established a program for preparing young ultra-Orthodox women for academic studies. Sara is also a psychotherapist and works evenings in a private clinic treating young ultra-Orthodox women in distress. In the past she served as director of training and knowledge development in Joint Israel’s Department for Socioeconomic Participation of the Ultra-Orthodox Sector.

About

Sara lives in Kiryat Ye’arim with her husband Binyamin. She has nine children and one grandchild. She loves learning and spending time with her family.

Education

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in educational counseling from the Jerusalem College in Bayit VeGan and a master’s degree in educational counseling from the University of Liverpool’s branch in Israel. She earned her doctorate in the Conflict Management and Resolution Program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She studied psychotherapy for children and youth at the Magid Institute for Continuing Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tal Alexandrovitz Segev

Ceo, Ben Horin Alexandrovitz Strategy And Communication

Professional background

Tal Alexandrovitz Segev is the CEO of Ben Horin & Alexandrovitz, a strategic-media consultancy and crisis management firm. As one of the leaders in the Israeli PR field, her company serves major players in various sectors. An experienced media consultant, Tal has worked with the business sector, the public sector, and the government. She is also a lecturer and was selected by Forbes as one of Israel's 50 most influential women. She did her military service in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

About

Tal is married to Eitan and mother to Noam and Maya. She likes to start her day early, with some exercise and a walk around her house. She loves hiking and is passionate about Israeli music, especially female singer-songwriters.

Education

Tal holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in media and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Shalom Daniel

Entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Mush Foods Founder and Chairman of INNOBIZ

About

Shalom loves running, oil painting and playing instruments. He is married, has four daughters and lives in Rehovot.

Education

Shalom holds an MBA with a specialization in mergers and acquisitions and a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications. He completed a certification in sustainable business strategy from Harvard Business School.

Shimi Geshayed

Chief Executive Officer At Rachashei Lev And Haverim

Professional background

Since 2006, Shimi has served as CEO of Rachashei Lev, a national support center for children with cancer. The center operates from within the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer and helps hundreds of children with cancer and their families every year, emphasizing innovative and advanced medicine in Israel and around the world. In addition, Shimi directs Haverim, an organization responsible for recruiting and placing young ultra-Orthodox men in the National Civil Service on behalf of the State of Israel. The organization has recruited over 7,000 ultra-Orthodox men and placed them in a range of service tracks. The organization has also established a curriculum of study to help ultra-Orthodox men integrate into Israeli society, with the vision of creating a more unified country.

About

Shimi lives in Ashdod with his wife Saraleh and their three sweet children. In his free time, he likes to travel, listen to music or enjoy moments of silence and laugh as much as possible.

Education

In addition to studying in various ultra-Orthodox institutions, Shimi has taken courses in management, public relations, and marketing. He also completed a certificate program for directors at Bar-Ilan University, and he tries to learn from every child he works with.

Shlomit Landes

Commander of Unit 105 in Lahav 433 of the Israel Police

About

Shlomit is married and has four daughters. She lives in Giv'at Ze’ev.

Education

Shlomit has an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an accredited attorney and received her master’s degree (summa cum laude) in criminology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Shosh Shmueli

Deputy Director Of High Court Of Justice Department, State Attorney'S Office, Ministry Of Justice

About

Shosh lives in Jerusalem with her partner and their two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, meeting friends, practicing her instrument, mosaicking and baking.

Education

Shosh holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree (magna cum laude) in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as a teaching assistant in law during her studies at the Hebrew University and continued to do so even after she graduated.

Telem Hazan

Vp And Director Of Haverim

Professional background

Telem established the Haredi Administration of the IDF. Today he is VP and director of Haverim, a national civil service organization for the ultra-Orthodox community. Telem’s job involves recruiting ultra-Orthodox people to the National Civil Service, accompanying them throughout their service and providing them with the professional tools and training they need to integrate into civil society. Telem’s position requires him to foster partnerships among different sectors of society. He formerly served as a commander in IDF combat forces in all the various sectors.

About

Telem lives with his wife Efrat (a doctoral student) and their seven children (six daughters and a son) in Maor. In his free time, he likes studying Torah, working out, playing the organ and spending time with his family.

Education

Telem earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in history and public administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the IDF’s Tactical Command College. He is a graduate of the IDF’s NCOs Command and Staff (PUM) course. He received his LLM at Bar-Ilan University.

Shlomi Uziel

Ceo, Quai.Md

Professional background

Shlomi has over twenty years of experience in developing and managing complex software systems for hardware engineers. He formerly served as VP R&D at Cadence Design Systems and manager of the Cadence Development Center in Israel and he spent three years as VP R&D at their development center in Boston. Today he is the CEO of a digital health start-up. He also works to promote diversity in the tech industry.

About

Shlomi lives in Neve Ilan. He is married to Mia, a programmer at Mobileye, and father to Avia, Hagar, and Alma, who are also his best friends. He likes working hard and travelling around the world.

Education

Shlomi holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Widad Altouche

Partner In The Financial Cluster, Bdo Israel

Professional background

A partner at accounting firm BDO, Widad is the head of a unit that provides consulting services to some of Israel’s largest financial institutions. Since joining the firm 12 years ago, Widad has held various management positions and worked toward improving the consulting unit’s positioning in the financial cluster. Her work with the unit requires her to stay up to date with the regulatory and business ecosystem, be well-versed in the services offered, and know her way around innovation. The unit has a diverse multidisciplinary team with expertise in industrial engineering and management, economics and accounting. The unit serves Israel’s biggest banks, credit card companies, insurance companies and investment houses.

About

Widad is originally from Yafo. She is married to Wassim, an attorney. She has three children: Mustafah, Mariam, and Zizo. In her spare time, she likes running along the lovely Tel-Aviv Promenade.

Education

Widad went to a private high school belonging to the Church of Scotland. She has a bachelor's in economics and accounting from Tel-Aviv University. She is also a certified public accountant.

Yosef Weitzman

Vice-President, Israel Bar Association

Professional background

Yosef Weitzman is the owner of a large civil law firm that specializes in bankruptcy and advises companies. He is also a lecturer at Ono Academic College, vice-president of the Israel Bar Association, a Magen David Adom board member and member of management, chairman of the Humanitarian Committee for Long-Term Care Workers in the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority and a member of the committee for appointing executive registrars at the Ministry of Justice. On top of that, he is a board member of the Tel Aviv Municipality and the nonprofit Be-Atzmi. Yosef Weitzman has also published two acclaimed books in his field: one about enforcement and collection and one about law in general.

About

Yosef lives in Bnei Brak. He is married and has five children and four grandkids. In his spare time, he drives an ambulance and volunteers at Magen David Adom.

Education

Yosef has a bachelor’s degree in law, a master’s degree in public corporations, and a second master’s degree in internal auditing.

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