List of Speakers
as of June 3
Dr. Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya. He has been a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University and at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. He has published his work in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Journal of Cold War History, and more, and has contributed to edited volumes and encyclopedias on modern military and international history. He has published two acclaimed books. In addition, in his positions in the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the IDF, Dr. Adamsky has carried out intelligence analysis and strategic policy planning and served as assistant secretary of the committee charged with formulating Israel's national security concept.
Prof. Uzi Arad is the Founding Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy, and Founding Chair of the Annual Herzliya Conference Series, and Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. Arad also serves as the Chairman of Israel's Institute of Defense Studies. Between 2009 and 2011 Arad served as the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel, and the head of the Israeli National Security Council. Between 1997 and 1999, Arad was foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu on secondment from the Mossad, in which he served for more than two decades, culminating in his tenure as Director of Research (at a Major General rank). Arad was also an advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and Founding Chairman of the Atlantic Forum of Israel. After retiring from the civil service in 1999, Professor Arad was appointed to establish and direct the EU-Israel Forum. Prior to his career in government, Professor Arad was a Professional Staff Member with the Hudson Institute in New York and Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University's Center for Strategic Studies. Professor Arad received his Bachelor's Degree from Tel Aviv University. In 1971, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for advanced studies at Princeton University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations.
Prof. Shlomo Avineri is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the Hebrew University, Avineri served as Director of Eshkol Research Institute, Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, and Director of the Institute for European Studies. Avineri held numerous visiting appointments at universities including Yale University; Wesleyan University; Australian National University; Cornell University; University of California; Queen's College; and Oxford. He has been a visiting scholar at the Wilson Center and Brookings Institute in Washington, DC and at the Institute of World Economics and International Relations in Moscow. He also headed the Israeli delegation to the UNESCO General Assembly and in 1979 he was a member of the joint Egyptian-Israeli commission that drafted the Cultural and Scientific Agreement between the two countries. Prof. Avineri is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Israel Prize (1996). His publications include The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx; Karl Marx on Colonialism and Modernization; Israel and the Palestinians; Marx' Socialism; Hegel's Theory of the Modern State; Varieties of Marxism; The Making of Modern Zionism; Moses Hess:Prophet of Communism and Zionism; Arlosoroff: A Political Biography; Communism and Individualism (co-author); and an historical introduction to the Hebrew edition of Theodore Herzl's Diaries.
Avishai Abrahami is WIX Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Abrahami was WIX Co-Chief Executive Officer and a director between 2006 and 2010, and has served as the Chairman of the Board since November 2013. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Abrahami was the Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Arel Communications & Software Ltd., a private Israeli company specializing in communication technology. In 1998 he co-founded Sphera Corporation, a private company which develops software for managing data centers, and served as its Chief Technology Officer from 1998 until 2000 and its Vice President of Product Marketing from 2000 until 2003. In 1993, he co-founded AIT Ltd., a private Israeli software company, and served as its Chief Technology Officer until 1997. Mr. Abrahami served in the IDFs elite computer intelligence unit from 1990 until 1992.
Dr. Shirley Avrami is the Director of the Studies and Information Center in the Knesset and has served as Head of the Knesset’s Research and Information Center since 2006. She has served in various capacities, including as Director of the Committee of Labor, Social Affairs and Health, and more. Dr. Avrami has participated in the International Visitor’s Program of the US State Department as part of a Knesset delegation in 2003 and 2011. Dr. Avrami teaches in the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University. She holds a PhD from the University of Haifa, and an MSW (cum laude) from the School of Social Work, Hebrew University. She is also a graduate of the Occupational Therapy Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Avrami has won a variety of prestigious awards and scholarships including the prize of the Israeli Association for Parliamentarianism for her doctoral thesis. Recently she was appointed a member of the steering committee of the International Women’s Parliament, which will convene at the Israeli Knesset in the summer of 2016. She has published two books: His Last Letter Remains (Aharon Michtevo Yalbin) and Coins of Memory (Matbe’ot HaZikaron).
Dr. Eitan Azani is the deputy executive director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Head of the BA and MA Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. He is a Colonel (Res.) in the Israel Defense Forces with operational, research and academic experience in counter-terrorism. Dr. Azani advises both private and governmental entities on counter-terrorism. He testified on the subject of Hezbollah at the US House of Representatives’ Committee on International Affairs as well as the European Parliament. Dr. Azani lectures at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC. Eitan Azani obtained his B.A. from Bar Ilan University, his M.A. (with honors) in the Security and Strategy Studies Program of Tel-Aviv University and his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
H.E. President José María Aznar served as the Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. He is the Honorary Chairman of the Partido Popular, a party he chaired between 1990 and 2004 and established and chairs the Friends of Israel Initiative. He was the Chairman of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) and Vice-Chairman of the International Democrat Union (IDU). President Aznar has served as Executive President of The Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis, President of IADG (Atlantic Institute of Government), Member of the Board of Directors of New News Corporation, the Advisory Council of the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Member of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation, Member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council of the United States and European Chair of its Latin America Initiative, Senior Advisor of the DLA Piper Global Board, and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Elcano Royal Institute. José María Aznar graduated in law at the Universidad Complutense. He was a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Georgetown from 2004 to 2011 and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Johns Hopkins University, where he founded the Center for Transatlantic Relations’ Atlantic Basin Initiative.
Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai is the former head of IDF's Manpower Directorate. She was drafted to the IDF in 1981 and was the first woman to be made Major-General. Barbivai was the first female to hold the IDF positions of Chief Adjutant Officer of a Command, Chief Adjutant Officer, Head of the Ground Forces' manpower section and Head of the Individuals Sector in the Manpower Directorate. Barbivai holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities from Ben Gurion University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Haifa University. She is also the graduate of the "Turn-point" administration course for senior military officials.
Ms. Helit Barel is a former Managing Director of the Peace and Security Association. From 2000-2002 she served as a director at the Israeli National Security Council at the Prime Minister's Office, heading the U.S.-Israeli bilateral desk. Ms. Barel worked at the Congressional Research Service in Washington DC authoring several reports for Congress on issues related to weapons of mass destruction, and at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in Washington DC. Ms. Barel holds a Bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in International Relations from Maryland University.
MK Omer Barlev is a member of the Knesset for the Zionist Union party. Bar-Lev is an IDF reserve officer with the rank of colonel. Barlev served as commander of IDF's elite Special Forces unit between 1984 and 1987. In the early 1990s, he took part in the IDF's negotiations with the Palestinians that led to the Gaza–Jericho Agreement and later to the negotiations that led to the Israel–Jordan peace treaty. After retiring from the IDF in 1994, Barlev became a technology entrepreneur and social activist. In the Knesset, MK Bar Lev has served as a Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, a Member of the Committee for the "Equal Sharing of the Burden" Bill, Chair of the Lobby for Advancement of Youth in the Periphery, Chair of the Lobby for the Promotion of the Needs of the Bedouin Population, and Co-Chair of the Agricultural Lobby. Bar lev received his B.Sc. in Agronomy and Agriculture from the Hebrew University's Faculty at Rehovot, and his master's degree in International Relations from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Shlomit Barnea Fargo is a 30 years-experienced attorney. Since 2003, she has been serving as the Prime Minister's Office Legal Adviser, after having served as Senior Deputy Legal Adviser in the Prime Minister's Office. During the term of the 33rd Government, she provided legal counselling to the Ministry of Intelligence Affairs and to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. During the term of the 32nd Government, she provided legal counselling to the Ministry of Senior Citizens; the Ministry of Public Diplomacy & Diaspora Affairs and many more. Barnea Fargo also served as the State's representative on the Board of Directors of the Israel Electric Company. She chaired the Board of Directors' Audit Committee, and served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors' Corporate Responsibility Committee, among others. Barnea Fargo has been a lecturer in various academic and professional frameworks and has published articles in the “Labor Law Yearly”, the "Law Studies" Periodical of Bar Ilan University's Law Faculty and "Corporations", a legal periodical on corporations, securities and antitrust. She holds both LLB and LL.M degrees from Bar Ilan University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Prof. Yishai Beer is a Professor at IDC Herzliya's Radzyner School of Law, specializing in taxation. He is also a Major General in the Israel Defense Force, (res.) and has served as the President of the Israeli Military Court of Appeals. Professor Beer's legal career began after he received a B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A. from the London School of Economics. He earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He joined the law faculty at the Hebrew University in 1986. Since then, he has been teaching courses and seminars in taxation and corporate law. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Law School, and a Research Fellow at New York University Stern Schoolof Business. He is laureate of multiple academic awards and recognitions, including the Argov Scholarship at the London School of Economics, the Golda Meir Prize, the Milken Prize for Outstanding Teaching, the Bloomfield Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in the Social Sciences from the Hebrew University, and a research grant from the Israel Science Foundation – Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Maj. Gen. (res.) MK Eyal Ben-Reuven is a retired major general and former commander of the military colleges and senior field commander. He is the former deputy commander of the Northern Command, for which he still serves as a reserve. He currently serves as a member of the Knesset for the Zionist Camp party. Reuven participated in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, fighting both near the Suez Canal and at the Golan Heights. He commanded an armor battalion in the 1982 Lebanon War and was the deputy commander of the Northern Command in the 2006 Lebanon War. Reuven graduated from the Command and Staff College and later studied at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He has also received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa. After his retirement, he became director of the Born to Freedom Foundation which works to secure the release of Israeli prisoners of war, and has participated in many peace initiatives, such as the Geneva Initiative.
MK Meirav Ben-Ari serves as a member of the Knesset for Kulanu. In the 2013 local elections, she was fourth on the list for Tel Aviv City Council. She was elected and given the portfolio for promoting youth. Ben-Ari is also the full-time manager of Through Challenge, a center for young men and women at risk, which she inaugurated in 2006. She studied for a BA in Law & Government and a MBA with a focus on Public Leadership at IDC Herzliya. Between 2003 and 2004, she headed IDC's Student Union.
Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor is a professor of Political Science at the University of Haifa’s School of Political Sciences. He previously served as Head of the School, Head of the National Security Research Center, Rector of the University, and President of the Israel Political Science Association. He chaired two Governmental Commissions on Druze Education, and was the Chairman of the Governmental Committee of the Development of Infrastructure of Social Sciences in Israel. He has published 7 books and over 120 articles on Middle Eastern politics, civil-military relations, conflict resolution, and more. He holds a PhD in Political Science and Middle East studies from Princeton University.
Dr. Ayelet Ben-Ezer is the Vice President for Student Affairs at IDC Herzliya. She has served as a faculty member and a lecturer at the Radzyner Law School at IDC Herzliya, the Law Faculty at Haifa University, and as a lecturer at the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Ben-Ezer serves as an External Director at Dan Company for Public Transportation Ltd. and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC. She served as an External Director at Koor Industries Ltd., Chairperson of the Audit Committee, and Chairperson of the Financial Statements Review Committee and Discount Investments Ltd. and as a member of the Investment Committee. In addition she served as a Director at Tirat Zvi Ltd. and Tnuva Galil Ltd. Her Doctorate in Law is from Tel Aviv University.
MK Naftali Bennett is the leader of the Jewish Home party and is Minister of Education and Minister of Diaspora Affairs. He previously held the posts of Minister of Economy and Minister of Religious Services. After serving in Special Forces units, Bennett became a software entrepreneur. In 1999, he co-founded and co-owned the encryption and network security software company Cyota, selling the company in 2005 for $145 million. He has also served as CEO of Soluto, sold in 2013 for a reported $100–130 million. He entered politics in 2006, serving as Chief of Staff for Benjamin Netanyahu until 2008. In 2011, together with Ayelet Shaked, he co-founded the My Israel extra-parliamentary movement and in 2012, he was elected head of the party. Bennett holds a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. David Bergman is with the MLM Division of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Dr. Ronen Bergman s a Senior Correspondent for Military and Intelligence Affairs for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s largest circulated daily newspaper while also a contributing writer for the New York Times on Middle Eastern politics. Dr. Bergman frequently lectures to academic and military audiences, as well as to the general public. He has been a guest lecturer at academic forums at major universities and institutions in Israel and abroad, including The Council on Foreign Relations, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Oxford, and Cambridge, and at military and intelligence forums in Israel, the United States and England. An author of five best-selling non-fiction books, Dr. Bergman covers topics that range from government corruption to Israeli wars and its POWs and MIAs to the Iranian nuclear project. He is currently working on his sixth book, which will tell the never before released history of the Mossad. Dr. Ronen Bergman consults international organizations and companies in the fields of homeland security and risk analysis, assessing current events and strategic developments in the Middle East. He works with some of the largest law firms in the US in research, analysis and the building of cases connected with terrorism, intelligence, etc. Dr. Bergman received a PhD with distinction in History and International Relations from Cambridge University. He also graduated cum laude from Haifa University Law School.
MK Dr. Anat Berko is a Member of Knesset for the Likud and an expert on terrorism expert whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers. A visiting professor at George Washington University in 2008-2009, Dr. Berko was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the IDC Herzliya. She also lectured at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. Dr. Berko conducts counter-terrorism lectures for NATO, the US Congress, the State Department, the FBI and more. In 2003, after a distinguished 25-year career in the military, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Berko retired. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from Bar-Ilan University and is the author of The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers.
Dr. Orna Berry is the Corporate Vice President of EMC2 for Growth and Innovation in EMC Centers of Excellence in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Dr. Berry an Israeli scientist, high-tech entrepreneur, businesswoman, senior director among the Israeli science and technology industries and laureate of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Award. She was the first woman to serve as Chief Scientist and head of the industrial R&D coperation of the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. During her tenure, the budget for Research and Development was the highest in the Israeli history. Ex office, she was the Chairperson of the Israel-USA Binational Industrial Research and DevelopmentFoundation. Throughout her professional career, Berry took part in many public activities committees such as the Brodet Committee (2007) and the Tishler Committee (2012). Berry received her MA and BA degrees in Statistics and Mathematics from Tel Aviv University and Haifa University respectfully. In 1979 She joined the University of Southern California (USC) in the United States where she received her PhD in Computer Science.
Mr. Ilan Birnfeld is Deloitte Israel's Chairman and CEO. Mr. Birnfeld served in managerial roles at Deloitte Israel, including serving as the Audit Practice Leader and the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunication) industry leader. Mr. Birnfeld is active in global forums of Deloitte's management and strategy, a member of the Global Executive Committee and is responsible for innovation implementation in Deloitte. He has advised multinational companies operating in Israel, entrepreneurs and TMT growth companies and many venture-capital funds. He was also a member of the Israeli Venture Capital Association. Based on both his personal believes and Deloitte's corporate responsibility policy, Mr. Birnfeld is a volunteer member of several NGOs dealing with education and reinforcing weaker populations.
Mr. Avi Blasberger is with the National Council for Research & Development, at the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space.
MK Nava Boker is a Member of the Knesset for the Likud party. She is an Israeli journalist and politician. Boker worked for both Yedioth Ahronoth and Ma'ariv, as well as Channel 1. As a journalist, she chose to cover welfare, education, and crime themes. In 2010, her husband Lior Boker was killed in the Mount Carmel forest fire. She subsequently established a foundation to support fire and rescue workers. She holds a BA in Social Sciences and Humanities from the Bet Berl College and the Open University.
Dr. Oded Brosh is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC, Herzliya. A lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Dr. Brosh previously taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. He served as senior analyst at the Prime Minister’s Office. He holds a PhD in political science from the Hebrew University, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching focuses on the issues of deterrence, strategy, WMD proliferation, and the Iranian crisis.
Dr. Amnon Cavari is an Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. Dr. Cavari specializes in American politics with specific research interests in the presidency, public opinion and political parties. Dr. Cavari holds an LL.B and an M.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is laureate of prestigious academic recognitions, including the American Political Science Association Presidency Research Group’s George Edwards III Award for the best dissertation on the presidency in 2011; and the American Political Science Association Presidency Research Group’s Founders Award for the best graduate student paper in 2010.
Prof. Manas Chatterji is Professor of Management and Adjunct Professor in Economics and the Asian and Asian-American Studies Program at Binghamton University, State University of New York, Guest Professor at Peking University, a Visiting Professor at Central University of Finance and Economics, and a Distinguished Professor in Poznan University. He was also an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta, India and George Mason University, U.S. He is an elected member of Polish Academy of Science – Committee on Regional Planning. Professor Chatterji is currently a fellow of the international organization Economists for Peace and Security. He previously taught at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has held visiting appointments at Cornell University, Erasmus University, University of Karlsruhe and many other universities in the US, Europe, Asia and SA. He has authored and edited thirty books and published about 80 scholarly articles, and established Mahatma Gandhi International Center for Conflict Prevention and Management at University of Sydney, Australia. Prof. Chatterji holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Calcutta University and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Devorah Chen is the former Head of the Security of the Criminal and Special Affairs Department at the State Prosecutor's Office. She is a visiting Ira Weiner fellow at The Washington Institute, specializing in counterterrorism litigation strategy. As director of security matters and special affairs in Israel's State Attorney's Office from 1996 to 2004, Ms. Chen led the prosecution of major national security cases, serving as the chief prosecutor of Palestinian Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti, convicted in 2004. As a 20 year-experienced criminal prosecutor, she also served as a key liaison among political, military, and security authorities in the formation of judicial policy on terror and national security. Currently, Ms. Chen continues private practice at the Dvorah Chen Law Offices in Ramat Gan, Israel. She also serves as a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC and lectures on the legal aspects of state security at both IDC and Tel Aviv University. Ms. Chen earned her law degree at Tel Aviv University and her master's degree in public administration at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from November of 2009 to January 2012, coordinating U.S. policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East. Wittes also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as deputy special coordinator for Middle East transitions. She was central to organizing the U.S. government's response to the Arab awakening. Before joining the State Department, as a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, she directed the Middle East Democracy and Development (MEDD) Project. Wittes previously served as Middle East specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace and director of programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington. She has also taught courses in international relations and security studies at Georgetown University. Wittes was one of the first recipients of the Rabin-Peres Peace Award, established by President Bill Clinton in 1997. She holds a B.A. in Judaic and Near Eastern studies from Oberlin College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University. She serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Women in International Security.
Ms. Gili Cohen is the Military Correspondent for the “Ha’aretz” daily newspaper. Ms. Cohen began her journalistic career as a military reporter for the IDF weekly publication where she also served as a News Editor. She is currently studying Political Science and Cyber Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Michel Combes is the Chief Executive Officer of the telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent. In addition, Michel is a board member of MTS, Altice and HDL Development. Mr. Combes has also served as CEO of Vodafone Europe; as Chairman and CEO of the French national broadcasting operator, TDF Group; as Chief Financial Officer for France Telecom Group and a member of the company’s Group Strategic Committee; as Chief Executive Officer for the industrial engineering concern Assystem-Brime; as Executive Vice President for the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontières Group; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast; and as a technical advisor to the French Minister of Transportation. Mr. Combes studied at the prestigious École Polytechnique in Paris and the Parisian telecommunications institute École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications.
Mr. Ruvik Danilovich is the Mayor of Be’er Sheva. He previously served as deputy Mayor for nearly a decade, and held several portfolios in the municipality such as education, youth, immigration, culture and sports. Shortly after his election in 2008, Danilovich was forced to contend with Grad missiles falling on his city for the first time during Operation Cast Lead. He was praised for his performance managing this crisis. Mayor Danilovich presented a ten-year plan (2010–2020) to transform the city into a major metropolitan area. The plan includes improvements in education, infrastructure, job opportunities, cultural programs and more. In 2012 Danilovich was granted the prestigious Ministerial recognition by the Ministry of Education, and in the same year he was granted the honor to light an honorary torch at Israel’s official Independence Day celebrations. Mayor Danilovich attended Kay College, where he studied History and Political Sciences, and Ben Gurion University where he studied Government and Policy studies.
Mr. Jonathan Davis is Vice President for External Relations and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School at IDC Herzliya. Prior to this position, he was Director of the Division for Development and Public Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and had senior roles in the coordination of social and cultural services, actively participating in the rescue of Ethiopian Jewry during "Operation Solomon" and promoting immigration from the FSU, North America and South Africa. Born in England and raised in the United States, Mr. Davis was educated at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He earned his BA in Jewish History and in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and pursued graduate studies at Tel Aviv University in the economics of developing countries. Davis serves as a reserve officer in the IDF Spokesman’s Office briefing foreign journalists, lecturing on the situation in the Middle East and more. During the Second Lebanon War, Major Jonathan Davis briefed hundreds of foreign journalists and appeared on numerous networks on behalf of the IDF Spokesman’s Office.
Mr. Jean-Sébastien Decaux is the CEO for Africa-Israel and CEO for Southern Europe, Belgium and Luxembourg at JCDecaux. Mr. Decaux joined JCDecaux Group in 1998. From 1998 he worked as a Sales Manager for JCDecaux in the UK before being appointed City Relations Manager of JCDecaux Italy in 2000. In November 2001, following an agreement between IGP (the Du Chène de Vère family), Rizzoli Corriere della Sera, and JCDecaux, he started serving as Managing Director for Street Furniture and Sales Director of IGPDecaux, of which he is also a Board member. Jean-Sébastien Decaux has been a member of JCDecaux’s Executive Board since April 2013.
MK Aryeh Mahlouf Deri is the leader of the religious party Shas and serves as Minister of the Economy and as Minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee. He is also a member of the Security Cabinet. Deri has previously served as Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister without portfolio, Secretary General of the Shas party, and Director General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Prof. Zvi Eckstein is aprofessor and dean of both the Arison School of Business and of the Tiomkin School of Economics at IDC Herzliya. Prof. Eckstein served as deputy governor of the Bank of Israel and is a Emeritus Professor at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics of Tel Aviv University. At IDC, he heads the Aaron Economic Policy Institute. He is a research fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He was Visiting Professor at the Finance Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and as The Walras-Bowely Lecturer of the Econometric Society at the 2008 North America Summer Meetings. Prof. Eckstein was a visiting associate professor at the department of economics in Carnegie Mellon University, GSBA, a Visiting associate professor at the department of economics at University of Pittsburgh, a professor at the Department of Economics at Boston University and at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Eckstein served as director for private corporations and as chairman of numerous professional private and public committees. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Tel Aviv University and a doctorate from University of Minnesota.
Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin is a former International Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel, serving in the Olmert Administration, and a former Israeli Government Spokesperson. She was in the Israeli Defense Forces for twenty years, serving as Deputy Head of the Combat Intelligence Corps, the Assistant to the Director of Military Intelligence and as the intelligence officer in combat units and research departments. Over the last decade, Miri has been one of Israel's main presenters and has spoken mostly on regional geo-politics, security related issues in the global media, and the different narratives within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Currently, Miri teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. She holds a B.A. from Tel Aviv University in Middle Eastern studies and Political Science, an M.A. from Haifa University in Security studies, and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College. She is also a fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar Ilan University.
Dr. Israel Elad-Altman is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at IDC Herzliya. He has held a number of senior governmental positions both in Israel and abroad. A former lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Elad-Altman was also a research fellow at its Shiloah Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. He holds a PhD in Islamic studies from University of California, Los Angeles.
MK Elie Elalouf is a Member of Knesset for Kulanu and serves as the Chairman of the Knesset's Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee. Alaluf studied Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the 1970s, he was the director of the French-speaking youth unit of the World Zionist Organization and served as an assistant in Minister Yigael Yadin’s office. He then worked for the Jewish Agency in renewal and development and in 1989 he was elected to the Beersheba city council, until 1992. Alaluf was an emissary for Keren Hayesod in Switzerland between 1992 and 1995. Upon his return to Israel, he was appointed director of the Rashi philanthropic foundation, where he later served as CEO. In 2013, he was appointed to head the Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty. Alaluf was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement and special contribution to society in recognition of his work with the Rashi Foundation in 2011. MK Alaluf holds honorary doctorates from Ben-Gurion University and the Technion.
Dr. Reuven Erlich is the Head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies and head of intelligence studies at the Lauder School of Government at the IDC, Herzliya. He served in the IDF Intelligence Corps, mainly as an analyst specializing in Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian affairs. He retired in 1994 with the rank of colonel after 30 years of service. Between 1985 and 2000 he served as deputy to Ambassador Uri Lubrani, Israel’s government coordinator for Lebanese affairs. Between 1991 and 1993 he was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Israeli-Lebanese peace negotiations in Washington. In 1998 he was awarded a PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Professor Chaim Eshed is the founding Director of the Space Defense program of the Israeli Ministry of Defense and served in that position from 1981 to 2011. He is currently an Advisory Board Member at SpaceIL. Prof. Eshed served in the IDF, reaching the rank of Brigadier General. In 1967, he was the recipient of the Commander-in-Chief’s Medal of Honor for the special technologies he developed for the Intelligence Corps. He served as head of the command center and head of the Intelligence Corps. After his discharge he became a professor at the Asher Institute for Space Research at the Technion. He is a three-time recipient of the Israel Defense Award, for his innovative and top-secret contributions to Israel’s security.
Mr. Moshe Fadlon is the Mayor of the City of Herzliya. He pursued a military career in combat and training units, and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served as Director of several departments in the Herzliya municipality. Mr. Fadlon holds a BA in Political Sciences and Government and an MA in Public Administration in Local Authorities from the University of Haifa.
Prof. Gao Fei is a professor in the Diplomacy Department of the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU). He is also director of the Russian Studies Center at CFAU, and the Vice-Secretary General of the China National Association for International Studies. He is an expert on Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy and Russian Affairs. His recent articles on China's diplomacy and foreign policy appear in the Chinese journals International Politics Studies Quarterly and Foreign Policy Commentaries.
Dr. David “Chuck” Freilich is a Senior Fellow at the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is also a professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the IDC Herzliya, and an Adjunct Professor of political science at Harvard, New York, Columbia, and Tel Aviv Universities. Dr. Freilich was a Deputy National Security Adviser in Israel, a Senior Analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, Policy Adviser to a cabinet minister and a Delegate in the Israeli Mission to the UN. Dr. Freilich has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera and various U.S. and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the New York Times and other media and has published numerous articles and op-eds. He was the Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations and served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years (reserve major). Dr. Freilich earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Mr. Ronald Freudenstein is the Deputy Director and Head of Research at the Martens Center for European Studies. He has contributed to debates and published extensively on European integration, international security, German-Polish relations, global democracy support and changes in the Middle East. Mr. Freudenstein served voluntarily for two years in the German Military. Having worked as a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, he later on became a member of the foreign and security planning staff of the European Commission in Brussels. Subsequently, he became the director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and later held a leading function in the Foundation’s central office in Berlin. After returning to Brussels in 2004, he represented the German city state of Hamburg at the EU. He studied Political Science, Economics, Japan Studies and International Relations in Bonn and Los Angeles.
MK Moshe Gafni is the Chairman of the Knesset's Finance Committee and a Member of Knesset for religious ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism, representing the Degel HaTorah party. He has previously served as Deputy Minister of Religion, and chaired a number of Knesset committees.
MK Zehava Gal-On is the Chairwoman of Meretz party. Gal-on was elected to the Knesset in 1999, and served as chairwoman of the Knesset committee for the struggle against trafficking of women. Gal-on also served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, the Law and Constitution committee, the committee for Women's Rights and the Knesset committee. Prior to her election to the Knesset, Gal on was co-founder and CEO of the B’Tzelem organization. Gal-On holds a B.Ed. in Special Education and Language, an MA degree in the Philosophy of Education from the Hebrew University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Bar Ilan University. In 2014, Gal-on received the prestigious “Knight of Quality Government” recognition by the Movement for Quality of the Government.
Prof. Boaz Ganor is the Dean and the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), at IDC, Herzliya. Prof. Ganor serves as the Founding President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC). Prof. Ganor previously held positions at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the Hoover Institution (Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism, Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. He was also a member of the International Advisory Team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Prof. Ganor is a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS) in Singapore and a co-founder of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR). Prof. Ganor has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Advisory to the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP). Prof. Ganor has published numerous articles, edited several books and contributed chapters on terrorism and counter-terrorism for many publications. He obtained his B.A. in Political Sciences from the Hebrew University, his M.A. in Political Studies from Tel Aviv University and his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University.
Major General (Res.) Amos Gilead is Director the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the Ministry of Defense and coordinate security relations and cooperation with regional and international strategic partners for the Ministry. Prior to these positions, General Gilead held several positions within the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) before retiring with the rank of Major General in July 2003. General Gilead worked as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Prior to that, General Gilead served as the Head of the Military Intelligence Research Division, and was responsible for the overall National Intelligence Assessment from 1996 to 2001. General Gilead served as an IDF Spokesman, a Military Secretary of the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister. Prior to those positions, General Gilead served as a senior member of the Israeli Delegation to the Peace Talks from 1992 to 1993, and worked on various assignments within IDF Military Intelligence. General Gilead received two awards from the American Defense Establishment “Legion of Merits” and the Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award. General Gilead holds an M.A. in Political Science and National Security Studies from Haifa University in conjunction with the National Security College.
Ms. Karnit Goldwasser is a Hydrologist by profession and a member of the Tel Aviv City Council. Ms. Goldwasser is the widow of kidnapped soldier from the 2006 Lebanon War Ehud Goldwasser and she led a massive social and political international campaign pushing for the return of three Israeli kidnapped soldiers held by Hezbollah and Hamas during the Second Lebanon War. Goldwasser became the spokeswoman of the campaign, stumping before crowds in Israel and abroad, asking them to continue signing petitions, going to rallies and supporting legislation. Goldwasser rallied for her cause in the UN, and even confronted Iranian President Ahmadinejad at a press conference in the NY Headquarters.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen is the former Commander of the IDF Northern Corp. He served in the IDF for 41 years in numerous command capacities. He participated in every war since 1973, and commanded the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip. He recently served as Head of the Military Colleges and Commander of the IDF Northern Corps. Hacohen holds a master’s degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Rafik Halabi is Mayor of the Daliyat al-Karmel local council. He is a Druze citizen of Israel, and a journalist by profession. Mr. Halabi covered the West Bank for Israeli Television for 8 years, and was the news director for the Israel Broadcasting Authority Channel 1. Mr. Halabi is a laureate of the prestigious “Sokolov” recognition of excellence in the field of Journalism. Mr. Halabi has served as a lecturer in Tel Aviv University, the College of Management Academic Studies, Haifa University, Bar Ilan University and Sapir College. He is an avid advocate for democracy, social equality and the fight against racism in Israel. Mr. Halabi holds a BA in Linguistics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a master’s degree from Haifa University.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shalom Harari is a Research Associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya. He served for twenty years as a senior advisor on Palestinian affairs for Israel's Defense Ministry. Brig. Gen. (Res.) Shalom Harari served in the IDF Intelligence Research Department and Collection Department. In 1983 he was appointed Colonel and became the Head of the West Bank-Palestinian Affairs Department of the Israeli Civil Administration. From 1984 until 1997, he served as the head of the Department of Palestinian Affairs in the Ministry of Defense.
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading commentators on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for Haaretz for the last 12 years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battles during the Palestinian Intifada (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon. Prior to his current position, Harel, 41, was an editor for the Haaretz Hebrew print edition, and from 1999-2005, the anchor on a weekly Army Radio program. He frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit. Along with Avi Issacharoff, Harel co-authored The Seventh War: How we won and why we lost the war with the Palestinians". The book, a best-seller in Israel, has been translated into French and Arabic, and won the prestigious Chechic award in 2005, for outstanding security research. Harel and Issacharoff's second book, 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah and the War in Lebanon, about the 2006 war was published in Hebrew in January 2008, and also became a best-seller. "34 Days" also won the Chechic award in 2009. Harel is a graduate of Tel Aviv University, with a bachelor's degree in Law.
Dr. Yoaz Hendel is an Israeli military historian and journalist and serves as head of the Institute for Zionist Strategies (IZS) since May 2012. He formerly served as Director of Communications and Public Diplomacy for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and was a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University where he taught courses on terror and guerrilla warfare. During his time in the military, Hendel fought in the 2006 Lebanon War and the Gaza War of 2008/09. He holds the rank of major in Reserve where he serves each year. Hendel is a military historian who specializes in low intensity conflict and intelligence. He is a senior military and diplomatic commentator for the Israeli newspapers Yedioth Ahronoth, and was a military correspondent for Makor Rishon and presented a talk show for the IDF Radio. In October 2012, Hendel was awarded the title "Knight of Government of Quality" by the Movement for Government Quality. Hendel studied history at Tel Aviv University where he got his PhD.
Mr. François Henrot is Senior Partner at Rothschild Global Financial Advisory and is the President of an Investment Bank at Rothschild Inc. Mr. Henrot has been a Managing Partner of Rothschild & Cie Banque (F), since 1997. He serves as Vice President Rexel SA. Mr. Henrot also serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Supervisory Board of Crédit du Nord and as a Member of the Executive Board of Paribas. He held various positions with Compagnie Bancaire, and served as its Chairman of the Executive Board since 1995. He served as an Auditor and Director of Petitions within the French Council of state and served as Director of Commercial and Telematics Affairs in the Department of Telecommunications. He is Vice Chairman of The Supervisory Board for PO Gestion SAS and Member of The Supervisory Board. He serves as a Director of BP France and is a Non-Voting Member of Supervisory Board of Vallourec SA. Mr. Henrot is a graduate of the École nationale d'administration from French National School of Public Administration.
Prof. Tamar S. Hermann is a political scientist specializing in public opinion-making and its measurement. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Democracy in Israel (IDI), and the academic director of IDI’s Guttman Center for Surveys. She also heads IDI’s Renewing the Israeli Social Contract project, is the editor of the annual Israeli Democracy Index, and co-authors the monthly Peace Index. Her areas of expertise are public opinion and the formation of national policy, as well as civil society. Prof. Hermann is a faculty member of the Political Science Department of the Open University of Israel, where she was Vice President of Academic Affairs, and is the former director of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University. She was a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow for Peace and Security at Princeton University. She was also a Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Queen's University in Belfast, and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Prof. Hermann received her BA, MA, and PhD in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.
MK Isaac Herzog is Chairman of the Opposition and of the Labor Party and heads the joint parliamentary list of "Zionist Union" for which he contested the 2015 legislative elections. He has previously served as Government Secretary, Minister of Welfare and Social Services, Minister of the Diaspora and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism. MK Herzog studied Law at Tel Aviv University, Cornell University and New York University. Prior to his election to the Knesset, Herzog worked at a law firm founded by his father, Herzog, Fox & Ne'eman. Herzog is one of the few Knesset members who continue to serve in the military reserve (with the rank of Major).
Mr. Amos J Hochstein is the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs leading the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) at the U.S. Department of State. He oversees U.S. foreign policy engagement in the critical intersection of energy and national security. Mr. Hochstein served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Hochstein spent more than 15 years advising U.S. elected officials, candidates for public office and leaders on domestic and global energy policy initiatives. He began his career in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill where he served in a variety of senior level positions, ultimately serving as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Throughout his career, he has been a counselor for both domestic and international oil and gas companies, as well as companies focusing on renewable energy.
Mr. John Hofmeister is the founder and CEO of the not-for-profit Citizens for Affordable Energy, a Washington D.C.-registered, public policy education firm that promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation. Mr. Hofmeister is a former President of Shell Oil Company. He is a key member of the United States Energy Security Council. Hofmeister has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International). Hofmeister serves as the chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He serves as non-executive director of the Hunting PLC, London, UK, CAMAC Energy, Inc., Sodexo North America Business Advisory Board, and advisor to Liberty Power of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. He also serves on the boards of the National Energy Security Council, Washington, D.C.; the Foreign Policy Association, New York; Strategic Partners, LLC; the Gas Technology Institute and the Center for Houston’s Future. Hofmeister is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and is also a director emeritus of the Greater Houston Partnership. He is active in education serving on the Energy Advisory Board at the University of Houston. Hofmeister earned bachelors and masters degrees in political science from Kansas State University. In May 2010 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Houston.
Ms. Valerie Hoffenberg is President of Connecting Leaders Club and the President and Co-Founder of the Israeli Connecting Leaders Club. Ms. Hoffenberg served as Director of the American Jewish Committee in France between 2002 and 2009. Her political career started when she was appointed in 2009 by the former president of France Nicolas Sarkozy as a French special envoy for the economic development in the Middle East Process. Ms. Hoffenberg was elected as counsellor of Paris, a position she held until 2014, and as national secretary of the UMP in charge of the relations with international political parties and think tanks. Since 2013, she has put aside her political career. She is currently the CEO of V conferences, a communication and events organisation company. She held a famous monthly economic event in cooperation with a French newspaper called “Les Matins de l’Economie”. In addition to these activities, she is the CEO of a consulting company for individuals and entrepreneurs.
Mr. Yossie Hollander is the Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning and a a co-founder of the Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to reducing the cost of vehicles by opening the market to cheaper fuel choices. He is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with more than 40 years of experience building successful software companies. In addition, he is the founder and chairman of Our Energy Policy Foundation, which is dedicated to creating an open dialogue and consensus on U.S. energy policy. Mr. Hollander serves on the executive board and management committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is a member of several Boards of Councilors of USC and a member of the advisory board of the Cornell University Center for a Sustainable Future.
MK Tzipi Hotovely is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. MK Hotovely is a doctorate student at the Faculty of Law in Tel Aviv University. Hotovely practices Orthodox Judaism and is a self-described "religious right-winger". In 2009, she was the 18th Knesset's youngest member. She regularly campaigns for the improvement in women's rights, and chaired the Knesset Committee on the Status of Women before joining the government in 2013. She completed her BA and MA degrees at Bar-Ilan University, graduating with honors.
Ambassador Dr. Robert Hutchings is Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the LBJ School, Hutchings was a Diplomat in Residence in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was also faculty chair of the Master in Public Policy program there and served for five years as assistant dean of the school. Ambassador Hutchings served as Chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council in Washington, Fellow and Director of International Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Director for European Affairs with the National Security Council, and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State. Hutchings is a director of the Atlantic Council of the US, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Vice President of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), and founding president of the Austin Council on Foreign Affairs. A recipient of the National Intelligence Medal and the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award, he was also awarded the Order of Merit (with Commander's Cross) of the Republic of Poland. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim is the Executive Chairman of the Scotland Institute and an expert in strategic policy development who has advised many world leaders in recent years. Dr. Ibrahim obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and served as a Research Fellow at the International Security Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, a World Fellow at Yale, Fellow and Member of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Social Policy Understanding and an Adjunct Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute US Army War College. He founded and actively chairs a private grant-giving foundation focusing on innovative community projects. Dr. Ibrahim served as a reservist in the UK’s 4th Battalion Parachute Regiment.
Mr. Meir Javedanfar is the owner and editor of the Iran – Israel Observer. He is a lecturer in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, where he teaches Contemporary Iranian Politics. He has been a guest lecturer in five languages (Persian, Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese) at events and universities in more than 20 countries. He has briefed officials and academics from more than 30 countries on Iran. Mr. Javedanfar is the co-author of the first biography of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the author of the chapter “The Islamic Republic of Iran: The Ministry of Information and Security (VAVAK)” for the book “PSI Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence: National Approaches“. Meir serves as an expert to The U.N. Alliance of Civilizations – Global Experts Resource Project. He is also a member and contributor to the Gulf 2000 Middle East Project at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Mr Javedanfar has a Masters in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. He runs the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company (MEEPAS) from its offices in Tel Aviv.
MK Haim Jelin is a member of the Knesset for the Yesh Atid party, and former Chairman of the Eshkol Regional Council. MK Jelin led the Eshkol Regional Council through Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense and Protective Edge. Jelin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to Israel at 18. He served in the IDF as a lone soldier, instructing tank commanders. Jelin is a member of Kibbutz Be'eri and has headed the kibbutzim Nahal Oz, Lahav, and Mashabei Sadeh. He studied economics and management at Sapir Academic College and Ben-Gurion University.
Professor Eugene Kandel is the Head of the National Economic Council and Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister since 2009. Professor Kandel has a BA and an MA in economics from the Hebrew University and an MBA and doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel has worked to shape economic policy in Israel and was a member of central public committees. Professor Kandel served as an adviser to governmental bodies, financial institutions and economic organizations around the world. In this framework, he worked to design regulatory systems, evaluate the profitability of corporations and develop optimal pricing policy, as well as strategic and financial consultation. Professor Kendal also served as a member of Israel's antitrust court. Professor Kandel is a senior professor at the Hebrew University Business School and Economic Department, and had served as the Chair of the Economic Department. Previously he worked in leading institutions including the University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and Washington University. Prof. Kandel is also a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality in the Hebrew University, a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy and Research in London and a fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute.
Mr. Claude Kandiyoti is CEO of the K group, a real estate private equity fund, and Board Member of Axis Office Park of Leuven. He is also a recognized diplomatic and political advisor to various European governments and decision-makers on Middle East strategies. A regular contributor to the Israeli daily Haaretz, a Kol Dor founding member and a member of the World Jewish Diplomatic Corps. Previously, worked as the Publisher of the Brussels-based Jewish monthly Contact J and was the former Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students. He is a former member of the WJC board of governors and the Coordination Committee of Jewish Organizations in Belgium (CCOJB). Mr. Kandiyoti holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Mr. Rick Kaplan is the IBM Israel Country General Manager since May 2012. Prior to joining IBM Israel, Rick was the Chief Trust and Compliance Officer for IBM, globally leading a team of compliance professionals who worked with IBM employees, Business Partners and Clients around the world. Prior to that Rick was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, IBM Global Services, responsible for risk management, high level business negotiations and delivery of legal services worldwide for IBM's 100,000 person consulting, systems integration, application maintenance services and business transformation outsourcing unit. Rick has been IBM’s partnership executive for the Israeli Ministry of Defense for many years and is fluent in Hebrew. Rick earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 1977 and graduated from Cornell Law School in 1984.
Dr. Ely Karmon is a Senior Research Scholar at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. He lectures on Terrorism and Guerrilla in Modern Times and CBRN terrorism at the M.A. Counterterrorism Studies program. He served as an advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Defense and participated in UN seminars preparing security at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics. In addition to his work at the IDC, Dr. Karmon is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence, in London. He is a member of the International Permanent Observatory on security measures during major events at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin, Italy, member of the International Institute for Security and Cooperation, in Sofia, Bulgaria. A member of the Atlantic Forum of Israel, he is involved in NATO workshops on terrorism and on the Mediterranean Dialogue, and has been a Fellow at the Proteus Management Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dr. Karmon holds a B.A. in English and French Culture from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, a License in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a License in Bantu languages from the Ecole de Langues Orientales, in Paris. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Haifa University.
Prof. Efraim Karsh is founding director and emeritus professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London. Since 2013, he serves as professor of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University (where he is also a senior research associate). Furthermore, he is a principal research fellow and former director of the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank. He has held various academic posts at Harvard and Columbia universities, the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, Helsinki University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington D.C., and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Karsh graduated in Arabic and Modern Middle East History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and obtained an MA and PhD in International Relations from Tel Aviv University. Prof. Karsh was a research analyst for the IDF, where he attained the rank of major. He is a regular media commentator, has appeared on all the main r networks in the UK and the US, and has contributed articles to leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The Times (London) and more.
Mr. Sharon Kedmi is co-founder and CEO of Demeter-AWE Holdings, LTD, a global consulting and investment firm providing expertise and technological assistance to governments and entrepreneurs in the agriculture, water and energy sectors. In February 2014, Sharon Kedmi was named Chair of the United Nations Committee on Economic Cooperation, innovation and Integration. In addition, Mr. Kedmi currently serves as Special Envoy for Economic Development for the Peres Center for Peace. Appointed Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of the Economy in 2009, Mr. Kedmi held the post until 2013. As the highest-ranking executive officer, he coordinated and implemented Ministry policy particularly in industrial and economic development, job creation, international trade and investment in technology infrastructure. Prior to this position, Sharon Kedmi served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, and the Minister of Energy. Kedmi holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as graduate degrees in Finance and Accounting.
Mrs. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the author of Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way. From 1995 to 2003, she was Maryland's first woman Lieutenant Governor. Mrs. Townsend serves on a number of non-profit boards. She is the chairman of the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland and serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Points of Light Foundation, National Catholic Reporter, and the Character Education Partnership, among others. While serving as the chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, she created the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Mrs. Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before being elected Lt. Governor, Mrs. Townsend served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States. She has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. Mrs. Townsend is an honors graduate of Harvard University, and holds a law degree from the University of New Mexico. She has received ten honorary degrees and has published several articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and others.
Mr. Harel Kodesh is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at GE Software. Kodesh joined GE from Nurego, where he served as Chief Executive Officer and founder. Prior to starting Nurego in 2013, Kodesh served as executive vice president of EMC Corp.’s Cloud business and chief executive officer of Mozy, an EMC subsidiary. He also served as chief product officer and Senior Vice President of Amdocs, as President and CEO of Wingcast Corporation, as Vice President of the Productivity Appliance Division and Vice President of the Information Appliances Division at Microsoft. He has also served as Chairman of the Board and Director for numerous companies. Mr. Kodesh holds a B.S. Degree in Computer Engineering and an M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).
Prof. Stephen Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Humanities & Sciences, and the deputy director of FSI at Stanford University. A former director of CDDRL, Krasner is also an FSI senior fellow, and a fellow of the Hoover Institution. He served as the Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department. Prof. Krasner also taught at Harvard University and UCLA. At Stanford, he was chair of the political science department between 1984 and 1991 and served as the editor of International Organization from 1986 to 1992. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2002, he served as director for governance and development at the National Security Council. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a BA in history from Cornell University, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a PhD in political science from Harvard.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser was chief of the research division in IDF Military Intelligence, and until recently, director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Mr. Kuperwasser also served as the IDF Military attaché for Intelligence Affairs in Washington and as the Chief Intelligence Officer for the IDF Central Command. Mr. Kuperwasser was vice-president of the security consulting firm GCST. As director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Mr. Kuperwasser led a governmental investigative committee on the “Muhammad al-Durrah incident”, investigating IDF actions amid widespread rioting throughout the Palestinian territories during the Second Intifada. Kuperwasser holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Haifa University and an MA in in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Ambassador Prof. Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle Eastern policy studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served as U.S. ambassador to Egypt and to Israel until 2005 when he retired after a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. He also served as a political officer at the U.S. embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, deputy director of the office of Egyptian affairs, speechwriter on the policy planning staff, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and principal deputy assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award. Ambassador Kurtzer holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East and was a foreign policy advisor to President Obama in 2008. He is a contributor to the Washington Post and other publications.
Dr. Emily Landau is a senior research associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv, where she is also director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Project. She has published and lectured extensively on nuclear proliferation, arms control efforts, regional security in the Middle East, international efforts to confront the proliferation challenges posed by Iran and North Korea, Israel's nuclear image and policy and more. Dr. Landau currently teaches nuclear strategy, negotiations and arms control at the International School of the University of Haifa, the Executive MA program in Diplomacy and Security at Tel Aviv University, and the Lauder School of Government at IDC Herzliya. She is a frequent commentator to Israeli and leading international media and an active participant in a range of Track II initiatives dealing with arms control and regional security in the Middle East. She has served on the steering committee of EuroMeSCo. Dr. Landau currently serves on the board of advisory editors of Fathom and is a member of IISS. She holds a BA and MA from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ms. Leah Landman is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of the Advisory Board, Women in International Security – Israel (WIIS-Israel). She has served as a Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya and as Deputy Director of the Herzliya Conferences. She specializes in the fields of International Relations and Middle Eastern Politics. Ms. Landman has also worked as a strategy and business consultant in the fields of security and defense, and as editor for the Jane’s Information Group. She holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in International Relations.
Mr. Shimon Lankri is the Mayor of the city of Akko (Acre). Prior to his election, he was CEO of the Akko Community Centers Network. He has served in numerous public positions, such as Member of the Minister of Education's Advisory Committee of Government-Funded Culture; Member of the Managing Committee of Warsaw Ghetto Fighters House; Member of the General Council of Mifal Hapayis (State Lottery) and many more. He has also served as Chairman of the Young Generation Committee, Center for Local Authorities; Chairman of the Board Akko Economic Co. Ltd.; Member of the National Planning and Building Commission and more. Mr. Lankri holds an M.A. in Sociology of Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ms. Tal Laor is a former Spokesperson of Israel's Permanent Mission to the United Nations. She is currently a journalist and a Ph.D. Student in Law and Communications from Bar Ilan University. She is also a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, and the Sami Ofer School of Communications at the IDC, Herzliya.
Dr. Noam Lemelstrich Latar is the Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at IDC Herzliya, and Chairman of the Israeli Communication Association. He is a member of the Governing Body of the Israeli Press Council. He pioneered the teaching of new media at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Ben-Gurion University, and is one of the founders of the Tel Aviv University School of Journalism. His current research focuses on data mining and the effect of artificial intelligence on the media. He holds a PhD in Communications from the MIT.
Ambassador Itzhak Levanon served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the State of Israel to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 2009-2011. Mr. Levanon first entered the field of public service in 1969 as an assistant for Arab Affairs to Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek. He joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and served in various positions to the UN, Venezuela, Colombia, France and Canada. In 1994, he was a member of the Israeli delegation at the peace talks in Washington D.C. following the Madrid Conference for Peace. Later that year, he was appointed Consul General of Israel to New England; a position he held until 2002. Upon his return to Israel, Ambassador Levanon was made Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United Nations in Geneva. Subsequently, he became spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Arab World. Itzhak Levanon studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, McGill University and the American University of Beirut and hold Certificates of Honor from, among others, Massachusetts Congress, B’nai Brith International, Hadassah International and more.
Dr. Matthew Levitt is the Fromer-Wexler fellow and director of the Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he served both as a senior official within the department's terrorism and financial intelligence branch and as deputy chief of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis. He has also served as a State Department counterterrorism advisor to the special envoy for Middle East regional security, General James L. Jones. From 2001 to 2005, Dr. Levitt served the Institute as founding director of its Terrorism Research Program, which was established in the wake of the September 11 attacks. Previously, he served as an intelligence analyst at the FBI. He has earned numerous awards and commendations for his government service at the FBI and the Treasury Department. Dr. Levitt holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yeshiva University, as well as a master's degree in law and diplomacy and a doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation and has taught at Johns Hopkins University and Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. He has held fellowships with numerous prestigious counterterrorism research institutes globally, for some of which he serves as a member of their advisory board.
Ms. Tallie Lipkin-Shahak is a prominent Israeli journalist. At IDF Radio, Ms. Lipkin-Shahak, directs military and security programs and is the chief editor of the “Security Strip” (Retzuat Ha’Bitachon), a daily show. She also hosted several programs on Channel 1 and Channel 2. Ms. Lipkin-Shahak was the first female Military Correspondent for Davar newspaper. She was also one of the founders of the Regional Radio Station in Tel Aviv. She has edited and presented several documentary films, and is an active member of "Ezrat Nashim", an NGO of female media workers which raises awareness and public support for women's help centers.
MK Tzipi Livni is a Member of the Knesset for the Zionist Union party. Livni served as a minister in the cabinets of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert from 2001 to 2009, most notably as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009, during which she led peace talks with the Palestinians. She then served as Leader of the Opposition. As leader of the liberal Hatnuah party she founded, Livni served as Minister of Justice in Benjamin Netanyahu's third government. She also led the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, was charged with overseeing Israel's diplomatic initiatives with the United States and Europe, and was chief negotiator in peace negotiations. In December 2014, she teamed up with Labor Party chief and opposition leader Isaac Herzog to form a joint list, the Zionist Union, to contest Israel's 2015 elections. She is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law.
Dr. Esther Lopatin is the Director of the Center for European Studies at the IDC Herzliya. From 2005 until 2010, she was a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University's Political Science Department, teaching courses on EU politics and International Relations Theory. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University, and prior to her graduation she worked as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC, where she provided policy advice on immigration and border security issues. Recently, Dr. Lopatin was a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Lille, France, where she taught a course on EU Immigration and Asylum Policy. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 2004 for which she obtained a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service.
Mr. Antonio López-Istúriz White is a Member of the European Parliament for the European People's Party (EPP) and is EPP's Secretary-General. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Spanish People's Party, the Executive Secretary of the Centrist Democrat International and the Secretary Treasurer of the Martens Centre for European Studies, the think-tank of the EPP. He is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs, a substitute member for the Committee on Transport and Tourism, a member of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and a substitute for the Delegation for relations with the countries of South-East Europe. Mr. López-Istúriz White is a laureate of the prestigious Officer of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins and Order of the Star of Jordan decorations. He studied law at the CEU San Pablo Catholic University, where he also received a degree in economic studies.
Col. (Res.) Adv. Lior Lotan is a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. Col. Lotan serves as the Prime Minister's Advisor on MIA and POW soldiers. He also served as the ICT’s Executive Director. Col. Lotan is a world expert in hostage-barricade situations and hostage negotiations. He commanded the Israel Defense Force hostage negotiation team from 1998 until 2005. From 1993 to 1996, he commanded the IDF’s Counter-Terrorism Unit. Col Lotan headed a professional team of operations and intelligence experts, which conducted a risk assessment analysis for the Olympic Committee in 2004. Col. Lotan lectures both in Israel and abroad on counter-terrorism, negotiations, and hostage-barricade situations. He is also a lawyer, specializing in corporate law, mergers, and liquidations. Col. Lotan holds a law degree from Bar Ilan University.
Dr. Amichai Magen is the Marc & Anita Senior Researcher and Head of the Terrorism & GovernanceDesk at the International Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT) and an Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy – both at IDC Herzliya. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He previously served as Director of the Institute for Democracy, Law and Diplomacy, Associate Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem, and as a Lecturer in the Stanford Law School. He was also a Fellow at the Center of Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI), Stanford University. Dr. Magen has published extensively in leading journals in the fields of International Law, International Relations and Comparative Politics, and he is a regular commentator for Israeli and international newspapers, radio, and television. In 2010, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress. Dr. Magen received his Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford Law School.
Dr. Shavit Matias is formerly the Deputy Attorney General of Israel for International Affairs. Currently, she is Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), IDC Herzliya and a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. At the Hoover Institution, she is a member of the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law. During her government career, she headed inter-ministerial committees examining and advising on questions of law, policy, and national security. Dr. Matias represented the State of Israel in UN committees and was a commissioner at the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law. She participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations, including trade matters with the EU, joining the OECD, and more. Dr. Matias formed and headed the Department for International Agreements and International Litigation. Since 1992, Matias has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, and Stanford University. She is a recipient of the 2008 Award from Georgetown University Law Center for outstanding achievements in the profession. She received her LLB from Tel-Aviv University, her LLM from Georgetown University, and her doctorate from George Washington University.
Prof. Yossi Matias is Vice President of Engineering at Google's Search and he is also the founder and Managing Director of Google R&D Center in Israel. He is also the executive lead for Google's university research program across Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and was responsible for technology innovation in YouTube and Data Analytics across EMEA. He is the executive lead and founder of Google's Campus Tel Aviv. Prof. Matias is also on the Computer Science faculty of Tel Aviv University, and formerly a research scientist at Bell Laboratories and a visiting professor at Stanford. Matias has been extensively involved in the high-tech industry in leadership roles as an entrepreneur and executive. Matias has authored over 100 scientific and technological research papers and is the inventor of over 30 patents. He earned his PhD (with distinction) from Tel Aviv University and his MSc (with excellence) from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He served in the IDF as an Air Force pilot. Matias is a recipient of the 2005 ACM-EATCS Gödel prize in Computer Science. His work was instrumental in setting up a scientific field of algorithms for big data, and technologies now extensively used in industries involving big data. In 2009 he was elected an ACM Fellow.
Sharona Mazalian Levi is the Spokesperson and Head of Investor Education at Israel Securities Authority (ISA). Before joining the ISA, she served as media advisor to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Yuval Steinitz. She also served as spokesperson officer in the IDF between 2004 and 2008. Sharona Mazalian Levi also serves as an adjunct lecturer on spokesman-ship and political communications at the School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. She earned an MA degree, with honors, in Middle Eastern Studies. Her thesis explored the instrumental role of media-based indoctrination in establishing the Islamic revolution in Iran. She earned her BA degree in political science and Middle Eastern studies, both at Tel Aviv University.
Allan McArtor is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group, Inc., Mother Company for Airbus Defense & Space, Inc.; Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and Airbus Americas, Inc. for Americas. Throughout his career, McArtor has held a series of leadership and senior management positions in the military, civil and government sectors. Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines and the Administrator of the FAA. McArtor was a combat fighter pilot in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy, and a pilot with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team. He is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University and an honorary doctorate degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Oded Meirav is the Manager of the Israel Technology Center at GE. Prior to this position, he was a Project Manager at GE Healthcare and VP of Marketing for UltraGuide. Dr. Meirav holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Marketing from the University of Haifa, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Yossi Melman is an Israeli writer and journalist. He was an intelligence and strategic affairs correspondent for the Haaretz newspaper, and in 2012 he joined the Israeli news portal Walla! in an analytical role. Since 1974, Melman has worked in various capacities in the Israeli media. He has worked for 27 years in the Israeli Haaretz daily as a senior correspondent on national security, intelligence and strategic issues. Melman was involved in several legal and public battles to lift gag orders issued by Israeli courts and censors. He is the laureate of distinguished journalistic recognitions and awards, such as the 2009 Sokolov Award, an award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Association (IRE) and the 1994 “Simon Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism” and the 1995 Boris Smolar Award of Excellence in International News or Feature Reporting”, on behalf of the American Jewish Press Association. Mr. Melman graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Prof. Rafi Melnick is a Professor at the Tiomkin School of Economics and at the Lauder School of Government at IDC Herzliya. He is the former Provost of IDC Herzliya and former Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. He also held teaching positions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and visiting positions at Boston University and the University of California, Davis. Until recently, he served as a member of the Bank of Israel's Monetary Committee. Previously, Melnick served as a senior economist and deputy director of research for the Bank of Israel, and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Council at the Prime Minister's Office, the Advisory Committee to the Minister of Finance, the Committee for Social and Economic Change and Chair of the Macroeconomic Forum of the director general of the Treasury. Prof. Melnick developed the State of the Economy index for the Israeli economy. He has also served as chairman of the investment committee of Migdal insurance company, chairman of the investment committee of Hamagen insurance company, economic consultant to Bank Leumi, member of the board of directors of Psagot-Ofek Securities and Investment Ltd. and research associate of the Center for Social Policy Studies Research in Israel. Prof Melnik holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Dan Meridor is President of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR), a foreign affairs think-tank which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). Meridor served in successive Israeli governments, notably as deputy prime minister, minister of intelligence and atomic energy, minister of justice, minister of finance and cabinet secretary. Dan Meridor was a member of the Knesset from 1984 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2013 and served as chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs Committee from 1999 to 2001. He holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Assaf Meydani is an Associate Professor in Public Policy, Politics and Law at the School of Government and Society at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, Israel. He has served in several public policy positions, such as, a member of the Committee for the Nomination of Judges of the Zionist Supreme Court on behalf of the World Zionist Organization; member of the Information Delegation during the Camp David negotiations in the year 2000; General Secretary and Member Board of Directors of The Israeli Political Science Association and more. Prof. Meydani served as an advisor to the National Commission for Examination of the Structure of Government in Israel and Advisor to the Committee for the Appointment of Senior Advanced Policy Positions in the Public Service. The author of several books and articles, Prof. Meydani has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center for New Institutional Science at Washington University of St. Louis, Missouri; the Institute of Management at the University of California at Berkeley; at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford and at the Centre for the Study of Judicial Institutions & for Public Policy Analysis in University of Bologna, Italy. He has a law degree (LL.B.) from the College of Management Law School. He also holds a Masters and PH.D from the Department of Management and Public Policy from Ben-Gurion University.
MK Merav Michaeli is an Israeli Knesset member for the Zionist Union party and a former journalist, TV anchor, radio broadcaster and activist. Prior to the 2015 elections, MK Michaeli served as Chair of the Caucus for Female Knesset Members, and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Prior to entering politics, Michaeli was known as one of Israel's most prominent journalists, an op-ed writer for Haaretz newspaper, and the producer and of her own prime-time, documentary, and current affairs television and radio programs. Michaeli has taught university classes and lectured extensively on the topics of feminism, media, and communications.
Prof. Alex Mintz is Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at IDC Herzliya, Head of the Israeli Political Science Association and Chair of the Herzliya Conference series. He served as Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC from 2008-2014. Professor Mintz is editor-in-chief of the journal Political Psychology, and editorial board member of the journals American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective and more. He also served as Associate Editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution and as editor of the University of Chicago Press book series in Leadership and Decision Making in the International Arena. Mintz is the author of over 10 books and edited volumes, and has published in top journals in the field of Political Science, Political Psychology and Conflict Resolution. Mintz served as President of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the ISA and sits on the board of the Center for Conflict Management and Prevention in Sydney, Australia. Prof. Mintz is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA), and the 1993 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the ISA.
Prof. Shaul Mishal is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya, and Brian Mulroney Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Mishal is also Chairman and Founder of Etrog Strategies for M.E. Risk Analysis. He serves as senior advisor to the Department of Political Planning at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Defense and as a consultant to international and regional private and public institutions. Prof Mishal founded and directed the Center for Israeli Arab Studies, and authored and co-authored five books and numerous articles. He is a Visiting Professor at Yale University, visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard and Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prof. Mishal Received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed post-Doctoral studies at Yale University.
Dr. Amit Mor
Dr. Amit Mor, an energy economist, energy strategist, and financial analyst, is the CEO and co-owner of Eco Energy Ltd., an Israeli based strategic and financial consulting and investment firm that specializes in the energy, environmental, and infrastructure sectors. Dr. Mor served as a consultant to governments, financial organizations, public and private companies in the fields of petroleum, natural gas, electricity and renewable energy. He earned his Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental and Mineral Economics at the Pennsylvania State University (1997). He did his graduate studies in economics and business administration, as well as his B.A. degree in Economics, Finance and Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Dov Moran is an Israeli entrepreneur, inventor and investor, best known as the inventor of the DiskOnKey or USB memory stick. He is Managing Partner at Grove Ventures, and Chairman and Founder of Comigo. Mr. Moran has also served as Seed-money investor and 1st Chairman at Consumer Physics, Inc., as Chairman and Founder at KeyView, Chairman, CEO and Founder at modu, Chairman at Tower Semiconductor LTD, and Chairman, CEO and Founder at msystems. At msystems, Mr. Moran invented the USB Flash Drive and many other flash based storage systems. The company was sold in 2006 to SanDisk for $1.6B. Mr. Moran holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Professor David Nachmias is the Head of Specialization in Policy and Public Administration, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. In addition, he serves as Head of the "New Government Project to Israel". In 1994 he won the prestigious Donald Campbell Award for "Methodological Innovations in Policy Studies", and in 2010 he was awarded the Lifetime signal from the Israeli Association of Political Science. Prof. Nachmias was among the founders of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, and he taught and researched at the University of Kentucky, Harvard, Wisconsin, Washington and St. Louis (USA). Prof. Nachmias served as a professional advisor to the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Education, as well as Knesset committees, the State Comptroller and the Center of Local Government. In 2003, he developed the "Israeli Democracy Index" for the Israel Democracy Institute and in 2010 initiated the annual Conference of Local Government in Israel at the IDC Herzliya. Prof. Nachmias holds an undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University, and masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon.
Shirin Natur Hafi is the Director of the first public High School for the Arab population in the city of Lod, the ORT Arab Science School, where she had also served as a teacher of literature. Mrs. Natur Hafi has dedicated over 14 years of work to the ORT schools network, most recently as their leading advisor in the field of Hebrew literature. In 2012, she was included in The Marker’s “40 most promising youth” list, and was named one of the top 50 individuals with an impact on education by Ha’aretz. Ms. Natur Hafi is a member of the Board of Directors of the “Ha’kol Chinuch” (Everything is education) movement, and a board member at the National Broadcasting Authority. Natur Hafi earned her degree in Hebrew Literature from Bar Ilan University.
MK Dr. Avraham Naguisa is the Chairman of the Knesset's Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs Committee and a Member of Knesset for the Likud. An activist for the Falash Mura community, Naguisa founded and served as director-general of South Wing to Zion, an organization representing Ethiopian immigrants, and is known for his role in leading the struggle to bring the rest of Ethiopian Jewry to Israel. He holds a LLB in Law from the Sha`arei Mishpat Academic Center, a BA in Social Work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MA in Initiatives and Renewal from Swinburne University of Technology, an MA in Social Work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PhD in Education from Sussex University.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the Prime Minister of the State of Israel. On May 14, 2015, he formed the 34th Government as Prime Minister, also holding the Foreign Affairs, Health, Communications, and Regional Cooperation portfolios. As a member of the Knesset for the Likud party, he has also held numerous ministerial posts, including Minister of Economic Strategy, Minister of Health, Minister for Senior Citizens, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Finance. Prior to his election to the Knesset, Netanyahu was part of Israel's diplomatic mission in the United States - serving as Deputy Chief of Mission, a member of the first delegation to the talks on strategic cooperation between Israel and the United States, and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations. Netanyahu studied at MIT in Boston and received a B.Sc. in architecture and a M.Sc. in Management Studies. He also studied political science at MIT and Harvard University.
Ms. Asra Quratulain Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author, and feminist, known as an activist involved in the Muslim reform and Islamic feminist movements. She teaches journalism at Georgetown University and is co-director of the Pearl Project, a faculty-student, investigative-reporting project into the kidnapping and murder of her former colleague, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Nomani is the author of two books and of numerous articles. Nomani is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent and has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, The American Prospect, and Time. She was a correspondent for Salon.com in Pakistan after 9/11, and her work appears in numerous other publications. She was a visiting scholar at the Center for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University. Nomani is the founder and creator of the Muslim Women's Freedom Tour. She has also defied literalist interpretations of Islam that segregate women from men in prayers at mosques, and was a lead organizer of the woman-led Muslim prayer in New York City on March 18, 2005, which has been described as "the first mixed-gender prayer on record led by a Muslim woman in 1,400 years. Nomani received her B.A. in Liberal Studies from West Virginia University and M.A. from American University in International Communications.
Mr. Gilad Novik is the CTO at Horizons Ventures (the private investment arm of Mr. Li Ka-Shing). He has over 20 years of international experience in the technology, telecommunication and Internet worlds. Mr. Novik joined the Hutchison Group in 2000 and taken on several senior roles for Orange in Israel. In 2005, he took on the role of Head of Innovation and Research at Hutchison's Global Technology Group in London. In this role he identified key innovations and assessed them on behalf of HWL 3G operating companies staying abreast with the latest market and technological trends. In 2010 Mr. Novik joined Horizons Ventures VC team as the CTO and successfully identified and engaged with all of Horizons’ investments activities in Israel. Gilad is based in London and currently serves on the boards of: Nipendo, Magisto, Ginger, Wibbitz, Medial, MeMed and Meekan. Gilad holds Telecommunications Engineering and MBA degrees.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel is a Research Associate at ICT (International Institute for Counter-Terrorism). He is the former Director of the Counter Terrorism Headquarters at the Prime minister's office. Nuriel served as a deputy division commander at the 91 division during the Second Lebanon War. He has also served as Military Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, as deputy commander of the Gaza strip division, and as commander of a territorial brigade in the West Bank. During his service, he planned and commanded the Israeli evacuation from Nablus, and took part in the planning and command of the retreat from southern Lebanon and the new deployment of the northern border. Brig. Gen. Nitzan Nuriel holds a bachelor's degree and master’s degree in political science and national security from the University of Tel-Aviv and the University of Haifa, respectively.
MK Amb. Dr. Michael Oren
MK Amb. Dr. Michael Oren is a member of the Knesset for the Kulanu party and a member of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He served as Israel's ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Oren has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has received fellowships from the British and Canadian governments as well as a Moshe Dayan Fellowship from Tel Aviv University and the Lady Davis Fellowship at the Hebrew University. He also served as IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009, as an emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations, and as the government's director of Interreligious Affairs. His last two books were both New York Times best-sellers. He has won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. The Forward named Ambassador Oren one of the five most influential Jews in America and the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the ten most influential Jews worldwide.
Ms. Tzipi Ozer-Armon is CEO of Lumenis. Prior to joining Lumenis, Ms. Ozer-Armon headed the Japanese market activities of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., a business of over $800M. Previously, Ms. Ozer-Armon served as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at SanDisk with multi-billion dollars sales’ responsibility. She also served as VP General Manager of MSystems and VP of Corporate Development at Comverse. Ms. Ozer-Armon’s career includes four years at ATKearney, a Global Management Consulting company based in London, UK. Ms. Ozer-Armon holds a BA magna cum laude in Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA majoring in Finance and Marketing.
President Shimon Peres was the ninth President of the State of Israel. He also served two terms as Prime Minister of Israel and three terms as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1959, Peres was elected a Member of Knesset and served until his election as President in June 2007. He served in numerous ministerial posts, including Deputy Minister of Defense, Minister of Immigrants Absorption, Minister of Transportation and Communications, Minister of Information, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Regional Cooperation and more. He initiated and conducted the negotiations that led to the signing of the Declaration of Principles with the PLO in September 1993 - which won him the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, together with Rabin and Arafat. He also played a key role in the signing of the Treaty of Peace with Jordan and strove to promote relations with additional Arab countries in North Africa and the Persian Gulf - part of his vision of a "New Middle East”. In October 1997 Shimon Peres created the the Peres Center for Peace with the aim of advancing Arab-Israeli joint ventures. President Peres has studied at The New School, New York University, and Harvard University.
MK Amir Peretz is a member of the Knesset for Hatnuah and its joint list with the Labor Party, the Zionist Union. He previously served as Minister of Defense during the Second Lebanon War, leader of the Labor Party and Minister of Environmental Protection. Peretz is the former chairman of the Histadrut trade union federation and defeated Shimon Peres in the primary elections for the Labor leadership on 9 November 2005. He led the Labor Party to a second place showing in the 2006 elections and became Defense Minister on 4 May 2006. He was defeated by Ehud Barak for the Labor leadership on 12 June 2007 and resigned from the cabinet. He joined the Hatnuah party in December 2012.
Prof. Yitzhak Peterburg is Teva’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prof. Peterburg was Teva’s Group Vice President - Global Branded Products from October 2010 until October 2011, after serving on Teva’s Board of Directors from 2009 until July 2010. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Cellcom Israel Ltd. (2003-2005), Director General of Clalit Health Services (1997-2002), and CEO of Soroka University Medical Center, Beer-Sheva (1995-1997). Prof. Peterburg currently serves as a director on the board of Rosetta Genomics Ltd. and is also the Chairman of Regenera Pharma Ltd. Prof. Peterburg received an M.D. degree from Hadassah Medical School in 1977 and is board-certified in Pediatrics and Health Services Management. Prof. Peterburg received a doctoral degree in Health Administration from Columbia University in 1987 and a M.Sc. degree in Information Systems from the London School of Economics in 1990. Prof. Peterburg is a professor at the School of Business, Ben-Gurion University.
Dr. David Pollock is the Kaufman fellow and Director at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He focuses on the political dynamics of Middle East countries. He served previously as senior advisor for the Broader Middle East at the State Department, a post he assumed in 2002. In that capacity, he provided policy advice on issues of democracy and reform in the region, with a focus on women's rights. He also helped launch the department's $15 million Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, working directly with advocates across the Middle East. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Pollock served in several other State Department policy advisory positions covering South Asia and the Middle East, including four years as regional expert on the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff. Previously, he was chief of Near East/South Asia/Africa research at the U.S. Information Agency, where he supervised the government's study of public opinion, elite attitudes, and media content across the three regions. In 1995-1996, he was a scholar-in-residence at The Washington Institute. Dr. Pollock has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and as assistant professor at George Washington University. He has traveled widely in the Middle East and maintains a large network of contacts in government, academia, and business throughout the region. Dr. Pollock holds a Ph.D., Harvard University and a B.A. from Harvard College.
Ambassador Ron Prosor serves as Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He has previously served as Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Director-General of Israel's Foreign Ministry during the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. With almost three decades of experience at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosor has carved out an international reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats. His overseas service also includes roles in Washington, Bonn, and London. Mr. Prosor has published in leading international publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and appeared regularly on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Since becoming Israel’s envoy to the UN, Mr. Prosor has held a series of notable positions, including Vice President of the General Assembly and Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Mr. Prosor called for the first-ever General Assembly session on Anti-Semitism and oversaw the adoption of two landmark resolutions on entrepreneurship and agriculture that passed with an overwhelming majority. Ambassador Prosor attained the rank of Major and he is a graduate of the IDF Battalion Commanders. He holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Itamar Rabinovich is the President of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem). He is Israel's former Ambassador to the United States, former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990's and the former president of Tel-Aviv University. Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History of Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Rabinovich has served as Ettinger Professor of the Contemporary History of the Middle-East, Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of Humanities and Rector. He is the Vice Chairman of the INSS (Institute for National Security Studies), and a senior research fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle-Eastern studies. He is co-editor of the Center's new review journal, Bustan. Professor Rabinovich is the author of six books on the Modern History and Politics of the Middle East and the co-author and co-editor of several other volumes and he is the author of numerous essays and papers. Over the years, Professor Rabinovich held several public positions in Israel and in other countries. Professor Rabinovich has held visiting appointments in several academic institutions, including the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. He was for several years the Andrew White Professor at Large at Cornell University, and has recently served as Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Rabinovich is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Honorary Grand Golden Cross of the Austrian Republic and has been made by the Government of the French Republic a Commandeur l'ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2009 he was awarded the Korn-Gerstenman Prize for contribution to peace in the Middle-East.
Mr. Amir Rapaport is the Publisher and Editor of IsraelDefense magazine. A former military correspondent of Yediot Ahronot, and current defense analyst for Maariv daily newspapers, Mr. Rapaport is an expert on the IDF, military technologies, and Israeli military industries. He is currently a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) of Bar-Ilan University and a Ph.D. candidate at Bar-Ilan University. He holds a BA in economics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Prof. Uriel Reichman
Prof. Uriel Reichman is Founder and President of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Before establishing the IDC, he was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. He also served as Dean of Ramot Mishpat College. He chaired the “Constitution for Israel” Movement, was the head of the Human Rights Committee of Israel’s Bar Association and is a member of a number of public and governmental commissions. He is a member of the Directorate of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC. An expert in the field of Property Law, he earned his Doctorate in Law from the University of Chicago. He also holds LLB and LLM degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2010, Prof. Reichman was awarded an honorary doctorate by Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. Prof. Reichman has served on the board of directors of the First International Bank and Bank Hapoalim. He also headed and served as a member of several public committees, and proposed reforms in the real-estate laws and in the professions of real-estate surveying and brokerage.
President Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin is the President of the State of Israel. President Rivlin served in the Israeli Knesset as a member of the Likud party since 1988 and until his election as President in 2014, and served as Minister of Communications (2001-2003) and Speaker of the Knesset (16th and 18th Knessets). President Rivlin is one of Israel’s most prominent advocates for democracy, free speech and political pluralism. President Rivlin received his degree in Law from the Hebrew University. In 2012, President Rivlin received the prestigious “Knight of Quality Government” recognition by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel.
Ambassador Jacob Rosen is a Senior Counselor at the Center for Political Research in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rosen is a veteran diplomat. Prior to his current position, he was Israel’s ambassador to Jordan from 2006 to 2009. His other diplomatic postings were in Atlanta, New Delhi, Cairo, New York, London, and Hauge. In November 2002, he took up the post of Political Advisor for International Affairs to the Mayor of Jerusalem. Rosen was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel at the age of 9. He served in the IDF from 1966 to 1969 and then went on to earn his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University. He is fluent in Polish, Dutch, English, Arabic, and Hebrew and is the author of "Crossing the Jordan River: The Journeys of an Israeli Diplomat" (Atlanta, 2004).
Major General (res.) Danny Rothschild is the former Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and former chairman of the annual Herzliya Conference series, both at IDC Herzliya. Gen. Rothschild also headed the Council for Peace and Security, an Israeli association of national security experts. He served as a member of the advisory board of the Central Bank of Israel and as the chairman of the board of trustees of the Afeka College of Engineering. During his service as Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Rothschild played a significant role in the negotiations that led to Israel’s peace agreements with Jordan and with the Palestinians. He served as a member of Israel’s delegation to the peace talks with the Jordanians and with the Palestinians in Madrid and Washington D.C. and headed Israel’s delegation in the bilateral peace talks held in Cairo. Gen. Rothschild was also a senior member of Israel’s delegation to the Paris economic talks for negotiation of the Israeli - Palestinian economic agreement. Upon his retirement from the IDF in 1995, Gen. Rothschild founded the global security consultancy NETACS ltd. and assumed several public positions, such as the chairman of the Israeli Board of the America-Israel Friendship League and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Nouriel Roubini is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic research firm. He is also a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Roubini has previously served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and as the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise. He has published over 70 theoretical, empirical and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and coauthored the books “Political Cycles: Theory and Evidence” (MIT Press, 1997) and “Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets” (Institute for International Economics, 2004) and “Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance” (Penguin Press, 2010). Dr. Roubini received an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Stern, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics.
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein serves as a Professor of Law and member of the senior staff of Radzyner School of Law. A member of the Knesset between 1977 and 2002, Prof. Rubinstein served as Education Minister during Yitzhak Rabin’s second term in office as well as Shimon Peres’s term. Prior to his political career, he was a Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University and the Dean of its Law School. His specializations are Constitutional Law, Multi-Culturalism, Education and Human Rights. His main research and publications concern Israeli law, the legal foundations, social & historical context of Israeli society. Considered the founding father of Israeli constitutional law, Prof. Rubinstein advances the values of democracy, equality and human rights in the legal and public arena in Israel in both his academic writings and diverse public activities. Prof. Rubinstein is the 2006 Laureate of the Israel Prize for Law and he received his Ph.D. in Law from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled is the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy and a senior lecturer in IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. She also is a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and an external faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Public Diplomacy Collaborative. Alisa specializes in international political economy (with a focus on the Middle East) and global higher education. She completed a Ph.D. and M.A. at Harvard University (history and Middle Eastern studies) and a M.A. at Brandeis University (international economics and finance). Before embarking on an academic career, she worked as an equity investment analyst in Israel and the US. Alisa is currently completing a book on American universities in the Arab world. Her first book, Debating Islam in the Jewish State examines Israeli policy towards the religious institutions of the Muslim minority in the state.
Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled is the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy and a senior lecturer in IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. She also is a non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution and an external faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Public Diplomacy Collaborative. Alisa specializes in international political economy (with a focus on the Middle East) and global higher education. She completed a Ph.D. and M.A. at Harvard University (history and Middle Eastern studies) and a M.A. at Brandeis University (international economics and finance). Before embarking on an academic career, she worked as an equity investment analyst in Israel and the US. Alisa is currently completing a book on American universities in the Arab world. Her first book, Debating Islam in the Jewish State examines Israeli policy towards the religious institutions of the Muslim minority in the state.
Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers is a German politician who was Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2005 to 2010. In the state parliament election of 2005, Jürgen Rüttgers was the opposition Christian Democratic Union's front-runner for the second time. He is the former minister for education, science, research and technology in Chancellor Helmut Kohl's Cabinet in 1994 to 1998, he has headed the CDU in the state since 1999 and has been its leader in state parliament since the last election. Rüttgers has also been one of the CDU's party chairman deputies since 2000. Rüttgers is one of the heads of the "Sorbonne declaration", the joint declaration on harmonisation of the architecture of the European higher education system, in 25 May 1998. Rüttgers holds degrees in Law and History from the University of Cologne and a Dr. Jur. (Ph.D.) in Law.
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is Chief Rabbi Emeritus of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, a position he held between 1991 and 2013. Rabbi Lord Sacks is the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family University and Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University. He has also been appointed as Professor of Law, Ethics and the Bible at King’s College London. Rabbi Lord Sacks is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world. A visiting professor at several universities in Britain, the United States and Israel, Rabbi Sacks holds 16 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his first ten years in office as Chief Rabbi, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. He was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in October 2009. Rabbi Sacks attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, receiving honors in philosophy. He continued his studies at New College, Oxford, and King’s College London, where he earned his doctorate in 1981. The same year he was ordained at Jews’ College and at Yeshiva Etz Chaim, both in London. Before taking the post of chief rabbi, he also was Principal of Jews’ College, the world’s oldest rabbinical seminary.
Dr. Walid Salem is the Director of the Center for Democracy & Community Development and a Member of the Palestinian National Council. He is also a Lecturer at Al-Quds University and author of numerous texts about the conflict. He was imprisoned by Israel a number of times in the 1970s and 1980s for being an active political member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Walid joined the Center for Democracy and Community Development after the initiation of the Oslo process, and has since conducted joint studies and activities with Israeli academics and peace groups. He also conducts training sessions in democracy, nonviolence and civil society building with Palestinian groups.
President Nicolas Sarkozy is France's 23rd president, whom held this post from 2007 to 2012, and is President of "Les Republicains" (formerly the UMP). Before entering national French politics, Sarkozy served as mayor of Paris’ suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine for 20 years. Sarkozy later served as Minister for the Budget, Minister of Communication, Government’s Spokesman, Finance Minister, President of the Union for a Popular Movement, a deputy to the French National Assembly and as Interior Minister before being elected president in 2007. Sarkozy holds an M.A. in Private Law and a D.E.A. degree in business law from the Université Paris X Nanterre, and studied Political Science at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, better known as Sciences Po. President Sarkozy was made Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) by President Chirac in February 2005.
Ms. Tal Schneider is an Israeli politics Blogger and Journalist. She is the former DC Correspondent for the daily Maariv newspaper and a media lawyer. She writes for the Israeli political blogs “The Plog” and “East in the Middle”. The Plog won the 2012 Excellence in Digital Journalism Award by Google Inc. & Tel-Aviv Journalists Association. Tal’s stories appeared at Haaretz, Globes, Maariv, Saloona, Mako, Al-Masdar & more. Tal is a regular contributor on TVs (Ch. 2- Reshet Morning Show, Channel 1 Politika) and Radio (Galey Tzahal, Radio a-Shams, 103fm, Radio Haifa and more). Tal appears at public forums and speaking events on a regular basis and talks about: Israeli Politics, US & Israel Relationship, Women in Power, Blogging & New Media, Politics & Social Media.
Mr. Noam Segal is the CEO of ImageSat International, a provider of earth-imagery from its EROS very high resolution constellation of satellites, principally for national defense, homeland security, environmental protection, emergency services and national development, as well as a wide range of civilian applications worldwide.
MK Ayelet Shaked is the Minister of Justice and a Member of Knesset for the Jewish Home. From 2006 to 2008, she was office director for the office of Benjamin Netanyahu. In 2010, she established "My Israel" with Naftali Bennett and led it until May 2012. As a member of the 19th Knesset, she served as a member of the Economic Affairs Committee, the House Committee, and the Committee on Foreign Workers, and served as an alternate member on the Finance Committee. She also chaired the Knesset committee for the Enforcement of the Security Service Law and the National-Civilian Service Law and the Special Committee for the Equal Sharing of the Burden Bill, as well as serving as the head of the Knesset Lobby for Infiltrators, the Lobby for Israeli Literature and the Encouragement of Reading in Israel and the Lobby for Jonathan Pollard. She obtained a BSc in electrical engineering and computer science from Tel Aviv University.
MK Silvan Shalom is Vice Premier and Minister of Interior. He has held numerous ministerial roles, including Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee, Minister of National Infrastructure, and Energy and Water Resources. First elected to the Knesset in 1992, he has served on the Knesset Committees on Foreign Affairs & Defense, Economic Affairs, Education and Culture. Finance, State Control, Constitution, Law and Justice, and Status of Women, and has chaired the Knesset Committee on Energy. He holds a degrees in Economics (B.A.) and Accounting (C.P.A.) from Ben-Gurion University, as well as a law degree (L.L.B.) and an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. He is a journalist by profession.
Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro is the 19th Ambassador of the United States of America to the State of Israel. Previously, he was the senior director for the Middle East and North Africa for President Obama's White House National Security Council. He also served for the National Security Council under Preisdent Clinton, as National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's director of legislative affairs and as a Congressional liaison. He has also served as a professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, a legislative assistant and senior foreign policy adviser to Senator Dianne Feinstein, as deputy chief of staff (primarily on foreign policy issues) for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson. In 2007, he became an advisor to Barack Obama on Middle East and Jewish community issues, also assisting as strategist and fundraiser, and as senior policy adviser and Jewish Outreach coordinator for President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a master's degree in Middle Eastern Politics from Harvard University.
Mr. Gary Shapiro is President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ®. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology, consumer fair use rights, and opposing legislation like PIPA and SOPA. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the IAEE Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council and the Economic Club of Washington. He sits on the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP). In 2012, and in prior years, Washington Life magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University.
Prof. Amnon Shashua is the Sachs Professor of Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His field of expertise is computer vision and machine learning. For his academic achievements he received the MARR prize Honorable Mention in 2001, the Kaye innovation award in 2004, and the Landau award in exact sciences in 2005. He is the co-founder of Mobileye, an Israeli company developing systems-on-chip and computer vision algorithms for detecting pedestrians, vehicles, and traffic signs for driving assistance systems. He is the cofounder of OrCam, an Israeli company who recently launched an assistive product for the visually impaired based on advanced computerized visual interpretation capabilities.
Dr. Michal Shavit is with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. She obtained her PhD from King's College, University of London.
Mr. Shabtai Shavit was Head of the Mossad from 1989 to 1996. Shavit first joined the Israel Defense Forces, where he served in the Special Forces General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal). From 1958 to 1959, he was military governor of the Command. In 1964, he joined the Mossad, where held a variety of positions for over 32 years until becoming Director General. After retiring from the Mossad, he spent five years as CEO of Maccabi Health Services Group. From 2001, he is the Chairman of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya, Israel. He was president and CEO of EMG Israel and chairman of Athena. Shavit continued to work in government, including as advisor to the Israeli National Security Council, advisor to the Knesset Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sub-Committee on Intelligence, and as a member of the N.Y.F.D. Task Force for Future Preparedness against Terrorism. Mr. Shavit holds an advanced degree from Harvard University.
Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay is the Director of Research of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at IDC Herzliya. Dr. Shay served for 27 years in the IDF as a paratrooper officer and in Military Intelligence and his last post in IDF was head of the IDF Military History Department (2000-2007). After retiring from the military, he served between 2007 and 2009 as the deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC). Dr. Shay lectures at IDC Herzliya and at Bar Ilan University. His areas of expertise are local and international terrorism, Hezbollah, Hamas, and intelligence and he is the author and editor of 17 books, 9 of them published in the USA and U.K. Dr. Shay holds M.A and Ph.D. degrees from Bar Ilan University and he is a senior research fellow of the International Institute for counter Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya.
Maj. Gen. Nimrod Sheffer is Head of the IDF Planning Directorate. A Combat Pilot in the Israeli Air Force, Sheffer previously served as Head of the Israeli Air Force Headquarters. Maj. Gen. Sheffer holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Tel Aviv University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University and is a graduate of the Senior Air Force Commanders Training at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya.
MK Ofer Shelah is an Israeli journalist and politician, serving as a Member of Knesset for the Yesh Atid party since 2013. He has served as a member of the Finance Committee and of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset. MK Shelah holds a BA in Economics and English Literature from Tel-Aviv University and an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from the New-York University
MK Itzik Shmuli is a Member of Knesset for the Zionist Union party. He was elected as a Labor Party Member of Knesset in the 2013 general election. He is a former leader of the National Union of Israeli Students. MK Shmuli chairs numerous lobbies, such as the Lobby for the encouragement, strengthening, and support of discharged soldiers, the Lobby for the Druze and Circassian Communities, the Lobby for Public Housing, the Lobby for Financial Education in Israel, the Lobby for the Promotion of an Alternative Social Budget and the Pensioners’ Lobby. He holds a B.Ed. (summa cum laude) in special education and in social-community education.
Ambassador Zalman Shoval is a former Ambassador of Israel to the United States, who held this position twice. His distinguished career combines politics, diplomacy, banking, and business. In politics, he was elected Member of Knesset for Ben-Gurion's Rafi party and for the Likud. Ambassador Shoval served as a General Manager of Export Bank and as Chairman of the Bankers Association Council. A member of International Advisory Board at the Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador Shoval co-founded the "Moshe Dayan Public Forum for Political and Social Questions" and the "Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies" at Tel Aviv University, and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of IDC Herzliya and is the Past-Chairman of IDC's Institute for Policy and Strategy. Shoval is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion Universities, and of the International Board of Governors of the Ariel University Center of Samaria.He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Hadassah Medical Organization, and Chairman of the New Israel Opera. Ambassador Shoval holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in International Relations, Economics and Political Science from the University of Geneva and a PhD in International Relations and Political Science from Pacific University.
Mr. Edwin Shuker is the Vice President of the European Jewish Congress and a member of the Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He is an international businessman with a wide range of communal and charitable involvement. A native of Baghdad, Iraq, Shuker was one of more than 2,000 Jews who fled Iraq after the Six Day War in 1967 and the rise of Saddam Hussein's party in 1968. He lives as an exile in London since 1971 and became the first Jewish member of the Iraqi National Congress. Edwin established and directed the Sephardic educational centre in the Old City of Jerusalem where thousands of young Jewish men and women from all over the Sephardic World attended short and medium educational programs and created a World Wide fraternity. Mr. Shuker graduated from Leeds University.
Mr. Tommy Steiner is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. At the Institute, Steiner manages the Annual Herzliya Conference Series, directs the Institute’s international relations, and leads policy research projects on EU and NATO relations with Israel, the Mediterranean and the Broader Middle East. Concurrently, Mr. Steiner teaches International Relations and Security Studies at IDC’s Lauder School of Government. Mr. Steiner served as the executive director of the Atlantic Forum of Israel, a network-based policy organization that promoted and advanced Israel’s relations with the Euro-Atlantic Community, and which was especially instrumental in enhancing NATO-Israel relations. Extending beyond EU/NATO relations with Israel and the Middle East/Mediterranean, Steiner’s fields of expertise also include international security, transatlantic relations, international relations theory, and regionalism in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. In his areas of expertise, Mr. Steiner regularly advises Israeli authorities, international organizations, business, media and think-tanks. He earned his MA (cum laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the Recipient of the Yehoshafat Harkaby Award conferred by the Hebrew University’s Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations.
Mr. Dror Strum is President of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. He is an expert in economic regulation and regularly provides testimony on this subject before courts and governments. He lectures at the Hebrew University and at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya on regulation, antitrust law, and corporate law. He previously served as both director-general of, and legal advisor to, the Antitrust Authority, and was a partner in the law firm of Haim Zadok and Partners. He holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University.
MK Ksenia Svetlova is a member of the Knesset for the Zionist Union. Prior to her election, she served as a Policy Fellow at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, a writer and commentator on Arab Affairs for Channel Nine, and a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, BBC, Kommersant (Russia) and others. Ms. Svetlova is an expert in modern Egypt, Arab culture and society, and Islamic preachers. Through her journalistic work, she has visited many Arab countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, and Malaysia. She covered the War in Iraq from a U.S. battleship in the Persian Gulf, has many year of experience working in the Palestinian Territories, and has published exclusive articles from Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution. Ms. Stvetlova is a PhD student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a BA and MA in Islamic Studies and the Middle East from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ms. Vered Sweid is Director-General of the Authority for the Advancement of Women in the Office of the Prime Minister. She has formerly served as the Deputy Mayor and Mayor of the city of Netanya. She holds a BA in social studies from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Gideon Tadmor is the CEO of Avner Oil, Delek, Israel’s leading gas and oil companies. Mr. Tadmor holds nearly two decades of extensive experience initiating and managing exploration and production projects worldwide. Mr. Tadmor is one of the founders and managers of the "Yam Tethys Project" - the first significant gas discovery offshore Israel – and, until mid-2008, the sole provider of natural gas to the Israeli market. In addition to his position at the partnerships, Mr. Tadmor is active in international real estate development projects, and has served for the last 20 years as a director in various real estate and advanced financial product companies. Mr. Tadmor is a member of the Israel Bar Association and holds both an LLB and the rank of Major (Reserves) in the Israel Defense Forces.
Ms. Pnina Tamano-Shata is an Israeli lawyer, journalist and politician. She served as a Member of Knesset for Yesh Atid party between 2013 and 2015, and was the first Ethiopian-born woman to hold a Knesset seat. Prior to her election, Tamano-Shata worked at the legal counseling department of Bank Discount. An avid social activist, she has worked with underprivileged populations, advocated for Israel globally and led a national campaign protesting discriminatory policies against Ethiopian blood donors. Tamano Shata also served as Vice-Chairwoman for the Union of students of Ethiopian descent, and a member of “Olim B’Yachad”, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of Ethiopian academists. Tamano-Shata holds an LLB and certification by the Israel Bar Association and Journalist certification from the Ministry of Communications.
Dr. Lesley G. Terris is the Academic Head of the International Undergraduate Program in Government, at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. Her research focuses on negotiation and mediation processes in international conflict, while combining game-theoretic modeling with quantitative and qualitative analyses. Her research interests also include the study of international politics through simulations and network analysis. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Tel-Aviv University.
Mr. Gadi Tirosh is a Managing Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners. Mr. Tirosh is a leading member of JVP's team, as well as a Chairman of the Board of CyberArk Software (NASDAQ: CYBR), Playcast Media Systems and Siano Mobile. He also serves on the board of directors of ThetaRay, GreenSQL and AnyClip Media. Gadi’s experience gives him strong domain expertise in both the consumer infrastructure world and service provider needs. Before joining JVP, Gadi was Corporate VP of Product Marketing and member of the executive committee of NDS (acquired by Cisco for $5bn), a leader in digital pay-TV systems, supporting some of the largest digital broadcast platforms. At NDS, Gadi established the business of digital interactive TV in the late 90s, catering to the likes of Sky Sports, MTV, Discovery, QVC and other leading TV channels. Gadi led the NDS international marketing team responsible for defining the product scope and roadmap for NDS and established products such as conditional access for secure broadcast, middleware for digital set-tops and integrated PVR solutions. Prior to NDS, Gadi held a variety of positions in software and Internet-based R&D organizations, including Director of Product Marketing at ServiceSoft Corp. Gadi holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics as well as an Executive MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Gil Troy a leading presidential historian, is Professor of History at McGill University. His next book, looking at how Bill Clinton invented the 1990s, forthcoming in September 2015, will be his eleventh book. Professor Troy’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets in the United States and Canada. He writes a weekly column putting current events in historical perspective for the Daily Beast and has written books about presidential campaigning, presidential couples, Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton and presidential moderation. One of the most prominent activists in the fight for a positive Zionist vision and against the de-legitimization of Israel, Troy also writes a weekly column for the Jerusalem Post Jewish Ideas Daily designated his most recent book, Moynihan’s Moment: America’s Fight against Zionism as Racism, one of its “best books” of 2012 and it was the winner of a 2014 J.I. Segal Award in the category of English Non-Fiction Award on a Jewish Theme.
Mr. Alain Vaniche is CEO of EDF EN (Énergies Nouvelles), Israel. Previously, Mr. Alain Vaniche worked as an independent Strategy and Management Consultant. Prior to that, he was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company for nine years. Mr. Vaniche also served as Cabinet of the Minister, Head of Financing for Innovation at the French Ministry of Research and Technology. He also served as an Advisor for economic development and Head of Energy division for the Prefecture of Ile-de-France Region in Paris. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Physics and Chemistry from the Ecole polytechnique, and a Corps des Mines, Public Administration and Economics from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris.
Dr. Yossi Vardi is an Israeli investor most famous for being the original investor in ICQ—the first Internet-wide instant messaging system. Mr. Vardi has helped more than 40 startups see the light of day, among them Mirabilis (makers of ICQ) and the video companies Scopus and BrightCove. He's a strategic advisor to Amazon and AOL, and a venture partner of Pitango, one of Israel's largest VC funds. Vardi has invested in over 50 tech companies in diverse areas of software, energy, Internet, mobile, cleantech, and others. Vardi has been an active civil servant in Israel through projects involving energy and infrastructure. He also co-founded Alon, an Israeli oil company. Vardi acted as an advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program on issues of energy in the developing world. Vardi has received many awards including The Prime Minister Award, The Industry Award, Entrepreneur of the Year (Tel Aviv University), and the CEO's Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame from the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization.
Prof.Eran Vigoda-Gadot is the Head of the Center for Public Management and Policy (CPMP) and former Head of the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. With major expertise in Public Administration, Public Management, and Organizational Behavior, Prof. Vigoda-Gadot is the author and coauthor of more than 170 articles and book chapters, 12 books and symposiums as well as many other scholarly presentations and working papers. Prof. Vigoda-Gadot Received his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa (1998) and spent time as a visiting professor in Britain (Chevening Scholarship), Ireland (National University-Cork - Department of Government), Canada (McGill University - Desautels Faculty of Management), and the USA (University of Georgia - Department of Public Administration & Policy, Harvard Kennedy School - Ash Center for Democratic Governance & Innovation, University of Massachusetts, Boston - McCormack Center for Public Management).
Dr. Johann D. Wadephul, MdB, is the Speaker for Near East Affairs of the CDU/CSU Faction in the German Bundestag. As a member of the German Bundestag, he has also served as Chairman of Committee for the Scrutiny of Elections, Immunity and the Rules of Procedure; Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs; Substitute member of Committee of the Affairs of the European Union; and Substitute member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Dr. Wadephul studied Law at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.
Mr. Jean-Baptiste Wautier is a Managing Partner at BC Partners. He joined the firm in 2005. Mr. Wautier is also a Managing Partner at B.C. Partners, SARL. Currently, Mr. Wautier is a Member of the Ceva Santé Animale. Mr. Wautier was previously an Associate Director and Co-Head of the French team at Industri Kapital, where he spent five years. From 1996 to September 2000, he was employed in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, working in mergers and acquisition. He worked on numerous large transactions involving French clients at the firm. Mr. Wautier started his career as an Auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co in 1993. Mr. Wautier holds a degree in Industrial Organization from Université de Paris-Dauphine and a degree in Politics from Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Mr. Yehuda Weinstein is the Attorney General of the State of Israel. Weinstein worked for the State Attorney's Office as a prosecutor for the Central District Attorney's Office, and in his latter role there, before his retirement in 1979, he served as a senior deputy for the District Attorney's Office. Towards the end of his term there, he founded his own private law firm, and became known as a successful criminal defense lawyer, specializing in White-collar crimes. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.A in Law and an M.A from Bar-Ilan University.
Mr. Lior Weintraub is CEO of She’arim, the Association for the Empowerment of Jewish Renewal in Israel. He is also VP - Clients at Gitam BBDO IM. Mr. Weintraub is a former Spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Washington DC. He has also served as Chief of staff to the Israeli Ambassador in Washington DC and as Spokesman for the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. Mr. Weintraub holds bachelor degrees in International Relations and Affairs and Political Science and Government, and a Master's degree in Political Science, Government and Political Communication from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Dana Weiss is a senior journalist at Israel’s Channel 2 News. She is currently the anchor and chief correspondent of its prime-time Saturday Night News, the most-watched current affairs magazine in Israel. Prior to this role, based upon her expertise in politics and law, she moderated Israel’s “Meet the Press”. Weiss joined Channel 2 in 1993 as the Legal Affairs Correspondent and has since covered eight national election campaigns. Weiss led a political roundtable show and current affair magazine (2005), was a co-host of critical late-night news magazine "Punch Line" (2007-2008), and has anchored special coverage of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza (2005), the Second Lebanon War (2007) and the more recent Gaza wars (2008 and 2012). Weiss also covered most of Israel’s major stories, such as the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the terror attacks of the second Palestinian uprising, the ongoing peace negotiations and has contributed to CNN Worldwide Report. Weiss has also led a series of eight investigative documentaries aired on prime-time, dealing with a wide range of topics. Weiss is a Guest Lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Law and Communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and an advanced degree in Law.
Mr. Dan Williams is a senior correspondent for Reuters, covering Middle East security since 2001. Previously he was a columnist and editor at the Jerusalem Post. Mr. Williams studied at Oxford University and at the University of Southern California and is the author of the Gaza-based thriller Strip Mine.
Ms. Carice Witte is the Founder and CEO of SIGNAL, the Sino-Israel Global Network and Academic Leadership. After a 20-year entrepreneurial career in Israeli high-tech and international real estate, Ms. Witte decided to merge her commitment to Israel and respect for China with her belief that academia is a natural bridge between peoples and can lead to much-needed solutions in other realms. The result of that merger is SIGNAL and its unique, creative approach. Ms. Witte has been president of the Yale University Alumni Association in Israel for over seven years. She is a graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies with a focus on China.
Mr. Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's management editor and authors the Schumpeter column. He was previously based in Washington, DC, as the Washington bureau chief where he also wrote the Lexington column. Previously he has been The Economist's West Coast correspondent, management correspondent and Britain correspondent. He is author and co-author of numerous acclaimed books. Wooldridge was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied modern history, and was awarded a fellowship at All Souls College, also at Oxford University, where he received a doctorate in philosophy in 1985. From 1984 to 1985 he was also a Harkness Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley
MK Moshe Ya'alon is the Minister of Defense and a former Chief of Staff of IDF. His military career includes additional senior posts such as Head of Military Intelligence, Commanding Officer of Israel’s Central Command during the days of the Second Intifada. After leaving his position as Chief of Staff, Ya'alon spent time in the think tank Washington Institute for Near East Policy and became a Senior Fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center Institute for International and Middle East Studies. Ya'alon also served as the chairman of the Center for Jewish Identity and Culture at Beit Morasha in Jerusalem. He joined the Likud party in 2008 and entered the Knesset in 2009, where he has served as Vice Prime Minister, Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Minister of Defense. Ya'alon studied at the University of Haifa, obtaining a BA in Political Science
Dr. Michal Yaari, is an expert on Saudi Arabian foreign policy and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communications of the Open University.
Prof. Yoav Yair is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). His main research fields include atmospheric electricity, lightning (on Earth and other planets), space weather, solar-terrestrial relations and transient luminous events (sprites). He conducted space-based experiments from the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station and was project manager for the Israeli astronaut mission in 2003 (the MEIDEX). He is the author of several textbooks in the atmospheric sciences and authored and co-authored over 75 refereed papers. Prof. Yair is also an expert on ICT and Learning Technologies, and served as head of the Center for Technology in Distance Education at the Open University of Israel, and Dean of Development and Learning Technologies there, where he supervised the testing, dissemination and research of various new technologies in higher education, with focus on video, digital books and mobile reading devices. Since 2012, he heads the Israeli national Inter-University Center for Learning Technologies. Prof. Yair is an experienced speaker, session chair and organizer of numerous professional meetings (EGU, AGU). He gives public lectures and popular radio talks on various topics in educational technology, astronomy, atmospheric science and space physics. He holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Dept. of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel-Aviv University.
Ms. Ahuva Yanai is the CEO of Matan - Investing in the community, a leading NGO consultancy organization. Prior to joining, Matan she served for 28 years in the IDF in senior positions, including the Military Ombudsman, Head of Academic HR Branch and Head of Casualty Liaison Branch. She retired as Colonel. Over the years, Ms. Yanai also been involved in social and business endeavors, serving as Board member of a Mutual Funds Investment Company; Board member of The Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting and Board member of The Israel Management Center, to name a few. She holds an MA in Political Science.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Ruth Yaron is a former IDF Spokesperson and a senior diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has served as the Spokeswoman of the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, a Chief instructor in the National Defense College, Head of the Jordanian department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, a media advisor in the Israeli embassy in Washington, a Consultant in the bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Deputy Director General for North American Affairs and Arms Control, and more. She is a graduate of the National Defense College, and she holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University. She also holds an M.A. in Political Science and National Security.
Mr. Elad Zadikov is a member of the City Council of the city of Herzliya. Mr. Zadikov has a strong background in the fields of Industry, Management and Education. He has previously served as CEO of SAKAL-Fashion, and as Director of Development for Migdal Ohr. He serves as a reserves officer in the Shayetet 13, the naval Special Forces unit of the Israeli Navy, one of the primary special operations units of the Israel Defense Forces.
Honorable Dr. Lubomír Zaorálek is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Prior to his appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2014, Lubomír Zaorálek was a leading figure in the Czech Parliament, in 2002 – 2006 being the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies and later the Deputy Chairman. In 1998, he was elected the Deputy Chair of the Czech Social Democratic Party and since 2002 he was the Party's Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before he joined the Czech legislature, Dr. Lubomír Zaorálek served on the Ostrava City Council. He was elected on the ballot of the Civic Forum (Občanské fórum), being one of its founders and representatives appointed to the Czechoslovak Federal Assembly in January 1990. At that time, he joined the staff of the Philosophy Department of the Ostrava University teaching political philosophy, current philosophy, ethics and Czech political thought of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prof. Eyal Zisser is the Dean of the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, and the Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University. He is also Head of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and Africa Studies, and writes extensively on the history and modern politics of Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syrian support of Palestinian terrorist factions, Iranian involvement in anti-Israeli terror, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. “Lebanon: The Challenge of Independence”, and “Commanding Syria, Bashar al-Asad’s First Years in Power” are among his recent publications. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University.
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