Prominent Participants and Speakers
Speakers, Presidium, Advisory Committee and Task Force Members
Leah Achdut Deputy Director General for Research & Planning, National Insurance Institute of Israel. Served as Manager of the Institute for Economic and Social Research of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) and as Economic Advisor to its Chairman and to the trade unions' federations. Served on several international expert committees. MA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Meir Amit Chair of the Center for Special Studies. Chairman of the Board of "Hallal" and the Spark Venture Capital Fund. A board member of a number of Israeli companies and corporations. Served in several command positions in the Haganah, IDF and Defense establishment for over thirty years, ending defense career as Head of Mossad. Elected to the Ninth Knesset and appointed Minister of Transportation and Communications. Formerly CEO of Koor Industries for nine years. Initiated Israeli satellite project "Amos." Member of the Presidium of the Herzliya Conference.
Eyal Arad President of Arad Communications and a strategic consultant. Strategic director of Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon's election campaigns for Prime Minister. MA in Theology from the J.T.S in New York.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Shmuel Arad Owner and CEO, Arad S. (1999) Ltd. Member of the Israeli governmental Supreme Appointment Committee. Member of the Board of Directors of several companies such as El-Al and Raphael. Served in the IDF for over 30 years in a number of command and staff positions, completing his service as Head of the Home Front Command. Presided as General Manager of the Association of Contractors and Builders in Israel. BA in History from Tel-Aviv University. Graduate of the Israeli Command and Staff College and the British Army Command and Staff College in Kimberly.
Dr. Uzi Arad Director, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Lauder School of Government, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Advisor to Knesset Foreign and Defense Affairs Committee and to the Foreign Minister. Director with the Posen Foundation. Served in the Mossad for 25 years, in senior positions in Israel and abroad, his last position being Director of Intelligence after which he was appointed Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu. MA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton University, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Former research fellow at Hudson Institute and at the Tel Aviv University's Center for Strategic Studies. Attended advanced executive courses at Harvard University. Chair of the Herzliya Conference.
Professor Asher Arian Professor of Political Science, University of Haifa, Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York (CUNY) and senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. Director of the National Security Policy and Public Opinion Project of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Previously served as dean and department chair at the City University of New York, CUNY, and Tel Aviv University.
Eli Ayalon Chair of the Board & CEO, DSP Group Inc. and Executive Chairman of ParthusCeva, Inc. Mr. Ayalon is involved in Israel's High-Tech industry since 1976 and serves in various positions on a variety of boards of defense, communication, medical equipment, and semiconductor companies. BSc. in Electronic Engineering from the Technion.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Abraham (Avi) Bachar President & CEO of Israteam. Held command and staff positions in the Engineering Corps and in the Home Front Command. His last position in the army was Chief of Staff of the Home Front Command. MA in Public Policy and Political Science from Haifa University. Graduate of the National Security College and the Advanced Course of the Engineering Corps in the USA.
Shula Bahat Associate Executive Director, the American Jewish Committee (AJC). In charge of AJC's organizational development and management, and of the development of leadership and training programs. Coordinates the work of AJC's American national leadership, and is involved in policy making and implementation. Before joining the AJC, managed Israeli programs in North American universities for Israeli students and faculty. BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and MA in Environmental studies from the Technion.
Ambassador Alan Baker Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joined the Israeli Foreign Service after serving as a senior legal officer in the International Law Branch of the Military Advocate General's Unit and has since participated in the negotiation and drafting of international agreements and treaties on behalf of Israel. During this period was seconded to the Office of Legal Affairs, General Legal Division of the United Nations Secretariat in New York. LL.B (Hons.) from the University of London and LL.M. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he is also completing a doctoral thesis on the International Criminal Court and its relation to Israel and the Jewish People.
Dr. Yaara Bar-On Consultant for peace education and conflict resolution and a consultant for private and non-governmental organizations on multi-cultural identities and narratives. Prepared a report and action-plan for the Abraham Foundation on coexistence and the empowerment of the Bedouin society in the Negev. Until recently served as Director of the Department for Jewish Education and Democracy Studies at the Ministry of Education. Ph.D. in History from Tel Aviv University.
Avinoam Bar-Yosef Director General of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Previously, Senior Advisor to the Chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Prior to his involvement in the Jewish Agency he served as Bureau-Chief for Ma'ariv, an Israeli daily, in Washington, D.C and as its chief diplomatic correspondent. Also served as a consultant to the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy.
Nimrod Barkan Head of the World Jewish Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Considered an expert on Egypt. Held various positions in the Ministry since 1977 including Policy Adviser to the Director General, of the Foreign Ministry, Director of the Bureau for Strategic and Economic Affairs at the Ministry's Policy Research Center, Director of the Egyptian Department and a director in the Arms Control and Regional Security Department. Lectured at the National Security College and the Hebrew University. BA in History and International Relations and MA in International Relations, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Amir Barnea Professor of Finance, the Arison School of Business, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Former Dean of the school. Deputy Chairman of the Board and COO, Singer Barnea & Co. Professor Emeritus of Tel Aviv University. Former Visiting Professor at several leading institutions, including Cornell and New York Universities. Serves in several senior positions in Israeli business and business institutions, and on public committees of the Bank of Israel and of the Finance Ministry. Ph.D. in Finance and Managerial Economics from Cornell University.
Prof. Yehuda Bauer Academic Advisor and Member of the Executive of Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Authority. Member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Published numerous books and articles about the Holocaust. Founding chair of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Also served as academic chair of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor Professor of Political Science and Chair of the National Security Studies Center, Haifa University. Presided as Haifa University Rector and President of the Israeli Political Science Association. Published seven books and over a hundred articles on Middle East politics, civic-military relations, conflict resolution and ethnic politics. Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu President and CEO, East-West Ventures in Israel. Served for over 30 years in different command positions in the Israeli Air Force, his final post as Commander of the IAF. BA in Economics and Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University and MA in Strategy and International Relations from Tel-Aviv University.
Raphael Benaroya President, Chairman of the Board and CEO, United Retail Group, Inc. Holds a range of senior civic positions including, Member of the Senior Advisory Group to Secretary of Defense, Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Led delegation visits to the Indian and Israeli defense ministries and a humanitarian mission to Cuba. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Retail Federation Board and is Commissioner of the New Jersey Governor's Israel Commission. Recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the BENS and a Medal Decoration from the U.S. Department of Defense. BSc. in Computer Engineering and MBA from the University of Minnesota. Graduate of executive studies at the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Yael Benjamini Director of Staff Administration, Bank Leumi. Director of 'Leumi Mortgage' and several other Leumi subsidiaries. Held other senior positions at the bank including, Director of the Financial Market Division. Lecturer at the Tel Aviv University School of Economics. Served on the board of several companies and banks. BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from the Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.
Prof. Yoav Benjamini Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics and Operations Research, School of Mathematical Sciences, Tel Aviv University. Member of the Organizing Committee of the Mediterranean Section of the International Biometrics Society. Consultant to pharmaceutical companies such as Teva and Biotechnology. Vice President of the Israel Statistical Association. Former Visiting Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Served as consultant to the Israeli Meteorological Service. BSc. in Mathematics and Physics and MSc. in Mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph.D. in Statistics from Princeton University.
Howard P. Berkowitz Founder and Managing Partner of HPB Associates, an investment group. He is also the President of the Anti-Defamation League Foundation and has been involved in the organization for 30 years and over that period of time has also served as National Chair. Serves on a variety of boards and directorates for cancer research foundation, such as the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, sits on the board of the Wharton Undergraduate School of Finance. Member of the Executive Board of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Co-Chair of the Conference of Presidents' Peace and Security Task Force. BSc. in Economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and MBA from New York University Graduate School of Business.
Avraham Bigger Deputy Chair, Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation. Owner and CEO of Bigger Investments. Chairman and co-owner of Kaniel Industries. Director of several companies and organizations including, Bank Leumi, the Strauss Group, and Partner Communications. Former CEO and Director of Paz Oil, Menorah Insurance and Bank Clali. Before joining the private sector, employed in the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance. BA in Economics and MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ambassador Yoav Biran Acting Director General, Ministry of Foreign affairs. Joined Israel's diplomatic service in 1963 and held various other senior positions in the ministry, among then Senior Deputy Director General for the Middle East and the Peace Process Coordination and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Elected the distinguished member of the Israel Foreign Service as well as distinguished member of Israel Civil Service. BA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
General (ret.) Charles G. Boyd President and CEO, 'Business Executives for National Security' (BENS). Presided as Senior Vice President and Washington Program Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, as Executive Director of the Hart-Rudman US National Security Commission 21st Century, and as Director of the 21st Century International Legislators Project for the Congressional Institute and strategy consultant to then Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. Served in the U.S. Air Force for 35 years, his last assignment being Deputy Commander in chief of U.S forces in Europe. Awarded numerous military decorations such as the Air Force Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. Graduate of the Air War College and the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at Harvard University. BA and MA from the University of Kansas.
Professor Avishay Braverman President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Served as Senior Economist and Division Chief at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and conducted research and policy work throughout Africa, Asia, and South America regarding economic development and social justice. An author of several books and numerous articles on economic and public policy, development, and water and resource management. Recipient of several honorary degrees and academic awards. A member of the several international professional associations, including the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, the European Academy of Science and Arts, and the Israeli-American High-Tech Commission. BA from Tel-Aviv University and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
Daphna Canetti PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa and Head of special projects at the National Security Studies Center. Her thesis deals with theoretical and empirical issues of democracy and religiosity. Her main fields of interest are in the realm of political psychology. Publications include articles on contemporary Israeli politics, political psychology, political authoritarianism, political attitudes, and political behavior. She heads the Center's publication department and the managing editor of the journal 'State & Society'.
Dr. Graciana del Castillo Founding partner and Managing Director of MAG, Macroeconomics Advisory Group. Previously served as Director for Sovereign Ratings at Standard & Poor's. Held senior positions in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and at the International Monetary Fund. She has taught in graduate programs on the Latin American economy at Columbia University. She has published extensively in leading professional journals on countries in crises, both financial crises and post-conflict. Received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Economics.
Professor Steven M. Cohen Professor at the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a sociologist of American Jewry. He also is Director of the Florence G. Heller- JCCA Research Center, a Senior Research Consultant to the United Jewish Appeal of Great Britain, Chair of the research unit of the Jewish Agency's Department of Jewish Education. Previously, a Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York and visiting professor at Brandeis University, Yale, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous books and articles on Jewish identity, Jewish population studies, American Jewish attitudes towards Israel, and Jewish communal affairs.
Hikmet ַetin Former Speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Issues, and head of the State Planning Organization. Elected to the parliament as a member of the Republican People's Party in 1977 and then again under the Social Democratic People's Party. An influential political personality in Turkey and the first Turkish Foreign Minister to hold an official visit to Israel. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Peres Center for Peace. BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Ankara and MA in Economics from Stanford University, where he conducted research on planning models.
Dr. Momi Dahan Lecturer, School of Public Policy, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Held senior positions in Israeli and International public organizations, among them Senior Economic Advisor to the General Director of the Ministry of Finance, Chief Economist and Head of the Macroeconomics Section in the Bank of Israel's Research Department. While on leave from the Bank, he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. His research and teaching fields are economic gaps in Israel, macroeconomics, and taxation. BA (cum laude) and MA (cum laude) in Business Administration and Economics and Ph.D. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Shaike Y. Daliot (Bloomberg) Co-Founder and Director-General of the Center for Special Studies (CSS). Currently engaged in the management of international projects, he is also involved in private initiatives in the energy and development sectors. Chaired the board of two energy companies and was a director of several companies. Served in the Mossad for over two decades in senior positions in Israel and abroad. BA in Business Administration.
Col. Dr. James A. Davis Deputy Director, the US Air Force Counter-Proliferation Center and a Professor in Chemical-Biological Warfare at Air War College. A professional Veterinarian, he originally served in the Army Veterinary Corp. Joined the Air Force as a Public Health Officer. Among other, he also held the positions US Air Force Surgeon General's Chair to Air University and Commander of the 48th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, UK. DVM from Texas A&M and MA and Ph.D. in Public Health Administration from the University of Texas. Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan Chairman of the "Forum for National Responsibility". Former National Security Advisor and Head of National Security Council. Served in the IDF for over thirty years as a commander in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit (Sayeret Matkal) and in the Armored Corps. Served as Head of the Planning Branch of the IDF General Staff and Head of Central Command. Headed the Israeli security committee to the peace negotiations with the Jordanians, Palestinians and Syrians, and served as Senior Liaison Officer to the Jordanian Armed Forces. His last position in the IDF was Deputy Chief of General Staff after which he was seconded to his recent position. BSc. in mathematics and physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and MSc. in operations research from Stanford University.
Professor Sergio Della Pergola Professor at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently the Skirball Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. A specialist on the demography of Jewish communities worldwide. His studies, published in numerous books, monographs, and over a hundred articles, deal with the Jewish demographic history, the Jewish family, education and immigration. A senior consultant to numerous Israeli and International organizations. Awarded the Marshall Sklare Award for distinguished achievement from the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University.
Thיrטse Delpech Director of Strategic Affairs, the French Atomic Energy Commission and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies (CERI) in Paris. She is a Commissioner of the UN Monitoring, Verification, and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) in Iraq established by the UN Security Council. Additionally, she is the International Advisor to the ICRC. In 1999, she chaired the UN Advisory Board for Disarmament Matters, prior to which she served as Advisor to the French Prime Minister Alain Juppי for Politico-Military Affairs. She held a number of senior positions in the French Atomic Energy Commission and was also a permanent consultant to the Policy Planning Staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Published three books and numerous articles on nuclear and other non-conventional weaponry and strategic affairs.
Professor Yehezkel Dror Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Founding President of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Member of the Club of Rome. A former Senior Staff Member of the Rand Corporation, Senior Planning Advisor in the Defense Minister's Office, and Policy and Planning Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office. Recipient of the Levi Eshkol Prize for Public Administration, the Harold Lasswell Award, and the Rosolin Prize.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Alon Dumanis CEO of Docor International Management, a Dutch Venture Capital, subsidiary of The Van-Leer group Foundation. He has been involved in the establishment and management of international high-tech and aviation companies. Executive Director of Inventech Investment Fund and a board member of various companies, including El-Al Israel Airlines. Served in the Israel Air Force, his last position as Head of Material Command. Chair and member of various national steering committees related to defense and technological affairs. Published numerous papers on technology and management, locally and internationally. Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, which presented him the "Outstanding Aerospace Engineer of 2001 Award".
Brig. Gen. Effi Eitam (Fein) (res.) Minister of National Infrastructure and Head of the National Religious Party. Previously served as Minister without portfolio. Served in the IDF for 30 years in command and staff positions including Commander of the Givati Brigade, Commander of an armored division in the Northern Command, Commander of Israeli forces in South Lebanon and Head of the Planning Division in the Ground Corps Command. Awarded a medal of valor for courage under fire in the Yom Kippur War. MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Haifa. Studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London where he graduated with honors.
Ambassador Dr. Oded Eran Designated Israel Ambassador to the European Union. Has been with the Israeli Foreign Office for over 30 years, serving in the Israeli Embassies in London and Washington. During his assignment as Ambassador to Jordan, he led the Israeli negotiation team with the Palestinian Authority on implementation of the interim agreements and the final settlement. In his prior capacity of Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs in Foreign Ministry, he directed negotiations on the new Association Agreement with the EU (1995) and took part in the Paris Financial Agreement with the Palestinians. Ph.D. in Political Science from LSE.
Col. (res.) Dr. Reuven Erlich Director, Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies. Lecturer in Intelligence Studies at the Lauder School of Government, and a Research Fellow at International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, both at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Retired from IDF after 30 years of service in the Intelligence corps, mainly as analyst specializing in Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian affairs. As of 1985 and until Israel's withdrawal, served as Deputy Coordinator of Government Activities in Lebanon. Author of books and articles on Syrian and Lebanese issues. Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University.
Aaron Fogel Chairman of Ness Technologies, Migdal Insurance Co. and Migdal Insurance Holdings. Joined the Bank of Israel in 1969, filling various positions in it and in the Ministry of Finance. After a year in the private sector, he was appointed Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance. Following a three-year term, he returned to the private sector and assumed the Chairmanship of Leumi & Co. Investment Banks. In 1992, he was called back to government service, appointed General Director of the Ministry of Finance. Retiring two years later, he became General Partner in the Jerusalem Venture Partners and Chairman of the 'Hadassa' Organization and Enhro Energy, positions he held until his present ones. BA in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Eldad Fresher Deputy Accountant General, Ministry of Finance. Joined the Accountant General's Office in 1988 and has since held a number of positions in the Ministry, among them Deputy Economic Attachי in Washington.
Orit Gal Project Manager at the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF). Previously, a senior researcher at Gallup International Israel and lecturer at the Ramat-Gan College. Was Marketing Manager and Sales Manager for Eyron Information Systems. BA in Economics and MA (Magna Cum Laude) in International Relations from Tel Aviv University. Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Gazit Chairman of the Yisrael Galili Institute for the Study of the Defense Forces. Research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson Institute at Princeton and at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Formerly, senior researcher at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, Director General of the Jewish Agency and President of Ben-Gurion University. During his 30 years of military service before and after the establishment of Israel, he held senior positions, among them Head of IDF Intelligence, Coordinator of Government Activities in the administrated territories. In 1985-6, he led a secret negotiation team with PLO representatives and in 1995 the then Prime Minister, Shimon Peres appointed him his personal representative to Palestinian Chairman, Arafat. Published articles and books on various intelligence, military and security issues. MA in History from Tel Aviv University and Graduate of the French Staff College.
Yael German Mayor of Herzliya since 1998. In this capacity, chairs major public municipal companies and organizations including the Herzliya Tourism Company, the Herzliya Development Company and the Herzliya Foundation. An executive board member of Magen David Adom (Israel's National EMT Service) and the Israeli Archeological Authority. Associated with a variety of women rights' lobby organizations. Previously, Co-CEO of Yariv Ben-Eliezer Media Consultant Company and Administrative Director of GG Electrical Industries. A professional school teacher and former Principal of the Herzliya "Tehilla" School for Adults' Education. Earned a Teaching Diploma (English Language and Adult Education) from the Levinski Seminar and a BA in General History from Tel Aviv University.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilboa An advisor on intelligence affairs to the Israeli intelligence community and Lecturer on Intelligence studies at the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzliya. A political columnist for Ma'ariv, an Israeli daily. Held several senior positions in Intelligence Corps and in the Intelligence Department of the IDF General Staff, his last position as Head of Research Division. Served as Advisor to the Prime Minister on Arab Affairs and as Advisor to Defense Minister Moshe Arens. MA in Arabic and Middle East studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Col. Achiav Golan Head of Planning, Budgeting and Control Division, Directorate of Defense R&D, Ministry of Defense. Held other senior staff posts in budgeting, planning and acquisition, along with other field assignments. MBA from Tel-Aviv University, BSc. and MSc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from Ben-Gurion University. Graduate of Command and Staff School and professional courses in Israel and US.
Dr. Daniel S. Goldin Senior Fellow, Council on Competitiveness and former NASA Administrator. Member of the National Academy of Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member of the Board of Directors of Lucent Technologies and CDW Computers Centers Inc. During his 25-year career at TRW Space Program in California, he served as Vice President and General Manager. He began his career at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland working on electric propulsion systems for human interplanetary travel. Recipient of 16 honorary doctorates from some of the world's leading universities and numerous other awards for professional achievements and for his work in reaching out to minorities.
Col. (res.) Dr. Shmuel L. Gordon A National Security researcher who works for the Defense community, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University. Published books, studies and numerous articles concerning modern warfare, strategy, doctrine, modern technologies and weapons systems. Recipient of the Yitzchak Sadeh Award for Military Literature, the Karmon Award for Strategic Studies and the Ben-Gurion Award for Defense Thinking. Ph.D. in Strategic Studies and International Relations. Serves in the Israel Air Force active reserve.
Brigadier Gen. (res.) Giora Goren Chairman and co-owner of Solidus Technologies LTD. Also manages a medical equipment and administrative consultation start-up firm. Previously, the Director of the founding team of the Yitzchak Rabin Center for Israel Studies and former General Manager of 'Beth Hatefutsoth' (The Jewish Diaspora Museum) in Tel Aviv. Served in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) for over 30 years and held senior positions including Air Attachי in Washington, Head of IAF Intelligence, Commander of Hazor AFB and Commander of the IAF Flight School. A Graduate of the US Air Force University and Auburn University of Alabama's Executive Course in Management and History.
Gideon Grinstein Deputy Director General, Economic Cooperation Foundation. Joined the Foundation in 1995 and coordinated a comprehensive policy-planning effort towards the Permanent Status negotiations. In 1999, he was appointed Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli negotiation team for the Permanent Status negotiations in the Office of Prime Minister Ehud Barak. BA in Economics and LLB from Tel Aviv University. MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow.
Ephraim Halevy Head of the National Security Council and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. Until recently, Head of the Mossad, a post to which he was appointed while serving as Ambassador to the European Union. During his 35-year service in the Mossad, he held senior positions in Israel and abroad, including Deputy Head of the Mossad and Division Director. He played a key role in developing and maintaining Israeli-Jordanian relations. Graduate of the National Security College and earned a LLM (cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Maj. Gen. Dan Haloutz Commander of the Israel Air Force (IAF). A combat pilot for more than thirty years, he has held various command and staff positions in the IDF including Head of Operations and Assistant Head of Staff Branch in the General Staff, Chief of IAF Staff, Head of Air Directorate and Section Head in the Weaponry Division. Has actively participated in all the Air Force military operations since the War of Attrition and carried out hundreds of combat sorties. BA in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.
Dan Halperin Founder and General Director of "Iftic", a private business consultancy. Chair of the "Israel Festival" Association and an active member of the Hebrew University's Board of Governors. A Director of several companies and organizations, among them Continental Bank, the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, and El-Al. Served in the Ministry of Finance for over twenty years in senior positions, including Advisor to the Minister, Deputy Director General for International Affairs, and Economic Attachי in Washington. In the latter position, he dealt mainly with American economic and security aid to Israel, and led the Israeli delegation in the negotiations on establishing the US-Israel free trade zone. BA in Humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Israel Harel Head of the Center for Religious Zionism and Director of the Leadership Program, the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Founder of the 'Yesha' (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) Council and served as its General Secretary and as its Chairman till 1995. Initiated and participated in cross-sector public forums and committees, such as "The Forum for National Accountability", "The Public Committee for Establishing a Constitution in Israel" and the "Israeli-American Forum". Previously, the Founding Editor of "Nekuda" magazine. Currently, a columnist for the Haaretz daily. Published several books and numerous articles and op-eds in the Israel and abroad.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Hoffi Former Head of Mossad. Served in the Palmach and the IDF for thirty years in various command posts, his last position as Acting Chief of General Staff after the Yom Kippur War. After retiring from the Mossad, he was appointed Director-General of The Israel Electric Corporation and later assumed the chairmanship of Tadiran Corporation. In recent years, he is a director of a number of economic corporations, among them Bank Leumi and Migdal Insurance Company and is a board member of several non-profit organizations. Member of the Presidium of the Herzliya Conference.
Yossi Hollander An entrepreneur in the High-Tech sector. Chairman of the Board of JACADA.
Avi Ifergan Research Fellow, Institute of Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Founded an internet start-up company in San Francisco. Formerly employed as a venture capital executive, investment analyst and management consultant. Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. Completing his MA at Bar Ilan University's Conflict Management and Negotiations Program.
Ambassador Dr. Martin S. Indyk Founding Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Studies at the Brookings Institution. Served two tours as U.S. ambassador to Israel, as well as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs and Senior Director for the Near East and South Asia at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Founding Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ph.D. in International Relations from the Australian National University.
Jeffrey Kahn Chief Strategic and Planning Officer for Ruder Finn International. Executive board member of a number of public companies and private technologies companies. Founder of the Jerusalem branch for Ruder Finn, one of the agency's key overseas offices and the largest international communications firm in Israel. He is an experienced strategic consultant and has provided service to Israeli and foreign governments and international organizations, as well as multinational corporations.
Dr. Vladimir (Ze'ev) Khanin Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University. Previously lectured at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and was a research associate at the Cummings Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Published various of articles in journals and various collections in the field of Eastern European, Jewish, Israeli, and African politics and socials studies. Ph.D. in History and Political Science from the USSR Academy for Sciences, Moscow. Pursued post-doctoral studies at the Institute for Russian and Soviet Studies at Oxford's St. Anthony's College.
Doron Kochavi Director of the Taxation Department at Ernst & Young (Israel). Lecturer at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, and the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. A member of several professional and official boards and forums on taxation. Previously, he was a senior inspector at the Income Tax Commission. BA in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University.
Irit Keynan Director of the Research and Strategic Planning Department of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a lecturer at Haifa University's Jewish History Department. Member of the Executive Board of the Strochlitz Institute of Holocaust Studies, Haifa University. She was the Founding Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. Wrote numerous articles on the subject of Holocaust survivors and a book on the same subject which won the Yitzhak Sadeh Award. Ph.D. in Jewish history from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. David Klein Governor of the Bank of Israel. Since joining the Bank in 1987, he has headed the Monetary and Foreign Exchange Supervision Departments and was the bank's representative on the board of directors of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Previously, he held senior posts in Bank Leumi, including the position of Senior Economist and member of the management. Prior to that, he was a member of the Tevel Institute's management and worked for the IMF. BA in General History and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University.
Mati Kochavi Chairman, Optical Solutions, Inc. CEO, Bridging the Rift Foundation.
Dr. William Kristol Founding Editor of The Weekly Standard. A well-respected and highly regarded political commentator of the inns-and-outs of Washington. Member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Institute and the Shalem Foundation. A member of Sanford C. Bernstein Co., Inc.'s Board of Directors and Director of the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. Led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. Served as Chief of Staff for Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration and for Secretary of Education William Bennet, whom he also served as Counsellor. Taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania. Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.
Ambassador Dr. Daniel C. Kurtzer United States Ambassador to Israel. Immediately prior to his current post, he served as United States Ambassador to Egypt. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he previously was Political Officer at the American Embassy in Cairo, Political Officer at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, a speech writer on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. B.A. from Yeshiva University in New York and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Col. (res.) Dr. Ephraim Laor An expert on management and policy aspects of extreme emergency situations. He has lectured extensively on this subject and has given several courses in Israel and abroad. A researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University. Previously, he advised and led international rescue missions and teams. Served in the IDF in senior command positions, among them Armored Corp Brigade Commander and Chief of Operational Planning in the General Staff's Operation Directorate. Held a senior position abroad for the Prime Minister's Office. Ph.D. from King's College, University of London.
MK Yossef Lapid Head of Shinui Party a Member of Knesset since 1999. Journalist and political columnist by profession, a former member of Ma'ariv daily editorial staff and its editor. Former Director-General of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Subsequently, was one of the founders of cable television in Israel and served as Chair of the Cable Television Association. LLB degree.
Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau Chief Rabbi of Israel. Previously, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, a member of the Chief Rabbinate Council of Israel, Chief Rabbi of Netanya, and Rabbi of North Tel Aviv. A survivor of the Holocaust, he founded the 'Ohel Moshe' Yeshiva in Netanya and a network of clubs of Torah studies for senior citizens and youth throughout the country. Studied at the 'Kol Torah' Yehsiva in Jerusalem, the 'Kneset Chizkiyahu' Yeshiva in Zichron Yaakov, and the 'Ponibez' Yehsiva in Bnei Barak. A highly regarded speaker and rabbinical authority in Israel and abroad. Holds the single rabbinical position on the High 'Helsinki Commission' authorized to approve experimental medical procedures.
Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder International businessman, philanthropist and community and civic leader. Founder and President of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of Jewish education and heritage. The Foundation promotes the revival of Jewish life and education and is active in 15 Eastern and Central European countries. Active in numerous Jewish and Israeli organizations. Former Chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, President of the Jewish National Fund, and Treasurer of the World Jewish Congress. Chairman of the Jewish Heritage Program of the World Monuments Fund. Served as US ambassador to Austria, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs. In business, he is especially active in media and telecommunications industry. Vice-President of Estee Lauder Corporation, Chair of Estee Lauder International, and Chair of Clinique Laboratories. BA in Business Administration from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Studies at the University of Paris holds a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels.
Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman Director, Israel and Middle East Office, American Jewish Committee. Served in the IDF Intelligence Branch of General Staff for over 25 years. During his service participated in the Working Group on Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS) in the framework of Multilateral Middle East negotiations. BA in Near Eastern Studies and General History from Tel-Aviv University and MA in Public Administration from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow. Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Professor Natan Lerner Professor at the Radzyner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Associate Professor of International Law at Tel Aviv University. Studies and lectures extensively on human rights, discrimination and minorities and has numerous publications on these themes. Formerly, Director of the Israel Branch of the World Jewish Congress and subsequently Director of the International Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Served as Consultant on Racial Discrimination to the UNESCO. Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires.
Dr. Ariel (Eli) Levite Principal Deputy Director General (Policy), the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission. Prior to this recent appointment he was on sabbatical leave while a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), at Stanford University where he co-led the CISAC Discriminate Force project. Previous government positions include Deputy National Security Advisor (Defense Policy) and Head of the Bureau of International Security at the Ministry of Defense. Before joining the civil service, he was Senior Research Associate and Head of the Project on Israeli Security at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. He has taught courses both at Tel Aviv University and Cornell University and has published extensively on strategic and military affairs. BA from Tel Aviv University and MA and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Dr. Yoram Luninski Manager of a systems' analysis firm. Previously served as Head of the Department for Security Technologies at the Center for Technological Forecasting at Tel-Aviv University. Ph.D. in Engineering.
Prof. Zeev Maoz Professor of Political Science and Head of the School of Government and Policy at Tel-Aviv University. Former Head of Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at the University. Previously, he chaired the Department of Political Science at Haifa University and Academic Director of MA program at National Defense College. At Haifa University, he established the Institute for Policy and Security Studies. Author of five books and over fifty scientific articles on range of issues concerning International Relations. Engaged in several governmental teams and forum, among them Prime Minister Rabin's Strategic Team and forums of the National Security Council. Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan University.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Shlomo Markel Vice-President of Broadcom Corporation. Former Managing Director and CTO of Argoquest Holdings. He has been deeply engaged in a numerous international business initiatives and high-tech companies in Israel and abroad. Served in the Israeli Navy, his last position as Chief of Materiel Command. Recipient of prizes and awards, including the Navy Prize for Creative Thinking, the Ministry of Defense R&D Ingenuity Award, Oracle's Excellence eBusiness Award, and the Prime Minister Award for Quality. Past and present member of several steering committees dealing with technology and R&D. Published a book and numerous articles, locally and internationally. Ph.D. in Electronics from the Technion.
Pinhas Meidan-Shani Strategic Adviser to Israeli High-Tech companies and Business coordinator. Served in Israel's defense establishment in a variety of command and staff positions in Israel and abroad for more than twenty years. Subsequently, he joined Prime Minister Barak's Bureau, initially as Deputy Chief of the Bureau and after an eight-month leave, he assumed the position of Foreign Policy Advisor. In both capacities, he was a member of the Israeli negotiation teams with the Palestinians. During his leave, he was Deputy Managing Director for the Far East Operation in the Zeevi Group. Earned a MA in Political Science and International Relations from Haifa University and a Graduate of Executive Studies at Tel Aviv University and the National Security College.
Dr. Rafi Melnick Senior Lecturer, Arison School of Business, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served as Senior Economist and Deputy Director of the Research Department of the Bank of Israel. Held a lecturing position at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and visiting positions at Boston University and the University of California, Davis. Specializes on Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Israel's economy, and monetary policy Developed the 'Melnick Index', a monthly measure of the state of economy, published by the IDC. An economic consultant for Bank Leumi, a Board Member of Ofek Securities and Investment and a Research Associate of the Center for Social Policy Studies Research in Israel. Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Leora Meridor Chair of the Boards of Bezeq International, Poalim Capital Markets & Investments, and Walla Communications. Board Member of several companies and organizations, among them NICE, Isrotel, the Weizmann Institute, . Joined the Bank of Israel's Research Department in 1975 and worked there for more than twenty years, her last position as Department Head. Subsequently, headed the Credit Division & Risk Management of the First International Bank. Ph.D. in Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Pursued Post-Doctoral Studies at the MIT. Member of the Presidium of the Herzliya Conference.
Sallai Meridor Chair of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization. Held senior positions in both organizations since 1992, including Treasurer and Head of Settlement Division at the JA. Adviser to Minister Moshe Arens, during the latter's terms as Minister of Minorities Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister. Served in the Betar youth movement as Head of Training Department, Head of Rural Settlement Department, member of the movement's National Executive and Chief Representative for North America. BA in History of Islamic Countries and History of the Jewish People from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Israel Michaeli Deputy Head of the National Security Council for Security Policy, in the Prime Minister's Office. Held a number of positions at the Atomic Energy Committee, and headed the Israeli delegation to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) negotiations on the testing of nuclear weaponry.
Judith Miller Senior Correspondent for the New York Times. Covers economic and political issues with a special emphasis on Middle East, terrorism, and non-conventional weapons. Joined the paper in 1977 as member of the Washington Bureau. Was chief of the Times Cairo Bureau in Egypt, a special correspondent in Paris and a special correspondent to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War. Also served as Editor and the paper's Sunday Magazine special correspondent. An active member of the Council of Foreign Relations. Author and co-author of several books, among them the bestseller, Germs, on the history of bio-terrorism. MA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School where she is a member of the advisory committee.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amram Mitsna Chair, the Israeli Labor Party and candidate for the position of Prime Minister. Mayor of Haifa since 1993. Served for 30 years in the IDF as a commander in the Armored Corp in senior command positions, among them Assistant Commanding Officer of the Operational Branch at GHQ, GOC of the Central Command, his last post as Head of the Planning Directorate. BA in Geography and MA in Political Science from the University of Haifa. Graduate of the Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government C.F.I.A. Executive Program and the US Army War College.
Lt. Gen. (Res. ) Shaul Mofaz Minister of Defense. Until recently, IDF Chief of General Staff. Served in the IDF for more than thirty years in command and staff positions, among them, Commander of IDF in Judea and Samaria and GOC of the Southern Command. As Head of Planning and Policy Directorate, he participated in peace talks with the Syrian delegation and led the Security Committee in the negotiations with Palestinians on the Hebron Agreement. In 1997, he was appointed Deputy Chief of General Staff and less than a year later appointed Chief of General Staff. BA in Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University. Graduate of the USMC Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia.
Prof. Joshua Muravchik Resident Scholar, the American Enterprise Institute. Adjunct Professor of the Institute of World Politics and Adjunct Scholar of the Washington Institute on Near East Policy. Member of the editorial boards of World Affairs, Journal of Democracy and Orbis. Served on the Maryland State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the commissions on Broadcasting to the People's Republic of China. Former Executive Director of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. Author of numerous articles and four books. BA from the City College of New York and Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University.
Benjamin Netanyahu Minister of Foreign Affairs. Former Prime Minister and Chairman of the 'Likud'. Served on the Israeli Diplomatic service as Deputy Ambassador to the US, Ambassador to the UN. Elected to the Knesset in 1988 and appointed Deputy Foreign Minister. Prior to assuming his official capacities, he worked for an international business consultancy in Boston and held a senior management position at 'Rim' Industries in Jerusalem. Initiated and organized international conferences participated by world leaders on the threat of international terror, sponsored by 'Jonathan' Institute. Published 3 books on the subject. BA in Architecture and MA in Management from MIT, where he also studied Political Science.
Dr. Ami Pedahzur Lecturer of Political Science at the University of Haifa and Deputy Director of the University's National Security Studies Center. His recent publications, including two book and several articles, deal with political extremism in Israel, political violence and political parties. Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Dov Pekelman Professor at the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University. Founding Chairman of P.O.C HT, Active Chairman of Arkal Industries, and a strategic consultant to Teva, Dead Sea Works and other corporations. Former faculty member at the University of Chicago and at Whatron School. Served on the Advisory Committee of the Bank of Israel. B.Sc. from the Technion, MBA from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Mathematical Control Theory from the University of Chicago.
Haim Pelled Deputy Mayor of Herzliya. Senior consultant and communication strategist for several leading Israeli companies and corporations. Founded his consultancy firm, "Pelled (3) Communication" in 1959. President of the International Advertising Association's Israeli Chapter and a member of the Association's World Board of Directors. Board member of several public and private corporation and organizations among them, the Israel Airport Authority. Former journalist and columnist. LLB from Wolsey Hall , Oxford and MA in Public Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Dr. Daniel Pipes Director of the Middle East Forum, editor of the Middle East Quarterly, and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, and the US Naval War College, and served in the Departments of State and Defense. As Vice Chairman of the presidentially-appointed Fulbright Board of Foreign Scholarships, he oversaw US government international exchange programs. He has also served as director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and consulted prominent businesses in the United States and Canada on Middle East topics. An accomplished author and columnist, having written ten books in his field of American and European politics, politics of the Middle East, and terrorism. BA and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University.
Nancy Pomagrin Research Fellow, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served in the International Law Branch of the IDF Military Advocate General's Office and the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she was involved in the peace negotiations with the Palestinians and Jordanians. Also served as Assistant to the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister. BA in International Relations and JD in Law, both from Georgetown University.
Felix Posen Founder and Head of the Posen Foundation. A retired businessman; a former partner in one of the world's largest international trading firms. In the past decade, he has dedicated his time and effort to promoting Jewish heritage in a secular cultural setting around the world. In Israel, he is the co-founder of the Educational Leadership School and two colleges: Alma Hebrew College in Tel Aviv and Meitar, the College of Pluralistic Judaism in Jerusalem. Initiated secular Judaism education programs in several Israeli academic institutions. Supporter of the International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recently endowed the Felix Posen Professorship in Modern European Jewish History at Johns Hopkins University. Governor Emeritus of the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
Ron Prosor Acting Head of the Communications and Information Division and Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joined the Israeli diplomatic service in 1986 and has since held several positions in the Ministry among them, Political Counsel in the Embassy in Washington D.C. and Director of the Emergency and Crisis Management Center. MA (cum laude) in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Eitan Raff Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Bank Leumi and its international subsidiaries in the US, UK and France. President of the Association of Banks in Israel and Member of the Bank of Israel Advisory Council. Chairman of the Boards of Advisors of Israel Growth Fund and Apax Israel II. Financial Consultant and Director of Wolfson Clore Mayer Ltd., for which he previously was Managing Director. Before his current position, he was director and chair of several leading corporations and financial institutions. Held several senior positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Economic Minister at the Embassy in Washington D.C. and Accountant General. As part of his various public activities, he serves on the board of several organization and is a member of several financial committees of public associations. BA in Economics and Political Science and MBA, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
MK Haim Ramon Chair, Knesset Foreign and Defense Affairs Committee. A Knesset Member since 1983 for the Israel Labor Party, commencing his political career as National Secretary of the party's Young Guard. After resigning from government as Minister of Health in 1994, he was elected on an independent ticket as Chairman of the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel). After the Rabin assassination, he returned to government and was appointed Minister for the Interior. After the 1999 elections, he served as Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office.
Dr. Yitzchack Ravid Senior Researcher at the Center for Military Research at Raphael, of which he was the first director. Served in the Air Force as Head of the Branch for Operations' Research, completing his service as Let. Col. BSc. in Mathematics, MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Sciences.
Prof. Uriel Reichman President and Founder, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Chaired the "Constitution for Israel" Movement and the Israel Lawyers' Bureau. A member of a number of public and governmental commissions and committees. Prior to the establishment of the IDC, he was a Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, the Dean of the Law Faculty, and Dean of the "Ramot Mishpat" College. An expert in Real Estate and Property Law. Earned his Law Doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Col. Daniel Reisner Assistant Military Advocate General for International Law. In this capacity he was legal advisor and member of the Israeli negotiation teams and provided legal advise to Israeli prime ministers. Took part in all the negotiation rounds with the Palestinians, Syrians and Jordanians. Lecturer on International Law and Negotiations at the Hebrew University and other universities and organizations in Israel and abroad. LLB from Tel Aviv University's Law School.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Rom Director General, the Jewish Agency for Israel. Served in the IDF and IAF for over 30 years in fighting, command and staff positions including commander of Ramon and Tel-Nof AFB, Head IAF Intelligence, and Chief of IAF Staff, his last post as Military Attachי in the US and Canada. After retiring appointed as the first Director General of the Ministry of National Infrastructures. Founding CEO of 'Klal Information Technologies', an investment firm for IT companies. BA in Economics and Political Science form Bar-Ilan University and MBA specializing in Statistics and Operations' Research from UCLA.
Ambassador Peter R. Rosenblatt Founding partner of Heller & Rosenblatt LP and an expert on International Law. A member of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee and Chair of the Institute on American Jewish – Israeli Relations. Founding President, The Fund for Democracy and Development and Secretary of the U.S. National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (US-PECC). From 1977-81, he was US Ambassador to Micronesia and President Carter's Personal Representative to the Negotiations on the Future Political Status of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Served as Foreign Policy Advisor on the Clinton Presidential Campaign (1991-92).
Ambassador Dr. Dennis B. Ross Director and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. For over 12 years during the Bush and Clinton administrations, he played a leading role in shaping the U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process. Served as Special Middle East Coordinator in the Clinton administration, Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration, and Director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council, and Deputy Director of the Office of Net Assessment at the Department of Defense in the Reagan administration. Awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service and the State Department's highest award. Ph.D. from UCLA in International Relations and honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Syracuse University.
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein Dean, Radzyner School of Law, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Recently retired from the Knesset after 25 years after serving for Shinui and Meretz. Held several ministerial posts, among them Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Minister of Energy and Infrastructures, Minister of Science and Technology, and Minister of Communication. Before assuming a political career, he was the Pinchas Rozen Professor of Constitutional Law and Dean of the Law Faculty at the Tel Aviv University. Widely published on both professional legal matters and on wider political and social affairs. BA in Economics and International Relations and LLM from the Hebrew University and PhD from the University of London.
MK Yossi Sarid Chair of the Merertz Movement. Knesset Member since 1974, initially for the Labor Party and later for the Civil Rights Movement (Ratz). The longest serving member of the Foreign and Defense Affairs Committee, aside of his two ministerial terms, as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Education. A member of the senior Israeli negotiation team with the Palestinians together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. A journalist by profession, he regularly publishes political columns in Israeli media. MA in Political Science from the New School of Social Research, New York.
Aharon Scherf CEO, Hachshart Hayishuv – International. Former official in the Prime Minister's Office, holding senior positions in Israel and abroad. Graduate of the Institut ןEtudes Politiques at the University of Sorbonne and the National Security College in Israel.
Dan Schueftan Senior Research Fellow at the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa and a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He studies the political history and strategic affairs of the contemporary Middle East, with special emphasis on Arab-Israeli relations. In his fields of expertise, he also teaches related graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Haifa and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Also continuously briefs and advises in his field of expertise the senior diplomatic, defense and intelligence communities.
Daniel Seaman Director of the Government Press Office at the Prime Minister's Office. Served as Foreign Press Liaison Officer in the IDF and media advisor to former Defense Minister Yitzchak Mordechai. Previously, was Assistant for Academic Affairs at Israel's Consulate General in New York. MA (Magna Cum Laude) from Hunter College, City University of New York, CUNY.
Dalia Segal Businesswoman, Executive for Oneneis, and philanthropist. Holds a degree in Economics from the University of Haifa.
Dr. Mordechai Segal CEO, Oneneis. A businessman active in the High-Tech Industry and a philanthropist. A former senior executive of Texas Instruments and one of the founders of Libit Corporation after retiring from IDF service. Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Police Commissioner (ret.) Herzl Shafir Owner of a private consulting and project management company. Served in a number of senior command positions in the IDF including Head of Personnel Directorate, Head of the Southern Command and Head of the Intelligence Division. After retiring from the IDF, appointed General Inspector of the Police and prepared the first multi-year plan for the Police. BA in Economics and Geography from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Graduate of Command and Staff College in Kimberly, UK.
Col. (Res) Motti Shapira General Manager of 'Lahav', Israel Federation of Independent Organizations. Previously, Chief of the Public Service Reform Branch at the Prime Minister's Office. Held senior positions in the Ministry of Construction and Housing. Served in the IDF for 20 years, mostly in human resources' management positions. BA in political science from the Haifa University and graduate of the IDF Command and Staff Course as well as an advanced military course in the US.
Prof. Vladimir Shapiro Director, the Jewish Research Center and Head of the Ethnic Sociology Center 'Diaspora' at the Russian Academy of Science. Member of many professional scientific associations, committees and commissions. Headed various sociological and interdisciplinary projects. Published 4 books and over 150 articles in his fields of expertise: ethnic sociology, cross-national conflicts, national identity, national minorities, migration and emigration, contemporary Jewry, social demography, sociology of aging and sociology of youth. Ph.D. in sociology from the USSR Academy of Science.
MK Natan Sharansky Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction and Housing. Head of the political party Yisrael B'Aliya. Previously served as Associate Editor of the Jerusalem Report, worked for the Zionist Forum, and was one of the founders of Peace Watch, an independent organization committed to monitoring the compliance to agreements signed between Israel and the PLO. A 'refusnik' prisoner in the former Soviet Union for nine years and released after heavy international pressure. Graduated with a degree in computer science from the prestigious Physical Technical Institute in Moscow.
Maj. Gen. (res.) MK Ariel Sharon Prime Minister of Israel and Chairman of the Likud Party. First elected to the Knesset in 1974, he held several ministerial posts in Israeli governments, including Defense, Foreign Affairs, National Infrastructure, Housing and Construction, Trade and Indutstry, and Agriculture. In 1975 appointed as Security Affairs Advisor to the late Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. Served in the IDF since the War of Independence in senior command positions, among them founder and commander of "101 Unit", Commander of the Paratrooper's Brigade, Head of Southern and Northern Commands. Published a book and numerous articles in Israel and abroad. LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated from the Staff College in the UK.
Ron Shatzberg Project Director of the Economic Cooperation Foundation. Served as the Habonim Dror Youth Movement central representative in the UK for the Jewish Agency. Prior to that, Regional Radio Coordinator of the Second Authority for Radio and Television. BA in Political Science from the Hebrew University, where he currently pursues a graduate degree in Conflict Resolution.
Shabtai Shavit An executive of Merhav Group and Chairman of the Governing Council of the International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism, at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served in the Mossad for over thirty years in senior positions in Israel and abroad, his last post as Head of the organization. Subsequently, appointed CEO of "Maccabi Health Services". BA in Arabic Language and Literature and Middle East History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. MA in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Member of Presidium of Herzliya Conference.
Prof. Gabriel Sheffer Associate Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Former Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of International Relations at the Hebrew University. Published numerous books and articles on topics related to his research interests: Ethnic politics, the politics of ethno-national Diasporas, leadership, public policy and processes of change in Israel. Recipient of the Prime Minister Award for the political biography of Moshe Sharet. Ph.D. from Oxford University.
Dr. Martin Sherman Senior Fellow, Institute of Policy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Lecturer of Political Science at Tel Aviv University. Served for seven years in operational capacities in the intelligence community. Also served as a senior advisor to the Minister of Agriculture. Among his academic publications is The Politics of Water in the Middle East. Frequent writer of economic and public policy articles in the Israeli media. BA Physics and Geology, MBA, and Ph.D. in Political Science.
Dr. Yaakov Sheinin CEO and Scientific Director of Economic Models. Chair of the Board of Modelim Capital Markets Ltd., and Economics Lecturer at Tel-Aviv University. Over 30 years experience as Economist, engaging in large and complex consulting projects and building computerized economic models in both micro and macro fields in Israel and US. Served in past as Chair of Investment Committee of Pension Funds of First International Bank, and acted as economic consultant for Israeli public companies.
Ambassador Zalman Shoval Chair, Governing Council, The Institute of Policy and Strategy, The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Twice Israel's Ambassador to United States. First served in Knesset 1970-81, as a Member of Rafi and later Likud. Re-elected to Knesset in 1988; resigned when appointed Ambassador. Awarded title "Diplomat of the Year 1999" by the Los Angeles Council on World Affairs. Was active for many years in private sector – banking, financing and industry. Serves in several public positions in fields of economics, politics, academics and the arts. Has published tens of articles in fields of politics, history and economics. Member of the Presidium of the Herzliya Conference.
Prof. Arnon Sofer Professor of Geo-strategy in the Geography Department and Deputy Chair of the National Security Studies Center at Haifa University. Expert in Urban Economic Geography, Geo-strategy and Geo-demography. Published tens of books and articles in these fields. Served in several academic administration positions at Haifa University, including Dean of Social Sciences and Mathematics. Served as Member of the Military Delegation to the peace talks.
Carole Solomon Member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Holds senior positions in several Jewish organizations such as the United Jewish Communities, where she presides as Vice Chairman, the United Israel Appeal and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Member of the Board of American Friends of Israel Philharmonic. Former member of the United Jewish Appeal board of trustees, chaired its budget and finance committee, and chaired the Women's Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Alumna of University of Pennsylvania and served on its alumni board.
The Late Professor Ehud Sprinzak Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University. His research and publications dealt with religious fundamentalism, violence and terrorism in Israel, the Middle East, and the United States. He was a well renowned author and commentator both in the Israeli and international media. Held visiting positions at Princeton, Georgetown, the American University. Former Senior Associate Member of the internationally renowned Woodrow Wilson Center and the United States Institute for Peace . Earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. Member of the Presidium of the Herzliya Conference. Passed away on 3 Kislev 5763, November 8, 2002.
Yair Seroussi Operational Manager of Morgan Stanley 's Israel Division. Previously served in the Ministry of Finance and held several high ranking positions as well as representing the ministry in various delegations to the U.S. Was member of the board of directors in several public and private sector companies. BA in Economics and Political Science form the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
James B. Steinberg Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Brookings Institution. Held various positions in the public and private sector including senior advisor to the Markle Foundation, Deputy National Security Advisor to President Clinton, Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S Department of State, Senior Analyst for RAND, Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and National Security Counsel for Senator Edward Kennedy. Published a book and several articles in his fields of expertise: International Relations, Internet Technology, National Security and US foreign policy. BA Harvard College and J.D. from Yale.
Tommy Steiner Research Fellow, Institute of Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. His areas of expertise include the theory of International Relations, International Negotiations, Comparative Regional Cooperation and the regional politics of Asia-Pacifc. Received the Harkaby Award for his MA thesis. MA (Cum Laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University, where he pursues his studies for his Ph.D.
Dr. Michel Strawczynski Deputy Director of the Research Department at the Bank of Israel. Previously presided as senior and Chief Economist for the department as well as Economic consultant in Amical Company Ltd. Also held the position of Economist for the Policy Division of the Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure of Israel. Published articles on economic subjects in Israel and abroad. Lectures on Public Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph.D. in Economics from the Hebrew University. Completed Post-doctoral studies at MIT.
Daniel Taub Director of the General Law Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Areas of responsibility include counter-terrorism, international organizations and humanitarian law. Also served as a member of the Israeli negotiation team in the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations. BA in Literature from Oxford University, LLM in International Law from the University of London and MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Ilana Treston Director of the Israel Technology Research division at Merrill Lynch, New York and Israel. Former Director of Latin American Communications Research at Credit Suisse First Boston, New York. BA in Politics and History from Brandeis University and MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Col. (res.) Yoash Tsiddon-Chatto Member of the 12th Knesset and of 1991 Peace Mission in Madrid 1991. Chief of planning & operational requirements, IAF, prior to the Six Day War. Member, Raphael (armament develop. Authority) advisory board 1992-1995. Publishes extensively on security issues in Israel and abroad, and is a founding member of Ariel Center for Policy Research. Graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Guerre Aerienne, Paris.
Brig. Gen. (res.) David Tzur Special Project Manager at A.L.M Liam Consulting and International Trade Ltd. Served in the IDF for 31 years in intelligence, command and staff positions including IDF Chief Intelligence Officer, Commander of IDF Liaison Unit, Deputy Head of the Intelligence Research Division and Chief Intelligence Officer of the Southern Command. BA in Middle East Studies from Tel Aviv University and a graduate of Lahav management courses. Completing an MA at the Public Management department, Bar Ilan University.
David M. Weinberg Managing Director, Beyad Halashon Advocacy & Communications and Director of Communications and Press Relations for the 2002 Herzliya Conference. A political columnist for The Jerusalem Post, he served in the past as Spokesman of Bar-Ilan University, Assistant Director of the Anti-Defamation League Israel Office, and Director of Research and Education for the Canada-Israel Committee. Holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University, and Hakotel and Har Etzion Yeshivas.
Niva von Weisel General Manager of Peat Haleket Advisors Ltd, a philanthropic organization predominantly dedicated to the development of tools and skills for the underprivileged. In parallel, established and managing an advocacy and public information initiative for Israel. BA in Mathematics and Philosophy from Columbia University and MBA from the Polytechnic University.
Mr. Stef Wertheimer Founder and Chairman of the Board of Director of ISCAR. Founded numerous schools for industry development in Israel in conjunction with Harvard University and MIT. Initiated the development of Kfar Vradim, a model community in the Galilee. Co-founded the Dash Party following the Yom Kippur War. Recipient of the Israel Prize, and numerous other prestigious awards such as the Kaplan Prize, the Rothchild Prize, and the Yigal Alon Prize, for his contribution to industrial development in Israel. Received an International honorary degree from ASM, and honorary doctorates from Technion and Ben-Gurion University.
Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon Chief of IDF General Staff. Served in command positions in the Paratroops and in the Paratroopers Reconnaissance Unit. Previously served as Commander of IDF Forces in the West Bank, Commander of the Field Unit Training Center and Commander of an Armored Division. Also held positions of Director of Military Intelligence, GOC Central Command and Deputy Chief of the IDF General Staff. BA in Political Science from Haifa University and graduate of the Command and Staff College in Kimberley, UK.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Aviezer Ya'ari Previously directed the Defense establishment's audit systems at the State Comptrollers Office for 13 years. Also served in IDF Intelligence, and as an instructor at the National Security College. In 1984 was commissioned as Major General and College Commandant. BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel-Aviv University. Pursued advanced studies at MIT.
Maj. Gen. Yedidya Ya'ari Commander of the Israeli Navy. Served in the Navy for over 30 years in various command positions including Commander of the Naval Commando Unit, Maritime Intelligence Commander, and Naval Base Commander in Haifa. BA in Middle Eastern History from Haifa University, MA in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the American Naval Academy of Newport, Rhode Island.
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin Commandant of the IDF Colleges. Served in the Israeli Air Force as active fighter pilot and in leading staff positions including Head of the Planning and Organization Department, Commander of two major airbases, I.D.F Director of Intelligence, Chief of Air Staff and Deputy Commander of the Israeli Air Force. MA in Public Administration from JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
Col. (res.) Ahuva Yanai Executive Director of "Matan – Your Way to Give", an Israeli non-profit organization that promotes volunteer work and addresses social needs in Israel. Member of the Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting at the Ministry of Communication and member of the board of Ilanot Discount Mutual Funds Management Company. Served in the IDF for 18 years in various human resources and training positions including Soldiers Rights' Commissioner. MA in Political Science from Haifa University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron Director-General, Ministry of Defense. Served for over 30 in the IDF in various command positions. Previously Head of Operations Directorate, Infantry Officer, and Commander of the Paratroop Brigade. BA in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University, and graduate of the National Security College.
Brig. Gen. Ruth Yaron Head of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Previously head instructor at the College for National Security. Served in various key positions in the Foreign Ministry both in Israel and abroad. BA in Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ambassador Dr. Sergey V. Yastrjemvski Assistant of the President of the Russian Federation. Previously Deputy Mayor of Moscow, Deputy Head of the President's Chambers and Spokesman of the President of the Russian Federation. Also served as Head of the Information Department of the Diplomatic Service and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Slovakian Republic. Phd in History from the USSR Scientifics Academy and MA and BA in International Relations from the Moscow National Institute for International Relations.
Mr. Yehuda Zisapel Founding President of the Rad-Bynet Group, a leading pioneering association of Israeli companies active in the development, production, and marketing of innovative solutions in the data communications industry. Received the Entrepreneur's Award from Tel Aviv University's Business Administration School, and nominated in 2000 as the high-tech entrepreneur of the decade. Received an honorary doctorate for outstanding business achievement from the Technion Institute.