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Herzliya Conference Speakers and Members Of board
20/01/2006

HERZLIYA CONFERENCE SPEAKERS 

 AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD(*) 

 

Prof. Israel (Robert) J. Aumann  Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the university's Center for the Study of Rationality. Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics for 2005. Has been a guest lecturer and researcher with leading academic institutions including Yale, Stanford and Princeton Universities. Holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror  Head of the Defensible Borders Project and the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Vice President of the Lander Institute, Jerusalem. Former Commander of the IDF's Military Colleges. Served in the IDF for thirty-six years in positions including Head of the Research and Assessment division, with special responsibility for preparing the National Intelligence Assessment, and Military Secretary to the Minister of Defense. Author of two books on intelligence. 

 

Prof. Uzi Arad  Founding Head of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Chair of the Herzliya Conference. Concurrently, Advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Served in the Mossad for twenty-five years holding senior positions in Israel and abroad, his last position being Director of Intelligence, after which he was appointed Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prior to his government career, he was a Professional Staff Member with the Hudson Institute in New York, and a Fellow at the New York Council on Foreign Relations and with Tel Aviv University’s Center for Strategic Studies. Received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton University, which he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Participated in advanced executive courses at Harvard University. Serves on the boards of several academic institutions and as an advisor to the Posen Foundation.

Prof. Arie Arnon  Professor of Economics at Ben-Gurion University and Head of the Program on Economics and Society at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Areas of research include macroeconomics, monetary theory, history of economic thought, and the political economy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was a visiting scholar and professor at Berkeley, Stanford, Penn, the New School and SOAS. Additional positions have included Senior Economist in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel and Chair of the Department of Economics at Ben-Gurion University.

 

Dr. Faisal Azaiza  Head of the Jewish-Arab Center and the Gustav Heinemann Institute for Middle Eastern Studies at Haifa University. Member of the Council for Higher Education. Previously, served as Mayor of Daburiya Municipality and as Director of “Sikkuy,” the Association for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity between Arabs and Jews in Israel. Has published extensively on his areas of research. Holds Ph.D. in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Shula Bahat  Associate Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, responsible for AJC’s organizational development and management, leadership development and training programs. Former Director of Israeli Programs in American and Canadian Universities for the Israeli Students and Academicians Organization in the U.S. and Canada. Also served as a career officer in the IDF as Executive Director of the Sociological and Psychological Research Division, Operations Officer for the Gadna-Youth Corps, and Education Welfare and Women’s Officer for the Jerusalem Division. Holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology. 

 

Dr. Shmuel Bar  Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served in the Israeli intelligence community for thirty years where he held senior analytical, planning, and diplomatic positions, specializing in regional security, Islamic radicalism and terrorism in the Middle East and East Asia. Published a number of books and articles in his areas of expertise.  Received a Ph.D. in History of the Middle East from Tel Aviv University.

 

Nir Barkat  Councilor of the Municipality of Jerusalem. Founding partner of BRM Group and of the venture capital fund BRM Capital, and founding member of the Israel Venture Network. Founder and Vice-Chairman of StartUp Jerusalem, a non-profit organization. Graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Computer Science.  

 

Prof. Amir Barnea  Professor of Finance at the Arison School of Business, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and former Dean of the School. Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. Deputy Chairman of the Board and CEO, Singer Barnea & Co. Held Visiting Professorships at several leading institutions, including Cornell and New York Universities. Serves in several senior positions in Israeli business institutions, as well as on the public committees of the Bank of Israel and the Ministry of Finance. Received a Ph.D. in Finance and Managerial Economics from Cornell University. Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Prof. Moshe Barniv  Professor at the Radzyner Law School at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he also served as Dean. Additionally lectures in the School of Management and the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University. Practices law, specializing in business and economic law and technology. Past positions include Head of the Program in Law and Management at Bar Ilan University, lecturer at Hebrew and Tel Aviv Universities, Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Boston University. Formerly, a founder and manager of Yeda Computers Ltd, and a partner in M. Druker Law Firm. Recipient of the Recanati Graduate School of Management Best Research Award for 1995, along with Prof. D. Samet. Holds a Ph.D. in Law from Tel Aviv University. Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 

 

Dr. Sean Barrett   Member of the Economics Department at Trinity College since 1970. He has been an external examiner at the University of Ulster at Coleraine and at Loughborough University. Served as a director of the Irish Tourist Board and as a member of the Culliton Review of Industrial Policy. Was both an advocate and analyst of airline deregulation in Ireland and the wider European market.  Served as a member of the board of the Journal of Air Transport Management, and has participated in European Science Foundation transport research programs. Holds a Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland.

 

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, served as Bureau-Chief for Ma’ariv daily newspaper in Washington, D.C., and as its chief diplomatic correspondent. He was a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy, and was on the Israeli negotiating team at the Wye Plantation summit. 

 

Prof. Yehuda Bauer  Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem and member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Serves as an advisor to international forums for national commemoration. Previously held the positions of Chair of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Founding Chair of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Academic Chair of the Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Published numerous books and articles about the Holocaust. Holds a Ph.D. in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor  Professor of Political Science and Director of the National Security Studies Center, University of Haifa. Also served as the Rector of the University and as President of the Israeli Political Science Association. Published seven books and over one hundred articles on Middle East politics, civic-military relations, conflict resolution, and ethnic politics. Received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliyahu CEO of Sentry Technology Group, a defense technology firm, and former Commander of the Air Force. Graduate of Tel Aviv University in Strategic Studies and International Relations. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel  Head of the Program for Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, lecturer at the Cohen Institute for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas, and Head of the Curiel Center. Additionally, heads the Tel Aviv Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. Served in the IDF for over thirty years, holding several posts in operations, intelligence and weapon development units of the Air Force. Served as Head of Military R&D in the IDF and as Director of Defense R&D Directorate in the Ministry of Defense. He has written numerous books and articles on military and security issues and received several awards, including twice the Israel Defense Award. Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.

 

Zeev Bielski  Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the World Zionist Organization. Former Mayor of Ra’anana. Dealt extensively with the development of relations between Israel and Jewish communities in the Diaspora as Chair of the Israeli Forum and Head of the JAFI Aliyah Department in South Africa. Holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   

 

Prof. Gideon Biger  Professor of Geography at Tel Aviv University. Chairperson of the Israeli Military History Association. Served as a member of the committee to determine borders in the Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, as well as of the committee to determine the municipal borders of Jerusalem. He was a visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States and Australia. Published several books and articles in Israel and abroad on the subject of the historical geography of Israel. Earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Avraham Bigger  Deputy Chair of the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, owner and CEO of Bigger Investments, Chairman of Supersal, and Chair and co-owner of Kaniel Industries. Board member of several companies and organizations including Bank Leumi, the Strauss Group, and Partner Communications.  Former CEO and Director of Paz Oil, Menorah Insurance, and the General Bank of Israel (Bank Clali). Before joining the private sector, he was with the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance.  Received an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 

 

Carl Bildt  Former Prime Minister of Sweden. Presently, Chairman of the Kreab Group of public affairs and strategic communication companies. Serves as non-executive director of Vostok Nafta and Lundin Petroleum. Serves on the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation, the Board of the Centre for European Reform, and as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations. After his term in government, he was the European Union Special Representative to Former Yugoslavia and served as Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Talks. He was later appointed Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the UN on the Balkan issues. Among other awards, he holds an honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews, where he is a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.  

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Ilan Biran  Chairman of YES satellite broadcaster. Serves as the Prime Minister’s coordinator in charge of negotiations for the release of kidnapped and missing Israelis. Former CEO of Bezeq Israeli Telecommunication Corporation Ltd., and former Director General of the Ministry of Defense. Prior to this, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oil Refineries Ltd. Served in the IDF for over thirty years in a series of senior positions including GOC Central Command, Head of the IDF Technology and Logistics Directorate, Commander of the Givati Brigade and Commander of the Officers Training School. He was an Associate for Strategy and Political Economy Research at Georgetown University. Holds an M.A. from Tel Aviv University. Graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Member of the  Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Shlomo Bohbot  Mayor of  Maalot-Tarshicha since 1976. Served as a Member of Knesset for the Labor party. Recipient of the Marcus Ziv Award for initiative in the improvement of Arab-Israeli relations.  

 

Amb. John R. Bolton  Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Prior to this appointment, served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Spent many years in public service, in positions including Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, and Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice,
As an attorney, he was a partner in the law firm of Lerner, Reed, Bolton & McManus. Graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from Yale University and received J.D. from Yale Law School

Prof. Paul Bracken  Professor of Management and Political Science at Yale University. Leading expert in the study of global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense. Consultant to several large corporations and private equity funds, as well as to the U.S. Government. Has taught in many parts of the world, including programs for the Israeli Defense Forces. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, he was on the senior staff of the Hudson Institute for ten years, as director of the management consulting arm of the Institute. Received a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Yale University. 

 

Prof. Menachem Brinker  Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Research interests include aesthetics, hermeneutics, literary theory and modern Hebrew literature. Established the program in Modern Hebrew Studies at the University of Chicago and held the first chair in the program. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia Universities. One of the founders of the Israel Philosophical Association. Recipient of the Israel Prize for Hebrew and General Literary Research. Earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.

 

Shraga Brosh  President of the Manufacturers Association of Israel. Former CEO of I. Brosh Marketing & Services Ltd. Member of the MAI Presidium since 1993, holding the positions of Chairman of the MAI Executive Committee, Metals Division and other positions in the organization. Also served as Chairman of the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute. Holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University. 

 

 

Hermann Bünz  Director of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Israel. Previously served as Director of the Foundation in Poland and Brussels and as Director of its Department for European Affairs in Bonn. He was an Assistant Professor at Hamburg University, and conducted research at the universities of Moscow, Leningrad, Paris, Munich and Freiburg. Studied History, Political Science, English and Russian Language at Hamburg University.

Jimmy Carter  39th President of the United States, from 1977-81. Since leaving office, he has worked internationally for the disenfranchised, fighting hunger and poverty through a variety of non-profit organizations. In 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his years of humanitarian work. Negotiated the Camp David Accords between Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. He has served as an international mediator in North Korea, Haiti, Bosnia, Venezuela, and elsewhere, and has worked to focus world attention on epidemics in Africa. Founded the Carter Center in Atlanta, which is an arena for the discussion of international affairs. He also has been deeply involved with Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that helps working-class people in North America and abroad build and finance new homes. During his term of office Carter published Why Not the Best? (1975) and A Government as Good as Its People (1977). After it, he wrote more than a dozen works of poetry and nonfiction. 

 

Sir Ronald Cohen  Chairman of the Portland Trust. Founding Partner and Chairman of Apax Partners Holdings. Chairman of the Social Investment Task Force and founder of EASDAQ, the pan-European market for growth companies, of which he was Vice Chairman. Chairman of Bridges Community Ventures Limited, Founder-Director and past Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, Founder-Director of the European Venture Capital Association and the Quoted Companies Alliance. He has served as a member of the London Stock Exchange Working Party on Smaller Companies, CBI Wider Share Ownership Committee and the Executive Committee of The Centre for Economic Policy Research. Graduate of Oxford University and honorary Fellow of Exeter College. Holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

 

Dr. Robert Danin  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, responsible for Arab-Israeli negotiations policy and strategic planning. Served at the White House/National Security Council as Director for the Levant and Israeli-Palestinian affairs and then as Acting Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs. Served on Secretary of State Powell’s Policy Planning Staff, where he was responsible for Middle East and Gulf issues. Previously served as a senior political analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Holds a doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Itsik Danziger  Chairman of Starhome Ltd and Chairman of the Education Initiative in the Galilee, IVN. Member of the Board of Directors of Comverse Technology. Held senior positions in the Comverse Group, among them COO, President, Vice President for R&D and President of the Network Systems Division. Received a B.Sc. and M.Sc., cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.  

 

Prof. Alan Dershowitz  Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and internationally renowned attorney.  Areas of expertise include criminal law and human rights. Lectures on Jewish and legal issues and appears frequently in the media. Author of twenty works of fiction and non-fiction. Received LL.B. from Yale Law School.

 

Daniel Doron  Founder and Director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress. One of the founders of the Shinui Party. Served on an economic advisory group for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and on the Israel Government Council for National and Economic Planning, and was a member of the Board of the Entrepreneurial Center of Tel Aviv University. Publishes regularly in the Israeli and foreign press and is a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. Studied Sociology and Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a Fellow of the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought, and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. 

 

Prof. Yehezkel Dror  Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Founding President of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Former 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. Published numerous books and articles. Recipient of the Israel Prize for Administrative Sciences, the Levi Eshkol Prize for Public Administration, the Harold Lasswell Award, and the Rosolio Prize.

 

Efrat Duvdevani Director of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee. Served as Director-General of Shimon Peres’s office during his period as Prime Minister and as Foreign Minister. Previously served as advisor to late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Graduate of Tel Aviv University in Public Administration.  

 

Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt  Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Expert on demographics, foreign aid, Korea and East Asia. Previous positions include Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Population and Developmental Studies, and consultant to the World Bank and the U.S. State Department. Holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

 

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein  Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Hakeren L’yedidut), a bridge building organization committed to promoting greater understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews and support for Israel. Ordained at Yeshiva University in New York and holds Master’s degrees from Yeshiva and Columbia Universities, where he also completed studies for his doctorate. Served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary and Northern Baptist Seminary. Author of six highly acclaimed books on Jewish-Christian relations, and considered the leading Jewish authority on Evangelical Christians.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Giora Eiland  Head of the National Security Council and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister. Served in the IDF for more than thirty years in several command and staff positions including Head of the Plans and Policy Directorate, Commander of the Infantry, the Paratroopers’ Brigade Commander, and Commander of the Officers’ Academy.  Received a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. Graduated from an advanced infantry course in Port Benning, Georgia. 

 

MK Michael Eitan  Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and Chairman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee for Uncovering Corruption in the Government System of Israel. Member of Knesset for the Likud party. Previously served as Minister of Science and Technology and as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. Studied Law at Tel Aviv University.

 

Dr. Israel Elad-Altman  Director of Studies at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served in various official positions in Israel and abroad. Formerly, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and a Research Fellow at the Shiloah Institute for Middle East Studies. Received a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from UCLA.

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) MK Prof. Arieh Eldad  Member of Knesset for the Ichud Leumi party. Chairman of the Knesset Ethics Committee and member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Medical doctor specializing in plastic surgery. Served as Chief Medical Officer of the IDF, and as Director of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Hadassah Hospital, Ein Kerem. Received M.D. from Tel Aviv University.

 

Amb. Dr. Oded Eran  Ambassador of Israel to the European Union. Has been with the Israeli Foreign Service for over thirty years, where he has served in the Israeli embassies in London and Washington D.C. As Ambassador to Jordan, he led the Israeli-Palestinian final status negotiations. As Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs in the Foreign Ministry, he directed negotiations on the Association Agreement with the EU (1995) and participated in the negotiations on the Paris Economic Agreement with the Palestinians. Received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the London School of Economics.

 

Philippe Errera  Deputy Director of the Centre d'Analyse et de Prיvision at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served as counselor in charge of politico-military affairs at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of European Affairs, and at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Office of European Common Foreign and Security Policy. Holds degrees from the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the ֹcole National d’Administration. 

 

Laurent Fabius  Former Prime Minister of France. Member of the National Assembly for the fourth constituency of Seine Maritime. Member of the Socialist Party group. Served twice as President of the National Assembly, and additionally as Minister of Finance and Minister of Industry and Research. Graduate of the ֹcole National d’Administration.  

 

Prof. Stanley Fischer  Governor of the Bank of Israel. Previously Vice Chairman and Head of the Public Sector Group at Citigroup and First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Before joining the IMF, he was Head of the Department of Economics at MIT and Vice President for Development Economics and Chief Economist at the World Bank. Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the G-30, and the Trilateral Commission, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Earned a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. at the London School of Economics and obtained his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT.

 

Dr. Karnit Flug  Director of Research at the Bank of Israel. Previous positions include Assistant Director of Research, senior research economist at the Inter-American Bank and economist at the International Monetary Fund.  Holds an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

 

Prof. Jacob Frenkel  Vice Chairman, American International Group (AIG). Previously served as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International Inc., and as Governor of the Bank of Israel for two consecutive terms. Prior to this, served as Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund. Former Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and at Tel Aviv University. Additional positions have included Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth  Director of the Center for Employment Policy at the Hudson Institute. Before joining Hudson, she spent two years as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Previously, served as chief of staff and special adviser at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, and as a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Prior to that, served as Deputy Executive Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Associate Director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House. Received a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University. 

Arcadi Gaydamak  President of the Congress of Jewish Communities of Russia, philanthropist and businessman.  

 

Yael German  Mayor of Herzliya. In this capacity, chairs several 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’s’ rights lobby organizations. Previously, Co-CEO of Yariv Ben-Eliezer Media Consultant Company and Administrative Director of GG Electrical Industries. A professional schoolteacher and former Principal of the Herzliya “Tehilla” School for Adult Education. Earned a Teaching Diploma (English Language and Adult Education) from the Levinski Seminar and a B.A. in General History from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Eival Gilady  Chairman of the Western Galilee College, CEO of the Portland Trust Israel, and President of VANADIS Ltd. Served as Head of Coordination and Strategy at the Prime Minister’s Office. Served in the Israel Defense Force for thirty years, his last position being Head of the IDF’s Strategic Planning Division, responsible for developing the Gaza Disengagement Plan. He was appointed a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Holds Master’s degrees from Haifa University and George Washington University.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead  Director of the Political-Military Bureau at the Ministry of Defense. Previously served as Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, head of the military intelligence research department, and as the IDF Spokesperson.

 

Amb. Dr. Dore Gold  President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Served as the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from Columbia University.

 

Adv. Elie Goldshmidt  Public Relations Coordinator at Israel Corp Ltd. Served as a Member of Knesset from 1992 to 2001. Appeared on television as a political analyst. Holds an M.A. in Law from Tel Aviv University.

 

General the Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE    Former Chief of the Defense Staff and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army. Serves as a Council Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow of King's College, University of London, member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, and Director of N. M. Rothschild & Sons Limited. Graduate of the British Royal Military Academy.

 

Gideon Grinstein  Founder and President of the Re’ut Institute. Previously served in the Office and then in the Bureau of Prime Minister Barak as the Secretary and Coordinator of the negotiation team of the Government of Israel to the permanent status negotiations between Israel and the PLO. He has extensive background in policy-planning with the Economic Cooperation Foundation. Graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Tel Aviv University Schools of Law and Economics.  

 

Aziz Haidar  Research Fellow at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and the Center for Environmental Studies at Al-Quds University. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Also served as Chairperson of the Sociology Department at Birzeit University. Holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Hebrew University.  

 

Dan Halperin  Founder and CEO of IFTIC, a private business-consulting agency. 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, D.C. Received a B.A. in Humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   

 

Lt. Gen. Dan Haloutz  Chief of General Staff, IDF. Began his service in the IDF in 1966, and has served in positions including Assistant Deputy Chief of General Staff, Commander of the Air Force, Director of Operations, and head of the operational unit of the Lavi aircraft project. Graduate of Tel Aviv University in Economics.

Prof. Haim Harari  Chairman of the Board of the Davidson Institute for Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Chairman of the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust in New York. President Emeritus of the Weizmann Institute. Fifth-generation Israeli who has made major contributions to particle physics research, to science education in Israel and to science policy making. Previously served as a Dean of the Feinberg Graduate School and founded “Perach”, a national tutoring program for underprivileged children, currently involving 30,000 undergraduates all over Israel. Served as Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel’s Council for Higher Education and of the National Panel on Science Education. His honors include membership in the Israel Academy of Sciences, the Rothschild Prize, the Israel Prize, the "EMET" prize and honorary doctorates. His book A View from the Eye of the Storm – Terror and Reason in the Middle East was published in 2005. Holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog  Visiting Military Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Served as Military Secretary to the Israeli Minister of Defense, and as Head of the IDF’s Strategic Planning Division. Member of the Executive Committee of the Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society. Holds an M.A. in Political Science from Haifa University.

Malcolm Hoenlein   Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. Previously, served as the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New York. Prior to that, he was the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. A National Defense Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Near East Center. Taught International Relations in the university’s Political Science Department and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Serves on the boards of many communal, educational and civic organizations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. Recipient of many awards and tributes. Received an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of International Relations.  

Yossi Hollander  Chairman of JACADA. An entrepreneur in the high-tech sector.  Founder of “The New Dimension”, which was bought out by BMC in 1999.  Member of the Board of Directors of the Weizmann Institute of Science and active in several public organizations.  

Prof. Benjamin Ish-Shalom  Founder and Rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem, the Academic Center for Jewish Studies and Leadership, and Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Jewish Studies. Professor of Jewish philosophy at Bar-Ilan University. Formerly a faculty member of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University, and the Andrew N. and Rose Miller Professor of History of Zionism and Modern Israel at Yeshiva University. Received a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry  Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, President of Boeing Israel and Vice President of Boeing International Relations. Former Chairman of Elul Asia Ltd. and Ambassador of Israel to the United States. Other positions have included Head of the National Security Council at the Prime Minister's Office, Principal Assistant Minister of Defense for Strategic Affairs, Head of Israeli Delegation to the Multilateral Working Group on Arms Control and Regional Security of the Middle East peace process, Director-General of the Ministry of Defense and Chairman of Israel Aircraft Industries. Served in the IDF in various senior positions including Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander of the Air Force. Holds a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion. Graduate of the IDF Command & Staff College. Received honorary doctorates from the Technion and Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Josef Joffe  Editor of Die Zeit German weekly. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Dickey Center at Dartmouth University and of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. He has delivered lectures at the University of California, Berkeley and Michigan State University on post-September 11 international security. Published articles on the Middle East in Foreign Policy and The Washington Quarterly. Received an honorary degree in 2002 from his alma mater, Swarthmore College. 

Commissioner Moshe Karadi  Inspector General of the Israel Police. Previously served as Head of the Southern District and Head of the Police Human Resources Department. Graduate of Bar-Ilan University in Sociology and Criminology and of Haifa University in Public Administration.

Prof. Moshe Kaveh  President of Bar Ilan University and Professor of Physics. Previously served as Rector and as Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Chief Scientist of the “Cellscan” project for the early detection of cancer. Research Fellow at the Russian Federation Academy of Sciences. Established the Jack and Pearl Resnick Institute of Advanced Technology, a center for the absorption and retaining of outstanding Russian immigrant scientists. Received a special award from the Royal Society of England. Received a Ph.D. in Physics from Bar Ilan University.

Jacob Keidar  Director of the Multilateral Peace Talks Coordination Department and Water Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous posts include Acting Deputy Director General for Middle Eastern Affairs, Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, and Director of the International Department at the Center for Political Research. Holds an M.A in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

Israel Kimhi  Senior Research Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies and lecturer in the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Formerly served as the Jerusalem Municipality's chief city planner. Holds a B.A. and M.A. from the Hebrew University and an M.A. in Urban Planning from London University College. 

Prof. Paul R. Kleindorfer  Professor of Management Science; Professor of Decision Sciences, Economics and Business, and Public Policy Co-Director of the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Research areas include pricing and capacity policies for capital-intensive industries, governmental regulation, and energy and environment policy and strategy. He has served as a consultant to federal and state agencies in the United States and abroad, as well as to major companies. Holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Amb. Dr. Daniel C. Kurtzer  S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Retired from the United States Foreign Service at the end of 2005, with the rank of Career-Minister in the Senior Foreign Service. Served as the United States Ambassador to Israel, and prior to that as the Ambassador to Egypt. Previous positions include 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. Received several of the U.S. Government’s most prestigious awards, including the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Department of State Distinguished Service Award. Received Ph.D. from Columbia University. 

 Prof. Ruth Lapidoth  Professor Emeritus of International Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. Former Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been a guest lecturer and researcher in several leading academic institutions, including Oxford University, Georgetown University and the American Institute for Peace. Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She has written nine books and more than ninety articles dealing with international law, human rights, the Arab-Israel conflict, and Jerusalem. Recipient of the Israel Bar Association’s “Women in Law” Award in 2004. Studied law at the Hebrew University, and holds a Ph.D. from the Institut des Haute Etudes Internationales, Paris.  

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder  International businessman and philanthropist. President of the Jewish National Fund. Additionally serves as Chairman of the International Public Committee of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, Treasurer of the World Jewish Congress and Chairman of the Jewish Heritage Council. Former Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Served as U.S. Ambassador to Austria and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy. Established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which has focused on Jewish education and outreach programs in Eastern Europe. Holds a B.A. in International Business from the Wharton School and a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels.   

 

Yehiel Leket  World Chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (Jewish National Fund). Served for over ten years as an Executive Member of the Boards of the World Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency for Israel. His positions included Head of the Settlement Department and the Department for Rural and Urban Development, Acting Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency, and Chairman of the World Labor Zionist Movement. Served as a Member of Knesset for the Labor Party. Graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Philosophy and Political Science.  

 

Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman  Director, Israel and Middle East Office, American Jewish Committee. Served in the IDF Intelligence Directorate for over 25 years. During his service, he participated in the Working Group on Arms Control and Regional Security (ACRS) in the framework of multilateral Middle East negotiations.  Holds an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

 

Bentzi Lieberman  Chairman of the Board of the Yesha Council and Head of the Samaria Regional Council. One of the founders of the “Betzedek” organization for civil rights, which he also headed. Was additionally a senior partner in a law firm. Graduate of Bar-Ilan University’s law school. 

 

Justice Micha Lindenstrauss  State Comptroller and Ombudsman. Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. Previously served as President of the District Court of Haifa, Chairman of the Israeli Association of Judges, Chairman of "The Movement for a Better Israel" and Chairman of the "Israel American Friendship Society" and Military District Prosecutor and Legal Advisor of the IDF. Represented the Israeli Judges in the European Association of Judges and has been active for over twelve years on the Board of Directors of the "Justice for the World" Foundation. Author of several books. Graduated from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Tzipi Livni  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Immigrant Absorption. Former Minister of Regional Cooperation and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Previously, worked at the Mossad and was the General Manager of the Government Companies Authority in charge of the privatization of government corporations and monopolies. Received the Champion of Good Government Award. Holds an L.L.B. from Bar Ilan University 

 

Prof. Herbert I. London  President of the Hudson Institute and John M. Olin University Professor of Humanities and Social Studies at New York University.  Founding Dean of the Gallatin School, also at New York University. At the Hudson Institute, he established its Center for Education and Employment Policy. Produced television programs on American culture, and has been a commentator on major radio and television news programs and a guest lecturer at colleges and universities. Writes for major American newspapers and journals and has published sixteen books.  Recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Aix-Marseille and Grove City College as well as of awards for his writing and educational work.  Received a Ph.D. from New York University.

 

Dr. Frank Luntz  President and CEO of Luntz Research Companies and consultant to The Israel Project. Has written, conducted and supervised more than a thousand surveys and focus groups for corporate and public affairs clients in eleven countries. Provided communications guidance for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Federal Express, Disney and McDonald’s. Named by Time Magazine as one of 50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under. Hosts “American Voices” on MSNBC. Served as a consultant to the award-winning television series “The West Wing”. Winner of the Washington Post’s “Crystal Ball” Award, as well as an Emmy Award for his segment “100 Days, 1000 Voices”. Served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was named Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. He has written pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Received a Ph.D. in Politics from Oxford University.

 

Eyal Megged Author. Recipient of literary awards for three of his novels, and will soon be publishing an autobiographical novel. 

 

Dan Margalit  Jounalist and columnist for Ma’ariv daily newspaper. Television host of a current affairs program. Previously wrote for Ha’aretz and served as the newspaper’s Washington correspondent. Holds a Master's degree in Modern Jewish history and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

Dr. Eilat Mazar  Member of the Institute of Archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Senior Research Fellow at the Shalem Center. An archeologist specializing in Jerusalem and Phoenician archaeology, she has worked on excavations at the Temple Mount and the City of David. Obtained a Ph.D. from Hebrew University.

 

Col. (res.) Eitan Meir  Director General of the Municipality of Jerusalem. Formerly served as its Deputy-Director, and in the IDF in several senior positions in the Education Corps. Graduate of Haifa University in Political Science.

 

Prof. Rafi Melnick  Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served as Senior Economist and Deputy Director in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel. Previously, lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and visiting lecturer at Boston University and the University of California, Davis. Specializes in macroeconomics, econometrics, Israeli economy, and monetary policy. Developed the “Melnick Index”, a monthly measure of the state of the economy, published by the IDC. Economic consultant for Bank Leumi, Board member of Ofek Securities and Investment and a Research Associate of the Center for Social Policy Studies Research in Israel.  Received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Lt. Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz  Minister of Defense. Former IDF Chief of General Staff.  Served in the IDF for more than thirty years in command and staff positions, including Deputy Chief of General Staff, Commander in Judea and Samaria and GOC of the Southern Command. As Head of the Plans and Policy Directorate, participated in peace talks with the Syrian delegation and led the Security Committee in the negotiations with the Palestinians on the Hebron Agreement. Received a B.A. in Business Administration from Bar Ilan University. Graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. 

Dr. Boaz Mourad  Member of the Brand Israel Group and founder of the Insight Research Group. Conducts applied research on the psychology of decision making and manages projects on market and opinion research for various organizations. Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Psychology at New York University. Received Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University  

Col. (res.) Uri Naaman  Coordinator for NATO and European Defense Organizations at the Political-Military Bureau of the Ministry of Defense. Previously, worked as an independent consultant on security and intelligence affairs. Served in the IDF in various positions, including Special Assistant to the Chief Intelligence Officer and Chief of the External Relations Department. Graduate of the National Defense College and Haifa University, where he earned an M.A. in Political Science.  

 

MK Benjamin Netanyahu  Chairman of the Likud Party and Former Prime Minister. Served as Minister of Finance, Foreign Minister, Ambassador to the United Nations and Deputy Ambassador to the U.S. Worked in an international corporate finance firm in Boston and in a senior managerial position with Rim Industries, Jerusalem. Initiated and organized international conferences dealing with the struggle against international terror under the auspices of the Jonathan Institute. Published and edited three books on international terrorism.  Received a B.A. in Architecture and an M.A. in Management from MIT, where he also studied Political Science.

 

Prof. David Newman  Head of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University and Editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics. Previously, Director of the Humphrey Institute for Social Research at Ben Gurion University. He has been a lecturer and researcher with several academic institutions, among them Tel Aviv University, the University of Calgary and York University in Toronto. Earned a B.A. from the University of London in Political Science, and a Ph.D. from Durham University.

 

Ehud Olmert  Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. Acting Chairman of the Kadima party. Previously served as Minister of Health, Minister of Communications, Mayor of Jerusalem and Treasurer of the Likud party. Received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Ana Palacio  Former Foreign Minister of Spain. Member of the Spanish Parliament and Chair of the Joint Committee of the two Houses for European Union Affairs. Held senior positions in the governing body of European lawyers (CCBE). Member of the Board of Trustees and former Executive President of the Academy of European Law (ERA); distinguished professor of the European College in Parma, and member of the Editorial Board of the Revue de Droit de l' Union europיenne.  

 

 

MK Amir Peretz  Chairman of the Labor Party. Member of Knesset since 1988. Former Chairman of the Histadrut trade union federation and Mayor of Sderot.  

 

Danielle Pletka  Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Research areas include the Middle East, South Asia, terrorism, and weapons proliferation. Served for ten years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and held writing and editing positions at Insight Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and Reuters. Holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.  

 

Felix Posen  Founder and President of the Posen Foundation. Focuses his energy on educating about the cultural, intellectual, scientific, economic, and historical contributions of Jews over the centuries. Retired as a partner of an international trading firm. Supports the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at Hebrew University, which also houses the Felix Posen Bibliographic Project on Anti-Semitism. Also supports the Anthology of Jewish Culture and Civilization. Established two colleges in Israel: Alma Hebrew College in Tel Aviv and Meitar, the College of Pluralistic Judaism in Jerusalem. Initiated educational programs on secular Judaism at institutions of higher learning in Israel and abroad. Governor Emeritus and an Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Received an honorary fellowship and doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Amb. Ron Prosor  Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joined the Ministry in 1986 and served in a number of positions in Israel and abroad, among them Chief of Policy Staff to the Foreign Minister, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs in Washington D.C., Spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in London, and Director of the Operations Center at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Holds an M.A. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

Sir Michael Quinlan, GCB  Senior Consulting Fellow on South Asia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and guest lecturer at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. Held senior positions in the British defense establishment and NATO, among them Permanent Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Defense. Dealt extensively with arms control and nuclear policy issues. Served as Director of the Ditchley Foundation, a private institution which runs a wide-ranging programme of international conferences. Has been appointed special adviser to Parliamentary committees on defense and international security issues. Honorary Ancien of the NATO Defense College. Educated at Wimbledon College and at Merton College, Oxford. 

 

Prof. Uriel Reichman  President and Founder of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Chaired the “Constitution for Israel” Movement and the Committee for Civil Rights of the Israeli Bar Association. A member of several public and government commissions and committees. Prior to the establishment of the IDC, was a Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, the Dean of its Law Faculty, and Dean of Ramot Mishpat College. Expert in real estate and property law.  Received his Ph.D. in Law from the University of Chicago. Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Yossi Rosen  President and CEO of Israel Corp. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Chemicals Ltd. and a director for its subsidiaries, member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of ZIM Israel Navigation Co. Ltd., and Chairman of the Board of Dead Sea Magnesium Ltd. Director of Oil Refineries Ltd. and Tower Semiconductor Ltd. Former President of Mashav Initiating and Development Ltd. Holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Amb. Dr. Dennis Ross   Chairman of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute and Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Served as U.S. point man on the Middle East peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, served as director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. Recipient of the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service as well as the State Department's highest award. Has published extensively on his areas of expertise, which include Arab-Israeli relations, U.S.-Israel relations, the peace process, and Gulf War coalition diplomacy. Senior commentator for Fox News and professor at various universities in the U.S. Holds a Ph.D. from UCLA, and received honorary doctorates from Amherst, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Syracuse University. 

 

Stanley Roth  Vice President for Asia, International Relations of the Boeing Company. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S.–Indonesia Society, and the Asia Society. Prior to joining Boeing, served as Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific Affairs; as Director of Research and Studies at the U.S. Institute for Peace; as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and Pacific Affairs; and as Director of Committee Liaison, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives. Received a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. 

 

Dr. Colin Rubenstein  Executive Director of the Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC). Member of the Council for Multicultural Australia. Former positions include Senior Lecturer in politics at Monash University and senior consultant to the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs. Holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. 

 

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein  Provost of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Former Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the IDC. Retired from the Knesset in 2002 after 25 years of serving as a member for the Shinui and Meretz parties. Held several ministerial positions including 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 Tel Aviv University.  Widely published on both professional legal matters and on wider political and social affairs. Recently co-authored Israel and the Family of Nations – A Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights with Dr. Alexander Yakobson. Received a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, an LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an LL.D. from the University of London.

MK Gideon Sa’ar  Parliamentary Group Chairman of the Likud faction in the Knesset. Previously served as Secretary to the Cabinet, Aide to the State Attorney and Aide to the Attorney-General. Holds a B.A. in Political Science and an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.  

Prof. Ezra Sadan  Managing partner of Sadan-Lowenthal Ltd. Advisor to the National Defense College. Former Director General of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture. Served as Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Chaired a commission appointed by the Minister of Defense on programs to develop the Palestinian economy and participated in national and international mediation and study panels hosted by the Office of the Prime Minister, the World Bank, Harvard University, the University of California, Scandinavian governments, and the EU to inquire into the economics and financing of peace in the Middle East. Holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.  

MK Yossi Sarid Former Chairman of the Meretz Movement. Previously served as Minister of Education and Minister of the Environment. Has published several articles and books in Israel and abroad. Holds an M.A. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research, New York.  

Dr. Robert Satloff  Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. An expert on Arab and Islamic politics as well as U.S. Middle East policy. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli peace process  and the political repercussions of Islamic politics on regional stability. Comments on Middle East issues in major newspapers such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Appears regularly on television and radio, including the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and CNN. Holds a D.Phil from Oxford and an M.A. from Harvard University.  

Dr. Dan Schueftan  Deputy Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa and lecturer in the Political Science Department. Additionally lectures at Tel Aviv University, the IDF National Security College, and the IDF Command and Staff College. Consultant to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the National Security Council. Additionally serves as a consultant to members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Lectures regularly at universities in the United States, Canada, Britain and Germany. He has published three books and numerous articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

 

MK Silvan Shalom  Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. Previously, Minister of Finance, Minister of Science, and Deputy Minister of Defense. Prior to his election to the Knesset for the Likud in 1992, served as Chairman of the Israel Electric Corporation and Director General of the Ministry of Energy. A journalist by profession, received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and an LL.B. and M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.

Ari Shavit, Ha’aretz. 

Dr. Yacov Sheinin  CEO and Scientific Director of Economic Models. Chair of the Board of Modelim Capital Markets Ltd., and Economics lecturer at Tel Aviv University. He has over thirty years of experience as an economist, engaging in large and complex consulting projects and building computerized micro and macro economic models in Israel and the U.S. Served as Chair of Investment Committee of the pension funds of the First International Bank and as an economic consultant for Israeli public companies. Earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Amb. Prof. Aliza Shenhar  President of Emek Yezreel College. Deputy Mayor of Haifa and responsible for education and cultural affairs at the Municipality. Head of the Israel Folklore Archives. Former Rector of the University of Haifa, as well as founder of the Department of Folklore Studies. Served as Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature. Headed the Shenhar Commission on Jewish Education. Served as the Israeli Ambassador to Russia. Author of numerous books on education. Former Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and Goetingen, Germany. Received Honorary Doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and the University of Hartford, as well as the Presidential Medal from Central Connecticut State University. Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Amb. Zalman Shoval  Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Chairman of the Board of Directors of Export Investment Corp., Ltd. Served twice as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. First served in the Knesset in 1970-81, as a member for Rafi and later the Likud. Re-elected to Knesset in 1988; resigned when appointed Ambassador. Awarded the title of “Diplomat of the Year 1999” by the Los Angeles Council on World Affairs. Was active for many years in the private sector, in banking, financing and industry. Serves in several public positions in the fields of economics, politics, academics and the arts. He has published numerous articles on politics, history and economics. Graduate of the University of Geneva in Political Science and International Relations.  

 

Alan B. Slifka  Co-founder and Chairman of The Abraham Fund, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to further coexistence between Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens. Investment manager and philanthropist. Managing Principal of Halcyon/Alan B. Slifka Management Company LLC; founding Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the Big Apple Circus; Director of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Congress. Serves on the boards of several major companies. Received M.B.A. from Harvard University and an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University. 

Brig. Gen. (res.) MK Dr. Ephraim Sneh  Chairman of the Knesset Subcommittee for Defense Doctrine on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Labor Parliamentary Group Chairman. Served in the IDF in positions including medical officer in the paratroopers corps, founder and commander of the Air Force Airborne Rescue and Evacuation Unit (669), commander of the Security Zone in Southern Lebanon, and head of the IDF Civil Administration in the West Bank. Since being elected to the Knesset, served as Minister of Health, Deputy Defense Minister and Minister of Transportation. Graduated from Tel Aviv University’s Medical School and is an internal medicine specialist. Completed research fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

 MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz  Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Member of Knesset for the Likud Party since 1999. Former lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Haifa. Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.  

Prof. Yedidya Stern  Professor in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University and former Dean of the Law School. Senior Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, and legal adviser to some of the leading corporations in Israel on Commercial Law. Founder and head of the new publishing house of Bar-Ilan University's Law School. Founder and head of the Zivion Center for the Research of Israel, Judaism and Democracy at Bar-Ilan Law School. Co-Chair of Yachad, the Council for reconciliation between secular and religious Jews. He has authored several publications on his areas of expertise. Holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Law School.   

 MK Prof. Yael (Yuli) Tamir  Member of Knesset for the Labor Party. Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and Research Fellow at Princeton and Harvard Universities and at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Previously, a Visiting Scholar at the Central European University in Budapest. One of the founders of the “Peace Now” Movement. Former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Organization, and former member of the Boards of Directors of the Jerusalem Fund and the Israeli Institution of Democracy. Received a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Oxford University. 

MK Dr. Ahmad Tibi  Member of Knesset for the Hadash-Ta’al party since 1999. Served as a political advisor to the late Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Medical School.  

Israel Trau, Assistant General Manager and Head of the Banking and Marketing Division at the First International Bank of Israel. 

Dr. Robert Trice  Senior Vice President for Business Development at Lockheed-Martin. Held various senior positions in the aerospace industry, with General Dynamics Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Previously, held various posts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including Director for Technology and Arms Transfer Policy. Author of numerous works on American foreign policy and defense industrial issues. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and past Chairman of the International Council of the Aerospace Industries Association. Holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Political Science. 

 Brig. Gen. (res.) Oded Tyrah  President and Chairman of the Board of Phoenicia America-Israel (Flat Glass) Ltd. Previous positions include President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, Chairman of the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations, Acting Chairman of the Board of America-Israel Investment Ltd. and Plant Manager at Israel Glass Works Phoenicia Ltd., Haifa. Served in the IDF in a series of command and staff positions, including Chief Artillery Officer. Holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Management & Engineering from the Technion, and is a graduate of the National Defense College.   

 Lord George Weidenfeld   Co-founder and Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicholson publishing firm. Served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Ben Gurion University. Governor of Tel Aviv University, Governor of Ben Gurion University, Governor of the Weizmann Institute and Vice-President of the Oxford University Development Program. Worked with the BBC Overseas Service as News Commentator on European Affairs, and served as political advisor and Chief of Cabinet to Israel’s first President, Chaim Weizmann. Has published many works and has been honored in Britain, first with a knighthood and later with a peerage. 

 Dr. Kenneth R. Weinstein  Chief Executive Officer of the Hudson Institute.
Lectured at Claremont McKenna College and Georgetown University, and has written on policy areas ranging from European and Middle Eastern politics to labor and education policy and the future of Japan. Graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in Soviet and Eastern European Studies and of Harvard University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Political Science.  

Prof. Yoram (Jerry) Wind  Lauder Professor of Marketing and Director of the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Founder and Academic Director of the Wharton Fellows Program. Authored fourteen books and over 200 articles on marketing strategy, marketing research, new product and business development, global marketing strategy, and market-driven corporate strategies. Served as a consultant to many Fortune 500 firms and corporations. Holds several senior professional positions including Chancellor of the International Academy of Management and Member of the International Advisory Board of the IDC. Received a Ph.D. in Marketing from Stanford University.

Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon  Distinguished Military Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Former Chief of General Staff, IDF. Served in the IDF for more than thirty years in senior command positions. Previous postings include Deputy Chief of General Staff, Director of Military Intelligence, GOC Central Command, Commander of IDF Forces in the West Bank, Commander of the Army Training Center and Commander of an armored division. Received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Haifa and is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Kimberley, UK. 

 

Shelly Yechimovitch  Member of the Labor Party and contender in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Until recently, a broadcast journalist. Published two novels. Graduate of Ben-Gurion University in Psychology and Sociology.  

 

Col. (res). Ahuva Yanai  Executive Director of “Matan – Your Way to Give”, a leading Israeli nonprofit organization promoting civil society through development of corporate social responsibility. Prior to this post, served for 28 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, in posts including Military Ombudsman, Head of the Welfare Branch and Head of the Casualty Liaison Branch. Also served as Director of ICYF (Israel Children and Youth Foundation), which was merged with Matan. Graduated from Haifa University in Political Science.

 

Prof. Abraham B. Yehoshua  Professor of Literature at Haifa University, novelist and playwright. His books have been translated into several languages. Recipient of numerous literary prizes, including the Bialik and Israel Prizes for Literature. Studied Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1975 he was invited as a guest writer to St. Cross College, Oxford. He was also a visiting professor at Harvard, Chicago, and Princeton Universities. Received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College, Tel Aviv University, Torino University and Bar-Ilan University.

Prof. James Young  Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near East Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Editor-in-Chief of the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. Taught at New York University, and was a visiting professor at Harvard and Princeton Universities. Author of Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust (1988), and The Texture of Memory (1993), which won the National Jewish Book Award in 1994, among many other books, articles, and reviews.  Received Ph.D. from the University of California.  

 

Prof. Ephraim Yuchtman-Yaar  Head of the Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Psychology. Former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Head of the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research. Incumbent of the Rapoport Chair in the Sociology of Labor. Nominated as the first recipient of the Special Fulbright Yitzhak Rabin Award for his academic achievements in the study of peace and democracy. Published several books and numerous articles in academic and intellectual journals on the subjects of Israeli society, public opinion, the Israeli-Arab conflict, and socio-economic inequality. Co-author of the “The Peace Index”, a monthly column published in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Received Ph.D. (Summa cum Laude) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

 

Poju Zabludowicz  CEO of Tamares Group. Member of a number of boards including the European Advisory Board of Citigroup, the Board of Directors of GEMS (an Asia Pacific private equity fund) and the Advisory Board of Stratos Ventures (a Scandinavian-based early stage venture capital fund). Trustee of The Zabludowicz Collection, a leading contemporary art collection. Involved in a number of philanthropic activities. Founder and Chairman of the Board of BICOM (Britain’s pro-Israel lobby) and a member of the Advisory Board of United Jewish Israel Appeal. Graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Bennett Zimmerman  Project Leader and Co-Author of “Arab Population in the West Bank and Gaza:  The Million Person Gap”. Managing General Partner of the Israel Emerging Growth Fund. Former Strategy Consultant with Bain & Company. Holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.  

Mortimer B. Zuckerman   Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News and World Report and publisher of the New York Daily News. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boston Properties, Inc, which he co-founded. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Board of Directors of Snyder Communications.  Former Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and former lecturer of City and Regional Planning at Yale. Received a Master of Law from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, and a law degree from McGill University. 

 

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