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 HERZLIYA CONFERENCE SPEAKERS AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD[1]

 

Michal Abadi-Boiangiu  Executive Vice President, Comptroller Division, First International Bank of Israel. Served as Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Health while also serving as Chairperson of MI Holdings, a position in which she led the privatization of Israel Discount Bank. Holds a B.A. in Economics and Accounting.

 

Leah Achdut  Deputy Director General for Research & Planning of the National Insurance Institute of Israel. Served as Director of the Institute for Economic and Social Research, and as Economic Advisor to the Trade Union Federations. Received an M.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Aharon Abramovitch  Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Served as Director-General of the Ministry of Justice, and as a legal advisor for the Jewish Agency, the World Zionist Organization, the World Jewish Restitution Organization and Keren Hayesod. Served as a member of the board of directors of the Israel Museum, the Israel Lands Administration and El Al. Earned a degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Prof. Oz Almog  Professor of Land of Israel Studies at Haifa University. Author of Sabra: The Creation of the New Jew and Farewell to Srulik - Changing Values Among the Israeli Elite. His research areas focus on semiotics, the sociological history of Israeli society, and Israeli popular culture. Holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Haifa University.

 

Chen Altshuler  Founder of the Green Fund and Director of Research at Altshuler Shaham. Previously, Chief Analyst at Altshuler Shaham and director of various public companies. Earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University.

 

Prof. Uzi Arad  Founding Director 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 in Israel and abroad, his last position being Director of Intelligence. Also served as the Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prior to his government career, he was with the Hudson Institute in New York, and a Fellow at the New York Council on Foreign Relations and at Tel Aviv University. Received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

 

Robert H. Asher  Chairman of the Board of the Society for Excellence through Education (SEE) in Israel and the United States. Past president and Chairman Emeritus of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Immediate past Chairman of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute, member of the International Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute and immediate past president of the Feinberg Graduate School. Also a Founding Trustee for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

 

Hezki Arieli  Director General of the Society for Excellence through Education (SEE). Currently entering his 10th year as the Director General of SEE. Developed and expanded the "Excellence 2000" program which is implemented today in approximately 220 schools in Israel and the United States, and established the "Chais Teacher Institute" for training teachers in excellence education. Member of the national steering committee for gifted and excellence education.

 

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 at leading academic institutions including Yale, Stanford and Princeton Universities. Holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

 

Jose Maria Aznar  Former Prime Minister of Spain. President of FAES (Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis). Distinguished Scholar at Georgetown University, where he teaches various seminars on contemporary European politics. Chairman of the Christian Democrat and People’s Parties International (CDI) and Honorific President of the Partido Popular in which he held the Executive Presidency. He became President of the Spanish Government (Prime Minister) in 1996, and was reelected in 2000, holding the presidency up until the elections of 2004, when he voluntarily stood down. Served as Head of the Regional Government of Castile and Leףn. Also served as a Member of Parliament for Madrid. Between 1989 and 1996 he was the leader of the Opposition.

 

 Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Bachar  Former Director General of the Ministry of Finance and acting Director of the Israel Tax Authority. Previously, was a partner and manager at the accounting firm Liuboshitz, Casirer & Co – Ernst & Young. Lectured at Columbia and Tel Aviv University Business Schools. Served on various professional committees of the Israel Securities Authority. Provided financial and economic consulting services to clients in the banking sector and made appraisals of major banks prior to their privatization. Earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of CaliforniaBerkeley.

 

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  Director of Studies 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.

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 Bar Niv  Provost of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Professor at its Radzyner Law School, 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.

 

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.

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Binyamin Ben-Eliezer  Minister of National Infrastructure. Member of Knesset since 1984. Served as Minister of Defense, Minister of Housing and Construction, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Communications. Served in the IDF for 30 years in various field positions, among them IDF representative to establishment of the South Lebanese Army, Commander of Judea and Samaria and Coordinator of Activities in the Administered Areas. Graduate of IDF Command and Staff College and the National Defense College.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel  Head of the Program for Security Studies at Tel Aviv University and Chairman of the Israel Space Agency. Lecturer at the Cohen Institute for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas. Additionally, heads the Tel Aviv Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. Former Head of the Curiel Center 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.

 

Prof. Miriam Ben-Peretz  Professor Emeritus of the Department of Education at Haifa University. Serves as Chair of the Intercollegiate Research Authority of the MOFET Institute for Research and Program Development for Teacher Educators. Recipient of the Israel Prize and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association. Earned a Ph.D. in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

MK Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson  Member of Knesset for the Kadima Party. Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee and Chairman of the Lobby for Higher Education. Former Rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Holds a Ph.D. in the History of the Jewish People in the Islamic Lands from the Hebrew University and a Post-Doctorate from Cambridge University.

 

Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev  President of the University of Haifa. Previous positions have included Rector of the University, Chairperson of the Academic Channel, Chairperson of the University of Haifa Press, Dean of Research, and Head of the Department of Philosophy. Was among the founders of Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Emotions at the University. Has published several books and scholarly articles on his areas of expertise. Holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.

 

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. 

 

Avraham Bigger  Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 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.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Ilan Biran  Member of the Board of Directors, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Former 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.

Ze’ev Boim  Minister of Immigrant Absorption. Previously served as Deputy Minister of Defense, Minister of Housing and Construction and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Formerly Mayor of Kiryat Gat, as well as Chairman of the Municipal Environmental Quality Association, Ashkelon District. Earned a B.A. in History and Hebrew Literature and an M.A. in History and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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.

 

MK Prof. Avishay Braverman  Member of Knesset for the Labor-Meimad Party. Member of the Finance Committee, Economics Committee and Joint Committee for the Defense Budget. Former President of Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva. Previously a senior economist and department head at the World Bank responsible for designing economic plans and implementing them in developing countries. His books and articles deal with development economy, agricultural economy, industrial organization, public policy, resource management and water sources. Recipient of the 1997 Ben-Gurion Prize. Earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.

 

Dr. Ian Bremmer  President of Eurasia Group, the political risk consultancy.  Has held research and faculty positions at Columbia University (where he presently teaches), the EastWest Institute, the Hoover Institution, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the World Policy Institute, where he has served as Senior Fellow since 1997.  An expert on US foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk.  His books include The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall and New States, New Politics: Building the Post Soviet Nations. Has published over 200 articles and essays.  A columnist for The International Herald Tribune and the webzine Slate, contributing editor at The National Interest, and a political commentator on CNN, FoxNews and CNBC. Received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.

 

MK Prof. Shlomo Breznitz  Member of Knesset for the Kadima Party. Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and of the Science and Technology Committee. Previously served as Rector of the University of Haifa. Has published several scientific articles and books. Holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Matthew Bronfman  Chair of the Budget and Finance Commission, World Jewish Congress, and member of the World Jewish Congress Steering Committee. Chairman and CEO of BHB Holdings. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Candle Acquisitions Company and of Sterling Cellular Holdings, LP.  Previously, he was employed by Goldman Sachs & Co. and Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. Currently serves on the boards of Jenny Craig, James River Group, Blue Square, Israel, Ltd., Earnest Partners, Palace Candles Inc. and Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. Received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Dr. Oded Brosh  Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. An expert on nuclear deterrence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, currently focusing on the Iranian nuclear issue. Formerly a Research Fellow at Harvard University. Earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Hebrew University.

Amb. Nicholas Burns  US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Previously served as the United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Served as U.S. Ambassador to Greece from 1997 to 2001. Recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Government Service and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for outstanding performance three times. Holds a Certificat Pratique de Langue Francaise from the University of Paris, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in International Economics and American Foreign Policy.

Hermann Bnz  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.

 

Dr. Meir Buzaglo  Lecturer of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An expert in the Philosophy of Logic. Active in the field of Jewish education. Director of the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education.

 

Prof. Aaron Ciechanover  2004 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry. Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in Medical Sciences at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Has been a Visiting Professor at numerous universities including Harvard and Northwestern. Recipient of various prizes, among them the Israel Prize and the Albert Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research. Earned a Ph.D. in Medicine from the Technion.

 

Maj. Galia Cohen-Rosenberg  Head of the Human Resources Department in the IDF Behavioral Sciences Department. Previously served as Head of Organizational Development in the department and in the IDF's Medical Corps. Holds a degree in Organizational Psychology.  

 

Sir Ronald Cohen  Chairman of Portland Capital and 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.

 

Geula Cohen  Chair of Uri Tzvi Greenberg House. Served as a Member of Knesset for nineteen years for both the Likud and Tehiya Parties. Served as Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, and as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Immigration and Absorption Committee. Studied at Levinsky Teachers’ Seminary and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Literature and Bible Studies.

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Cohen  Vice President of Elron. Joined Elron in July 2005 after serving in the central military intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Headed the IDF's 8200 Unit. Serves as a director at several of Elron's group companies including Starling, Safend, RDC, Atlantium, 3DV Systems and Galil Medical. In addition, serves as the Chairman of ECtel. Holds a B.A degree in History and Arabic (summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University and an M.A degree in Management of National Resources (summa cum laude) from the Industrial College (NDU), Washington D.C.

 

Prof. Irwin Cotler  Member of the Parliament of Canada and Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Currently on leave as a Professor of Law at McGill University, where he is Director of its Human Rights Program, and Chair of InterAmicus, the McGill-based International Human Rights Advocacy Centre. Has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Yale Law School. Appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

 

Brig. Gen. Udi Dekel  Head of the Strategic Division, IDF Plans and Policy Directorate. Former positions include Head of the Strategic Planning Division, CO Liaison and Foreign Relations Division, and Head of the Air Force Research and Production Department.  Holds an M.B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

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 an LL.B. from Yale Law School.

 

Raanan Dinur  Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office. Previously served as Director-General of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and Director-General of the Jerusalem Municipality. Former CEO of Telad and Chairman of the Theater and Television department at the Arts and Culture Committee.

 

Senator John Edwards  Head of the One America Committee and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Director of the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina. Former United States Senator from North Carolina. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and served from January 3, 1999, to January 3, 2005. Previously, worked as an attorney and partner with Edwards & Kirby, Raleigh, N.C. Earned a B.A. from North Carolina State University and a J.D. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

 

Robert Einhorn  Senior Advisor in the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ International Security Program, where he works on a broad range of nonproliferation, arms control, and other national security issues. Before coming to CSIS, served in the U.S. government for 29 years, in positions including Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation at the Department of State. Also served at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute of Strategic Studies. Was presented the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Colin L. Powell. Has authored several publications on strategic nuclear issues, arms control, and nonproliferation. Received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University and an M.P.A. in International Relations from Princeton University.

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) MK Effie Eitam  Member of Knesset for Ichud Leumi – Mafdal. Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee and Joint Committee for the Defense Budget. Previously, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of National Infrastructure and Minister without portfolio. Served in the IDF for 30 years in various field positions including commander of IDF forces in southern Lebanon. Holds an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Haifa.

 

Rabbi Prof. David Ellenson  President of Hebrew Union College. A Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem and a Fellow and Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Served as Visiting Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and Lady Davis Visiting Professor of Humanities in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University. Earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and was ordained by HUC-JIR in 1977. Holds Masters’ degrees from Columbia, HUC-JIR, and the University of Virginia.

 

Gordon England  US Deputy Secretary of Defense. Previously served as the Secretary of the Navy and as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Before joining the George W. Bush Administration, he was an executive vice president of General Dynamics Corporation. Recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award and the National Defense Industrial Association's Eisenhower Award. Holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Business Administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.

 

Dr. Salam Fayyad  Former Minister of Finance of the Palestinian Authority. Worked as a university economist before beginning to work at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C.  Former IMF Resident Palestinian Representative, based in Jerusalem. With the creation of PA, frequently called for greater financial accountability and helped to arrange a package of financial reforms with the Finance ministry, including the overturning of monopolies held by the PA. Was briefly the West Bank Head of the Arab Bank before his appointment to the cabinet. Holds a Master’s Degree in Accountancy and a Ph.D. in Economics, both from the University of Texas.

 

Dr. Marvin C. Feuer  Director of Policy and Government Affairs, AIPAC. Served in a number of positions on Capitol Hill and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Analysis. Author of Congress and Israel: Foreign Aid Decision Making in the House of Representatives, 1969-1976 and numerous articles on national security issues. Teaches courses on the security problems of the Middle East and the American defense policy process. Earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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.

 

Prof. Jacob Frenkel  Vice Chairman, American International Group Inc., (AIG), and Chairman of the Group of Thirty (G30). Laureate of Israel Prize in Economics. 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 and as 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 (IDB), and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Earned B.A. from the Hebrew University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

 

David Gappell  Managing Director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation – Israel. Was previously a Deputy Director in charge of Welfare and Health at the Sacta-Rashi Foundation, where he worked for nearly 13 years.  Earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master of Science in Management from Boston Ben-Gurion Universities.  

 

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 womens’ 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.

 

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.

 

Newt Gingrich  Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives and former Congressman from Georgia. Chairman of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm. Appointed to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century and the Hart/Rudman Commission. Serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, and as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Was named Time's 1995 Man of the Year. Earned a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern European History from Tulane University.

Rudolph Giuliani   Former Mayor of New York City.Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Giuliani Partners LLC.Served two terms as the 107th Mayor of  New York.  First elected in 1993 after a campaign focusing on quality of life, crime, business and education, he was re-elected in 1997 by a wide margin. Prior to this, served in a variety of law enforcement and legal positions, including U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Associate Deputy Attorney General, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General, executive U.S. Attorney, and Chief of the Narcotics Unit of the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Graduate of New York University Law School.

 Hagai Golan  Editor of Globes economic daily. Host of a Channel 33 television program. Previously served as news editor and as assistant editor of Globes. Graduate of Tel Aviv University in Economics and Accounting.

 

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.

 

Dr. Stanley Greenberg  Chairman and CEO, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Senior Polling and Strategic Consultant to the Israel Project. Served as pollster to President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, South African Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, German Chancellor Gerhard Schrצder and Bolivian President Gonzalo Sבnchez de Lozada. Advised the Nobel-prize winning campaign to ban land mines. Received a Guggenheim Fellowship at Yale University and received a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

 

Maj. Yifat Greenwald  Head of Organizational Development of the Human Resources Department in the IDF Behavioral Sciences Department. Holds a Master's Degree in Psychology from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Gidi 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.

 

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.

 

Amb. Dr. Richard Haass  President of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously served as Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a range of foreign policy concerns. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold the rank of Ambassador, and served as U.S. Coordinator for Policy in Afghanistan. Received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for his work supporting the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Also served as Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. Received an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

 

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ramzi Halabi  Lecturer in the Department of Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University. Member of the Board of Directors of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. Director of Amir-Fan Financial and Organization Consulting. Previously, Director of the Arab-Israeli Businessmen’s Club. Former Head of the Regional Council of Daliat-al-Carmel and Director of the Financial Department of Amidar. Additionally served as head of the IDF’s Salary and Pensions Department. Graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College. Holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from Tel Aviv University.

 

MK Tzachi Hanegbi  Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a Member of Knesset since 1988. Served as Minister of the Interior, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Health and Minister of Justice. Previously, Director of the Prime Minister's Office and President of the National Union of Israeli Students. Earned a B.A. in International Relations and Law from Hebrew University.

Stephen E. Herbits  Secretary-General of the World Jewish Congress. Previously served as Executive Vice-President for Corporate Policy and External Affairs at Seagram Company, Ltd. Worked for President Ford during the first eight months of his administration in the Presidential Personnel Office. Also served as Chief of Staff to former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld in the mid-70s, and returned to be a part-time consultant to the Secretary until the Spring of 2004. Has held numerous positions in trade associations and charitable, not-for-profit organizations at the local (New York and Miami) and national levels. Graduated from Tufts University and from Georgetown University Law Center.

Prof. Margaret Hermann  Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Editor of the International Studies Review. Formerly, President of the International Society of Political Psychology and the International Studies Association. Received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Isaac Herzog  Minister of Tourism. Served as Minister of Housing and Construction, Government Secretary and Chairman of the Anti-Drug Authority. Also served as Secretary of the Economic-Social Council and chaired the Lobby for Tourism in Israel and the Municipal Lobby. Graduate of Tel Aviv University School of Law, and completed academic courses at New York University and Cornell University.

Avraham Hirschson  Minister of Finance. Member of Knesset for the Kadima party. Former positions include Minister of Tourism, Minister of Communications, Chairman of the National Labor Union and Leumit Health Fund, Secretary General of Hanoar Haleumi Haoved Vehalomed, President of "March of the Living" and Member of the Board of the Special Swiss Committee for Needy Holocaust Survivors.

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.

 

Col. (res.) Gideon Hoshen  President and CEO of Hoshen-Eliav Systems Engineering. An expert in the analysis of military systems and member of various committees on issues of national security. Advisor to the Ministry of Defense, the IDF and the National Security Council. Served in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence Research Department and as Head of the Israeli Air Force Operational Research Branch.


Amb. Dr. Robert Hunter  President of the Atlantic Treaty Association and Former U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO. Senior Advisor at the RAND Corporation in Washington. Also serves as Chairman of the Council for a Community of Democracies, Senior International Consultant to Lockheed Martin Overseas Corporation, Associate at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and member of the Senior Advisory Group to the US European Command. As U.S. Ambassador to NATO, he was a principal architect of the "New NATO," created Partnership for Peace, and twice received the Pentagon's highest civilian award, the DOD Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Before then, served as Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Served on the White House staff during the Johnson Administration. Earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, where he also taught. Decorated by the governments of Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, and France (Legion of Honor).

 

Eli Hurvitz  Chairman of the Board and Founder of Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Previously served as Teva's President and Chief Executive Officer for over 25 years. Chairman of the Board of The Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), Chairman of the Board of NeuroSurvival Technologies Ltd, and a director of Vishay Intertechnology. Served as Chairman of the Israel Export Institute;  President of the Israel Manufacturers Association; Chairman of the Board of Bank Leumi Ltd, and as a director of Koor Industries Ltd. Was a member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Recipient of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Earned a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) David Ivry  President of Boeing Israel and Vice President of Boeing International Relations, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies. Former Chairman of Elul Asia Ltd. and Ambassador of Israel to the United States. Other positions have included Head of the National Security Council, 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.

 

Bruce P. Jackson  Founder and President of the Project on Transitional Democracies,  an endeavor aimed at accelerating the pace of reform in post-1989 democracies and integrating them into Euro-Atlantic institutions. Additionally, President of the U.S. Committee on NATO, a non-profit corporation formed to promote the expansion of NATO and the strengthening of ties between the U.S. and Europe. During 2002-2003, served as Chairman of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. Was a delegate to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Previously served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning at Lockheed Martin Corporation. Served in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Officer.

 

Dr. Josef Joffe  Editor-Publisher of Die Zeit German weekly. Was a Visiting Fellow of the Dickey Center at Dartmouth University and of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. Has delivered lectures at the University of California, Berkeley and Michigan State University on post-September 11 international security. Published scholarly articles on the Middle East and his others areas of interest in several publications, including Foreign Policy and The Washington Quarterly. Received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and an honorary degree from his alma mater, Swarthmore College.

 

Amb. Dr. Richard H. Jones  United States Ambassador to Israel. Served as the Secretary of State's Senior Advisor and Coordinator for Iraq Policy. Previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, to Kazakhstan and to Lebanon. He was twice posted to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and has served in Paris and Tunis. He was a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Received U.S. Government awards for his work as Ambassador to Kazakhstan and as Ambassador to Lebanon. Holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Business/Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

 

Prof. Karl Kaiser  Ralph I. Strauss Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Also lectured at the Universities of Bonn, Johns Hopkins (Bologna), Saarbruecken, Cologne, Florence and the Departments of Government and Social Studies at Harvard. He was a Director of the German Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. Serves on the boards of Foreign Policy, Internationale Politik, the Asian-Pacific Review, and the Advisory Board of the American–Jewish Committee-Berlin.  Recipient of NATO's Atlantic Award.  Holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University.

 

Craig Kennedy  President of the German Marshall Fund. Previously served as President of the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. Created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients. Serves on the Board of the nonprofit Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the European Foundation Center, and as an independent trustee of the Van Kampen mutual funds. Earned a B.A. in Civilization Studies from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Social Work, and an M.A. in Business Administration.

 

Prof. Martin Kramer Research Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the Shalem Center. Previously, Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and a visiting professor at Brandeis, Chicago, Cornell and Georgetown Universities. Previously, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

 

Benny Landa  Founder of Indigo, one of Israel’s leading high-tech companies. Until its 2002 acquisition by Hewlett-Packard, he served as the Company’s Chairman and CEO, providing it with vision, strategic direction and technological innovation. He has been awarded numerous scientific and industry awards and holds honorary doctorates from the Technion, Bar-Ilan University and Ben-Gurion University. Chairman of both Landa Ventures, a seed-technology investment company, and Landa Laboratories, a research company dedicated to the advancement of his inventions in the fields of imaging, nanotechnology and energy. Him and his wife Patsy established the Landa Fund, a ten-year $50 million philanthropic program dedicated to “equal opportunity through education”, now in its fifth year, which supports students in all of Israel’s universities and invests in Atidim.

 

Dr. Richard Landes  Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Millennial Studies. Professor of Medieval History at Boston University. Has written articles and editorials for The New Republic and the Boston Globe, and his publications include Relics, Apocalypse and the Deceits of History: Ademar of Chabannes (989 - 1023) (1995), and The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France around the Year 1000 (1992). Earned a B.A. in social studies from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.

 

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder  Founder of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. 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. 

 

Christian Leffler  Deputy Chief of Staff of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Director for Middle East and Southern Mediterranean, European Commission. Joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1980. Postings to Cairo and Paris were followed by five years in the Political Affairs Department of the Ministry in Stockholm. Moved to Brussels in 1991, to an assignment at the Swedish Delegation to the European Commission, later to become the Permanent Representation to the EU. Joined the European Commission in 1996, where he took up the post of Commission “Antici” and head of the unit in the Secretariat General responsible for the coordination of the Commission's relations with the Council of Ministers. Deputy Head of the Private Office of the European Commissioner for External Relations. Obtained a B.A. from the London School of Economics.

 

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 Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

 

Dr. Ariel (Eli) Levite  Principal Deputy Director General (Policy), the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission. Prior to this appointment, was on sabbatical leave as 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, was Senior Research Associate and Head of the Project on Israeli Security at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. Taught courses at Tel Aviv University and Cornell University, and has published extensively on strategic and military affairs. Holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

 

Prof. Bernard Lewis  Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Specializes in the history of Islam, the interaction between Islam and the West, and the History of the Ottoman Empire. Has written several influential books, including The Arabs in History, The Middle East, What Went Wrong? and The Crisis of Islam. Received a B.A. in History with special reference to the Near and Middle East and his Ph.D. in the History of Islam from the University of London at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

 

Justice Micha Lindenstrauss  State Comptroller and Ombudsman. Senior Lecturer in 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.

MK Yakov Litzman Chairman of Knesset Finance Committee. Member of Knesset since 1999 for United Torah Judaism. Previously, Director of Hassidic Beit Yaakov in Jerusalem.

Eti Livni  Former Member of Knesset for the Shinui party and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset.  Lawyer by profession, and member of the Central Council of the Israeli Bar, as well as editor of the organization’s newsletter. Chairperson of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and of the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Holds an LL.B.

Tzipi Livni  Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Justice. 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.

 

The Hon. Peter Mackay  Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Served as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Served on volunteer boards including New Leaf and Tearmann House. Earned an Arts degree from Acadia University and a Law degree from Dalhousie University.

 

Yossi Maiman  President, Merhav Group Headed the group that won the tender to operate Channel 10. Serves as Honorary Consul of Peru and Turkmenistan in Israel. Earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas, El-Paso and an M.A. from Cornell University.

 

Israel Maimon  Cabinet Secretary. Previously employed in the law offices of Haberman, Dovev, Stern and Partners in Tel Aviv. Also served as legal assistant to the presiding judge of the Supreme Tribunal of the College of Administration. Served with the editorial team of the Hamishpat Academic Journal of the Law School. Holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University.

 

Amir Makov  Chairman of the Israel Institute of Petroleum & Energy, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Polion Plastic Industries and Entrosis. Serves as director in companies including Leumi, Dead Sea Works, Rotem Amfert Negev and Israeli Chemicals Fertilizers. Served as Chairman of the Israel Export Institute, Chairman and CEO of Pazchim, CEO of Granit Sonol Group and Haifa Chemicals. Recipient of the Industry Prize. Received an M.Sc. from the Technion in Chemical Engineering and a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School.

 

David Makovsky  Senior Fellow and Director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Also an adjunct lecturer in Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Awarded the National Press Club's 1994 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence. Received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Harvard University.

 

Dan Margalit  Journalist 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.

 

Rabbi Dr. Michael Marmur  Dean of the Jerusalem School of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to joining the administration of HUC-JIR, served as Rabbi of Ohel Avraham Congregation at the Leo Baeck Education Center in Haifa. Earned a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Thought.

 

Senator John McCain  U.S. Senator (R) from Arizona. Elected to Congress in 1982, then elected to the Senate in 1986. Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former Naval aviator. Currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Also serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross.

Hagai Meirom  Treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Served as a Member of Knesset for the Labor Party between the years 1988 – 1999, during which he was Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, and Chairman of the Education and Culture Committee.  He was also Chairman of Palgei Mayim Ltd and Chairman of a Central Guarantee Fund for the Collective Kibbutz Movement. Also a former member of the Histadrut (Labour Union) High Court. Earned a B.A. in Law from Tel Aviv University.

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 was a 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.

Dan Meridor  Chairman of the Committee for the Examination of the Security Tenets of Israel. Senior Partner at Haim Zadok & Co. Law Firm. From 1984 until 2003 served as a Knesset Member for the Likud and Central parties. Held several ministerial positions including Minister without portfolio in charge of strategic affairs, Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice. Prior to his election to the Knesset, served as Secretary of the Cabinet. During his term as Minister of Justice he promoted human rights legislation. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prof. Alex Mintz  Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Cullen-McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of the Program in Foreign Policy Decision Making at Texas A&M and Senior Visiting Fellow for UN Studies at Yale University. Co-editor of the journal Foreign Policy Analysis, associate editor for experiments and simulations for the Journal of Conflict Resolution and editor of the Palgrave-Macmillan book series in Foreign Policy Analysis. 1993 recipient of the ISA Karl Deutsch Award for research and the 2005 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy section of the ISA. Received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Lt. Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Transportation and Road Safety. Former Minister of Defense and 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. Edward L. Morse  Chief Energy Economist, Lehman Brothers. Formerly, Executive Advisor at Hess Energy Trading Co. Held several positions in the energy sector including senior posts in business, government, academia and publishing. Served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy Policy. Published the Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. A member of several prestigious professional associations including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Oxford Energy Policy Club, and the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation. Member of advisory boards of energy studies programs at New York University, the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Houston. Author and co-author of four books and numerous commentaries and articles on politics, finance, energy and international affairs.


Dr. Rolf Mtzenich  Member of the German Federal Parliament (SPD) and member of the Committee on Foreign Policy of the Bundestag. Board Member of the “Germany-Iran Society”.

 

Dr. Charles Murray  Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. Author of Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980 and co-author of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. Served as Chief Scientist at the American Institutes for Research. Earned a B.A. in History from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

Shlomo Nehama  Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Hapoalim. Also the CEO of Arison Investments. Previously, a joint managing director and senior partner at Eshed Ltd, a management-consulting firm. Chairs the Israel Friends of the Israel Museum, is a board member of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the Technion Institute in Haifa and the Arison Family Foundation. Earned a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from the Technion.

 

MK Benjamin Netanyahu  Chairman of the Likud Party, Leader of the Opposition,  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.

 

Ehud Olmert  Prime Minister of Israel. Chairman of the Kadima party. Previously served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, 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.

 

Dr. Fania Oz-Salzburger  Senior Lecturer in the School of History and the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. Areas of expertise include the history of ideas, history of political thought, the Enlightenment, historical and current perspectives on liberalism, Jewish elements in modern political thought, and current Israeli-European dialogue. Member of the Public Council of the Israel Democracy Institute. Previously, Fellow of the Jerusalem Institute for Advanced Studies, the Federal Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin, and Wolfson College, Oxford. Received a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

 

Ana Palacio  Former Foreign Minister of Spain. Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel. She was a 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.

 

Torkel L. Patterson  President of Raytheon International, Inc. Previously served at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, South Asian Affairs and was senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador in Tokyo. Prior to that, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Asian Affairs for the National Security Council. Was president of Raytheon Japan, senior country manager for Taiwan and president, North Asia Division, Raytheon International, from 1998 to 2000. Received a B.Sc. and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He was also an Olmsted scholar at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

 

Torkel L. Patterson  President of Raytheon International, Inc. Previously served at the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary, South Asian Affairs and was senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador in Tokyo. Prior to that, he was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Asian Affairs for the National Security Council. Was president of Raytheon Japan, senior country manager for Taiwan and president, North Asia Division, Raytheon International, from 1998 to 2000. Received a B.Sc. and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy. He was also an Olmsted scholar at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

 

 

Shimon Peres  Vice Premier and Minister for the Development of the Negev, Galilee and Regional Economy. Former Prime Minister of Israel. First elected to the Knesset in 1959 and has served continuously since then. Held several ministerial positions including Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Regional Cooperation.  Served as Prime Minister between 1984–1986 and again after the assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.  Served in the Hagana. In 1953, was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Defense, and laid the foundations for the creation of Israeli military power. Authored ten books. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

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

 

Richard Perle  Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously served as Chairman of the Defense Policy Board and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. Also served on the US Senate Staff. Holds a B.A. in International Politics from the University of Southern California and an M.A in Politics from Princeton University.

 

Amb. Thomas R. Pickering  Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Previously served as Senior Vice President of Boeing, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Ambassador to India, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador to Israel, El Salvador and Nigeria. Was Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and also the Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Won the Distinguished Presidential Award and the State Department's Distinguished Service Award. Earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

 

Prof. Micha Popper Head of the Organizational Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa. Former commanding officer of the School for Leadership Development of the Israel Defense Forces. Previously a visiting professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Earned a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in Organizational Behavior.

Amb. Avi Primor  Director of the Trilateral Center for European Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Former ambassador of Israel to Germany. Also served as ambassador to the European Union and concurrently to Belgium and Luxembourg. Previously, headed various departments at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Former Vice-President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and of Tel Aviv University. Holds an M.A. in International Relations from City College, New York.

 

Gabriela Ravid  Former Director-General of Psagot Ofek Investment House. Previously managed large clients at Bank Leumi and managed investments at Ofek, a part of the Leumi Group. Holds an M.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University.

 

Prof. Uriel Reichman  Founding President 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.

 

Governor Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts. Earned Massachusetts' 1994 Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Previous positions include President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, and Former Vice President and CEO at Bain & Company, Inc., a leading management consulting firm. Founded Bain Capital, a venture capital and investment company.  Established the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Program. Received a B.A. from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Moshe Ronen  Chairman of the Canada-Israel Committee, the Canadian pro-Israel lobby. Lawyer, international business advisor and Jewish community leader. National Vice President of the World Jewish Congress. Director of First Capital Realty Corporation, a growth-oriented publicly traded Canadian real estate developer and holding company with a growing shopping centre portfolio as well as a member of the Advisory Board of Skylink Aviation Group of Companies Inc., which specializes in emergency relief operations for the United Nations and many governments. Former President of the Canadian Jewish Congress.

Jack Rosen  Chairman of the American Jewish Congress. Board member of the Hudson Institute. He was a Presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, as well as a member of the NASA Advisory Council.  Member of the U.S.-Israel Bi-National Commission on Housing and Community Development, and member of the Executive Committee of AIPAC and of the Council on Foreign Relations. Graduate of City University of New York.

 

Stanley O. 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.

 

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein  President 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.

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.

Dr. Gary Samore  Vice President, Director of Studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He was Director of Studies and Senior Fellow for Nonproliferation at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and also served at the National Security Council. Holds a B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

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. Izhak Schnell  Professor and former Chair of the Department of Geography and Human Environment at Tel Aviv University. Member of the academic council of Beit Berl College. Former president of the Israeli Association of Geographers. His research focuses on social and cultural geography. Has published several articles on the history and the philosophy of geographical thought.

Dr. Dan Schueftan  Deputy Director of The National Security Studies Center at The University of Haifa and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Political Sciences and at the Israel Defense Forces National Defense College. For the last three decades he has been a consultant to Israeli decision makers and to the top echelon of Israel's foreign policy and defense establishments, as well as briefing European and American political leaders and senior officers. He has published extensively on contemporary Middle Eastern history. His books cover Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinians. A book about the Arab citizens of Israel is forthcoming.

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.) Oren Shachor  President of the Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company. Previously served as Chairman of the Board of the I.S.C. Holdings Group and as Acting Chairman of the Board of Amidar, the largest public housing company in Israel. Served in the IDF for thirty-three years in such senior positions as Coordinator of Government Activities in the West Bank and Gaza, Chief Intelligence Officer and Intelligence Officer of the Southern Command. Holds a B.A. in General History from Tel Aviv University. Currently pursuing an M.A. in International Relations from Haifa University. Graduate of the IDF Staff and Command College.

MK Silvan Shalom  Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. 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.

Natan Sharansky  Head of the Institute for International and Middle Eastern Studies at the Shalem Center. Former Minister of Diaspora, Society and Jerusalem Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction and Housing.  Founder of the Yisrael B’Aliya Party.  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, released after heavy international pressure. Author of The Case for Democracy. Graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow.

Ari Shavit  Senior feature writer for Ha’aretz newspaper and regular interviewer on Israeli television programs. Previously served as Chairman of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel. Earned a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Yacov Sheinin  CEO and Scientific Director of Economic Models. The Israeli Center for Economic Planning. 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.

Dr. Shimshon Shoshani  Director, Taglit-birthright israel.  Served as Director General of the Ministry of Education and Culture, of the Jewish Agency and of the Education, Youth and Culture Administration in the Tel Aviv Municipality. Presided as Chair and was a member of various NGOs and institutes dealing with education and social affairs. Also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities. Co-author of several articles on education. Received a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.

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, finance 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.

 

Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon  President of Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. Previously, Senior Vice-President and CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York and Executive Vice-President of Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services in New York. Lectures at the Columbia University School of Business and at the Wexner Heritage Program for Israeli Leadership. Consulted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and the U.S. Department of Education. Earned a B.Sc. from New York University, an M.S.S.W. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Heed University, Florida.

 

Sass Somekh  President of Novellus Systems. Previously, Executive Vice President and Chairman of Applied Materials. Also worked at Bell Laboratories and Intel Corporation. Recognized by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute with the SEMI Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the industry. Inducted into the Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. Earned his doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and holds more than 50 U.S. patents.

Margaret Spellings  United States Secretary of Education. Previously served as Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. Prior to that, worked for six years as Senior Advisor to then Governor George W. Bush and was responsible for developing and implementing the Governor's education reforms and policies. Earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston.

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

Effi Stenzler  Chairman of the Board of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund. Served as Mayor of Givatayim for 13 years. Also serves as Chairman and Founder of the National Defense College for Youth. Previously served as Secretary of the Givatayim Labor Council and City Manager of the Givatayim Municipality. Member of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors. Earned a B.A. in Public Administration from Bar-Ilan University.

Ofra Strauss  Chairman of the Board of the Strauss-Elite Group. Previously managed the food division of the Strauss-Elite Group and was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elite Industries. Previously worked at Estיe Lauder. Earned a B.A. in Law from Tel Aviv University.

Nehemia Strasler  Chief Economic Editor, Ha’aretz. Recipient of the 1988 Sokolov Prize and the Outstanding Economic Journalist Prize in 1987 from the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress. Earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University.

Dror Strum  Director-General of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. Lectures at the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Previously served as Director-General of the Israeli Antitrust Authority and as a Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF.

Prof. Yael (Yuli) Tamir  Minister of Education. Previously, Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and Research Fellow at Princeton and Harvard Universities and at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. She was 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.

Dr. Horst Teltschik Former National Security Adviser to Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Former President of Boeing Germany. Chairman of Teltschik Associates GmbH. Previously, Chairman of the Herbert Quandt Foundation and CEO of the Bertelsmann Foundation. He also served as a member of the board of management of BMW Group. Earned a degree in Political Science from Free University Berlin.

 

Aida Touma-Sliman  Member of the Follow-Up Committee for the Arab Population of Israel. First Director of the Association of Women Against Violence. Member of the Steering Committee of the International Women's Commission for a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine. Among the founders of Al-Badeel, the Coalition for Combating Honor Crimes. 2006 Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Akiva Tor
  Director of the Department for Jewish Communities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his previous position as World Jewish Affairs Advisor to the President of Israel, he began the organization of the World Jewish Forum, a presidential initiative for creating a pan-Jewish strategy for stemming assimilation and decline in Jewish life. Has served as Director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei and as Deputy Director for Palestinian Affairs. He was a Wexner Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and has written and lectured extensively on Jewish values in the foreign policy of Israel.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) MK Matan Vilnai  Member of Knesset for the Labor-Meimad Party. Member of Knesset since 1999. Member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Served twice as Minister of Science and Technology and also held the Culture and Sports portfolios in the governments of former Prime Ministers Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon.  Previously, served in the IDF for thirty-three years, in positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, GOC Southern Command and Commander of the Paratroopers Brigade. Graduate of the National Security College, Harvard University Center for Strategic Studies and the IDF Command and Staff College. Holds a B.A. in History from Tel Aviv University

 

Alexander Vondra  Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Until recently served as Foreign Minister. Served as the Czech Ambassador to the United States and was also a Transatlantic Fellow in the German Marshall Fund. Previously served as Foreign Policy Advisor to President Vaclav Havel and as the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Recipient of the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy Medal and NATO's Meritorious Service Medal. Earned a degree from the School of Natural Sciences, Department of Geography and a Doctor of Natural Sciences from Charles University in Prague.

 

Prof. Gert Weisskirchen  Member of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs. Member of the German Federal Parliament since 1976 and Speaker of the SPD-Parliamentary Group on Foreign Policy. Member of the OSCE’s Parliamentary Assembly, and was appointed Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE on Combating Anti-Semitism. Chairman of the German-Russian Parliamentarians’ Group in the Bundestag.

 

James Woolsey  Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Currently, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. Held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. Served as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE); Under Secretary of the Navy, and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. He earned a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Oxford and an LL.B from Yale Law School.

 

Lt. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon  Fellow at the Shalem Center, 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.

 

Aharon Yadlin  Former Member of Knesset and Minister of Education in the first government of Yitzhak Rabin (1974-1977). One of the founders and Acting Director of Beit Berl College. Served as a member of the Palmach in War of Independence, as Secretary General of United Kibbutz Movement, and as Chairman of the Public Committee for Youth Movements. Holds an M.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Col (res.) Ahuva Yanai  CEO of Matan – Your Way to Give (United Way Israel) since 2001. Before taking this post, served for 28 years in the Israel Defense Forces. During her IDF career she served as Military Ombudsman, Head of Academic HR Branch, Head of Basic Training Unit, Head of Welfare Branch and Head of Casualty Liaison Branch. Has consistently been involved in social and business endeavors, serving as Board member of Ilanot Discount Mutual Funds Investment Company; Board member of The Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting, Ministry of Communications; and Board member of The Israel Management Center.

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Yanai  CEO, Makhteshim-Agan Industries. Member of the Board of Directors of  the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Served in the IDF for thirty-two years in several senior positions such as Head of the Plans and Policy Directorate, GOC Southern Command, Chief of Staff of Army Headquarters and Commander of an armored division. He received the Medal of Distinguished Service for his actions in the Yom Kippur War. Received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. from George Washington University. Completed an Advanced Management course at Harvard Business School.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. National Security College. 

 

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.

 

Zvi Ziv  CEO of Bank Hapoalim. Previously, Manager of the Business Department and CEO of Bank Hapoalim-Switzerland. Member of the management of Bank Hapoalim since 1998, when he was in charge of the retail division. Earned a B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University, and holds an M.A. in Business Administration.

 

 

 



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