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Mr. Yasser Abed Rabbo Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee and Head of the Palestinian Peace Coalition. Co-founded the Geneva Initiative together with Yossi Beilin. Served as Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the government of Mahmud Abbas. Participated in the negotiations at Wye River, Camp David (2000) and Taba. Served as Minister of Culture and Information in the first Palestinian Authority (PA) government. Holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the American University of Cairo. 

 

Dr. Khaled Abu-Asbah Director of the Massar Institute for Research, Planning and Educational Counseling. Lecturer at Beit Berl’s Academic Institute for Arab Teacher Training and at Al-Qasemi College. Also teaches at the School of Public Policy at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Senior Researcher and Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and previously a Lecturer in the Sociology Department of Bar-Ilan University. Has published a number of books and numerous academic articles, primarily on the subject of Arab education in Israel. Received a doctorate in Sociology and Anthropology from Bar-Ilan University. Graduated from the School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.  

 

 

Mr. Gilad Adin Lecturer at the Sami Ofer School of Communications at the IDC Herzliya. Founding Director of the My-Media production company. Served as CEO and Chief Editor of Channel 10 News. Founded, presented and edited the Channel’s weekend magazine. Served as editor, presenter, director and field reporter in news broadcasts and programs on current events, economics and culture on Channel 1 and Channel 2. Received an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Ms. Amira Aharonovitz Head of the Strategic Division of the Jewish Agency Israel 

 

Dr. Gal Alon CEO of Insights: Decision Intelligence. Former Advisor for Strategic Development at the Prime Minister's Office.  

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror Vice President of the Jerusalem Academic Center at the Lander Institute. Chairman of the Advocacy (hasbara) Program of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Headed the military team that investigated the role of intelligence in the Second Lebanon War on behalf of the IDF Chief of Staff. Served in the IDF for 36 years in command and staff positions, including Commander of the Military Colleges, Military Secretary of the Defense Minister and Head of the Research Division of Military Intelligence. During his service, also managed a large technological project. Published two books: Thoughts on Army and Security and Intelligence in Practice. 

 

Dr. Uzi Arad National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Head of the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office. Former Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy and former Expert Professor at the Lauder School of Government of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, established the Annual Herzliya Conference Series on the Balance of Israel’s National Security and Resilience. Served as Adviser to the Defense and Foreign Relations Committee of the Knesset and is the Founding Chairman of the Israel Atlantic Forum. Served in the Mossad for over 25 years in Israel and abroad, his last position being Director of Intelligence. Served as policy adviser to Prime Minister Netanyahu during his first term of office. Prior to his government career, was a member of a professional team at the Hudson Institute in New York as well as a Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. A Fulbright Scholar, holds a PhD in International Relations from Princeton University. 

  

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi IDF Chief of Staff. Served in senior command positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, GOC Northern Command, Head of General Staff’s Operations Division, Operations Officer of the Northern Command and Commander of the Golani Brigade. Received a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Executive MBA program. 

 

Prof. Shlomo Avineri     Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Served as the Director-General of the Foreign Ministry in Yitzhak Rabin’s first government. Held many academic administrative positions, including that of Head of the Political Science Department, Director of the Eshkol Institute for Research on Economic, Policy and Society in Israel, Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty and Director of the Institute for European Studies. Was a visiting lecturer at Yale University, Cornell University, the University of California, Oxford University, the Central European University in Budapest, and in a number of research institutes around the world. The 1996 Israel Prize Laureate. Published many books, including The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx, Hegel’s Theory of the Modern State, The Making of Modern Zionism and Herzl - An Intellectual Biography. Studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the London School of Economics.  

 

Mr. Doron Avni Policy and Government Relations Manager of Google Israel. Served as a legal advisor for the Second Authority for Television and Radio for a decade, after previously working in the private sector. During his term at the Second Authority, won a Wexner Fellowship for public officials and studied public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Has taught courses on media regulation and published articles in Israeli newspapers on this subject. Received a master’s degree in Law from Oxford University.  

 

MK Amb. Daniel Ayalon Israel's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Knesset from Yisrael Beiteinu. Served as Israeli Ambassador in the US and as a political advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Received an MBA from Bowling Green State University.   

  

Dr. Yossi Bachar Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Israel Discount Bank. Former Director-General of the Ministry of Finance. Served as Interim Director of the Tax Authority. Initiated the Bachar Reform designed to reduce the power of the banks by separating them from mutual funds and providence funds. Formed a business and economic consulting firm and was appointed Chairman of the Israeli branch of the Stonehage international consulting firm. Managed the Liuboshitz, Casirer Arthur Andersen accounting firm. Received a PhD in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Dr. Gil Bafman Chief Economist at Bank Leumi. Head of the Economic Division and a Senior Assistant to the Director General. Also a lecturer at the IDC Herzliya, at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Rehovot). Previously served as a Senior Economist of the Monetary Department at the Bank of Israel,  as a Senior Consultant at the Economy and State Income Division at the Ministry of Finance and as a Economic Consultant at the World Bank in Washington. Also worked as a private economic consultant for Israeli financial firms.   

 

Ms. Indrani Bagchi Diplomatic Editor of The Times of India. Held senior editorial positions in journalism, including Associate Editor of India Today as well as Deputy Foreign Editor and Deputy Features Editor at The Economic Times. Previously worked as an Editorial Assistant at The Statesman. Was also a Reuters Fellow at Oxford University. Holds a BA in English Literature from Calcutta University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in New Delhi.  

 

Dr. Shmuel Bar Director of Studies at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Served in the Intelligence Community for over 30 years in positions of research, diplomacy and planning. His fields of specialization include national security, the Middle East, East Asia, Islamic radicalism and terror. Published numerous books and articles on these subjects. Holds a PhD in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Prof. Moshe Bar-Niv      Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. A member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC. Previously served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Development at IDC and the Program Head of Law and Management at the School of Management of Bar-Ilan University. Was also lecturer at both Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University and a visiting professor at Harvard University and Boston University. Was awarded the 1995 Recanati Graduate School of Management Best Research Award (together with Prof. D. Samet). Holds a Doctorate in Law from Tel Aviv University.  

 

Ms. Adina Bar-Shalom Founder of the Haredi College of Jerusalem, the first ultra-Orthodox academic college in Israel. Member of many public entities, including the Executive Committee of Bar-Ilan University and the Yeruham Group - Forum for National Consensus. Founded a forum for reconciliation between religious and secular Israelis. Included in TheMarker’s list of people who have made the greatest positive impact on Israeli society. Studied Design at Shenkar College. 

 

MK Lt. Gen. (res.) Ehud Barak Israel's Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Atzma'ut (Independence) Faction. Former Prime Minister and also a Minister of the Interior and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before turning to politics, served in the Israel Defense Forces where he held a variety of positions including Head of IDF Intelligence, Commanding General, Central Command, as well as Chief of Staff. During his military service, received the highest number of decorations in the history of the IDF. The recipient of one Distinguished Service Medal and four additional Chief of Staff citations for courage and excellence in battle. Holds an MA in Systems Analysis from Stanford University. 

 

Amb. Rafi Barak Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Served in a number of senior positions in Israel’s Foreign Service, including Deputy Director-General, Head of the Western Europe Division and Deputy Director of the delegation in Washington. Served from 1993-1996 as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Coordinator of Contacts with the Palestinians, following the signing of the Oslo Accords. Received an MA in International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Rothschild Foundation’s program for outstanding students.  

 

Gov. Haley Barbour Governor of Mississippi. Before being elected Governor, worked as a lawyer and lobbyist. Also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Currently Serves as the Elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Associations. Holds a JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  

 

Mr. Rafael Bardaji International Policy Director at FAES Foundation in Madrid. Served as the Executive Adviser to Spanish Ministers of Defense Serra and Trillo and to Prime Minister Aznar. Founded the Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos and served as its Director. Serves as a research fellow in several leading institutions, among which the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique of Paris. Graduated in Political Science and Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid.  

 

Dr. Masad Barhoum       Manager of the Nahariya Hospital for the Western Galilee. Served in a number of senior management roles in the field of health services, including Director of the Holy Family Hospital in Nazareth, Director of Home Hospitalization in the Haifa and Western Galilee District for Clalit Health Services, Manager of the Haifa and Western Galilee branch of the Clalit HMO and Director of Follow-Up Care in the Haifa and Western Galilee District. Specialized in internal medicine and family medicine. Received an MD from the Technion’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and an MA from the University of Haifa in Health Systems Management.  

 

Ms. Alona Barkat Owner and Chairperson of the Hapoel Be'er-Sheva Soccer Club. Chairwoman and Founder of the BRM Institute of Technology and Society at Tel Aviv University. Member of the Board of Directors of IVN – Israel Venture Network, a philanthropic organization of high-tech personnel active in the fields of education, society and employment in Israel. Was an investor and member of the Board of Directors of the American magazine Red Herring. Also was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and represented the Elem organization in this region. Earned a BA in Middle East Studies.  

 

Prof. Amir Barnea Founding Dean of the Arison School of Business, the IDC Herzliya and Professor Emeritus in Business Administration at Tel Aviv University. Currently serves in a number of senior positions in the Israeli business world, on public committees at the Bank of Israel and the Ministry of Finance, and at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. A member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. A former visiting professor at a number of universities, including Cornell University, Rice University in Texas and New York University. He holds a PhD in Finance and Managerial Economics from Cornell University.  

 

Mr. Ram Belinkov Former Director of the Budget at Israel's Ministry of Finance. Also served as Director-General of the Ministry of Interior. Previously held senior managerial positions in media, including Director-General of the HOT Cable Company, Deputy Director-General of the Orek Company and Chairman of Kavei Zahav Internet Company. Holds an MBA.  

 

Ms. Naomi Ben-Ami Head of Nativ. Has held various positions in the Foreign Ministry, including that of Israel’s Ambassador to the Ukraine and Moldova, Adviser in the Economic Department responsible for countries of the former Soviet Union, and Adviser in the Policy Planning Division. Also served as Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Ministry of Infrastructure.
A graduate of the Hebrew University in International Relations and Russian Studies. 

 

Mr. Alon Ben-David Military Commentator for Channel 10 News, correspondent for the British magazine Jane’s and the American magazine Aviation Week. Was part of the founding team of the Channel 10 News Company. Was a military reporter, police reporter and reporter in southern Israel for Channel 1 and a police reporter for Israel Radio. Received an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University. 

 

Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor Head of the Center for National Security Studies at the School of Political Science of Haifa University. Previously served as Head of the School, as Head of the National Security Research Center of Haifa University, as Rector of the University and President of the Israel Political Science Association. Was the Chairman of two Governmental Commissions on Druze Education, as well as the Chairman of a Research Committee on the Social Sciences. Published seven books, and more than 120 articles on the politics of the Middle East, on civil-military relations, on conflict resolution and on ethnic politics. Holds a PhD in Political Science and Middle East Studies from Princeton University. 

 

MK Benjamin (Fuad) Ben-Eliezer Israel's former Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. Previously held a number of senior Ministerial positions, including the position of Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Construction and Housing, Minister of Communications and Minister of National Infrastructures. Served for 30 years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in staff and command positions, including those of Coordinator of Government Operations in Judea and Samaria, Commander of the Judea and Samaria region, and Commander of the South Lebanon region. A graduate of both the IDF Command and Staff College and the National Defense College. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Eitan Ben-Eliyahu Founder and Co-CEO of Target Designation (TD). Former Commander of the Israel Air Force, served for more than 30 years in the Israel Defense Forces in command and staff positions, including serving as Assistant Head of Intelligence at the General Staff, Chief of the Air Force Staff, and Commander of the Air Operations Division. Founder and former CEO of Sentry Technology Group. A graduate of Bar-Ilan University in Economics and Business Administration, completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. 

 

Ms. Gila Ben-Har CEO of the Center for Educational Technology (CET). In her former role as Head of the Education, Culture and Sports Administration of the City of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, led the planning of educational policy and its application in the city over a period of four years. Her work focuses on trend research, decentralization and centralization of the educational system, and with the role of the educational system in local government. A graduate of the first class of the School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. Holds an MA in Education from Bar-Ilan University. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Prof. Itzhak Ben-Israel Chairman of the Israel National Council for Research and Development and Professor at the Strategic Studies Program and at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency and a former Member of Knesset of the Kadima Party. Served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 30 years and held such senior positions as Head of the Research Branch of Air Force Intelligence, Head of Research & Development in the IDF and at the Ministry of Defense, and Head of the Administration for Research and Development of Fighting Means and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT) at the Ministry of Defense. Has published numerous books and articles on military and security matters. The two-time recipient of the Israel Defense Prize, in addition to other awards. Holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Mr. Haim Ben-Yakov Vice President and Head of the Israeli office of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. Served as Head of the Jewish Agency’s office in Moscow and in the Baltic states. Taught at the Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and served as an Educational Consultant and Department Head at the Jewish Agency. Founded and managed an institute for training community workers in Moscow.  

 

Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu IDF Spokesperson. Served as Commander and Chief Editor of Army Radio and as a military commentator at the station. Was a media advisor on defense affairs under Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres during their terms as Prime Minister and under Yitzhak Mordechai during his term as Minister of Defense. Headed the Press Liaison Division in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, and was a journalist at Al Hamishmar and Maariv. Graduated from the University of Haifa with a degree in Political Science.  

 

Mr. Doron Bergerbest-Eilon Founder, President and CEO of ASERO Worldwide. Advises governments and corporations in formulating plans for emergency situations. Founder of the International Physical Security Forum. Active in international forums on the issue of security. Served as Head of the Security Division in the Shin Bet security service. Recipient of international awards for his professional achievements, including the Director’s Recognition Award from the US Secret Service. Received an MA in Political Science from the University of Haifa and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.  

 

 

Dr. Orna Berry Vice President of global EMC, CEO of EMC Israel and Chairwoman of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Was a Venture Partner in Gemini Israel Funds. Served as Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Was one of the founders of ORNET Data Communication Technologies as well as a Consultant to Intel and worked in high-tech companies in Israel and in the US. Was a member of the European Council for Research and other international research organizations. Served as Chairwoman of the Israel Venture Association. Received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California (USC).  

 

MK Zeev Bielski Member of the Knesset from the Kadima Party.  Former 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. 

 

Brig. Gen. Axel Binder Commander of the Bundeswehr Transformation Center in Germany. Previously served in numerous positions at the German Ministry of Defense, including as the Branch Chief of the Armed Forces Staff, the Chief of Staff of  the 1st Armored Division and the Principal Officer to the Director Planning Staff. He Also served as Deputy Branch Chief (Politico-Military Affairs) of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU. Holds a university degree in Economics and Organizational Sciences. 

 

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Ilan Biran Chairman of the Board of Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Chairman of the Kinneret Academic College. Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Former CEO of Bezeq – The Israel Communications Company Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of YES Cable Television, also served as Chairman of the Board of Oil Refineries Ltd. Former Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, served in the Israel Defense Forces for 32 years in various staff and command positions, including Commanding General, Central Command, Head of the Technology and Logistics Branch, and Head of the Operations Division at the General Staff. A graduate of both the Bar-Ilan University and the US Marine Corps School of Advanced War Fighting, holds a degree as a Research Fellow in Strategies and Political Economics from Georgetown University.  

 

Dr. Manfred Bleskin Journalist and news presenter at the German News Television. Previously hosted the "World Week in Review" and the "Interview of the Week" TV programs and was a radio commentator of debates in the Bundestag. Also edited radio reports for Info Radio Berlin. Holds a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Berlin. 

  

Amb. Dirk Brengelmann NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. Previously served as Minister Plenipotentiary in the German Delegation to NATO. Former Director and Head of the Defense and Security Policy Division at the Federal Foreign Office. Prior to these positions served as Deputy Director in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. Also served as counselor in Germany's embassies in Washington DC and London.   

 

Amb. Nancy Brinker Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most well-known breast cancer organization in the US. Also serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the UN World Health Organization. Previously served as Chief of Protocol of the United States, and as US Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary under President George W. Bush.  Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, by President Obama. Graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  

 

Mr. David Brodet Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Leumi. Previously served as Chairman of Yes and Chairman of Bank Mizrahi. Served in a series of senior management positions in the private and public sectors, including Director-General of the Ministry of Finance, CFO and Senior VP at Israel Aerospace Industries, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, and Deputy Director of the Economic Planning Authority. Received a master’s degree in Economics from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

 

Dr. Oded Brosh Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. A lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC, previously taught at the Hebrew University and at Ben-Gurion University. Served as a senior analyst in the Prime Minister’s Office. Holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University, and completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University.  

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Pinchas Buchris Former Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Defense. Was a Venture Partner in the Apax Israel Investment Fund and represented the London-based Jewish businessman Poju Zabludowicz in Israel. Served in senior positions in the technology units of the IDF Intelligence Corps, including Commander of Unit 8200 – the central intelligence gathering unit in Military Intelligence. Received an MBA from Derby University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. 

 

Dr. Ruth Calderon Founder and Executive Director of Alma – Home for Hebrew Culture. After establishing the Tel Aviv branch, founded branches in Haifa and New York. Together with Moti Bar Or, started the Elul egalitarian Beit Midrash program. Published The Market. The Home. The Heart, which presents rabbinic tales in an accessible way. Hosted a television program on Hebrew culture. Received a PhD in Talmud from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Graduated from the Hartman Institute and the Mandel Institute for Leadership.  

 

Dr. Matvey Chlenov Advisor to the President of The World Congress of Russian Jewry 

 

Prof. Mikhail Chlenov Secretary General of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. Dean of the Department of Jewish Studies at the State Jewish Maimonides Academy and of the Center for Jewish Studies and Jewish Civilization at Moscow State University. Also serves as President of the Va’ad - The Federation of Jewish Organizations in Russia. Also serves as An Associate and Committee member of the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors. Holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. 

 

Mr. Lior Chorev Founding Partner of the Euro RSCG Israel Group. Works as a consultant with commercial companies, and as an international consultant for crisis management, election campaigns and shaping public opinion.  Served in senior management positions in strategic consulting firms, including CEO of Euro Israel and Arad Communications, CEO and Partner in the Active 2000 strategic consulting firm, and CEO and owner of Effective Communications. Has managed national, local and professional election campaigns.  

 

Dr. Patrick Clawson Deputy Director for Research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he directs the Iran Security Initiative. Previously served as a Senior Research Professor at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies. Was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and a Scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Published 150 articles and 18 books and studies on Iran including Getting Ready for a Nuclear Iran and Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos (2005). Holds a PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research.  

 

Dr. Ariel Cohen Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) and the Association for the Study of Nationalities. Previously served as a consultant to the executive branch and the private sector. Published Russian Imperialism: Development and Crisis, co-authored Eurasia in Balance and wrote 500 articles and book chapters. Holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University in Massachusetts.  

 

Sir Ronald Cohen Chairman of the Portland Trust, Portland Capital LLP and Bridges Ventures. Founding Partner and former Chairman of Apax Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups. Founder and former Vice-Chairman of EASDAQ, the European counterpart to Nasdaq, as well as former Director of NASDAQ Europe. Also the Founding Director and former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association, and Founder Director of the European Venture Capital Association and the Quoted Companies Alliance (formerly CISCO). Holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Cohen  Senior Director of the Intelligence and Cyber Solutions Division at Elbit Systems. Served as Vice-President at Elron Electronic Industries and Clal Energy. Also served on the board of directors of several companies in the Elron Group. Served in the IDF for 31 years. His last position was Commander of Unit 8200, the central intelligence gathering unit in Military Intelligence. 

 

Ms. Evelyn Collins Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Previously served as Chief Executive of the then Equal Opportunities Commission for Northern Ireland. Prior to this appointment, undertook a range of positions within the Commission, including Research Officer. Also served as a national expert in the Equal Opportunities Unit at the European Commission in Brussels. Holds a  Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Sheffield University and an MA in criminology from the University of Toronto.  

 

Mr. Eyal Dagan Head of Diaspora Affairs at Israel's Ministry of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Previously served as a Jewish Agency emissary in San Diego, in California and in Belgium. Worked in various positions in informal education. Received a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa. 

 

Mr. Mohammad Darawshe Co-Executive Director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. Was previously the Fund’s Director of Resource Development. Served as the Deputy Director of Givat Haviva. Spoke before the US Congress, the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum and NATO. Received awards for his activity, including the Peacemaker Prize of the Catholic University of Chicago, the Peace and Security Prize from the international umbrella organization of non-profit groups, and the UNESCO Prize for education. Received a master’s degree from Hartford University in Public Administration.  

 

Mr. Jonathan Davis Vice-President for External Relations and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School at the IDC Herzliya. A member of the Advisory Board of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. Served as Director of the Division for Development and Public Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Served in a number of positions at the Jewish Agency, including Managing Director of the National Company for Absorption and Immigration and emissary in Cape Town, Boston and Rome. Received a master’s degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University.  

 

Mr. Mick Davis Chairman of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) and of the UK Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). Serves as Chief Executive of Xstrata Plc, a diversified mining and metals company. Previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Billiton Plc, and as Executive Chairman of Ingwe Coal Corporation Ltd. Prior to settling in England, played an active role in Jewish communal affairs in South Africa.  

Dr. José De Gregorio Governor of the Central Bank of Chile and Professor at the Universitad de Chile and Universitad Catolica. Former Minister of the combined portfolios of Economy, Mining and Energy. Also served as President of the National Energy Commission and Coordinator of Economic Policy at the Ministry of Finance. Worked as a consultant for international organizations such as the IMF, World Bank, the UN and foreign companies. Published numerous academic articles on issues such as foreign exchange regimes, stabilization policies and economic growth. Holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Mr. Francis Delon Member of France's Council of State and Secretary General for National Defence and Security. Previously served as President of Subsection Five of the Litigation Division of the Council of State. Earlier acted as Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research. Worked for the Council of State after having served as First Counselor and Legal Advisor to France’s Permanent Delegation to the UN. A graduate of École Nationale d'Administration (ENA).  

Mr.Dan Diker Secretary General Designate and Director for Strategic Affairs of the World Jewish Congress. Provides political commentary for international news networks CNN, BBC, Fox, and Arab networks Al Hurrah and Al Jazeera. Also an Adjunct Fellow of the Washington DC based Hudson Institute  and a Foreign Policy Fellow at The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Previously served as a Middle East Affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel One English News and the Knesset’s Channel 99. An Honors graduate of Harvard University. 

 

Mr. Sherif El Diwany Senior Director Middle East and North Africa at the World Economic Forum. Also serves as public policy advisor to several Middle East governments and international organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP and USAID. Previously held the position of Senior Vice-President and Director of the Business Development Division at Cotecna Inspection in Geneva. Has more than 17 years of experience as CEO and founder of one of the top management consultancy firms in Egypt. Holds an MSc in Planning from the University of Houston and a BSc in Architecture from the Cairo University. 

 

Ms. Esther Dominissini Director-General of Israel's National Insurance Institute. Served as Director-General of the Employment Service. Also served in a series of senior positions in the Israel Police, including Head of the Human Resources Division with the rank of major general, Head of the Community and Civil Guard Division, and Head of the Social Welfare and Retirement Department. 

 

Mr. Raviv Druker Political Analyst for Channel 10 News. Chairman and one of the founders of the Movement for Freedom of Information. Presented Channel 10’s Friday evening news program with Ofer Shelah. Was a political reporter for Army Radio and Maariv. Published the book Harakiri about Ehud Barak’s term as Prime Minister and Boomerang, with Ofer Shelah, about the failure of Israel’s leadership during the Second Intifada. Studied Law at Tel Aviv University. 

 

Mr. Mark Dubowitz Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Director of the Iran Energy Project. Previously worked in the venture capital industry focusing on fundraising for early-stage technology companies. Co-authored Iran's Energy Partners: Companies Requiring Investigation Under U.S. Sanctions Law (2010) and Iran's Chinese Energy Partners: Companies Eligible for Investigation Under U.S. Sanctions Law (2010). Holds a master's degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a JD and an MBA from the University of Toronto.  

Mr. Michael Dugher MP, UK Shadow Defence Minister and Member of Parliament for Barnsley East. Writes a regular political column for Labour Uncut. Previously worked as Chief Political Spokesman for the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Earlier worked as a special adviser in a variety of government roles including in Transport, Local Government and the Regions, Defence, as well as for the Leader of the House of Commons. Also worked as Head of Policy for the AEEU Engineering Union (now Unite). 

Ms. Efrat Duvdevani Director General of the Office of the President. Served in a series of senior management positions alongside Shimon Peres, including Director-General of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, Bureau Chief of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Staff in the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, and Advisor to the Prime Minister. Also served as Advisor to Yitzhak Rabin during his second term as prime minister and as Head of the Social Branch in the Ombudsman’s Division in the Prime Minister’s Office. Served in command positions in IDF Intelligence units. Received an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. 

Prof. Zvi Eckstein Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel. Member of the Faculty of the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. Served as the Head of the School of Economics. Served as a visiting professor at Yale, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University. Received a doctorate in Economics from the University of Minnesota.  

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Uzi Eilam Senior Research Fellow at the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies and owner of a strategic consulting firm. Served in a variety of positions in the Israel Defense Forces, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Defense. Such positions included Head of Research and Development Directorate at the Ministry of Defense, Chief of the Ministry of Defense’s mission to Europe, General Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, and Director of the Ministry of Defense’s Research and Development Department (MAFAT). During his service in the IDF, also held a number of combat command and staff positions, some of which were in the field of Military R & D. Recently published a book Keshet Eilam on security-related R & D in Israel. Holds an MA in Operations Research from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and studied Business Administration at Stanford University.  

 

Ms. Miri Eisin Consultant and Lecturer on security topics and communication. Former Foreign Media Advisor to the Prime Minister. Served in a series of positions in the Intelligence Corps: in the Research Department, in combat units and in staff units. Also served as an Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Received an MA in Security Studies and is a graduate of the National Security College.  

 

Dr. Israel Elad-Altman Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy of the IDC Herzliya and at the Israel Atlantic Forum. Held a number of senior governmental positions both in Israel and abroad. A former lecturer at Tel Aviv University, he was also a Research Fellow at TAU’s Shiloah Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. Holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from UCLA. 

 

Amb. Dr. Oded Eran        Director of the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies and a member of the Israel Atlantic Forum. Spent more than 40 years in the Israeli Diplomatic Service serving in various positions that included Ambassador to the European Union and NATO in Brussels and Israel’s Ambassador to Jordan. Was also stationed at the Israeli Embassies in London and Washington DC. Served as the World Jewish Congress’ Representative in Israel. Earned his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics (LSE).  

 

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel     Head of the IDF Planning Branch. Served in a series of senior positions in the Israel Air Force, including IAF Chief of Staff, Head of IAF Headquarters, Commander of the Tel Nof and Ramon airbases, and Head of the IAF Operations Division. Graduated from Auburn University in Alabama in General Studies and received a master’s degree from the University of Haifa and National Security College in Political Science.  

 

Prof. Niall Ferguson Philip Roman Chair in International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Also serves as Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, in addition to being Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University and Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Regular contributor to television, radio, and press. Published several books including Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation (1995) and  The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World 1700-2000 (2001). Recipient of the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. Holds a Doctorate in Philosophy. 

 

Prof. Stanley Fischer      Governor of the Bank of Israel. Former Vice Chairman of Citigroup, International – part of the Citigroup Corporation in the US. Also served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Head of the Department of Economics at MIT and Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank. Holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

 

Ms. Lorna Fitzsimons CEO of Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy. Served as an MP of Rochdale, was one of the youngest MPs to be elected to Parliament. While in Parliament, was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, a member of the Labour Friends of Israel, as well as parliamentary aide to Robin Cook. Also former President of the UK National Union of Students.  

 

Rt. Hon. Dr. Liam Fox UK Secretary of State for Defence and Member of Parliament for North Somerset. Previously served as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence during the Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron. Also Served as Shadow Foreign Secretary during the Shadow Cabinet of Michael Howard and Shadow Secretary of State for Health before being appointed Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party. A member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, worked as a Civilian Army Medical Officer before working as a General Practitioner. Studied Medicine at the University of Glasgow. 

 

Prof. Jacob Frenkel Chairman of JP Morgan Chase International and Chairman of the Group of Thirty (G30). Served for two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel. Previously served as Vice Chairman of AIG, Chairman of Merrill Lynch International, Inc, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Was also the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics at the University of Chicago and Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.  

 

Dr. Boaz Ganor Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Founder and Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and Head of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies program at the IDC. Member of a number of international committees and a primary research fellow in the field of research on the war on terror and political violence. Served as a consultant on the war on terror at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Defense, the National Security Council and the Ministry of Transportation. Published a number of books in his field of specialization. Holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University. 

 

Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz Former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Previously held senior command and staff positions, including Defense Attaché in the US, Commander of GOC Army Headquarters, Commander of the Northern Command and Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division. A graduate of the Command and Staff College and the National Defense College and holds an MA in Political Science from Haifa University and an MA in Management of National Resources from the National Defense University (USA).  

 

Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, as well as a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications. Previously was a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, served as a specialist at the CIA's Directorate of Operations. Published Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran (1997) and The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy (2004). 

 

Ms. Yael German Mayor of Herzliya, currently serving her third term of office. Founded and managed the “Tehila” School for Adult Education in Herzliya, for which she won the Education Prize from the Ministry of Education. Was the joint-CEO of a communications consulting firm, and the CEO of an electronics company. Holds an MA in Public Leadership from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Eival Giladi        Director of the Portland Trust Israel. Chairman of the Koret Fund for Economic Development and Chairman of the Western Galilee Academic College. Also serves as Chairman of the Israel-Palestine Chamber of Commerce and as Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Tel Aviv. Served as Head of Coordination and Strategy in the Prime Minister’s Office under Ariel Sharon. Served in the IDF for about 30 years in command and staff positions; his last position was head of the Strategic Planning Division. Was a Research Fellow at Stanford University. Received three master’s degrees: from the University of Haifa, the National Defense University and George Washington University, in Resource Management, Policy Analysis, National Security Strategy, and Public Finance. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead Director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israel's Ministry of Defense. Served as Coordinator of the Government’s Activities in the Territories. Also served as Director of the Research Branch of the Intelligence Division of the Israel Defense Forces and as the IDF Spokesman. 

 

Amb. Dan Gillerman      Chairman of Markstone Israel. Served as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the  UN. During his term, was chosen to be the Vice President of the General Assembly on behalf of the bloc of Western countries. Served as Chairman of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce and was a Member of the Board of Directors of the First International Bank of Israel and a Director at Bank Leumi and the Bank of Israel. Served as the CEO of a number of Israeli companies in the fields of chemicals, food, agriculture and technology. Received an honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University. Studied at Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Prof. Galia Golan Member of the faculty at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. International Fellow at the Center for Ethics, Law and Public Life at Brandeis University. Her areas of specialization include globalization, international crises and contemporary political affairs. Was a Member of the Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she served as Chairperson of the Department of Political Science, the Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies and the Mayrock Center for Russian, Euro-Asian and East-European Research. Served as a visiting professor at research centers and universities in the US and England, and as an advisor to the IDF and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Published eight books on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Recipient of several awards, among which the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israeli Association for Political Science. Received a doctorate in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Hagai Golan Editor-in-Chief of Globes. Served as News Editor and Deputy Editor. Received a BA in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University.  

 

Rabbi Pinhas Goldschmidt Chief Rabbi of Moscow. Spiritual leader of the central synagogue of Moscow and Head of the Rabbinical Court. Also serves as Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis. Played a major role in founding the Russian Jewish Congress and the Congress of Jewish Religious Organizations of Russia. Authored articles on issues of Jewish Law regarding post-Soviet Jewry and published a collection of Responsa. Holds an MA from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and an MS from John Hopkins University. 

 

Ms. Brooke Goldstein A New York based Human Rights Attorney. Director of the Lawfare Project. Also Founder and Director of the Children's Rights Institute (CRI), established to combat the incitement and recruitment of children to become suicide bombers and child soldiers. Previously served as Director of the Legal Project at the Middle East Forum. An award-winning documentary film producer. Received the 2007 E. Nathaniel Gates Award for outstanding public advocacy. 

 

Dr. David Gordon Head of Research and Director of Global Macro Analysis at Eurasia Group. Previously worked for more than 10 years at the highest levels of US foreign and national security policy processes. Also served as the Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and as Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). Pursued an academic career with a joint appointment at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. His latest book is Managing Strategic Surprise: Lessons from Risk Management and Risk Assessment (co-edited with Ian Bremmer and Paul Bracken; 2007). Holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.  

 

Mr. Boruch Gorin Spokesman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia.  

 

Mr. Gidi Grinstein Founder and President of the Reut Institute for Strategic Thinking. Has held positions in the Prime Minister’s Office, in former Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s Bureau, and was the secretary of the negotiation team to the negotiations on the Permanent Agreement between Israel and the PLO. Has worked on policy planning at the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF) and is active in various groups promoting changes in the system of government in Israel. Led a team that assisted in the design of the Taglit (Birthright) program. A Wexner-Israel Fellow graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds degrees in Economics and Law from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Mr. Vladimir Gusinsky An Israeli Russian tycoon and businessman, who has been active in the Jewish Congress in Moscow and the World Jewish Congress. Founded the RTVI satellite media network. Also a Controlling partner of New Media Distribution Company, one of the largest producers of original television content, which also operates some of the most popular internet news portals and sites in the Russian language. In 1993, founded the Media-Most Group, the first independent media group in Russia. Media Most Group was the largest privately owned media group in Russia.  

 

Mr. Efraim Halevy Head of the Shasha Center for Strategic and Political Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Served as Chairman of the National Security Council and in senior Mossad positions in Israel and overseas, including Director, Deputy-Director, Director of the Headquarters Branch, Head of the Bitzur Division responsible for protecting Jewish communities in the world, and Head of the Tevel Division responsible for intelligence and diplomatic relations. Received a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Rommey Hassman Lecturer at the Arison School of Business at the IDC Herzliya. Serves as an advisor on marketing communication for government ministries, public and third-sector organizations, corporations and private companies. Was a Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s School of Government and Policy. Served as Director of the market research and strategy departments in large advertising firms. Received an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Avi Hasson Chief Scientist of Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Was a partner in the Gemini Venture Capital Fund, where he was responsible for investments in the fields of telecommunications and data storage. Served in various roles in the high-tech industry, in companies such as ECI Telecom and ECtel. Received an MBA degree from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Mr. Israel Harel Founding Chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategy. Journalist and columnist at Haaretz. Established the Center for Religious Zionism at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem where he also served as Director of the Leadership Program. Founded the Yesha Council and served as its chairman for 15 years. Was the Founder and Editor of the Nekuda monthly. Initiated and founded the Forum for National Responsibility and initiated the Gavison-Medan Project. Published the books The Lion’s Gate and The Valor of the Heart. 

 

Ms. Deborah Housen-Couriel Fellow at the Yuval Ne'eman Tel Aviv Workshop for Science, Technology and Security and Director of the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program. Worked in senior positions in the Legal Bureau and Director-General’s Bureau of the Ministry of Communications. A specialist in international law, served as legal advisor for delegations to the World Trade Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, and the negotiations on the Oslo Accords and the peace treaty with Jordan. Taught at several law faculties in Israel and published research and articles in the media on issues related to her expertise. Earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Fellow. 

 

Mr. Richard D. Heideman Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Herzliya Conference. Founder of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, P.C. Law Firm in Washington DC. Previously served as a delegate to the UN World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, and as Head of Delegation to the 2001 UN Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. Served as Chief Trial Counsel for Israeli victims of terrorism at hearings convened by the Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel. Former President of B’nai B’rith International and now serves as Honorary President. Recipient of the Merito de Mayo, the highest national award bestowed by the Argentine government upon non-citizens. Holds a JD from the George Washington University. 

 

Hon. Dr. Csaba Hende Minister of Defense of the Republic of Hungary. Previously served in several positions in the Ministry of Defense, including as Parliamentary Secretary, Head of the Department of Legal Affairs and as a Secretary of State. Joined the Parliamentary Fraction of FIDESZ, and won a parliamentary seat for a constituency in Vas County. Formerly held numerous positions within the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF), including the position of General Vice President. Graduated from the Faculty of Law at ELTE University Budapest with Summa Cum Laude.  

 

MK Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz         Israel's Minister of Science and Technology and Chairman of the Jewish Home – New NRP Party. A former Professor of Mathematics at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, where he held the Eugene and Marilyn Shapiro Chair. At the Technion, also held managerial academic positions, including that of Dean of the Mathematics Faculty, Chairman of the Academic Faculty Association and Head of the Continuing and External Studies Unit. Earned his PhD in Mathematics from the Technion and completed post-doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

 

Prof. Moti Hershkowitz Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Served as Director of the University’s Blechner Center. Has published numerous articles and registered many patents for generating recyclable fuel. Served as a consultant to the Exxon Research and Engineering Company, and was involved in many projects involving alternative and recyclable types of fuel. Received a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.  

 

MK Isaac Herzog Former Israel's Minister of Welfare and Social Services. Previously held several senior ministerial positions, including that of Minister of Housing and Building, Minister of Tourism, Minister for the Diaspora, Society, and the Fight against Anti-Semitism, and Secretary to the Government. Published many articles in newspapers and leading journals in Israel and abroad. Holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University and also studied at Cornell and New York Universities. 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael (Mike) Herzog  Researcher at the Jewish People Policy Institute  (JPPI) and Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Chairman of the Board of the Herzog Institute for Media, Society and Politics. Served as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense for the negotiations with the Palestinians. Also served as Military Secretary for the Ministry of Defense and as Head of the Strategic Planning Division at the IDF Planning Branch.  Holds a master's degree in Political Sciences from Haifa University.  

 

Mr. Boaz Hirsch Deputy Director General of Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and Director of Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry. Served as Director of the Bilateral Trade Agreements Division at the Foreign Trade Administration and as a Commercial Counselor on behalf of the Ministry at the EU institutions in Brussels. Previously a lecturer on foreign trade at the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Holds a master's degree in Law. 

 

Ms. Ayaan Hirsi Ali Fellow Resident at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where her research includes the relationship between the West and Islam and women’s rights in Islam. Born in Somalia, escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992. Served as a Member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 until 2006, where she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society and defending women's rights in Dutch Muslim society. Wrote the screenplay for the film Submission with director Theo van Gogh about oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures, which resulted in the assassination of Mr. van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. Published Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilizations (2010). 

 

Mr. David Hobbs Chief Energy Strategist at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and expert in energy industry structure and strategies. Previously managed IHS CERA's energy research activities. Prior to joining IHS CERA, worked in the international exploration and production business. Directed projects in Asia, South America and North America, and led major international investment and asset commercialization operations. Holds a degree from the Imperial College in London.  

 

Mr. Malcolm Hoenlein Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Served as the founding Executive Director of both the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry and of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. A National Defense Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Near East Center, taught International Relations and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. The recipient of many awards and tributes, was appointed by three US Presidents as a member of US delegations to the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in Europe. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations.  

 

Mr. Yossie Hollander Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning and the founder of “The New Dimension”, which was sold to BMC in 1999. Entrepreneur and investor in the high-tech sector and involved in philanthropic activities. Active in the renewable energy start-up at the Weizmann Institute of Science and is involved in research, policy and investments in the field of energy around the world. Member of the Board of Directors of the Weizmann Institute of Science. 

 

Ms. Orna Hozman-Bechor Director-General of Israel's Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Served as Silvan Shalom’s bureau Director for 14 years during his terms as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Finance, Minister of Science and Deputy Defense Minister. Also established and managed a firm for strategy and government relations. 

 

Mr. Nahum Itzkovitz Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. Previously served as Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism and in many other public positions, including Chairman of the Sharon Drainage Authority,  Head of the Emek Hefer Regional Council and Chairman of the Local Committee for Planning and Construction. Also served as Chairman of the Association of Trans-Israel Highway Communities and Treasurer of the Emek Hefer Regional Council. Received an MBA from Bar-Ilan University. 

 

Mr. Meir Javedanfar Expert and commentator on the Middle East, Iran and Iran-Israel relations. Founded the Middle East Economic and Political Analysis Company  (MEEPAS). Serves as a consultant to the UN in his fields of expertise. Member of the Rome Club, where he heads a project on the subject of oil. Frequently interviewed in the Farsi and world media and he publishes articles in the international media. Authored a book on Iran’s nuclear program, in collaboration with Haaretz journalist Yossi Melman. Has lectured at top universities including Georgetown University, the University of Baltimore, Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. Received an MA from Lancaster University in International Relations and Strategic Studies. 

 

Dr. Svetlana Jebrak Board Member of the Association of Jewish Students in Germany  

 

Dr. Josef Joffe Publisher-Editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Also serves as Senior Fellow of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Co-founded the foreign policy journal The American Interest (with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyuma). Has taught at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Munich. Author of several books, including his most recent Überpower: The Imperial Temptation of America (2006). Holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University.  

 

Gen. (ret.) James L. Jones Former US National Security Advisor. Previously served as Chairman of the Atlantic Council of the United States, as Special Envoy for Middle East Security, and as Chairman of the Congressional Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq. A retired US Marine Corps General, served as Commander of the United States European Command (COMUSEUCOM) and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). Served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit with four award stars. Holds a BS from Georgetown University.  

 

Amb. Ruth Kahanoff  Deputy Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Served in a series of positions in the Foreign Service in Israel, Asia and the Pacific, including Deputy Ambassador in Beijing when relations were established with China, Head of Israel’s unofficial representation office in Taiwan, Acting Consul General in Hong Kong, and Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand and six Pacific islands. Received a BA in East Asian Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in Asian Studies.  

 

Prof. Eugene Kandel Head of Israel's National Economic Council and Economic Adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister. Full Professor at the School of Business Administration and at the Department of Economics of the Hebrew University. Also a Member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and a Fellow at the European Centre for Corporate Governance. Has been an adviser to government bodies, financial institutions, and economic organizations around the world. Earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. 

 

Mr. Claude Kandiyoti CEO of the K group, a real estate private equity fund and Board Member of Axis Office Park of Leuven. He is also a recognized diplomatic and political advisor to various European governments and decision-makers on Middle East strategies. A regular contributor to the Israeli daily Haaretz, a Kol Dor founding member and a member of the World Jewish Diplomatic Corps. Previously worked as the Publisher of the Brussels-based Jewish monthly Contact J and was the former Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students. Holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.  

 

Mr. John Kappenman Owner and Principal Consultant for Storm Analysis Consultants.  Member of the Advisory Board of the US Electric Infrastructure Security Council. Was one of the Principal Investigators under contract with the Congressional Commission to assess the threat to the US from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP Commission). Was also a Principal Investigator examining the vulnerability of the electric power grid for severe geomagnetic storms for US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Previously acted as a Division Manager for Metatech Corp and prior to that as Transmission Planning Department Manager at Minnesota Power. A graduate in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University.  

 

Mr. Brian Katulis Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. A leading national security analyst in Washington, publishes articles in several newspapers and journals, and is a regular commentator on national television news programs. Previously served as a consultant to numerous US government agencies, private corporations, and nongovernmental organizations on projects in more than two dozen countries, including Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, and Colombia. From 1995 to 1998, lived in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and Egypt when working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Co-authored a book on US national security titled The Prosperity Agenda. Holds a master's degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.  

 

Amb. Bilahari Kausikan Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. Held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among which: Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. Also served as the Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador to Mexico, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and Ambassador to Finland. Awarded the Public Administration Medal and the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Cruz by the President of the Republic of Chile. Holds degrees from Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University. 

 

Mr. Sharon Kedmi Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Served as Director of the Professional Staff of the Ministry of National Infrastructure and as a director in the private sector. Previously worked as a journalist for TheMarker and Globes. Received an MBA from Tel Aviv University and graduated from the university’s Continuing Studies Program in Finance. 

 

Mr. Mehdi Khalaji Next Generation Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he focuses on the politics of Iran and Shiite groups in the Middle East. Also served on the editorial boards of two prominent Iranian periodicals and the BBC. Was trained in the seminaries of Qom, where he studied theology and jurisprudence, earning a doctorate on modern intellectual and philosophical-political developments in Iran and the wider Islamic and Western worlds. Has published several books, among which a book titled Intellectual Currents in the Arab World (2000).  

 

Dr. Zeev Khanin Chief Scientist at Israel's Ministry of  Immigrant Absorption and Lecturer at Bar Ilan University. A visiting Lecturer at Moscow City University, his research focuses on the Jewish-Russian community in Israel and the Diaspora as well as on the politics of the former Soviet Union. Also a political commentator on Channel 9 of Israel TV, on Israel Radio and on the Russian language service of the BBC. Published a number of books and many articles in his field of specialization. Earned his PhD in Political Science from the Moscow Institute for African Studies of the Academy of the Russian Federation and completed his post-doctoral studies at Oxford University. 

 

Mr. Riad al Khouri Member of the International Council of Questscope in Amman, and Senior Fellow at the William Davidson Institute of the University of Michigan., Woworks on development in the Middle East and political economy. Also serves as a consultant for many public sector institutions and private firms. His publications include Trade Policies in Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia (World Bank/ERF 2000), Jordanian-Syrian Economic Relations (Arab Bank 2001), and US & EU FTAs in Middle East & North Africa (Carnegie, 2008). 

 

Dr. Martin Kramer Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the National Security Program at Harvard University. His research focuses on contemporary Islam and on the politics of Arab countries. Was a Research Fellow at the Shalem Center and directed the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. A former Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, University of Chicago, Cornell University and Georgetown Universities. A two-time Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from Princeton University.  

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yosef Kuperwasser  Deputy Director-General of Israel's Ministry for Strategic Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. Served as Deputy CEO in the Global CST security consulting firm and was responsible for the company’s activity in Colombia. Was a Visiting Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute in Washington. Served in a series of senior positions in the IDF, including Head of the Research Division in Military Intelligence, Chief Intelligence Officer and Deputy Defense Attaché for Intelligence Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Received a master’s degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Ms. Davida Lachman-Messer  Owner of a consulting firm working in the fields of regulation and corporate law. Lecturer in graduate programs in universities and colleges in her fields of expertise. An attorney by profession, previously served in various positions in the Ministry of Justice including Deputy Attorney General. Served as Legal Counsel to the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Received a master’s degree in Law from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky Founder and Speaker of the Jewish Caucus in Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). Also a member of the Board of the Assembly of Representatives of the Jewish Community of Berlin and a Special Advisor to the American Jewish Committee Office in Berlin. Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPI) in Berlin. A frequent guest and commentator on RTVi, an international Russian speaking TV network. Until recently, was a Yale World Fellow in Residence in New Haven. Was a McCloy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Was awarded the German National Merit Foundation’s Theodor-Fontane Prize for social work and academic excellence. Holds a PhD in Law from Berlin’s Humboldt University.  

 

Dr. Emily Landau Senior Research Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).  Her areas of expertise include nuclear and arms control policy. Published books on arms control in the Middle East. Teaches at Tel-Aviv University and Haifa University. Holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

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MK Dr. Uzi Landau Israel's Minister of National Infrastructures. Formerly a Member of Knesset for the Likud Party, he is now an MK for the Yisrael Beiteinu Party. Previously served as the Internal Security Minister and as Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Office. Former Director-General of the Ministry of Transportation and a former lecturer at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. Holds a PhD in Systems Analysis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

 

Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau Director of Jerusalem's Center for Judaism and Society at Beit Morasha, where he also is a lecturer. Director of the Institute for Social Justice and Chairman of the Israel Institute for Conversion Policy. Also serves as the rabbi of the Ramban congregation in Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhood. Writes a regular column in the Haaretz newspaper and hosts a weekly television program devoted to Jewish heritage. Published a book on the teachings of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and a book on Jewish sages from the Second Temple period until after the Bar Kochba rebellion. Received his rabbinic ordination at Kibbutz Ein Zurim and a doctorate in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University.  

 

Amb. Ronald S. Lauder President of the World Jewish Congress and Founder of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya. 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. Served as US Ambassador to Austria and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. Served as President of the Jewish National Fund and was Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Established the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which focuses on Jewish education and outreach programs in Eastern Europe. Holds a BA in International Business from the Wharton School and a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels. 

 

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich IDF's Spokesperson Unit.  

 

Dr. Michael Leigh Director-General for Enlargement of the European Commission. Served in a number of positions within the European Commission, including as Deputy Director-General of External Relations, as Director of the Directorate-General Enlargement for Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Malta and Romania, and as Director and Negotiator with the Czech Republic at the Task Force for the Accession Negotiations. Before joining the European Commission, worked as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at John Hopkins University and as a lecturer of International Relations at the University of Sussex.  

 

Dr. Noam Lemelstrich Latar Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and Chairman of the Israel Communication Association. Was one of the first academics in the world to publish articles on interactive communications. His current research focuses on data mining and the effect of artificial intelligence on the media. Holds a PhD in communications from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  

 

Dr. Ariel (Eli) Levite Non-resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  

 

Dr. Martin Libicki Senior Management Scientist at RAND Corporation, where he serves as an expert on information warfare and security, information sciences, information technology standards, and e-commerce. Worked for 12 years at the National Defense University, three years on the Navy Staff as program sponsor for industrial preparedness, and three years as a policy analyst for the General Accounting Office’s Energy and Mineral’s Division. Holds a PhD from the University of California in industrial economics.   

 

Dr. John Lightstone President of Lightstone Capital Management LLC and CFO of Advanced Fusion Systems. Currently an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Pace University in New York. Formerly Senior Vice President of Strategic Risk Management at SEI Corporation, Vice President at Chemical Bank (now JPMorgan Chase) and Director of Financial Services at Union Carbide Corporation. Co-author of "Volatile Exchange Rates Can Put Profits at Risk", published in Harvard Business Review and author of several other papers. Holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and a PhD in Finance from New York University. 

 

Mr. Yoav Limor Chief Defense Correspondent at Channel 1. An anchor at the IDF Army Radio.  Served as a military and political reporter for Maariv and as the newspaper's correspondent in London. Published a book on the Second Lebanon. Holds a degree in Law.  

 

Lt. Gen. (res.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Chairman of the Executive Board of the Peres Center for Peace. Previously served as Chairman of the Tahal Group. Elected to the Knesset on behalf of the Center Party, of which he was a founder. Served as Minister of Tourism and as Minister of Transportation. Served in a series of senior positions in the IDF, retiring as Chief of Staff. Previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Head of the Operations Division, Head of Military Intelligence, GOC Central Command and Commander of the Beirut region. Received the Medal of Courage twice. As Chief of Staff,received the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Army. Graduated from the IDF Command and Staff College, the National Security College and the U.S. Marines Command and Staff Course. 

 

Ms. Tali Lipkin-Shahak Radio and television journalist. Chief Editor of the program “Security Strip” at IDF radio. Was a military correspondent for the Davar newspaper and one of the founders of the Regional Radio Station in Tel Aviv. Has edited and presented several documentary films. 

 

MK Tzipi Livni Head of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chairperson of the Kadima Party. Held senior ministerial positions in Israel’s governments, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Absorption, and Minister of Construction and Housing. Was Director-General of the Government Companies Authority and served in the Mossad. An attorney by training, specialized in commercial law, public law and real estate. Was awarded a prize for quality government for the year 2004. Holds an LLB from Bar-Ilan University. 

 

Ms. Mary-Beth Long Owner of M.B. Long & Associates, PLLC and Metis Solutions and Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, where she was a Principal Advisor to the Under Secretary and Secretary of Defense on the formulation of security policy and strategy, with the responsibility of the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Also served as the Chairman of NATO Secretary General’s High Level Group on nuclear policy. Previously worked in the Central Intelligence Agency. A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law.  

 

Dr. Gal Luft Executive Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). Co-Founder of the Set America Free Coalition and a Founding Member of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy. Published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications and appears frequently in the media and consults to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. Co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence through Fuel Choice (2009). Earned his doctorate in strategic studies from SAIS of Johns Hopkins University. 

 

Mr. Uriel Lynn President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. President and Owner of Lynn Network Ltd. An attorney by profession, specialized in arbitration. Served as a Member of Knesset representing the Likud Party and chaired the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Served in senior positions in the civil service, including Director of the Israeli Investment Authority for North America, Governor of State Revenue, and Director-General of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. Received masters degrees in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of California Berkeley. 

 

Mr. Israel Makov Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Also Chairman of the medical instrumentation company Given Imaging and of Netafim Ltd. Former CEO and President of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the former CEO and President of Yachin Hakal Ltd. and the former CEO of Gottex. Founder of an Israeli-American investment bank and of the biotechnology firm InterPharm and served as a senior consultant to companies in Israel and abroad. Holds an MA in Economics from the Hebrew University. 

 

 

Dr. Alexander Mashkevich President of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, one of the five branches of the World Jewish Congress. He is also the President of the Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan and a member of the European Jewish Congress Executive Committee and of the World Jewish Congress Steering Committee. Co-Founder of Kazakhstan Mineral Resources Corporation and Eurasian Financial and Industrial Company. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eurasian Bank and of the Eurasian Industrial Association (EIA). His decorations include the Order of Honor ("Kurmet" Order) for his retribution to the development of Kazakhstan as well as the Yakir Keren Hayesod Award and the IDF Medal. Holds a PhD from Kyrgyz State University.  

 

Amb. Luigi Mattiolo Ambassador of Italy to Israel. Formerly served as Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO, as First Counselor at the Permanent Representation to the UN, and as Counselor at the Permanent Representation to the EU. Held a number of positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including European Correspondent and Coordinator for Common Security and Foreign Policy at the General Directorate for European Integration. Also held diplomatic posts in Belgrade, Bern and Moscow. Holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Rome.  

 

Mr. Joseph H. McClelland Director of the Office of Electric Reliability at the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Joined the Commission in 2004 as Director of the Division of Reliability within the Office of Energy Markets and Reliability. Previously worked in the electric utility industry. Began his career with Allegheny Energy Inc., holding a variety of positions in engineering, marketing, regulation and rates, and project development. Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.  

 

Prof. Rafi Melnick Provost of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Currently Chairman of the Investments Committee of Migdal Ltd. and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC.  Former Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC and Professor of Economics at the IDC’s Arison School of Business. Served as Deputy Director for Research at the Bank of Israel and lectured at various universities including the Hebrew University, Boston University and the University of California, Davis. Developer of the Melnick Index – a state of the economy index for the Israeli economy, which is regularly published by the IDC. Earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Prof. Hagit Messer-Yaron President of the Open University and Member of the Faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Served as Vice President for R&D at Tel Aviv University, as Head of the Porter School of Environmental Studies, and in a range of positions at the Faculty of Engineering. Previously served as Chief Scientist and Head of the Science Directorate in the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport. Awarded the rank of Fellow by the IEEE for her contribution to research. Received a doctorate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Tel Aviv University and completed post-doctoral studies at Yale University. 

 

Mr. Ferdinand (Andy) Joseph Metzger Chief of Operational Survivability at the US Strategic Command.  

 

Mr. Arie Mientkavich  Deputy Chairman of Gazit-Globe Ltd. and Chairman of the Board of Elron Electronic Industries. Served as Chairman of the Board of Israel Discount Bank and of its principal subsidiaries. Also served as Chairman of the Securities Authority and as Legal Counsel at the Ministry of Finance. Received a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Ms. Judith Miller Adjunct Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) and 2002 Pulitzer Prize recipient. A contributing editor of MI’s magazine City Journal. Also works as a commentator for Fox News speaking on the Middle East, terrorism and other national security issues. As a former investigative reporter for the New York Times, served jail time to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources. The first woman to be named chief of the New York Times’ bureau in Cairo, Egypt. The author of four books, two of which are best-sellers. Holds an MA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. 

 

Prof. Alex Mintz Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Political Psychology and a member of the editorial boards of seven leading journals in International Relations. Also Deputy Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, published by Yale University. Taught at Yale University, Northwestern University and at the Hebrew University. Recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA), and the recipient of the Deutsch Award of the ISA. Wideband Magazine called him one of the 100 most influential high-tech inventors in the world. His book on Foreign Policy Decision Making (with Prof. De Rouen) will be published by Cambridge University Press. Holds a PhD from Northwestern University. 

  

Mr. Philipp Missfelder, MdB Chairman of the Junge Union and Member of the Bundestag. Also a Member of the Presidium of the CDU and Deputy Board Member of the European People's Party (EPP). Former Chairman of the German Student Union. Holds a degree in History from the Technische Universität of Berlin.  

 

MK Lt. Gen. (res.) Shaul Mofaz Member of the Knesset for the Kadima Party. Former Israel's Minister of Defense and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff. Also served as Israeli Minister of Transportation. Served for 36 years in the IDF in a variety of command and staff positions, including that of Head of Intelligence, Deputy Chief of Staff and Head of the Planning Division and Commanding General, Southern Command. A graduate of the Command and Staff College of the United States Marine Corps in Virginia.  

 

Dr. Vyacheslav Nikonov President of the Polity Foundation, President of the United for Russia Foundation and Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Also Editor-in-Chief of Russia's Strategy. A former member of the political Advisory Council and of the Human Rights Committee under the President of the Russian Federation and of the Presidential Expert Council on Political Extremism. Former Member of the State Duma. Previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the History Department of Moscow State University, as a Senior Fellow at the Reforma Foundation and as a Professor of Political Science at California Institute of Technology in the US. Author of over 600 works on politics, government affairs and public policy, including seven books. Holds a PhD in History from Moscow State University.  

 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Nitzan Nuriel Advisor to the Prime Minister and Head of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau at the National Security Council at the Prime Minister's Office. Served in the IDF in senior positions including Head of the Foreign Relations Division and Operations Officer of the Northern Command. Earned a master’s degree in Political Science and National Security from the University of Haifa. A graduate of the National Security College.  

 

Mr. Shouky Oren Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance. Served in senior management positions in the banking sector, including CEO, Deputy CEO and Vice President in the Business Division at Bank Leumi Switzerland, and CFO at Investec (Israel) Bank. Also served as Deputy Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance. Received an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Previously headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels. Taught Israel Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University. Has a column in the British Monthly. Holds a PhD in Political Theory from the Hebrew University. 

 

Prof. Soli Özel Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Istanbul Bilgi University. Often publishes opinion pieces in a wide variety of leading newspapers in Turkey and elsewhere, and is currently a columnist for Haberturk newspaper. Lectured at the University of California Santa Cruz, SAIS, the University of Washington, the Hebrew University, and at Bogazici University in Istanbul. Previously served as a Fellow at St. Antony’s College at Oxford and as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute for Security Studies. Holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California. 

 

Dr. PANG Zhongying Director of the Centre on the New Global Governance and Professor at the School of International Studies, People's University of China (Renmin). Held positions at the Brookings Institution, the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization at the University of Warwick, Nanjing University, John Hopkins University's Center for Chinese and American Studies, the Centre for Strategic Studies, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zeeland. His latest publication is China’s Intervention Question (2009). Holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Beijing. 

 

Prof. Dov Pekelman  Chairman of Atera Networks and Gilon Investments. Also serves as a Senior Consultant to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Lectures at the School of Business at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and serves on the Board of Directors of Herzliya IDC. Chairman of IDC Corporation. Founded and directed a management consulting firm, and established several start-up companies. Formerly a member of the Advisory Committee of the Bank of Israel. Received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School of Business and Tel Aviv University. Member of the Directorate of the Institute for Policy and Strategy. 

 

H.E. Shimon Peres President of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Former Prime Minister of Israel. Served in senior ministerial positions in Israeli Governments, including that of Minister of Defense, Foreign Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transportation and Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Before being elected to the Knesset, served as Director-General of the Ministry of Defense. Assisted in laying the foundations for defense research in Israel and initiated the establishment of high-tech industries. Former Chairman of the Labor Party and Vice-President of the Socialist International (SI), of which he was later elected Honorary President. Founder of the Peres Center for Peace, which initiates and runs projects in various fields in partnership with the Palestinians, the Jordanians and the Egyptians. Published ten books. 

 

Mr. Nadav Peri Knesset Reporter for Channel 10 News. Presents the morning program (Nachon Lehaboker) with Amit Segal. Served as a Reporter for Religious Affairs and as a Political Reporter for Army Radio.   

 

Mr. Arnon Perlman Owner of Perlman Strategy Consulting. Representative in Israel and member of the management team of Vladimir Gusinsky. Radio and television presenter and political commentator. Also serves as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Palau. Served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maariv. Served in senior positions in the field of media and spokesmanship, including Head of the Media and Communications Division of the Prime Minister’s Office and personal Media Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Spokesman for the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, and Spokesman for the Union of Local Authorities. Has owned and managed advertising firms and was an Economics Reporter at the Telegraph and Coordinator of Reporters at Haaretz. 

 

Ms. Smadar Perry  Editor for Middle East Affairs and the Arab World at the Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper. Graduated from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in Middle East History and Arabic Language and Literature. 

 

Dr. Ursula Plassnik Member of the Austrian Parliament and Special Envoy for International Women's Affairs of the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Earlier served as Chief of Staff for Wolfgang Schüssel, former Federal Chancellor of Austria. Also served as Austrian ambassador to Switzerland. A lawyer by training. A graduate of the University of Vienna and a postgraduate from the College of Europe in Bruges.  

 

Ms. Danielle Pletka Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining the AEI, served for 10 years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Writes frequently on national security matters with a focus on domestic politics in the Middle East and South Asia regions, US security, terrorism and weapons proliferation. Holds an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  

 

Mr. Sever Plotzker Chief Economic Commentator of Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. A former Visiting Research Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, was named one of the “Media Leaders” at the Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. First recipient of the “Excellence and Professionalism in Journalism” Award from Tel Aviv University, and the “Lifetime Achievement in Journalism” Award from the Journalists’ Association and Ben Gurion University. Holds an MA in Economics and Philosophy from the Hebrew University. 

 

Dr. Steven Popper Director of the RAND Israel Initiative. Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation. Formerly Associate Director of RAND’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (S&TPI). His S&TPI work provides research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the executive branch. Currently leading RAND’s first major project in Israel on long-term energy strategies and is the lead author of Natural Gas and Israel’s Enegry Future: Near-Term Decisions from a Strategic Perspective (2009). Prior to joining RAND, worked as a country account officer managing East European debt and rescheduling at Bank of America, and as consultant to the World Bank on issues of industrial restructuring. Holds a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley. 

 

Dr. Richard Prasquier President of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF). Also a member of the International Auschwitz Committee and very active in the dialogue between Christians and Jews. Before being elected President, directed the Commission for International Relations and the Commission for the Relations with Catholics at the CRIF. Also served as Head of Commission on Solidarity at the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah and as President of the French Committee for Yad Vashem. Was a Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of San Francisco University and Head of Clinic at the University of Medicine in Paris. Studied medicine and completed a three-year residency in Cardiology at Paris’ hospitals.  

 

Mr. Ehud Praver  Head of Policy Planning at the Prime Minister’s Office. Served as Deputy Director of the National Security Council for Society and Infrastructure. Was the Principal of the Gymnasia Rehavia High School in Jerusalem. Served (as a Colonel) in the IDF as Deputy Chief Education Officer, Head of the Education Doctrine Department, Editor of the Bamahane magazine, and Commander of the IDF Education Center in Jerusalem. Received a master’s degree in Education from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

Mr. Clyde Prestowitz Founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute (ESI). Prior to founding ESI, served as Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration. Led many US trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America, and Europe. Also served as Vice Chairman of the President's Committee on Trade and Investment in the Pacific. Regularly writes for leading publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Author of a best-selling book on US-Japan relations, Trading Places and co-author and editor of several other books. Holds an MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. 

 

Amb. Avi Primor Head of the Center for European Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and President of the Israeli Council on Foreign Relations. Former Vice President of Tel Aviv University and Chairman of the University’s Israel-EU Forum. Served as Israel’s Ambassador to the European Union, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Received a master’s degree from City College of New York in International Studies.   

 

Amb. Ron Prosor Ambassador of Israel to the UK. Served as Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and has held a series of positions in Israel and abroad, including Head of the Communications and Information Division, Ministry Spokesperson, political advisor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, media advisor at the Embassy in London, and Director of the Ministry’s situation room. Received a master’s degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

H.E.  Anders Fogh Rasmussen Secretary General of NATO. Former Prime Minister of Denmark. Held numerous positions in the Danish government and opposition throughout his political career, including the position of Minister for Taxation and Minister for Economic Affairs. During the Danish Presidency of the EU, played a key role in the process leading to the accession negotiation with 10 candidates for EU-membership. Holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Aarhus.  

 

Mr. John Ray Middle East Correspondent for ITV News. Formerly China Correspondent. Prior to working in China, was a Senior Political Correspondent and UK Editor for ITV News. Also was a political correspondent at Sky News. Was Awarded a BAFTA and International Emmy for reporting of the Sichuan earthquake. Also won a Foreign Press Association award for his expose of the exploitation of coal miners in China.  

 

Mr. Menashe Raz Journalist, television director, editor, announcer, presenter and MC on radio and television. Former CEO of the Sherover Foundation, and former Communications Director for the Imagesat Co. - a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries. Lectured in the Department of Cinema and Television of Tel Aviv University and in other various colleges. A graduate of the Hebrew University in Political Science and International Relations. 

 

Prof. Uriel Reichman Founder and President of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Before establishing the IDC, was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. Also served as Dean of Ramot Mishpat College. Chaired the Constitution for Israel Movement, was the Head of the Human Rights Committee of Israel’s Bar Association and is a member of a number of public and governmental commissions. An expert in the field of Property Law, earned his Doctorate in Law from the University of Chicago. Member of the Directorate of the Institute for Policy and Strategy.  

 

Dr. Ofer Rimon  Acting Director of the Science and Technology Administration at Israel's Ministry of Education. Lecturer at Sapir College’s School for Public Policy and at Levinsky College. Served as Director of the Development and Evaluation Unit at the Rashi Foundation and as an Inspector at the Ministry of Education. Received the Outstanding Employee award at the Ministry of Education. Received a doctorate in Science Education from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Guy Rolnick Deputy Publisher of the Haaretz Group and Chief Editor of TheMarker. One of the founders of the news website TheMarker, led the transformation of the brand into a printed financial daily newspaper. Served as the Financial Editor of Haaretz, established the paper’s capital markets section and was the section’s first editor. Received a prize for quality government, and Israel’s Media Watch Quality Financial Journalism Prize. Holds an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati Program of Tel Aviv and Northwestern Universities. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal Chairman of the Board of the Israel Electric Company. Serves as a Director of Israel Ports Development & Assets Company (IPC) on behalf of the public and was previously Chairman of IPC. Served in the IDF for 32 years in senior command and staff positions, including Head of the Ground Forces Command, Commander of the National Center for Ground Training, and Commander of the Armor Corps’ School for Commanders. Received an MBA from Bar-Ilan University.  

 

Ms. Nehama Ronen Chairwoman of Maman Cargo Terminals & Handling. Also serves as Chairwoman of the ELA Recycling Company. Previously served as Director-General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Was a member of Knesset representing the Center Party and served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. Received a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Haifa. 

 

Mr. Ehud Rosen Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. Specializes in Modern Political Islam, particularly in the ideology and history of the Muslim Brotherhood and its activity in the Middle East and Europe. Currently completing his doctoral studies at the University of London.  

 

Mr. Ariel (Aik) Rosenberg Chairman of the Board of Metal-Tech and shareholder. Has been an international entrepreneur in various industries such as textiles, metals, chemicals, energy recycling, R&D and environment.  Graduated from Kings College in London University with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

Hon. Prof. Uri Rosenthal Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Formerly served as Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, Professor of Political Science at the Erasmus University, and Professor of Public Administration at Leiden University. Was also Chairman of the Institute for Safety, Security and Crisis Management and Chair of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. Represented the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) on the Dutch Senate. Published extensively on issues of safety and security, crisis management and public administration. Holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.  

 

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Danny Rothschild Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and Chairman of the Herzliya Conference Series. Owner of Danroth Ltd. Partner in the global security consultancy firm NETACS, member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Afeka School of Engineering. Served for more than 30 years in the Israel Defense Forces in a variety of command and staff positions, including Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Chief of the Intelligence Research and Analysis Department of Military Intelligence, Commander of the Liaison Unit in Lebanon and Assistant to the Chief of Staff.  

 

Prof. Barry Rubin Director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at the IDC Herzliya. Also serves as Research Director of the IDC's Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, and as editor of several publications dealing with the politics of the Middle East. Served as Deputy Director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and as a lecturer in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University. Was a research fellow at a number of institutions, including the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Johns Hopkins University Foreign Policy Institute, the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. Received a doctorate in Political Science from Georgetown University. 

 

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein Former President of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and Dean of the IDC’s Radzyner School of Law. Served as Israel's Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Minister of Energy and Infrastructures, Minister of Science and Technology, and Minister of Communications. Was a member of the Knesset for the Democratic Movement for Change, Shinui and Meretz. Founded and led the Shinui Movement. Before he turned to politics, served as Dean of the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University and held the Pinhas Rosen Chair in Constitutional Law. He is the 2006 Israel Prize Laureate. Published many books and articles in Israel and abroad on politics, government and law, as well as on fine literature. Holds a Doctorate in Law from London University. 

 

Dr. Luis Rubio Political Analyst and President of the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC), an independent research institution devote to the study of economic and political policy issues. A Fellow of the World Economic Forum and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Global Competitiveness Report.  Columnist in major newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.  Served on the boards of the Mexico Equity and Income Fund and of the Central European Value Fund, Inc. Author and editor of 42 books, including Mexico's Dilema: The Political Origins of Economic Crisis. Holds a PhD in Political Science, Brandeis University. 

 

Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, MdL, Member of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. Former Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Minister of Education, Science, Research and Technology. During his tenure as a Member of the Bundestag from 1987 until 2000 served in several capacities, including as the Chair of the Inquiry Commission Appraisal and Evaluation of the Consequences of Technology. Holds degrees in Law and History from the University of Cologne and a PhD in Law.  

 

MK Gideon Sa’ar Israel's Minister of Education. Held various governmental and parliamentary senior positions, including Chairman of the Likud Parliamentary Group in the Knesset, Chairman of the Coalition, Cabinet Secretary and Chairman of the Committee on the Status of Women. An attorney by profession and was a former aide to the Attorney-General and to the State Attorney. Holds degrees in Political Science and Law from Tel Aviv University.  

 

Mr. Yekoutiel (Couty) Sabah  Director for Research, Planning and Training in Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. Served in management positions in the Ministry of Social Affairs and in the Civil Service Commission. Was a Research Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Research Center. Received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he studied as a Wexner Fellow. Also received a master’s degree from the School of Education at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Ayman Saif Director of Israel's Economic Development Authority in the Minority Sector at the Prime Minister’s Office. Formerly served as Senior Professional Manager in the Economic Division of the Prime Minister’s Office and lectured at Derby University. Worked as an economist in the Israeli Ministry for Economy and Planning. Earned his MA in Planning, Business Management and International Development from Clark University and an MBA from Bamberg University in Germany. 

 

Mr. Mitsugu Saito Councilor for National Security and Crisis Management in the Cabinet Secretariat of the Government of Japan. Held many diplomatic posts within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in Cairo, London, Riyadh, Tel Aviv, New York and Baghdad. Also served as a Senior Associate Fellow at St. Anthony's College in Oxford and as a Professional Fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Holds a BA in Social Sciences from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. 

 

Amb. Miriam E. Sapiro Deputy US Trade Representative. Founder and Former President of Summit Strategies International. Served as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Counselor for Southeast European Stabilization and Reconstruction. Previously acted as Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council. Was also a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and worked in the Office of Legal Adviser. Recipient of two Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State. Received J.D. from New York University School of Law. 

 

Mr. David Saranga  Head of the Department for Digital Diplomacy Initiatives in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Member of the Faculty at the Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. Instructor in Communications, Social Networks and Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (USC). Served as Consul for Media and Public Affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York. Also served as Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Received an MBA from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

MdB Christian Schmidt Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense of Germany. Served as the Spokesman for Defense Policy for the Christian Democratic Party and was a Member of the Party’s Security Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee. Was a Member of the Coordination Council of the German-Czech Forum and chairman of a group of British and German parliamentarians. A graduate of Erlangen University and the University of Lausanne.  

 

Dr. Dan Schueftan Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa. A senior lecturer at the School of Political Science of the University of Haifa and at the National Defense College. Serves as a consultant to senior government officials, the Israeli defense establishment, and to political and security figures in Europe and the US. Published books on Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinians and Israeli policy. His book on Israeli Arabs will be published this year. Holds a PhD in Political Science from Haifa University. 

 

Ms. Dalia Segal Businesswoman, philanthropist and volunteer in various organizations dealing with culture, art, health and science. Active supporter of the Herzliya Conference since its inception. Graduated from the University of Haifa with a degree in Economics and Political Science. Member of the Directorate of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. 

  

Dr. Brenda Shaffer Faculty Member at the Asian Studies Department in the School of Political Sciences at Haifa University. Was the Academic Director of the Energy Management and Policy Program at the University. Served also as President of the Foreign Policy Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Her research focuses on energy and politics, the politics of Central Europe, Caucasus, Russia and Iran. Served as the Research Director in the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University and was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her books include: Energy Politics and Borders and Brethren: Iran and the Challenge of Azerbaijani Identity. Received a doctorate in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and completed post-doctorate studies at Harvard University.  

 

MK Dr. Nachman Shai Member of Knesset from the Kadima Party. Prior to his election to the Knesset, served as Director-General of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) Israel. Previously served a Director-General of the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport. Served in a series of senior positions in the field of media, including Chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Chairman of the Channel 2 News Company, Director-General of the Second Authority for Television and Radio, IDF Spokesperson and Commander of Army Radio. Received a doctorate in Communications and Political Science from Bar-Ilan University.  

 

Mr. Salman Shaikh Director of the Brookings Doha Center and Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Previously served as Director for Policy and Research at the Office of H.H. Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. Earlier, his UN career included working for the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Middle East; for the Personal Representative of the UN Secretary General for Lebanon; and for the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. Also held the position of Special Representative to the Muslim West Facts Project. Earned a master’s degree from Kent at Canterbury University.  

 

Prof. Gabriela Shalev Former Israel's Permanent Representative to the UN. Served as Rector of the Ono Academic College and was a member of the Law Faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Also taught at Harvard University, Temple University and Boston College. Recipient of the Sussman Prize and the Zeltner Prize for Law. Received a Doctorate in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

MK Silvan Shalom Israel's Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee and Minister for Regional Cooperation. Held other various senior ministerial positions, including that of Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Science and Technology, and Deputy Minister of Defense. Served as Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructures and was Chairman of the Board of the Israel Electric Corporation. An attorney and CPA by profession. Holds an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. 

 

Mr. Haim Shani Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Finance. Previously served in a senior management positions in high-tech firms, including CEO of Nice Systems, Deputy CEO of Applied Materials and Vice President for Marketing, Sales and Global Business Development at Orbotech. Received an MBA from INSEAD. 

 

Mr. Nathan Sharansky Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Former Chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center. Served in senior ministerial positions, including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Diaspora, Society and Jerusalem, Minister of Construction and Housing, Minister of Interior, and Minister of Industry and Trade. Was a Member of Knesset representing Yisrael B’Aliyah and Chairman of the Party. Previously founded the Zionist Forum, which worked to facilitate the absorption of Aliyah. Was a “Prisoner of Zion” in the former Soviet Union for nine years and was released as a result of international pressure. Published a memoir Fear No Evil and another book entitled: The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. Received a degree in Computer Science from the Technological Institute in Moscow. 

 

Mr. Gideon Shavit Chairman and Founder of the Lapid Coalition, which organizes educational programs for Jewish high school students from the Diaspora. Formerly the CEO of the Alexander Muss High School. Was an emissary on behalf of the Jewish National Fund in Miami, Sydney and Vancouver. Served as President of Rotem Industries, an Israeli company specializing in commercializing advanced and innovative technologies. Also served as Director of External Relations for the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. Holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Mr. Robin Shepherd Director of International Affairs at the Henry Jackson Society. Previously ran the Europe programme at Chatham House. Earlier, was appointed as a senior transatlantic fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) after having worked as an adjunct fellow of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies Entered the think tank world with a public policy fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars in Washington D.C. Previously worked in international journalism, where his last position was Moscow Bureau Chief for The Times of London. Published several books including A State Beyond the Pale, Europe's Problem with Israel. Holds a Masters in political theory from the London School of Economics. 

 

Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister IDF Chief Education Officer. Served in a series of senior positions in the IDF, including Head of the Control and Supervision Department in the Deputy Chief of Staff’s Bureau, Head of the Planning Department in the Planning Division, and Commander of the Control Array in the Israel Air Force. Received a master’s degree in Industrial Management and Engineering from Ben Gurion University, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard School of Government, and a master’s degree in Political Science and National Security from the University of Haifa.  

 

Ms. Ayelet Shilo-Tamir CEO of the MASA Israel, which manages the Jewish Agency’s MASA Israel Journey Project. Served as Deputy Director of the Education Department and Director of Human Resources at the Jewish Agency. Previously was a partner in a law firm. Received a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Studied for a master’s degree in Women’s and Jewish Studies at the Schecter Institute in Jerusalem. 

 

 

Mr. Uri Shinar Founder and CEO of Aniboom. A member of the International Emmy Committee. Prior to founding Aniboom, was the CEO and President of Keshet Broadcasting, the leading commercial broadcaster in Israel. Holds a master's degree in Mass Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Dr. Shimshon Shoshani Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Education. Previously served as CEO of Taglit-Birthright Israel and held many public service positions, including Minister of Education and Culture, Director-General of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Head of the Education, Youth and Culture Administration in the Tel Aviv Municipality, and Director of the Secondary Schools Department and Institutions Division in the Ministry of Education. Also served as Adjunct Professor at the Hebrew, Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities. Co-authored articles on education. Received a PhD in Education Administration.  

 

Amb. Zalman Shoval Chairman of the Friends of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute. Also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yetzu Investment Company. Has been active in the private sector for many years, in banking, finance and industry. Served twice as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. Was elected to the Knesset and served there for more than 10 years – originally as a member of Rafi and later of the Likud. Took part in the Camp David Peace Talks in 1978, in the Madrid Peace Talks in 1991, and in the Wye Plantation Conference in 1998. Published numerous articles in the Israeli and international press in the fields of politics, history and economics. Was awarded the title of “Diplomat of the Year 1999” by the Los Angeles Council on World Affairs. Holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva. 

 

Mr. Tobby Simon Founder and CEO of Synergia – Bussiness Beyond Borders. Also serves as Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A Member of the International Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Member of the Dean’s International Council at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

 

Hon. Douglas Andrew Smith US Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for the Private Sector. Serves as the Homeland Security Department Representative on the President’s Travel and Tourism Advisory and Export Promotion Boards and the White House Business Council. Previously served as Managing Partner of T Street Partners and as Vice President of Leo Burnett Worldwide. Holds a bachelor degree in International Relations and Asian studies from Beloit College.  

 

Mr. Alexander Smukler President of National Conference on Soviet Jewry - Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia. Chairman of the Board of Century 21: Russia, Kazakhstan & the Ukraine. A member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Jewish Congress. A former managing partner of Ariel Investment Group, which develops commercial enterprises and civil engineering projects in Russia. Before emigrating from Russia in 1991, served as Member of the Board of the VAAD (Confederation of Jewish Organizations and Communities of the USSR), and Executive Director of both B’nai B’rith of USSR and the Jewish Information Center of Moscow. Holds a graduate degree from the Moscow University of Technology in civil construction. 

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Ephraim Sneh Chairman of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at the Netanya Academic College. Formerly a Member of Knesset representing the Labor Party, Labor-Meimad and Labor-Meimad-One Nation. Served in senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Transportation, Minister of Health, and Deputy Defense Minister. Served in the IDF in command and staff positions, including Head of the Civil Administration in the West Bank and Commander of the Security Zone in Southern Lebanon. A physician by profession, was a Research Fellow in the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington. Graduated from the Tel Aviv University Medical School.  

 

Amb. Clifford M. Sobel Former US Ambassador to Brazil. Previously served as US Ambassador to the Netherlands. By Presidential appointment, served on the US Holocaust Memorial Council. Was previously appointed to the US Government Industry Sector International Trade Board. Also sat on the advisory boards of Empower America and the Republican Leadership Council. Was Chairman of Net2Phone and also the Chairman and President of SJJ Investment Corporation and CMS Realty Company as well as a Founder and Board Member of Norcrown Bank. Holds a BS in Management from the New York University's School of Commerce.  

 

Dr. Sass Somekh Founder of Musea Ventures. Previously served as President of Applied Materials and as President of Novellus Systems. Also worked at Bell Laboratories and Intel. Registered more than 50 US patents. In 1988, received an award from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute (SEMI) for his contribution to the development of the semiconductor industry and in 1994 received the SEMI Award for Lifetime Achievement in this field. Earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. 

 

Rt. Hon. John Spellar, MP UK Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Prior to the 2010 General Election served as a Minister in the Whip’s Office and as Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household. Also served in the government of Tony Blair as Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Minister for Transport and Minister for Northern Ireland. Studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St. Edmunds, Oxford University.  

 

Mr. Tommy Steiner Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Also the Executive Director of the Atlantic Forum of Israel. As part of his work at the Institute, he heads research programs that focus on Israeli foreign policy and the European Union’s and NATO’s relations with Israel and the Middle East. Teaches International Relations, Government and Security Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC. His areas of specialization include regional cooperation in the Middle East Basin and in the Asia-Pacific region. Was awarded the Harkabi Prize from the Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University. Holds an MA (cum laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University. 

 

MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz Israel's Minister of Finance. Member of Knesset representing the Likud Party. Formerly Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services, as well as the Joint Security Committee with the US Congress. Taught Philosophy at the University of Haifa. Published four books on Philosophy, in Israel and abroad. Received a doctorate in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.  

 

Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Former Director of GMF’s Berlin Office and former Defense and International Security Editor at the German weekly Die Zeit. Also served as Remarque Fellow at New York University and as Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar in Washington, DC. Holds a PhD in Law from the University of Bonn and an MPA from Harvard University. 

 

Mr. Dror Strum Director of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. An expert in Economic Regulation and testifies on the subject before courts and governmental institutions. Lectures at the Hebrew University and at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, on regulation, monopolies law and corporate law. Previously served as both Director-General of and Legal Advisor to the Antitrust Authority. Worked as an attorney and was a partner in the Haim Zadok and Partners Law Offices. A graduate of the Tel Aviv University Law School. 

 

Hon. Prof. Lawrence Summers Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard's University's Kennedy School of Government and former President of Harvard University. Until recently served as Director of the National Economic Council. Previously served as the US Secretary of the Treasury and as Chief Economist of the World Bank. Recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal and of the National Science Foundations Alan T. Waterman Award for outstanding scientific achievement. Holds a BS from MIT and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.  

 

Prof. Mario Sznajder Chair of the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Served as a Visiting Professor at Cambridge University, the University of San Diego and the University of Bologna. His research focuses on the ideological sources of Fascism in Italy, neo-Fascism and South America. Recipient of the Jacob Talmon Prize and the Golda Meir Prize. Received a Doctorate in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

Dr. Bruno Tertrais Senior Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), and a Lecturer in World Politics at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) de Paris. Previously served as Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee of NATO Assembly. Also served as Special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the French Ministry of Defense. Was a Visiting Fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica. Holds a PhD in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. 

 

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg Chairman of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Council for Higher Education. Member of the Faculty of the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on the economics of innovation, patents, industrial organization and R&D policy. Served in public positions in Israel and abroad, including Chairman of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office, Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister and advisor to the World Bank. Was a visiting professor and research fellow in leading academic institutions in the US, including Harvard and Stanford, the National Bureau of Economic Research in the US and the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. Received a doctorate in Economics from Harvard University.  

 

Hon. Prof. Giulio Tremonti Minister of Finance and Economy of Italy since May 2008, a position he also held from 2001 to 2004 and from 2005 until 2006. Also serves as a Full Professor at the Faculty of Law at Pavia University, and has held the role of Visiting Professor at the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford. Editor-in-Chief of the financial sciences journal Rivista di diritto finanziario e scienza delle finanze. Author of two monographs and numerous scientific articles.   

 

Dr. Yossi Vardi Chairman of International Technologies. Businessman and high-tech entrepreneur. Formed and managed a number of companies, including International Technologies Lasers (ITL), Techem – Advanced Technologies, Granit Carmel and the Alon Company. Served as Chairman of the National Oil Company, Director-General of the Ministry of Energy, Chairman of Israel Chemicals and Director-General of the Ministry of Development. Served as an advisor to the World Bank, the UN Development Program and international companies. Awards for his professional achievements include the Prime Minister’s Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the field of high-tech and the Industry Prize. Received a doctorate in Operations Research. 

 

Amb. Alexander Vershbow US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (ISA). Served as US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, as US Ambassador to the Russian Federation and as US Ambassador to NATO. Was Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council and State Department Director for Soviet Union Affairs. Recipient of the Department of Defense's Joseph J. Kruzel Award for his contributions to peace in former Yugoslavia, the State Department's Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement and American Bar Association's Ambassador Award. Holds an MA in International Relations from Columbia University. 

 

Prof. Yaacov Vertzberger Member of the Faculty of the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on the theory of international relations, international political economy, political psychology, and the foreign policy and defense policy of South Asian and Southeast Asian states. Served as a visiting professor at world-leading universities and research institutes, including Stanford, McGill, Berkeley and the Bellagio Center. Received a doctorate in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

 

MK Maj. Gen. (res.) Matan Vilnai Minister in Israel's Ministry of Defense and a Member of the Atzma'ut (Independence) Faction. Former Deputy Minister of Defense and Member of the Knesset for the Labor Party. Has held several senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Science, Culture and Sport. Served in the Israel Defense Forces for 36 years in a variety of command and staff positions, including that of Commanding General, Southern Command, Head of the Manpower Division at the General Staff, Chief Paratrooper, Infantry Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff. Holds a degree in General History from Tel Aviv University and studied at the Strategic Studies Centers of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. 

 

Hon. Dr. Alexandr Vondra Senator, Defense Minister of the Czech Republic. Previously served as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and the Czech Ambassador to the US. Also served as Foreign Policy Advisor to President Vaclav Havel and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Previously served as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. Recipient of the US National Endowment for Democracy Medal and NATO's Meritorious Service Medal. Earned a Doctor of Natural Sciences (RNDr.) from Charles University in Prague. 

 

Prof. Jonathan Webber UNESCO Chair in Jewish and Interfaith Studies at the University of Birmingham and Member of the Teaching and Research Unit in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. Formerly Fellow in Jewish Social Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Hebrew Centre Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. Former Editor of the Journal of Anthropological Society of Oxford. Authored several books including Rediscovering Traces of Memory: The Jewish Heritage of Polish Galicia, as well as articles and book chapters. Holds a PhD from the University of Oxford.  

 

Dr. Kenneth R. Weinstein CEO of the Hudson Institute. Serves by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation as a member of the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previously served on numerous bipartisan commissions and task forces, including the Bipartisan Policy Center's Iran Task Force co-chaired by former senators Dan Coats and Charles Robb, and the Guiding Coalition of the Project on National Security Reform. A political theorist by training, has written widely on international affairs for leading publications in the US, Europe, and Asia. Decorated with a knighthood in Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Holds a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.  

 

Prof. Gert Weisskirchen Member of the German Steering Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition on Combating Anti-Semitism and Honorary Professor of Applied Cultural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Former Member of the German Bundestag for the SPD. Previously served as Vice President on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE).  

 

Hon. Jon Wellinghoff Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Member of the Commission since 2006. An energy law specialist with more than 34 years experience in the field. Before joining FERC, was in private practice and represented an array of clients from various industries and government. In addition, he was the primary author of the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Act and worked with clients to develop renewable portfolio standards in six other states. Considered an expert on the state renewable portfolio process, and has lectured extensively on the subject in numerous forums. Received his master’s in Mathematics from Howard University and his JD from Antioch School of Law. 

 

Hon. Robert Wexler President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Formerly a Democratic Member of Congress, representing Florida's 19th district, whereby he served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Middle East Subcommittee. Also served as an advisor on the Middle East and Israel to President Barack Obama during his presidential campaign. Was American representative to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and the Co-Founder of the Caucus on US-Turkish Relations, the Taiwan Caucus, and the Indonesia Caucus. Eearned a Law degree from George Washington University.  

 

Hon. Bob Wise President of the Alliance for Excellent Education. Former Governor of West Virginia. Co-Chairs the Digital Learning Environment. Serves on several boards, committees, and commissions including the Public Education Network’s Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of America’s Promise, and the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Student Achievement. An advisory committee member for a number of organizations, including the Campaign for Educational Equity. Prior to his service as Governor, served in the US House of Representatives representing the 2nd district of West Virginia. Was a member on the House Education and Labor Committee. Earned a JD from Tulane University School of Law.  

 

Mr. R. James Woolsey Chairman of Woolsey Partners and Venture Partner with VantagePoint. Also Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was previously a Vice President. Former US Director of Central Intelligence. Held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. Served as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), as Under Secretary of the Navy, and as General Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. Earned a BA from Stanford University, an MA from Oxford and an LLB from Yale Law School. 

 

 

MK Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya’alon Israel's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs. Former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Served for more than 30 years in the IDF, in staff and command positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, Commanding General, Central Command, Head of the Intelligence Branch, Commander of the IDF forces in Judea and Samaria, and Commander of the Paratroop Brigade. Was a Senior Military Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Research Fellow at the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center. A graduate of the Command and Staff College in Kimberley, UK, holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa.  

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin  Former Head of IDF Military Intelligence. Served in a series of senior positions in the IDF, including in the Israel Air Force. Was the Military Attaché in Washington, Commander of the Military Colleges, Commander of the Hatzerim Base, Commander of the Nevatim Base, Head of the IAF Deployment Administration in the South and Head of the Planning Branch in the Planning and Organization Department. Received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. 

 

Col. (res.) Ahuva Yanai CEO of Matan – Investing in the Community. Served for 28 years in the IDF in a series of senior positions, including IDF Ombudswoman, Head of the Academic Branch, Head of the Basic Instruction Branch and Head of the Family Liaison Branch. Has been involved in business and social initiatives and activities, and in public organizations. Received an MA in Political Science from the University of Haifa. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Yanai President and Chief Executive Officer of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Former President and CEO of Makhteshim-Agan Industries Ltd. Served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 30 years in command, staff and training positions, including that of Head of the Planning Branch, Commanding General, Southern Command, Chief of Staff of the GOC Army Headquarters, and Commander of an Armored Division. For his military service in the Yom Kippur War, was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service.  Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. A graduate of the US National Defense College, holds an MA in National Resources Management from George Washington University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University School of Business Administration. 

 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron Chairman of the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company (EAPC). Formerly Director-General of the Ministry of Defense and CEO of U. Dori Construction. Served in the IDF for 33 years in command and staff positions including: IDF Attaché in the US and Canada, Head of the Manpower Division, Chief Infantry and Paratroop Officer, and Chief of Operations on the General Staff. Received a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and History from Tel Aviv University and is also a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College, the US Marines Command and Staff College and the National Security College.  

 

Mr. Zvi Yehezkeli Head of the Arab Affairs Desk at Channel 10 News. Lecturer at both the Hebrew University and the Koteret School of Journalism. Before becoming a journalist, held a number of positions in the diplomatic service. Subsequently, was a journalist with Channel 1 Television and with the Army Radio. Holds an MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University and is a graduate in Communications and Journalism from the Koteret School of Journalism.  

 

Mr. Michael Yutrzenka Senior Director in Corporate Affairs, responsible for the Education and Economic Development Strategy and Programs at Cisco. Previously held a variety of roles at Cisco, most recently Executive Director of the Cisco Foundation. Worked for 25 years in several NGO projects around the globe, as well as in business development, acquisition integration, channel partnerships, strategic account management, systems analysis, software engineering, sales, and management. Earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota. 

 

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim Senior Fellow at the CNA Corporation. Former Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton. Served as Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller in the George W. Bush Administration. Has been Adjunct Professor at the National War College, Yeshiva University, Columbia University and Trinity College. Served in various posts at the Department of Defense during the Reagan administration. During the 2000 US Presidential election campaign served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush. Was CEO of SPC International, a subsidiary of System Planning Cooperation, a high-technology analytical firm. Co-authored Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century (2000), which was released by the Project for a New American Century. Holds a PhD in Economics and Politics from St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. 

 

Dr. Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida Director of the Information, Planning and Evaluation Division at the Jewish Agency for Israel. 

 

Mr. Shaul Zemach Director-General of Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructure. Served as Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism, as Acting Chairman of the Airports Authority and as Deputy Budgets Director in the Ministry of Finance for transportation, agriculture, the interior, local authorities and the environment. Also headed the energy sector and coordinated the macro-economic and budget team at the Budgets Division. Holds a master’s degree in Public Policy. 

 

Mr. Zvi Ziv Former CEO of Bank Hapoalim. Served in senior positions at the bank in Israel and overseas, including Deputy CEO and head of the Retail Banking Division, CEO of Bank Hapoalim Switzerland and Head of the Business Division. Received a master’s degree in Law from Tel Aviv University and graduated from the London Business School’s Executive Management program.  

 

 

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