MK Nino Abesadze Chairperson, Lobby for Disabled Veterans of World War II. Before entering politics in 2009, MK Abesadze had a long career in journalism. In her native Georgia, she worked for Georgian State Television, where she eventually became the anchor of the evening news. Since making aliyah in 1996, she has held many positions in both print and broadcast journalism. She wrote for publications like Novosti Nedely and Vesti, contributed to Russian language programs on Channel 33, and reported on former Soviet Union immigration affairs for Channel 10 and Channel 1. She holds an MA in Literature and Russian Philology from Tbilisi State University.
Mr. Yossi Abu CEO, Delek Drilling. Prior to joining Delek, he served as a senior consultant for Israel’s Minister of Finance, active in the development and reform of social, economic, and budgetary policies. He coordinated activities between the Finance Ministry and other government offices and the private sector on a wide variety of commercial and domestic issues. Since joining Delek Energy as Regulation Manager, he has, inter alia, managed the company’s interface with government bodies and its LNG arm. He holds an LLB in Law from the Hebrew University, and an Executive LLM from the University’s joint program with Georgetown University.
Lt. Gen. (ret.) Orit Adato Owner and Managing Director of Adato Consulting Ltd. She is a consultant on international security issues, and is a member of the Council for Peace and Security. She is the former Commissioner of Israeli Prison Service, and the first International Vice President of the International Correction & Prison Association. Previously, Ms. Adato served in several senior positions in the Israeli Army, including IDF’s Commander of Training School #12, and Commander of the Women’s Corps. A graduate of the National Defence College, she holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Haifa.
Sir Mark Allen Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College and one of Britain’s preeminent Arabists. Sir Mark served in the British Foreign Service for 30 years, and lived for many years in the Middle East. During his service, he developed a keen appreciation of the nuances of Middle Eastern culture and politics. Since retiring from public service, Sir Mark has worked as a special Advisor for BP and as a Senior Advisor to the Monitor Group, a global consulting and private equity firm. He was inducted into the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 2002 and knighted in 2005.
Col. (res.) Michael (Miki) Altar Director of External Relations at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He previously managed a private company dealing with international trade in security and civilian areas. Col. Altar served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Security Agency for more than twenty years. During his service in the IDF, he held the position of Military Attaché in South Africa and managed external relations with foreign armies and military organizations. Col. Altar received a BA in Middle East and African Studies from Tel Aviv University. He is a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College.
Mr. Boaz Aner Acting Director-General of the State Comptroller’s Office. He is also a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University in the field of Internal Auditing. Previously, he held various senior positions in the State Comptroller’s Office including Deputy Director- General and was responsible for internal audit in the fields of social welfare and education. Mr. Aner is a recipient of the 2011 Knight of Quality Government Award. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a graduate of the National Security College of the Israeli Defense Forces, and holds an MA in Political Science from Haifa University.
Mr. James Appathurai NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, and Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. He formerly served NATO in several key positions including Spokesperson, as well as Deputy Head and Senior Planning Officer at the Policy Planning and Speechwriting Section of the Political Affairs Division. Prior to that, he served at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. He obtained an MA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.
Prof. Uzi Arad Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). Prof. Arad was the National Security Advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Head of Israel’s National Security Council from 2009 to 2011. During Netanyahu’s first term as Prime Minister, Dr. Arad was his Foreign Policy Advisor. In the intervening years, Prof. Arad was on the faculty of IDC, where he founded the Institute for Policy and Strategy, serving as its director, and established and presided over the “Annual Herzliya Conference Series.” During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Knesset Committee on Defense and Foreign Affairs. From 1975 to 1997, Dr. Arad served with Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, holding positions in Israel and abroad, the last of which was Director of the Intelligence Division. Prior to that Arad was a Professional Staff Member of the Hudson Institute in New York and later at Tel-Aviv University’s Center for Strategic Studies. Prof. Arad was co-author of the New York Council on Foreign Relations’ Sharing Global Resources (1979) and editor of The Balance of Israel’s National Security and Resilience (2001, in Heb). Arad received a PhD in international relations from Princeton University (1975), which he attended as a Fulbright Fellow. Prof. Arad’s work in government and in academia covers Israeli foreign policy, intelligence, national security, strategic affairs and arms control, the Atlantic Community and Israel’s relations with it, and energy security.
Prof. Ruth Arnon President of Israel’s Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and serves as a full professor in the Department of Immunology at The Weizmann Institute of Science. She previously held several senior academic management positions at the Weizmann Institute, including Vice President, Vice President for International Scientific Relations, Head of the Department of Chemical Immunology, and Dean of the Faculty of Biology. Prof. Arnon was a visiting scientist at universities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes for her contribution to science, including the Israel Prize in Medical Research, the Robert Koch Prize in Medical Sciences, the Chevalier of l’Order de la Legion d’Honneur- France, the Wolf Prize, and the Rothschild Prize. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed her postdoctoral Studies at the Rockefeller Institute in New York.
Dr. David Asher Non-Resident Senior Fellow at CNAS (Center for a New American Security). He has worked extensively as a subject matter expert on countering illicit financial networks and trans-national threats for the U.S. government, including advising OSD Policy, U.S. Special Operations Command, Central Command, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Dr. Asher also served as Senior Advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and coordinator of the North Korea Working Group at the State Department, where he helped plan and participated in the Six Party Talks. He was a resident fellow and Associate Director of the Asian Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute and a fellow with the Center for International Studies and the Japan Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. He holds a PhD in International Relations from Oxford.
Dr. Haim Assa Research Fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman center of Science, Technology, and Military Affairs at Tel Aviv University. He also currently lectures on simulations and war-games at the IDC Herzliya, and is a Senior Operational and Technological Analyst for MAFAT (The Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure). Previously, he was the National Security Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and as the first chief of the National Security Team (which later became the National Security Council), and Strategic Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Assa served as an Operational Researcher in the Israeli Air Force for 11 years. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Haifa University and an MSc in Operations Research from the Technion.
Mr. Curt Aubley Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation with Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services. Previously, he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of communications engineering and computer systems performance engineering. Mr. Aubley also led the creation of solution architectures using agile software development, system engineering techniques, and ITIL operational processes for key new business captures and programs including: DHS, FAA AFSS, USAF AFPCA, US Army USACE, JPL, and NASA ODIN. He is the recipient of two prestigious Lockheed Martin Nova Awards, LM IS&GS Eagle, and three President Awards. Mr. Aubley received a BS in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, graduated from the U.S. Army's Teleprocessing Operations Officer Course, and completed computer engineering graduate work while attending the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.
Mr. Eytan Avriel Co-Founder of TheMarker and Chief Editor of TheMarker Online. He has 19 years of experience in financial and economic journalism, and provides regular analyses for the group’s newspaper, magazine, and Web site. Prior to these, he held various roles at Reuters, including managing the editorial staff, developing new products, and managing the sales and marketing department. He also worked as an investment manager in a mutual fund investment company. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Shlomo Avineri Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He served as the Director-General of the Foreign Ministry in Yitzhak Rabin’s first government. He has also held many academic administrative positions, including 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. Prof. Avineri was a visiting lecturer at Yale University, Cornell University, Oxford University, and in a number of research institutes around the world. He is the 1996 Israel Prize Laureate, and has published many books, including The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx (1968), Hegel’s Theory of the Modern State (1972), and Herzl - An Intellectual Biography (2008). He holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics.
MK Amb. Daniel Ayalon Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu. He previously served as Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and as a political advisor to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In 2005, he received the Brandeis Award from the Jewish community in Baltimore and in 2008 the Builder of Jerusalem Award from Aish HaTorah. He holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University.
Mr. Arik Bachar Secretary General, Israeli Press Council. He is a political analyst and former senior commentator and feature writer for Maariv. His former positions with Maariv include foreign editor and editor-in-charge. He has been a regular commentator on CNN, Sky News, and Australian TV. Before joining Maariv, Mr. Bachar worked as correspondent for Reuters in South Africa, London, and Israel. He received a BA in humanities from the Open University of Israel.
Dr. Yossi Bachar Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Discount Bank. He formerly served as Director-General of the Ministry of Finance, as well as Interim Director of the Tax Authority. He initiated the Bachar Reform, designed to reduce the power of the banks by separating from them mutual funds and providence funds. Dr. Bachar formed a business and economic consulting firm, and was appointed Chairman of the Israeli branch of Stonehage, an international consulting firm. He managed Liuboshitz, Casirer & Co., an Arthur Andersen accounting firm. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Tony Badran Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington. His work primarily focuses on Lebanon, Syria, and Hezbollah. His writings have appeared in a number of mainstream publications, as well as in academic and policy journals and publications. He also authors the well-respected blog “Across the Bay,” appears regularly in the media both in the U.S. and abroad, and speaks at leading policy research institutes and schools. He previously held regular briefings with U.S. and E.U. officials. He is currently completing his doctorate at New York University.
Hon. John Baird Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. He previously held several senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Environment, and was President of the Treasury Board. Prior to entering federal politics, he was a provincial politician serving as Minister of Community and Social Services, Energy, Francophone Affairs, Children and Youth Services, as well as Government House Leader. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and an honorary member of the Kiwanis Club of Nepean. He holds a BA in Political Studies from Queen’s University.
Dr. Shmuel Bar Director of Studies at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at 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, and he has published numerous books and articles on these subjects. He Holds a PhD in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University.
MK Lt. Gen. (res.) Ehud Barak Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Atzma’ut (Independence) Faction. He previously held several ministerial positions including Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before turning to politics, he served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in a variety of senior command positions, among them:, Head of IDF Intelligence, Commander of Central Command, and Chief of Staff. He was awarded the highest number of decorations in the history of the IDF during his military service, including a Distinguished Service Medal and four additional Chief of Staff citations for courage and excellence in battle. He holds an MA in Systems Analysis from Stanford University.
Mr. Yossi Bar-Mocha CEO of Tel Aviv’s Journalists Association. He is a member of the presidium of the Israeli Press Council and the Council’s Ethics Tribunal. Previously, he was a reporter for Haaretz, as well as for many of Shoken Media Group’s weekly local newspapers in Haifa and the North of Israel. He is the co-author of the book Saints Ltd. (1995). He studied journalism at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv.
Prof. Amir Barnea Dean and Founder, Arison School of Business, IDC Herzliya. He is Professor Emeritus in Business Administration at Tel Aviv University. He 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. He is a former visiting professor at a number of universities, including Cornell University, Rice University in Texas and New York University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He holds a PhD in Finance and Managerial Economics from Cornell University.
Prof. Moshe Barniv Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He was 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. Prof. Barniv has lectured at both Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University, and was a visiting professor at Harvard University and Boston University. He received the 1995 Recanati Graduate School of Management Best Research Award (together with Prof. D. Samet). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC. He holds a PhD in Law from Tel Aviv University.
Brig. Benjamin W. Barry Senior Fellow for Land Warfare at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Served as an Infantry officer in the British Army. His Regimental experience includes three Northern Ireland tours, two in intelligence appointments, Cold War soldiering in Germany and Berlin, and duties in France, Portugal, Canada, and Hong Kong. He has also commanded a NATO brigade in Bosnia, and led Defence Diplomacy work in NATO countries, Central Asia, and the Middle East. He previously held several senior positions within the British Ministry of Defence. He is a graduate of Sandhurst, the Army Staff College, the joint Higher Command and Staff Course and the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Prof. Dan Ben-David Executive Director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies and Faculty Member of the Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. His areas of specialization are macroeconomics, economic growth, and international trade. Prof. Ben-David is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a former Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research. He has served as an Advisor to the World Bank and to the Director-General’s Office at the World Trade Organization. He is the recipient of many awards for his teaching and scholarship. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor Professor of Political Science and the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa. He previously served as Head of the School, Head of the National Security Research Center, Rector of the University and President of the Israel Political Science Association. He chaired two Governmental Commissions on Druze Education, and was the Chairman of the Governmental Committee of the Development of Infrastructure of Social Sciences in Israel. He has published seven books and more than 120 articles on Middle Eastern politics, civil-military relations, conflict resolution, and ethnic politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science and Middle East Studies from Princeton University.
Dr. Yosi Ben-Dov CEO of Time to Know. Prior to his current position, he was the CEO of Schema, a Wireless Optimization company and a Vice President at Amdocs. Before that Dr. Ben-Dov was a Co-Founder and President of Carmel Biosensors and Managing Director at Prudential Securities Financial Services Group. He was a Professor of Statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Visiting Professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Ayelet Ben-Ezer Vice President for Student Affairs of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Dr. Ben-Ezer is also External Director of Koor Industries Ltd. Dr. Ben-Ezer has been a faculty member and lecturer primarily in the area of Private International Law, Law of Torts, and Corporate Law in several leading Israeli academic institutions including Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. She holds a PhD in Law from Tel Aviv 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. He is also the Chairman of the Israeli Space Agency and a former Member of Knesset for Kadima. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for more than 30 years in various roles, including Head of the Research Branch of Air Force Intelligence, Head of Research & Development for both the IDF and the Ministry of Defense, and Head of the Administration for Research and Development of Fighting Means and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT). He has published numerous books and articles on military and security issues and is a two-time recipient of the Israel Defense Prize. He holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Ron Ben-Yishai Commentator and reporter on military affairs for Yediot Aharonot and Ynet. Previously held various senior positions in the print and electronic media including Chief Editor of Davar newspaper, a correspondent for Time, editor of numerous in depth interviews and research broadcasts on Israeli Channels 1 and 2, Yediot Aharonot’s Political Correspondent in Washington, Special Assignment Correspondent for Yediot Aharonot, and Commander and Chief of the Israeli Army Radio. He has received various prizes for his work, including the Kinor David Award for Best Documentary in 1978, and a lifetime achievement award at the Eilat News Conference in 2008. He holds a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev President and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Haifa. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the study of emotions. Prior to his election as President, Professor Ben-Ze'ev held several positions at the University of Haifa including Rector, Dean of Research, Chairperson of the Philosophy Department, Head of the University of Haifa Press, and Head of the Academic Channel. There, he also established the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions. Professor Ben-Ze'ev’s research focuses on the philosophy of psychology, and especially on the study of emotions. He has published numerous books and scholarly articles in his areas of expertise. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Doron Bergerbest-Eilon Founder, President and CEO of ASERO Worldwide. He is the former Head of the Protection and Security Division at the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). Mr. Bergerbest-Eilon advises clients on strategic plans for security preparedness, helps companies identify alternative uses for products to enhance homeland security defense, and integrates them into the security marketplace. He received the Director’s Recognition Award, the U.S. Secret Service director’s highest commendation. He holds an MA in Political Science, specializing in National Security from Haifa University and an Executive MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Ilan Biran Chairman of the Board of RAFAEL – Advanced Defense Systems. He is also a Research Fellow for Strategy and Political Economics at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He formerly held a position as Director General of the Ministry of Defense. Previously, he was the CEO of Bezeq–The Israel Communications Company Ltd., Chairman of the Board of YES Cable Television, and Chairman of the Board of Oil Refineries Ltd. He 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. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is a graduate of both the Bar-Ilan University and the U.S. Marine Corps School of Advanced War Fighting.
Mr. Robert D. Blackwill Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. In government, he served under George W. Bush as U.S. Ambassador to India and then as Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Planning, and Presidential Envoy to Iraq. A former senior State Department official and National Security Council aide for European and Soviet affairs, he served out of government as a senior fellow at the Rand Corporation, president of BGR International, and associate dean of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Ms. Michal Blumenstyk-Braverman General Manager of RSA Israel and owner of Identity Protection and Verification. Before starting at RSA, she held many positions in the private sector including Vice President of Product Management and COO of Cyota, and Vice President of Product Development for RadView, Inc. She started her career in IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from Columbia University, and she graduated the Top Executive Program in Management at Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Aad van Bohemen Head of Emergency Policy Division, International Energy Agency (IEA). Before coming to the IEA, he held several posts in the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, where he worked on energy policy for six years, notably, the liberalization of the electricity and gas markets and oil market-related issues, including international relations and oil crisis management. He was project manager for the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Amsterdam in 2004, and he was responsible for establishing the IEF-secretariat in Riyadh, as chairman of the Executive Board of the IEF-secretariat. At that time, he was also Chairman of the Board of COVA, the Dutch Stockholding Agency. He earned his Masters in Macro Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Mr. Ilan Bombach Legal Advisor to the Tel Aviv Journalists’ Association and Member of the Israeli Press Council. He serves as a member of the Central Committee and National Council of the Israel Bar, and chairman of the Israel Association of Medicine and Law. He is also deputy chairman of the National Authority for Road Safety and has formerly served as chairman of the Tel Aviv and Central District Committee of the Israel Bar, chairman of the Property Tax Appeals Committee, and chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Tel Aviv District of the Israel Bar. He lectures in Administrative Law for the Israel Bar, Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, and others. He holds an LLM from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Tzach Borovich Senior Lobbyist at Gilad- Government Relations & Lobbying. Previously, he served in the National Security Council of the Prime Minister’s Office and worked as a product developer and data analyzer for a communication company. He is a graduate of an Executive MA Program in Diplomacy and Security from Tel Aviv University and holds an MBA with emphasis in Marketing from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
Mr. David Brodet Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Leumi Le-Israel. Previously Mr. Brodet served in a number of chairman capacities including Chairman of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Chairman of the Mizrahi Bank and Bank Tefahot, Chairman of Yes Satellite Television, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hadassah Hospital. He formerly held various government positions including Director-General of the Ministry of Finance, Head of the Economic Planning Authority, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Deputy Director of Finance at Israeli Aerospace Industries. He regularly lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion University, Midreshet Rupin, and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He holds an MA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Oded Brosh Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). A lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the IDC, previously taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. Served as senior analyst with the Prime Minister’s Office. Holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on the issues of deterrence, strategy, WMD proliferation, and the Iran crisis.
Mr. Nicholas Butler Visiting Fellow and Chair of the King’s Policy Institute at King’s College London. He is also energy policy Advisor at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, and a Senior Advisor to Coller Capital and to Corporate Value Associates. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chairman of the Cambridge Centre for Energy Studies. He was a special Advisor to the former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown from 2009-2010. He is a non-executive Director of Cambridge Econometrics and a Trustee of Asia House. Butler graduated in economics from Cambridge University before joining British oil firm BP in 1977, ultimately becoming Group Vice-President for Strategy and Policy Development.
Mr. Lior Chorev Founding Partner of the Euro RSCG Israel Group. He works as a consultant with commercial companies, and as an international consultant for crisis management, election campaigns, and shaping public opinion. Mr. Chorev has held many senior management positions in strategic consulting firms, including CEO of Euro Israel and Arad Communications, CEO and Partner in Active 2000, a strategic consulting firm, and CEO and owner of Effective Communications. He is co-founder of “Am Hofshi” non-profit organization and the “Olim Beyahad” association, a non-profit seeking to integrate Ethiopian university graduates in the Israeli market.
Mr. Doron Cohen Acting Director General of the Ministry of Finance. Previously, he managed projects and was a business consultant for local and international companies. Prior to that, he held senior management positions in Israel and abroad including serving as CEO of a government company for real estate and social housing solutions, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Elite International, Chief Financial Officer of the Israeli Yellow Pages Group, and Principal Internal Auditor at ICL-Israel Chemicals Ltd. He holds a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Cohen Senior Director, Intelligence and Cyber Solutions (ICS), Elbit Systems. He previously was a Vice-President at Elron Electronic Industries and Clal Energy, and sat on the boards of several companies in both the Elron and IDB Groups. Mr. Cohen served as a Brigadier General in Unit 8200, the central military intelligence unit of the Israeli Defense Force. This unit is responsible for developing state-of-the-art technology and is one of the most complex technology organizations in Israel. He holds an MA in Management of National Resources from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in Washington, DC.
Prof. Shahram Chubin Non-resident Senior Associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program. His research focuses on nonproliferation, terrorism, and Middle East security issues.Was director of studies at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, from 1996 to 2009. A specialist in the security problems of the Middle East region, he has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the United Nations. He has been director of regional security studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a resident fellow at the Wilson Center, and a fellow at the Hudson Institute. He obtained his PhD at Columbia University.
Hon. Prof. Irwin Cotler PC, OC, MP, and Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He is a distinguished academic and a prominent human rights lawyer, whose dedication to humanitarian causes has earned him the Order of Canada and many other awards. Cotler has represented Prisoners of Conscience around the world. He is Professor of Law Emeritus at McGill University, where he was director of its human rights program, and is chair of InterAmicus, the McGill-based international human rights advocacy centre. He holds a BCL from McGill and an LLM from Yale, in addition to numerous honorary degrees.
Mr. Ruvik Danilovich Mayor of Beer-Sheva. Previously, he served as an Acting Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and was in charge of education in Beer-Sheva. He also chaired the youth wing of the Israeli Labor Party, as well as the party’s youth branch in the Negev. He is a graduate of Kaye College in Beer-Sheva.
Dr. Robert Danin Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Advisor to the Quartet Representative Tony Blair. Former Head of Mission of the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He held a position as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where he was responsible for Arab-Israeli negotiations, policy, and strategic planning. He previously served as Director for the Levant and Israeli-Palestinian Affairs and acting Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs at the White House National Security Council. He has been a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He obtained a PhD in International Relations from Oxford University.
Mr. Jonathan Davis Vice President for External Relations and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School, IDC Herzliya. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. He previously served as Director of the Division for Development and Public Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as 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. He received an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Dani Dayan Chairman of the YESHA Council (Council of the Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria). He established Elad Systems, where he served as CEO and Chairman. He continues to invest in high-tech companies and lectures at the Ariel University Center of Samaria. He holds an MSc in Finance from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Dan Diker Secretary General, World Jewish Congress (WJC). He previously served as Middle East Policy Advisor to the WJC and WJC Director of Strategic Affairs. Additionally, he was the Director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where he also was Senior Foreign Policy Analyst. Mr. Diker previously served as a Middle East Affairs commentator for Israel’s Channel One English News and the Knesset’s Channel 99. He studied management at Harvard University Business School.
Amb. Edward P. Djerejian Founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and Managing Partner of Djerejian Global Consultancies, LLP. He is the former U.S. Ambassador to Syria under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and to Israel under President Clinton. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the White House. He is the author of Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East (2008). He holds a BS from Georgetown University and honorary degrees from Georgetown University and Middlebury College.
Mr. Daniel Doron Founder and Director of the Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress. He was one of the founders of the Shinui Party. He also served on an economic advisory group for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and on the Israel Government Council for National and Economic Planning, and was a member of the Board of the Entrepreneurial Center of Tel Aviv University. He publishes regularly in the Israeli and foreign press and is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. Mr. Doron was awarded the Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism by Israel’s Media Watch. He holds a BA in Sociology and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ms. Efrat Duvdevani Director General of the Office of the President. Previously, she served in various 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. Prior to that, she held positions as an Advisor to Yitzhak Rabin during his second term as Prime Minister, as well as Head of the Social Branch in the Ombudsman’s Division in the Prime Minister’s Office. She has formerly served in command positions in IDF Intelligence units. She holds an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Zvi Eckstein Dean of the School of Economics at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel. He is a member of the Faculty of the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University, and formerly held a position as the Head of the School of Economics. He previously served as a visiting professor at Yale, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, and Boston University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
MK Yoel-Yuli Edelstein Minister of Public Information and Diaspora Affairs and Member of the Knesset for the Likud Party. Previously, he held several ministerial positions, including Deputy Minister of Immigrant Absorption, Minister of Immigrant Absorption, and Deputy Chairman of the Knesset. He also chaired the Israel-Canada Parliamentary Friendship League. He formerly served as Vice President of the Zionist Forum in Israel. He holds a degree in foreign languages from the Moscow Institute for Teacher Training. He is also a graduate of Cohort 7, the Jerusalem Fellows Program at the Mandel Leadership Institute.
MK Michael Eitan Minister of Improvement of Government Services. He has been a Member of Knesset since 1984, serving on a number of committees including the Finance Committee, the Economic Affairs Committee, the Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee, the State Control Committee, the Committee on Education and Culture, and has chaired the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Before his current appointment, he served as Minister of Science and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. He holds a degree in Legal Studies from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Israel Elad-Altman Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy of the IDC Herzliya and at the Israel Atlantic Forum. He has held a number of senior governmental positions both in Israel and abroad. A former lecturer at Tel Aviv University (TAU), he was also a Research Fellow at TAU’s Shiloah Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from University of California-Los Angeles.
Ms. Keren Elazari Business Development Manager, Cyber Intelligence Group, Verint Systems Ltd. Since 2000, she has been employed by leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, and global Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Elazari holds a CISSP certification and currently works for Verint Systems in the fields of innovative cyber threat detection and cyber investigation technologies. She has organized, hosted and participated as keynote speaker at international Cyber Security events like Y2Hack 2004 & ILHack 2009 in Tel Aviv, ITBN 2007 Security Day in Budapest, and many more. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University in History and the Philosophy of Science and Ideas.
Mr. Adi Eldar Mayor of Karmiel. During his long career in public service, he served as the Chairman of the Israel Local Authorities Union and as a consultant to Yitzhak Navon when he was Minister of Education and Culture. Mr. Eldar was also Head of the Education Department at the Karmiel Municipality. He holds degrees in General History and Jewish History from Haifa University.
Amb. Dr. Oded Eran Senior Research Fellow and former Director of the Institute for National Security Studies and a member of the Israel Atlantic Forum. He spent more than four decades in the Israeli Diplomatic Service, serving in positions including Ambassador to the European Union and NATO and Ambassador to Jordan. He was also stationed at the Israeli Embassies in London and Washington. Amb. Eran also served as the World Jewish Congress’ Representative in Israel. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics.
Mr. Gadi Evron Research Fellow, Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology, and Security, Tel Aviv University. His expertise ranges from botnets, corporate security, counterespionage, to cybercrime (e-fraud and phishing). Previously, he was CISO at the Israeli government ISP (eGovernment project) and founded the Israeli Government CERT. He organizes and chairs worldwide conferences, vetted working groups, and task forces. He authored two books on information security and is a frequent lecturer. He served as team leader in Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence.
Dr. Yoram Evron Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and faculty member of the Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa. His research focuses on China’s security policy, military policy, and Middle East policies, as well as Israel-China relations. Dr. Evron lectures on China’s foreign affairs and defense policy, the development of China’s armed forces, Middle Eastern militaries, and Israel-Chinese relations. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Haifa University.
Mr. Amir Abbas Fakhravar Secretary General and Founder, The Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS), Research Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Institute of World Politics, Center for Culture and Security. He is an Iranian jailed dissident, award winning writer, blogger, and the recipient of the prestigious Annie Taylor Journalism Award. As a political prisoner, he spent over five years in prison for his writings, interviews, and role in the student movement, and was subjected to “white torture.” He is the author of three books, and is an honorary member of English PEN Club, PEN Club Canada, and International PEN Club.
Prof. Niall Ferguson Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. Also serves as 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. He is a regular contributor to television, radio, and press and author of several books including Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927 (1995) and most recently, Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011). Prof. Ferguson is the recipient of the Wadsworth Prize for Business History. He holds both an MA and a DPhil from Oxford University.
Prof. Stanley Fischer Governor of the Bank of Israel. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Citigroup International, part of the Citigroup Corporation in the U.S. He also served as First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Head of the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT.
Ms. Lorna Fitzsimons CEO of Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy. She served as a Member of Parliament representing Rochdale from 1997 to 2005, and was one of the youngest MPs ever elected to Parliament. While in office, she was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir, a member of the Labour Friends of Israel, and a parliamentary aide to Robin Cook. She is also the former President of the UK National Union of Students.
Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel Chairman, JPMorgan Chase International; Chairman, Group of Thirty (G-30) and Former Governor of the Bank of Israel. As the Governor of the Bank of Israel, he is credited with reducing inflation, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets, and integrating the Israeli economy into the global financial system. Previously, he was a Vice Chairman of AIG, Chairman of Merrill Lynch International, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Prof. Frenkel was David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics at the University of Chicago, where he earned his PhD in Economics.
Mr. Peter Fritz Co-Founder of Global Access Partners and Group Managing Director of TCG. TCG is a diverse group of companies, which over the last 40 years has produced many breakthrough discoveries in computer and communication technologies. He chairs a number of influential government and private enterprise boards and is active in the international arena, including having represented Australia on the OECD Small and Medium Size Enterprise Committee. He is the holder of six degrees and professional qualifications, and is a recipient of the Order of Australia.
Mr. Ralf Fücks President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He joined the Green Party in 1982 and was elected to the Bremen state parliament in 1985. His work centers on sustainable development, reshaping the welfare state, migration, the future of European integration, and on international policy. His responsibilities include program development in the divisions of domestic political education, Europe and North America, German-Israel-Relations, the foundation’s Green Academy, its scholarship program as well as for the foundation’s archive “Grünes Gedächtnis.” As a member of the Green Party’s Program Commission, he co-authored the new party program, which was adopted in spring 2002. Appointed by the Minister for the Interior, Otto Schily, he was a member of a non-partisan commission on migration. He studied Political Science and Economics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Bremen.
MK Zehava Gal-On Member of the Knesset. She was among the founders of B’tselem, and the organization’s first Executive Director. She also was the Director of the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. Since her election to the Knesset in 1999, she has held many roles, including Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on the Trafficking of Women. She is the recipient of the 2005 Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation (together with Hannan Ashrawi). She holds an MA in the Philosophy of Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is working towards a PhD in Gender Studies at Bar-Ilan University.
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. He is a 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. He 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. He published a number of books in his field of specialization. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz Chief of General Staff of Israel Defense Forces. He previously held many senior command and staff positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, Defense Attaché to the U.S., Commander of GOC Army Headquarters, Commander of the Northern Command, and Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division. He holds an MA in Political Science from Haifa University and an MA in Management of National Resources from the National Defense University.
Dr. Tamar Gidron Former Dean of the Faculty of Law, College of Management. She is an expert on Torts Law and a certified mediator. She heads the Conflict Resolution and Mediation field of specialization that she launched at the College of Management. Dr. Gidron received her LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her LLM and her DJur from Tel Aviv University.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Eival Gilady Chairman of the Western Galilee College. He had a distinguished military career spanning three decades, commanding field units for twenty years, and serving an additional ten years at the General Staff. He was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. He holds an MA each from Haifa University, National Defense University, and George Washington University, in the areas of Resources Management, Policy Analysis, National Security Strategy, and Public Finance.
Amb. Dan Gillerman Chairman of Markstone Capital Group, Former Permanent Representative of Israel to the UN. During his term at the UN, he was chosen to be the Vice President of the General Assembly on behalf of the Western bloc. He was Chairman of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce, and served on the board of major commercial banks and the Central Bank of Israel. He was the CEO of a number of Israeli companies in the fields of chemicals, food, agriculture, and technology. He holds degrees from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Galia Golan Founder and Head of the MA Specialization in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. She specializes in international crises, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and current political issues. She was the chairperson of the Department of Political Science, the Darwin Professor of Soviet and East European Studies, and the chairperson of the Lafer Center for Women’s Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been a consultant to the Israel Defense Forces and the Foreign Ministry, and she is the author of nine books in the area of international relations and the Middle East. Prof. Golan is a member of the editorial boards of the Israel Journal of Foreign Policy, the International Feminist Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Communist and Post-Communist Studies. Prof. Golan is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association Award for Lifetime Achievement. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amb. Dr. Dore Gold President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He served as Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, advisor to Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as to the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. He was at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, where he was director of the U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy Project. Author of numerous books and articles on the Middle East, his latest, is The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (2009). He received his MA and PhD from Columbia University.
Dr. David Gordon Head of Research and Director of Global Macro Analysis at Eurasia Group. Previously, he worked for more than 10 years at the highest levels of U.S. foreign and national security policy processes. Dr. Gordon served as the Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and as Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC). He 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). He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Ofra Graicer Senior Research Fellow, Center for Intelligence Research, Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Prior to her current position, Dr. Gracier was a senior member at the Operational Theory Research Institute in the IDF, focusing on Special Operations, Cultural Intelligence, and Operational Maneuvers. Over the past few years, she has worked in public and private markets around the globe and is currently assisting U.S. military commands with the application of Design to Strategic Planning. She holds a PhD in Advanced Military Theory from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Aviad Hacohen Dean of Sha’arei Mishpat Law College, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University, and Research Fellow at The Van Leer Institute. In the past, he served as a consultant to the Codification Committee of the Ministry of Justice, and a judge on the disciplinary court of the Israel Bar Association. He is a member of the committee on legal terminology of the Academy of the Hebrew Language, and is chairman of Mosaica – the Institute for the Study of Religion, Society, and State. A practicing attorney, he is a founder of the law firm of Ben-David, Avraham, Hacohen. He received his PhD in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Efraim Halevy Former Director of the Mossad and Head of the Shasha Center for Strategic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He previously held the posts of Chairman of the National Security Council and National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. During his long tenure at the Mossad, he held many senior positions in Israel and overseas, including Deputy-Director, and Head of the Tevel Division responsible for relations with foreign intelligence agencies and diplomatic contacts. He also served in the Israeli Embassies in Washington and Paris, and as Ambassador to the European Union. He holds an LLM from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Lt. Gen. (res.) Danny Haloutz Former Chief of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) General Staff. He began his service in the IDF in 1966, and served in many high-ranking positions, including Assistant Deputy Chief of General Staff, Commander of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), and Head of the Operational Requirements Department of the IAF. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and served as the 18th IDF Chief of the General Staff until February 2007. He also serves as the Chairman of Etgarim, a special needs charity. He received a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Avi Hasson Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. Prior to his appointment, he spent ten years as a partner in the Gemini Venture Capital Fund, where he was responsible for investments in the fields of telecommunications, consumer electronics, and data storage. He spent a decade in leading telecommunication companies, such as ECI Telecom, ECtel, and Tadiran Systems, where he held positions in the field of marketing, business development, and consulting. He received an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Ayala Hasson Reporter and Political Commentator for Channel 1. She hosts Channel 1’s weekend primetime “Yoman” news and current affair magazine program, as well as the radio political talk show “Hakol Diburim” of IBA’s radio Kol Yisrael. She is a recipient of the 1998 Knight of Quality Government Award. She holds a BA in Political Science.
Dr. Elana Yael Heideman Director of the Israel Forever Foundation. The Israel Forever Foundation is an educational and philanthropic venture based on developing and supporting initiatives that foster understanding, respect, involvement, and pride in Israel. She was selected as the Young Leadership Chair of B’nai B’rith International and served as a delegate on the World Zionist Council for nearly 10 years. As both a Zionism and Holocaust educator, she has worked with groups from throughout the world, including Great Britain, South Africa, Australia, South America, India, and Jordan. She was awarded the Herzl Prize in 2005. She completed her PhD in Holocaust Studies, Phenomenology, and Memory at the University Professors Program at Boston University.
Mr. Richard D. Heideman Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Herzliya Conference. He is the founder of Heideman, Nudelman & Kalik, P.C. Law Firm in Washington, DC. Previously, he 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. He was also the Chief Trial Counsel for Israeli victims of terrorism at hearings convened by the Dutch Center for Information and Documentation on Israel. Mr. Heideman is the former President of B’nai B’rith International and now serves as Honorary President. He is the recipient of the Merito de Mayo, the highest national award bestowed by the Argentine government upon non-citizens. He holds a JD from George Washington University.
Prof. François Heisbourg Chairman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is Special Advisor for the Foundation for Strategic Research (Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique). He serves as Chairman of the IISS Council and is the former Director of the IISS, London. The former Senior Vice-President of Strategic Development at MATRA-Défense-Espace, he was also a member of the French “Defence White Paper” Presidential Commission and a member of the International Commission on the Balkans. He has published numerous articles and has provided numerous interviews in the academic and general media. He is the author of L’Iran, le choix des armes? (Iran, the Choice of Arms) (2007).
MK Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz Israeli Minister of Science and Technology and Chairman of the Habayit Hayehudi party. He has been a faculty member at the Technion since 1985, and is a full Professor in the Mathematics Department as the Eugene & Marlene Shapiro Academic Chair in Mathematics. The recipient of numerous national and international research grants, Prof. Hershkowitz has published over eighty articles in professional mathematics journals. He holds an MSc and a PhD in Mathematics from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Mr. Shlomo Herskovic Economist and consultant to the Israel National Council for Research and Development, responsible for the development and management of a national database of R&D statistics and indicators. He was the Deputy Director General for Planning and Information of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israel Council for Higher Education. Previously, he held a position as head of the Division of R&D Economics at the Ministry of Science and Technology, and was the Acting Head of the Division of International Scientific Relations. He holds an MA in Economics from Wayne State University
MK Isaac Herzog Former Minister of Welfare and Social Affairs of Israel. He previously held several senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of Tourism, Minister for the Diaspora, Society, and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism, and Secretary to the Government. He has published many articles in newspapers and leading journals in Israel and abroad. He Holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University and studied at Cornell and New York Universities.
Brig. Gen. Michael (Mike) Herzog International Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Former Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense. Over the last decade, General Herzog has held senior positions in Israel's Ministry of Defense including serving as Military Secretary. In that capacity, he acted as the liaison between the Defense Minister and the IDF, Prime Minister's office, intelligence community, and Israeli defense establishment. He has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, participating in most of Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians. He holds an MA from Haifa University.
Mr. Nathan Hetz President and CEO, Alony Hetz Properties and Investments. He currently serves on the board of Amot Investments Ltd., Equity One Inc., First Capital Realty Inc., and PSP Swiss Property AG. Mr. Hetz received a BA in accounting from Tel-Aviv University and is a certified public accountant in Israel.
Dr. Malcolm Hoenlein Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. He 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, he taught International Relations and served as a Middle East specialist at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. In addition, he served on the editorial staff of ORBIS, the Journal of International Affairs. The recipient of many awards and tributes, Mr. Hoenlein was appointed by three U.S. Presidents as a member of U.S. delegations to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He earned his PhD in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Yossie Hollander Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. Recently he founded the Our Energy Policy Foundation, an open-source expert discussion of U.S. energy policy under the public eye. A successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Hollander has 40 years of experience in the software industry and is among the pioneers of the Israeli software industry. He founded New Dimension Software Ltd., and was the Chairman and CEO of the firm. Mr. Hollander now serves on the executive board and the management committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he launched a renewable energy initiative.
Ms. Orna Hozman-Bechor Director-General of Israel’s Ministry for the Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Previously, she 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. She was also the CEO and owner of OHB Strategy and Government Contacts Company. She holds a BA in Business.
Ms. Tamar Ish-Shalom Channel 10 Evening News anchor. She hosted various news broadcasts on Channel 2 and 10. Previously, she served as the Europe correspondent for Channel 2, and the Knesset correspondent for Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Radio. She was also Channel 10 morning news anchor. She is a recipient of the B’nai B’rith Journalism Prize for Excellence in Diaspora Reporting. She holds an MA in Theology from Kings College London.
Mr. Ash Jain Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, provided guidance and advice to U.S. officials on a range of strategic challenges facing the United States and its allies, including those posed by Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas. As a special advisor for the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, he examined U.S. policy options to address Iran’s nuclear program. He recently released a report, Nuclear Weapons and Iran’s Global Ambitions: Troubling Scenarios (2011). He holds both a JD and an MS from Georgetown University.
Adv. Basha’er Fahoum-Jayoussi Attorney and Mediator. She is the Founder and Owner of Basha’er Fahoum-Jayoussi Law Firm. She chairs the Board of the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa, and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trusties at the University of Haifa. Previously, she served as Head of the Internal Audit Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors of Haifa’s Port. She holds an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied toward an LLM at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Josef Joffe Publisher-Editor of the German weekly Die Zeit. Also serves as Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Co-founder of the foreign policy journal The American Interest (along with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyuma). Previously 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). He holds a PhD in Government from Harvard University.
Prof. Clarence B. Jones Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Research & Education Institute. A pioneer of the civil rights movement, Mr. Jones was part of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s innermost circle of advisors. Through his involvement as an attorney, advisor, fundraiser, speechwriter, and personal friend to King and other movement leaders, Mr. Jones contributed in significant ways to a variety of civil rights campaigns. He is the author of What Would Martin Say? (2008) and Behind the Dream—The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation (2011). He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law.
Ms. Abby Joseph Cohen President of the Global Markets Institute and Senior Investment Strategist for Goldman Sachs. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1990, after specializing in quantitative strategy and economics at other major financial firms. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board. She serves as a presidential councilor at Cornell University and on the boards of the Weill Cornell Medical College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Brookings Institution. A frequent guest lecturer at several universities and graduate schools of business, she holds an MS in Economics from George Washington University.
Mr. Claude Kandiyoti Coordination Committee of Jewish Organizations in Belgium (CCOJB). He is the 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. He is a regular contributor to the Israeli daily Haaretz, a Kol Dor founding member, and a member of the World Jewish Diplomatic Corps. He previously worked as the Publisher of the Brussels-based Jewish monthly Contact J and was the Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students. He holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
Judge (ret.) Edna Kaplan-Hagler Former Deputy President of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa District Court. She was first appointed to the court in 1993 and prior to that, she was a practicing criminal defense attorney for 27 years. She has been very active with the Israeli Bar Association, including the Ethics Committee, the Committee for Criminal Affairs, the Legislation Committee, and the board of the Association’s Law Review. Judge Kaplan-Hagler was awarded the Pinchas Rosen Prize for Excellence in Legal Research as well as the Zeltner Prize. She holds a PhD in Legal Studies from Tel Aviv University and has taught courses on the criminal justice system in several law schools in Israel.
Dr. Yuval Karniel Senior Lecturer at the Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He has extensive experience teaching law and communications courses on media policy, law and ethics in the media, and commercial advertising. He co-directed the Joint Program in Law and Communications at Tel Aviv University. He is also on the Israel Broadcasting Authority’s board and was the general counsel of Israel’s Commercial Television and Radio Authority. He earned an LLM in International Law from the American University and an LLD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
MK Haim Katz Chairman, Knesset Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1999. An electronics technician by trade, he previously served as secretary of the National Workers Union of Israel Aircraft Industries, and was appointed Chairman of the Pension Funds Policy-Making Staff of the Histadrut. Katz founded the Oz faction within the Histadrut. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun-Dor, HaMeshakem, HaPoel, and Mivtahim.
MK Haim Katz Chairman, Knesset Labor, Welfare, and Health Committee. He was first elected to the Knesset in 1999. An electronics technician by trade, he previously served as secretary of the National Workers Union of Israel Aircraft Industries, and was appointed Chairman of the Pension Funds Policy-Making Staff of the Histadrut. Katz founded the Oz faction within the Histadrut. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sun-Dor, HaMeshakem, HaPoel, and Mivtahim.
Mr. Sharon Kedmi Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. He previously served as Director of the Professional Staff of the Ministry of National Infrastructure and as a director in the private sector. He also worked as a journalist for TheMarker and Globes. He received an MBA from Tel Aviv University and graduated from the university’s Continuing Studies Program in Finance.
Mr. Nahed Khazem Mayor of Shfaram. Previously, he was a Senior Manager in an Arab-Israeli Bank. He holds an MBA from Derby University, and is a graduate of the Senior Business Management Program at the University of Haifa.
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. He specializes in sustainable development in the Middle East and political economy. Mr. al Khouri is a Professor of Business at BMU Lebanese French University and is a trainer at the WTO grouping of Arab academics. He also serves as a consultant for many public sector institutions and private firms. His publications include Trade Policies in Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia (2000), Jordanian-Syrian Economic Relations (2001), and U.S. & E.U. FTAs in Middle East & North Africa (2008).
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His career in government service and on the global stage has spanned many years, including roles as the Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as postings in New Delhi, Vienna, and Washington, DC, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including foreign policy, national security, and policy planning. He started his work with the United Nations in 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations division. In 2001-2002, he was Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's Presidency of the General Assembly. In 1999, he served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. He holds an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi Director of Military Intelligence, Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Since he enlisted in the Paratroopers Brigade in 1982, he has held a variety of positions in both the Paratroopers Brigade and General Staff of the IDF. Among other posts, he served as the Commander of the Eastern Brigade of Lebanon Liaison Unit, Commander of the Paratroopers Brigade during Operation Defensive Shield, and Commander of the Gaza Division during the disengagement and Operation Summer Rain. He holds an MPA from Harvard, and an MA from Johns Hopkins.
Prof. Martin Kramer Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center and the Wexler-Fromer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. His research focuses on contemporary Islam and on the politics of Arab countries. He formerly directed the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. He has held visiting professorships at Brandeis University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, and Georgetown University. He also held two appointments as a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He earned a PhD in Middle East Studies from Princeton University.
Mr. Yehezkel (Hezi) Kugler CEO of Adira Energy and Former Director General of Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructures. His background is in large-scale project finance, corporate and commercial law, and the securities and venture capital markets. Prior to appointment to his post as CEO, he was a senior partner in the Herzliya-based law firm Eitan, Mehulat, Pappo, Kugler in which he oversaw the firm’s projects and securities practices, concentrating in particular on BOT and PFI infrastructure projects as well as major offerings in the public and private equity markets. Mr. Kugler holds an MA from Bar-Ilan University in Political Studies, specializing in International Relations, and an LLB from Tel-Aviv University.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser Director-General of Israel’s Ministry for Strategic Affairs. He held a position as Deputy CEO at Global CST, a security consulting firm, and was responsible for the company’s activity in Colombia. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington. During his military service, he held a series of senior positions in the IDF, including Head of the Research Division in Military Intelligence, Intelligence Officer for Central Command, and Deputy Defense Attaché for Intelligence Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He holds an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
MK Dr. Uzi Landau Minister of National Infrastructures. Formerly a Member of Knesset for the Likud party, he is now an MK for the Israel Beitenu party. He previously served as the Internal Security Minister and as Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister’s Office. He is the former Director-General of the Ministry of Transportation and a former lecturer at the Technion. He holds a PhD in Systems Analysis from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Lea Landman Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Deputy Manager of the Herzliya Conference Series on Israel National Security; Co-founder and Acting Executive Director, Women in International Security (WIIS) Israel. She specializes in international affairs of the Middle East, as well as security-related issues such as missile defense and NATO. She served as an officer in Israeli Air Force Intelligence. She worked as a strategic and business consultant in the defense and security fields at Jane’s Information Group. She holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Dr. Chung Min Lee Dean and Professor of International Relations, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, and Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asian Security Affairs at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Dr. Lee concurrently serves as a member of the President’s Foreign Policy Advisory Council and the Presidential Committee on Future & Vision. He is also an advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Unification, the Foreign Policy, and Unification Committee of the National Assembly and other Korean government agencies. For over twenty years, Dr. Lee has written extensively on various aspects of East Asian security including strategic developments on the Korean peninsula. His research covers international and Asian security and defense planning, WMD proliferation, crisis management, and intelligence. Dr. Lee received both a MALD and a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Sir Dr. Michael Leigh, KCMG Director-General for Enlargement of the European Commission. He served in a number of positions within the European Commission, including 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, Dr. Leigh was an Assistant Professor of International Relations at John Hopkins University and a lecturer of International Relations at the University of Sussex. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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. He is also a member of the governing body of the Israeli Press Council. He pioneered the teaching of new media at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University (TAU), and Ben-Gurion University, and is one of the founders of the TAU school of journalism. His current research focuses on data mining and the effect of artificial intelligence on the media. He holds a PhD in Communication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Stella Korin-Lieber Journalist and Financial Commentator for Globes newspaper as well as Guest Commentator for various television and radio broadcasts. Previously, she worked as a journalist for several magazines including Ksafim, Monitin and HaOlam Haze. Prior to that, Ms. Korin-Lieber was a Registered Nurse in the emergency room at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. She is a recipient of the 2009 Ometz Award for uncovering governmental corruption.
Mr. Yoav Limor Military Affairs Commentator for Israel Hayom newspaper, and Channel 10 morning news anchor. Previously, he served as Channel 1 Military Affairs Commentator, a Political and Military Affairs Commentator for Maariv newspaper, and was also the newspaper’s London correspondent. He is the co-author of the book Captives in Lebanon: the Truth about the Second Lebanon War (2007). He holds an LLB in Law.
Judge Micha Lindenstrauss State Comptroller and Ombudsman. He is also a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. Previously, he served as President of the District Court of Haifa, Chairman of the Israeli Association of Judges, Chairman of “The Movement for a Better Israel,” and Chairman of the “Israel American Friendship Society.” He was also the Military District Prosecutor and Legal Advisor of the IDF. Judge Lindenstrauss represented the Israeli Judges in the European Association of Judges and has been active on the Board of Directors of the “Justice for the World” Foundation. He holds an LLM from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ms. Tali Lipkin-Shahak Editor and Anchor of various news broadcasts and documentaries at Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Radio. She is also the Chief Editor and Anchor of the program “Security Strip,” and a commentator and a correspondent for Israeli television news programs. Before that, she hosted Channel 1’s “Erev Chadash” and Channel 2’s “Hazman Hashlishi” for seven years. Ms. Lipkin-Shahak was the first female Military Correspondent for Davar newspaper. She was also one of the founders of the Regional Radio Station in Tel Aviv. She has edited and presented several documentary films, and is an active member of “Ezrat Nashim,” an NGO of female media workers who have campaigned to raise awareness of and public support for women’s help centers.
MK Tzipi Livni Head of the Opposition in the Knesset and Chair of the Kadima Party. She has held several senior ministerial positions in Israel’s governments, including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice, Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Absorption, and Minister of Construction and Housing. She was Director-General of the Government Companies Authority and served in the Mossad. An attorney by training, she specialized in commercial law, public law, and real estate. She was awarded a prize for quality government in 2004. She holds an LLB from Bar-Ilan University.
Dr. Gal Luft Executive Director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). He is a founding member of the Institute for Renewable Energy Policy, The International Lithium Alliance, OurEnergyPolicy.org and Citizens for Energy Freedom as well as a member of the Society of Industry Leaders, and the Committee on the Present Danger. He has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications, consults for various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. He is the co-author of Energy Security Challenges for the 21st Century (2009) and Turning Oil into Salt: Energy Independence through Fuel Choice (2009). He holds a PhD in Strategic Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Ms. Rachel Machtiger Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya. She spent nearly 28 years in the Prime Minister’s Office in various research and administrative roles. Her fields of research include the Middle East, Asia, Africa, radical Islam, and anti-Semitism. At the Institute for Policy and Strategy, she is involved in a range of research areas on topics such as radical Islam, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians. She received degrees in Political Science and National Security Studies from the University of Haifa.
Mr. Israel Makov Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is also Chairman of the medical instrumentation company Given Imaging and of Netafim Ltd. Formerly, he was the CEO and President of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the CEO and President of Yachin Hakal Ltd. and the CEO of Gottex. He is the 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. He holds an MA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Robert McNally Founder and President of the Rapidan Group. His background and expertise spans the convergence of energy with economic, security, and environmental sectors, from global oil market fundamentals to regulatory policies. He has testified to Congress on energy markets and national security, and published on energy in Foreign Affairs. Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy Advisor on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally started his professional career as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. He earned his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Ashok Kumar Mehta Former General Officer Commanding, Indian Peace Keeping Forces (IPKF) in Sri Lanka. Commissioned into the Gorkha Rifles regiment of the Indian Army in 1957, Major-General Mehta has had a distinguished military career, including an appointment as Divisional Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka (1988-90). Since retiring from the army, he has become a well-known policy analyst and commentator on South Asian security affairs, with considerable experience of Nepal. He is an Advisor on His Majesty’s Gorkha Memorial Trust, Kathmandu, and Member of the India-Nepal Track 2 Dialogue. He is the author of War Despatches: Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003).
Prof. Arie Melnik Professor Emeritus at the Department of Economics at the University of Haifa. Previously, he held various academic positions in the schools of Economics, Business, Finance, and Banking at universities in the U.S., Europe Australia, and the Middle East including the University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern, NYU, London, Turin, Toronto, Sydney, Istanbul, and the Technion. Prof. Melnik also served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Haifa, and Chaired the Department of Business Administration, the University Computer Committee, and the Department of Economics. His research focuses on Financial Economics and Banking, Corporate Finance, Managerial Accounting and Labor Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cornell University.
Prof. Rafi Melnick Provost of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is 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. He is the 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. He 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. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amb. Vanu Gopala Menon Deputy Secretary (Asia-Pacific) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. Previously, he served as Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 2004 to 2011. Before assuming his post in New York, he was Singapore’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and the World Trade Organization, and concurrently accredited as Singapore’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. He obtained a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics on a Raffles Scholarship.
Ms. Judith Miller Adjunct Fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) and 2002 Pulitzer Prize recipient. She is 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, Ms. Miller served jail time to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources. She is the first woman to be named chief of the New York Times’ bureau in Cairo, Egypt. She is the author of four books, two of which are best-sellers. Ms. Miller holds an MA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Mr. Adi Mintz Chairman of the Yesha Council Plenum and a Member of the Council’s management. He is also the Founding Director of “Green Yesha.” Previously, he served as Director-General of Yesha Council, chaired the Dolev settlement secretariat, and the Forum of West Benjamin settlements, and was also a member of the plenum of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. Mr. Mintz formerly held a position as vice president of a high-tech company and worked as a senior project manager at Tadiran. He holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Alex Mintz Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC-Herzliya and Editor-in-Chief the journal Political Psycholog. Professor Mintz is Editor of the University of Chicago Press Book Series on Leadership and Decision Making in the International Arena (with Rose Mcdermott) and editorial board member of the journals International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, Open Political Science Journal, and the newly established, European Journal of Political Science. He also served as Associate Editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution (2004-2009). Prof. Mintz is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA), and the 1993 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the ISA for the most important contribution of any scholar in the world under age of forty to the scientific study of International Relations. He has published in such top journals as the American Political Science Review (1988, 1989, 1990, 1997), American Journal of Political Science (1988 and 1991), International Studies Quarterly (2011), American Journal of Sociology (1986), Political Psychology (2009) and the Journal of Conflict Resolution (1985, 1987, 1993a, 1993b, 1997, 2004a, 2004b, 2006). Prof. Mintz has published 10 books or edited books, including new books with Cambridge University Press and the University of Chicago Press (forthcoming). He served as President of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the ISA and together with five Nobel Laureates, on the board of the Center for Conflict Management and Prevention in Sydney, Australia. Holds a PhD from Northwestern University.
Mr. Moshe Negbi Channel 1 Journalist and Legal Affairs Pundit. He is also the Legal Commentator for Kol Yisrael Radio and a Senior Lecturer in the fields of Communication, Ethics, and the Legal System at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Negbi co-hosts the radio legal affairs talk show “Din Udvarim” of IBA’s radio Kol Yisrael. He is the author of six books including Freedom of Press and Freedom of the Press in Israel (2011). He holds an LLM from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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, the Human Rights Committee under the President of the Russian Federation, and 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 U.S. Author of over 600 works on politics, government affairs, and public policy, including seven books. Holds a PhD in History from Moscow State University.
Ms. Ayelet Nir Chief Economist, Strategist, and the Director of the Research Departments at Psagot Investment House. She is also a director at Psagot Mutual Funds, and a member of the Israeli Economic Association Council. Previously, she served as Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Department at IBI Investment House, and was the Macroeconomist of Ofek Securities and Investments Ltd. of the Bank Leumi Group. Ms. Nir was also a member of the Economic Policy Planning team at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. She holds an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. David Nordell Founder & CEO, New Global Markets. His company, New Global Markets, is a financial technology start-up developing sophisticated identity-based systems to prevent money laundering, terror financing, and fraud in the global financial industry. He started his career as professional journalist, writing mainly about economics and finance for the Associated Press, before becoming a science and technology columnist for Haaretz. Subsequently, he developed the international branding campaign for the Israeli economy on behalf of the Israel Export Institute and Ministry of Industry and Trade, and was the first professional consultant on Internet and IT infrastructure policy to the Israeli government. Mr. Nordell holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton.
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.
Mr. Cem Özdemir National Chairman of the German Green Party and a member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs. He is the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Central Asia and second vice chair of the Permanent Ad Hoc Delegation for Relations with Iraq. He also served as vice president of the “CIA Committee” (Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners). He was the first person of Turkish descent ever elected to the German Bundestag, where he served for two terms (1994 to 2002). In 2003, he was a transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington and Brussels.
Hon. George A. Papandreou Former Prime Minister of Greece. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament in 1981, and has since served in various government posts, including Deputy Minister of Culture, Minister of Education, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also responsible for overseeing Greece’s successful bid to host the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Further, he is President of the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and President of the Socialist International. Mr. Papandreou has been honored with numerous international awards in recognition of his efforts to promote peace and democracy worldwide. He holds two MSc degrees, one in Sociology from Stockholm University, and another in Sociology and Development from the London School of Economics.
Rabbi Shmuel-Haim Pappenheim Manager of an Employment Development Center for members of the Ultra-Orthodox community in Beit Shemesh. He publishes articles on the Ultra-Orthodox news website Kikar HaShabat. Previously, he held a position as the editor of Ha’Eda Ha’Cherdit Bulletin and was also the unofficial spokesman of the Ultra-Orthodox community. Prior to that, Rabbi Pappenheim was a member of the Bulletin’s Editorial Board. He holds a BA in Political Science and Communication from the Open University, Israel.
Dr. Tal Pavel Research Fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University. He is also a lecturer at Netanya Academic College and the Ariel University Center of Samaria. He is an expert in Middle Eastern and Islamic World usage of the internet. Additionally, he has an in-depth knowledge of Information Systems Development. He occupied various key positions as a Software Project Manager and Software Systems Analyst with various major financial and other business institutions in Israel. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Bar-Ilan University.
Prof. Dov Pekelman Chairman of Atra Networks Ltd. and Gilon Investments. He is also a senior consultant to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. He lectures at the Arison School of Business of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, serves on the Board of Directors of the IDC, and as Chairman of the IDC Corporation. He founded and ran a management-consulting firm, established several start-up companies, and was the Chairman and Board Member of several large industrial corporations, including Teva, Makhteshim, Agan, and Koor. He is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Bank of Israel. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
H.E. Shimon Peres President of the State of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Former Prime Minister of Israel. He served in senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Defense, Foreign Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Transportation, and Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee. Before his election to the Knesset in 1965, he served as Director-General of the Ministry of Defense and Deputy Minister of Defense. He assisted in laying the foundations for defense research in Israel and initiated the establishment of high-tech industries. He is the former Chairman of the Labor Party and Vice-President of the Socialist International. He founded the Peres Center for Peace, which initiates and executes projects in various fields in partnership with the Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt.
MK Amir Peretz Former Chairman of the Histadrut Labor Union. As a Member of Knesset since 1988, he has served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense, Labor and Welfare, Constitution, Law and Justice, and Finance Committees, as well as the Committees on the Status of Women and Foreign Workers. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Social Disparity. In 2005, Peretz was elected Chairman of the Labor Party, and served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense from May 2006 until June 2007.
Mr. Arnon Perlman President of Perlman Strategic Consulting. He serves as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Palau, and as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maariv. He previously held senior positions in the field of media, including Head of the Media and Communications Division of the Prime Minister’s Office, Media Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Spokesman for the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, and Spokesman for the Union of Local Authorities. Additionally, he was an Economics Reporter at the Telegraph and Vice Chief of Reporters at Haaretz.
Mr. Jacob Perry Chairman of the Board of Bank Mizrahi Tefahot and Chairman of Magal Ltd. He is the former Director of Israel’s General Security Agency. He also served as a coordinator to the Israeli Prime Minister on the subject of prisoners of war and missing persons. He holds degrees in Middle Eastern Affairs and Israeli History from Tel Aviv University and studied Budget Management, Marketing, and Economics at Harvard University.
Mr. Nadav Perry Political Commentator for Channel 10. He hosts various news broadcast on the Knesset channel. Previously, Mr. Perry served as a Political Correspondent focusing on political parties at IDF radio. He holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
Ms. Smadar Perry Editor for Middle East Affairs and the Arab World at Yediot Aharonot. Since 1977, she has been writing on Middle East affairs, the peace process, the Arab-Israeli conflict and social, economic, and cultural events in the Muslim world. Previously, she served as a reporter for Al HaMishmar newspaper, and worked for Israel Television. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern History and Arabic Language and Literature from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Amb. Alon Pinkas Former Consul General of Israel in New York. He has held many notable positions in Israeli foreign affairs, including Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami, Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister David Levy, and Adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Barak on U.S. Affairs. He also participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David and was a Member of the Israeli Delegation for U.S. sponsored Israel-Syria peace talks in January 2000. He also has extensive journalistic experience as the Chief Military and Defense correspondent for The Jerusalem Post and the Chief Diplomatic correspondent for Maariv. He holds an MA in American Government and International Relations from Georgetown University.
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, U.S. 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 Yediot Ahronot. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, and was named one of the “Media Leaders” at the World Economic Forum. He is the 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. He holds an MA in Economics and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Roni Potsman Vice President for R&D at RAFAEL-Advanced Defense Systems. Previously, he held several senior positions in research, development, and management within the organization. Dr. Potsman was also the Vice President for R&D at Terayon Communication Systems in the U.S. during his sabbatical from RAFAEL. Prior to that, he served in the Israeli Navy for 30 years. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.
Mr. Yoav Pridor Co-Founder and CEO of Buzzilla. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing, advertising, and business development. Mr. Pridor has held managerial positions at many companies, including Netvision, Gitam BBDO, and Omgili Ltd. Additionally, he has a background in start-ups. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University with a focus in Marketing.
Ms. Hanna Pri-Zan Deputy CEO, Head of Client Asset Management, and Member of the Board of Management of Bank Hapoalim Ltd. Ms. Pri-Zan held various senior positions in the Bank, including Head of Securities and Financial Assets Division, Head of Human Resources, Logistics and Procurement, and Head of Banking Subsidiaries and Risk Management. She was also Member of the Board of Directors and Head of Trading Committee of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. She holds a BA in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Dan Propper Chairman of Osem Group. He previously served as the President of the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel and as Chairman of the Federation of Economic Organizations in Israel. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office. Mr. Propper received awards for his contributions to the Israeli industry and economy, including an honorary Doctorate from the Technion. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology from the Technion.
Amb. Ron Prosor Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations. He formerly served as Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He 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, Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington, and Director of the Ministry’s situation room. Most recently, he was the Ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom. He received an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Menashe Raz Journalist and Member of the Faculty of Communication of Kinneret College. For over 30 years, Mr. Raz has been engaged in the electronic media in various positions, including as editor, television and public radio reporter, TV show host, and documentary filmmaker. He was a news reporter and anchor for the News Company, Channel 10. He is the former CEO of the Sherover Foundation, and former Communications Director for Imagesat Co. - a subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Political Science and International Relations.
Hon. Elisabeth Rehn Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court. During her tenure as a Member of Parliament in Finland (1979-1995), she held several ministerial posts including serving as the first female Minister of Defence and Minister of Equality Affairs. In addition to her tasks as a national politician, Elisabeth Rehn has worked extensively for various United Nations agencies, as former UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative of Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in South Eastern Europe and as a consultant. Together with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, she co-authored the report Women, War and Peace–The Independent Experts’ Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflicts on Women and Women’s Role in Peacebuilding (2002).
Prof. Uriel Reichman Founder and President of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Before establishing the IDC, he was dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. Additionally, he founded and served as dean of Ramot Mishpat College. Previously, he chaired the Constitution for Israel Movement, and was the Head of the Human Rights Committee of Israel’s Bar Association. An expert in the field of Property Law, he earned both his LLB and LLM from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his JSD from the University of Chicago.
Hon. Dr. Marta Lucia Ramirez de Rincon President of the Fundacion Ciudadania en Accion, Chairman of Fundacion Tejido Humano, and a former presidential candidate in Colombia. She has also served as a Senator and Chair of the Security, International Affairs, and Foreign Trade Commission from 2006 to 2010. Ramírez was Colombia’s first woman Minister of Defense, where she developed and implemented the Democratic Security Policy. Additionally, she was Foreign Trade Minister from 1998 to 2002, again the first woman to hold this post, and was the Colombian Ambassador to France. She holds a PhD in Law and Socioeconomic Science from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Alik Ron Former Commander of Israeli Police Northern Command. He is currently the Head Advisor at Protect, a security training firm where he provides professional support for existing and new anti-terror special units. During his time in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), he took part in the rescue operation at Entebbe in 1976 and commanded some of the most prestigious units in the IDF, including Shaldag. He later became the commander of the Israeli National Counter Terrorism Elite Unit “Yamam.”
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yiftah Ron-Tal Chairman of the Board of the Israel Electric Company. He is also the Director of Israel Ports Development & Assets Company (IPC) on behalf of the public and was previously Chairman of IPC. He 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. He received an MBA from Bar Ilan University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Rothschild Maj. Gen. (Res.) Danny Rothschild is the Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya and Chairman of the Institute’s Herzliya Conference Series. For more than 30 years, General Rothschild held senior command and staff positions in the Israel Defense Forces, his last post being Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. In this position he led a central role in the negotiation processes that led to the peace agreements with Jordan and with the Palestinians. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Military Intelligence’s Research and Analysis, Commander of the IDF Liaison Unit in Lebanon, and Assistant to the Chief of General Staff. Upon resigning his commission, he co-founded a global security consultancy firm NETACS and assumed several public positions. A former member of the Bank of Israel’s Advisory Board and a former president of the Council for Peace and Security, he currently chairs the Board of Trustees of the Afeka School of Engineering.
Prof. Amnon Rubinstein Former President of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He was a founder of the Shinui Party and later served as a member of Knesset from 1977-2001. He served in various ministerial capacities, most recently as Minister of Education, Culture, and Sport. He also served as Dean of the Law School of Tel Aviv University. In 2006, Rubinstein was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize, where the panel of judges described him as “the father of constitutional law in Israel.” He holds an LLM from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers Chairman of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group within the Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. He is the 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 to 2000, he served in several capacities including as the chair of an inquiry commission evaluating and assessing the consequences of technology, and as Chief Whip of the joint CDU/CSU parliamentary party. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cologne.
Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan Faculty Adviser at the NATO Defense College. He was formerly the Policy Advisor for Strategic Forecasting and Defense Planning at the French Ministry of Defense, and an adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po-Paris. Dr. Samaan’s research interests include U.S. foreign policy and nation building, the strategy of non-state armed groups in the Middle East, and the role of private actors in the evolution of diplomatic and strategic spheres. He has worked with many research institutes, including the Institut Choiseul and the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I).
Prof. Oded Sarig Commissioner of Financial, Savings, and Insurance Markets, Ministry of Finance. Before his appointment in 2009, he was the Shrem, Fudim, Kelner Professor of Finance and Dean of the Arison School of Business at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is formerly a faculty member of the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Management, Columbia University, and the Wharton School of Business. He has authored books and numerous articles in leading academic journals. He received a PhD in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
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. Studied law in Erlangen and Lausanne.
Dr. Dan Schueftan Director of Haifa University’s National Security Studies Center. He is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Political Science of Haifa University and at the National Defense College, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center. Dr. Schueftan serves as a consultant to senior government officials, the Israeli defense establishment, and to political and security figures in Europe and the U.S. He has published books on Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinians, and Israeli policy; his most recent book is Palestinians in Israel - the Arab Minority and the Jewish State (2011). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Haifa University.
H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He took office in 2010, after previously occupying the same position from 2007 to 2009. In 2006, he became the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security Committee of the Senate. He was also a Senator of the Parliament, member of the E.U. Affairs Committee, and member of the Permanent Delegation of the Parliament to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. From 1984 to 1991, he headed the International Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, and was awarded, together with Lech Walesa, the Human Rights Award by the Council of Europe. He studied Law and Silviculture at the Universities of Vienna, Munich, and Graz.
Ms. Dalia Segal Businesswoman, philanthropist and volunteer at various organizations dealing with culture, art, health and science. She has been an activist and supporter of the Herzliya Conference Series from the day it was founded. Ms. Segal is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy. She is a graduate of Haifa University in Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Brenda Shaffer is a specialist on the Caucasus, Caspian energy, Israel’s natural newly discovered natural gas resources, and the role of energy in foreign policy. Dr. Shaffer is a faculty member in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Dr. Shaffer previously served as the Research Director of the Caspian Studies Program at Harvard University. Among her recent publications is the book Energy Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009 She is the co-editor of the book, Beyond the Resource Curse (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). She serves as a lecturer and consultant on energy issues and the Caucasus and Caspian region to a number of public organizations, governments and regional security organizations. Dr. Shaffer is a member of the Steering Committee that oversees formulation of Israel’s Master Plan for the energy sector. She has also given Congressional testimony on US policy in the Caspian region.
Ms. Stav Shaffir Social Activist for #J14. She has written for various magazines and websites such as Xnet, National Geographic, Yediot Aharonot, and more. She holds a BA in Sociology and Journalism from City University London, as a scholar of the Olive Tree program for Jewish and Arab young leaders. She is currently studying for an MPhil in Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Aron Shai Rector of Tel-Aviv University and the incumbent of the Shaul N. Eisenberg Chair for East Asian Affairs. A specialist in modern Chinese history and its foreign relations, he is the founder and the first Chairman of the University’s Department of East Asian Studies. Professor Shai has authored several major works on China’s modern history in English and Hebrew and served as a visiting professor at many universities around the world. He formerly was the Chairman of the History Curriculum Committee, Ministry of Education, and in 2007, he was appointed as a member of Israel’s Council for Higher Education. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford, St. Antony’s College.
MK Dr. Nachman Shai Member of Knesset from the Kadima Party/ Prior to his election to the Knesset, he served as Director-General of the United Jewish Communities-Israel. He previously was the Director-General of the Ministry of Science, Culture, and Sport. He also held a series of senior positions in the 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, Israel Defense Forces Spokesperson (IDF), and Commander of IDF Radio. He holds a PhD 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 an MA from Kent University at Canterbury.
MK Silvan Shalom Vice Prime Minister of Israel and Minister for Regional Development and the Development of the Negev and the Galilee. First elected to the Knesset in 1992, he has served on the Knesset Committees on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Economic Affairs, and Education and Culture among others, and has chaired the Knesset Committee on Energy. He has also held many senior ministerial positions, including Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Science and Technology, and Deputy Minister of Defense. He was also previously the Director-General of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructures, and was Chairman of the Board of the Israel Electric Corporation. An attorney and Certified Public Accountant by profession, he holds an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Haim Shani Former Director General, Ministry of Finance, and Chairman of the Committee on Increasing Competitiveness in the Economy. Prior to his service as Director-General, he was the CEO of Nice Systems, which serves more than 25,000 organizations in the enterprise and security sectors in more than 150 countries. Mr. Shani came to Nice from Applied Materials, where he served as Vice President. He also held various management positions at Orbotech Ltd., Scitex Corporation, and IBM Israel. He obtained an MBA from INSEAD.
Amb. Daniel Shapiro United States Ambassador to Israel. Previously served as Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Staff at the White House. Ambassador Shapiro spent much of his career working in senior positions in the United States Congress, with a focus on Middle East policy. He began his career in government as a professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East. Ambassador Shapiro contributed to numerous Congressional efforts to support negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, to increase U.S. security assistance to Israel, and to strengthen sanctions and other measures against Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. He received a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University with a focus on modern Middle Eastern history.
Mr. Adi Sharabani Security Architect and Strategist for IBM. He is in charge of the cross-Rational security strategy to improve the security of all Rational products. Previously, he headed the IBM Rational Application Security Research, responsible for product and industry research activities that pertain to Web application security. In addition to his roles at IBM, Mr. Sharabani is also an active leader of common public organizations such as OWASP, which helps many organizations handle their own security challenges. He is also recognized as an IBM Master Inventor, in charge of many of the IBM inventions and patents in the field of web application security.
Ms. Tamar Shchory Vice President, World Jewish Congress. She is also now establishing an office of UNICEF in Israel. She has served as the Chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) and Chair of the Ben-Gurion University Student Association, and represented those organizations in a variety of forums. As an undergraduate, she was very active in promoting social justice while establishing two student groups; the first, for promoting women’s rights in Israeli society, and the other, for promoting social justice for workers and weakened groups of society. She holds an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University.
Prof. Dan Shechtman Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion, 2011 Nobel Prize Laureate. His research focuses on structural phenomena and properties of various materials, and over the years, he studied a variety of materials, including titanium aluminides, multilayered structures, CVD diamond, magnesium alloys, and rapidly solidified metallic alloys. It is rapid solidification that enabled his 1982 discovery of quasi-periodic materials (quasicrystals) by transmission electron microscopy, for which he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, where he served as the head of the Science Division. He is also a member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering and the European Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He is a recipient of many international prizes, including the 1998 Israel Prize in Physics, the 1999 Wolf Prize in Physics, the 2002 EMET Prize in Physics, and the 2008 EMRS Award. He received his PhD in Materials Engineering from the Technion.
Mr. Benny Sheizaf Chairman of the Shekel Group. He is also the Executive Vice President and Head of Long Term Saving at The Phoenix Insurance Company Ltd. Previously, he held senior management positions in various financial institutions including Head of the Investment Division of the Ayalon Group, Head of the Pension and Insurance Divisions at Bank Hapoalim, Senior Vice President and Member of the Board of Bank Mishkan, and Head of the Insurance Division and Member of the Board of the Mivtachim Pension Fund. Mr. Sheizaf holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University, and is a graduate of an executive training course at Bank Hapoalim.
Mr. Natie Shevel, MBE United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) Regional Director for Israel. Since he started at UJIA in 1994, he has held a variety of positions within the organization including National Director of Volunteer Programmes, UJIA Israel’s Renewal Director, and supervisor of the organization’s planning and development work in Israel. His current role involves responsibility for the strategic implementation of the UJIA’s Israel Programme, directing UJIA’s Israel team, and representing UJIA’s interests in Israel. Mr. Shevel studied towards a degree in Economics and Industrial Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Mr. Uri Shinar CEO of AniBoom and Former President and CEO of Keshet Broadcasting. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and a consultant to Reshet, one of three companies that operate commercial television in Israel. During his decade-long tenure at Keshet Broadcasting, he established the foundation for the first commercial channel in Israel. Since 1979, Mr. Shinar has worked as an executive producer in an independent international production company. He holds an MA in Mass Communications from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Ophir Shoham Director, Directorate for Research and Development, Israeli Ministry of Defense. He started his military career in the IDF’s three-year program (“Talpiyot”) that includes academic studies, military training, and Research & Development Officers Course. Since his graduation from the program, he has held various positions in the IDF, including Commander of a missile boat in the Navy, Head of the Radar Section in the Radar and Optronic Systems Branch, and Head of the Command Control Communications Computers Information Technology Division. He holds an MSc in Applied Physics and Electro-Optics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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. Currently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yetzu Investment Company, he has been active in banking, finance, and industry for many years. He served twice as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and served in the Knesset for over a decade. He 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. He is also the author of numerous articles on politics, history, and economics in the Israeli and international press. He holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Geneva.
Adv. Eliad Shraga Founder and chairman of the Board of the Movement for Quality Government in Israel. He is the founder and head partner of Eliad Shraga and Co. Law Offices, as well as the founder and Chairman of the board of the Born to Freedom Foundation. He also chairs the board of the Academy for Quality Government in Israel. Mr. Shraga is the co-author of a six-book series on the subject of administrative law. He holds an LLM in commercial law from Tel Aviv University in cooperation with University of California, Berkeley, and is currently completing his PhD in Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Nehemia Shtrasler Senior Editor and Financial Commentator for Haaretz newspaper, as well as for Channel 2. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief for Haaretz. He is a recipient of several prestigious journalism awards including the Sokolov Prize for Journalism. He holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Ori Slonim Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya. Previously, he held various research positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He was also a strategic consultant to private sector companies in Israel and abroad. He holds an MA in Political Science and is currently completing his PhD at TAU.
Prof. Mordechai Sokolov President of Afeka, Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering. He is also an ECC consultant in the fields of Ttechnology, Science, Economy, and the Environment. Previously, he headed the Division of Heat Transfer at Tel Aviv University (TAU) School of Electrical Engineering and , the Gordon Center for Energy Studies and TAU’s Interdisciplinary Center for Technological Analysis and Forecast. He was also a member of several scientific committees and counseling teams to various government offices and industryial concerns. He holds a PhD from Brown University.
Mr. Tommy Steiner Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and Manager of the Herzliya Conference Series. He previously served as 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, as well as EU- and NATO-Israel relations. He teaches International Relations, Government, and Security Studies at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the IDC. His fields of expertise include international security, transatlantic relations, international relations theory, and regionalism in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. The Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University awarded him the Harkabi Prize. He holds an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz Minister of Finance. He is a Member of Knesset representing the Likud Party, and was formerly Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee and the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services, as well as the Joint Security Committee with the U.S. Congress. He taught Philosophy at the University of Haifa. He has published four books on philosophy in Israel and abroad. He received a PhD in Philosophy from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller Senior Transatlantic Fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). She was Director of GMF’s Berlin Office, and the Defense and International Security Editor at the German weekly Die Zeit. She previously served as a Remarque Fellow at New York University and as a Woodrow Wilson International Center Public Policy Scholar in Washington, DC. She Holds a PhD in Law from the University of Bonn and an MPA from Harvard University.
Mr. Efi Stenzler Chairman of the Jewish National Fund. He currently serves as Chairman of the Young People’s National Defense College and is Deputy Chairman of the Israel Lands Authority. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Agency. He served as Mayor of the city of Givatayim for 13 years and remains Chairman of Management of the Givatayim Theater. He is the recipient of the Worthy Environmentalist award from the Union of Environmental Organizations in Israel. He studied Public Administration and Local Government at Bar-Ilan University.
Mr. Dror Strum President of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. He is an expert in economic regulation and regularly testifies on the subject before courts and governments. He lectures at the Hebrew University and at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on regulation, antitrust law, and corporate law. He previously served as both Director-General of and Legal Advisor to the Antitrust Authority, and was a partner in the law firm of Haim Zadok and Partners. He holds an LLB from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Lior Tabansky Research Fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on Israel’s national security strategy, the social impact of information technologies, national security in light of the cyberspace, and basic concepts of cyber warfare. Previously, he held a position as a Research fellow at the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University and was also a Goldman Fellow. He holds an MA in Security Studies, and is currently completing his PhD in Political Science at Tel Aviv University.
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal Prince of Jordan. Served as King Hussein’s closest political advisor, confidant, and deputy, as well as acting as Regent in the King’s absence from the country. His Royal Highness has initiated, founded, and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees, including the Royal Scientific Society, the West Asia-North Africa Forum, the Arab Thought Forum, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. His Royal Highness chairs the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues and the Board for the Centre for Peace Studies and Conflict. He is also the International Patron of Rights and Humanity. He holds an MA from Oxford University.
Dr. Bruno Tertrais Senior Research Fellow at the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratיgique (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.
Dr. Shashi Tharoor Member of the Indian Parliament from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala, former Under Secretary General of the UN, and former Minister of State for External Affairs in the Government of India. In 2007, he concluded a nearly 29-year career with the United Nations, including working for refugees in South-East Asia at the peak of the “boat people” crisis, handling peace-keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia, and culminating as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. In 2006, he was India’s candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as UN Secretary-General, and emerged a strong second out of seven contenders. He is also the author of twelve books, as well as hundreds of articles, op-eds, and book reviews in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and the Times of India. He earned his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Mr. Ronen Tov CEO, Psagot Investment House. Over his two decades of experience in the long-term savings sector, Mr. Tov held various positions including Deputy CEO and Head of the Customers Division at Migdal Insurance Company, Deputy CEO and Head of the Pension Department of Clal Insurance Company, and CEO of Atudot Pension Fund. He is a member of the management of the Society of Friends of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel and is head of its investments committee. He served as Chairman of the Pension Funds Association and is a regular lecturer at the Netanya Academic College. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Mira Tzoreff Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies, and Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University. Her areas of expertise range from the socio-cultural history of modern Egypt, politics (especially the religion-state relationship), women and gender relations in Muslim and Arab societies, to youth in the Middle East. In recent months, she has lectured and written extensively on various aspects of the Egyptian Revolution. She holds a PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Eyal Udassin Co-Founder and CTO at C4 Security. C4 Security, a penetration testing company, uncovers and mitigates technical security vulnerabilities by attacking the tested system or network. Mr. Udassin has performed hundreds of penetration tests against financial, governmental, military and SCADA clients as part of the C4’s red team. He specializes in protocol analysis, reverse engineering of binary code, passive and active reconnaissance of computer networks and exploiting vulnerabilities uncovered in proprietary software. He holds a BA in Management from the Open University of Israel.
Mr. Meir Uzan Chairman of the Shekel Group. The Shekel Group, which Mr. Uzan founded in 1979, is the third largest manager of pension arrangements in Israel. The Shekel group also provides other services such as consulting, software, and family wealth management. Mr. Uzan also serves as Chairman of the Forum of Managers of Financial Settlements in Israel. He holds an Insurance Broker License for life and elementary insurance. He studied Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Aharon Valency Mayor of the Upper Galilee Regional Council. He is a member of the management of the Center for Regional Councils, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Lottery Council for Arts and Culture. He chairs the Association of the Culture Department Managers in Local Authorities. Previously, he served as CEO of Tel-Hai College, and was an emissary for the “Habonim” Movement to France. He holds a BA in Land of Israel Studies, and is a graduate of Company Directors’ Course.
Prof. Yaacov Vertzberger Member of the Faculty of the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on international relations theory, international political economy, political psychology, and the foreign policy and defense policy of South Asian and Southeast Asian states. He has held positions both as visiting professor and as senior research fellow at many universities and institutes, including Stanford, McGill, UC Berkeley, and the Rockefeller Bellagio Center. He received a PhD in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Mr. Adam Ward Director of Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Former Executive Director of the IISS-U.S. office in Washington, DC, he also served as the IISS Senior Fellow for East Asian Security and Editor of Strategic Comments. Before joining the IISS, he served as an analyst and editor at Oxford Analytica. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick.
Mr. William F. Wechsler Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats. In prior government service, Mr. Wechsler served as Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for Transnational Threats and as Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs. Mr. Wechsler was also Managing Director of Greenwich Associates, a management consultancy to the financial services industry. He holds an MPA in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Ms. Dana Weiss Reporter for Israel’s Channel 2 News. For the past five years, she has been the moderator of Israel Channel 2 News’ flagship news programs. Her reporting deals with a wide range of topics, including the extensive use of antibiotics, the truth behind the beauty industry, the world’s epidemic, the loss of privacy, A.D.H.D., the Israeli brain drain, and more. Weiss has covered six national election campaigns: from 1996 to 2009, and led Israel’s Prime Ministerial debate of the 2009 elections, anchored coverage of Israel’s pullout from Gaza (2005), the second Lebanon war (2007) and the more recent Gaza war (2008).
Hon. Robert Wexler President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. Formerly, he was a Member of Congress representing Florida’s 19th district, and served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Middle East Subcommittee. He also served as an advisor on the Middle East and Israel to President Barack Obama during his presidential campaign. Hon. Wexler was an 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. He earned a JD from George Washington University Law School.
Ms. Carice Witte Founder and Executive Director, Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership (SIGNAL). Ms. Witte produced documentaries films in New York before making aliya in 1987. Ms. Witte’s 20-year entrepreneurial career in Israel included Israeli high tech and international real estate in the USA, Caribbean, and Asia. She is President of the Yale University Alumni Association in Israel and founded SIGNAL in early 2011. She holds a BA from Yale University in East Asian Studies with a focus on China.
Mr. R. James Woolsey Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Woolsey Partners and Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. He is also Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was previously a Vice President. He formerly served as Director of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Woolsey chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. During his long career in public service, he held presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. Among other roles, he 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 U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. He earned an MA from Oxford and an LLB from Yale Law School.
MK Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe Ya’alon Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs. He was formerly the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He served for more than 30 years in the IDF, in staff and command positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, Commanding General of Central Command, Head of the Intelligence Branch, Commander of the IDF forces in Judea and Samaria, and Commander of the Paratroop Brigade. He 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. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Haifa, and is a graduate of the Command and Staff College.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Shlomo Yanai President and CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. He is the former President and CEO of Makhteshim-Agan Industries Ltd. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for more than 30 years in command, staff, and training positions, including Head of the Planning Branch, Commanding General of 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, he was awarded the Medal of Distinguished Service. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. A graduate of the U.S. National Defense College, he holds an MA in National Resources Management from George Washington University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University School of Business Administration.
Prof. Menahem Yaari The Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Former President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Dr. Yaari's research focuses on the economics of uncertainty, consumer theory, and economic justice. He is a Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Foreign Honorary Member of American Economic Association. He is also a Fellow of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. He served as President of The Open University of Israel, is a founding member of The International Scientific Council of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is the 1987 Israel Prize Laureate. He obtained his PhD in economics and statistics at Stanford University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yaron Chairman of the Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Company. He was formerly Director-General of the Ministry of Defense and CEO of U. Dori Construction. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for over three decades in command and staff positions including IDF Attachי in the U.S. and Canada, Head of the Manpower Division, Chief Infantry and Paratroop Officer, and Chief of Operations on the General Staff. He is a graduate of the IDF Command and Staff College, the U.S. Marines Command and Staff College and the National Security College.
Mr. Ben Dror Yemini Senior Journalist for Maariv. Before he entered journalism, he served as Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption and then became the spokesman of the Ministry. In 1984, he published the book Political Punch, which deals in a critical manner with politics and society in Israel. He also worked as a lawyer and was a partner in a law firm. Since 2003, he has been the opinion-editor of Maariv and published many essays and articles in other journals. He holds degrees in Humanities and History, as well as in Law from Tel Aviv University.
Hon. Dr. Dov S. Zakheim Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Zakheim served as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources, and Coordinator of Civilian Programs in Afghanistan for the Department of Defense. During the 2000 presidential campaign, he served as a senior foreign-policy advisor to then-Gov. George W. Bush. Prior to that, he was a principal analyst in the national security and international affairs division of the Congressional Budget Office. He holds a PhD in Economics and Politics at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, where he held three fellowships.
H.E. Michael Žantovský Current Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom. The former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Israel, he also served as Czech Ambassador to the United States. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Security of the Czech Senate and was elected President of the Civic Democratic Alliance, a parliamentary political party before returning to the Foreign Service. He was a founding member of the Civic Forum, an organization that coordinated the overthrow of the communist regime. He earned an MA in psychology, completing his studies at Charles University in Prague and McGill University.
Prof. ZHOU Dadi Founding Director, Beijing Energy Efficiency Center, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China. He has two decades experience in energy efficiency in China, and is well known nationally and internationally in energy and environmental policy analysis. He was instrumental in developing the $200 million World Bank/GEF loan for energy efficiency service companies in China, and is deputy director for the $65 million China Green Lights program. Zhou is the lead representative from China to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He holds an MS in Physics and Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Dr. ZHU Min Deputy Managing Director of the IMF. Previously, he was the Special Advisor to the Managing Director of the IMF (2010-2011). Prior to this, he was a Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, where he was responsible for international affairs, policy research, and credit information. Before joining China’s central bank, he held various positions at the Bank of China, including Group Executive Vice President, responsible for finance and treasury, risk management, internal control, legal and compliance, and strategy and research. Mr. Zhu also worked at the World Bank and taught economics at both Johns Hopkins University and Fudan University. He earned a PhD and an MA in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Mr. Yehuda Zisapel Founder and President of the RAD-Bynet Group, a leading pioneering association of Israeli companies active in the development, production, and marketing of innovative solutions in the data communications industry. Mr. Zisapel has also taken on a prominent role in the development and promotion of Israel’s emerging biotechnology sector in founding and serving as Chairman of RAD BioMed Incubator, Ltd. He also served as Chairman of the Israel Association of Electronics and Software Industries. He holds an MSc in electrical engineering and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Eyal Zisser Dean of the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. He is also a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center and writes extensively on the history and modern politics of Syria and Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syrian support of Palestinian terrorist factions, Iranian involvement in anti-Israeli terror, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Lebanon: The Challenge of Independence (2000), and Commanding Syria, Bashar al-Asad’s First Years in Power (2006) are among his recent publications. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Zvi Ziv Former CEO of Bank Hapoalim. He has held senior positions in Bank Hapoalim in Israel and abroad, including Deputy CEO and Retail Banking Division Manager, CEO of Bank Hapoalim Switzerland, and Head of Retail. He holds an LLM from Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of London Business School.
Hon. Robert B. Zoellick The 11th President of the World Bank Group since July 1, 2007. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Zoellick served as Vice Chairman, International of the Goldman Sachs Group. He served in the President’s Cabinet as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006. From 1985-1993, Mr. Zoellick served at the Treasury and State Departments, as well as briefly in the White House. He earned a JD Harvard Law School and an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Oren Zuckerman Founder and Co-Director of the Media Innovation Lab (milab) at the Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. His research areas include cross-platform interactive experiences, contextual media, and analysis of participation patterns in online and mobile communities. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, he studied the convergence of physical and digital interactive experiences. Prior to MIT, he was the co-founder of an internet startup that created a “decentralized blogging community” on the Web. The World Economic Forum recognized him as a “Technology Pioneer” at the annual forum in Davos, Switzerland. He holds a PhD from MIT.