Mr. Dov Berger is the Head of New Ventures Group at Ormat Systems. He manages a group of engineers and analysts, and leads a process of market analysis of various renewable energy market segments.He is in charge of the due diligence at various ventures in different segments, including bio-fuels, biomass, and various thermal-solar and PV technologies. Prior to joining Ormat, Mr. Berger served as the CEO of the American-Israeli Center for Development, which specialized in advanced tools for information management for commercial companies. He holds an MSc degree in chemical engineering and an MBA from Ben-Gurion University.
Ms. Ilana Fahima is the Vice President for Human Resources at Teva Pharmaceuticals. In addition, she serves as the Vice President and Head of Human Resources at the Israel Region of Teva. Ms. Fahima served as the Human Resources Director at TAPI Israel BU and as the Human Resources Manager at the Negev region of Maccabi – National Health Care Services. She holds a Master's in health systems management from Ben-Gurion University.
Mr. Dani Dayan is the Former Chairman of the Council of the Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (YESHA). 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.
Amb. Dr. Dore Gold is the 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. At the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, he was the Director of the US Foreign and Defense Policy Project. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the Middle East, his latest being "The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West (2009)." He received his MA and PhD from Columbia University.
Mr. Marc Berthold is the Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Israel Office in Tel Aviv, and was Head of the Foreign and Security Policy Department at the Berlin Headquarters of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. He served as the scientific advisor of climate and energy policy for Renate Künast, Chairwoman of Alliance 90/The Greens in the German Bundestag. Prior to that appointment, he was Program Director for Environment and Global Dialogue at the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s North America office in Washington DC. His work in the Foundation’s Israel Office is centered on helping Israel develop its regional climate and energy security program. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Cologne.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Ilan Biran is the Chairman of the Board of RAFAEL – Advanced Defense Systems, former Director General of the Ministry of Defense, and a research fellow for strategy and political economics at Georgetown University. 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 US Marine Corps School of Advanced War Fighting.
Mr. Nachum Blass is a senior researcher at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel and a lecturer in a number of academic institutions. Mr. Blass held a number of senior positions in the field of education including Director of the Institute for the Development of Education and Welfare, Director of the Social Planning Department at the Ministry of Education, Director of Education at the Eilat Municipality, and Deputy Director General at the Ministry of Education. He holds an MA in history form Rutgers University.
Mr. David Boas is the President of the David Boas Enterprises and Business Consultancy, and the former Director of Budgets at the Ministry of Finance. He has held various pivotal positions in the Israeli economy and served in various capacities. Prior to his appointment as Director of Budgets, he held several senior positions in the private sector. Mr. Boas was appointed Vice President of Finance at Iscar - Hard-Metal Industries and Vice President of Marketing and International Operations. He is involved in various macro-economic issues with public-policy implications, and has chaired several public commissions on matters related to defense, wages, and agriculture. He has been extensively active in the communication sector.
M.K. Prof. Avishay Braverman is the former Minister without portfolio responsible for minorities, a Knesset Member for the Labor Party, and served as the President of Ben Gurion University. An economist by profession, he served as Senior Economist and Department Manager at the World Bank where he specialized in development economics in changing environments. He published numerous books and articles on development and agricultural economics, industrial organization, public policy, and resources and water sources management. He is the recipient of the 1999 Ben Gurion Prize, and earned his PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Mr. Barry N. Breen is the CEO of 3GSolar, a leading developer of solar energy using DSC photovoltaic technology, and a business leader and manufacturing process expert. He enjoyed 16 years in senior positions at the AVX Corporation thin film plant, leading development to build a small research and development facility into a 600 person research and manufacturing company. Prior to AVX, he was an engineer at General Electric designing components for the USA nuclear navy. He has authored numerous papers and patents, won the coveted Kaplan Prize for industrial innovation, and the Kyocera Corporation President’s Award for outstanding achievement in product & business development. He earned his degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Oded Brosh is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. A lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the IDC, Dr. Brosh previously taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University. He served as senior analyst at the Prime Minister’s Office. He holds a PhD in political science from the Hebrew University, and completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus is on the issues of deterrence, strategy, WMD proliferation, and the Iranian crisis.
Ms. Antonella Caruso is the Director of Middle East and West Asia Division at the Department of Political Affairs in the United Nations and the founder and director of the Ipalmo-USIP Dialogue on National Reconciliation in Iraq. Prior to her four years of experience in Iraq, she was a researcher focusing on Islam in Europe at the French think tank Institute Monataigne in Paris, a columnist at L’Espresso Magazine, and an advisor to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She studied Arabic language and literature at La Sapienza University in Rome and did her post-graduate research in Islamic studies in London and Cairo.
Mr. Dan Catarivas is the Director of the Division of Foreign Trade and International Relations at the Manufacturers' Association of Israel, and the Director of International Relations at the Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations. He served for twenty five years with the Israel Government, his last position being the Deputy Director General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. Prior to his position in the Ministry of Finance, he established the Middle East Department within the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour. Mr. Catarivas served as a Chairman of the Trade Committee of the Multilateral Economic Negotiations that was part of the peace negotiations. He served abroad as a first Economic Counselor of Israel in Beijing, China. Between 1982 and 1984 he served as a representative of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour in the Israeli Liaison Office in Beirut, Lebanon. He holds MSc degree in economics from London School of Economics in the field of European economic integration, and holds a diploma from College D'Europe in Bruges, Belgium, in the field of advanced European studies.
Mr. Derek Chollet is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy issues related to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, and Africa, their governments and defense establishments. He served at the White House as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council Staff.
He was the Principal Deputy Director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University. Mr. Chollet was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at George Washington University. He is the author, co-author, and co-editor of six books on American foreign policy, and his commentaries and reviews on US foreign policy and politics have appeared in many other books and publications.
Mr. Doron Cohen is the Director General of the Ministry of Finance. Previously, he managed projects and was a business consultant for local and international companies. 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.
Mr. Ohad Cohen is the Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. He is the Director of the Foreign Trade Administration, which is the unit responsible for the consolidation of Israel's foreign trade policy, and operates a network of 35 trade representatives operating in 50 countries. He served as a Commercial Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC and in Amman, Jordan. His first position in the Ministry was in its Middle East Department where he served as the coordinator of the Israeli members of the joint Israeli-Jordanian-American Qualified Industrial Zone Committee. In addition, he worked as Deputy Director of the International Agreements Division, where he dealt with Israel’s commercial relationships with the European Union.
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. Prof. 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. He is chair of InterAmicus, the McGill-based international human rights advocacy center. He holds a BCL from McGill and an LLM from Yale, in addition to numerous honorary degrees.
Dr. Robert Danin is an Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the former Head of Mission for the Quartet Representative to the Middle East in Jerusalem, and continues to advise Tony Blair. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, where he was responsible for Arab-Israeli affairs, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Prior to that, he was the 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. A recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, Danin previously served as a Middle East and Gulf specialist on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff and as a senior Middle East analyst. He earned his doctorate in the international relations of the Middle East from Oxford University.
Commissioner Yohanan Danino is the Inspector General of the Israel Police. He has served the Israel Police forces for over 30 years where he held many positions, including: Head of the Prosecutions Office, Chief Investigations Officer at the Sharon Sub-District, Deputy Head and Head of International and Serious Crimes Unit, Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Security, Head of Investigations and Intelligence Department, and Chief Officer of the Southern District of the Israeli Police. He holds an MA in political science and public administration from Haifa University
Mr. Gil Dankner is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Dor Group since 2007. He has been active in the field of chemical and petrochemical industry for over 20 years and engaged in the Haifa Real Estate field. He completed his military service and studied mathematics and physics in the United States.
Adv. Ina Soltanovich-David is the acting National Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission of Israel. In 2009 she was appointed Regional Commissioner at the EEOC for Jerusalem and the south district. She established the regional commission and took part in the team that established the EEOC in Israel. In addition, she is a member of the Court of Discipline at the Israel Bar association. Adv. Soltanovich-David has practiced as a lawyer since 2002 and specialized in civil and labor law for 7 years in private law firms. She volunteers in giving legal advice to trafficking victims from the former USSR. She graduated with LLB degree from the College of Management.
Mr. Jonathan Davis is the 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. Mr. Davis held a number of positions at the Jewish Agency, including the 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 is the Former Chairman of the Council of the Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (YESHA). 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. Rudy deLeon is the Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy at American Progress in Washington, DC. He serves on several nonprofit boards and is a part-time college instructor. He is also a former senior US Department of Defense official, staff director on Capitol Hill, and retired corporate executive. For five years, beginning in 2001, he served as a Senior Vice President for the Boeing Company. He had a 25-year government career which began in the federal government, holding various staff positions in the US Senate and US House of Representatives. He held tenure as Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council and the National Partnership Council. He is a three-time recipient of the Defense Civilian Distinguished Service Award and received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 2001. He earned his BA from Loyola Marymount University, and completed the executive program in national and international security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Adv. Ravit Dom is the Director General at Amal. She acted as Office Manager to the CEO of the Histadrut (Israel’s organization of trade unions). She was a board member of many public organizations such as Yahav Bank, Beit Lessin Theater, Employee Training Fund, the Olympic Committee of Israel, and NA`AMAT- Movement of Working Women and Volunteers. In 2009 she was ranked by the “The Marker" newspaper as one of the top 40 promising managers in the industry. She holds a law degree.
Dr. Dorit Dor is the Vice President of Products for Check Point Software Technologies. She manages all product definition and development functions for both the enterprise and consumer divisions. Dr. Dor's core responsibilities include leading product management, research and development, and quality assurance initiatives from concept to delivery. She has served in several pivotal roles in Check Point's R&D organization. Dr. Dor has been instrumental to the organization's growth, and managed many successful product releases. She has published in several influential scientific journals for her research on graph decomposition, median selection, and geometric pattern matching in d-dimensional space. In 1993, she won the Israel National Defense Prize. She holds a PhD and MS degree in computer science from Tel-Aviv University, in addition to graduating cum laude for her Bachelor of Science degree.
Prof. Zvi Eckstein is the Dean of the School of Economics at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and the 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 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.
Dr. Ehud Eiran is an assistant professor at the Division of International Relations, School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa. He held research appointments at Harvard Law School, Harvard's Kennedy School, and Brandeis University and was a lecturer at the department of Political Science at MIT. Prior to his academic career he held a number of positions in the Israeli civil service including the Assistant to the Prime Minister's Foreign Policy Advisor. He published numerous analytical pieces in popular and scholarly outlets including the New York Times.com, Foreign Affairs.com, and Newsweek and was a guest on leading American shows such Charlie Rose and NPR's On-Point. He holds degrees in law and political science from Tel-Aviv, Cambridge, and Brandeis universities.
Ms. Keren Elazari, CISSP, is a cyber-security expert, public speaker and researcher. She is a research fellow with Yuval Ne'eman Workshop, and a key member of the Israeli cyber-security and hacking scene for over 12 years. She held the position of Security Teaching Fellow at Singularity University in Mountain View, California. Since 2000 she has been employed with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. She has organized, hosted, and participated at international security events such as Y2Hack04 and ILHack09 in Tel Aviv, ITBN Security Day in Budapest, IDC Herzliya Cyber Terrorism Workshop, and the prestigious NATO international conference on Cyber Conflict. She been an invited to speak at international media events such as DLD, Campus Party, and WIRED. She holds a BA in history & philosophy of science and technologies from Tel Aviv University, and holds international accreditation for information security professionals.
Mr. Sherif El-Diwany is the Chief Business Officer at Documenta SL. He was the Director and Head of Middle East and Arab Business at the Council World Economic Forum, and Senior Vice-President and Director of the Business Development Division at Cotecna Inspection in Geneva. He serves as a public policy advisor to several Middle East governments and international organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, and USAID. Mr. El-Diwany has over 17 years of experience as CEO and founder of one of the top management consultancy firms in Egypt. He holds an MSc in planning from the University of Houston, and a BSc in architecture from Cairo University.
Amb. Dr. Oded Eran is a senior research fellow and former Director of the Institute for National Security Studies, and a member of the Israel Atlantic Forum. He spent over four decades in the Israeli diplomatic service, in positions including Ambassador to the European Union, NATO, and Jordan. He was also stationed at the Israeli Embassies in London and Washington. Amb. Eran served as the World Jewish Congress’ Representative in Israel. He earned his PhD in political science from the London School of Economics.
Amb. Eran Etzion is the Director of the Policy Planning Bureau at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As Director, he leads the Ministry’s annual political-strategic situation analysis process and coordinates the planning and thought processes for all areas of foreign policy. He formerly served as Deputy Head of the National Security Council for Foreign Policy Issues and as Chief of Staff of the National Security Council. He directed the staff’s work on issues of diplomatic processes concerning the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, the Middle East and the international community. He coordinated the strategic dialogue with the US, Russia, China and other countries and was stationed as the Israeli Consul in San Francisco. Amb. Etzion is the designated Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC. He holds an MBA.
Mr. Nadav Eyal directs Chanel 10's foreign news desk and was formerly a political reporter and European correspondent for Maariv daily. He is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse, and was named one of the hundred most influential people in the media for 2011 by Israeli business magazine Globes. He holds an LLB from the Law Faculty at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MA in global politics from the London School of Economics.
Ms. Ilana Fahima is the Vice President for Human Resources at Teva Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Ami Federmann is the President of the Israel Hotel Association and Deputy Chairman at Dan Hotels. The Federmann family owns and operates Israel’s prime hotel chain, the Dan Hotels, which is comprised of 14 hotels. Prior to his current role, he served in various managerial positions, including General Manager of the Dan chain. He initiated and executed various development projects, hi-tech ventures, and hospitality investments. He also founded "Boulevard", a real estate investment fund which embarked on 12 projects in Tel-Aviv. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University.
Mr. Sam Graham-Felsen is a veteran social media strategist, technology analyst, and former chief blogger for Barack Obama. He worked as a social media consultant for top global brands, appeared frequently on Bloomberg TV, and wrote for The Washington Post, New York Magazine, and other major publications. He is a regular speaker and consultant on how the Internet is changing politics, non-profits, and businesses. He has spoken to a wide range of audiences, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Oxford Universities; Google's Washington, DC, headquarters; the US Senate Democratic Caucus Luncheon; and before corporate audiences including Sony, Adobe, Pepsi, Ferrari, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt, and Yahoo. He graduated from Harvard with a degree in social studies.
Prof. Stanley Fischer is the Governor of the Bank of Israel. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Citigroup International, part of the Citigroup Corporation in the US. 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, and Vice President and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
Mr. Aharon Fogel is the Chairman of the Board at Migdal Insurance Company, Chairman of Ness Technologies, and Chairman of Advisory Committee to the Bank of Israel. In addition, he was Director General of the Israel Ministry of Finance, Chairman of Leumi & Co. Investment Bank, Chairman of the Hadassah Medical Center, and Director of the Economic and Control Division of Clal Israel Ltd. He served as General Partner of Jerusalem Venture Partners.
Dr. Gilead Fortuna is a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute of the Technion. He held a variety of management positions in organizations and industrial companies, including Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Rafael; CEO of Tammy - Institute of research and Development, and Vice President of Operations and Business Development at Teva. He has a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois, and is a Senior Executives graduate of Harvard University.
Dr. Chiara De Franco is a research fellow at King’s College London in the Department of War Studies. She previously held the positions of Deputy Director of the ERC-funded Foresight Project, lecturer in international relations theory and war representations at the University of Florence, lecturer in European affairs at Florida State University, and research assistant at the European University Institute. Her professional training includes a working experience at the UNDPKO Situation Center, NYC headquarters, and the development of documentary movies. She has authored numerous book and article publications, and earned her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel is the Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 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. 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 a David Rockefeller Professor of international economics at the University of Chicago, where he earned his PhD in economics.
Mr. Roland Freudenstein is the Head of Research and Deputy Director of the Brussels-based Centre for European Studies. He has contributed to debates and published extensively on European integration, international security, German-Polish relations, global democracy support, and recently about the changes in the Middle East. Having worked as a research fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, he became a member of the Foreign and Security Planning Staff of the European Commission in Brussels in the 1990s. He was the director of the Warsaw office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and later held a leading function in the Foundation’s central office in Berlin. After coming back to Brussels in 2004, he represented the German city-state of Hamburg to the European Union. He studied political science, economics, Japan studies, and international relations in Bonn and Los Angeles.
Mr. Eyal Gabbai is the Managing Partner of RGB Equity and former Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office. He also served as the Economic Advisor to the prime minister. He was the director of the Australian investment firm Babcock and Brown's Israeli branch, and of the Government Companies Authority under Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ehud Olmert. He holds an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Mr. Yitzhak Gal is a research fellow at The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Co-Editor of 'Iqtisadi'. He participated and presented papers in a number of conferences and workshops, including "The Iranian Challenge” at the Eleventh Annual Herzliya Conference and “Israeli – Jordanian Economic Relations: 1994 – 2004” at an international conference in the University of Haifa. In addition, he delivered a number of lectures on ‘The Arabian Gulf Market” at the Israel Export Institute, and participated in various joint Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian economic research projects including: “The Untapped Potential: Palestinian-Israeli Economic Relations – Policy Options” (The Peres Center for Peace and Paltrade-Palestine Trade Center), and “Israeli-Jordanian-Palestinian Financial and Industrial Cooperation: Guidelines for the Promotion of a Supportive Regional Business Environment”. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Boaz Ganor is the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism, the 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 also the founder and President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC). He is a member of a number of international advisory committees. He served as a consultant on counter-terrorism for the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Defense, the National Security Council, and the Ministry of Transportation. He has published a number of books and holds a PhD in political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz is the Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces. He held many senior command and staff positions including Deputy Chief of Staff, Defense Attaché to the US, 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.
Prof. Ehud Gazit is the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Previously, he served as Tel Aviv University’s Deputy President for Research and Development and Chairman of the Board of the university’s technology transfer company Ramot. He has advised the defense minister on research and development in the security field and is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum. He published about 140 scientific articles in prestigious journals, especially on chemical and biological nanotechnology. He has dozens of applied patents for his discoveries connected to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes, as well as nanotechnology discoveries related to energy. He received many prizes and awards, including the Dan David Prize, Landau Prize, and the citation for excellent research of the TAU Scientific Council. He earned his doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
Brig. Gen. (res.) Eival Gilady is the Chairman of the Western Galilee College and the former CEO of Portland Trust in Israel. He serves as Chairman and co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce (IPCC). 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 earned his BA and MA degrees from Haifa University, National Defense University, and George Washington University in the areas of resource management, policy analysis, national security strategy, and public finance.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead is the Director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israel's Ministry of Defense. He served as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. He also served as Director of the Research Branch of the Intelligence Division of the Israel Defense Forces and as the IDF Spokesman.
Amb. Dan Gillerman is the Chairman of Markstone Capital Group and the 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 boards 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.
The Honorable GiulioTerzi di Sant’Agata is the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy. In the most recent phase of his tenure at the Foreign Ministry in Rome, he fulfilled the functions of Deputy Secretary General, Director General for Multilateral Political Cooperation and Human Rights, and Political Director. Prior to his current role, he served as the Ambassador of Italy to the United States. From 2008 to 2009 he served as the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York. He also served as the Ambassador of Italy to Israel. He completed a degree in law, specializing in international law, at the University of Milan.
Prof. Sir Peter Gluckman is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and an active researcher and member of the Liggins Institute. Prior to his current rule, he directed the Institute and the National Research Centre of Growth and Development (NRCGD). He serves as a professor of pediatrics and perinatal biology. He was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for nine years. His research has won him numerous awards and international recognition including New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal. In 2009 he became a Knight of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He is the author of over 500 scientific papers and reviews, and editor of eight books. He spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow and then assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
Prof. Galia Golan is the 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 was a consultant to the Israel Defense Forces and the Foreign Ministry, and is the author of nine books on 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. She is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association Award for Lifetime Achievement, and holds a PhD from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Ms. Anat Goldstein is an educational and social responsibility consultant. She is a teaching fellow at the Tel-Aviv-Yaffo Academic College School of Management and Economics, with a specialty in CSR. Former Director at Maala business for social responsibility, she took part in establishing an open-democratic school in Tel-Aviv. She served as a marketing and sales director at Warner Bros., Pyramid Customer Experience, and other business corporations. She holds an LLB and an MA in educational administration and policy from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. David Gordon is the Head of Research and Director of Global Macro Analysis at Eurasia Group. He worked for over 10 years at the highest levels of US 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. 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.
Brig Gen. Oded Gour-Lavie is the Head of the Sea Division in the Israeli Navy and former Commander of the Israeli Submarine Flotilla. He received his Master's in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, participated in the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program, and spent two months as a student at the Israeli National Defense College.
Mr. Oded Granot is the Head of Middle East Desk at the Israeli Channel 1. He served as the correspondent for Arab affairs at Ma’ariv newspaper and the Israeli Army Radio. Prior to this he held several positions at Ma’ariv, including commentator for current and Arab affairs, Head of Middle East Desk, Head of the Foreign affairs desk and Head of the Newspaper Division in Washington DC. He has two published books.
Mr. Alex Greenberg is an adjunct research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy. He is a content analyst at intuview.com, dealing with Islam, Middle Eastern affairs in Arabic, Persian, and French. He was an intelligence researcher for the Assessment Division of the IDF. He received his MA in Arabic language and literature from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Mr. Yoram Hacohen is the head of Israel's new data protection authority, the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority. As head of ILITA, he represents Israel in international fora including the International Conference of Data Protection Commissioners, the ICCP committee of the OECD, IAPP, and the European commission. Previously, he was a data security and electronic publishing entrepreneur. He established Israel’s first PKI certification authority for digital signatures, and its first electronically published legal database. He is one of the founders of the Haifa Center for Law and Technology, and teaches course in Israeli universities about electronic evidence and computer crimes. He has a law degree from the Hebrew University and received his MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Moshe Halbertal is a senior lecturer and assistant professor of Law at the Radzyner Law School at IDC. He is a Gruss Professor at NYU Law School, professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University, and a fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is the author of several books. His latest publications are “By Way of Truth: Nahmanides and the Creation of Tradition” in Hebrew, "Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life", co-edited with Donniel Hartman in English, and "Maimonides" in Hebrew. He is the recipient of the Bruno Award of the Rothschild foundation, and the Goren Goldstein award for the best book in Jewish thought in the years 1997-2000. He was a fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and received his PhD from the Hebrew University.
Mr. Amos Harel is the Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst at Ha’aretz and is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. Prior to his current position, he spent four years as night editor for the Ha’aretz Hebrew print edition, and was the anchorman on a weekly Army Radio program about defense issues. He frequently appears in the Israeli and foreign media as a military pundit. He co-wrote two award winning books and graduated with a BA in law from Tel Aviv University.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Dan Harel is the Former Deputy Chief of the IDF General Staff and was the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Transportation. He served in the IDF for over 35 years in various positions including: Israel's Defense and Cooperation attaché to Washington; Head of the Southern Command; Head of the Operations Department for the General Staff and Military Assistant to the Minister of Defense. He attended the US Advanced Artillery Officers' Course and the IDF Brigade Commanders' Course. He received a BA in political science from the University of Haifa.
Ms. Jane Harman is a former US Representative for California's 36th congressional district and currently Director, President, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center. During her long public career, she has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues. Prior to serving in Congress, she was a top aide in the United States Senate, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and served in a private law practice. In 2012, she was named one of the 50 most influential democrats on foreign policy by Foreign Policy magazine. She earned her MA at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Avi Hasson is the 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.
Mr. Richard D. Heideman is the 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 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.
Ms. Galit Hemi is Editor and Co-Founder of the Calcalist newspaper. She has 19 years of experience in the field of economics reporting, including four years as Capital Market Reporter at Ha’aretz newspaper, four years as Capital Market Reporter at Yediot Aharonot, and another five as the economics editor there. She holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Yoaz Hendel is the Chairman of the Institute of Zionist Strategy. He served as a research fellow at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University and at the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar Ilan University. He lectured on terror and guerrilla warfare at the Department of Political Science of Bar Ilan University. He served as the head of the Public Diplomacy Directorate at the Prime Minister’s Office. He currently writes a prominent column for the weekend edition of Yediot Aharonot, and serves as military commentator for several major media stations. In the past he was the military correspondent for the Makor Rishon newspaper, a member of the Council of Wise Men on Channel Ten, and presenter on the Galei Zahal program, Security Strip. He has two published books and holds a PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz is the Minister of Science and Technology and former Chairman of the Habayit Hayehudi party. He is a Technion faculty member since 1985, and is a full professor in the Mathematics Department at 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.
Prof. Moti Hershkowitz is the Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Chairman of the National Committee for Energy Research and Development, he served as Director of the University’s Blechner Center. He published numerous articles and registered many patents for generating recyclable fuel. He served as a consultant to the Exxon Research and Engineering Company, and was involved in many projects involving alternative and recyclable types of fuel. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Davis.
Amb. Liora Herzl is the Deputy Director General for North America at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to her current role, she served as an instructor at the INDC-Israel National Defense College, Ambassador of Israel to Norway, and non- resident Ambassador to Iceland. She held several positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as Head of the International Division in the Research Center, Representative of the MFA to the Strategic Division in the IDF Planning Branch, and Director of the Disarmament Department. She also served as the Press and Information Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, and as Vice Consul at the Consulate General of Israel in Houston, Texas. She earned her MA in political science from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Brig. Gen. Michael (Mike) Herzog is a Milton Fine International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and Former Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Defense. Over the past decade, General Herzog held senior positions in Israel's Ministry of Defense, such as Military Secretary. In that capacity, he acted as the liaison between the Defense Minister, IDF, Prime Minister's Office, intelligence community, and Israeli defense establishment. He 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. Amos J Hochstein is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy at the US Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, he spent over 15 years advising US elected officials, candidates for public office, and thought leaders on both domestic and global energy policy initiatives. He began his career in Washington DC as a top aide on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives. After his work in the US Congress, he continued as foreign and energy policy advisor while serving as Policy Director to Senator Chris Dodd. Prior to his work with Sen. Dodd, he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator (then Governor) Mark Warner.
Mr. Matan Hodorov is a Senior Economic Commentator at Channel 10. He previously served as an economic broadcaster on the Army Radio. In 2012 was chosen by Globes newspaper as one of the forty most influential young leaders in the Israeli economy. Mr. Hodorov received an honorary title from the Army Radio commander as well as the Educations Officer Award. He holds a BA in law from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Yossie Hollander is the Chairman of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. Recently he founded the Our Energy Policy Foundation, an open-source expert discussion of US energy policy under the public eye. A successful serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Hollander has 40 years of experience in 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.
Mr. Eli Hurvitz is the Executive Director of the Trump Foundation, a philanthropic foundation in Israel which aims to serve as a catalyst for educational improvement by cultivating high-quality instruction of mathematics and the sciences. He was among the founders of Avney Rosha, the Israel Institute for School Leadership, and of the Nachshon project, which provides online tutoring for high school students nation-wide. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hemda, a science teaching center in Tel-Aviv and of Hakol Hinuch. From 2000 to 2011, he served as the Deputy Director of Yad Hanadiv, and was the assistant to the Chairman of the Knesset's Foreign and Defense Committee. He writes on social affairs and philanthropy for The Marker daily newspaper and in a blog. He earned his MA at the Tel Aviv University School of History, and his MA thesis was published by the Dayan Center.
Mr. Kenneth E. Hyatt serves as Acting Deputy Under-Secretary for International Trade in the US Department of Commerce. In this capacity he oversees the daily operations of the International Trade Administration. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Hyatt directed the Department of Commerce’s efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the US services industries, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services. He was a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of a consulting firm, CMPartners, where he served as an advisor to private and public sector organizations engaged in significant negotiations, conflicts, change efforts, and alliances/relationships. He also worked as a management consultant for several other consulting firms. He received his JD from Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar.
Amb. Wolfgang Ischinger is the Chairman of the Munich Security Conference; the Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE, Munich; a board member of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute; a member of the European Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Global Zero Commission, amongst others. Since December 2009, he has been co-chair of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously he was the German Ambassador to the United Kingdom, German Ambassador to the United States, and as the German Deputy Foreign Minister. He earned his MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Dr. Yousef Jabareen is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. Beforehand he was a Lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He served as senior researcher at the Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology at the Technion, and Head of the Land and Planning Seminar at MADA – The Arab Center for Applied Social Research at Haifa. Dr. Jabareen has published many articles and several books. He received his PhD in urban planning from the Technion, and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.
Mr. Floyd R. Jenkins is the Founder and President of Meridian 361 International Law Group, PLLC. His practice includes both cross-border dispute resolution and transactional work. He represents victims of international terrorism in lawsuits against State sponsors of terrorism. His terrorism representations have included the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, the assassination of US diplomat Laurence Foley by the al-Zarqawi network, the Amman hotel bombings by the al-Zarqawi network, the kidnapping, torture and execution of US servicemen by al-Qaeda in Iraq, and the simultaneous Rome and Vienna Airport massacres carried out by the Abu Nidal Organization. He is an American attorney yet also called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple as Barrister, and to the Bar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Barrister and Solicitor. He received his LLM from Cambridge University and his JD from Cornell University.
Dr. Josef Joffe is the Publisher-Editor of the German weekly Die Zeit and serves as a Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is the Co-founder of the foreign policy journal The American Interest (along with Zbigniew Brzezinski and Francis Fukuyuma), and previously taught at Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Munich. He authored several books, including his most recent “Überpower: The Imperial Temptation of America” (2006). He holds a PhD in government from Harvard University.
Ms. Noga Kainan is the President and Founder of the Israeli Forum of Chief Financial Officers, Founder of the Israel Economy Leaders Forum, and member of the Presidential Committee. She is the Director and Head of the Audit Committee of the Board of Kav Manche, and a member of the Appointments and Administration Committee of the Civil Service Commissionership. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at The College of Management - Academic Studies. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Poalim-IBI, the Israel Oil Refineries and Analyst Provident Fund. She was a member of the presidency of the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes, and the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Foreign Companies Traded in the USA Organization. She held a consultant position at the business development department of Globes newspaper, and was a strategic consultant to Israeli high tech companies for their overseas activities. She earned her MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Eugene Kandel is the Head of Israel's National Economic Council, and Economic Adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister. He is a professor at the School of Business Administration and at the Department of Economics of Hebrew University. He is a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and a fellow at the European Centre for Corporate Governance. He acted as an adviser to government bodies, financial institutions, and economic organizations around the world. Prof. Kandel earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Yuval Karniel is a senior lecturer at the Ofer School of Communications of the 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 on the Board of the Israel Broadcasting Authority 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, Jerusalem.
Mr. Brian Katulis is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. A leading national security analyst in Washington, he publishes articles in several newspapers and journals and is a regular commentator on national television news programs. He previously served as a consultant to numerous US government agencies, private corporations, and nongovernmental organizations on projects in more than two dozen countries. He worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and co-authored a book on US national security titled “The Prosperity Agenda”. Mr. Katulis holds an MA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.
Mr. Roy Katz is the Vice President of Content for Tel Aviv Radio (102FM). Previously, he served as News Director of the Walla website. As of 2011, he is a lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is the Founder and Director of the first International Digital Journalism Conference in Israel, “Digit”, at the IDC, and Content Advisor for BusinessWeek magazine Israel. He wrote hundreds of articles for a wide range of media organizations.
Amb. Bilahari Kausikan is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. He held numerous positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including: Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific, and Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. He served as the Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador to Mexico, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, and Ambassador to Finland. Amb. Kausikan was awarded the Public Administration Medal and the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Cruz by the President of the Republic of Chile. He holds degrees from the Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore, and Columbia University.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Francis H. (Frank) Kearney is the President of InsideSolutions LLC and Former Deputy Director for Strategic Operational Planning at the US National Counter-Terrorism Center. He has over 35 years of military service. He works routinely with the Thayer Leader Development Group and with military and corporate groups to assist in improving organizational performance through leader development. General Kearney serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for Team Red, White and Blue as well as on the advisory boards of a number of other companies. He also serves as a member of the Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC) to the Secretary of Defense. He received his BS from the United States Military Academy and his Med from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies of Bar-Ilan University. He served for 25 years in the IDF military intelligence, specializing in Syria, Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups, and Israeli Arabs. During his academic career he published various articles and a book titled: “Asad in Search of Legitimacy - Message and Rhetoric in the Syrian Press under Hafiz and Bashar”. He holds a PhD from Bar-Ilan University.
Mr. Sharon Kedmi is the 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 corporate sector. Mr. Kedmi worked as a journalist for TheMarker and Globes. He received his MBA from Tel Aviv University and graduated from the university’s Continuing Studies Program in Finance.
Mr. Tal Kandel is a Technical Account Manager in the Public and Finance Sectors. Has 12 years of background and experience in information security and is a leader in cyber defense strategies for the public and defense customers within Symantec Israel.
Mr. Riad al Khouri is the Principal and Chief Economist at DEA Inc in Amman. He is a 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, Jordanian-Syrian Economic Relations, and US & EU FTAs in Middle East & North Africa.
The Honorable Suat Kiniklioglu is the executive director of STRATIM, the convener of the Istanbul Forum. Prior to his current position, Mr. Kiniklioglu served as a Member of Parliament of Turkey (2007-2011) during which he served as Spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Turkey-US Interparliamentary Friendship Group. He was a member of the AK Party Central Executive Committee and AK Party Deputy Chairman for External Affairs. Mr. Kiniklioglu was the founding director of the German Marshall Fund of the US office in Turkey and of the Ankara Center for Turkish Policy Studies. He was also the editor of Insight Turkey. He is a frequent contributor to Turkish and international media outlets, including Zaman, the International Herald Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. He has received his MA in international relations from Bilkent University in Ankara.
Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi is the Director of Military Intelligence in the Israel Defense Forces. 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 University.
Dr. Noam Lemelstrich Latar is the Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and Chairman of the Israel Communication Association. He is a member of the Governing Body of the Israeli Press Council. He pioneered the teaching of new media at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, and Ben-Gurion University, and is one of the founders of the Tel Aviv University School of Journalism. His current research focuses on data mining and the effect of artificial intelligence on the media. He holds a PhD in communications from the MIT.
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau is the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, former Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel, and the Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council. He studied in various yeshivot and began work as a Bible teacher. After filling rabbinic posts in numerous synagogues and neighborhoods, he was appointed as Chief Rabbi of Netanya followed by Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. He served as a member of the Chief Rabbinical Council. He is the author of numerous works on Jewish law and tradition. In 2005 Rabbi Lau received the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
Mr. Dov Lautman is the Founder of the Lautman Fund, and Founder and Chair of the Movement for the Advancement of Education in Israel. As part of his community activities, he acts as president of three educational funds that operate in various under-privileged neighborhoods around Israel. He is the Executive Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace, a distinguished member of the Yitzhak Rabin Center, and the Deputy Chairman of the Abraham Fund. Mr. Lautman received a BSc in mechanical engineering from MIT, and holds Honorary Doctorates from both the Technion and Tel-Aviv University.
Ms. Anat Levin is the Head of Financial Markets, Global Treasury, and Member of the Board of Management at Bank Hapoalim. Before joining the bank, she served as a Member of the Board and Chief Investment Officer at Migdal Insurance Holdings. She has a BA and a Master's degree in economics and business administration from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ms. Stella Korin-Lieber is a journalist, financial commentator for Globes newspaper, and guest commentator on various television and radio broadcasts. She worked as a journalist for several magazines including Ksafim, Monitin, and HaOlam Haze. 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.
Dr. Eliav Lieblich joined the faculty at the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya in 2012. Dr. Lieblich’s fields of expertise include public international law, the international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international organizations. He served as a law clerk in the Supreme Court of Israel, in the chambers of (acting) Justice David Cheshin and taught and supervised several clinical-legal programs at Hebrew University. In recent years, he has given legal counseling to governmental bodies and civil society organizations in his areas of expertise. He was a recipient of the Norman E. Alexander Scholarship at Columbia, and a Neubauer Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies. He completed his LLB joint degree with Middle Eastern studies at Hebrew University and received his LLM and JSD at Columbia Law School.
Mr. Bernardino Léon is the EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean. In the early years of his diplomatic career, he held posts at the Spanish Embassy in Liberia, Algeria, and at the Permanent Representation to the European Union in Belgium. He later became the Advisor to the Special Envoy of the European Union for the Middle East. He was appointed as State Secretary of the Spanish Ministry on Foreign Affairs, mainly dealing with South-America. He was the Secretary-General at the Spanish Prime Minister's office, acting as main foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero. Mr. Léon was appointed Sherpa for the G20. He holds a Master’s in law from the University of Málaga and has a Master’s in international relations from the Center of International Studies in Barcelona.
Dr. Yabin Liang is a research fellow at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Party School of the Central Committee of the CPC. His areas of research and teaching specialization include international politics, Sino-US relations, and the international political economy. His current research concerns the Arab Spring, Iran and DPRK nuclear issues. He is the author of one book, co-editor and contributor of three books and author of a dozen of scholarly and analytical articles and chapters on American hegemony, Sino-US relations, China’s Rising-up and the Arab Spring. He earned his PhD in international relations from Peking University.
MK Tzipi Livni is Chair of the Hatnua Party and Former Head of the Opposition in the Knesset. 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 and was awarded a prize for quality government. An attorney by training, she specialized in commercial law, public law, and real estate. She holds an LLB from Bar-Ilan University.
Ms. Mary-Beth Long is the principal of MB Long & Associates, PLLC and Metis Solutions, and is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. She is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. She was a Principal Advisor to the Under Secretary and Secretary of Defense on the formulation of security policy and strategy, with the responsibility of the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Ms. Long served as the Chairman of NATO Secretary General’s High Level Group on nuclear policy and previously worked in the Central Intelligence Agency. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Dr. Michal Hemo-Lotem is the Director-General of the JDC-ELKA Institute for Leadership and Governance, working with senior leadership from the public, municipal, government, philanthropic, and third sector leaders to promote the quality of life in Israel. She is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister and the National Economic Council, and serves as a board member in several organizations, including Midot, Round-up Israel, and NPTech Technologies for Nonprofit Organizations. She is the Founder and current board member of Beterem, the National Center for Children's Safety, taking a multifaceted approach to ensuring child health and safety. She was awarded a special award by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for her contribution to the children of Israel. She is a graduate of Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She graduated from the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem and is an ELKA graduate.
Ms. Rachel Machtiger is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, 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.
Amb. Zvi Magen is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, specializing in Russia, the Former Soviet Union, Middle East, and national security. He joined the INSS research staff following a long career in the Israeli Foreign Service. He served as the Israeli Ambassador to the Ukraine and Russia. He previously served as head of the Nativ organization, the Prime Minister's Office liaison group for the FSU and Jewish diaspora affairs. He also served as Head of the Institute for Eurasian Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He served in the IDF Military Intelligence, completing his service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is a graduate of Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Israel Makov is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. In addition, he chairs Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd. - one of the leading pharma companies in India, Given Imaging, BIOLIGHT, and Micromedic & Eltav. He is the former Chairman of Netafim Ltd. and the former President and CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. He led the company’s global expansion, and under his leadership Teva became the undisputed global leader in the generic pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Teva, Mr. Makov led a number of companies in various industries, and founded Israel’s first biotech company, Interpharm, which went public in the US. He holds an MA in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Captain Yigal Maor is the manager and regulator of the Administration of Shipping and Ports in the Ministry of Transport of Israel. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Education and Training Authority Marine. He was a member of the Haifa City Council, and a Captain in the Israeli merchant fleet. Captain Maor served in various management positions in ZIM, such as vice president of various fields, director of the company's operations in southern Europe, and director of various shipping units. He holds an MBA and a MA in geography from the Haifa University.
Prof. Sharon Rabin-Margaliot is the Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Her specializations are labor and employment law and employment discrimination. Her research and publications center on the relationship between legal rules and the transformation of the labor market. Her main fields of teaching are labor and employment law, employment discrimination, women at work. She received her JSD from New York University.
Mr. Shmuel Marom is the Chairman of the Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association and is a senior figure in the Israeli tourism industry. He received the highest Ministry of Tourism award - Man of the Year in Israel Tourism. He is also the recipient of the MOT Tours and Travel Professional of the Millennia Award, and the Senior Tourism and Travel Professional Excellence award. Mr. Marom was founder and manager of several tour and travel organizations, some of which are in the United States. He managed Israel outbound travel in several US tourism companies.
Dr. Eviatar Matania is the Head of Israel National Cyber Bureau. He was appointed to establish the Israel National Cyber Bureau answering directly to the Prime Minister. Dr. Matania has diverse experience both in military and civilian research and development, including system analysis and project management, focused primarily on the entrepreneurship of ideas and entities. Among others, he co-edited a book on Israeli start-ups and taught venture capital courses in distinguished executive MBA programs. He is a graduate of the elite academic program Talpiot, and holds a PhD in judgment and decision making from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Prof. Rafi Melnick is the Provost of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and a member of the monetary committee of the Bank of Israel. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC. Prof. Melnick also served as the former Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at IDC and a 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. He developed 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.
The Honorable Dan Meridor is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy. He has held senior ministerial positions, including that of Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, and Cabinet Secretary. He was one of the founders of the Center Party and served as a MK for this party. He headed the Committee for Updating Israel’s Security Doctrine. He holds an LLB from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Ms. Ayelet Metzger is the Acting Director General at the Second Television and Radio Authority. She filled several management positions including Acting CEO and Head of the Commercial, Surveys, and Information Division. In addition, she served as Program Manager in the Forming Administration of Channel 2. She earned her BA in international relations and holds a certificate in business management from the Hebrew University.
Ms. Judith Miller is an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and 2002 Pulitzer Prize recipient. She is a contributing editor of MI’s magazine City Journal. She 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. Ms. Miller is the author of four books, two of which are best-sellers. She holds an MA from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Prof. Alex Mintz is the Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and editor-in-chief of the journal Political Psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, Open Political Science Journal, and Advances in Political Psychology. He also served as Associate Editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution, and serves as editor of the University of Chicago Press book series in Leadership and Decision Making in International Relations. Prof. Mintz received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association for distinguished contributions to the field. He also received 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 is the author of the widely read book, Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (with Karl DeRouen), Cambridge University Press, as well as 9 other books and edited volumes. Along with five Nobel Laureates, is on the board of the Center for Conflict Management and Prevention in Sydney, Australia.
Amb. Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska is the General Counselor to the Under Secretary of State for Defense Policy, and is the Former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Israel. She served as Department Director for Więź Monthly and Director of the Independent Center for International Studies in Warsaw. She was a Counselor and Plenipotentiary Minister at the Polish embassy in Moscow, Deputy Editor of Więź, and Program Director and for the Eastern Program at the Center of International Studies. In addition, she was the Secretary of the Program Council of the Center for Eastern Studies and the Adviser on Polish-Jewish relations in the Chancellery of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers. She is a Member of the International Auschwitz Council and held the position of Counselor-Minister, Consul General of the Polish Republic in New York, and after returning to Poland, Chief Adviser to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers on Polish-Jewish relations. She is a graduate of Warsaw University and the Jagiellonian University.
Mr. Guy Mizrahi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Cyberia - Advanced Cyber Solutions Ltd., a company engaged in civil and cyber security. He is the former head of a cyber-research team at Elbit systems, and senior cyber consultant at the IDF. He is an active member of exclusive hacking forums around the world. He writes a well-known hacking blog, and is the owner of the biggest hacking community in Israel. He is a hacking and information security expert, acquainted with the cyber world for over 15 years.
Mr. Yoram Mokady is the Vice President of Content at HOT Cable. He served as Chairman of the Council for Cable and Satellite, and was the Director of Public Services at the Israel Ministry of Communication. He was a partner at the law firm Hanan Meltzer & Co. He is a lawyer by training, and holds an LLB from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Mr. Tal Mozes he leads Ernst & Young’s Advanced Security Center of Excellence (Hacktics) based in Tel Aviv. This cutting-edge red team is dedicated to cyber and information security research and consultancy for EY clients around the globe. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of the center including people, quality, growth, and operations. He has over 14 years of experience in information security, and experience in managing and training professional information security staff, focusing on cyber security, threat intelligence, database, infrastructure, network, and application security. He founded Hacktics Ltd., which was acquired by Ernst & Young LLP, in order to provide professional and creative solutions to information security problems in applications, databases, and corporate infrastructure. He also founded Seeker Security, acquired by Quotium Ltd., a startup company for application security automatic scanner tools.
Ms. Kerstin Müller is a Member of the German Bundestag, Greens Parliamentary Spokesperson for Foreign Policy, and Member of the Bundestag Foreign Policy Committee. She serves as Deputy Chairwoman of the Subcommittee for Civilian Crisis Prevention and was the Chairwoman of the Greens Party in the German Bundestag. Ms. Müller was the Minister of State at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is the Deputy Chairwoman of the Subcommittee for Civilian Crisis Prevention. Her work focuses on the Middle East, current change in the Arab world, Sudan and Darfur, the Great Lakes Region, transatlantic relations, and the role of women in conflict and security policies.
Maj. Gen. Ido Nehushtan is the Former Commander in Chief of the Israel Air Force. He served as a fighter pilot, an instructor at the IAF flight school, and a member of the IAF's aerobatic team. He was the commander of the F-16 fighter jet Nezt on the Ramon Base, the founder and commander of the F-16 squadron Barak 2 on the Haztor Base, served as the Head of Armament Branch in the Weaponry Department at IAF headquarters, and as the head of the IAF Planning and Organization Department. He held senior positions as the Commander of the Hazor Air-Force base, Head of the IAF Intelligence, and Head of the Air Operations and IAF Chief of Staff. He has a diploma in business administration from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University as well as from the Recanati School at Tel-Aviv University. In addition, he completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Mr. Salameh Nematt is a Jordanian journalist and analyst. He has over 25 years of experience in economic and political reporting, research, and analysis of developments in the broader Middle East, Europe and the United States. He has worked extensively on Arab-Israeli political, economic, security, and human rights issues and has done in-depth reporting on conflicts throughout the Middle East, the Gulf, and North Africa. Mr. Nematt is currently setting up Pillar Seven, a Middle East regional communications consultancy based in Amman, Jordan.
Mr. Stuart H. Newberger is a senior partner with the international law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP. He has over 30 years of experience as a trial and appellate advocate in the US courts, as well as international arbitration venues around the world. Prior to joining the firm, he served as law clerk to US District Judge Harold H. Greene and as an Assistant United States Attorney. He also served for many years as a member of the Committee on Grievances of the US District Court, on the Board of the Historical Society for the DC Circuit, and the Judicial Conference for the DC Circuit. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and received his JD from the same institution.
Mr. Meir Nitzan is the Chairman of the Appointed Committee for Lod Municipality. He was the mayor of Rishon Lezion for five consecutive terms and served at the IDG for 32 years. His last position was Deputy Head of the Technological and Logistics Directorate. He has a degree in industrial engineering from the Technion.
Mr. Netanel Oded is the chief economist in the National Economic Council of the Prime Minister's Office. He is in charge of designing long term policies in the fields of energy, environment, and research and development. He was involved in designing Israel's policy towards renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, and has designed national research and development initiatives in the fields of oil alternatives and agricultural innovation. He leads a thinking process regarding economic foreign affairs strategy, which includes programs to enhance economic relations with emerging economies such as China and India, and considers spillovers between foreign aid and trade. He holds an MA in financial economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Ms. Ilana Fahima is the Vice President for Human Resources at Teva Pharmaceuticals. In addition, she serves as the Vice President and Head of Human Resources at the Israel Region of Teva. Ms. Fahima served as the Human Resources Director at TAPI Israel BU and as the Human Resources Manager at the Negev region of Maccabi – National Health Care Services. She holds a Master's in health systems management from Ben-Gurion University.
Mr. Arnon Perlman is the 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 Ha'aretz.
Mr. Steven R. Perles is the Founder and senior attorney at Perles Law Firm, PC. He worked on Capitol Hill and began his private practice in 1981, after serving as Chief Legislative Assistant and Staff Attorney for Senator Ted Stevens. He has given lectures in law at the University of Chicago, American University, Harvard University, University of California at Hastings, the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and business schools at the Sophia International University School of Business in Tokyo Japan and Stanford University. He has also given several lectures on the evolution of anti-terrorism civil litigation at various conferences for national crime victims’ groups and is actively involved in terrorist victim issues. He was honored with the Rabbinical Alliance of America's Humanitarian Award, the Symbol of Hokaido Medal, in Sapporo, Japan, and the Brandeis Award from the American Jewish Congress. He earned his JD from the College of William and Mary at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law.
Ms. Smadar Perry is the editor for Middle East affairs and the Arab world at Yediot Aharonot. Her writings cover Middle East affairs, the peace process, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and social, economic, and cultural events in the Muslim world. She was 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 the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Prof. Dov Pekelman is the Chairman of Atra Networks Ltd. and Gilon Investments, and is a senior consultant to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. He lectures at the Arison School of Business at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, serves on the Board of Directors of the IDC, and is Chairman of the IDC Corporation. He founded 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.
Amb. Alon Pinkas is a director and consultant to various international and Israeli firms. He is a commentator and lecturer on US and Middle East affairs in radio and television stations such as CNN, NBC and Fox news. He is the former Consul General of Israel in New York. Amb. Pinkas 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 US Affairs. He also participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David, and was a Member of the Israeli Delegation for US sponsored Israel-Syria peace talks in January 2000. He 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 is the Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining the AEI, she served 10 years as a senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. She writes frequently on national security matters with a focus on domestic politics in the Middle East and South Asia regions, US security, terrorism, and weapons proliferation. Ms. Pletka holds a MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Amb. Tomáš Pojar is the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the State of Israel. Prior to his appointment he served at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the First Deputy Minister for Security Affairs, EU Affairs, and Bilateral Relations with European States, and as the Deputy Minister for Bilateral Relations. He is a member of the Jagello 2000 – Czech Euro-Atlantic Council and the Controlling Board of the František Langer Foundation Fund. He is a recipient of the Cross of Merit of the Minister of Defense of the Czech Republic (3rd Class), the Commemorative Badge of General Rudolf Medek, of the World Economic Forum - Young Global Leader 2010 Award, and of the Ambassador of the Nation – Recognition by President of the Republic of Albania,. He was awarded a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC. He holds a BA degree in political science from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is currently completing his MA degree in government with a specialization in counter – terrorism and homeland security at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
Prof. Uzi Rabi is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. His fields of specialization include the modern history of states and societies in the Persian Gulf; revolutionary dynamics in the Middle East; oil and politics in the Middle East; Iranian-Arab relations; and Sunni-Shi’i tensions. He is the director of TAU’s annual ten-day seminar on the geopolitics of Israel and its neighbors. Moreover, he is the co-editor of Bustan – The Middle East Book Review. He regularly appears on a number of national and international news broadcasting programs for his commentary on current events in the Middle East. He is the author of numerous publications, academic articles, and book reviews. His most recent publication is the edited volume International Intervention in Local Conflicts.
Mr. Zvi Rafiah is a consultant and commentator on US Affairs and US- Israel Relations. He served 21 years in the Israeli diplomatic service in missions in Tehran, Iran, and Ankara. His last assignment abroad was Minister- Counselor at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, serving as the liaison for the Embassy with both houses of the US Congress, along with other domestic political organizations. He was a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. As a leading expert on American affairs and US-Israel relations, he has been a frequent commentator on Israeli radio and TV. He holds an MA in American government from Georgetown University.
Mr. Barak Ravid is the diplomatic correspondent for Haaretz newspaper. He covers the Prime Minister's Office, the Foreign Ministry, and the Ministry of Defense, and deals with issues such as US-Israeli relations, EU-Israeli relations, and the peace process. Before joining Haaretz, he worked for the Maariv daily newspaper, spending a year covering the Palestinian Authority and a year as a diplomatic correspondent. He has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the University of Tel Aviv.
Mr. Menashe Raz is a journalist and Member of the Faculty of Communication of Kinneret College. For over 30 years, he has been engaged in 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. Mr. Raz 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.
Dr. Tali Regev is a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya School of Economics and at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. She served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Her research revolves around the economy, macro-economics, unemployment, income inequality, discrimination, and labor relations. She earned her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prof. Uriel Reichman is the 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. 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 and his JSD from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Ofer Rimon is the Director of Administration for Science and Technology at the Ministry of Education. He serves as Head of the Development Assessment and Control Unit at the Rashi Foundation. Dr. Rimon worked as supervisor at the Pedagogical Secretariat in the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sport in compliance with international standards. He was a deputy principal and educator in Israeli high-schools, and received the Excellent Employer award from the Ministry of Education for his educational achievements. He holds a PhD from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Rothschild is the Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and Chairman of the Institute’s Herzliya Conference Series. For over 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.
Mr. Daniel F. Runde is the Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development, and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He was head of the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships and Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation. In addition, he was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances at the US Agency for International Development, and led the GDA partnership initiative. He is actively involved in the philanthropic sector as a member of committees for the Global Philanthropy Forum, and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. He is a board member of the Society for International Development, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, the Alliance for the Family, and the Advisory Boards of the UN Development Program’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative. He has written and spoken extensively on public-private partnership issues at global conferences and symposia. Mr. Runde received an MPP from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers is the 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 , he served in several capacities including 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.
Prof. Oded Sarig is the Commissioner of Financial, Savings, and Insurance Markets in the Ministry of Finance. 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.
Maj. Gen. Mark O. Schissler is the Director of Strategy and Policy for the US European Command. He served as an instructor, evaluator, chief navigator, executive officer, and operations officer. His commands include an airlift squadron, group and wing, as well as two expeditionary air wings. He was selected for a National Security Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. He has held assignments on the Air Staff and Joint Staff, including duty as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He served as the Director of Plans, Programs, and Analyses at Headquarters US Air Forces in Europe, at German Ramstein Air Base. He holds a MA in pastoral studies from the University of St. Thomas.
Ms. Dalia Segal is a 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 with a degree in economics and political science.
Mr. Yair Seroussi is the Chairman of the Board of Bank Hapoalim. He served as a Board Member and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Bank, and was the founder and head of Morgan Stanley Israel. He served as the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Mivtachim, Israel’s largest pension fund, and founded a number of private investment funds. Additionally, he served as the Director of Frutarom Industries, and is the Active Director of Israel Corp Industries. Mr. Seroussi is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and served over a decade in Israel’s Ministry of Finance, where he held several senior positions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew University.
Mr. Yehuda Shaffer is the Deputy State Attorney for Financial Enforcement, and teaches at the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is Founder and former Director of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority, and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Israeli Ministry of Justice. In addition, he served as a senior deputy to the State Attorney in the High Court of Justice Department, in the State Attorney's office in the Ministry of Justice. Amongst his several publications, recent ones include "Analysis of Financial Intelligence and the Detection of Terror Financing" in Fighting Terror in Cyberspace; and "Emerging Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terror Financing Standards and their Impact on Trusts" in Trusts in Prime Jurisdictions. Mr. Shaffer received his LLB and LLM (1989) from the faculty of law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Masters in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Maj. Gen. (Res.) Udi Shani is Director General at the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and former head of the division for National Security. He has served in a number of senior positions in the IDF including as Head of C4I and Senior Field Commander. He was an Israeli Liaison officer in the US military base at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and upon his return was given the command of a tank brigade. Following his promotion to Brigadier General in May 2000, he was appointed the head of the Armor Corps and served for two years as the head of the Plada armored division. He holds an MA in civil manegment from Bar Ilan University.
Amb. Daniel B. Shapiro is the United States Ambassador to Israel. He 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. Ambassador Shapiro has contributed to numerous Congressional efforts supporting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, increasing US security assistance to Israel, and strengthening 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. Natan Sharansky is the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. He has formerly held positions as chairman of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center, Minister of Diaspora, Society and Jerusalem Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior and Minister of Construction and Housing. He is Founder of the Yisrael B’Aliya Party, and co-founder of Peace Watch, an independent organization which monitors compliance to agreements signed between Israel and the PLO. Mr. Sharansky has also served as Associate Editor of the Jerusalem Report, and worked for the Zionist Forum. A ‘refusnik’ prisoner in the former Soviet Union for nine years, Mr. Sharansky was released after heavy international pressure. He authored The Case for Democracy, and has graduated from the Physical Technical Institute in Moscow with a degree in Computer Science
Mr. Adi Sharabani is CEO and co-founder of Skycure, a start-up which focuses on providing solutions for mobile device security. He was a manager at another startup, Watchfire, which helped pioneer the field of application security and which was acquired by IBM in 2007. He served in a leading role in application security research for IBM. He has written many patents in this field and has been titled an IBM Master Inventor. Mr. Sharabani teaches at Ohel-Shem high school in Ramat-Gan, and actively participates in the implementation of the project to include cyber-defense as an optional curriculum for high school students, an initiative that has recently launched in Israel.
Dr. Dan Sharon is the founding director of ORT College in Jerusalem, founding director of the Branco Weiss Institute of Jerusalem, and founding director of the Entrepreneurship Development Association and Exports. He is former director general of the Ministry of Education and Culture. He also serves as Technical Department Manager at the international ORT pedagogical organization and Stef Wertheimers’ Director of education operations. Dr. Sharon was the first commander of the Talpiot unit in the IAF. He has a degree in electronics engineering from the Technion Institute and a PhD in science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Nati Sharoni is president of the Council for Peace and Security. Formerly, Maj. Gen. Sharoni served as president of Israel Bonds and as Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He also served as president of El-Op and was the Vice-President of Tadiran Group. He served for thirty years in the IDF in various positions, including as head of the army's planning division, assistant chief of operations, and senior artillery officer.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Joshua (Shuki) Shemer is the chairman of the Assuta Medical Centers at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He also serves as acting chairman at the Board of Directors of Maccabi Healthcare Services, and head of the Israeli Center for Technology Assessment in Health Care. He is a director at Compugen and subsidiaries of the Maccabi Healthcare Services group, and a former director at Granite Hacarmel. Prof. Shemer is formerly the director-general of Maccabi Healthcare Services and at the Ministry of Health. Received his MD from the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine.
Mr. Andrew Sheng is president of the Fung Global Institute. Well renowned in global financial circles as a former central banker and financial regulator in Asia and a commentator on global finance, He is also the chief advisor to the China Banking Regulatory Commission and a Board Member of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Malaysia. In addition, he serves as a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation, the China Development Bank, the Advisory Council on Shanghai as an International Financial Centre and the International Council of the Freie University, Berlin. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Sheng has published widely on monetary, economic, and financial issues. His most recent book is entitled "From Asian to Global Financial Crisis: an Asian Regulator's View of Unfettered Finance in the 1990s and 2000s". He is also a regular contributor to leading economic magazines and newspapers in China and the Asian region. A chartered accountant by training, he holds a BSc in Economics and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol.
Mr. Eden Shochat is an early stage investor at Genesis Partners which is one of Israel's most active Venture Capitalists. Most recently, he spearheaded an initiative called The Junction, a shared workspace & community that's focused on taking entrepreneurs to the next level. Prior to joining Genesis, he co-founded face.com, the world leader in massive, web-scale face recognition in social networks, recently acquired by Facebook. Previously, he served as co-founder and CTO of Aternity, where he led the strategic product direction for its user-experience monitoring platform. He is one of the organizers of the annual Geekcon conference and teaches new media entrepreneurship at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
Amb. Zalman Shoval is the 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 participated in the 1978 Camp David Peace Talks, the 1991 Madrid Peace Talks, and in the 1998 Wye Plantation Conference. 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.
Dr. David Skilling is senior advisor to the secretary of foreign affairs and trade in New Zealand. He is also the director of Landfall Strategy Group in addition to being a fellow at the Civil Service College in Singapore. Prior to founding Landfall, he was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company’s public sector practice, as well as being a senior fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s in-house economic think tank. Before joining McKinsey, he was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute and, until 2003, he was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Mr. Ori Slonim is a research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. Previously, he held various research positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as at Tel Aviv University. 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 Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Lee Smith is a visiting fellow at Hudson Institute and a senior editor at Weekly Standard. Mr. Smith has led an impressive career in writing and publishing. He has worked at a number of journals, magazines and publishers, including the Hudson Review, the Ecco Press, Atheneum, Grand Street, GQ Magazine, and Talk Magazine. He was also editor-in-chief of the Voice Literary Supplement, the Village Voice's national monthly literary magazine. He has been a guest on radio and television, including Fox News, and National Public Radio. A prolific writer, he has contributed articles on Arab and Islamic affairs to various publications. Well versed in Spanish, Arabic, French, and Latin, he holds a BA and has received awards in English and Latin from George Washington University. He received the Sage Graduate School Fellowship at Cornell University, and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and Université Saint-Joseph in Beirut.
Mr. Tommy Steiner is 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-Israel 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, and he holds an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz is the 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 and has published four books on philosophy in Israel and abroad. He received a PhD in philosophy from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Efi Stenzler is the chairman of the Jewish National Fund. He also 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. Mr. Stenzler 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. His academic studies were focused on public administration and local government at Bar-Ilan University.
Mr. Dror Strum is president of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. He is an expert in economic regulation and regularly provides testimony on this 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.
Prof. Asher Susser, is a senior research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and former director of the Center. Prof. Susser teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, and in 2006 he received the Faculty of Humanities outstanding teacher's award. He spent his sabbatical year at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University as the senior fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics. He published a monograph titled "The Rise of Hamas and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World" in the essay series of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. He has reviews in scholarly journals on George Gilder's The Israel Test, Rich Cohen's Israel is Real, and on Curtis Ryan's Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy. He earned his PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Ms. Vered Pear Swid is head of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women at the Prime Minister’s Office. She is formerly the deputy mayor and mayor of the city of Netanya. She holds a BA in social studies from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Andrew John Tabler is a senior fellow in the program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. policy in the Levant. He served most recently as a consultant on U.S.-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs writing on Syrian, Lebanese, and Middle Eastern affairs. He is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Syria Today. His articles and opinion pieces have appeared in many newspapers around the globe. He is the author of “In the Lion's Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington's Battle with Syria”, and the 2007 Stanley Foundation report “The High Road to Damascus: Engage Syria's Private Sector”. He earned his M.A. in comparative politics and Arabic from American University in Cairo.
Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum teaches Middle East history in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He is a leading historian and expert on the modern Middle East, with a concentration on Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and Israel and the Jewish people. He holds several research positions in Israel and abroad. At Stanford University he is visiting fellow and contributor to the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order at the Hoover Institution, and visiting scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. He is also a consultant for several US and Israeli government agencies. Prof. Teitelbaum is the recipient of a prestigious research grant from the Israel Science Foundation for his work on tribes and the military in Saudi Arabia. His latest book is "Saudi Arabia and the New Strategic Landscape". He earned his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Andreas Theophanous is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Nicosia, president of the Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, and Head of the Department of European Studies and International Relations at the University of Nicosia. He has published numerous articles on economic and political issues, organized several international symposia and conferences, and was/is in charge of a number of research projects. He is also the author and co-editor of several books on political and economic issues relating to Cyprus, the EU and the broader Eastern Mediterranean region. He received his PhD in economics from Pennsylvania State University.
Prof. Niu Tiehang is a senior research fellow at the China Centre of International Economic Exchanges and editor-in-chief of Globalization Journal. Prior to his current role, he served as senior managing director and CFO at C&Group China's headquarters in Beijing. He also served as a senior researcher at the East Asian Institute at the University of Singapore and at the China Financial Policy Center at Peking University. He is a visiting professor at the Financial Institute of Beijing Foreign Economic & Trade University, at the executive program of Qinghua University, and at the East Asia Institute of National University of Singapore. He earned his MA in public administration and was a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Prof. Daniel Tsiddon is a member of executive management, deputy CEO, and head of capital markets division at Bank Leumi. His former positions in the Bank include executive vice president, and head of strategy and international business development. Prof. Tsiddon was also the consultant to the head of the Ministry of Justice. He is an associate professor at the Berglas School, Tel Aviv University, and a Member of a number of public committees. He was an International Trade fellow and a President's Fellow at Columbia University, is a winner of the Ga'athon Prize for applied research on the Israeli economy, and holds a PhD from Columbia University.
Amb. Jesper Vahr is the Director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General. Prior to his current position, he served as the Ambassador of Denmark to Turkey and Azerbaijan, and as Director for Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. He held the position of Director for Security Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Minister Counselor, Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark on the North Atlantic Council. He also held the position of Head of NATO Section at the Security Policy Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of First Secretary at the Danish Embassy. He holds an MA in political science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
The Honorable Dr. Alexandr Vondra is a former Senator and former Defense Minister of the Czech Republic. He served as Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and the Czech Ambassador to the US. In addition, he served as Foreign Policy Advisor to President Vaclav Havel, and the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Dr. Vondra served as a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and is the recipient of both the US National Endowment for Democracy Medal and NATO's Meritorious Service Medal. He earned his Doctor of Natural Sciences from Charles University, Prague.
Dr. Shlomo Wald is the Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Ministry of Energy and Water. He is responsible for long-term national policy and technology development in the fields of: energy, water, earth, and marine sciences. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wald was the Manager and Scientific adviser of Engineering, Construction, Erection and Promotion Ltd. and A. Wald Trade and Investment Ltd. He has 20 years of experience as the Chief Scientist at the Propulsion Physics Laboratory at the Soreq Nuclear Research Center. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the United States - Israel Bi-national. Dr. Wald has over 100 publications and holds several patents, mainly in plasma applications in waste treatment and hard coating technologies. He holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Prof. Axel A. Weber is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at UBS. He chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee, and became a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee in 2012. He was president of the German Bundesbank, member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements, German Governor of the International Monetary Fund, and as a member of the G7 and G20 Ministers and Governors. He was a professor for international economics and Director of the Center for Financial Research at the University of Cologne, and a professor for monetary economics and Director of the Center for Financial Studies at the Goethe University. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Siegen, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Duisburg-Essen and Constance.
Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes is a senior fellow and Director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, coordinating US policy on democracy and human rights in the Middle East for the State Department. She also oversaw the Middle East Partnership Initiative and served as Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East transitions. She was central to organizing the US government's response to the Arab Spring. She is the author of “Freedom’s Unsteady March: America’s Role in Building Arab Democracy”. She earned her PhD in government from Georgetown University.
Mr. R. James Woolsey is the Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies at the Woolsey Partners and Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management. He is also Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was previously Vice President. He formerly served as Director of the US 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. Among other roles, he served as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, as Under Secretary of the Navy, and as General Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Armed Services. He earned an MA from Oxford and an LLB from Yale Law School.
Prof. Jian Xu is a senior research fellow at the China Institute of International Studies. He was Minister Counselor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Russian Federation, Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the PRC to the United Nations, Candidate Representative of the PRC to the United Nations, and Vice President of CIIS. In addition, he worked as a senior research fellow in the former China Center for International Studies of the State Council. He has over 300 articles and essays in both internally circulated reports and publicly circulated journals, and acts as the editor and co-editor of a number of books, covering a wide range of topics. He earned the honor of the Special Allowance for Outstanding Academic Contributions released by the State Council. He is listed as a top-level expert for direct contact by the central authorities of China. He earned his PhD from the University of Bristol.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin is the Director at the Institute for National Security and former Head of IDF Military Intelligence. He served in a series of senior positions in the IDF and Israel Air Force. He was the Military Attaché in Washington, Commander of the Military Colleges, Commander of the Hatzerim Base, Commander of the Nevatim Base, Head of the IAF Deployment Administration in the South, and Head of the Planning Branch in the Planning and Organization Department. He received his Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Shlomo Yanai is the Former President and CEO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and Makhteshim-Agan Industries Ltd. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for over 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 US 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.
Mr. Yonatan Yasoor is the Mayor of Herzliya and served as Deputy Mayor for 14 years prior to his election. As Deputy he had many responsibilities which included: transport, road safety, environment, sports, trade, youth centers, accessibility, and more. In addition, he acted as chair to various committees. Prior to his roles in the Herzliya municipality, was a manager at Sabrina Inc. and was a partner in running a family business. He holds a certificate in business management.
Mr. Oved Yehezkel is the CEO of TARA Consulting Group and former Secretary of the Cabinet at the Prime Minister’s Office. He served as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Adviser to Ehud Olmert in his capacities as Acting Prime Minister, Minister of Communications and Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment and Adviser to the Mayor of Jerusalem. He holds a BA in international relations and Middle East studies from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
The Honorable Dr. Dov S. Zakheim is a senior fellow at CNA Corporation, senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton. He served the Under Secretary of Defense, 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 from St. Antony's College and University of Oxford, where he held three fellowships.
Prof. Arie Zaban is a professor of chemistry and Director of the Bar Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials. He is the entrepreneur behind four start-up companies that utilize eight of his patents. After a two year postdoctoral stint at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, he was appointed to the senior faculty at Bar-Ilan. He published over 130 papers in refereed journals, four book chapters, 60 invited lectures, and holds 11 patents. Prof. Zaban has been awarded several prizes and fellowships including the Israel Chemical Society Prize for Outstanding Young Scientist, the Rothschild Fellowship, the Michael Landau Research Prize in Renewable Energy and the IVS Research Excellence Prize. He earned a PhD in electrochemistry (with highest distinction) at Bar-Ilan University.
Prof. Eyal Zisser is the 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, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syrian support of Palestinian terrorist factions, Iranian involvement in anti-Israeli terror, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. “Lebanon: The Challenge of Independence”, and “Commanding Syria, Bashar al-Asad’s First Years in Power” are among his recent publications. He received his PhD from Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Zvi Ziv is the former CEO of Bank Hapoalim. He has held senior positions in Bank Hapoalim in Israel and abroad, including Deputy CEO, Retail Banking Division Manager, CEO of Bank Hapoalim Switzerland, and Head of Retail. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He holds an LLM from Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program of London Business School.
Mr. Tzachi Zornstain is a research scientist at McAfee. For the past five years he has been intimately involved in the design of data loss prevention systems, malware analysis systems, and resilient frameworks which protect against cyber-attacks. He is the architect behind various projects for Israeli government agencies in the field data loss prevention, malware prevention, and various advanced systems for malware detection. He is a participant in the Senior Cyber forum in the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop at Tel Aviv University. While at McAfee, he served as a consultant for a large financial institute in Israel assisting with designing multi-layer defense systems. He holds many certifications in the arena of information security and IT including CISSP, CEH, MCT, MCSE, and McAfee Trainer. He earned his BSc degree in marine sciences from the Ruppin Academic Center.
Adm. (ret) Yuval Zur is the Principal Maritime Strategic Chair at Haifa University and Managing Director at ZUR-YAM consultants. Prior to his current role he acted as Deputy and Vice President of Strategic Planning at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission. He held a few positions in the Israeli Navy including Vice Chief Naval Operation & Chief of Staff, Commanding Officer at Haifa Naval Base and North Maritime Arena, Commanding Submarine Flotilla, and Commanding Anti-Submarine Warfare Squadron. He was awarded by the President of Germany with the Order of Merit for leading the special relations between the German Navy and the Israeli Navy for over a decade. He holds an MA in political science and national Security from Haifa University and the National Defense University.