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CONFERENCE CONVENORS:

Prof. Uriel Reichman, President & Founder, IDC Herzliya

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, Executive Director, Institute for Policy and Strategy, and Chairman of the Annual Herzliya Conference Series, IDC Herzliya

THE HERZLIYA ADDRESS:

H.E. Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, President of the State of Israel

 

PLENARY SPEAKERS (IN ALPHABETIC ORDER):

 

Mr. Yonatan Adiri, Founder & CEO, Healthy.io; Former Chief Technology Officer to former President Shimon Peres

Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, General Commissioner of the Israel Police

Amb. Alejandro Alvargonzález, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Political Affairs and Security Policy

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, Former Head of the National Security Council and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister

Prof. Uzi Arad, Former Head of the National Security Council and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister

Dr. Ziad J. Asali, President, American Task Force on Palestine 

Mr. Robert Weston (“Skip”) Ash, Senior Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ); Member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Policy and Strategy

Mr. Dany Atar, Chairman, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – The Jewish National Fund

Col. Miki Altar, Director of External Relations, Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), IDC Herzliya

Amb. Danny Ayalon, Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States; Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Lt. Gen. (res.) Ehud Barak, Former Prime Minister and Former Minister of Defense

Mr. Rafael L. Bardají, Executive Director, Friends of Israel Initiative; Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Spain

 

 

 

 

Justice (ret.) Dorit Beinisch, President Emeritus of the Israeli Supreme Court

 

The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Prof. Dan Ben-David, Department of Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University; President and Founder, Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research

Prof. Gabriel Ben-Dor, School of Political Sciences, Haifa University

 

Dr. Ayelet Ben Ezer, Vice President for Student Affairs, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Yarden Ben Yosef, Director, Public Diplomacy Project, IDC Herzliya 

Dr. Ronen Bergman, Senior Political and Military Analyst, Yedioth Aharonoth

Dr. Jürgen Bühler, Executive Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ)

       

Mr. Yoram Cohen, Former Director of the Israeli Security Agency (SHABAK)

Mr. Henrique Cymerman, Journalist; Middle East and International Affairs Expert; Lauder School of Government Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Jonathan Davis, Vice President for External Affairs and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Ilana Dayan, Senior Investigative Journalist, Channel 2

Mr. Nicola de Santis, Head, Middle East and North Africa Section, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO

Ms. Gili Dinstein, Director of External Relations Israel, IDC Herzliya

Ms. Amalya Duek, Economic Affairs Reporter, Channel 2 News

Dr. Taly Eichenwald-Dvir, Dean of Executive and Continuing Education, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Jacob Eilon, Chief Anchorman, Walla News Digital Network

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Chief of the General Staff, IDF

Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, Commander in Chief of the Israeli Air Force

Prof. Zvi Eckstein, Dean, Tiomkin School of Economics, IDC Herzliya; Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel

Maj. Gen. (res.) Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, Former Head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate; Founder & CEO, “FST Biometrics

MK Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security; Minister of Strategic Affairs and Information

Ms. Einat Fishbain, Journslist and Co-Founderr, “The Hotest Place in Hell” Digital Newspaper

Mr. Moshe Fadlon, Mayor of Herzliya

Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman, JPMorgan Chase International; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Group of Thirty (G-30); Former Governor of the Bank of Israel

MK Zahava Galon, Chairwoman of Meretz

Prof. Ronni Gamzu, Director General, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; Former Director General of the Ministry of Health

Prof. Boaz Ganor, Dean, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy; Founder & Executive Director, Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), IDC Herzliya

Mr. Tzahi Gavrieli, Director of the Campaign Against De-Legitimization and Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Information

Dr. Philip H. Gordon, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region; Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. SU Hao, President, Beijing Geopolitical Strategy and Development Association; Department of Diplomacy, China Foreign Affairs University

Amb. Khairat Hazem, Ambassador of Egypt to Israel

Brig. Gen. (res.) Michael Herzog, Milton Fine International Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

MK Isaac Herzog, Leader of the Opposition; Chairman of the Zionist Camp

Mr. Amos Hochstein, Former Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; Vice President and Senior Advisor, Tellurian

Dr. Ronen Hoffman, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Yossie Hollander, Chairman, Israeli Institute for Economic Planning

Mr. Koby Huberman, Co-Founder and CEO, The Israeli Peace Initiative

Dr. Dror Idar, Columnist, Yisrael Hayom

Mr. Avi Issacharoff, Middle East Analyst, Times of Israel and Walla News

Amb. Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO, Director, The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) – Middle East

MK Moshe Kahlon, Minister of Finance; Chairman, “Kulanu” Party

Amb. Tina Kaidanow, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State

MK Israel Katz, Minister of Transportation and Road Safety; Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy

Amb. Thomas P. Kelly, Vice President for Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Raytheon International, Inc.

Mr. Eldad Koblentz, CEO, KAN – Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation

General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee

Mr. Baruch Kra, Reporter & Commentator on Law and Justice Affairs, Channel 10 News

MK Yair Lapid, Chairman of “Yesh Atid” Party

Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich-Latar, Dean, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Ariel (Eli) Levite, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Principal Deputy Director General for Policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission

MK Orly Levi Abekasis, Member of Knesset

Mr. Amir Levy, Director of Budgets Department, Ministry of Finance

MK Avigdor Liberman, Minister of Defense

Prof. Varda Liberman, Head, Behavioral Decision Making Area, Arison School of Business

MK Tzipi Livni, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Mary Beth Long, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Co-Founder & Principal, Global Alliance Advisors; Founder, M B Long & Associates, PLLC

Mr. David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow and Director, Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Mr. Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Dan Meridor, Former Deputy Prime Minister; Former Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy

Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Former National Security Advisor of India; Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution

Prof. Rafi Melnick, Tiomkin School of Economics, IDC Herzliya

Ms. Lisa Miara, Springs of Hope Foundation

 

Ms. Judith Miller, Fox News Contributor

Mr. Adam Milstein, National Chairman, Israeli-American Council (IAC)

Prof. Alex Mintz, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Deputy Commissioner (ret.) Moshe Mizrahi, Former Head of the Investigation & Intelligence Department of the Israel Police

Mr. Oren Nahari, Foreign News Editor & International Commentator, Walla News Digital Network

Adv. Navit Negev, Partner, Sheinman-Negev-Niv Law Offices

Mr. Shoham Nicolet, Co-Founder & CEO, Israeli American Council

Ms. Fern Oppenheim,
Co-Founder, Brand Israel Group; President, Applied Marketing Innovations

Mr. Tamir Pardo, Former Head of the Mossad

Ms. Smadar Perry, Senior Middle East Editor, Yediot Ahronot

Mr. Chemi Peres, Chairman, Board of Directors, Peres Center for Peace and Innovation; Managing General Partner & Co-Founder, Pitango Venture Capital

Ms. Danielle Pletka, Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy, American Enterprise Institute

Amb. Ron Prosor, Abba Eban Chair of International Diplomacy, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya; Fmr. Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

Amb. Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, President, Israel Institute; Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States*

Mr. Barak Ravid, Diplomatic Correspondent, Haaretz

Dr. Maoz Rosenthal, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Amb. Dr. Dennis Ross, Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf Region

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, Radzyner School of Law, IDC Herzliya; Former Minister of Education

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, Vice President of the Supreme Court of Israel

Mr. Gideon Sa׳ar, Former Minister of Education and Former Minister of the Interior

 

Sir John Sawers GCMG, Chairman & Partner, Macro Advisory Partners; Former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6); Former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Mr. Udi Segal, Diplomatic Correspondent, Channel 2 News

Ms. Tal Shalev, Political Correspondent, Walla News Digital Network

Adv. Ido Sharir, Vice President, Policy and Government Relations, IDC Herzliya

Mr. Shabtai Shavit, Former Head of the Mossad; Chairman, International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), IDC Herzliya; Chairman, Athena Human & Technology Integrated Solutions

MK Ayelet Shaked, Minister of Justice

Amb. Daniel B. Shapiro, Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, Director of Research, Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), IDC Herzliya; Former Deputy Head of the National Security Council

MK Ofer Shelah, Member of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee; Chairman of the “Yesh Atid” Parliamentary Group

Amb. Zalman Shoval, Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States

Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, Director, Center of Democratic Values and Institutions, Israel Democracy Institute; Member of the Board, National Press Council

Prof. Avi Simhon, Head of the National Economic Council, Prime Minister’s Office

Dr. Charles A. Small, Founder & Director, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)

Brig. Gen. (res.) Dr. Ephraim Sneh, Chairman, S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue, Netanya Academic College; Former Deputy Minister of Defense

Dr. Claire Spencer, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North

Mr. Tommy Steiner, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Adv. Dror Strum, President, Israeli Institute for Economic Planning

Prof. Charles Tenenbaum, Director, Conflict & Development Program, Sciences Po Lille

Brig. Gen. (res.) Sima Vaknin-Gil, Director General, Ministry of Strategic Affairs

Dr. Celeste Wallander, President, US Russia Foundation; Former Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council

 

Adv. Dov Weisglass, Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

Lt. Gen. (res.) Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, Former Minister of Defense

Brig. Gen. (res.) Nadav Zafrir, Co-Founder & CEO, Team8; Former Commander of IDF’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200

Prof. Eyal Zisser, Vice Rector and holder of the Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair in Contemporary History of the Middle East, Tel Aviv University

Ms. Hila Ziv, Director of Operations, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya Mr. Haggai Zuriel, Director General, Ministry of Intelligence Services

 

SPEAKERSIN ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS:

       

Eng. Saad Abu-Hammour, Secretary General, Jordan Valley Authority, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Mr.

Mr. Riad al Khouri, Director for Middle East, GeoEconomica GmbH

Mr. Yitzhak Balmas, Deputy GM, Israel Electric Company

Mr. Avinoam Bar-Yosef, President and Founding Director, Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)

 

       

Ron Ben-Yishai, Ynetnews

Maj. Gen. (res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, Director, Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) and Head of the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel Aviv University

 

Adv. Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of Ecopeace Middle East Brig. Gen. (res.) Itai Brun, Former Head of the Research Department at IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate
       
Mr. Gottfried Buehler, Germany National Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) Ms. Rebecca Caspi, Senior Vice President for Global Operations & Director General of the Israel Office, The Jewish Federations of North America

Mr. Dan Catarivas, Board Member, ELNET-Israel; Director, Division of Foreign Trade & International Relations, Manufacturers’ Association of Israel

 

Dr. Amnon Cavari, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy & Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

 

       
Rabbi David Stav, Chief Rabbi of the City of Shoham; Founder & Chairman, Tzohar Rabbinical Organization Dr. Israel Elad-Altman, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya

Amb. Dr. Oded Eran, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)

 

Dr. Meytal Eran Jona, Senior Research Fellow, Weizmann Institute
       

Dr. Luis Fernandez Solares, Guatemala National Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ); Pastor, Iglesia de Jesucristo La Familia de Dios, Guatemala City; Founder, Canal 27 Christian Television

 

Dr. Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; Former Deputy Head of the National Security Council Mr. Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director, Martens Centre for European Studies Dr. Ehud Ganani, VP Israel Operations, Electricity Infrastructure Security Council
       
Dr. Neri Horowitz, Chairman, Agora Policy Institute

Amb. Jeremy Issacharoff, Senior Deputy Director General and of the Multilateral Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Mr. Meir Javedanfar, Research Fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya; Owner and Editor, Iran-Israel Observer Dr. Jerry Johnson, President, National Religious Broadcasters
       
Mr. Herb Keinon, Diplomatic Correspondent, Jerusalem Post Mr. Erez Kreiner, Former Director of the National Cyber Security Authority

Mr. Col (res.) Yechiel Kuperstein, Former Head of Physical Protection and Doctrine & Development Departments at IDF Home Front Command

 

H.E. Hélène Le Gal, Ambassador of France to Israel
       
Lt. Col. (res.) Avital Leibovich, Director, AJC Jerusalem Mr. Bruno Lété, Transatlantic Fellow for Security & Defence Policy, German Marshall Fund, Brussels Dr. Rev. Abdou Maiga, Senegal National Director & Special Coordinator for West Africa, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ)

Prof. David Menashri, Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Fellow at the Alliance Center of Iranian Studies and the Dayan Center for Middle East and Africa Studies, Tel Aviv University

 

       

Prof. Shaul Mishal, Head of Middle East Studies, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya

 

Dr. Amit Mor, CEO, Eco-Energy; Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya

 

MK Ayelet Nahmias Verbin, Zionist Camp Dr. Sinaia Netanyahu, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Environmental Protection
       
Mr. Eitan Parnass, Founder &
Director General, Green Energy Association of Israel
Mr. David Parsons, Vice President & Senior Spokesman, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ)

Dr. Lorenz Peterson, Director of Climate Change, Rural Development and Infrastructure Division, GIZ – German Society for International Cooperation

 

Prof. Colin Price, Department of Geosciences, Tel Aviv University
       
 Mr. Avi Schnurr, President and CEO, Electricity Infrastructure Security Council Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director, National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa

 Prof. Soli Shahvar, Director, Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies, University of Haifa

 

       
Mr. Salman Shaikh, CEO, The Shaikh Group

Col. (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Forum Dvorah and the Institute for National Defense Studies

 

Mr. David Siegel, CEO, ELNET-Israel; Former Consul General to Southwest United States Ms. Elissa Slotkin, Former U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
       
MK Ksenia Svetlova, Member of Knesset Ms. Vered Sweid, Director, the Road to Leadership Initiative

Brig. Gen. (res.) Rachel Tevet Vizel, Director, Israel National Road Safety Authority

 

Brig. Gen. (res.) Bezalel Treiber, Director, National Emergency Management Authority*
       
Mr. Robert Vass, President, GLOBSEC H.E. Dr. Clemens von Goetze, Ambassador of Germany to Israel

Mr. Lior Weintraub, Vice President & Director of Israel Office, The Israel Project (TIP)

 

Dr. Michal Yaari, Open University
       
Mr. Yona Yahav, Mayor of Haifa Prof. Yoav Yair, Dean, School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp., ICL & ORL, IDC Herzliya

Dr. Raz Zimmt, Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies; Research Fellow, Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University; Research Fellow, Forum for Regional Thinking

 

Prof. Eyal Zisser, Vice Rector and holder of The Yona and Dina Ettinger Chair in Contemporary History of the Middle East, Tel Aviv University
       
Brig. Gen. (res.) Zeev Zuk-Ram, Deputy Head and Head of Civil Defense, National Security Council

 

 

* Speakers marked with asterisks are to be confirmed.

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