Ben Zion Zilberfarb /
Economics Policy Program Fellow
Prof. Zilberfarb is Dean of the School of Banking and the Capital Market at Netanya Academic College, and Associate Professor of Economics at Bar Ilan University. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration, an M.A. in Economics from Bar Ilan University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Zilberfarb served as Director General of the Ministry of Finance between 1998 and 1999. He has also served as head of the Department of Economics and dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Bar Ilan University, head of the Economic Planning Authority, a director of Bank Leumi pension funds, a consultant in the privatization of El Al, and consultant to various financial bodies. Prof. Zilberfarb has been a member of the board of directors of many companies, among them: Fundtech, Clal Provident and Study Funds, and Partner. In addition, Prof. Zilberfarb was Director of the Azrieli Institute for Research on the Israeli Economy, and Director of the Institute for Economic Research at Bar Ilan University, as well as a senior researcher at the Israeli International Institute. He currently serves as a Director of Pri Gan, Brimag Digital Age, and the Delek Group. He is a member of the investments committee of Shenkar College, Bar Ilan University, the USA-Israel Binational Fund, the Israel Electric Corporation pension fund, and others. Prof. Zilberfarb is the author of the book Privatization of Public Enterprises in Israel and Abroad, together with Shlomo Ekstein and Shimon Rosevich, and has published dozens of articles in professional journals on the subject of Israel’s economy, and in particular on inflation, privatization, linkage, finance markets, and foreign trade.