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Orna Blondheim

Dr. Orna Blondheim was first appointed CEO of a hospital in Israel when she became CEO of Schneider Children’s Medical Center. Prior to heading Schneider, she had served as Deputy CEO of the Emek Medical Center. In 2003, she was appointed CEO of the Emek Medical Center, a position she held until her retirement in 2019.


She had many accomplishments during her tenure, some of the most important were building a new multi-purpose building, opening two internal medicine departments, and a rehabilitation ward. In addition, she established a human resources and training center and a well-equipped research center. Most recently she started the construction of a modern cancer center which will be named for Dr. S. Katzman.


The Emek Medical Center was the first Israeli hospital to be awarded an international certification (JCI) for quality and safety and to internalize a method for medical self-debriefing similar to the one used by the Israeli Air Force. Orna graduated from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and decided to settle in the Galilee, guided by the ideology of a stronger periphery and the bridging of gaps in Israeli society. She is trained as a pediatrician and then specialized in neonatal and preterm intensive care in the United States.

Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky

Dr. Nadav Perez-Vaisvidovsky is a faculty member in the Social Work Department of the Ashkelon Academic College in the areas of social policy, policy change and poverty. His doctorate dealt with the influence of perceptions of fatherhood on legislating paternity leave in Israel. His area of research is policy formation and, in particular, how ideas and perceptions relate to material interests and their impact on the policy process. Dr. Perez-Vaisvidovsky researches policy relating to fatherhood and policy in the field of mental health.

Shmulik Szeintuch

Dr. Shmulik Szeintuch is a social worker and faculty member in the School of Social Work, Sapir Academic College. His PhD dissertation deals with homelessness policy in Israel in 1948-2010. His main areas of interest are social policy, homelessness and street work. Shmulik has published research papers in Hebrew and English journals, as well as policy documents for the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Services. Finally, he is involved in policy practice, mainly in the area of homelessness.

Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach is committed to improving the lives of all Israelis.

Driven by a desire to understand how things work to make them

better, Sigal knows the importance of asking the right questions. With  her  tenure  as  CEO  of  JDC  Israel  coinciding  with  the  organization’s major strategic planning process, this focus will serve Sigal, and JDC, well.

Sigal holds  an  MA  and  PhD from  Tel  Aviv  University’s  Department  of  Labor  Studies, specializing in employment and migration. After working for six years as a Senior Research Fellow at Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry  she joined JDC in 2007 as Director of Minorities and Immigrants programs within its Israel Employment Initiative. In this role she brought about a sea change in employment services in the Arab-Israeli sector not least by forging relationships with a major philanthropic foundation and the Israeli Government.

In 2012, Sigal was promoted to Director and given overall responsibility for JDC’s efforts to help Israelis exit poverty through employment. She steered the Initiative toward providing tools for Israel’s ever evolving workforce. As Deputy Director of JDC-Israel since 2014, Sigal also applied her forward-thinking approach to shaping JDC’s overall strategy in Israel.

As the first CEO of JDC-Israel to have “risen through the ranks” of JDC’s field staff, Sigal is keen  to  actively  involve  her  colleagues  in  planning  for  the  organization’s  future.  “Our professionals’ connections to grassroots Israeli life are vital for generating postive change.”

Miki Malul

Prof. Malul is a faculty member in the Faculty of Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Since 2008, he has headed the Economics and Society track in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, and since 2013 has served as head of the Atidim B.A. program in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Alongside his academic work, Prof. Malul is a member of a number of public committees, among them the Ministry of the Interior Committee on Setting the Borders of the Bedouin Settlements in the Negev, and the Ministry of the Economy’s Round Table for Regional Development. Prof. Malul completed all his degrees with distinction: a doctorate from the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the same university. Following his studies in Israel, Prof. Malul completed a post-doctorate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University; his fields of research focus on policy in the labor market, and the connection between inequality and poverty, and economic growth and development. In these fields, Prof. Malul has published more than 40 articles in international refereed journals.

Uri Aviram

Prof. Aviram is the Zena Harman Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the Baerwald School of Social Work at Hebrew University.  His academic work focuses on social policy, mental health policy, and rehabilitation of the mentally disabled in the community, and selected aspects of academic training for the social work profession.  He also heads the National Council for the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Disabled in the Community.  In the early 1980s, Prof. Aviram was head of the School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University and in the 1990s, he headed the School of Social Work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  During his many years of work, he earned academic appointments at universities in the USA, Canada and Australia.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California in Berkley, an M.A. in Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a B.A. from Hebrew University.  His research has been published in Israeli and foreign academic journals.  His books in the field of mental health include:  “Psychiatric Treatment and Civil Liberties” (with Dan Schnit), “Community Mental Health in Israel” (with Itzhak Levav), “Mental Health Services in Israel” (with Yigal Ginat) and more.

Uri Yanay

Uri Yanay is Professor Emeritus at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and fills a variety of academic positions, including coordinating and administrative tasks. He teaches selected courses dealing with personal social services, victimization and conflict resolution through mediation and a “restorative justice” perspective. Most of his students are in social work and welfare studies as well as conflict resolution, law and public administration at Hebrew University. In the past he directed social services for the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. As part of his postdoctoral studies at the Universities of Kent and London School of Economics, Professor Yanay specialized in evaluating welfare programs. He holds a PhD, MA and BA in social work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been invited to lecture at Yale University (the United States), Oxford (England), University of British Columbia (Canada), as well the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne (Australia). Professor Yanai served as a member of the State Commission to Commemorate Terror Victims (the Maltz Commission) and the inter-ministerial committee for rehabilitation of crime victims (the Karp Commission). He likewise was an advisor during the enactment of the Rights of Victims of Crime Law in Israel, as well as advising the programs recently initiated by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services in this area. In recent years, his academic research and publications have focused on analysis of governmental policy, relief services, governmental care and welfare intended for victims of terror and violent crime.

Idit Weiss-Gal

Dr. Weiss-Gal is the head of the B.A. degree program at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from Tel Aviv University (1999).  In 2000, she completed her post-doctoral studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and in 2002 she was a guest researcher at Plymouth University in Great Britain. Her research focuses on social work policy practices in Israel and the world, and critical approaches in social work.  In 2011, she appeared at several international universities, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University in St. Louis, lecturing on her empirical research in employment policy.  In 2008 and 2010, she was awarded the Israeli Science Foundation prize and the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Tel Aviv University.  Dr. Weiss-Gal has published numerous articles, among them:  “Is Social Work in Israel Aware of Poverty? Discourse Analysis of Social Workers’ Job Descriptions” (in Society and Welfare, 2011), and “Social Policy Formulation and the Role of Professionals: The Involvement of Social Workers in Parliamentary Committees in Israel” (Health and Social Care in the Community, 2011).

Roni Strier

Roni Strier is a senior lecturer and head of the Organization and Administration M.A. degree track at the School of Social Work in the Faculty of Welfare Studies and Health at Haifa University. Dr. Strier completed his doctoral studies at the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University, and his post-doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. He is the initiator and academic supervisor of the University of Haifa’s flagship project for combating social exclusion, the academic supervisor of the Haifa partnership program on addressing the cycle of poverty, and a researcher and senior advisor to welfare organizations on developing exclusive services for populations living in poverty and social exclusion. He co-authored the recommendations of the “Alternative Committee,” advising leaders of the summer 2011 protests. Since 2013, he has promoted an annual bi-national Israeli-American seminar with the University of Maryland, entitled “Social Justice?” His research focuses on poverty, social exclusion, social inequality against the background of cultural and gender differences, and community studies.


Among Dr. Strier’s publications: “Incorporating Critical, Anti-paternalistic Social Work in the Public Welfare Services:  From Rhetoric to Practice” (2013), with Sharon Binyamin; “The Policy Field: Reciprocal Relations Between the Government and Advocacy Organizations in the Field of Society and Welfare” (2012); and research and position papers on the subject of policy, poverty, and exclusion.

Baruch Ovadiah

Dr. Baruch Ovadia is head of a program that cares for children and youth with no family support, and is also a board member of the Forum for Social Policy (ESPAnet Israel), the Israeli Center for the Advancement of Social Justice, and the World Council of Jewish Communal Service. Today, he is a volunteer children’s ombudsman at the Israel National Council for the Child. He worked for many years as a social worker and educator, established and managed the Social Services Division in the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Clalit Health Services social work service. Together with Prof. Reher of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, Dr. Ovadia established the international program for promoting social work leadership in the health system, and initiated the first International Social Work Conference in health and mental health care. Dr. Ovadia has served as deputy supervisor of hostels (education and care) in the Youth Protection Authority of the Ministry of Welfare, Chair of the Israel Council of Social Welfare (ICSW Israel) and a member of the editorial board of its journal Prevailing Opinion, and chair of MATAV, an association providing nursing services and programs. In the past, Dr. Ovadia was a lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Sciences in the academic track of the College of Administration, where he established the Master’s degree curriculum in family studies, and an adjunct teacher at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. He holds B.A. degrees in education and sociology (1958) and social work (1961), an M.A. degree in education (1989), and a Ph.D. in social work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2005).

Menachem Monnickendam

Prof. Monnickendam studies poverty and people living in poverty at the Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University. He is chair of ESPAnet Israel, a member of the British Social Policy Association (SPA), the American Society of Social Work and Research (SSWR), and the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA). In the past, he served as head of the M.A. degree program in Social Work, Director of the Organization and Administration track, and Director and founder of the School of Social Work at Ashkelon Academic College. Prof. Monnickendam has been a member of the National Committee for War on Poverty, the Supreme Committee for the Reform of Local Social Services, and the Sub-Committee for Human Resources. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh (1983), completed his M.A. degree at the School of Social Work at Bar Ilan University, and his B.A. degree at the Hebrew University School of Social Work.

Ibrahim Mahajne

Dr. Mahajne coordinates the “social policy studies” cluster at Safed Academic College. In the past, he headed the Social Work Department at Al-Quds University. He has also been a lecturer at the School of Social Work at both the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. Dr. Mahajne completed all of his degrees with honors at the School of Social Work at the Hebrew University. He completed his post-doctorate at Tel Aviv University under the late Prof. Yossi Katan. In the course of his academic career, he has been awarded many scholarships and prizes from top institutions, among them the Rabin Center for Peace Research, the Minerva Center for Human Rights, the Harry S. Truman Research Institute, the Luxembourg Fund, the Dirasat Arab Center for Law and Policy, and the Supreme Monitoring Committee for Arab Affairs in Israel. Dr. Mahajne has published numerous articles in professional journals, and continues to research and study the field of social policy in an age of globalization, the formation of welfare policy in the National Palestinian Authority, and welfare policy towards Arab society in Israel. Today, Dr. Mahajne is studying poverty in Arab society in Israel: the characteristics of impoverished Arabs in Israel, patterns of coping with economic hardship among poor Arab families, the organization of the natural support system for the benefit of the poor in Arab society in Israel, civil society in Arab society in Israel as a safety network for the poor, and the approach of the Israeli social security system towards the Arab poor.

Alisa Lewin

Dr. Lewin is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa, in the areas of family demographics, marriage, divorce and family processes, old age and the family, and poverty and welfare policy.  In 2011, she served as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and also headed the M.A. degree program in social research applications.  In 2012, she served as a member of the B.A. Committee for the University of Haifa’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  Dr. Lewin holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Her M.A. studies in sociology were divided between UCLA and Tel Aviv University.  She completed a B.A. in sociology and liberal arts at Tel Aviv University (cum laude, 1986).  Dr. Lewin was awarded the International Science Foundation prize for her research on “Living Apart Together (LAT) – An International Comparison by Gender and Age.”  She also received the Ministry of Science Prize for her research on “How Does the Social Protest of Summer 2011 Resonate among the Poor.”

Lihi Lahat

Dr. Lahat is a lecturer in the Department of Administration and Public Policy at Sapir Academic College in various fields, including public administration, public management, policy design and social policy.  She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Tel Aviv University. Her articles have been published in leading Israeli and foreign journals, including in Israeli Sociology, Social Security and the Journal of Poverty and Public Policy.  Her areas of research are:  approaches to the causes of poverty and how policy-makers deal with poverty; regulation of individualized welfare services; and the effectiveness of organizations in the era of new governance. In the course of her research, Dr. Lahat won the prestigious Eshkol Scholarship from the Ministry of Science, as well as the Pollack and Horowitz Scholarships from Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Chana Katz

Dr. Chana Katz is a lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work at Sapir College in Sederot, as well as at the School of Social Work in Ashkelon Academic College. She received her PhD from the University of Sussex in the UK. Dr. Katz has had extensive experience working in the public sector in Israel. She established the Joint Distribution Committee-Israel Children at Risk program, and played a central role in the development of services for abused and neglected children in Israel. She has published articles on perceptions of poverty among social workers and physicians, as well as a position paper for the Welfare and Social Services Ministry regarding inter-organizational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaboration. Dr. Katz collaborated on an article entitled, “The Authority is Ours – Social Service Departments in Local Authorities Facing the Escalating Phenomenon of Poverty: Expectations, Perceptions and Reality” published by the Taub Center (2009). In 2010, she co-edited a book on social policy during the years 1985-2008 and authored a chapter in it. Her most recent article was “Under-representation of Ethiopian-Israeli minority students in programs for gifted and talented: A policy discourse analysis” (with Chen Lifshitz, 2014). Dr. Katz’s research focuses on public policy paradigms and the relation between perceptions of poverty and poverty policy.

Boni Goldberg

Ms. Boni Goldberg serves as the director of the Community Services Administration of the Jerusalem Municipality. Ms. Goldberg received her master’s degree in Social Work and Criminology from the Hebrew University and has completed advanced courses in executive training and development through Elka, a program of JDC-Israel. Her main responsibilities at the Jerusalem Municipality are social services, public health, immigrant absorption and employment. Previously she headed the Jerusalem Municipality’s Social Services Department as well as the Jerusalem and Southern District of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. In the framework of her work, Ms. Goldberg has represented Israel in three Aliyah Fairs. While working at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, she represented the Ministry as part of professional delegations abroad. Ms. Boni Goldberg has lectured at professional conferences in Israel and abroad, chaired panel discussions, and taught courses in professional training workshops for managers in social services departments and schools of social work

John Gal

Professor Gal is the Chair of the Social Welfare Policy program and a Senior Researcher at the Taub Center. He is at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He serves as Director of the research program in the field of social welfare policy. Professor Gal was a member of the Tamir Commission (2002), which recommended implementing the Wisconsin Plan in Israel. In 2007, he served in the public committee appointed by the Israel Academy of Sciences to assess the Wisconsin Plan’s achievements and failures. He was recently a member of the Committee for Combating Poverty (2014) and headed the sub-committee on social security and welfare. Professor Gal has a PhD in social work from the Hebrew University (1996). He has published many articles and books, including: A Voluntary Burden Indeed? The Story of Dealing with Unemployment (2002), Social Security in Israel (2004) and Policy Practice in Social Work (2011) . He also edited the book, Professional Ideologies and Preferences in Social Work: A Global Study (2003) with Idit Weiss and John Dixon. His academic focus is primarily on comparative analysis and implementation of social policy and social security in Israel and around the world. His current research topics include Mediterranean welfare states, religion and social policy, immigration and social policy, policy practice as well as a historical perspective on the social work profession.

Israel Doron

Professor Doron is head of the Department of Gerontology and teaches at the School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa. He has a PhD from Osgood Hall Law School at York University in Toronto (2000), a law degree from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University (1989) and an MA in Law from Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, D.C., (1993). Professor Doron has edited leading books in his field including Theories on Law and Aging: The Jurisprudence of Elder Law (2008) and Beyond Elder Law (2011). He is also the author of many articles published in international journals. He specializes in ethics and aging, social policy and aging, and the rights of senior citizens. Professor Doron is active in a variety of NGOs, and is one of the founders of the Israeli NGO, Law in the Service of the Elderly. He currently serves as a member of the board of that association and of the Israel Gerontological Society.

Michal Almog-Bar

Dr. Almog-Bar is a lecturer in the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. Her major research interests are social policy and public policy in Israel; the relationship between the welfare state and the non-profit sector; processes of policy formation and policy initiatives vis-à-vis the non-profit sector; the non-profit sector and civilian society in Israel; comparative analysis of non-profit organizations, and more. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007). Her articles have been published in leading journals in Israel and abroad, and include: “Bureaucracy, Politics and Guaranteed Income: the Policy-making Process of the Israeli Guaranteed Income Act” (National Insurance Institute); “Involvement of Israeli Non-profits in Formulating Policy for Budgetary Enactments – a Disabled Child”, published in the Journal Hevra U’Revacha ]Society and Welfare]; and the book, The Non-Profit Sector in Israel: Between the Welfare State and Civilian Society, with Binyamin Gidron and Hagai Katz (The United Kibbutz Movement).

Aviad Tur-Sinai

Professor Tur-Sinai is a lecturer in Conflict Management and Resolution in the Social Science Faculty of Ben-Gurion University. Between 2007 and 2013,Tur-Sinai served as Senior Researcher in the Departmentof the Chief Scientistof the Central Bureau of Statistics. He has been a member ofvarious professionalforums, such as the Policy Forum on Vaccination in Israel in the Edmond J.SafraEthics Center, the Forum for Examining Israel’s Defense Budgetat the VanLeer Institute, and the Forumfor National Security Studiesat the Shmuel Ne’eman Institute. Likewise, Prof. Tur-Sinaiis a member ofthe Israel Economics Association, the Israel Psychometrics Association andthe Israel Gerontological Society. He holds a BAin Economics and Accounting,an MA in Accountingfrom the Hebrew University, completed a PhD in Economicsat Tel Aviv University(2010) and did post-doctoral research at Hebrew University. His research focuses onlabor and health economics, socioeconomics, phenomena such asagingand migration, urbaneconomics, defense economics andappliedeconometrics. His publications includeAdaptive Processes and Consumer Behavior under Uncertain Security Conditions (2009); Excess Education, Employment Mobility and Income Mobility among BA Recipients in Israel (with Dimitri Romanov and Galit Eismann, 2008); and, Employing Undergraduates and its Impact on Their Course of Studies (with Noam Zussman and Dimitri Romanov, 2007).

Yossi Tamir

Prof. Tamir is the CEO of JDC-Israel.  He previously served as the first CEO of TEVET, a joint venture of the Israeli government and the JDC, which seeks to integrate new populations into the labor force and to remove them from the cycle of poverty.  Previously, Tamir also served as CEO of Eshel, the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Elderly in Israel, founded by the JDC and the Israeli government, and CEO of Ashalim, the Association for Planning and Development of Services for Children and Youth at Risk and their Families, in cooperation with the Israeli Government, JDC-Israel and the Jewish Federation of New York. He was also CEO of the National Insurance Institute and CEO of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. Prof. Tamir is a faculty member at the Baerwald School of Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of various boards of directors, amongst them, HaMeshakem and the Gross Fund. In the past he belonged to several public committees, including committees to reform income tax, to examine the health care system, to examine the retirement age, and the Sharon Committee to examine the rights of the disabled. Professor Tamir has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, and an MA in economics. He is also a law school graduate and a member of the Israel Bar Association. He has authored many articles and publications in the areas of welfare and social security, which have been published in journals in Israel and around the world. Among others, he has published a book [Hebrew], Welfare Time Bomb, which deals with welfare policy in Israel.

Arie Syvan

Arie Sivan is an organizational and management consultant and executive, and deals chiefly in the field of employment and employability. He serves as director of the employment program at Association Aspberger – Israel (“Effie”), as well as director of employment skill advancement for projects for Ethiopian Israelis under the aegis of the Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee, the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Economy. Likewise, he advises programs that advance employment skills for various organizations in Israel and abroad. He previously served as CEO of the Adam Institute’s employee placement company, and as CEO of “Agens” Israel, which operates the Wisconsin Employment Program. He graduated from the Department of Political Science and Senior Business Management Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Ofer Setty

Dr. Setty is a lecturer at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in industrial engineering and management from Tel Aviv University, another M.A. degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University (2004) and a Ph.D. in economics from New York University (2010). Dr. Setty is a lecturer and researcher in the fields of macroeconomics and public financing. Between 2010 and 2014 he taught seminars at universities in Israel (Ben Gurion and Haifa), as well as at the University of Virginia and Penn State University in the USA, Stockholm University, and Queen Mary’s College in London. During that same period he received research grants from the Pinchas Sapir Center for Development at Tel Aviv University, the Israel Science Foundation, the European Foundation (Marie Curie) and NBER. Among his published articles: “Unemployment Insurance and Unemployment Accounts: The Best of Both Worlds” (2014); “Who Cares about Unemployment Insurance?” (with Avichai Lifschitz and Yaniv Yedid-Levy, 2014); “Search and Work in Optimal Welfare Programs” (with Gianluca Violante and Nicola Pavoni, 2014).

Moshe Semyonov

Moshe Semyonov is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and in the Department of Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University, and holds the Chair in Labor Sociology. He likewise has a tenured position as professor of sociology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Professor Semyonov has a BA and MA in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and an MA and a PhD in sociology from Stony Brook University in New York. In the past Professor Semyonov has served as a lecturer at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and at the University of Haifa. His research interests include migration, labor markets, mobility, social stratification, and housing.

Tali Regev

Dr. Regev is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Economics at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC). Dr. Regev completed doctoral studies in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006). From 2006 to 2008 she worked in the economics department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and then at the Eitan Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include the labor market and macro-economics, and in particular her research deals with unemployment, income inequality, and discrimination. Among her publications: “Signaling with Uncertain Returns” (2012); “Talent Utilization and Search for the Appropriate Technology” (with Hosni Zoabi, 2013); and “Gender Ratios at Top PhD Programs in Economics” (with Galina Hale, 2014). Alongside her work in academia, Dr. Regev is active in community affairs and was a member of the advisory forum to the Minister of Finance; the Trachtenberg Committee; the Committee of the Council for Higher Education for making higher education more accessible to disadvantaged populations; and more.

Dalia Narkis

Ms. Narkis has been chairperson of Manpower Israel since 2007, and is the Managing Director of East Mediterranean countries on behalf of the company. Initially, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at the Standards Institute. Later she established an independent company for computer studies, and in 1990 she joined Manpower, initially as director of national sales and later as CEO. Narkis holds an MBA.

Guy Mundlak

Professor Mundlak is a full professor in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University, and an expert in labor law. He holds a BA from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University, and an MA and PhD from Harvard Law School. During 1995-1999, he taught law and labor studies at the University of Haifa. In 2009-2011, he served as head of the Department of Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University, and was Director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights and the editor of the Journal Avoda, Chevra U’Mishpat [Labor, Society and Law]. His publications include: Fading Corporatism: Israel’s Labor Law and Industrial Relations (2007); Ha’atzama BaMishpat [Empowerment in Law] (co-edited with Mimi Eisenstadt); and Union Density in Israel 1995-2010: The Hybridization of Industrial Relations (with Yishak Saporta, Yitchak Haberfeld, and Yinon Cohen, 2013).

Yaakov Loupo

In recent years Dr. Loupo has been involved with teaching and education and has taught history and civics at the Harel High School in Mevasseret Zion. In 1969, he completed his BA in Jewish History and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1997, he completed his MA at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and completed doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 2002. He was a research fellow at the Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies in Jerusalem and won a Holocaust Memorial research scholarship jointly funded by the Jewish community and the French Government. In 1973-1976 and in 1980-1982 he served as emissary to the Jewish community in France. He is currently Director of the French Desk at the Jerusalem Foundation. His publications include:  Haredi Turning Point – Professional Training and Academic Study (2003, Hebrew); Lithuania Shas – the Lithuanian Take-over of Moroccan Torah Scholars (2004, Hebrew; 2007, French); Shall Shas Restore the Former Glory? (2004, Hebrew); Haredi Opposition to Haredi Yeshiva High Schools (2007, Hebrew); and more.

Nitsa Kasir

Dr. Kasir covers labor and welfare in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel. Additionally, Dr. Kasir participated in the Elaluf Committee on the war on poverty in Israel.

Eric Gould

Prof. Gould holds the John Alfred Weinberg Chair in Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is associate editor of the journal Labor Economics. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). In the past, he was a research fellow at the Shalem Center. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. Gould’s research deals with a number of fields: migrants and their impact on the economy and education, wage inequality, the functioning of the marriage market, the effect of the environment on economic and social abilities, the economics of crime, and more. His research has been published in such prestigious journals as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. In 2004, Dr. Gould received the Gregg Lewis Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Labor Economics in the years 2002-2003.

Daniel Gottlieb

Dr. Gottlieb is Deputy Director General of Research and Planning at the National Insurance Institute, and a lecturer on economic policy and social policy at the School of Social Work in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Zurich and the London School of Economics, respectively. Between 1986 – 1988 Dr. Gottlieb worked as an economist for the International Monetary Fund. He then began to work as an economist in the economic unit of the Foreign Currency Department at the Bank of Israel, and later served as chief economist in the bank’s research department. He also served for 12 years as a senior consultant to BOI governors Yaakov Frenkel, David Klein, and Stanley Fischer. In his research, Gottlieb looked at issues such as monetary policy, inflation, the capital account of the balance of payments, public debt, the optimal level of the country’s foreign currency reserves, liberalization of foreign currency, macroeconomic policy, and public policy. Since 2000, Gottlieb’s research has focused on social-economic policy, in particular, on the issues of poverty and the labor market. Over the years he has published many research studies in professional journals, and has written chapters in books on economy and society.

Haggay Etkes

Dr. Etkes is an economist specializing in the labor market and welfare, and he works in the Department of Macroeconomics and Policy at the Bank of Israel. Dr. Etkes teaches in the Department of PPE (philosophy, politics and economics) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the departments of Economics and the Middle East at Tel Aviv University (1999), and has an M.A. in economics and economic history from the London School of Economics (2001), an M.A. in the modern Middle East from Tel Aviv University (2003), and a doctorate in economics from the Hebrew University (2008). Etkes’ fields of interest and research are economic ties between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and the labor market in Israel. One of his important research studies is on the effects of employment in Israel on the Palestinian workforce (2011). Among his publications:”When Trade Stops: Lessons from the 2007-2010 Gaza Blockade”, Journal of International Economics; “The Impact of Employment in Israel on the Palestinian Labor Force”, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; “Private Law Enforcement, Fine Sharing, and Tax Collection: Theory and Historical Evidence”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Yohanan Shtessman

Professor Shtessman is an expert in geriatric medicine. He heads the Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics at Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus and is Chairman of the Department of Geriatrics at the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem. He is also Medical Director of Amal Nursing Care and a member of the advisory board of the NGO Ken LaZaken (“Yes to the Elderly”).In the past, Professor Shtessman served as CEO of the National Insurance Institute and as Director of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics at Herzog Hospital, and later as Director of the hospital. Professor Shtessman also served as chairman of the Commission for Geriatric Planning for the Upcoming Two Decades. He has initiated numerous studies in the field of geriatrics and was responsible for the establishment of geriatric wards in various hospitals in Israel. Professor Shtessman has written and published more than 120 academic papers.

Meir Oren

Meir Oren is the CEO and Medical Director of the Hillel-Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel. He has held this position since 1989, except for a two year period (1995-1996) in which he served as the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Health. Additionally, he holds the academic appointment of Associate Clinical Professor at the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.


During his military service, Dr. Oren served in the paratrooper’s brigade, IDF special forces unit and retired as a Leut. Col. (reserves).


Dr. Oren has served as the Chairman of the Israeli National Advisory Committee of Hospital Preparedness for Exceptional Biological Scenarios (BW, Bioterrorism, natural events) since 1996, and Chairman of the Israeli National Council for Trauma and Emergency Medicine since 2013. He is also a long standing member (since 1996), of the Israeli Advisory Committee for Nuclear Safety, appointed by the Prime Minister. Additionally, over the years, he has also served as either Chairman or member of other national medical committees (the Epidemic Management Team, the Steering Committee for Early Detection and Surveillance of Contagious Diseases),


Dr. Oren is a graduate of The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University (1978), where he also earned his MSc in Pediatrics (1983). He received his MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (1985). He is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Board Certified in Health Management and Administration.


Dr. Oren’s research interests include health policy and preparedness of the healthcare system to handle various emergency scenarios (trauma and injury control, and disaster medicine) with an emphasis on bioterrorism and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear counterterrorism.


Dr. Oren has published numerous scientific articles in the field of emergency preparedness and health policy and management. He has also actively participated in many international conferences as an invited speaker and participant.


Dr. Oren has been awarded numerous Israeli and international honors and distinctions. These include the Honorary Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Medical Field of Public Health from the Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany (2006); the Civil Service Outstanding Service Award, Israel Civil Service Commission; The Prime Minister’s Office (2009); the High End Foreign Expert, SAFEA (State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs), Nanjing, China (2014); and most recently, the Oasis Friendship Award, XPCC  Headquarters , Xinjiang, China ( 2014).

Shlomo Mor-Yosef

Professor Mor-Yosef is the Director-General of the National Insurance Institute and a specialist in oncological gynecology. He holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University. He previously served as Director of Hadassah University Hospital at Ein Kerem, as Director of Soroka Hospital, and as consultant to Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzmann. He was also Chairman of the Legislative Regularization Committee on Pregnancy and Childbirth. Professor Mor-Yosef serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Institute of Health Services Research and Health Policy. In addition, he volunteers as a member of the management team of the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan.

Jacob Menczel

Prof. Jacob Menczel is Director of the Geriatric Department and Osteoporosis Institute at Herzog Hospital, and in the past was Director General of the hospital. He is a specialist in internal medicine and geriatrics, and his main field of research is osteoporosis. He is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine. At Hadassah Hospital, Prof. Menczel worked as chief physician, Director of the Metabolic Unit for Bone Diseases, and Director of Internal Medicine and the Osteoporosis Department. He also served as Director of the Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Department at Sha’arei Zedek Hospital, which he founded.


Between 1974 and 1978 Prof. Menczel served as DirectorGeneral of the Ministry of Health. Between 1999 and 2005, he was the national geriatrician for Maccabi Health Services. From 1996 to 2013, he chaired the Ministry of Health’s National Council of Geriatrics.


Prof. Menczel is a member of the associations of geriatrics, gerontology, hospital directors, and endocrinology, the advisory council of the Holocaust Survivors Foundation, and the Eshel Committee for Development of Services.

Rachel Kaye

Dr. Kaye is Deputy Director of Finance and Planning at Maccabi Healthcare Services. In the past, Kaye served as a consultant to the Polish Ministry of Health regarding the establishment of a national computerized health data system. She also taught at Hebrew University’s School of Public Health and worked as a consultant to the World Bank within the framework of the reforms being implemented in the Mexican health system. Dr. Kaye is a member of various Israeli and international health associations as well as a researcher.

Orit Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson is Deputy Director and Head of the Community Division of Clalit Health Services. She is a nurse by profession and an expert in health administration and labor studies. Jacobson previously served as Director of the Clalit’s Tel Aviv District. Today she is a member of the Health Council and the Women’s Council of Tel Aviv. She is also a member of the Council of the School of Public Health at the University of Tel Aviv and a member of HAMIL, the Executive Forum of the Israel Management Center. Dr. Jacobson also serves as a member of the steering committee and an active participant in JDC Israel, volunteering to provide assistance to Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.

Jonathan Halevy

Prof. Halevy has been Director-General of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem since 1988. Between 1992 and 2012, he was the Director of the hospital’s Internal Medicine Unit. Prof. Halevy is a specialist in internal medicine, digestive tract diseases and healthcare administration, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Medicine. Prof. Halevy previously served as Chair of the Israel Transplant Center, Chair of the Forum for Risk Management in the Risk Management Co. Ltd., a member of the Executive Committee of Bar Ilan University, and Chair of the Health Basket Committee. In addition, in 2007, he served as Chairman of the Council for Higher Education’s committee to examine the establishment of an additional medical school in Israel.

Eitan Hai-Am

Dr. Hai-Am is a specialist in family medicine. Previously he served as Director-General of the Ministry of Health, as District Manager of the Center and of Tel Aviv districts for Clalit Health Services, and as Director of Soroka University Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. He also served as Director of the medical malpractice division in the Madanes Insurance Company, and as CEO of the Assuta network. Dr. Chai-Am was one of the founders of the Anita Kaufmann Epilepsy Education Center and of the Child Health Center in Bat Yam. He was recognized as an honored citizen of Beersheba in 2007 for his contribution to the residents of the Negev, and was also honored with the title of “Knight of Good Government” by the Movement for Quality Government.

Leon Epstein

Prof. Epstein is engaged in research on the subject of inequality in the health system in Israel, at the Brookdale Institute, the Taub Center, and at the School of Public Health in Jerusalem. He has served as Director of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, as an executive at Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem, Director of the Department of Social Medicine at Hadassah, and Director of the School of Public Health of Hadassah Hospital and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Epstein also taught and engaged in research at the schools of Medicine and Public Health at the Hebrew University and the Technion, where he also managed the Department of Family and Community Health. In addition, Prof. Epstein taught and researched at schools of medicine and public health overseas, among others in England and in South Africa.

Asher Elhayany

Asher Elhayany is an associate professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration at Ariel University. He specializes in family medicine and has an MA in Public Administration from Harvard University. Professor Elhayany served in senior positions at Clalit Health Services, including head of decentralization in central management and Deputy Director of Soroka Medical Center. He was also Director of Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba, CEO of the Meuhedet Health Fund, the Chairman of the National Council of Community Health, Chairman of the National Commission on Community Health Standards and a member of the Higher Education Council.

David Chinitz

David Chinitz holds  a PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Pennsylvania and  is Professor of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health of the Hebrew University and Hadassah in Jerusalem. His research and publications are in the areas of comparative health system reform, health care priority setting, management of cancer services, mental health policy, and the impact of quality improvement programs at the level of front line staff in community and hospital settings.  He has consulted for the World Health Organization, and served as President of the International Society for Priority Setting in Health Care, and  Chair of Scientific Advisory Board of the European Health Management Association,  as well as serving on the editorial advisory boards of Health Economics, Policy and Law and the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research.

Shay Brill

Dr. Shay Brill graduated cum laude from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine in 1977, and is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. From 1990 to the present, he has been serving as CEO of Beit Rivka Geriatric Rehabilitation Hospital, from the Klalit Health Services Group. Dr. Brill has been a member of the National Council of Geriatrics since 1995, and since 1998, he has been Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Developing Services for the Elderly at the National Insurance Institute. From 2002-2006, he was chairman of Israel Association for Geriatric Medicine. Since 2012, Dr. Brill has been the Acting Director of Tel Aviv University’s Minerva Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the End of Life. Since 2013, he has been a member of the National Committee for Implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Treatment of Dementia.

Bishara Bisharat

Dr. Bisharat is the director of the English Hospital in Nazareth, and Chair of the Society for Health Promotion in the Arab Community in the Israel Medical Association. He is also a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, and a lecturer at the School of Public Health at Haifa University. He holds an M.A. in Public Health from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Hebrew University and Hadassah School of Medicine in Jerusalem. In the past, Dr. Bisharat has filled many different executive roles in the northern region of Clalit Health Services, and served as medical director for the district.

Shlomo Barnun

Shlomo Barnun is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts. He earned a BA in Industrial Engineering and Management from Georgia Tech and an MA and PhD in Operations Research from the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Barnun has been a faculty member at Ben Gurion University and the University of Massachusetts and was a visiting professor at the University of California, Hebrew University and NYU. His main research and teaching interests have focused on various aspects of measuring and evaluating health care. His other academic publications have dealt with, inter alia, measuring the effectiveness of clinical decision-making; assessing quality of care amongst internists; assessing the reliability of physical examinations, and more. Likewise, Professor Barnun has also been involved with designing health systems such as hospital operating rooms, pharmaceutical supply systems and hospital quality control. Professor Barnun has been a member of the editorial board of professional journals and has also served as consultant to both governmental and business organizations on a wide variety of issues affecting health policy making, implementation and assessment.

Ran Balicer

Prof. Ran Balicer is a doctor and researcher, founder and Director of the Clalit Research Institute, a partner organization of the World Health Organization for the study and prevention of chronic diseases. In these positions, Prof. Balicer is responsible for initiating and implementing new approaches to the use of information and harnessing large and complex databases (Big Data) in the service of the patient and the organization, conducting research to assess the comparative effectiveness of interventions and treatments, and using advanced research and predictive modeling tools.  At the same time, he serves as director of the Health Policy Planning Department at Clalit Health Services, which is charged with forecasting future challenges to the health system and creating a response to them in the form of strategic cross-organization plans.


Prof. Balicer is a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Ben Gurion University, subject coordinator in the MPH program, and has written over 100 scientific articles in his areas of expertise. Prof. Balicer is Chair of the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare, an advisor to the Ministry of Health in the area of emergency preparedness, and a board member of international organizations. In his position as advisor to the World Health Organization, Prof. Balicer serves as a senator in the group of senior advisors to the WHO Regional Office in the field of monitoring and prevention of chronic diseases, and plays an active role in shaping major policy documents in these fields for the organization’s European division.

Alexander Aviram

Professor Aviram is a specialist in internal medicine, nephrology and medical administration, and he serves as Scientific Director of the Israeli National Institute for Health Policy Research. Professor Aviram has served in the past as Director of both Assuta and of Hadassah Hospital in Tel Aviv (which has since closed), and as Medical Director of Maccabi Health Services. He took part in the establishment and development of the dialysis unit at Hadassah. He likewise founded and directed the Department of Nephrology at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, which simultaneously serves Ichilov Hospital and Hakirya Maternity Hospital. Aviram was previously a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, and a research fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of the University of California. In addition, Aviram served as Director of the Israeli Center for Dialysis and Transplants, as special advisor to the Director-General of the Ministry of Health, as Acting Director of the Tel Aviv Medical Center, as Deputy Managing Director of the Hadassah Medical Organization, as a member of the Health Council and of the Health Basket Committee and Chairman of the Supreme Food Council. He holds a PhD from the Medical School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Eran Politzer

Eran Pulitzer is an economist at the Bank of Israel, researching health issues. Pulitzer was previously the macroeconomics correspondent on Voice of Israel, Station B (Reshet Bet) of the Broadcasting Authority.

Dov Chernichovsky

Dov Chernichovsky (Ph.D. Economics) is a professor in emeritus of health economics and policy in the Department of Health Administration at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  He is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the USA, the Chair of the health policy program at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, and the Chairman of the Israeli National Nutrition Security Council. Dov has been consulting for the World Bank, where he was a staff member, has served on the board of the Israeli Cancer Society, the Israeli Family Planning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Education in Israel. He is a member of the Baxter Prize advisory board and the editorial boards of several journals. Dov has helped establish educational and research programs in health economics and related fields in Israel.  He articulated a framework for studying health systems, known as the Emerging Paradigm; the applications of Hedonic Prices and Fuzzy Logic to the study of financing of health systems; and formulating the (no) effect of aging on aggregate healthcare costs over time. Dov was a member Israeli State (Blue Ribbon/Royal) Commission of Inquiry into the Israeli Health Care System between 1998-1990. This commission outlined the reform proposal that led to the national health insurance legislation that was enacted in Israel in 1995. In 2000-2002 he served on another similar commission that prompted further reform proposals to the Israeli system. He subsequently became a health system advisor to the Israeli parliament. On behalf of the World Bank, he worked in Botswana, India, and Indonesia, and played a vital role in health system reform formulations in Romania, Russia, and now in Mexico, Colombia and Costa Rica. In Russia, he helped to formulate the health insurance legislation underlying the current Russian health system.

Noam Zussman

Noam is a researcher in the Bank of Israel’s research department. His fields of interest include, among other areas, the labor market, education and the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the Israeli economy.

Zvi Yanai

Mr. Yanai is Principal of the prestigious Hartman Boys’ School and also teaches physics, Bible and Judaism at the institution. Prior to that, he was principal of the post-primary school of Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu, and also served as a teacher and educator. He holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University

Rami Sulimani

For the past 40 years Dr. Rami Suleimani has been involved in educational and social issues, with the focus on children and youth at risk.


His activities include initiating and developing innovative programs in the fields of education, welfare and health, with the aim of managing risk and drop-out among children and teens who are under-achieving students, new immigrants and minorities. He is involved in developing the flagship programs of JDC-Israel, primarily: promoting the achievements of under-achieving students in “new educational environment” guidance classes; the PACT program – “Parents and Children Together,” to help advance Ethiopian young children and their families; and welfare and education programs in the ultra-Orthodox and Arab sectors. The flagship programs include “Better Together,” a community program for children and youth at risk, which reflects the transition to a system-wide approach that focuses its efforts on disadvantaged neighborhoods with a high proportion of children and teens.


Under Dr. Suleimani’s leadership, Ashalim has become a leading association in its field in Israel. The association’s “New Beginnings” early childhood program, which is part of the national program for children and youth at risk and in distress (implementation of the Schmid Report), is a practical expression of Ashalim’s professional standing in the educational and social action system in Israel.


Rami, the oldest son of immigrants from Iran, was born in the Kastina immigrant camp and educated at the Kanot youth village. He served as principal of the Science and Technology Education Center for Youth in Jerusalem, where JDC-Israel developed the “Mifneh” program for marginalized youth. As principal of the school, Rami led the development team and also supervised the program’s implementation during its first five years.


Rami holds a B.A. in Geography and Education, an M.A. in Criminology from the Hebrew University, an M.A. in Social Sciences from Haifa University, and a Ph.D. from the Centre for Education Studies at Sussex University in England. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the study of issues in the process of leading change within the education system. His research was published as a book, “They Are Learning Again,” published by JDC-Ashalim.

  • In November 1997 Rami was awarded the Knesset Speaker’s Quality of Life Award, in recognition of his achievements in promoting youth education in Israel.
  • On Independence Day, 2001, he received honorary citizenship from Kiryat Malachi, the town in which he was born. This was awarded for his numerous activities and contribution to promoting the education system and immigrant absorption in the town.
  • In 2012 Rami was included in the list of the 50 most influential educators in Israel, published in Ha’aretz newspaper.
  • In July 2014, Rami completed a National Security College course.


Rami is married with three children, and lives in Mevasseret Zion.

Rita Sever

Dr. Rita Sever is a senior lecturer and senior researcher (retired) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the School of Education and the Research Institute for Innovation in Education.  She holds a Ph.D. in Social-Cognitive Psychology; is a member of the editorial board of the online journal Hagira (The Israel Journal of Migration); a member of the European Evaluation Society (EES) and the Israeli Psychometric Association (ISPA) council, and chair of the 2015 ISPA conference.


For many years, Dr. Sever has been involved in evaluation studies in social sciences and education, and research on coping with multiple cultures, migration and immigrant absorption. In the NCJW Institute for Innovation in Education, she established and directed a unit for the development, implementation and study of models addressing intercultural encounters in various areas of Israeli society. She also developed and/or directed intra-organizational evaluation units in both the non-profit and government sectors, and established new evaluation bodies in large non-profit organizations.


Today, she is an independent consultant to associations and government offices in determining policy, measurement and evaluation, migration, cultural diversity, multiculturalism, and excluded groups. She is a lector for a number of publishers and scientific journals, and writes opinions on research proposals and evaluation reports, position papers, project proposals, etc. Sever has presented at international conferences around the world, and participated in the Expert Meetings of the International Council of Social Work (ICSW). Her papers have been presented at international conferences in Israel and abroad, and published in books and journals. Among other things, she has authored the following chapters:

  • Evaluating Second Chance Educational Programs:   A Conceptual Framework”In:  Second Chance in Education (1990)
  • Learning from Experience? Israeli Schools and the Task of Immigrant Absorption” In:  Russian Jews on Three Continents, Migration and Resettlement. (1997)
  • Patterns of Coping with the Task at Schools” In: Children of Perestroika in Israel (1999)
  • Marginalization and De-marginalization of Immigrants:  Diversity-Management Strategies in Education” In:   Migration, Culture Conflict and Crime. (2002)
  • Evaluation and the Educational Counselor” In: Counseling in school in a changing society (2004) (Hebrew)
  • ”The Language of Integration – Using Active Encouragement of Mother-Tongue Maintenance and Inter-Cultural Bridgemaking to Enhance Immigrant Integration” In: Education in a Multi-cultural Society  (2007) (Hebrew)
  • “FSU Immigrants in Israel and the Israeli Education System  –  Systemic Policy and Patterns of Coping in the Field” In: Old Roots in New Soil – the adjustment of FSU immigrants in Israel in the new millennium (2012)  (Hebrew)
  • Extra Fragile in Disaster –People with Disabilities in a Bombarded Zone”  In: Disaster Management – Enabling Resilience (2014)
  • “ICT, Migrant Networks and Transnational Identity” In: Identity and Intercultural communication(Forthcoming)

Yael Navon

Yael Navon is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA in economics and philosophy and a master’s degree in sociology from Tel Aviv University. As part of her doctoral work, Navon has been dealing with the question of the effect of bonds within the family cell, and especially of sibling characteristics, on academic outcome. Navon teaches statistics in the Department of Nursing at Tel Aviv University, and her areas of expertise are sociology of education, stratification and inequality, and quantitative research methods.

Zemira Mevarech

Professor Mevarech is a lecturer in Education and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Bar-Ilan University. She holds a BA in mathematics, physics and education from the Hebrew University, an MA in education from Bar Ilan University and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Professor Mevarech served as head of the School of Education and Vice Provost at Bar-Ilan University, and headed the Integration Institute of the Center for Science Education as well as the university’s E-Learning Center. Mevarech has likewise served as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and represented the State of Israel in the Education Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Professor Mevarech was Senior Researcher on Israel’s behalf in two international PISA research projects, as well as a member in international committees dealing with educational research. She headed the Meta-cognition Group of the European Organization for Research in Education and Learning (EARLI) and was on the editorial boards of various international periodicals. In recent years, she has headed the Education Ministry’s National Committee for Advancing Gifted and Outstanding Students. She is likewise a member of the steering committee of the Applied Education Research Initiative. Mevarech’s research deals with meta-cognitive teaching methods in science in general and mathematics in particular.

David Maagan

David Maagan is head of the statistics department for the Central Bureau of Statistics Higher Education and Teaching Staff Sector .In this position, he is responsible for developing statistics on teaching personnel in the education system, and developing statistical forecasts for the education system. David has an M.A. degree in sociology from the Hebrew University, and is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Education at Bar Ilan University.


In the course of his work, David has carried out a series of research studies, presented at professional conferences, on different aspects of the teaching workforce, student achievements, and long-term follow-up of different population groups in the education system. Among other things, his research on “Future achievements of GEMS (MEITZAV) takers in Israel” was presented at the Israel Economic Association conference, 2014; “The Ofek Hadash (New Horizon) Reform: to what extent, if at all, has the reform led to an improvement in the attractiveness of the teaching profession and the achievements of students in the education system in Israel?” was presented at the Israel Economic Association conference in 2013; “Inflation in Matriculation Scores in Israel” was presented at the Israeli Psychometric Association conference, 2013; and “Educational achievements of recipients of undergraduate degrees in Israel” was presented at the conference of the Israel Statistical Association in 2012.


In addition, David is a policy fellow (education) in the Education Policy program at the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. He was also a member of the Ministry of Education committee examining the preparation of teachers for the Arab sector; a member of the RAMA (National Authority for Assessment and Evaluation of the Education System) steering committee for the international TALIS Survey (OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey); and an observer on the Dovrat Commission sub-committee for teachers’ salaries (the national task force for promoting the education system). He has also represented Israel in OECD work groups of the INES Network On Labour Market, Economic and Social Outcomes of Learning (Rotterdam, 2009; Paris, 2009; Copenhagen, 2010).

Meir Kraus

Meir Kraus is the director of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.  He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science, and an M.A. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University.  He has held numerous senior positions, including:  Director of the Education Administration of the Jerusalem Municipality, head of the Administration for Equal Opportunity in Education, and the International Chief of Operations for Taglit-Birthright.  Kraus is an expert on public policy.  He has participated in leading many reforms in the education system and served as an advisor for national policy planning in a variety of spheres.

Eli Eisenberg

Dr. Eisenberg serves as Senior Deputy Director General and Head of Research, Development and Training in ORT. He works to improve pedagogical services and to raise the level of studies and teaching in the network’s schools. He has a BA, MA and a Doctorate of Science in Technology Education from the Technion in Haifa. In the past he was a member of the team that established the Technology Center in England, served as a faculty member at the Technion, and was a researcher at the Open University in England. He was also a member of the staff that founded a comprehensive technology education system under the aegis of World ORT in South Africa. In addition, Dr. Eisenberg co-authored the committee report examining the technological fields of study of the Ministry of Education (2004).

Isaac Friedman

Prof. Friedman is head of the M.A. degree program in the administration of education systems at Achva College. He has a Ph.D. in education administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past, he was Director of the Henrietta Szold Institute, and was also a senior researcher there. Prof. Friedman was an Associate Professor of the School of Education at the Hebrew University, and head of the Students Department in the Ministry of Education and Culture. He was a member of the initiative for applied research in education until 2010. His fields of research and expertise are the psychometric examinations, measurement and assessment of social and educational programs, organizational psychology in public administrative systems (particularly in education systems), contacts between parents and school, and community schools. Prof. Friedman has recently been focusing on the implications of brain studies on education systems, teaching, and learning, with the aim of improving the training and performance of teachers.

Yariv Feniger

Dr. Yariv Feniger is a faculty member in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Feniger earned his BA in International Relations from Hebrew University and his MA and PhD in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University. He also completed post-doctoral studies at the Hebrew University. Dr. Feniger’s academic interests are inequality in society and education, as well as gender-related, ethical and religious perspectives on education and educational policy. His current research focuses on social gaps in higher education in Israel, and on the impact of national and international tests on learning, teaching and educational policy.Dr. Feniger was co-editor of the collection of articles entitled The Politics of Difference in Israeli Education: A View from Below, published by the Van-Leer Institute of Jerusalem; and Equal Opportunity in Education: Developments in Theory and Research, published by Mofet, in press.  He has recently published articles in the following academic periodicals: Social Forces; Sex Roles; Comparative Education; Social Science Quarterly; Race Ethnicity and Education; and the Journal of Education Policy.

Inas Deeb

Dr. Deeb is Director of the Education Division of the Yad BeYad Association, and as part of her job she supervises educational staff in implementing the organization’s educational principles in the its schools and preschools. She has a BA in education from Oranim College, a master’s degree in education from the Hebrew University, a master’s degree in adult education and organizational development from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a doctorate from Bar Ilan University. In 2013, Dr. Deeb won the Matanel Education Prize from the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.

Carmel Blank

Ms. Blank is a PhD student of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University and has an MA in sociology. She teaches Introduction to Sociology and Statistical and Research Methods at Tel Aviv University. She serves as vice chairman of the junior faculty at Tel Aviv University. From 2009 to 2011, she was a research assistant to Professor Avi Gottlieb, Dr. Dorit Kerret and Professor Gila Menachem of Tel Aviv University on the topic of the environmental activities of local authorities. Among her publications are: “School Discipline in Israel”, in Improving Learning Environments: School Discipline and Student Achievement in Comparative Perspective, Stanford University Press; and Stratification and Educational Returns in Israel: A Comparative Research on Inequality in Educational Returns in 14 Countries. 

Shlomo Beck

Prof. Beck is a faculty member in the Education Department of Kaye College for Education in Beersheba, and heads the teacher training MA program. He served as president of the college from 1992 to 2009, and headed the Forum of Heads of Academic Teachers’ Colleges. In the past Professor Beck was coordinator of internships for teacher trainers in disciplinary fields at the MOFET Institute. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of “Kadima Mada,” which deals with the promotion of science and technology in the education system. Professor Beck has published numerous articles in the field of education and teacher training, and in 2005 his book was published. His publications include: “Technical Work as a Vision in Teacher Training” (2005), and the book, Ways of Learning to Teach (2012, Hebrew edition in 2014). The book, Information, Knowledge and Opinion: The DNA of Education, which he edited, is coming out soon through the MOFET Institute.

Shlomit Amichai

Ms. Amichai serves as the Director-General of ELKA, the Human Resources Development Association of JDC-Israel, and heads the organization’s Division for Volunteers and Philanthropy.  She holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Hebrew University, and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Tel Aviv University.  In the past, Amichai has held various positions at the Ministry of Education, including Department Director in the Ministry’s Budget Division, Director of the Examinations Division, responsible for implementation of the Harari Report on the Advancement of Science and Technology, Deputy Director of the Pedagogic Administration, Deputy Director-General for Administration, and Assistant Director-General and head of the Teaching Personnel, Training and Professional Development Administration.  In addition, she served as Director-General of the Ministry of Education from 1999-2001.  During her years of service, Amichai has worked on various committees and headed the Ministry’s Tenders and Purchases Committee.

Chaim Adler

Chaim Adler is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds an M.A. in Sociology and Education and a Ph.D. in Education from the Hebrew University, and studied the sociology of education at Columbia University in New York. He has also been a visiting fellow and researcher at the Universities of Harvard, Chicago, Stanford and Rutgers. Adler is a pioneering researcher in the field of the sociology of education in Israel. In 2006, he received the Israel Prize for education. His research deals with, among other things, the study of adolescence and adolescents, promoting young people from disadvantaged groups, and absorbing immigrant youth. Between 1966 and 1996, Adler headed the Sociology of Education track and was Director of the Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University’s School of Education. Prof. Adler later served as Director of the School of Education at the Hebrew University, and head of the Education Studies section of the Mandel Institute of Educational Leadership. Prof. Adler was a founding partner of the Manof Youth Village for marginalized youth, and served as Chair of the Village Association board. He has also been a member of various public and government committees, among them: the Prime Minister’s Public Committee to Examine the Problems of Youth in the Morasha Neighborhood of Jerusalem, the Sub-committee for Informal Education and Community Work, and the Ministry of Education’s Public Committee to Examine Alternatives to School for Marginalized Youth (as Chair). Prof. Adler was a member of the Taub Center’s Board of Governors, and served as head of the education policy program at the Center.

Yossi Shavit

Yossi Shavit is the Weinberg professor of sociology at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the study of stratification processes with an emphasis on education and educational policy. He is also studying ethnic relations and immigration. Currently, he is conducting (with Dr. Uri Shwed) a study of Arab-Jewish mixed schools in Israel. Under funding from the Jacobs Foundation, the study maps the social relations between Arab and Jewish students who attend mixed schools.
Shavit has also led several internationally comparative studies on social inequality. These include a study of stability and change in inequality of educational opportunity (Persistent Inequality, 1993); a study on country differences in the way young people make their way from school to the labor market (From School to Work, 1998), and on inequality in higher education (Stratification in Higher Education, 2007). He has also published many research papers on social inequality, ethnic relations and education in Israel and elsewhere.
Shavit completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and won Alon and Spencer fellowships. He has previously served as Professor at the European University Institute and is a member of the prestigious Sociological Research Association. Until recently, he served as the President of the Israeli Sociological Association, and now heads the Taub Center’s Educational Policy Program.

Yarom Ariav

Mr. Yarom Ariav is a senior economist with expertise in macroeconomic policy, senior management and innovation implementation. He served as the Director General of the Israeli Finance Ministry for 3 years until the end of 2009.

Since the end of his work at the Finance Ministry, Mr. Ariav has been involved in the development of a variety of projects for the Israeli economy and Israeli society. He is the active chairman of Lavi Capital LTD, an investment bank specialized in infrastructure and innovation related to the Israeli and the European markets. He advises, among others, SNCF (the French Railway) in their activities in Israel, including innovation, and assisted them in investing in two Israeli unicorns in the field of smart mobility.

Mr. Ariav also serves as the chairman of the Lod Foundation and of the investment committee of AMITIM pension funds, he is a member of the boards of Van Leer Global Foundation, Alony Hetz LTD, Sonol LTD., Hadera Paper LTD and of CyberSpark, the Cyber Security center in Beer-Sheba. In addition, he is an economic and strategic consultant.

Prior, Mr. Ariav served as Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Finance for 3 years until 2010. During his tenure, he successfully led the Israeli economy through the worldwide financial crisis of 2008, and was responsible to set and implement Israel’s macroeconomic policy. Mr. Ariav chaired the steering committee for Israel’s accession to the OECD, and was a central figure in the Israeli administration. He headed the committee responsible for implementing the government’s socio-economic agenda and the “Ariav Committee” to promote the development of the financial sector and the Fintech in Israel.

Prior to his government service, from 1993 through 2006, Yarom Ariav served as a senior executive for ICL Fertilizers, a segment of the Israel Chemicals Group.. The numerous positions that he held included ICL Representative in South America and Director at SQM in Chile; Senior Vice President of Marketing of ICL Fertilizers, and President and CEO of ICLFE, the European operation of ICL Fertilizers (2002–2006).

From 1985 to 1993 Mr. Ariav served the Government of Israel in several positions, including deputy director of Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance, where he was directly responsible for the budgets of various governmental ministries. There, he created the first governmental VC “Yozma” & developed the concept of technological incubator which has been described as the action that launched the Israeli high tech.

Ariav holds a B.A. and M.A. (cum laude) in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is a guest lecturer at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government.

Ben Zion Zilberfarb

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.

Shlomo Yitzhaki

Prof. Yitzhaki is an economist specializing in public funding. In 2001, he was appointed as the government’s Chief Statistician, a position he held until the end of 2012.  He was also a Professor in the Department of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Between 1995 and 1998, Yitzhaki served as Director of the Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, and between 1993 and 1994, he was Director of the Sapir Forum for Economic Policy. He was a visiting scientist at the International Monetary Fund and the US National Bureau of Economic Research, and advisor to various departments of the World Bank. He also served as an advisor to the Ben Shahar Committee (1975), and was a member of the Ben Bassat Committee (2000) dealing with income tax reforms. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and between 1975 and 1977, was a visiting scholar in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

Michel Strawczynski

Professor Strawczynski is head of the Economics and Society Program at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. For a decade, he served as Deputy Director of the Bank of Israel’s Research Department. He has also been the Department’s Chief Economist, economic advisor to the Israel Electric Corporation and to the National Coal Supply Corporation on behalf of the company “Amical,” and an economist in the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure’s Planning and Policy Department. Strawczynski holds a doctorate in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed his postgraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2012 Strawczynskijoined the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as an adjunct associate professor, in a joint appointment of the Department of Economics and the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government. In this capacity, he serves as academic director of the Institute’s Civil Service Cadets program. Strawczynski’s research addresses issues of taxation, transfer payments, government fiscal policy and the Israeli economy. His publications include: “Government Policy regarding Young Parents,” “Cyclicality of Statutory Tax Rates,” ” Cyclicality of Fiscal Policy in Israel,” and “What Determines Education Expenditure in Israel?” He also co-edits the Israel Economic Review.

Avia Spivak

Prof. Spivak is a faculty member in the Department of Economics at Ben Gurion University. In the past, he served as head of the Department of Economics, and dean of the university’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Between 2002 and 2006, Spivak was Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel. Since 2006, he has been a senior fellow at the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem, a member of the board of directors of banks and pension funds, and a regular columnist for the financial newspaper Calcalist. In the summer of 2011, Prof. Spivak headed the Spivak-Yonah team of experts together with Prof. Yossi Yonah; comprised of committees of independent experts, the team offered an alternative to the Trajtenberg Committee. The team’s conclusions were compiled as a book: To Do Things Differently – A Model for a Well-Ordered Society.

Shmuel Slavin

Shmuel Slavin is an economist, and heads the Committee to Implement the Gavison-Medan Covenant. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education. Slavin has held a broad range of management and consultancy positions. He was the financial advisor to the Energy Minister, and CFO of Tourism Enterprises and Aviation Services. Following this, he served as financial advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, and Director-general of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. He was also assistant CEO of the Yediot Aharonot Group and CEO of the Mifal Hapayis Lottery. In 1997 he was appointed Director-general of the Finance Ministry, a position he held for a year. He then turned to the private sector and served as director and chair of the board of directors of various companies, among them the real estate company Mehadrin, Israel News, and chair of the Mivtachim pension fund. Slavin also served as Chair of the Public Council for Child Welfare. Slavin holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, a B.A. in History and Philosophy, and an MBA, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Eytan Sheshinski

Eytan Sheshinski is the Sir Isaac Wolfson Professor of Public Finance Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Sheshinski received a B.A. in economics and M.A. in economics and statistics from Hebrew University and a Ph.D in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His recent research has focused on the design of pension systems and the taxation of non-renewable resources, social insurance, markets for annuities, behavioral public economics and the social implications of bounded rationality.

Sheshinski has been a Visiting Professor at Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, California (Berkeley), MIT,Brown and other Universities. He served on editorial boards of leading economic journals.

Sheshinski is a member of the American Academy, the Royal Swedish Academy of Artd and Science  and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He received number of prizes and has a doctor Honoris-Causa from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Sheshinski has been engaged extensively in economic policy in Israel. In 2010, after the discovery of large offshore gas deposits, he headed a committee on the taxation of the private franchisees of these deposits and in 2014 he headed another committee on the taxation of all other natural resources (mainly chemicals from the Dead sea).The recommendations of both committees were adopted by the Knesset and became laws ( in the press ‘Sheshinski 1’ and ‘Sheshinski 2’).

In the 1980’s Sheshinski was asked by the government to recommended methods to accelerate the sale of state owned enterprises in Israel by floating shares in stock markets.

Sheshinski served as Chairman of the Board of directors of Koor Industries and on the board of directors of Psagot Investment House.

Haim Shani

Haim Shani is chair of the British-Israeli Technologies Centre, and a partner in the IGP technology investments fund. Between 2009 – 2011 he served as Director-general of the Finance Ministry. He was also Chair of the Centralization Committee, the committee established by the Israeli government in 2011 to formulate solutions to the problem of centralization in the economy. He holds a B.A. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion, and an M.A. degree from INSEAD Business School in France. Shani previously held senior positions in the field of high-tech and technology, among them CEO of Nice, and VP of Marketing, Sales and Global Business Development at Orbotech.

Assaf Razin

Prof. Razin was born on Kibbutz Shamir in 1914. He is a member of the Faculty of Economics at Cornell University in New York and professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University. He has a BA and MA in Agricultural Economics from the Rehovot branch of Hebrew University, and an additional MA in economics and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. Razin taught at the University of Minnesota and then at Tel Aviv University, and also served in several administrative posts in that institution: Chairman of the Economics Department, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, 1981-1986, and Deputy Provost 1993-1994. In 2001 he joined the Cornell University faculty and has served as a guest lecturer at many universities across the United States: the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Princeton University, Northwestern University, UC Berkeley, Yale University and Stanford University. He likewise taught at the London School of Economics and the University of Munich. Professor Razin served as a consultant in various institutions: the International Monetary Fund; the Bank of England; the Bank of Israel and the Honk Kong Monetary Authority. In 1979, he served a short time as Director of the Economic Planning Authority in the Ministry of Finance. In addition, he served as President of the Israel Economic Association and as External Director of Bank Yahav and of the First International Bank of Israel. Razin has written books and has published numerous articles in the world’s leading scientific journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Econometrica. His most recent publication was Understanding Global Crises, published by MIT.

Dan Peled

Professor Peled is on the faculty of the University of Haifa’s Department of Economics and a Senior Research Fellow at the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Institute. He also serves as Senior Consultant to the University of Haifa’s Vice President and Dean of Research. Professor Peled is a past head of the University’s Department of Economics and of the Economics of National Security (ENS) program at the Samuel Neaman Institute. Before joining the University of Haifa’s academic staff, Professor Peled was a faculty member at the Technion and at Carnegie Mellon University in the US. Professor Peled is involved in academic research and in public policymaking on topics related to economic growth, the economics of research and development, the economics of national security, innovation and technology, and monetary economics. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota (1980).

Yehoshua (Shuki) Oren

Shuki Oren is CEO of the Kardan NV real estate company. Oren previously worked in the Banking Supervision Department at the Bank of Israel, and the Accountant General’s Department in the Finance Ministry, initially in the External Debt Management Department and later as Manager of the Foreign Currency Department. As of 1989, Oren served as Deputy Accountant General and was the supervisor of budget implementation in the Ministries of Industry, Labor and Trade, Agriculture, Energy, Science, and Tourism. He also managed implementation of the kibbutz debt arrangement, the Gal Law, and the Koor arrangement. Oren later served in senior management positions at U-Bank, and in 2001-2002 served as Deputy CEO of the bank. He later moved to the Bank Leumi group and managed Bank Leumi Switzerland. Between 2007 and 2011 he served as Accountant General in the Finance Ministry. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Business Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jack Habib

Jack Habib is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Social Work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Director of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute. He previously served as Executive Director of JDC-Israel. Prof. Habib holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He has written books on social welfare, and conducted numerous research studies on poverty and social gaps, social policy, and the effectiveness of social intervention systems. He is also a member of the evaluation team for the program “From Welfare to Employment,” and the Wisconsin program (today called “Lights to Employment”). Prof. Habib has been a member of many public committees, among them the Public Committee to Examine the Definition of Poverty. He is an advisor to the United Jewish Communities in the United States and an active member of the Jewish communities’ inter-organizational task force to advance the position of Arabs in Israel.

Reuben Gronau

Prof. Gronau is an Emeritus Professor at the Hebrew University, and a member of the Bank of Israel’s Monetary Committee (since 2011). He is Chair of the Public Council for Statistics, of the Executive Committee of the Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, and of the Sapir Forum for Economic Policy. Prof. Gronau holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University (1967). From 1967 until his retirement in 2005, he was a member of the Economics Department at the Hebrew University. During his years at the university, he served as visiting professor at many universities, among them the University of Chicago, Stanford, MIT, and the University of California. In 2008, Prof. Gronau was awarded the Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contribution to Labor Economics by the Society of Labor Economics (SOLE), and in 2005 he won the Mifal Hapayis Michael Landau Award for Research on the Economy of Israel. During his career, Prof. Gronau chaired and was a member of a number of government and public committees: The Committee to Examine the Structure of the Refineries Sector in Israel, Committees to Determine Telecommunications Rates, the Committee for Setting Municipal Water Corporation Rates, the Committee for Formulating Rules of Competition in Communications, and the Shochat Committee to Examine Higher Education. He also chaired the Public Committee for Setting Knesset Member Salaries.

Doron Cohen

Doron Cohen is an accountant and economist and is engaged in business consultation and entrepreneurship. In addition, he is president of the IIA (Israel Internal Auditors Association), head of the Haredi project at the Israel Democracy Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Discount Investment Co., and the Peer Review Institute. Between 2011 and 2013, Cohen served as Director-General of the Finance Ministry, and between 2009 and 2012, he headed the Government Companies Authority. He also served as economic adviser to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. Cohen was active in private business ventures in the international market and held a number of senior management positions, among them as accountant and internal auditor of Israel Chemicals Ltd, VP of Elite International B.V., VP Finance of the Dapei Zahav group, and Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of the company Amidar. Cohen has participated in a number of committees for improving public service: the Strategy Committee, which formulated economic and social strategy for the government; the Governance Committee, which worked on increasing transparency and cooperation in preparing the government budget; and the Committee for Improving Public Service, in which Cohen headed the team for improving management flexibility and differential wages, and strengthening human capital. He holds a BA in Economics and Accounting from Tel Aviv University, and an MA in Law from Bar Ilan University.

Adi Brender

Dr. Brender is head of the Macroeconomics and Policy Division at the Bank of Israel. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, an M.A. in Economics and Business Administration from the Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Dr. Brender previously worked in the International Monetary Fund, after which he joined the Research Division of the Bank of Israel and served as head of the Fiscal Section. In this position, Brender was responsible for the public sector field and dealt with analyzing the state budget and its macro-economic implications, taxation and allocations policy, and reforms in the area of pensions. Over the years, he has published many articles on the subject of fiscal policy, the labor market, and political economics, as well as participated in various committees and teams dealing with economic policy issues. Among his publications: “Government Policy with Regard to Young Parents” (2014); “Elections, Leaders, and the Composition of Government Spending” (2013); “The First Year of Operation of the Mandatory Pension Arrangement: Compliance with the Arrangement and Potential Implications on the Supply of Work” (2011); “The Impact of Pension Savings Arrangements in Israel on the Division of Income” (2011); “Predicting Government Tax Revenue and Analyzing Forecast Uncertainty” (2010); “Consolidation of New Democracy, Mass Attitudes, and Clientelism” (2009); “Taxation Rates on Income from Work in Israel in an International Perspective:  2008-2009” (2009); “How Do Budget Deficits and Economic Growth Affect Reelection Prospects? Evidence from a Large Panel of Countries” (2008); “The Effect of Changes in Labor Market Conditions on the Scope of Women’s Positions: Differences Between Voluntary and Involuntary Part-time Workers” (2008).