Board of Directors

Board of Directors
  • Yair Hamburger
    Chair of Board at ICA
    Founder & Chair
    Harel Investments
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    Yair Hamburger
    Chair of Board at ICA
    Founder & Chair
    Harel Investments

    In 1971 Yair Hamburger joined HaMishar, the insurance company that his parents established and that later transformed into Harel Insurance Investments, and became chair in 1975. He is considered a visionary who, in his careful, quiet way, turned a family business into the largest insurance group in Israel. He was born and raised in Israel, and holds a BA in political science and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Hamburger works to advance various social causes in Israeli society and is active in many civic organizations.

  • Rabbi Elimelech Firer
    Founder
    Ezra LeMarpeh
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    Rabbi Elimelech Firer
    Founder
    Ezra LeMarpeh

    Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer is the founder of the Ezra LeMarpeh Center, which provides assistance to people who are sick and disabled, by providing medical advice, loaning medical equipment, and more. Rabbi Firer was awarded the Israel Prize in 1997 for his special contribution to society and the state. In its announcement, the prize committee noted that Rabbi Firer is “a symbol and example of human love, in his devotion and inner light that he grants the audience that waits for him during all hours of the day. His persistent, ongoing activity, not done for the purpose of receiving a prize, has been a great thing for everyone in Israel and abroad.”

  • Danna J. Azrieli
    Chairwoman
    Azrieli Group
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    Danna J. Azrieli
    Chairwoman
    Azrieli Group

    Danna J. Azrieli is the Chairwoman of the largest publicly traded real estate company in Israel, the Azrieli Group (AZRG) with a market cap of 7 Billion USD.

    The Azrieli Group owns, builds and operates income producing real estate assets, including shopping malls, offices, and senior housing. Currently, the Azrieli Group has over 1 million meters under development. The Azrieli Group is the owner and developer of the most iconic properties in Israel, including: the Azrieli Center and the Sarona Tower which shape the Tel Aviv skyline, the most successful shopping mall in Israel, the Azrieli Mall in Jerusalem, and the prestigious luxury senior housing facility, the Azrieli Palace in Modiin.

    Recently, Danna announced her next major project which will be tallest mixed-use project in Israel which will transform the Tel Aviv skyline. Since Danna commenced her role as Chairwoman in 2014, the Azrieli Group has doubled its market value. Danna has placed significant focus on the transformative role of the Azrieli Group as a market leader in world class design and utility of in AA office buildings.

    In addition, Danna is leading the Azrieli Group to be the first Israeli real estate company to integrate the physical and digital worlds in its shopping malls by developing Israel’s leading digital retail platform (www.azrieli.com) Under Danna’s leadership, the Azrieli Group has become synonymous with a “blue chip” company reflecting the strength of the Israeli economy. Danna also serves as Chairwoman of Azrieli Foundation Israel, and a director of the Azrieli Foundation in Canada, one of Canada’s largest philanthropic organizations. Danna is also a director of the Darca Schools, and she sits on the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute, among others.

    Danna is the author of the book One Step Ahead , a memoir about her father’s journey from Nazi-Occupied Poland to Israel during the war years. The book is published as part of the Yanusz Korzak series of Yad Vashem. In 2000, Danna made Aliyah to Israel. She is married to Danny Hakim and they have 2 daughters. Danna has a B.A from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.

  • Galia Maor
    President & CEO (former)
    Bank Leumi Group
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    Galia Maor
    President & CEO (former)
    Bank Leumi Group

    Ms. Maor served as President & CEO of Bank Leumi Group between 1995-2012, after having served as the Leumi Bank’s deputy CEO, between 1991-1995.

    Ms. Maor holds a bachelor’s degree in Economic and Statistics and MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

    Between 1963-1989, Ms. Maor held a series of senior executive positions at the Bank of Israel, including Supervisor of Banks.

    Ms. Maor is a member of the Board of Directors of Straus Group,

    a member of the Board of Directors of SFI – Social Finance Israel,

    and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Ben Gurion University,

    and a member of The Open University of Israel Council and its Finance Committee.

     

  • Dorit Beinisch
    President (ret.)
    Supreme Court of Israel
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    Dorit Beinisch
    President (ret.)
    Supreme Court of Israel

    Dorit Beinisch began her long career in public service at the Ministry of Justice, where she served for twenty-eight years in high-level positions. From 1976 to 1982, she served as director of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the State Attorney’s Office. In 1982 Beinisch was appointed deputy state attorney, and in 1989 she became the first female state attorney in Israel. In 1995 she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Israel, and in 2006 became the first woman to be elected President of the Court. Since 2013 Dorit Beinisch has served as chancellor of The Open University in Israel. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

     

    Throughout her professional life, Beinisch has worked to establish a tolerant and open society, and to strengthen the legal system. Her rulings stressed the protection and promotion of individual rights in general, and the rights of women, children and the weak in society, in particular. Her decisions underscore the importance of judicial review of government actions and the preservation of the basic principles of Israeli democracy, even in times of war and crisis.

  • Elyakim Rubinstein
    Vice President (ret.)
    Supreme Court of Israel
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    Elyakim Rubinstein
    Vice President (ret.)
    Supreme Court of Israel

    Elyakim Rubinstein was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice in 2004, and retired in 2017 as Vice President of the Court. Among his many positions as a public servant in Israel, Rubinstein served as government secretary, attorney general, political advisor at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., and chair of the Central Elections Committee for the 19th Knesset. He has a bachelor’s in law and an MA in contemporary Jewry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

  • Jason Arison
    Chair
    Ted Arison Family Foundation
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    Jason Arison
    Chair
    Ted Arison Family Foundation

    Jason Arison is the chair of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, founded by his grandfather, Ted Arison, and his mother, Shari Arison, out of their deep commitment to giving back to the community. He leads the Foundation with the goal of improving the social environment and quality of life in Israel, in accordance with three foundational Jewish values: charity, kindness, and repair of the world. Jason grew up in Miami, Florida, and immigrated to Israel at the age of ten.

  • Yael Shalgi
    COO
    Yad Hanadiv
    (Rothschild Foundation)
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    Yael Shalgi
    COO
    Yad Hanadiv
    (Rothschild Foundation)

    Yael Shalgi joined Yad Hanadiv in 2009. Prior to this position, Shalgi played a leading role for 6 years as assistant director of Israel’s umbrella organization of nonprofits, VNPS. She was vice president of community investment at Matan – Your Way to Give, a leading nonprofit that focuses on developing Israeli corporate philanthropy. Shalgi was born in the US, served as an intelligence officer in the IDF, and has a BA in economics and international relations, and an MA in international relations, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a lecturer at the master’s program in nonprofit management at Hebrew University.

  • Prof. Yossi Tamir
    CEO (former)
    JDC Israel &
    National Insurance Institute
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    Prof. Yossi Tamir
    CEO (former)
    JDC Israel &
    National Insurance Institute

    Prof. Yossi Tamir served as CEO of the JDC Israel until July 2018, after serving in other positions in the organization for over 20 years. He was previously CEO of the National Insurance Institute in Israel. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively on the issues of poverty, inequality, economics, social welfare systems, welfare policy, and models of cooperation between governmental and non-governmental organizations. Prof. Tamir was born in Jerusalem and was a paratrooper in the military. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has an MA in public policy from Harvard University.

  • Eli Defes
    Chair
    El Al Israel Airlines
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    Eli Defes
    Chair
    El Al Israel Airlines

    Eli Defes has served as chair of El Al, the largest airline in Israel, since 2017. Prior to this position, he was CEO of Clalit Health Services, the largest and oldest health management organization in Israel. Mr. Defes retired from the Israel Defense Forces with the rank of colonel. In his last IDF position, he served as head of the planning division for the Air Force. He is a graduate of the Israel National Defense College, has a BA in political science from Bar Ilan University, and an MA in political science and sociology from the University of Haifa.

  • Hadassa Fattal
    Entrepreneur
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    Hadassa Fattal
    Entrepreneur

    Hadassa Fattal founded Alpha, a real estate company, 18 years ago, after a career in banking and finance. Today, the company invests in various real estate ventures. Fattal is also a shareholder in the public company, Fattal Hotel Chain. In addition to her business activities, Fattal engages in philanthropy in the fields of education and health. She has three children, who work in the Fattal hotel business, as well as grandchildren.

  • Zvi Hauser
    Cabinet Secretary (former)
    State of Israel
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    Zvi Hauser
    Cabinet Secretary (former)
    State of Israel

    Zvi Hauser was Israel’s 17th Cabinet Secretary between the years 2009 and 2013. He has served in a number of key positions in the communications and broadcasting sector in Israel, and was appointed chair of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council in 1997. He did most of his military service at the IDF’s School of Leadership Development. After his discharge, he became a professional assistant to the director general of the Ministry of Labor and Welfare. He is a board member of several public institutions, and in 2013 began teaching at the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at Hebrew University. He has a law degree from Tel Aviv University, and currently serves as special counsel at Goldfarb Seligman and Co. in Tel Aviv.

  • Roxanne Horesh
    Managing Director
    Union Tech Ventures
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    Roxanne Horesh
    Managing Director
    Union Tech Ventures

    Roxanne Horesh has served as managing director of Union Tech Ventures since 2014, after a series of positions at Union Motors. She previously worked as a correspondent for Al Jazeera English, as a strategic planner for TBWA, and as a trainee in the policy division at the European Commission. She has a BA in history from Brown University, an M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Dr. Essam Daod
    Cofounder
    Humanity Crew
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    Dr. Essam Daod
    Cofounder
    Humanity Crew

    Dr. Essam Daod is the mental health director and cofounder of Humanity Crew, an international humanitarian organization that he founded in 2015, which provides mental health services to refugees around the world. He completed his medical studies at the Technion in Haifa, and works as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry at Clalit and at his private clinic in Haifa. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Daod conducts research on trauma among refugees. In 2018, he became a WHO mental health expert team member, and a TED Fellow. His work as a human rights activist and his research achievements have earned him international recognition and awards. He raises awareness on the subject of mental health among refugees by lecturing at conferences around the world.

  • Prof. Mario Mikulincer
    Provost (former)
    IDC Herzliya
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    Prof. Mario Mikulincer
    Provost (former)
    IDC Herzliya

    Prof. Mario Mikulincer is a world renowned researcher in the field of psychology. He served as dean of the School of Psychology and vice president of Academic Affairs at the IDC Herzliya until 2017. He co-founded the Peleg-Bilig Center for the Study of Family Well-Being as well as the Gonda Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University. Prof. Mikulincer was born in Argentina and immigrated to Israel at age 19. He received his doctorate in psychology, with distinction, from Bar Ilan University, and was later appointed professor of psychology there. He has published hundreds of studies in the field of psychology, which have earned him international recognition. In 2004 he received the EMET Prize in Social Science, awarded by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, for his “outstanding contribution in the study of personality and social psychology.”

  • Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
    Author & Lecturer
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    Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
    Author & Lecturer

    Tal Ben-Shahar is a world renowned expert, lecturer and consultant on happiness, leadership, education, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting and awareness. His course on positive psychology and happiness at Harvard University was the most popular course in the university’s history. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. Dr. Ben-Shahar co-founded the Maytiv Center for Positive Psychology at the IDC Herzliya. He has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior, from Harvard University.

  • Dr. Daniel Ramot
    Cofounder & CEO
    VIA
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    Dr. Daniel Ramot
    Cofounder & CEO
    VIA

    Dr. Daniel Ramot is the cofounder and CEO of Via, a transportation network company that operates an application for ridesharing in major cities around the world. Prior to Via, Ramot built supercomputers designed to discover new pharmaceutical drugs at D. E. Shaw Research, and developed avionic systems for F-15s and F-16s for the Israeli Air Force. He has a PhD in neuroscience from Stanford University and is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite Talpiot program. He was raised in Israel and Singapore, and currently lives in New York.

  • Avner Mendelson
    CEO
    Bank Leumi USA
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    Avner Mendelson
    CEO
    Bank Leumi USA

    Avner Mendelson has been with the Leumi Group since 2007 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Leumi USA in September 2013. During his tenure, he served as Head of Group Strategy and International Operations, as well as Chief of Staff. Prior to joining the Leumi Group, Mendelson was a Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company in London. Before that, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces for three years. Mendelson earned his BA in economics and international relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Amit Lang
    Director General (former)
    Ministry of Economy
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    Amit Lang
    Director General (former)
    Ministry of Economy

    Amit Lang served as the director general of the Israeli Ministry of Economy from 2013 to 2017, under the Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. In 2018 he was appointed CEO of EMS Mekorot Projects. He previously served as the head of economics, business development, and external affairs division (VP) at Partner Communications, and as deputy to the budget director for infrastructure at the Ministry of Finance. Lang has a BA in economics and management from The Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies, and an MA in public and economic policy from Tel Aviv University.

  • Rami Kleinstein
    Musician & composer
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    Rami Kleinstein
    Musician & composer

    Rami Kleinstein is a well-known singer, songwriter and composer who has made his mark on Israeli music. He was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel at age 8. During his military service, he was musical director of the military band IDF 80, and composed songs for the band IDF 84. His breakthrough came in 1986 with the release of his first solo album, On the Day of the Bomb. He has released several albums since and has helped write and produce many other Israeli music hits.

  • Eli Groner
    Director General (former)
    Prime Minister's Office
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    Eli Groner
    Director General (former)
    Prime Minister's Office

    Eli Groner served as director general at the prime minister’s office from 2015 to 2018. He previously worked at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and served as economic attaché to the United States at the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. He was born in the US but immigrated to Israel with his family, and served in the paratroopers brigade of the IDF. He has a BA in political science and journalism from Bar Ilan University, and an MBA from New York University.

  • Dr. Salman Zarka
    Director
    Ziv Medical Center
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    Dr. Salman Zarka
    Director
    Ziv Medical Center

    Dr. Salman Zarka is the director of the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health at the School of Public Health at Haifa University, and a senior lecturer in the Department of Military Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which trains military doctors. Dr. Zarka was born in 1964 in Peki’in to a large Druze family. He completed his medical studies at the Technion, Haifa, as part of the Academic Reserve military program (Atuda), and served in the military for over 25 years, reaching the rank of Colonel (reserve). Dr. Zarka has an MPH in epidemiology and public health from the Hebrew University, is a graduate of the National Security College, and has an MA in political science and national security from the University of Haifa.

  • Ronen Barel
    Chair
    Ernst & Young Israel
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    Ronen Barel
    Chair
    Ernst & Young Israel

    Ronen Barel, CPA, has served as chair of Ernst & Young (EY) Israel since 2007. He became a managing partner in 2000, and has served as a member of the American Executive Board of EY since he became a partner in 1991. His work has focused on large publicly traded companies in Israel and abroad. Mr. Barel has a BA in economics and accounting from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Keren Tamir Hamburger
    Psychotherapist
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    Keren Tamir Hamburger
    Psychotherapist

    Keren Tamir Hamburger is a psychotherapist and art therapist, with an MBA from Tel Aviv University (specialization in marketing) and a BA (with honors) in management and economics. As part of her work as a psychotherapist at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Sheba Medical Center, she collaborates with other therapists, school staff and parents in order to support the therapeutic processes of patients, which involves various areas of expertise, including medical psychology, parental instruction, and crisis intervention. In the past she has worked as a marketing strategy consultant at the US investment company CNA, as an analyst at an economic consulting firm, and was cofounder and partner at Good Vision, a corporate responsibility consulting firm.

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