Each year MICS hosts guest lectures by top experts in the fields of conflict journalism, counter-terrorism, defense and security, Middle East, international law and more. This is only a taste of what MICS offers its participants.

Former Speakers

Mr. Udi Segal

Udi Segal is the chief analyst of RESHET and is due to host a daily evening news show. Segal has been the Diplomatic Correspondent for Channel 2 news since January 2001. Segal is an expert on Israel peace negotiation that he covers since the Oslo accords. In his journalistic missions he traveled around the Middle East. He has conducted high-profile interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas, as well as world leaders such as U.S Secretary of State Kerry, Clinton, Rice and Powell. He has a weekly show on Tel Aviv Radio and teaches practical television reporting in the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. 

Dr. Michal Saliternik

Dr. Michal Saliternik served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions in 2014-15. She also served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Saliternik main research interests are international law, constitutional law, administrative law, economic analysis of public law, political theory, negotiation theory, conflict resolution and post-conflict transitions. Her research project at the Minerva Center focuses on the responsibilities of international aid providers. Her publications include: “Reducing the Price of Peace: The Human Rights Responsibilities of Third Party Facilitators”, 47 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (2015); “The Treatment of Occupation Legislation by Courts in Liberated Territories” (with Eyal Benvenisti), in Edda Kristjánsdóttir, Andre Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert (eds.), International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict States (2012).

Col. (res.) Miri Eisin

Eisin began her career in the Israeli Defense Forces as part of the Israeli intelligence community. For over twenty years she served as the head of the combat intelligence corps, the assistant to the director of Military Intelligence, and as the Intel officer in combat units and research departments.

After retiring from the military, Miri was appointed as the Israeli Prime Minister’s International Advisor and played an important role in the Annapolis Conference.

Currently, Eisin is one of Israel's main presenters that sheds light on regional geopolitics, security related issues in the global media, and the different narratives within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr. Gonen Ben-Yitzhak

Gonen Ben-Itzhak served in the Israeli Navy for three years. Following his military service, he received his B.A. degrees in Psychology and Management at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.

After the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzah Rabin in 1992, Ben-Itzhak joined the Israeli Secret Service (ISS) and served in Ramallah, The West Bank, as a handler and district manager. During that time, Ben-Itzhak oversaw one of ISS's most sensitive operations – handling “The Green Prince” - ISS's most valuable recruit. The Green Prince, whose identity was not revealed for over ten years until 2010, is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Sheik Hassan Yousef. Sheik Yousef was the founder of Hamas in the West Bank and the organization’s political wing. 

In 2014, acclaimed documentary film “The Green Prince”, featuring Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben-Itzhak, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it received the Audience Award for best documentary.

During his service in the ISS, Ben-Itzhak specialized in counter-terrorism within fundamental Muslim factions.

Mr. Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer has been coordinating, directing and guiding tours and educational seminars for 18 years. Michael has a B.Ed. in Education and in Israel’s History and is a licensed tour guide. As the founder a of "Galim Educational Tours" and "Bauer Trails", Michael developed seminars and workshops which deal with topics as: Israeli Arab relationship, Israel's minorities, Israel’s borders and neighbors, Middle East politics and Israel Advocacy. As a tour guide, Michael has been working with groups of both Israelis and foreigners from all over the world. He has led adventure tours in Jordan, the Sinai and Turkey, as well as educational programs in Poland and Germany.

Michael teaches Israeli –Arab relationship and provides lectures and seminars around North America.

Mr. Itai Anghel

Itai Anghel is an Israeli correspondent and documentary filmmaker. He is a staff reporter for Uvda, a television news program on Channel 12 (Keshet). He mainly covers conflict zones all over the world. In 2017 Anghel was awarded the 'Sokolov Award' which is Israel's highest award for journalism. Anghel is also a lecturer of history, international relations and world conflicts in different universities in Israel.

Anghel is known for his unique field-work and in-depth documentaries. He has a rare ability to deeply and fearlessly explore the most dangerous hot-spots around the globe, while intimately connecting with all parties involved. His recent assignments took him to Syria and Iraq to the front line against ISIS. 

He has won four times the award for 'Best TV Documentary' on behalf of the 'Israeli forum for documentary filmmakers'. In 2009 Mr. Anghel won the 'Cutting edge award' in the 'International Media Awards' in London for his "superb and unbiased cover of the Middle East".

Dr. Dalia Fadila

Dr. Fadila is currently president of Al Qasemi Engineering and Science College. Dr. Fadila is an expert on organizational development, educational entrepreneurship, and a researcher of American literature, female literature and ethnic studies. She has led and managed national and international seminars and projects on issues such as gender, culture, identity and education.

In her line of work she promotes quality education for underprivileged students, particularly from the Arab sector in Israel, through establishing an alternative schooling system and empowering women as educators, entrepreneurs and leaders.
Dr. Fadila is also faculty member of the International School for Leadership and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, member of the governmental Civil-Service Higher Committee, fellow of the Taub Center for Social Policy Research in Israel, President Reuven Rivlin Committee for Education for a Shared Life and member of the board of Governors of Haifa University.


Mr. Shabtai Shavit

Mr. Shavit held a variety of positions within the Mossad for over 32 years, until becoming head of the agency from 1989 to 1996. He served in "Sayeret Matkal" - IDF elite combat unit, and received an advanced degree from Harvard University.
After retiring from work in the security services, Shavit was the CEO of Maccabi Health Services Group for five years.
Since 2001 Shavit has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT), advisor to the Israeli National Security Council, Advisor to the Sub-Committee on intelligence of the Knesset, Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Security and member of the N.Y.F.D. Task Force for Future Preparedness against Terrorism. He is also Chairman of Athena Human & Technology Integrated Solutions Ltd.

Mr. Henrique Cymerman​

Henrique Cymerman is a world-renowned journalist and lecturer who has covered current affairs in the Middle East for over 30 years. Over this period he has established relationships with political leaders in Israel, the Middle East and the extended Arab world. As such his level of analysis is unparalleled and on occasions allows him to serve as a unique bridge between the nations involved in the Middle East and Arab-Israeli conflict. Henrique also plays a role in Judeo-Christian relationships, being one of the closest Jew to the Pope. In 2015 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace  for making possible the prayer for peace in the Vatican, which were seen as an unprecedented historical gesture in favor of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

His book "Voices from the center of the World" includes interviews with key personages in the region, such as Yasser Arafat, Itzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Ahmed Yassin and Omar Bin Laden, as well as Mahmoud Abbas and was translated into 6 languages and distributed worldwide.


Ms. Shimrit Meir

Shimrit, the CEO of Link and editor-in-chief of Al-Masdar, is a leading Middle East analyst and longtime journalist with more than 15 years of experience researching and covering the Arab world.
Shimrit was the Arab affairs correspondent and commentator for Galei Zahal, one of the top Israeli radio and news channel and has worked for both Israeli public television and for Channel 2 News, the country's largest commercial station.

She is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, English and French.

Mr. Arik Segal

Arik Segal is an expert in international conflict management and in the application of advanced technologies in innovative dialogue structures. Born in Canada and raised in Israel, he holds an HBA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Masters' degree from Tel Aviv University in Diplomacy Studies, as well as a Mediator's certificate from Gevim Group.

Following a political position at the Embassy of Korea in Israel (2009-2010) he set up his own independent consulting firm, focusing in leading and directing peacebuilding projects. He works in cooperation with international organizations, institutions and NGO's in frameworks that impact decision makers and civil societies. Within this context he established a unique "backchannel" with Turkish officials and designed a new theory and methodology for a dialogue project between young Israeli and Arab leaders which won an Academic Advancement Award. He also facilitates a forum of prominent young Israeli and Palestinian business leaders that work for economic and political cooperation.


He delivers conflict management workshops and lectures for foreign delegations and leadership groups. He established the "Young Professionals in Foreign Policy-Tel Aviv" organization and co-directs the "Tec Thinking Forum for Education and Multiculturalism” in MOFET Institute that provides a stage for leading researchers and practitioners to discuss and share peace-tech ideas and insights. Arik is a frequent guest speaker on Israeli and international stages such as Harvard Business School and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Prof. Boaz Ganor

Prof. Ganor is the Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy and the Founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. Prof. Ganor serves as the Founding President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC), an international association of academic institutions, experts and researchers in fields related to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Prof. Ganor previously held positions at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the Hoover Institution, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIPT (The National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism), Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. He was also a member of the International Advisory Team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New York Police Department (NYPD.)

Prof. Ganor has given briefings and testimonies to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), the Australian Parliament, the United States Congress, the US Army, the FBI, the US Department of Homeland Security, as well as numerous intelligence, security and police services throughout the world.

In 2001, Prof. Ganor was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Israel National Security Council on Counter-Terrorism and he has previously served as a Member of the Israeli Delegation to the Trilateral (American-Palestinian-Israeli) Committee for Monitoring Incitement to Violence and Terror. Prof. Ganor also advised the Israeli Delegation for Peace Negotiations with Jordan on Transportation Safety, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Prof. Ganor has published numerous articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism and is a frequent media and television commentator.

Dr. Uri Resnick

Dr. Uri Resnick serves as a division director in the Policy and Political-Military Bureau of Israel Defense Ministry and as an advisor to The Minister of Defense. He previously served as a policy advisor to Israel’s foreign minister (2010-2012, 2014-2015) deputy foreign minister (2015-2017). He has served overseas as Deputy Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles (2012-2014) and Deputy Head of Mission at the Israeli embassies in Bulgaria (2005-2008) and Senegal (2003-2005). Resnick holds a PhD in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005). He is the author of “Dynamics of Asymmetric Territorial Conflict: The Evolution of Patience” (2013) and has authored articles in conflict studies and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He teaches game theory, foreign policy planning and public diplomacy at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Sharon Offenberger

Sharon Offenberger has been working at the EU Delegation in Tel Aviv since she moved to Israel in 2004. Initially as the communications officer, she then took over the management of the EU Middle East Peace Program in 2008. More recently she has been the Acting Press and Information Officer.

Sharon grew up in Australia, completing her bachelor’s degree in law and philosophy at the University of Melbourne, followed by a master’s degree in Anthropology from Australian National University. She worked for several years as a human rights lawyer in Australia, before moving to Canada and then The United Kingdom where she worked in NGO development.

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