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Prof. Ilay Alon
Ilai Alon, PhD, is a Professor of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University and the Lauder School of Government, IDC, Israel. He was born on the January 17th, 1941, in Jerusalem, Israel.
He studied Arabic philosophy for his PhD at Oxford and the Hebrew University.
His experience includes living and working in the in the US in schools such as Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, Lehigh, Carleton (Ottawa), The University of Chicago, Northwestern University.
From 1999-2001, he was a member of the Israeli delegation to the negotiations with Syria and Palestinians. He was also Involved in numerous of projects to facilitate better negotiations between Israel and the Arabs.
He published academic books and articles on Arabic philosophy, Islamic political thought, and on the institution of negotiations in Arabic-speaking Islam.
His current research domain are: Conflict and Negotiations in Arabic-Speaking Islam; The Palestinian Emotive Lexicon; and the Linguistic Analysis of Arabic Diplomatic Documents.
Prof. Alon is married and has 3 children.
Dr. Eitan Azani
Dr. Azani currently serves as deputy executive director of the Institute for Counter- Terrorism (ICT) and the Head of the BA and MA Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya .
He is a Colonel (Res.) in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with operational, research and academic experience in counter-terrorism in the regional and international arenas.
As part of his position at ICT, Dr. Azani maintains working relations and advises both private and government entities on counter-terrorism issues. Dr. Azani lectures at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya and additional security and organizational establishments in Israel and abroad. He testifies on the subject of Hezbollah in front of the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on International Affairs as well as the European Parliament.
Eitan Azani obtained his B.A. in Economy, Political Science and Geography at Bar Ilan University, Israel and his M.A. (with honors) in the Security and Strategy Studies Program of Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Azani's Ph.D. dissertation for the Hebrew University, Jerusalem was on “The Development of Revolutionary Islamic Movements a case study of Hezbollah.
Dr. Azani is the author of Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God - From Revolution to Institutionalization." He is also the author of many scholarly articles and edited volumes – including: The Hybrid Terrorist Organization: Hezbollah as a Case Study, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, pp. 899-916(36), 2013 & Hezbollah's Strategy of “Walking on the Edge“: Between Political Game and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, pp. 741-759(19), November 2012.
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 at the pre-army institute of Lachish and provides lectures and seminars around North America.
Like many Israelis, the military was an integral part of his life; Michael served as a commander in the paratroop forces for 3 years as his mandatory service and for many years on his reserve duties.
Michael is married, and has five children. He lives on Kibbutz Bet Guvrin.
Mr. Gonen Ben-Yitzhak
Gonen Ben-Itzhak, son of a prominent Israeli General, served in the Israeli Navy for three years. Following his military service, he received 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) known as “Shin Bet” and served in Ramallah, West Bank, as a handler and district manager during the second Intifadah. During that time, Ben-Itzhak was in charge of 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 founder of the organization’s political wing. He remains, to this day, a key figure and leader of Hamas.
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.
Gonen Ben-Itzhak specialized in counter terrorism within fundamental Muslim factions until 2006, when he left the Shin Bet and started his Law and Business Management degree in IDC Hertzeliya. He graduated in 2012, with his Master’s degree in Law at Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Henrique Cymerman
Henrique Cymerman is an international award-winning journalist and university lecturer who works in 5 languages (Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English) and has covered current affairs in the Middle East for the last 25 years. Mr. Cymerman established relationships of trust with those heading the chief regional political processes in Israel, the Middle East and extended Arab world.
In February 2012, Henrique Cymerman, was honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) prestigious ADL Daniel Pearl Award. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in the ceremony that “As we mark the 10th Anniversary of the tragic killing of Daniel Pearl, it is appropriate that we honor and celebrate the work of Henrique Cymerman, a journalist who like Danny never compromises on the search for truth through responsible journalism. Henrique is passionate in the pursuit of the truth and defending freedom, and objective and clear in his reporting on the complexities of the Middle East”.
Henrique also plays a role in Judeo-Christian relationships being one of the two closest Jews to the Pope. Pope Francis gave Henrique Cymerman the bronze engraving of “Angel of Peace” for his contribution to peace and understanding in the Middle East. For his role in enabling the Holy See’s Pilgrimage to the Holy land in May, 2014, and for his background activity resulting in the “Prayer for Peace” between the three religions in the Vatican, in June, 2014.
Mr. Dani Dayan
Dani Dayan is a public figure, lecturer, entrepreneur and the most prominent advocate for the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. He is a regular commentator in the international press and is frequently called upon to participate in public debates and panels at major conferences and universities.
In January 2013, after close to six years as Chairman, Dayan became the Chief Foreign Envoy for the YESHA Council, a new position in which he was the official political representative of the Israeli communities of Judea and Samaria to the international community. His role included advocacy trips to the major seats of government worldwide as well as regular meetings with foreign diplomats and journalists based in Israel to explain the facts on the ground. He fulfilled these responsibilities for two years.
Dayan was Chairman of the YESHA Council from July 2007. He was instrumental in pushing through multiple reforms and policy changes to strengthen the image of the organization and advocate on behalf of its citizens. One major achievement during his tenure was the organization’s ability to ensure that no extension was imposed on the 2009 settlement freeze despite immense pressure from the international community.
From 1990-1992, Dayan served as the general secretary of the Techiya political party. He was responsible for all of the movement's activities and public campaigns and was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the party's inclusion in Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir's 1990 coalition government.
Before establishing his own information technology company Dayan spent seven and a half years in the Israel Defense Forces serving in the elite MAMRAM computerized data processing center, attaining the rank of Major .
Dayan holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Sciences from Bar Ilan University and M.Sc. in Finance from Tel Aviv University. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Spanish. In addition to his work with the YESHA Council, he also serves on the Ariel University Executive Committee and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Council. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955, Dayan immigrated to Israel in 1971.He resides with his wife and daughter in the community of Maale Shomron in central Samaria.
Dr. Dalia Fadila
Dr. Dalia Fadila is currently president of Al Qasemi Engineering and Science College. She has served in the past 8 years as provost of Al-Qasemi Teacher Training College, an Arab college of education in Israel and acted as the president of the college during 2006. Dr. Fadila is an expert on organizational development, educational entrepreneurship, and a researcher of American literature, women's literature and ethnic studies. She has led and managed national and international seminars and projects on issues of gender, culture, identity and education .
Of deep concern to her, are promoting quality education for underprivileged students in general and Arab students in Israel, in particular, through establishing an alternative schooling system, and empowering women as educators, entrepreneurs and leaders.
She has established private schools for teaching English called Q Schools - English Language and HR Development that profuse a unique approach to learning/teaching English as space for intellectual and personal empowerment; the approach is particularly suited to underprivileged students and stems from the need of these students to develop personally and professionally . Dr. Fadila is currently also faculty member of the International School for Leadership and Diplomacy at IDC-Inter Disciplinary Center in Herzliya and 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. Joe Federman
Joe has been based in Israel with the AP since 2003, and served as bureau chief since last October. He has also been based with the AP in New York and Charleston, West Virginia, and worked as an editor at The Wall Street Journal. Joe is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and have a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University in New York.
Prof. Boaz Ganor
Prof. Boaz Ganor is the Dean and the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, as well as 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 (Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow), 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/or 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. In 1995, he was a consultant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his book “Fighting Terrorism – How democracies can defeat domestic and international terrorism.”
Prof. Ganor has published numerous articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism. His book, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers" (Transaction Publishers, 2005), is used as a text book in universities worldwide and his upcoming book: “Global Alert: Modern terrorism rationality and the challenge to the democratic world” will be published by Columbia University Press.
Prof. Ganor chairs ICT’s International Conferences: World Summit on Counter- Terrorism, and co-directed several research projects for NATO and the Ministry of Public Security. Prof. Ganor is a frequent media and television commentator and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and many other Israeli and international publications.
Mr. Mark Gallagher
Mark Gallagher works in the European Union Delegation to the State of Israel where he is head of the political and press section and deputy head of the delegation. He joined the British Civil Service (Cabinet Office) in 1992 before moving to the European Commission in Brussels in 1995. In 2000-2001 he was seconded to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, returning to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enlargement as a member of the Turkey team. He stayed there until the European Commission recommendation that EU accession negotiations be opened with Turkey and was then posted to the European Commission Technical Assistance Office in East Jerusalem between 2004 and 2010. There he was responsible for managing the Commission's institution building programs for the Palestinian Authority, with a particular focus on governance, the rule of law, public financial management and private sector development. In 2010 he returned to Brussels and was transferred to the European External Action Service upon its establishment on 1 January 2011. He worked in the EEAS Democracy Support and Elections Division with responsibility for managing EU election observation missions, largely in Africa. In 2012 he became deputy head of the division responsible for Israel, the Palestinian territories and the Middle East Peace Process. He was posted to Israel for four years beginning in September 2013. He graduated from The Queen's College, Oxford with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Mr. Omri Marcus
Omri Marcus is the head of creative at video platform Electric-Sheep.tv. He is also the founder and creative director of Comedy for a Change - an international conference on the power of comedy to drive forward social change .
Heralded as 'Israeli TV's Wunderkind' by Tablet Magazine, Marcus was a development partner at Red Arrow International, served as a senior writer on Israel’s top comedy panel show and continues to advise international and Israeli production companies on global TV and new-media trends .
Over the last 10 years, Marcus has been involved in the development and writing of major entertainment shows on Israeli TV. Among his successes is “Eretz Nehederet” (“What a Wonderful Country”), enjoying regular ratings of over 30% and winning 4 Israeli Academy Awards.
Marcus also writes regularly for numerous leading American and European papers and blogs (Huffington Post, TV Gawker, Jewcy etc.) about Israeli current affairs and TV business.
In his spare time Marcus volunteers in his family humanitarian organization - Eye from Zion. The organization performs free medical surgeries in third world countries.
Headline Media is a premier international communications consulting firm. Made up of frontline journalists and newscasters from CNN, ABC and other world news networks, Headline Media is the company leading organizations call when their message has to be compelling and its delivery commanding. The company trains top spokespeople and diplomats from Israel’s Foreign Ministry as well as top brass from the Israel Defense Forces to get their message across more effectively to the international media. In addition, Headline Media serves as strategic media advisor to large non-profit groups and businesses throughout the Middle East.
Headline Media knows the international media because we are the international media
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner
Head of The International Foreign Press, and Social Media Branch. Currently at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He has been the senior field liaison officer for coordinating and facilitating international humanitarian aid operations and economic development programs in the Palestinian territories: UN agencies, International Committee of the Red Cross, USAID, European Union, international NGO’s as well as embassies and consulates. He has held positions both in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and have also been posted as the Spokesman for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories, of the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
In February 2013 Lt. Lerner graduated the IDF Command & Staff College in preparation and appointment to command the IDF International Media Branch. He is the lead spokesman for the military to the international media, in charge of strategy, leading the extensive outreach presence to the international media located within Israel, reacting to media inquiries and contingency planning, and crisis communications and all IDF social media activities.
Mr. Alon Lavi
Alon Lavi recently completed his Master's Degree in Conflict Management and Resolution from Bar-Ilan University. Alon currently works as the Deputy Spokesman for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Alon spent three years in Brasilia, Brazil working first as a diplomat at the Israeli Embassy working in the areas of public diplomacy, economy, and culture and later as the Deputy Ambassador. He previously worked as in the Latin American Division after completing the prestigious cadet training course at the MFA. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alon served 3 years in New York as a representative of the Jewish Agency. Alon also has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ben Gurion University in Biotechnology Engineering and published research in the area of Glycobiology at Oxford University in England. Alon lives in Modiin with his wife and two young children.
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 Israel's top news channels, and 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.
Mrs. Jody Rudoren
Jodi Rudoren has been Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times since May, 2012, covering Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan. That's two Israeli elections and two Gaza wars, Secretary Kerry's failed nine-month peace talks, fallout from the Iran nuclear deal, and many other news, analysis and feature stories.
During 17 years at The Times, Jodi has served as Education Editor; Deputy Metro Editor, where she created a new Sunday local feature section and executive-produced the Emmy-award winning multimedia series One in 8 Million; Chicago bureau chief, where she wrote news and features while roaming around 11 Midwestern states; and national education correspondent, where she specialized in school choice and affirmative action. Jodi also covered the 2004 presidential campaign, following first Howard Dean and then John Kerry.
Born in Newton, Mass., Jodi earned a degree in history from Yale University in 1992. She has taught Advanced Journalism (Narrative Feature Writing and Profiles) at the New School University, and served on the boards of the Yale Alumni Magazine and the Oldest College Daily Foundation, which publishes the Yale Daily News.
She lives in Jerusalem with her husband, Gary, an architect, comedy writer, theater director and photographer, and their 8-year-old twins. Formerly Jodi Wilgoren, she and her husband (formerly Ruderman) combined their surnames in 2006. The Jewish Daily Forward included Jodi in its list of the world’s 50 most influential Jews in 2012.
The Parents Circle Families Forum
The Parents Circle - Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Joint activities have shown that the reconciliation between individuals and nations is possible and it is this insight that they are trying to pass on to both sides of the conflict. Moreover, the PCFF has concluded that the process of reconciliation between nations is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable peace. The organization thus utilizes all resources available in education, public meetings and the media, to spread these ideas .
The PCFF was established in 1995 - by Mr. Yitzhak Frankental and several bereaved Israeli families. In 1998 the first meetings were held with a group of Palestinians families from Gaza who identified with the call to prevent further bereavement through dialogue, tolerance, peace and reconciliation. The connection with the group in Gaza was cut off as a result of the second Intifada.
From 2000 the PCFF expanded to include Palestinian families from both the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These new members have substantially influenced the activities of the PCFF and shaped the character and functioning of the organization
The Parents Circle - Families Forum is registered as an association and is managed jointly by the professional staff, Israelis and Palestinians working in two offices: the Palestinian Office is Beit Jala and the Israeli Office is in Ramat Ef'al, Tel Aviv.
Although the PCFF has no stated position on the political solution of the conflict, most of its members agree that the solution must be based on free negotiations between the leadership of both sides to ensure basic human rights, the establishment of two states for two peoples, and the signing of a peace treaty.
Mr. Amir Tibon
Amir Tibon is the diplomatic correspondent for Walla News, Israel's most widely-read website. In 2013 he was awarded the Israeli Documentary Forum's "Best TV Report" prize for a segment he filmed covertly inside Syria's civil war. Over the last two years, he has also reported on the war in Ukraine, the Kurdish struggle against ISIS and civil unrest in Turkey. An article he published last summer in The New Republic, on the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks led by John Kerry, was awarded a prize from the United States National Press Club for excellence in diplomatic reporting.
Mr. Moav Vardi
Moav is the diplomatic correspondent of the Israeli Channel 10 New TV. He covers the Prime Minister Office, Israel's foreign relations, Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, US- Israel relations and the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Among other things, he was sent as Channel 10's correspondent to cover the revolution in Egypt from the Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011 and the Russian invasion to Crimea in 2014. From 2013 until 2015 he covered the nuclear talks between the P5+1 and Iran from Geneva, Lausanne and Vienna.
Before he was commissioned in 2012 as the diplomatic correspondent, Moav worked in Channel 10 TV as Documentary and Investigative reporter for “The Source”, the leading investigative-documentary program of Channel 10. Moav obtained a B.A in Cinema & Television from the Tel-Aviv University
In 2011 Moav took part in the CNN Journalistic Fellowship at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta USA and in 2014 he participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program.
Mr. Elias Zananiri
Elias Zananiri is the Vice-Chairman of PLO Committee for Interaction with the Israeli Society.
He has been working as a Journalist since 1977 but also serves as a Policy Advisor/ Media & PR Consultant. He held the position of Spokesman and Media Consultant for both the Ministry of Interior & Internal Security, as well as for the Ministry of Justice of the Palestinian National Authority.
Throughout his career and additionally to his different roles on various media channels, Elias worked in order to promote the two-state solution for the Arab- Israeli conflict.
Mrs. Sylavana Foa
Foa began her journalism career with a oneway ticket to Saigon and $2 in her pocket. She spent the next 18 years covering wars, coups and earthquakes for Newsweek and United Press International in Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon, Iran, Eastern Europe and much of Africa. She was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Foa shattered glass ceilings within the media and the United Nations. She was the first woman to serve as foreign editor of a major international news organization, the first woman news director of an American television network and the first woman to serve as Spokesman for the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Tsur Shezaf was born in 1959 in Jerusalem. He is an Israeli travel-book writer, journalist and novelist. Shezaf is currently a journalist for Ynet and was previously an editor for Masa Aher an Israeli geographical magazine between 1990 and 1999. As a journalist, Shezaf has been on special assignments throughout Asia and North Africa with Masa Aher, Yedioth Ahronoth, Channel 10 and Channel 1 television. Some of his recent work has also been in photojournalism. Shezaf ran as a candidate with the Greens Party (Hayerukim) in the 2003 elections for the 16th Knesset, but his party won no seats in parliament.
Mrs. Miri Eisin
Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community and retired from active duty at the rank of full colonel in 2004. Over her twenty year career in the military she served as the deputy head of the combat intelligence corps, the personal assistant to the director of Military intelligence and as the intelligence officer in combat units and research departments. After retiring from the military Miri served as the Israeli Prime Minister's international media advisor from the second Lebanon war until the end of 2007. Over the last ten years Miri has been one of Israel's main presenters, speaking on regional geo-politics and security related issues in the media worldwide. She teaches at the Inter-disciplinary center in Herzeliyya, and works extensively with the media, student groups and diplomats. Miri is a senior fellow t the center for international communication at Bar Ilan University. Miri holds a BA from Tel Aviv University in Middle Eastern studies and Political Science, an MA from Haifa University in Security studies and is a graduate of the Israeli national
Dr. Eran Halperin
I'm currently a senior lecturer at the school of Psychology at the IDC, Herzliya. My research uses psychological and political theories and methods to investigate different aspects of inter-group conflicts. More specifically, I am interested in widening the understanding regarding the psychological roots of some of the most destructive political ramifications of inter-group relations – e.g., intolerance, exclusion and inter-group violence and conflict. Most of my studies concentrate on the role of emotions and emotion regulation in determining public opinion towards peace and equality, on the one hand, and war and discrimination, on the other. I am a real believer in "bottom-up" processes, as well as in the power of the people to create social change. Hence, my entire work focuses on the peoples' perspectives, aspiring to uncover ways to set social change in motion towards democracy and peace. The unique case of Israeli society in general, and of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, motivates my work and inspires my thinking, and, hence, most of my studies are conducted within the context of this "natural
Mr. Ahmad Budeiri
Budeiri has been the BBC Arabic reporter in Jerusalem for the past seven years. He has covered the Arab Israeli conflict for BBC television, radio and their website. Mr. Budeiri has been following the developments in the region for the past decade, including wars, peace initiatives and other significant events in the Arab world.including the recent uprising in some Arab countries. Mr. Budeiri was also lecturer in the University of Birzeit near Ramallah in the West Bank, where he taught young men and women that being a journalist is not about reading books in the library, but rather about reading the people’s stories on the streets while keeping one rule in their mind, which is to avoid twisting the truth since it’s an unforgivable sin in the field of journalism. Ahmad was elected twice in the board of the Foreign Press Association after gaining the trust and respect of his colleagues.
Dr. Khalil Shikaki
Dr. Shikaki is a Professor of Political Science and director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah). Since 2005 he has been a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He finished his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several universities including al-Najah National University, the
University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and the University of South Florida. Between 1996-99, Dr. Shikaki served as Dean of Scientific Research at al Najah University. He spent summer 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Since 1993, Dr. Shikaki has conducted more than 150 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and since 2000, he has conducted more than 30 joint surveys of Palestinian and Israeli attitudes with Yaacov Shamir from the Hebrew University.
Ziv Koren has been a professional photojournalist for 20 years. He began his career as a photographer in the Israeli army. Today Koren works with the daily newspaper "Israel Hayom", serves as a representative of the photo agency "Polaris Images" in Israel and as a "Canon Ambassador" in Europe. Koren's main interest are humanitarian issues which are often the subject of his documentary projects such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, poverty, the Tsunami, the Haiti earthquake and the AIDS in South Africa to name a few. His photographs from various projects and assignments have been published in numerous international publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Le Figaro Corriere Della Sera Magazine and Wired Magazine. Koren’s award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including at the Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo, the Memorial Museum in Spain and the War Museum in Croatia. Koren’s 1995 image of an exploded Israeli bus, was selected in 2000 as one of the 200 most important images in the last 45 years by The World Press Photo organization, besides which he is the recipient of numerous awards such as the "Photo District News Award "(3 times), "Yann Geffroy Award", "International Color Award" (twice) and "Picture of the Year". Koren was the subject of the documentary film "More than 1000 words" which was widely screened in film festivals around the globe, winning dozen festival awards. Koren has contributed to many books, and regularly lectures at workshops and universities worldwide.
Mr. Uri Goldflam
Born in Jerusalem and raised in South Africa, the U.S. and Israel, Uri Goldflam has been working in the field of Israel education, and educational tourism for the past 18 years in various positions in Israel and abroad. After returning to Israel from the United States in 2002, He founded “Shalhevet”, a private company for education and consulting. In this framework Uri worked as a popular lecturer, educational consultant and guide with local and visiting groups while traveling throughout Israel. Currently, Uri is the Director of External Relations and Development of the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. Prior to this position, Mr. Goldflam held positions
with Young Judea/Hadassah as program director and education supervisor and as the director of the international school at IDC Herzliya. Throughout his career, as a guide, counselor or manager, Uri has shown deep commitment to Israel, its history, people and landscape. Mr. Goldflam is a licensed tour guide, holds a BA in International Relations and Judaic studies and an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is also a member of The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia’s (IDC) adjunct faculty. Uri served in the IDF as a combat platoon sergeant in a paratrooper unit, and is still serving in the IDF Paratrooper Reserves. He is married to Yona Cymerman and father to Naveh and Yael.
Prof. Boaz Ganor
Boaz Ganor is the Dean of the Lauder School of Government, the founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), and the head of the Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies Programs (Graduate degree, Executive program and Bachelor specialization) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. He is also the founder and 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 is a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, The Republic of Singapore. He is also co-founder of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania, USA; the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel; King’s College, London; and the Regional Center on Conflict Prevention (RCCP), Jordan. Prof. Ganor was a Senior Fellow at The Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), Oklahoma City, USA; and was a member of the International Advisory Team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Prof. Ganor has published numerous articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism. His book, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers" (Transaction Publishers, 2005), is used as a textbook in universities worldwide. He is also the editor of "Countering Suicide Terrorism" (2001) and "Post-Modern Terrorism" (2006). He is the co-editor of "Trends in International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism" (2007), "Hypermedia Seduction for Terrorist Recruiting" (2007), and "Terrorism Informatics – Knowledge Management and Data Mining for Homeland Security" (2008). In 2008-2009, Prof. Ganor served as a Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He taught undergraduate counter-terrorism courses in the International Relations program at Stanford, as well as graduate courses at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.
Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich
Avital has completed her MA in International Relations from the University of Haifa, and her BA in English Literature and Political Science from Bar Ilan University. She also has a Diploma in Spokesmanship, Communications, and Public Relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Bar Ilan University. Avital has been the Head of International Media & Communications Branch, IDF Spokespersons from 2005, and is responsible for all initiatives and directives, electronic, print and internet media during periods of constant military activity and high alert. Avital initiated special projects for advocacy under difficult and complex military situations. Avital is trained in processing and analysis international and cultural situations, which enables her to provide answers to the media, particularly through interviews on television, radio, print and internet. Avital coordinated initiatives and media-related projects with various government and security agencies including the Prime Minister’s Office, Government Press Office and the Foreign Ministry Spokesman. Between 2002 and 2005, Avital served as Northern Command Spokeswoman and was responsible for Speakers Branch, regional and international media through a period of acclimatization to the recent withdrawal from Lebanon. Throughout her career in the Army Spokesman's Unit, she participated in advocacy missions and delegations largely to Jewish communities throughout the world. Between 1999 and 2002, Avital served as Coordinator of International Organization Spokespersons Unit, and was responsible for coordinated actions of IDF with International Organizations, including the United Communities of the US, AIPAC, Keren Hayesod and others. Avital also accompanied congressmen and parliamentary delegations on visits to northern Israel.
Between 1997 and 1997, Avital served as Head of Advocacy Branch – Division of IDF Foreign Relations and Liaison Unit. Avital was responsible for Planning and coordination of all Public Relations and Advocacy events for the UN Peacekeeping forces stationed in Israel and the Middle East.
Mr. Itai Anghel
Itai Anghel is one of the most prominent TV journalists in Israel. He is known for his unique field-work, in-depth documentaries. He has the unique ability to deeply and fearlessly explore the most dangerous hot-spots around the globe, while intimately connecting with all parties involved. In times of major international events, Anghel is known for his talent in telling emphatic stories of
individuals and their local communities. His work shows the importance of these actors—and not just the policymakers-- in depicting reality. Accordingly, Anghel has become a prominent source of information for the Israeli people on world events, internal crises, communities in need, and global cultures. To many Israeli families, he is the face of frontline international news. In reporting from war torn regions, Anghel mixes a humane and empathic approach with historical and cultural
context. This provides Anghel’s viewers with valuable insights and allows them to form new
perspectives. Anghel’s expertise and frontline reporting has taken him to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Congo, Chechnya, Haiti, Lebanon, Kurdistan, Egypt and Gaza. While travelling he has to overcome the dangers associated with being an Israeli. His identity is naturally being kept secret in countries hostile to the state of Israel. As a result, he cannot be escorted by his usual supporting team of Israeli cameraman and soundman and therefore he himself performs all these functions. On all of these places he is alone. Already on his first mission, in the Balkan wars in Croatia and Bosnia, he discovered how the real world is different from the simplistic “black and white” picture that commentators and policymakers like to present the public with. The “good guys” were never 100% good, and the so-called “bad guys” turned out were, in fact, more nuanced. In the Balkans, Anghel spent time with all the warring factions-- the Serbs, Croats and Muslims—on the battlefield and in their civilian lives. As a result, he was able to portray a broad picture of the place and the situation. For his work in Bosnia, Anghel was awarded the ‘Sokolov Prize’- the Israeli equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. At the time, Anghel was the youngest recipient of this award. Since then, Anghel tries to cover all sides - victims, war criminals, soldiers, militias, tribesmen, children and women - to speak. He tries to assure that their life will be portrayed unreservedly. In Africa, Anghel’s work began in Rwanda during the massacre of 1994. Recently he has been in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire). His documentaries focused on the thousands of women who are being raped, and the children who are being kidnapped to fight in the war. Anghel initiated the ”Band Aid” campaign – a special rock concert to help the people of Congo. Following that concert, Anghel, in a manner atypical to journalists, founded: ‘Israelis for Congo.’ This humanitarian organization provides help to the thousands of women who were raped and mutilated in the ongoing war there. Every year, for a period of one month, some of the finest Israeli surgeons and gynecologists go to the most remote areas of Congo as part of a mission. There, they establish clinics, perform operations, and guide local personnel on how to operate by themselves. Israel, Gaza and the West Bank - While in Israel, Anghel mainly covers the Israeli- Palestinian conflict and creates documentaries featuring Israeli soldiers, Hamas and Fatah activists in Gaza and the West Bank. Anghel was the only Israeli journalists to cover the funeral of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in 2004. In 2006, on the last week of the second war in Lebanon, Anghel was the only TV journalist who joined a military platoon. His daring report from the fierce battle that ensued in a village known to be a Hezbollah stronghold in South Lebanon was aired on Israeli TV and was immediately regarded as a significant journalistic work from the battlefield. Bringing the terror of the fighting into Israeli homes, his viewers gained a perspective they did not get from the official reports. As a result, many were motivated to reassess their views on the justification of that war. In 2010 he won the “Cutting edge Award” – The international Media Awards of NCF (Next Century Foundation, London, Westminster) “for objectivity in reporting in conflict zones and his determination to make the voices of all sides heard, thus promoting better understanding in the highly emotive and polarized arena that is today’s Middle East” 2011, a year marked by significant revolutionary changes in the Middle East, Itai Anghel, for the moment, brought two in depth documentaries. The first came from Kurdistan in North Iraq and focuses on the Kurdish guerilla, the PKK, where its leader on the hide gives him a rare interview. The second documentary was about the revolution in Egypt. While the general attitude in Israel opted to fear and panic the historical moments in Egypt, Itai Anghel chose to look at the people of the revolution and their plight for freedom.
Anton holds a law degree from the University of Geneva. He practiced namely tax law, corporate law and law of torts in the private industry in Switzerland before serving as legal officer with the District Court of the City of Zurich. For the past 16 years he has been working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where he served as legal adviser to the operations based at headquarters in Geneva, and in various field positions, including as legal adviser for the ICRC's delegation in Ethiopia, based in Addis Abeba; as legal adviser for the countries of the former Soviet Union, based in Moscow, Russia; as legal adviser for Central Europe and the Balkans, based in Budapest, Hungary; as regional legal adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Mexico City; and as deputy head of the ICRC's regional delegation for East Asia, based in Beijing, China. Since July 2011 he heads the legal department of the ICRC's delegation in Israel and the Occupied Territories.
Col. (Ret.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch
Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2009, after serving for twenty years in the International Law Department, during five years of which, she was head of the Department, holding the rank of Colonel (2003 - 2009). After retiring in 2009, Adv. Sharvit Baruch
became a professor at the Tel-Aviv University Law School, where she teaches courses on public international law. Adv. Sharvit Baruch also teaches international law at the National Security College. Since September 2012, Adv. Sharvit Baruch has been a senior research fellow at the
Israel Institute for National Security Studies. Adv. Sharvit Baruch holds an LL.B. degree (magna cum laude) and an LL.M. degree (magna cum laude), both from Tel- Aviv University.
Dr. Nachman Shai (MK)
Dr. Nachman Shai was elected to the 18th Knesset in February 2009. In his capacity as a Knesset Member on behalf of the Kadima party, he is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee; the Economic Affairs Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women. Nachman also serves as the Chairman of the Knesset Delegation to the European Parliament and chairs the Israel-United Kingdom Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Israel-Taiwan Parliamentary
Friendship Group, the Israel-Belgium Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Lobby for the Promotion of Israel's Public Diplomacy. Immediately prior to his entry into the world of politics,
Nachman held the position of Senior Vice President and Director General, External Affairs of the United Jewish Communities (UJC), Israel. Nachman has held diverse positions in the military, the media, the diplomatic and the public arenas. These include: Director General of the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport; Israel Defense Force Spokesperson, with the rank of Brigadier General;
Communications Advisor to the Minister of Defense; Director General of the Second Television and Radio Authority; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Channel 2 News Company and Chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). He has served as press secretary of the Israel Mission to the UN in New York, press advisor to the Israeli Embassy in Washington and has worked as a reporter in the print and electronic media. Nachman holds a Ph.D. in political science and communications from Bar Ilan University (the subject of his thesis was "Public Diplomacy and Low IntensityConflict") and an MA degree, cum laude, from the Communications Institute of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also completed advanced studies at the World Press Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Nachman Shai is married and has 3 children.