Board of Governors


Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel, Chairman of the Board of Governors

Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel

Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Group of Thirty (G-30) which is a private, nonprofit, Consultative Group on International Economic and Monetary Affairs.  He recently retired from his position as Chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and member of the J.P. Morgan International Council.

Prof. Frenkel served from 2001 to 2011 as Chairman and CEO of the G-30, from 2004 to 2009 as Vice Chairman of American International Group, Inc., and from 2000 to 2004 as Chairman of Merrill Lynch International, as well as Chairman of Merrill Lynch’s Sovereign Advisory and Global Financial Institutions Groups.  Between 1991 and 2000 he served two terms as the Governor of the Bank of Israel.  He is credited with reducing inflation in Israel and achieving price stability, liberalizing Israel’s financial markets, removing foreign exchange controls, and integrating the Israeli economy into the global financial system. 

Between 1987 and 1991, he was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research at the International Monetary Fund, and between 1973 and 1987 he was on the faculty of the University of Chicago where he held the position of the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics and served as Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. 

He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Economic Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, of the Japan Society, and of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a member of the Trilateral Commission, a member of the Boards of the Aspen Institute Italia and The Council for the US and Italy, a member of Temasek International Panel (TIP), and a member of the International Advisory Council of China Development Bank.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Boston Properties, Inc. and Loews Corporation.

Prof. Frenkel is a Laureate of the 2002 Israel Prize in Economics, a recipient of the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University, the Hugo Ramniceanu Prize for Economics from the Tel-Aviv University, the Czech Republic’s Karel Englis Prize in Economics, the “Order de Mayo al Merito” (in the rank of Gran Cruz) decoration from the Government of Argentina, the “Order of Merit” (in the rank of Cavaliere di Gran Croce) decoration from the Republic of Italy, and the YIVO Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is also a recipient of several Honorary Doctoral degrees and other decorations and awards, including the “1993 Economic Policy Award” by “Emerging Markets” and the “1997 Central Banker of the Year Award” by “Euromoney”.

Prof. Frenkel previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (1995-1996), as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1999-2000), as Governor of the IMF and Alternate Governor of the World Bank for Israel (1991-2000), and a member of the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (1986-2014).

Prof. Frenkel is the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of International Economics and Macro-Economics.  Prof. Frenkel holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Prof. Ariel Porat, President

Prof. Ariel Porat

Prof. Ariel Porat was elected the ninth President of Tel Aviv University in May 2019. After receiving his LLB degree and direct JSD degree at TAU, he performed post-doctoral studies at Yale Law School.  In 1990, he joined TAU’s Buchmann Faculty of Law, where he is the incumbent of the Alain Poher Chair in Private Law. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Prof. Porat’s main research interests are torts, contract law and the economic analysis of the law, and he has published many books and articles in these areas. He served for 15 years as an Associate Member and Fischel-Neil Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago (2003-2019). He was also Visiting Professor at Stanford University, and at the Universities of New York, Columbia, Berkeley, Virginia and Toronto. He was a member of the Board of the American Law and Economics Association for three years, and is a member of the American Law Institute.

From 2002 to 2006, Prof. Porat served as Dean of the Buchmann Faculty of Law, during which period he introduced joint LLM programs together with the UC Berkeley and Northwestern University. He also founded an admittance program for students from Israel’s geographic and social periphery, which was initially at the Law Faculty and thereafter adopted throughout the University. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Prof. Porat was Director of the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the Law (1997-2002), where he founded the journal Theoretical Inquiries in Law, today ranked as one of the world’s leading journals in the field of law theory.

Prof. Porat has been the recipient of numerous honors, among them the EMET Prize, Chesin Prize, Zeltner Prize and Zusman Prize.

Prof. Yaron Oz, Rector

Professor Yaron Oz was named the Rector of Tel Aviv University in 2015.  He completed, summa cum laude, two B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Physics, an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Physics at the Technion.

Professor Oz was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. During the years 1998-2002, he worked as a staff member at the research institute CERN in Switzerland. He joined the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University as a Professor in 2001.

During 2006-2011, he served as head of School of Physics and Astronomy, and during 2011-2015, as Dean of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences at Tel-Aviv University.

The research fields of Professor Oz are high energy particle physics, quantum field theories and supersymmetry, classical and quantum gravity and superstrings. He has made important contributions to those fields, publishing about 140 scientific papers and lecturing in about 150 international conferences.

Professor Oz is the incumbent of the Yuval Neeman Chair in Physics. He was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize and held the Chair of the ISF Research Center of Excellence in Basic Interactions.

Professor Oz has been the recipient of numerous research grants and is a member of the I-CORE in the Quantum Universe. He has supervised more than 40 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and as Invited Professor, he lectured at numerous universities and research institutes, such as the College de France in Paris and the Simons Center in US. Professor Oz has been a member of the Scientific committee of many international conferences.

Professor Oz is the President of the Israel Physical Society, an Editor of the Journal of High Energy Physics, the Chair of the National Committee for Pure and Applied Sciences of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and a member of the National High Energy Committee.

Mr. Yuli Edelstein, Minister of Health of the State of Israel

Prof. Karen B. Avraham

Yuli Yoel Edelstein was born in Czernowitz (former Soviet Union) in 1958 to Anita and Yuri, both Holocaust survivors. In 1979, during his fourth year of studies at the Institute for Foreign Languages in Moscow, he submitted an application to emigrate to Israel, which was rejected by the authorities.

As a ‘Refusenik,’ Edelstein was active in Zionist circles in Moscow and secretly taught Hebrew. In 1984, he was arrested by the KGB on trumped-up charges of drug possession and sentenced to 3 years in a Soviet forced-labor camp. Following his release in 1987, he emigrated to Israel with his family and settled in Gush Etzion, first in Alon Shvut and later in Neve Daniel.

After arriving in Israel, Edelstein completed his education through the Mandel Jerusalem Fellows program at the prestigious Mandel Leadership Institute for the development of educational leadership, and he worked in a number of educational institutions.

Edelstein was one of the founders and leaders of Yisrael BaAliyah, a party of new immigrants that ran for the Knesset for the first time in 1996 and won an unprecedented 7 seats in the 14th Knesset.

When Yisrael BaAliyah joined Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, MK Edelstein was appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption, a position he held until 1999. This was a period of largescale immigration from the former Soviet Union to Israel. Edelstein established many hostels for new immigrants unable to afford proper housing. He promoted the maximal integration of immigrants in every aspect of Israeli society, fought for increasing the funding for immigrants, carried out the KAMEA program for the integration of immigrant scientists, and established many cultural centers for immigrant artists.

Between 1999 and 2003 he served stints as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chairman of the Yisrael BaAliyah parliamentary group and Deputy Minister for Immigrant Absorption in Ariel Sharon’s government. In addition, he was a member of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; Education and Culture Committee; and Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee.

Between 1999 and 2006, Edelstein chaired the Caucus for the Golan Heights, and his parliamentary efforts successfully blocked the proposal to give the Golan Heights to Syria.

In 2003, in the 16th Knesset, MK Edelstein was again appointed Deputy Speaker of the Knesset on behalf of the Likud (which Yisrael BaAliyah had now joined), a position he held until the Knesset dissolved itself in 2006. During that time, he initiated the founding of the Public Committee for the 40th Anniversary of the Soviet Jewish Struggle for Aliya and Freedom.

Edelstein was reelected to the 17th Knesset in March 2007 and served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of the Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. He established a parliamentary caucus for the regularization of the conversion to Judaism in Israel which aimed to significantly increase the number of converts per year, establish a single authority overseeing the process, and, together with of the Chief Rabbis of Israel and conversion institutions, formulate a consistent religious policy on the subject. He also served as Chair of the Israel–Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group and advanced a number of legislative amendments.

During the 18th Knesset, Edelstein served as Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs and the minister in charge of implementing the Israel Broadcasting Association Law in the 32nd Government. He was responsible for maintaining the ties between Israel and the Diaspora, combating antisemitism, and carrying out public diplomacy projects to improve Israel’s image abroad.

In March 2013, Edelstein was elected by a large majority to serve as Speaker of the 19th Knesset. During his term, he focused on parliamentary transparency and accessibility. In addition, he successfully spearheaded the Green Knesset initiative, which consisted of steps to increase energy efficiency and savings—including the installation of photovoltaic panels on the Knesset roof—thereby making the Knesset the ‘greenest’ parliament in the world.

In the primary elections held in December 2014 to determine the Likud electoral list, Edelstein placed second in the voting, earning him the third slot on the party’s list of Knesset candidates.

In March 2015, Edelstein was elected to his second term as Speaker, in the 20th Knesset, by a large majority and with no dissenting votes. In this role, he hosted a record number of foreign heads of state, including the Vice President of the United States, the Prime Minister of India, the Prime Minister of Italy, the President of Ukraine, and the President of the German Bundestag. In addition, a trilateral forum was formed with Cyprus and Greece, and a series of agreements to further inter-parliamentary cooperation were signed with various legislatures around the world.

During this period, Speaker Edelstein also carried out several official visits. These included his first visit to Germany, in December 2015, where he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel and delivered a speech in Hebrew to the members of the Bundestag in Berlin. In 2016, he visited the UK Parliament and addressed its members. In June 2017, Edelstein undertook an official visit to Moscow, thirty years after he was freed from prison. During his visit, he delivered a speech to the Russian Parliament and even returned to the cell where he had been jailed.

Alongside his efforts to strengthen the Knesset’s work in the international arena, Edelstein advanced various projects to increase public confidence in the Knesset, and initiated the Connecting to the Knesset project. He also continued the revolution in parliamentary transparency, which allows anyone to get instant updates on developments at the Knesset; completed the project of making the Knesset Building fully accessible to people with disabilities and special needs; established the KATEF (Parliamentary Oversight Coordination) Unit to reinforce the Knesset’s powers of oversight of the Government; and spearheaded the process to amend binding regulations that prevented the implementation of Knesset legislation.

In April 2019, Edelstein once again earned the trust of the Knesset Members who elected him to a third term as Speaker, in the 21st Knesset, by a large majority and with no dissenting votes.

Mr. Amos Elad

Amos Elad, Vice President for  Resource Development at Tel Aviv University (TAU), is a leading Israeli expert in the areas of social responsibility, fundraising and non-profit management.  Before joining TAU, he worked from 2010 to 2013 for the Chairman of the IDB Group, Nochi Dankner, in the area of humanitarian assistance in Israel’s periphery. From 2005 to 2010, Elad held the position of Senior Division Manager in the Jewish Agency, responsible for resource development in Israel, the USA and Europe, including major gifts and the development of new markets.

Prior to that, at only 27 years of age, Elad co-founded and co-headed for 5 years the charitable organizations Meir Panim and Koah Latet that set up a chain of food centers and household goods warehouses throughout Israel.

Elad was born in Jerusalem and raised in Israel and the United States. He holds a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his IDF service, he served as an officer in the paratroopers.

 Prof. Tal Ellenbogen

Prof. Ellenbogen obtained his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Computers from Tel-Aviv University in 2002 and his Master’s degree in Physics from Tel-Aviv University in 2005. He did his PhD degree in Nonlinear Optics at the School of Electrical Engineering in Tel-Aviv University. During his PhD he received several awards for excellence including the SPIE, Intel, Applied Materials, Weinstein, and The Electro-Optics Fund awards. In 2010 he received the Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship and joined the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University to work on nanoplasmonics and excitonics. During his postdoctoral fellowship he acted as an active member of The Center for Excitonics in MIT and the Harvard Center for Nanoscale Systems. In October 2012 he took his current position at the Department of Physical Electronics at The Tel-Aviv University School of Electrical Engineering to establish The Laboratory for Nanoscale Electro Optics.

Prof. Michal Feldman

Professor of Computer Science at the Blavatnik School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University.

My research interests lie in the border of computer science, game theory and economics.

Visit my lab: EC Lab @ TAU (funded by the ERC grant)

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WIT presents: I’ll survive. Women in Thoery video clip.

YoungEC 2019: Young Researcher Workshop on Economics and Computation Tel Aviv, Israel. Organized by Noam Nisan and myself.

Recipient of the Amazon Research Award, 2018.

Our paper “Combinatorial Auctions with Interdependent Valuations: SOS to the Rescue” has been selected to receive the Best Paper with a Student Lead Author Award at the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC’19). Co-authored with Alon Eden, Amos Fiat, Kira Goldner and Anna Karlin.

Prof. Ilit Ferber

Prof. Ilit Ferber is assistant professor of philosophy at Tel-Aviv University.

Her research focuses on the philosophy of emotions, especially melancholy, suffering and pain, from the perspective of language. Her monograph Philosophy and Melancholy: Benjamin’s Early Reflections on Theater and Language (Stanford University Press in 2013) explores the role of melancholy in Benjamin’s early writings and discusses the relationship between Benjamin, Freud and Leibniz.

Ilit has published articles on Leibniz, Herder, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Scholem and Améry. She has also co-edited a book on the role of moods in philosophy, and two books, in English and Hebrew, on lament in Gershom Scholem’s thought.

Her book Language Pangs: On Pain and the Origin of Language is forthcoming in Oxford University Press.

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Dr. Anita Friedman, TAU Campaign Co-Chair

Dr. Anita Friedman has a distinguished record of public service, both as a professional and as a volunteer leader. Her roles in the Jewish and general communities extend from the Bay Area to the national and international arenas.

Professionally, Dr. Friedman heads Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the largest and oldest family service institutions in the United States. JFCS programs are internationally distinguished for their excellence, innovation, and compassion.

As a speaker, lecturer, and author, Dr. Friedman’s expertise includes social policy and programming for diverse populations that include children, youth, families, and the aged; the financing of health and human services; and the development of innovative business and social enterprise models. Dr. Friedman’s expertise also includes Holocaust and genocide education. She is the editor of the recently published Rywka’s Diary (Harper), now translated into 15 languages and the subject of a forthcoming film.

Dr. Friedman has served on various local, state, national, and international commissions, including as a longtime Commissioner of the San Francisco Human Services Commission, overseeing the City and County of San Francisco’s social welfare budget.

As a policy consultant to the State of Israel Ministry of Social Affairs, she has advised on effective policy strategies for human service provision and immigrant absorption. She currently also is a trustee on the national boards for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and the Koret Foundation where she serves as President of the Board .

Dr. Friedman’s numerous awards include the 2015 San Francisco Business Times’ “Most Influential Woman in Business Award,” the State of California’s Family Service Council Distinguished Leadership Award, the International Louis Kraft Award, the National Myrtle Wreath Award, Jewish Community Federation’s Professional of the Year, the Raoul Wallenberg Club Public Service Advocate Award, and A Wider Bridge’s Leadership Honor.

Prof. Hayit Greenspan

Prof. Greenspan heads the Medical Image Processing and Analysis Lab at the Biomedical Engineering Dept. in the Faculty of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University.  Prof. Greenspan has been conducting research in image processing and computer vision for the past 20 years, with a special focus on deep learning, image modeling and analysis, resolution augmentation, and content-based image retrieval. Prof. Greenspan received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, in 1986 and 1989, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from CALTECH – California Institute of Technology, in 1994. She was a Postdoc with the Computer Science Division at U.C. Berkeley from 1995 to 1997. In 1997 she joined Tel-Aviv University.

From 2008 until 2011, Prof. Greenspan was a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine. She was also a visiting researcher at IBM Research in the Multi-modal Mining for Healthcare group, in Almaden CA. She is now also affiliated with the Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at Berkeley, CA.

Prof. Greenspan has 51 journal publications in top-ranking journals, and more than 100 conference publications. She is the inventor of several patents. She is an Associate Editor of the top ranking journal in Medical imaging (IEEE-TMI) and is an active member of several international professional societies.

Prof. Yoav Henis, Vice President for Research and Development

Prof. Yoav Henis is TAU Vice President for Research and Development. In 1974 received his B.Sc. Cum Laude in Chemistry and Biochemistry at Hebrew University. In 1978 he completed his doctoral thesis at Hebrew University, under the guidance of Prof. Alexander Levitzki. This thesis won the Hebrew University Kennedy-Lee prize for best thesis of the year. Between 1978 and 1981 he was a post-doctoral fellow under the guidance of Prof. Elliot Elson, first at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and then at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO). Upon his return to Israel in 1981 he became a Faculty member at the Department of Biochemistry, and then the Department of Neurobiology at Tel Aviv University.  Prof. Henis has served as the head of the Committee for acceptance of undergraduate students to the Faculty of Life Sciences (1985-7), the secretary of the Israel Society for Cell Biology (1991-5), the head of the Department of Neurobiochemistry (today named Neurobiology) (1995-8), and was a member in many University and National Committees.

Prof. Henis is one of the leaders in the Cancer Biophysics field. His studies combine cell biology with membrane biophysics to elucidate, in live cells, the action mechanisms of cancer-related proteins. These studies, which deal with the growth-inhibitory transforming growth factor-b receptors and with oncogenic proteins such as Ras and Src, were published in scientific journals of high standing. He is active in scientific organizations in Israel and the USA, and was a member of numerous committees and scientific forums of the Israel Science Foundation and other scientific foundations in Israel. He has won prizes and fellowships from the Bat-Sheva de Rothschild Foundation, the International Union Against Cancer, and the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation Award for Cancer Research.

Mr. Nadav Kadar, Representative of the Naomi Prawer Kadar Foundation

Nadav Kadar is the son of current BOG Member, Dr. Avraham Kadar. He is an EdTech entrepreneur, who currently is the Founder and CEO of two new digital STEM education ventures: PlayMada Games, startup team of educators, designers, developers, and scientists creating science learning games for high school students, and CanFigureIt, an educational technology company creating digital curricular resources for teaching and learning mathematics.. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at BrainPOP, which is an award-winning educational platform that engages students and supports teachers, with cross-curricular digital content and features from animated movies, coding projects, student creation and reflection tools, learning games, and interactive quizzes to customizable and playful assessments, lesson plans, professional development opportunities, and beyond. BrainPOP was founded and created by her father, Dr. Avraham Kadar, who was previously CEO, and now President of the Board. Together with his family, he founded the Naomi Foundation in 2010 to honor her mother, Naomi Prawer Kadar, where Naomi’s memory is honored through their various grantees – including Tel Aviv University. Nadav received his BA from Clark University, where his focus was Biology. He then received an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. And last, completed an International Executive MBA through the Kellogg-Recanati Program at Tel Aviv University. Nadav Kadar lives in NYC with his wife, Tami, and baby daughter.

Sir Frank P. Lowy, AC

Sir Frank P. Lowy, AC is an Australian-Israeli businessman of Jewish Slovakian-Hungarian origins and the former long-time Chairman of Westfield Corporation, a global shopping centre company with US$29.3 billion of assets under management in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.

Adv. Dafna Meitar Nechmad, TAU Campaign Co-Chair

Born in Tel Aviv, grew up in Kiryat Ono, married with three daughters.

Dafna Meitar Nechmad manages the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund.  The fund has been established by her parents to provide donations in support of cultural and educational projects in Israel and overseas.

Member of the Israeli Bar Association since 1989. Worked as an attorney and partner in the Meitar, Liquornik, Geva & Leshem, Brandwein Law Offices; specialized in commercial law, telecommunications, corporation and anti-trust until the end of 2006.

President of Meitar Collection Ltd since 2003. This is a private company owning a collection of more than 150 thousand photographs taken by photographers in the Land of Israel and subsequently in the State of Israel; Meitar Collection preserves and catalogues the photographs, lends them to museums, publishers and producers operating in various fields. The company also publishes catalogues and albums.

Member of the managing committee of the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Law Studies at the Buchman Law School, Tel Aviv University.

Board member of JFN – Jewish Funders Network.

Founding board member and one of the establishers of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy (ILP) at Tel Aviv University Law faculty. The  ILP’s mission is to help integrate philanthropy into Israel’s socio-economic policy and thus support the country’s philanthropic sector in its quest to foster a more prosperous and equitable society. 

Board director of The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

Managing director of the International Council of the Metropolitan Opera, New York,

And served also the Chairman of the Israel Opera Friends Association between 2005-2012. 

Between 2011 – 2014 she was a director on the board of the Channel 10 News Company.

Holds BA degree in Social Sciences, LLB degree and MA in Political Communications (Cum Laude).

Dame Shirley Porter

The Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) at the Tel Aviv University (TAU) is the realization of Dame Shirley Porter’s vision and commitment. Dame Shirley is a visionary as well as a practical woman; a former Lord Mayor of Westminster in London, she was appointed Dame by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth in 1991.

During her many years of public activity, Dame Shirley gave special attention to the environment. Here in Israel, she wanted to establish a school that would advance environmental issues both in the academic and public spheres, and would contribute to the development of environmental solutions at both the national and global levels. It was quite natural for her to approach Tel Aviv University with this ambitious project: four generations of her family, Cohen-Porter, have been supporting the university since it was founded, and her late husband, Sir Leslie Porter, was TAU Chancellor. Dame Shirley is now an active member of the TAU Board of Governors.

Since PSES was established in the year 2000, Dame Shirley has been actively involved in the environmental work undertaken by the School in particular and TAU in general. She supports PSES’s extensive activity, and further promotes the building of its innovative home, which she initiated. The Building is intended to be the first in Israel to be LEED Platinum certified (the highest American green building ranking), and is under last stages of construction. Additionally, as chair of the university’s Development Committee, Dame Shirley has been leading TAU’s Green Campus initiative.

Via the Porter Family Foundation Dame Shirley focuses her attention to funding environmental activity in Israel, as well as supporting the arts, education and health issues. Asa champion of the environmental movement in Israel, she was awarded the Green Globe award (aka Israel’s ‘Green Oscar’), by Life and Environment, Israeli Union of Environmental NGOs.

In 2014 the book Building for Change: The Porter School of Environmental Studies At Tel Aviv University was published.This book is a history of the Porter School of Environmental Studies since its inception at Tel Aviv University more than a decade ago: its donor’s initiative, vision and determination, its origins and the stages of its development and implementation, its role in Israel and in environmental research and education globally, and its team of dedicated researchers, teachers, students and administrators all working together toward a common goal.

Prof. Uzi Rabi

Professor Uzi Rabi, Ph.D (Tel Aviv University, 2000) is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University.  Formerly, he was the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. From 2004-2005, he held a visiting professorship at the Lipinski Institute of San Diego State University.

His research focuses on the modern history and evolution of states and societies in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, oil and politics in the Middle East, and Sunni-Shi’i dynamics; within this framework he has supervised the dissertations of numerous doctoral candidates in this field over the years.

Rabi has written a number of books in both English and Hebrew. In 2015, he published “Yemen: Revolution, Civil War, and Unification” (I.B Taurus), which covers the modern history of Yemen. He published a related book in Hebrew, Yemen: the Anatomy of a Failed State (Kibbutz HaMeuchad) in 2014. In 2007, Prof. Rabi published Saudi Arabia: An Oil Kingdom in the Labyrinth of Religion and Politics (The Open University, in Hebrew).  In 2006, he published The Emergence of States in a Tribal Society: Oman Under Sa’id bin Taymur. Rabi has edited a number of volumes, including Iran’s Time (2008), and International Intervention in Local Conflicts: Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution Since the Cold War (2010), and Lost in Translation: Forgotten Paradigms of the Arab Spring, together with Abdelilah Bouasria. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Middle Eastern Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and Otre-Terre – Revue Europeene de Geopolitique.

Lectures and Appearances
Professor Rabi is regularly invited to the Knesset and other governmental forums to deliver briefings and lectures on matters of national and regional importance. Additionally, he has presented many academic papers over the years. He has given annual lectures at the Middle East Studies Association conference; in 2015 the subject of his lecture was Israel and Iran following the P5+1 nuclear treaty.  He has frequently given other lectures in both academic and non-academic forums; the latter includes a roundtable discussion at NATO Headquarters in 2008. Professor Rabi frequently provides expert commentary and analysis on a number of international and Israeli news outlets, including Arabic language television channels. During “Operation Protective Edge,” Rabi was a fixture in both Israeli and international media. 

Dr. Asher Ragen

Asher has been the Programme Director for the Academic Excellence Programme at Yad Hanadiv for over a decade. In this role, he has worked to advance support for the Humanities in Israel and for research in Life Sciences, and he is co-directing a strategy to advance excellent Arab students in Science and Engineering. Current efforts in the Life Sciences centre on the Israel Precision Medicine Partnership, together with philanthropic and government partners and operated by the Israel Science Foundation. In addition, Asher guides Yad Hanadiv’s efforts to make cultural treasures freely available online, including the past digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the Israel Antiquities Authority and ongoing work with the National Library of Israel, Wikimedia and other organisations. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Prof. Ishay Rosen Zvi

Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Full Professor, teaches rabbinic literature in the department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel-Aviv University. In 2013 he was elected to the Israel Young Academy of Sciences. He has written on Midrash and Mishnah, as well as on issues of self-formation and collective identity in Second-Temple Judaism and rabbinic literature. Among his publications are: Demonic Desires: YETZER HARA and the Problem of Evil in Late Antiquity (University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia 2011); Body and Soul in Ancient Judaism (Modan: Tel Aviv 2012); The Mishnaic Sotah Ritual: Temple Gender and Midrash (Brill: Leiden 2012); Goy: Israel’s Others and the Birth of the Gentile (with Adi Ophir) (OUP: Oxford 2018; won the Goshen-Goldstein prize for the best book in Jewish Philosophy for the years 2016-2018); Between Mishnah and Midrash: The Birth of Rabbinic Literature  (Open University 2019).


Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro


1999 | Ph.D. University of London, Faculty of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, UK. Thesis title: “PDEPT: Polymer Directed Enzyme Prodrug Therapy”. PI: Ruth Duncan.

1996 | Internship in Industrial Pharmacy, Perio Products LTD, Jerusalem, Israel.

1995 | B.Pharm. The Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel.


Angiogenic Switch Using Rationally-Designed Theranostic Nanomedicines

Our research interests include investigations related to tumor biology, tumor dormancy, mechanism of action of angiogenesis inhibitors, self-assembly of polymeric architectures and novel approaches to target cancer. Throughout, we have maintained an interest in understanding the biological rationale for the design of polymer therapeutics suitable for transfer into clinical testing. Our primary interests are the molecular basis of tumor angiogenesis and the rational design of polymer therapeutics. Our research includes identification and characterization of genes and microRNAs associated with the switch from a dormant avascular tumor phenotype to a fast-growing angiogenic tumor in human cancers and their corresponding mouse models. We focus on the design and characterization of novel drug delivery platforms, including dendrimers and hyperbranched polymer–based nanoparticles, and the design of highly-selective targeting molecules integrating biology, chemistry, protein engineering, computational approaches, material sciences and nanotechnology to selectively guide drugs into pathological sites. Our vision is that novel approaches to target anticancer, anti-angiogenic drugs, miRNA and siRNAs to endothelial and tumor cells to potentially treat angiogenesis-dependent diseases could transform cancer into a chronically-manageable disease.

Research methods used include sequencing, gene cloning, quantitative RT-PCR, immunofluorescence, cell culture, scanning electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, NMR, HPLC, in situ hybridization, bioinformatics, polymer chemistry, molecular imaging, angiogenesis assays, animal models of cancer (human xenografts in mice, syngeneic and transgenic mice models), pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

Ms. Sima Shine

Sima Shine is currently the head of Iran program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).

For most of her career, Ms. Shine served in the Israeli Intelligence Community. Her last position was Head of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Mossad (2003-2007).  In this capacity, she was in charge of the production of both daily and periodical evaluations on Middle Eastern and international issues, led security and intelligence dialogues with various counterparts in the international community, and was involved in political-military meetings with decision makers.

After her retirement from the Mossad, Shine served as Deputy Head of Strategic Affairs in Israel’s National Security Council (2008-2009) and then (2009 -2016) served in the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, where she was responsible, inter alia, for the Iranian file and was deputy Director General.

Dr. Mark Shmulevich, DIRECTOR OF ZIMIN INSTITUTES, ZIMIN FOUNDATION & COO, TAIGER and Founding Member and Representative of The Zimin Foundation at TAU’s Zimin Institute

Mark Shmulevich is a senior executive in technology business and avid supporter of science, education and talent development. He is Director of Zimin Institutes program at the Zimin Foundation and Chief Operating Officer at TAIGER, a fast-growing AI software company. In 2012, at the age of 29, Mark was appointed Deputy Minister of ICT of Russia and served until 2014, providing support to IT and innovation industries. He currently holds positions across several institutions, including Zimin Institutes, the Zimin Foundation and Advisory Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Innovation Centre (ICT branch). He is also a Vice-Chair of the Digital Transformation Chapter of SGTech, the leading business federation in Singapore.

Mr. Yigal Unna, Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate

Yigal Unna, born in 1971, was named Director General of the National Cyber Directorate in January of 2018.

Previous Roles:

He began his career in the field of cyber-technology as a captain in the 8200 Intelligence Unit. In 1995, he was recruited by the Israel Security Agency, where he held a series of senior management positions in the signals intelligence (SIGINT) and cyber sectors, which combined intelligence and active operations as well as strategic development and the implementation of new technology.

Unna’s positions throughout the his many years of service with the ISA included the following: head of the Cyber-SIGINT Directorate (which was also responsible for the National Authority for Information Security – Cyber Defense), head of the Cyber Division , head of the Cyber-SIGINT Infrastructure Department, head of the Communications Research and Data Mining Department, and head of the Cyber Warfare Unit. Unna founded some of the units he headed and developed them from the ground up, as well as establishing the basis for their operations. 

After 22 years of service with the Israel Security Agency, Unna joined the National Cyber Directorate, where he was tasked with setting up the National Cyber Bureau’s Cybertechnology Unit as well as leading it until his appointment as head of the unified Directorate.


Unna holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Middle Eastern History, in addition to an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University.

He speaks Hebrew, English, and Arabic.

He is Married with three children.