SIIS Presenters in Israel
GANNIT ANKORI is chair of Israeli Art in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses on art in Israel and trauma and art. Prof. Ankori previously served as Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities and Chair of the Department of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has taught and lectured about Israeli and Palestinian art for many years and published extensively on the visual representation of gender-related issues, the construction of identity, exile, trauma and hybridity. She is the author of Palestinian Art and the forthcoming book Frida Kahlo. Prof. Ankori holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
FENTAHUN ASSEFA-DAWIT is the executive director of Tebeka (Advocacy for Equality and Justice for Ethiopian Israelis). He grew up in Ethiopia, learning Hebrew while praying to come to Israel with his family. He fled Ethiopia when he was about to be drafted into the army. With all paths to Israel closed, he spent seven years in Montreal, Canada. He made aliyah to Israel in 1994. After some time in the high tech sector, Mr. Assefa-Dawit realized that his true calling was working with the Ethiopian community to assist in their successful integration into Israeli society. He worked at the Jewish Agency, running two immigrant absorption centers in northern Israel, guiding their residents through the 2006 Second Lebanon War. As a result of his work there, he was asked to serve as a representative of Keren HaYesod in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Assefa-Dawit holds a degree from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
SARAH BERNSTEIN is the director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR). Born and brought up in the UK, and with a background as a lawyer and mediator, for the last sixteen years she has been working in the field of peace-building and coexistence work, specializing in interreligious dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. With a PhD in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University, Sarah sits on the Alliance for Peacebuilding Global Advisory Council on Effective Interreligious Peacebuilding, and is a founding Board member of the International Association of Spiritual Care.
ZE'EV BINYAMIN (BENNY) BEGIN is a member of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) representing the Likud party. Between 1988 and 1999 he served as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset. He then returned to the Geological Survey of Israel (GSI), and later became its director. In 2009 he was again elected as a member of Knesset and served in the inner cabinet until 2013. A geologist by trade, he then worked for the Division of Novell Technologies in Agriculture at ADAMA Ltd. In 2015 he was again elected to the Knesset. He is the author of several publications on Israeli geography, including The Geology of the Jericho Street. He is the son of the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Mr. Begin holds a B.Sc., an M.Sc. in geology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Geology from Colorado State University.
MICHAL BIRAN is a member of Israel 20th Knesset (Israel’s parliament), for the Zionist Union party. Prior to becoming an MK, Ms. Biran was the parliamentary aid of MK Shelley Yachimovich. She holds an M.A. in political science from Tel Aviv University. She is currently working on her doctorate in financial policy.
AVISHAY BRAVERMAN is an Israeli economist and politician. He is a former president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and between 2009 and 2011 he served as Minister of Minorities. Prof. Braverman studied Statistics and Economics in Tel Aviv University and received his PhD in Economics from Stanford. After serving as a senior official in the World Bank in Washington, specializing in economic development with an emphasis on social justice, he returned to Israel to become president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for the next sixteen years. In November 2005, he joined the Labor party and was elected to the Knesset in the 2006 elections. Prof. Braverman entered the government as Minister of Minorities. He resigned from the cabinet in January 2011.
HANA BENDCOWSKY is the program director at the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations (JCJCR). She is a professional tour guide, educator and lecturer, focusing on the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and on Jewish-Christian relations within the local Israeli context. Ms. Bendcowsky holds a B.A. in history and general studies and an M.A. in early church studies from the Department of Comparative Religion at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
RUTH CALDERON is one of Israel's leading figures spearheading efforts to revive Hebrew Culture and a pluralistic Israeli-Jewish identity. In 1989, she co- established ELUL in Jerusalem, the first Beit Midrash in which secular and religious women and men studied and taught together. In 1996, she founded in Tel Aviv ALMA, which a Jewish liberal arts program for advanced learning. Dr. Calderon is the author of "A Bride for One Night" (2001), a personal homiletic reading of Talmudic legends, and “Talmudic Alpha Beta” (2014). From 2013-2015, Dr. Calderon was a Knesset Member from the Yesh Atid Party, where she was Deputy Speaker, member of the education and state control committees, and Chairperson of the Lobby for Jewish Renewal. Dr. Calderon holds a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Talmud from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
KIMMY CAPLAN is chair of the Faculty of Jewish Studies at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Caplan previously lectured at the Institute for Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a board member at The Institute for Holocaust Research, Bar-Ilan University and at the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Dr. Caplan holds a B.A. in sociology, anthropology, and Jewish thought, an M.A., and a Ph.D. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
ELAN EZRACHI is an independent consultant for Effective Partnerships in Today's Jewish World and a fellow at the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. He has pursued a career in Jewish education, serving in many executive positions, including executive director of Masa – Israel Journey, director of the International Department at Melitz - Centers for Jewish and Zionist Education, director of the Charles Bronfman Mifgashim Center, director of the Division of Israel Programs and Experiences at the Jewish Agency, and director of the International School for Jerusalem Studies at Yad Ben Zvi. Dr. Ezrachi is also the founding chair of Panim – the Coalition for Jewish Renaissance in Israel. He is a visiting lecturer at the Hadassah Academic College and the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in education and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
JAFAR FARAH is the founder and director of the Mossawa Center – the Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens in Israel. He lectures before the Israeli and international community on the status of Arab citizens in Israel and works on projects promoting equality and conflict prevention. Mr. Farah previously served as a journalist for Ha'Aretz newspaper. He is the founder of the Center for the Educational Guidance of Arab Students. Mr. Farah served as the Head of the National Union of Arab Students and has a degree from Haifa University.
MAJDI HALABI is a lawyer who specializes in human and civil rights. An experienced correspondent and editor. Mr. Halabi previously served as bureau chief for Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza strip, for Al Hurra TV, where he was responsible for the coverage of security and political affairs. Within this framework he covered the Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead, and Israel and Palestinian peace talks. Between the years 1994 and 2004 Mr. Halabi was correspondent and editor at the Israel Broadcasting Authority ( Channel 1 – Israel’s state broadcasting network), where he covered the Oslo Accords, the peace treaty with Jordan, the second Intifada, two Israeli election campaigns, and the IDF withdrawal from Lebanon. He currently writes for the Saudi Arabian site elaph.com , based in London, England. Mr. Halabi holds a diploma in communication and journalism studies from the Department of External Studies, University of Haifa, and a law degree from Ono Academic College.
ISRAEL HAREL is the founding chairman of the Institute for Zionist Strategy. He also writes a weekly column for Ha’aretz newspaper and is the author of several books, including The Lion's Gate and The Valor of the Heart. Mr. Harel founded the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed, first as secretary general and later as chairman. He was the founder and first editor of Nekuda , the monthly journal of the Israeli settler movement. Mr. Harel also initiated and founded the Forum for National Responsibility, which created the “Kinneret Covenant,” a document of basic understandings between the major sectors in Israeli Jewish society. He served as director of the Leadership Forum at the Shalom Hartman Institute, established the Center for Religious Zionism and initiated the Gavison-Meiden Project, which formulated a comprehensive covenant to regulate the joint existence of secular and religious populations in Israel. He currently chairs the Association of the Paratroopers who Liberated Jerusalem. Mr. Harel graduated from the Kfar HaRoeh Yeshiva and continued his studies at Bar Ilan University, majoring in literature, history and economics. He resides in the settlement of Ofra.
RIAD KABHA is director of Jewish-Arab Center for Peace in Givat Haviva and former head of Barta'a local council. Since 1974 Mr. Kabha has been a junior high school teacher in Kfar Kara. He is very involved in Arab- Israeli relations, researching the subject, writing articles, and organizing conferences. He recently published the book, Tales of the Wadi, in conjunction with Yoram Miron. Born in Barta'a in 1953, Mr. Kabha earned his B.A. in Arabic and Middle Eastern History from the University of Tel Aviv. While a student, he was Secretary of the Arab Student Union. Mr. Kabha is married with four children.
AYOOB KARA is the deputy minister of regional cooperation and a member of Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) representing the Likud party. He served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserve and attained the rank of major. Serving alongside Jews before and after the establishment of Israel has been a source of family pride. Mr. Kara was first elected to Knesset in 1999, becoming the third Druze Likud member of Knesset in history. He was appointed deputy speaker of the Knesset and served as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Workers. He retained his seat in the 2003 elections and became chair of the Anti-Drug Committee. Mr. Kara later served as Israel’s deputy minister of the Development of the Negev and Galilee. He is the first non-Jewish nationalist to receive a portfolio. He worked to help former soldiers study free of charge at colleges in the Negev and Galilee, and to establish a new college of medicine in the latter. Mr. Kara holds and L.L.B. degree from Ono Academic College and an M.A. in public policy from Tel Aviv University.
ETGAR KERET is an Israeli, world-acclaimed writer known for his short stories, graphic novels, and scriptwriting for film and television. His works have been published in several international publications, including The New York Times, Le Monde, and The New Yorker. His books, which were all bestsellers in Israel, have been translated into various languages. Over 60 movies have been based on Mr. Keret’s short stories. Mr. Keret has directed several films, including Jellyfish (Meduzot), for which he and his wife Shira Gefen were awarded the Cannes Film Festival’s “Camera d’Or” award. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literature in Israel and the Chevalier (Knight) Medallion of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Mr. Keret also lectures at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
ISABEL KERSHNER is a Jerusalem-based correspondent for The New York Times covering Israeli and Palestinian affairs. She is also the author of Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, a book which examines the political, strategic, and human dimensions of the West Bank barrier that Israel has constructed. Ms. Kershner previously served as Senior Editor for the Middle East at The Jerusalem Report magazine. Before moving to Jerusalem from England, Ms. Kershner worked as a Middle East risk consultant at Control Risks Ltd. She is the recipient of the Search for Common Ground journalism award for fostering understanding of the Middle East.
AVITAL LEIBOVICH is the director of AJC Jerusalem. Her career spans over 20 years in a wide range of senior media and public relations positions within the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where she served as the face of the IDF to the international community during critical events such as the 'Cast Lead' and 'Pillar of Defense' operations, Gilad Shalit's return and many others. Immediately before coming to AJC, Lt. Col. Leibovich served as head of the Interactive Media Branch of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, a branch which she was uniquely positioned to create as a response to the rapidly growing influence of social networks and internet platforms in the media world. Previously, Lt. Col. Leibovich had held the position of head of the Foreign Press Branch. Lt. Col. Leibovich received a B.A. in English literature and political science from Bar-Ilan University and an M.A. in international relations from University of Haifa, as well as a diploma in spokesmanship, communications, and public relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs at Bar-Ilan University.
BASHAR MASRI is chair of the board of Massar International, a company he founded to propel Palestinian economic development and growth through the private sector. Massar International, includes over 30 companies in the fields of real estate, financial services, journalism, advertising and information technology. Mr. Masri is the visionary behind Rawabi, the first Palestinian planned city. He also launched Siraq I Fund, a private equity fund dedicated to investing in Palestinian businesses. Mr. Masri also serves on numerous boards including the Board of Directors of Palestine Development and Investment (PSE: PADICO), and the Board of Trustees of An-Najah National University. He is a member of the Deans’ Council of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy’s School of Government.
BENNY MORRIS is a professor of Middle East history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Previously, Professor Morris was a journalist at The Jerusalem Post where he was a diplomatic correspondent, night news editor and features writer. He is a frequent guest lecturer at universities in the United States and Europe, and was a visiting professor at several universities including Dartmouth College, Ludwig-Maximilians University, and Harvard University. Professor Morris holds a B.A. in European history and European philosophy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. in modern European history from Cambridge University.
NITZAN NURIEL is a research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. He is the former director for the Counter Terrorism Bureau, and advisor to the Prime Minister (2007-2012). Brigadier General (res.) Nuriel has held many positions in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including commanding officer of the IDF Liaison and Foreign Relations Division, deputy commander of the Gaza Strip Division, commander of a territorial brigade in the West Bank and commander of the Northern Command Training Installation. While still in the army, Brig. Gen. (res.) Nuriel served as the military attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. where he was the liaison between the Israeli Defense Forces and the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command, FEMA and the Home Front Command. He was awarded the Legion of Merit from the President of the United States, and completed his regular army service with the rank of Brig. General. After he retired from military service, Brig. Gen. (res.) Nuriel joined the Israeli National Security Council and worked on the development of crisis management concepts at the government level. Brig. Gen. (res.) Nuriel holds a B.A. and an M.A. in political science and national security from Tel Aviv University.
SMADAR PERRY is the editor for Middle East Affairs and the Arab World at Yediot Aharonot, the largest daily newspaper in Israel. She writes on Middle East affairs, the peace process, the Arab-Israeli conflict and social, economic and cultural events in the Muslim world. During working visits in eight Arab countries, Ms. Perry gained exclusive interviews to prominent personalities in the region including President Mubarak (Egypt), H.M. King Abdullah (Jordan), President Buteflika (Algeria), President Mahmoud Abbas (the Palestinian Authority), and women in senior posts. She is also a frequent contributor to TV and radio programs on the Middle East. She holds a B.A. in Middle East History and Arabic Language and Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
ELIE REKHESS is one of Israel’s leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics and Islamic resurgence in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. He currently holds the position of Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University where he teaches in the Department of History and is co-chair of its Middle East Forum. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Research Fellow of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University and headed the Program on Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel sponsored by the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung. His recent publications include The Arab Society in Israel: A Compendium, Arab Youth in Israel: Caught Between Prospects and Risk, The Arab Minority in Israel: An Analysis of the ‘Future Vision’ Documents, The Arab Minority in Israel and the 17th Knesset Elections, Together But Apart: Mixed Cities in Israel, and The Evolvement of an Arab-Palestinian National Minority in Israel. He has a B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature and History of the Middle East from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in the History of the Middle East from Tel Aviv University.
ALEX RIF is the founder and artistic director of Cultural Brigade, a group of young Russian-speaking Israelis from the 1.5 generation, who were born in the Soviet Union but grew up in Israel. Cultural Brigade works to expose Soviet-Israeli culture to the Israeli public, in Hebrew. Ms. Rif has initiated events, including Israeli Novy God, designed to introduce the Russian New Year holiday to Hebrew speakers, and Operation Veteran, which brings to light the heroic stories of Jewish soldiers in the Red Army during World War II. Prior to this, Ms. Rif was senior deputy director of the Employment and Regulation Office at the Ministry of Economy. She holds a B.A. in business and political science, and an M.A. in public policy and government from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ms. Rif studied screenwriting at The Sam Speigel Film and Television School.
AIMAN SAIF is general director of the Authority for the Economic Development of the Arab, Druze and Circassian Sectors. He served as a senior economist in the Economic Department of the PMO and the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Planning. Mr. Saif is the PMO representative on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including The Investment Center, the Authority of Planning and Construction and the Authority for Advancement of the Status of Women. He holds an MBA from Bamberg University and an M.A. in International Planning and Development from Clark University.
KHALIL SHIKAKI is a professor of political science and the director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. He is a senior fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandies University. Dr. Shikaki has taught at several universities, including Bir Zeit University, al-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the University of South Florida. He served as dean of scientific research at al-Najah University in Nablus. He was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and has authored several books on Palestinian politics. Dr. Shikaki's research has focused on the peace process, Palestinian state building, public opinion, transition to democracy, and the impact of domestic Palestinian politics on the peace process. He has conducted more than 200 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as dozens of joint polls among Palestinians and Israelis. Dr. Shikaki holds a B.A. in political science from the American University in Beirut and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.
WENDY SINGER is executive director of Start-Up Nation Central. She worked with the US-based funders in order to build the infrastructure and professional team in Israel, and to launch its initial activities – bringing government and business leaders to Israel to participate in a highly customized program around Israeli innovation. Before joining Start-Up Nation Central, Ms. Singer concluded a 23-year career at AIPAC where she served as director of AIPAC's Israel office. There she maintained relationships with Israeli ministers and senior government leaders, members of the opposition, and a wide range of members of knesset (Israel’s parliament), in addition to U.S. diplomats, and Palestinian officials.
SAMMY SMOOHA is Professor of Sociology at Haifa University. A winner of the Israel Prize for Sociology, he is president of the Israeli Sociological Society. A specialist in comparative ethnic relations, he has published widely on the internal divisions in Israeli society and on Israel in comparative perspective. His books include Israel: Pluralism and Conflict and Arabs and Jews in Israel. Prof. Smooha served as Adato Visiting Professor in Sephardic Studies at UCLA and as Posen Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies and Sociology at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Bar Ilan University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA.
ALEXANDER YAKOBSON is an associate professor of ancient history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His areas of research include democracy, popular politics, public opinion and elections in the Classical World, and democracy, national identity, nation-state and the rights of national minorities in Israel and in Western democracies. He is the author of Elections and Electioneering in Rome: a Study in the Political System of the Late Republic. He co-authored with Prof. Amnon Rubinstein the book Israel and the Family of Nations – Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights. Prof. Yakobson served as a political advisor to the minister of education and culture, the minister of energy and infrastructure and the minister of communication. He holds a B.A. in history and political science, an M.A. in ancient history and a Ph.D. in history from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
AVRAHAM ZAVDI is managing director of United Infrastructure, Inc., with over forty years of experience in power installations, renewables, co-generation projects and desalination both in Israel and other countries. He has taken charge of engineering projects from definition and specification, to evaluation of technical requirements and site tailoring, project supervision and management. He carries out business plans, feasibility studies, investment recommendations and negotiations with clients and investors. Zavdi is a member of the Israeli Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Israeli Desalination Association and International Desalination Association.
RABBI MEIR AZARI is the congregational Rabbi and executive director of Beit Daniel since 1991. He holds a B.A. in Jewish History and Political Science from Haifa University, and a M.A. in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was one of the first Israelis ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem in 1992. He has also studied at San Francisco University and at the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Rabbi Azari served as the Executive Director of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and as a two-term chair of the Israeli MARAM (Israeli Council of Progressive Rabbis). He currently sits on the Board of the Jewish Agency and is the Chair of the evaluation and measurement committee. Under his leadership and with support from the Daniel family and many others, Beit Daniel has grown into the Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism with three Kehilot throughout Tel Aviv.
YIZHAR HESS is the executive director and CEO of the Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Israel. He served as director of partnerships at the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he forged links between cities in the Diaspora and cities in Israel. He served as a community emissary for the Agency in Tucson, Arizona, where he also directed the local federation’s Israel Center. Mr. Hess is a former deputy director of the Shorashim Center for Jewish Studies and the Kfar Blum Jewish Studies Festival. He is the co-editor of Questions about God and a regular contributor to the Israeli press on the subjects of religion and state as well as pluralism. He served as a commander of the Israel Defense Forces Hasbara (Information) Unit at the Jerusalem Education Center, where he held the rank of lieutenant. A 10th generation Jerusalemite, he holds a B.A. in political science and Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. in Jewish studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, a law degree from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is currently working on a Ph.D. at Sussex University.
ZVIKA KLEIN is an award winning, Jerusalem-based journalist. He works for the NRG news site and the national daily newspaper Makor Rishon. A native of the U.S., who immigrated to Israel with his family in 1985, Mr. Klein is fluent in both Hebrew and English. He served as an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson during his army service, dealing with ultra- Orthodox and religious Zionist media. Mr. Klein's videoed article, of his 10 hour walk in Paris while wearing a kippah, has had more than five million views, and resulted in Mr. Klein being interviewed on various international news outlets, such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Der Spiegel, the Daily Mail and Japanese national television.
YAEL RONEN is professor of public international law at Sha'arei Mishpat Academic Center and editor of the Israel Law Review, published by Cambridge University Press for the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to embarking on an academic career, she served as a diplomat and lawyer in the Israeli Foreign Service. Her areas of interest include statehood and territorial status, international human rights law, the laws of armed conflict and international criminal law, as well as the intersection between these areas of law. Dr. Ronen holds an LLB and an LLM from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
DANIEL REISNER is the head of the Public International Law, Defense and Homeland Security Division at Herzog, Fox and Neeman, Israel’s largest law firm. Col. (res.) Adv. Reisner is the former head of the International Law Department in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Military Advocate General’s Corps, as well as a lecturer at three Israeli universities. He serves as a senior member of Israel’s peace negotiations with both Jordan and the Palestinians, working in the triple role of negotiator, legal advisor and drafter. Following his retirement from the IDF, Col. (res.) Adv. Reisner opened a law firm specializing in international consulting, where he advises senior members of the government on issues relating to the Middle East peace process and security.
YEDIDIA STERN is a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. He is in charge of projects on business and democracy and religion and state. He is also Co-Chair of Yachad – Council for Reconciliation between Secular and Religious Jews, and co-editor of the journal Democratic Culture. Prof. Stern has served as a lecturer at Bar Ilan Law School for many years, and in the past served as Dean of the Law School. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and continues to serve as a legal consultant for leading corporations in Israel on issues of commercial law. Prof. Stern has a Law Degree from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Corporate Law from Harvard Law School.
DANNY TIRZA is the general manager of Yosmot Consultation, Management & Guidance Company. He is a colonel (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Dr. Tirza’s illustrious military career spans three decades – during which he held various positions, from combat soldier to consultant on the planning of Israel’s security infrastructure. He served as the territorial and border advisor to the Prime Minister at the Anaplolis peace summit. Dr. Tirza holds a B.A. in political science from Tel Aviv University, an M.A. in business administration from the University of Riga, and a Ph.D. in business administration from York University (USA).