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Members of the General Assembly

Highlights of the résumés of the members of the NPO – the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee:

Chair of the General Assembly – Gen. (Res.) Ami (Amiaz) Sagis
Has been a member of the NPO since 2017.
Founder and CEO of SAR17 Consulting and Investments Ltd
Member of the board of directors in the following companies:
· Jafora Tabori
· H&O – Chairman of the Board
CEO of "Granite Hacarmel Investments", one of Israel's largest holding companies. The company is active in diverse markets such as energy, real estate, industry, water and sewerage systems infrastructure, ecology, tourism etc. Responsibilities: Investment Projects Management in the field of infrastructure, in Israel and abroad; Management of the daughter companies' activities, as well as managing investments in companies in Israel and abroad.
Served as the Chairman of the board of directors of the following subsidiaries:
· Sonol - Oil marketing company
· Supergas - Marketing and distribution of L.P.G
· GES - Global Environmental Solutions.
· Via Maris - Field of operation: Water desalinization project.
· GAA - Global Automotive Agencies "Kenworth" trucksש
· Granite Properties - real estate assets
· Tambour - Paint industry

Chair of the Management Committee – Gen. (Res.) Ilan Biran

Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. Chairman of the board of directors of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., director of Bank Discount. His public positions include serving as a member of the operating committee of Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, and a member of the management team of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya conference.

Members of the General Assembly, in alphabetical order:

Dr. Ahmad Tapesh
Has been a member of the NPO since 2014. Dr. Tapesh is a U.S.-educated chemist and serves as marketing and business development vice president of Transbiodiesel. He serves in a number of management and marketing positions in the field of alternative energy, is an advisor on final projects and internship papers. Dr. Tapesh has over 30 patents registered in his name, as well as academic papers in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Erez Onn

Has been a member of the NPO since 2014. He is general director of the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya, a specialist orthopedic surgeon and an expert in medical administration. He has a master’s degree in healthcare systems administration from Ben Gurion University, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Haifa. Dr. Onn filled a number of senior positions in the IDF Medical Corps, and senior management positions in Israel’s healthcare system. He was a lecturer at the University of Ariel, a member of the Israeli Union of Hospital Directors and of the Israeli Orthopaedic Association.

Mr. Yonatan Alter
Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He is sales director of rural guest accommodation of several kibbutzim: Ashdot Yaakov, Amiad and Bet Alfa. He is a tour guide specializing in kibbutzim and agriculture. He is a former Israeli Air Force pilot and school teacher, and served as a Jewish Agency emissary in England and in the FSU. He also served several terms as a kibbutz general secretary. He is chair of the NPO’s audit committee.

Mr. Yoav Ariel
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. He is the northern district director of the World Zionist Organization (WZO) Settlement Division. He has also served in management positions in the finance sector. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture of the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot.

Mr. Yitzhak Eshchar
Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He currently serves as director of the Education Division of the Lower Galilee Regional Council. He also founded and manages a senior citizen care NPO. He has also served as director of human resources of the Ministry of Housing and Construction, has initiated and developed national education development programs for government ministries.

Mr. Yisrael Bitner

Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He currently serves as finance director of Kibbutz Degania A. He is a past treasurer and CFO of a number of organizations, as well as serving as general secretary of Kibbutz Degania A, and CEO of Jordan Valley kibbutzim.

Mr. Uzi Ben Shalom

Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He currently serves as director and council member of a number of public bodies in the Jordan Valley, including the Medical Research Foundation of the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya. The Jordan Valley Religious Council and general secretary of the United Kibbutz Movement collective head office. He is a former Dean of Students of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.

Aharon Binyamini, Engineer

Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. He currently serves as marketing director for the Far East and the Pacific Basin for Mermad, and is a director of German Australia. He is a former owner and CEO of Evrika Engineers, Agrotim, Yodfat Engineers. In addition, for many years he served in several key managerial positions at Koortrade and Netafim. He is a water engineer and a graduate of the Technion (1974).

Mr. Gideon Gazit

Has been a member of the NPO since 2009. He is a member of the Friends of the Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya Association and chairman of the audit committee of the Stream Drainage Authority, chair of the organizational division of the Labor Party. In the past he served as general secretary of Kibbutz Tel Katzir, founded the Jordan Valley College and managed it in its early days, managed the tourism department of the Jordan Valley Regional Council and established the Jordan Valley-Tiberias Regional integration system.

Prof. Yuval Dror

Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He is a professor in the Education Administration and Policy Department of the University of Tel Aviv. He serves as head of the master’s degree specialization program in democratic education, is responsible for the Chair of Jewish Education, and edits the inter-university educational history publication Dor LeDor (Generation to Generation. He is a member and the chair of various Council for Higher Education committees, and a member of the community expansion program at Kibbutz Kfar Rupin in the Bet Shean Valley.

Mr. Shimon Helman
Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. He is chairman of the council of Kibbutz Afikim (general chairman and community head). In the past he served as manager of the Kol HaKinneret radio station for the IBA, spokesman of the United Kibbutz Movement and for many years was general secretary of Kibbutz Afikim.

Dr. Ronnie Winkler

Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. He is a business development and management support consultant. He has a Ph.D. in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the board of governors of the Achiezer Foundation.

Mr. Dov Wolpe
Has been a member of the NPO since 2007. He is responsible for customer debt collection at an industrial plant. In the past he served as marketing director and production manager of an industrial plant. He serves as volunteer deputy and acting head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, and is responsible for the council’s tourism activities. His public positions include being a member of the management boards of Jordan Valley Plants, the Water Association, Tnuva Export and the Kidmat Galil Industrial Park. He has a wealth of experience as a business manager and CFO.

Mr. Yoel Cohen
Has been a member of the NPO since 2013. He is director of the ATID – Reinforcing State Religious School Public Education program, and of the Herut Foundation. Mr. Cohen has a master’s degree in Judaism from the Lander Institute and serves as chairman of a number of bodies, on a voluntary basis, including the Beet Shean Academy for Deepening Jewish Identity, Havruta. Zehut etc. He lives in Bet Shean


Adv. Shemi Cohen

Has been a member of the NPO since 2013. He is currently director general of the Galilee Development Authority. He served as a career soldier in the IDF for many years and was discharged with the rank of colonel. His positions included head of the Megido internment facility, commander of the Military Police unit of Northern Command, and commanding officer of Training Camp 13. His last position with the IDF was as commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit. He has a master’s degree from the University of Haifa in national security and political science, and is a graduate of the Israel National Defense College. He was born in Bet Shean.

Dr. Tamar Lotan

Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. She has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Department of Marine Biology of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences of the University of Haifa. She also established and managed a startup company in the field of biotechnology.

Prof. Shai Lin
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. He is a professor at the University of Haifa and also serves as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health. He founded and headed the School of Public Health in 2003-7. He is head of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit of Rambam Medical Center. He serves on a number of professional and academic committees in the medical field, both in Israel and abroad.

Adv. Merav Niv
Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. She is an advocate and notary who specializes in cooperative societies, and she is also chair of the community at Kibbutz Gesher. She is a member of a number of committees and regional boards of directors including a local planning and construction committee, and is chair of the environmental committee and the plenum of the Valley of Springs Regional Council.

Mr. Yiftach Sadan
Has been a member of the NPO since 2013. He is a member of Kibbutz Bet Zera, a graduate of the Technion and served in the Israeli Air Force. The positions he has filled include CEO of Arkal Filter Systems.

Mr. Itsik Portal
Has been a member of the NPO since 2010. He is director of the Department of Young People and Human Capital Development of the Municipality of Tiberias. The core areas of his purview include: higher education, employment, social involvement, culture and leisure. He has also headed the City Without Violence program for the past 5 years. This is a state program which operates in 100 other cities and towns around Israel. In the past he headed the Youth and Social Neighborhood Rehabilitation departments of the Municipality of Tiberias. He fills a number of voluntary positions in the north, and lives in Tiberias.

Prof. Alon Kaddish
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008. He is a professor of history at the Hebrew University, with a Ph.D. from Oxford University. He also currently serves as head of the IDF History Department. He established and managed various IDF academic programs.

Mr. Uzi Keren
Has been a member of the NPO since 2010. He is a member of Kibbutz Ein Gev. He served in the IDF in a wide range of capacities (discharged with the rank brigadier general), and is a graduate of the Israel National Defense College. He has filled various financial and rural development positions (secretary general of a kibbutz, kibbutz coordinator, kibbutz financial director, director general of Hadiklaim Israel Date Growers Cooperative Ltd.). In the past he headed a number of projects of rural development and was also advisor to the Prime Minister on rural development. He currently serves as CEO of Ein Gev Tourism.

Mrs. Ahuva Shachor
Has been a member of the NPO since 2011. She manages the Tiberias-Tzefat branch of the National Insurance Institute of Israel. She has filled a number of key managerial positions during her 30 years at the National Insurance Institute. She also worked at the national headquarters of the police officer investigations unit of the Israeli Police. She has a master’s degree in social work from Bar Ilan University specializing in administration and the community. She lives at Shadmot Devora on the Lower Galilee.

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Mr. Kalman Kaufman
Has been a member of the NPO since 2007. He is chair of Invisa and Medasense Biometrics Ltd. He is also a director of Tower Semiconductors and Jordan Valley Semiconductors, and founded a large number of startup companies in the electronics field. In the past he served as vice world president of Applied Materials. He is chair of the Israeli Institute of Innovative Science and Technology Policy, and other NPOs designed to promote education in Israel.