Members of the Management Committee

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Members of the Management Committee

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Mr. Miki Lev
Born and raised on Kibbutz Yagur.
Served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander (Gen. res.). He served in a range of roles, including commander of squadrons of Kfir and F-15 jets, command and HQ commander, head of the Safety and Quality Control Administration, and base commander.
Has a master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.
He later worked as deputy CEO, responsible for human resources and operating for the Blue Square Israeli group, as well as deputy CEO, responsible for human resources, at the Tnuva Group.
He also served as director of the training wing for senior Government ministry personnel of the JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance.
His other roles include working as a strategy and management consultant at large, medium sized and small business companies, as well as filling various positions in the IDF and national defense system.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.