Members of the Management Committee

Major-General (Retired) Gideon She
Major-General (Ret.) Gideon Sheffer has vast experience in management positions in various fields and has served as Chairman of the Board at Kinneret Academic College since 2020. He joined Elbit Systems, Ltd., in 2001 where he serves as Corporate Vice President for Strategic Planning. Following a career in the Air Force which included serving as its Chief of Staff, and then as Chief of Human Resources for the General Staff of the IDF, Sheffer was a member of the founding team of the Israel National Security Council. After serving as its Deputy Director, under Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Sheffer served as head of the Council. He is active in promoting peace issues in the region and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of a number of corporations and organizations.

Sheffer was born in Poland in 1948 and made Aliyah in 1950. He is married, the father of four children and grandfather of nine grandchildren. Sheffer holds a bachelor’s degree (with distinction) in Israel Studies from Bar Ilan University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University (1993).

Members of the Management Committee (in alphabetical order):

Ms. Aliza Barkai

Ms. Barkai is chairperson of the Kinneret College finance committee, and has been a member of the NPO since 2017. She is a member of Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov Ihud, and serves as business manager of Kibbutz Beit-Zera; a director of Sde-Eliyahu Holdings; Blog Plastics; Degania B tourism; and member of Kishurit NPOs.

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).

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 Tel Aviv University. 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 Le’Dor (Generation to Generation). He is a member and the chair of various CHE committees, and a member of the community expansion program at Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in the Bet Shean Valley.

Prof. Alon Kaddish
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008.

He is a professor of history at the Hebrew University, with a PhD from Oxford University. He also currently serves as head of the IDF History Department. He established and managed various IDF academic programs.

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. 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 of 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.

Dr. Tamar Lotan
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008.

She has a PhD in molecular biology from the Department of Marine Biology of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at Haifa University. She also established and managed a startup company in the field of biotechnology.

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 at 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 cities and towns around Israel. In the past he has 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. 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.

Dr. Ahmad Tapesh
Has been a member of the NPO since 2014.

Dr. Tapesh is a US-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, and 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. Ronnie Winkler
Has been a member of the NPO since 2008.

He is a business development and management support consultant. He has a PhD in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of the board of governors of the Achiezer Foundation.

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