ELNET Board members Worldwide
Co-Founder and Chairman, Friends of ELNET
Larry Hochberg is an internationally renowned lay leader and philanthropist…
who served as National Chairman of the Friends of the IDF, National Officer of AIPAC, and held national leadership positions with the UJC, UJA, the Annual and Israel Emergency Campaigns of Chicago’s Jewish United Fund. Mr. Hochberg chaired the Advisory Committee of the American Jewish Committee’s Chicago chapter and served on the Dean’s Council of Northwestern University. He is is the founder, CEO and chairman of Sportmart Inc. acquired by Sports Authority.
Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Finance of Israel
Dan Meridor is former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, and Minister of Justice…
Mr. Meridor was Chairman of Israel’s Defence Doctrine Committee and served as Chairman of The Jerusalem Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Board of INSS (Institute for National Security Studies), and a Senior Fellow at Israel Democracy Institute. He served also as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Knesset.
Amb. Danny Ayalon
Israel’s Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the U.S.
Danny Ayalon is an Israeli diplomat, columnist and businessman. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister and as a member of the Knesset…
He was the Israeli Ambassador to the United States from 2002 until 2006. Previously, he worked as senior foreign policy advisor to Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon, Ehud Barak, and Benjamin Netanyahu. He has also served as a Member of the Executive Board, University Center, Ariel; Vice Chair of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, and a Board Member of the America-Israel Friendship League.
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror
Former National Security Advisor
General Amidror was National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu and chairman of the National Security Council (2011-2013)…
He served for 36 years in senior IDF posts (1966-2002), including as a commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. Today, he is Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, a leading security think tank.
Amb. Dani Dayan
Former Consul General of Israel in the New York
Dani Dayan was the Consul General of Israel in New York, accredited also to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Ohio…
Previously he served as the Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria. For more than two decades, he was Chairman and CEO of a group of information technology firms. Dayan holds an M.Sc. in Finance and B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Science.
Former Mossad Official
Haim Tomer retired from a long lasting service within the Israeli security community in January 2014…
within which he was holding key position in Israel and overseas. Among them Mr. Tomer held a number of high-level positions in the Mossad. Since his retirement, Mr. Tomer is employed as a senior consultant for leading Israeli and international cyber-intelligence companies.
Prof. Yossi Shain
Head of Tel Aviv University’s School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs
Prof. Yossi Shain serves as Head of the School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs…
as well as head of the Abba Eban Graduate Studies Program in Diplomacy and Director of the Frances Brody Institute for Applied Diplomacy. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University, and the Founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown. In 2016 professor Shain was appointed as a member of Council for Higher Education in Israel, and he is now heading the national committee in charge in rejuvenating liberal arts and the humanities.
Middle East Analyst, Journalist, and Commentator
Shimrit Meir is a leading Middle East analyst and columnist for the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, and longtime journalist…
with more than 15 years of experience researching and covering the Arab world, and the Palestinians in particular. She served as the CEO of Link – the Center for Strategic Communication in the Middle East and is the founding editor of Israel’s largest Arabic media outlet Al-Masdar. Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, English, and French, Ms. Meir was the Arab affairs correspondent and commentator for Galei Zahal, one of Israel’s top news channels, and worked for both Israeli public television and Channel 2 News, the country’s largest commercial station.
Former Advisor and Campaign Manager for Israel’s Prime Minister
Sani Sanilevich is a businessman and an entrepreneur. He served as advisor and campaign manager for Israel’s Prime Minister…
Benjamin Netanyahu between 2006-2009. He is an Israeli Navy officer in the rank of a captain, and voluntarily served as a commanding officer of two Israeli special police force units. Sanilevich is also a farmer and winemaker.
Dutch-Israeli Intrustrialist and Private Investor
Robert Baruch is an industrialist and private investor. He is the co-owner of SABA, a Dutch specialty adhesives and sealants company…
He served as the President of the European Adhesives Association (FEICA) and as member of the board of Kidsrights, a Dutch not-for-profit humanitarian organization. He is a member of the Dutch board of Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli charity providing life-saving heart surgeries in Israel to children from around the world. Robert Baruch holds degrees in Business from Babson College (USA) and Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Neuchâtel (CH).
Jean-David Benichou is an entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Via.io. He served as the executive manager…
and a member of the executive board of SQLi and as the president of Universal Telecom. He is one of the co-founders of the Ecofax and ADPCE professional organizations, as well as Digicall, the first operator of VoIP in France, and Effidata, the leading French company in the electronic direct marketing. Mr. Benichou serves also as the CEO of I-Media SA, a manager of ViaRelay and ViaTelecom, and as the chairman of I-Media SA.
Dr. Michel Bodkier
Dr. Michel Bodkier MD is the co- founder of ELSAN Group, first private hospitals chain in France, with 2 million patients and 2 billion euros of revenues…
turning now to international field. Previously MD, practicing in vascular examinations. Member of the board of philanthropic charitable Eva & Edward Underwood Foundation to help needy students for their scholarships.
Paul Charney was born in South Africa and lived for many years in Israel, where he served for 5 years in the IDF as a Tank Platoon Officer…
He studied Law at Leeds University UK and qualified as a lawyer in 2002. Paul Charney subsequently established and manages a UK strategic land and planning company based in London. He was elected as Chairman of the Zionist Federation UK and Ireland in 2012, and was appointed as Chairman of the Technion UK in 2020.
Pierre Dassas is the chairman of the House of the Rising Stars Foundation and the Africa Alive Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland…
as well as a board member of the Hudson Institute and of the Actigenomics Foundation. He is also Dassas & Co.’s chairman and chief creative officer of the Paris, New York and Moscow companies. In 1980 he created Dassas Communication and ICOM, one of the leading worldwide advertising companies at the time. Pierre Dassas graduated from both Economic Sciences College and Paris Trade and Industry Chamber.
Ralph J. Gerson serves as the Treasurer and Director of the William Davidson Foundation and is also a private investor….
He is the former Board Chairman and former Executive Vice President (1990-2011) of Guardian Industries Corp. Gerson also served as Director of Commerce for the State of Michigan, Special Assistant to the U.S. Trade Representative and Counselor to the President’s Personal Representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations after the Camp David Accords. He holds a BA from Yale University, MS from the London School of Economics, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Hans Thomas Kessler
Hans Thomas Kessler is a commercial lawyer specializing in the real estate transactions and finance, as well as infrastructure projects…
He has advised numerous real estate investors, owners, financial institutions, construction and engineering firms. Mr. Kessler has worked for several leading International law firms. He studied law and political science at the Universities of Frankfurt, Lausanne, Geneva and Strasbourg, earned the LL.M. at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Serge Krancenblum is the CEO of SGG, a leading multi-family office and investor services provider active in 24 countries…
He is the Chairman of Gatsby & White, the leading life insurance broker in Luxembourg and Switzerland, and acts as a board member of selected real estate and private equity funds as well as of listed and private companies. He holds master’s in finance from ESLSCA and MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business. He is the Chairman of the Investment Facilation Forum, of the Luxembourg Family Office Association and of the LIMSA, and Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France.
Hubert Leven has served as President of the Rashi Foundation in Israel since its founding in 1984 until 2018…
and is one of the founders of the Alliance Israelite Universelle network. From 1962-1999, he directed his brokerage firm in Paris. Leven is the nephew of the Gustave Leven, the founder of the Perrier group. He joined his uncle to work with him in the mid-1980s. Leven served on the executive committee of Source Perrier and led a number of its subsidiaries. Among his public position, Mr. Leven serves on the board of Kol Israel Haverim and Sheatufim in Israel and as vice-president of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Paris. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Ben-Gurion University, the Technion and Bar Ilan University.
After a career in the banking world in France, Asia and the USA, mainly in the Edmond de Rothschild Group, Sam Pinto made aliyah to Israel in 2009…
After moving to Israel, Pinto decided to devote himself mainly to philanthropic activitiesm including: Baït Ham which helps young adolescents in difficulty, and Kiah-Alliance – Israeli branch of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, the Franco-Israeli high school of Mikve Israel and Agudat Sabah, which supports activities in the Israeli periphery.
Kenneth R. Weinstein is President and CEO of Hudson Institute, which has grown significantly in size and influence under his leadership…
He serves as Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. government civilian international media, including the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting. Weinstein previously served by presidential appointment and Senate confirmation on the National Humanities Council and is a regular guest in media.
FRIENDS OF ELNET
Eric Edidin co-founded Archer Capital Management in 2006. Previously, he was a Managing Director at York Capital Management…
member of Morgan Stanley Capital Partners global investment team, and member of the Blackstone Group’s restructuring advisory team. Mr. Edidin is a board member of the JDRF of Los Angeles, a trustee of the Washington Institute, and member of the investment committee of the Jewish Communal Fund of NY. He received a B.A. degree with highest distinction from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Joseph W. Feinberg
Joseph Feinberg is Director of the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Foundation based in Chicago, Illinois…
The family foundation is a loyal and generous supporter of many worthy charities including Northwestern University and its medical school, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Feinberg is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley. His group assists affluent investors and businesses in accumulating and protecting their wealth.
Robert T. Flesh
Robert T. (Tom) Flesh is CEO and President of Homewood Realty and Community Asset Management Company…
and serves on the Board of Directors of Thrifty Oil Co. and its affiliated companies. Tom, a past President of Sinai Temple of Los Angeles, is a member of its Board of Directors. He and his wife, Judy Orden Flesh, are active in interfaith unity efforts, Jewish and Israel based institutions, and organizations focused on education and at risk youth. Tom has served on several community boards and commissions. Judy and Tom have four married children and ten grandchildren.
Leonard Foxman for over 30 years served as the CEO and Founder of Eagle Test Systems, Inc., producing automatic semiconductor…
testing systems, with offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Eagle became a publicly owned company in 2006 (EGLT-NASDAQ), and was sold to Teradyne, Inc in 2008. He then served as the General Manager of Eagle Test Systems Division of Teradyne, Inc. Foxman is now President of the Foxman Family Foundation in Highland Park, IL, as well as Treasurer of the charitable Cool Clothes Closet.
Mr. Andrew Hochberg is a leader in the Chicago Jewish community, serving as Chairman of the Board for the Jewish Federation of Chicago…
formerly chairing its Overall Planning and Allocation Committee and Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Hochberg led fundraising for the Jewish Day School Guaranty Trust Fund and served as a presidential appointee to the US Holocaust Memorial Committee. He is a founder and CEO of a real estate investment firm Next Realty. He holds BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Juris Doctor from Northwestern University.
David Jonas is the Founder, President and CEO of JVC Investment Partners LLC, a firm that provides private investment…
and strategic support in the healthcare space. Founder, former Chairman and CEO of PharMEDium Healthcare Corporation, the industry’s leader and preeminent provider of hospital sterile compounding services for IV and Epidural therapies, a $10 billion market in the USA. Prior to that, Mr. Jonas held a number of senior management position with Baxter. He serves and served on a number of privately held companies and not for profit organizations.
Kenneth A. Ruby
Kenneth A. Ruby is a former President of Stephen S. Wise Temple. He is also a member of the Hebrew Union College Board of Governors…
emeritus, and a board member and Chairman of the Construction Committee of the Skirball Cultural Center. He was responsible for building over 3500 apartment units while with R&B Development Company, which he helped found. After leaving R&B Development Co., he founded Ken Ruby Construction Co., a real estate development, contractor and management company.
Jerry Rosenberg is Vice-Chairmain of the National Distributing Company and Partner at the Republic National Distributing Company…
Jointly with his wife Dulcy, he co-founded the Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, as well as Project Newborn in Miami Florida. He serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, William Breman Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum in Atlanta Georgia, Atlanta Opera, the Schenck School for Children with Dyslexia, Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, and is a member of the AIPAC Minyan Group.
Susan is CEO of the Wagner family office and managing principal of Jarnis United Properties, the family’s umbrella real estate investment company…
Jarnis owns commercial real estate and its current portfolio is made up primarily of multi-family, medical/nursing facilities and self-storage. Susan is also President of the Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Family Foundation. Outside of the family office, Susan Wagner serves on the board of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy – a premier Washington think tank on Middle East policy – and CEJP (Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy) which facilitates contributions to pro-peace and pro-Israel non-profits.
Brig. Gen. (ret. IDF) Michael Herzog
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Herzog is International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Senior Fellow at BICOM and the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI)…
He retired from active duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in 2010, after a long and distinguished career. His service included heading the Strategic Planning Division of the IDF and working with four ministers of defense as senior military aide and chief of staff. Since 1993, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Herzog has actively participated in nearly all of Israel’s peace negotiations with the Palestinian, Syrians and Jordanians, including in the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (2013 to 2014). He recently published an insiders’ unique summary of this last round of negotiations.
Europe & U.S. Advisory boards
Karl-Ulrich Ansorg is the founder and managing partner of the German real-estate investor Ansorg Development…
He successfully realized sustainable real-estate projects all over Germany. He previously held leadership roles as partner of Ansorg lighting which has grown significantly in size under his leadership. Karl-Ulrich Ansorg serves as member of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University Jerusalem and deputy chairman of the German friendship organization of Hebrew University in Berlin which is the leading fundraising association within the European community of Hebrew University friends.
Rasmus C. Beck
Since the end of 2020 Rasmus C. Beck works as CEO for the Corporation for Business Development Duisburg (GFW)…
Before that, he was CEO at Business Metropole Ruhr, linking the Ruhr area with the startup nation Israel. Previous career stages were at hannoverimpuls GmbH and the Dortmund Economic Development Agency. Rasmus C. Beck is a member of the Board of Directors of the TCI Network, the world’s leading network of innovative economic ecosystems.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bender
Prof. Dr. Bender is Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Fraport AG, owner and operator of Frankfurt airport and some thirty airports worldwide…
Prior to that, he worked as CEO of Schenker & Co and led the industrial association “Verkehrsforum Bahn”. Today, he serves on various supervisory and advisory boards in the fields of finance, air-travel cargo, and sports.
Shelley Berkley is a former a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Nevada…
for Nevada’s 1st congressional district, serving from 1999 to 2013. She is the CEO and senior provost for Touro University Nevada Western Division. Prior to serving in Congress, Berkeley was an attorney for the Nevada State Commerce Department, in-house counsel for Southwest Gas Corporation, and Vice President for Government and Legal Affairs for the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. She holds BA in Political Science from the University of Nevada, and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Howard Berman is an attorney and former Democratic US Representative, last serving California’s 28th congressional district…
and serving in the US Congress from 1983 to 2013, including as the Chairman of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He serves on the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation, the board of the National Democratic Institute, the Immigration Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and the Board of Directors of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and is Vice Chair of the Advisory Board to RAND Corporation, Center for Middle East Policy.
Norm Coleman served as a US Senator for Minnesota from 2003 until 2009. From 1994 to 2002, he was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota…
beforehand serving as Minnesota’s chief prosecutor and Solicitor General. He chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition, serves on the Board of the National Endowment for Democracy, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the US Global Leadership Coalition. He holds BA degree from Hofstra University and Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College.
Mark Kirk was US Senator from Illinois from 2010 to 2017 and a member of the Republican Party, as well as a member of the US…
House of Representatives Prior to that, he was an Intelligence Officer in the Navy Reserve and holds the rank of Commander. He served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, and Bosnia, and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his service in Kosovo. He holds BA from Cornell University, MA from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
Joseph Lieberman is former US Senator from Connecticut as a member of Democratic Party and independent…
He was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1970 where he served for ten years. Lieberman then served as Connecticut’s Attorney General from 1983 until 1988, when he went on to win his first election to the US Senate in 1988, winning the seat twice more in 1994 and 2000. He holds law degree from Yale Law School.
Karin Prien is the current minister for education, science and cultural affairs of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein…
and Vice-Chair of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Schleswig-Holstein. In 2011, she was elected to the state senate of the federal state of Hamburg. Since 2018 Karin Prien has also served as spokesperson of the Jewish Forum within the CDU.
Ariel Schiff is the founder and CEO of the Berlin-based AMANO Group. Founded in 2009 together with Artur Süsskind…
Axel Wallrabenstein has been the Chairman of the MSLGROUP Germany since 2008. Before coming to the MSLGROUP…
he founded and managed the Publicis Public Relations agency (later called Publicis Consultants Germany). Additionally, he serves as head of the advisory board of the German association for digital affairs as well as head of the advisory board of the AllBright Foundation.
Brigitte Zypries served as German Minister for Justice from 2002 until 2009 and as Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy from 2017 until 2018.
Before taking on the responsibility of leading the ministry for economic affairs and energy, she was tasked with coordinating the fields of IT, air- and space- travel of the ministry as Secretary of State. Brigitte Zypries served as a Member of the German Bundestag for the German Social Democrats from 2005 until 2017.
ELNET Professional Team & Leadership: ELNET boards worldwide.