Leadership

Uzi Arad

Prof. Uzi Arad served as national security and foreign policy advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu, as well as the Head of the National Security Council. He founded the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya. Prior to that, Prof. Arad held number of positions with Mossad, including as Director of Intelligence Division, as well as at the Hudson Institute and Tel-Aviv University. He has a PhD in international relations from Princeton University, and was awarded the rank of Officer of the Legion of Honor by France.

Jean-David Benichou

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.

Michel Bodkier

Dr. Michel Bodkier MD is the co- founder of ELSAN Group, first private hospitals chain in France, with 2, 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.

Dan Catarivas

Dan Catarivas is the Director of the Division of Foreign Trade and International Relations at the Manufacturers' Association of Israel and Director of International Relations at the Presidium of Israeli Business Organizations. He served as Deputy Director General for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, established the Middle East Department at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour, and was the chairman of the Trade Committee of the Multilateral Economic Negotiations. He holds MSc degree from London School of Economics, and Diploma from College D'Europe in Bruges.

Ran Curiel

Ambassador Ran Curiel is the former Political Director and Senior Deputy Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). From 2007 to 2011 he served as Ambassador of Israel to the European Union and NATO. Prior to that, he served as MFA's Deputy Director General, Head of the European Department, Israel’s Ambassador in Greece, and held diplomatic posts in Washington and Buenos Aires. He holds a BA in Middle Eastern and African Studies from Tel Aviv University and a MA in Political Science from Haifa University.

Pierre Dassas

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.

Eric Edidin

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.

Leonard Foxman

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.

Ralph Gerson

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.

Claude Grundman-Brightman

Claude Grundman-Brightman is an architect and the chairman of the International Francophone activity Netanya Academic College. She received the "French Legion of Honor" award for promoting ties between Israel and France and the title of College Trustee by the Academic Council and Board of Trustees of Netanya Academic College. She is member of the board of the Ghetto Fighters’ House and the Larger Than Life Association.

Andrew Hochberg

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.

Larry Hochberg

Larry Hochberg is the founder, CEO and chairman of Sportmart Inc. acquired by Sports Authority. He is a nationally 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.

David Jonas

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.

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.

Dan Kosky

Dan Kosky is the CEO of Kosky Communications, working across public and private sectors. Kosky regularly secures top level coverage, and has penned speeches for government ministers and leading public figures. His opinion articles have been published globally, including in The Guardian (UK), Washington Times, Baltimore Sun, The Australian, EU Observer, Haaretz. He has been interviewed as an analyst worldwide, including BBC and Al Jazeera. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oxford University.

Serge Krancenblum

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

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.

Roby Nathanson

Dr. Roby Nathanson is currently the General Director of the Macro Center for Political Economics. He holds a PhD for Economics from the University of Cologne in Germany. Dr. Nathanson teaches at the Academic Colleague Tel Aviv and is member of the board of directors of various companies and economic advisor to decision makers in Israel and abroad.

Zahava Pfeifel

Dr. Zahava Pfeifel is a political activist, pianist, musicologist and historian. She served as the Foreign Relations Coordinator at the Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), as well as assistant to Foreign Minister Yigal Allon, supporting MFA on special missions in Europe, North America, and Asia. Dr. Pfeifel assists Labour Party leadership on public diplomacy, and work with the Jewish Agency and Jewish-Arab organisations on various educational projects. She holds degrees from Bar-Ilan University and New York University.

Jerry Rosenberg

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.

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.

Gary Smith

Dr. Gary Smith is an author and the former Director of the American Academy in Berlin. He studied philosophy and wrote his PhD on Walter Benjamin at Boston University. Between 1986 and 1992, Dr. Smith had teaching positions in Boston, Chicago, and Potsdam, Germany, as well as at the Berlin Free University, where he lectured on Jewish studies and philosophy. From 1992 to 1998, he led the Einstein Forum in Potsdam and since 1997 he has been the acting Director of the American Academy in Berlin until August 2015.

Kenneth Weinstein

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.

Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams is a diplomat, lawyer and political scientist who served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor in the administration of President George W. Bush, supervising Middle East policy. Prior to that, Abrams served in the administration of President Ronald Reagan, and on the staffs of Senators Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan. He is senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and holds degrees from the Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.

Howard Berman

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.

Shelly Berkley

Shelly 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.

Norm Coleman

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

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

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.

Dan Meridor

Dan Meridor is former Deputy Prime Minister of Israel, Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, Minister of Finance, Minister of Justice, and former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense committee. Currently Meridor serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

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