Prof. Eytan Gilboa is founding President and Academic Director of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum. Prof. Gilboa, a renowned expert on international communication, public diplomacy and US policy in the Middle East, has served in many prominent academic positions is Israel and in the US. He is Professor of Political Science and Communication, founder and first Director of both the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is also a senior research associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, Chair of the Israeli Communication Association, and a Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He was an adviser to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defense, and the Government Press Office; Chair of the Foreign Service Selection Committee; Member of the Committee on Higher Education of the City of Jerusalem; Chair of Accreditation Committees at the Council on Higher Education; Chair of the Selection Committee for the Israeli Prize in Communication, the highest national award to journalists.
Prof. Eli Avraham is Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication and the Head of the Comper Center for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism, both at the University of Haifa in Israel. He is the author or co-author of several books including Campaigns for Promoting and Marketing Cities in Israel (2003), Media Strategies for Marketing Places in Crisis and Improving the Image of Cities, Countries and Tourist Destinations (Elsevier, 2008) and Marketing Tourism for Developing Countries: Battling stereotypes and crises in, Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Palgrave-McMillian, 2016). His research interests include: public relations and marketing strategies, marketing places, nation branding, advertising, image repair, crisis management and crisis communication.
Prof. Gabi Ben Dor is the Director of National Security Studies at the School of Political Science of the University of Haifa. He served in the past as the Rector of the University, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and Dean of Research. He also chaired forums dealing with academic development and policy in Israel and abroad. He has published seven books and over one hundred and twenty articles in scholarly journals on Middle East politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, national security affairs, strategic studies, ethnic problems and political theory. Ben-Dor has also served as senior adviser on strategic affairs to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. A member of a number of high-level public commissions He has been frequently published in the popular dailies Jerusalem Post and Yediot Acharonot.
Dr. Miriam (Miki) Haran is the Director of the M.B.A. Environmental Management Studies in the School of Business Administration at Ono Academic College. A specialist in Environmental Management, she has advised
corporations and government-appointed committees, has led academic research and environmental projects, and has participated in numerous international conferences dealing with water, energy, and environmental economics. In the past she served as the Director-General, the Deputy Director-General for Industries and the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Environment. Haran is the Chair of the Environmental Committee of United Jewish Communities’ Tel Aviv – Los Angeles Partnership, a Board Member of the “Environmental Services Company” and Member of the public committee of Maala – a non-profit organization which ranks Israeli companies according to a corporate social and environmental responsibility index.
Patrick James is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California (PhD, University of Maryland, College Park). James specializes in comparative and international politics. His interests at the international level include the causes, processes and consequences of conflict, crisis and war. James is the author of 18 books and over 120 articles and book chapters. Among his honors and awards are the Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Milton R. Merrill Chair from Political Science at Utah State University, the Lady Davis Professorship of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Thomas Enders Professorship in Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary, the Senior Scholar award from the Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, the Eaton Lectureship at Queen’s University in Belfast, the Quincy Wright Scholar Award from the Midwest International Studies Association (ISA), the Beijing Foreign Studies University Eminent Scholar and the Eccles Professor of the British Library.
Prof. Meir Litvak is Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History and Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. His fields of expertise are Modern Shi’i and Iranian History and modern Islamic Movements. He received his PhD from Harvard. He is the author of several books and publications,including Nationalism, Identity and Politics: Israel and the Middle East- Studies in Honor of Prof. Asher Susser (Publisher year for all publications), From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust, and Shi’a Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The ‘Ulama of Najaf and Karbala’. In addition, he is the co-editor of Religious Fanaticism, Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity and Sunna and Shi‘a in History Division and Ecumenism in Islam.
Prof. Ze’ev Magen is Professor of Persian Language and Islamic History and the former Chair of The Department of Middle Eastern History at Bar-Ilan University. He is also a senior research associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He also lectures at the Shalem Acdemic College in Jerusalem on issues such as “Judaism and Christianity in the Eyes of Islam” and “Shi’ite Religion and Iranian Revolution.” Prof. Maghen’s areas of expertise include Revolutionary Iran, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic law, and Jewish-Muslim relations. He is fluent in English, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Russianand and has lectured widely in the US, Europe, Turkey, Russia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, India, Panama and Guatemala.
Dr. Michael C. Markovitz, Ph.D., co-founded the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and, during the developmental years of the school, and served as President. Dr. Markovitz was appointed Senior Vice President — International Initiatives. He served as Chairman of the Board of Argosy Education Group, Inc. since its inception in 1976. Dr. Markovitz became Chairman of Argosy University. He has been an active member of the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology. From 1978 to 1986, Dr. Markovitz served as a lecturer in Management at Northwestern University and as the author of the ‘BBP Guide to Human Resource Management’ a textbook regarding personnel management. Dr. Markovitz received his Doctoral Degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. He holds an MA in Psychology from University of Chicago in 1973 and a B.S. in Psychology from the City College of the City University of New York.
Prof. Chezy Ofir is a Professor of Business at the School of Business Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his master’s and PhD from Columbia University Business School following B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in engineering. His research includes judgment and decision making, information processing, mass-customization and branding issues, pricing and strategic innovation. His research has been published in top-ranked journals such as Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.Additionally, Prof. Ofir founded and led an Executive MBA in Strategic Management tailored for CEO’s and entrepreneurs.He is experienced in strategic consulting, corporate governance as well as serving as an expert witness in the US and Israel.
Prof. Sharon Pardo is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European studies in the Department of Politics and Government, the Chair of the National Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence – the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), as well as the Chair of the Bologna Training Centre (BTC) all at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Prof. Pardo is an adjunct fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a member of the Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR). His research interests focus on the legal and political dimensions of European Union foreign and security policy.
Prof. Uzi Rabi is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University. Formerly, he was the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego He is the also director of the TAU Workshop, an annual ten-day seminar for international scholars that focuses on the geopolitical situation of Israel and its neighbors, and the co-editor of Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. His research focuses on the modern history and evolution of states and societies in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, oil and politics in the Middle East, and Sunni-Shi’i dynamics. He has edited a number of volumes and books in both English and Hebrew, most recently Yemen: Revolution, Civil War, and Unification. He frequently provides expert commentary and analysis on several international and Israeli news outlets, including Arabic language television channels.
Prof. Yehudit Ronen is a professor at the Department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research covers a wide range of geo-political areas, focusing on the Middle Eastern and African affairs with a particular emphasis on the Maghreb region, particularly on Libya, Sudan and the Sahel seam-line between the Arab and African worlds. She has published works on Middle Eastern and African politics, society, ethnicity, international relations, global Jihadist community, and illegal migration to Europe, challenges and threats to the cohesion of the Arab nation-state, and Jewish life in the Muslim during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Prof. Ronen is the author of almost 100 refereed articles and notable academic books. She is a frequent commentator on the Israel and international media.
Prof. Galia Sabar is the Chair of African Studies at the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, where she also serves as the Coordinator of African Studies at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies. Sabar has published seven books and dozens of articles in professional journals. In addition to her academic research, Sabar has been a leading social activist in Israel mainly in relation to Ethiopian immigrants as well as in partnership with various NGOs assisting African labor migrants and asylum seekers. For her work she has received in April 2009 the prestigious Unsung Heroes Award, granted by the Dalai Lama under the auspices of the international organization, Wisdom in Action. She is the first Israeli recipient of this honor.