The Board of Directors consists of noted scholars, researchers, educators and businessmen. It supervises all the organizational and academic activities of the Forum.


Dr. Gideon Ben-Dror is an advisor to Israeli municipalities and local authorities. He recently led the Planning and Development team of the new “Eastern Mediterranean International School” that opened in Israel in 2014. Previously, he was Senior Deputy Director General for Planning, Development and School Construction at the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture, and later a Consultant to the Education Committee of The Knesset (the Israeli Parliament). He received his PhD in Educational Administration from the University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

Igal Bentman

Mr. Igal Bentman is Board Member, CAO and CFO at “Pama Investments and Properties, Ltd.”, a publicly traded company specializing in industry, financial services and property development. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial management for major manufacturing and technology companies. He received his MBA in Finance and International Business from McGill University and his BA in Economics and Statistics from Tel Aviv University.

Nira Danziger

Dr. Nira Danziger is an expert and researcher in organizational behaviour and human resources. She was a Senior Faculty Member at the School of Business in the College of Management. Previously, she taught sociology and education at Tel Aviv University. She wrote many articles and book chapters. She received her PhD in Sociology of Education from the University of Chicago.

Amram Efrat (003)

Mr. Amram Efrat provides business consulting services to technological and software start-ups. He was Co-founder and Co-CEO of Tact Group, Israel’s largest testing and quality assurance company (acquired by Matrix). He has over 30 years of experience as a senior designer, systems engineer and analyst for Hughes Aircraft (USA), the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Air Industry. Amram received his M.Sc. in Computer Science (with Honors) from the Hebrew University and his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.


Prof. Raphael Israeli is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Chinese history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a research fellow at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is the author of over 40 books and 100 scholarly articles Since 1974 he has been a lecturer on Islamic and Chinese History at Hebrew University, with sabbatical periods spent at universities in the US, Canada, Australia and Japan. He received his PhD in Chinese and Islamic History and his MA in East Asian History from the University of California, Berkeley.


Prof. Aharon Kleiman is senior editor of The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and chair of the Geopolitics Research Committee of The International Political Science Association. He was Dr. Nahum Goldmann Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Tel Aviv University, the Founding Director of the Abba Eban Graduate Program in Diplomatic Studies and a Senior Associate at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies. He has held numerous visiting posts at US and European universities. He has written numerous books, articles and book chapters. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and his MA in Middle Eastern Politics from Columbia University.

Itzhak Oren

Dr. Itzhak Oren is Advisor on International Affairs to the President of Yezreel Valley College and a lecturer on Public Diplomacy at the College and the University of Haifa. He served as Israeli Ambassador in Nigeria and Benin; Minister for Congressional Affairs in the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Israeli Consul in Boston, Consul for Academic Affairs in New York and Director of the Coordination Department in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He was also Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Yitzhak Rabin. He received his PhD in Political Communication from Bar Ilan University and his MA from the City University of New York.

Joseph Yelin

Prof. Joseph Yellin is Professor Emeritus of Archaeometry and Physics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his PhD in experimental Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and BSc in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Delaware. He is the author of about 100 scholarly articles in physics and archaeological science. He has been visiting Professor/Scholar at UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Harvard University and Columbia University. His current research is centered on the use of nuclear science methods to determine the origin of ancient pottery from archaeological excavations in Israel.