Prof. Shai Feldman has been serving as the President of Sapir Academic College since August 2019. Between 2005 and August 2019, he served as the Founding Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and as Professor of Politics at Brandeis University. In 1997 he was among the founders of Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (since then renamed the Institute for National Security Studies – INSS), where he later serves as its General Director. Prof. Feldman is the author of six books related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Mr. Yohanan Plesner
President of the Israel Democracy Institute
Yohanan Plesner grew up in Jerusalem and served as a soldier and officer in the IDF's elite "Sayeret Matkal" unit, in which he still serves as an active officer in reserve duty. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Economics from the Amirim Program for Excellence at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds an MPA in Political Economy and International Security from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His business experience includes filling a senior analyst position at a management consulting firm in London, UK (1998-2000), as well as co-founder and CEO at an international enterprise software company based in Israel, Canada, and the U.S. In 2005, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon appointed Plesner Head of Special Projects in the Prime Minister's Office. In 2006, he became the first Secretary-General of Israel's new ruling party, Kadima, and spearheaded the creation of the party's organizational infrastructure. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Member of Knesset and was a member of the Constitution, Law and Justice, and Defense and Foreign Affairs Committees, Co-chair of the Knesset Lobby for Higher Education, and Chairman of the Knesset's permanent delegation to the European Council.
Ms. Shira Lapidot
Director of MA Program, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Cultural Studies, Creativity and Production, Sapir Academic College
Shira Lapidot is the director of the MA Program and oversees the Cultural Leadership and Culture Management studies in the Department of Cultural Studies, Creativity and Production, Sapir Academic College. She is a lecturer and instructor in processes related to the connection between culture, community, and society.
Adv. Edna Harel-Fisher
Research Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute
Adv. Harel-Fisher is a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute where she leads its policy research on culture financing, government, and freedom of expression. Harel-Fisher filled various positions in the civil service for 25 years, mainly at the Ministry of Justice. In her last position, she served as head of a Legal and Legislative Department, subordinate to the Attorney Genaral, at the Ministry of Justice. At this position she was responsible for regulation in a variety of areas of economic activity and for a broad range of issues in the area of government regulation. Among the civil service positions held by Harel-Fisher was Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport (1999-2003). She also played an active role in shaping policy decisions on culture, broadcasting, higher education, and R&D in Israel, focusing on the legal aspects of these decisions.
Dr. Nancy Duxbury
Researcher in Cultural Mapping in Urban and Rural Space, Lecturer at University of Coimbra, Portugal
Dr. Nancy Doxbury is She the coordinator of the Portuguese team in the European research project “UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture.” She was the Principal Investigator of “CREATOUR: Creative Tourism Destination Development in Small Cities and Rural Areas,” a national research-and-application project (2016-2020) that catalyzed and developed creative tourism in small cities and rural areas across four regions of Portugal. Selected books: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry (2015), Cultural Policies for Sustainable Development (2018), and Artistic Approaches to Cultural Mapping: Activating Imaginaries and Means of Knowing (2018). She holds a PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
Mr Hili Tropper
Minister of Culture and Sport, member of the Kahol Lavan Party.
Mr. Tropper, 42, was born in Jerusalem. Today he lives with his wife Tzofit, and their four children, Yuval, Tal, Dolev, and Ofri, in Nes Harim. Tropper holds an undergraduate degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and an MA degree in History and Jewish Education from the Lander Institute.
He has experience in education and social activity focused mainly on closing social gaps and opportunity equality.
Tropper was a founder and head of several NGOs, such as Good Neighbor and Circles of Justice, as well as a founder and head of Psifas, which aids individuals in financial difficulty. In addition, he served as principle of the Branco Weiss High School in Ramle, a school designated to youths who dropped out of the system and are given another opportunity to succeed.
In his military service, Tropper served in the Duvdevan unit, and in his reserve duty was responsible for the unit trial program. He currently serves in a classified unit.
Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Ph.D.
Art historian, art critic and independent curator, member of the board of directors of CIMAM, Poland
Independent art critic and curator, museum management expert, member of CIMAM board, and Chair of the Scientific Committee, Poland.
Former director of Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and a vice-director of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Poland
Shani Kuna, Ph.D
Senior Lecturer, Human Resource Management Studies
Sapir Academic College
As a psychologist in the organizational field, Dr. Kuna is highly experienced in evaluating the impact of organizations in the social domain. Dr. Shani teaches the course “Evaluation in Cultural Organizations” in the MA Program in Cultural Studies at Sapir Academic College. She publishes regularly in leading journals in her field.
Prof. Emeritus Nissim Calderon
Sapir Academic College
Literature and culture critic. Prof. Calderon has published seven books on the social contexts of Hebrew literature. His latest book is a biography of Meir Ariel. He teaches at Sapir Academic College.
Professor Victoria Alexander
Professor of Sociology and Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Professor of Sociology and Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. Studied art museums, arts policy, arts management, sociology of the arts, neighborhoods, and user-generated reviews of cultural attractions. Prof. Alexander is the author of Sociology of the Arts (2003; 2020) and Museums and Money (1996), co-author of Art and the State (2005), and co-editor of the multi-volume Art and the Challenge of Markets (2018), alongside numerous articles. She is also Goldsmiths’ lead on the EU H2020-funded project UNCHARTED: Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture.
Ms. Anat Radnay
CEO, EVE- Independent Theatre Makers Association
Ms. Radnay is a member of the board at the Forum for Cultural Institutions and at the Yasmin Gudar Dance Company. She lectures in various frameworks on a range of topics related to culture management, cultural entrepreneurship, and production. Over the years, she has initiated, managed, produced, and was a partner in many projects in the cultural field.
Mr. Yoav Sorek
Editor in Chief of the Hashiloach Journal, PhD candidate of
Jewish History at Ben Gurion University
Sorek created the Shabbat supplement for Makor Rishon newspaper and was its editor for seven years. He is the author of The Israeli Covenant (Hebrew) and has published numerous articles on Judaism, Zionism, and public policy. He is a member of the Israeli Council for Arts and Culture.
Dr. Naftali Shem-Tov
Theater Researcher, The Open University
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arts, Literature and Language, at the Open University. It deals with social aspects of Israeli theater, festivals, community theater and alternative. He is currently researching the Mizrahi Theater in Israel. His articles have been published in various journals. His books: This impromptu teaching is not a bad word, published by the Mofet Institute, 2015; Acco Festival: Between Celebration and Confrontation, Academic Studies Press, 2016.
Ms. Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin
Film Director, Producer, and Television and Film Content Editor
For the past 17 years, Mara'ana-Menuhin has been creating documentary films which have been recognized both locally and around the world. In 2017, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her many achievements and for her contribution to the social and gender themes targeted in her films.
In 2019, she was awarded the Sami Michael Prize for Equality and Social Justice.
Today she is working on the second season of the highly popular television series “Sorry to Ask.”
She chairs the Film and Television Committee at Mifal HaPais.
Mara'ana-Menuhin teaches film and television at Sapir Academic College.
artist and curator of interdisciplinary art events
Dafna Kron is a contemporary theatre and performance artist, and a curator of art and performance events and festivals. Her projects are based on Site Specific research, focused on participation: A shared experience that explores the relationships between participants, space and the work of art. Since 2011 she has worked with The Jerusalem Season of Culture - Director of leading festival : the In House Festival. Additional curatorial work by Kron: The main event for LOVING ART/MAKING ART- the annual municipal art project in Tel Aviv; Getting Lost- a sound event in The Israeli Center for Digital Art; The Pavilion for JDW - Jerusalem Design Week, Knock Knock, Confessions (Mekudeshet festival) . She is the director of many performances, among them- all performances by Eifo Dana Company - an artists collective initiated by Kron and friends in 2006 (the award winning company performed at various museums and festivals throughout the country). She is the Dramaturg for Mekudeshet Festival (JSOC), Body-Site project (Jerusalem Dance academy). Lector and Head of Theatre productions for acclaimed author David Grossman. Masters graduate in Performance Directing from Royal School of Speech and Drama, UK and Bachelors (Honors) in Social art and Theatre from the Tel-Aviv university. Kron is a lecturer at several academic institutions in Israel - Haifa University, Seminar Hakibutzim, Musrara.
member of the Israeli parliament (Kneset) of Yesh Atid-Telem party
Orly Froman is a member of the Israeli parliament (Kneset) of Yesh Atid-Telem party. She is part of the Education, Culture & Sport committee as well as the Labor, Welfare & Health committee. Orly Froman holds a Bachelor's of science degree in Mathematics and computers as well as a Master degree in Communication science.
Orly is an education leader that was awarded an Education awards from the President of Israel, and an Excellence award as Civil servant.
Orly Froman served as the director General of the ministry of culture and sports, served as the director of the Tel-Aviv district in the ministry of education and was the principal and founder of Tichon Hadash high school in Ramat Gan.
In her last position before joining politics she served as the director of the education department in Kfar Saba .
Dr. Noha Nasser
Founding Director, MELA Social Enterprise, UK
Dr. Nasser is a passionate architect, urban designer, academic, and consultant who believes that community-based solutions to urban design and heritage can build a strong identity of place and bring people together. She is the Founding Director of MELA. Over her career Nasser has written a range of courses to meet the needs of professionals and communities. She has been actively involved in finding creative ways to engage with cultural diversity in areas of urban change where community cohesion makes social, cultural, and economic sense. Nasser is a Council of Europe Intercultural Cities expert in public space. She has held several directorial posts in academia and holds two international post-doctoral fellowships. She is a co-editor of Urban Design International journal, author of the award-winning book Bridging Cultures: The Guide to Social Innovation in Cosmopolitan Cities, and editor of the recently published book, Connections: 12 Approaches to Relationship-based Placemaking – a co-production with MELAssociates. She became a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in 2017, and serves as chair of the Association of Collaborative Design CIC whose mission is to mainstream and champion co-design in the built environment. Nasser is also a Trustee of the Canningtown Caravanserai charity, a pioneering model of regeneration and social cohesion through meanwhile use.
Ms. Michal Engelberg
Strategic Consultant, Impact
Since 2001, Engelberg has been working with corporates, nonprofits, foundations, and funders to help build capacity, sustainability, and growth to support their desired impact. From years at Citi, heading its CSR, to serving as the CEO of Marom Group, she has worked with international foundations and NGOs in designing their long-term strategies and guiding them through implementation. Since 2017,Engelberg has been working with C level executives from all sectors in leading strategic processes that incorporate financial growth as well as impact growth - both top priorities of every strategy.
Her academic background includes Political Science, Gender Studies, Group Facilitation, and an MBA with a focus on business strategy.
Dr. Gili Baruch
Research, Knowledge, and Program Development
Dr. Baruch holds a PhD in Sociology from Ben Gurion University, focusing on social and spatial aspects of globalization in Israel. Baruch has extensive experience in research and its translation into field work with civil society organizations and governmental bodies. She worked for "Shatil" in the Negev, and led the development and implementation of the social-economic development paradigm "Local Sustainable Economic Development" in Israel as a cross border project in the framework of an ENPI CBCMed project. Baruch facilitates knowledge development processes with an emphasis on adapting global models to local and regional arenas. She is a great believer in the power of the local in development processes that link between culture and economy.
Professor, Department of Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
David Throsby is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney. He is known internationally for his research and many publications on the economics of art and culture. His interests include the economics of the performing arts, the role of artists as economic agents, the indigenous art economy, heritage economics, the role of culture in sustainable development, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy. His book, Economics and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2001) has been translated into eight languages. His most recent book is The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), also published by Cambridge.
Dr. Tal Feder
Sapir Academic College
Tal Feder is an Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Cultural Affairs at Indiana University and a lecturer at Sapir Academic College. His current research focuses on access to art and cultural policy. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Haifa in a joint program with Humboldt University, Berlin. Recently, he published his paper “Normative justification for public arts funding” in the SocioEconomic Review. This paper received the 2019 Guttman award for best paper in sociology from the Israeli Sociological Association.
Prof. Douglas Noonan
Associate professor at the O’Neill School at IUPUI, USA
Doug Noonan is an associate professor at the O’Neill School at IUPUI, Indiana. His research focuses on a variety of policy and economics issues related to cultural affairs, urban environment, neighborhood dynamics, and quality-of-life. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cultural Economics, an elected Executive Board member of the Association of Cultural Economics International, Director of Research Initiatives for the O'Neill Center for Cultural Affairs, and director of the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab.
Adv. Galia Feit
Executive Director, Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Tel Aviv University Law School
Galia Feit is the Executive Director of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University Law School, which she co-founded with leading philanthropists and faculty members. She is a graduate of the TAU Law School and an active lawyer in the social law.
In her previous positions within the Law School, Feit served as Deputy Director of Clinical Programs and a clinical instructor and supervisor at the Microbusiness and Economic Justice Clinic which she founded (2003-2014). In the framework of the clinic, Feit advised on microfinance and social business projects and published articles in these fields. Prior to joining the Law School Clinical Faculty, she served as legal assistant to Justice Shlomo Levin, Deputy-President of the Israeli Supreme Court of Justice (1997-2003)
Dr. Dea Vidović
Director, Kultura Nova Foundation Croatia
Dr. Vidović is the Director of the Kultura Nova Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to civil society organizations in contemporary arts and culture in Croatia. She graduated in Comparative Literature and Indian Studies and earned a PhD in 2012 from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. For over twenty years of her professional engagement in culture and cultural policy, civil society and philanthropy, she worked as a manager, editor, journalist and researcher. She is currently an ENCATC Board member, Vice-Chair of Arts & Culture thematic network of EFC – European Foundation Center, and an Advisory Board member of the Open Heritage project.
Ms. Yeala Hazut Yanuka
Researcher, lecturer and Curator, Department of Cultural Studies, Creativity and Production, Sapir Academic College, The Department of Sociology Haifa University
Yeala Hazut Yanuka is a practitioner in arts management and art curatorship, and a researcher in the field of cultural policy. She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, Haifa University. She lectures in the Department of Cultural Studies, Creativity and Production, Sapir Academic College and in the program for Curatorial Studies and Visual Thinking at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts.
Previously, she served as Head of Arts at the British Council Israel, Director and Curator of Beit HaGefen Art Gallery-Arab Jewish Cultural Center in Haifa, and Curator at the Haifa Museum of Art. She holds an Executive MPA in Administration and Public Policy, a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Education and diplomas in Museology and Culture Management. Yeala is an Alumni of the U.S Department of State International Exchange programs IVLP in Museum Management.
Ms. Lital Amsalem Uzan
Eshkol Regional Council
Arts & Cultural Development Officer
Ms. Amsalem Uzan is a resident of the Eshkol Regional Council where she was raised and educated. She is an entrepreneur of community integrating cultural events, which reflect the local identity and pride. She is a graduate of the Department for Cultural Studies, Production and Creation at Sapir Academic College.
Mr. Giyora Yahalom
Director of Culture and Arts, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
Mr. Yahalom has been serving as the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality’s Director of Culture and Arts Division which is responsible for four major area: performances, libraries, arts, and Torah- oriented culture. He is also responsible for nine cultural centers. The Culture and Arts Division integrates vision and municipal planning in the cultural field for the residents and for the community of artists, which are and always have constituted a life-force and spirit of the city.
Ms. Gila Yakovy Gurevich
Head of Tourism & Culture Development, Galilee Development Authority
Ms. Yakovy Gurevich holds a MA degree in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from NYC and a BA degree in Political Science and Sociology from Haifa University. She is also a certified Director of Management and Human Resources Development.
She has extensive professional and managerial experience in the public and private sectors in the fields of community and leisure culture, entrepreneurship, and the digital domain.
Mr. Shmulik Ifrach
General Manager of the Be'er Sheva Theatre and Director of the Goodman Acting School of Negev
Formerly General Manager of the Cameri Theatre, Mr. Ifrach is a graduate of the Beit Zvi Acting Scholl and an actor at Be’er Sheva Theatre. He initiated and founded the first school for acting and theatre arts in the Negev where today students from all around the country study.
In recent years, Mr. Ifrach has also turned to, teaching, and directing and producing plays in various frameworks, in addition to a range of community-based activities, including founding a Jewish-Bedouin youth theatre group in Rahat. He is also co-founder of several cultural institutions in Be’er Sheba and the south, including Fringe Be’er Sheba, The Be’er Sheba Children’s Theatre, and the Excellence in Theatre program.
Ms. Shahira Shalaby
Organizational consultant and member of the Haifa City Council
Shahira Shalaby holds a MA degree in Religion Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has extensive professional experience as consultant to social change organizations on issues of leadership, planning and strategic thinking, teamwork, developing and managing resources, and community work. In addition she is a group facilitator, specializing in dialog, conflict and conflict resolution, as well as training other facilitators. Shahira is engaged in social activism at the local, national and international levels, and has held a number of positions in social change organizations. She was among the founders of the Palestinian Feminist Movement in Israel, and has established a number of initiatives and organizations working to improve the status of Arab women in Israel.
Professor Dana Arieli
Holon Institute of Technology
Prof. Dana Arieli's research and creative work deals with the interrelations between art and politics in both totalitarian and democratic systems. Her books focus on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and also on the impact of extreme situations in Israel on the artistic community. She has published and edited numerous, articles, and catalogues. Arieli is also an active photographer exhibiting both in Israel and abroad. aAs part of her current photography project “The Zionist Phantom” she invites the viewer to choose a photo and relate to it either in words or in creation.
Mr. Nabil Aboud Askar
Artistic director and CEO of the Polyphony Association for Music Education
A visionary champion for youth and community development and a gifted violinist, Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar has led and inspired people from all walks of life across Israel, Europe and the U.S. He performed with and was a spokesperson for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for a decade.
In 2006, Nabeel gave up his music career and returned to his hometown, the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth, to answer the need he saw in the community for quality music programming. He founded and led the Barenboim-Said Conservatory there. As his efforts expanded, in 2012 along with Craig and Deborah Cogut, he co-founded PF in the USA and Polyphony Education in Israel and the Conservatory was renamed the Polyphony Conservatory.
Having begun his violin studies at age eight, he graduated from Tel Aviv University in both physics and music, and completed his master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik, in Rostock, Germany.
For his groundbreaking work, Nabeel has been honored with the Charles Ansbacher Music for All Award (2015), Yoko Ono Lennon Award Courage for the Arts (2012), and an Honorary Doctorate from Washington College (2012).
Prof. Tally Katz-Gerro
University of Haifa
Prof. Katz-Gerro is a sociologist of culture, consumption, environment, and inequality In the University's Department of Sociology. In 2017, she was appointed co-editor-in-chief of Poetics journal. Katz-Gerro is currently conducting research funded by Horizon 2020 titled “European inventory of societal values of culture as a basis for inclusive cultural policies in the globalizing world.”
Ms. Zipi Mizrachi
'Studio of Her Own'
Ms. Mizrahi is a cultural entrepreneur and a university lecturer on art. She is the founder and director of Studio of Her Own, a platform for promoting women artists, located in the Litvinovsky Painter’s House in Jerusalem. Mizarhi graduated with an MA degree in Musicology and Art History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA degree in Gender Studies from the Bar-Ilan University. She is a member of the Museums Council at the Israel Ministry of Culture and was awarded the Genesis Prize for 2018 for advancing women; the Minister of Education Prize for Jewish creative arts, 2018; and the London Yaari Prize for 2010. She completed the IVLP course on social advancement through art sponsored by the USA State Department in 2016.
Mr. Eyal Sher
Israel Festival director
Currently Executive Director of the Israel Festival, Mr. Sher was previously the Director of the Art and Culture Department of the Jerusalem Foundation and served as Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque/Israel Film Archives in the framework of which he produced the annual International Jerusalem Film Festival.
Sher produced Claude Lanzmann‘s film Zahal, wrote the screenplay adaptation for Gila Almagor‘s film Under The Domim Tree, as well as the screenplay for Forbidden Love, which is based on Ansky‘s Dybbuk. He has also written and directed several TV series (Spaceship, Insomnia) and documentaries (Minus 400 and Up and Operation Thunderbolt. He is the creator and executive producer of Peacehub - track two Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution Dialogues - Live Online.
Ms. Padmafria Jenankirman
A dancer, actress, public policy, gender and environmental activist, Padmapriya has been juggling different passions for the past two decades. At Sahapedia, she is leading the work on mapping the cultural traditions, arts and heritage of Indian cities and hopes to build frameworks for cultural policymaking. She has trained at NYU and NLS Bangalore.