Alumni Network

The Reut Alumni Network (RAN) aims to introduce and re-connect Reut alumni, sustain Reut traditions and create new opportunities within the Reut family. RAN hopes to strengthen the scope of Reut’s impact, while facilitating personal and professional opportunities for a network of Reut alumni.

Read more about the Reut Institute's previous team members and past interns:

Previous Team Members:

Alissa Breiman


Alissa made aliyah from Australia in March 2010 after earning an M.A, with High Distinction, in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. Her research dealt with the institutionalization of ethnic divisions in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina.

Alissa's passion for the development and strengthening of contemporary Jewish identity is grounded in her extensive experience in informal Jewish and Zionist education and leadership. Prior to building her life in Israel, Alissa worked as the Director of Israel Programs at the Zionist Federation of Australia and as Federal Chairperson of Habonim Dror, Australia.

At Reut, Alissa was a member of the Jewish World team, tasked with advancing Jewish Peoplehood and was also a member of the Training and Professional Development team.

Alon Kimhi

Alon was an Analyst in Reut's ISRAEL 15 Task force.

Alon holds a BA in Government, Politics and Middle-Eastern studies from Ben Gurion University and a M.A. in Security studies from Tel Aviv University, both with honors.

Alon is the CEO and Founder of 'What Israel' organization, which he founded in 2011. The organization educates, trains and sends young students and academics to different campuses around the world to represent Israel.

Amit Granek


Amit is currently working as head of strategy unit at Tzfat Municipality. Prior to that Amit has led the Regional Development team at Reut, developing the conceptual framework on Israel's peripheries. Amit holds a MSc. in International Public Policy from University College London (2007), and was awarded the 2007 Chevening Scholarship, by the British Government.

Amit completed his BA in Economics and Political Sciencefrom Tel Aviv University (2005) while working at Mati Ra'anana as an Economist. He was a member of the Nova project - giving free consultancy services to NGO's. Following his BA, Amit worked as an Analyst in Sunrise Projects, seeking funding solutions for High-Tech companies.

Anat Horowitz Harel


Anat is currently working as the head of the research and planning unit at the Open Landscape Institute (OLI), a professional institute dedicated to the preservation of Israel`s open landscapes. From 2009-2012, Anat was a member of the Socio-Economic Development taskforce at Reut. She worked on the conceptual framework on Israel's peripheries as well as contributing research related to Reut's public participation in decision making conceptual framework.

Anat is a graduate of the Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology, in Haifa and holds a B.A. (with honors) in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning. Before joining the Reut Institute, Anat was involved in urban and regional projects, as part of different planning teams, that dealt with planning and environmental policy.

Assaf Tesler

Assaf was the Personal Assistant to the CEO and the office manager in Reut. Previously he served as the assistant of the chief of staff to the Head of Human Resorces for three and a half years.

Avi Rozen

Avi was a member of the National Security and Global Affairs taskforce at Reut, responsible for Reassessing Israel's national security and foreign policy strategy. He previously served as a U.S. foreign policy analyst at the Political Research Center at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was involved in policy planning teams dealing with US - Israel relations, Israel's international policy and strategic affairs.

Avi is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied for the Mphil in Politics at the department of Politics and International Relations, and holds a M.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2008, Avi coordinated and organized an international conference at the University of Oxford, bringing together top policy makers, scholars and journalists from Israel and the UK, to address the challenges facing Israel at its 60th. During his graduate studies, Avi was a co-organizer of the academic lecture series "Israel: Historical, Political and Social Aspects" at the University of Oxford. Avi was also a member of the executive committee and the treasurer of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG) and was responsible for the group's financial management and its external relations.

Avi is also a graduate of Israel's Institute of Technology (Technion) in Electrical Engineering. In the past Avi held various development and management positions in the High Tech Industry.

Bari Bar-Zion


Bari Bar-Zion is an established professional manager and an economist.

During almost 20 years of extensive managerial and economic practice in the private and the public sectors, Bar-Zion gained experienced and specialized in leading complex organizations through processes of change. During this time he also accumulated skills in multi-level, multi-party negotiations and conflict resolution. Bar-Zion is experienced in strategic policy analysis and has background in various international environments as well as a thorough acquaintance with the Israeli governmental sector.

Bar-Zion served as Chairman of ISCARE BV, as CEO of A4e Israel - owned by a British multinational as well as the CEO of Amin - a Joint Venture of A4e group in partnership with the Israeli Amanet. Bari was Director General of Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem under receivership and turned it around. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Director-General of the Israeli Ministry of Finance and before that served as Business Advisor to the Director General as well as the budget officer of the Israel State Lottery.

Bar-Zion serves as an active board member of several companies and NGOs, including Reut's board, where he worked as an analyst at the National- Security team.

Bari holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Business Administration and an M.B.A., both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also has a Master in Public Administration from the J.F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dahlia Shaham

Dahlia served as the leader of Reut's TOP15 Socio-Economics policy team (2007). She completed her legal internship at Dr. J. Weinroth and Co. Advocates (2003-2004) and worked as a research assistant to Prof. Eyal Benvenisti (2002-2004). Dahlia holds a L.L.B (with honors) in Law and Latin American Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2003). She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, MA.

Dan Alon

Dan served as Reut's administrative assistant. Dan grew up in Kibbutz Yas'ur in the northern Galilee. During his IDF service he served as head of office in the Israeli Airforce Anti-Aircraft Corps. Dan has also worked for the Armament Development Authority of Israel (RAFAEL).

Daniel Kerenji

Daniel served as an Analyst at the Reut's resilience team. Daniel holds a BA in history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2003). He is currently completing a 2nd year Honor's Graduate MA Program student in the Federman Public Policy School and Government at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Daniel is an oleh from Serbia and has been living in Israel since 1999.

Deborah Housen - Couriel


Deborah Housen-Couriel has served as the Director of the Wexner Foundation's Israel Fellowship Program, based in Jerusalem, since 2007. Prior to this position, Deborah served as Analyst Team Leader for Middle East regional issues at the Reut Institute, an innovative public policy think tank. Between 1994 and 2005, she was Director of the Department of Regulation and International Treaties in the Israeli Ministry of Communications, and served as well in the Director-General's Bureau of the Ministry. During this period, she participated as legal adviser in delegations to the World Trade Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the bilateral negotiations leading up to the Oslo Accords, and for the peace treaty with Jordan. Deborah has taught at the law faculties of Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University and the College of Management in Rishon LeTsion, and has published research on a variety of legal and public policy issues. She has also been involved in the recent development of Israel's national cybersecurity policy as a researcher at Tel Aviv University's Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at the Helod Hartog School of Government and Policy.

Deborah received her B.A. in History and Anthropology summa cum laude from Wellesley College and the Ecole de Sciences Politiques in Paris; her LL.B. and LL.M. cum laude from Hebrew University; and a M.P.A. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Foundation Fellow in 2000-2001.

Dotan Shapira Gal

Dotan worked as an analyst in Reut's Socio-Economic Team and was also a member of the team dealing with training analysts. Dotan holds a Master's degree in sociology (with honors) from Tel-Aviv University, during which time he focused on surveys and public opinion. He has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Haifa University. Dotan previously worked as a teaching assistant at the sociology department in Tel-Aviv University, volunteered at a center for Aliya absorption at Haifa University, and took part in a tutoring program on behalf of the Price-Brodie Initiative in Jaffa.

Elad Foa

Elad joined the Reut Institute in order to develop and operate Reut's web-based policy platform (2006). Elad previously worked as head of information security in the office of the Prime Minister in Jerusalem and later in the office of the President of the State of Israel. Elad has a B.A. in History and General Studies in the field of International Relations, and he is currently studying for his Masters degree.

Elad Leshem

Elad holds a BA in philosophy, political science and economics (PPE) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2008), as well as a MA in Law from Bar Ilan University (2011). He currently works as a researcher for the Van leer Institute in Jerusalem conducting research on privatization, nationalization and the state's responsibility. Elad also conducts research on negotiations and conflict resolution for Government agencies.

Eran Shayshon

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Eran worked at Reut as the Director of Policy and Strategy. Eran led all Reut's content projects in the fields of national secuity, Israel's relations with the Jewish World and the socio-economic sphere (Israel 15). Eran is also the former head of the Reut training program. Eran's flagship project focused on the assault on Israel's legitimacy. The documents published by Eran's team on this issue are considered the most comprehensive of their kind and reverberated globally. Eran has published op-eds and is frequently cited in the Israeli and Jewish press.

Eran holds an MBA from The College of Management, an M.A. in Middle East Studies, and a B.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Etan Cohen


Etan was an analyst on the Israeli National Security and Global Affairs taskforce.

Prior to joining Reut, Etan spent time at the Ministry of Strategic Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office, as an advisor to the Director of the Palestinians and Neighboring Countries Division. Additionally, he volunteered and worked in Casablanca (while learning the secrets of Moroccan cuisine). Earlier, he worked as a writer and editor at a public affairs and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C.

Etan holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, where he completed a double major in economics and political science as a McCabe Scholar. He is currently pursuing his M.A. in international relations with a specialization in security and diplomacy at the Hebrew University.

Gabe Ross

Gabe worked at Reut both as a research fellow and as an analyst (2005-2006). he later worked as a journalist at the Associated Press office in Jerusalem. Gabe holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

Gaddy Paran

Gaddy was head of organizational development at the Reut- Institute (2006). He holds a B.A. (1998 – 2001) in political science (with honors) and geography and an M.A. in political science from the public and internal audit program (with a scholarship for excellence) (2001 – 2003), both from the University of Haifa.

Today, Gadi is the industrial relations director of the Technion Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He is Also in charge of the relationship between the faculty and it's thousands of graduates. Gadi works voluntarily as a member of Friends of the program "leading to the Technion", operated by the Municipality of Haifa, Technion, WIZO, the Manufacturers Association and other organizations, and aimed at encouraging girls to study science and technology.

Gaddy Weissman


Gaddy Weissman is responsible for Trade Linkages at the Foreign Trade Administration of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor. As part of his work on trade and environment issues, Gaddy represents Israel at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change on technology issues. His other responsibilities include trade and labor policy, and long term trade strategy. Gaddy's previous experience is in technology and policy issues. After moving to Israel in 2006, he led the socio-economic policy team at the Reut Institute before joining the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Previously, he worked in venture capital, in debt finance, and as a high-tech engineer. Gaddy has bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Gil Murciano

Gil is currently completing his PhD studies in International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin (BTS). In parallel, Gil still serves as a consultant to Reut on Strategic Development in the European Sphere and on National Security.

In his 3 years of employment at the Reut Institute, Gil has led the Sustainable Technological Innovation team, and served as a Senior Analyst at the National Security Team. He was involved in the "engaging with the political Deligitimization against Israel" project, the re-evolution of Israel's national security concept project, and led the efforts to create and implement a vision for Israeli sustainable technological innovation.

Before joining Reut Institute, Gil held different positions in the Israeli PM office and in the security community. Also, he worked as research assistance at the Truman institute of the Hebrew University. Gil is a former Heritage-Legacy Fellow for Jewish Leadership and is currently a member of the Atkin Fellowship - a joint Israeli-Arab international forum designed to produce innovative ideas for conflict resolution. Apart of his academic and professional experience, Gil was also one of the founders of the "Kikar Hamedina" tent camp-site and the "on-the-ground" think tank, during the last social protest in Israel (2011).

Gil holds a B.A. in International Relations and Communications (Magna cum laude) and a M.A in Conflict Studies (Summa cum laude), both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He published his M.A research as a research fellow at the War Studies Department of King's College London (2011). His project was recently awarded the Arlosoroff Prize for Israeli Foreign Policy research (2013).

Jeremy Fischer


Jeremy is now working as a senior manager for IDinsight in Uganda, a social enterprise that uses rigorous impact evaluations to help provide policy makers with hard data on which to base policy. Perior to that, Jeremy was an analyst at Reut working on the Tikkun Olam and Public Participation tasks forces.

Jeremy received a B.A. in International Relations and Quantitative Economics at Tufts University and a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to working at Reut, Jeremy held jobs in public diplomacy and international development. From 2000-2002 he worked as the Academic Affairs Officer at the Israeli Consulate in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). In that role Jeremy served as a liaison to the New England colleges and universities, helping bring high level Israeli speakers and cultural events to campus and promoting Israel advocacy through semi-annual student leadership seminars and other activities.

After a year-long trip throughout Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, Jeremy worked at Chemonics International, an implementer of foreign assistance projects, from 2004-2007. As a Project Administrator and later Financial Analysis and Compliance Manager, Jeremy created, strengthened, and evaluated systems and processes on projects in varying technical fields throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. During this time he spent five months in Angola as the Operations and Finance Manager helping a health project during its start-up phase.Jeremy worked with the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Liberia on local governance issues during the summer of 2008 while a graduate student and then returned to Liberia to work with the World Bank as an Infrastructure Consultant from 2009-2011. He contributed to the design of the solid waste collection system in Monrovia and advised the Mayor and her staff on implementation and oversight. He also worked with the Ministry of Public Works on road, port, and water infrastructure projects throughout the country.An avid traveler,

Jeremy has visited more than 50 countries, studied in the United States, Israel, Chile, and Spain, and lived and worked in the United States, Liberia, and Angola. He speaks English, Spanish and Hebrew, along with a little bit of French and Portuguese.

Josh Gottesman

Josh Gottesman joined Reut in September of 2012 to help the organization's President, Gidi Grinstein, in finishing his book, Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptabilty. In addition to editing the text itself, he was also responsible for preparing materials to facilitate learning and discussion using the book as a springboard.

Josh co-founded TOM- "Tikkun Olam Hackathon" bringing together the "Makers" of the XLN community with "Need Knowers" from around the world to identify and address pressing problems of humanity that can be solved using the tools of 3D manufacturing.

He holds an MA in Jewish Thought and Rabbinic Literature from Tel Aviv University and BS in Communcations Studies from the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. He was also rewarded teacher's certificates in the field of communication from the State of Texas and Jewish Education from the Shalom Hartman Institute's Melamdim Educators Program.

Prior to moving to Israel in 2010 Josh taught Jewish Studies at the Emery Weiner School in Houston, TX.

Jude Jacob


Jude was the Development and External Relations Team Leader at the Reut Institute. Her position included organizational development and the support of Reut's financial resilience.

Jude holds a BA from Cambridge University in English. Jude made Aliyah in 2010, and prior to joining Reut, took part in Gvahim's 'Olim b'Amutot 2', a training and internship program for resource development professionals. Jude has also worked as a freelance copywriter and marketing strategist, and as a member of the Resource Development team at the non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Israel.

Jude leads Gvahim's Non Profit and Public Sector Committee (NPPS).

Jude joined the Reut Institute in October 2011 as part of the Development and External Relations team.

Liran Bainvol


Liran is currently a PhD student at the Bar Ilan University and work as research assistance in a course on US-Israeli relations. Liran PhD deals with the approach of US Congress to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (1991-2004). He will soon start working as an analyst on American affairs in the Policy Research Center of the foreign office. At Reut, Liran was an analyst in the National Security team and worked on issues such as updating Israel's National security strategy, the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the de-legitimization challenge. Liran holds a BA in Political Science and Communication and MA in Conflict Management and Resolution, both from the Hebrew University. Apart from his job at Reut, he was a part of a dialog group between Israelis and Palestinians at the Jerusalem institute for Israel Studies.Liran recently participated in a symposium on American Foreign Policy at the Salzburg Seminar American Studies Association (SSASA) that was held in Salzburg, Austria.

Michal Cohen


Michal served as the Media and Communications spokesperson for Reut (2005-07). She holds a BA in Political Science from the Hebrew University (1997-2000), and a diploma in Organizational Consulting from the College of Management (2000-2003). Michal currently works as a Media Adviser in the offices of Motti Sherf and is responsible for managing portfolios in the telecommunications and technology industries.

Mireille Surowitz

Mireille worked as an analyst in the National-Security team and later as part of the Reut's Development team. Mireille completed her MSc in Nationalism and Ethnicity from LSE in 2004 and her BA in Politics and History from Oxford Brookes University in 2003, both with merits. Mireille made Aliyah in December 2004 and before joining Reut worked for the International Relations Department of Yad Vashem. Mireille currently works at Metzilah and is responsible for the organization's Fundraising and Strategic Planning.

Noa Ecker-Amrani


Today, Noa is the deputy director of Strategic and Economic Research, Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy.

Noa joined Reut in 2008 and has worked as part of the Sustainable Competitiveness team since June 2011. As an analyst, Noa took part in the major efforts of the Socio-Economic Development taskforce in Reut, including writing the conceptual framework Principles and Guidelines for Acheiving a Socioeconomic Leapfrog - Version B, developing the conceptual framework Leapfrogging the Periphery and mobilizing impact efforts for regional development, and investigating the implementation of the "flexicurity" approach within the public sector in Israel (in cooperation with the Prime Minister's Office).

Noa holds a BA with honors in PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) and Amirim, a special program for outstanding students at the Hebrew University. She has an Honors MA degree from the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University. During her studies she worked as a research assistant to Prof. Hofnung and as a project coordinator for "Brera" - an organization that promotes student volunteerism.

Before joining the Reut Institute, she worked as a research assistant at the Smokler Center for Health Policy Research at the Brookdale Institute. She served as a research officer in military intelligence.

Noa Eliasaf - Shoham

A member of Reut's founding team, Noa served as Reut's Vice President from 2004 to 2006. She is an activist with extensive management experience in non-profit organizations and was the Founder and CEO of an NGO in the road safety field (2000-2003); spokesperson of the National Institute of Transportation; coordinator of the Coalition for Women in Politics (1997-1999). Noa graduated from Tel-Aviv University.

Omri Dagan


Omri is the Director of Civil-Service Cadet Program, a unique and cutting-edge initiative within the government sphere that is aimed to groom public service elite. He serves at the Civil-Service Commission in the Prime Minister Office.

Omri has overall responsibility for establishing, shaping, crystalizing and operating the program, as well as surveillance and supervising on the training team (academic and non-academic) and on the placement activities of the cadets within various Governmental units.

Before, Omri was the Vice President of The Reut-Institute (2006-2010) and Analyst and an Analyst Team Leader (2004-2005).

Omri is the first recruited person of Reut and took a major part in leading and transforming Reut from Becoming Organized to an Organization, and from an Organization to an Institution. In this context, he was in charge of initiating, crystalizing and implementing Leadership Development Policy of identifying, screening, recruiting and grooming a cadre of strategic leaders at Reut; had responsibility for overall management of Reut and documenting Reut's operational methodology and training the policy teams in its application. Also, Omri guided and mentored processes of knowledge development that focus on elucidation of present and future policy needs of various government sectors and civil-society.

Between the years 1999-2003 Omri was a Project Manager of IDF Jewish Identity and Leadership Training Academy for Officer Cadets (BAHAD 1) and a facilitator of identity and mediation workshops. The position was held in the framework of 'Gesher – Educational Affiliates' – Israel’s oldest and largest non-profit educational organization dedicated to bridging the gap between different segments of population.

In this context, Omri was in charge for developing methods for IDF Officer Cadets Jewish Identity Training program which seeks to strengthen Jewish and Zionist identity of Israeli soldiers, clarify questions of values and heighten motivation for meaningful military service. Also, Omri guided and mentored a cadre of facilitators from Gesher that were responsible for the Identity and mediation workshops for the Officer Cadets.

Omri holds an M.A. in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution and a B.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies. Both degrees were received with honors from the Hebrew University.

Omri Zegen


Omri Zegen was the Vice President of the Reut Institute.

Omri joined the Reut Institute in 2007, where he worked on National Competitiveness, the Socio-Economic 'Central Mind' and Policy Units - An Instrument for Navigation.
In 2008 he was appointed Team Leader, where he led the project to create the conceptual framework outlining the Principles and Guidelines for Achieving a Socio-Economic Leapfrog (Version B). This role also involved developing the knowledge creation phase for Leapfrogging Israel's Periphery as well as implementing the principles of the Flexicurity Approach in Israel, especially in the public sphere (joint project with the Prime Minister's Office).
In April 2010, Omri began to lead the Inclusive Growth project, in partnership with the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services. The conceptual framework 'Israel's New Social contract for Growth, Inclusiveness and Community Building' was published in August 2011. Together with Gidi Grinstein, Omri served as a representative of the Reut Institute in the sub-committee for the social services of the Trajtenberg committee.

Since January 2011, Omri has been at Reut in the capacity of Director of the ISRAEL 15 Taskforce and HR Director.

Omri was appointed to Vice President in July 2012. His position included financial management, and overall responsibility for daily operations of the organization.

Omri holds a BA in Economics and History and an MA in History (with honors) from Tel-Aviv University. His thesis, a combination of historical research and economic analysis, focused on Israel's treatment of abandoned Arab property between 1948 and 1950. Omri was both a research assistant and teacher assistant in the Open University of Israel and Tel-Aviv University. As a student, he participated in an Arab-Jewish leadership and cooperation project.

Omri has experience in the field of non-formal education, group process work and instruction. He was Head of Education and Instruction of the Tel-Aviv district of the Israeli Scouts. There he implemented a comprehensive new education program and recruited volunteers among high school graduates for a one year civil-service.

Omri is an officer in the IDF at the rank of major. He is a company commander (reserve duty).

Omri is married to Neta and is the proud father of Uri and Yonatan.

Ronit Gudes


Ronit worked as an analyst in the ISRAEL 15 and later Strategy and Structure teams at Reut after joining the organization as a Legacy Heritage Fellow, an international Jewish leadership program. She holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategic studies from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. During her last year of studies, Ronit took part in the Argov fellowship program for honor students focusing on leadership and diplomatic skills. She was a member of the Nova project - giving free consultancy services to NGO's and has participated in advocacy missions by "Israel at heart". She currently works as a legislative analyst in the department of Congressional Affairs, at Israel's embassy in Washington D.C.

Shay Gurion

Shay is currently working as a journalist, after previously working for the TV program "London & Kirshenbaum". Shay has a BA in Law and Economics from Tel-Aviv University, where he specialized in International Law, and will soon start his Masters program in Philosophy. In Reut, Shay was a part of the Socio-Economic team, where his work focused on welfare and labor market policy.

Shay Maoz


Shay, born and raised in Haifa, contributed to several task forces within the Socio Economic team in Reut, such as the technological-scientific innovation or the taskforce dedicated to creating sustainable competitiveness.

Shay's previous experience at Reut includes inclusive growth and community building projects, and involvement in the regional development round table preparing for a future economic crisis.

Shay holds a BA from the Technion in economics and management, and a MA in Economics.

Shay served as a staff officer at the Israeli Navy, and is a graduate if Ein Prat - the Israeli academy for leadership.

Shirlee Harel


Shirlee Harel is the CEO of Lev Ohev, a non-governmental organization that engages business leaders in community building and supporting youth-at-risk. At Reut, Shirlee worked as the Director of the Development and External Relations Taskforce and founded the Reut Alumni Network (RAN).

Shirlee moved from Toronto to Israel in May 2008. Prior to making Aliyah, Shirlee completed a Bachelor of Education degree at McGill University (2005) and later a Masters of Education degree at York University (2008). While living in Toronto, Shirlee founded Tutor Toronto, a tutoring company for students with special needs. In addition, she worked at York University where she lectured on topics related to NGO Management and Special Education, while creating a mentorship program to help promote equity in public education.

Upon arrival to Israel, Shirlee worked at Save a Child's Heart (SACH), a humanitarian non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries. She joined SACH as Young Leadership Director (2008 - 2009) and was later promoted to Director of Public and International Relations (2010). In June 2010, Shirlee graduated from the Sofaer International MBA program at Tel Aviv University.

Tally Zingher

Originally from New York, Tally Zingher is a co-founder of the MENA Investment Network. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions and in the area of economic cooperation and development in the Middle East. Tally received her BA in Economics and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard College, her MA in International Development Economics from the Harvard Kennedy School and her law degree (J.D.) from Harvard Law School. Prior to co-founding MENA-I.N, Tally worked as an investment banking analyst and as a corporate lawyer for the New York-based law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and as in-house counsel for Dubai's sovereign wealth fund. Tally is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as co-director of KolDor, a global network for young Jewish leaders. At Reut, Tally was a part of the Socio-Economic team, mainly working on the Israel 15 vision.

Toni Hasson


Toni specializes in organizational development with communities and donors in Israel and abroad.
Previously, Toni worked on the Reut Institute's development team, with focus on philanthropic foundations and the Jewish communities in Boston and London. Prior to joining Reut, Toni worked as Project Manager for the ACOM Association in Madrid, which works to improve Israel's image in Spain, with emphasis on fostering relationships with government and media. Toni has a BA in International Affairs from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently completing her MA in Cultural Research at Tel Aviv University.

Yael Weisz Zilberman


Yael served as Team Leader at the Reut Institute in Tel Aviv (2006-2011) where she led projects to develop a new strategy to combat poverty and socio-economic disparities in Israel, and to build prosperous and resilient communities in peripheral areas of the country.
Yael grew up in Argentina, moved to Israel at the age of eighteen, and served as an officer in the IDF. Yael holds an MBA in finance from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Hertzliya (2011), and a B.A in Middle East History from Tel Aviv University (with honors).

Yariv Mann

Yariv organized the Reut team that dealt with the strategy and structure and was responsible for the training process of Reut analysts. Yariv has a background in a variety of teaching contexts; as assistant teacher in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; as lecturer at the Open University and lecturer in Public Management and Policy at the Ashkelon Academic College among others. Yariv currently works in the Prime Minister's Office in the area of policy planning and with responsibility for organizing inter-sectoral partnership.

Yehonatan Adiri


A globally recognized entrepreneur, Yehonatan is the former Innovation Adviser to the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, and is currently the leader of Better Place Inc.’s global scaling strategy.

While training at the US Space Agency’s Silicon Valley Research Center (Singularity University), Yehonatan co-founded, the global pioneer in peer-to-peer car-sharing that won the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt award.

An Israeli national, Yehonatan began his career as the Chief Combat Cone Negotiator between the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Israel Defense Forces. He was recognized for his excellent service in this role, including for his leadership in implementing the 2004 Israel-Hezbollah prisoner exchange.

Following his military service, Yehonatan worked at the Reut Institute, where he worked on the National Security team and represented the organization in New York.

Yehonatan holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from the Open University, and an MA with honors in Political Science & law from Tel Aviv University. He also published his MA thesis research in counter terrorism at the Northwestern University Interdisciplinary Law Review. In July 2011, Yehonatan was selected as one of the 40 under 40 young leaders of Israel by the country’s leading economic newspaper,

Yuval Holtzmann

Yuval served as Reut's Chief of Methodology and HR until Dec 2013. Yuval holds a Master's degree in organizational-applied sociology and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Haifa University.

Yuval is a qualified group leader from the extracurricular studies unit of Bar-Ilan University. He has experience instructing, guiding and directing various audiences in organizational and personal development, operations and procedures.

Yuval was an academic assistant of Prof. Yitzhak Samuel. He specialized in applied analysis of organizational structures, features and procedures. Moreover, he guided and directed facilitators of the Michael Method (Fulfilling Individual Potential to Attain Excellence).

Yuval is the founder of DoAlogue project, and serves as a mentor in Ramon SpaceLab.

Past Interns:

Adam Cole

Adam Cole (Reut fellow Fall 2004) is a shareholder at the international law firm of Heller Ehrman LLP, resident in its San Francisco office. Adam is litigator with a concentration on complex commerical litigation, dispute resolution, and insurance issues. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has written and lectured on a range of legal topics, Jewish issues and issues relating to Israel. He is a member of the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League in San Francisco and Chair of its Civil Rights Committee. Adam has taught insurance law at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) and Hastings College of the Law. He served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, Africa immediately after college.

Allison Lazarus


My name is Allison Lazarus, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am currently a student at Yale University, where I am double majoring in History and Political Science. At Yale, I edit an international relations scholarship magazine, tutor inmates at a nearby prison and work for the New Haven Board of Aldermen. During my time at Reut, I interned for the National Security team, working on a redefinition of Israel’s national security goals. This summer, I am interning at the New America Foundation, for Franklin Foer, where I will be helping him to write an intellectual history of American liberalism.

Benedetta Berti


Benedetta Berti is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a Young Atlanticist Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a member of the faculty at Tel Aviv University. Her research is related to political violence and conflict in the Middle East, as well as social movements theory and strategic nonviolence. She focuses specifically on political integration of armed groups, democratization, SSR and rule of law. Dr. Berti also works as security and policy consultant for both political risk consulting firms, international organizations as well as foreign embassies. In addition, she collaborates for publications like the Christian Science Monitor.Dr. Berti holds a PhD and an MA in international relations and security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A in Middle Eastern studies from Bologna University. Before joining INSS, Dr. Berti worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East, and the US, focusing on human rights, internal conflict, and political violence. She was a lecturer and researcher at Tufts and Harvard Universities, a legislative and policy assistant on Capitol Hill, and a fellow at the Reut Institute. Dr. Berti has written extensively on the political participation of armed groups, human rights, and Middle Eastern politics. She has authored two forthcoming books on these subjects with Johns Hopkins University press, and regularly publishes book chapters and articles in journals, edited volumes, and policy publications.

Daniel Kandel

Born and raised in Israel, Daniel graduated from Hadarim High School in 2010 and completed his military service serving in an elite intelligence unit of the IDF where he gained command leadership experience as well as strong linguistic and technological skills. Daniel was an intern ar Reut's team focusing on the delegitimization threat against Israel.

Daniel Saat


Daniel is pursuing dual MBA/MPA degrees at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service. Prior to coming to NYU, Daniel lived in San Francisco working as Senior Financial Analyst at Tides—a dynamic social enterprise that provides infrastructure services to a network of thousands of nonprofits, philanthropists, activists, and social entrepreneurs. During the summer of 2011, Daniel worked with Reut on building strategic finance and impact measurement systems. This summer he'll be based in Beijing China working with a micro-credit and financial services company called CreditEase. Daniel grew up in Rochester, NY and did his undergraduate work at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Daniel Scott

Daniel holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where his graduate thesis focused on the theory of national identity conflict. He also holds both a BA and MA in history from Cambridge University, where his undergraduate thesis focused on US Middle East foreign policy during the Nixon-Kissinger years. After working for two years, first as an analyst at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, and then as an associate consultant at Gallup, Daniel moved to Israel in 2010. He joined the Reut Institute in January 2011 as a fellow on the National Security team.

Eden Gallanter


Eden is an American urban planner with a background in green infrastructure, low-income community development, historic preservation, and restoration ecology. She holds a Master's in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and was involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Oakland. Eden led the Galilee Team’s UNESCO project for Tsfat.

Edun Sela

Edun holds an LL.B. in Law and Government (cum laude) from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he worked as a teaching assistant while completing an LL.M. in Business Law. Most recently, Edun completed his Legal Internship at Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, Law Offices, focusing on Corporate Law, M&A and High-Tech. He is alumnus of the Rabin Leadership Program, the Stand With Us Fellowship and Duke Law School’s Asia-American Institute in Transnational Law. In the past, Edun coordinated a Legal Aid Clinic at Neve Hadassah Boarding School and provided pro-bono consulting services to social organizations as a member of the Nova Project.

Federico Petrelli


Federico Petrelli holds a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from IDC Herzliya and an M.Sc. in Foreign Service (with honors) from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Reut Institute, he worked as a Goldman Fellow at the American Jewish Committee in Jordan and the United States, where he helped prepare, coordinate and report on the organization's consultations with over seventy heads of state and foreign ministers, and at MergerMarket, where he reported to investors worldwide about financial opportunities in Israel. Federico speaks Italian, English, Hebrew, French, Arabic and Spanish. He worked at the Reut Institute as a fellow in the National Security team from October to December 2011, focusing mostly on delegitimization.

Gabrielle Charnoff


Gabrielle was an intern at the National Security taskforce.

Gabrielle grew up in Rockville, MD and is currently a Junior at the University of Miami majoring in Economics and International Studies and minoring in Finance and Political Science. She spent her last few semesters in college actively involved in founding Tamid Israel Investment Group on her campus, which invests in Israeli companies, consults for Israeli start-ups and sends students to intern in Tel Aviv on a business fellowship program. Internship opportunities have fostered Gabrielle's interest in economic development and impact investing, specifically in the Middle East. She plans on studying in Spain in Fall 2013 to develop her proficiency in Spanish, in addition to Hebrew.

Isabel Polon

Isabel was an intern at the Syria Project team.

Isabel Polon is from Santa Monica, California. She graduated from Yale University in 2011 with degrees both in English Literature and Studio Art. Isabel worked previously at "Aide et Action International"-South Asia's Hyderabad office in tribal girl's education access and early childhood education. She intends to pursue a career in international development and comparative education.

Jordana Singer

Jordana Singer (Reut fellow Summer 2008) holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brandeis University. During her studies, she completed the foreign policy track of the Washington Semester Program at American University concentrating on international development and Middle East issues. She is currently working on completing a Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University focusing on policy making and governmental advocacy.

Leora Addison

Leora Addison (Reut Fellow Summer 2005) is currently completing an MA in International Relations in Middle East Studies and International Economics at Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She received a BA with College Honors in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to pursuing her Masters degree, Leora worked for three years in finance as a Private Client Associate at Bernstein Investment Research and Management in Chicago.

Matthew Davidov

Matthew is a Junior at Emory University, double majoring in Political

Science and Mathematics. A native of Los Angeles, Matthew was interning at the Reut Institute for six months while he studied at Tel Aviv University on an exchange program.

Matthew Stone

Matt Stone (Analyst Intern, Summer 2015) worked on two teams during his time at Reut: the Nation-State team, during its nascent stages, and Smart Communities. He is from Chicago, IL, and at the time of writing is an undergraduate at Yale College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. On campus, Matt is complementing his literature studies with journalism and global affairs, and has helped develop several international Model United Nations conferences for high school-aged youth, hosted in Beijing, Budapest and New Haven, CT. Additionally, he is a member of the steering committee for TEDxYale, the university’s annual TED talk series. Transitioning from his passion for creating educational experiences on an international level, Matt intends to explore American education policy and reform during his remaining two years at Yale. But as he learned at Reut, he will keep his mind open to unseen connections and possibilities.

Natalie Birnbaum

Natalie joined Reut in October 2013 as a fellow on behalf of the Menachmen Begin Heritage Center. Natalie was a member of the Tikkun Olam team and completed much of the research for the upcoming 21st Century Tikkun Olam project.

Natalie graduated from Vanderbilt University in May of 2013 where she earned her dual degree in Psychology and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Prior to Reut, Natalie worked at the Office of the New York State Attorney General as a member in the executive department. She has also worked as a canvasser for the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Noam Noked

Noam is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School, where he completed his LL.M. studies in 2010. He holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Law from Tel Aviv University (graduated summa cum laude). Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Noam clerked in the Israeli Supreme Court for Hon. Deputy Chief Justice E. Rivlin, and worked in the Capital Market Division in the Israeli Treasury.

Owen Alterman

Owen Alterman (Reut fellow Summer 2005) currently works as a lawyer in New York. He completed his J.D. at Harvard Law School and his A.B. in Near Eastern Studies (summa cum laude) at Princeton University. In 2004-05, Owen was a foreign law clerk to the Honorable Asher Dan Grunis of the Supreme Court [of Israel], and Owen has served in many capacities at many Jewish organizations. In addition, Owen has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania, worked at internships in Hong Kong and Sierra Leone, retraced the Silk Road from Turkey to China, and traveled extensively in the Middle East, the Balkans, and elsewhere.

Sivan Kriboshe


Sivan was an intern at the Exteral Relations Team.

Sivan was born and raised in Israel. She has a B.A. in Government from the IDC Herzliya, specializing in Diplomacy and Strategy and Conflict Resolution.

In the last three years she is working at the Municipality of Netanya and in October 2013 she will start her M.A. in Political Communications in Bar-Ilan University.

Sivan was a reporter for Avangarde magazine in the IDC and an editor of the health section at

Stephanie Cohn

Stephanie Cohn (Reut Fellow Summer 2004) is holds an MPA in “International Trade and Finance” at Harvard University, and holds a M. Sc. in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics, and a B.Sc. in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Bristol, U.K. Previously, she has worked for the World Bank and UNESCO on Francophone Africa and for US government contractors in microfinance in Central Asia and Russia. In 2005, Stephanie began working as a public finance investment banker for UBS in New York City. She is both a French and American citizen.

Sybil Ottenstein


At Reut, Sybil was an intern on the National Security and Global Affairs team, primarily working on issues relating to Jewish peoplehood and Tikkun Olam. She is currently in a Masters program at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on International Security Studies and Political Systems and Theories. Sybil is a senior editor at the Harvard Kennedy School Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy. She has worked at the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. Sybil holds a BA in Government from the IDC Herzliya and participated in the Argov Fellowship in Leadership and Diplomacy. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and made Aliya in 2005 and plan to return to Israel upon the completion of her Masters.

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook, 25, is an Israel Government Fellow from the Menachem Begin Center in Jerusalem. Rachel holds a degree in Justice Studies, with an emphasis in Law and Security Administration, from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, Canada. She has lived in Canada, the United States, Israel and Italy, and travelled extensively in North America and Europe. As a student she was involved with numerous student political organizations, both in Canada and internationally, and is especially interested in Canada/US relations, especially the relationship between the Canadian Territories and Alaska, and Inter-Commonwealth relations.Rachel is currently leading the Flexigidity team.

Ramon Maislen

Ramon Maislen (Reut Fellow Summer 2005) completed his B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). Currently, he is the Administrative Director of the Argov Fellows Program in Diplomacy at IDC, an academic program intended to give Fellows the skills, tools and knowledge to represent Israel and the Jewish people in the international arena. In addition, Ramon does research for Advanced Security Integration, a risk analysis firm. A new immigrant to Israel, Ramon made Aliyah from Boston, Massachusetts.

Reuben Berman

Reuben Berman graduated cum laude from both Columbia University's School of General Studies, where he studied Ancient History, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he majored in Talmud. A native of New York, he is interning with the Reut Institute for a year as a member of the Steinhardt-Israel Interns Program.

Rina Gluckman

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Rina Gluckman currently works at PwC in New York City doing account management and business development on high priority accounts. Prior to working at PwC, Rina was living and working in Israel, and participated in a 3 to 4 month internship at the Reut Institute. At Reut, she was a diligent member of the Economics Team that led the ISRAEL15 vision. Quickly learning the team's language and high level of Hebrew, Rina contributed via research and active discussions about the Israeli economy and how it fits in with globalization and the world economy.Rina came to Reut through her 10 month MASA volunteer program, where she lived in Israeli development towns for 7 months and completed her year of volunteering with the internship at Reut. She combined her academic background in economics and business with her first hand experiences living in Israeli development towns to participate and actively contribute to research conducted at the Reut Institute. Rina's experience with MASA and Reut led her to stay in Israel two more years. She found a home in Tel Aviv and was working at the large Israeli accounting firm BDO Ziv Haft in business development and marketing. It wasn't until her career led her to a job at PwC that she ultimately decided to moved back home to New York City to be with friends and family.

Israel continues to be a big part of Rina's life

Yael Guez

Yael Guez (Reut fellow Summer 2007) holds a B.Sc. in Economics with a concentration in Management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Yael joined Reut's Socio-Economic Team for six months while on temporary leave from Bain and Company, a management strategy consulting firm. During her time at Bain, she worked across many different industries, including: Private Equity, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Media, and Financial Services, and on projects ranging from due diligence, strategy, organizational design, sales force effectiveness and implementation. She is about to begin a joint MBA in Harvard's Kennedy School and Stanford's Business School.

Yael Phillips


Yael holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University in Social and Political Sciences, where her thesis focused on the language of political parties. Following her degree she worked in Diageo's marketing department for three years as part of the Diageo Graduate Scheme. Yael moved to Israel in 2010, where she worked in Israel advocacy communication skills at JustIsrael for a year, during which time she made Aliyah. Yael joined the Impact team at the Reut Institute in September 2011 as a fellow on the Israel Research Fellowship.

Yoav Schaefer


Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Yoav Schaefer moved to Israel at age 18 and was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces, serving for over two years as a combat soldier and self-defense instructor. After leaving the army, Yoav worked as a counselor and educator for Jewish American high school students in Israel. During 2010 - 2011, Yoav interned in the office of MK Dr. Einat Wilf, working on myriad projects relating to Israeli politics and Israeli foreign affairs. Yoav interned at Reut during the summer of 2012 with the National Security and Global Affairs Team. Yoav is the Director of the Avi Schaefer Fund, a non-profit organization created in memory of his identical twin brother Avi. Yoav is currently a sophomore at Harvard University pursuing a B.A. in Social Studies.