Management & Experts

President

  • Yohanan Plesner

    President

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    Yohanan (Johan) Plesner is President of the Israel Democracy Institute. 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 Council of Europe.

     

Management

  • Dr. Jesse Ferris

    Vice President, Strategy

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     Jesse Ferris joined IDI in the fall of 2008 as Vice President of Strategy. His responsibilities include international programming and development. Jesse received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2008. His research interests include democracy and foreign policy, international politics of the Middle East, and Israeli national security.

  • Prof. Karnit Flug

    Vice President, Research; William Davidson Senior Fellow for Economic Policy

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    Prof. Karnit Flug joined IDI in June 2019 as its Vice President of Research and the William Davidson Senior Fellow for Economic Policy.

    Prof. Karnit Flug completed her five-year term as Governor of the Bank of Israel in November 2018. In March 2019 she joined the Department of Economics at the Hebrew University. 

    As Governor, Prof. Flug oversaw the design and implementation of Israel's monetary policy and served as the Economic Advisor to the government. She was widely credited for maintaining stability and supporting growth in the Israeli economy.

  • Prof. Yuval Shany

    Vice President, Research

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    Yuval Shany joined IDI as a senior researcher in 2008, and has worked since then in the Institute’s Security and Democracy Program (now the Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy)

    Among other things, he has researched questions of security detention, interrogation techniques, on-line surveillance, military investigations, proportionality in the application of force, jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals and counter-terrorism. In January, 2018 Prof. Shany assumed the position of Vice President of Research at IDI.

Center Directors

  • Daphna Aviram-Nitzan

    Director, Center for Governance and the Economy

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    Daphna Aviram-Nitzan is the former head of the migration research unit at Aharon Meir Center for Banking and Economic Policy at Bar-Ilan University and the former director of the economic research division at the Manufacturers Association of Israel.

     

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  • Anat Tahon Ashqenazy

Senior Fellows & Program Directors

  • Prof. Ismael Abu-Saad

    Senior Fellow at the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

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    Ismael Abu-Saad is a Professor of Educational Policy and Administration in the Department of Education, founding director of the Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, and the holder of the Abraham Cutler Chair in Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, USA.

  • Prof. Amichai Cohen

    Senior Fellow; Director, The Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Professor Amichai Cohen is a member of the Faculty of Law at Ono Academic College. He earned his LL.B. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his LL.M. and LL.D. from Yale Law School at Yale University.

  • Prof. Yuval Feldman

    Senior Fellow, Labor Market Reform Program; Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Professor Yuval Feldman is a full professor at the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University and a former fellow of Institutional Corruption Lab at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

  • Adv. Rita Golstein-Galperin

    Head, Public Sector Reform Program, Center for Governance and the Economy

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    Rita is a senior practitioner in the fields of public policy and innovation, she joined the Institute after holding a variety of senior positions in the public service. Rita founded the Israel's Economic Attaché delegation to the OECD in Paris and led of the exclusive training program, "Civil Service Cadets ".
  • Dr. Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya

    Director, Arab Society in Israel

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    Dr. Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya holds a doctorate in History from the Tel Aviv University as well as an MA in education and social geography. Her doctoral dissertation researched “The contemporary impact of social space barriers on the inaction and future orientation of young Arabs aged 18–22.”

  • Adv. Edna Harel - Fisher

    Head of the Program on Combatting Government Corruption

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    Head of the Program on Combatting Government Corruptionof the Program on Combatting Government Corruption

  • Prof. Tamar Hermann

    Academic Director, Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    Prof. Tamar Hermann is a Senior Research Fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and the Academic Director of the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research. The Center applies rigorous, innovative and pioneering research methods to document the attitudes of the Israeli public regarding thousands of issues in all aspects of life: politics, culture, ideology, religion, education and national security.

  • Dr. Tammy Hoffman

    Director, Education Policy

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    Lecturer and the Kibbutzim College of Education; Head of the Regev Education Program for Outstanding Students, and member of the steering committee of the Lautman Forum for Education Policy.

  • Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer

    Senior Fellow, Center for Security and Democracy; Co-Director, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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    Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer is a Senior Fellow at IDI and he previously served as the Institute's Vice President of Research.

     

  • Dr. Gilad Malach

    Director, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    Dr. Gilad Malach is the Director of IDI's Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program. He co-authored the Master Plan for Ultra-Orthodox Employment (along with Doron Cohen and Haim Zicherman) and was editor of the Statistical Report on Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel (in copperation with Dr. Lee Cahaner and Dr. Maya Choshen). He was director of implementation of the Gabison-Meidan Covenant Project at the Avi Chai Foundation and content manager of the Committee on Sharing the Security Burden in the Eighteenth Knesset.

     

  • Prof. Yotam Margalit

    Senior Fellow, Labor Market Reform Program

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    Professor Margalit headed a large, experimental cross-national study of the investment decisions of multinational firms, a project that he developed and carried out in collaboration with the World Bank and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

  • Dr. Nadiv Mordechay

    Research Coordinator , Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

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    Nadiv Mordechay is the head of the program for the Defense of Democratic Values and Institutions at the Israel Democracy Institute, and the Research coordinator of the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions. He is a Postdoctoral fellow at the New York University School of Law; and at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University.

  • Avi Nissenkorn

    Guest Senior Fellow

  • Prof. Gideon Rahat

    Senior Fellow

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    Professor Rahat is a faculty member of the Political Sciences Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an International Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine.

  • Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman

    Director, Military and Society Program

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    A Post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Law at Tel-Aviv University, Idit Shafran Gittleman holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Haifa.

  • Dr. Assaf Shapira

    Director, Political Reform Program

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    Assaf Shapira received a PhD in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the Centre d’études européennes (Center for European Studies) at the Sciences po (Paris). His research largely focuses on political representation, political parties, the role of money in politics, and reforms in Israel's public service.

  • Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler

    Senior Fellow and Head of the Democracy in the Information Age Project

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    Dr. Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler is a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and head of the institute’s Media Reform Program and Democracy in the Information Age Program.

    She holds a doctorate in law (LLD) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed her post-doctoral studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

    She is a board member of the Israel National Press Council, a board member of the Israeli Digital Rights Movement, a board member of the Center for Ethics in Jerusalem and a member of the Supreme Council of Archives of the State of Israel.

    In recent years, Dr. Shwartz Altshuler has composed the journalistic code of ethics for Israel’s public broadcasting corporation (“Kan”) and for the Globes business newspaper; drafted a bill for a new privacy law in Israel; and appeared regularly in the Israeli and international media on issues relating to media, technology, democracy, and human rights. She has also published a number of books, articles, policy studies, and expert opinions on these subjects.

  • Prof. Daniel Statman

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    Prof. Daniel Statman is head of the philosophy department at the University of Haifa and specializes in ethics and political philosophy. Prof. Statman has served on several public committees, including the committee that revised the ethical code for the IDF, the committee that is responsible for decisions on new medicines to be covered by the national medical insurance, and the ethical committee of Ha-Emek hospital.

Research Staff

  • Gabriel Abensour

    Research Assistant

  • Dr. Or Anabi

    Researcher at Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    He holds a master's degree in sociology and anthropology from Bar-Ilan University. His Ph.D. dissertation was on new masculinity, father involvement and family-work interface, in the Department of Sociology at Bar-Ilan University.

  • Dr. Rachel Aridor-Hershkovitz

    Researcher, Media Reform Program

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    Dr. Adv. Rachel Aridor Hershkovitz is a researcher in the Israel Democracy Institute’s Media Reform program and a research fellow at the Haifa Center for Law and Technology at the University of Haifa.

  • Meital Baron

    Research Assistant

  • Dafna Banbanisty

  • Dr. Dana Blander

    Researcher and Director of Supplementary Studies

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    Dr. Dana Blander is a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a clinical psychologist. Her PhD. dissertation – “Ambivalence as a Challenge to the Political Order”-- which combines political philosophy along with psycho-analytical insights, was awarded the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Berger Prize for 2008. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Blander was a visiting lecturer at Tufts University in Boston.

    Her research focuses on Israeli politics: referendums, private legislation, civic participation, and state and parliamentary investigative committees. Blander is a co-author (along with Prof. Yitzhak Galnoor) of “The Handbook of Israel’s Political System”, published by Cambridge University Press (2018). She also co-authored a book on anti-democratic legislation with Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer and Dr. Amir Fuchs, as well as a book on human dignity and medical treatment with Carmit Haber and Prof. Mordechai Kremnitzer.

    Dr. Blander oversees the research at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) and is editor of the online magazine “Parliament”, published on the IDI website. 

  • Prof. Benjamin Brown

    Research Fellow, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    An expert on ultra-Orthodox Judaism and its religious formation. The author of the book The Chazon Ish, Brown did his post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

  • Amir Cahane

    Research Assistant, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

  • Dr. Lee Cahaner

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    A social geographer and head of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and a senior lecturer in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department at Oranim Academic College of Education.

  • Yael Cohen

    Research Assistant, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Maysoun Ershead Shehadeh

  • Yair Ettinger

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Ben Fargeon

    Researcher, Center for Security and Democracy, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

  • Ariel Finkelstein

    Researcher, Center for Religion, Nation and State

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    Researcher in the Center for Governance and Economy and in the Center for Religion, Nation and State

  • Dr. Chen Friedberg

    Research Fellow, Political Reform Program

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    Dr. Chen Friedberg has co-written many papers published by the Israel Democracy Institute.

  • Avital Friedman

    Research Assistant, Center for Governance and the Economy

  • Dr. Amir Fuchs

    Senior Researcher

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    Dr. Amir Fuchs holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a lecturer in the Politics and Communication Department at the School of Government and Social Sciences at Hadassah Academic College.

  • Tehila Gado

    Research Assistant

  • Adi Gal

    Research Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Evyatar Gabrieli

    Research Assistant to the President

  • Gabriel Gordon

    Research Assistant, Center for Governance and the Economy

  • Zac Hirsh

  • Yaron Kaplan

    Researcher at the Viterbi Family Center

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    Is a researcher at Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research in the Israel Democracy Institute. He holds a master’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Bar Ilan University, specializing in social psychology, and has extensive experience in conducting and analyzing market research and opinion polls. Previously he served as a quantitative researcher at consulting firms and research institutes.

  • Yarden Kedar

    Research Coordinator

  • Prof. Ofer Kenig

    Research Fellow, Political Reform Program

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    Prof. Ofer Kenig is a senior lecturer in Ashkelon Academic College and a research fellow in Israel Democracy Institute. His areas of research include comparative politics, political parties, leadership and candidate selection and Israeli politics. He co-authored the books Reforming Israel's Political System (2013)The Promise and Challenge of Party Primary Elections (2016) and From Party Politics to Personalized Politics (2018).

  • Roe Kenneth Portal

  • Colonel (Res.) Dr. Liron A. Libman

    Research Fellow, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak National Security and Democracy program

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  • Dr. Guy Lurie

    Researcher, Defense of Democratic Values Program and Media Reform Program

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    Dr. Guy Lurie is an attorney and holds a PhD in History from Georgetown University (2013). He a former coordinator of the Shamgar Commission for the Formulation of Rules of Ethics for Members of the Government, and served as a post-doctoral fellow on the Faculty of Law at the University of Haifa.

  • Dr. Asaf Malchi

    Researcher, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program and The National Security and Democracy Program

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    Dr. Asaf Malchi is a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute, in the Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program. His research focuses on current social and economic trends  in the community, in the areas of employment,  higher education, military and Civilian  National Service, and more. These studies provide important input to  decision makers in crafting policy on the ultra-Orthodox.

  • Adv. Lila Margalit

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations Program and Proportionality in Public Policy Program

  • Dr. Muhammed Khalaily

    Researcher, Program on Arab Society in Israel

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    He holds  a PhD.  from the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa on the subject, "The role and survival of primordial structures in modern politics: A  Neo-Institutional Analysis of Clan Continuity in Arab Politics in Israel."

  • Yechiel Noam

  • Adv. Oded Ron

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations

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    Adv. Oded Ron holds an LL.M. from the Human Rights Cathedral at College of Management Academic Studies and LL.B. from the Faculty of Law at the Bar-Ilan University
    Interned at the legal department at ACRI: Association for Civil Rights Israel

  • Shelley Robinson

    Research Assistant, Center for Security and Democracy

  • Dr. Arik Rudnitzky

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

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    Dr. Rudnitzky has been researching Arab Israeli issues for almost two decades. His fields of expertise cover political, national and social developments in Israel's Arab society; Jewish-Arab relations; and government policies on Arabs in Israel. Rudnitzky holds PhD degree from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar-Ilan University, as well as MA (magna cum laude) and BA degrees in Middle Eastern History from the Faculty of Humanities and an MBA degree from the Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University.

  • Inna Orly Sapozhnikova

  • Hila Shoef Kollwitz

    Researcher

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    Hila Shoef-Kollwitz is an economics and policy researcher in the Civil Service Reform program, in the Israel Democracy Institute's Center for Governance and the Economyץ She has a bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University in the combined program "Philosophy, Economics and Political Science", and a master's degree from Oxford University in the Department of Economic History.

  • Mr. Jude (Yehuda) Taragin

    עוזר מחקר במרכז למוסדות וערכים

  • Itamar Yakir

  • Arye Yonatan

Strategic Partnerships

  • Elie Bennett

    Director of International Strategy

  • Shai Idgar

  • Yael Nathanel

    Director of Development

  • Gila Noam

    Manager, Content & Program Development

  • Anna Rozman

Government Relations

  • Arnon Meir

    Director of Impact and Government Relations

  • Adi Elyasi Cohen

    Government Relations

  • Hagit Sharon-Agmon

    Head, Conference Department

  • Erez Sommer

  • Elizabeth Zlatkis Jacobs

Communications and Marketing

  • Matan Amira

    Website and Digital Manager

  • Michal Cohen

    Director of Marketing and Media

  • Noga Goldfinger-Haran

    Spokesperson

  • Danae Marx Callaf

    Director of International Communications

Publications

  • Lilach Chelnov

  • Helly Froimovich

    Marketing Coordinator, IDI Press

  • Tamar Shaked

    Head Editor, IDI Press

  • Dorit Shoval

    Director, Administrative Division

  • Nadav Shtechman Polischuk

    Layout and Design, IDI Press

Finance

  • Galit Cohen

    Bookkeeper, Customer Service

  • Anat Goldman

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Amarilli Narkiss

    Director of Finance

  • Lili Zadok

    Bookkeeper

Administration

  • Naim Abu Najma

    Custodian and Gardener

  • Helya Bar-Mag

    Secretary

  • Ayelet Benny

    Administrative Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Herzel David

    Transportation and Deliveries

  • Adv. Nirit Gilboa Ben Bassat

    Contracts and Acquisitions

  • Michal Guberman

  • Zehava Keinnan

    Administrative Assistant, Theatre Offices

  • Muhamad Mughad

    Custodian and Repairs

  • Maayan Ravitz-Shalom

    Strategy and Human Resources Coordinator

  • Daphna Rivlin

    Secretary

  • Rita Rosin