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. 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.

  • Prof. Karnit Flug

    Vice President, Research

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    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.

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.

     

  • Dr. Shuki Friedman

    Director, Center for Religion, Nation and State

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    Dr. Shuki Friedman is the Director of the Center for Religion, Nation and State. He is a member of the Faculty of Law at the Peres Academic Center and formerly served as secretary of the Locker Committee for Examining the Defense Budget. He was also chairman of the government committee on the sanctions against Iran, and headed the international and foreign law department for the legal division of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.

  • Adv. Alona Vinograd

    Director, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

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    Adv. Alona Vinograd is the Director of the Center for Democratic Values and Institutions. 

    Vinograd served as the Director General of the Movement for Freedom of Information between the years 2011-2015, in which she raised the issue of freedom of information to the top of the public agenda.

Senior Fellows & Program Directors

  • 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.

  • Prof. Talia Fisher

    Senior Fellow, Center for Religion, Nation and State; Director, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Talia Fisher is a professor and has served as Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on the theory of evidence. In addition, it deals with the question of the limits of the market, with an emphasis on the private supply of legal institutions. Talia was a research fellow at the Harvard Law School and a researcher at Harvard University's Edmond Safra Center for Ethics.

  • Prof. Tamar Hermann

    Academic Director, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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     Prof. Tamar Hermann is the Academic Director of the Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research.   

    A faculty member of the Political Science Department at the Open University of Israel, Professor Tamar Hermann has co-edited the monthly Peace Index (with Professor Ephraim Ya’ar) since 1994, and has edited the annual Israeli Democracy Index since 2010.

  • Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya

    Director, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

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    Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya holds an MA in education and social geography and is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Tel Aviv University. The topic of her doctoral dissertation is, “The contemporary impact of social space barriers on the inaction and future orientation of young Arabs aged 18–22.”

  • Prof. Mustafa Kabha

    Senior Fellow

  • 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 Vice President of Research at IDI and has been an IDI Senior Fellow since 1994. He currently heads IDI’s Democratic Principles, National Security and Democracy, Arab-Jewish Relations, and Proportionality in Public Policy projects.

     

  • Prof. Shahar Lifshitz

    Academic Co-Director, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, is considered a leading scholar of family law and responsible for shaping civil law theory in that field.

  • 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.

  • Prof. Gideon Rahat

    Senior Fellow; Director, Political Reform Program

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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.

  • Prof. Eytan Sheshinski

    Senior Fellow, Center for Governance and the Economy

  • 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.

  • Adv. Talya Steiner

    Project Manager and Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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  • Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

    Senior Fellow, Center for Religion Nation and State; Academic Director, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Professor Yedidia Z. Stern is a Senior Fellow, Center for Religion Nation and State; Academic Director, Human Rights and Judaism Program.

Research Staff

  • Or Anabi

    Researcher at the Guttman 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. He is currently in the final stages of his Ph.D. on New masculinity, father involvement and family-work interface, in the Department of Sociology at Bar-Ilan University.

  • Rachel Aridor-Hershkovitz

    Researcher, Media Reform Program

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    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.

  • Dr. Dana Blander

    Researcher and Director of Supplementary Studies

  • Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • 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 the 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

  • Dr. William Cubbison

    Researcher at the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    Dr. Will Cubbison is a graduate of George Washington University. His research focused on political behavior, including vote choice, voter turnout, and black voter registration during Jim Crow. Prior to making Aliyah he worked for political campaigns in the United States.

     

  • Bar Emanuel

    Research Assistant, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Yair Ettinger

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Ben Fargeon

    Research Assistant, Center for Security and Democracy, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

  • Aluma Florsheim

    Research Assistant, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • 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.

  • Dr. Amir Fuchs

    Head, Defending Democratic Values Program and Researcher, Amnon Lipkin-Shahak Program on National Security and Democracy

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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.

  • Adi Gal

    Research Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Gabriel Gordon

    Research Assistant, Center for Governance and the Economy

  • Dr. Eliezer Hadad

    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

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    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

    Dr. Eliezer Hadad is the coordinator of the MA program in Biblical Studies at Herzog College and a lecturer in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Relationship between Nature and the Torah in Maimonides’ Writings, as well as the policy papers Minorities in the Jewish State and The Status of Women in the Rabbinical Courts.

    Areas of expertise

    The principle of equality in the Jewish sources; Maimonidean philosophy; Jewish philosophy.

  • Adv. Edna Harel - Fisher

    Head of Corruption Program

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    Head of Corruption Program

  • Ory Has Rahv

    Research Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Yarden Kedar

    Research Coordinator

  • Dr. Ofer Kenig

    Research Fellow, Political Reform Program

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  • Dr. Nissim Leon

    Researcher, Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

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    A senior lecturer in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Bar-Ilan University, an MA advisor in the department, and acting head of the organizational consulting project.

     

  • Colonel (Res.), Adv. Liron A. Libman

    Researcher, 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 a lawyer and received his PhD in History from Georgetown University (2013). Dr. Lurie is 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.

  • Rotem Medzini

    Research Assistant, Democracy in the Information Age program

  • Dr. Asaf Malchi

    Researcher, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel Program

  • Adv. Lila Margalit

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

  • Nadiv Mordechay

    Research Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Marina Motsenok

    Research Assistant, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Marina Motsenok is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her BA in sociology and education and her MA in organizational sociology from the Hebrew University.

  • Dr. Yaffa Nahumi

    Researcher, The Ultra-Orthodox in Israel program

  • Liat Netzer

    Researcher, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

  • Arik Rudnitzky

    Researcher, Arab-Jewish Relations Program

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    Mr. Rudnitzky is a PhD student who has been researching Arab Israeli issues for more than a decade. 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 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, both at Tel Aviv University. 

  • 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

  • Dr. Eyal Pe'er

    Research Associate

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    Researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. Senior lecturer in the Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • Dr. Eitan Regev

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    Dr. Eitan Regev is an economist and a Research Fellow at Israel Democracy Institute. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in research of the Ultra-Orthodox economy in Israel. Dr. Regev's research encompasses a variety of fields, including labor productivity, the Haredi economy, the cost of living, food insecurity, and the Israeli health system. 

  • Prof. Ilana Ritov

    Consultant, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    Professor Ilana Ritov of the School of Education at Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a consultant for IDI's Proportionality in Public Policy Project. She serves as a resource for the project's research team on issues of decision making and cognitive biases.

  • Omer Selivansky

    Research Assistant, Labor Market Reform Program

  • Dr. Idit Shafran Gittleman

    Researcher, Center for Security and Democracy

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    A Post-doctoral candidate 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.

  • Mr. Yair Sheleg

    Researcher, Center for Religion, Nation and State

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    A researcher, journalist, author, and publicist, Yair Sheleg has been an astute observer of the religious-Zionist world for many years.

  • Niv Shoval

    Research Assistant, Political Reforms Program

  • Dr. Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan

    Co-Director, Proportionality in Public Policy Program

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    The topics of Dr. Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan’s studies are the politics of investigative committees, the effect of reputation on government agencies, the judicial proportionality of experts, and the effect of corruption in the public sector and the resulting judicial intervention on voter behavior.

  • Dr. Raphael Ventura

    Researcher, Guttmann Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research

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    Dr. Raphael Ventura is the director of the data archive of the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute.

  • Dr. Keren Weinshall Margel

    Research Fellow, Proportionality in Public Policy

  • Rachel Zaken

    Researcher , Center for Governance and the Economy

  • Prof. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler

    Researcher, Defense of Democratic Values Program

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    IDI Researcher Prof. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler explores questions of immigration, asylum, and citizenship as part of IDI's Democratic Principles project. He is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading.

  • Avital Fridman

    Research Assistant, Center for Governance and the Economy

Strategic Partnerships

  • Shimon Arbel

    Associate Vice President

  • Elie Bennett

    Director of International Strategy

  • Kimberley Bancroft

    Assistant to Vice President, Strategy

  • Gila Noam

    Manager, Content & Program Development

Government Relations

  • Arnon Meir

    Director of Impact and Government Relations

  • Dr. Dana Blander

    Researcher and Director of Supplementary Studies

  • Doron Sela

    Government Relations

  • Elizabeth Zlatkis Jacobs

  • Hagit Sharon-Agmon

    Head, Conference Department

  • Erez Sommer

Communications and Marketing

  • Michal Cohen

    Director of Marketing and Media

  • Danae Marx Callaf

    Director of International Communications

  • Matan Amira

    Digital Manager and a website Manager

  • Liron Daniel

    Media and Communications Coordinator

Publications

  • Dorit Shoval

    Director, Administrative Division

  • Anat Bernstein

    Head Editor, IDI Press

  • Helly Froimovich

    Marketing Coordinator, IDI Press

  • Tamar Shaked

    Text Editor, IDI Press

  • Nadav Shtechman Polischuk

    Layout and Design, IDI Press

Finance

  • Anat Goldman

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Galit Cohen

    Bookkeeper, Customer Service

  • Ella Levy

    Salary Accountant

  • Amarilli Narkiss

    Director of Finance

  • Lili Zadok

    Bookkeeper

Administration

  • Naim Abu Najma

    Custodian and Gardener

  • Idit Baharad

    Information and Project Manager

  • Helya Bar-Mag

    Secretary

  • Dana Baruch

    President's Office

  • Ayelet Benny

    Administrative Assistant, Center for Democratic Values and Institutions

  • Shirli Ben-Tolila

    Project Manager, Assistant to Vice Presidents, Research

  • Anat Bernstein

    Head Editor, IDI Press

  • Galit Cohen

    Bookkeeper, Customer Service

  • Herzel David

    Transportation and Deliveries

  • Helly Froimovich

    Marketing Coordinator, IDI Press

  • Adv. Nirit Gilboa Ben Bassat

    Contracts and Acquisitions

  • Anat Goldman

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Zehava Keinnan

    Administrative Assistant, Theatre Offices

  • Ella Levy

    Salary Accountant

  • Orit Maybruch

    Chief of Staff

  • Muhamad Mughad

    Custodian and Repairs

  • Amarilli Narkiss

    Director of Finance

  • Maayan Ravitz-Shalom

    Assistant to the Vice President, Strategy and Human Resources Coordinator

  • Daphna Rivlin

    Secretary

  • Rony Shabat

    Assistant to the Directors of Centers

  • Tamar Shaked

    Text Editor, IDI Press

  • Dorit Shoval

    Director, Administrative Division

  • Nadav Shtechman Polischuk

    Layout and Design, IDI Press

  • Lili Zadok

    Bookkeeper