Dr. Michael (Mike) Naftali – Chairperson

Dr. Michael (Mike) Naftali – Chairperson

Dr. Michael (Mike) Naftali – Chairperson

Michael (Mike) Naftali, is a social entrepreneur, social inventor and social activist. For more than 35 years he has taken an active part in advancing, managing and leading a wide range of social endeavors, including the formation of social entrepreneurship platforms, volunteering and civil society infrastructure programs, youth at risk services, formal and non formal educational settings, mental health programs, community based art programs and a variety of  international development initiatives. Much of his work has been incorporated in heading and leading Civil Society organizations.  To date, Dr Naftali serves as the founding chairperson of  Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development, Topaz – Leading Social Innovations and Inspiration – Arts for Humanity. Formerly Dr. Naftali served as the chairperson of the National Council for Voluntarism in Israel, the national Civil Society umbrella association for Voluntary Effort. He is also co-founder of Natan – The Israeli Coalition for Disaster Relief,  and recently has been elected as vice chairperson of S.I.D. Israel – The Society for International Development.  In the past Dr. Naftali served as the founding director of Enosh- the Israel Mental Health Association and between the years 1984 – 2003 the founding C.E.O.  of Elem – Youth in...

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Judith Neisse

Judith Neisse

Judith Neisse holds an MA with distinction from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Sorbonne University. She has been working with the European Commission for over 20 years in a wide range of roles in the fields of culture, intercultural dialogue, gender and youth, both internally and as a freelance consultant through her consultancy company Mediana sprl, which focuses on training about EU programmes and project management. Judith continued to work closely with the EC in 2003 as a programme officer at the Technical Assistance Office for the Socrates Programme for the Adult Education Programme Grundtvig, focusing on culture and cultural dialogue as active citizenship. She has also been a leader in the Euromed Youth Exchange programmes and Euro-Mediterranean Gender Equality program on gender equality and gender based violence. From 2005 to 2009, Judith was elected as the president of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, which is giving mobility scholarships for artists coming from Arab Mediterranean...

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Itay Ziv

Itay Ziv

Itay Ziv is a civics teacher with vast experience in informal education. He holds an M.A in Community Based Development Studies from the Hebrew University, and created an educational program on “Global Citizenship” for the 9th grade. Itay worked as a strategic consultant in “Deloitte”, where he advised large NGOs. He currently works as a project manager in “A New Way”, which deals with co-existence between Arabs and Jews in Israel. He is married to Noa and lives in Tel-Aviv.  ...

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Ido Malka

Ido Malka

Ido is the coordinator of the Israel-India Cross-Cultural Center and an activist in the psychedelic first aid field. He is a graduate of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind And Cognitive Science from the University of Ben Gurion, and works at Aluma as a guide for at-risk youth, where he helps young people deal with issues concerning their military...

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Avital Banai

Avital Banai

Avital Banai joined Brit Olam in 2007 with a strong belief in the organization’s mission statement and values: practicing Tikkun Olam and promoting the value of volunteerism in Israeli society and abroad. Avital’s empathy to these values, together with her encounter with African asylum seekers in Israel, made her connection with Brit Olam only natural. She has since been an active volunteer in the organization and serves as a Board Member. Avital developed the Hagar and Miriam program and has been managing it for the past six years since she brought it to life. The program provides pregnant women and their families from the refugee and asylum seekers community in Israel center with guidance, counseling and support during their pregnancy, birth and after-birth. The program is currently one of the leading relief programs among this community in Israel. As manager of this innovative program, Avital has acquired extensive knowledge and experience working with the refugee and asylum seeker community and has built an impressive network of volunteers that allows the program to operate. Avital holds a B.Ed diploma in early childhood special education from the Kibbutzim Seminar in Tel Aviv and works as a nursery school teacher at Wizo....

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Gil Reines

Gil Reines

Gil Reines Joined Brit Olam’s Board of Directors in 2013. Gil has years of experience managing community and educational programs. He was senior projects manager of the Bnei Hamoshavim youth movement and a representative (Shalich) of The Jewish Agency in Dallas. Gil founded and managed the Rosin Community Center in Ramat Aviv and managed the Kochav Yair Community and Sports Center for more than half a decade. Gil holds a B.A. in Sociology and Geography from Tel Aviv University and is a certified mediator. Gil is a former pilot in the Israeli Air Force and currently a pilot with ISRAIR. In his free time he likes to cook and mountain bike....

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Keren Stern

Keren Stern

Keren has been an active volunteer and member of Brit Olam’s board since 2009. She holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Manchester, England, and an MA in Government, Diplomacy and Conflict from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. In addition to professional roles in the private sector, Keren completed an internship in the United Nation’s Department of Political Affairs in New York, and worked at the Peres Center for Peace, Israel’s leading peacebuilding NGO, where she was in charge of maintaining donor relations and managing the organization’s website and social media. Keren is currently a web programmer at Time To Know, where she develops educational...

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Marcelle Juliet Saul Sheiman

Marcelle Juliet Saul Sheiman

Marcelle Juliet Saul Sheiman is a current Board Member with Brit Olam. An admitted attorney to the Supreme Court of the Republic of South Africa and Israeli advocate with 25 years of experience in the business community. She currently serves as Chairman of the Israel – South Africa Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Saul Sheiman has extensive management and investment banking experience, and is the founder of her own boutique investment banking firm, Presidio Strategic Capital, and PharmaLight, an ophthalmic drug delivery company. She is also a partner in AntHill LP, a unique partnership of Israeli entrepreneurship, funding and management, established to capitalize on Sub-Saharan African opportunities. Ms. Saul Sheiman has always maintained a strong Jewish identity and ties with those committed to the promotion of the State of Israel. As such, she has featured as guest speaker in numerous diplomatic settings including for the Consulate General of Israel in New York, the Jewish National Fund and as a member of the speakers bureau of the United Jewish Communities/ Federations of North America. She tenured as a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center...

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