Maria Radinski– Chairperson
Maria has worked with community development platforms and as a social activist by nature, on several local and national election campaigns. She holds a B.A in Communication, political science and international relations, and M.A from Tel Aviv university in Education Policy, with a specialty in Democratic Education. Maria currently manages an enterprise that advances the relationship between government agencies and public, nonprofit and business organizations.
Maria has volunteered in different fields as children and youth at risk, veterans and holocaust survivors.
Dina Lotti– Board member
In 1963 immigrated to Israel from France. Instructor in the Bnei Akiva youth movement. Military service as part of the Nachal group, Youth counselor at the Yemin Orde boarding school, Social workers’ institute, 13 years working with girls in distress, Sufiya home, Treatment of disadvantaged girls in Beer Sheva municipality, Community worker in Beer Sheva municipality. Volunteering Regional District Supervisor in Construction and Development Together with international organizations for overseas volunteers! Exchange of professional delegations. Youth delegations and sending Israeli volunteers! 44 years in the Social Welfare and Social Services Ministry Social Activism Treatment of Rights and Concerns for the Vulnerable Groups in Society Social Work as a Way of Life.
Dr. Michael Naftali– Board member
Michael (Mike) Naftali is a social entrepreneur, social inventor, social activist and teacher, and researcher in voluntarism and civil society. For more than 40 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 nonformal 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 president of a network of leading Israeli Civil Society Organizations (C.S.Os.) Topaz – Leading Social Innovations, Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development and Inspiration – Arts for Humanity.
Formerly Dr. Naftali served as the chairperson of the National Council for Voluntarism in Israel (C.S.O.), the national Civil Society umbrella association for Voluntary Effort. He is also co-founder of Natan – The Israeli Coalition for Disaster Relief (C.S.O.), and until 2016 served as vice-chairperson of S.I.D. Israel – The Society for International Development (C.S.O.). In 2017 Dr. Naftali was nominated as the chairperson of the “The Israeli Academic Forum for Social Enterprise, founded in 2009 by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv University, SHATIL – Leading Social Change (C.S.O.), and Topaz.
In the past, Dr. Naftali served as the founding director of Enosh- the Israel Mental Health Association (C.S.O.) and between the years 1984 – 2003, the founding C.E.O. of Elem – Youth in Distress in Israel (C.S.O.). During this period, Dr. Naftali initiated and advanced numerous endeavors challenging the unique needs of at-risk, neglected, and delinquent youth. Dr. Naftali is one of the founders of Platforma – for Civil Society, a nonprofit consulting and development firm and initiator of the Israeli national program for expanding the Israeli voluntary effort “Life Long Volunteering and Giving.”
Michael Naftali is a Social Worker by profession and received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University School of Social Work in 1996. Michael is married to Dr. Timna Naftali – a specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. They live in Tel Aviv and have four children. He is also a keen Yachtsman and holds a Skippers Certificate for Mediterranean and Ocean Voyages.
Sailas Okwairwoth– Topaz-Brit Olam Uganda Director
Sailas comes from Pakwach, Uganda. Holds a BA in Development Studies (first class honors) and a Master of Public Health from Uganda Christian University (UCU). He volunteered at UCU as a teaching assistant (tutor) and participated in several academic research projects, including a study of Gender Based Violence and Safe Motherhoods by the World Health Organization (WHO). He has had several international engagements including participating in global leadership conferences in the United States and in Germany. From these opportunities, Sailas won grants and used them to develop and implement community service projects in his community. In June and November 2020, Sailas featured as one of the speakers at a purpose earth event during the global peace movement in USA. He is currently the Country director at Topaz Uganda, coordinates all the local activities of Topaz Brit Olam in Uganda and provides day-to-day administrative and managerial assistance to the different projects in Uganda and supports the development of the organization.
Sailas is committed to working with any development intervention that targets community empowerment, health, and justice, building a democratic society, peace, unity and sustainable development. He wants to transform lives of the underprivileged youths, families, mothers and children.
Shmuel Sorek– Board member
Shmuel is an experienced mechanical engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in senior management of both companies and organizations, as well as in non-profit organizations and in public activity.
In the past he has worked in the development of weapons and has managed a factory in the military industry. For the past 20 years, he has been involved in the rehabilitation of companies and businesses in the appointment of courts, banks and corporate owners, and in organizational consulting for businesses in crisis, including factories in various industries.
He was elected Chairman of the Engineers and Architects Association in Israel. He served as Chairman of Dorot HaNichiv for Holocaust Survivors in Israel and is currently a member of the Executive Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors.
His regular army service was in the Golani Brigade. In the reserves he served in his last position as a battalion commander until he was discharged from active duty.
Shmuel has extensive experience in operating associations, familiarizing himself with the work of the Knesset and government ministries, local authorities and public and academic institutions.
Keren Stern– Board member
Keren has been an active volunteer and member of the Executive Committee of Brit Olam since 2009, and currently manages the scholarship program for graduates of Nazareth, a kindergarten established by the organization in Uganda.
Keren holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Manchester and an MA in Government, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
In addition to several professional positions in the private sector, Keren has interned in the UN Political Affairs Department in New York and was responsible for managing donors at the Peres Center for Peace, the leading coexistence organization in Israel.
She is a mother of two young boys and currently a Web programmer at Via Transportation.
Avital Banai Granot
Avital Has been a member of Brit-Olam and Topaz since 2007. She managed the organization’s volunteers at that time, and was the entrepreneur and manager of the “Hagar & Miriam – African and Israeli Women in Friendship and Motherhood” program between the years 2008-2015. This program accompanied asylum seeking women in Israel through their pregnancies, births and postnatal stages, to provide them with accessibility to health care and information regarding women’s healthcare. It included teenage girls and torture and trafficking victims.
Avital was a board member of Topaz at the years 2009-2011, and was a member of Brit-Olam’s board and the Board of Natan from the years 2010/2011-2017. Now Avital in part of Brit-Olam’s Executive Committee.
Avital Has a B.Ed in the field of early childhood special education. She was a kindergarten teacher in kindergartens both under the ministry of education and Wizo afternoon child care facilities.
Anat played a crucial role In promoting gender equality in Israel; back In the late 90’s, she co-formed a national coalition that eventually moved the Israeli parliament to enact a law obliging each local authority to appoint an advisor on women’s advancement, who will report directly to the head of the local authority. In 2010 she established the Advisors Association for the Advancement of Women in Local Municipalities. Parallel to being Chairman to the association since 2014, Anat is VP of sports dept. in the Bat-Yam municipality and responsible for creating and leading many innovative sports projects, with some specifically being dedicated to women empowerment. After a master’s degree in Education and Sports Management and over three decades of experience in global and local social projects, Anat does not plan on stopping: “We women need to realize that there is no ceiling”.
For the past decade, Yuri has been involved in the developing economic and social projects for local municipalities and various organizations In Israel. Former project manager of Bat-Yam’s Economic Development Company and current Development Manager of Urban Renovation Dept. at S-Molcho, he contributes rich experience to the field of Social Entrepreneurship aiming to “Lead to a society in which individuals have equal access and opportunities in sports”. For the past three years he runs an experimental evolving project dedicated to this goal.
Yuri holds a bachelor’s and a master’s in Government Administration and Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.