Orni Petruschka, Co-Chairman
Orni Petruschka, a high tech entrepreneur, was co-founder and CEO of two successful Israeli companies, Scorpio Communications and Chromatis Networks. Currently operates in the alternative energy field: co-founded Pythagoras Solar and Coriolis Wind, where he serves as co-CEO.Also a committed philanthropist, Orni has co-founded “the People’s Voice” and “Blue-White Future”. He serves as the Israeli Chairman of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. He is also a founder of “Round-up”, a nonprofit organization which encourages micro-donations.
Attorney, Senior partner, Gilead Sher & Co.Former Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator of Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Co-chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. Visiting professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. Colonel (Res.), former brigade commander and deputy division commander in the IDF. His book The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published by Routledge in 2006.
In 2000, during the second intifada, Ami Ayalon founded together with Professor Sari Nusseibeh, the movement of the "Amifkad ALeumi" ("the national census"), which aims to raise the Israelis and the Palestinians to sign a document of principles agreed to end the conflict. About 450 000 people, Jews and Palestinians, signed the document.
Oren Magnezy is the Founder and Chairman of the Laurus Consulting Group (ISRAEL). The group specializes in public strategy and political consulting and has international and local clientele from the public, private and governmental sectors. Previously, Oren served as Prime Ministers' Ariel Sharon's Advisor and Liaison to Parliament and was later named Founding Director of the Agency for Economic Development of the Arab Communities in Israel. Oren Has degrees in Law and Government from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliyah and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.
Dan Rothem is a Senior Research Consultant for the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace and a member of the Council for Peace and Security. Over the past few years, Dan has overseen the development of an electronic map database relating to the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, and has worked closely with former senior Israel security officials on issues such as Israel's borders and the route of Israel's West Bank security barrier, Jerusalem, and settlements.
Haimi Schneider. Architect. Graduate of the Haifa Institute of Technology. Owner of an office of architects in Netanya. In the past, Haimi was one of the leaders in public and environmental issues including the fight to preserve two of Netanya's nature reserves: the winter pond and the Iris reserve. In the past ten years Haimi has been active in groups to advance the idea of a return to the borders of a Jewish and Decmocratic state. Haimi's present endeavors include participation in a start-up company developing environmentally sound energy.
With an M.A in Public Policiy from Harvard, Yehuda is amongst the founders of "Saya", a company that emphasizes the connection between planning, Architecture and regional conflicts resolution. His work focuses on the Israeli-palestinian conflict as well as Cyprus, Iraq, Moldova etc, and he is an advisor to many public and private organizations worldwide.
Maya Jacobs holds an MA in Public Management from the IDC, an MA in International Affairs and Political Science from Columbia University and a BA in communications and Jewish History from Tel Aviv University. Currently is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a M100$ foundation. Maya has over 15 years of experience in media advising, lobbying and event productions for the public and Third Sectors. She has served in the past as spokesperson and part of the close staff of Prime Minister Ehud Barak, as Chief Information Officer for the Israeli Consulate General in NY, and as Chief Representative of the Geneva Initiative in North America. As owner of MJ Media Solutions she provided PR, Lobbying, fundraising and networking services to Americans in Israel and to Israelis in the US. Upon her return to Israel in 2006, served as Director for the Sheatufim Center for Philanthropy and later as independent social-investment consultant for philanthropists, politicians and organizations. Her clients included the Interdisciplinary Institute in Hertzlia, the Kadima Party, the Reut Institute and many more. Served in the Israeli Air Force and was released at the rank of Lieutenant.
Malka Bejamin Tapperberg
Malka, married and a mother of 3, holds an LLB from UCL (University Collge of London) and an M.A in Conflict study, management and settling from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having spent recent years as an activist on the Conservative-Secular conflict in Israel, Malka is a member of the founding team of a new co-ed school for religious, traditional and secular childern in the Judea Council, as well as a member in numerous Organizations, all of which attend to the issuee of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Malke spent her service period in the IDF as a tanks officer, and was a founding member of the program to recruit religious girls into the IDF.
Rachel "Poni" Bzezinski
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