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    Ambassador Ron Prossor

    Head of the Abba Eban Institute

    Ambassador Ron Prosor is the head of the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).


    Prior to joining the IDC, Prosor served as Israel’s 16th Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2011-2015.


    In his three decades with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosor carved out an international reputation as one of Israel’s most distinguished diplomats. Between 2004 and 2007, Mr. Prosor served as the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza and leading the diplomatic campaign to declare January 27th as the International Holocaust Memorial Day.


    Subsequently, Mr. Prosor spent four years as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he earned plaudits for his articulate and forthright defense of Israel’s position, publishing numerous articles throughout the British press and addressing the widest possible range of audiences throughout the country.


    During his term as Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Mr. Prosor held the position of vice president of the General Assembly. He chaired the GA's first debate on anti-Semitism, and oversaw the passing of major resolutions, including the recognition of Yom Kippur as an official UN holiday. Mr. Prosor’s previous overseas service has included roles in Washington, London and Bonn.


    Mr. Prosor was instrumental in establishing diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He was also a member of Israel’s delegation to the Wye River Summit talks in 1998 and served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.


    Mr. Prosor holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he graduated with distinction.

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    Adv. Yaniv Cohen

    Executive Director of the Abba Eban Institute

    Adv. Yaniv Cohen is the Executive Director and a co-founder of the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy.


    Prior to joining the Abba Eban Institute, Yaniv lived in New York City and served as the Head of Development of the America-Israel Friendship League - a New York-based, pro-Israel, non-profit organization led by Esq. Kenneth J. Bialkin. Between 2009 and 2015, Yaniv worked as a corporate M&A attorney with the Tel-Aviv leading law firm of Naschitz, Brandes, Amir and Co., where he progressed from intern to senior associate.


    Yaniv, an IDF Major (res.), is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Global Business Leaders Program, he holds an M.B.A. (International Program), LL.B. Law and B.A. in Governance, Diplomacy and Strategy (Magna Cum Laude, specialized in Counter-Terrorism), obtained from IDC Herzliya.

    He also serves as a board member of two startups (one social and one business-oriented).

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    Daniel Cohen

    Head of the Policy and Tech Program

    Daniel Cohen is a Cyber Security and policy expert with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy sector. 


    He is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the IDC Herzliya and a Senior Researcher at the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) and the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University.


    His research fields include Cybersecurity and Cyber Terrorism, focusing on the use of web and social media by terror organizations; Influence Operations, and Counter-Terrorism. He is skilled in cyber strategies, cyber intelligence, counter terrorism, Analytical Skills, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Market Analysis


    Daniel serves as an expert consultant on Violent Extremism and Radicalization for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and as an expert representative at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He previously served as a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Cybersecurity and the Military & Strategy programs at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).


    Daniel is a frequent lecturer to the private sector, governmental organizations, and security establishments. He is a Lecturer at Bar Ilan University Department of Management.


    Daniel holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Government and Strategy (cum laude) from IDC Herzliya. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Bar Ilan University Department of Management.

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    : Daniel Citrinowic

    Senior Researcher, Policy and Technology Program

    Daniel Citrinowicz is a Senior Intelligence and Middle East expert with extensive expertise in SIGINT collection and analysis methodologies and systems.


    He is experienced in various unique fields due to having served in several capacities in the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate. Daniel is experienced in optimizing workflows, maintaining ties with domestic government and private-sector partners, and liaising with foreign agencies in the US and beyond. Comfortable and skilled in working with international partners in dynamic settings. 


    Previously, Daniel was head of training and strategic file account manager and deputy intelligence attaché for the military intelligence directorate in Washington and several positions in the intelligence directorate and unit 8200.


    Daniel holds an M.A in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a B.A in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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    Léa Landman

    Head of Diplomacy 2030 Program

    Léa Landman is a policy advisor for the public and private sectors specializing in public policy, defense and foreign affairs for more than 15 years.


    She is currently heading the Diplomacy 2030 program at the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya. Léa is also the Co-Founder and Chairperson of Women in International Security (WIIS) – Israel, which worked to increase the number and influence of young women in foreign, defense and security-related affairs in Israel. She presented the debate show, Les Ambassadeurs, on i24News in French.


    Previously, Léa was deputy director of the Herzliya Conference Series on Israel National Security and a research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC, Herzliya and worked as a defense consultant in the UK.

    Léa holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Tel-Aviv University, and graduated with a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Oded Raanan

    Editor-in-Chief, The Arena Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Magazine

    With over 15 years of experience in journalistic and academic writing, editing and copyediting, Oded is Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of “The Arena”, the Abba Eban Institute’s Diplomacy and Foreign Relations quarterly magazine.


    He previously worked on the Foreign News desk at the leading Israeli newspaper "Ha'aretz", and was Deputy Editor of the news section at the IDF's official magazine, "Bamachane".

    Oded holds an M.Phil in International Relations from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, and an M.A. and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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    Dr. Gedaliah Afterman

    Head of the Asia-Israel Policy Program

    Dr. Gedaliah Afterman has 13 years of experience in International Relations, Asian Regional Security and Chinese Foreign Policy, Business and Culture.


    His previous roles include serving as a Diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Beijing; International Strategic Policy Specialist at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT); Research Fellow at the International Institute for Peace Research (PRIO) in Oslo; and Fellow and China Program Lead at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusalem.

    Dr. Gedaliah holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.

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    Raffi Shamir

    Head of Media Operations Department

    Raffi Shamir heads the institute’s Media department and has more than 20 years of experience in press and public relations, specializing in the Public and Diplomacy fields.


    His previous roles include serving as the Director of Media and Press for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Media Advisor for the Ministry of Regional Cooperation; Press Officer and Political Advisor for the British Embassy in Israel; and Deputy Spokesman for the Jerusalem Municipality.

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    Dr. Ronen Hoffman

    Co-founder and Co-Director, The U.S-Israel Policy Program

    Dr. Ronen Hoffman is the co-founder and co-director of the U.S-Israel Policy Program (TUSIP), an academic, a former member of Knesset, and  a co-founder of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).


    Ronen is an expert in the fields of Israel's Foreign Policy and the Middle-East political negotiations and served as a member of the Israeli delegation to the peace negotiations with Syria.

    He has previously served as a member of Israel’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee as well as the chairman of the sub-committee on Foreign Affairs and Public Diplomacy.

    Ronen is also a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

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    Ambassador Alon Pinkas

    Co-founder and Co-director, The U.S.-Israel Policy Program

    Ambassador Alon Pinkas is the co-founder and co-director of the U.S-Israel relations Program (TUSIP), a foreign affairs expert and a former Israeli Consul General in New York.


    Ambassador Pinkas served as Israel’s Consul General in New York from 2000 – 2004. Prior to that, Pinkas served as the Chief of Staff to two foreign ministers and was the adviser on US affairs to former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001). He was also the policy adviser to two former foreign ministers, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.


    Alon participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David and was a member of the UN-Israel negotiating team on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and negotiations with Syria in 1999-2001. He was appointed by Prime Minister Barak to the US-Israel strategic Policy Planning Group.
    Today he continues his work as a foreign affairs analyst and commentator in foreign and Israeli media outlets in TV, radio and newspapers, as well as International political consulting in several countries.


    He holds a BA Cum Laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Political Science and an MA Cum Laude in US Government and International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington DC

  • Dr. Moran Yarchi

    Senior Fellow, Academic Program

    Dr. Moran Yarchi Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, the Head of the Public Diplomacy program a Senior fellow at the Abba Eban Institute for Diplomacy, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.


    Her main area of research is political communication, especially the media’s coverage of conflicts and public diplomacy. Integrating theories from communication studies, political science and international relations, Moran’s studies are dealing with the Image War – a salient aspect of today’s conflicts.


    Moran’s studies had ranted her with various awards and scholarships including the: Nina Wain's Prize for public and international communication for 2012, the Inbar fund scholarship for 2013, the Hecht Prize for 2012-3, The ICA’s annual conference Mass Communication Division's top paper award 2014, the NCA’s annual conference Mass Communication Division's top paper award 2015, and the ICA’s annual conference Political Communication Division's top paper award 2019.

  • Dr. Elad Gil

    Senior Fellow, Academic Program

    Dr. Elad Gil, an expert in foreign affairs and national security law, cybersecurity law and policy, and constitutional law, is a senior fellow at the Abba Eban Institute for international Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).


    He is also a post-doctorate research fellow at the Federmann Cyber Security Center at the Hebrew University. Elad’s work, which integrates doctrinal, institutional, and comparative methodologies, has been published or is forthcoming in the Harvard National Security Journal, Tulane Law Review, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and by Springer Press, among others.

    Elad Received his Doctorate degree (S.J.D.) from Duke Law School, an L.L.B in Law and M.B.A in Business Administration from the Hebrew University and an L.L.M in International legal studies as a Fulbright scholar from American University School of Law.

    Before joining Duke, Elad was a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the International Task Force on Terrorism, Democracy, and the Law with the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Max Planck Institute.

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    Tom Berman

    COO of the We-Act Initiative

    Tom Berman serves as the COO of the institute’s Act-IL Initiative.


    His previous experience includes acting as Secretary General, Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of the IDC Herzliya Student Union, as well as the Operations Project Manager for the IDC Alumni Association. Before joining the IDC, Tom worked as Project Manager for the Rishon LeZion Municipality.

    om holds a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and an M.A. in Public Policy from IDC Herzliya.

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    Lital Shochat-Chertow

    Manager of the InnoDip initiative at the Diplomacy 2030 program

    Lital Shochat-Chertow has over a decade of experience as a spokesperson and strategic media consultant.


    Her previous roles include serving as Senior Media Consultant for the Public Sector at public relations firm Ben Horin & Alexandrovitz; Assistant Spokesperson for Education, Strategy and Youth at the Jerusalem Municipality; and Spokesperson for Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Lital holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Conflict resolution from IDC Herzliya.

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    Gal Spiner Abramovich

    Media coordinator, Media Operations Department

    Gal Spiner Abramovich has six years of experience in the Public Relations, Communication and New Media fields.

    She was previously responsible for Content writing and PR for a small PR firm specializing in Municipalities, and served as Head of Media and Marketing at the Media in Conflict Seminar (MICS). At the IDF Spokesperson Unit, Gal was in charge of Research and Strategy.

    Gal holds a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the IDC Herzliya and has participated in the Public Diplomacy honors program and the European Studies honors program.

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    Liat Abulafia

    Executive Assistant

    Liat Abulafia has a decade of experience in policy planning and foreign relations promotion, having worked at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.


     Her previous roles also include serving as Head Office for the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau and Deputy Head of Division for International Visits. 

    Abulafia holds an M.A. in Public Diplomacy, Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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    Eden Eini

    Head of Community and Programs, Act-IL

    Eden Eini has six years of experience in International Programs.


    Eden Eini has six years of experience in International Programs. As Head of Community and Programs for the institute's Act-IL program, she leads the online activism efforts of over 20,000 community members across all digital platforms. Eden is responsible for the content, customer success and traffic generation procedures and participates in developing educational programs for the Act-IL global community.

    Her previous experience includes serving as the Head of Educational Programs at the Israel Tech Challenge, Head of Foreign Relations of the Young Yesh Atid Party, and Educational Delegations Manager at the International School of Oranim.

    Eden Holds a B.Ed in Community Leadership and Communication Studies with distinction from the Oranim Academic College for Education.

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    Angelina Kazmaier 

    Head of Operations, Distribution & External Relations, Act-IL

    Angelina Kazmaier has six years of experience in marketing, strategy, costumer and project management.

    Born and raised in Namibia, Angelina has a diverse multinational backgroundand is fluent in German, English, Afrikaans and Hebrew.

    She has earned a BA in Communications (Summa Cum Laude), specialising in Marketing and Political Communication with honours in Public Diplomacy and is currently completing her M.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies, both at the IDC Herzliya. 


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