Maya Liquornik, Chair

In 2017 Adv. Maya Liquornik left Meitar, Liquornik, Geva, Leshem, Tal & Co Law Offices, among Israel’s largest and leading law firms, where she was senior partner and one of the firm’s executive managers since 1994. She still provides counsel to the firm. Over the years Maya has worked with countless organizations including mega corporations both in Israel and globally and accumulated extensive experience in corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and in public offerings locally and abroad. Maya has extensive knowledge in analyzing financial statements and accompanying control committees and special committees of public corporations in their auditing and control proceedings. She consulted on behalf of board members and managements on corporate governance, executive pay, corporate transparency and social responsibility, the development of long term strategies, different aspects of finance, and more. She also represented many technology corporations, as well as investment and venture capital funds in Israel and abroad. 

The firm under Maya’s leadership has always prided itself in diverse employment and fair representation of the entire population, as well as in extensive pro-bono work and further community contribution involving work hours, volunteering and financial donations. Today Maya is a member of the Managing Committee of the Israel Museum and of the Hebrew University. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Tel Aviv University School of Management. In addition, she is a lecturer in the graduate program at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law. From time to time Maya acts as arbitrator in complex legal disputes.

Lital Slavin

Lital Slavin is the co-founder of BEYOND, which she started with the Liberman-Almagor family. Lital is also general partner in Adama Capital, a PE fund which provides funding to projects across the energy efficiency, renewable generation, waste, and water sectors. Prior to starting BEYOND, Lital established the Single Family Office for Shlomo Nehama and served there for three years. She was also Chief Operating Officer at Excaliber Capital Advisors, a Multi-Family Office, and served as controller for various start-up companies. Lital earned her EMBA at the Kellogg School of Management and her BA in Business Administration from IDC Herzliya.

Rani Haj-Yihie

Adv. Rani Haj-Yihie is a Partner at Gornitzky & Co. – one of Israel’s largest legal firms. Rani has been practicing law for over 20 years, leads large and complex global deals and specializes in corporate law, infrastructure, energy and project financing. 

In parallel, since 2014 Rani serves as CEO of the Jordan Gateway Free Zone & Industrial Park, on behalf of the project’s entrepreneurs and investors. The Jordan Gateway Free Zone & Industrial Park, situated in the Jordan Valley between Israel and Jordan, is currently under development and is planned to include large technology based factories and provide thousands of work places for residents of the region. Rani is responsible for leading the project’s multi-national strategy as well as its daily management. 

In addition, Rani served and serves as board member in a number of governmental and publicly traded corporations. He is currently board member of Cross-Israel Highway Ltd., the Carmel Tunnels, the Fast Lane and the Haifa–Nazareth railway. He is also a member of the board of IBI Investment House.

Rani is a social activist who has founded and supported the establishment of a number of organizations. He currently serves on the board of “Merhavim” organization and is a member of the audit committee of “Tsofen”. He is also involved in a number of initiatives for the integration of Arab citizens in the Israeli job market.

Tali Yaron-Eldar, Adv.

Tali Yaron-Eldar is a partner at Yaron-Eldar, Paller, Schwartz & Co. Law Offices (YETAX) specializing in taxation law. Between the years 2002-2004 Tali served as Income Tax Commissioner, was partner at Tadmor & Co., and between the years 2004-2007 serves as General Manager of Arazim Investments Ltd. – a real estate investment company specializing in Income producing assets. Tali serves as board member in a number of corporations including Arco, Medtechnica, Navitas, and others, and is the legal advisor for the Forum of CFOs. She holds an LL.B and an MBA with a major in Finance, both from Tel Aviv University.

Prof. Neta Ziv

Prof. Neta Ziv is the academic director The Israel Affordable Housing Center and The Institute for law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Between 1999-2014 she was the director of the Clinical Legal Education Programs at the law school. Prof. Ziv teaches courses on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Regulation, Law and Social Change, Social Rights, Housing Rights, Poverty Law and the Rights of People with Disabilities. Prof. Ziv received her LL.B. from the Hebrew University Law Faculty in 1983, and her LL.M. from The American University in Washington, DC in 1986. After ten years of practicing as a public interest lawyer, she continued her studies and received her J.S.D. from Stanford Law School in 2001. She was one of the founders and chair of Bizchut – The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, a board member of Itach-Ma’aki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice, the Vice President (Israel) of The New Israel Fund and a board member of the Dafna Fund. Prof. Ziv was a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School, Fordham Law School and NALSAR (Hyderabad, India).

Amir Halevy

Amir Halevy is a founding partner at the law firm of Gross & Co. (GKH)

Amir Halevy has extensive experience in the fields of technology and venture capital, representing numerous Israeli startups, enterprises and venture capital funds.

Amir also counsels family held enterprises with regard to the day to day operation of their businesses and the transfer of control from one generation to the next. He advises individuals of high net worth regarding their estates, trusts and succession planning.

Amir serves as a member on the Advisory Committee to The Raya Strauss Center for Family Business Research at the Koler Business School, Tel Aviv University; Chairman of the Israeli Council for Voluntarism; Member of the Executive Committee and the Legal Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); Chair of the Audit Committee – Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College; Chair of the audit committee – Taub Center for Social Policies Studies in Israel and much more.

He lectures on topics related to Family Businesses as part of the “Lahav” program at the Koler School of Business at Tel-Aviv University and in the past at the Executive Training Program at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, he also lectures on topics related to high tech and foreign public offerings at the MBA program of the Hebrew University and in the past at the Technicon Industrial Engineering Department.

Yarom Ariav

Director General of Israel’s Finance Ministry between the years 2007 and 2010. Among the leaders of the Israeli economy during the 2008 global crisis, a period which the country surpassed with impressive success, and was responsible for directing and implementing the government’s economic policy before and during the crisis. Mr. Ariav headed the Steering Committee for Israel’s inclusion in the OECD, and was a central figure in the implementation of prominent economic and social reforms.

Prior to working for the government Mr. Ariav served as General Manager of ICL Fertilizers – a complex industrial concern of hundreds of millions of Euros. In this capacity he managed the concern’s overall manufacturing and marketing operations in Europe. Prior to that Ariav filled a variety of positions in Israel Chemicals Ltd. (ICL), including as ICL’s representative in South America, Director at SQM in Chile, VP Marketing at Rotem Amfert Negev Ltd., and Senior VP Marketing at ICL Fertilizers.

Between 1985 and 1993 Ariav served as Deputy Director of the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for the budgets of the financial ministries of the government. In this position he took a central role in governmental policy setting including research and development incentives and the establishment of “Yozma Co” for leading reforms in import, energy, agriculture and more.

Mr. Ariav also serves as chairman of the Executive Committee of Ben Gurion University, chairman of Lod Foundation and board member of ‘Latet’ national food bank. Mr. Ariav holds an M.A (cum laude) in Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Scott Tobin

Scott Tobin has spent much of his career at Battery Ventures, the firm he joined first in Boston more than 20 years ago. As the leader of its international expansion, Tobin started Battery’s Israel office in 2008. His exits over the years include Akamai, which went public in 1999, the London Financial Futures and Options Exchange, which was acquired by Euronext for nearly $800 million in 2001, as well as ITA Software (acquired by Google) and Anobit Technologies (acquired by Apple). In 2018, Tobin invested in PayPal veteran Max Levchin’s payments company Affirm, as well as CRB Group, which operates online lending marketplace Cross River Bank.

 

Profe. Yair Orgler, Chair

Prof. Orgler is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Business Management at Tel Aviv University. 

Prof. Orgler has, among many others positions, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, as External Director of public companies such as ICL – Israel Chemicals Ltd., Bank Hapoalim and Gazit Globe. He has also always engaged – in the past and to this day – in public activity. 

Prof. Orgler serves as Chairman of the Israel Cancer Association’s Audit Committee and as a board member of “Secure Future” – an association taking action to prevent violence against children and youth. He is also a member of the Appointments Committee and the Finance Committee of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo and a Director of Atidim, the high-tech industries’ company under the auspices of Tel Aviv University.

Yair has a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion, an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Professor Shlomith Zuta

Prof. Zuta’s specialty is finance.

Over the past 15 years Prof. Zuta has served on the boards and investment committees of various public and government-owned companies, and as Chairman of Amitim, the Administration of Veteran Pension Funds, for which a special administrator has been appointed.

Shlomit lectures in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in finance at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo where her main specialty is corporate governance.

Prof. Zuta completed her doctorate in Finance at New York University (NYU) and is a member of the leadership team of the NYU Alumni Club in Israel. She also holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Operations Research from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Yuval Dror

Yuval Dror is a Manager, Scholar and Consultant to senior management in organizational and business development and change. Over more than 40 years Yuval has been holding roles and posts as OD consultant in the IDF, a partner in a consulting firm, an external director, a researcher and a lecturer. 

Yuval was award a Doctorate of Business Administration, in the University of South Australia and Swiss Business School (SBS). He holds an MA degree in Social Psychology from Tel Aviv University (1985).

Dr. Yuval Dror is founder of the Master Degree Program in Organizational Consulting in the Recanati Business School in Tel Aviv University and until recently was its director. He was also a co-founder of ‘Minga’ – a social business dedicated to developing social entrepreneurship in Israel. 

Yuval’s main interests are applying Chaos and Complexity theories into human organizing, consulting to organizations in Development and Change process and helping promote ethics and Social Accountability, and volunteering to sustain and empower the civil society.

Dror Nagel, Chair

Dror Nagel is Chairman of Arno Capital Investments and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Makefet Pension Funds & Provident Funds Ltd. 

Mr. Nagel also serves as an External Director at Tadea and as a Director at Gabay Properties and Development Ltd.

Dror has previously served as CEO of real estate company Azorim, and as CEO of Phoenix Investments and Finance. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Menora Mivtachim Mutual Funds Ltd, as a member of the Investment Committee at Ayalon Insurance Company Ltd., and as Chairman of the Mutual Funds Association.

Dror has a master’s degree in business management (MBA), majoring in finance and banking, and a BA in Economics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dorit Selinger

Dorit Selinger served as Head of the Capital Market, Insurance and Savings Authority where she was responsible for the activities of insurance companies and, pension and provident funds and advanced study funds. She also supervised the institutional investments portfolio and served as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Supervisor of Banks.

Dorit led various reforms designed to secure the interests of savers and policyholders, including select pension funds, the pension clearing house, “Har HaBituah” (the national insurance depository), and more.

Prior to joining government, Dorit served as a financial advisor to corporations and infrastructure projects and was a member of the Credit Committee of the Amitim Pension Fund and director of various companies. She had formerly served as CEO of leading credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s Maalot and evaluated the debt of hundreds of companies operating in diverse fields.

Dorit is currently involved in a financial venture start-up; she is an External Director at Strauss Group and at Arko Holdings, she is a member of the Israeli Forum for Impact Economy (IFIE), a board member of the Friends of Tel Aviv University, and a member of the executive committee of the social venture Insights in Education.

Alon Gafner

The owner of Zetta Solutions Ltd., a company advising dozens of high-net-worth families.

Alon has an extensive background in the capital market. He managed the wealth management system at Tmura Pension and Insurance, a subsidiary of Clal Insurance. 

He founded and established algo-trading in overseas markets using automated execution of mathematical and statistical arbitrage in the local Maof market and managed the Financial Derivatives Department at “Peilim”, Bank Hapoalim’s investment portfolio management company.

Philippe J. Weil

PHILIPPE J. WEIL, an established Swiss Banker, is the Founder and Managing Director of P.J.Weil Ltd. a Multi-Family Office Boutique with Offices in Tel Aviv and Zurich. He is the “Personne de Confiance” for a few selected Global Families of Wealth.

Philippe and his professional Team at P.J.Weil Ltd. ensure a holistic service that includes Wealth Management, Strategic Estate Planning & Family Governance, Tax planning, Charity Consulting and Representations and also all peripheral matters like Concierge Services, Art Collection Management, Educational Seminars and others.

Philippe contributes and participates in various activities in Education, Healthcare, Shared Society, Art and Culture as representative of his own Family Foundation and of his clients and he is the Chairperson of the Israeli Friends of the Israel Museum Jerusalem.

The Weil Family has contributed widely to Israel thru its involvement with the Swiss Children Village in Kirjat Yearim, Yad Sarah and the Israel Museum over Generations.

His Book: “Woes of the Rich“ published in 2017 was translated and published in English in 2019.

Ophir Katz, Adv.

Founder and Senior Partner at Ophir Katz & Co., among the first law firms in the country to specialize in advising and providing legal services to non-profit organizations (NPOs), including public institutions, academic institutes, associations, community interest companies (CICs), endowments, statutory corporations and non-profit corporations registered abroad and operating in Israel.

Alongside legal advice to his firm’s clients, Adv. Katz has served as lecturer of an obligatory course on Management of Public Institutions and NPOs in the MA program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written numerous articles and the book “The Associations Law in Theory and in Practice”. 

Ophir regularly participates in all of Israel’s leading professional committees and forums (academic and other) with an interest in NPO law in general and associations in particular. He is also personally active in various organizations for social change.

Ophir holds a law degree (LL.B.) from the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Maya Natan, CEO Keshet DAF-IL

Maya comes to Keshet with 25 years of experience in developing the philanthropic sector in Israel, which includes working with dozens of high net worth families and philanthropic institutions on their giving journey in Israel.

After establishing JFN-Israel in 2008 and growing it to be an integral part of the Jewish Funders Network and of the Jewish philanthropic ecosystem, Maya founded and is heading Israel’s first donor-advised fund, Keshet.  She brings to both positions her entrepreneurial and management acumen, as well as extensive knowledge of philanthropy, business and Jewish community in Israel, US and the UK.  

Earlier in her career, Maya held a number of positions at the Jewish Agency, including management of the Israel Experience Unit, thought partner in the establishment of Masa, and board member of Taglit.  Prior to that, Maya was the Schlicha to the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and director of programs at UJIA in London.  

Maya received an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.  

Maya lives in Moshav Olesh where she and husband Ido are parents to Alon, Gali, Shani and Ella.

Noa Mutai-Halaf, Director of Marketing

Noa Mutai-Halaf has diverse experience in marketing, advertising and public relations, from a wide range of organizations, such as NPOs, private companies and international conferences. She held key positions, namely as Director of Marketing & Marcom for an association in the field of art and culture, director of donors’ department for The 18th Maccabiah and the Israeli Presidential Conference, and in recent years as a personal and business project manager for financial companies’ CEOs.

Noa holds a B.A. in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing, from The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

She lives in Tel Aviv with her partner Rani and their two daughters Ayala and Avigail.

Eliana Albaranes, Chief Financial Officer

Eliana has over 20 years of experience in the finance field working in a wide range of organizations, from the high-tech sector through government agencies,impact investment and private philanthropic foundations (Clinton Foundation). Her most recent position was as CFO at the Desert Stars Foundation. Eliana received her graduate degree in international economics at SAIS, Johns Hopkins, has lived in Israel, Brazil and the US and is fluent in Hebrew, English and Portuguese . She lives in Modi’in where she and her husband Boaz are parents to Talia, Alon and Noam.

Jennifer Garr, Director of Grants

Jennifer is the Director of Grantmaking at Keshet. Previously, Jennifer was a partnerships development manager at the Rashi Foundation, overseeing partnerships with philanthropic foundations from Israel and abroad, and with Jewish federations from North America. Jennifer spent 10 years at Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies, where she established and directed their international master’s degree program. She holds an MSc in environmental science from Pace University and is a certified yoga teacher. Jennifer made aliyah from New York 16 years ago and lives in Modi’in with her husband Yossi and their three children.