We are proud to be have experienced and dedicated professionals leading our efforts around the world.

  • Navonel Glick (Voni)

    Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Voni is an Israeli/Canadian citizen with more than 10 years’ experience in disaster response, international development, and non-profit management.

    Navonel Glick (Voni) is IsraAID’s Co-Chief Executive Officer at the organization’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is responsible for all the day-to-day leadership and oversees the general management of the organization. Prior to this role, Voni served as IsraAID’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Programs Director, managing the Tel Aviv headquarters office and leading disaster-response missions throughout the globe. These include notably the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak, Northern Iraq since the emergence of the Islamic State, and many more. Before joining IsraAID, Voni spent 4 years in Nepal with the organization Tevel b'Tzedek, working in volunteer management and long-term development projects to alleviate poverty with communities in rural and urban settings. In 2016, Voni was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Spirituality and was nominated on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

  • Yotam Polizer

    Co-Chief Executive Officer

    Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam has been a social activist from a young age, and today boasts a dozen years of experience in humanitarian projects around the world.

    Yotam began his social activism working with juvenile delinquents in a rehabilitation center. His achievements include launching a ground-breaking program to pair Israeli army volunteers with special-needs children, as well as a youth leadership and community development project in Bedouin villages of Israel’s Negev desert. In 2007, Yotam joined Tevel B’Tzedek’s development project in Nepal, where he spent three and a half years as a Project Coordinator. During this time, he was also employed by the Israeli Embassy as Consular Assistant. He joined IsraAID following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, where he served as Japan Country Director for 3 years. Following 2 years as Asia Regional Director, Yotam is now the Co-Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all of IsraAID's fundraising and strategic partnerships around the world.

  • Naama Gorodischer

    Senior Director of Programs

    Naama is a native Israeli with Chilean citizenship who has spent the better part of the last 10 years dedicated to improving education in Israel and Africa.

    She obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Education and her Masters in Community Development Studies, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to her studies, Naama worked in Uganda, where, together with partners, she founded a local NGO Dubbed ‘Little Light’. The NGO has been operating an informal school and community center in one of the biggest slums in Kampala for out-of-school children since 2006. Naama has extensive experience in the field of education, specifically with youth-at-risk and victimized populations, both in the formal and the non-formal education system and in out-of-home care programs. Following her M.A studies, Naama was involved in the management of a peacebuilding program in Sri Lanka, in a Sarvodaya-USAID project. Since 2013 Naama has been working with IsraAID, initially as the Kenya Country Director, leading operations in Kakuma refugee camp in the fields of water, sanitation and hygiene, psychosocial support, relief programs and capacity building activities. Currently, Naama is IsraAID's Senior Director of Programs, spending her time between the field and the headquarters in Tel Aviv, opening new operations in emergencies and supervising IsraAID's programs worldwide.

  • Ben Gido

    WASH Sector Coordinator

    Ben is an Environmental Engineer, experienced in WASH interventions and water projects in challenging environments.

    Ben began working in challenging environments in 2007 as a field coordinator for an agriculture company in East Ethiopia. The severe water concerns the population faced led to Bens' passion and extensive knowledge of water science and technology. Ben holds a B.Sc. in Soil and Water Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion, Israel. His wide-ranging knowledge on this topic brought him to IsraAID to establish the WASH department. Ben has been working with IsraAID since 2013. Currently, he is working on developing a combination of low-tech and suitable high-tech solutions, facility construction and technology transfers of short term interventions as well as long term development projects.

  • Mayumi Yoshida

    Japan Country Director

    Mayumi is a native Japanese with over 9 years of experiences in management of community development projects and disaster response in the Middle East and in the disaster-afflicted Tohoku (Japan) where she was born.

    In 2007, after joining an internship program in Kosovo provided by a Japanese NGO, Mayumi decided to end her career at a Japanese trading firm and relocated to the Middle East to manage grassroots community development projects by a Japanese NGO. She lived in Jordan and Palestine for the period of five years, and engaged in projects with a focus on economic improvement through improvement of agricultural practices and products as well as market development. In 2012, she moved back to Tohoku area of Japan which had suffered catastrophic damages from the giant tsunamis and implemented numbers of projects which included emergency response, psychosocial care and economic development projects. She joined JISP in Oct 2015, and now oversees the entire operations of the organization both in Japan and overseas.

  • Eyaid Ahmed


    Eyaid is an accountant, tax consultant and government certified financial consultant with over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector.

    He holds a BA in economics and MBA in Business Management from Ben Gurion University (BGU), and is currently finishing an MBA in Law from Bar-Ilan University. Eyaid heads an accounting office in Beer Sheva, and has been teaching tax and accounting at Sapir college for 10 years. Since 2009, he has also been lecturing for the BGU Management School's MBA program. Highly involved in the research sector, Eyaid’s research proposal recently won an Excellence Award from the Israeli Center for Third Sector Research in Israel. He is also about to start his PhD studies at the School of Management, where he is hoping to focus on "Employment in the Arab sector in Israel".

  • Sarith Honigstein

    US Office Senior Director of Operations

    Sarith is the Sr. Director of Operations for IsraAID US. She’s responsible for the daily operations of the organisation’s US-based activities.

    Sarith is a seasoned marketing and programs professional with 15 years of work experience for technology companies and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in International Relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a MSc in Marketing from Baruch College, New York. Originally from Germany, Sarith lived in the UK and Israel before relocating to the Bay Area in 2012. Before joining IsraAID in early 2017, Sarith set up and ran a community outreach program for Jewish families in the Bay Area as well as consulted for various local non-profits on marketing and outreach.

  • Tamar Lazarus

    Senior Director of Development

    Tamar Lazarus is the Senior Director of Development at IsraAID, with over seven years' experience in resource development and fundraising in Israel's not-for-profit sector.

    Tamar moved to Israel from London in 2010, where she worked in Local Government policy design and management. Upon arrival in Israel, she focused on NGO resource development, most recently at The Abraham Fund Initiatives, an Arab-Jewish organization working towards increased inclusion and equality between Israel's diverse citizens. Tamar completed master's degrees in Middle Eastern Politics and Local Government Management and Policy, and lives in Modiin, with her husband and 3 kids.

  • Maria Nazarenko

    Regional Director

    Maria Nazarenko is a Regional Director in IsraAID's programs department, with 15 years' experience in international development.

    Maria has worked in nine countries around the world for non-profits including World Vision and the International Medical Corps, with a particular focus on healthcare. Her programmatic experience is cross-cutting and extensive, touching on sectors including primary health, public health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, Gender-Based Violence, youth capacity building, economic development and peace building, child protection, and WASH. Maria was educated at the University of Manchester, University College London and the University of Edinburgh.

  • Seth Davis

    Executive Director, IsraAID USA

    Seth is the Executive Director of IsraAID USA.

    An Israeli-American, Seth grew up in Ashkelon, Israel, and is now based in New York City. Seth has extensive experience in the non-profit world, most recently at the Center of Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, where he was VP Philanthropic Advisor. He has previously worked for Hashomer Hachadash, an Israeli NGO focused on connecting young people to land, and the Israel Tennis Centers.

  • Farah Shamolian

    IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Director, IsraAID US

    Farah worked with IsraAID Greece implementing programs for refugees (2017-2018), and was IsraAID head of mission for the emergency response to the Volcan de Fuego eruption in Guatemala (2018). Farah directs the Humanitarian Professionals Network (IHPN), a program that trains professionals in disaster response and deploys them around the world.

  • Rachel Wallace

    Director of Outreach & Engagement, IsraAID US

    Rachel oversees IsraAID’s community and university partnerships, programs, and events. She brings to the role her background in nonprofits, interfaith/international relations, and young professional and youth leadership development.

  • Toumai Kafri

    Corporate Engagement and Partnership, IsraAID US

    Since joining IsraAID in 2015, Toumai has led several IsraAID missions: to Putumayo, Colombia, Northern France’s refugee camps, South Sudan and most recently, Guatemala, following the eruption of volcano "El Fuego" in 2018. Toumai is dedicated to developing IsraAID's corporate partnerships and engagements.

  • Rachael Sonntag-Bloom

    Resource Development Director, IsraAID US

    Rachael is the Resource Development Director for IsraAID US. Based out of IsraAID's Los Angeles office, she is responsible for developing and implementing internal operations and external cultivation strategies that provide IsraAID with the necessary resources to achieve its strategic goals. Rachael brings over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector at a variety of Jewish communal, medical and philanthropic organizations.

    Prior to joining IsraAID, Rachael was the Director of Development at Jewish World Watch and the former Director of Membership & Development at Sinai Temple. She also served as a consultant for a local humanitarian aid start-up Save the Syrian Children, which provides medical supplies to Syrian hospitals to treat victims of war. Rachael first got her start in the field of philanthropy managing fundraising projects at USC's Keck School of Medicine as a Development Project Manager and assisted in community engagement and strategic communications projects at California Community Foundation, specifically around local immigrant integration and community development initiatives. Rachael is a member of both the LA World Affairs Council's Young Professionals Program and the Los Angeles Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She is also a former OTZMA Fellow with the Jewish Federations of North America, where she volunteered in Israel for a year working with immigrant communities. She is a recent graduate of the Jewish Federations of Greater Los Angeles' Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP). A graduate of the University of Southern California, Rachael holds a BA in Political Science, with a specialization in Communications and Nonprofit Management.