Meet the people who find a way.

OUR PEOPLE

We are proud of the experienced and dedicated professionals, board members, and volunteer advisors spearheading our work across the globe. From our headquarters in Israel to our offices around the world, meet our team below.

Headquarters

Yotam Polizer

CEO

Naama Gorodischer

Senior Director of Programs

Tamar Kosky Lazarus

Senior Director of Development and Commmunications

Shlomit Tron

Senior Director of Human Resources

Irina Kegeles

Senior Director of Finance

Yariv Keren

Senior Director of Finance

Anat Herrmann Aharoni

Regional Director

Michal Strahilevitz

Regional Director

Laura Di Castro

Regional Director

Michal Bar

Head of Emergency & Operations

Karmit Berlinsky

Emergency Operations Officer

Dr. Bella Kovner

Head of Technical Unit

Yahel Shemesh

Head of Protection Sector

Orit Rubin

Protection Coordinator

Avital Furlager

Protection Coordinator

Mai Leshem

Protection & Emergency Coordinator

Anton Driz

Head of WASH Sector

Eitan Goldberg

MEAL & CWC Coordinator

Lilach Grunfeld Yona

Head of Education Sector

Sita Cacioppe

Head of Health Sector

Ahmad Abu Al- Halaweh

Health Sector Coordinator and Project Officer

Juliana Peña

Programs Officer, the Americas

Or Mor

Programs Officer, Africa

Ethan Schwartz

Media & Communications Manager

Molly Bernstein

Development & Communications Manager

Zoe Edelman

Digital Communications & Content Officer

Hannah Sharron

Development Officer

Tali Sammstein

Human Resources Director

Kym Donnelly

Human Resources Manager

Tanya Amiel

Human Resources Manager

Adi Gonen

Human Resources Manager

Liora Singer Gefen

Finance Manager

Gabriela Szyfer

Finance Manager

Adi Levi

Administration Manager

Chava Mugrabi

Accounting Officer

Eshay Hazan

Finance Officer

Shir Hefer

Finance Officer

Lior Komorovsky

Procurement and Compliance Manager

Joe Serkin

Safety and Security Manager

Heads of Country Offices

Dmitry Medlev

The Bahamas

Aymeric Astre

Colombia

Nicole King

Dominica

Aély Haccoun

Eswatini

Adar Zehavi

Greece

Joost van de Lest

Guatemala

Annet Apio

Kenya & Uganda

Filipe Magalhaes

Mozambique

Cephas Munjeri

South Sudan

Kristina Mitchell

Vanuatu

IsraAID U.S.

Seth Davis

CEO, IsraAID U.S.

Sarith Honigstein

Director of Operations, IsraAID U.S.

Farah Shamolian

IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Director, IsraAID U.S.

Rachel Wallace

Director of Outreach and Engagement, IsraAID U.S.

Rachael Sonntag-Bloom

Resource Development Director, IsraAID U.S.

Alissa Rozansky

Office Administrator, IsraAID U.S.

Global Board

Meira Aboulafia

Chairperson

Mully Dor

Board Member and Founder

Edward Rettig

Board Member

IsraAID U.S. Board

Sherry Weinman

Chairperson of U.S. Board

Sheldon Weisel

Emeritus Treasurer & Former Chair

Orit Atzmon

Board Member

Jonathan Barsade

Board Member

Eric “Rick” L. Bernthal

Board Member

Harvey Brown

Board Member

Michael Kadisha

Board Member

Andrea Lee-Zucker

Board Member

Rick Matros

Board Member

Deborah Rudy

Board Member

Kurt Schwartz

Board Member

Eta Somekh

Board Member

Brad Somer

Board Member

Hagit Ze’ev

Board Member

IsraAID Germany Board

Deirdre Berger

Board Member

Maria Boettche

Board Member

Aron Schuster

Board Member

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council

Elizabeth Ashbourne

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Shulamith Bahat

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Danielle Foreman

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Gidi Grinstein

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Lisa Gurwitch

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Yossi Jayinski

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Doron Krakow

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Pastor Becky Keenan

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Becky Kleiner

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Erik Ludwig

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Adrienne Matros

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Gregory Milne

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Colin Price

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Jonathan Quarles

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Amy Rosenblatt Lui

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Eric Savitz

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Erin Schrode

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Larry Tobin

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Ron Zamir

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Yotam Polizer

CEO

Yotam Polizer is the global CEO of IsraAID – overseeing IsraAID’s global operations, strategy and partnerships. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, he led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany. Over the course of nine years at IsraAID, Yotam has also built and led programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, in Sierra Leone during the 2014 Ebola crisis, and in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake.

Naama Gorodischer

Senior Director of Programs

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. Since 2013 Naama has been working with IsraAID, initially as the Kenya Country Director, leading operations in Kakuma refugee camp. 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.

Tamar Kosky Lazarus

Senior Director of Development and Commmunications

Tamar’s team at IsraAID focuses on documenting and sharing IsraAID’s work with communities globally. Tamar has participated in IsraAID missions in Colombia, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, Greece and The Bahamas. Tamar has over ten years’ experience in fundraising and communications in Israel’s not-for-profit sector. Tamar moved to Israel from London in 2010, where she worked in local government. Tamar completed master’s degrees in Middle Eastern Politics and Local Government Management and Policy. She lives in Modiin, with her partner and 3 kids.

Shlomit Tron

Senior Director of Human Resources

Shlomit Tron is the Senior Director of Human Resources at IsraAID, with over fifteen years’ experience in Human Resource Management in both the business and non-profit sectors. Shlomit spent more than 13 years in the hi-tech and online industries, managing HR in global companies. She holds an MSc. in Organizational Behavior and has vast experience in change management, mentoring leaders and corporate governance. Shlomit was born and raised in Jerusalem but is now proud to live in Tel Aviv with her husband, three children and a cat.

Irina Kegeles

Senior Director of Finance

Irina has over ten years’ experience in financial management and control and compliance in the non-profit and financial advisory sectors. She moved to Israel from Moscow in 2013, where she worked at a ‘Big Four” accounting firm, specializing in financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions. Upon arrival to Israel, she focused on NGO financial management, working in international non-profits responding to the global refugee crisis. Irina holds a master’s degree in Financial and Strategic Management and lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and son.

Yariv Keren

Senior Director of Finance

Yariv has over 20 years of experience holding senior financial positions in global and international corporations. Inter-Alia Yariv served as CFO of Netafim in Latin America, CFO of ZIM Shipping in Europe and Africa, and of HP ES in the Middle East. Yariv holds a BA in Business and Accounting, a CPA (Israel) Diploma, and a master’s degree in Business and Finance.

An enthusiastic dog raiser, Yariv has volunteered for over 20 years at the Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind, serves on the NGO’s Board of Directors, and chairs its audit and control committee.

Anat Herrmann Aharoni

Regional Director

Anat Hermann Aharoni, Africa and the Pacific Region Director at IsraAID HQ, holds extensive experience in managing humanitarian projects across the globe. She spent many years working in Asia, Africa, and the Americas with Médecins Sans Frontières and with the French Red Cross, first as a Project Manager and then as a Country Director.

Anat specializes in managing medical aid operations and working in areas affected by conflict and epidemics. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London, and is currently studying Public Health (MPH) at the Hebrew University.

Michal Strahilevitz

Regional Director

Over the years, Michal has focused on supporting vulnerable communities, particularly those affected by disasters and conflicts, and has led a wide range of projects in areas including livelihoods, women’s empowerment, community development and resilience, DRR, and capacity building. At IsraAID, Michal oversees and directs the organization’s operations in the Americas. Michal holds a BBA in Business Administration (ESGCI-Paris), MA in International Development Studies (University of Amsterdam) and an MSt in Human Rights Law (Oxford University).

Laura Di Castro

Regional Director

Before joining IsraAID, Laura has worked for the Italian Development Agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and at the Food and Agriculture Organization for the UN (FAO) in Rome. She has experience as a social entrepreneur, co-founding and leading educational programs for youth at risk in Guatemala, under ExpresARTE Iniciativa, an association promoting social change through arts. Laura holds an MA in International Development from the Sciences Po, Paris. Born and raised in Italy, today Laura is based in Tel Aviv with her husband.

Michal Bar

Head of Emergency & Operations

Born and raised in Israel, Michal has over 15 years of experience working in the public sector, including the IDF, the state attorney’s office, the Knesset, and civil society organizations. She holds a Master’s in International and Community Development from the Hebrew University. Michal joined IsraAID as the Head of Mission to Dominica, where she lead operations after Hurricane Maria. For the last two years, Michal has been the Emergency Response lead at IsraAID, dividing her time between disaster-affected areas around the world and Tel Aviv, the city she loves to call home.

Karmit Berlinsky

Emergency Operations Officer

Before joining IsraAID, Karmit worked for many years in hi-tech, mainly in project and product management. After a year of exploring new cultures and volunteering all over the world, Karmit decided to leave the private sector and use her skills and experience in an organization dealing with disaster response. Karmit joined NATAN’s Operations and Logistics Team in 2018, and later joined IsraAID in 2019 when deployed to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. In 2020, she became the Emergency Operations Officer in HQ.

Dr. Bella Kovner

Head of Technical Unit

Bella is an international Child Protection and Counter Trafficking specialist. Prior to joining IsraAID, she spent 15 years working for World Education and Terre des Hommes in Nepal, China, Albania, Uganda and Cambodia, addressing gender inequality and combating unsafe migration, trafficking in human beings and exploitative child labor. As Head of Technical Unit, Bella supports the strategic development of IsraAID’s sectors and technical capacity. Bella holds an MA in Sustainable Development from Brandeis University and a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Yahel Shemesh

Head of Protection Sector

Yahel has degrees in social work from Ben Gurion University and Tel Aviv University, and extensive experience working with youth at-risk in Israel, specializing in providing psychotherapy for child survivors of violence and sexual abuse. She first started at IsraAID as part of the emergency response team deployed to Nepal following the 2015 earthquake, subsequently working in South Sudan as a child protection consultant. In her role at IsraAID, Yahel oversees the sector’s strategy, training programs, and content development, and supervises protection programs.

Orit Rubin

Protection Coordinator

Orit is a Psychotherapist and a Psychodrama Therapist (MA), with many years of experience working in therapy and community work with women, children, and families. Orit began her work with IsraAID in Chad, Serbia, and Liberia. Orit is a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) expert and has been a big part of developing IsraAID’s GBV program in South Sudan. She also accompanyies programs in Kenya, Uganda and Greece. Orit has spent many years leading the Psychosocial Support sector of the funding group of “ASSAF” – Aid Organization for Refugees in Israel.

Avital Furlager

Protection Coordinator

Avital is a psychotherapist and dance and movement therapist specializing in trauma work with children, adults and families. She serves as the Protection Coordinator at IsraAID, and teaches at the University of Haifa, Wingate Institute, and Shiluv Psychotherapy Center. Avital began her work with the refugee community as a mental health clinician at the International FACES refugee clinic in Chicago, IL. With IsraAID, Avital has created and supported implementation of psychosocial programming in Kenya, Greece, and several other countries.

Mai Leshem

Protection & Emergency Coordinator

Mai is a social worker with a Master’s degree in Child Development. She has extensive experience working with asylum seekers and migrant workers and has a background in emergency operations with the Israel Defence Force.  Mai lives in Hod Hasharon, and is a painter, goldsmith and vegan!

Anton Driz

Head of WASH Sector

Anton joined IsraAID to develop the WASH sector, working to mitigate and decrease the number of people lacking access to safe water and sanitation facilities. He has 7 years of experience in IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management), and has been involved in water infrastructure and management projects in Angola, Brazil, and Israel. Anton holds a BSc in Water and Soil Science and an MA in Integrated Water Resources Management. Outside of work, he is still a water enthusiast as he spends most mornings swimming in the Mediterranean Sea.

Eitan Goldberg

MEAL & CWC Coordinator

Eitan holds a BA in International Studies and an MA in Political Science, as well as professional certificates in Program Evaluation and Group Facilitation. Eitan worked at Shatil -The New Israel Fund, where he primarily provided consulting, facilitated training, and developed written materials on program evaluation for NGOs engaged in social-change work. He also worked at Search for Common Ground on the evaluation of people-to-people programs targeting Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. Eitan lives in Jerusalem with his wife and two daughters.

Lilach Grunfeld Yona

Head of Education Sector

Lilach holds BAs in Education and International Relations from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in International Communication from the American University, Washington DC. She has a background in early childhood education in the USA, and as an ESL and Teachers’ Instructor in Israeli teaching colleges. Lilach worked as an International Education Program Coordinator in MASHAV – Israeli Foreign Ministry, served as an early childhood education pedagogic consultant for the Israeli Associate of Community Centers, and a didactic advisor for students in TFI. These days she is working on her Ph.D. dissertation on the ‘Inclusion processes of South Lebanese refugees in Israel’. She resides in Haifa with her husband and four children.

 

Sita Cacioppe

Head of Health Sector

Sita joined IsraAID in 2020 after completing her MBA in Healthcare Innovation at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Israel. She began her career as a Registered Nurse in Australia spending ten years working in Sydney, Perth, and London before moving into the humanitarian sector. Following this move, she spent 9 years with an international medical NGO working around the world including Africa, the Middle East, Ukraine, and Haiti. Sita is passionate about ongoing learning and development within the healthcare sector.

Ahmad Abu Al- Halaweh

Health Sector Coordinator and Project Officer

Ahmad is a Public Health specialist, with experience in Healthcare Systems Management. He served as Chief of Community Programs and Diabetes at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. In 2005, Ahmad co-founded the Diabetes Palestine Association. He is the focal point for the coordination of cooperation, training, humanitarian assistance, and research with international organizations. In addition,  Ahmad serves as the regional representative for STEP (Science Training Encouraging Peace) to support Palestinian students to further their higher education in Israeli Universities.

Juliana Peña

Programs Officer, the Americas

Juliana holds a bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a master’s in Conflict Studies. She started her career in humanitarian response and international development working with SGBV survivors and community leaders in Colombia. She joined IsraAID in 2017 as Country Director in Sierra Leone, working both in SGBV and SRHR (Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights). In 2019, Juliana returned to Colombia, one of her home countries, to lead the emergency response to the migrant crisis, and is now based in HQ.

Or Mor

Programs Officer, Africa

Since 2013, Or has worked in community development in refugee settings, first in Israel, and later in East Africa. Before joining IsraAID, he worked with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and HIAS, and co founded the Jerusalem African Community Center. He served as IsraAID’s Country Director in Kenya and Uganda before moving to his current role. Or has a B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Development Studies. He was born on an Israeli kibbutz and grew up in Nicosia, Chicago, Modi’in, and Warsaw, and now lives in Tel Aviv.

Ethan Schwartz

Media & Communications Manager

Ethan joined IsraAID in 2018 after working as a Digital Campaigns & Press Officer for Yachad, as a freelance journalist for publications focusing on international finance, markets, and philanthropy, and as the English Web Editor of a London-based magazine. He led media work on the ground during the 2019 Cyclone Idai emergency response in Mozambique. Ethan studied Religion, Philosophy and Ethics at King’s College London. Born in New York and brought up in London via Harare, Zimbabwe, Ethan moved to Tel Aviv in 2017.

Molly Bernstein

Development & Communications Manager

Molly Bernstein began working with IsraAID as the Head of Mission in Lesvos, Greece and later joined the IsraAID HQ team. Molly holds BAs in Arabic Studies and Government & Politics, an MA in Contemporary Middle Eastern History, and is currently working on her PhD with research focusing on Middle Eastern history. In 2015 she returned to Israel, after living in Philadelphia, and worked as an editor and contributor at the Haaretz newspaper and at an Arab-Jewish NGO. Molly has lived in a smattering of strange places, learning Arabic and Persian along the way.

Zoe Edelman

Digital Communications & Content Officer

Originally from Scotland, Zoe moved to Israel in 2018. Before joining IsraAID, she worked at BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change. Zoe has lots of experience in the non-profit sector, working in the UK for the British Red Cross and her youth movement, and volunteering for Raleigh International on a community WASH project in a north Nicaraguan village. Zoe is passionate about sustainability, and studied Environment and Business at the University of Leeds. Zoe lives in Givatayim, just outside of Tel Aviv.

Hannah Sharron

Development Officer

Hannah joined IsraAID in 2021 following a Master’s degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, where she developed an interest in humanitarian aid. She is now working on her MA thesis, and also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to joining IsraAID, Hannah worked for non-profits in Israel, the UK, and the US. Her experiences have instilled in her a lasting enthusiasm not only for grantmaking but also for sustainable, community-led solutions to complex issues. 

Tali Sammstein

Human Resources Director

Tali joined IsraAID in 2016, with over nine years of experience in general management and human resources management. Tali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining IsraAID, Tali held Human Resources leadership positions for several organizations, including international experience in Belize and Roatan, Honduras. She also has a background in the paramedical field and worked with children for two years. Tali lives in Oranit with her husband and three children.

Kym Donnelly

Human Resources Manager

Kym is an HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in general human resources, with a passion for training and development. Kym is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where she studied Industrial Psychology. She has worked in Human Resources in South Africa, Israel and the UK, and across manufacturing, banking, retail and call centers, taking care of Human Resources and Training. She’s passionate about people, learning and development. Kym lives in Givatayim with her husband.

Tanya Amiel

Human Resources Manager

As HR Manager, Tanya works with the Americas region, supporting the Education and Medical sectors, and serving as the main contact on the team for Emotional Support. Before joining IsraAID, Tanya already had 7 years experience working in HR. She is passionate about people, their wellbeing, and diverse working environments. Tanya has a degree from Bar Ilan University, majoring in Human Resource Management. After years in the business sector, Tanya wanted to bring her heart to the workplace, as well as her mind.

Adi Gonen

Human Resources Manager

Adi came to IsraAID with more than 15 years of experience managing Human Resources in international hi-tech and Online companies. Adi most enjoys employee engagement and supporting managers. Adi holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences & History of Arts from Tel Aviv University, and enjoys crowded rock and hip-hop concerts and Indi-cinema.

Liora Singer Gefen

Finance Manager

Liora holds an M.A in Law from Bar Ilan University and a B.A in Economics and Management from Ben Gurion University. She has over 14 years of experience in budget control and procurement management, both in the private and public sectors. Liora served as an education officer in the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) and has been involved in various community volunteer projects. She decided to enter the non-profit sector, bringing together her professional experience and personal values. Liora lives in Givatayim with her husband and four kids.

Gabriela Szyfer

Finance Manager

Gabriela is originally from Uruguay and holds a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University. Gabriela has almost 20 years of experience in the budget & control field mainly in the Hi-Tech area. She lives with her partner and 2 kids in Tel Aviv and is a lifelong runner (enjoying mainly long-distance running) and an amateur seamstress.

Adi Levi

Administration Manager

Before joining IsraAID, Adi worked for 4 years as a Project Director in Israel Experience (a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency). Adi has a BA in International Relations, Spanish and Latin American Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Adi spends her spare time on outdoor adventures as she enjoys scuba diving, wall climbing, whitewater rafting and other extreme sports. One of Adi’s biggest feats was in Tanzania, when she climbed the Kilimanjaro mountain’s highest peak – Uhuru – at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).

Chava Mugrabi

Accounting Officer

Chava is the Accounting Officer at IsraAID and a certified bookkeeper with over five years of administrative experience in the Israeli education system. Chava was born and raised in Israel. Following a military career as an HR officer, she went on to study Leadership and Educational Management at Bar-Ilan University, working in the informal and special education system for several years. In 2019, Chava made a career change and studied bookkeeping at Mishlav college, graduating with excellence. Chava lives in Modiin with her husband and three kids.

Eshay Hazan

Finance Officer

Eshay holds an M.B.A in Financing & Management and a B.A in Business Management, both from Ben Gurion University. Eshay has 2 years of experience in budget planning, control, and management in the non-profit sector, and served as an HR planning officer in the IDF. Eshay is responsible for the budgeting process in several countries, ensuring numbers and allocations are correct, developing comfortable templates to work with and guiding the field towards accurate reporting.Eshay currently lives in Tel Aviv.

Shir Hefer

Finance Officer

Shir holds a BA in Economics and Psychology and an MSc in Development Economics. Shir worked as a financial analyst in the private sector, managing budgets of executive law firms, and as a research assistant at a university. Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Shir volunteered in an affected village as part of the NGO Tevel B’tzedek. Today, she is an active fellow in ‘Tzedek’- a UK-based charity responding to the problem of extreme global poverty, and in Israel 2050 – a movement which works to improve the socio-economic reality in Israel.

Lior Komorovsky

Procurement and Compliance Manager

Lior has over four years of experience in Procurement and Data Analysis. Recently he worked in Israel’s Municipality Sector. Before that, Lior worked for global Hi-Tech companies in various IT Roles, running IT operations across regions. Lior holds a BA in Business Management and is a certified internal auditor. Lior enjoys theater, chess, early morning jogging, good humor and reading books – he even wrote one himself. Lior lives in Bat-Hefer with his wife, four kids, and their little lovely dog.

Joe Serkin

Safety and Security Manager

Joe Serkin is an experienced law enforcement and first response professional. He is a  former New York City police officer and Israeli National Police detective and has most recently worked as a product marketing manager for tech startups with a focus on products for the security industry. Joe holds an MA in Goverment with a specialization in counter-terrorism and homeland security from the IDC in Herzliya. A New York City transplant, Joe lives in Modiin with his wife and children.

Dmitry Medlev

The Bahamas

IsraAID Bahamas Country Director is Dmitry’s 9th Head of Mission role with international aid providers. He has worked across a number of regions, including the Middle East, Central Asia, Southern and Central Africa, South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and now the Caribbean. Dmitry has a Master’s degree in Political Sciences and a record in children management – he has 5 of them. In his free time, Dmitry can always be seen with a fishing rod in his hands, trying his luck on the beach.

Aymeric Astre

Colombia

For the last 10 years, Aymeric has been working in the field of development and cooperation, first in Brussels, Belgium and then in Bogotá, Colombia. Before joining IsraAID, he was working for a Canadian NGO, as the Team Leader of a program aimed at the socio-economic integration of migrants, refugees and host communities. Aymeric’s background includes a Masters in European Politics and Public Affairs from Sciences-Po Strasbourg (France). He speaks French, Spanish and English. Heenjoys spending his spare time on adventures with his daughter Mathilde.

Nicole King

Dominica

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and International Relations and a Master’s degree in Gender and Equity Policies. Additionally, she has studied in International Cooperation and International Migrations. Her area of expertise is Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion, mainly focused on refugees and migrants in Latin America. She has worked in the promotion of economic empowerment and self-reliance with vulnerable populations, including SGBV survivors. Before joining IsraAID, she worked for HIAS, developing and implementing the Livelihoods programs in Ecuador and Peru, and supporting the assessments for operations in Guyana. She loves dogs so much, that she owns 5 and is passionate about sustainability.

Aély Haccoun

Eswatini

Originally from France, Aély moved to Israel 10 years ago. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Sciences Po, Paris, and speaks French, English, Hebrew, and Spanish! She has experience in international project management, fundraising, capacity building, and organization development through the non-profit and entrepreneurship fields in Europe, Africa and Israel. She has worked with humanitarian and emergency medical enterprises in a medical NGO, focusing on HIV/aids and tropical diseases. She also volunteers as an EMT, driving motorcycles and ambulances! In her spare time, Aély enjoys traveling, yoga, diving, African percussions, and nature.

Adar Zehavi

Greece

Adar is a migration researcher and an international development practitioner. Adar is trained as a social worker and holds an MA in International Community Development from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MSc in Migration and Ethnic Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She has extended her experience as a migration researcher since 2012 in Europe, India, East Africa, and Israel. Throughout her career, Adar has provided monitoring and evaluation, participatory and policy research within the UN SDGs framework.

Joost van de Lest

Guatemala

A Dutch citizen, Joost has been active in the development and humanitarian sector for almost 30 years, both in HQs and in various missions. Joost has worked primarily as coordinator or Country Director, in Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Mozambique), Asia (Afghanistan, Indonesia and Philippines), Eastern Europe (Kosovo, Moldova), and Latin America/Caribbean (Colombia, Nicaragua and English speaking Caribbean). He has worked with HelpAge International, People in Need, and spent almost 25 years working at Oxfam.  He joined IsraAID after serving for two years as Country Director in the Philippines with People in Need.

Annet Apio

Kenya & Uganda

As Country Director for both Kenya and Uganda, Annet, oversees all operational, technical, and financial functions in both countries. Annet holds an MA in International Development Studies and a BA in Social Work. She has significant training in child protection, and formerly served as IsraAID’s Field Coordinator in Kakuma Refugee Camp.

Filipe Magalhaes

Mozambique

Filipe holds a Masters in Youth and International Development, and has been working in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years. His work has mostly been with youth in alternative settings, focusing on children in street situations, children’s homes, and youth talent development. He is passionate about interacting with youth as it is “where he learns more about happiness.” Between work and studies, Filipe has lived in Portugal, Sweden, USA, Germany, UK, Sao Tome and Principe, Peru, Tanzania, and for the past 3 years he has been in Mozambique.

Cephas Munjeri

South Sudan

Cephas joined IsraAID with over 18 years experience of working in the INGO sector and another 8 years in the public sector. He has worked in eight countries, including Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. He has vast experience in responding to emergencies, having been involved in cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe and Haiti. He has responded to the IDP and refugee crises in Sudan and Uganda. Cephas was Head of Mission for UMCOR in South Sudan and Sudan and headed the Humanitarian Response Team for DanChurchAid in Uganda. Cephas holds a graduate diploma in Water Supply and Sanitation and a Master of Business Administration.

Kristina Mitchell

Vanuatu

Kristina holds a BA in International Development Studies and an MSc in Public Health. She has 15 years of experience providing technical and managerial support for development projects and humanitarian response, including grant management of multiple stakeholder portfolio, overseeing project financial compliance, development of program designs, concepts and grant proposals and M&E systems in Asia and the South Pacific.

Seth Davis

CEO, IsraAID U.S.

An Israeli-American, Seth grew up in Ashkelon, Israel and is now based in Miami. Seth has extensive experience in the nonprofit 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.

Sarith Honigstein

Director of Operations, IsraAID U.S.

As Senior Director of Operations, Sarith is 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. Originally from Germany, Sarith lived in the UK and Israel before relocating to the Bay Area in 2012. Before joining IsraAID, Sarith set up and ran a community outreach program for Jewish families in the Bay Area and consulted for local non-profits on marketing and outreach.

Farah Shamolian

IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Director, IsraAID U.S.

Farah directs the Humanitarian Professionals Network (IHPN), a program that trains professionals in disaster response and deploys them around the world. From 2017 to 2018, Farah worked with IsraAID Greece implementing programs for refugees, and headed IsraAID’s emergency response mission following the Volcán de Fuego eruption in Guatemala in 2018.

Rachel Wallace

Director of Outreach and Engagement, IsraAID U.S.

Rachel oversees IsraAID US’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.

Rachael Sonntag-Bloom

Resource Development Director, IsraAID U.S.

Based in Los Angeles. Rachael brings over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector at a variety of 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.

Alissa Rozansky

Office Administrator, IsraAID U.S.

Alissa is IsraAID U.S.’s office administrator, based in the Bay Area.

Meira Aboulafia

Chairperson

Meira has been active in the world of non-profits for over 30 years. For 15 years, she served as the Coordinator for Special Projects and Events at the JDC-Brookdale Institute, as well as the Manager of their Middle East program, meant to enhance the quality of healthcare systems in the entire region. She co-chaired the Israeli NGO Aid Without Borders from 2000-2002, and has spent the last 10 years fighting for human rights in Israel and the Palestinian territories. In 2015, she won the Times of Israel Humanitarian Award in recognition of her leadership at IsraAID. From 2006-2018, in parallel with her activities at IsraAID, Meira served as CEO and Chairperson of The Israeli Friends of the Tibetan People. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and an active partner in promoting the status of women in Israel and around the world.

Mully Dor

Board Member and Founder

Mully has over 35 years of experience in business management, economics and social sustainable development, and the public and health sector. Born and raised in Israel, he has served as Deputy Mayor of the Ramat-Gan Municipality, Deputy CEO of the Hevrat Ovdim Cooperative, Lecturer and Project Director of the Afro-Asian Institute, Chair of IMC – The Israel Management Center, Chair of Rabin First in Labor (R.A.), and Internal Controller at Clalit Health Services HQ. Today, alongside his role with IsraAID, Mully chairs AJEEC-NISPED and the Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts. He is additionally Chair of the Board of Directors at the Israel Academic College. In his capacity as founder and board member, Mully has directly assisted in IsraAID’s projects in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and Japan after the 2012 tsunami.

Edward Rettig

Board Member

Born in the United States, Ed immigrated to Israel in 1972. He holds a law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received a Wexner Graduate Fellowship to study at the Hebrew Union College where he received rabbinical ordination. Ed also holds a doctorate in Modern Jewish History from the Hebrew Union College. Ed served as an attorney in the Israel Ministry of Police and on the boards of IsraAID, the Israeli Coalition for International Assistance, and human rights associations in Israel.

Sherry Weinman

Chairperson of U.S. Board

Sherry has been a volunteer leader in the Los Angeles Jewish community for 30 years. As chairperson of the board, Sherry has supervised the start-up of the first U.S. office for IsraAID in Palo Alto, California. Sherry came to IsraAID through her association with AJC, one of IsraAID’s primary American organizational supporters. As a communications professional, Sherry was an executive producer, creator and writer of television news and information programs in Los Angeles and the U.S. for more than 25 years.

Sheldon Weisel

Emeritus Treasurer & Former Chair

Sheldon has been practicing law in Washington, D.C. for 40 years. During this time, Sheldon represented developers, lenders, investors and others in a broad range of transactions. He has extensive experience in many different real estate sectors including multifamily, retail, office and hotels. He has been recognized by Chambers and the Washington Legal Times as one of the leading real estate lawyers in Washington, DC. Mr. Weisel has a BA and JD from UCLA.

Orit Atzmon

Board Member

Orit Atzmon is a clinical psychologist based in Palo Alto, CA.

Jonathan Barsade

Board Member

Jonathan has thirty years of experience as an entrepreneur and an attorney. He is now using those skills to help entrepreneurs create and build their new businesses, and in the world of not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Barsade was the Founder and CEO of EXACTOR INC, the next-generation provider of a fully automated, end-to-end compliance solution for secure, safe, and accurate sales tax record keeping and filing.

Eric “Rick” L. Bernthal

Board Member

Eric is a former Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins, Washington D.C. and former chair of the Humane Society of the United States. He has served on the board of the South Florida Wildlife Center, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Better Homes Foundation, and the Legal Aid Society of Washington D.C. Eric and his wife have three children and have fostered 25 children. They live in the Washington D.C. area.

Harvey Brown

Board Member

Harvey Brown is a CPA and consultant based in New York and the former CEO of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

Michael Kadisha

Board Member

Michael is a social and environmental impact entrepreneur who focuses his efforts on technologies that solve global inefficiencies. Michael founded Treedom, a software suite that creates a community for volunteers, NGO’s, non-profit organizations and corporations, who wish to support and promote a social, civic, or environmental value. Michael and his family have been deeply involved in Israel relations for many generations.

Andrea Lee-Zucker

Board Member

Andrea is a mother of three children, based in the DC area. She is the DC City Ambassador of NEXUS, a global network of young investors and innovators dedicated to bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. Andrea is also a writer, activist, social entrepreneur, and manager of Antigravity Ventures, an impact fund at The InterTech Group, Inc.

Rick Matros

Board Member

Rick Matros is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sabra Health Care REIT.

Deborah Rudy

Board Member

Deborah is a community activist based in Austin, Texas. She currently chairs Austin’s pro-Israel political network. Her passion is promoting a strong US-Israel relationship, and has been heavily involved in AIPAC leadership positions. Prior to life in Austin, the Rudys lived in Chicago, where Deborah was president of the Stone Jewish Community Center, served on the Board of Directors/Executive Committee of Chicago JCCs, and the board of NCJW, South Cook. She chaired PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) at Temple Anshe Sholom.

Kurt Schwartz

Board Member

Kurt has serves as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which operates the State Emergency Operations Center, coordinates the state’s response to disasters, and ensures the state’s preparedness to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters. Mr. Schwartz served in the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as the state’s Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor from 2010 to 2015, and as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement from 2007 to 2010.

Eta Somekh

Board Member

Eta enjoyed a career as an artist working in metal. Nowadays, she serves on the board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a national organization headquartered in Washington D.C, as well as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

She also heads the Somekh Family Foundation. Eta has two children and lives with her husband Sass in Palo Alto, CA.

Brad Somer

Board Member

Brad is the President and a senior partner at the West Cancer Center and Research Institute, a nationally renowned cancer center in the mid-south United States. He has served on the boards of the Community Oncology Alliance, the UT/West Institute for Cancer Research, and other organizations related to cancer. Dr. Somer has been President of the Jewish day school in Memphis, has been Vice President of his synagogue and has served on the boards of the JCC and Memphis Jewish Federation in the past.

Hagit Ze’ev

Board Member

Hagit is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with an extensive background in Transpersonal Psychology, Humanistic Existential Psychology, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness. Hagit has deployed with IsraAID to Greece and Germany as part of IsraAID’s response to the Middle Eastern refugee crisis, and shared her expertise by leading mindfulness workshops for IsraAID staff from the refugee community. She is the owner of Neshima Healing, focused on self-discovery.

Deirdre Berger

Board Member

Deirdre Berger is a member of the IsraAID Germany board

Maria Boettche

Board Member

Maria Boettche is a member of the IsraAID Germany board

Aron Schuster

Board Member

Aron Schuster is a member of the IsraAID Germany board

Elizabeth Ashbourne

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

As Executive Director of PQMD, Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne is responsible for furthering PQMD’s commitment to championing and advancing standards in medical supply and service donations. EJ was previously the Managing Partner for EJA Consulting, a small private firm specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, and all aspects of non-profit turn-around. Prior to that, EJ spent 17 years at the World Bank in a number of senior level positions, where she spent many years working to engage the private sector in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Shulamith Bahat

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Shulamith Bahat is CEO of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot of America, a program and institutional platform of the Israel-based Museum of the Jewish People, partnering with foundations, museums, JCCs, synagogues, cultivating engaged leadership and overseeing development. Shulamith was previously Associate Executive Director of AJC, where she served for 31 years. She was elected as one of the Forward 50 leaders in Jewish life, as the highest ranking woman and Israeli in American Jewish organizations.

Danielle Foreman

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Danielle Foreman is Director of Programs at the Koret Foundation, working closely with the staff and board to advance the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities. She also collaborates with the CEO and the director of finance on Foundation operations and planning. Since 2015, Danielle has also independently consulted with high net worth individuals who want to leverage their new wealth to impact the community. She and her husband live in San Francisco with their twin sons, Zachary and Noah. Danielle enjoys downhill skiing, almost anything outdoors, travel, photography, and art.

Gidi Grinstein

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Gidi Grinstein is the founder of the Reut Institute, Israel’s leading non-governmental research, strategy and leadership group, and President of American Friends of the Reut Institute.

Lisa Gurwitch

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Lisa D. Gurwitch is the President and CEO of Delivering Good, a nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide people impacted by poverty and tragedy with new merchandise, effectively distributed through a network of agency partners to improve the well-being, self-esteem and dignity of at-risk children, families, and individuals.

Yossi Jayinski

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Yossi Jayinski has more than 25 years of public accounting experience serving a variety of industries, including not for profit and financial services. He has performed audits of private and public companies, as well as various IPOs, and has served as an adviser for U.S. and international businesses. He has worked with various functional areas such as risk management, operations, finance, accounting and compliance. Other areas of concentration include internal audit co-sourcing/outsourcing, control assessment, project definition, scope and planning, project management, and resource planning.

Doron Krakow

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Doron Krakow is President and CEO of the JCC Association of North America. Doron has more than two decades working in national and international Jewish organizations, with a strong background in fundraising, youth movement work and Israel engagement.

Pastor Becky Keenan

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Pastor Becky Keenan is the president and founder of One With Israel. Pastor Keenan is an active member of AIPAC’s National Council and serves as a commissioner of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission appointed by Governor Gregg Abbot in April 2016. She also serves as a member of the Governing Board for the Latino Coalition for Israel.

Becky Kleiner

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Becky is an interior designer and a passionate community leader. Originally from Venezuela, she lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband Micky and their three children.

Erik Ludwig

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Erik Ludwig, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. His executive experience spans the Jewish nonprofit field and has focused on developing Jewish startups and spearheading innovation within traditional institutions. Ludwig earned his Ph.D. in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Utah in 2018. Erik’s research interests include race in education, caring teacher-student relationships, and the effect of school structure on academic achievement. Ludwig received his M.A. from Humboldt State University and his B.S. from University of Utah.

Adrienne Matros

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Adrienne Matros is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience in the health care industry. Adrienne currently serves on five non-profit boards, including: Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC), Merage JCC, JCCA, Aleh-Negev (Israel) and TLC (Tilly’s Life Center). For ten years, she has been planning and coordinating teen trips to numerous countries working with NGOs and indigenous people to assist in creating self sustaining communities. Adrienne resides with her family in Orange County, California.

Gregory Milne

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Gregory Milne is the chief impact and foreign policy officer at the Clinton Foundation. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s efforts on programmatic impact and evaluation, metrics, and information sharing; he also helps guide international strategy and plays a central role in shaping and executing President Clinton’s foreign policy vision for the Foundation. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of staff and director of policy to President Clinton and chief executive office of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti program. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.

Colin Price

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Prof. Colin Price is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Tel Aviv University, and the Head of the Porters School of Environmental Studies. He is a world-renowned atmospheric physicist, specializing in the earth’s weather and climate, with a focus on thunderstorms, climate change and natural hazards. He has published more than 130 scientific papers, and has a team of 10 graduate students and researchers working under his guidance on various scientific research projects.

Jonathan Quarles

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Jonathan Quarles has had a longstanding passion for building businesses and creating change. As a serial entrepreneur, he started his first business as the top-selling paperboy in his neighborhood at the age of 8. Thirty years later, Jonathan has created and developed more than 10 businesses, ranging from a custom T-Shirt operation to a creative printing company. He is an avid angel investor, focusing on fast-growing, disruptive companies with a social impact component.

Amy Rosenblatt Lui

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Amy Rosenblatt Lui is a Philanthropic Advisor with over 30 years of strategic foundation and development experience. Currently she is Executive Director of three Family Foundations – the Beverly Foundation, the Fingerhut Family Foundation and the Ronald Fingerhut Family Foundation. Amy is active as a volunteer in the community and she lives in Minnetonka with her husband and teenage son.

Eric Savitz

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Eric Savitz is senior director of corporate communications at Roku Inc. He was previously a partner in the San Francisco office of Brunswick Group, a London-based corporate communications firm. Eric’s work includes IPO, M&A and activism defense projects; litigation, cyber breach and crisis communications; media relations, media training and writing assignments. Eric spent 29 years as a reporter, columnist, blogger and editor, focused on investing, technology and Silicon Valley. A resident of Palo Alto, and a member of the board of Congregation Etz Chayim, he and his wife Robyn Stanton have three children.

Erin Schrode

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Erin Schrode is a citizen activist, social entrepreneur and storyteller. Since co-founding Turning Green in 2005, she has developed eco education and action platforms to inspire, educate, and mobilize millions of students and the global public. A passionate writer and orator, Erin was on air with ABC News for the election season, speaks internationally, and consults with corporations, governments and organizations – including IKEA, the US State Department, Apple, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, Unilever, Chipotle, United Nations and more. She writes for Cosmopolitan Magazine, Refinery29 and Fusion, among others.

Larry Tobin

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Larry Tobin is the Director of The Shapiro Foundation, a Boston-based foundation particularly focused on the plight of refugees across the globe. The Shapiro Foundation spearheaded local-resettlement efforts in the US & Canada, worked to alleviate the suffering of refugees and asylum-seekers in Greece & Israel, and have invested significantly to ensure that every individuals’ journey is a safe one. Beyond their work with refugees, they also invest heavily in public health, education & basic human rights in The US, Israel, Rwanda, Liberia, Greece and Canada.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Rabbi Josh Weinberg serves as the Vice President of the URJ for Israel and Reform Zionism and is the Executive Director of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America. He was ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem, and is currently living in New York. Josh previously served as the Director of the Israel program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a faculty member of NFTY-EIE High School in Israel teaching Jewish History.

Ron Zamir

IsraAID U.S. Advisory Council Member

Ron Zamir has been the CEO of AllenComm since 2003. Under his leadership AllenComm has grown to be one of the largest instructional design firms in the U.S. and is ranked at the top of their field in areas of instructional design, gamification and learning management for the corporate education market. Ron serves on the Board and is Vice President of the Utah Jewish Federation, is a member of the AIPAC National Council and Chairman of The Utah Israel Economic Council.