Meirav Ben-Ari (Kulanu)
MK for Kulanu party, member of seven Knesset committees, head of many sub-committees and lobbies. Involved mainly in the fields of education, welfare and society, and also member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Meirav works for the Israeli society as a whole, focusing on LGTB, students and high education, lone soldiers, single parent families, homeless young people, youth movements and organizations, Israeli industry and more.
MK Ben-Ari won Most Social MK in the Coalition four times in a row. Through her social activity she succeeded in creating change in Israeli society, and to touch the Israeli public, especially under-privileged populations and many sectors.
Poet , editor and peace activist.
Born in 1972 to a pluralistic religious family, he was named after his uncle, Eliezer Feldman, who was killed in the Sinai Campaign of 1956.
In 1979 the family moved to Elkana in Samaria, where Eliaz grew up. The fact of his being part of a bereaved family and his neijboring to Palestinian villages influenced his world and finds expression in his work.
Cohen studied in the Bnei-Akiva Yeshivot, and served in the armored division of the army.
In 1994 he began to publish his writings in various magazines and newspapers, starting with prose writings which were followed by poetry. He is an editor of the “Mashiv Haru’ach” journal of poetry , and author of five published collections of poetry. In addition, a bilingual edition (Hebrew-English) of his poetry was published in 2010 by Toby Press, and a collection from his poetry translated to French by Levant publishing house. Cohen was the recipient of the “Prime Minister Award” for literature in 2006 .In recent years he has stood out as a social activist dealing with such issues as religion and state, narrowing socio-economic gaps, and the sanctity of life. During 2009 he was one of founders of “Yerushalom” a movement for dialogue and peace between Palastinians and Israeli Settlers, thet led to the founding of “Roots” center in 2014. another initiatives that Cohen is leading are “Light Tag” – against the jewish vandalism and hateress attacks that under the name “Price Tag”, and the new peace initiative ” A land for all – 2 States, 1 Homeland“.
He is a member in kibbutz Kfar-Etzion, married and a father of four.
Ms. Dina Dayan
Dina Dayan is the Executive Director of Urban Renewal and Social Housing (Public Benefit Company). She holds BA and MA degrees with honors in Middle-Eastern studies and is currently pursuing a PhD at Ben-Gurion University. Dina was born and raised in Mitzpe Ramon where she lives today with her family. A “Baalat Teshuva” for over 20 years, Dina is a social activist who has worked with the local municipality on several projects, established and managed a number of educational and media initiatives in the Negev, and worked for Tenuat Or. In 2015, Dina founded the Periphery Movement with partners.
H.E. Emanuele Giaufret
Head of Delegation of European Union to the State of Israel
Ambassador Emanuele Giaufret arrived in Israel in 2017, following an extensive career in EU foreign policy. Most recently, he was Head of Division for Democracy and Electoral Observation at the European External Action Service (EEAS); Advisor to the Managing Director for North Africa and the Middle East; and prior to that he served in the EU Delegation to the UN in New York. This is Mr. Giaufret’s second post in Israel; he headed the Economic and Political Section of the EU Delegation in Tel Aviv between 2003-2007. Before joining the EU, Mr. Giaufret worked for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has a PhD in History of International Relations from the University of Florence and a Master’s degree in European Affairs received from the College of Europe in Belgium. He is married and has three children.
Tzachi Hanegbi (Likkud)
Minister for Regional Cooperation, and member of Knesset for Likkud.
Former minister in six ministries: Justice, Domestic Security, Transport, Health, Environmental Protection, Communication. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, chair of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, chair of the Economy Committee and chair of the Knesset Committee.
Hanegbi was first elected in 1988, and served as MK almost continuously, including five years in Kadima party. At the end of 2010 he resigned from the Knesset following his conviction of politically based appointments, and was sentenced with Moral turpitude. He returned to the Knesset after the next elections in 2013.
Hanegbi is the government representative for political topics in the ministry of foreign affairs: Relations with the Vatikan and other churches, Israeli representative in the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), Israeli representative in the Organization for Regional Security Cooperation in Europe, and in charge of resolving the Kotel issue.
Att. Batya Kahana Dror
Batya Kahana Dror is a lawyer .Until about a month ago, she was a director of the Mavoi Satum organization for women who are refused divorces and dowries, Batya has an education in law, psychology, political science and history, as well as a master’s degree from the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University.
Batya is married to Micha Freier Dror and mother of 4 children lives in Moshav Nes Harim in the Judean Hills.Batya has been involved for over two decades in the fields of religion and state, has led to breakthroughs in the field of women’s rights, especially in rabbinic courts.
Batya is also currently engaged in representing women who are refused divorces and releasing agunot.
As part of her work at the “Mavoi Satum” organization, Batya led to unique and precedent-setting rulings, achievements in the High Court, and legislative initiatives by a variety of Knesset members from across the political spectrum.
Batya was chosen by the Maariv newspaper as the first source for 2014 for one of Israel’s 10 most influential Israelis in the field of Judaism, and one of the ten most influential legal women in the religious sector
H.E. Alison Kelly
Alison Kelly has been Ambassador of Ireland to the State of Israel since 2015. She previously served as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and concurrently to Ukraine. She has also been posted in Washington, Madrid, OSCE Vienna, Cairo and The Hague and previous assignments in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin include UN Director, Africa Director, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Director, Deputy Political Director as well as in the EU and Information Divisions of the Department. Ambassador Kelly studied Social Science at the National University of Ireland in Dublin and she also holds a postgraduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges in Belgium.
Ms. Sana Knaneh
Researcher at Machon Mitvim and Develpment Director at UK Friends of Bereaved Families Forum.
A Palestinian citizen of Israel, currently based in London, fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English. International Relations
and Foreign Policy expert with more than 10 years of experience in dialogue and conflict resolution groups’ facilitation.
Strong background in project coordination, peacebuilding initiatives, fostering young leadership, social change,
education for human rights and research. Immediately Available.
Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy
London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Nurit Koren (Likkud)
Serves today as chair of the special committee for the disappearance of the Yemenite, Orient and Balkan children, and member of the committee for the appointment of Judges.
MK Koren is a lawyer, and holds three degrees in law and in humanities and social studies.
Following her election to the Knesset, she was elected Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and today she serves as member of five Knesset committees: Education, Economy, Constitution, Labor, Welfare and Health.
MK Koren works for the public benefit in a variety of social-economical areas, emphasizing under-privileged populations. She is chair of the lobby for the
disabled, lobby for the promotion of immigration and absorption of new Olim
from France, as well as the lobby for fair execution and enforcement, through
which she assists debtors in getting back on course.
In addition, MK Koren promotes public health and animal rights legislation.
H.E. Helene LE GAL
A French career diplomat.She has been designated as the French Ambassador in Israel in August 2016.
Her experience focuses on conflicts and international security, African affairs, European Affairs, Middle East, defense issues, development and consular affairs.
After the French presidential election of May 2012, she has been appointed Counsellor of the President of the French Republic, François HOLLANDE, for Africa. In this position, she was an important actor in the French initiatives concerning the Sahel region, CAR, and Lake Chad Basin.
Previously, she spent half of her 28 years of experience dealing with African Affairs (at the French Embassy in Ouagadougou, at the African Affairs Department of the Quai d’Orsay, and at the private office of a Minister for Developpment).
She is experienced in European Affairs (she has been posted at the French Embassy in Madrid and at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels).
She has been already posted four years at the French Embassy in Israel (1994-1998). She was following political affairs and the peace process.
She was also Consul General in Quebec, Canada.
Helene LE GAL has been awarded by the Ordre National du Merite and the Legion d’Honneur in France and has also received the highest honors in Mali, Senegal, Niger and Guinee.
She speaks French, English and Spanish with notions of Hebrew.
She graduated at the Political Studies Institute of Paris.
Tzipi Livni (The Zionist Union)
Leader of the opposition, chair of Ha’tnuah party and member of the Zionist Union. Member of the Foreign affairs and Defense committee, Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and head of the sub-committee for juridical warfare.
Former Prime Minister Deputy, minister of foreign affairs, and senior member in the Security Cabinet, and Minister in charge of negotiations with the Palestinians. Served as a government minister since 2001.
Livni was member of the Security cabinet and in the narrow security team during the second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead and Operation
Protective Edge, and served as head of negotiations with the Palestinians in Anapolis, and during the last round of talks with the Palestinians. Through her roles, Livni created cooperation channels with tolerant Arab countries in the region, and initiated Security Council Resolutions for the strengthening of
Israel’s security interests.
Major General Kristin Lund
Head of United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
Since joining the Norwegian Army in 1979, Major General Lund has had a distinguished military career, with wide-ranging command and staff experience at both national and international levels, including as the Deputy Commander of the Norwegian Army Forces Command. In 2009, she was the Norwegian Army’s first female officer to be promoted to the rank of Major General, and was subsequently appointed as Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Home Guard. From August 2014 to July 2016, Major General Lund served as Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), becoming the first woman to serve as Force Commander in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. Her previous assignments with the United Nations include deployment to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1986 and the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) from 1992–1993 and 1994-1995. In 1998-1999 she was a battalion Commander in the NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Major General Lund also has extensive experience in multinational operations, including deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and at the Headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2003-2004. Major General Lund has been a member of the Nordic Women Mediation Network since 2015. She currently serves as an advisor at the Norwegian Defence University College in Oslo. In 2017, she became a UNWOMEN Champion. Born in 1958, Major General Lund graduated from the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College, the Norwegian Defence University College, and the United States Army War College where she obtained a Master of Strategic Studies.
H.E. DEBORAH A. LYONS
Deborah Lyons joined the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (now Global Affairs Canada) in 1999 and was posted to Tokyo as counsellor for high-tech industries. She has held a number of key positions within the Department, such as Director, International Finance; Director-General, North America Commercial Affairs; and Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy and Planning and Chief Strategist Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Governor General David Johnston appointed Ms. Lyons as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, where she served for 3 years. In 2016, Governor General David Johnston appointed Ms. Lyons as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Israel. Ambassador Lyons formally presented her credentials to President Rivlin on December 12, 2016.
Ambassador Lyons was recently recognized for her work in Afghanistan with the awarding of Mark Palmer Prize for advancing democracy.
Ms. Lyons joined the federal government in 1982 and held positions of increasing responsibility with the Department of Natural Resources, Privy Council Office, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
As Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Director for Trade and Technology, she worked closely over a 6-year period with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and established the federal/provincial agreement on Trade and Investment with the four Atlantic Provinces.
Prior to joining the federal government, Ms. Lyons was a small business owner of a national energy consulting company and owned and managed an outdoor recreation centre.
Deborah Lyons graduated from the University of New Brunswick (BA, Honours) and took part in a year-long study program at Canada’s National Defence College in 1993.
H.E. Nickolay E. MLADENOV
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process
Mr. Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the PLO and the Palestinian Authority in February 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Mladenov is the Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Quartet.
Mr. Mladenov brings with him extensive experience in public service and international affairs. In his last posting, he served as Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). He served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from 2010 to 2013 and Minister of Defence of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2010.
Previously, he was a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 and a Member of the Parliament of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Mladenov held several positions in the intergovernmental and non-governmental sectors, including at the World Bank and the European Institute in Sofia.
Mr. Mladenov earned a MA in War Studies at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom, and a degree in International Relations from the University of National and World Economy of Sofia, in Bulgaria.
Merav Michaeli (The Zionist Union)
MK of the Labour Party, the Zionist Union, member of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
Minister Michelle Müntefering
Minister of State
for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office
• born in Herne on 9 April 1980
• 1997 – 1998
Training as a kindergarten teacher
Higher education entrance qualification
• 2002 – 2007
Degree in journalism studies (BA)
• since 2002
Deputy chair of the SPD in Herne
• 2004 to 2014
Member of the SPD Executive Committee of Land North-Rhine Westphalia
• 2004 to 2013
Member of the Herne City Council
• 2008 – 2010
Traineeship at Vorwärts Verlagsgesellschaft (publishing house) Berlin
• 2008 – 2009
Research assistant at the German Bundestag
• since 2013
Member of the German Bundestag
• 2015 – 2017
Spokesperson of the SPD parliamentary group on cultural relations and
• since 14 March 2018
Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign
Michal Rozin (Meretz)
Member of Knesset for Meretz, first elected in 2013, and again in 2015. In the current Knesset, she serves as member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and the Transparency Committee. She passed many legislation corrections, focusing on gender, sexual assaults, immigrants, asylum seekers and environment.
Michal also co-chairs the Women’s Lobby for Peace and Security with the Women Wage Peace movement, chairs the Lobby for Pluralism and Civil Equality, the Lobby for Equality in Occupation and the Lobby for the LGBT.
Before her election to the Knesset, Michal served as general manager of the Union of Help-centers for people affected by sexual assault.
A large part of her public activity is dedicated to the eradication of sexual assault, the promotion of equality among all in Israel, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual tendency, and striving for the ending of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a peace agreement.
H.E. Thessalia Salina Shambos
Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the State of Israel
Ms. Thessalia Salina Shambos, presented credentials as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Cyprus to HE the President of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin, on August 6, 2015.
Ms Shambos joined the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus in September 1998, serving for four years at the Multilateral Department of the Political Division, with competence in UN issues such as Human Rights, Women’s issues and addressing global terrorism.
From 2002 to 2006 Ms. Shambos was posted at the Embassy of Cyprus in Greece, where, from 2003 onwards she served as Deputy Head of Mission, covering also Romania and Albania.
In 2006 she was posted as Deputy Head of Mission/Consul General at the Embassy of Cyprus in Rome, which included parallel accreditations to Malta, the Swiss Confederation and San Marino.
In September 2008 Ms. Shambos returned to Cyprus and was placed at the Department of Bilateral relations with EU partners and neighbouring countries, as Deputy Head, with responsibilities for Eastern Europe, the Russian Federation and Central Asia desks.
In September 2009, she was appointed as Head of the aforementioned department, which concurrently covers the EU perspective of the Western Balkans, and EU relations with Eastern Partnership countries, the Russian Federation, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, the position which she held till July 2015.
Ms. Shambos has represented Cyprus in a number of expert committees and conferences at regional, EU and UN levels and was part of the Nicosia core team for the 2012 EU Council Presidency of Cyprus. She has also attended numerous courses on diplomacy and International relations.
Ms. Shambos holds the position of Minister Counsellor, and has been awarded the rank of Officer in the Order of Merit of the Hellenic Republic. She was also awarded the Diplomat of the Year Award in Israel in July 2017.
Ms. Shambos studied Political Science at Pace University in New York, USA, graduating summa cum laude, in 1995, and was granted the Political Science Award. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Studies – Political Science from Stockholm University, Sweden. She also has a background in Biomedical sciences from Aberdeen University, UK.
She is fluent in both Greek and English, and has knowledge of French and Italian.
She is married to Dr. Stavros Bashiardes – a Genetics visiting fellow at Weizmann Institute
She has two sons, Phaedon and Alexandros.
She was born in Athens on January 14, 1973.
Ksenia Svetlova (The Zionist Union)
MK Svetlova (The Zionist Union – Hatnuah) was born in Moscow in 1977 and came to Israel at age 14.
She studied in the Hebrew University and completed her BA and MA degrees in communication and Middle East studies, where she learned Arabic, which she masters in addition to Hebrew, English and Russian.
Since 2002 she worked for the Russian speaking channel 9 as a journalist and commentator for Arab matters. She covered the Gulf war in 2003 from the American destroyer in the Persian Gulf, interviewed Jordan’s Prince Hassan Ibn Talal, Palestinian Chair Yasser Arafat and Hamas leaders, among which were Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. She exclusively reported from Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, and covered the Arab Spring in Tahrir Square, and in 2013 the uprising against the Muslim Brothers regime, which led to the revolution.
MK Svetlova is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and in the Aliah, Absorption and Diaspora committee. She established and chairs a few parliamentarian lobbies: The Lobby for the Freedom of Speech and Journalism, the Lobby for the Tightening of the Relations between Israel and the Kurdish People, the Women’s Lobby for Peace and Security, and the Lobby for keeping Olim in Israel.
In her roles, and through her vision for Israeli society, Svetlova implements her knowledge and expertise in the Middle East geo-political, religious and cultural structure, with its variety of complexities and aspects, and uses her knowledge of the region, both in order to express Israel’s status within the Mediterranean region, and within the state of Israel in matters of democracy, freedom and human rights, and religion and state matters.
Brig. General (Res.) Ruth Malki Yaron
Founder & Head of Training at Israel’s Civil Service Cadet Program (until April 2018). This novel and prestigious program is designed to nurture and groom future professional elites who are the core of Israel’s Civil Service.
Co-founder and CEO of the Ludo Lab Group (strategic design)
Consultant and Lecturer in the field of National Security Strategy.
Senior Fellow, the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, Jerusalem (2007-2009).
Israel Defense Forces’ Head of the Media & Communications Division and Chief Spokesperson (2002-2005) – the first ever woman in both this position and as a member of Israel’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Chief Instructor of Israel’s National Security College (2000-2002), the prestigious military college for high-ranking officers and senior Government officials.
Served as a senior Diplomat in Israel’s Foreign Service, including postings in Washington, D.C. as Spokesperson and Media Advisor in Israel’s Embassy (1989-1995), and as the Head of the Jordan-Israel Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1995-1997).
M.A. – Political Science & National Security; Graduate of the United Nations’ International Academy for Peace – Bilateral & Multilateral Negotiations.
Married, mother of two children and grand-mother of three