Prof. Yossi Makori Chairman of the steering committee Chairman of PBC (Planning & Budgeting Committee) Professor Yossi Makori was born in Netanya. After a year of education and psychology studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he began his medical studies at Tel Aviv University, where he graduated with honors in 1975. After an internship in internal medicine at “Meir” hospital, which he also completed with honors, he participated in a 4-year training program focused on allergies and clinical immunology at the medical centers of Colorado and Harvard Universities in the USA. Upon his return to Israel, he established the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Unit at Meir Hospital. In 1990, he was appointed to run the Internal Medicine Department B at Meir Hospital, the department he “grew up” in as a student and intern. In 1993 he was invited to serve as a visiting scientist at the Allergic Diseases Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, USA. Prof. Makori has also served in a long series of professional and academic positions, including the president of the Israeli Association for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the head of the “Felsenstein” Institute for Medical Research at the Beilinson Campus at Petah Tikva, Chief Scientist of the General Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and a consultant to the Food Organization of the United Nations. In 1995 he was promoted to the rank of full professor of internal medicine at Tel Aviv University. In the years 2002-2006, Prof. Makori served as deputy dean at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Makori’s research focuses on the study of the mechanisms of allergic inflammation and the function of mast cells, and he is a member and active member of international organizations engaged in the study of allergic and immunological diseases. From 2006 to September 2014, Prof. Makori served as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. He’s the first dean who is a graduate of the faculty. In recent years, Prof. Makori was invited to serve as a visiting professor at the medical centers of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and Stanford University in California. In the years 2013-2014, Prof. Makori was the head of the Deans of Medicine Forum in Israel and was appointed to serve as the head of the Health Forum at the Higher Education Council. In February 2015, Prof. Makori retired from his position as head of the department and since then has headed the Herbert Institute for the Study of Mast Cell Diseases at the “Meir” Medical Center and as the head of the Department of Allergic Diseases at Tel Aviv University. In October 2015, he began serving as president of Tel Hai Academic College. In December 2021, Prof. Yossi Makori was appointed chairman of the CHE. Prof. Edit Tshuva Vice Chairman of CHE Since 2003, Prof. Tshuva has served as a senior faculty member in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the Hebrew University. Prof. Tshuva is engaged in teaching and research in the field of bio-inorganic chemistry, which includes developments based on the coordinative chemistry of metals beyond uses in the fields of biology and medicine. Among its key scientific discoveries, one can find a new family of chemotherapeutic compounds for the treatment of colon, ovarian and lung cancer based on titanium compounds that are safe to use, and peptide-based compounds for the treatment of diseases related to oxidative damage. Prof. Tshuva holds many positions in the faculty and the university, such as the chairwoman of the Lester Arenberg Chair of Applied Chemistry. She is a former member of the Young Academy of Sciences and the International Young Academy, and additionally, serves on the boards of several scientific journals, is a member of the Israeli Society of Chemistry, and more. Prof. Teshuva is an accomplished researcher who has won many research grants, including four grants from the European Union (ERC). Mr. Eli Buch Director of Philanthropy at the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation and Chairman of the Foundations Forum in Israel Since 2009, Mr. Buch has been responsible for the foundation’s philanthropic management and leads the development of its strategy and its implementation, with an emphasis on the areas of entrepreneurship, leadership, maximizing higher education, art and academic excellence. He led the foundation’s transition from a traditional giving model to strategic philanthropy through a variety of result-oriented programs and building partnerships. In addition, he is a member of the National Council of the Global Organization for the Promotion of Impact Investments and the Executive Committee of Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships. Mr. Buch has been involved, for more than two decades, in the development and leadership of innovative solutions to social challenges. He established social and educational programs in Israel and the USA and was the founder and CEO of the Jump Line Association for the development of leadership and entrepreneurship among young people. Mr. Buch has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bar Ilan University and a master’s degree with honors in public policy from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Barak Dror Vanderman Chairman of the Edmond de Rothschild Partnerships Management Board Social and business entrepreneur with about 30 years of experience in the field of leadership. Mr. Barak Dror Vanderman held senior positions at Check Point Technologies, where he was responsible, among other things, for mergers and acquisitions and business development and served as the chairman of the executive committee of Sopower Technologies. At the same time, he managed the company’s donations committee. Mr. Vanderman served as Director General of the Ministry of Minority Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office under Minister Professor Avishai Braverman. Today, Mr. Vanderman manages the field of leadership at the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation. He also serves as a member of the executive committee and founder of the ‘Bazalet’ association (a life-changing venture for youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds) and formerly a member of the executive committee of Agenda – The Israeli Center for Strategic Communication. Mr. Itzik Devash Social and business entrepreneur, one of the founders of the "Atudot Le’ISRARL" project Mr. Itzik Devash is a social and business entrepreneur, with about 25 years of experience in the field of venture capital and private investments, and several years as an investment banker in the field of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, London, and Tokyo. He is currently a partner in an investment fund in the field of life sciences called aMoon. Together with two partners, the Weizmann Institute of Science and Israel Laureate Prof. Ruth Arnon, he started a biotechnology company engaged in the research and development of a universal vaccine against influenza. On the social side, Mr. Devash has been promoting the “Atudot Le’ISRARL” project since 2000 with the aim of cultivating a critical mass of reserves to strengthen the public space in Israel in the central government, the local government and the NGO sector. He was a member of the Goshen Committee for Corporate Governance which promoted, among other things, the establishment of an economic “court” and he assisted in the planning and implementation of structural reforms in the capital market that resulted in increased capital and credit for the government, companies and households, while reducing systemic risk. He founded and serves as chairman of the Israeli alumni clubs for both Harvard and Wharton business schools. In his military service, Mr. Devash served as an officer in the artillery corps during the Galilee Peace War. Mr. Devash graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and holds a degree in business administration from Harvard University. Prof. Arie Zaban Chairman of VERA, President of Bar Ilan University. Professor Arie Zaban is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of materials science and alternative energy. He was one of the founders of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan University and was its first manager. He began his term as the president of the university in 2017. In his previous role, as Vice President for Research, and today as President, Prof. Zaban leads the establishment of the Impact Centers, which are based on an innovative approach of challenge-driven research. The Impact Centers bring together researchers and students from various academic fields, who face complex research problems that their solution aims to bring important change in our world. Eleven impact centers in various fields of knowledge are currently operating in Bar-Ilan. Prof. Zaban’s outstanding research focuses on the use of quantum dots and nanotechnology, with the aim of enabling the printing of solar collectors, thereby lowering their price and expanding their range of applications. Ten patents are registered in his name, as well as other developments based on solar energy, and the development of a water-charged aluminum-air battery, which extends the driving range of electric cars. Prof. Zaban’s scientific work has been published in hundreds of articles in leading academic journals and books. His articles deal with photovoltaic energy, batteries, energy conversion and storage materials, and more. Prof. Zaban’s research has led to the establishment of four start-up companies that implement eight of the patents he developed. Prof. Zaban is a partner in several educational programs for energy saving and for the use of alternative energy in schools and academic institutions. He is also a member of the government committee for alternative energy sources and serves as the vice chairman of the Israeli Consortium for Solar Energy Solutions. He has won a number of prestigious grants and awards, including the Israel Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Researcher, the Rothschild Scholarship, the Levi Eshkol Scholarship, the Landau Award for Research in Renewable Energy and the Association Award of the Israeli Vacuum for the outstanding researcher. Prof. Zaban, graduated from Bar-Ilan in chemistry (with honors), completed his third degree at Bar-Ilan in electrochemistry with high honors. After completing two years of post-doctoral work at the National Alternative Energy Laboratory in Colorado, USA, he joined Bar-Ilan’s senior staff. Zaban served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. Prof. Rosa Azhari Chairman of VARAM (committee of heads of colleges) and President of Azrieli College. Professor Rosa Azhari President of Azrieli, Jerusalem Academic College of Engineering, Chairman and CEO (Head Committee of Public Academic Colleges). Prof. Azhari has been serving as the president of Azrieli College for about 6 years, she received her doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Technion and her postdoctoral research was done at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA and she was a visiting scientist at the MIT University in Boston, USA. Prof. Iris Shagrir CHE representative in the steering team, Head of the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Sciences, The Open University Professor Iris Shagrir is a historian of the Middle Ages and the Crusader East. She researches the pilgrimage, the Christian ritual tradition, especially in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, while focusing on the relations between the religions. Her research has been published in leading journals in medieval studies and she has received extensive funding from the National Science Foundation. She serves as one of the editors of the magazine. Prof. Shosh Shahrabani PBC (Planning & Budgeting Committee) representative in the steering team , Chairman of the Research Authority, Emek Yizrael Academic. Professor Shosh Shahrabani is a full professor of economics, Chairman of the Research Authority, and a member of the faculty in the Department of Economics and Management at Emek Yizrael Academy. In addition, she serves as the Chairman of the Senate, a member of the College’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. Her public duties include membership in the advisory council to the Ministry of Science and Technology on the topic of promoting women in academia as well as on the topic of health and gender. In the past, she served as a member of the advisory committee for the State Commission, as well as a member of the board of the Kupat Holim Meuhedit, an HMO in Israel. Her research interests are behavioral economics, decision making and health economics. Today she is a partner in a number of diverse research teams in Israel and around the world. In addition, she has been a lecturer for many years in the MBA programs at the Technion and the University of Haifa.