Menachem Zalutski – Ministry of Environmental Protection
Head of Open Landscapes Division of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
Dr. Yehoshua Shkedy – Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Chief Scientist and Manager of the Science Division at INPA since 2006, after fulfilling different roles at INPA since 1995. He has a PhD in ecology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed a post-doctorate at Stanford University, California.
Prof. Avi Perevolotsky – Volcani Center
Researcher in the field of Agronomy and Natural Resources at the Agriculture Research Organization (ARO). Prof. Perevolotsky specializes in issues related to open landscape management in Mediterranean environments, herbivory and grazing, ecology of planted forests, fire prevention and nature conservation. He has a BSc in biology and MSc in Zoology from Tel Aviv University and a PhD from the University of California – Davis. He was previously the manager of the Mt. Sinai field school, Deputy Director-General of SPNI, and the Chief Scientist at INPA. He is a partner in research and management activities, including operating the long-term research station at Ramat Hanadiv Park for the last 25 years. He was also a partner in the inception and operation of the monitoring program of HaMaarag.
Hanoch Ilsar - Yad Hanadiv
Environment Programme Director
Prof. Tamar Dayan - Tel Aviv University
Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University
Dr. David Brand – Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund
Senior Forester and Head of the Forestry Division of KKL-JNF since 2010. Within the framework of this role, he is responsible, among other things, for forest management, monitoring and protection of forest health and development of international collaborative projects for biological pest management, dryland afforestation and others. Dr. Brand has a PhD from the Faculty of Agriculture of the Hebrew University. He is a lecturer at the faculty, and a visiting lecturer at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
Gadi is the Deputy Director of Finance at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Dr. Dan Tchernov
Dr. Tchernov is the Director of the Department of Marine Biology at the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa and heads a research laboratory dealing with a range of topics related to marine biology (photosynthesis, climate change, and biology of corals). In the past he served as Director of the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat and as Deputy Director of the Leon Charney School for Biological Sciences at the University of Haifa. He has a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a post-doctorate from the Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, New Jersey.
Former Board Members
Prof. Moshe Shachak – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Partner in the establishment of the Department for Desert Ecology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the High School for Environmental Education at Midreshet Sede Boqer. Research interests include desert ecology, organisms as ecosystem engineers, creation of plant formations, landscape ecology and ecosystem ecology. Previous similar activities include environmental education, Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Stations, ecosystem management, nature conservation and rehabilitation of desertified ecosystems. Prof. Shachak was one of the initiators for the establishment of HaMaarag.
Reuven Pinsky – National Heritage Program in the Prime Minister’s Office
Holds a senior position on the Heritage Program, being responsible for management and implementation of the program’s projects, by activating relevant organizations (INPA, Israel Antiquities Authority, Israel Governmental Tourism Company, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry for Environmental Protection, local and regional councils and more). He has a BA in economics and business management from Touro College, and an MA from the School of Public Policy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Previous roles included Development Manager of the Old City at the Jerusalem Development Authority, Professional Advisor to the Minister and Assistant to the Director-General of the Ministry of Tourism.
Ran Levy – Yad Hanadiv
Environmental Program Director at Yad Hanadiv since 2006. He has a BA in philosophy and political science from Tel Aviv Univerity and an MA in ideology and discourse analysis from the Department of Government of the University of Essex in England. Prior to his role at Yad Hanadiv, he worked in various management roles in Israel and abroad for Enigma Information Systems.
Israel is the Managing Director and a Partner at Tama (environmental planning and GIS) – a company that provides environmental and agricultural planning services in Israel and in developing countries. He has a BSc in agriculture from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MSc in geography and environmental sciences from the University of Haifa. In the past he filled a number of positions at KKL-JNF: Forester, Director of GIS and Mapping, Director of Forest Management, and National Forest Commissioner. Israel was a partner in leading and managing projects such as mapping Israel’s forests, developing a forest management scheme, establishing a LTER site in the Kedoshim forest and publishing the State of Nature in Israel 2010 report within the framework of HaMaarag. He is the author of the book “Double Steps – the Mapa Guide to Navigation” (in Hebrew) and lectures at the Kibbutzim College.
Prof. Gidi Ne’eman – University of Haifa – Oranim
Full Professor, Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Biology at the University of Haifa – Oranim. He has a BSc in biology, and an MSc and PhD in botany from Tel Aviv University. His previous positions included: managing the Mt. Meron Field School, managing the Northern region and research at the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI). Prof. Ne’eman is currently a member of the board of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA), and of the INPA’s Professional Scientific Committee. Research interests include plant ecology, in particular pollination and regeneration after fire, species diversity and nature conservation.
Yossi Lentz – Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Yossi is an independent economics and finance consultant, has a BA in economics and statistics and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In the past he served as Deputy Drector of Administration and Finance at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Science Fund, Director of the Finance Department at the Israel Museum, Director of the Pension Funds of employees of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chief Accountant of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Acting Director of the Unit for Internal Auditing at the Ministry of Communication.