Prof. Moshe Arens* (Deceased)
The Late Prof. Moshe Arens, the Founding Chairman of the Druze Veterans Association, was an Israeli aeronautical engineer, researcher, diplomat and politician.
A member of the Knesset between 1973 and 1992 and again from 1999 until 2003, he served as Minister of Defense three times and once as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Internationally, he is best known as the mentor of long serving Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kfir Damari is one of the most amazing young people of the 21st century, one of the three “crazy Israeli supermen” who decided that it was time that Israel planted her flag on the moon. Not only did they decide, but they made it happen as the world watched with breathless disbelief and awe.
Kfir is an Israeli entrepreneur, engineer, researcher, lecturer, creative, proud geek. He began programming at the age of 6 and wrote wrote his first computer virus at age 11. After serving in an elite intelligence unit of the IDF focusing on cyber security, he pursued a B.Sc and M.Sc in communication system engineering from Ben Gurion University. Prior to SpaceIL, Kfir led several R&D teams in various companies and held teaching positions in Ben Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities.
Col. Miri Eisen
Israel Defense Forces (Retired)
Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community for over twenty years in diverse positions including field operations, combat units and research departments and as the Israeli Prime Minister’s spokesperson during the Second Lebanon War (2006-2007).
Col. Eisen teaches at IDC Herzliya, and works extensively with the media, student groups and diplomats, is a fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar Ilan University and an associate at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
A board member of the Deborah Forum, Women in Foreign Policy and National Security; and the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, Col. Eisen holds a BA from Tel Aviv University in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science, an MA from Haifa University in Security Studies, and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College.
Shlomo (Sol) Gradman
Israel High Tech CEO Forum
Shlomo (Sol) Gradman is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor. He is one of Israel's senior executives of high-tech companies and acts as the chairman of the Israeli High Tech CEO Forum and the Chairman of the Israeli Semiconductor Club.
Gradman gained his rich managerial and global experience while living both in Israel and the US and working for multinationals such as IBM, Orbotech and ASP Computer Products. In the mid 90's he started his involvement with young high technology companies and led (as CEO/SVP) four companies to success. Three were acquired by large multinational companies and one went public in TASE.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Hasson Hasson
Medal of Valor IDF Commander
Born in the Druze village of Dalyat al-Carmel to a family of military heroes with a strong tradition of service, BG Hasson continued the tradition and rose to the highest echelons of Israel's intelligence community.
The little that is publicly known about his Medal of Valor service is only the tip of what is said to be one of the greatest icebergs in Israeli military lore.
From 2008-2017 BG Hasson served as Military Secretary to Presidents Shomon Peres and Reuven Rivlin.
"James Bond is a joke compared to Hasson" wrote one of Israel's top military analysts upon his retirement. "He is a real national hero. I just wish the average Israeli would be able to know just how much the State of Israel owes him. When he was appointed Military Secretary for the President my only reaction was: Do you know what it means for the State of Israel to have a Druze officer representing the country around the world? Especially this particular Druze officer!"
Married with four children, BG (Res.) Hasson Hasson will hopefully be able to tell some of his Medal of Valor stories one day.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Sima Vaknin-Gil
Immediate Former DG Ministry of Strategic Affairs & Public Diplomacy
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Sima Vaknin-Gil is the former Chief Censor of Israel and the immediate former Director General of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy.
A unique model which exists only in Israel and is a remaining legacy of the League of Nations imposed British Mandatory era (1919-1948) the Chief Censor of Israel is responsible for the extremely sensitive and delicate balance between critical state security needs and the democratic ideals of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
In an effort to take action against the delegitimization and boycott campaign, known as BDS, the State of Israel formed a new ministry to deal directly with issued regarding strategic affairs and public diplomacy. Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Vaknin-Gil was tasked with building and guiding the development of the new Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy as its first Director General.
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Amitai Levy
Israel Police (Retired)
Brig. Gen. (Police Ret.) Amitai Levy is a recently retired career police commander with a special focus on counter terrorism.
BG Levy Commanded Israel's Counter Terrorism Unit as well as many regional units such as Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Central Israel.
Mr. Hezi (Ezekiel) Kalo
Director General, Bank of Israel
Mr. Kalo served over a dozen years in command senior management and positions at the level of department head (equivalent to a Major General in the IDF) of the Israel Security Agency.
Fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic, he served as Northern District department head, as Non-Arab Affairs department head and concluded his service as head of the Human Resources and Training department.
Born in Israel in 1952, Mr. Kalo lives in Kochav Yair with his wife Aliza Kalo and is the father of three. He was named Director General of the Bank of Israel in October 2008.
Ambassador Michael Oren
Statesman, Diplomat, Historian, Parliamentarian
Dr. Michael Oren has served Israel as a Member of Knesset and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, as Ambassador to the United States, and as a Lone Soldier in the paratroopers. As a reserve IDF Spokesman he reached the rank of major.
A graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities he was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown and was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize for International Service. His last three books—Six Days of War, Power, Faith, and Fantasy, and Ally: My Journal Across the American-Israel Divide—were all New York Times bestsellers.
Raised in New Jersey, Dr. Oren made aliya in the 1970s, was an emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union and won two gold medals in the Maccabiah Games.
In the Knesset, he established the Lone Soldier caucus and served as Chairman of a classified Knesset subcommittee dealing with some of Israel’s most sensitive security issues.
Dr. Oren was named by Politico as one of the fifty most influential thinkers in America, by the Forward as one of the five most influential Jews in America, and by the Jerusalem Post as one of the ten most influential Jews worldwide.
A father of three and grandfather of four Dr. Oren is now a consultant for Kirkland & Ellis LLP and is writing a book about Israel’s War of Independence.
L. Marc Zell
Executive Committee Chair
Ariel University in Samaria
Marc Zell, founder of Zell, Aron & Co. law firm is an experienced trans-national litigator, successfully representing business clients in complex litigations and arbitrations around the globe.
His practice includes cross border mergers and acquisitions, asset protection and corporate finance, commercial transactions, technology transfer, project finance and investment and technology development enterprises.
Marc serves as chairman of the executive committee of Ariel University in Samaria and is a regular commentator in Israeli media on Israeli and U.S. law.
A graduate of Princeton University and University of Maryland School of Law, Marc is a member of bars of the State of Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, United States Supreme Court, Israel as well as various United States appellate, district and bankruptcy courts.
Marc has also been special admitted to both state and federal courts throughout the United States and other English speaking countries.
With his wife Robin Kraut Zell, Marc has 8 children and 11 grandchildren, all of whom live in Israel.
Prof. Shimon Shetreet
Professor of Law, Hebrew University
Prof. Shimon Shetreet is a Professor of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He holds the Greenblatt chair of public and international law and is the head of the Sacher Institute of Legislative Research and Comparative Law.
Born in Erfoud, Morocco, Shetreet's family made aliyah to Israel in 1949. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gaining an LLB and LLM. He then went on to the University of Chicago, where he gained an LLD.
He has in recent years been Visiting Scholar at the New York University Global Law Program, Visiting Prof. at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London he has also been Visiting Prof of law at Tulane University, University of Manitoba, Wuerzburg University, Germany and University of San Diego.
Between 1988 and 1996 Prof. Shetreet served as Member of the Knesset. During this time he served as Minister of Economy and Planning, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister in charge of the Second Television and Radio Authority and Minister of Religious Affairs.
A lifelong Bible scholar. Prof. Shetreet won the first Bible youth Contest in Israel when he was 13 and was a permanent member of the Bible Scholars Study Group hosted by Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Prof. Shetreet is married to Miri, a social worker, and they have four children
Adv. Zion Amir
A native of Jerusalem, Zion Amir is one of Israel’s most prominent criminal defense lawyers.
Immediately after completing his mandatory army service Amir began his law studies at Bar-Ilan University. After acquiring his LL.B. from the Law Faculty, Mr. Amir went on to complete two yearlong professional internships. The first was at the Tel-Aviv-based Lieblich–Moser law offices, one of Israel’s leading firms, specializing in freedom of expression and the media. The second was in criminal law – a field that has been the focus of his career ever since.
In recent years he has represented a number of public figures, among them former President Moshe Katzav and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.