Ambassador Mark Regev
Chairman of the Abba Eban Institute
Ambassador Mark Regev is the chairman of the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at Reichman University.
Before joining the Institute, Amb. Regev was the Prime Minister's Senior Advisor for Foreign Affairs and International Communications between 2020-2021. Prior to this appointment, he served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2016-2020, and as the Prime Minister’s Advisor and International Spokesperson from 2007-2016. Serving under two prime ministers during this tenure, Regev became one of Israel’s most prominent voices in the English-speaking world.
A veteran diplomat, Ambassador Regev rose through the ranks of Israel’s diplomatic corps, serving as Vice Consul in Hong Kong (1991-93), First Secretary in Beijing (1993-96), Counsellor in Washington DC (1999-2004), and then as the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem (2004-2007).
Ambassador Regev graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA in Political Science and Modern History. He also holds an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a MSc in Management from Boston University.
Executive Director of the Abba Eban Institute
Goor Tsalalyachin is defence-strategy and national security expert, now serving as the Executive Director of the Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy.
Before joining the AEI, he served as Senior Researcher and Head of Strategic Wargaming in the IDF General Staff – Operations Directorate (J3). In this capacity, he was responsible for the design and facilitation of innovative experiential war-games for the Chief of Staff and the High Command, focusing on the core challenges of national security at the nexus of operations and strategy.
In previous official capacities he served as Media Adviser to the Minister of Defence, and as a spokesman (security affairs) at the Prime Minister’s Office. Before joining government, he was a radio and television journalist covering military and diplomatic affairs for leading Israeli broadcast networks.
He held research fellowships on the Middle East and International Security at the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) and at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) in London. Goor graduated from the School of Government at the IDC Herzliya, specializing in Counterterrorism & Homeland Security. As a Chevening Scholar, awarded by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, he earned his MA (with Merit) in Intelligence & International Security from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he also continues working on his doctoral thesis.
His main areas of interest include: Intelligence studies, wargaming and systems thinking, contemporary defence and security issues, cyber strategy and Operational Art.
Raffi Shamir heads the institute’s Media department and has more than 20 years of experience in press and public relations, specializing in the Public and Diplomacy fields.
His previous roles include serving as the Director of Media and Press for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Media Advisor for the Ministry of Regional Cooperation; Press Officer and Political Advisor for the British Embassy in Israel; and Deputy Spokesman for the Jerusalem Municipality.
Gal Spiner Abramovich is Aide to the Chairman of the Abba Eban Institute. Gal has eight years of experience in the Public Relations, Communication and New Media fields.
As aide to the chair, Gal also supports the chairman's academic activities and courses at IDC Herzliya. At the Abba Eban Institute, Gal previously served as Coordinator to the Media Operations Department.
Her previous roles include Content writing and PR for a small PR firm specializing in Municipalities, and Head of Media and Marketing at the Media in Conflict Seminar (MICS). Gal served at the IDF Spokesperson Unit's Research and Strategy Branch, where she focused on media trends research and public opinion operations and strategy.
Gal holds a B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the IDC Herzliya where she has completed the Public Diplomacy honors program and the European Studies honors program.
Daniel Cohen is a Cyber Security and policy expert with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy sector.
He is a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the IDC Herzliya and a Senior Researcher at the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) and the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University.
His research fields include Cybersecurity and Cyber Terrorism, focusing on the use of web and social media by terror organizations; Influence Operations, and Counter-Terrorism. He is skilled in cyber strategies, cyber intelligence, counter terrorism, Analytical Skills, Government, Entrepreneurship, and Market Analysis
Daniel serves as an expert consultant on Violent Extremism and Radicalization for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and as an expert representative at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee. He previously served as a Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Cybersecurity and the Military & Strategy programs at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).
Daniel is a frequent lecturer to the private sector, governmental organizations, and security establishments. He is a Lecturer at Bar Ilan University Department of Management.
Daniel holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Government and Strategy (cum laude) from IDC Herzliya. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Bar Ilan University Department of Management.
Dr. Gedaliah Afterman has 13 years of experience in International Relations, Asian Regional Security and Chinese Foreign Policy, Business and Culture.
His previous roles include serving as a Diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Beijing; International Strategic Policy Specialist at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT); Research Fellow at the International Institute for Peace Research (PRIO) in Oslo; and Fellow and China Program Lead at the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) in Jerusalem.
Dr. Gedaliah holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.
Dr. Yossi Mann
Head of Israel and the Arab Gulf Program
Dr. Yossi Mann is the head of “Israel and the Arab Gulf Program” at the Abba Eban Institute.
He served as the Head of the Middle Eastern Program at the IDC, Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University, and as a consultant to the Israeli government in various fields of his expertise. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Middle East in Bar Ilan University and the Lauder School of Government at Reichman University.
Dr. Mann earned his Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University in Israel and published research papers in the fields of the oil market and the Arab Gulf. He was a research fellow in several leading institutions at Oxford University, Gdansk University in Poland, and Renmin University- China. Over the years, he has taken part in research projects in the field of machine-learning technologies to assess security and geopolitical risks.
search projects in the field of machine-learning technologies to assess security and geopolitical risks.
Editor-in-Chief, The Arena Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Magazine
With over 15 years of experience in journalistic and academic writing, editing and copyediting, Oded is Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of “The Arena”, the Abba Eban Institute’s Diplomacy and Foreign Relations quarterly magazine.
He previously worked on the Foreign News desk at the leading Israeli newspaper "Ha'aretz", and was Deputy Editor of the news section at the IDF's official magazine, "Bamachane".
Oded holds an M.Phil in International Relations from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, and an M.A. and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Jonathan Tal is the Community and Programs Manager at Act.IL. Born in Belgium and growing up in countries such as Italy and France, he has a multicultural background. Jonathan served in the Public Affairs Department of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. He acquired his BA in Government and Sustainability with honors in Public Diplomacy at Reichman University.
Dr. Moran Yarchi
Senior Fellow, Academic Program
Dr. Moran Yarchi Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, the Head of the Public Diplomacy program a Senior fellow at the Abba Eban Institute for Diplomacy, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.
Her main area of research is political communication, especially the media’s coverage of conflicts and public diplomacy. Integrating theories from communication studies, political science and international relations, Moran’s studies are dealing with the Image War – a salient aspect of today’s conflicts.
Moran’s studies had ranted her with various awards and scholarships including the: Nina Wain's Prize for public and international communication for 2012, the Inbar fund scholarship for 2013, the Hecht Prize for 2012-3, The ICA’s annual conference Mass Communication Division's top paper award 2014, the NCA’s annual conference Mass Communication Division's top paper award 2015, and the ICA’s annual conference Political Communication Division's top paper award 2019.
Dr. Elad Gil
Senior Fellow, Academic Program
Dr. Elad Gil, an expert in foreign affairs and national security law, cybersecurity law and policy, and constitutional law, is a senior fellow at the Abba Eban Institute for international Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).
He is also a post-doctorate research fellow at the Federmann Cyber Security Center at the Hebrew University. Elad’s work, which integrates doctrinal, institutional, and comparative methodologies, has been published or is forthcoming in the Harvard National Security Journal, Tulane Law Review, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and by Springer Press, among others.
Elad Received his Doctorate degree (S.J.D.) from Duke Law School, an L.L.B in Law and M.B.A in Business Administration from the Hebrew University and an L.L.M in International legal studies as a Fulbright scholar from American University School of Law.
Before joining Duke, Elad was a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the International Task Force on Terrorism, Democracy, and the Law with the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Max Planck Institute.
Aaron Boujenah is the Head of Distribution & Operations & External Relations at Act.IL. Born in France but lived and worked in many other countries, most notably Hungary and England before ending up in Israel. Aaron speaks French, English, Hungarian and Hebrew. He obtained his Law Degree (LLB) at the University of Kent and his MA in Government - Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at Reichman University.
Michelle Soffen a project manager at the Abba Eban Institute.
Prior to joining the AEI, she was a research assistant at the INSS where she focused on the effects of fake news and the post-truth era on democracy and national security. Before making Aliyah, Michelle spent ten years working in media and communications in New York City where she ran an accelerator program for filmmakers and served as the Director of Communications for Manhattan Jewish Experience.
Michelle holds a B.A. in Communication and Middle Eastern Studies from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. She is also a trained mediator.
Liat Abulafia has a decade of experience in policy planning and foreign relations promotion, having worked at the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office.
Her previous roles also include serving as Head Office for the Director of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau and Deputy Head of Division for International Visits.
Abulafia holds an M.A. in Public Diplomacy, Tel Aviv University and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Ambassador Ron Prosor
Founder and former Chairman
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