Professor David Dery


Professor (Emeritus) David Dery has been the Director of Mandel Center for Leadership in the North since July 2016. He holds a bachelor's and a master's degree in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a master's degree and PhD in public policy from UC Berkeley. Since 1995, he has held a variety of positions at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and in the Mandel Graduate Unit. Professor Dery served as chair of the political science department and as founding dean of the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He later established and chaired the graduate program in public policy at Sapir Academic College. He has also served in several public service positions, including as a senior policy analyst at the office of Deputy Prime-Minister Yadin, chief scientist of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, and chief scientist of Israel’s Civil Service Commission. He also held research appointments at the Israel Democracy Institute and the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Professor Dery has held visiting and teaching appointments at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Harvard University. He has authored numerous books and scientific articles on public policy and public administration. In recent years, his research has focused on the question of leadership. He proposes to move away from the traditional association of leadership with position, power, and influence and to concentrate instead on the responsibility to care for fellow human beings and to act outside the boundaries of what is known and safe in order to serve humanity.


Safa Garb

Faculty Member and Program Director, Mandel Program for Social Leadership

Safa Garb is a faculty member of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, where she is the director of the social leadership program. She has more than 20 years of experience working as an organizational consultant, facilitating groups of experts and influencers, and spearheading initiatives and processes for advancing equal employment opportunity within organizations and on a national level. In the past, Safa headed the employment division at JDC Israel, where she developed social services for assisting individuals who seek to break out of the cycle of poverty through integration in the labor force. Safa holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and international relations from the University of Haifa, and a master's degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University.

Visiting Faculty

Daphi Biran Singer

Visiting Faculty Member and Program Director, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North

Daphi Biran Singer is the co-founder and CEO of the Rothschild Caesarea Partnerships (RCP), an organization established by the merger of two successful leadership programs in 2016. RCP's vision is to promote equality opportunities for all people in Israel and create a better society by empowering young leadership, especially in the periphery. During the course of her career, Daphi has managed and led organizations, programs, and ideas relating to education and empowering youth and students to serve as change agents, with an emphasis on the periphery and on challenged sectors in Israeli society. She also worked in management positions at the Branco Weiss Institute. Daphi holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the management of educational systems, both from the University of Haifa. She is also a certified coach from the Technion.


Sigal Kanner

Program Coordinator

Sigal Kanner has worked in management positions in startups, where she played a leading role in organizational processes. She also worked in education and in parental guidance as the personal assistant to Professor Amos Rolider. As part of that job, she was responsible for the clinical and administrative management of a parental guidance center, as well as for leading a professional team of facilitators. Sigal served at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, where she managed the Israeli ambassador’s office and contacts with the UN organizations. An activist for animal rights, she is also a pastry chef who specializes in healthy baking and cooking.

Dana Kleinman

Administrative Manager

Dana Kleinman holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Open University. She is a highly experienced senior administrator, having previously served, among other roles, as the administrative director of the Moriah specialist medical clinic in Haifa and as the personal assistant to the clinic’s director-general. In her various positions, Dana has been responsible for hiring, for employee placement and for administrative management of teams. She also has a great deal of experience in organizing different kinds of events, producing a professional medical newsletter and organizing and coordinating courses and social gatherings. Dana served as an officer in the IDF Adjutant Corps, and also as the chief of staff for a divisional commander.

Nadav Rubinstein

Professional Assistant to the Director

​Nadav holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Haifa and is currently completing a master’s degree in the philosophy of science and rationality. He has taught mathematics and English in junior high and high schools, and has extensive experience organizing events.

Hazar Kamal


Hazar holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Netanya Academic College, and has extensive experience in office work. Before joining the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North, she worked at Bank Hapoalim as a teller, and was in charge of credit card and check services. She has previously been employed as a secretary to the executive director of a construction company, where she managed orders and quotations, and as the head of the repossession department of a private law firm.