FACULTY & STAFF

Director

Professor David Dery

Director

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.


Faculty

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.


Noga Gil Bassi

Visiting Faculty Member and Program Director, Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service

Noga Gil Bassi is the director of the Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service. Over the last decade, she has served as director of the division for education and community at the Emek Hama’ayanot Regional Council. In that capacity, she established the division (which incorporates the departments of education, welfare, transportation, and community centers), developed a ten-year strategic plan, and worked to implement the plan while involving various sectors in activities to promote education and the community. As part of her work, a new regional educational discourse was created, a number of educational and community initiatives were launched, educational innovation was fostered, and a range of special collaborations were established between schools, business organizations, and institutions in the region. Previously, Noga was the co-principal of the Shaked secondary school on Kibbutz Sdeh Eliyahu, where she had served as deputy principal, pedagogical coordinator, and homeroom teacher. She is also active in religious feminist circles, and was involved in a project for high school students in development towns. Noga holds a bachelor’s degree in Talmud and a master’s degree in Jewish history, and is a graduate of a training program for school principals and of the Maoz Fellows Program.


Professor Ruth Margalit

Visiting Faculty Member

Professor Ruti Margalit, M.D., is visiting associate professor and director of community engagement at the department of medical education of the Technion’s Ruth and Baruch Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in Haifa. She received her medical degree in 1993 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Hadassah School of Medicine, and is board certified in family medicine, with training in pediatrics and public health. Ruti completed fellowship training in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and at University of Maryland's department of family medicine and behavioral medicine. In 2003-2015, she was an associate professor at the University of Nebraska's College of Public Health and College of Medicine, where she founded and directed the Interprofessional Service Learning Academy, which runs projects in jails, homeless shelter, refugee centers, centers for domestic violence, and underserved neighborhoods. She was also involved in global health projects in India and Africa. In 2015, Ruti became director of research and development and special projects at MSR – Israel Center for Medical Simulation. She later established the "Change a World" program at Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine before joining the Technion. Over the years, Ruti has dedicated her career to promoting professional, compassionate health care, while developing unique educational initiatives in healthcare that emphasize teamwork, student leadership, and engagement with underserved populations, to integrate social justice into healthcare education and practice.


Staff

Keren Lee Avigal

Receptionist

Keren Lee Avigal is the receptionist of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. In the past, she was a team leader at the call center of Partner Communications, where she led training workshops for experienced and new employees. Her previous experience also includes work as the office manager at Ramim Environmental Technologies. Keren Lee is an active advocate for the rights of children with life-threatening allergies and provides support to their parents. She has participated in Knesset hearings to advance legislation that will make the public school system more accessible to such children. In her spare time, Keren Lee is interested in art, music, theater, and dance.


Mor Beer

Professional Assistant to the Center Director

Mor Beer is the professional assistant to the director of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the North. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation, Mor served as chairwoman of the board of directors of the Israeli Model UN Association, a student non-profit organization that works to develop the next generation of Israel’s diplomats and leaders. During her studies at the University of Haifa, she was a teaching assistant for an introductory course on government and politics, worked at the university's marketing department and at the National Security Studies Center, and was a member of a research group. She founded the university's student union newspaper Studentiali, and represented the university on mission visits and at meetings of its board of governors. Mor holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and East Asia studies from the University of Haifa, and a master’s degree from the university’s international program for national security studies. In her spare time, she runs cooking workshops.


Sharon Hershko Sholev

Coordinator, Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North

Sharon Hershko Sholev is the coordinator of the Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in the North. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation, Sharon worked for seven years in management and resource oversight for Hila, a Ministry of Education program for youth at risk and young people who have dropped out of Israel's formal education system. Her responsibilities there included development, implementation, and support of work policies; employee training; budgetary planning and allocation; implementation of computerized systems; and support for youth welfare units. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the Open University, and a teaching diploma in special education from Gordon College of Education. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in education system management from the Open University.


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.


Liraz Maanit

Coordinator, Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service

Liraz Maanit is the coordinator of the Mandel Program for Leadership in the Civil Service. Prior to her work for the Mandel Foundation, Liraz served as a research and teaching assistant at the University of Haifa for various courses, including introduction to research methods, introduction to public administration, and a course on Israel’s political system. She also ran projects for the Israeli Chemistry Society, a non-profit that works to promote chemistry studies at schools and universities. Her work there included organizing and managing conferences for scientists from universities around the world. Most recently, Liraz was an administrative coordinator at the Technion. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and comparative literature, and a bachelor’s degree in public administration, both from the University of Haifa. Her master’s thesis focused on local authorities in crisis.


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.


Samia Zobidat

Housekeeper

Samia Zobidat is the housekeeper of the Mandel Leadership Center in the North, where she is responsible for custodial work. Samia has previous experience in housekeeping and worked in order fulfillment in a jewelry factory.