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Alon Chen, MBA GGFBM Department of Business Administration 2000
Prof. Alon Chen is the President-Elect of the Weizmann Institute of Science and will assume the position in December 2019. Prof. Chen holds a BSc magna cum laude (1995) in Life Sciences from BGU. He received his PhD 2001 (magna cum laude) at the Weizmann Institute of Science in neurobiology while concurrently attaining his MBA at GGFBM, and continued to his postdoc as a Fulbright Scholar at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego. He completed his postdoctoral research in brain processes that regulate stress and anxiety in 2005, and returned to the Weizmann Institute as a senior scientist in the Neurobiology Department, with an Alon Fellowship, Israel's highest award for returning scientists. In his multiple senior positions managing scientific research, large budgets and resources, Prof. Chen has proved to be an astute manager and leader of the highest caliber. Prof. Chen is head of the Neurobiology Department at Weizmann, director in the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, heads the Murray H. and Meyer Grodetsky Center for Research of Higher Brain Functions, the Nella and Leon Benoziyo Center for Neurosciences, the Gladys Monroy and Larry Marks Center for Brain Disorders; and The Norman and Helen Asher Center for Brain Imaging. Prof. Chen explains why he studied MBA along with PhD in Neurobiolgy: “Scientific research in the 21st century is, in many cases, an extensive collaborative project involving teams, resources and advanced technology. Thus to attain significant scientific achievement, the heads of such research groups and scientific leaders at many different levels often make use – alongside their vision, curiosity and professional knowledge - of advanced management tools, which can be learned. Indeed, intelligent management is one of the central tools employed today at the forefront of modern scientific research." [photo by Axel Griesche]
Shevy Shemer, MBA from the GGFBM Department of Business Administration,1999
Shevy Shemer serves as Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank of Israel Ltd. since July 2018. She was Senior Vice President and Head of the Business Division at Union Bank of Israel Limited until July, 2018 and was Head of Retail, Client Assets and Consulting Division from March 1, 2015 until July, 2018. Mrs. Shemer served as Senior Deputy General Manager at Union Bank of Israel Limited since August 20, 2015 until July 2018. Mrs. Shemer served as Head of The Retail Banking, Client Asset and Advisory Division of Union Bank of Israel Ltd from March 1, 2015 to August 20, 2015 and served as Deputy General Manager and served as its Head of Corporate Division since September 1, 2010 until February 28, 2015. She served as Head of Customer Relations in the Corporate Division, Industry and Government Agencies Sector, Bank Hapoalim B.M.; Head of the Negev Business Center, Commercial Division, Bank Hapoalim B.M.; Head of Central Business Center, Commercial Division, Bank Hapoalim; and Head of Business Division of the Corporation. She serves as the Chairman of Igud Leasing Ltd. She serves as a Director at the subsidiary Union Leasing Ltd. Shemer holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering & Management from BGU. [photo by Sivan Far
Oren Alkaslasy, MBA from the Executive Program 2006
CFO SpaceIL. Oren joined SpaceIL, the Israeli association planning Israel's first spacecraft landing on the Moon in 2018. Oren had a 22-year career in the Israel Defense Forces, serving (Lieutenant Colonel) the final 18 years in the Israel Air Force (IAF)'s Budget Department. In his last position, as the head of the budget unit, he was responsible for the management of the IAF's budget. Oren has acquired extensive experience in managing the budget of complex systems, finalizing large-scale transactions and outsourcing business units. He holds a BA Economics and Management from the College of Management.
Alon Davidi, MA Public Policy and Administration 2011
Alon Davidi is the Mayor of Sderot since 2013. Davidi was born and raised in the Dalet neighborhood of Be'er Sheva. In 1996, he settled in Sderot. Davidi was one of the prominent activists in the Sderot residents' protest against the ongoing Qassam fire from the Gaza Strip on their city since 2000, and in this framework he established the Sderot security headquarters. In 2008, he ran for mayor and was elected to the City Council. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency. Davidi holds a BA in Education from BGU. photo by Reuven Kopitchinski
Boaz Gur-Lavie MBA from the Department of Business Administration 2005
Founder and CFO of CDI (Center for Digital Innovation, NPO) and founder and CFO of MDCLONE. In 2008, Boaz moved to the United States as CFO of Starlims, which was acquired two years later by pharmaceutical giant Abbott where Boaz was appointed CFO of Informatics for a period that he described as "a huge professional boom." Although he was offered to expand his responsibilities into Asia or Europe, he and his wife decided to return to Israel. "What brought us back from the US was that I did not feel a connection there, I wanted to feel meaningful, and here [in Israel] there is more opportunity to directly influence the lives of 600,000 people from the Negev." At CDI, Boaz heads the Healthy Aging Division and Smart Cities Division.
Commander Merav Lapidot, Dual BA Management and Behavioral Sciences, 2000. Commander Lapidot is the Spokesperson of the Israel Police. Lapidot grew up in Bnei Brak and was educated in public religious schools. As a teenager, Lapidot aspired to a leading and influential role. With this in mind, she chose the dual BA track so that her studies "would be interesting and useful, with career options. I realized that as a multidisciplinary study, when you reach a management position you must also understand business strategy, funding and all the scientific and practical knowledge. It is important to experience the variety of fields already at the undergraduate level, including the soft subjects, for example, the theory of organizations, human resources, etc. The connection between academia and practice, industry, the economy and the public sector is very important. The education that I have received, for my current position. has given me a very broad spectrum. I was a spokesperson for the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, later for a financial organization, a government organization and today the Police. I had to study the processes and areas relevant to each and every organization and industry, get to know all aspects of each, and help integrate each of them."
Lapidot is responsible for a complex and wide-ranging spokesperson system with a staff of about 50 people spread throughout the country. The Israel Police has 30,000 employees and 33,000 volunteers.
Lapidot holds an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Lapidot was a spokesperson for the Union of Local Authorities, a deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Finance, a spokeswoman for Israel Postal Services, a spokeswoman and corporate responsibility manager at the Best Dash Investment House, and was elected in a public tender for the prestigious position of head of the ministry's senior department for communications and foreign relations. In 2016, she was appointed spokesperson for the Israel Police with the rank of Commander.
Levi, MBA 1998, Director of Human Resources of Bank Hapoalim, Viki's vision in her role is: reshaping employee experience and leading the bank into the new era of innovative employment. Utilizing advanced management tools to create real added value for both employees and managers and contribute to the bank’s overall growth strategy. "What drives me in all the position’s I’ve had is always the ability to make an impact, to empower the people I work with – whether they are clients or employees (or both) and to provide real added value." [Photo by Sivan Farag] Yael Mevorach, MBA in the Honors MBA Program 2006 (MBA held in English, today The IMBA Program)
Yael is Israel's Permanent Representative on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ERBR since September, 2017, as well as Alternate Director of the Bank. Since 2007 Yael has been with the Ministry of Finance and was the Deputy Director of Macro-Budgeting where she served a central role in budget transfers from 2015-2018 in the Israel Government and Knesset. During that period she was also in charge of Finances in the Budget Division of the Ministry where she advanced and encouraged bank competitiveness and served on the Strum Commission that dealt with separation of credit card companies from the banks. Yael headed the Commission on Raising the Retirement Age for Women, advanced regulation on non-bank organizations and more. Previously, Mevorach held positions in communications and in real estate in the Budget Division of the Ministry. In addition, she took part in leading the reform in the civil service commission, and handled the areas of competition and cost of living in the Trachtenberg Commission. photo: Amit Sha'al.
MK Avraham Wortzman, MA Summa Cum Laude Public Policy & Administration 2013
Member of Knesset and Chairman of the Habayit Hayehudi Party Central Committee as well as the Party's Chairman of Presidency Committee, Director of Kfar Aleh (village for people with special needs) in the Negev. In his valedictorian address at the Masters Degree graduation ceremony in 2013, Wortzman said: "Here we have learned that in order to succeed in changing and streamlining the public system ... we have to understand and create changes and solutions to deal with the shortcomings. My studies here strengthened my motivation to be part of public policy and leading decision-making to change and reform at the national level."
Colonel Dr. Avraham Yitzhak, MA Summa Cum Laude Health Systems Management, 2017
Col. Yitzhak today is the Commanding Medical Officer of the IDF Southern Command. Dr. Yitzhak is a graduate of two Faculties of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev: from the Faculty of Health Sciences Medical School, and from the GGFBM's Department of Health Systems Management. In his valedictorian address at the Masters Degree graduation ceremony in 2017, Dr. Yitzhak noted: "A master's degree in management is a milestone that has important professional significance for us, enabling us to understand management as a process or as a collection of actions aimed at leadership for optimal change. In addition, this gives us an understanding that we live in a world of limited resources in which the essential elements must be recognized and their uses learned." Avi received Outstanding Alumni Award 2018
etz, MBA, 2006; COO SodaStream
Mr. Idan Zu-Aretz has been Chief Operations Officer of SodaStream International Ltd. since May 2017. Prior to joining SodaStream, Mr. Zu-Aretz held senior management and leadership positions at Intel in Israel and abroad, accumulating extensive experience in supply chain management, industrial engineering management, global staffing and various cross-functional assignments including M&A integration and R&D site set-ups around the globe. From 2013 to 2017, he held several special assignment positions including General Manager of Intel's acquisition of Micron's Factory in Israel and General Manager, International Die Prep factory Jerusalem. During his tenure at Intel, he worked as technical Deputy to DG Maxine Fassberg. Mr. Zu-Aretz holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering & Management from BGU. Idan is married with four children. Zu-Aretz
talks about SodaStream’s acquisition by Pepsi.
Sarit Shenar, MBA for Honor Students (HMBA), 2011
Sarit Shenar serves as the CEO of the Israel Gymnastics Association and has been chosen to serve as Athena's Ambassador. She starting her athletic career in the soccer field, known in the media and in the world of sports as a soccer player in the ASA group and as a captain of various Israeli teams. In the Israeli league she became the league's top scorer for some of the seasons, and in her military service she was recognized as an outstanding athlete and after her discharge she joined the US College League at West Texas A & M University, where she also studied for a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Later she was assistant to the director of the Wingate School for Sports Trainers, managed the Maccabiah Youth Championship in 2013, managed the European Championship in lifting weights, managed the Transportation Division of the European Championship for Young Soccer Teams, was a partner in the Federation Cup in Tennis and today serves as the CEO of the Israel Gymnastics Association - among the largest and most successful individual sports in the State of Israel. According to Sarit, "I earned my MBA in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at BGU, a program in English for excelling students, and I still take the high standards that they set for us in studies and in practice: the skills to improve performance, whether in the office or in sports. After all, management is in all walks of life."
Hon. Itay Bressler-Gonen, MA Cum Laude Public Policy & Administration 2004
Judge & Vice President of Beer Sheva Magistrates Court. From 1999-2005 he served as Legal Council for the Beer Sheva Municipality. Judge Bressler-Gonen holds a law degree from the Hebrew University.
Hon. Tsvi Frenkel, PhD 2007 in Management Sciences & MA Public Policy and Administration 2003 both from GGFBM
Judge and Vice President of the Beer Sheva Regional Labor Court, Tsvi also serves as Judge in the IDF Reserves. He holds law degrees LLB and LLM.