Executive Committee

Joint Elka’s Executive Committee manages the Elka Partnership – a partnership between The Joint and the Government of Israel. The Executive Committee sets out Joint Elka strategy and oversees the Partnership’s implementation.

Committee Members

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Dr. Sigal Shelach

Executive Director of Joint Israel. Sigal holds a Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in the Department of Labor Studies, specializing in the fields of immigration and employment. In 2001, she joined the Research and Economics Administration at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor and served there for six years. During this period, she was involved in the implementation and management of programs to integrate various populations into the workforce. In 2007, Sigal began working at Joint-TEVET, the joint employment project of Joint Israel and the Government of Israel, where she developed programs to benefit Arab society and immigrants and to improve relations with employers. Sigal was appointed director of Joint-TEVET in 2012, and in 2018, she became the CEO of Joint Israel.
Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Ori Gil

Director of Joint Elka. Ori has held various positions since joining Joint Elka in 2013. For the past two years, he has served as Deputy CEO and Head of Cross Sector Collaboration. In this role Ori has been responsible for initiating and leading diverse partnerships between government and civil society aimed at strengthening shared work capabilities, cultivating networks of change agents, leading innovation in the public sector, and more. Prior to joining Joint Elka, Uri served as a strategic consultant to the BDO Group where he advised an array of private and public organizations. Ori holds an MBA from Ben-Gurion University, and a Bachelor of Philosophy from the Hebrew University, both cum laude. Ori served in the Israeli Air Force as a fighter pilot and continues to serve as a reserve flight instructor.
Dr. Shlomit Avni

Dr. Shlomit Avni

Dr. Shlomit Avni

Dr. Shlomit Avni

Dr. Shlomit Avni

Heads the Policy Planning Division in the Strategic and Economic Planning Administration at the Ministry of Health's headquarters. Prior to that, over a period of 5 years she managed the area of reducing disparities in the strategic planning administration. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work, a master's degree in Public Policy (Tel Aviv University) and a Doctorate from the Department of Politics and Government (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev). Graduate of the "Inbar" program of the Maoz organization. Her previous experience includes working for 15 years in management in the fields of health and non-formal education in civil society. This included promoting policy in the field of health and reducing inequality in the health field, establishing activist groups, research and writing policy papers, lobbying activities in the Knesset and working with the media.
Prof. Avi Weiss

Prof. Avi Weiss

Prof. Avi Weiss

Prof. Avi Weiss

Prof. Avi Weiss

Professor Weiss is an authority on the Israeli economy and the array of social issues facing Israel today. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1987, and is the President of the Taub Center of Social Policy Studies in Israel, as well as a Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University. Professor Weiss’ fields of interest include Applied Microeconomics, and Behavioral and Experimental Economics. He served as Chair of the Economics Department at Bar-Ilan University, and is the editor of The Economic Quarterly, the journal of the Israel Economic Association. He also served as Chief Economist and Deputy Director of the Israel Antitrust Authority, and other public committees such as the Anti-Dumping Committee and the Trachtenberg Committee. Avi is also a member of the Ministry of the Economy’s Committee on Productivity tasked with uncovering the impediments to increased productivity in the trade and services sectors. In December of last year, The Marker, one of Israel’s leading business papers, included Avi, in his role as President of the Taub Center, in their list of the 100 people most likely to influence Israelis in 2020. 
Prof. Michael Hartal

Prof. Michael Hartal

Prof. Michael Hartal

Prof. Michael Hartal

Prof. Michael Hartal

Prof. Michael Hartal, MD, MPH, has been the Executive Director of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute since 2017. He is a public health physician by training, and has spent the majority of his career strengthening population health practice and policy in the public service. Prof. Hartal received his MD degree from Ben-Gurion University Medical School in 1995 and a Masters of Public Health from the Hebrew University Braun School of Public Health in 2002. Prior to coming to MJB, Prof. Hartal served as a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces for over 20 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. Having completed varied assignments as an epidemiologist, a public health officer and a health services administrator, he attended the IDF Command and Staff College in 2010 and assumed command of the IDF public health agency. He later headed the Academy and Research Branch of the Medical Corps, where he held responsibility for the research programs of the IDF’s four medical research institutes.
Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Nir Kaidar

Senior Deputy Director General and Head of the Administration for Strategy, Economic Planning, Research and Regulation. Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. In 2019, Nir started a his position at the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services, where he is responsible for all aspects of quality and supervision of the social services in Israel. Between the years 2014-2019, Nir served as Senior Deputy DG and Head of the Strategic and Economic Planning Administration at the Ministry of Health. He was responsible for the development and promotion of the Ministry's strategic plans, economic planning of the health system, promotion of national reforms and more. Nir filled additional positions in the Health Ministry, including director of the area of Health Economics and senior coordinator of Health Economics, both in the Economics and Health Insurance division. Nir has an MA in Public Policy, in the program for exceptional students at the Hebrew University, and a Master of Social Sciences and Humanitarian Affairs in a joint program of the Hebrew University and La Sapienza in Rome. Nir has a BA in the combined program in Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, also from the Hebrew University.
Liron Hentz

Liron Hentz

Liron Hentz

Liron Hentz

Liron Hentz

Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Social Equality, Director of the Airports Authority Council, Member of the Board of Directors of the Government Partnership and Joint ELKA, Member of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Volunteering. She is engaged in governmental and inter-sectoral activities in many diverse economic and social aspects, with extensive experience in government work, including aspects of implementing digital and business innovation in public services, reducing social disparities, and promoting core processes for advancing economic growth in the economy. She leads the establishment of the Inter-Sectoral Forum for the Promotion of Inclusive Growth in Israel, formulated the strategic outline for the next five-year plan for the economic development of the minority sector, formulated and promotes the national plan to strengthen the emotional resilience of senior citizens during the Corona period. She was involved with establishing the government young adults authority and formulated the professional and the strategies, leads and promotes collaborative processes of public participation and participative governance to a significant extent, works at the international level to promote and strengthen strategic collaborations and leads various inter-ministerial projects. Also, in her capacity as a member of the Airports Authority Council on behalf of the government, she works to deal intensively with the historic crisis that befell the authority following Covid19. One of the founders of the "Digital Israel" national headquarters in the Prime Minister's Office, one of the leaders in the regulatory reform of the cellular market in the Ministry of Communications, a partner in Israel's accession to the OECD in the Economics Ministry – an officer in the army spokesman’s office (Reserve duty rank of Captain) , an active partner in government forums and work teams and many cross sectoral think tanks.. Education and training: A Lawyer (Hebrew University) with a master's degree in business administration specializing in marketing (Bar Ilan University), a graduate of the Master's Dept. in Public Policy (Hebrew University, civil service cadets) and director’s training at the Israel College of Management.
Eli Bing

Eli Bing

Eli Bing

Eli Bing

Eli Bing

Coordinator of Welfare and Social Security in the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance. Director of the team responsible on behalf of the Ministry of Finance for formulating and building the budget for the Ministry of Welfare, Social Security, the Ministry of Absorption and the Ministry of Social Equality. Member of the Board of Directors of Eshel, Ashalim, Israel Beyond Disabilities and Brookdale, Member of the National Insurance Council and Board of Directors of the Israel Ports Company. Acts to streamline the welfare system in Israel in order to help citizens who need the system in a simple way and in a way that provides tools for integration into society and maximum possible employment.
Asher Dolev

Asher Dolev

Asher Dolev

Asher Dolev

Asher Dolev

Acting CEO, Digital Israel National Bureau, National Digital Ministry. As the Acting CEO of the Digital Israel National Bureau, the strategic and operational arm of the Ministry of Digital Affairs, Asher leads the planning of the National Digital and Data Strategy and its implementation across different ministries and public organizations, such as the health system, the education system, the welfare system, local governments, the financial sector, and more. Asher believes that the job of the Digital Israel National Bureau is to assist the public sector organizations to be more focused on customer needs and to use the tools which the digital revolution has supplied, in order to provide the Israeli public with better and more efficient services. In his previous position as Deputy CEO of Digital Israel, Asher was in charge of implementing the Digital Israel workplans in the Economy Ministry, the Health Ministry, the Finance Ministry, the Justice Ministry, as well as in the Tax Authority and the among the financial regulators. Additionally, Asher managed the budget and the workplan of the Digital Israel National Bureau. Before joining Digital Israel, Asher held various positions in the Finance Ministry, including leading the Public Transportation Unit in the Budget Department. Asher holds a BA in economics and Jewish thought with honors from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is also an alumni of the “Rabin Pre-Military Academy”, “Atidim – Public Sector Cadets” Program, and the “Maoz Fellows” Program. Asher has been working in cooperation with the JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance (ELKA) since 2015 on projects such as “Digital Leaders for the National and Local Government”, a flagship program of Digital Israel, whose goal is to teach and train the human capital at the senior levels of national and local government about the digital revolution and its implications. The national government program is a product of the partnership between Digital Israel, the ICT Authority, and ELKA. The local government program is a product of the partnership between Digital Israel, the Interior Ministry, and ELKA. Today Asher is a member of the steering committee of the “ELKA Partnership” for advancing horizontal issues across government, and is the Chairman of the Committee for Digitization as part of this partnership.
Itamar Ben-Hur

Itamar Ben-Hur

Itamar Ben-Hur

Itamar Ben-Hur

Itamar Ben-Hur

CPA. As Acting CFO for JDC-Israel, Itamar Ben-Hur oversees the planning, monitoring and implementation of JDC-Israel's budget and its financial operation. Itamar brought both corporate and public sector experience to his work at JDC. Prior to his appointment in 2012 as CFO of Ashalim he worked at Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd, one of Israel's leading insurance companies. Before that he worked for two years at the Ministry of Finance, where he was in charge of the financial supervision of large public bodies, including insurance companies and pension funds. From this experience Itamar gained insight into the public sector, which has proven invaluable for JDC, whose largest partner is the Israeli Government. Itamar holds a BSc from the Hebrew University and an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon LeZion. He completed his CPA internship at the Jerusalem office of the multinational firm Price Waterhouse Coopers. Itamar lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children. Itamar is a Major in the Israel Defense Forces, still actively serving in its Reserves.
Oren Cohen

Oren Cohen

Oren Cohen

Oren Cohen

Oren Cohen

VP of government and society in the Prime Minister’s office responsible for promoting government reforms to improve the administrative work of government headquarters, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations, improving coordination and trust between government bodies, promoting advanced social policies and inter-sectoral cooperation to increase social resilience and reduction of regulatory load by implementing advanced regulatory principles. In his previous position, he served as Chief of Staff to the Director General of the Prime Minister's Office, in which he assisted and advised in formulating policy and initiating reforms in the fields of economics, society and government in cooperation with the senior administrative staff of all the government ministries. Oren has a master’s degree in business management from Bar Ilan University, a master’s degree in political communication from the Hebrew University, and a bachelor's degree in political science and education from the Open University. Oren joined the public service in 2011, initially in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and since 2013 in the Prime Minister's Office. Previously Oren served as a helicopter pilot for 9 years in the Air Force in a variety of roles in the squadrons, at Airforce headquarters and at the Flight Academy.
Iris Florentine

Iris Florentine

Iris Florentine

Iris Florentine

Iris Florentine

Senior Associate Director, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services. Since 2014, Iris has served as senior deputy director and director of the Division for Social and Personal Services in the Ministry of Welfare. In this position, Iris is responsible for developing, initiating, providing, and supervising services. In her previous position, Iris served for 12 years as director of the Service for Treatment of Addictions in the Ministry of Welfare. Beginning as a psychiatric social worker in the Beer Ya'akov Hospital, she went on to be deputy director of the Ramle Municipality Welfare Department, national supervisor for treatment of people with drug addictions, and deputy director of the Services for Treatment of People with Drug Addictions in the Ministry of Welfare. Over the years Iris has lectured in numerous conferences on issues related to treatments for addictions, and has participated on official delegations abroad on behalf of the Ministry of Welfare. Iris has an MA in Public Administration and Policy from the Hebrew University. In addition, she has an MSW from Tel Aviv University, and a BSW specializing in Mental Health. Iris also has social work expertise in the area of corrections, and training in mediation, strategic therapy, behavioural therapy, family and couples therapy, therapy for anxiety and addictions therapy. Iris is a graduate of the Mandel Institute Program for Senior Civil Servants.
Mor Noifeld

Mor Noifeld

Mor Noifeld

Mor Noifeld

Mor Noifeld

Director of Human Resources. Mor has over 20 years of experience in human resources and management positions. She began her professional career in the Behavioral Sciences Department of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), where she established and managed human resource programs for hi-tech and start-up companies both in Israel and abroad. Mor’s social awareness is reflected in her various roles in the field of employment diversity and in the establishment of the EMC Corporation’s new Research and Development (R&D) Center in Beersheba. Mor holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University, a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology from Tel Aviv University, and a diploma from the Group Facilitators Training Institute (Zippori).
Ofir Lahav

Ofir Lahav

Ofir Lahav

Ofir Lahav

Ofir Lahav

Deputy director of the senior division for policy planning and budgeting at the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration since 2012. Among his duties, Ofir is responsible for the Ministry's budget and liaison with budget division at Ministry of Finance. He designs the annual work plan of the office in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office and is in charge of various inter-ministerial committees such as New Way for the Ethiopian community, special Aliyah program for the French Jews and the immigrant pensions committee. In addition, Ofir represents the office in a variety of forums including the National Council for Economics, the Strategic Planning Forum, and others. Ofir also serves as a director in Jerusalem Development Authority (JDA) and as a director in the steering committee of "Israeli Horizon", a Jewish Agency- WZO-UJA public benefit company. Before his current position, Ofir was a director of budget at the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. In 2007-2009 he worked in London as an economist specializing in acquisitions and business development dealing with financing real estate portfolios in London and Berlin. In 2006 Ofir was recruited to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at EU's headquarters in Brussels and worked on Euro-Mediterranean partnership and economic analysis of the Commission's 2005 five-year work plan on civil society. In 2004-05, Ofir served as a student body representative of Recanati School of Management in Tel Aviv University student union and was a board member at IWCO, an international organization of 24 economic faculties in Europe. Ofir holds MA in Governance: Public Policy program (sum laude, valedictorian) from Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and MA in Political Science: Diplomacy program (cum laude) and a BA in Economics and Management, both from Tel Aviv University. Ofir is a captain in the IDF and served as a tank commander and after officer’s academy as an officer in the Joint patrol with the Palestinian Authority during the Oslo Accords period in the west bank cities of Bet-Lehem, Hebron and Nablus. A month after completing his army service he worked as a bartender in Club Med Arziv.
Nadav Lachman Lazar

Nadav Lachman Lazar

Nadav Lachman Lazar

Nadav Lachman Lazar

Nadav Lachman Lazar

Nadav is an observer on the Executive Committee on behalf of the Ministry of Housing and Construction. He is currently the director of the Central District in the Ministry of Construction and Housing. Previously, he served as senior director of the Properties and Companies Division, as deputy director of the Central District and as a senior advisor to the ministry's director general. He worked as assistant director of the Institute for Leadership and Government JDC ELKA, and served as chairman and director of the Natural Sciences Students Union and as Vice-Chairman of the Student Association of the Hebrew University. He holds a master's degree in the Public Policy Program from the Hebrew University and a bachelor's degree in physics and the "Amirim Ruach" program. Serves in the reserve as an officer in the Armored Brigade. Member of the Board of Directors of the "Present Miracle" organization for the promotion of social-community entrepreneurship. Lives in Tzur Hadassah, married to Michal and father of three daughters - Noam, Tal and Ayelet.