Steering Committee

Joint Elka’s Steering Committee manages the Elka Partnership – a partnership between The Joint and the Government of Israel. The Steering 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.
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.
Ofer Peleg

Ofer Peleg

Ofer Peleg

Ofer Peleg

Ofer Peleg

Senior Deputy to the Accountant General of Israel. Former Diplomat, the first Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs of the Israeli Embassy in China and former member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Over 20 years of global experience across the private and public sectors, as well as with Multilateral Development Banks. Served in numerous senior positions in the Ministry of Finance of Israel, in the HQ and as CFO of many ministries. Mr. Peleg participated in various committees in the Transport, Agriculture and Water sectors, including many committees of PPP projects (roads, light rail and desalination). Mr. Peleg holds a Master’s degree (MBA) in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Economics, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 2019-2020 CFO of the Ministry of Interior of Israel. CFO of the Population and Immigration Authority of Israel. 2015-2019 Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Israeli Embassy in Beijing Alternate Director and Advisor of the AIIB. 2010-2015 CFO of the Ministry of Transport of Israel. 2007-2010 CFO of the Water and Sewage Authority of Israel. 2005-2007 CFO of the ARO - The Agriculture Research Organization of Israel. 2002-2005 Head of Domestic Debt in the Government Debt Management Unit, Israel Ministry of Finance. 2001-2002 Senior Coordinator - Capital Market Department, Israel Ministry of Finance. 1999-2001 Director - Pension Department, Israel Ministry of Finance.
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.
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).
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.
Moria Schlussel

Moria Schlussel

Moria Schlussel

Moria Schlussel

Moria Schlussel

Moria heads the Education, Social Affairs and NPO Units in the Accountant General's Office of the Ministry of Finance. In her capacity, Moria is charged with improving and managing budgets for the Ministries of Social Affairs, Education and Labor. In addition, she is responsible for engagements with JDC. Moria joined the Accountant in March 2017 and served as the Head of Government Collections in the Finance Unit at the Accountant General. She was responsible for dealing with the challenges of handling government debts and improving state revenues including technological changes directed at helping citizens work with the government and reducing the amount of bureaucracy. Moria is an Economist and CPA. She holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University, a Master’s degree with an emphasis on Law from Bar Ilan University and is a graduate of the Directors and Senior Executives Course at Tel Aviv University.
Ayelet Grinbaum Arizon

Ayelet Grinbaum Arizon

Ayelet Grinbaum Arizon

Ayelet Grinbaum Arizon

Ayelet Grinbaum Arizon

Senior Deputy Director General for Strategy and Economic Planning at the Ministry of Health.
Itzik Sabato

Itzik Sabato

Itzik Sabato

Itzik Sabato

Itzik Sabato

Director of Strategy Innovation and Digital, The National Insurance Institute. Itzik graduated with a masters in public administration (MPA) from Harvard University. He obtained three degrees from Bar-Ilan University: a bachelor of law LLB with honors, a master of business administration (MBA) with honors, and an LLM with honors.
Roei Dror

Roei Dror

Roei Dror

Roei Dror

Roei Dror

Head Of Governance Unit, Prime Minister Office. In the last decade, Roei Dror has been building the Israeli Government’s strategy, planning, and policy implementation mechanism. At the Prime Minister’s Office, he is in charge of creating the Prime Minister’s work plans, tracking government decisions, promoting reforms, and sharing the government’s decisions with the public. Roei has a bachelor's degree in political science and geography and a master's degree in public policy, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Lirit Sarfus

Lirit Sarfus

Lirit Sarfus

Lirit Sarfus

Lirit Sarfus

Graduate of the urban and regional planning program at the Technion in Haifa. She began her professional career as a planner at Urbanix, mainly in the areas of social planning and economic consulting for local authorities. In 2001 she moved to the public sector and served in various positions in the Prime Minister's Office, in the field of social planning and reducing gaps for special social groups. Today, she leads the social planning of national strategic issues, including dealing with crime and violence in Arab society, national preparations for optimal aging in Israel, and improving government work interfaces in inter-ministerial and inter-sectoral partnerships.
Elad Zchut

Elad Zchut

Elad Zchut

Elad Zchut

Elad Zchut

Senior Advisor to the Director General of the National Insurance Institute. Dealing with the areas of planning, research and policy promotion in the worlds of social security, employment, old age welfare and disabilities. Manages the Director General's relationship with the Knesset and the government. Former Acting Director of the Strategy and Knowledge Management Division at the National Insurance Institute, Director of Municipal Planning at the Ministry of the Interior and Coordinator of Knowledge Areas at the Civil Service Commission's Implementation Reform Headquarters. Graduate of MBA (Finance and Organizational Behavior) and BA in Psychology and Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University.
Ayana Adler

Ayana Adler

Ayana Adler

Ayana Adler

Ayana Adler

Director of Training and Development in Local municipalities, Ministry of Interior. The division includes four work environments: administrative reserves, training and knowledge, organizational development and innovation and digitization. Prior to that, she managed the Knowledge Division at the Ministry of the Interior from 2018, and was involved in the establishment of the new school for senior management in the local government. Before that, she managed policy development, research and foreign relations at the Civil Service Commission. She joined the civil service as part of the "Cadets for Civil Service" excellence program. Before that, she was a training manager in the business sector and a project manager in the third sector.
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