Dov Hoch is a founding board member of SIGNAL and serves on the executive boards of other Israeli bi-national and educational NGOs including: the America Israel Chamber of Commerce and Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives.
Dov’s business activities involve building joint ventures in ten Mid East countries for leading global concerns including: Siemens, IBM and Daiwa Securities. He is the Chairman of Clarity Capital Holdings (LTD) a firm that invest in and manages defense and security related projects and companies. Dov is also the President of Clarity Advisors LLC a business development firm that brings Israeli technology-based companies into the U.S. market.
Dov holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the President of the Penn Alumni Club of Israel and served as Chairman of the International Committee of the Penn Alumni Advisory Board with 10,000 members in China affiliated through chapters in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Ma Xioalin, Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, is Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of website Blshe.com and News commentator and columnist. He previously served as Executive Director of China Foundation for International Studies, Director of the Middle East Academy in China, Director of the Chinese-Arab Friendship Association, Director, Asia-Africa Development & Exchange Society, Guest Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Former Senior Xinhua Correspondent in Kuwait, Palestinian Territory and Iraq.
Ma specializes in research & news reporting on Middle-east affairs, in which he received “International News Award of China” as well as being named 5th of “100 Most Distinguised News Practitioner”. Ma has numerous publications in English, Arabic and Chinese, including his memoirs Survial Diary on the Land of Palestine & Israel, and Through the Frontier from Death to Survival.
Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore, and Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, Amb. Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and subsequently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously served in a variety of appointments, including Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Amb. Kausikan is a graduate of Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.
Ari D. Varon, Ph.D. is the Founder and CEO of 3Cubed (33), a business development hub facilitating cross-cultural innovation. Dr. Varon is the Organizational Advisor to Israel based China-Israel Relations NGO, SIGNAL. He previously served as Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel (2005-2009) & Executive Director of ELNET-Israel (2013-2015). Dr. Varon was a lecturer for an Oxford University program in Israel (2009-2013) He holds a joint Ph.D. on Islam in Europe from Tel Aviv University and Sciences Po, Paris. Dr. Varon has an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Law with a concentration in Quantitative International Economics at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Washington D.C. He earned his B.A. at UC Berkeley in Political Science.
Dorian Barak is a private equity investor and asset manager focused on emerging markets. A fixture of the Israel-China trade axis, he serves on the boards of companies active in the technology and natural resources sectors in Israel, Africa and China. He is CEO of Indigo Global, which represents strategic investors, including Chinese private and listed companies, expanding into Africa and Israel through acquisitions and joint ventures.
Previously, Dorian was MD and Head of International Strategy and M&A at Hapoalim, Israel’s leading financial group, with operations in 20 countries. Prior to joining Hapoalim he was an attorney with the Skadden Arps law firm in New York, and a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York and Chicago.
Dorian was educated at Yale University (Juris Doctor), Oxford University (MA), and UCLA (BA).
Mr. Adam Cole is a lawyer in San Francisco with extensive experience in government and the private sector. From 2007 to 2015, he was General Counsel of the California Department of Insurance where he provided legal and strategic guidance to the elected commissioner of insurance of California. In that capacity, he developed and led a successful effort to get insurance companies to divest from holdings in companies supporting the Iranian nuclear, military and energy sectors.
Prior to government service, Mr. Cole was a partner at a national law firm where he directed complex litigation on behalf of commercial insurance policyholders. Among his engagements, he represented a party in insurance litigation stemming from the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
Mr. Cole is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and National Commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He regularly provides commentary on Israel and the Middle East in Northern California press. In 2004, Mr. Cole was a Visiting Policy Analyst at the Re’ut Institute in Tel Aviv.
Dr. Ephraim Inbar is the director of the Begin-Sadaat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University. He serves on the academic committee of the history department in the Israel Defense Forces, in addition to being President of the Israel Association of International Studies. Dr. Inbar has written numerous articles on Middle Eastern strategic issues with a focus on Israel and is the author of five books.
He is widely quoted in both the Israeli and international media.
Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald, SIGNAL Senior Fellow and Expert Advisor
Dr. Shalom Salomon Wald was born in Italy . In 1962 he graduated (Ph.D) in economics and history at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He pursued a long career at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the West’s leading policy think tank. There he specialized in science and technology policy and retired in 2001 as Head of the OECD Biotechnology Unit. Since 2002 he is Senior Fellow of the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem where he specializes in Israel and the Jewish People’s relations with the great powers of Asia. In 2004 he published “China and the Jewish People – Old Civilizations in a New Era” with a foreword by Amb. Dennis Ross (Chinese edition 2014), in 2014 “Rise and Decline of Civilizations – Lessons for the Jewish People” with a foreword by President Shimon Pères and in 2017 “India, Israel and the Jewish People” with a foreword by President Reuven Rivlin.
Mr. David Hatchwell Altaras is Vice President of the Spain-Israel Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Spain-China Foundation Executive Committee. In addition, he serves on the board of the Jewish People Policy Institute, is an active member of the Spanish Chapter of the Weizmann Institute and is on the Spanish board of the Peres Center for Peace as well as the Friends of the Hebrew University in Spain.
Mr. Altaras was instrumental in sistering the Fujian Province in China with the Catalunya region in Spain. Furthermore he is also an honorary citizen of Kunming, Yunnan, China.
Dr. Ruth Wisse (Ret.) was the Martin Peretz professor of Yiddish Literature at Harvard University. She formerly was the director of Harvard’s Jewish Studies Center. Prior to teaching at Harvard, Dr. Wisse taught at McGill University, where she assisted in establishing the Jewish Studies department.
She is the author of four literary books, of which one of them received the National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship, and two books on Jewish political issues.