Board of Academic & Expert Advisors
Mr. David Hatchwell Altaras

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. Shalom Wald

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.

Dr. Ephraim Inbar

Professor Inbar was the founding director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, a position he held for 23 years (1993-2016), and a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University. He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Boston universities; a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow; and a visiting fellow at the (London-based) International Institute for Strategic Studies. He was president of the Israel Association of International Studies; a member of the Political Strategic Committee of the National Planning Council; chairman of the National Security Curriculum committee in the Ministry of Education; and a member of the Academic Committee of the IDF History Department.

Dorian M. Barak

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).

Ari D. Varon

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.

Dov Hoch

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.