Ms. Witte, SIGNAL’s founder, is a graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies with a focus on China.
After a 20-year entrepreneurial career in Israeli high-tech and international real estate, Ms. Witte decided to merge her commitment to Israel and respect for China with her belief that academia is a natural bridge between peoples and can lead to much-needed solutions in other realms.
The result of that merger is SIGNAL and its unique, creative approach.
Ms. Witte has been president of the Yale University Alumni Association in Israel for over seven years. She lives in Israel with her husband and five children.
Ms. Ador has been with SIGNAL nearly since its inception, having played a major role in every aspect of SIGNAL’s programming and serving as the key contact between SIGNAL colleagues in both China and Israel. Ms. Ador holds an International Executive MBA from Haifa University as well as a B.A. from Haifa University in Economics & East Asian Studies with a focus on China. Upon completing her B.A. studies, she received an honors scholarship and spent one year in China studying Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU).
ISP Coordinator in China
Ms. Guan Yuan graduated from China University of Petroleum with a MA in English Translation and Interpretation in 2013 and more than 9 years of international business and translation experience.
After serving as a SIGNAL intern in translation during 2012, Ms. Guan joined the SIGNAL team as a professional translator in September 2013. Ms. Guan was named ISP (Israel Studies Program) Coordinator in China in March 2014.
Ms. Guan visited Israel in 2013 on an academic exchange program at Ben Gurion University to expand her expertise on Israel.
Head of Research
Yehudah Sunshine has a BA in History and Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. Yehudah did his graduate work at the University of Haifa, studying Diplomacy with a focus on International Criminal Accountability. Yehudah spent three and a half years of post-graduate work at the Aish HaTorah College for Jewish Studies. Mr. Sunshine was also a participant in the 2014 International Peace & Security Institutes’ Hague Symposium focusing on Post conflict transitions and International Justice. Yehudah lives in Zichron Ya’akov with his wife and son.
SIGNAL Project Manager
After joining the SIGNAL team as Program Assistant in 2015, Alisa was promoted to the position of SIGNAL Program Coordinator. Since March 2017, Alisa has served as SIGNAL’s Project Manager.
Alisa holds an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and BA in International Relations and World Economy from National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Alisa received an honors scholarship to study in University College London (UCL), UK and UCES, Argentina. She is fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish.
ISP Academic Advisor
Aryeh Tepper is a Fellow at the Center for Israel Studies at Ben Gurion University, where he also teaches. He serves as the Director of Publications for the American Sephardi Federation for whom he edits a magazine, The Sephardi Report, as well as two newsletters, “Sephardi World Weekly” and “Sephardi Ideas Monthly.” From 2014-2017 he was the Academic Director of the Glazer-BGU Israel Studies Seminar for Chinese Students in Israel. His book, Progressive Minds, Conservative Politics: Leo Strauss’ Later Writings on Maimonides, was published by SUNY Press in 2013, and his articles and essays have been published in Hebrew and English in The Weekly Standard, The Tower Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, Commentary, Midnight East, The Jewish Review of Books, Forward, Nomos Journal, The Literary Review, Jewish Ideas Daily, The Madison Review, Akdamot and Makor Rishon.