Carice Witte

Founder

Ms. Carice Witte is SIGNAL’s founder and Executive Director. After immigrating to Israel from the USA in 1987, Ms. Witte pursued a 20-year entrepreneurial career in international real estate and Israeli high-tech including internet security and electronic cash working with leading European banks including National Westminster Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

A graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies, focusing on China, Ms. Witte founded SIGNAL in 2011. Since then she has been instrumental in advancing China’s understanding of Israel through the establishment of Israel Studies in China’s universities, recognized in 2013 by China’s Ministry of Education. Ms Witte has authored policy papers for both China and Israel in the fields of trade, Sino-Israel relations, strategic communication and global Jewry. She has led over 350 briefings and dialogues between researchers and experts in China and Israel.

Ms. Witte, her husband and five children live in Israel.

Dana Ador

Program Director

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).

Dale Aluf

Director of Research and Strategy

Dale is a behavioral scientist and analyst with a keen interest in political psychology and the ways in which culture influences international relations. Prior to joining SIGNAL, Dale served for eight years in El-Al’s security division. He holds an MSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Liverpool and is a member of the British Psychological Society- division of neuropsychology.

Ms. Guan Yuan (Helen)

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.

Alisa Nesterenko

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.

Aryeh Tepper

SIGNAL Senior Research Fellow and 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.