Major General Uzi Dayan spent his 36-year military career as a soldier, officer and as Head of the Planning Branch of the IDF General Staff. He also headed the Israeli security committee to peace negotiations with the Jordanians, Palestinians, and Syrians, while later serving as head of the Central Command, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Chairman of Israel’s National Security Council, and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister.
Dr. Eric Zimmerman is Academic Secretary and Director of Research at IDC Herzliya, establishing the Academic Affairs, Internationalization and Research Support Offices at IDC Herzliya.
Tommy Steiner is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC Herzliya and teaches International Relations and Security Studies at IDC’s Lauder School of Government. He also Tommy manages the Annual Herzliya Conference Series, directs the Institute’s international relations, and leads policy research projects on EU and NATO relations with Israel, the Mediterranean and the Broader Middle East.
Ariella Berger runs UnBounded Research, a strategic consultancy based in the heart of Tel Aviv Israel, with deep connections to the multidisciplinary networks, institutions, start-ups and technologists that make up Israel’s high-tech hub. A keynote speaker and seasoned Start-up Advisor, from 2009 to 2016 Ariella was Head of Energy and Oil Alternatives Research at IEP. an influential economics think tank where she worked closely with government, academia and industry. Prior to this she held senior positions in finance, business and investment.
Dror Strum is the president of the Israeli Institute for Economic Planning. Until 2005, he was the General Director of the Israel Antitrust Authority, major Antitrust litigation cases, both criminal and civil, argued before the Supreme Court and initiated a comprehensive reform in the Israeli Competition Law. He teaches at the IDC, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Bar-Illan University.
Efraim Halevy is the former head of the Mossad (1998-2002). In addition, he served as representative of the Mossad in the USA, Ambassador of Israel in the European Union, and head of Israel’s council of National Security. He is most famous for bringing about the peace treaty with Jordan in 1994.
Yaakov Amidror is a former major general and National Security adviser of Israel, participating in high-level talks with US officials about the Iranian nuclear program and led efforts to restore relations with Turkey after the Gaza flotilla raid incident. He was also head of the Research Department of Israeli military intelligence. In 2014, he joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as the Ann and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow and is also a researcher at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.