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. Micha’el Tanchum is a fellow in the Asia and Middle East Units in the Hebrew University’s Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He earned his Doctorate at Harvard University and was a fellow in Harvard’s Institute for Strategic Studies and its Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Dr. Tanchum conducts research on issues related to China’s strategic affairs in Central Asia/the Middle East as well as Chinese maritime affairs in the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea. His articles have appeared in leading academic and policy journals, including Harvard Asia Quarterly. He is a regular contributor to the respected academic online journals East Asia Forum and the Central Asia -Caucasus Analyst as well as the online Asia current affairs magazine The Diplomat. Dr. Tanchum’s articles on geopolitical and strategic affairs have also appeared in The New York Times and, Foreign Affairs.
Moshe Arens is an Israeli aeronautical engineer, researcher and former diplomat and politician. He was a member of the Knesset between 1973 and 1992 and again from 1999 until 2003. He also served as Minister of Defense three times, once as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and once as Israeli ambassador to the US.
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.
Professor Zvi Eckstein is dean of the School of Economics at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzilya. He has held positions at Yale University, Tel Aviv University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Minnesota. His research includes labor economics, macro and monetary economics, applied econometrics, and Jewish economic history.