Goldman Fellows 2009-2010

Senior Fellows:


Dr. Offer Drori heads the Information Database, Intelligence and Investigations Division of SHAAM Information Systems of the Israeli Treasury Department. His work includes developing models and information systems that handle large data bases for the tax authorities. Another objective is extending cooperation between computer units in Israel. Drori’s interests are software engineering, system analysis and design, and information retrieval from numerous data bases. His other interests include army history and genealogy. Drori established SIGTRS (Special Interest Group on Text Retrieval Systems) on 1994 and since has been the chairman of the group. He also developed the OODPM methodology for system design and analysis. He is the author of numerous books and publications including: Information Retrieval, (editor to the Hebrew version, 2006), Planning Information Systems Using OODPM Methodology (Hebrew, 2006), Pluga Yod Besufa, (Hebrew, 2005), Information Systems: Specification and Management, (Hebrew, 1999), and over 150 papers. Drori developed the Hagvura website, presenting all the decorations given to Israeli soldiers from 1948 till today. It is an on-going research project that finds information and stories behind the decorations, and hidden decorations, as well. The site contains more than 1700 decorations and more than 400 stories of heroism. Dr. Offer Drori has a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences and MA in Information Studies, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and BA from the Open University.


Junior Fellows:


Olga Denisenko repatriated to Israel in 1998 from Ukraine. Holds a B.A degree in Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology from the Bar-Ilan University and is currently completing her M.A degree in Public Policy at the Tel Aviv University. Her M.A thesis focuses on attitudes towards foreign workers in Israel and public policy. Dean's Honor Roll (2006-2007). Olga has worked as a research assistant in the department of public Policy at the Tel Aviv University. Member of the Hapoel Tel Aviv Sport Shooting Club team. Participates in the competitions in the National Air Rifle League. Her future plans include joining the civil service and continuing her studies towards the Ph.D. degree in Public Policy.


Efrat Katz is experienced at environmental policy and law including consulting to the Ministry of Environment and environmental NOG's. An advocate, BA at economic and political science, Tel Aviv University, MA student at the Porter School of Environmental Studies. Academic and practical knowledge in PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers) systems.


Inga Soltanov is a B.A graduate from the Social and Political science in Tel Aviv-Jaffa Academic College and completed her M.A degree in Public Policy at Tel Aviv University. Currently writing her thesis work which will examine origins, principals and developing aspects of the environmental policy in the IDF. Volunteered for several years at the Federation of Russian speaking Israelis in Tel Aviv, helping and advising new immigrants and lone soldiers in handling governmental institutions, NGO’s and various nonprofit organizations. Taking part in activities connected to politics and environment at her home town of Rishon Le- Zion. Soltanov is currently working in marketing and advertising for a private company.

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