Goldman Fellows 2010-2011
Dr. Hani Ofek- Ghendler is an experienced Lawyer at the Public State Attorney, specializing in labor, administrative and constitutional disputes. She is also a Labor law scholar and lecturer and has published extensively on the issues of labor and constitutional law. She clerked for the Supreme Court Justice, E. Goldberg, after which she served as his Senior Legal Assistant for several years. She won several awards, including the Minerva Center for Human Rights Scholarship Award, and the Israeli Lawyers Bar price for social contribution. She was a research fellow at the Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education at the Hebrew University and the School of Public Policy at the Hebrew University. Dr. Ofek-Ghendler published several articles in the topic of Labor law and Constitutional law and Public policy, that were mentioned in several court ruling.
Anat Sagy holds a B.A. degree with honors in Economics and Management from the Open University, Tel Aviv. Is currently completing her M.A degree in Public Policy at the Tel Aviv University, appeared on the dean's honor roll (2008). For many years held teaching assistant positions in the Economic as well as the Psychology faculties at the Open University, and in the MBA program at the Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University. Past activist for social change in the Social Economic Academy (SEA), currently a political activist attempting to bring about the occupation of the West Bank.
Arad Hakim was born and raised in Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet. After a year of community service in the "Hashomer Hatzair" youth movement, and his military service, he worked as a youth counselor in his local municipality. During his B.A. studies at the University of Haifa (majors in Land of Israel Studies and Cinema), he discovered the internet and became webmaster of his municipality website, as well as some smaller websites. Before the 2006 Israeli general elections, he joined journalist Shelly Yachimovich's campaign for her party's primaries. He began as a volunteer, and after her election as a Member of Knesset, he became her parliamentary assistant. For his M.A. studies he is taking Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, and his thesis, which is currently in the process of being written, is about Israeli cinema law and its influences.
Guy Itzchakov received his BA Economics and Psychology, with honors from the Open University of Israel at 2010. He is currently writing his M.A at Tel-Aviv University's department of Public Policy. His thesis deals with the Rationality in relative income considerations. Guy is teaching Economics at "Ashqelon academic college" and "Ramat-Gan College".
Ayelet Fishman is the senior deputy to the National Supervisor of Elections at the Ministry of the Interior and is known as an expert on Election law. She is responsible for organizing and managing the elections for the local authorities – cities, local and regional councils; initiates and prepares amendments of Election legislation. Also presides as the Chairman of the Settlement Committee, an inter-ministerial committee who advises the Interior minister in the matter of recognizing and categorizing new settlements. Holds a LLB from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA degree, with honors, in Public Policy from Tel-Aviv University. Currently writing a thesis on local committees (the smallest form of local government in Israel).
Yael Brendel has worked as an Analyst for the Reut Institute since 2010, a NGO that provides strategic decision support to Israeli leaders and decision makers. Prior to joining The Reut Institute, Yael worked for the IDF Strategic Planning Division, developing the military's policy positions on the Knesset's legislative initiatives. Before that, she operated Yedid's Tel Aviv Center, an NGO which helps weakened populations realize their social and civil rights. Ms. Brendel is writing her M.A. in Public Policy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology from the Hebrew University (2006).
Michal Biran was a member of the "Noar Oved ve Lomed" youth movement from childhood until the age of 28. She lived in an urban Kibbutz, and after her military service, served in leadership positions within the movement. In 2007, Michal became an assistant to Labor Party's MK Shelly Yachimovich. During this period, Ms. Biran took part in the struggles against the privatization of the lands of Israel, salary gaps between CEOs and the workers and was involved in many other parliament agendas. Michal was also the leader of the successful struggle of the parliamentarian assistants against unjust working conditions, within the Knesset. In June 2010, Michal won the election for chairperson of Young Labor. Michal is determined to renew the face of the Labor movement as a way of changing Israeli society. Michal is studying towards her MA degree in political science at Tel-Aviv University and is writing her thesis about pension policy.
Anat Ravid has a BA in History and International Relations from Hebrew University and is currently completing her MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Her M.A thesis is focusing on the “Role of Intelligence agencies in promoting and supporting peace negotiation”. Anat hopes to continue her career in the public sector.