Goldman Fellows 2012-2013

Senior Fellows:


Netanel Oded is an economist in the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister's Office. He is in charge of designing long term policies in the fields of energy, environment and R&D. He has been involved in designing Israel's policy towards renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, and has helped design national R&D initiatives in the fields of oil alternatives and agricultural innovation. Netanel is leading a thinking process regarding economic foreign affairs strategy. This includes programs to enhance economic relations with emerging economies such as China and India, and considering spillovers between foreign aid and trade. Netanel has a bachelor's degree in psychology and economics and master's degree in financial economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


Ron Duhl serves as Legal Adviser to Israel's Civil Service Commissioner and head of the Commission's legal department. By virtue of his position, he has extensive experience in labor and administrative law, and is responsible for the legal aspects concerning the employment of state personnel and the management of the state administration. His duties include: presentation and/or preparation of the State's legal position within the CSC's scope of authority before various forums (Courts, Knesset and other governmental committees and bodies); legislative work, including drafting Civil Service Regulations ("Takshir") and other directives; preparation of legal briefs and other written opinions for the Commission and other government agencies. Ron previously was Legal Adviser to the Director of Wages and Collective Agreements in the Treasury Ministry, and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting public sector collective work agreements, as well as representing the State in collective labor disputes and arbitration proceedings. Ron was born in Los Angeles, CA and made Aliyah in 1983. He holds degrees in Political Science and Public Affairs from the University of California at Berkeley and American University in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. and B.A. in Law from the Hebrew University. He lives in Mevasseret Zion with his wife Yael and three children. 


Eyal Rubinson is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University. He holds an M.A (cum laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals such as European Law Review and Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. Currently he serves as head of research at an IDF Intelligence Corps' unit, focusing on Military Censorship, Open-Source Media Monitoring and Web 2.0 based research. He has previous experience as Parliamentary Aide at the Knesset, Research Assistant at the Hebrew University's Law Faculty and Department of International Relations and foreign policy column writing with several media outlets. He is the recipient of several academic awards, including the Konrad Adenauer research prize and Hebrew University grants.


Milka Carmel is the environmental consultant of the Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI). As part of her role she advises on environmental legislation and policy; represents ULAI in Knesset, in the governmental committee for climate change and other public committees; author of policy papers , such as green building, local authorities and climate change and regulation of photovoltaic facilities; develops and leads the 'Environmental Tag' program, which constructs and promotes strategies and tools for urban efficiency in energy, water and solid waste in more than 70 local authorities. Previously, Milka worked as an Environmental planner in the Israel Ministry of Environment and as an editor of Environmental Impact Assessments, and as a consultant on environmental issues in the private sector. Ms. Carmel is the recipient of the 2010 'Green Globe Award' of the Umbrella organization of Israel green NGOs, for leading a civil struggle against a polluting factory. She has a BSc and MSc in biology from the Hebrew University and an MSc in Regional and town planning from the Technion. During her fellowship period, Milka authored an environmental platform which was then adopted by the Union of local Authorities in Israel for candidates in the 2013 local government election. The platform presents an ambitious and innovative vision for all urban levels - houses, streets, neighborhoods, and city council. This platform is also a single chapter within a wider document, the environmental national urban policy review, which Mika is currently at the final stages of writing.


Yehoshua (Shuka) Dorfman is currently the Director –General of the Israel Antiquities Authority. Dorfman was discharged from the IDF at the rank of Brigadier General. In his latter roles in the IDF he was Chief Artillery officer and the IDF's representative in Japan and South Korea. After leaving the army Mr. Dorman worked at the Israeli Hi tech company Elisra, and was nominated as the Director –General of the Israel Antiquities Authority in 2000. Shuka has a BA and an MA in political sciences from Haifa University.


Yehuda Porath is an economist in the Public Sector Area of the Research Department of the Bank of Israel. He is responsible for analyzing and evaluating fiscal policy and for international fiscal comparisons. He has been involved in evaluating defense budgeting, transport policy, bureaucracy reduction and the size, makeup and financing of the national debt. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics and an M.A. in Financial Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Junior Fellows:


Yael Aberman Taubin holds a B.A degree with honors in Business Administration and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Completed her M.A degree in Political Science at the Tel Aviv University and both worked and volunteered in several Social Change Organizations. She currently works as the Spokeperson of Kav Laoved –a nonprofit organization committed to protect the rights of disadvantaged workers employed in Israel. Her thesis examine Social change organizations and their strategies in order to affect public policy in Israel.


Noa Sambursky Zer holds a B.A in Psychology and Management from Tel Aviv University. She is currently writing her M.A. thesis at Tel Aviv university Public Policy department, which deals with the affect of medical tourism on medical services equity in Israel's public hospitals. Noa is the director of Central Arava Regional Council's Resource Development Department, in charge of the council's donor relation and foreign relation. In addition to her public duties she is also a farmer from Moshav Paran in southern Israel.


Renana Shvartzvald is a student of the Adi-Lautman interdisciplinary program for excellent students in TAU. During her four years in the program she intensively studied wide and diverse aspects of environmental studies including business approaches, public policies and exact sciences. In parallel, Renana is studying for her Masters degree in environmental policy from the Porter School of Environmental Studies. She is now writing her thesis on her work of comparative cross country analysis of the connection between social policy and environmental performance. Renana is currently a member of Vital Capital team, an impact investment fund, were she is employed as Head of S&E and focuses on social and environmental impact analyses and policy.

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