Meet our Alumni
Fatmeh Zibdeh / Behavioral Sciences
Ms. Zibdeh is a social entrepreneur. Since her graduation from the School of Behavioral Sciences at MTA, she has been leading the College’s one-year pre-academic preparatory program that supports Arab high-school graduates in adjusting to the new and unfamiliar academic environment and contributes to their college retention and graduation rates. The program, which enjoys over 85% graduation rate, offers an entire framework of supporting services: academic teaching and tutoring, social enrichment, and personal mentorship, in a setting of a small group and close accompaniment of faculty and staff. For her contribution to the promotion of higher education in the local community of Jaffa, she has been recognized as an outstanding social leader by the Tel Aviv-Yaffo municipality.
Michal Topaz / Behavioral Sciences
CEO and Founder, Shikum Acher
Ms. Topaz is the founder and CEO of “Shikum Acher” (“Alternative Rehabilitation” in Hebrew), a nonprofit that provides vocational skills and job opportunities for people with mental disabilities. The organization employs dozens of employees who cater to many hundreds of recipients, and Michal developed the many partnerships with government, private companies, and social businesses to market the products made by program participants. As a student at MTA, Michal interned at a mental health hospital, where she gained invaluable practical training as part of their degree, which drove her to found Shikum Acher.
Moran Zipper Goldenberg / Behavioral Sciences
Ms. Zipper Goldenberg’s social entrepreneurship focuses on intergenerational connections and work with senior citizens. She is the Director of Programs at “Dor Ledor” organization (“Generation to Generation” in Hebrew), where she founded a new start-up called “Ezra Baderech” (“Help is on its Way” in Hebrew), which assists the elderly their daily needs such as computer and internet skills, accompanying them on medical visits to doctors and hospitals, and helping them with minor home improvements and repairs - without committing to long-term volunteer work. Till today, hundreds of senior citizens received assistance through the project. Ms. Zipper Goldenberg was recently selected for the ’30 under 30′ list by Forbes Israel.
Lior Carmel / Behavioral Sciences
Director of the National Suicide Prevention Program, the Ministry of Health; CEO and partner, Smart Drive
Mr. Carmel is an entrepreneur in the field of national safety policy. He founded and was CEO of the National Road Safety Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Transportation, and is currently the Director of the National Suicide Prevention Program at the Ministry of Health and CEO of Smart Drive, center for training in Road Safety.