Prof. Shlomo Biederman


Prof. Shlomo Biderman is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and President of the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa. He was formerly the Dean of the faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University. He was born in 1947 in Tel Aviv and received his academic education in Tel Aviv and England. His fields of research are comparative philosophy, Indian philosophy, Jewish Philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He has published widely in these fields.

Prof. Eilon Vaadia

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Prof. Eilon Vaadia was a member of the Institute for Medical Research Israel- Canada (IMRIC) at the faculty of medicine of the Hebrew University (HUJI) held the Skirball Chair in Brain Research.  He was among the founders HUJI Center for Neural Computation (ICNC), Head of the ICNC PhD program, and co-director of European summer schools in neural computation for 10 years. Since 2009 he founded and directed the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Science (ELSC) until 2016 when he retired.

Prof. Vaadia combines theory and experiments to the study brain sensorimotor functions The team at the lab uses brain-machine interfaces (BMI) electrical activity of neurons in brain circuits. In simple words, BMIs can read the to modulate and decipher the brain’s intention” from its activity and further; BMI can be used to detect in real-time electrical patterns involved in a brain disease, and re-adjust these patterns to ameliorate the disease.

At present Vaadia is a member of ELSC, and also serves as the vice president for academic matters at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College.

Mr. Benny Alon


Mr. Benny Alon is the CEO of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, which combines a high academic level and deep social involvement in the community. Mr. Alon served in various senior positions in the higher education system in the past: VP marketing at the College of Management Academic Studies, VP marketing and external relations at Holon Institute of Technology, member of the board of directors at AYYT – Technological Applications and Data Update Ltd. 

Among other public positions, Mr. Alon is also the Chairman of the CEO Forum at the Israel Association of College Heads, Member of the board of directors at the Tel - Mond Municipal Development Corporation, and was previously chairman of the marketing committee and member of the board of directors at Issta Group. 

Mr. Alon holds an M.A. in public policy from Tel Aviv University and an interdisciplinary B.A. in social sciences from Bar Ilan University and from Holon Institute of Technology. He is also a fellow of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fellowship Fund for Better Government, School of Government and Policy, Tel Aviv University. Mr. Alon is a graduate of Makom Leadership Program from Harvard Business School.

Adv. Liat Weiss-Shahaf

Vice President for External Relations

Adv. Liat Weiss-Shahaf is Vice President for External Relations at the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo (MTA). A member of the college’s senior cumg management, Adv. Weiss-Shahaf has helped shape and lead its integrative model, which includes Experiential Learning, Social Commitment and Applied Research, and was party to developing its innovative academic and social programs.

Over the years, Adv. Weiss-Shahaf has led the development of the college's diverse community involvement programs for the empowerment of social periphery. The college's model for experiential learning through practice-learning courses was developed under her management, and she has been a leading force of encouraging students' entrepreneurship to answer society's most acute needs. 


Previously to her work at MTA, Adv. Weiss-Shahaf lent her services to numerous foundations, including Akim, the National Association for the Habilitation of Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, and Kav Hazinuk, an organization devoted to creating the next generation of leadership in Israel. She holds a law degree and serves as a board member in varied non for profit organizations.

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