Leadership

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Prof. Dror Wahrman

President

Dror Wahrman is a cultural historian of early modern Europe with a long-standing interest in the nature of the transition from the early-modern to the modern, explored in the interfaces between the discipline of history and those of literature, art and material culture. His recent books include The Making of the Modern Self (Yale, 2004), Mr. Collier’s Letter Racks: A Tale of Art and Obsession at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age (Oxford, 2012) and Invisible Hands: Self-Organization and the Eighteenth Century (Chicago, 2015, with Jonathan Sheehan). He is currently completing a book-length interpretation of Der Thron des Grossmoguls, one of the most extraordinary art objects created in early modern Europe, which is expected to be published in 2022. Wahrman taught in the UK and the US (where he served as the associate editor of the American Historical Review and founded the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University) before returning to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 2008. He came to the MTA after serving as Dean of Humanities of the Hebrew University (2014-2018).

Prof. Eilon Vaadia

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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. Yariv Sultan

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Vice President, Development & External Relations

Yariv Sultan has over twenty-five years of fundraising & leadership experience, managing and building relationships with global network of donors and affiliates for academia, public sector and social NGOs. He has a proven track record in cultivating and stewarding donor and client relationships in Israel and around the world, and some of his previous positions include Vice President for Development & External Relations at the University of Haifa, Head of Public Affairs & Resource Development at the Technion, Director of International Marketing at the Jewish Agency for Israel, and until recently Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Social Finance Israel (SFI). During 2005-2014 Yariv served as CEO of the Keren Kayemeth Leisrael (KKL) / Jewish National Fund in Switzerland and Austria, and CEO of KKL Treuhand Gesellschaft AG, the KKL´s Financial Services Company LTD, located in Zurich. Yariv earned his Master´s degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and his Master´s degree in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Benny Alon

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CEO

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.