Brad Bloom has spent his entire life in the Boston, MA area. He earned his B.A. in economics from Harvard College and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School as a Baker Scholar. He is the co-founder and former managing Director of Berkshire Partners LLC, a private equity firm. He is a highly respected leader in the Boston Jewish community, having served as Chairman of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and co-founder of the Boston-Haifa Connection. In addition, Mr. Bloom is active in strategic and financial oversight committees at Harvard University, and is the former President of the Board of Trustees of Milton Academy.
Prof. Ron Robin is the 11th President of the University of Haifa. Prof. Robin is an expert in American History, with a PhD in American History from the University of California at Berkeley (1986). Prof. Robin was a faculty member at the University of Haifa for over twenty years, during which he held several official positions, including Dean of Students. In 2006, Prof. Robin joined NYU where, amongst other things, he served as the Vice Provost and was responsible for establishing NYU international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Prof. Robin is the author of six books and dozens of articles. He has published research on the political, cultural and media aspects of the Cold War between the US and the former USSR, and about Politics and Culture in the American academia.
Rector Gur Alroey is a historian of Jewish history in modern times and Head of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities between 2016-2020.
Prof. Alroey received his PhD in 2001 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main fields of research are Jewish migration in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Early Zionism and the Territorial Ideology.
Prof. Alroey is the author of six books and dozens of articles. His most recent book, "An Unpromising Land: The Jewish Migration to Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century," was published by Stanford University Press.
Prof. Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honors from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993. In 2016, he chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine, and in 2015, he received the Friendship Award from the Government of China. In 2019, he was awarded the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for outstanding leadership in global health and the Roux Prize in recognition of innovation in the application of global health evidence. He wrote Health Wars (2003) about the need to place human dignity at the heart of health care. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. He now works to develop the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend.
Ms. Batia Ofer is an avid art collector and philanthropist. She is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and sits on both the Sotheby’s and the V&A International Council. She previously chaired the Education Committee at the Serpentine Gallery and consulted for Frieze Art Fair.
She has been deeply involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for over a decade. She founded and chairs the “Art of Wishes” events, is a Patron for the foundation in the U.K. and served as Honorary President for the foundation in Israel for many years.
Batia sits on the Dean’s Executive Board at Harvard Kennedy School, and in 2013 she and her husband Idan, established the HKS Sammy Ofer Graduate Fellowship Fund for Emerging Leaders from Israel and Palestine, to help promising students from the region attend the school. She also sits on the board of the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation.
Jeremy M. Isaacs is the founding partner of the JRJ Group, a private equity investment firm established in 2008. Prior to the establishment of the JRJ Group he acted as CEO of Lehman Brothers in Europe, Middle East and Asia and before that, he led the European derivatives trading business of Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Isaacs is a committed philanthropist who gives thought to long term giving around the world. He supports numerous charitable activities and holds prominent positions on the boards of numerous charitable trusts in the UK. Mr. Isaacs is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Haifa in 2019 .In 2015, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the NHS in his capacity as Chair of the Remuneration Committee at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Mr. Jeremy Isaacs is a cherished and valued friend of the University of Haifa.
Dr. Tal Luzzatto-Knaan
Department of Marine Biology, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences
Dr. Tal Luzzatto Knaan is a faculty member in the Department of Marine Biology at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences. Dr. Knaan is a Biotechnologist with a PhD in biochemistry from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on small molecules (metabolites) in marine biological systems, including their role in ecological contexts and their potential for medicinal and biotechnological applications. She is also heading the newly launched Interdisciplinary Unit for Metabolomics and Natural Products at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Talya Greene is Head of Department and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Mental Health, University of Haifa. She is also Honorary Associate Professor at the Division of Psychiatry, University College London, UK. She was born and raised in the UK and moved to Israel in 2006. She received her PhD from King’s College London, UK, in 2009, and has been a faculty member of the University of Haifa since 2013.
Dr Greene publishes widely on the mental health consequences of mass traumatic events using cutting-edge data collection and analytic methods. She is a co-founder of the COVID Trauma Response Working Group based in the UK and an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.
Dr. Michael Halberthal completed his medical studies at the Technion Faculty of Medicine in 1986. He is a specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care and Hospital Management. Currently, Dr. Halberthal serves as General Director of Rambam Healthcare Campus and as Chairman of the Teaching Center for Trauma and Mass Casualty Events. He has demonstrated clinical, organizational and research skills, and is actively involved in research in the fields of management trauma and medical system preparedness, as well as quality and patient safety.
Prof. Joseph Klafter is the former President of Tel Aviv University (2009-2019). He served as the Chair of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the main institution supporting scientific research in Israel, from 2002 to 2009.
Widely recognized in his field, chemical physics, Professor Klafter has published close to 400 scientific articles, edited 18 books and is the co-author of a text book.
He is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society. Among his recognitions are the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Prize, the Weizmann Prize for Sciences, the Rothschild Prize in Chemistry, the Israel Chemical Society Prize and the Israel Prize in Physics and Chemistry. He holds an honorary doctorate from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, an Honorary Professorship of Tsinghua University, China, and received the “Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy” distinction from the President of Italy.
Ms. Shira Navon holds a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA (cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past six years Shira held the position of Deputy Director General of the Council for Higher Education, having previously filled the role of Deputy Head of the Budgeting Division of the Council for Higher Education. Today, Shira is responsible for planning the University of Haifa strategy to fulfill the University’s Vision, including: identifying areas for academic and organizational development, multiyear strategic planning, multiyear planning of income and budget maximization to support the fulfillment of the University’s Vision, creating work plans with University entities to execute University goals, and more. Shira is a graduate of the prestigious Ministry of Education Advot Leadership Program (2017).
Honorary Doctorate Conferment Ceremony - Professor Alice Shalvi and Ora Etrog Stibbe - April 22, 2021
Prof. Alice Shalvi is an internationally renowned pioneer of the Israeli feminist movement and revered professor of English. Prof. Shalvi founded the English Department at Ben-Gurion University (1969), and served as head of the Institute of Languages and Literatures at the Hebrew University (1973-1975), head of the Pelech High School for religious girls (1975–1990) in a voluntary capacity, and as Rector and later as acting President and Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (1997-2001). She also served as the founding Chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network (1984-2000), Israel’s major feminist advocacy organization. Over the course of her career, Prof. Shalvi has received a variety of awards and accolades for her outstanding public service: including the Presidential Award for Volunteerism for her devoted work in improving quality of life in Israel and serving as one of 12 inspiring torchbearers at Israel’s 30th Independence Day Ceremony on Mount Herzl. In 2007 she received the Israel Prize for her contributions to education, women’s rights and civil rights. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Judaism, Gratz College, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Weizmann Institute of Science and Brown University.
Ora Etrog Stibbe is a psychotherapist, certified instructor in art therapy psychodrama, and a social entrepreneur who supports and volunteers tirelessly to promote and advance social justice and human rights, particularly within disadvantaged populations and developing countries. For over twenty years, Mrs. Stibbe has worked as a therapist specializing in anxiety and depression. Ora and her husband Eytan founded Anatta Ltd., a social benefit company that founded the ‘Adam Campus’ academic and treatment center, serving the population of the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod, with treatments of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, diagnosis and program development for the local educational institutes and communities. The couple also supports a wide range of social interventions, including programs for at-risk-youth (Nirim), day care and after school programs for children of refugees with no Israeli status (Unitaf), and academic programs at a number of Israeli universities. At the University of Haifa, they have generously contributed to the University’s flagship International MA Program in Child Development, which has attracted dozens of professionals from over 30 developing countries. Ora Stibbe is passionate about and has been personally involved with the MA Program for over a decade, making a significant impact on human development while promoting the international standing of the University of Haifa and the State of Israel.
Born and raised in Lod, Faten began her career in community development as an educator and social coordinator at the integrated Arab-Jewish school at the village of Wahat Al Salam. Eager to serve her home community, she engaged in mediation and facilitation of intercultural dialogue in Lod while serving as an advisor to the Mayor of Lod on Arab Affairs, in her capacity as the Executive Director of Mosaic: Lod Multicultural Center in the Ramat Eshkol neighborhood, considered one of the toughest in Israel. Faten organizes residents towards collaboration and the establishment of a shared neighborhood agenda. She holds a BA in Education from Beit Berl College, and an MA in Management, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation from Bar Ilan University. Faten is married and raises four children.