Hélène Bornstein

Hélène Bornstein

Chair of the Board

Hélène Bornstein was born in France and attained a Master of Laws from the University of Paris. She was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1991. Among other roles, she served as a member of the Paris Bar Council, the Paris Bar Disciplinary Board, an arbitrator for the head of the Paris Bar in disputes between law firms and their associates, a member of the EFB Board and the Steering Committee of the fund managing lawyers’ pecuniary settlements. She lectured at the Paris Bar School of Law teaching ethics and also served as a lecturer at the PARIS XII University. She was admitted as an honorary member of the Paris Bar in 2014 and served as Vice-Chair of the association campaigning for the Paris Court House to remain in the historical heart of Paris. She is fluent in French and English. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband.

Marcus Sheff

Marcus Sheff

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Sheff worked as a political reporter at The Nation and as an editor at The Jerusalem Post before establishing a leading strategic and marketing communications firm and heading it for a decade. He led an international business development firm counting global media concerns among its clients. For nearly eight years, he was the Executive Director at the Israel office of The Israel Project, where he instituted and managed groundbreaking programs. He regularly appears on international media, has briefed national leaders including Israel‘s president, cabinet ministers, journalists, diplomats and politicians from around the world. He has lectured widely and testified to the Knesset. He has accompanied Israel’s leaders on official visits. Sheff was a prominent spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces during the second Intifada, Second Lebanon War and Disengagement. He was born in Manchester, UK and studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Leeds, where he was elected General Secretary of the Leeds University Union. He is married with two children.

Arik Agassi

Arik Agassi

Chief Operating Officer

Arik Agassi spent five years as Head of External Affairs and Operations at the Israel Office of The Israel Project, where he pioneered communications strategies and daily interfaced with a wide range of key strategic opinion shapers and stakeholders. Agassi worked for former Israeli Knesset member, Einat Wilf, liaising with government officials, politicians, lobbyists, media and constituents while researching legislative proposals and attending various parliament committees. Agassi brings experience in public affairs, policy analysis and government relations, in addition to a robust knowledge and familiarity with Middle East political and social structures. He holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzilya where he is an "Argov Fellow" for leadership and diplomacy, and an MA in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies from the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel-Aviv University. Agassi served as a staff sergeant and intelligence specialist in the Israel Defense Force Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion.

Dr Eldad Pardo

Dr Eldad Pardo

Director of Research

Dr Eldad Pardo is the author of “Predicting Revolutions: Iranian Cinema and the Islamic Revolution” (2010) and of many articles on Iran and Middle East issues. He earned his doctoral degree in History at UCLA and is currently a member of an international research project with scholars from Goettingen University that studies text mining in religious studies, with the findings presented at Heidelberg University. Dr Pardo has headed two research groups at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace: “Religious Actors in Conflict Areas” and “Iran in Global Perspectives.” He teaches at Hebrew University in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and at the Rothberg School of International Students. Dr Pardo is a devoted interfaith activist of the Islamic-Jewish Sufi Way, Al-Tariqa Al-Ibrahimiyya and was granted the title of Sheikh by the Muslim Qadiriyyah Order. He is an experienced commentator, speaker and writer on Middle Eastern affairs and is regularly interviewed by major TV outlets including Arabic language channels such as Al Jazeerah, BBC Arabic, Al Arabiyya and Al-Hurra.

Advocate Jean-Claude Niddam

Advocate Jean-Claude Niddam

Honorary Chairman

Advocate Jean-Claude Niddam was born and raised in Morocco, where he studied law and was admitted as a member of the bar. He is a leading expert on the legal systems within Arab nations, and participated in the research and drafting of the Muslim Law Legal Dictionary at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS - France). Mr Niddam also has counseled law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe on major criminal and anti-terrorism cases. He has been involved in the Middle East peace process and particularly in the Wye River Plantation talks in 1998. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and in numerous international forums including: the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the European Council, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the European Union. His research languages include Arabic, French, Hebrew, English and Spanish.

Dr Yohanan Manor

Dr Yohanan Manor

Founder and Honorary Chairman

Dr Yohanan Manor is the founder of IMPACT-SE and was the Board Chairman from 2005 to 2011. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and received his PhD. at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques for his thesis on “Palestine in the Foreign Policy of Gamal Abdel Nasser.” He was a lecturer at Hebrew University’s Political Science Department from 1970-84 and from 1984-91 coordinated the campaign to revoke the UN General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism.