Hélène Bornstein

Hélène Bornstein

Board Chair

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 to manage funds for 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. In 2014, Ms. Bornstein was admitted as an honorary member of the Paris Bar..

Marcus Sheff

Marcus Sheff

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Sheff was a political reporter at The Nation and an editor at The Jerusalem Post before establishing The Word Shop, a strategic communications firm and heading it for a decade. He worked as an executive at leading global media companies and was CEO at Intermedia, an international business development firm before becoming Executive Director at The Israel Project. He has briefed global leaders, testified at parliaments and appears regularly on international media. He studied International Relations at Leeds University where he was elected General Secretary of the student union and political science at Tel Aviv University. He is a reserve Major in the IDF.

Arik Agassi

Arik Agassi

Chief Operating Officer

Arik Agassi worked as Head of External Affairs and Operations at the Israel Office of The Israel Project and as a legislative assistant to former Knesset Member, Einat Wilf. 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. He served as a staff sergeant and intelligence specialist in the IDF Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion.

Dr Eldad Pardo

Dr Eldad Pardo

Director of Research

Dr. Eldad Pardo teaches at Hebrew University. He is the author of "Predicting Revolutions: Iranian Cinema and the Islamic Revolution" (2010) and dozens of articles on Iran and the Middle East, and is regularly interviewed by major broadcast news outlets. He is a member of the Goettingen University research project that studies text mining in religious studies and has headed research groups at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. 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 Qadiriyyah Order.

Jean-Claude Niddam

Jean-Claude Niddam

Honorary Chair

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 Arab legal systems and participated in the 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 was involved in the Middle East peace process, including the Wye River Plantation talks in 1998. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and in many international forums.

Dr Yohanan Manor

Dr Yohanan Manor

Founder and Honorary Chair

Dr. Yohanan Manor is the founder of IMPACT-se and was the Board Chairman from 2005-11. 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.

IMPACT-se BOARD MEMBERS

Nathalie Biderman

Nathalie Biderman

Board Member

An attorney, Nathalie Biderman was legal advisor to the 1992 Olympics Organizing Committee and worked at Cleary Gottlieb before joining the founding team of eDreams. In 2003 she was appointed COO of the Havas Worldwide PR/Public Affairs, advising international corporations, individuals and NGOs, in their global communications strategies and in 2012 set up Calya International, a consultancy specializing in business development and influence. A member of the New York State Bar, Ms. Biderman holds an MBA from INSEAD a Master of International Law from Georgetown and a Tax & Business Law degree from University of Paris II-Panthéon.

Dr. Nir Boms

Dr. Nir Boms

Board Member

Nir Boms is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org, a Middle East blogger network that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue. He was vice president at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). Dr. Boms‘s articles have appeared in Ynet, Ha’aretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He also participated in writing Copts in Egypt, A Christian Minority Under Siege and The Long March to the West. His recent book, Expat-ing Democracy deals with the influence of expat communities on democracy discourse in the Middle East.

David Liu

David Liu

Board Member

David Lui has been Chief Compliance Officer for some of the largest investment advisers in the United States, including Charles Schwab Investment Management, Franklin (Templeton) Advisers and U.S. Bancorp Asset Management. He is currently editor of Modern Compliance, the most widely distributed book on securities law compliance in the United States and is a principal of a of Wells Fargo subsidiary managing over $85 billion in assets. A National Council member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, he is on the Executive Committee of AIPAC Minnesota. His son will begin service in the Israeli Defense Forces in November 2017.

Ambassador Zvi Mazel

Ambassador Zvi Mazel

Board Member

Ambassador Zvi Mazel served as Israel’s ambassador to Romania, Egypt, and Sweden and held senior positions in the Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director-General in charge of African Affairs, Director of the Eastern European and the Egyptian and North African Divisions as well as the Research Center. Retired in 2004, he is a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs where he publishes a weekly column. Amb. Mazel is a regular contributor to The Jerusalem Post, has written extensively on Middle East affairs and is a frequent media commentator in several languages. He is a graduate in political science and international relations, Institute of Political Science, University of Paris.

Sheila Raviv

Sheila Raviv

Board Member

Sheila Silver Raviv was born in Wales, United Kingdom where she studied business and raised a family. Moving to London, she ran a youth organization which prepared young people for university in the UK. Sheila moved to Israel in 1990 and in 1999 Sheila began a newsletter that focused on Middle East geopolitics and people. Her readership has grown to include thousands of leaders, journalists, politicians, diplomats and academics from around the world. Sheila is a regular public speaker. She and her husband Zvi enjoy their thirteen grandchildren and their Jerusalem home is famous for entertaining visiting dignitaries from all corners of the globe.

Julien Roitman

Julien Roitman

Board Member

A Co-founder of FRC Associates, Julien Roitman has held senior positions at IBM including Operations General Manager for EMEA; Director of Plans & Controls, IBM France; Founder and General Manager of DE3I Informatique; and a member of IBM France Management Committee. He has been knighted Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. He is past Chairman of Supelec Engineers Association and the Honorary Chairman of the National Council of Engineers and Scientists. He is Vice-President and Co-founder of France Compétitivité and past Board Member of the France-Americas Association. Mr Roitman holds an MSc from Paris University.

Jay Ruderman

Jay Ruderman

Board Member

Jay Ruderman is the President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, which focuses on the inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide and educating Israeli leaders on the American Jewish community. He served on the Board of Jewish Funders Network and the Executive Committee of the JDC. Jay is a life-long Bostonian, was an assistant district attorney in Salem, Massachusetts and Deputy Director of AIPAC in New England. In 2005, he enlisted in the IDF, then returned to AIPAC as the Leadership Director for AIPAC in Israel. Jay graduated from Brandeis University with honors and received his JD from Boston University School of Law.