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IMPACT-SE Founders & Staff

Co-Founder and Board Chairman: Advocate Jean-Claude Niddam

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 Arab countries' legal systems, 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 counseled law enforcement agencies in the United States and in Europe in major criminal and anti-terrorism cases. Mr Niddam was involved in the Middle East peace process and particularly in the Wye River Plantation talks in 1998. He testified at the US Senate and in 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.

Head of Research: Dr Eldad Pardo

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 that studies text mining in religious studies and presented the findings in Heidelberg University together with scholars from Goettingen University. Dr Pardo 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 Eldad Pardo is a devoted interfaith activist of the Islamic-Jewish Sufi Way, Al-Tariqa Al-Ibrahimiyya, and was also 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 channels including Arabic language channels such as Al Jazeerah, BBC Arabic, Al Arabiyya and Al-Hurra.

Director of Operations: Dr Yael Teff-Seker

Dr Yael Teff-Seker holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Conflict Studies. Her work focuses on attitudes towards the Arab and Muslim "Other" in Israeli children culture and curricula. Dr Teff-Seker is a Senior Researcher at IMPACT-SE since 2009, and its Director of Operation since 2012.

Co-Founder and Former Chairman: Dr Yohanan Manor

Dr Yohanan Manor is a co-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 Ph.D. at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques for his thesis on "Palestine in the Foreign Policy of Gamal Abd El Nasser." He was a lecturer at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Political Science Department (1970-1984) and coordinator of the campaign (1984-1991) that brought about the revocation of the UN General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism.