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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 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.

Director 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 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.

Director of Operations: Dr Yael Teff-Seker

Dr Yael Teff-Seker holds a PhD in Conflict Studies from Hebrew University. Her work focuses on attitudes towards the Arab and Muslim “Other” within the culture and curricula of Israeli children. Dr Teff-Seker has been a Senior Researcher at IMPACT-SE since 2009; in 2012 she became its Director of Operations.

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 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.