Marcus Sheff

Marcus Sheff

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus Sheff was a political reporter at The Nation, an editor at The Jerusalem Post and a foreign correspondent before heading The Word Shop, a strategic communications firm, for a decade. He worked for Dow Jones International and Advanstar Inc. and was CEO at Intermedia, an international business development firm, before becoming Executive Director at The Israel Project. He has for two decades been involved in in global healthcare. He has briefed world leaders, spoken at the United Nations and parliaments and appears regularly on media. He studied political science and international relations at Leeds University where he was an elected leader of the student union, and international relations at Tel Aviv University.

Arik Agassi

Arik Agassi

COO and Head of Global Partnerships

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.

Dr Eldad Pardo

Dr Eldad Pardo

Director of Research

Dr. Eldad Pardo teaches at the 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.

Margo Dickstein

Margo Dickstein

Program Coordinator

Margo Dickstein works as the Program Coordinator at IMPACT-se. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received a BA in Political Science and International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. As well as working for the AJC’s political office in Washington D.C. as a Goldman Summer Fellow and serving as an intern for Honest Reporting, she has research experience focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and global terrorism. She spent the previous year volunteering as a Yahel Social Change Fellow for ten-months in the city of Lod with local community organizations.

Talia Glazer

Talia Glazer

Communications Associate

Talia Glazer is a recent graduate of Oxford University where she earned her BA in French Literature. She previously worked as a Geopolitical Intelligence Analyst, specializing in politics and militancy in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya and East Africa and international development.

Layla Jaffe

Layla Jaffe

Communications Coordinator

Layla Jaffe has a Bachelors degree in Law with a minor in economics and is furthering her professional expertise by pursuing an MBA. To contribute to IMPACT-se’s ongoing projects and objectives, Layla brings her analytical and organizational skills to the team in her capacity as Communications Coordinator.

Sara Kabilo

Sara Kabilo

Head of Programs

Sara Kabilo is deeply passionate about utilizing political tools to revolutionize education on a global scale. Prior to joining IMPACT-se as Head of Programs, Sara served as the Outreach Program Manager at AIPAC’s (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) headquarters in Washington D.C., where she led political engagement operations of diverse political constituencies across the U.S. while navigating the nuances of policy, demographics and political changes in the US. Before moving to D.C., Sara led the Jerusalem based Speakers Bureau at AIPAC-AIEF (AIPAC‘s Educational Foundation) - building a community of hundreds of speakers and managing the Israeli operations at AIPAC’s annual Policy Conference, which draws 20,000 pro-Israel participants to Washington D.C..Sara holds a B.A. in Healthcare Management from Ben Gurion

Dan Kosky

Dan Kosky

Director of Global Strategy

Dan brings two decades of experience in strategy and communications, much of it as CEO or partner in international agencies. He has helped governments, politicians, NGOs, issue groups and businesses achieve strategic targets and amplify their causes. Dan has managed successful national and international campaigns, significantly raising public awareness on a variety of issues. He has regularly worked alongside government ministers, global figures and leaders in the corporate and charitable sectors. Dan’s opinion articles have been published globally including bylines in The Guardian (UK), Washington Times, The Australian and EU Observer. He has also been interviewed widely in the media, including on BBC and Al Jazeera. Dan grew up in London, UK and holds both a bachelors and masters degree from Oxford University.

Shahar Levikson

Shahar Levikson

Research Associate

IMPACT-se’s newest research associate, Shahar Levikson has experience in the translation and instruction of Arabic. He has a BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and in Arabic Language and Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr Yonatan Negev

Dr Yonatan Negev

Research Associate

Dr. Yonatan Negev received his doctorate from the department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His academic interests include medieval Sunni-Shi‘i polemics, Shi’i religious thought, and Islamic mysticism. He has worked as an analyst in several research and consulting firms. Yonatan holds BA and MA degrees from the departments of Arabic Language and Literature and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University, as well as a teacher training diploma (Arabic for Hebrew schools).

Itam Shalev

Itam Shalev

Research Associate

Itam Shalev comes to IMPACT-se with diverse experience as an Arabic language researcher, translator and instructor. He earned a BA in Middle East and Islamic studies as well as Asiatic studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Asher Spekterman

Asher Spekterman

Research Associate

Asher Spekterman is a professional Arabic translator, specializing in Palestinian and Arab culture and society, as well as in Middle East conflicts. He has extensive experience in teaching the translation of Arabic.