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

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.

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.

Odeliya Ofzerna Zahfire

Odeliya Ofzerna Zahfire

Project Manager

Before joining IMPACT-se, Odeliya Ofzerna Zahfire worked at the Anti-Defamation League, NARAL Pro-Choice, the ANU Museum of the Jewish People and accessibleGO, an Israeli tech startup. She holds a BA in political science and Jewish studies from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Danya Baird

Danya Baird

Operations and Development Manager

Danya Baird started with IMPACT-se as an intern focused primarily on operations and communications. She now works as Operations and Development Manager while finishing up her BA in political science at Carleton University in Canada.

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.

Samuel Hyde

Samuel Hyde

Communications Associate

Samuel Hyde is a writer, editor, and columnist focusing on topics ranging across Israel’s political climate, antisemitism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Jewish world. He co-wrote and edited two books: “We Should All Be Zionists” and “Political Intelligence,” with former Israeli Knesset member Dr. Einat Wilf and has worked as a breaking news writer at various publications in South Africa and Israel. He holds a BA in English studies and journalism.

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.

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.