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.

Danya Baird

Danya Baird

IMPACT-se Intern

Danya Baird joins IMPACT-se as an intern, focusing primarily on operations and communications. She is currently working on her BA in political science at Carleton University in Canada.

Raquel Benaim

Raquel Benaim

Communications Associate

Raquel Benaim holds an MSc from University College London in Behavior Change, focusing on long-term public policy/interventions and a BA in Psychology from Reichman University. She was born in the UK of a family from Syria and Morocco.

Ariel Brodkey

Ariel Brodkey

Program and Policy Officer

Ariel Brodkey has experience as an academic researcher and consultant, specializing in Middle East politics and strategic communications. Ariel completed his BA with distinction in government, diplomacy and strategy from IDC Herzilya, where he was also an Argov fellow, and is currently pursuing his MA in diplomacy studies at Tel Aviv University.

Jessica Horst

Jessica Horst

Program Associate

Jessica Horst is a recent MPH graduate from Tel Aviv University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program. She holds a BS in business administration, specializing in sustainability and organizational strategy, from American University. She previously worked in PR in a Washington DC firm, in governmental emergency and disaster management and in international development.

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.