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 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.

Dina Tsamir

Dina Tsamir

Research Associate

Dina Tsamir worked as a web-intelligence researcher and technical-intelligence analyst in the Prime Minister’s Office. She received an MA in special education and a BA in Arabic literature and general linguistics along with an Arabic Language teaching certificate from Tel Aviv University.

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.

Dina Gitlin-Leigh

Dina Gitlin-Leigh

Research and Comm. Assistant

Before coming to IMPACT-se, Dina Gitlin-Leigh worked with Etgar to devise educational programs for British primary school and brings her experience in educational policy. She holds a BA in history from the University of Cambridge where she focused on political-media communications.

Ariel Brodkey

Ariel Brodkey

Operations Associate

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.

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.