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 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 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 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 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.
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
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 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 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 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.