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Board of Directors
Ms. Rachel Liel
Joined ACRI's board in October 2017. Rachel Liel spent the last decade as New Israel Fund’s Executive Director in Israel. In the ten years prior, Ms. Liel served as Director of Shatil, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change. She led the New Israel Fund, Israel’s premier actor supporting social change and human rights initiatives, during an especially difficult time that included attacks directed at the Fund and affiliated organizations, all the while firmly adhering to its values and mission. Upon her retirement as Director of the New Israel Fund in 2017, Ms. Liel joined its Executive Committee and was also elected to serve as ACRI’s Chairwoman.
Ms. Liel spent many years working in public service, including in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and in neighborhood renewal projects, during which she strove to bring social justice and equality to everyone. She served with her husband, Foreign Minister Dr. Alon Liel, in the United States, Turkey, and South Africa, where she drew inspiration from the struggle of Black South Africans for freedom and equality.
Dr. Talia Aharoni
Joined ACRI's board in October 2017. Founder of Maala - Business for Social Responsibility in Israel. Dr. Aharoni is a global leader on the subject and works to connect between economic corporations and social change, influencing the public space in Israel and the world. Dr. Aharoni established the area of corporate social responsibility in Israeli academia and is a lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Tel Aviv University and the College of Management.
In her dissertation, “Glocalization of Corporate Responsibility,” Dr. Aharoni anchors the topic of the connection between corporations and social responsibility as an academic subject.
Prior to the establishment of Maala, Dr. Aharoni served as a business and communications strategy consultant in her role as CEO of public relations firm Gitam Porter Novelli and member of the management of Gitam BBDO advertising.
Attorney Yonatan Berman
Joined ACRI's board in October 2019. One of the founding partners of Dr. Ra'anan Har-Zahav, Edelstein, Berman Law Offices. Numerous principled legal proceedings, particularly in the area of immigration and refugee law and in matters relating to LGBT rights.
Professor Amichai Cohen
Joined ACRI's board on October 2019. Dean of the Faculty of Law at Ono Academic College whose research focuses primarily on national security law in Israel; international humanitarian law; the integration of international law into Israeli law; and international criminal law. Professor Cohen is the Director of the Center for Security and Democracy at the Israel Democracy Institute.
Attorney Zaki Diab
Joined ACRI's board in March 2015. Partner at the law office of Schneorson & Co., where he specializes in insurance litigation. Mr. Diab has a L.L.B. and an MBA from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, holds an LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Summer Jaber-Massarwa
Joined ACRI's Board on October 2019. An organizational consultant and a resource development and financial management consultant, Ms. Jaber-Massarwa has extensive experience in organizations that deal with Jewish-Arab relations.
Ms. Etty Kenny
Joined ACRI's Board in September 2015. Ms. Kenny possesses vast professional experience in management consulting and human resources, and has volunteered her time and expertise for a wide range of causes and organizations. She was Director of the Tel Aviv branch of Eran – Emotional First Aid by Telephone and Internet, and was instrumental in establishing an emergency telephone hotline for the Israel AIDS Task Force. She volunteered with ACRI’s Public Hotline for over a decade. Ms. Kenny also serves as a member of the board of the Muzot High School for Youth at Risk, a member of the public council of the Batsheva Dance Company, and a board member of the Herzliya Museum.
Joined ACRI's Board on October 2019. Associate Professor at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law. She teaches and researches in the fields of discrimination, inequality, empirical legal studies, contract law and law and society.
Professor Barak Medina
Joined ACRI's board in October 2017. Professor Barak Medina is the rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds the Justice Haim H. Cohn Chair in Human Rights Law in the Faculty of Law at the University. He served as the Academic Director of the Center for Multiculturalism and Diversity as well as the Academic Director of the Transitional Justice Program at the University. Professor Medina conducts research and teaches Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law. He serves as Israel’s acting representative at the Venice Conference of the Council of Europe.
Professor Abd ElFatakh Muhammad Nassar
Joined ACRI's board in September 2013. Professor Nassar is an environmental lecturer at Beit Berl College. He is also director of the laboratory for the study of water quality and microbiology at the Ministry of Health.
Professor Iris Rachamimov
Joined ACRI's board in October 2017. Prof. Iris Rachamimov is a historian at Tel Aviv University, editor of the journal Zmanim, and a transgender woman. Her historical research focuses on the mass imprisonment of civilians and soldiers in the twentieth century. In recent years she has also conducted research about the queer history of the State of Israel and non-conformist communities in terms of gender. Professor Rachamimov is active in promoting the rights of the Transgender community and making knowledge and research on the subject more accessible to the public.
Professor Amit Schejter
Joined ACRI's Board in October 2017. Professor Schejter is a Professor of Communication Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev where he currently serves as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a Visiting Professor and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy at the Bellisarion College of Communications at the Pennsylvania State University. He studies and teaches media policy and law and specializes in the connection between communication and social justice as well as in the advancement of the “right to communicate.” He is the author and editor of six books and more than sixty articles, book chapters and law reviews as well as founding editor of the Journal of Information Policy.
Schejter previously served as senior advisor to Israeli ministers of Education and Culture Yitzhak Navon and Shulamit Aloni, as Director of Legal Affairs and International Relations at the Israel Broadcasting Authority, and as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at Cellcom. He has served as chairman and member of several committees that advised various government ministries and the Knesset in the fields of communications and culture. In his work he combines his professional expertise with volunteer work and public activity. In addition to his board membership at ACRI, he is a member of the Israel Press Council, a member of the board of directors of the Jaffa Theater - the Center for Arab-Hebrew Culture, and co-director of the Shulamit Aloni Prize.
Dr. Adam Shinar
Joined ACRI's Board on October 2019. Associate professor at the Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). He specializes in constitutional law and theory and comparative constitutional law.