Tamar Kedar Harris
Chair of DI
Tamar has been the chair of The Democratic Institue since 2012. She joint the team of Collective Impact, which works to increase the percentage of Arabs working in Israel’s private sector in 2015 after 11 years working in the Israel’s Arab sector in her position as the Jacobs Investments representative in Israel and as COO of the VC fund NGT3 (Next Generation Technology) which is based in Nazareth (www.ngt3vc.com) Tamar’s expertise includes identifying potential investment opportunities in both early-stage startups and social causes. Her previous positions involve various aspects of managing the portfolios of startups including operations, business development, and investor relations, as well as developing an innovative pedagogical model for the Israeli school system. Tamar has served as a volunteer in various social organizations and was former CFO and board member of the Women’s Sports Foundation of Israel (2001-2004). Tamar is married and a mother of three. She has a BA in economics and psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Haifa University. “I believe Israel should aspire to be a liberal democratic state based on the values of equality and compassion for the well-being of all its inhabitants. I have chosen to focus on what I believe to be the two most critical components: education and integration of the Arab minority into mainstream Israeli society.”
DI board member
Miron (Ronnie) Kenneth has served as a DI board member since October 2014.
Ronnie has more than 20 years’ experience in the global high tech business and is currently a private investor in high tech startups. He serves as the chair of Teridion Technologies, a company which specializes in the overlay of network technologies for service providers. He previously served as CEO of Pontis, a company specializing in providing online marketing and analytics platforms, and of Voltaire Technologies.
Ronnie has a BA in economics and computer science from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Dr. Miriam Druks
DI board member
Miriam Druks serves as board member of DI.
Miriam is a music therapist and head of the MA program in music therapy at the Levinsky College of Education. In her research and her clinical work, Miriam focuses on group music therapy in music, and her treatment approach is designed to include excluded populations. She initiates and works in joint music projects between students and various special populations – people with mental disabilities, Holocaust survivors, refugees, youth at risk, etc. She is also active in the Forum for Bereaved Families whose purpose is to become familiar with the narrative of the other side and to thus advance the dialogue.
Both of her sons are graduates of the Open Democratic School in Jaffa, and she served on the board of trustees and was its chair for three years.
Co-executive Director of the DI
Yotam Tron began working at DI in 2007.
He previously served as an air force pilot for many years and worked as a project manager in a multimedia firm. His decision to forfeit the opportunity of a career as a pilot and move to the world of social change stemmed from a deep desire to help Israel become a democratic, equal, and just society.
Yotam has held a series of positions at DI including managing the urban change processes in Ramat Hasharon and Herzliya; initiating, establishing, and managing the Educational Pioneers program; and developing and managing the Incubator for Educational Initiatives. Yotam has also developed new degree programs and taught courses in democratic educational philosophy and social entrepreneurship. He has served as a member of the management team of DI since 2011.
Yotam is married and has three children. He holds a BA in history and philosophy and an MA in education.
Co-executive Director of the DI
Michal Gilboa-Atar has been working at DI since 2006.
Michal previously managed the Incubator for Volunteer Initiatives for Youth in the Israeli Center for Youth Volunteerism, responsible for the development and implementation of content, and worked as a senior instructor at the Rabin Center for Israeli Studies. She also served as the principal of the democratic school in Kiryat Ono.
Prior to her appointment as co-director, Michal served on the DI’s management team and was director of knowledge and pedagogy, director of the program Processes of Growth in Local Municipalities, and a lecturer in IDE’s BA program. She is also a lecturer in the democratic track of the MA in educational management at Tel Aviv University. She works in the pedagogic accompaniment of schools, guiding managers, teachers, and advisers and writing pedagogic content and also built and directed the personal education program for preschoolers in Bat Yam.
Michal is married and has two children. She is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and has a BA in literature and theatre history from Tel Aviv University and an MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University.
Yotam and Michal serve as Co-Executive Directors since 2014. They bring with them integrative abilities, experience in social and educational entrepreneurialism, sophisticated systems thinking and management abilities.
Since their appointment, DI has undergone significant professionalization, and new organizational foundations have been built. IDE has embarked on additional social activities and works with a wider section of the population.
They implement their way of thinking also in the on-going management of DI, demonstrating the uniqueness of an organization that works in a democratic manner, while taking responsibility for its economic independence.
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