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Wexner Israel Fellowship

Leadership development for leaders in Israel's public sector

Meet Our Current Fellows


Meet the WIF Fellows, Class 29 who are earning an MC-MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Amit Becher

Israel Securities Authority

Amit is a Head of Division in the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) and serves as senior attorney in the Securities Department at the Tel Aviv District Attorney's Office ‎(Taxation and Economics).  Amit leads prosecution teams in high-profile and complex criminal cases against dominant figures and corporations, in a wide range of fraud, stock-manipulation and other securities-law violations.  In addition, Amit serves as a member of the ISA's training and continuing education team, and heads his department's intern recruitment process.  As a law student at Tel Aviv University, Amit joined the student leadership, promoting various social initiatives.  In 2000, Amit was elected President of the Student Union at Tel Aviv University.


Yovav Gavish

Ministry of Finance

Yovav serves as Deputy Director General at the Government Companies Authority (GCA), within the Ministry of Finance.  As head of the Finance Division, Yovav is responsible for all financial, accounting and strategic matters regarding government companies, including financial reports, budgets, strategic plans, equity and debt issuance and corporate governance.  Yovav joined the GCA in 2011 and led significant reforms in government companies as the Head of Defense Companies Sector and Head of the IPO department.  Prior to joining the GCA, Yovav was working as a business analyst and a team leader at a management consulting firm.  Yovav holds a BA in Economics and Management and an MA in Economics, both with distinction.


Goni Laufer Duchin

Prime Minister's Office

Goni serves as Head of Security Department in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, in charge of all security aspects of the organization.  In the past 16 years, she has held various management positions in different departments, including strategic project management and training management. Goni holds an LLB., an LLM. Magna Cum Laude and a BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University.  She actively volunteers in community initiatives, focusing on improving the lives of underprivileged children.


Baruch (Bobi) Marciano Gilburd

Israel Defense Forces

Bobi is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).  He joined the army in 1996 and has served in several management positions in the organization. Bobi is currently the head of a highly professional Research Department responsible for complicated security-related challenges.  For his unique contribution, he was awarded the Israel Defense Prize by the President of Israel in 2006.  Bobi holds an MA in Computer Science from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.


Gil Proaktor

Ministry of Environmental Protection

Gil serves as the head of Climate Change Policy at the Ministry of Environmental Protection.  In this role, Gil leads the strategic planning of greenhouse gas emissions reduction polices in Israel.  In 2014 and 2015, Gil lead a national committee that established Israel's long-term national emissions reduction targets and a national implementation plan for a period ending in 2030.  Among his current responsibilities are establishing a national framework that monitors the progress towards Israel's emission and energy targets.  Gil was appointed as Israel's technical focal point for the United Nations Climate Change Convention. Gil holds a PhD from Imperial College, London.

Leora Sidi

The General Federation of Labor in Israel (The Histadrut)

Leora serves as the Head of the Collective Agreements Department in the Legal Advisor’s Office of the Trade Union Division at the General Federation of Labor in Israel.  In this position, she is responsible for overseeing collective agreements, signed by the General Federation of Labor, which have improved wages and working conditions for many workers in Israel.  From 2005 to 2010, Leora served as a lawyer in the Legal Advisor’s Office of the Wage and Labor Agreements Department in the Ministry of Finance.  Prior to that, she served as a legal intern at the Legal Department at the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament).  Leora holds an LLB Degree and an MA in Public Policy from Hebrew University.


Alit Wiel-Shafran

Ramat HaNegev Regional Council & Mitzpe Ramon Local Council

Alit serves as Head of the Har HaNegev Environmental Unit (Ramat HaNegev Regional Council & Mitzpe Ramon Local Council), where she is responsible for implementing sustainability practices such as resource management (including municipal waste and recycling management), energy efficiency, environmental education, environmental design, a sustainable food project and environmental enforcement. After graduating cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with both a BSc and MSc, she continued to a PhD, during which time she was an ISEF Foundation Fellow and served as the Chairwoman of the organizing committee of the First & Second Conference of ISEF PhD Fellows.  Between 2011 and 2015, Alit was a Council Member and Chairwoman of the Air Quality Committee, Neot Hovav Local Industrial Council.  Alit is also an Alum of the Environmental Fellows Program, Heschel Sustainability Center, Israel.


Nir Yannay 

Israel Defense Forces

Nir serves as Head of the Strategic Planning Branch at the Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) Planning Directorate and is ranked as Lt. Colonel.  He is responsible for long-term strategic planning and provides the IDF with strategic assessments, as part of the multi-year planning process.  He has been with the IDF since 1995 in various command and staff positions, including Logistics Company Commander and the Head of Strategic-Military Branch.  He holds an MA in Security and Diplomacy studies from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev.


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