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“I remember my dad and I were in a Woolworth’s, and someone was giving a waitress a hard time. After this person left, my dad said, ‘That wasn’t right. The waitress was in a vulnerable position. If you pick on somebody, always pick on someone your own size.’ ”
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Nicole has a comprehensive international experience in social innovation and philanthropy in Latin America, the United States and Israel. Nicole is Deputy Director and a member of the founding team of ANU-making change, an Israeli nonprofit organization that enables thousands of leaders to effectively advocate for Israel’s most critical socio-economic issues through the power of technology, strategic communications and community organizing. In this role, she is responsible for ANU’s strategic planning, operations, resource development and financial overview. Nicole is behind the design, leadership and implementation of numerous campaigns and projects in the areas of early childhood, shared society and gender equality. Prior to her work at ANU, Nicole promoted economic development initiatives for Bedouin women in Israel’s Negev Desert. Nicole was born and raised in Colombia, where she worked as senior management consultant, supporting a broad range of organizations in CSR, microfinance, education and entrepreneurship. She made Aliyah with her family in 2009.
Nicole has a BA in Political Science from New York University.
Lt. Colonel Eli Hotovely serves as Head of the Northern Command Technology & Maintenance Branch at the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He is responsible for planning and executing technological support to the Northern Command. Eli joined the IDF in 1995 and served in various command and staff positions, including Maintenance Company Commander and the Ordnance officer of the Golan-Hights Division. Eli received the General Chief of Staff award for excellence and three Chief-of-Ordnance awards for technological and leadership developments. Eli holds a BSC, Cum-Laude, in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, he is an honor graduate of the Combined Logistics Captains Career Course in the US Army and a distinguished graduate of the IDF's Staff and Command Course.
Lt. Col. Hagay currently heads a new department in the organization, responsible for addressing unprecedented national security challenges. He joined the IDF in 2000 after completing his BSc in Engineering under the academic reserve program (Atuda) and has served in a variety of leadership positions in the SOD. Throughout his service, Hagay has contributed significantly to major projects, six of which won the Israel Defense Prize. Hagay holds an MA in Electro-Optical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and an MBA from Bar-Ilan University. He volunteers in community initiatives, focusing on immigrant absorption and informal education for schoolchildren.