Orni Petruschka, a high tech entrepreneur, was co-founder and CEO of two successful Israeli companies, Scorpio Communications and Chromatis Networks. Currently operates in the alternative energy field: co-founded Pythagoras Solar and Coriolis Wind, where he serves as co-CEO.Also a committed philanthropist, Orni has co-founded “the People’s Voice” and “Blue-White Future”. He serves as the Israeli Chairman of the Abraham Fund Initiatives. He is also a founder of “Round-up”, a nonprofit organization which encourages micro-donations.
Attorney, Senior partner, Gilead Sher & Co.Former Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator of Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Co-chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks. Visiting professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. Colonel (Res.), former brigade commander and deputy division commander in the IDF. His book The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published by Routledge in 2006.
In 2000, during the second intifada, Ami Ayalon founded together with Professor Sari Nusseibeh, the movement of the “Amifkad ALeumi” (“the national census”), which aims to raise the Israelis and the Palestinians to sign a document of principles agreed to end the conflict. About 450 000 people, Jews and Palestinians, signed the document.
Haimi Schneider. Architect. Graduate of the Haifa Institute of Technology. Owner of an office of architects in Netanya. In the past, Haimi was one of the leaders in public and environmental issues including the fight to preserve two of Netanya’s nature reserves: the winter pond and the Iris reserve. In the past ten years Haimi has been active in groups to advance the idea of a return to the borders of a Jewish and Decmocratic state. Haimi’s present endeavors include participation in a start-up company developing environmentally sound energy.
Maya is the CEO of “Zalul” the Environmental Association is an environmental not-for-profit organisation committed to protecting and maintaining clean, clear water along Israel’s rivers and shorelines in Israel. Maya holds an MA in Public Management from the IDC, an MA in International Affairs and Political Science from Columbia University and a BA in communications and Jewish History from Tel Aviv University. Before running “Zalul” she was the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a M100$ foundation. Maya has over 15 years of experience in media advising, lobbying and event productions for the public and Third Sectors. She has served in the past as spokesperson and part of the close staff of Prime Minister Ehud Barak, as Chief Information Officer for the Israeli Consulate General in NY, and as Chief Representative of the Geneva Initiative in North America. As owner of MJ Media Solutions she provided PR, Lobbying, fundraising and networking services to Americans in Israel and to Israelis in the US. Upon her return to Israel in 2006, served as Director for the Sheatufim Center for Philanthropy and later as independent social-investment consultant for philanthropists, politicians and organizations. Her clients included the Interdisciplinary Institute in Hertzlia, the Kadima Party, the Reut Institute and many more. Served in the Israeli Air Force and was released at the rank of Lieutenant.
Malka, married and a mother of 3, holds an LLB from UCL (University Collge of London) and an M.A in Conflict study, management and settling from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Having spent recent years as an activist on the Conservative-Secular conflict in Israel, Malka is a member of the founding team of a new co-ed school for religious, traditional and secular childern in the Judea Council, as well as a member in numerous Organizations, all of which attend to the issuee of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Malke spent her service period in the IDF as a tanks officer, and was a founding member of the program to recruit religious girls into the IDF.
Prof. Yehiam Prior was educated in Jerusalem, Berkeley and Harvard before joining the department of Chemical Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he has served as a department head, chair of the Scientific Council, and most recently as Dean of the faculty of Chemistry.
On the public scene, he has founded (with others) and headed the movement for unilateral separation (Hipardut Chad Zdadit, HACHETZ) which was very active for the building of the fence defining Israel’s eastern borders, and has been a board member for the Council for Peace and Security.