Social Finance Israel


The board of SFI will consist of leading figures from the social and private sectors, and will oversee the company’s efforts to establish a thriving social investment market in Israel.

Sir Ronald Cohen - Chairman

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen is co-founder Chairman of Social Finance Israel, and co-founder director of Social Finance USA and Social Finance UK (2007-11). He is Chairman of the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce, Big Society Capital and The Portland Trust. He was co-founder Chairman of Bridges Ventures (2002-2012).

He chaired the Social Investment Task Force (2000-2010) and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets (2005-2007). In 2012 he received the Rockefeller Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He co-founded and was Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide LLP (1972-2005).


Sir Ronald is a graduate of Oxford University, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

David Baruch - Board member

David Baruch

David has had a diverse career in the financial arena and has held top positions in major institutions. Among
these roles are CEO of Excellence Investments, CEO of Bank of Jerusalem, head of the Israeli Investment Center of the ministry of industry, Deputy director of the budget department at the Ministry of Finance and more. David holds an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Forsan Hussein - Board member

Forsan Hussein

Forsan Hussein is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Zaitoun Ventures, an investment company that builds its own startups, and invests in innovative Israeli companies in the medical device and personal health space.  Forsan was the Chief Executive Officer of the Jerusalem International YMCA, an institution that promotes harmony between Palestinians and Israelis since its establishment in 1878.  Forsan was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Three Arches Company in Jerusalem and Tiberius – a YMCA subsidiary company. 


Forsan holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

Martin Karp - Board member

Martin Karp

Martin Karp is consultant to the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. He served as Senior Vice President of Israel and Overseas and Director of the Israel Office of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles until 2012. Originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Mr. Karp holds a B.A. In history from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.A. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan.

While in the U.S., Mr. Karp was Community Liaison for AIPAC, Associate Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council, and Community Relations Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston.  Upon his arrival in Israel in 1983, he became the Director of the North America Information Department of the WZO, and Managing Editor of "Israel Scene" magazine.  In 1984, he opened the Israel Office for the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.

Anath Levin - Board member

Anath Levin

Ms. Anath Levin serves as the CEO of Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings Ltd. & Chairperson of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. Previously, Ms. Levin served as a member of Bank Hapoalim’s Board of Management and Head of Financial Markets Division.

Between 1999 through 2010, Ms. Levin served in several senior positions, including Deputy Head of Investments and later on as Chief Investment Officer at Migdal Group.

Ms. Levin started her career in 1989 at Ofek Investment House, taking on various senior management positions. She later served as the Co-CEO of Excellence Nessuah Investment House.

Ms. Levin is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Council headed by the Prime Minister, a member of the public committee for assessing the Israeli multiyear defense budget. In addition, Ms. Levin serves as member of the Executive Committee at Tel Aviv University. She also serves as an Advisory Board member of the MA program In Financial Economics, IDC Herzliya & Advisory Board member at The Arison School of Business, IDC Herzliya.


Ms. Levin holds a BA in Economics and Business Administration with honors and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Marketing and Operations Research - both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Galia Maor - Board member

Galia Maor

Prior to joining the board of SFI, Ms. Maor served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank Leumi le-Israel B.M. Group from 1995 until 2012 after serving as Deputy General Manager of Bank Leumi from 1991 to 1995. She began her professional career at Bank of Israel, serving in several senior management positions from 1963 to 1989, including Supervisor of Banks and Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Banking Issues from 1982 to 1987. Ms. Maor serves as a director on the boards of Equity One, Inc, Teva, Strauss Holdings and Bank Leumi, Switzerland. She is also the chairwoman of the Friends of Sheba Medical Center.

Over her career, Ms. Maor has contributed to various committees on matters of legislation, structure and financial reporting within the Israeli capital markets and the banking system. Ms. Maor holds honorary doctorates from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University, a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University in 1964 and an M.B.A. from the Hebrew University in 1967. 

Nechemia (Chemi) Peres - Board member

Nechemia (Chemi) Peres

Nechemia (Chemi) Peres is a managing general partner and cofounder of Pitango Venture Capital and is the chairman of Al-Bawader, Israel’s first investment fund focused on Israeli minorities’ sectors. He is also the founder and chairman of Amelia, a Middle East regional private equity fund.

Chemi serves as both an investor and board member of several publicly traded NASDAQ & NYSE companies, and is a member of the boards of the Friends Association of the IDC, the Weizmann Institute,  Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. He is the chairman of the Peres Center for Peace as well as the Israel Hall of Innovation and, previously, served as chairman and cofounder of Israel Advanced Technology Industries and chairman of the Israel American Chamber of Commerce. 

Chemi holds both an MBA and a BSc in Industrial Engineering & Management from Tel Aviv University.

Professor Yossi Tamir - Board member

Professor Yossi Tamir

In 2014, Professor Yossi Tamir assumed the position of Executive Director of 

From 2012 until June 2014, Prof. Tamir held the office of CEO of JDC-Eshel, 
during which time he was also responsible for Disabilities within JDC Israel.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Tamir launched JDC-TEVET, JDC's 
partnership with the Government of Israel for increased independence through 
employment. The initiative seeks to integrate chronically unemployed Israelis 
and the most vulnerable individuals, such as long-term welfare recipients, the 
Ultra-Orthodox, Israeli-Arabs and young socially isolated Israelis, into the 

Professor Tamir has also served as Executive Director of Ashalim - The 
Association for Planning and Development of Services for Children & Youth at 
Risk and their Families, founded by JDC, the Government of Israel and UJAFederation of New York – for 7 years.

He is also a member of the faculty of the Hebrew University's Baerwald School
of Social Work. Previously, Professor Tamir was Director General of the National 
Insurance Institute (Israel’s social security administration). In the past, he has 
served as director of the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and lectured at Ben 
Gurion University. 


Ariel Weiss - Board member

Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss has been Chief Executive of Yad Hanadiv since 1999. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University and a BA from Yale College. Prior to his aliya to Israel in 1985, he served for twelve years in various positions in the US House of Representatives, including as Director of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. He practised law in Israel, maintaining associations with the Boston firm of Mintz, Levin, and with Herzog, Fox and Neeman in Tel Aviv.

Professor Glenn Yago - Board member

Professor Glenn Yago

Glenn Yago is senior research fellow at the Milken Institute and senior director of its Israel Center. The founder of the Institute's Financial Innovations Labs, he is an authority on capital markets, emerging markets and environmental finance. A recipient of the Gleitsman Foundation Award of Achievement for social change, he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Google Foundation and others. The director of the Milken Institute Fellows Program, he is a visiting professor and Dean's Fellow at the Hebrew University's Graduate School of Business and a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Financial Institutions Center. He is the author of "Financing the Future" and "Fixing the Housing Market."

He is co-editor of the Wharton School-Milken Institute Series on Financial Innovation; the upcoming volume is "Financing Cures: Innovations to Accelerate Medical Solutions." He holds Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.