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 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 has had a diverse career in the financial arena and has held top positions in major institutions. Among
Forsan Hussein - Board member
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 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
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
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.
Nechemia (Chemi) Peres - Board member
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
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,
Prior to this appointment, Professor Tamir launched JDC-TEVET, JDC's
Ariel Weiss - Board member
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
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.