Prof. Ronnie Friedman

Council member

Prof. Ronnie Friedman is a Professor of Immunology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds the Ron Barbaro Chair in Veterinary Medicine. He is former Vice-President for External Relations and University Advancement and former Dean of the University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Prof. Friedman earned his B.Sc. in Agriculture, his M.Sc. in Immunology from the Hebrew University, and his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He undertook postdoctoral research in Immunology at Harvard Medical School and has since spent time there as a research fellow and a visiting professor. Prof. Friedman’s research focuses on the development and function of intestinal immunity in mammals and birds. His work, based on advanced techniques in biology and immunology, has been instrumental in deciphering mechanisms of immune tolerance as well as innate immunity in the gut. The recipient of numerous research grants, Prof. Friedman has published some 100 papers, reviews and chapters in international journals and proceedings, and has presented numerous invited lectures worldwide.

Prof. Michael Lin

Council member

Professor Michael Lin completed his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies in mathematics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Since 1971 he was for 6 years assistant professor and associate professor at Ohio State University. From 1976 till his retirement in 2011 he was at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, full professor since 1984. Professor Lin was chair of the department of mathematics in 1986-1990, in charge of absorption in the department of immigrants from the former Soviet Union, including the establishment of first year studies in Russian, in 1990-1993, president of the Israel mathematical Union in 2008-2009. Professor Lin has published over 90 professional articles in the areas of functional analysis, operator theory, ergodic theory and Markov chains.

Dr. Zipi Landau

Council member

PhD in Education (Anglia University), MA in fine art (Pratt institute, New York), BA in History of Art (TAU). Officer in the IDF for education.
Was the principle of Arthur James Balfour elementary school in Tel Aviv. Now the principle of Alon high school in Ramat Gan. Chairperson of the management committee of Gutman Museum, Member of the council of the Wolf foundation, management member of Shenkar university for fashion and design, Board member of Davidson Institute at the Weitzman Institute and a member at the International women foundation (IWF).

Prof. Hagai Netzer

Council member

Hagai Netzer is a Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University. He joined the university in 1977 and over the years served as the chair of the Astrophysics Department, the director of the Wise Observatory, and a member of the Board of Trustees. He also held central positions in the ministry of education and the Wolf Foundation.
Netzer research includes massive black holes and galaxies of various types. He published more than 250 papers and several professional and popular books. He is a fellow of the Israel Physical Society and an associate member of the Royal Astronomical Society in the U.K.