Ambassador Itamar RabinovichThe Institute is led by its founding president, Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich. Rabinovich was Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria from 1992 to 1996. He is a renowned scholar on the Middle East, former President of Tel Aviv University and currently a Distinguished Global Professor at New York University.

Leadership Bios

Board of Directors

President; former Ambassador of Israel to the U.S. and Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University
Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Emeritus Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History, Founding Director, Center for Judaic & Israel Studies, University of Oklahoma
President, Wallin Group, Inc.
Professor Emeritus, School of Law, UC Berkeley

Advisory Board

Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, UT Austin
Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley
Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, American University; Professor of Jewish History and Culture, University of Munich
Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE), UCLA
Pears Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies, University of Leeds
Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Professor of Regional Security; Deputy Head, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University
Director, The Posen Forum for Jewish European and Israeli Political Thought, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto; Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University
Director, Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies, Associate Director for Israel Studies, Professor of History, Northwestern University
Associate Professor, Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Founder and Co-Chair, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University; Founder, Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv University
Emeritus Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director, The Israel Museum, Israel
Founding Director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University; Founding President, CIE
President, Association for Israel Studies
Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Director, Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University

Israel Institute Staff

Executive Director
Program Director
Director of Arts and Cultural Programs
Associate Director for Development, Communications, and Strategy
Associate Director for Academic Programs
Office Manager
Communication Coordinator
Program Coordinator, Israel Office