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Prof. Bertil Andersson, Sweden

andersonProf. Bertil Andersson is a plant biochemist of international reputation and an expert in photosynthesis research. Over the course of his career, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Chemical Sciences at Stockholm University (1996-1999), President of Linköping University (1999-2003), Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg (2004-2007), Provost of Nanyang Technological University (2007-2011), and as President of Nanyang Technological University (2011-2017). Prof. Andersson also served on the boards of several Swedish and international foundations, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Science, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the European Molecular Biology Organization. He was a research advisor to the Government of Sweden and served as the VP of the European Research Advisory Board. Prof. Andersson has a longstanding association with the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, as a former member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry, Nobel Foundation, and the Nobel Foundation’s Board of Trustees. For his exceptional contributions to science, he received the Wilhelm Exner Medal in Austria and honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Australian National University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Isaac M. Dabah, USA

dabachIsaac Dabah is the Chief Executive Officer at GMM Capital LLC, which invests predominantly in apparel companies. A staunch friend of the State of Israel and an active philanthropist, he began investing in Israel, first in Polgat Jeans of Kiryat Gat that he managed to save from closure, and later by acquiring a majority stake in Delta Galil. As the company’s CEO, Delta Galil achieved top-line growth, reaching approximately $1.5 billion in sales, and became one of the world’s leading textile companies. At the University of Haifa, Delta Galil established the Delta Program for Academic Leadership in the Ethiopian Student Community, now in its seventh year, which provides a full range of academic support and personal mentorship. Mr. Dabah was recognized as Businessman of the Year in 2014 by Israel’s leading business newspaper Calcalist, and serves on the Board of Governors of Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, and the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation.

Prof. Richard Charles Horton, UK

hortonProf. Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honors from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993. In 2016, he chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine, and in 2015, he received the Friendship Award from the Government of China. In 2019, he was awarded the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for outstanding leadership in global health and the Roux Prize in recognition of innovation in the application of global health evidence. He wrote Health Wars (2003) about contemporary issues in medicine and health. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. He now works to develop the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Prof. Alice Shalvi, Israel

shalviProf. Alice Shalvi is an internationally renowned pioneer of the Israeli feminist movement and revered professor of English. Prof. Shalvi founded the English Department at Ben-Gurion University (1969), and served as head of the Institute of Languages and Literatures at the Hebrew University (1973-1975), head of the Pelech High School for religious girls (1975–1990) in a voluntary capacity, and as Rector and later as acting President and Chairwoman of the Executive Board of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (1997-2001). She also served as the founding Chairwoman of the Israel Women’s Network (1984-2000), Israel’s major feminist advocacy organization. Over the course of her career, Prof. Shalvi has received a variety of awards and accolades for her outstanding public service: The President’s Award for Volunteerism for her devoted work in improving quality of life in Israel, and was chosen to be among a group of 12 inspiring torchbearers at Israel’s 30th Independence Day Ceremony on Mount Herzl. In 2007 she received the Israel Prize for her contributions to education, women’s rights and civil rights. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Judaism, Gratz College, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Weizmann Institute of Science and Brown University.

Ora Etrog Stibbe, Israel

stivaOra Etrog Stibbe is a psychotherapist, certified in the professional practice of psychodrama, and a social entrepreneur who supports and volunteers tirelessly to promote and advance social justice and human rights, particularly within disadvantaged populations and developing countries. For over twenty years, Mrs. Stibbe has worked as a therapist specializing in anxiety and depression. Ora and her husband Eytan founded Anatta Ltd., a social benefit company that founded the Human Spirit Treatment Center in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod. The couple also supports a wide range of social interventions, including programs for at-risk-youth (Nirim), day care and after school programs for children with no Israeli status (Unitaf), and academic programs at a number of Israeli universities. At the University of Haifa, they have generously contributed to the University’s flagship International MA Program in Child Development, which has attracted dozens of professionals from over 30 developing countries. Ora Stibbe is passionate about and has been personally involved with the MA Program for over a decade, making a significant impact on human development while promoting the international standing of the University of Haifa and the State of Israel.

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