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GIF Board of Governors



Anja Karliczek

Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany


Yizhar Shai
Minister of Science and Technology, Israel


Acting Co-ChairpersonThomas Rachel

Thomas Rachel

State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research

17 May 1962 Born in Düren; Protestant; married, one daughter
1982 Abitur at Städtisches Gymnasium am Wirteltor in Düren
1985 Fellowship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
1986 - 1987 Assistant to Matthias Wissmann, Member of the German Bundestag
1992 Magister Artium (M. A.) in Political Science, History and Public Law at the University of Bonn
1992 - 2004 Member of staff at the Steel Trade Association, Düsseldorf
since 1994 Member of the German Bundestag
Since 2000 Member of the Land Synod of the Protestant Church of the Rhineland
1998 - 2005 Spokesman on Education and Research Policy of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group
2003 - 2005 Spokesman for the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag's Study Commission on "Law and Ethics of Modern Medicine"

Acting Co-ChairpersonPeret Vazan-photo1.jpg

Peretz Vazan​ 



2001 - MA in Administration and Public Policy, Bar-Ilan University (magna cum laude)

1991 – BA in Economics and Logistics, Bar-Ilan University (magna cum laude)

Specialized Training

2006 – Finances Course for Directors-General and senior staff, the Israeli Center of Management

2006 – Marketing course for senior staff, the Israeli Center of Management

2002 – Mifne course for the senior rank staff, Israel Defense Forces

Work Experience

02/2016-10/2018 – Director-General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Space

2008-2014 – Director, Dan District, Israel Employment Service

2006-2008 – Director, Southern District, Israel Employment Service

Army Work Experience

Military service – 1976-2006, retired Colonel

1993 – 2005 – Senior management roles at the IDF Home Front Command

2002-2005 - Commander of the southern district

2001-2002 – Head of Operations

1998-2001 – Deputy Commander Dan district

1993-1998 – Commander of Lachish district 

1991-1993 – Commander of the Professional School for Infantry   

Voluntary work

2014 – Member (voluntarily) of the 50+ Association, which specializes in locating employment solutions to people aged above 50.   

Governors (in alphabetical order)   

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Eberhardt Eberhardt.jpg
(DESY-CFEL –Center for Free Electron Laser Science

Wolfgang Eberhardt was born in 1950 in Lieser/Germany. He studied Physics in Giessen and Hamburg and received his PhD in 1974 from the University of Hamburg, working in the synchrotron radiation group at DESY. In 2003 was awarded an honorary PhD from Uppsala University in Sweden. After his PhD he spent more than 12 years in the United States, first as postdoc and Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, then in the physics department at Brookhaven National Laboratory and for more than 7 years he worked as a (senior) staff scientist in the Corporate Research Laboratory of EXXON. In 1990 he accepted a call as director at the IFF(Institute of Solid State Research) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Professor at the University of Cologne and in 2001 he was appointed as Scientific Director of BESSY and Professor at the TU Berlin. After the merger of BESSY and HMI to become the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin he held a position of director at this new center, responsible for energy research. He resigned in June 2011 and since then he is working as senior scientist and group leader at the Center for Free Electron Laser Science (CFEL) at DESY. 

His research interests are the generation and application of synchrotron radiation; Experimental determination of the electronic properties of atoms, molecules, and solids;
Electronic structure and magnetism of thin films and nanostructures including ultrafast (fs) magnetization dynamics; Electronic properties and structure of nanoparticles and clusters;
Scattering and holography with coherent synchrotron radiation.
Energy Research, Renewable energies, Photovoltaics

Wolfgang Eberhardt has published about 300 papers in peer reviewed Journals, including several review articles and he holds 3 patents. He is Editor of the Journal of Electron Spectroscopy (Elsevier) and a member of the editorial board of Applied Physics A (Springer). Since 2011 he is the Scientific Director of the Magnus Haus of the German Physical Society (DPG) in Berlin. He served or serves as scientific advisor in numerous panels and countries ranging from Korea and Taiwan to Europe as well as Canada and the USA.

Prof. Noam Eliaz (Tel Aviv University)Noam Eliaz 2_cropped.jpg

Noam Eliaz is an 8th generation Israeli (born 1970). He is a full professor and the founding Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Tel Aviv University (TAU). He earned a B.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering, an M.B.A degree, and a Ph.D. degree (direct track) in Materials Engineering, all cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Being in the Academic Reserve, he served as a Metallurgical Laboratory officer at the Israel Air Force. Prior to joining TAU in 2001, he was a Fulbright and Rothschild Fellow at MIT.

Eliaz research interests include corrosion, electrochemical deposition of calcium phosphate coatings for dental and orthopedic implants as well as functional alloys for aggressive environments, failure analysis, Bio-Ferrography, and three-dimensional printing (3DP). He has published over 110 articles in peer reviewed journals, edited 3 books, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Reviews (De Gruyter). Three of the postdoctoral scholars that he advised currently hold faculty positions in Israel, India and China. His group members have garnered prestigious accolades including the Israel Defense Prize, the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation, Fulbright post-doctoral scholarship, BSF’s Prof. Rahamimoff travel grant, participation at the Global Young Scientists Summit, best oral and poster presentations at international conferences, etc. The products of his research are being used in defense organizations and implant companies.

Eliaz has served as chair and member of numerous committees, including Chairman of Central Committee 300 for Chemistry Standards at The Standards Institution of Israel (2008–11), Chairman of The Israel Section of NACE International (2003–5), Chairman of TEG 186X Committee on Environmentally Assisted Cracking of NACE International (2012–4), and Israel Regional Representative of The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE, 2014–6). His scientific achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, honors and appointments, including his election to The Israel Young Academy in 2015, his appointment in 2017 as a member of the followup committee of the “State of Science in Israel” (following the 2nd report of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities from 2016), his appointment as a member of the Academic Council of the Azrieli College of Engineering Jerusalem (2010–7), Eshbach Visiting Professor at Northwestern University in 2013, Fellow of The Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (2005), an invitation to contribute an article to the 2017 edition of ASM Handbook (Vol. 18), the 2014 Technical Achievement Award from NACE International, election as NACE International Fellow in 2012, the 2010 Herbert H. Uhlig Award from NACE International, the 2003 T.P. Hoar Award for the best paper published in the journal Corrosion Science during 2001 (from the UK Institute of Corrosion), Dan David scholarship for young researchers in 2002, etc. 



MinDirig a.D. Maximilian Metzger

Professional Career    
Since 01/2015               Retirement; Consultancy Activities
08/2010 - 12/12014       Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Deputy Director General for International Cooperation in Education and Research
08/2009 - 07/2010         Deputy Director General for Information and Communication Technologies; New Services at the BMBF
06/2009 - 07/2009         Head of Division; Policy Issues of International Cooperation at the BMBF
2004 - 2008                   Secretary-General at CERN
2001 - 2004                   Head of Division for European Research Organisations (CERN, ESO, ESRF, ILL. ETIN, DNW) at the BMBF
1996 - 2001                   Head of Division for Education, Science, Research, Technology and Nuclear Affairs at the Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU in Brussels
1980 - 1996                   Administrator and Head of Division in various divisions at the BMBF
1978 – 1980                  Judge at the Administration Court in Munich
1977                              2nd State Examination in Law
1974 - 1975                   Research Assistant in History of Law at the Universities of Munich and Augsburg
1974                              1st State Examination in Law
1969 - 1974                   Studies in Law and Philosophy at the University of Munich



Prof. Yehuda Skornick (Tel Aviv University )Prof. Brigitte Röder 5805_1.jpg

Born in Israel

Board certified surgeon since 1978.

Served in IDF as chief surgeon of The Army Frontline Field Hospital.

Basic Research at the Membrane department of the Weitzman Institute of Science (1978-1980).

Visiting Scientist at the Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Bethesda Maryland, USA 1980-1982, 1988. 

Full Professor of Surgery at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
Served as the head of Surgery Department at the Tel Aviv Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital).

Former President of Magen David Adom (MDA), the Israel Pre-hospital emergency services. Currently, board member of the friend organization of MDA.
Active in the “Advanced Surgery Group”, Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv.
Served as the Chairman of the Committee for the Early Cancer Detection at the Israel Cancer Association.

Served as member in the Research committee of the Israel Cancer Association and at the Research committee of the Israel Ministry of Health.

Member of the American Society of Surgical Oncology.

Member of the Board of Trustees, The Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan.

Board member of the Israel Opera.

Board member of the Israel Culture and Art Council and chairman of its Music Section committee.

Publications: More than 150 original articles published in international professional journals and as chapters in books.

Active participation  in more than 400 international scientific conferences.


Acting GIF Director

Mina ​Horesh


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