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Anja Karliczek Karliczek.jpg

Federal Minister of Education and Research, Germany

Born in Ibbenbüren on 29 April 1971
Roman Catholic, married, three children  
Goethe-Gymnasium school Ibbenbüren
Abitur school leaving certificate
Training as bank clerk 
Training in hotel management 
since 1994
Managerial work in Hotel Teutoburger Wald
2003 – 2008
Studies in business management at Fernuniversität Hagen, 
Diplom-Kauffrau degree
since 1998
Member of the CDU
since January 2011
Chair of the Tecklenburg CDU Association
2004 – 2014
Member of Tecklenburg Town Council
2009 – 2011
Deputy chair of the CDU political group on the Town Council 
2011 – 2014
Chair of the CDU political group on the Town Council 
since 2013
Member of the German Bundestag
Regular member of the Finance Committee  Substitute member of the Budget Committee
2017 – 2018
Secretary of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag
since March 2018
Federal Minister of Education and Research 

Izhar ShaiIzhar Shai.jpg
Minister of Science and Technology, Israel

Izhar Shay joined Hossen Le’Israel (No. 12) in February 2019 and became part of the Blue And White Party (No. 20) during the April 2019 elections. He was elected as a member in the Israeli 21st Parliament (Knesset).
Prior to joining the Israeli Parliament, Shay was a high-tech entrepreneur, CEO of start-up companies, member in boards of directors, mentor for entrepreneurs and a social activist.

Izhar Shay is a public figure, widely known and appreciated within the Israeli high-tech eco system and additional circles. He wrote a popular weekly column at Globes for 11 years, authored two books, founded Israel’s largest digital community for entrepreneurs (“Start-Up Stadium”) with about 45 thousand members; Also, he founded and anchored a popular radio program (“High-Tech Ba’Pkakim”), which reached tens of thousands on a weekly basis.

Izhar Shay was voted in a Geektime poll as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli high-tech. Also, he was selected amongst 70 high-tech role models for a special project celebrating the 70th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel. In addition to this, Izhar was named by the VCFORU community as one of Israel’s top 20 investors for early stage ventures.

Izhar Shay accumulated 30 years of experience within the Israeli high-tech as an engineer, a manager, an entrepreneur and a venture capital investor.

Izhar Shay was previously a Managing General Partner with Canaan Partners Israel; he was a board member with promising start-up companies, some of which reached significant ‘exit’ events. Prior to joining Canaan Partners, Izhar was Chairman and CEO of V-Secure Technologies, and CEO and co-founder of Business Layers. Both companies reached a successful exit under Izhar’s management.

Izhar was the Chairman of Tzahala, a volunteer based non-for-profit organization which focuses on giving Israeli youngsters an equal opportunity to excel and to realize their personal potential as they turn into young adults. Izhar also volunteered with KamaTech, a non-for-profit organization which provides high-tech employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the Haredi community in Israel.

Izhar Shay has published two books: “As Beautiful As You” (Israel, Hard Copy 2009) and “Corner Kick” (Israel, 2013).

Izhar Shay was a paratrooper and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He holds a B.S.E.E. from the Technion, as an Electronics Engineer.


Acting Co-ChairpersonsThomas 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"


Governors (in alphabetical order)   

Prof. Yael Amitai Amitai
(Ben Gurion University) 

Born in Israel.
Board Certified Neurologist since 1985.
Education and Training
1971-1978      MD, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
1979-1985      Neurology residency, Meir Hospital and Sheba Medical 
1986-1989      Postdoctoral research fellowship, Stanford University, CA
Professional Career
1990 -              Faculty member, Dept. of Physiology and Cell Biology, Ben-Gurion University.
                        Rank - Full Professor since 2010. 
2002-2006      Head, Dept. of Physiology, Ben-Gurion University.
2006                Visiting Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
2007                Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
2008-2010       Chair, Zlotowski Center for Neurosciences, Ben-Gurion University.
2015-2018      Head, The Inter-Faculty Brain Sciences School, Ben-Gurion University.
Health-Care Services
1988-1999       Neurologist, Clalit Health Services.
2009-2010      Neurologist, Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva.
2013-2015      Medical Advisor, Special Education Schools.
Amitai has served as a member and chaired numerous granting committees for agencies such as the Israel Science Foundation, the Bi-National Science Foundation (Israel – USA), the National Science Foundation (USA), the German Research Foundation, the international Human Brain Project and more.
Her research explores the cellular organization of the mammalian neocortex in health and disease. Her studies were published in top journals, and are cited by thousands of other researchers.


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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