Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
Born in Rosenfeld (Saxony), married, 2 children
University of Leipzig, studied mathematics
Academic associate at the Technical University Merseburg
Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.), Dissertation: "Lösung von Kontakt- und Steuerproblemen mit potential-theoretischen Mitteln"
Senior academic associate
Appointed as professor of engineering mathematics at the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences
Vice President of Saxony-Anhalt's Rectors' Conference
Deputy Chair of Saxony-Anhalt's Advisory Council for Science and Research
Member of the Board of Trustees for the Körber Foundation Hamburg's German Study Award
Member of the Standing Committee for the Planning and Organization of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK)
Member of the HRK Senate
June 1999 - October 2000
Member of Brandenburg's Higher Education Council
March 1994 - October 2000
Rector of the Merseburg University of Applied Sciences
October 2000 - October 2009
Brandenburg's Minister of Science, Research and Culture
President of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (Kultusministerkonferenz)
November 2009 - April 2010
CDU Party Chair in the Brandenburg Land Parliament
April 2012 - February 2013
Lower Saxony's Minister of Science and Culture
Since 14 February 2013
Federal Minister of Education and Research
Minister of Science, Technology, and Space
A prominent right-wing Israeli politician, Akunis currently serves as a member of the Knesset of the Likud party, and as Minister of Science, Technology and Space. Until September 3, 2015 he served as Minister in the Communications Ministry, with responsibility for the Broadcasting Authority.
Akunis joined the Likud party in 1996 and became Deputy Media Advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu later that year. He served in a variety of communications roles over the next twelve years, including Speaker for the Likud Party and Speaker for the Minister of Justice, until being appointed Deputy Director of Communications and Information for the Likud in 2008, where he served until his election to the Knesset.
Ofir Akunis began his first term in the Knesset in 2009 and stood out as a particularly active MK, serving as Chairman of the Economic Committee and Deputy Speaker of the House. Among the initiatives he promoted were the opening of the cellular communications market to competition, the introduction of consumer protections, and the lowering of radio and television fees, resulting in dramatic savings for consumers. Among his other legislative efforts were a bill requiring a referendum to be held for any future political agreement regarding the future of Judea and Samaria, and the "Embargo Prohibition Law," which prevents any party boycotting Israel from benefitting from financing or services provided by the State.
During his second Knesset term Akunis was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, acting as liaison between the government and the Knesset with the portfolio of the Advancement of Young People and Students. He leads the "Computer for Every Child" project, which aims to reduce social disparities by increasing computer access for children living in the periphery of the country. At the start of 2014 he upgraded the project and started to distribute tablets to children from underprivileged neighborhoods.
In December 2014, a week after a massive crude oil spill in Israel's Arava region, Akunis was appointed Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and oversaw both the immediate response to the disaster and the development of an NIS 17 million program to rehabilitate the region, treat contaminated soils and restore damaged wildlife populations.
As a minister in the Communications Ministry Akunis led the effort to reform the Israel Broadcasting Authority to eliminate inefficiencies and include a wider range of voices from Israeli society, and spearheaded the legislative effort to establish the new Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, to be established in March 2016. He was appointed Minister of Science and Technology on September 2, 2015.
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
|17 May 1962
||Born in Düren; Protestant; married, one daughter|
||Abitur at Städtisches Gymnasium am Wirteltor in Düren|
||Fellowship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation |
|1986 - 1987
||Assistant to Matthias Wissmann, Member of the German Bundestag|
||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|
||Member of the German Bundestag|
||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"|
Director General, Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space
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)
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
February 2016 – 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
2014 – Member (voluntarily) of the 50+ Association, which specializes in locating employment solutions to people aged above 50.
Governors (in alphabetical order)
Prof. Yehuda Adler, M.D, M.H.A (Tel Aviv University)
Previous Professional Experience
- Full Professor of
Cardiology, the Sackler Medical School. Tel Aviv University
Development of Medical Resources. Chaim Sheba Medical Center
- Director of The
Talpiot Medical Leadership Program, Chaim Sheba Medical Center, A revolutionary
program to build medical leadership in Israel
- Director of
Internship Committee, Chaim Sheba Medical Center
- Member of the
National Council for Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases,
Ministry of Health, Israel
- Vice Chair of the
European Society of Cardiology Nucleus, The ESC’s Committee for myocardial and
- Chairman of 2015
Guideliness of Pericardial Diseases, European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
- Vice Dean of Health
Administration of the Academic Center in Or Yehuda
- Director of the BA
Studies of the Master of Health Administration, Academic Center Or Yehuda.
- General Director,
Misgav-Ladach Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel
- Medical Director,
Center Region, Leumit Health Fund
- Director of the
Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation, Israel Heart Society
- Assistant to the
Director General, Chaim Sheba Medical Center
- Senior physician,
Cardiac Rehabilitation Institute, Chaim Sheba Medical Center
- Member of the
National Stirring Committee, The Bar-Ilan University School of Medicine
- Chairman of the
Administration of the Biomedical Research in the Galil, Israel.
- Chairman of the
Galil Talpiot Medical Leadership Program, Israel
- Member of the
National Forum for the Prevention of Diabetes and Obesity in Children, Gertner
Institute of Epidemiology together with the Ministry of Health, Israel
- General Secretary of
the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation, Israel Heart Society
- Member of Board,
Magen David Adom, Israel
- Member of Executive
Committee, Magen David Adom, Israel
- Chairman of
International and Public Relations Committee, Magen David Adom, Israel
- Member of Medical
Committee, Magen David Adom, Israel
- Member of the ESC’s
Committee for Practice Guidelines and Policy Conferences Task Force to develop
an Expert Consensus Document on the Management of pericardial Diseases
- Medical Doctor,
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
- Full Professor in
Cardiology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
- Master of Health
Administration, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Prof. Adler is credited with publishing over 200 original articles in leading professional medical and research journals throughout the world. He is a member of the Task Force for Pericardial Disease in Europe and wrote the world guidelines for pericardial disease in 2005.He is the Chairman of 2015 Guideliness of Pericardial Diseases, European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
Prof. Adler is an active participant and speaker in international scientific meetings.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Eberhardt
(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. Dr. Ute Frevert (MPI for Human Development, Berlin)
Ute Frevert is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Society. Between 2003 and 2007 she was a professor of German history at Yale University and prior to that she taught History at the Universities of Konstanz, Bielefeld and the Free University in Berlin. Her research interests include social and cultural history of modern times, gender history and political history. Some of her best known work has examined the history of women and gender relations in modern Germany, social and medical policy in 19th century Germany, and the impact of military conscription on German society from 1814 to the present day. Her classic study of the duel was praised for superbly connecting cultural and social history. In her most recent work, she uses a similar approach, analyzing the political, social and cultural representations of trust and honour and examining the shifts in the expression and significance of emotions throughout modern Western European history. Ute Frevert is an honorary professor at the Free University in Berlin and member of several scientific boards; she was awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize in 1998.
Prof. Daniella Goldfarb (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Professor Daniella Goldfarb is the Erich Klieger Chair in Chemical Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
She joined the Weizmann Institute as a scientist in 1987, was promoted to tenured associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 1998. Between 1999-2003 she served as the Chair of the Department of Chemical Physics and in 2009-2010 as the chair of the Council of Professors of the Weizmann Institute.
Her research focuses on developments and applications of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy. Prof. Goldfarb introduces new measuring techniques and develops the required instrumentation in order to achieve better sensitivity and resolution. She uses these developments, and others, to decipher the structure of metal active sites in proteins, resolve peptide- membrane interactions and the formation mechanism of ordered porous materials.
Professor Goldfarb is a Fellow of the International society of magnetic resonance (ISMAR) and currently serves as the vice president of ISMAR. Her scientific contributions were recognized by several international prizes (the Silver medal (2002) of the International EPR society, the 2007 Bruker lecture prize, the 2009 Zavoisky Award).
Prof. Touvia Miloh (Tel Aviv University )
Prof. Touvia Miloh is Head of the Marine Research Centre at the Faculty of Engineering and Incumbent of the Lazarus Brothers Chair in Aerodynamics of Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Miloh graduated from the Technion as M.Sc. in Hydromechanics 1969, and earned his Ph.D. from the State University of Iowa, USA, in 1972 with his thesis on "Higher-Order Theory of Ship Wave Resistance from Centerplane Source Distributions".
His long-standing list of academic duties at Tel Aviv University, whose Faculty of Engineering he joined in 1973, include in recent times the membership in the Board of Governors of the TAU (2001 – 2006) and the office of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2002-2006).
Prof. Miloh among others acted as Consultant for Hydraulics and Oceanography in the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission (1974 – 1980); Representative of Minister of Labor and Welfare in National Committee for Engineering and Architecture Practice (1985-1993); Member of the International Review Committee of the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering of the Ben-Gurion University (1997); Israeli Delegate to the General International Assembly of IUTAM (1994 – 2002), and Member of International Review Committee for the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Technion (2005).
Since 1998, he has served as Israeli Representative in the International Scientific Committee of the Fellowship Awards Program for Environmental Studies of the Rieger Foundation, USA, and has been Board Member of the Foundation since 2005.
Since 2007, Prof. Miloh has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Engineering Mathematics, Springer.
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Röder (University of Hamburg)
Brigitte Röder studied Psychology at and received her PhD from the University of Marburg (Germany).
After her postdoc time at the University of Oregon (U.S.) she was awarded an Emmy-Noether grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2004 she moved to the University of Hamburg, where she since then holds a full professorship for Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology with a second affiliation at the Medical Faculty.
Brigitte Röder’s research interests comprise multisensory processes and age-dependent neuroplasticity. Her main research methods include behavioral and electrophysiological techniques and brainimaging.
Brigitte Röder is member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg. Her most important awards are the Leibniz Award of the German Research Foundation and an Advanced Grant of the European Science Foundation.
Atalia (Tali) Rosenbaum
Mrs. Tali Rosenbaum was appointed as GIF Director on November 9th 2011 by the GIF Board of Governors. She previously served as Acting GIF Director since January 1st 2011. Mrs. Rosenbaum obtained her M.Sc in Industrial Psychology (Thesis with honor) from the Technion institution in Haifa in the year 1989.
Through her rich career Tali served as CEO and director in numerous hi-tech companies. Between the years 2003-2005, she was the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology, hence her first acquaintance with GIF. During her time at the Ministry, the GIF capital was enlarged by additional EUR 50 million, NEW national science programs were established, VENUS – a cooperated Science Satellite project between Israel and France, and the Rehovot conference for Science Policy, with the then Prime Minister Mr. Ariel Sharon, Mr. Benjamin Netahyahu (then Minister of Finance), and the head of the Bank of Israel, Prof. Stanley Fischer, as keynote speakers.
Between 2008-2009 Tali was the CEO of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. In this capacity, the ninth annual Herzliya conference on: Policy, Statecraft and Leadership for Trying Times (February 2-4, 2009), was assembled. During the years 2009 and 2010 Tali was the Deputy for Organization and Strategic Development in the National Security Council of the Israeli Government.