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Federal Minister 

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)
January 1999
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

Ofir AkunisOfirAkunis.jpg
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.
18th 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.
19th Knesset
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.
20th Knesset
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. 

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"

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Peretz Vazan​ 

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)

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

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   

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. Yehuda Adler, M.D, M.H.A (Tel Aviv University) Adler.jpg

  • Full Professor of Cardiology, the Sackler Medical School. Tel Aviv University
  • Director, 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 pericardial Diseases
  • 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.

    ​Previous Professional Experience
  • 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

    Academic Experience
  • 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 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.


Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert (MPI for Human Development, Berlin)Frevert_8721.jpg

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)Daniella Goldfarb

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. Dr. Brigitte Röder (University of Hamburg)Prof. Brigitte Röder 5805_1.jpg

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.


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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.

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