Staff

Dr Michael Naftali

founding President

Mike is a social entrepreneur, social inventor, social activist and teacher, and researcher in voluntarism and civil society. For more than 40 years, he has taken an active part in advancing, managing, and leading a wide range of social endeavours, including the formation of social entrepreneurship platforms, volunteering and civil society infrastructure programs, youth at risk services, formal and nonformal educational settings, mental health programs, community-based art programs and a variety of international development initiatives. 

Much of his work has been incorporated in heading and leading Civil Society organizations. 

To date, Dr Naftali serves as the founding president of a network of leading Israeli Civil Society Organizations (C.S.Os.) Topaz – Leading Social InnovationsBrit Olam – International Volunteering and Development and Inspiration – Arts for Humanity.

Formerly Dr Naftali served as the National Council for Voluntarism chairperson in Israel (C.S.O.), the national Civil Society umbrella association for Voluntary Effort. He is also co-founder of Natan – The Israeli Coalition for Disaster Relief (C.S.O.)and until 2016 served as vice-chairperson of S.I.D. Israel – The Society for International Development (C.S.O.). In 2017 Dr Naftali was nominated as the chairperson of the “The Israeli Academic Forum for Social Enterprisefounded in 2009 by the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv UniversitySHATIL – Leading Social Change (C.S.O.), and Topaz.In the past, Dr Naftali served as the founding director of Enosh- the Israel Mental Health Association (C.S.O.) and between the years 1984 – 2003, the founding C.E.O. of Elem – Youth in Distress in Israel (C.S.O.). During this period, Dr Naftali initiated and advanced numerous endeavours challenging the unique needs of at-risk, neglected, and delinquent youth. Dr Naftali is one of the founders of Platforma – for Civil Society, a nonprofit consulting and development firm and initiator of the Israeli national program for expanding the Israeli voluntary effort “Life Long Volunteering and Giving.”

Michael Naftali is a Social Worker by profession and received his PhD from Tel Aviv University School of Social Work in 1996. Michael is married to Dr Timna Naftali – a specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. They live in Tel Aviv and have four children. He is also a keen Yachtsman and holds a Skippers Certificate for Mediterranean and Ocean Voyages. 

Dr. Yossi Ives

co-founder of Israel Global Initiative

Rabbi Dr. Yossi Ives is co-founder of Israel Global Initiative and the founder and director of Tag International Development, a humanitarian organization that shares Israeli humanitarian expertise in developing countries and has designed and delivered more than 30 projects in 12 countries. Yossi has been the rabbi of congregations around the world, including now in Pomona, New York. He is the author of five books, and multiple book chapters and articles, mostly on psychological topics. Yossi is a qualified life coach, specializing in relationships. Yossi is married with seven children and one grandchild.

Hanit Henn

IGI Development Officer

Hanit Henn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the Israeli Collage of Management. She has worked in marketing and business administration. Hanit later switch to the charitable sector holding several roles at ALUT – The Israeli Society for Children and Adults with autism, eventually rising to become the Director of Volunteers, as well as the Director of Employee Welfare. Hanit is now the manager of Israel Global Initiative.

Sharon Zohar

Vice-Chairperson Inspiration

Sharon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in design from Bezalel Academy and a master’s degree in Historical Studies from Tel Aviv University. She also served as the Cultural Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC between 2008-2010 and ran two design labs in art academies in DC and Baltimore.

In recent years, Sharon also worked as a curator at the Tel Aviv Museum.

Her academic area of expertise is modern history, focusing on the First World War and the connection between war, materialism and masculinity.

For the past year, Sharon holds the position of vice Chairwoman of Inspiration, and recently she has been nominated as the executive director of Brit Olam.