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TAU alum will head Bank of Israel

Prof. Amir Yaron, leading Israeli finance expert and Tel Aviv University graduate, is the next governor of the Bank of Israel

Today the Israeli government approved the nomination of Prof. Amir Yaron, a graduate of Tel Aviv University, for the post of governor of the Bank of Israel, the country’s central financial institution, which sets interest rates and monetary policy.

Prof. Yaron was born and raised in Israel and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago was until recently a professor of banking and finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He academic specialty is in macro-finance, asset pricing and applied time series econometrics.

Prof. Yaron is fifty-four years old and married, with two children. He will replace Dr. Karnit Flug, who has completed a five year term as the governor of the Bank of Israel.

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First TAU Alumni meeting in Germany

Tel Aviv University alumni living in Germany gathered together for a first networking event that took place as part of the Berlin Science Week

The Tel Aviv University alumni organization has set itself the goal of reconnecting with alumni who live abroad in 2019, and for this purpose the first meeting of alumni living in Germany took place.

The event was held as part of the Berlin Science Week and in cooperation with the German Friends of TAU Association. The central speaker was Nirit Bialer, alumna of the TAU Security & Diplomacy studies program, who is involved in business development for Israeli companies, including Elbit, in Germany, and the initiator of the “Home” project, which presents the different aspects of contemporary Israeli culture to the residents of Berlin.

Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Head of the Tel Aviv University alumni organization, said: “A comprehensive poll was, in which more than 3,000 alumni participated, showed that most alumni are interested in networking – not only in Israel but around the world. That’s why we are launching face-to-face meetings with our alumni in various locations around the world, and Germany is an important target in light of the large number of Israelis living here. I am happy for the warm responses we received”.

It should be noted that a unique part of the meeting was devoted to the Berlin Science Week under the title “From Biblical Research to Climate Change: The Power of Interdisciplinary Research”, with TAU researchers who came to Berlin for this purpose: Prof. Oded Lipschits, a full professor in the TAU Department of Archeology, Dr. Rachel Sarig, MD, PhD in Medicine and Anthropology. A faculty member at the TAU School of Dental Medicine, and Prof. Colin Price, a full professor in the TAU Department of Geophysics.

Among the alumni in attendance were Amos Geva, producer, Ido Mizrahi, Marketing Manager at Biotronik Berlin, Isabel Gethoff, producer, and many more.

Other participants included Yael Regev, Director of Development and Public Affairs at Tel Aviv University, Tzipi Roitman, Lay Leader of the German Friends of TAU Association, Reinhard Renger of the TAU Friends and alumni Association in Germany, and Ilanit Kessel. Germany, Austria and Switzerland Liaison in Tel Aviv University’s Department of External Relations.

View the event’s Photo album on our Facebook page> 
 

Photography: Nikita Pavlov

 

 

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Calcalist’s 2018 list of 100 most influential people led by Tel Aviv University alumni

We carefully examined the entire list, and out of the 72 Israelis ranked, we found 23 Tel Aviv University alumni, more than any other university in Israel.

Meet the most influential Tel Aviv University alumni for 2018, according to Calcalist magazine:
 
  • Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, alum of the Yavetz School of History
  • MK Ayelet Shaked, Minister of Justice, alumna of the faculties of Engineering and Exact Sciences
  • Dorit Salinger, former Commissioner of the Capital Market, Insurance and Savings Authority, alumna of the Coller School of Management
  • Justice Esther Hayut, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Itay Ben-Zeev, CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Rakefet Russak-Aminoach, President and CEO of Bank Leumi le-Israel, alumna of the Faculties of Law & Social Sciences and the Coller School of Management
  • MK Eli Cohen, Minister of Economics, alum of the Coller School of Management
  • Nir Sztern, CEO of Cellcom, alum of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Coller School of Management
  • Dina Zilber, Deputy Attorney General, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Tel Aviv District Attorney (Taxation and Economics), Adv. Liat Ben-Ari Shwekey, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Ori Yehudai, CEO of Frutarom, alum of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Sara Netanyahu, Educational Psychologist and wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, alumna of the School of Education and the School of Psychology
  • Ron Fainaro, CPA. CEO of Leumi Card, alum of the Coller School of Management
  • Adv. Effi Naveh, Chairman of the Israel Bar Association, alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Dr. Avichai Mandelblit, Attorney General, alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, Israel’s Police Commissioner, alum of the School of Political Science
  • MK David Bitan, former chairman of the coalition, alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Marius Nacht, Chairman of Check Point and founder of the aMoon fund, alum of the Faculty of Engineering
  • Avi Nissenkorn, Chairman of the Histadrut (Israel’s organization of trade unions), alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Talia Harel-Bejerano, CEO of Krembo Wings, alumna of the Coller School of Management
  • MK Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Energy, alum of the Faculty of Humanities
  • Rami Ungar, owner of Telcar, alum of the Faculty of Law
  • Rami Beracha, former Managing Partner of Pitango Venture Capital, alum of the Faculty of Law
 
All the different rankings of Israel’s most influential people that were published this year are led by Tel Aviv University alumni by far. All of these alumni set example for young women and men who are debating what academic institution to choose. Both Tel Aviv University and the TAU Alumni Organization are proud of each and every one of these remarkable alumni.
 

 

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TAU Alumni ranked 8th in the world in entrepreneurship!

The entrepreneurs community among Tel Aviv University alumni is climbing in the 2018 Pitchbook survey published this month.

Each year, the Pitchbook survey ranks thousands of universities worldwide by the number of undergraduates who have established successful companies funded by venture capital funds.

After four consecutive years in the 9th place, Tel Aviv University climbed to the 8th place worldwide in this prestigious list, thanks to 640 alumni and alumnae who founded 531 companies and raised a total of 7.91 billion dollars.

 For the past five years, Tel Aviv University has been the only non-US university in the top ten, an achievement that is entirely thanks to our wonderful community of alumni. 


For the full 2018 Pitchbook survey>

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TAU Alumnae are the most influential!

Forbes Israel’s 2018 Fifty Most Influential Women Issue is out, and the prestigious list contains no less than 25 TAU Alumnae – a lot more than any other university in Israel!

Forbes Israel magazine has published its 2018 list of the most influential women in Israel. Among the 55 women on the list, we were happy to find 25 Tel Aviv University alumnae in all fields of business, social activism, politics and academic research:

At the top of the list, for the second consecutive year, is the current Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, alumna of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Exact Sciences.

The 24 alumnae following her on the list are:

  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, Justice Esther Hayut, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Commissioner of the Capital Markets, Insurances and Savings Authority Dorit Salinger, alumna of TAU’s Coller School of Management.
  • CEO of Facebook Israel Adi Soffer Teeni, alumna of TAU’s Coller School of Management & Faculty of Law
  • President and CEO of Bank Leumi, Rakefet Russak Aminoach, alumna of the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences & Coller School of Management
  • Chairperson and CEO of Arison Investments, Efrat Peled, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Coller School of Management
  • Chairperson of the public Strauss Group, Ofra Strauss, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Tel Aviv District Attorney (Taxation and Economics), Adv. Liat Ben-Ari Shwekey, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • President & CEO of Israel Discount Bank, Lilach Asher-Topilsky, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences & Coller School of Management
  • Investigative Journalist, Anchorwoman of “Uvda” & Attorney Dr. Ilana Dayan, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Anchorwoman, Journalist & Political Commentator Ayala Hasson, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Meital Landau, Revealing the molecular and atomic details of protein function and regulation alumna of the Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Meretz Chairperson Tamar Zandberg, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • Chairperson of Psagot Investment House, Michal Abadi-Boiangiu, alumna of the Faculty of Law
  • General Partner & COO at JVP, Fiona Darmon, alumna of the Coller School of Management
  • Yediot Aharonot Journalist & Political Commentator, Sima Kadmon, alumna of the Faculty of Humanities
  • Chief Historian at Yad Vashem, Prof. Dina Porat, alumna of the Faculty of Humanities
  • Chairperson and Co-Owner of Globes Magazine, Alona Bar-On, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Coller School of Management
  • Co-Owner of Globes Magazine, Anat Agmon, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law
  • Globes Magazine’s Chief Editor, Naama Sikuler, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Head of the Yitzhak Shamir (Assaf Harofeh) Hospital, Dr. Osnat Levtzion-Korach, alumna of the Coller School of Management
  • Director of Wolfson Hospital, Dr. Anat Angel, alumna of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Financial Advisor to the IDF’s Chief of Staff and Head of the Budget Division of the Ministry of Defense, Brigadier General Ariela Knoll Lazarovich, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Social Activist Sheffi Paz, one of the leaders in the movement against illegal immigration from Africa to Israel, alumna of the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies
  • Founder and CEO of Rachip, Racheli Ganot, alumna of the Coller School of Management

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