Chairman of the Board and
Arnon Mantver was the Director of JDC Israel, the Israeli arm of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, from 1995-2013. In 1989 he was appointed Director-General of the Jewish Agency’s Immigration and Absorption Department and played a key role during a period of notable events in Israel's history, including the mass aliyah of Jews from the former Soviet Union and from Ethiopia. His broad experience has made him one of Israel’s foremost experts on immigrant absorption. In 1998, Mr. Mantver established CIMI (the Center for International Migration and Integration) to facilitate effective migration management through knowledge exchange, capacity-building and technical assistance to government and non-governmental agencies. In 2011, the President of the State of Israel presented CIMI with the Israel Award for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings.
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Aharon Amit has worked both in the private sector and in the Israeli government, where he was on staff of the Israeli Treasury and the Civil Service Commission. Aharon was the Director of Integration Services at the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Assistant Director of the Ministry of Internal Security. Mr. Amit had a degree in Social Sciences from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Itzhak Shoham is a retired ambassador. After making Aliya to Kibbutz Gazit, he joined the Israeli Foreign Service in 1973. Shoham fulfilled different functions/duties/tasks in Israeli embassies in Latin America, Europe and Asia. As Israeli ambassador to Thailand, Shoham lead and signed the bilateral agreement for recruiting agriculture work migrants to Israel without mediation of manpower agencies, a break-through which prevented extra/excessive payments of work migrants.
Itzhak retired from the Foreign Service in 2014. His last duty was head of Latin America and the Caribbean Division and Senior Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry.
Aaron Ram is an ambassador (ret.) and former official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Through his work at the MFA, Aaron served in various positions in Israel and around the world, including the roles of head of the ministry’s training bureau and member of the Ministry’s executive team. He represented the MFA employees as head of the workers union.
Aaron’s diplomatic work took him to Israel’s Embassies in Nepal, South Africa and Australia as well as being Israel’s Ambassador to Portugal.
Danny Pins is one of JDC-Israel's senior professionals; he has over 30 years' experience in the field of migration and resettlement. Mr. Pins was involved in planning the Operation Solomon rescue of Ethiopian Jews, and with aiding in the absorption of special groups, such as Jews from Buchara, Ethiopia, Syria and Yemen into Israeli society. As Director of Finance for the Jewish Agency’s Immigration Absorption Department, he helped establish the presence of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Russia, and serves on the boards of Israel’s Association of Community Centers and Hebrew University's Center for the Study of Philanthropy.
Arnon Ikan is the CEO of the Israel Center for Excellence through Education (ICEE), a non-profit organization that develops and uses innovative educational programs that aim to cultivate excellence, creativity and educational leadership among highly motivated exceling students, with equal opportunities for all levels and sectors of the Israeli population. Ikan is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) and holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics & Accounting from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Mr. Ikan worked for many years in the Israeli Ministry of Finance (MOF) in various senior positions, among them as the Senior Deputy Accountant General and as the Senior Director for Foreign Currency Transactions. Ikan also served as the CEO of the Government Company ASHRA, the Israeli Export Credit Agency. In addition, Ikan was the Vice President of the Merhav Group and managed the Finance area of this Group. Ikan joined the Board of Directors of CIMI on June 24, 2015.
Born in Kiryat Haim, Dror was a member of Hashomer Hatzair youth movement and later became a member of Kibbutz Revadim. He holds a BA in Sociology and Hebrew Literature and an MA in Social Work, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dror is a graduate of the Humphrey Fellowship, A Fulbright Exchange Program sponsored by the US Department of State, and spent one year in Boston, Mass. in 1984. He was a research and teaching assistant at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work of the Hebrew University.
From 1976-1988 Dror worked for the JDC Israel (The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) and from 1988-2015 for JDC The Association for the Planning and Development of ( Eshel Israel tasked with Services for the Elderly in Israel) where he was developing comprehensive responses to the complex challenges population. faced by Israeli society with the aging of its
charge of Planning, Development, Research, Evaluation, and Training.
Dror retired from his work.
Shimon Zurieli worked for many years for the youth movement HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed and for the Jerusalem Labor Council. Afterwards, he served as Secretary of the Histadrut in Jerusalem. In his last position before retiring, he was CEO of
ILAN - The Israeli Foundation for Handicapped Children. Shimon has a degree from the Hebrew University in the Department of Education, Administration and History.
Born in Guatemala, Jenny made Aliya to Israel in 1969. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Sociology.
Before retiring, most of Jenny’s work focused on research in the field of old age. Out of 36 years at Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel’s leading Center for applied social research, she was the director of the Center for Old Age Research for 14 years. Within this framework, Jenny managed researches on the situation and needs of old people and was involved with development and evaluation of programs to improve the services for old age people and their families. She was also a partner in developing the national program of coping with Altzehimer and the editor of the annual magazine 65+ in Israel for about 20 years.
In addition to her research activities, Jenny was a member in many professional national and international forums and a lecturer for many years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan.
Born in Romania in 1955 to a family of Holocaust survivors, he immigrated to Israel in 1962. A graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he joined the Israeli Foreign Service in 1978. Cultivated a diplomatic career of 38 years in which he focused on two major issues:
Participated in the establishment of the Department of Human Rights in the Foreign Ministry and assimilated the human rights component in the diplomatic work and in the Israeli government activity in general. A second major area was the strengthening of the Middle East peace process; diplomatic service in Egypt (1982-85) and heading the Jordan-Israel bilateral relations Department at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem (2004- 2009). Leading the Middle East Regional Cooperation Department (2013-16). From 2009 to 2013, he served as Israeli ambassador to South Korea.
After retiring from the Foreign Service in 2016, he joined the Center for International Migration and Integration (CIMI), and currently serves on the organization's executive committee.