Hebrew University faculty, students and alumni  are actively involved in shaping policy, running educational and advocacy  programs, and serving on relevant public bodies and in industry. A small sampling includes:


  • Almost 40 Hebrew University alumni at the Ministry of Environmental Protection in a wide variety of professional capacities
  • Dr. Miriam Haran,  former director-general, Ministry of Environment
  • Dr. Yossi Inbar, former director-general, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Prof. Eugene Kandel, head of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office, spearheading national plan for developing alternative fuels to oil for transportation
  • Avi Moshel, independent consultant, former deputy head of Air Quality & Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. Anat Rozen, general manager, Ashdod-Hevel Yavne Regional Association for Environmental Protection


  • Sarit Caspi-Oron, water scientist, Israel Union for Environmental Defense and colleagues Gilad Ostrovsky (solid waste expert), Dr. Arye Wanger (air quality) and Attorney Dana Tabachnik
  • Dr. Eilon Schwartz, founder and executive director, Heschel Center for  Environmental Learning and Leadership and colleagues Dr. Jeremy Benstein (co-founder and deputy director), Dr. Lia Ettinger (academic supervisor) and Michal Shami (deputy director, Green Schools network)
  • Prof. Alon Tal, founder of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

Public Service

  • Prof. Yona Chen, chairman of Joint Reviewing Committee, Binational Environment and Energy Research Program, France and Israel; former president, Israel Society for Ecology and Environmental Quality Sciences
  • Prof. Eli Feinerman, member (public representative), Israel Water Authority Council; board member, Open Landscape Institute of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
  • Prof. Haim Gvirtzman, member (public representative), Israel Water Authority Council 
  • Prof. Richard Laster, chair, Kidron Valley/Wadi Nar Basin Steering Committee
  • Prof. Boaz Lazar, member, Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) Monitoring Steering Committee, Israel Water Authority
  • Prof. Uri Shani, former director, Israel Water Authority


  • Yoel Gilon, senior vice president, BrightSource Energy
  • Dr. Barak Hershkovitz, chief technology officer, Better Place
  • Dr. Amit Mor, CEO, Eco Energy Ltd., previously consultant and project manager at the World Bank