Gal Yoffe took on the role of Chief operations officer in october 2017 . gal specializes in managing field deployment of relief teams, infrastructure and systems. Gal has vast experience in field operations after serving for 10 years in the Israeli Defense Forces and the Prime Minister's Office in a variety of roles. In addition, Gal is experienced in mountain and underwater search and rescue, and in deployment and implementation of technological systems. After graduating from Tel-Aviv University's MPH program in Emergency and Disaster Management, Gal joined Natan to deploy and lead relief missions in aiding population in transit and refugees. Gal served as head of mission for Natan's refugee aid operation in Serbia in 2016.
tzik Aharoni is a lifelong humanitarian and community activist with extensive global experience. From 2005 – 2015 Itzik was a Board Member and active volunteer at Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development. In 2004, Itzik co-founded NATAN - International Humanitarian Aid, where he serves as Treasurer, Board Member, and Head of Volunteer HR. In addition to taking a central role in planning disaster relief operations, Itzik also heads HR recruiting, interviewing and approving volunteers for active assignments. In 2005 Itzik headed the Tsunami Relief Operation in Sri Lanka. and then In 2008, Itzik headed the Refugee Aid Operation in Georgia. Previously, Itzik served as Regional Manager: Northern and Central Regions with the Israel Association of Community Centers. Itzik holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel and an MA in Business Administration, from the University of Manchester Extension Program, where he graduated with honors.
Dr. Sharon Shaul is a graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Medicine and a long-standing member of Natan’s Board of Directors. Dr. Shaul heads Natan's medical relief activities. Within two days of hearing about the earthquake in Nepal Dr. Sharon Shaul, a family doctor and mother of four, had dropped everything and boarded a plane to Kathmandu. In recent years she has taken part in the following Natan international aid operations: 2010 - Head of aid mission to Haiti, following the earthquake 2013 - Lead medical relief operations in the Philippines, following the typhoon Yolanda 2015 - Aid delegation to Nepal following the earthquake; 2016 - Establishment of a primary clinic for refugees in the transit camp in Presevo, Serbia. In Sharon’s words: "I believe the most important thing is to have respect for the local people. We can’t fully understand what the daily lives of the people will be like after we leave. So we always listen and respect the local people."
Dr. Eitan Shahar is Head of the Psychosocial Sector of Natan and member of the organization's executive committee. Eitan's expertise includes: international social work, community social work, social work in small communities and ethnic and migrant groups, qualitative research methods, volunteering, trauma and resilience building in communities. Dr. Shahar is Deputy Director of Welfare for the City of Ofakim and is a lecturer in the School of Social Work at Ben Gurion University. In the past, Eitan was a co-founder of the School of Social Work at Sapir Academic College and served as a lecturer and Coordinator of the Fieldwork Training Unit. Eitan has participated in a number of international aid operations including: Georgia, Haiti, Angola, Serbia and Greece.
Udi cohen leads Natan’s initiatives in new project development and is a key member of the core professional team. Udi is a professional educator, experienced in both formal and non-formal education. He has a rich history of social activism and volunteering, both in Israel and abroad. Currently, Udi is Director of Education at the Gan Haim preschool and kindergarten, affiliated with The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. In 2017 Udi served as Natan’s Head of Mission on Lesbos island, Greece, where he oversaw the OHF Community and Education Center for refugees and served as liaison with the UNHCR as well as local and international NGOs. He holds BA and MA degrees in Education and Jewish Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Sydney; a teaching certificate for early childhood education; and an MA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the management of non-profit organizations.
Dr. Tal Hanani is a therapist, MD General practitioner, and musician. Tal is a member of Natan’s Supervisory Committee and leads Natan’s initiatives in Emergency Medicine. Tal joined Natan in 2015, combining her education and skills with her passion for community empowerment and improving lives Tal, an Arabic speaker, volunteered as a primary medical care physician and music therapist in NATAN's operation for refugees at Camp –Presevo (Serbia), and has since then been an active member and consultant at NATAN medical development team and the core leading headquarter team, contributing in developing, planning and implementing of projects. Tal holds an MD degree from Bar-Ilan University and completed professional courses led by The Israeli School of Humanitarian Aid and RedR UK. Prior to her medical education Tal studied at the Rimon Music Academy. Over the last decade, Tal founded and led rhythm workshops and other projects aimed at improving the lives of under-privileged children and youth.
Gil REINES is a pilot whose career has spanned the globe, encompassing both his love of flying as well as humanitarian action. Following his air force service, Gil worked in non-formal education, serving as a coordinator for the Israeli Moshav Movement, heading community centers and serving as a Jewish Agency emissary in the USA. He has been a commercial airline pilot for the past 15 years. On one of his flights he met a friend, Itzik Aharoni, who told him about his humanitarian work with Natan. Gil caught the bug from Itzik and the rest is history. Over the past 6 years Gil has served with Natan at disaster sites all over the globe. He headed Natan’s mission to the Philippines in 2013 following the typhoon, and the mission to Nepal after the earthquake in 2015. Currently, Gil leads Natan's mobile dental clinic projects. In addition to his aviation training, Gil holds a BA in Sociology and a degree in family mediation.
DANA RUBIN HAS OVER 18 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE IN MANAGEMENT POSITIONS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, WITH EXPERTISE IN BUSINESS STRATEGY, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS, INVESTOR RELATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS. DANA SERVES AS Parterships lead AT the TEL-AVIV CHAPTER OF 'STARTUP GRIND', A GLOBAL STARTUP COMMUNITY DESIGNED TO EDUCATE, INSPIRE, AND CONNECT ENTREPRENEURS. DANA HOLDS a BA IN COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING AND an MBA in MARKETING. DANA LEADs NATAN'S Impact development activity AS WELL AS CONTRIBUTING TO STRATEGY AND PLANNING.
Karmit BERLINSKY worked in hi-tech for 10 years, mainly in project and product management, and needed a change in scenery. She set off to circle the world for over a year, to explore new cultures and volunteer. This quest lead to the decision to leave the private sector and join an organization focused on making a change where her project management skills and expertise can benefit others, especially in dealing with natural disaster relief. Karmit joins the Operations Team as Coordinator of Operations and Logistics.
As a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and a 30+ year career in advertising, Therese’s experience includes illustration, graphic design and art direction. In 2010 after many years as an award-winning Creative Director, Therese took her talents and experience to the classroom and began teaching graphic design and photography. Her work as an art educator has been the most rewarding and she hopes to continue that career path in Israel. Wanting to be near her children and grandchildren, Therese recently made Aliyah from New York. Through an Olim chat group, she discovered Natan and became inspired by our work and mission. She recently designed a new brochure for our organization and is excited about the opportunity to work us.
Nili Bresler heads Natan's Communications and Training team. She is a professional trainer and executive coach with over 20 years' experience in management at multinational technology companies. Prior to her career in high-tech, Nili was a journalist, having worked as a foreign correspondent, writer and photo editor for several news organizations, including the Associated Press. nili has been volunteering since age 14, starting with a youth project in the inner city of her hometown, bridgeport CT. Nili holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations and Economics from New York University. She is a professional Project Manager with a certificate from PMI and also holds a certificate in Training and Staff Development from New York University's Management Institute.
Anat Belluco Feinkuchen, HR Coordinator Anat has broad experience in all aspects of Human Resource operations, development and management. A Graduate of Ben Gurion University she holds a Masters in Psychology . During 35 years of professional experience she managed and become expert at the various professional fields of Human Resources : compensation & benefits, training, OD, recruitment, welfare, security and safety, in diverse organizations in the private sector. In those organizations she also led community engagement activities, leading employees who voulunteered in nearby communities. Anat become familiar with NATAN and its activities during the last years through her niece, Shlomit Leibovich, a long-standing NATAN volunteer.
Natan- International Humanitarian Aid is as a network of Israeli humanitarian disaster relief organizations and civil society organizations working together to assist communities facing humanitarian crisis and disasters.