Honorary Degrees

Honorary Doctor of Philosophy

2014

HE Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Brazil
HE Fernando Henrique Cardoso
His Excellency Fernando Henrique Cardoso served two terms as President of Brazil from 1995 to 2003. He was a professor of sociology and political science at the University... Read more

His Excellency Fernando Henrique Cardoso served two terms as President of Brazil from 1995 to 2003. He was a professor of sociology and political science at the University of Sao Paulo and President of the International Sociological Association from 1982-1986. He has authored numerous works including the classic, Dependency and Development in Latin America. Following his term as President, Cardoso was appointed professor of Brown University, with which he is still associated today. He has lectured at universities around the world, among them Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Stanford and Berkeley. Cardoso has received honorary degrees from over 20 institutions and is an honorary overseas member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, he was recognized as one of the world’s 100 major public intellectuals in a survey conducted by the magazines Prospect and Foreign Policy.

 

Ronnie C. Chan

Hong Kong, China
 Ronnie C. Chan
Ronnie Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Properties with over $11 billion investments at present in building commercial complexes in Mainland China. He founded and chairs China... Read more

Ronnie Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Properties with over $11 billion investments at present in building commercial complexes in Mainland China. He founded and chairs China Heritage Fund, is co-founding director of Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is an Advisor and former Vice President of China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Chan is also Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Society (New York), Director of the Board of Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations.  He is Founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including the World Economic Forum, Tsinghua University, and University of Southern California.

 

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Canada
The Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Harvey M. Krueger

USA
 Harvey M. Krueger

Agi Mishol

Israel
 Agi  Mishol
Israeli poet and creative writing teacher Agi Mishol was born in Transylvania in 1946 to Hungarian Holocaust survivors, making aliyah with her family at the age of 4. She... Read more

Israeli poet and creative writing teacher Agi Mishol was born in Transylvania in 1946 to Hungarian Holocaust survivors, making aliyah with her family at the age of 4. She has published 16 volumes of poetry, including a retrospective collection of all her works published in 2003. Some of her poems have been set to music and others translated into English and published in the United States under the title, Look There (Graywolf Press). Mishol has received the Prime Minister’s Award and the Yehuda Amihai Prize. Currently Director of the Helicon School of Poetry, she has taught creative writing at Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Alma College. She holds a master’s degree in literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Paulina Mizrahi de Deutsch

Argentina
 Paulina Mizrahi de Deutsch
Paulina (Polly) Mizrahi de Deutsch is a Governor of Tel Aviv University and has served as President of its Argentinean Friends Association since 1995. A professional social... Read more

Paulina (Polly) Mizrahi de Deutsch is a Governor of Tel Aviv University and has served as President of its Argentinean Friends Association since 1995. A professional social worker with extensive experience working in non-profit organizations, she is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires. She served professionally for the Argentine Chapter of the International Council of Jewish Women, and was awarded the Golda Meir Prize for her dedicated work. She holds Tel Aviv University’s President's Award and an Honorary Fellowship and was also awarded the Ben Gurion Prize by the Friends of Israel. Mrs. Deutsch is a former member of the executive council of the Tarbut School in Buenos Aires. In 1998, together with her late husband, Jorge, she founded the Deutsch Institute of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University.

 

Prof. David Sankoff

Canada
 Prof. David Sankoff
David Sankoff holds the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Genomics at the University of Ottawa. A researcher of bioinformatics and the evolution of species for 45... Read more

David Sankoff holds the Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Genomics at the University of Ottawa. A researcher of bioinformatics and the evolution of species for 45 years, he was co-editor of the milestone first book on computational biology in 1983. He formulated many of the original fundamental problems in the mathematical study of genes and genomes.  Sankoff is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the International Society of Computational Biology, and was the first recipient of the Society’s Senior Scientist Award. He is also the recipient of Oxford University’s Weldon Memorial Prize and the Association Francophone pour le Savoir Medal among other awards. He was founding editor of the journal Language Variation and Change.

 

Gil Shwed

Israel
 Gil Shwed
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies since its establishment in 1993, Gil Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall. Under his... Read more

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Check Point Software Technologies since its establishment in 1993, Gil Shwed is considered the inventor of the modern firewall. Under his leadership, Check Point has grown to become the world leader in enterprise firewall appliances, and has over 3,000 employees and revenues of up to $1.4 billion annually. Among Shwed’s numerous accolades are an honorary doctorate from the Technion, the World Economic Forum's ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ award, and the Academy of Achievement's ‘Golden Plate Award’ for his contribution to business and technology. Shwed chairs the Executive Committee of the TAU Youth University, as well as the Yecholot Association founded by the Rashi Foundation, which works to reduce the dropout rates in high schools. Shwed is a TAU Governor and founder of the University’s Check Point Institute for Information Security.

 

Prof. Paul Zimmet

Australia
 Prof. Paul  Zimmet
Prof. Paul Zimmet is Foundation Director of the International Diabetes Institute and Director Emeritus of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He has... Read more

Prof. Paul Zimmet is Foundation Director of the International Diabetes Institute and Director Emeritus of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne. He has served on numerous international diabetes committees, including for the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation, of which he is also Honorary President. He has published over 850 scientific papers, chapters and reviews, and is one of the most highly cited scientists in his field. Awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2001 for his services to medical research, Zimmet is also a recipient of the 2013 Research Australia’s Peter Wills Medal and a member of the Spanish Royal National Academy of Medicine, among many other accolades. He is a longtime supporter of Tel Aviv University in the field of diabetes research.

 

2013

Leonard Blavatnik

UK / USA
 Leonard  Blavatnik
Founder and Chairman of Access Industries, Len Blavatnik was born in Odessa and raised in Russia. He emigrated to the US with his family in 1978, became a US citizen in... Read more

Founder and Chairman of Access Industries, Len Blavatnik was born in Odessa and raised in Russia. He emigrated to the US with his family in 1978, became a US citizen in 1984, and completed a master’s degree in Computer Science at Columbia University and an MBA at Harvard Business School. An active philanthropist, he and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have provided significant support to a wide range of educational, scientific, cultural and Jewish institutions around the world, including the endowment of the Blavatnik School of Computer Science at TAU in 2008 and the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University in 2010. Blavatnik is a Governor of Tel Aviv University and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is a member of Harvard University's Committee on University Resources.

 

Jeremy Coller

UK
 Jeremy Coller
British entrepreneur Jeremy Coller founded his business in 1990. Coller Capital is today a global firm with some $10 billion under management and interests in over 2,500... Read more

British entrepreneur Jeremy Coller founded his business in 1990. Coller Capital is today a global firm with some $10 billion under management and interests in over 2,500 companies. Coller is recognized for his pioneering of new asset classes, in particular the facilitation and promotion of liquidity through secondary trading in private equity interests. He holds a BSc in Management Sciences from Manchester University, an MA in philosophy from Sussex University and a Diplôme Cours de Civilisation from the Sorbonne. In 2011, he received an Honorary Fellowship from the London Business School and, in 2008, was named Manchester University’s Alumnus of the Year. He is the author of The Lives, Loves and Deaths of Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors, an analysis of 30 inventors who changed the world.

 

Prof. Ray Jackendoff

USA
Prof. Ray Jackendoff
Ray Jackendoff is a professor at Tufts University and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies. He specializes in the study of meaning in natural language, its... Read more

Ray Jackendoff is a professor at Tufts University and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies. He specializes in the study of meaning in natural language, its connection to the human conceptual system and its linguistic expression. He is also a classical clarinetist, and often performs recital and chamber music in the Boston area. Together with composer Prof. Fred Lerdahl, he wrote a book on musical cognition, A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, in 1983. He is former President of the Linguistic Society of America and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and a member of several other academic associations. He received the 2003 Jean Nicod Prize in Cognitive Philosophy, and holds honorary degrees from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the National University of Music in Bucharest.

 

Prof. Robert Langer

USA
Prof. Robert  Langer
The David H. Koch Professor at MIT, Robert Langer received his BSc from Cornell University in 1970 and his ScD from MIT in 1974, both in chemical engineering. He has... Read more

The David H. Koch Professor at MIT, Robert Langer received his BSc from Cornell University in 1970 and his ScD from MIT in 1974, both in chemical engineering. He has published some 1,200 scientific articles and holds approximately 800 issued and pending patents that have been licensed or sublicensed to over 200 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotech and medical device companies. A former member and chairman of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Science Board, he was selected by Forbes Magazine in 2002 as one of the world’s 15 innovators who will reinvent our future. Langer is among only a handful of people ever to be elected to all three United States National Academies and – at age 43 – the youngest ever to hold this distinction. He holds honorary degrees from institutions around the world.

 

Maurice Lévy

France
 Maurice Lévy
Maurice Lévy joined the Publicis Groupe in 1971 and was named Chairman and CEO in 1987. Under his stewardship, the multinational company has grown into a global powerhouse... Read more

Maurice Lévy joined the Publicis Groupe in 1971 and was named Chairman and CEO in 1987. Under his stewardship, the multinational company has grown into a global powerhouse of integrated and digital communications. Lévy is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Supervisory Boards of La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild. He is former President of the EEC’s “Comité de Sages” (Committee of Wise Men) for the digitization of European cultural heritage and of the French Association of Private Sector Companies. He co-founded the French Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord disorders (ICM) and co-authored The Intangible Economy Report. He holds the distinctions of Grand Officier d'Ordre National du Mérite, and Commandeur du Légion d’Honneur, among others.

 

Prof. Carla J. Shatz

USA
Prof. Carla J.  Shatz
Carla Shatz is a professor of biology and neurobiology and the Sapp Family Provostial Professor at Stanford University. She received her BSc in chemistry from the Radcliffe... Read more

Carla Shatz is a professor of biology and neurobiology and the Sapp Family Provostial Professor at Stanford University. She received her BSc in chemistry from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, before studying biology at University College London. She later completed a PhD in neurobiology at Harvard in 1976 under the supervision of Nobel laureates David Hubel and Torsten Wiese. Shatz’s ongoing research on brain connectivity during development has garnered her numerous scientific and popular accolades, and she was invited to speak on the subject at the White House in 1997. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society and the Institute of Medicine, and serves on several medical advisory boards.

 

Judith Yovel Recanati

Israel
 Judith Yovel Recanati
Judith Yovel Recanati is a leading social activist who is committed to, and strives for, a stronger, healthier Israeli society. She is the founder and chairperson of NATAL:... Read more

Judith Yovel Recanati is a leading social activist who is committed to, and strives for, a stronger, healthier Israeli society. She is the founder and chairperson of NATAL: Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War (1998), an organization that assists victims on their path to healing. She is the recipient of the President's Award for Volunteerism (2008). Together with her late husband, Dr. Israel Yovel, and her children, she founded the Gandyr Family Foundation in 2004. Yovel Recanati is an active member of the ”Committed to Give” (CTG) group, a social entrepreneurship initiative for promoting Israeli philanthropy, and she serves on the boards of several civil society organizations. She is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven.

 

Miriam Zohar-Galblum

Israel
 Miriam Zohar-Galblum
Born in Czernowitz, Romania, Miriam Zohar-Galblum survived the Holocaust as a child, together with her mother and brother; her father perished in the death camps. At the... Read more

Born in Czernowitz, Romania, Miriam Zohar-Galblum survived the Holocaust as a child, together with her mother and brother; her father perished in the death camps. At the end of the war, she boarded the Pan York ma’apilim ship to Palestine, only to be stopped en route by the British and sent to a detention camp in Cyprus. It was during this time that her first sparks of interest in acting surfaced and, upon reaching Israel, she helped found an immigrant Yiddish theater group. In 1951, she auditioned for Habima and, since then, has performed in dozens of classical and modern dramatic works at the country’s top theaters, among them: Shaw’s Cleopatra, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Miller’s Crucible and Death of a Salesman. She has won the Israel Prize, Klausner Prize, Gnessin Prize, Silver Rose Award and many others.

 

2012

Prof. Ronald Raphael Coifman

USA
Prof. Ronald Raphael Coifman
Ronald Coifman is the Phillips Professor of Mathematics and a professor of computer science at Yale University. Coifman gained his PhD from the University of Geneva in... Read more

Ronald Coifman is the Phillips Professor of Mathematics and a
professor of computer science at Yale University. Coifman gained his PhD from the University of Geneva in 1965, and joined the Yale faculty in 1980.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and the US National Academy of Sciences. He is largely credited for formulating wavelet theory, the applications of which now appear in a broad range of scientific fields, including compression, signal and image processing, noise removal from images and the solving of differential equations. Coifman is a recipient of the 1996 DARPA Sustained Excellence Award, the 1996 Connecticut Science Medal, the 1999 Pioneer Award of the International Society for Industrial
and Applied Science, and the 1999 National Medal of Science. He has had strong ties with Tel Aviv University since the 1970s, as both a visiting scientist and a supporter of young TAU researchers and graduate students.

Yehoram Gaon

Israel
 Yehoram Gaon
Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Yehoram Gaon embarked on his artistic career in 1957 when he joined the IDF Nahal Troupe as a singer and actor. He continued on this path in the... Read more

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Yehoram Gaon embarked on his artistic career in 1957 when he joined the IDF Nahal Troupe as a singer and actor. He continued on this path in the Ha’Tarnegolim Troupe and later in the Gesher Ha’Yarkon Trio, one of the most successful vocal ensembles in Israel’s history.
In 1966, while studying television directing and acting in the United States, Gaon was called upon to return to Israel and play the role of Kazablan in the musical of the same name – an iconic role that cemented his place in Israel’s cultural annals.
Gaon has recorded 62 albums featuring hundreds of songs by Israel’s top poets and composers, and has played a key role in the revival of liturgical Ladino poetry. He also edits and hosts radio shows, appears as a television personality and performs public service and community work. He was awarded the Israel Prize in 2004 for his contribution to Israeli song, and is a Distinguished Citizen and a former City Council Member of Jerusalem.

Prof. Jörg Hacker

Germany
Prof. Jörg Hacker
Jörg Hacker was elected President of the Leopoldina, Germany’s National Academy of Sciences, in March 2010. Born in Germany in 1952, Hacker studied biology at Martin... Read more

Jörg Hacker was elected President of the Leopoldina, Germany’s National Academy of Sciences, in March 2010.

Born in Germany in 1952, Hacker studied biology at Martin Luther University, specializing in genetics and microbiology. After completing post-doctoral research at the University of Würzburg in 1986, Hacker remained there, becoming
director of the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology in 1993.
He is best known for his research on the genomics of pathogenic bacteria, and was the first to discover “pathogenicity islands,”  groups of genes in the bacterial
genome that are responsible for the ability of microorganisms to cause disease. He is a former Vice President of the German Research Foundation and former President of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin.


Hacker is a member of numerous professional societies, including the exclusive European Molecular Biology Organization, and is a former president of the European
Academy of Microbiology. He holds honorary degrees from
Umeå University, Sweden; the University of Hyderabad, India;
and the University of Pecs, Hungary. He has been a visiting
researcher at the Pasteur Institute, France, and a guest lecturer at Tel Aviv University’s Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies.

Maureen Lipman

UK
 Maureen Lipman
Maureen Lipman was born in Yorkshire, England, to a family of Jewish immigrants. After completing her studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she embarked... Read more

Maureen Lipman was born in Yorkshire, England, to a family of Jewish immigrants. After completing her studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she embarked on her stage career in 1967. Since then, she has participated in countless films, plays and television series, including serving as a member of the Royal National Theatre for a period under the artistic direction of Sir Laurence Olivier. Lipman has been both host and regular guest on radio shows, has written columns and articles published in The Guardian and other British newspapers, and is a member of the editorial board of Jewish Renaissance magazine. She has engaged in philanthropic work on behalf of Myeloma UK and a number of political organizations, and is particularly known for her contribution to the UK campaign for the democratization of Burma and her support of scholarships for Burmese students. She has received numerous accolades for her work, most notably the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999.

Miles S. Nadal

Canada
 Miles S. Nadal
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Miles Nadal is the founder, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners Inc., one of the world’s largest international marketing and communications... Read more

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Miles Nadal is the founder, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners Inc., one of the world’s largest international marketing and communications conglomerates with over 35 holdings. Other companies he has founded include First Asset Management Inc., one of Canada’s largest independent asset management firms, and Peerage Capital, a private equity firm. Nadal is an active member
of G100, a private group of chief executive officers of the world's
largest and most significant companies. He is active in many
organizations within the Toronto Jewish community, and is a major benefactor of health, education and child welfare causes. Nadal has received dozens of awards for his contributions to society, among them the Human Relations Award (2001) and the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Harold Lederman Award for Outstanding Community Service and Philanthropic Leadership (2007).

Nadal is frequently invited to give guest lectures on entrepreneurship at universities throughout North America, and
was recently keynote speaker at a Harvard Business School
event. His recent commitment to supporting technological R&D
at Tel Aviv University will enable speedier translation of  scientific discoveries into life-improving products.

Miki Nevo

Israel
 Miki Nevo
Miki Nevo is the founder and director of Ma’ase–The Center for Young Volunteers in Israel’s Periphery. Born in Tel Aviv, Nevo gained undergraduate degrees from the Hebrew... Read more

Miki Nevo is the founder and director of Ma’ase–The Center for Young Volunteers in Israel’s Periphery. Born in Tel Aviv, Nevo gained undergraduate degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in mathematics, computer science and biology, and then attended the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem. He served as principal of the Misgav High School in the Galilee for six years, before becoming active in a range of educational projects in the north of Israel that opened his eyes to the widespread socio-economic hardship of the local residents. This spurred him to establish Ma’ase as a means of creating a sense of solidarity among the various groups that make up Israeli society based on a shared value of volunteerism. Ma’ase enables young Israelis from all backgrounds to work for a year within the community, study a variety of fields and develop their leadership skills. The organization employs 80 people and coordinates the service
of 1,000 volunteers annually.

Prof. Robert D. Putnam

USA
Prof. Robert D. Putnam
Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he also served as Dean and Director of... Read more

Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he also served as Dean and Director of the Center for International Affairs, among other roles. Putnam is best known for his book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, which earned him broad recognition and popularity within the academic, public and political spheres. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the British Academy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a former staff member of the US National Security Council and former president of the American Political Science Association. Putnam has authored 12 books and numerous academic articles that have been published in 20 languages and are cited in scientific papers around the world.

Saviona Rotlevy

Israel
 Saviona Rotlevy
Born and raised in Israel, Saviona Rotlevy pursued legal studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was selected as a judge on the Tel Aviv and Central... Read more

Born and raised in Israel, Saviona Rotlevy pursued legal studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was selected as a judge on the Tel Aviv and Central District
Juvenile Court in 1978 and, in 1993, was appointed to the Tel
Aviv District Court, eventually being appointed as vice president
of that institution. In 1996, she was selected to chair the Rotlevy Committee, a public commission charged with reexamining Israeli legislation on children’s rights and ensuring Israel’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Rotlevy has established various forums that give a voice to the vulnerable and disempowered, among them the
ELEM organization for at-risk youth in both Israel and the US,
and serves as president of the Israeli Center for Rights of Crime
Victims. She also founded the Israel Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges. She developed Israel’s first academic courses for child investigators and
child protection officers at Tel Aviv University’s Bob Shapell School of Social Work, and has recently been involved in the curriculum of the MA Program in Child and Youth Culture at TAU’s Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities.
Rotlevy received TAU’s Renata Adler Memorial Award for 2011
and was a 2011 Fellow of the Israel Bar Association.

Sami Sagol

Israel
 Sami Sagol
Sami Sagol is one of Israel’s most prominent industrialists and philanthropists. Under his leadership, the Keter Group, which was founded by his father Joseph Sagol, has... Read more

Sami Sagol is one of Israel’s most prominent industrialists and philanthropists. Under his leadership, the Keter Group, which was founded by his father Joseph Sagol, has grown from a small workshop to a network of global companies and a world leader in the home improvement consumer products industry. The Group in general, and Sami personally, have garnered numerous awards for innovation, progress, social responsibility and exceptional achievements, among them Israel’s “Industry Prize” and the French Légion d'Honneur medal. In addition to his business activities, Sami, together with his wife, Tova, continue to enhance Israeli society through supporting initiatives that promote higher education, scientific excellence, coexistence and the bridging of social and economic gaps. Among these are “Mifalot,” a high-impact program that promotes youth development through sport and social education of 20,000 children, and “d-Vision,” a initiative that is nurturing excellence and developing the next generation of exceptional entrepreneurs, engineers and designers. In recent years, Sagol has focused some of his philanthropic endeavors on promoting brain research in Israel, supporting a range of major projects at Israeli universities, medical centers and corporations.

Helen Sarah Steyer

Venezuela
 Helen Sarah Steyer
Helen Steyer grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, before pursuing her higher education in the United States, where she gained bachelor and master’s degrees in Spanish language... Read more

Helen Steyer grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, before pursuing her higher education in the United States, where she gained bachelor and master’s degrees in Spanish language and literature. Steyer has lived in San Francisco for the past 30 years, working as a principal translator, editor and proposal coordinator for an international civil engineering design firm. She has also served as a university lecturer and freelance interpreter. Steyer has been a Tel Aviv University Governor since 1990, although her ties with the University began in 1984, along with her late father, Stanley. Together with her brother, Thomas, Helen is an active and committed philanthropist who supports a broad range of projects in the US and Israel, including at Tel Aviv University.

Thomas Mark Steyer

Venezuela
 Thomas Mark Steyer
Thomas Steyer grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, moving to the United States to pursue an undergraduate degree in business from Adelphi University and an MBA from the City... Read more

Thomas Steyer grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, moving to the United States to pursue an undergraduate degree in business from Adelphi University and an MBA from the City University of New York. Steyer then returned to Caracas, where he spent the next 30 years as General Manager of the family businesses, Vista CA and Inmobiliaria Toladis CA. In 1999, he relocated to Florida to run the family’s international real estate corporation. Steyer is an engaged philanthropist who, together with his sister, Helen, has adopted a hands-on approach to his involvement in a broad range of projects in the US and Israel, including at Tel Aviv University. He has been a member of the TAU Board of Governors since 1990, although his ties with the University began in 1984 together with his late father, Stanley, in whose name TAU’s School of Health Professions is dedicated.

2011

Prof. Ruth Arnon

Israel
Prof. Ruth Arnon
Ruth Arnon is the Paul Ehrlich Professor of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and President of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and Humanities. A 2001... Read more

Ruth Arnon is the Paul Ehrlich Professor of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and President of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and Humanities. A 2001 Israel Prize laureate in Medicine for research in the use of synthetic molecules for studying the immune system, she is a co-developer of the multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone and the founder of BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, which is developing a universal vaccine against the flu virus. Arnon gained her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1963, holding senior positions in the administration, including as Dean of the Faculty of Biology and as Vice President. She has been a visiting professor at numerous institutions and is the recipient of several awards including the Wolf Prize for Medicine, the Rothschild Prize in Biology and the Knight of the Legion of Honor, France.

Tarun Das

India
 Tarun Das
Tarun Das is one of India's most prominent business leaders. He has dedicated his professional career to the promotion of Indian industry, culminating in his service as the... Read more

Tarun Das is one of India's most prominent business leaders. He has dedicated his professional career to the promotion of Indian industry, culminating in his service as the head of CII, the Confederation of Indian Industry, from 1974 to 2004. Under Das's leadership CII has become the largest organization of its kind in the world. Serving in a broad range of public roles including as president of the Aspen India Institute, as member of the G20 advisory committee of the Indian government, and as joint chairman of several bilateral strategic dialogue forums, he is considered the guiding force behind efforts to integrate and promote India in the global economy. Das was awarded an honorary CBE by the Queen of England for his contribution to Indo-British relations, in addition to numerous other accolades. He holds two bachelor's degrees in economics and commerce from Calcutta University, India, and Manchester University, UK, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Warwick, UK. Das is co- founder and co-chair of TAU's India-Israel Forum.

Yoram Kaniuk

Israel
 Yoram  Kaniuk
Yoram Kaniuk is one of Israel's leading authors and cultural figures. He has written dozens of works, including novels, novellas and books for children and youth, many of... Read more

Yoram Kaniuk is one of Israel's leading authors and cultural figures. He has written dozens of works, including novels, novellas and books for children and youth, many of which have been translated into over 20 languages and turned into plays, films and television series. Among his most well-known works are Himmo, King of Jerusalem, Adam Resurrected, Rocking Horse, The Last Jew, Between Life and Death and 1948. Born and educated in Tel Aviv before the establishment of the State, Kaniuk served in the Palmach and fought in Israel's War of Independence. During his multifaceted career he has been a painter, a sailor and an adventurer searching for gold in Mexico and diamonds in Guatemala. He is the winner of numerous prizes including the Brenner Prize, Bialik Prize, President's Prize for Literature and the 2010 Sapir Prize for Literature.

Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, FRS

USA
Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, FRS
Sir Harold Kroto, a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, has been a professor of chemistry at Florida State University since 2004. He was knighted in 1996 and, in the... Read more

Sir Harold Kroto, a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology, has been a professor of chemistry at Florida State University since 2004. He was knighted in 1996 and, in the same year, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, together with his colleagues Robert Curl and Richard Smalley, for the discovery of a new form of hollow carbon. This finding laid the foundation for new directions in nano-scale technology and materials science. In 1995 he co-founded the Vega Science Trust, a UK educational charity that produces science films for the general public. Kroto gained his bachelor's and doctorate from the University of Sheffield, UK, and joined the faculty of the University of Sussex in 1967. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (US), and a former President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has received 29 honorary degrees.

Bruno Landesberg

Israel
 Bruno Landesberg
Bruno Landesberg is one of Israel's most prominent and influential industrialists. He is the founder, General Manager and Chairman of Sano-Bruno's Enterprises Ltd., a... Read more

Bruno Landesberg is one of Israel's most prominent and influential industrialists. He is the founder, General Manager and Chairman of Sano-Bruno's Enterprises Ltd., a manufacturer of cleaning products in Israel and the world. He was a pioneer in forging Israeli- Chinese commercial ties, opening a factory in Xinyang, China, in 1995. A humanist and intellectual, Landesberg has been involved in numerous philanthropic enterprises and is the recipient of many awards including the State of Israel Industry Prize; Italy's Knight of Honor Award; the Advertising Association Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Advertising; the Hugo Ramniceanu Prize in Economics of Tel Aviv University in 2007; and a Distinguished Industrialist Award from the Manufacturers Association of Israel. Landsberg is a TAU Governor and longtime University supporter.

Angela Merkel

Germany
 Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg in 1954, the daughter of a pastor and a teacher, and raised in Templin, East Germany. She was educated at the University of Leipzig, ... Read more
Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg in 1954, the daughter of a pastor and a teacher, and raised in Templin, East Germany. She was educated at the University of Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973-1978. She worked and studied at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978-1990, during which time she completed her doctorate in quantum chemistry. She also learned to speak fluent Russian, earning a statewide prize for her proficiency. In 1989, Merkel became involved in the growing democracy movement following the fall of the Berlin Wall, eventually becoming deputy spokesperson of the new political party Democratic Awakening. In 1990 she was elected to the Bundestag, becoming Minister for Women and Youth in Helmut Kohl’s third cabinet, representing the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). In 1994 she was made Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. When Kohl was defeated in the 1998 general election, Merkel was named Secretary-General of the CDU, later chairperson and, in 2002, leader of the opposition. In 2005 she assumed the office of Chancellor, and was reelected in 2009.

Donald W. Seal, QC

Canada
 Donald W. Seal, QC
Former judge and highly esteemed member of the Quebec Bar for more than 55 years, Donald W. Seal, QC, is senior partner in the Montreal law firm, Seidman and Seidman. Seal... Read more

Former judge and highly esteemed member of the Quebec Bar for more than 55 years, Donald W. Seal, QC, is senior partner in the Montreal law firm, Seidman and Seidman. Seal graduated from McGill University in 1954, was received at the Bar in 1955, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. During his distinguished career he has set ground-breaking precedents in jurisprudence that are taught in universities and cited in courts. He serves on the boards of numerous private and public companies, as well as community and charitable organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Electronic Solutions Inc. Seal has long been a generous supporter of the arts and education. He has been a TAU Governor and dedicated member of the Canadian Friends of TAU for over 30 years, serving on its Executive Board and as its legal advisor.

Adina Tal

Israel
 Adina Tal
Adina Tal has led a prolific career in the arts and theater, including writing and directing for the Jerusalem Theater Group. In 1985 she established the independent... Read more

Adina Tal has led a prolific career in the arts and theater, including writing and directing for the Jerusalem Theater Group. In 1985 she established the independent "Erua Theater," whose hallmark is interactive theater with social content. She is a pioneer in developing methods for working with blind, deaf and mute actors; in 2002 she founded the "Na Laga'at" Association, the first deaf-blind theater ensemble in the world, and in 2007 she established

the "Na Laga'at" Center in Jaffa, for which she serves as President and Artistic Director. She wrote and directed the play, Light Is Heard in Zig-Zag, which brought her troupe international fame, including a Certificate of Excellence of the Massachusetts State Legislature in Boston. Other awards won by Tal include the Medal of Equality of the Ministry of Justice Commission for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities and, together with the "Na Laga'at" Association, the Celia Trump "Chesed" Award, granted by Beit Issie Shapiro to a worthy individual or group which has made a major contribution in the sphere of developmental disabilities in Israel.

Prof. Michael S. Waterman

USA
Prof. Michael S. Waterman
Michael Waterman is a professor of biological sciences, mathematics and computer science at the University of Southern California. A founding father of the field of... Read more

Michael Waterman is a professor of biological sciences, mathematics and computer science at the University of Southern California. A founding father of the field of bioinformatics, Waterman has made significant contributions to computational biology and to the mathematics of genome research for over 30 years. He was also the founding editor of the first journal in the field, the Journal of Computational Biology. Waterman gained his master's and doctorate in statistics from Michigan State University, and has been a visiting professor at leading institutions. He is a fellow of the American National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the French Academy of Science, an inaugural fellow of the International Society for Applied Mathematics and the International Society of Computational Biology, and others. He is the recipient of numerous international prizes, including the prestigious Gairdner Prize.

2010

Ron Arad

UK / Israel
 Ron Arad
Architect and designer Ron Arad is a prominent figure in the international design world. Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in... Read more
Architect and designer Ron Arad is a prominent figure in the international design world. Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before settling in London, where he continued his training at the Architectural Association. He founded Ron Arad Associates Ltd. in 1989, followed by Architecture and Design in London in 1993 and the Ron Arad Studio in Italy in 1994. Arad is known for his experimental pieces that exploit the essential characteristics of their raw materials, draw on the latest applied research and are made using high-precision machine tools. He also works in urban sculpture, organizes workshops in Europe and serves as a Professor Emeritus at the Royal College of Art, where he recently completed a 12-year term as the Chair of its Design Department. He has won numerous awards for his designs, among which are the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, and the Maserati HQ Showroom in Rimini, Italy.

Prof Alan Dershowitz

USA
Prof Alan Dershowitz
A leading figure in the American legal world, Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. After graduating first in his class at Yale... Read more
A leading figure in the American legal world, Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. After graduating first in his class at Yale Law School, Dershowitz was made a full professor at age 28, at the time the youngest such appointee in the history of Harvard Law School. He focuses primarily on criminal law, and has participated in several high-profile criminal cases. Known worldwide for his support of Israel, Dershowitz is a prominent commentator on Israeli-Palestinian relations. He is a recipient of the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award of the Anti-Defamation League for his work in civil and human rights, among many other accolades. He has written 27 fiction and non-fiction works, and has published hundreds of articles in over 50 national newspapers and magazines.

Evgenia Dodina

Israel
 Evgenia Dodina
Evgenia Dodina is a celebrated Israeli actress born in Mogilev, Belarus. She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Arts in Moscow before embarking on her acting career at... Read more
Evgenia Dodina is a celebrated Israeli actress born in Mogilev, Belarus. She studied acting at the Royal Academy of Arts in Moscow before embarking on her acting career at Moscow’s Maikovsky Theater. During a trip to Israel in 1990 with theater director Yevgeny Arye and other Russian actors, she decided to remain in the country. Together with Arye, she established the Gesher Theater, one of Israel’s most esteemed theater troupes. Dodina has acted in dozens of theatrical, film and television roles in a broad range of genres, and has received several prestigious awards, among them the Rosenblum Prize for Theater Arts, the Klachkin Prize, the Best Actress award at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival for her portrayal of Hannah Robina, and two Actress of the Year awards from the Israel Theater for her roles in Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Slave. For the past three years she has been a company member of the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv. Dodina’s standing in Israeli culture was cemented in 2009 when she was chosen to light one of the 12 torches at Israel’s 61st Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl.

Shlomo Eliahu

Israel
 Shlomo Eliahu
Shlomo Eliahu is a leading Israeli businessman and the founder of the Eliahu Insurance Company. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Eliahu immigrated to Israel with his family in 1950.... Read more
Shlomo Eliahu is a leading Israeli businessman and the founder of the Eliahu Insurance Company. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Eliahu immigrated to Israel with his family in 1950. Beginning his insurance career as a courier and then insurance agent, he founded his first insurance agency in 1955, and the Eliahu Insurance Company in 1966. He served as a Member of Knesset for the “Dash” party from 1978-1980, during which time he was a member of the Finance Committee and Aliyah and Absorption Committee. At this time he also initiated business dealings in real estate, constructing several high-rise buildings. From 1982-2005 he had major holdings in Israel Phoenix and Ayalon Insurance, and in 2007 he was named the second largest shareholder in the Israeli banking sector after Shari Arison.

Prof Marc Feldman

USA
Prof Marc Feldman
A professor at Stanford University, Marc Feldman has focused for the past 40 years on the application of mathematics and statistics to the fields of genetics, evolution,... Read more
A professor at Stanford University, Marc Feldman has focused for the past 40 years on the application of mathematics and statistics to the fields of genetics, evolution, anthropology and demography. He first achieved international recognition for his research on complex genetic systems. Later on he worked on the mathematical theory of cultural evolution, which led to a 20- year collaboration with Chinese demographers on the genderratio imbalance, thus shaping policies aimed at reducing the preference for sons in China. His work on cultural evolution has profoundly influenced modern anthropology and behavioral economics. Since 1994, Feldman has studied human genetic variation at the DNA level, spearheading the largest study ever conducted in the field and working tirelessly to use genome science to combat racism. He currently serves as academic director of Bridging the Rift, a joint Israeli-Jordanian project aimed at fostering scientific relations between the two countries.

Irwin M. Jacobs

USA
 Irwin M. Jacobs
Dr. Irwin Jacobs is the co-founder and former CEO of Qualcomm, a elecommunications company. He is a former associate professor of electrical engineering at MIT and... Read more
Dr. Irwin Jacobs is the co-founder and former CEO of Qualcomm, a elecommunications company. He is a former associate professor of electrical engineering at MIT and professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Jacobs holds several patents, and is the recipient of prestigious awards and honorary degrees, including the National Medal of Technology Award bestowed by the President of the United States, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Financial Times, the Ernst & Young Leadership Award for Global Integration, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In May 2008 he was named Chair of the US National Academy of Engineering. In the public sphere, Dr. Jacobs serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he lives. Together with his wife, Joan, he is a generous supporter of cultural, scientific and educational institutions.

S. Lee Kohrman

USA
 S. Lee Kohrman
A lawyer by profession, S. Lee Kohrman is a Jewish community leader from Cleveland, Ohio, and founder and owner of the law firm Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz. Since... Read more
A lawyer by profession, S. Lee Kohrman is a Jewish community leader from Cleveland, Ohio, and founder and owner of the law firm Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz. Since becoming director of the David and Inez Myers Foundation, Kohrman has devoted the bulk of his time to promoting social and educational issues in Israel and the American Jewish community. He achieves this through frequent visits to Israel during which he personally supervises projects throughout the country – from Kiryat Shmona to Dimona. Kohrman is a member of the board of numerous Jewish organizations in the US, and is president of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, among other roles. .

Zvi Meitar

UK / Israel
 Zvi Meitar
Advocate Zvi Meitar is a leading figure in Israel’s legal and business communities. After graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a master of jurisprudence,... Read more
Advocate Zvi Meitar is a leading figure in Israel’s legal and business communities. After graduating from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a master of jurisprudence, Meitar founded his law firm – Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein and Partners. He served as President of the Law Society of Tel Aviv from 1983 to 1995, and during that same period was a member of the state committee that appoints all Israeli judges. In the 1980s, Meitar became involved in international business ventures including partnership in one of the largest telecommunications conglomerates in Israel. He has established several family funds that have made substantial donations to numerous causes, including higher education and culture in Israel and the UK. Meitar holds many honors and awards, among them an Honorary Waynflete Fellow, Fellow of the Royal Albert Hall, and Honorary Commodore of the National Maritime Museum. He has lived in London since 2001.

Prof Erwin Neher

Germany
Prof Erwin Neher
Recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, Prof. Erwin Neher is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany,... Read more
Recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, Prof. Erwin Neher is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, and chair of its Department of Membrane Biophysics. After completing his physics BSc at the Technical University of Munich in 1966, Neher won a Fulbright Fellowship for graduate studies in biophysics at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, US. He has also researched at Yale University and the California Institute of Technology. In 1986 Neher was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University and, in 1987, the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation – the highest honor awarded in German research. Neher is also a professor at the University of Göttingen and a co-chair of the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in that city.

2009

Lord David Alliance

UK
Lord David Alliance
Lord David Alliance is a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist in the UK. Born in Iran, he moved to England when he was 17. He was the founder of Coats Viyella, a... Read more
Lord David Alliance is a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist in the UK. Born in Iran, he moved to England when he was 17. He was the founder of Coats Viyella, a successful manufacturing firm operating in 67 countries, and is Chairman and main shareholder of a direct mail order company. He received a CBE in 1984, a knighthood in 1989 and a life peerage in 2004. Lord Alliance has served on numerous public committees and operates the Alliance Family Foundation, which was established to help the needy and advance knowledge of religion, education and medicine. He holds a number of honorary degrees, among them a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa from both the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, a Doctor of Science from Heriot-Watt University, an Honorary Fellowship Honoris Causa from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, and Fellowships from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and from the City and Guilds of London Institute.

Gila Almagor

Israel
 Gila Almagor
Israel Prize laureate Gila Almagor is one of Israel’s most celebrated actresses, authors, screenwriters and media personalities. In 1963, she went to study at the Lee... Read more
Israel Prize laureate Gila Almagor is one of Israel’s most celebrated actresses, authors, screenwriters and media personalities. In 1963, she went to study at the Lee Strasberg Acting School in New York, and immediately upon her return to Israel embarked upon her professional career as an actress. Almagor has played over fifty major film roles and dozens on the Israeli stage in a broad variety of genres. She has also engaged extensively in charitable causes. She was a founder of the Israeli Union of Performing Artists and has chaired, among other organizations, the Tel Aviv branch of the Israel Cancer Association and the Israeli division of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. Her voluntary work has been recognized through various awards, among them the President’s Merit Award for Volunteers.

Justice Miriam Ben-Porat

Israel
Justice Miriam Ben-Porat
Miriam Ben-Porat is one of Israel’s most prominent judges. In 1977 she became the first woman to serve on the Israeli Supreme Court, eventually rising to the role of deputy... Read more
Miriam Ben-Porat is one of Israel’s most prominent judges. In 1977 she became the first woman to serve on the Israeli Supreme Court, eventually rising to the role of deputy president. At the same time, she served as a professor of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she taught and published a number of articles and books that are today canons of Israeli law. After completing her term at the Supreme Court, Ben-Porat was elected by the Knesset as State Comptroller, a role she filled with much success for ten years. She was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement as a testament to her contribution to the State. She continues to engage in research and teaching today.

Prof Manfred Bietak

Austria
Prof Manfred Bietak
Born in Vienna, Austria, Professor Manfred Bietak has been a scholar of archaeology for over five decades. He currently serves as Director of the Austrian Archaeological... Read more
Born in Vienna, Austria, Professor Manfred Bietak has been a scholar of archaeology for over five decades. He currently serves as Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo, and Chairman of both the Institute of Egyptology and the Vienna Institute of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Vienna, among many other roles. Prof. Bietak has devoted most of his scientific career to excavating sites in Egypt’s north-eastern delta, revealing the ancient capitals of the Hyksos (Avaris) and of Ramesses II (Pi-Ramesse), both of great importance for understanding the history and culture of ancient Egypt and Canaan. He has been a member of the editorial boards of eight periodicals, including the prestigious Egypt and the Levant.

Prof Mikhail Gromov

USA / France
Prof Mikhail Gromov

Joseph Hackmey

UK
 Joseph Hackmey
Joseph Hackmey is a living legend in the Israeli insurance industry, and a benefactor of arts and culture in Israel and worldwide. A fifth-generation Israeli, Hackmey... Read more
Joseph Hackmey is a living legend in the Israeli insurance industry, and a benefactor of arts and culture in Israel and worldwide. A fifth-generation Israeli, Hackmey began his insurance career in 1968 with the Israel Phoenix, where he eventually became Managing Director. He has served in a broad range of professional leadership positions, among them Chairman of the Israeli Insurance Association. Since retiring in 2002, Hackmey has devoted his time to charitable causes, most notably sponsoring hundreds of young artists, chess players and musicians. His art collection is considered the most prominent in Israel, and he is renowned for his promotion of modern Israeli art. Hackmey holds degrees in math and electronic engineering from MIT, as well as a post-graduate diploma in actuarial science and business administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Ron Huldai

Israel
 Ron Huldai
Elected for his third term in 2008, Ron Huldai has served as Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for a decade. During this time he has eliminated the city’s deficit, streamlined its... Read more
Elected for his third term in 2008, Ron Huldai has served as Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for a decade. During this time he has eliminated the city’s deficit, streamlined its workforce, and improved its infrastructure. Huldai became a combat pilot in the Israel Air Force (IAF) in 1965, performing active duty during the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars, and later serving as Commander of the Air Force Pilots Training School. He retired from the IAF after 26 years at the rank of Brigadier General. Huldai subsequently followed his parents’ footsteps into education, becoming the principal of the Gymnasia Herzlia, before eventually moving into municipal politics. His own education includes studies in history at Tel Aviv University, continued studies at the American Air War College and advanced management studies at the Wharton Business School.

Charlotte Knobloch

Germany
 Charlotte Knobloch
Charlotte Knobloch is an esteemed Jewish community leader in Germany. She is President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Vice President of both the European... Read more
Charlotte Knobloch is an esteemed Jewish community leader in Germany. She is President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and Vice President of both the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress. A tireless advocate of German Jewry, she established the largest Jewish community center in Germany in 2007 after having raised 60 million euros for the project. She holds honorary positions in numerous social organizations – Jewish, German and international. Drawing on her connections with Germany’s state leadership, Knobloch also works to promote German-Israeli cooperative ties.

Marc Rich

Switzerland / Israel
 Marc Rich
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Marc Rich and his family fled the Nazis and immigrated to the United States, where he went on to found the Marc Rich Company – the largest... Read more
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Marc Rich and his family fled the Nazis and immigrated to the United States, where he went on to found the Marc Rich Company – the largest commodities trading company in the world. Rich’s philanthropy has touched countless lives in Israel, Switzerland, Spain and the former Soviet Union. Over the past three decades, through the Marc Rich Group of Foundations, he has contributed to improving education, culture, the arts, social welfare and healthcare, and to empowering marginalized groups through the development of skills and self-reliance. His foundations have partnered with leading universities and research centers, promoting excellence and supporting fellowships in business, science, health and civil society. They are also involved in groundbreaking projects with cultural and medical institutions, among them cardiology and cancer departments at several major Israeli hospitals and museums in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Rich has been awarded honorary degrees from leading Israeli institutions.

Moise Yacoub Safra

Brazil
 Moise Yacoub Safra
Moise Safra is a well-known banking and business magnate and Brazilian Jewish community leader. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and educated in London before moving to... Read more
Moise Safra is a well-known banking and business magnate and Brazilian Jewish community leader. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and educated in London before moving to Brazil in 1955 to join his father in founding a banking enterprise that later became the Safra Group. Together with his brother, Moise Safra jointly controlled the Safra Group until 2006, when he sold his stake. Safra has also had dealings in the textile, agriculture and telecommunications sectors. Together with his wife, Chella, Safra is renowned for his extensive philanthropic giving in Brazil, Israel and around the world. The Safras area also great benefactors of higher education in Israel and of Tel Aviv University, where a building in the planned Student City and a gate to the campus have been dedicated in their name.

Prof Jacob Ziv

Israel
Prof Jacob Ziv
Professor Jacob Ziv has garnered dozens of international accolades for his achievements in the fields of electrical engineering and information theory. Among these are the... Read more
Professor Jacob Ziv has garnered dozens of international accolades for his achievements in the fields of electrical engineering and information theory. Among these are the Israel Prize, Israel Defense Prize, and the Marconi, Hamming and Shannon Awards. Prof. Ziv is best known for his breakthrough approach for compressing data, which has been applied around the world. A native of Tiberias, Israel, Prof. Ziv received his BSc and MSc degrees from the Technion, and his PhD from MIT. He served as Head of the Communications Division of Rafael – the Israel Armament Developing Authority – before joining the Technion as a professor. Alongside his scientific work, Prof. Ziv has served in a number of administrative roles on behalf of the Israeli academy, most notably head of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education and President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He currently heads the Telem Forum, a national initiative for research and development of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Israeli government .

2008

Eli Amir

Israel
 Eli Amir
Well-loved author, social commentator and public figure, Eli Amir came to Israel from Iraq as a teenager in 1950. He gained his degree in Arabic Language and Literature... Read more
Well-loved author, social commentator and public figure, Eli Amir came to Israel from Iraq as a teenager in 1950. He gained his degree in Arabic Language and Literature and Middle Eastern History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An outspoken writer whose novels movingly describe the immigrant experience, Amir is studied by tens of thousands of high school students every year. He has served in a range of public roles relating to immigration, absorption and education, including Director-General of the Jewish Agencys Youth Aliyah Division and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Arab Affairs in East Jerusalem. Among other honors, Amir received the Yigal Allon Award for his endeavors on behalf of Israeli society, and honorary degrees from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Ben Gurion University

Dr Santiago Calatrava

Switzerland
Dr Santiago Calatrava
The works of architect, artist, sculptor and engineer Dr. Santiago Calatrava can be seen throughout the world. Born in Valencia, Spain, Dr. Calatrava earned his... Read more
The works of architect, artist, sculptor and engineer Dr. Santiago Calatrava can be seen throughout the world. Born in Valencia, Spain, Dr. Calatrava earned his architecture degree at the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Valencia, and both his civil engineering degree and technical science PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Among his most notable creations are the Athens Olympic Sports Complex, the expansion of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York which is still under construction. He has received honorary degrees from 14 universities, as well as numerous honors and accolades including the designation by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Lester Crown

USA
 Lester Crown
Lester Crown is Chairman of Henry Crown and Company, a family-owned and operated company which includes diversified manufacturing operations and real estate. Actively... Read more
Lester Crown is Chairman of Henry Crown and Company, a family-owned and operated company which includes diversified manufacturing operations and real estate. Actively involved in civic activities as director of the Childrens Memorial Medical Center and its Foundation; Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Chairman of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Vice Chairman of the Aspen Institute; and Director of the Jerusalem Foundation, Mr. Crown is a life trustee of Northwestern University and a Governor of Tel Aviv University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received his BSc in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Heinz Fischer

Austria
 Heinz Fischer
Born in Graz, Austria in 1938, Dr. Heinz Fischer became the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on 8 July 2004. He is recognized for his standing as an exemplary... Read more
Born in Graz, Austria in 1938, Dr. Heinz Fischer became the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on 8 July 2004. He is recognized for his standing as an exemplary national leader and accomplished scholar of law and political science; his resolute commitment to promoting peace and democracy; his steadfast dedication in the service of the Austrian parliament and people spanning over four decades; his endeavors to redress the suffering caused by the Holocaust through his stewardship of the Austrian reparation fund and his efforts to revitalize the Austrian Jewish community; and in special recognition of his consistent and heartfelt support for Israel and its people, which he has demonstrated throughout his scientific and political career; his longstanding relationship with Tel Aviv Universitys Austrian Friends Association, both as honorary board member and gracious host; and his contribution to strengthening bilateral relations between Austria and Israel,

Martin J. Whitman

USA
 Martin J. Whitman
Investor, philanthropist, civic leader and educator Martin Whitman is the Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Third Avenue Management LLC, one of the most respected... Read more
Investor, philanthropist, civic leader and educator Martin Whitman is the Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Third Avenue Management LLC, one of the most respected investment and consulting firms in the US. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and his Master of Economics from the New School of Social Research. The author of two widely read books on investing, he has served as a Distinguished Management Fellow at the Yale School of Management for over 30 years, and has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, which was dedicated in his name in 2003. Mr. Whitman and his wife, Lois, focus much of their philanthropy on advancing educational initiatives to enhance equal opportunity.

Mary-Claire King

USA
 Mary-Claire King
Born in Chicago, Prof. Mary-Claire King is one of the worlds leading scientists in the field of human molecular genetics. Since the 1970s, she has worked to identify genes... Read more
Born in Chicago, Prof. Mary-Claire King is one of the worlds leading scientists in the field of human molecular genetics. Since the 1970s, she has worked to identify genes involved in the development of breast cancer. She is presently searching for genes for schizophrenia and, with Israeli and Palestinian colleagues, genes for inherited deafness. Her lab pioneered the use of genetic identification for victims of human rights violations. Prof. King is the American Cancer Society Professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees including from Columbia, Harvard and Yale.

Lea Koening Stolper

Israel
 Lea Koening Stolper
Lea Koenig-Stolper took her first steps toward a stage career as a girl, studying drama at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. She was a stage performer at the... Read more
Lea Koenig-Stolper took her first steps toward a stage career as a girl, studying drama at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. She was a stage performer at the Jewish State Theater in Bucharest and, after making aliyah, she joined the Habima Theater where she has played leading and supporting roles for 45 years. Ms. Koenig-Stolper participates in fringe theater and television productions, promotes Yiddish culture in Israel and devotes time to animal welfare and other social issues. She has received several accolades, among them the Israel Prize, the Israel Theater Life Achievement Prize and the Rosenblum Prize for Theater.

Francis Minkoff

Switzerland
 Francis Minkoff
Born in Switzerland in 1944, businessman, philanthropist and TAU Governor Francis Minkoff has deep Zionist roots that began when his great-grandfather left Russia for... Read more
Born in Switzerland in 1944, businessman, philanthropist and TAU Governor Francis Minkoff has deep Zionist roots that began when his great-grandfather left Russia for Eretz Israel in 1890. Mr. Minkoffs father, André, was born in Jaffa and, after moving to Switzerland, supported numerous scientific and social initiatives in Israel. Francis Minkoff has continued the family tradition. He visits Israel regularly, and has become personally involved with the institutions and projects he supports, among them universities, hospitals, WIZO, the IDF, numerous arts and cultural initiatives, and projects in the Negev. He is a central figure in Swiss Jewish community life.

Sruel Prajs

Germany
 Sruel Prajs
Businessman and philanthropist Sruel Prajs was born in Poland, moved to Germany as a baby, and became a successful real-estate entrepreneur in Germany and Canada. An... Read more
Businessman and philanthropist Sruel Prajs was born in Poland, moved to Germany as a baby, and became a successful real-estate entrepreneur in Germany and Canada. An engaged supporter of Israel since the 1970s, he is particularly active in Keren Hayesod, Germany. During his time as Chairman and as member of the Board of Trustees of Keren Hayesod, Prajs was instrumental in facilitating the construction of a care facility for the elderly in Tel Aviv and the David Ben-Gurion Information Center at Kibbutz Sde Boker, among other major initiatives. Mr. Prajs received the 2002 Yakir Award of Keren Hayesod in the presence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency.

Prof Hilary Putnam

USA
Prof Hilary Putnam
A professor emeritus of philosophy at Harvard University, Hilary Putnam is best-known for his contributions to the philosophy of mind, language and mathematics. He earned... Read more
A professor emeritus of philosophy at Harvard University, Hilary Putnam is best-known for his contributions to the philosophy of mind, language and mathematics. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, before embarking on an academic career that took him to UCLA, Northwestern, Princeton, MIT and Harvard. Prof. Putnam is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a former President of the American Philosophical Association. He has published over 20 books and hundreds of articles.

Lily Safra

USA
 Lily Safra
Philanthropist, patron of the arts and advocate for the disadvantaged, Lily Safra shared her commitment to caring for the less fortunate with her husband Edmond, banker and... Read more

Philanthropist, patron of the arts and advocate for the disadvantaged, Lily Safra shared her commitment to caring for the less fortunate with her husband Edmond, banker and founder of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Since 1999, she has chaired the Foundation, which supports numerous educational, scientific, social and cultural causes.

Mrs. Safra was co-founder with her husband and serves as Honorary Chairman of the International Sephardic Education Foundation (ISEF), which has granted over 16,000 scholarships to gifted Israelis from disadvantaged backgrounds since 1977. She supports medical research and has established cutting-edge patient care facilities worldwide. She is a trustee of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Somerset House Arts Fund in London, and a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

She holds honorary degrees from universities in the US, UK and Israel, and was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by french President Jacques Chirac, among many other accolades.

The Edmond J. Safra Program for Bioinformatics

Mrs. Safra has initiated many major projects in memory of her husband, including the Edmond J. Safra Program for Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University, established by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation in 2005. The vision of the Edmond J. Safra Program is to preserve and enhance the role of TAU as an international leader in research and education in bioinformatics. It aims to secure TAU’s future as a leading force in the development of novel drugs and biomedical technologies that will improve human health worldwide.

Prof Elie Wiesel

USA
Prof Elie Wiesel
Novelist, human rights activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, Prof. Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, in 1928. In 1940, he was relocated to a nearby ghetto... Read more
Novelist, human rights activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, Prof. Elie Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, in 1928. In 1940, he was relocated to a nearby ghetto and eventually deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. After the war, he began studying philosophy at the Sorbonne and later emigrated to the US. He has written over 40 books, most notably Night, which describes his Holocaust experiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 both for speaking out against violence, repression and racism, and for raising awareness of the Holocaust. Wiesel served as chairman of the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust and spearheaded the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He was instrumental in the struggle to free Soviet Jewry, and maintains close ties with Israel. At Boston University, he teaches religion and Jewish thought, and is the Andrew Mellon Professor of the Humanities.

2007

Miriam Adelson

USA
 Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson earned her BSc in microbiology and genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before pursuing medical studies at Tel Aviv Universitys Sackler Faculty of... Read more
Miriam Adelson earned her BSc in microbiology and genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem before pursuing medical studies at Tel Aviv Universitys Sackler Faculty of Medicine, where she graduated with an MD magna cum laude. Today a dedicated researcher-physician, Dr. Adelson specializes in internal and emergency medicine and is a former head physician in each of these areas at the Rokach (Hadassah) Hospital in Tel Aviv. Since 1986, she has devoted her time to researching and treating drug abuse and the biology of addiction, including establishing two drug clinics in the US and Israel. Dr. Adelson and her husband Sheldon G. Adelson are well-known in the philanthropic world for their extensive support of Jewish and other causes throughout the US and Israel.

Alfred Akirov

Israel
 Alfred Akirov
Alfred Akirov is the founder, chairman and CEO of Alrov Group, one of Israels largest and most prestigious real-estate companies. The company develops, constructs and... Read more
Alfred Akirov is the founder, chairman and CEO of Alrov Group, one of Israels largest and most prestigious real-estate companies. The company develops, constructs and manages a diverse range of properties throughout Israel and in Europe, including residential towers, office buildings, shopping centers and luxury hotels. Mr. Akirov has a number of private business pursuits and is engaged in a variety of public activities. He is President of the Israeli Friends of Tel Aviv University and a member of both the TAU Executive Council and Board of Governors. Born in Iraq, Akirov immigrated to Israel in 1953 at the age of 12.

Aharon Appelfeld

Israel
 Aharon Appelfeld
Born in 1932 in Chernovitz, Romania, Aharon Appelfeld is one of the worlds leading authors, with his works translated into 26 languages. He lost his parents in the... Read more
Born in 1932 in Chernovitz, Romania, Aharon Appelfeld is one of the worlds leading authors, with his works translated into 26 languages. He lost his parents in the Holocaust and spent three years hiding from the Nazis before his liberation by the Russian army in 1945. He arrived in Palestine in 1946. Appelfeld began studying Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1952, the same year that marked the beginning of his career as a published poet, writer and author. A professor emeritus of Ben Gurion University, he has held guest professorships at the worlds leading universities, including Yale, Harvard and Oxford. His numerous accolades include the Israel Prize, the Israeli Prime Ministers Award for Literature and the Anne Frank Award (twice).

Fred Chaoul

Argentina
 Fred Chaoul
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1937, Fred Chaoul and his family moved to Palestine to escape the Holocaust. With the birth of the State of Israel, his father Marko became... Read more
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1937, Fred Chaoul and his family moved to Palestine to escape the Holocaust. With the birth of the State of Israel, his father Marko became head of the Leather Department of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, before moving his family back to Europe and later to Argentina in 1961. Professionally, Mr. Chaoul followed in his fathers footsteps. Today, his company FONSECA is one of the worlds foremost leather manufacturers, and is well known for its local social responsibility programs. Mr. Chaoul is active in Argentinas Jewish community, particularly in promoting Jewish education, and is a longstanding benefactor of Jewish organizations in Argentina and Israel.

Joel D. Tauber

USA
 Joel D. Tauber
A national figure in the American Jewish community for over 40 years, Joel Tauber is a successful business executive and committed philanthropist. Education has been an... Read more
A national figure in the American Jewish community for over 40 years, Joel Tauber is a successful business executive and committed philanthropist. Education has been an area particularly close to his heart, not only within the Jewish community but also at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he earned his BA, JD and MBA degrees. He is a major supporter of Israel, both in business and charitable initiatives, and was present when 14,000 Ethiopians arrived in Israel in 1991 during Operation Solomon. Mr. Tauber is Vice President of United Way Community Services, former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the UJC, and Co-Chairman of the Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable of Christians, Jews and Moslems, among many other leadership roles. He was National Chairman of the Tel Aviv University American Council from 2002 to 2006.

Alain Finkielkraut

France
 Alain Finkielkraut
French intellectual, academic and author Alain Finkielkraut was born in Paris, France, in 1949, the only son of a Polish Jew who was deported to Auschwitz. A graduate of... Read more
French intellectual, academic and author Alain Finkielkraut was born in Paris, France, in 1949, the only son of a Polish Jew who was deported to Auschwitz. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Saint-Cloud, Professor Finkielkraut received his agrégation - a teaching credential for higher education - in French language and literature. He is a prolific writer and outspoken philosopher whose controversial views on modern culture and politics have made him one of the most pivotal figures in the French public arena. Prof. Finkielkraut is a teacher of culture and the history of ideas at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and a radio host on France-Culture and Jewish Community Radio. He has published dozens of books, articles and essays.

Leslie H. Wexner

USA
 Leslie H. Wexner
Leslie Wexner, founder and CEO of the Limited Brands Corporation, is one of Americas most prominent industrialists, civic leaders and philanthropists. In 1984, he founded... Read more
Leslie Wexner, founder and CEO of the Limited Brands Corporation, is one of Americas most prominent industrialists, civic leaders and philanthropists. In 1984, he founded the Wexner Foundation, which has invested considerable resources in developing young Jewish leadership in the United States and Israel, as well as in numerous other Jewish community, cultural, health and educational initiatives. He is a major benefactor of the Wexner Center for the Arts, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio State University and as Honorary Vice Chairman of the Board of Congregation Agudas Achim in Bexley, Ohio.

Mary Jeanne Kreek

USA
 Mary Jeanne Kreek
Mary Jeanne Kreek is one of the worlds leading scientists in the field of drug addiction, as well as a teacher and mentor who has trained researchers from around the... Read more
Mary Jeanne Kreek is one of the worlds leading scientists in the field of drug addiction, as well as a teacher and mentor who has trained researchers from around the world. Prof. Kreek gained her bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College before earning her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completing her post-graduate research at Cornell University-New York Hospital Medical Center. She joined Rockefeller University in 1964, where she remains to this day, simultaneously continuing her clinical work at the Rockefeller University Hospital. She is renowned for her part in pioneering the methadone maintenance treatment for heroin and opiate addicts, and has over 400 publications in her field.

Dov Lautman

Israel
 Dov Lautman
Dov Lautman is one of Israels best-loved and most dedicated business leaders, public figures and philanthropists. He is founder and CEO of Delta Textiles, a global... Read more
Dov Lautman is one of Israels best-loved and most dedicated business leaders, public figures and philanthropists. He is founder and CEO of Delta Textiles, a global conglomerate with 13,500 employees and export ties with the US and Europe, and served as President of the Manufacturers Association of Israel from 1986 to 1993. Mr. Lautman is highly active in promoting social justice, educational equality and Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel, as well as in advancing Middle East peace based on economic and industrial interests. He currently serves as Chairman of Tel Aviv Universitys Executive Council, and has held numerous other public leadership positions in Israel. He received the Israel Prize for 2007 and an OBE from the United Kingdom, among other awards for his life work.

Richard M. Karp

USA
 Richard M. Karp
Internationally renowned as a pioneer in algorithmic research for the past 40 years, Richard Karp earned his doctorate at Harvard in 1959. Since then, he has dedicated his... Read more
Internationally renowned as a pioneer in algorithmic research for the past 40 years, Richard Karp earned his doctorate at Harvard in 1959. Since then, he has dedicated his life to researching and teaching theoretical computer science, and is currently Senior Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, California. Prof. Karp is an engaged scientific leader who serves on a number of US national advisory committees, editorial boards and review panels. He is the recipient of many accolades in his field, including the Turing Award, the US National Medal of Science and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University, as well as eight honorary doctorates.

Peter Schäfer

USA
 Peter Schäfer
Peter Schäfer is considered one of the worlds leading scholars and teachers of Jewish studies, a field he tirelessly promotes among young researchers in countries across... Read more
Peter Schäfer is considered one of the worlds leading scholars and teachers of Jewish studies, a field he tirelessly promotes among young researchers in countries across the globe. Prof. Schafer has been the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies at Princeton University since 1998, and spent over 20 years at the Free University of Berlin, where he was Director of the Institut für Judaistik. Born in Hückeswagen, Germany, Prof. Schäfer gained his BA at the University of Bonn, his MA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his DPhil from the University of Freiburg in 1968. He has held visiting professorships at Oxford, Yale, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and Tel Aviv University, among other institutions. In 1994, he was awarded the Leibniz Prize, Germanys most prestigious academic and scientific award. He has published extensively, and has been a member of the World Union of Jewish Studies since 1965.

Barbara Seal

Canada
 Barbara Seal
An engaged leader in Canadas Jewish community, Barbara Seal has served as National President of the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University since 1987. She has been a... Read more
An engaged leader in Canadas Jewish community, Barbara Seal has served as National President of the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University since 1987. She has been a judge at the Canadian Citizenship Court since 1997, and was Municipal Councillor of the City of Hampstead from 1980 through 2001. Judge Seal has dedicated much of her life to advancing social welfare, medical and cultural causes, for which she has received numerous accolades, including the Order of Canada. She championed a twin cities project between Montreal and four Israeli cities - Kiryat Shmona, Petach Tikva, Holon and Ashkelon - and chaired the 11th Congress of the World Twinning Association in Montreal.

2006

SamuelFrederick Edwards

UK
 SamuelFrederick Edwards
Internationally renowned as a pioneer of condensed matter physics, Sir Samuel Frederick Edwards was born in Wales, gained his bachelor s and master s degrees at... Read more
Internationally renowned as a pioneer of condensed matter physics, Sir Samuel Frederick Edwards was born in Wales, gained his bachelor s and master s degrees at Cambridge University, and earned his doctorate at Harvard University. He served as the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge, as Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1984 to 1988, and later as Pro- Vice- Chancellor of Cambridge from 1992 to 1995. Prof. Edwards has published over 250 research papers, as well as several books and scientific reports. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1966 and was knighted in 1975. He has held a long line of senior scientific leadership positions in the UK and Europe, and has received many prestigious prizes in his field.

Joseph Martin ( Joschka) Fischer

Germany
 Joseph Martin ( Joschka) Fischer
Joschka Fischer, former apprentice photographer, automobile factory worker, taxi driver and bookshop clerk, joined the German left wing movement in 1967 and took part in... Read more

Joschka Fischer, former apprentice photographer, automobile factory worker, taxi driver and bookshop clerk, joined the German left wing movement in 1967 and took part in radical demonstrations. He later renounced radical politics and joined the newly founded German Green Party, becoming Minister for the Environment in the German state of Hesse from 1985 to 1987 and again from 1991 to 1994. Later on, he served as co- chairman of the Green Party in the Bundestag, and as German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor in the government of Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005.

Sheldon G. Adelson

USA
 Sheldon G. Adelson
Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman of the Board and principal owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp, has had a six- decade career in the US and Asia as an entrepreneur and venture... Read more
Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman of the Board and principal owner of Las Vegas Sands Corp, has had a six- decade career in the US and Asia as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He owned his first business by the time he was 12 and in the years that followed he worked as a mortgage broker, investment adviser and financial consultant. Mr. Adelson has created and developed more than 50 different companies, among them Comdex, the world s largest trade show for the computer industry. Adelson is married to Dr. Miriam Adelson of Tel Aviv, a graduate of TAU s Sackler School of Medicine. Together, the Adelsons are supporters and benefactors of numerous Jewish and Israeli organizations. In 2002, President Bush appointed Adelson to the US Holocaust Memorial Council

John Gandel

Australia
 John Gandel
John Gandel, Chairman of the Gandel Group of Companies, is one of Australia’ s foremost businessmen and entrepreneurs, and a leading and influential figure in the Jewish... Read more
John Gandel, Chairman of the Gandel Group of Companies, is one of Australia’ s foremost businessmen and entrepreneurs, and a leading and influential figure in the Jewish community of Australia. Since 1990, he has held the title of Officer of the Order of Australia ( AO) . He received the National Defense Medal in 1994, the National Service Commemorative Medal in 2002, and the Centenary Medal in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is very active in community initatives in the areas of medicine, care for the aged, arts, sports and Jewish life.

Michael H. Steinhardt

USA
 Michael H. Steinhardt
Michael Steinhardt entered the field of money management over 30 years ago. He began his career as a research associate, staff writer and securities analyst before... Read more
Michael Steinhardt entered the field of money management over 30 years ago. He began his career as a research associate, staff writer and securities analyst before launching his own company Steinhardt Partners L. P. Upon his retirement, Mr. Steinhardt decided to devote his time and fortune largely to the causes of the Jewish world. These have included the Israel Museum, Hillel and its Steinhardt Jewish Campus Services Corps. , and the creation of the Jewish Life Network ( JLN) of which he is a primary funder. Mr. Steinhardt is the founding co- chairman of Taglit - birthright Israel and one of the new ownership group of Israel s leading bank, Bank Hapoalim. He has served as the Chairman of the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors since 2000.

Amalia Kahana-Carmon

Israel
 Amalia Kahana-Carmon
Born in Kibbutz Ein Harod, Amalia Kahana-Carmon grew up in Tel Aviv. In 1948, as a student of Hebrew language, literature and Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,... Read more
Born in Kibbutz Ein Harod, Amalia Kahana-Carmon grew up in Tel Aviv. In 1948, as a student of Hebrew language, literature and Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she joined the Negev Brigade of the Palmach and took an active role in several campaigns. After the War of Independence, Kahana- Carmon returned to her studies, graduating eventually in 1964 with a degree in library studies. She subsequently spent several years working in England, Switzerland and the US, as well as in Israel as an academic librarian at Tel Aviv Universitys Sourasky Central Library. She has published six books and is a laureate of the most prestigious literary awards in Israel, including the Israel Prize, the Presidents Prize and the Bialik Prize.

Stewart M. Colton

USA
 Stewart M. Colton
Stewart Colton, formerly an entrepreneur and international manufacturer and supplier to the electronics industry, is today a private investor. He is very active in Jewish... Read more
Stewart Colton, formerly an entrepreneur and international manufacturer and supplier to the electronics industry, is today a private investor. He is very active in Jewish and Israeli organizations in the areas of education, music and medicine, and is also on the board of the Washington Institute of Near East Studies. He is a longtime benefactor and leader of Tel Aviv University, having chaired the National Board of the TAU American Council and serving today as Vice Chairman of the TAU Board of Governors and board member of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies.

Liz Mohn

Germany
 Liz Mohn
As Chairperson of the Board of the Bertelsmann Asset Management Group, the world s largest media corporation, Liz Mohn is "first lady" to more than 82,000... Read more
As Chairperson of the Board of the Bertelsmann Asset Management Group, the world s largest media corporation, Liz Mohn is "first lady" to more than 82,000 Bertelsmann employees in more than 50 countries. She also serves as Deputy Chair of the Bertelsmann Foundation, which, under her guidance, has initiated the " New Voices" program for young opera singers together with diverse medical, healthcare and educational projects for all age groups in Germany and Israel. Ms. Mohn founded the German Stroke Aid Foundation and is a recipient of the medal of honor of Germany s Order of Merit and also of the service medal of the German Medical Society. She is the first woman to be a member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank based in Hamburg, and has received international recognition for her diverse initiatives and philanthropic work.

Felix Posen

UK
 Felix Posen
Born in Berlin, Felix Posen fled to the US with his family in 1938 and, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University, he went into business as a hides and oils trader.... Read more
Born in Berlin, Felix Posen fled to the US with his family in 1938 and, after graduating from Johns Hopkins University, he went into business as a hides and oils trader. Following service in the Korean War, he continued to trade in metals, emigrated to London and became a founding partner of a company trading in oil metals, minerals and coal where he remained until his retirement. Mr. Posen has become one of the leading figures in the world today in the promotion of Jewish culture. Since retiring from his worldwide business activities, he has devoted his energy and talents to disseminating Jewish studies in Israel, the United States and Europe with the goal of bringing the knowledge of ancient and modern Judaism to secular Jewish communities throughout the world.

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Germany
 Marcel Reich-Ranicki
in recognition of his outstanding contribution for over five decades to literary and cultural life in Germany; his indomitable spirit in surviving the Warsaw Ghetto and... Read more

in recognition of his outstanding contribution for over five decades to literary and cultural life in Germany; his indomitable spirit in surviving the Warsaw Ghetto and transforming himself into one of Europe’s most prominent and celebrated literary critics; his recognized expertise in German literature; his numerous prize-winning publications, including books, anthologies, articles and essays; his role as one of Germanys most influential television personalities in the literary sphere; and in special recognition of his unique blend of erudition, critical incisiveness and popular appeal; his success in promoting high culture and a love of reading in the wider German-speaking public; his contribution to academic studies as a professor of literature; and his lifelong advocacy of freedom and humanistic values

Gerald W. Schwartz

Canada
 Gerald W. Schwartz
Gerald Schwartz, a Canadian industrialist and businessman, founded Onex, the leading company in Canada for the electronics industry, in 1983 and cofounded its predecessor... Read more
Gerald Schwartz, a Canadian industrialist and businessman, founded Onex, the leading company in Canada for the electronics industry, in 1983 and cofounded its predecessor CanWest Global Communications Inc. in 1977. He is Vice Chairman and a Member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital and is Director, Governor or Trustee of a number of other organizations including the Bank of Nova Scotia, Junior Achievement of Toronto, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Schwartz is a supporter of higher education, the arts, and welfare programs in Canada and Israel.

2005

Chava Alberstein

Israel
 Chava Alberstein
in recognition of her illustrious career spanning forty years as an icon of Hebrew folk music; her enduring appeal to diverse sectors of Israel society; her revival of... Read more
in recognition of her illustrious career spanning forty years as an icon of Hebrew folk music; her enduring appeal to diverse sectors of Israel society; her revival of Yiddish music; her exacting choice of songs that express a personal, social or political message; and her contribution to Israeli culture at large.

Bruce Alberts

USA
 Bruce Alberts
in recognition of his groundbreaking research in biochemistry and molecular biology; his leadership of the scientific community, notably as President of the National... Read more
in recognition of his groundbreaking research in biochemistry and molecular biology; his leadership of the scientific community, notably as President of the National Academy of Sciences in the US; and his warm friendship toward Israel and Tel Aviv University, and involvement in the Dan David Prize administered by the university.

George Allen Smith

USA
 George Allen Smith
in recognition of his civic leadership and support of science. Mr. Smith has mobilized significant resources for genetic research at both TAU and UCLA. Read more
in recognition of his civic leadership and support of science. Mr. Smith has mobilized significant resources for genetic research at both TAU and UCLA.

Hanoch Bartov

Israel
 Hanoch Bartov
in recognition of his eminent position as one of Israels leading authors, intellectuals and social commentators; his incisive and moving explorations of the contemporary... Read more
in recognition of his eminent position as one of Israels leading authors, intellectuals and social commentators; his incisive and moving explorations of the contemporary Israeli scene; his active participation in cultural and public life in Israel; and his longstanding links with Tel Aviv University and donation of his archive for the benefit of scholars and students.

Jona Goldrich

USA
 Jona Goldrich
in recognition of his commitment to the State of Israel, Jewish continuity and Holocaust commemoration; his long and valued service as Chairman of the Western Region of... Read more
in recognition of his commitment to the State of Israel, Jewish continuity and Holocaust commemoration; his long and valued service as Chairman of the Western Region of the Tel Aviv University American Council; and his establishment at the university of many important projects, among them the Goldreich Family Health and Fitness Center and Goldreich Family Institute in Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture.

Felipe Gonzáles Marquez

Spain
 Felipe Gonzáles Marquez
in recognition of his service as one of Spains most renowned leaders and statesmen; his key contribution to the forging of Israeli-Spanish diplomatic relations and... Read more
in recognition of his service as one of Spains most renowned leaders and statesmen; his key contribution to the forging of Israeli-Spanish diplomatic relations and cooperation in the political, economic and cultural spheres; and his role in promoting peace in the Middle East through the hosting of the 1991 Madrid peace talks.

Petra Roth

Germany
 Petra Roth
in recognition of her achievements in the German political arena spanning over three decades; her dedicated service as Lord Mayor of Frankfurt; and her friendship with the... Read more
in recognition of her achievements in the German political arena spanning over three decades; her dedicated service as Lord Mayor of Frankfurt; and her friendship with the State of Israel and with Tel Aviv University in particular, expressed through her staunch support of the Universitys German Friends Association and of projects enhancing academic and cultural relations between the twin cities of Frankfurt and Tel Aviv.

Lap-Chee Tsui

Hong Kong, China
 Lap-Chee Tsui
in recognition of his stature as a pioneer, leader, teacher and mentor in the life sciences and medicine; his contribution to inherited disease research and human... Read more
in recognition of his stature as a pioneer, leader, teacher and mentor in the life sciences and medicine; his contribution to inherited disease research and human genetics; and his warm ties with Israeli scientists, including at Tel Aviv University.

Felix Zandman

USA
 Felix Zandman
in recognition of his spirit and resourcefulness in transforming himself from Holocaust refugee to successful industrialist, physicist, inventor and philanthropist; his... Read more
in recognition of his spirit and resourcefulness in transforming himself from Holocaust refugee to successful industrialist, physicist, inventor and philanthropist; his contribution to the Israeli high-tech industry and to strengthening the countrys development towns; and his establishment at Tel Aviv University of projects in Holocaust studies as well as the Zandman-Slaner Graduate School of Engineering.

2004

S. Daniel Abraham

Mario Arthur Adler

Claude Cohen-Tannoudji

Arturo Constantiner

Norma Cummings

David Grossman

Eli Hurvitz

Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor

Alan L. Aufzien

Jean-Robert Pitte

2003

Michael Biron-Cegla

Edgar M. Bronfman

USA

Urs Felber

Ernst Gerhardt

Anna Hitter Webb

Martin I. Goldberg

Kanan Makiya

USA

Izak Parviz Nazarian

USA

Jürgen Nehls

Gerald A. Niznick

USA

Steven Pinker

Haim Rubin

Michael Walzer

Ada Yonath

2002

Marcos Aguinis

Josef Buchmann

Aaron J. Ciechanover

William J. Clinton

Herbert A. Friedman

USA

Avram Hershko

Israel

Raya Jaglom

Bernard-Henri Lévy

Sami Michael

Leon Y. Recanati

Isadore Rosenfeld

Arturo Schwarz

2001

Kenneth J. Arrow

Sidney D. Drell

Stanley Fischer

Israel

Sir David Hare

UK

Harold Hartog

Frank P. Lowy

Claire Maratier

Hubert S. Markl

Moshe Porath

Naomi Shemer

2000

Aharon Barak

Samuel R. Berger

Andrea M. Bronfman

Benno M. Gitter

Eric S. Lander

Steffi Perlman

Orna Porat

Jean-Claude Trichet

1999

Haim Herman Cohn

Norbert Cymbalista

Switzerland

Arie Lova Eliav

Donald P. Jacobs

Walter Kohn

Sergey P. Novikov

Russia

Gretl Raymond

Michael Sela

1998

Josef Burg

Guido Calabresi

Howard E. Gardner

Shlomo Hillel

Gerhard Randa

Austria

Melvin S. Taub

David Weiss Halivni

Avraham B. Yehoshua

Shalom Yoran

1997

Paul Josef Crutzen

Shmuel N. Eisenstadt

Yuli . Ofer

Jozef S. Schell

Meir Shamgar

Adolfo M. Smolarz

Max Webb

1996

David J. Azrieli

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Dan David

Aryeh Dvoretzky

François Furet

Hon. Walter Jona

Yitzhak Rabin, The Late

Irving Schneider

Philip A. Sharp

1995

Annie Adams

Yehuda Amichai

Jürgen Habermas

Shlomo Lahat

Benoit B. Mandelbrot

Alan V. Oppenheim

1994

Morris E. Curiel

Hubert Curien

Umberto Eco

Georg Faktor

Allan Green

George Klein

Channa Marron

Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney

L. Jay Oliva

Stanley Townsend

1993

Lola Beer-Ebner

Ernest Beutler

Chaim Herzog

Jacob Katz

Hugo F. Sonnenschein

Stanley Steyer

Josef Tal

Branco Weiss

Franco G. Zeffirelli

1992

Jorge Carpizo

Michael E. Fisher

Michael Higatsberger

Joseph Kasierer

Peter Lax

Paul Marks

Amos Oz

Franz Rosenthal

David Warsaw

Zhelyu Mitev Zhelev

1991

Walter Greiner

Melvin Jaffee

Elie Kedourie

Joseph H. Kelman

Joshua Lederberg

Guri Ivanovich Marchuk

Marcos Maus

Hon. Nathaniel T. Nemetz, CC Q.C

Christian Poncelet

Dame Shirley Porter, DBE DL

Anatoly Naumovich Rybakov

Lord Sieff, of Brimpton

1990

Marcel Adams

Camilo Jose Cela

Jacques Crozemarie

Frida Eskenasy

Niels Hansen

Karl-Heinz Kipp

Ephraim Kishon

Yeshayahu Leibowitz

Sam Moss

Chaim Leib Pekris

Ronald Reagan

Edward B. Shils

1989

Bertram J. Cohn

Rene De Sola

Benjamin Halpern

Teddy Kollek

Victor A. Mckusick

Max Perlman

Seymour D. Reich

Jorge Semprun-Maura

1988

Yohanan Bader

Yitzhak Ben-Aharon

Joseph Brender

Jacques Chaban-Delmas

Yona Ettinger

Howard Gilman

Jan Mitchell

K. Alex Muller

Y. Leo Picard

Hugo Ramniceanu

George P. Shultz

USA

1987

Robert Bourassa

Canada

Lester M. Entin

Hella H. Gertner

Austria

Gershon Harry Gordon

Lyun Joon Kim

Miguel Leon-Portilla

John Robert Schrieffer

Nathan Shapell

Giovanni Spadolini

James B. Wyngaarden

1986

Henry Abrahams

Robert C. Gallo

Armand Hammer

Henry Kissinger

Jack Penn

Ivo Pitanguy

Karl Otto Pohl

Joshua Rotenstreich

Boris Schreiber

Archie Sherman

Margaret Thatcher

Efraim E. Urbach

Zelman Weinberg

1985

Marcus Besen

Sir Zelman Cowen

Baron Edmond de Rothschild

Jeane D.J. Kirkpatrick

Samuel W. Lewis

Shimon Peres

Israel

Rosalyn S. Yalow

1984

Julius Axelrod

Victor Brailovsky

Israel

Jimmy Carter

USA

Irene Halmos

Cal Kovens

P. Hugh Lloyd-Jones

Moshe Rachmilewitz

1983

Saul J. Farber

Herbert L.A. Hart

Helmut Kohl

Yitzhak Navon

Israel Pollak

Jacob Schreiber

Laurence A. Tisch

1982

Guillermo Soberon Acevedo

Irene Firenberg

Maurice Goldschleger

Morris Leigh

Henry Moore

Michael I. Sovern

Isaac Stern

1981

Mordechai Ardon

Arnaldo Dante Momigliano

Laurent Schwartz

1980

Jaime P. Constantiner

Rene Favaloro

Hussein Fawzi

Abba Kovner

Mortimer D. Sackler

Gershom Scholem

Israel

Joseph H. Strelitz

1979

Menahem Begin

Bernard Lewis

Raymond R. Sackler

1978

Norman Bruce Hannay

George Meany

Mstislav Rostropovich

Genia Schreiber

Meir Yaari

1977

Shaul Avigur

Ephraim Katzir

Fred Lessing

1976

Victor M. Carter

Henri Glasberg

Uri Zvi Greenberg

Sylvia Philips Gilman

Andrei Dimitrievich Sakharov

William Edward Simon

1975

Yaacov Agam

Luis Echeverria Alvarez

Arthur J. Goldberg

Eugene Ionesco

Roman Jakobson

Alain Poher

Jean Roche

Hanna Rovina

Sir Ronald Syme, F.B.A.

1974

Yigal Allon

Maurice Goldhaber

Nachum Gutman

Nachum Gutman

Zubin Mehta

Sir Leslie Porter

1973

Ernst David Bergman

Sir Isaiah Berlin

Leonard Bernstein

Israel Dostrovsky

Henry M. Jackson

Joseph Meyerhoff

1972

Marc Chagall

Jacques Lipchitz

Emilio Segre

Avraham Shlonsky

Edward Teller

Florence Wise

George S. Wise

1971

Walworth Barbour

Abba Eban

Israel Efrat

Nahum Goldmann

Chaim Levanon

David Jacob Light

Golda Meir

Jack Morrison

Mordechai Namir

Aryeh L. Pincus

Lord Nathaniel Rothschild

Albert B. Sabin

Elias Sourasky

Leonard G. Wolfson

1970

Salo Baron

David Ben-Gurion

Walter Hesselbach

David Horowitz

Zalman Shazar

Richard Stein

1968

Daniel G. Ross

1965

Moshe Sharett