Board of Directors

Fulbright Israel’s policies and program of activities are set by its Board of Directors.

Ms. Shira Ruderman: Chair of the Board 

U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Nides: Honorary Chair of the Board

U.S. members

  • Mr. Joe Wierichs, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the United States 
  • Ms. Megan Ellis, Cultural Affairs Attache, Embassy of the United States   
  • Mr. Shalom Maidenbaum, Board Member
  • Mr. Timothy P. Buckley, Environment, Science, Technology Chief, Embassy of the United States (Alternate Member)      
  • Mr. Jonathan Shrier, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States (Alternate Member)

Israeli members

  • Ms. Nurit Tinari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Professor Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita, Former Member of Knesset, Senior Researcher Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 
  • Professor Hossam Haick, The Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 
  • Professor Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, Neuroimmunology Research Unit, Tel Aviv University and Committee Member, The Council for Higher Education, Planning and Budgeting Committee 
  • Ms. Pnina Elal, Director, Department for Cultural and Scientific Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Alternate Member)
  • Ms. Einat Weiss, Director, Department for U.S.-Israel Political Relations, North America Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Alternate Member)