Reut Barak Weekes

Barak Weekes
Academic Head, Glocal International Development Program

Dr. Reut Barak Weekes specializes in development economics and political relations in the developing world and has a wide interest in development in diverse communities. Supporting the Glocal program from its establishment, Dr. Barak Weekes teaches the courses “Introduction to International Development” and "Development Economics: Principles and Application"; and had guided students in the process of identifying and preparing for their internships.

Dr. Barak Weekes' Ph.D. thesis, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, focused on the impact of governance relations on water management in China. Dr. Barak Weekes’ current research focuses on the impact of microfinance schemes on community relations and community building in East Africa.

Teaches: Introduction to Development, Development Economics: Principles and Application, Program Seminar.

Avner De Shalit

De Shalit


Avner de-Shalit is Max Kampelman Professor of Democracy and Human Rights at the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also an associate fellow at the Oxford Centre for Environment, Ethics and Society between 1995 and 2004. Avner's fields of research and teaching are equality, democracy and human rights, environmental politics, and environmental political theory. He is author of Why Posterity Matters (London, Routledge, 1995), The Environment: Between Theory and Practice (Oxford, Oxford University Press, March 2000), Cities and Immigration (Oxford University Press 2018) and co-author, with Jonathan Wolff, of Disadvantage (Oxford, Oxford University Press 2007) and with Daniel Bell, of The Spirit of Cities (Princeton University Press 2011).

Teaches: Ethics of International Organizations


Orit Gazit

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Dr. Orit Gazit is a faculty member (assistant professor) at the Glocal Program for International Development and in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

With academic grounding in both international relations and sociology, she applies these tools to study the fields of migration and refugees, space and borders, security, and emotions.

Before joining the faculty of the Hebrew University in 2019, Orit completed her Ph.D. in both the Department of International Relations and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, as well as an LL.B in the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Law. She continued to UCLA as a Rothschild (Yad Hanadiv) post-doctoral fellow in UCLA’s International Institute and Department of Sociology, and then joined the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences (MBSF) at the Hebrew University, where she pursued a research project on the interrelations between migration, border crossing and emotions through classical social thought (published in International Studies Review, International Theory and the Journal of Classical Sociology).

One of her recent research projects explores the relations between migration and the environment, and another recent project focuses on the meanings of motherliness among Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Southern Tel-Aviv. Other research projects address the experience of (mis)trust—particularly in the context of protracted conflict, trauma, and forced migration; analyze the everyday insecurity of border areas, and develop a sociological approach to unilateral withdrawal.

In Glocal, she teaches, among other courses, the mandatory course 'Global Migrations' in the program's new migration & development track, and another course on Refugees & Development

Amelia Weinreb



Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is a cultural anthropologist who previously taught for thirteen years at the University of Texas at Austin as an associate professor of instruction. She is a lecturer at NYU Tel-Aviv and the author of Cuba in the Shadow of Change: Daily Life in the Twilight of the Revolution (University Press of Florida) and Teaching Israel Studies: Global, Virtual and Ethnographic Approaches to Active Learning (Palgrave MacMillan). Weinreb’s research and publications have focused on citizen-state relationships, cultures of consumer desire, tourist contact zonesrebranding landscape, and emotional geographies.


Teaches: Qualitative Research Methods, Gender and International Development


Nancy Strichman


Dr. Nancy Strichman is an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew University’s Glocal’s International Development Program and at the Rothberg International School Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. Her courses focus primarily on nonprofit management, and strategic and evaluation design. As an organizational consultant and evaluation specialist, Dr. Strichman emphasizes the use of participatory research methods and the practical application of planning and design principles in her courses. Over the years, Dr. Strichman’s research has examined the efforts of social entrepreneurs and civil society actors, specifically on topics related to shared society NGOs and gender equality in Israel. Her work has appeared in journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and the New England Journal of Public Policy, and her blog on Times of Israel currently features the work of local nonprofits from around the country. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Public Policy from Columbia University.

Teaches: Monitoring & Evaluation of Development and Social Change Nonprofits.


Maureen Malowany


Currently Researcher, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University-Hadassah in Jerusalem and Edelstein Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine; Research Fellow, Truman Institute, Hebrew University-Jerusalem; South Africa Coordinator, Operation Abraham Collaborative, The Jerusalem AIDS Project; Honorary Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; Associate Editor, History, Canadian Journal of Public Health. Previously Associate Director, CIHR Strategic Training Program in Transdisciplinary Public and Population Health Research: Promotion, Prevention and Public Policy (4P);  Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University; Faculty Lecturer, Dept of Epidemiology and Dept of History, McGill University. Former Deputy Director, Welcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford.  Trained in History of Africa and Medicine; Public Health. Research interests: history of global/international public health, epidemiology, malaria (particularly sub-Saharan Africa), infectious diseases and ‘tropical medicine’/science; scientific networks/knowledge exchange.

Teaches: Development & Global Health: A Critical Approach to Theory, Policy and Practice.


Jonathan Mirvis


Dr. Mirvis is a senior lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is Hebrew University’s foremost academic specialist in social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and adult Jewish education.

He lectures to graduate students and conducts research on these subjects at the Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish Education, The School of Social Work’s Program in Non-Profit Management, The Business School’s MBA Program and Glocal Community-Development Studies. He holds a doctorate in adult education from Surrey University in England.

Dr. Mirvis was awarded a Kaye Innovation Prize by The Hebrew University in 2003 for his development of the social franchise model and in 2007 received special recognition by the Rector of the University for excellence in teaching.

He is the founder of The Gandel Institute of Adult Jewish Learning and from 1991- 2012 was the International Director of The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. Dr. Mirvis is currently writing a book on strategic innovation in Jewish education.

Teaches: Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation


Shira Peles


Dr. Shira Peles (Bukchin) conducts interdisciplinary research in the area of sustainable development, with an emphasis on food security and agriculture. She investigates environmental issues from a technological, behavioral, social, and educational perspective. Most of her research has significant empirical components and applied aspects.

A major part of Shira's research deals with the developing world, and she led a variety of field studies,  e.g., in Senegal, Nepal, and Ethiopia. Her doctoral research has focused on the relationship between personal resources and the adoption of sustainable technologies and methods by farmers in developing countries.


Areen Hawari


Dr. Areen Hawari is an academic and a feminist activist. She holds A PhD in Gender Studies from Ben-Gurion University. Her research focuses on the activism of the Palestinian women: between feminism, religion and the state. She is the director of the “Gender Studies Program” in Mada al Carmel- Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. She is an adjunct lecturer in the division of Graduate Studies at Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the faculty of education at Oranim College.


Maayan Frenkel

Internship Advisor

Maayan Frenkel is a graduate of Glocal's second cohort. Since her graduation, Maayan has gained broad experience working with marginalized communities, government bodies, INGOs, and civil society actors to promote social and educational community empowerment. In recent years she specialized in research aiming at promoting evidence-based policy in education mainly in East Africa. She designed and led an advocacy strategy aiming at fostering skills-based education in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. Maayan holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology, and Communication from Tel Aviv University. 

In Glocal, as an Internship Adviser, Maayan introduces students to the diversity and professionalism of Actors of Development and Labor Market. She mentors and orients students before and during their internship period, accompanying them in identifying the best internship placement for their specific profile and career wishes. During the internship, she supports Students’ learning experience and the combination of theoretical studies with field experience.

Teaches: Pre-Internship Course: First steps for professionalism in the field


Virginie Mathieu-Tahboub

Internship Advisor

Originally a Clinical Psychologist, Virginie spent 13 of the last 20 years working with International/Local NGOs and the I.C.R.C in Emergency and Conflict Zones such as Ex-Yugoslavia, the Northern and Southern Caucasus, Middle East, and East Africa. Specializing in MHPSS - Protection activities, Virginie joined exploratory missions, provided direct support to the population during emergencies, participated in national capacities building efforts of healthcare professionals along with long-term development projects, and coordinated teams of different sizes and nationalities while dealing with diverse sources of funding.

After a few years in the field, Virginie went back to University and completed an M.A. in Humanitarian International Law and its application to areas of Humanitarian Assistance.

Sensitized to the complexity of conflict zones, Virginie favors a multiaxial lecture of humanitarian and development actions, aiming at reducing as much as possible potential bias in project design and the delivery of services.  She strongly believes in community ownership, people-driven solutions, and financial independence of Non-Governmental Organizations.

In Glocal, as an Internship Adviser, Virginie introduces students to the diversity and professionalism of Actors of Development and Labor Market. She mentors and orients students before and during their internship period, accompanying them in identifying the best internship placement for their specific profile and career wishes. During the internship, she supports Students’ learning experience and the combination of theoretical studies with field experience.

Teaches: Pre-Internship Course: First steps for professionalism in the field


Yossi Offer


Yossi Offer is a strategic planning and local development specialist. He is a co-founder & executive director of InterLoc Development Ltd. – a boutique consulting company working with local authorities, NGOs, and government and international development agencies in Israel and in developing countries. Yossi has been working in Israel's Project Renewal and as a founder and director of a Municipal Strategic Planning Unit in Israel. He was also director of project development for an international development NGO and as director of training of an international development training institution. Yossi has extensive experience in project design and development, strategic planning, institutional development, and capacity building in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and southeast Europe.

His MA from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is in Urban & Regional Planning and his BA is in Geography from the Hebrew University.

Teaches: Development in Practice: Approaches, Challenges & Skills.


Gil Maymon


Gil is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with questions regarding human rights protection and preservation by cities, a new phenomenon that takes place in cities around the world. Using a comparative framework, the study classifies and analyzes types of Human Rights Cities, the practices they enacted, and their level of commitment to human rights protection.

Gil holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication & Journalism and Political Science, and a Master's degree in Political Science, both from the Hebrew University. Her M.A thesis explored the tension between the center and periphery in Israel, focusing on the welfare policies enacted by local governments and the connection between geographic location and state-funded welfare services.

Gil is a former co-editor in the Israeli journal “Politika”, has been a part of the teaching staff at the Political Science Department in a variety of courses.

Teaches: Research Methods of Development.


Rina Kedem


Rina co-manages the Jordan-Israel Center for Community, Environment, and Research at the Arava Institute, in collaboration with the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center. She also directs regional cooperation with Jordan on behalf of the Eilot Regional Council. She teaches various courses and lectures on her areas of research and fieldwork including a master’s course about development in conflict zones at the Hebrew University as part of the International Development MA program.

Rina Kedem is an environmental peace entrepreneur who directs cooperation projects with Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians for the past 19 years. A wholesome perspective including social-economic and environmental wellbeing of communities and tangible, long-term peacebuilding opportunities guides her work. International and national conflict mitigation and development agencies, as well as government ministries, support her work.

She started engaging in peace work after life-changing experiences in the land of Israel-Palestine while marking hiking trails and learning about the people of the land and their narratives through personal encounters. She realized her love of nature and peace work are a productive combination. Rina studied at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, received her undergraduate degree from Prescott College in Arizona, and holds a master’s degree in International Community Development from Hebrew University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in community development and transboundary environmental cooperation in the Department of Geography and Environment at the Hebrew University.

Rina's professional experiences include outdoor and environmental education and curriculum development, teacher's training, youth facilitation and mentorship, academic teaching, consultancy, resource development, management of multicultural events, body-based and movement experiences, and water movement therapy (Watsu). Rina co- developed unique initiatives such as EcoME center (a center for peace and ecology for Palestinians and Israelis) and GEN Israel (The global ecovillage network) and has an extensive network of communities and projects around the world that focus on environmental and social change, peace work and development.





Teaches: Development in Conflict Zones: Theoretical Exploration and Practical Tools


Joanne Moore


An international development assistance professional with more than 25 years of project management and business development experience in Africa, Asia, and Haiti, Ms. Moore provides consulting service to USAID's implementing partners through her company, JoMoConsult LLC. She has also partnered with Duke University’s Dr. Bob Malkin to form Pratt Pouch Consulting and promote and expand the use of the Pratt Pouch (http://dhtlab.pratt.duke.edu/pouch) to increase access to life-saving antiretroviral medications for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). Previously, Ms. Moore served as the Senior Vice President of Africa and Haiti Region at Chemonics International, Inc., piloted a social franchise for PMTCT in Uganda for Population Services International, and focused on guinea work eradication as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. Ms. Moore serves on the boards of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC/The Joint), Yahel Service Learning Program, and the American Associates of Ben Gurion University. Ms. Moore earned a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies and the Political Economy of Developing Countries from Brandeis University and an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Teaches: Theory and Practice: The Pears Seminar in Community Development.



Aya Navon


Teaches: Community Development and the Paradox of Power.



Liel Maghen


Liel Maghen has been involved in the field of peacebuilding for more than a decade.

Working in both top-down and bottom-up initiatives, his experience includes working with the Israeli Knesset and the Palestinian Authority, the United States Congress, and the EU together with co-directing IPCRI and managing programs for leading peacebuilding organizations such as Seeds of Peace, Givat Haviva, MEJDI Tours, and AIES.  

Through his role at IPCRI, Liel develops transboundary partnerships through participatory activities, community development, and inclusive processes. Within the city of Jerusalem, Liel co-managed an EU-funded project focused on grassroots community organizing and advocacy, led cross-communal delegations to other cities in conflict and co-founded the Sinsila Center for Urban Sustainability in East Jerusalem. 

He holds an M.A degree in International Development from Glocal and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Teaches: Gender and Community Leadership in Jerusalem.




Stav Bar Shany

Bar Shany

Stav is a social innovation consultant with over 14 years of experience working across sectors on social challenges in technology, international development, education, and gender diversity.

Working globally in Africa, Britain and Israel Stav held executive roles and led consultancy projects for organizations such as the EBRD, Innovate UK, Comic Relief, and ACTO- Centre for Impact Investing and Entrepreneurship. Stav currently serves as Head of Impact at Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) and as a researcher and Head of Social Innovation at Haifa University.

A speaker and writer featured in the Stanford Social Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Chatham House, re:publica Berlin; Recently co-launched the Podcast "Global Entrepreneurship - Israeli Innovation Creating Impact in Emerging Markets".

Holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) in International Development from the London School of Economics (LSE); A Graduate of the University of Oxford Social Finance Executive Programme.