Yael Elbaz is a Senior Consultant and Cybersecurity Project Manager at Ernst and Young’s Cyber Division. Yael draws on her experience as an Intelligence officer in the Israeli Sigint National Unit (aka unit 8200), and a techno-intelligence team leader to ensure the highest standards of security for international and Israeli high-tech corporations.
After studying as a Bruriah scholar at Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem, Yael joined the IDF and was accepted into the elite military intelligence unit, where she served for 5 years in various positions. These roles involved in-depth technical analysis and operational activities in high pressure emergency scenarios.
During her military service, Yael volunteered at numerous projects including “CyberGirlz” and “SheCodes”, non-profit organizations focused on female empowerment in the cyber and technology industry in Israel, and “Magshimim”, a national program dedicated to incorporating youths from under developed populations into high impact cyber related roles in the IDF.
As a Modern Orthodox woman in the booming Israeli high-tech sector, Yael is a true believer in bursting through the glass ceiling to fulfill her potential and supports other women and minorities in similar situations.
Dr. Racheli Kreisberg serves as the Innovation Attaché of the Netherlands Innovation Network, Ministry of Economic Affairs, at the Netherlands
Embassy in Israel. She is responsible for developing R&D and business collaborations between Dutch and Israeli companies, Universities and research institutions.
In 2016 she established the Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center (www.idic.org.il).
Racheli is also an authorized tour guide in Israel and has developed unique innovation tourism tours for the general public as well as for blind and
visually impaired people. Additionally, she commemorates the legacy of her late grandfather Simon Wiesenthal, the famous Nazi Hunter (https://www.facebook.com/RememberWiesenthal/).
Her 20-year long genealogy hobby, focusing on Galicia, nowadays in the Ukraine, has led her to interesting family history discoveries, such as the identification of many of the 89 murdered family members of Cyla and Simon Wiesenthal as well as to the development of a unique House Number Database of the Galician town from which the Wiesenthal family originates.
Racheli holds a PhD in Biotechnology and Molecular Microbiology from Tel Aviv University (TAU), an Executive MBA from TAU, an MSc in Chemistry (summa cum laude) from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an BSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. \
Racheli was born in the Netherlands and immigrated in 1977 with her family to Israel. She is the proud mother of three grown-up girls.
Miriam Shapira, MA, is a clinical psychologist and therapist to individuals and families, with a private practice in Karnei Shomron, Israel, where she places special emphasis on situations of trauma and grief.
Miria m is the founder and Director of MAHUT Israel, an international center for coping and resilience to threat and trauma, in a systemic and community level. Communities, like individuals and organizations, live in a dynamic and challenging environment. MAHUT’s talented staff helps strengthen community resilience both in routine and during times of emergency, helping them successfully cope with challenging crises and situations, and even grow out from them. MAHUT utilizies a multidisciplinary approach in all sectors of Israeli society, in order to empower communities, organizations and individuals, thereby strengthening the entire Israeli resilience network.
Miriam is also a founding member and first chairperson of BESOD SIACH, a group aimed at promoting dialogue as a means to resolve conflict between different groups in Israel.
Pnina Radai immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia during Operation “Moses” in 1984 with her grandparents.
After graduating from high school she served in the IDF for seven years as an officer and completed her services with the rank of captain.
Pnina has a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in
Non-Profit Management and Social Organizations from Hebrew University. She specializes in non-profit organizations, the public sector and group leadership.
Today Pnina works as a Director of Training programs at the Government National School for Leadership and Management which is part of the CSC – Israel civil service.
Pnina has volunteered with various programs that promote the Ethiopian Community over the last twenty years. For the past six years, she has volunteered in a unique program called “Sippur Al HaDerech” which means “a story about the journey”. Sippur al Haderech is a grassroots initiative that connects Israelis of various backgrounds with the story of the Ethiopian Jewish community. They also organize evenings for individuals and small groups where Ethiopian volunteers share their personal stories with audiences across the country.
During the course of the delegation, Pnina will share her story—and that of the Ethiopian community in Israel—with your community.