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Board of Directors

Marilyn C. Burke serves as President of The Julia Burke Foundation which is based in the United States and has wide-ranging projects on five continents. She also is a long-serving board member of The HALO Trust, an humanitarian organization that removes landmines and other explosive remnants of war throughout the world. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco, and lives in California and Hawaii.

 

 

David Waimann has degrees in economics and engineering science from Cambridge UK and Rochester USA. Before entering the technological world, he was a development economist working on UN and World Bank projects in Africa. He has since built a number of technological enterprises in the industrial field with three successful exits. For the past 12 years he has been building start-ups in the renewable energy space including PV, lithium battery, wastewater treatment, and tidal energy and now concentrates on energy efficiency. He is presently CEO of Elencon Energy Efficiency,  Venture Partner at OurCrowd Investments, Chairman of Contronics UK and Chairman of South West Energy UK.

David Miron-Wapner (board chair) is an attorney by profession, licensed in both Israel and California. He is a native of Los Angeles and moved to Israel in 1978. Today he is responsible for Sustainable Technology Projects at the Yoyah Group, a company dedicated to effective strategic planning in times of uncertainty. For twelve years he managed the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission, a unique bi-national initiative to foster high-level collaboration by and between government, academia and industry. He was part of the founding team of BrightSource Energy, a world-leading solar energy company. He served as board chair of the Heschel Center for Sustainability, was president of Jerusalem’s leading Reform synagogue, Kehilat Kol Haneshama, and served on the board of the Jewish National Fund for eight years.

Avril Promislow is Assistant Director of International Interreligious Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). In this position she works closely with Rabbi David Rosen, developing programs, researching the emerging and burgeoning world of interfaith relations in the region, and overseeing the administration of the IA Department’s Jerusalem-based office. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Avril has lived in Jerusalem for over thirty years and has been involved in a number of grass-roots efforts to bridge the gap between Israel’s Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. In addition to a liberal arts BA from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, she is also a registered tour guide in Israel since the mid- 1980’s.

Gundula Madeleine Tegtmeyer is a journalist and photographer. She worked as an editorial journalist for the German environmental magazine Nature, and for many years as a freelance journalist specializing in North Africa and the Middle East. A native of Germany, she has traveled extensively in South America, North Africa and the Middle East, and lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Damascus and Tehran. In 2004 the prestigious German artwork foundation VG Bild und Kunst gave her a grant award for her photojournalistic work in the Middle East. She speaks seven languages and lives in Jerusalem.

Financial Oversight Board

Lev Israel holds bachelors degrees in Computer Science and Philosophy. He came to Israel in 1999, and spent a number of years studying Jewish religious texts in Jerusalem before entering the world of technology. He was part of the core team at Unicorn Solutions, which was sold to IBM, and served as Chief Technology Officer at PresenTense and at AbesMarket.com. He is currently building The Open Workshop, a social startup in the Tel Aviv area that will be a shared resource for crafts and the building arts, with a mission to increase local reliance and bring sustainable technologies to the building culture of Israel, and works as Software Architect at Sefaria.

Yannai Kranzler works for the Ministry of Health and is pursuing a PhD at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Health Systems Management. He is on the Nachlaot Community Council, and  previously worked for Jewish Climate Initiative.