The hard work and dedication of a passionate team of lay leaders and staff around the world ensures ORT continues to have an impact through education.

You can find out more about our senior team here:

WORLD ORT OFFICERS

  • Dr Conrad Giles

    President

    Dr Conrad Giles was Deputy President for three years before being unanimously elected to the presidency at the General Assembly in 2016.

    Dr Giles is distinguished both in his career as a paediatric ophthalmologist and in his lifelong service to the Jewish community. He was President of the Jewish Federation of Detroit and the Michigan Jewish Conference, national Vice-Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and President of the Council of Jewish Federations – and was part of the team that merged them to form United Jewish Communities, forerunner of today’s Jewish Federations of North America.

    His relationship with ORT stretches back more than 40 years to his presidency of Detroit’s Men’s ORT chapter. Prior to becoming Deputy President, he served as Chair of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, the umbrella organization of the 125 Community Councils in the US. He also served as a Vice President of the American ORT Federation and as a member of the Executive Committees of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Since 2007, he has been assisting World ORT’s fundraising team in the United States by acting as a liaison with the Federation system.

  • Judy Menikoff

    Deputy President

    A devoted supporter of ORT for more than 35 years, Judy Menikoff was elected as Deputy President of World ORT in 2020. Previously Secretary and Chair of the Board of Trustees, she has also served in the past as Treasurer of World ORT and Interim President of ORT America.

    As President of Women’s American ORT, she advanced its fundraising capabilities, reached out to new members and increased its overall effectiveness and productivity. While Chair of World ORT’s Fundraising Committee she created the organisation’s elite donors’ group, the 1880 Society. Ms Menikoff also served as Assistant Treasurer of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress.

  • Simon Alberga

    Deputy President

    Simon Alberga has been chairman of ORT UK since 2009 and a World ORT Trustee since 2016, becoming an Officer and a Deputy President in 2020.

    Since graduating with a BA in Economics from Harvard University, Simon has spent his career in finance and business. Since 1996, he has been a partner in private equity firm Young Associates, investing in technology companies in the UK together with former World ORT President Lord Young of Graffham.

    Simon is married to Julia, who founded the ORT-JUMP mentoring program in the UK, and they are the proud parents of three boys. He has lived in Jamaica – where he was born – Canada and the United States before moving to Britain in 1992.

  • Robert Singer

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Robert Singer serves as the Chairman and CEO of Spero Impact Solutions, and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the leading umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world, from 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining the WJC, he served for 14 years as Director General and CEO of World ORT.

    Throughout his career, Mr Singer travelled extensively throughout the world, visiting Jewish communities in more than 60 countries. He has led and participated in meetings with presidents and prime ministers of many nations, as well as prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders.

    On behalf of Diaspora Jewish communities, Mr Singer regularly engaged with Israeli government officials and other Israeli institutions. He currently also serves as Chairman of SASA Setton and Chairman of Alumot Or, as well as other senior public positions.

    Born in Ukraine in 1956, Mr Singer immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1976 with a degree in Political Science and History, and later served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 11 years, leaving the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr Singer spent 12 years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts.

  • Robert Taub

    Secretary & Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Robert Taub has more than five decades of business experience, mostly in biopharmaceutical and medtech industries. He has been an entrepreneur for the last 35 years and is currently the lead sponsor of the World ORT Taub Young Entrepreneurship Program. He is Belgian and lives in Brussels.

    He founded Nyxoah in 2009, a Belgian-Israeli company which develops implants to treat sleep apnea, and currently serves as chairman of its board. He also founded Man & Science, a neuromodulation company to treat cluster headaches and migraines and serves as its CEO.

    Mr Taub founded Omrix, a US/Belgian/Israeli biopharmaceutical company that marketed biological products for the biosurgical and immunotherapy markets and which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2008.

    He has been an independent Non-Executive Director at Maya Gold and Silver, a Canadian TSX listed company, since November 2016.

    Mr Taub holds a BA in Languages from RUCA Antwerp University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

  • Lawrence Wolfe

    Treasurer

    Lawrence A Wolfe was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Detroit with his family in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1969 and a JD from the Detroit College of Law in 1972. Mr Wolfe practiced law for seven years, specializing in corporate and labor law. In 1979, he joined Production Tool Supply Company, an international distributor of industrial tools, supplies, and machinery. He became president and CEO in 2003, until his recent retirement.

    Mr Wolfe is married to the former Andrea Kahn, and they have two children and six grandchildren. He has been an active participant or board member in many organizations, including serving as President of the Detroit Jewish Community Center, the Adat Shalom Synagogue, the State of Israel Bonds - Michigan Region, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

    He previously served on the boards of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Technion Society, The Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit and the Jewish Community Center Association.

    In addition to his World ORT role, Mr Wolfe sits on a number of other boards including at Kids Kicking Cancer, American Friends of Rambam Hospital, Detroit Zoological Society, and University of Michigan Medicine Advisory Board.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Chair

    Robert Singer

  • Members

    Anat Friedman, Vivien de Gunzburg, Robert Grey, Larry Kadis, Howard Lanznar, Philippe Leopold-Metzger, Arnold Munnich, Alexei Semenov

HONORARY POSITIONS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Immediate Past President

    Mauricio Merikanskas

  • Honorary President

    Mauricio Merikanskas

  • Honorary Chair, Board of Trustees

    Jean de Gunzburg

  • Honorary Chair, Board of Representatives

    Moti Dotan

  • Honorary Chair, General Assembly

    Gary Alexander

  • Honorary Chair, Academic Advisory Council

    Dan Shechtman

  • Honorary Vice Presidents

    Alexander Asmolov, Dorene Berger, Shelley Fagel, Reese Feldman, Marc Hamon, Doreen Hermelin, Mark Mishon

  • Risk Management Committee

    Chair: Robert Grey. Members: Andre Touati, Lew Zipkin

  • Finance & Audit Committee

    Chair: Yorai Linenberg. Members: David Eaton, Larry Kadis, Fernando Kiguel

  • Academic Advisory Council

    Co-Chairs: Alexei Semenov & Sidney Strauss. Vice-Chair: Jorge Grunberg. Members: Philippe Halban, Orit Hasan, Professor Kliksberg, Ilya Levin, Radan Salomonovic, Conrad Wolfram

  • Development Committee

    Chair: Gail Lanznar. Members: Brad Kolar, Bubba Urdan, Ariel Yukelson, Baruj Zaidenknop

  • Allocations Committee

    Chair: Larry Kadis Members: Eva Lynn Gans, Marie-Hélène Rheims

  • Legal, Constitution and By-Laws Committee

    Chair: Richard Bernstein. Members: Lionel Halperin, Suellen Kadis, Luis Kitainik, Claude-Maxime Weil

  • Investment Committee

    Chair: Marc de Gunzburg. Members: Jean-Marc Choblet, Michael Perlmuter, Ros Wagman

  • 1880 Society

    Chair: Linda Kirschbaum

SENIOR PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Dan Green

    Director General and CEO

    Dan was appointed as ORT’s Director General and CEO in 2020, having previously been Chief Operating Officer since 2016.

    He is responsible for representing the organization internationally and for leading its professional staff and strategic direction from its London headquarters, ORT House. Dan joined the ORT family in 2012 as CEO of ORT UK, where he was responsible for raising funds for ORT projects around the world.

    Prior to his roles at ORT, Dan worked in Consumer Media running sales departments across newspapers, magazines and digital at Time Inc Media, BBC Magazines and The Jewish Chronicle.

    Dan is married with three children and follows Arsenal Football Club. He collects whisky in his spare time.

  • Vladimir Dribinskiy

    Chief Program Officer

    An educator and engineer by training, Vladimir started his career at ORT in 1992 as the first Director of ORT St Petersburg after ORT re-established its presence in the place where the organization first began in Tsarist Russia in 1880.

    After joining the ORT team at the London administrative offices in 2002, Vladimir has been responsible for many educational projects and their implementation across the ORT network and in operational countries. As a team leader, Vladimir participated in a number of projects related to STEM in education as well as to Jewish Heritage.

    Vladimir is married with two children and one granddaughter.

ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

    • Prof. Alexei Semenov

      Vice-President of ORT Russia
      Member of World ORT Board of Trustees
      Co-Chair, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Prof. Alexei Semenov received his MS and PhD from Moscow State University and his Prof. Sci (Math) from Steklov Mathematical Institute. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Math Division) – the National State Academy, and the Russian Academy of Education (General Education Division).

      Prof. Semenov is a prominent mathematician and computer scientist. In 2006 he received the Kolmogorov Award (RAS) for “outstanding results in the field of mathematics”. Today he is the chair of the Department of Mathematical Logic and Theory of Algorithms at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

      Prof. Semenov has led several auspicious Russian science and mathematics education organizations and has experience of teaching math at different levels from primary through secondary to university. He has worked most prominently in schools for mathematically gifted children (including the Kolmogorov boarding school of MSU). In 2009 Prof. Semenov was awarded the UNESCO Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education.

      See Prof. Alexei Semenov articles on the Academic Advisory Forum (1)

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    • Prof. Sidney Strauss

      Emeritus Professor, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
      Co-Chair, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Professor Sidney Strauss gained his PhD and became a postdoctoral fellow from the University of California at Berkeley. He held professorships at Tel Aviv University and MIT and established and headed the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching at Tel Aviv University. Professor Strauss has been the recipient of numerous competitive research grants and was the Chief Scientist at the Israeli Ministry of Education from 2005-2008. He was elected as a foreign affiliate of the USA National Academy of Education (2006-present).

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    • Dr. Jorge Grünberg

      Rector, Universidad ORT Uruguay
      Deputy Chairman, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Dr Grünberg gained his PhD in Educational Studies from the University of Oxford in 2000 and has authored of over fifty academic papers. Prior to this, he studied a master’s in education studies also at Oxford and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Uruguay.

      Dr Grünberg has been Rector of the Universidad ORT Uruguay since 1996 and, before becoming Rector, was Dean of the School of Engineering and Professor of Information Systems. He has been a Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of Uruguay since 2012. He has founded several societies and associations including the Uruguayan Society of Informatics, the Association of Private Universities of Uruguay, and the Oxford University Uruguay Alumni Association.

      See Dr. Jorge Grünberg articles on the Academic Advisory Forum

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    • Prof. Ilya Levin

      Professor, School of Education of Engineering
      Bar Ilan University, Israel
      Member, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Prof. Ilya Levin received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 1987 from the Institute of Computer Technologies, Riga. Since 1987 he was the Head of Department in the Institute of New Technologies (USSR). From 1993 to 2002, Ilya Levin was the Head of the Computer Systems Department in Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. From 2003 to 2006, he was an Associate Professor of the School of Engineering at the Bar Ilan University. Presently, Ilya Levin is a Full Professor in the School of Education of Tel Aviv University. His recent research interests include Computer Design, Digital Society, and Technology Education.

      See Prof. Ilya Levin articles on the Academic Advisory Forum (1)

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    • Prof. Philippe A. Halban

      Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Geneva
      Member, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Philippe Halban received both his M.A. and Ph.D in biochemistry at Oxford University. After postdoctoral training and first appointments in Geneva, he pursued his research and taught at Harvard Medical School before returning to Geneva as Professor of Genetic Medicine and Development until retirement in 2015. His research has been devoted to diabetes and he has received several major international scientific prizes. He served as president of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and has been a member of advisory boards for both universities and non-profit organisations. Dr. Halban has a longstanding interest in education and was actively involved in developing a problem-based learning curriculum for the Medical School in Geneva.

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    • Dr. Radan Salomonovic

      Country Manager, Pfeiffer Vacuum
      Member, World ORT Academic Advisory Committee

      Dr Radan Salomonovic gained his PhD in Nuclear and sub-nuclear physics from the Czech Technical University of Prague, Faculty of Nuclear Science and took a permanent position as research fellow in the same department. He also worked as a postdoc student in the Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Ghent (Belgium) and in the Department of Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics, Oxford University (UK).

      He worked for the technology company Balzers–Pfeiffer (Lichtenstein), later Pfeiffer Vacuum, as a hi-tech specialist on a part-time basis while continuing his academic career. In 1999 he left academia and became a full-time employee at the company. Since 2004 he has been the country manager and head of the company commercial operations in Czechia, Slovakia and liaison for Israel.

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INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION STEERING COMMITTEE

  • Vivien de Gunzburg

    Chair

    Vivien de Gunzburg is the founder and Managing Partner of US-based Ceres Infrastructure Private Debt Fund. He also established Findercod in the UK, Belgium and France to provide services in corporate finance private equity and asset management.

    A French and Belgian national, Mr. de Gunzburg is fluent in French, English and Spanish. In addition to his IC role, he is a World ORT Board of Trustees member, President of Union ORT in France, Vice-President of ORT Belgium, and a member of the Board of Directors of ORT America and ORT France.

  • Celeste S. Angus

    Director

    Celeste S. Angus has almost 40 years of experience in developing and directing complex multi-sector international development assistance contracts and grants totalling more than $50 million.

    She is responsible for ORT’s global aid program design and strategy, monitoring and reporting and strategic review. Among other aspects of her work at ORT she has directly supervised field assessments, start-up operations and implementation, and training projects in over 30 countries in the fields of vocational training, refugee assistance, non-profit capacity building, NGO institutional strengthening and advocacy training, as well as training programs in agriculture, irrigation, and women in development.

    She is the principal international development community liaison and the ORT Representative to the United Nations Headquarters in NY. She also serves on the Joint Distribution Committee Disaster Relief Coalition, has an MBA from Georgetown University, two BAs from the University of Pittsburgh, a Certificate in Latin American Studies and is fluent in Spanish.

  • Michael Broida

    Committee Member

    Michael Broida has been involved with ORT for over 40 years. His first World ORT trip was to Israel in 1986 were he witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for ORT Braude College in Karmiel.

    A CPA by profession, he became involved with ORT at a national level, first in planned giving and then on finance and audit committees, all of which he chaired for several years.

    Michael served on World ORT’s Audit and Finance committees for many years and became closely involved in the IC program – work which remains “very close to my heart due to the amazing work we all do all over the world”. He also serves as a member of the World ORT Board of Representatives.

  • Ellis Falkof

    Committee Member

    Ellis Falkof is a retail hardware, business strategy and computer software expert. His software business developed, marketed, and supported school administration systems across South Africa for over 20 years.

    With this experience, his founder initiative and international chairmanship of the Mica Group, Retail Plus Consultancy was formed. Retail Plus has guided many retailers in strategic business and IT decisions such as marketing, system choices, inventory ranging, reporting structures, best practice routines and business expansion.

    His involvement in ORT South Africa has been in strategy, IT upgrade and business mentoring programs. He currently serves as Chairman of ORT SA. He previously participated in motor racing and international offshore sailing and remains a keen cyclist.

  • Susan Goldman

    Committee Member

    Susan Goldman has been a committed member of the Western Massachusetts community in the US since moving to Longmeadow in 1978.

    Past President of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass, she also served as Secretary, Major Gifts and Campaign Chair. Currently she serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center, and on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Family Service and Interfaith Homes in Longmeadow.

    A former Vice-President of Hadassah – the Women’s Zionist Organization of America – she is also a founder and President of the Hatikvah Holocaust Education and Resource Center.

    Together with her husband Marc, she participated in World ORT missions to Russia in 2016 and Ukraine in 2018.

  • Henri Levy

    Committee Member

    Henri Levi is World ORT’s volunteer representative to UNESCO and a member of Kadima Mada’s Executive Board. He has previously held several IC positions including Director of the IC Geneva Office and Project Coordinator for IC Human Resource Development Projects.

  • Leandro Margulis

    Committee Member

    An ORT Argentina alum, Leandro Margulis is Head of Product Marketing at Prove, a mobile identity company. He is a former VP and GM of Developer Relations at technology specialist TomTom, and a former VP of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at Cint, where he was responsible for developing a new business unit around data collaboration.

    Prior to those roles, Leandro founded his own recruitment and job search platform and worked at Deloitte. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and an Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Florida International University (FIU), where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of the Board of ORT America.

  • Robert Singer

    Committee Member

    Robert Singer serves as the Chairman and CEO of Spero Impact Solutions, and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the leading umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world, from 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining the WJC, he served for 14 years as Director General and CEO of World ORT.

    Throughout his career, Mr Singer travelled extensively throughout the world, visiting Jewish communities in more than 60 countries. He has led and participated in meetings with presidents and prime ministers of many nations, as well as prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders.

    On behalf of Diaspora Jewish communities, Mr Singer regularly engaged with Israeli government officials and other Israeli institutions. He currently also serves as Chairman of SASA Setton and Chairman of Alumot Or, as well as other senior public positions.

    Born in Ukraine in 1956, Mr Singer immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1976 with a degree in Political Science and History, and later served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 11 years, leaving the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr Singer spent 12 years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts.

  • Robert Taub

    Committee Member

    Robert Taub has more than five decades of business experience, mostly in biopharmaceutical and medtech industries. He has been an entrepreneur for the last 35 years and is currently the lead sponsor of the World ORT Taub Young Entrepreneurship Program. He is Belgian and lives in Brussels.

    He founded Nyxoah in 2009, a Belgian-Israeli company which develops implants to treat sleep apnea, and currently serves as chairman of its board. He also founded Man & Science, a neuromodulation company to treat cluster headaches and migraines and serves as its CEO.

    Mr Taub founded Omrix, a US/Belgian/Israeli biopharmaceutical company that marketed biological products for the biosurgical and immunotherapy markets and which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2008.

    He has been an independent Non-Executive Director at Maya Gold and Silver, a Canadian TSX listed company, since November 2016.

    Mr Taub holds a BA in Languages from RUCA Antwerp University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

  • David Woolf

    Committee Member

    David Woolf is a former IC Steering Committee chair, former ORT UK chair and former trustee of World ORT.

    He is a UK based, prize-winning chartered accountant who founded his own property development group, Citygrove, which pioneered shopping park development in Britain.

    David retired in 2005 and now advises his family trust and chairs an internet asset finance start-up.

    In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, painting and sailing.