Matan Barel holds a BA in political science and an MA in Political Science as well as an MA in Immigration and Social Integration. He is the director of agreements in the Israeli Workers Union (Ha-Histadrut), and formerly managed the secular service division in the Civic Service (the Israeli Volunteering Association). Matan has extensive managerial and entrepreneurial experience in the third sector in the areas of volunteerism, education, intercultural encounter and social empowerment. His main goal is to promote social equality and development within social and economic periphery, immigrants, refugees, and marginalized populations in Israel. Matan believes in the ability of social organizations to promote social policy and action that changes reality and creates a just and better world.