Tamar DekelFounder & Director
Eli WimpheimerFounder & Director
Matan BarelAudit Committee
Christine NamubiruProgram Associate
Tamar Dekel is an interdisciplinary innovator in the field of international development with an emphasis on art practice and education as well as cross-cultural exchanges. Tamar lives and works in Tel Aviv and has been active in the fields of social entrepreneurship, art development and art education for the past 20 years. She is the former Executive Director of Inspiration Arts. Tamar currently works on projects whose aim is to establish an international platform through the nexus of social practices, arts education and intercultural exchanges.
Eli was born in Jerusalem and lives in Tel Aviv. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and is currently in the Master’s program at Haifa University in “Netivot” Leadership and Social Change in the Jewish world and Israel program.
Eli served as VP Development for the Israeli Volunteer Association (IVA) from 2004 until 2016. In that capacity he initiated and was responsible for the operations of special programming for young volunteers from the Arab and ultra-orthodox communities as well as for young adults with special needs including at-risk and handicapped volunteers. In addition, Eli established the international division of the IVA.
In 2016-2018 Eli served as the Executive Director of Brit Olam International Development, and co-director of Topaz Leading Social Innovations. Throughout his career Eli has also been involved in setting up and participating in programs in identity and leadership in Israeli society.
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.
Elyakim Kislev is a faculty member at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, School of Public Policy and Government. Kislev worked at the Mandel Institute and was policy analyst and consultant for governments, municipalities, NGOs, and corporations, with over 12 years of experience in the field of policy analysis.
Nurith Goshen is Curator of Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Periods (ca. 4500–1200 BCE) in the Bronfman Archaeology Wing of the Israel Museum. She specializes in Bronze Age monumental architecture of the Aegean and the Levant, and in the relationship between society and material culture. Her academic interest in materiality was manifested in the recent exhibition Ashkelon: A Retrospective which she co-curated at the Rockefeller Archaeology Museum, a satellite of the Israel Museum. Nurith has co-authored several articles concerning ancient material culture, such as textile production tools, Middle Bronze Age wall paintings, and monumental architecture, and has also participated in archaeological excavations in Israel and Crete. Nurith also undertakes outreach activities, communicating archaeological material and ways of thinking to the general public. She finds motivation in the notion that sometimes the distant past is a productive vehicle to shed light upon contemporary social process.
Ofer Wormser, born in Meitar and lives in Tel Aviv, holds a BA in Sociology and Geography and an MA in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. Has been active for more than ten years in positions related to the management and development of social programs in civil society. Among other things, he directed the civil service program for integration of youth at risk and people with disabilities. Currently Ofer runs a housing and community care program for young people with autism in central Israel.
Attorney Gilad Wiener, Certified Advocate – L.L.B. Gilad did his internship with the Honorable Judge Miriam Naor – President of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem. He worked as an attorney in a leading commercial office. He is currently a Doctoral student at Bar-Ilan University. Gilad worked for the Israeli Institute for Democracy and is currently part of the Israeli Congress for Judaism and Democracy. He is an entrepreneur and social activist.
Christine Namubiru is CoCuDi’s program associate in Uganda. she is a Professional Social Worker (in January 2020 she will receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration at Makerere University Kampala). Christine has vast internship and volunteer experience on local and International Projects such as Keeping Children in Healthy and Protective Families led by Catholic Relief Services, None in Three Research Center Uganda under Makerere University Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and the Uganda Systems Strengthening Project Extension led by Catholic Relief Services. She has also done peer education with Reach a Hand Uganda on matters of sexuality with the youth.
She has vast knowledge and experience in social research, child protection, social protection, social policy analysis and activism among other diverse social work fields. She has conducted a research on the Organization and management of local saving groups and how they contribute to the social welfare of the urban poor.