Investing in Research, Public Service & Leadership



Current Fellows (2012/13)

Dana Ben Chail

Born and raised in Israel, Dana currently lives in Tel Aviv. Following her army service in the Israeli Air Force, Dana graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Lauder School of Government, at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. She earned her B.A. in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy majoring in Homeland Security and Conflict Resolution. While studying at the IDC, Dana received the Sprintzak Award for Outstanding Research Paper. Following her degree, Dana spent a year as a shlicha (emissary) for the Jewish Agency at the University of Florida Hillel. Returning from shlichut, Dana started working in Aardvark Israel, a gap year program, as the Tel Aviv City Coordinator.

For her fellowship, Dana is working at the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Etan Cohen

Etan Cohen holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, where he completed a double major in economics and political science as a McCabe Scholar. He is currently finishing his M.A. in international relations with a specialization in security and diplomacy at the Hebrew University.

Prior to joining the fellows program, Etan spent time volunteering and working in Casablanca (while learning the secrets of Moroccan cuisine). Earlier, he worked as a writer and editor at a public affairs and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C.

For his fellowship, Etan will be a member of the National Security team at the Reut Institute.

Cynthia Ferman

Cynthia was born in Brazil, raised in the United States, and has lived in five different countries. Her diverse background led her to complete a Master's degree in Communication, Culture, & Technology from Georgetown University, where her research focused on the role of national identity and anti-Americanism in Europe. In addition, she was the recipient of Georgetown's Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy. Cynthia spent three years working for the U.S. State Department in their public diplomacy offices in Washington, DC and at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English and has a working knowledge of French and Hebrew.

Cynthia is working at the Israel Research Fellowship for her fellowship year.

Yoni Forsyth

Born in Inverness Scotland, Yoni studied Jewish History at University College London (UCL), specializing in modern Jewish politics and Israeli coalition building. At UCL Yoni was active in student politics, fencing and debating. On completion of his Bachelor's degree Yoni accepted a place at the Hebrew University to study International Relations. Yoni served as a Press Officer in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit where he was part of a small team responsible for managing relations with the North American media. Yoni has previously worked as a community coordinator at the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance and as a lead researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

For his fellowship year, Yoni is working at the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS).

Mascha Kosky Sachs

Mascha Kosky Sachs graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA Cantab in Philosophy. Following her degree she worked in the UK for two major institutions in the field of Jewish education. Since her Aliyah in December 2008, Mascha has graduated magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University with an MA in Public Policy, where she developed a particular interest in local democratic renewal and community governance. Mascha has been working as a Culture Writer for the Jerusalem Foundation, where she has gained insight both into Israel's NGO world and the role of culture in urban renewal. She also continues to be involved in a variety of voluntary projects, her latest being Limmud Jerusalem, where she was head of the P.R. and marketing team.

For her fellowship year, Mascha is working with UN Watch.

Ariella Markovic

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Ariella spent her student years in University of Delaware (the USA) where she graduated with an MA in Education. Now she is finishing her PhD in international relations at TAU (Tel Aviv University). During her study in America, Ariella was very active socially: she organized and coordinated different meetings and conferences for Jewish students; plus, she actively advocated the preservation of Israel cultural heritage among all Jewish students in the USA.

Ariella is very experienced in writing:
  • journalistic: she wrote for Chicago Jewish Star (Jewish newspaper in the United States);
  • academic: spent seven months providing paper writing services at Bid4papers;
  • worked as an editor for Iton Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv).

She had a chance to speak at many international conferences devoted to Jews' problems in different countries, including France, Ukraine and Estonia. Ariella is a member of many volunteer organizations: Animal Society in Israel, Defense for Children International, and Givat Haviva: Education, Peace and Social Solidarity. She maintains the principles of dialogue, compromise and democracy.

She is an active supporter of Hebrew language and culture revival; so she teaches Hebrew to high school students, helping them write this language and agitating them to speak Hebrew in their everyday lives.

For her fellowship year, Ariella is working at the Reut Institute in Tev Aviv.

Gabriel Mitchell

Gabriel completed his MA in Political Science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (pending), where his thesis is on Turkish-Kurdish relations in which he analyzes the differences in rhetoric and policy by the ruling Turkish party, the AK Party. While conducting research for his thesis, Gabriel attended Bogazici University's intensive Turkish Language and Culture Program in Istanbul. After making aliyah in 2005, Gabriel served in the armored corps of the IDF, and spent several years working for Young Judaea, KIVUNIM: New Directions, and Masa Israel. Gabriel has published articles on Turkish politics and Turkish-Israeli relations in The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, and The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Studies. He also holds a B.A. in European History from The Ohio State University.

For his fellowship year, Gabriel will be working at The Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

Rob Pinfold

Hailing from Nottingham, England, Rob graduated from the University of Manchester with a First-Class Honours Degree in Politics and Modern History before attaining a First-Class Diploma in Modern Hebrew and Israeli Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Rob is a graduate student at the War Studies Department of King's College London, where his primary research area concerned the inter-play between Israeli strategy, tactics and public opinion during IDF operations against Hezbollah. Rob has been an active member of the British Labour Party and was elected General Secretary of the University of Manchester Students' Union, a full-time position leading the largest students' union in Western Europe. Previously, Rob has served as an intern at Labour Friends of Israel, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre and the Kurdish Human Rights Project.

For his fellowship year, Rob has been placed at the Jewish Diplomatic Corps.

Avi Rozen

Avi Rozen served as a U.S. foreign policy analyst at the Political Research Center at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs for several years. He has vast experience in foreign policy analysis and was involved in policy planning teams dealing with US -Israel Relations and international and strategic affairs such as arms control and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Avi is a graduate of the University of Oxford where he studied for a Mphil in Politics at the department of Politics and International Relations. During his graduate studies he was co-organizer of the academic lecture series "Israel: Historical, Political and Social Aspects" at the University of Oxford. In 2008 Avi coordinated and organized an international conference at the University of Oxford, bringing together top policy makers, scholars and journalists from Israel and the UK, to address the challenges facing Israel at its 60th. Avi was also a member of the executive committee and the treasurer of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group (OUSSG) and was responsible for the group's financial management and its external relations.

Avi holds an M.A. in Political Science (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Israel's Institute of Technology (Technion). In the past Avi held various development and management positions in the San Diego based wireless company, Qualcomm incorporated.

For his fellowship year, Avi Rozen is working at the Reut Institute in Tel Aviv.

Alex Ryvchin

Alex is a dual Australian-UK qualified lawyer and has practiced with some of the leading firms in the world, both in London and his native Sydney. In addition to an LLB, Alex holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of New South Wales. Prior to making aliyah in April 2012, Alex served as a spokesman for the Zionist Federation UK in addition to practicing law, and made frequent media appearances to advance the case for Israel. He was particularly involved in fostering closer relations with Christian communities in the UK. Alex's op-eds are frequently published in the Israeli and international Jewish press, he is a recent graduate of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders and he is also the founder and editor of The Jewish Thinker, a forum for opinion pieces on the matters affecting Israel and the Jewish people. He is a fluent Russian speaker and has recently supported the Jewish community in Rostov in their fight against Holocaust revisionism.

For his fellowship year, Alex has been placed at NGO Monitor.

Ora Shapiro

Ora's education background is quite diverse; she has studied in many different countries such as Belarus, the USA, Germany, Austria and Israel. She earned her MA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya and holds a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Vienna in Austria. Ora speaks Russian, German, English and Hebrew. Prior to making Aliyah earlier this year, she worked as a Foreign Fulbright Program Officer at the Institute of International Education where, under contract to the US Department of State, she supervised over 300 Foreign Fulbright Grantees. Ora has also worked as a freelance interpreter at several international conferences and NGOs, such as Caritas in Vienna.

For her fellowship year, Ora has been placed at NGO-Monitor.

Contact Us               ©2015 Israel Research Fellowship