Mr. Gideon Sa’ar
Head of Maytiv Advisory Board
Sa’ar began his IDF service as a combat soldier and later served as an intelligence officer in the Golani Brigade. He studied at Tel Aviv University, earning an undergraduate degree in political science with honors along with an undergraduate degree in law. In January 1999, Sa’ar was appointed the government secretary for the first Netanyahu government. In 2001, then-prime minister Ariel Sharon reappointed him to this position. In 2003, Sa’ar was first elected to the Knesset as a member of the Likud party and served as the Likud faction head, a position which he filled for six consecutive years. He also was the coalition chairperson.
In the seventeenth Knesset, Sa’ar served as the deputy speaker of the Knesset and the chairperson of the Committee to Advance the Status of Women. He was the first (and thus far only) man to lead this committee. Twice in a row, in the Likud party’s primaries in 2008 and 2012, Sa’ar was elected to the highest position on the Likud party’s list of candidates for the Knesset. In 2009, Sa’ar was appointed the Israeli minister of education, a position he filled for four years. During his term in office, he spearheaded significant advances, including free preschool for children aged three and four, a major restructuring agreement with the secondary-school teachers union, and the establishment of the eighth university in Israel, Ariel University. Sa’ar’s many public roles and responsibilities also have including serving on the judicial selection committee, the judicial selection committee for religious courts, and the search committee for Israel’s attorney-general.
Dr. Shimshon Shoshani
Maytiv Advisory Board member
Shoshani began his career as a teacher at the ORT Technicom and the Kla’i high school in Givatayim from 1960 to 1969. In 1970 and 1971, he was the principal of the comprehensive high school in Eilat and traveled to the US to complete his doctorate while teaching at a Jewish school in Buffalo, NY.began his career as a teacher at the ORT Technicom and the Kla’i high school in Givatayim from 1960 to 1969. In 1970 and 1971, he was the principal of the comprehensive high school in Eilat and traveled to the US to complete his doctorate while teaching at a Jewish school in Buffalo, NY. In 1975, he returned to Israel and was appointed the director of the secondary schools department and of the institutions branch in the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture. From 1978 to 1986, he served as the director of the Education, Culture, and Youth Authority of the Tel Aviv Municipality. In 1986, then-Israeli Minister of Education Yitzhak Navon appointed him director-general of the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture. Minister Shulamit Aloni asked him to fill this position a second time. Shoshani is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the field of education in Israel and is among those who have shaped its path in recent decades. In all of the positions he has filled, Shoshani consistently distinguished himself as a bold innovator and pioneering educator. In 2002, he led the Shoshani commission, which examined the existing budgetary system in Israel’s elementary education system and alternative financing options.
Ms. Dalit Stauber
Maytiv Advisory Board member
An alumna of Bar-Ilan University, Stauber earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and English literature and a master’s degree in educational advising with distinction. She also has a background in management, mediation, and moderating groups, as well as experience as a director. She is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and the program for senior civil servants at the JDC Israel’s Institute for Leadership and Governance. For 35 years, Stauber served in a wide range of positions in education, guidance, management, and supervision, including directing the Tel Aviv District of the Ministry of Education and as the acting director-general of Israel’s Educational Television station. From 2011 to 2013, Stauber served as the director-general of the Israeli Ministry of Education. Upon retiring from the Ministry of Education, she chaired the committee to advance the status of women in Israel’s civil service (the Stauber committee). She also serves as a strategic international advisor, coach, and entrepreneur, as well as a lecturer at the Ono Academic College. Stauber is active in the fields of management, education, society, and promoting marginal population. Stauber is the chairperson of the board of directors of ORT Braude College and serves as a member of the Yad Vashem executive, the executive board of the Citizen’s Empowerment Center in Israel, the board of directors of Beit Berl College, the international advisory council of the Trump Foundation, and the advisory council of the IDF’s chief educational officer.
Mr. Sahar A’ataf Ismail
Maytiv Advisory Board member
has a degree in civil engineering and has worked in the construction and development field throughout Israel. In 1998, he began to work at the Jewish National Fund in a variety of capacities, including project director for the northern region. From 2009 to 2013, he served as a senior professional aide to the Israeli minister of education in the fields of pedagogy, budgeting, advancing reforms, construction, society and youth, and the Israeli Council for Higher Education. He was a member of the steering committee that prepared the five-year plans for the Arab and Druze sectors and of the steering committee for the reform to improve handicapped accessibility of educational facilities. He was a member of a delegation that traveled to the US to represent the State of Israel on behalf of the Ministry of Public Diplomacy and the Diaspora. During 2013 and 2014, he served as a senior professional aide to the Israeli minister of interior, including in interactions with the national council for planning and building, as a member of the team that prepared the 101 reform in the building and planning legislation, and for issues related to proper management and promoting the status of local authorities