In addition to her work at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), Dr Hadad Haj-Yahya is a board member of the New Israel Fund, and project manager at the Portland Trust, a British-based organisation which works to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development.
Prior to her work with IDI, Nasreen directed the Merchavim Institute’s initiative “Diversity in the Teachers’ Room” collaborating with the Israeli Ministry of Education to integrate Arab teachers into Jewish schools.
A native of Ramla and an expert in the field of Arab-Jewish relations, Nasreen works to bridge socio-economic gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. In particular, she has expertise on efforts to advance informal education in Israel’s Arab society, lift the socioeconomic profile of Arab youth, improve integration of Arab citizens into higher education and the job market, and increase representation of Arabs in Israel’s civil service and decision-making circles.
Nasreen has won numerous academic distinctions and scholarships, including the University Merit Scholarship of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geography and Human Environment and a Merit Scholarship from the Bikura Science Foundation.