Our Board - New Israel Fund Australia

Our Board

Our board is a diverse and experienced group, tasked with driving the strategy and growth of NIF Australia. Some have served on Jewish community and other non-profit boards, worked for organisations we support in Israel, graduated from Jewish day schools and Zionist youth movements, and all bring unique perspectives which maximise our effectiveness and impact.

We also acknowledge the important role that Steven Glass z"l played as a founding board member, and later vice-president, of NIF Australia. Without his leadership, guidance and expertise we wouldn't have achieved the successes we have.

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Ilana Snyder

Ilana Snyder (President)

Ilana is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, Monash University, and on the Board of the Australian Book Review.

Ric Benjamin (Treasurer)

Ric Benjamin

After 25 years in business Ric transitioned from the Corporate sector to the NFP sector in 2010. Since then he has held roles including: CEO of Foodbank Victoria (2010-13), Founder & CEO of GoodSystems and Government & Strategic Account Manager for Infoxchange. Other voluntary work Ric has done in the NFP sector includes 1998-2009 as a past president of Stand Up (previously called Jewish Aid Australia) and as a mentor to various NFP boards and executive officers who are looking to transition business models and/or improve mission outcomes. Ric holds an MBA (RMIT), BA and Dip Ed (Monash University).

Melissa Castan

Elysheva Elsass

Elysheva Elsass

Elysheva currently works in strategic marketing at Creative Victoria. She was formerly at the Jewish Museum of Australia and completed the New Israel Fund’s inaugural Naomi Chazan Fellowship program in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Monash University.

Gideon Kowadlo

Gideon is passionate about building things that matter from algorithms to organisations for positive social impact. He has spent more than 20 years bringing emerging technologies to life in Australia and overseas, in areas from robotics to human motor control and from mobile to bio-inspired AI. He was a founding board member of Engineers Without Borders and was a madrich at Netzer.

Karen Loblay

Karen Loblay AM

Karen is a businesswoman, founder and director of the Matana Foundation for Young People, Sapphire Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Specialist Consultant for Chain Reaction Foundation, Catalyst member of The Ethics Centre and on the Leadership Council of the Documentary Australia Foundation.

Kate Rosenberg

Kate Rosenberg

Kate Rosenberg grew up in the Jewish community and at her youth movement, Habonim Dror. She lived in Krakow, Poland and, after completing a B.A. made Aliyah to Tel Aviv. She completed a degree in Museum Studies and an M.A. in NGO Management at Hebrew University. She co-founded Tov Lada'at, a scholarship and support program for African asylum seekers wishing to gain higher education in Israel, and Keren Baktana, a network of giving circles for young professionals in Israel. Kate has acted as a resource development consultant for the past six years, working with innovative and progressive non-profits in Israel such as the Umm el Fahem Gallery, the Workshop for Public Knowledge and Breaking the Silence.

Alisa Wicks

Alisa is a solicitor at Legal Aid NSW. She worked for several years in Tel Aviv at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). Alisa holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.