Who We Are


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.

Steven Glass (Vice-President)
Steven is a partner of Gilbert + Tobin lawyers, and a member of the board of the Asylum Seekers Centre in Sydney. Steven has a commercial litigation practice and provides pro bono legal advice to refugees and indigenous organisations. Steven was a former president of AUJS in the early 1980s.

Ric Benjamin (Treasurer)
Ric is the Founder & CEO of GoodSystems, past CEO of Foodbank Victoria (2010-13) and past President of Stand Up (1998-2009, previously called Jewish Aid Australia). Ric also mentors NFP boards and executive officers who are looking to transition business models and/or improve mission outcomes.

Melissa Castan

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.

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.

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. 


Executive Director – Liam Getreu
Liam is a former national chair of the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), a graduate of Bialik College and Habonim Dror, and was a founding director of the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation in 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Middle East Studies) from Deakin University, and an Executive Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne.

Program Manager – Sharon Berger
Sharon oversees the Naomi Chazan Fellowship. Prior to joining NIF Sharon worked at Shalom for five years organising Limmud, the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and food events. A former journalist, Sharon holds a B.A. hons from the University of California Berkeley and an M.Phil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford.


NIF Australia’s co-patrons are Ambassador Martin Indyk and Ronni Kahn AO. Read more »


In 2013, we established the NIF Australia Advisory Council. Its members include Associate Professor Mark Baker, Lee Ann BasserRobin Margo S.C.Justice Ronald Sackville AO, and Robyne Schwarz AM. Read more »


The New Israel Fund (US/Israel) board includes former special legal advisor to the Israeli government Talia Sasson, former deputy speaker of the Knesset Naomi Chazan, Professor of Jewish History at UCLA David Myers, Israeli singer Achinoam "Noa" Nini, former Channel 1 news anchor Yael Sternhell, and Arab-Israeli hi-tech entrepreneur Reem Younis. Read more »

In addition, the New Israel Fund has an International Council in Israel, which is made up of some of the most well respected Israeli authors, academics, artists and public intellectuals. The list includes Amos Oz, Nobel Prize winners Prof. Aaron Ciechanover and Daniel Kahneman, former Knesset Speaker Avraham BurgDavid Broza, and former senior IDF officers Brig. Gen. (Res.) Israela Oron and Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Ilan Paz. Read more »