Our Staff

Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla
Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla
Executive Director
Office phone: 972-(0)3-5213801
Cell phone: 972-(0)54-220-0434

Anat joined the Fulbright Commission in October 2014. Prior to joining USIEF, she was senior research fellow and Academic Director of the Mediterranean Program at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. She is founding editor of Journal of Levantine Studies, a semiannual Academic journal. She taught Middle Eastern studies and Turkish Studies at the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Between 2009-2014 she headed the Israeli network of the Anna Lindh Foundation for Intercultural Dialogue. Anat received her BA in Jewish History and Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University, and holds a PhD from the Department of Politics, the University of Durham, U.K.

Ms. Simcha Luzon
Ms. Simcha Luzon
Finance Manager
Office phone: +972-(0)3-5213802

Simcha is a Senior certified accountant, specializing in all types of accounting and treasury. Systemic vision, dynamic and creative, love challenges and to persist the job. Experienced and successful with high-tech companies.Accounting Studies at Ramat Gan College for two years (passed six tests of Certified Public Accountants)

 

Noa Turgeman
Mrs. Noa Turgeman
US Programs Officer
Office phone: 972-(0)3-5213803

Noa Turgeman is Fulbright Israel's US Program Officer. She holds two MA degrees from TAU- Comparative literature & East Asian Studies.

Previously, Noa was Program Director at ILGBC (Israeli Green Building Council) where she managed the annual conference and other key initiatives. Prior to that, she was the Co-Executive Director of the Women's Courtyard in Jaffa. Noa has also held executive positions responsible for leadership programs and development at the SF Bay area Jewish Federation and at Lehrhaus Judaica, Berkeley CA.

Living in Tel Aviv, Noa is married and the mother of three children. She is an avid fan of Japanese culture and art, an amateur photographer, and rides her bicycle to work everyday.

 

Ms. Sandy Mattar
Ms. Sandy Mattar
IL Programs Officer
Office phone: +972-(0)3-5213804
Ms. Gili Livne
Ms. Gili Livne
Community Lead
Office phone: 972-(0)3-5213809

Gili Livne is the Community Lead at Fulbright Israel and brings to the Foundation experience in international collaborations, managing international events, delegations & conferences.

Gili's prior professional experience includes: founding team- member of a new government initiative under the Israeli Ministry of Culture, focusing on the heritage and history of the Ethiopian Jews; she was in charge of operations at the UK Israel Tech Hub, a public-private initiative that was established in order to promote partnerships in technology and innovation between Israel and the UK; and Ceremonies & Special Events Coordinator, Division for Advancement & External Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gili holds an MA with Honors in Communication & Journalism from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lives in Ramat Gan with her dog Jeremiah.

Ms. Tally Barkay
Ms. Tally Barkay
US Program Coordinator
Office phone: +972-(0)3-5213805

Tali Barkay is an administrative assistant to US Fulbright programs. Ms. Barkay has an extensive administrative experience within the Foundation.

 

Mrs. Deborah Kaufman
Mrs. Deborah Kaufman
Alumni Coordinator
Office phone: 972-(0)3-5213808

Deborah's main role is working with the Fulbright Alumni Association of Israel (FAAI) to create frameworks for alumni engagement. She produces the semiannual Fulbright Israel Alumni Newsletter, manages alumni social media platforms and provides administrative support for the Friends of Fulbright Association.

Mrs. Ahuva Bernfeld
Mrs. Ahuva Bernfeld
Office Administrator
Office phone: +972-(0)3-5213800

Ahuva has more than a decade experience in the field of Education in the US. She is responsible for all the administration and operation of the Fulbright office. Ahuva holds a Bachelor degree of Social Work (BSW) from Tel Aviv University.