Our Staff

Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla
Dr. Anat Lapidot-Firilla
Executive Director
Phone: 03-5213801
Cell phone: 054-2200434

Anat joined the Fulbright Commission in October 2014. Prior to joining Fulbright Israel, 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
Simcha Luzon
Finance Manager
Phone: 03-5213802

Since March 2016, Simcha has been working as a Fiscal manager at Fulbright Commission in Israel. She has more than  20 years of experience with high-tech companies.


Noa Turgeman
Noa Turgeman
Deputy Director of Programs
Phone: 03-5213803

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.


Gili Livne
Gili Livne
Community Lead
Phone: 03-5213809

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.

Besan Asbi
Besan Asbi
Israel Programs Coordinator
Phone: 03-5213805

Besan Asbi is our Israel Programs Coordinator.

Prior, she led the Arab Sector at the British Embassy’s UK Israel Tech Hub, where she supported the formulation and execution of programs connecting the emerging Arab Tech Sector to  business opportunities in the UK and enhancing the assimilation of the Arab community into the high-tech ecosystem.  In this position, she also established the first ever digital platform for Arab entrepreneurs- arabtechport.com.

Besan has over 6 years’ experience managing programs and community projects in the private and public sectors.  She holds a B.A. in Social Work and is currently studying for a M.A. in Diplomacy.


Miri Friedman
US Programs Coordinator
Phone: 03-5213804

Miri is our U.S. Program Coordinator at Fulbright Israel. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, and a Master’s degree in International Relations. Previously, Miri interned at the Permanent Israeli Mission to the United Nations in New York, and was the Social Media Associate at StandWithUs and a Legal Assistant to an attorney.

In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, reading, paddleboarding and spoiling her dog Lola.

Deborah Kaufman
Deborah Kaufman
Alumni Coordinator
Phone: 03-5213808

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.

Ahuva Bernfeld
Ahuva Bernfeld
Office Administrator
Phone: 03-5213800

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.