Major Gen. (Res.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel

Chairman, Israel Space Agency; Head of the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, TAU

Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949. He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the Israel Air Force (IAF) after graduating high school (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award. After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. In 2011 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead a task force that formulated Israel national Cyber policy.  In 2014 he was appointed again by the PM to lead another task force which resulted in a government decision (February 2015) to set up a new Notional Cyber Authority. He was the Chairman of Israel National R&D council between 2010-2016. Ben-Israel Holds many Current Positions, between them:  Chairman of Israel Space Agency (since 2005), Head of Security Studies Program and the Head of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Studies Centre (since 2014).