Speakers of 2018

The list of speakers is not final, and is subject to change

Last update: 29/01/2018 

INSS Executive Team 

Amos Yadlin

Amos Yadlin

Director of INSS

Moshe Bogi Ya'alon

Sir Frank Lowy AC

Chairman of the Board of Directors, INSS

Moshe Bogi Ya'alon

Udi Dekel 

Managing Director of INSS

Keynote Speakers

Naftali Bennett

Minister of Education

Hon. Sigmar Gabriel

Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany

Yisrael Katz

 Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence

Tzipi Livni

 Head of Hatnuah,

Zionist Union

Gilad Erdan

Minister of Public Security and Minister of Strategic Affairs

Yoav Galant

Minister of Construction and Housing

Moshe Bogi Ya'alon

Yair Lapid 

Member of the Knesset

Nickolay E. Mladenov

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

Avi Gabay

 Leader of the Israeli Labor Party

Zehava Gal-On

 Chairwoman of Meretz

Moshe Bogi Ya'alon

Avigdor Liberman

Minister of Defense

Gideon Saar

Former Minister of Education


 David Ignatius

Associate Editor and Columnist,

The Washington Post

Shuruk Ismail

Leads the Arab Community Programme at Yad Hanadiv

Liran Antebi

Research Fellow, INSS  

Amb. Nathan A. Sales

Coordinator for Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State

Pnina Sharvit Baruch   

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Gilead Sher

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

 Sima Shine 

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Gilles Kepel

Professor, Sciences Po, Director of the Middle Eastern Chair, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Clarisse Pasztory

Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq  

Amb. David M. Satterfield

Acting Assist. Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Dept. of State

Sir John Jenkins

Senior Fellow, Policy Exchange, formerly IISS/Yale

Abdullah Swalha    

Founder & Director of center for Israel studies – Jordan

Moshe Ya'alon   

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Sema Kalaycioglu

Yildiz Technical University

 Thomas L. Friedman

The New York Times

Salim Joubran

Supreme Court judge, Israel

Zipi Israeli 

Research Fellow, INSS


Meir Elran

 Senior Research Fellow INSS

Oded Eran

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Hon. Michèle Flournoy

Co-Founder & CEO,

Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Amb. Emanuele Giaufret

Head of Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel

 Hon. Dr. Philip Gordon

Senior Fellow,

Council on Foreign Relations

Jonathan Greenblatt

CEO and National Director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

 Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky

 Research Fellow, INSS

François Heisbourg

Chairman IISS,

Chairman, GCSP,

Special Advisor, FRS

Meir Litvak

 Tel-Aviv University

 David H. Petraeus

Chairman, KKR Global Institute, Former US Director of the CIA

Morsi Abu Moch

Mayor of Baqa al-Gharbiya

 Daniel Shapiro

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, INSS

Na'ama Ore

Former Boston Regional Director, IAC

Jamal Hakrush

Deputy Commissioner

Polly Bronstein

CEO and founder of Darkenu 

Sammy Smooha

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Haifa

Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad

 Gryphon Partners

Avner Golov

Director of Research Programs and Research Fellow, INSS

Suzanne Maloney

Deputy Director, Foreign Policy, Senior Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings

Daniel Friedmann

Professor of Law (Emeritus),

Tel Aviv University

Evgeny Piskunov

Head of political section, the Embassy of Russia in Israel

Amos Gilead

Executive  Director, IPS

Itamar Rabinovich

President of The Israel Institute, and Vice Chairman of the INSS Board of Directors

Dror Ben-David

Artificial Intelligence Department manager and coordinator of the cyber security activities for physical systems, Matrix IT

Yoav Kisch

Member of the Knesset for the Likud

Stav Shaffir

Member of the Knesset for Zionist Union

Carmit Valensi

Research Fellow, INSS

Chagai Tzuriel

Director General of the Ministry of Intelligence

Einat Wilf

Former MK and Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for Israel and the Jewish People

Michal Yaari

Expert of Saudi policy, 

Tel-Aviv University

Moti Yogev

Member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home

Tamar Zandberg

Member of the Knesset for Meretz


Shlomo Brom

Senior Research Fellow, head of the Program on Israeli-Palestinian Relations, INSS

Or Heller

Military correspondent and a news anchor, Channel 10

Kim Lavi

Research Assistant, INSS

Zvi Magen

Senior Research Fellow, INSS

Carmit Padan

Research Fellow, INSS

Orit Perlov

Research Fellow, INSS

Khadir Sawaed

Neubauer Research Associate, INSS

Nimrod Sheffer

Former Head of the IDF's Planning Directorate