Rivki Dvash

Adv. Rivki Dvash, is a consultant and lecturer in the field of transparency, government and society, and one of the founders of the “Israel Privacy” non-profit organization. Dvash gained her professional and managerial experience in the Ministry of Justice, where she worked in various positions, including senior management positions and in the ministry’s executive forum. Among her positions: Head of the Freedom of Information Governmental Unit, Temporary Head of Privacy Protection Authority,  Head of Registration and Inspection Department, Referent at the Department of Counseling and Legislation – (Ministry of Justice), duties were mainly on topics of privacy & data protection, freedom of information, wiretapping and archives.

As part of her public duties, Dvash led, inter alia, the joint venture on access to information about public rights (KOL ZCHUT), established and coordinated a committee to examine data protection legislation (Schoffman report). Dvash Participated as a member in inter-ministerial committees among others, in the inter-ministerial team which examined biometric applications and in the team which examined the principles for disclosure of information by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Rivki is employed part-time at ITPI and deals with privacy and data protection issues in the Israeli and international arenas.

Jules Polonetsky

Jules Polonetsky serves as CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF is supported by the chief privacy officers of more than 175 leading companies, several foundations including the US National Science Foundation, as well as by an advisory board comprised of the country’s leading academics and advocates. FPF’s current projects focus on AI, Adtech, Ethics and Data Driven Research, Health, Smart City, Connected Cars and Student Privacy.

Omer Tene

Omer Tene is Vice President of Research and Education at the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society and Senior Fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum. He is an Associate Professor at the College of Management School of Law (on leave of absence). Together with Jules Polonetsky, he co-founded the Israel Technology Policy Institute.

Limor Shmerling Magazanik

Limor Shmerling Magazanik is the Former Managing Director of the Israel Tech Policy Institute (2018-2022). In this role, Limor provided leadership of ITPI, including directing ITPI’s policy agenda; Limor engaged policymakers, regulators, academics, and business leaders and convened multi stakeholder groups for discussion, on Innovation and social goals in areas such as AI, Data Governance,  Cybersecurity, Digital Health, E-Government, Fintech, Smart Cities and Smart Mobility. She is a member of the OECD Data Governance Expert Group and initiated the founding of the Privacy Tech Alliance.

Limor came to ITPI after a decade with the Israel Privacy Protection Authority, as Director of Strategic Alliances and as Director of Licensing & Inspection. She was responsible for administrative enforcement of data protection law over all private sector and public sector entities in Israel and for the enforcement of the Digital Signature law and the Credit Data law. She also represented the authority in international and national enforcement collaborations and testified before parliament committees. She took part in legislation processes from inception to ratification and execution. She founded the Data Protection Forum in the Israeli public administration. She was a founding member of the Government Cloud Computing Committee, a member of the Oversight Committee over the Smart ID and Biometric Identification project, a member of the Investigating Committee: Promoting Competition in the Financial Sector, and a member of the advisory board to the Credit Data Bureaus Supervisor at the Central Bank of Israel.

Prior to that Limor was advisor and Legal Secretary to the Council for Cable & Satellite Broadcasting at the Ministry of Communications. Her previous roles include practicing corporate and commercial law, product management in the high-tech industry and a judicial clerkship.  

She was also an adjunct lecturer at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law and the IDC Herzliya School of Law, and is a frequent public speaker in academic and business conferences. Limor will be starting this year, a position of a Visiting Scholar at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

She earned a bachelor’s in Law, a Master’s in Literature focused on Women and Gender and a Master’s in Public Law, all from Tel Aviv University and is a certified lawyer and a certified privacy professional (CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM).

In 2018 Limor was chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s top 50 women in tech.

Sivan Tamir

Dr. Sivan Tamir is a Former Senior Researcher and Policy Counsel at the Israel Tech Policy Institute (2019-2022). Dr. Tamir is a researcher in the field of law and bioethics, specializing in Genethics. She was the Coordinator of the National Helsinki Committee for Human Medical Research (Ministry of Health) and has served as a researcher in the Genetic Policy & Bioethics Unit, at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research. She also served as the Director of Foreign Relations for the Ministry of Justice. Dr. Tamir is a teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, and a member of the Advisory Committee on Bioethics of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (specializing in bioethics).

Dr. Tamir’s recent research has focused on the futuristic technology of postnatal human genetic enhancement, investigating ethical and legal considerations relating to identity, children’s rights and parental obligations, and the role of the state. Her principal research interests lie in the fields of medical law and bioethics, particularly ‘genethics’, ethics of emerging technologies and health data, reproductive ethics, neuroethics, clinical research ethics, and health policy. Previous research includes studying the ethico-legal and practical implications of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing; ethical and practical implications of whole genome and whole exome sequencing, focusing on the issue of incidental findings; sperm donors’ ethical obligation to disclose personal genetic information; and the precision medicine (big health) data environment in Israel.

Michal Sinai

Michal is the Digital Marketing Manager & Executive Assistant at the Israel Tech Policy Institute; she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Islam and Middle Eastern Studies and Asian Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; a graduate of the HackerU Digital Marketing and SEO program and studied in the Academic Retraining Program for Communications and Cinema Teachers at the Lifshitz College of Education.

Michal has a demonstrated diverse experience of working in Israel’s technological sector, International arena, cultural and academic sector. She is skilled in social media and content marketing, marcom and PR including online project management.

Prior to joining ITPI, she served as a Digital Marketing and Content Manager at a leading system integrator in the field of advanced IT. She held a variey of positions in the cultural and arts sector, including Head of International Relations Department at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School where she managed special projects locally and internationally and was responsible for the distribution of school films to International Film Festivals.

Michal also served as an International Relations Coordinator at the International Relations and Resource Development Department at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and served as a Cultural Coordinator and Information Representative at the Israel Consulate in Los Angeles.

Michal spent her childhood abroad throughout the course of her Father’s diplomatic service and has an International Baccalaureate (IB) for high school she attended in the New International School of Thailand (NIST). After returning to Israel, Michal joined the IDF and served as a Lieutenant at the Intelligence Unit . She is fluent in both English and Hebrew.

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