Dr. Efrat Elron
Efrat is the founder and CEO of Eco Strategies. She is an organizational psychologist, a biologist, and a permaculture designer with a global outlook. Efrat specializes in the initiation and development of rural and urban sustainable agriculture projects, the evaluation of international development projects, the operational and strategic effectiveness of multinational security coalitions and peace operations, the creation of intercultural bridges between individuals, organizations and societies, and global leadership.
Dr. Elron is a research fellow at the Centre of Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University and a consultant to organizations ranging from the UN DPKO to the Israeli Aerospace Industries. In her previous positions Efrat served as faculty member at the Hebrew University School as a senior research fellow at both the NATO Defense College in Rome and the International Peace Institute in New York, the project evaluator for the Israeli branch of the Society for International Development, and the head of the international cooperation team at the Israeli Peace Institute, an organization promoting a strategic Israeli-Arab regional agreement. She led and co-led international projects, ranging from a EU CIMIC project in Nigeria to a US Department of Defense study on learning and innovation cycles in operational military units in the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces.
Efrat earned her B.Sc. in Biology and Geology from the Hebrew University, and completed her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at the University of Maryland. She is a certified group facilitator and mediator who traveled to more than 60 countries. Her personal passions include diving, hiking, reading, and excellent art in all its forms.
Dr. Avihai Ilan
Avihai is an agronomist specializing in agricultural capacity building, project management and conducting large scale agricultural surveys. His main areas of expertise are horticulture development and plant propagation, including fruit nurseries, plant tissue culture, and mini nurseries for vegetable seedlings aimed at smallholder farmers.
In the past 3 years Dr. Ilan served as a senior consultant in a mango production project in China, agricultural surveys in Vietnam and South Sudan, and horticulture fruit tree propagation and micropropagation projects in Madagascar and Uganda. From 2009 to 2013 Dr. Ilan co-managed the joint USAID-MASHAV-Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture smallholder horticulture program (SHH) and the Joint Technical Cooperation Programs, contributing to the strengthening of fruit and vegetable production and marketing capacities in Ethiopia through the training of farmers and extension services experts, the establishment of a fruit tree nurseries, the propagation of pineapple, potato, coffee, banana with micropropagation technicques, and the introduction of hundreds of thousands quality avocado and mango trees.
Dr. Ilan’s additional professional experiences include working for Rahan Meristem as a researcher, Director of R&D, and Managing Director responsible for the establishment of the company’s subsidiaries in Latin America; consulting for NADCO in the supervision of a micro-propagation laboratory in Egypt; conducting a MASHAV/CINDACO survey of the plant biotechnology industry in Nepal, and serving as a coordinator of technology transfer for Jain Irrigation (India). In 2016 Avihai founded Micropropag, a facebook group with over 300 participants from more than 40 countries discussing technical aspects of micropropagation. He currently teaches nursery courses to international students at Agro Studies in Israel.
Dr. Ilan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He lives in Kibbutz Rosh Hanikra above the Mediterrean sea.
Idan is an agronomist, an agroecological farmer, and an educator. He is an expert in the design and establishment of Community Supported Agriculture Systems (CSA's) that produce and sell a wide variety of fresh organic local produce of vegetables and fruit crops, and has been teaching basic and advanced Permaculture Design Courses (PDC) since 2011 to local and international groups at Hava VeAdam Ecological-Educational farm in Israel. He is currently teaching the third round of a hands-on Ecological Farming course aimed at small and medium scale farmers.
Idan is the head of the Israeli Permaculture Organization, a member of the "Outside Learning Spaces" team responsible for integrating food forests with educational spaces in schools, and a consultant to farmers and organizations on the redesign and implementation of their operations into commercial enterprises based on synergistic integration, efficiency and sustainability. Currently he is consulting Kibbutz Tzora in its transition towards a communal and landscape renewal. Formerly Idan served as the manager of the agriculture sector in Hava VeAdam, responsible for a 7 hectare experimental plot, a food forest, orchard, a market garden, and a seedling nursery and greenhouse.
Idan received his B.Sc. from the Hebrew University, and is expected to receive his M.Sc. in agroecology at the Hebrew University by the end of 2017.
Moti is an agronomist and a researcher at the Negev-Arava Research & Development Center since 1972, consulting to agricultural projects worldwide. His expertise includes off-seasonal production for export and year around production for internal markets, irrigation and climate smart technologies, plant extraction and natural food additives, commercializing medicinal plants, the development of evergreen pomegranate varieties, and development of pearl millet varieties for arid zones.
Currently Moti is a consultant to Pomegranate farms in India, Sicily, and Maxico, state level agriculture planning for Megalaia India, and agricultural projects in Sri Lanka that focus on the planning of export. Projects Moti conducted over the years include the design and implementation of a demonstration farm and training curriculum for small farmers in the desert of Turkana, Keyna, post earthquake rehabilitation and upgrading of agriculture in Haiti, agricultural development in Karnataka for Tibetan refugees, Israeli technology transfer of pressure irrigation for desert agriculture in Rajasthan India, upgrade of date production in the Kutch region of India, and the rehabilitation of disturbed areas in Mexico.
In his previous position as Chief Agronomist at Project International Inc. he was responsible for planning and implementing High Quality Vegetable projects in Australia, China, Japan and Venezuela. Other countries he worked for in the planning and implementing agricultural development projects include Mali, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Peru, Thailand, and Ukraine.
Moti is the recipient of the Hanover Expo 2000 award for the development of "Land Shaping in India & Thailand", a World Bank supported project. He is the author and co-author of over 60 publications in professional journals, and holds a M.Sc. from the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a member of Kibbutz Yotvata in the Arava region.
Rami is a creative landscape architect specializing in water technology and irrigation projects. The focus of his work has increasingly shifted towards creating water and energy saving systems which are both ecological and aesthetic. Since 2013 Rami served as a partner and regional manager in MLP Ltd., setting up large-scale sustainable agricultural infra-structures in Angola, Congo, Chad and West Africa. In 2015-2016 he was the chief manager of a 17,000 acre farm in Ghana owned by the Arima Group. His responsibilities included the design and set-up sustainable agriculture systems, the management of a large team of international and local experts, and the creation of a specialized training program for the local employees. Rami’s previous positions included the management of the water systems & resources plant of Kibbutz Tzora and serving as Chairman of the Kibbutz Planning Committee. Currently he is heading the ecological landscaping and gardening project at the Kibbutz and serves as a consultant to the LR Group on their multidisciplinary farms projects in Chad.
Keren has been working in the International Development field for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, communication for development, participatory methodologies and creating and delivering training workshops. The organizations she worked for include The International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN Women, The International Labour Organization, Anti-Slavery, Soros Media Centre, and the UK Metropolitan Police. The projects Keren managed were located in Africa, Latin America, and Europe, focusing on the issues of climate change, food security, conflict mediation, people living with HIV, and AIDS and women trafficking.
Keren received her BA in Political Sciences, Journalism and Mediation Studies with honors from Brandies University, and her MPhil in Development Studies from Sussex University. Her fluency in English, Spanish and Portuguese has assisted her in effectively leading culturally diverse teams and collaborations across the globe.
Dr. Eldad Elron
Dr. Eldad Elron is an ecologist specializing in conducting large scale ecological surveys in preparation for conservation and restoration projects. He is one of Israel’s leading experts on freshwater habitats. Dr. Elron earned his B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Quality from Tel Aviv University. In his previous positions he served as the head of the Environmental Quality department in Bactochem Laboratories, a company specializing in monitoring and analyzing water and soils, and as the head of the Environmental Resources group in DHV MED, part of a multinational corporation specializing in environmental projects consultancy and based in the Netherlands. In the past decade Dr. Elron led and participated in numerous scientific studies and environmental surveys conducted with Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Drainage and River Authorities, City Municipalities, and NGOs specializing in environmental protection (e.g., Society for the Protection of Nature, EcoPeace Middle East). His personal passions include soccer, hiking, reading and growing vegetables in his garden.