Jonathan Mandelbaum Shor


I'm the Director of the British Council Israel since 2020, prior to that I led the British Council Israel’s Higher Education and Science portfolio from 2017. Started my career at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where I worked for over a decade notably as Chief of staff of its president and as the Director of its unit for economic planning and coordination. I have an MA in Conflict Resolution and a BA in History and Business Administration, both from The Hebrew University.

Ariel Retik

Science and Higher Education Programme Manager

I manage projects that enable collaboration in higher education and research between the UK and Israel, including specifically the Wohl Clean Growth Alliance and Blavatnik Cambridge Fellowships. I Joined the British Council after 5 years at the University of Cambridge where I managed research-centred engagement projects. Before that, I worked at the Wellcome Trust, managing several grant schemes, and at Elsevier, where I edited academic journals.

Dana Sandbank

HR Manger of British Council Israel & Russia

I joined the British Council in 2018 and oversees HR operations in Israel and Russia. I also serve as a business partner to the Councils’ management and manage the local operations. I previously worked in HR within the high-tech industry such as Intel, Bidalgo and Syneron and was in charge of organisational learning and development, and operations management. I have an MA in Human Resources, and a BA in Statistics and Human Resources, both from the University of Haifa.

Denis Tkachuk

Head of Science and Higher Education

I manage the division of Education and Society and the portfolio that promotes academic collaboration between the UK and Israel. In my previous roles, I worked as a Senior Strategic Consultant at “T.A.R.A. Consulting” as well as served as the Head of International Affairs at the Israeli Council for Higher Education. I have a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science and an M.A. in International Security and Diplomacy Studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Iris Barner

Grants and Research Manager

I manage our flagship programme for UK-Israel scientific collaboration, BIRAX. I joined the British Council five years ago, after working for the British Embassy and for the Delegation of the European Union to Israel as programmes manager. Before that I lived in London for over a decade, where I studied for my degrees in politics and public policy and worked in a number of charities on campaigning and public engagement.

Layan Assayed

Operations Manager

I joined the British Council in 2017 as Arts and Communications Coordinator. My educational and professional background is in visual arts and English literature. Previously, I worked as Assistant Curator in the Haifa Museum of Contemporary Arts and Beit HaGefen Gallery. In 2019 I moved to a new role, Operations Manager. This role encompasses different areas of operational governance ranging from finance, SSC (safety and security), safeguarding, to EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion), etc.

Ravit Capauner

I manage partnerships and partner relations with all our stakeholders. We focus on advancement of cutting-edge science through collaborative research and building scientific communities. Cambridge University played a major part in my career over 13 years. Among other roles, I managed faculties and departments, and was part of a small team which managed the University’s submission to HEFCE’s 2008 RAE. I hold a BA in Economics, TAU; a Master’s in Science of Management, Boston University/BGU.

Tal Lemer

Programme and Community Coordinator

I joined the British Council Israel in 2020, which makes me the newest member of the team. I provide administrative support to programmes and initiatives and also set and implement social media and communication presence and agenda. My background is in retail banking, but when moving to London, I decided to change my career and worked for a European Jewish charity based in London. I have recently moved back to Israel and started working for the British Council not long after that.