Jonathan Mandelbaum Shor

Director

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.

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 projects that enable collaboration in higher education and research between the UK and Israel, focusing mainly the Wohl Clean Growth Alliance. I joined the British Council six 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

Israela Stein

Partnerships and Relations Manager

I am working to build and develop our strategic framework of partnerships.  In my previous roles, I worked as the Director of Beer Sheva and Eshkol music conservatories, as well as a lecturer in academic institutions in Israel and abroad.  I have a B.Mus from the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, as well as BA in PPE (Political Science, Philosophy and Economy) and M.A. in Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Milena Sidoun

Programme and Community Coordinator

I joined the team in October 2022, making me the team's newest member. I provide administrative support to all the programmes and initiatives and set and implement the social media and communication presence and strategy. My background is in International relations and Higher education fields, specifically Internationality and Research libraries and archives. I hold a BA majoring in Political Science and Women & Gender studies, and an MA in Gender studies both from Tel Aviv University.

Ravit Capauner

Partnerships and Programmes Manager

I manage partnerships and our flagship programme for UK-IL scientific collaboration, BIRAX, and Blavatnik Cambridge Fellowships. Focousing on advancement of cutting-edge science and scientific communities. Cambridge University played a major part in my career over 13 years. Previously, I managed faculties and departments, and was part of a 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

Operation Manager

I joined the British Council Israel in 2020 as Programme and Community Coordinator. In 2022 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. 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.