Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy.

Head of the Center for Democracy and National Security at the Israel Democracy Institute: Chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for the Habilitation of  Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities). Ayalon is one of the founders of Blue White Future (“BWF”), a non-partisan political movement, committed to securing the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state through facilitating an inclusive discourse to promote a two state solution. Admiral (ret.) Ayalon is a former Director of Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet) and a former commander of Israel's Navy. He has served as a cabinet minister and a member of the Knesset. Along with Sari Nusseibeh, he has headed the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002.  Ayalon holds a BA in economics and political science from Bar-Ilan University (1980); is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island (1982); holds an MA in public administration from Harvard University (1992); and an MA in Law from Bar-Ilan University (2010).

Brian Michael Jenkins

Brian Michael Jenkins is a senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation and author of numerous books, reports, and articles on terrorism-related topics, including Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? (2008, Prometheus Books). He formerly served as chair of the Political Science Department at RAND. On the occasion of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Jenkins initiated a RAND effort to take stock of America's policy reactions and give thoughtful consideration to future strategy. That effort is presented in The Long Shadow of 9/11: America's Response to Terrorism (Brian Michael Jenkins and John Paul Godges, eds., 2011).


Gary RougheadU.S. Admiral Roughead (Retired) served as the U.S. Navy’s 29th Chief of Naval Operations after holding six operational commands and is one of only two officers in the history of the Navy to have commanded both the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. As the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Roughead led the Navy through a challenging period of transition in fiscal, security and personnel matters.  He accelerated the Navy’s capability and capacity in ballistic missile defense and unmanned air and underwater systems. He reestablished the 4th and 10th Fleets to better focus on the Western Hemisphere and cyber operations respectively and introduced bold programs to prepare for the primacy of information in warfare. In retirement, Admiral Roughead is the Robert and Marion Oster Distinguished Military Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and serves on the boards of directors of the Northrop Grumman Corporation, Maersk Lines, Ltd and the Center for a New American Security.   He is a Trustee of Dodge and Cox Funds and serves on the Board of Managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He advises companies in the national security and medical sectors.

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Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (Foundation for Strategic Research), Paris. Dr. Tertrais graduated from the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 1984. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Law of the University of Paris (1985), and a Doctorate in Political Science of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (1994).  In 1990-1993, he was the Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee, NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 1993, he joined the Policy Division of the French Ministry of Defense. In 1995-1996, he was a Visiting Fellow at the RAND Corporation. From October 1996 until August 2001, he was Special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the French Ministry of Defense. In September 2001, he joined the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS) as a Senior Research Fellow, working on geopolitics and international security issues, with a special emphasis on transatlantic, Middle East and Asian security, as well as a particular focus on military and nuclear policies. In November 2016, he was appointed Deputy Director of FRS. He was a member of the  residential Commissions on the White Paper on Defense and National Security appointed in 2007 (by President Sarkozy) and in 2012 (by President Hollande). Tertrais is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and a member of the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly.  In 2010, he was the recipient of the Vauban Prize, awarded for his distinguished career. In 2014, he was made a knight of the Legion of honor by President Hollande. In 2016, he was the co-recipient of the Brienne Prize awarded for the best geopolitical book of the year.

J Till

Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies, Previously Dean of Academic Studies at the UK Command and Staff College and Head of the Defence Studies Department of King's College London,  Geoffrey Till is now the Emeritus Professor of Maritime Studies of King’s College London and  Chairman of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies. Since  2009, he has been Visiting Professor in the Maritime Security Programme at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before that he taught at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, the Royal Naval College Greenwich, the City University London and in the War Studies Department of King's College London. Additionally he has been Visiting Scholar at the US Naval Postgraduate School Monterey California. He held the Foundation Chair at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia and was Visiting Professor at the Armed Forces University, Taiwan. In 2007 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore,  and in 2008 the inaugural Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair in Strategic Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  In 2012 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the National Institute for the Study of the South China Sea, Hainan, China.  He is a fellow of King's College, London and of the Seapower Centre in Canberra, Australia. In 2014 he was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for Naval Sciences. A former Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve, he has taught at well over 40 national staff colleges at a large number of other such defence establishments and academic institutions  around the world. Geoffrey Till's main interests are in maritime security and naval development. At the moment he is leading a project that looks at the way countries today 'grow' their maritime power and at the problems and challenges they face in seeking to do so. In addition to being series editor of Cass Naval Policy and History series (the world's biggest such list),  he has written  several hundred journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of maritime strategy and policy defence, and has produced 29 books.  His most recent are  The Development of British Naval Thinking published by Routledge  in 2006, a volume edited with Emrys Chew and Joshua Ho, Globalization and the Defence in Asia (Routledge, 2008),  Korean Maritime Strategy: Issues and Challenges  (Seoul: KIMS, 2011) (with Captain Yoon Sukjoon) and Sea Power and the Asia-Pacific: The Triumph of Neptune (Routledge, 2012) (with Patrick S Bratton). Asia’s Naval Expansion: An Arms Race in the Making ? (London: Routledge for IISS Adelphi Books, 2012),   Seapower: A Guide for the 21st Century. 3rd Edition (London: Routledge, 2013),  Naval Modernisation in Southeast Asia; Causes, Nature, Consequences. (Contributing Editor with Jane Chan). (London: Routledge, 2013) The Real ‘Long War’: The Illicit Drugs Trade and the Role of the Military. (Carlisle, PA: SSI Letorte Papers, 2013. Another book on maritime developments in the Asia-Pacific Region, is currently with Macmillan, Palgrave.  His books have been translated into 14 languages.  He has contributed to a number of maritime research projects for the UK Royal Navy, the US Department of Defence and the US Navy Department and for the Navy of the Republic of Singapore. Married to Cherry, he has three grown up children, and lives in an old cottage in England's county of Wiltshire. 

Z B Avraham

Head of the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, Founding Director of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa, Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University, the Department of Geosciences and Director of Dead Sea Research Center. Ben-Avraham earned his Ph.D. in Marine Geophysics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1973. He has held professional positions in several research institutes and universities worldwide (Stanford University, University of Cape Town, Free University Amsterdam, University of California Los Angeles), and served in editorial positions for several scientific journals of geosciences (Tectonics, Tectonophysics, Annales Tectonicae and more). Prof. Ben-Avraham is a member of several academies of sciences including Academia Europaea, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was awarded numerous prizes including the prestigious Israel Prize in Science in 2003 and has served as a Scientific Advisor to the President of the State of Israel.


The current Director of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences (Haifa U), Ilana transferred to Haifa University after 15 years at Bar Ilan University (BIU). Ilana completed her BSc. in Biology and Ecology at the University of California, Irvine (USA) and her PhD (joint Bar Ilan University and the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR), as well as an initial post-doctoral fellowship from the Hebrew University, at the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory (Sea of Galilee). After 4 years of post-doctoral work at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University, NJ (USA), Ilana returned to Israel to head the Aquatic Ecology and Biological Oceanography Laboratory focusing on how global changes and environmental stressors influence the organisms forming the base of the aquatic food-webs with research spanning local to global scales in diverse environments including the Sea of Galilee, the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and the South Pacific Ocean. Prof. Berman-Frank has served as President of the Israeli Association of Aquatic Sciences; Chair of the Education Committee of the Mediterranean Research Center of Israel (MERCI; Co-Chair of the International Group of Aquatic Primary Productivity (GAP); member of the Board of Directors for "EcoOcean" and other local and international capacities promoting marine sciences.

P I Shalom

The A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond Family Chair in International Relations and Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he pursued his Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations. Currently he is a member of the Steering Committe of the Standing Group of International Relations (SGIR) of ECPR. Formerly he was the Director of the Leonard Davis for International relations Associate Professor (201215). He was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs and at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, both at Harvard University. In addition he was the Israel Institute Visiting Professor as well as a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University (2015-16), visiting scholar at the New School University in New York (2000-2001), at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) (2012), and at the Institute for the Human Studies (IWM) in Vienna (2001). He is the author of Democratic Peace: A Political Biography (University of Michigan Press, 2013), as well as articles in different scholarly journals. Once upon a time he served as a submarine navigation officer in the Israeli Navy.

Hattendorf JohnProfessor John B. Hattendorf is the Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, a chair he occupied from 1984 to 2016.  Additionally, he served as chairman of the College’s Maritime History Department and director of the Naval War College Museum, 2003-16.  A former officer in the U.S. Navy, he earned his degrees in history from Kenyon College (A.B., 1964), Brown University (A.M., 1971), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil., 1979; D.Litt., 2016). He is the author or editor of more than 40 books, including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History (2007).




David earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Economics and History and an MSc in Russian Government from the London School of Economics as well as an MA from UCLA in Political Science. He has worked for a variety of financial services firms, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, focusing primarily on taxation matters arising from intra-company transactions of multinational companies. He has also worked on financial issues for a US defense contractor. Presently David’s efforts are focused on public policy interests and philanthropic endeavors. He brought together the RAND Corporation and the Israel Democracy Institute – sponsoring a Washington, DC workshop entitled “The Challenge for Democracies Facing Asymmetric Conflicts.” David currently serves as a board member of the West Coast Steering Committee for the American Society of the University of Haifa and is also a member of the Community Advisory Board of the UCLA Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Previously he served on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Athletic Club.


Dov Shfir is a naval officer, who served in Flotilla 13 (Shayetet 13) and commended it during the six-day war. Later on he became the head of the manpower division in the navy. Following his release from the IDF in 1975 he managed a strategic consulting agency called STRATIS, which he co-founded with Sam Zax, a Chicago banker. The agency conduct research for Avraham Tamir that was passed to Aaron Yariv from Tel Aviv University. Shafir served as a board member in Teva pharmaceutical industries. He has made large contributions the establishment of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime Policy & Strategy and to the restoration of the ancient ship in Ma’agan Michael. He is currently a member of the Ashkelon Academic College managerial board, and a trustee of the University of Haifa. During 2014 he invested along with Prof. Fred Shtauber – president of the University of Haifa – in the center for maritime strategy, and convinced Rear Admiral (Ret.) Prof. Shaul Chorev to head it. Scholarships and donations – over the years Shaffir donated scholarships to students of sea-related fields of science. In 2014 he became the largest benefactor to the restoration of the ancient ship in Ma’agan Michael – lead by the department of marine civilization and initiated by Prof Yacov Cahanov - and helped recruit additional donators.

Sharon Linkcompleted his PhD at the Faculty of Industry and Management for the Technion. Dr Link has served as the Director of the Research Authority in
Haifa University from 2008 to present


chernovVice President for Resource Development and External Relations since October 2017. Dr. Tchernov is a Marine Biologist and the founder of the Marine Biology Department at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences (2010). Dr. Tchernov heads the coastal research facility as part of the Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Research Center. He also heads the Morris Kahn Marine Research station. His main interests are in Climate Change Biology, Coral Biology, Marine Ecology and Conservation Biology. Dr. Tchernov was born in Jerusalem in 1967. He graduated from the Hebrew University in 1994 with a degree in Biology and completed his PhD in Oceanography at the Hebrew University in 2003. He did his postdoctoral research at the IMCS at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Between the years 2004 -2009 he served as the Administrative Director of the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat and between 2009-2011 he served as the Deputy Director of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences. Dr. Tchernov is married to Dr. Beverley Goodman, has four children and lives in Caesarea.