Head of the economic department. Dr. Meir serves as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Jerusalem College of Technology.
His academic research focuses on consumer insolvency, including consumer bankruptcy and mortgage policy. He has worked on the staff of the US Council of Economic and Advisers and for the NBER, the World Bank, and in the private sector.
Dr. Meir's active areas of study at Kohelet include housing policy, deregulation in the agricultural sector, and financing of local government.
Eugene Kontorovich is a professor at George Mason’s Antonin Scalia School of Law, specializing in constitutional and international law. Before coming to George Mason, he had been a professor at Northwestern University School of Law for 11 years.
He is the author of dozens of academic articles in the leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. His scholarship has been cited in leading international law cases in the U.S. and abroad.
As head of the International Law Department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think tank, and he is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent experts on international law and the Israel-Arab conflict. He "has emerged as a one-man legal lawfare brain trust for the Jewish state,” as well as “one of the cagiest commentators,” according to a recent essays in Haaretz.
Prof. Kontorovich also plays a leading role in many Israel-related policy matters, and is regarded as the “intellectual architect” of U.S. state laws regarding boycotts of Israel. In his work at Forum Kohelet, he regularly advises senior Israeli, U.S. and European officials on a variety of diplomatic issues.
He is a widely sought-after speaker. He has testified repeatedly in both houses of Congress, and regularly briefs visiting European and American legislators and celebrities on their trips to Israel, as well as speaking to hundreds of universities, synagogues, Jewish and professional groups in the U.S. and Europe.
A regular op-ed contributor to the Wall Street Journal, his expertise is often sought out and quoted by major news organizations such as The New York Times, NPR News, Associated Press, LA Times, and television and radio programs on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, SkyNews, BBC, NPR, and more. Prof. Kontorovich’s popular writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, POLITICO, and other leading publications.
He attended the University of Chicago for college and law school, and ultimately taught there for two years as a visiting professor. After law school, he clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In a previous career, he was a newspaperman at the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and for many years at the Forward.
Received his PhD from Harvard University's Department of Government.
Prior to coming to Kohelet, Dr Yitzhak Klein served as head of the Israel Policy Center, an Israeli policy institute specializing in constitutional affairs and civil rights.
He served as adviser to the Knesset Constitution and Law Committee and teaches in the the Department of Citizenship Studies at Efrata College, Jerusalem.
Ariel is a father of five, Married to Yifat, a journalist. Ariel is a lawyer who completed his studies at Hebrew University with a BA and an MA in law in addition to a degree in Jewish philosophy. Taught Jewish law at the Hebrew University and conducted a Halachic-historic study on the religious aspects of teenage marriage. He served for six years as a law clerk in the Jerusalem district court and for a year in the international law department of the Military Advocate General. In his reserve duty Ariel is positioned as an officer in an infantry unit and as a legal adviser in the MAG.
Dr. Aviad Bakshi is the head of the legal department in Kohelet Policy Forum. Dr. Bakshi, a former Hesder Yeshiva teacher, completed his first and second law degrees at Bar Ilan University with honors and was admitted to the Israeli bar after his internship in the High Court Department at the State Attorney's Office. Dr. Bakshi wrote his doctoral thesis as part of the president's scholarship for excelling ph.d students on the "proper constitutional significance of Israel as a Jewish state," which won the Begin Award 2012. During his doctorate Dr. Bakshi was a research fellow at the Schwartz Institute of Political Philosophy Studies at Beit Morasha.
Since 2004, Dr. Bakshi has been involved in legislative and constitutional initiatives as an independent scholar, a member of the IZS constitution team, the legal editor of MK Michael Eitan and Prof. Moshe Koppel's proposed constitution, head of Weiler Foundation's legislative project at Bar Ilan University and director of the Berliner Institute - a clinic for legislative initiatives at the Ono Academic College.
The research conducted by Dr. Bakshi in public law focuses on issues relating to the identity of Israel as a democratic nation-state and issues related to separation of powers. Alongside his work at Kohelet, Dr. Bakshi teaches Constitutional and Administrative Law at Ono Academic College and Bar Ilan University.
Dr. Sarel is a senior fellow at Kohelet. Until March 2014, he served as the Chief Economist and director of state revenue, research and international affairs. He obtained his doctoral degree from Harvard where he was also a teaching fellow. Dr. Sarel worked in the World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, The Bank of Israel, in the Ministry of Finance as head of the research department and in Harel Insurance and Finance Group as the head of the economics and research department.
Dr. Shuky Blass lives with his wife and four children in the Negev. Blass wrote his Ph.d dissertation in history at The Hebrew University about the anti-Israel propaganda in Western Europe..
Shuky Blass is the head of Kohelet's media department