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NGO Monitor Staff


Professor Gerald Steinberg   President
Dov Yarden   Chief Executive Officer
International Law Department    
Anne Herzberg   Legal Advisor
Research Department    
Yitzhak Santis   Chief Programs Officer
Naftali Balanson   Managing Editor
Avigail Sugarman   Deputy Editor
Josh Bacon   Israel Desk
Itai Reuveni   Israel Desk
Shira Michael   Israel Desk
Communications Department    
Lena Abayev   Deputy Director of Communications
Emily Ziedman   Communications Associate
Arnie Draiman   Online Communications


Professor Gerald Steinberg, President

Prof. Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control.

He works with a number of international organizations (NATO, UN University, OSCE, SIPRI); participates in track-two workshops and in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ICCA; and is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University.

Recent academic publications include “NGOs, Human Rights, and Political Warfare in the Arab-Israel Conflict”; “Europe's Failed Middle East Policies”; “The UN, the ICJ and the Separation Barrier: War by Other Means” (Israel Law Review); and Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGOs, (co-author), Nijhoff, Leiden, 2012. He is also completing research examining the credibility of human rights organizations during the 2006 Lebanon war, under the auspices of the Israel Science Foundation.

His op-ed columns have been published in Wall St. Journal (Europe), Financial Times, Ha’aretz, International Herald Tribune, Jerusalem Post, and other publications. He has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBC. CNN, and NPR.

Click here for NGO-related articles by Professor Steinberg

Click here for an index of Professor Steinberg’s publications.

(Photograph of Prof. Steinberg is available for free and public use, including all related rights. You can copy, modify, distribute the work.)

Dov Yarden, Chief Executive Officer

CEO Dov Yarden oversees the management of the organization, its staff, and its finances. Along with Prof. Steinberg, he outlines NGO Monitor’s strategy, and directs the organization’s resource development activities. Prior to joining NGO Monitor, Dov was a hi-tech entrepreneur. He was one of the founders of Unicorn Solutions, and managed their global Information Technologies and Administration until the company was bought by IBM in 2006. After completing high school, Dov moved to Israel from Australia. Dov holds a certificate in Business Entrepreneurship from Hebrew University.

Anne Herzberg, Legal Advisor

Anne is a graduate of Oberlin College and Columbia University Law School where she was named a James Kent Scholar and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Prior to joining NGO Monitor, she worked as a litigation associate in New York for the law firms Winston & Strawn and Shearman & Sterling. As part of her pro bono work as an associate, Anne assisted asylum seekers and performed work for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  She has published on the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. 

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Yitzhak Santis, Chief Programs Officer

Yitzhak Santis is the immediate past Director of the Middle East Project at the San Francisco Jewish Community Relations Council. He served on JCRC’s staff for 21 years until he and his family made aliyah in January 2011.

After the second intifada, with the explosion of anti-Israel activity in the San Francisco Bay Area, Yitzhak founded and directed JCRC’s Middle East Project, created to combat the intense anti-Israel activism in the San Francisco Bay Area, the most challenging environment in the United States with respect to attitudes toward Israel.  A core component of this project was to understand and analyze the attempts to delegitimize Israel and formulate a strategy for countering these efforts by the one hundred or so groups promoting an anti-Israel message.  In this capacity, he shaped the local Jewish community’s strategic approach to Israel education and advocacy.

He served as lead spokesperson to the general and Jewish media for the Bay Area’s organized Jewish community, making numerous TV and radio appearances including nose-to-nose debates with Israel’s detractors.  He is a prolific writer, published in major publications in the US and Israel.  He has presented to hundreds of audiences including synagogues, churches, public and private schools, campuses, and created multi-media materials used in his advocacy work. His impact was also felt across the United States with JCRCs and other organizations looking for his guidance on issues pertaining to Israel advocacy.

In his early career he was a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, and as a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he was a pro-Israel campus activist.

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