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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    
Naftali Balanson   Chief of Staff
Olga Deutsch   Director of Europe Desk
Shaun Sacks   Europe Desk
Yael Israel   Europe Desk
Gilad Segal   Europe Desk
Tamar Kogman   Europe Desk
Josh Bacon   Israel Desk
Itai Reuveni   Israel Desk
Enna Elkoby   Israel Desk
Liora Cohen   Israel Desk
Rachel Hirshfeld   UN Desk Coordinator/Researcher
Yona Schiffmiller   North America Desk
Sarah Chin   North America Desk
Penina Rothner   Associate Editor/ Online Content Manager
Sarah Garfinkel   Deputy Editor


Communications Department    
Lena Bakman   Deputy Director of Communications
Aaron Kalman   Foreign Media Relations
Melody Coven   Communications Associate
Rena Ackerman   Communications Associate
Zahava Raymond   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, where he founded the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. 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.

NGO Monitor was founded following the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism in Durban South Africa, where powerful NGOs, claiming to promote human rights, hijacked the principles of morality and international law.  NGO Monitor provides information and analysis, promotes accountability, and supports discussion on the reports and activities of NGOs claiming to advance human rights and humanitarian agendas.

In 2013, Professor Steinberg accepted the prestigious Menachem Begin Prize on behalf of NGO Monitor, recognizing its “Efforts exposing the political agenda and ideological basis of humanitarian organizations that use the Discourse of human rights to discredit Israel and to undermine its position among the nations of the world.”

Steinberg is a member of Israel Council of Foreign Affairs; the Israel Higher-Education Council, Committee on Public Policy; advisory board of the Israel Law Review International, the research working group of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and participates in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA). He also speaks at a variety of high-level government sessions and academic conferences worldwide.

Publications include “NGOs, Human Rights, and Political Warfare in the Arab-Israel Conflict" (Israel Studies); "The UN, the ICJ and the Separation Barrier: War by Other Means" (Israel Law Review); and Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGO Fact-Finding (co-author), Nijhoff, Leiden, 2012.

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

Oversees the management of the organization, its staff, and its finances. Along with Professor Steinberg, he devises NGO Monitor’s strategy and directs the organization’s resource development activities.



Anne Herzberg, Legal Advisor

Is the author of NGO Monitor’s “NGO Lawfare: Ex¬ploitation of Courts in the Arab-Israeli Conflict” and the “International Law, Human Rights and NGOs series”, as well as co-author of Best Practices for Human Rights and Humanitarian NGO Fact-Finding and other academic articles. She is one of the leading experts on NGO “lawfare” cases against Israeli officials and companies doing business with Israel. She is invited regularly to speak at international conferences, and her op-eds have appeared in Ha’aretz, the Wall Street Journal, and the Jerusalem Post.

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Naftali Balanson, Chief of Staff

Directs NGO Monitor’s research, developing research strategy and ensuring that all NGO Monitor publications are produced in an effective and timely manner. His correspondence with NGO, foundation, and government officials has elicited crucial information. Naftali has an MA in English Literature from Columbia University.




 Olga Deutsch, Director of Europe Desk

Heads NGO Monitor’s Europe operations, directing NGO Monitor’s research on the European Union and European countries and outreach to European officials. She is an expert on EU funding and German funding to politicized NGOs, and European BDS campaigns conducted by NGOs. Before making Aliyah in 2009, Olga served as the chair of the European Union of Jewish Students, an umbrella organization for 34 national unions. She is fluent in English, Hebrew, German, and Serbian.

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