Professor Osnat Akirav is an associate professor in Political Science at the Western Galilee College, Israel. The head of the Galilee research institute (which she was one of the establishers) at the Western Galilee College. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and postdoc from UCSD. In 2016 she was a visiting scholar at Stanford university. Her specialization is in legislative studies, setting the agenda, candidate selection methods, local government, gender and politics, minorities and politics, research methods and Israeli political system. She has many publications on the representative behavior in local government and in parliaments. She served 10 years as local council representative. Prof. Akirav has won several competitive research grants and research awards including ISF and GIF. In 2010 and in 2015 she received a prize for outstanding teaching in political science from the American Political Science Association and in 2012 she received Edmond Safra award for outstanding achievement and excellence. In 2012 and 2016 she received a prize for best article from the Israeli Political Science Association. In 2015, 2018-2022 she received a prize for excellent researcher from the Western Galilee College. Since 2019 she serves as the vice president of the Israel Political Science Association (ISPSA). And, in 2020 she was nominated to the Western Galilee College president' advisor for gender fairness.
Since 2008, Akirav is a voluntary academic advisor and lecturer at WePower – a non-profit, non-partisan Israeli NGO. In March 2018 she delivered a speech about "Women’s Political Participation" at the annual conference organized by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nation in New York city. In 2022 she received the New Pioneers award from the Union Sefaradi Mundial for her contribution to the Israeli society.
Prof. Osnat Akirav
President of IPSA
Dr. Rotem Miller-Mor Atias
Secretary of IPSA
Dr. Rotem Miller-Mor Atias is a faculty member at the School of Political Science at Haifa University. As part of her position, she serves as the academic director of the school's master's degree program. Rotem's doctoral thesis dealt with public service motivation (PSM-Public Service Motivation) and was based on a longitudinal system in which personal and personality factors as well as organizational factors were examined as influencing public service motivation. Rotem's research deals mainly with public administration, public management, motivation for public service and organizational behavior.
Mr. Joseph Ganel. ISPSA CEO since 2021 after serving as secretary for 6 years. First degree in Economics and General History from Tel-Aviv University and M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Reichman University. Teach and teaching assistant in economics and statistics.
Mr. Yosi Ganel
CEO of IPSA
Dr. Carmela Lutmar
Treasurer of IPSA
Dr. Carmela Lutmar is the Chair of the International Relations Division at the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa, and a research fellow at the Chaikin Chair for Geostrategy. She holds a master's degree in peace studies from the University of Notre Dame, and completed her doctoral studies at New York University (2004). Dr. Lutmar was a research fellow and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (2005-2009). Her areas of research include leadership, regime change, mediation in civil wars and post-war governance in war torn countries. Major publications include several books and numerous articles in scientific journals.