Meet Our Board

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Sandra Weil

Board Member & Chair

Sandra moved to Tel Aviv from Stockholm, Sweden in 1997 to study in the Multi-Disciplinary Arts Program at Tel Aviv University. For the past few years, she has been working as a curator and cultural producer. She has been a curator and co-curator for many art exhibitions at different art institutions, galleries and museums located in both Israel and Sweden. In addition, Sandra has introduced the contemporary cultural scene of Tel Aviv to a number of Swedish museums, theaters, music scenes, television shows, radio stations, and private groups. Sandra is currently one of Kuchinate’s board members, as well as a board member for the following NPOs: Batsheva Dance Company, Oleh! Records Israel’s Music Export, and MARCEL art projects.

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Miri Polachek

Board Member

Miri is a healthcare and investment executive with over 20 year’s leadership experience. She currently serves as CEO of Joy Ventures, a unique venture firm dedicated to building and investing in startups developing next generation consumer products for emotional wellbeing.

 

Prior to Joy Ventures, Miri co-founded and led Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization, envisioned and championed by late Israeli President Shimon Peres, whose mission is to accelerate brain-related innovation and commercialization. Under Miri’s leadership, IBT fostered and supported the entrepreneurial braintech community through its prestigious and internationally recognized programs such as Brainnovations, the world’s first braintech accelerator; the BrainTech conference; and the $1M B.R.A.I.N. Prize. During this time, Israel became known as a global brain technology hub.

 

Miri started her business career as a corporate economist at Teva Pharmaceuticals and later held financial management positions at Pfizer in New York. She also served as VP Finance at IntegraMed America, a specialty healthcare services firm.

 

Miri holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics and an MA in Health Economics from Boston University, as well as an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

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Anat Kliger

Board Member

Anat Kliger is an Israeli business consultant who specialized in business consulting for third sector organizations and social businesses. In her previous capacity, Kliger was supervising law students at the Clinical Law Program of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, focusing mainly on micro and social business within the refugee and asylum seekers community in Israel. Prior to that, she held several marketing and sales positions within IBM Israel. Today, Kliger is working on a new ground-breaking database for Israel’s philanthropy at the Institute for Law and Philanthropy, Tel Aviv University. Kliger holds an MA in Sociology from Tel Aviv University, specializing in the NGO sector, and a BA in Sociology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Kliger lives in Herzliya with her husband Ophir Herbst and their four children.

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Hila Arnon

Board Member

Hila is an architect and has been a volunteer with Kuchinate since 2019. Based in Tel Aviv, she strongly believes in supporting and protecting the rights of refugees in Israeli society. In addition to her service in Kuchinate, Hila is leading local African and American partners in establishing a non-for-profit boarding school for underprivileged children in the Republic of Namibia. Hila graduated from New Jersey School of Architecture, and is the proud mother of three.

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Noa Haviv

Board Member

Noa was born and raised in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts at Tel Aviv University.

Noa has been a social activist in a variety of fields for many years. She has a special passion for the history of the city of Tel Aviv, with a special interest in the founder women of the city. At Kuchinate, Noa serves as a volunteer and special project coordinator.

Noa is the registrar (manager of the collection) at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.

Noa lives in Tel Aviv with Omer and their active children Gal, Yovel and Shira, and their dog Laika.

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Lynn Schler

Board Member

Lynn Schler is a Professor in African History in the Department of Politics and Government, and the Director of the Tamar Golan Africa Centre at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She has published books, edited volumes and articles relating to urbanization, labor history, decolonization and nationalism in Africa. At the Africa Centre, she directs a wide range of programs aimed at increasing awareness and knowledge about Africa-related issues in Israel.  Through cultural events, international forums, activism, study tours and volunteer programs, the Centre helps to build strong relations based on mutual respect and cooperation between Israel and Africa.

Lynn lives in Herzliya with her husband, Greg, and her three kids, Amos, Ellie and Mika, and Arlo the dog.