vision & mission

Our mission is to educate and empower tomorrow’s most promising Palestinian and Israeli leaders to take action towards creating positive social and political impact in the Middle East.

For more than 17 years, MEET students have been at the forefront of positive socio-economic and political change for Israelis and Palestinians. Their success is a reflection of our principal goals:


1. To create a generation of leaders who know how to work across political divides from a young age.

2. To extend MIT’s cutting-edge technological education to communities who could not previously access it.

3. To promote STEM education and tech-sector leadership among women and minority groups in Palestine and Israel.

4. To inspire our alumni to create and shape a more just society.

what makes meet unique?

A LONG-TERM INVESTMENT
A three-year program (500+ academic hours), and a vibrant alumni community for a lifelong relationship.
MIT instructors and local professionals cover computer science, entrepreneurship, leadership, and teamwork.
A SKILL-BASED CURRICULUM
Each MEET cohort consists of equal numbers of Israeli and Palestinians, young men and women. And we ensure that participants from underrepresented and marginalized communities can access the resources they need
A FOCUS ON EQUITY
An acceptance rate of under 10% and a demanding, MIT-developed curriculum ensure the most promising leaders access the best resources.
A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE

meet the people

Reem Younis
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Born and raised in Nazareth, Israel.
Mrs. Younis holds a B.Sc. Degree in civil engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Together with her husband founded “Alpha Omega Ltd.” Currently, she is serving as board member in multiple NGO’s that promote her belief in the 3E’s – Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Younis’ aspiration is to promote entrepreneurship among the younger generation, encouraging them to pursue their dreams for a brighter tomorrow. In turn, she believes, this would have a great impact on Nazareth.
It would transform this diverse city into a modern and technological place. Reem and Imad share three children: Dima, Jude and Nada.

Assaf A. Harlap
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Assaf is a serial entrepreneur who builds and runs complex, value-driven organizations. After co-founding MEET, Assaf founded several startups and social ventures to modernize the automotive industry space. Currently, Assaf serves on the board of Colmobil Corp, Israel’s largest car importer, distributor and retailer ($3B sales), In parallel, Assaf is also the Co-Founder of Mint Kitchen, a new Fast-Casual Israeli food concept in New York, and helped launch Future Mobility Israel - a think tank + policy lobby group with a vision to eliminate Israel's traffic and congestion.

Shayma Sharif
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Shayma is a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Tel Aviv. She completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Technion in Haifa. After graduating from MEET in 2008, she came back to MEET as an instructor during the 2016 Summer Program.

Adi Soffer Teeni
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Adi Soffer Teeni is the General Manager of Facebook Israel. She joined Facebook Israel in 2014 to build and grow the company’s Israeli office. Soffer Teeni began her career in 1997 as the CEO of Wall Street Israel, an international school of English. In 2001, she became CEO of Kidum Group, the country’s largest private education company. In 2008, she was appointed as General Manager of 888.com.She is a member of the Board of Directors of Unistream, MEET, Shecodes and Yozmot Atid, and is part of the advisory board for “KamaTach”.. Soffer Teeni holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the university’s Kellogg-Recanati International Executive MBA program.

Yaron Binur
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Yaron Binur is a three-time founder who innovates in technology, education, and social change. He is a co-founder and currently the Chairman of the Board of MEET. Yaron co-founded two startups: Up2 and Redbeacon; the latter, a home-services marketplace, was acquired by  Home Depot in 2012. He launched his career at Google after graduating from MIT in 2005.

Yohanan Hruschev
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Yohanan is a co-founder of Simpo
(previously ActionBar), a start-up that allows product managers quickly integrate different tools and non-core features into their apps without using development resources. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Network Science from IDC Herzliya. After graduating from MEET in 2006, he came back as a coordinator and business instructor.

Subhi Beidas
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Subhi was Born and raised in Jerusalem
he left to pursue his B.Sc in Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. After graduating from MEET in 2008, he
has since been involved with several startups. Most recently he's been heading the engineering team at Codecov. Subhi came back to MEET as a CS instructor for Y2 during the 2018 Summer Program.

Rafiq Masri
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Rafiq Masri is a Palestinian-American entrepreneur. Rafiq is an experienced CEO and Founder in the information technology industry. Rafiq serves as the chairman of Palestinian Economic Development Foundation (PalEco), and is on the board of Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), World Venture Group (WVG), and Search for Common Ground. Rafiq completed post graduate studies in business and software engineering at both Harvard and George Mason University. Rafiq is committed to efforts to build and support the Palestinian economy as a paramount requirement to any future peace and stability.

Gigi Levy Weiss
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Gigi is a founding partner of NFX (www.nfx.com), a $150m leading seed venture firm in Silicon Valley and Israel. He is a founder and investor in many technology start ups such as Playtika, Kenshoo, Plarium, MyHeritage, Optimove, Houseparty, R2Net, SimilarWeb, NanoRep, Replay Technology, SpaceApe, inceptionVR and others. Gigi serves on the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann as well as on the EMEA client advisory council of Facebook.


Wael Salloum
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Wael is of Lebanese and Palestinian descent. Currently the Head of Data at WhatsApp, Wael previously worked for Senator Hillary Clinton in DC, worked 9 years as a Senior Quantitative Analyst and Engineer for Google Ads, and a year as Data Lead for Emerging Experiences at YouTube. Currently, he advises startups and works with a number of non-profits. Some issues he cares a lot about are diversity, education and female empowerment. Wael currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife Vivian and his son Ziad.

Anat Binur
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Anat is the co-founder and CEO of Ukko Inc., a biotech startup backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VCs which is solving food allergies and sensitivities. Previously, Anat was an Investment Partner at Innovation Endeavors, a venture firm backed by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Anat also worked for Israel’s State Attorney, on Capitol Hill and with the World Bank. She received her PhD from MIT, an MPA from Columbia University and a law degree from Hebrew University.


Haim Erlich
CEO
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Haim Erlich provides executive leadership in all aspects of MEET’s program design and implementation, bringing his rich background in organizational leadership and many years as an educator to MEET. Prior to MEET, Haim was the CEO of Yesh Din where he helped expand the organization. Previously, he was the Coordinator for Development and Policy Advocacy for Ir Amim and the National Education Manager of the Hila Program for Disaffected Youth. For seven years, Haim was the Principal of the Nisui High School, one of Israel’s best and most unique high schools.

Mustafa Hussein
Student Program Director
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Mustafa Hussein leads MEET’s highly selective recruitment process and student program. Under his leadership, MEET consistently recruits a deeply diverse and talented applicant pool comprised of the region’s top students and young leaders. Mustafa co-developed and implements MEET’s Deeper Understanding curricula. Mustafa is qualified as a Computer Graphics Engineer, and previously worked for the Children Cancer Unit at Hadassah, Ein Karem Hospital. Beyond MEET, Mustafa’s interests include photography and graphic design.

Rawan Abulafi
Alumni Program Manager
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Rawan, who graduated from MEET in 2011, is responsible for devising, implementing and evaluating strategic plans for MEET’s Alumni Network, as well as for financial and content management of alumni programming. Her previous experience at MEET includes organizing an alumni event and mentoring TAs in 2015, and serving as a Coordinator during the 2017 Summer Program. Rawan holds a B.A. in Architecture from the Applied Science University in Jordan.

Ada Harverd
Financial and Operations Manager
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Ada Harverd works closely with MEET’s CEO to manage resource development, and administrative, logistical, financial and legal responsibilities which allows MEET to run effectively and efficiently. Ada has experience in the Israeli high-tech world and has previously worked at G.ho.st, an Israeli-Palestinian joint-venture start-up, among others. Ada has a B.A. from Brandeis University. Outside of MEET, Ada enjoys time with her husband and three children, baking and long-distance running.

Etai Freedman
Development Director
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Etai is responsible for MEET’s overseas donor relations, fundraising and creative development strategies. He has previously served in campaigning, resource development and advisory capacities at a variety of organizations and projects, including Burning Man, the New Israel Fund, the Global Hunger Foundation, Bienvenidos, and the San Francisco Children’s Day School. He graduated with honors from San Francisco State University (B.A. in Psychology), and holds an M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA.

Rakheli Hever
Development Manager
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Rakheli manages MEET's relationships with local foundations/corporations and with international foundations, corporations and governments with local representation. Along with Etai, she is responsible for all aspects of cultivating and reporting to existing donors, as well as for researching and approaching new contacts. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has over 10 years of experience in resource development and in content and copy editing. Her hobbies include reading, sugarcraft, and making bad puns.

Aga Jablonska
European Partnerships Manager
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Aga is responsible for developing MEET's partnerships and fundraising within Europe, including cooperation with the European Union. She is involved in grant writing and preparing official communications. Aga is an experienced project and CSR manager, cultural activist and a researcher, with a decade-long professional career in Brussels where she specialized in corporate and public sector event management and communication strategies. She holds an M.A. in Jewish Civilizations from the Center for Jewish Studies Heidelberg, and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wroclaw.

Mykel Elledge
PR & Social Media Manager
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Mykel, who has lived in Lebanon, Zambia, the UK, and Burundi, moved to Jerusalem in 2018 to be with his partner. He works closely with the RD team to ensure that MEET is well represented on all social media platforms in order that we might reach those who are best suited to our program, and maintain an ongoing relationship with our alumni and supporters.

Mykel has a BA and MA in Applied Drama, and co-founded a theatre company in 2014 which raises awareness of Modern Day Slavery. He is passionate about social justice, nature, art, and board games.

Iky Salinas
USAID Compliance Officer
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Iky made aliyah in 2016 after living both in the United States and Mexico. Currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and the History of Israel in the University of Haifa, Iky is very active in local and national politics. He started working with MEET as a USAID compliance officer, helping MEET with the various requirements that the position brings. His hobbies include playing bass guitar and drums, video games and cooking.

Celina Mukarker
Jerusalem Hub Manager
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Since graduating from MEET's Student Program in 2013, Celina has served in the vital roles of Alumni Program Coordinator and Student Program Coordinator, and was most recently appointed the Jerusalem Hub Manager. This is one of the most important roles at MEET, which includes overseeing student recruitment, educational curriculum development, and all team building activities for a student body of almost 100 students coming from Jerusalem and the West Bank. Celina holds a BA in Accounting and Business from the University of Bethlehem, and is active in facilitating youth volunteerism in her native Bethlehem.

Dor Yerushalmi
MEETx Manager
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Growing up in Jerusalem, Dor studied acting and theatre. He was a teacher, coordinator, and advisor at a private language acquisition company. Dor has many years of experience in the field of education, he believes in overcoming the challenge of reaching-out to everyone of the students, and helping teachers perform better as a role model. Besides that he still enjoys acting, from time to time, and singing!

Lour Hayek
Head of Recruitment
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Graduated with a double-major in Psychology and English Language and Literature from the University of Haifa. Currently a student of a Master's degree in English language and literature. Experience in the field of education, since she's been working at an English centre for two years now as well as volunteered at a centre for kids that come from difficult backgrounds.

Abed Abu Rmeileh
Logistics Coordinator
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Abdelrahman "Abed" Abu Rmeileh manages MEET's all aspects of logistics for our Jerusalem Hub and our Student Program. Abed is a multi-lingual Palestinian from Jerusalem, and holds an M.A. in Business and Economics from Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. He has extensive procurement and logistics experience acquired at local and international companies and non-profits, and a strong background in finance, business, economics, and management. He is also the brother of one of MEET's alumni, and possibly Chelsea FC's biggest supporter.

Ahmad Anati
Student Program Coordinator -Jerusalem
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Ahmad coordinates various aspects of MEET’s Student Program at our Jerusalem hub. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Al Quds University in East Jerusalem. He has extensive background in project and program coordination, including at the Al Quds Charitable Society, Hokkaido Medical Institution, and the Palestinian Child Club. He has a rich record of volunteer work at the Shufat refugee camp.  He was also a participant in the Seeds for Peace program, which awarded him the title of Peace Ambassador in the Middle East in 2007.

Koral Matilsky
Student Program Coordinator - Jerusalem
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Koral Matilsky, who coordinates our Student Program in the Nazareth hub, is a graduate of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services course on Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) for Facilitators, as well as the Coordinators’ course. Her previous positions include staff management at a restaurant and work with at-risk youth at a Beit Ekshtein boarding school.

Dima Kanazi
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Dima graduated from MEET in 2020, and is very excited to give back to the program.

She likes the sun, the beach, the movies and people that like to laugh!

Lilach Simhon Baram
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Lilach works as a coordinator and a facilitator in the Nazareth hub. She possesses a lot of meaningful experience in group training, production, and education through volunteering as a counsellor in a developing leadership and conflict resolution skills program. Lilach enjoys reading books, theatre, and good jokes.

Layan Musallam
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Layan works as a Student Program Coordinator in the Jerusalem hub and CS instructor for Y1 and Y2 students. She recently started her Master's degree in Education in Science and Technology, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science at the Technion after she finished her BS.c. in Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion. Layan cares about the community and loves to volunteer; she volunteered in Rotaract, Shecodes, and QueenB.

Malak Jabarin
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Malak is an alumna of MEET (Class of 2018), and has graduated high school in June 2019. Since then, she has been spending her gap year working as a student program coordinator in the Nazareth hub. She mainly works with the Y2 cohort and supports the recruitment process.

Shiran Fournier
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Shiran graduated from MEET in 2016, and at the end of 2019 became the Israeli student program coordinator in Nazareth.

Aya Levy Zalmanson
Student Program Coordinator - MEETx
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Aya graduated from Beit Berl with a BE.D.F.A in Film studies and worked in the film industry as a Film Editor.
Currently a student at Tel Aviv University for Executive MA in Educational management and leadership, hoping to bring dialogue and Participatory leadership into the educational systems. Aya is also an active board member of Amutat Midburn and a volunteer in it's production team every year since 2015.

Tasneem Morshed
Student Program Coordinator - MEETx
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Tasneem is a student program coordinator in MEETx, who works closely with students of the program. She recently started her Master's degree in English Literature at The University of Haifa, after finishing her bachelor's in said subject in addition to Asian Studies.
Tasneem also speaks 4 languages, so if you speak Korean, make sure to say Hi!

Sophie Guo
MISTI-MEET MIT Student Coordinator
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Sophie grew up in Alabama, and in August 2018 started pursuing her B.Sc in Biological engineering and Computer Science. At the end of 2019 Sophie became the MEET student coordinator at MISTI

Loai Qubti
CS Curriculum Lead
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Graduated MEET in 2017 and has been involved with MEET ever since. Loai works as a website developer in his free time, and loves drinking coffee, producing music, and working on impactful projects.

Lorenzo Brown
Year 3 Instructor Lead
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MIT alum

Lyel Resner
Academic Advisor
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MIT Alum - Professor at NIU & Cornel

Adan Abu Naaj
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Adi Bishara
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Alex Tinguely
Computer Science Instructor
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Badea Marjieh
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Ben Levi
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Boaz Liberman
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Brit Alon
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Courtney Morgan
Computer Science Instructor
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Din Solomon
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Einav Raviv
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Eli Israeli
Year 3 Instructor
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Elizabeth Bulluck
Computer Science Instructor
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George Abu Dahoud
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

George Rashed
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Gilad Rosenzweig
Year 3 Instructor
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Hala Abu Sneineh
Entrepreneurship TA
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MEET alum

Ido Nov
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Ireen Kulish
Year 3 Instructor
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Jeniffer Dakak
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Jiana Abu Nasser
Instructor
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MEET alum

Julian Broudy
Computer Science Instructor
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Lama Sub Laban
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Layan Makhoul
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Layan Musallam
Computer Science Instructor
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Louis Salem
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Lukas Kamphausen
Year 3 Instructor
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Max Kessler
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Melanie Cornell
Computer Science Instructor
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Mohammad Wari
Year 3 Instructor
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MEET alum

Musa Bakri
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Mustafa Rizeq
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Nadia Tahhan
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Naim Mussa
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Noam Seigel
Computer Science Instructor
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Omar Dahleh
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

Or Tal
Zoom Technical Support
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MEET alum

Rakan Darwish
Entrepreneurship TA
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MEET alum

Ron Miles
Computer Science instructor
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MEET alum

Sari Khader
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Shelly Beider
Computer Science TA
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MEET alum

Shikma Lerner-Friedman
Entrepreneurship TA
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MEET alum

Siwa Mansour
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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Tal Elishoov
Instructor
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MEET alum

Tal Raviv
Year 3 Instructor
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MEET alum

Tal Reiss
Computer Science Instructor
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Yonatan Bendahan
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Yotam Asael
Entrepreneurship TA
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MEET alum

Yotam Ass-El
Entrepreneurship TA
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MEET alum

Zain Al Qalawi
Computer Science Instructor
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MEET alum

Zidane Awad
Entrepreneurship Instructor
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MEET alum

MEET gratefully acknowledges the following 2020 donors
for their generosity

For our Article 46 Certification, see here

For our 2021 Certification of Proper Management, see here

(R.A.)’s Equivalency Determination certification see here

Contributors of $100,000+
MIT-MISTI
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies – Israel
Daphi and Gigi Levy-Weiss
The Diane P. & Guilford Glazer Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles
United Israel Appeal of Canada Inc. / The Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Foundation
USAID
Contributors of $10,000+
Adam Fisher
Aleksandra Korolova & Yaron Binur
American Center Jerusalem
Assaf Harlap
Edith Stern Family Foundation
Heidi & Mitch Tyson
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Muki Aharoni
Prof. Ed Roberts
Riskified
US Embassy Jerusalem
Sam Lessin
Susan Gellen
Contributors of $50,000+
The Blaustein Foundation (Jacob and Hilda)
eBay Foundation
The Gottesman Fund
Izhar Armony & Noami Armony-Erel
Anonymous Israeli Foundation
Anonymous UK Foundation
Contributors of $5,000+
Alan Feld
AppsFlyer
Benevity
Bertelsmann Stiftung
Charles Libicki
Dorit & Richard Dale
Eden Shochat
Eyal Gura
Gal Trifon
Harriet Gold
Judi & Larry Bohn
Linda Levenson
Oren Wiesler
Raphaela Harlap
The Siegel Family
Winograd-Hutner Family Fund
Contributors of $20,000+
Bader Philanthropies
Dany Farha
Datorama
David & Katherine Moore Family Foundation
Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv
Eva Kedar
Lucie & Louis Weil-Bloch Foundation
Roger Low
Wael Salloum
Anonymous US Foundation
Contributors of $1,000+
Avram Miller
Bryan Newbold
Edward & Shelley Grossman
Gideon Stein
Herman Dana Trust
Ido Segev
Jay & Marianne Goldman
L.D. Salmanson
Lemonade
Liz & Tomer Cohen
Louise Silverstein
Marlene & Mark Kalow
Millena Rizkalla
Moshe Shekel
Orni & Chen Petrushka
Prof. Arthur Segel
Ran Makavy
Ron Rofe
Rotary Club of Tarrytown
Temple Emanuel
The Israel Seminar Ltd
Ziv Ziv
Zohar Gilon

meet our partners

we are proud to partner with world-class leaders in education, technology, and social innovation.

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is MIT’s pioneering international education program. Rooted in the Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI matches MIT students with tailored internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad. We also facilitate international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world.

Since 2004, MIT has been a key founding partner in critical ways, providing MEET with access to volunteer instructors, a pool of international mentors who assist in drafting and updating our educational curriculum, and direct funding.

contact us

Head Office
P.O.B. 820, Jerusalem 91007
Tel: 02-627-2188 – Fax: 02-627-2081

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