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 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.
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
An acceptance rate of under 10% and a demanding, MIT-developed curriculum ensure the most promising leaders access the best resources.

meet the people

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Gigi Levy Weiss
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Gigi is a founding partner of NFX (, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Haim Erlich
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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, 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Roni Kipnis
Evaluation and Information Coordinator
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Roni holds a BA in international relations, communication and journalism from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MA in sociology of organizations for social change in Tel Aviv University. She has extensive experience working with teenagers, having volunteered as a counselor and coordinator for the Bnei HaMoshvavim youth movement. On her spare time, Roni is a Rugby Sevens player and a referee.

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.

Ahmed Hasna
RD Associate
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Ahmed works closely with the RD team to explore cooperation opportunities, help cultivate donors, and organize fundraising campaigns. He also manages MEET’s website and social media presence. Ahmed earned a B.A. degree in Businesses Administration and International Relations and is a Teaching Assistant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Political Economy and International Institutions at HU. He has extensive experience working in the Palestinian NGO scene, strategizing and developing various projects and programs. Offline, Ahmed enjoys trivia competitions, cheering his heart out for Real Madrid C.F., and making unhealthy dietary decisions.

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.

Boaz Leberman
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Boaz is a teacher, student, activist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. He is expecting to graduate in May from IDC Herzliya's Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution Master's Program, specializing in Global Impact Studies where he is focused on disaster relief, crisis management, sustainable governance, and entrepreneurship in the developing world. He has spent time volunteering in post-trauma related fields in the USA, Nepal, and Israel.

Koral Matilsky
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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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.

Lour Hayek
Student Program Coordinator - MEETx
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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.

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!

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.

Yara Aun
Student Program Coordinator - Nazareth
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Yara works as a student program coordinator in the Nazareth hub, mainly facilitating the students' needs and co-leading sessions of Deeper Understanding with an awesome team of coordinators. After finishing her B.A in English language and minoring in the Gender Studies field, and having the experience of working in Baladna organisation and leading groups of Palestinian teenagers on different topics, it is time for a new, bi-national challenge

Roni London
Student Program Coordinator - Jerusalem
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Roni is a student coordinator in Jerusalem and graduated the program in 2014. She has volunteered in various organisations as part of Mechinat Rabin. In her spare time she likes to read, take photographs and drink hot chocolate.

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.

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.

Violette Fatho
Alumni Program Coordinator
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Violette graduated from MEET in 2017, since then she returned to the organization as a TA in 2018 and 2019. Today she works closely with Rawan to help in organizing events and activities of the MEET Alumni program.

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.

Sophie Guo
MISTI-MEET 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.

Tal Elishoov
Y1 yearlong CS instructor, Jerusalem
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Graduated from MEET in 2013, and is a student at the Hebrew University. Tal decided to return to MEET to give back to the organization and create a meaningful experience for students. As an instructor I strive to give students the knowledge they need to further push themselves to become the amazing people we know they can become.As an instructor I strive to give students the knowledge they need to further push themselves to become the amazing people we know they can become.

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

Certificate of Good Standing - Boston, MA, USA.

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

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.

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Tel: 02-627-2188 – Fax: 02-627-2081

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