Administrative Staff

Hanni Arnon
Executive Director
Position: Executive Director
Hanni Arnon has been AICAT’s executive director since its establishment in 1994..

Short Biography:
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Hanni always saw herself as an educator. 
In 1981, Hanni moved with her husband, Moti, an agronomist, to Moshav Idan. they moved to Moshav Idan, the newest agricultural community in Central Arava. Having established a successful farm, Hanni evolved as one of Idan’s leaders, focusing mainly on promoting education, culture and welfare. In 1994, Hanni established AICAT, making use of her agricultural and educational experience. 
As an educator, Hanni believes that education provides people with the tools to change one's life as well as serve as a bridge between different people from different backgrounds, religions and nationalities.

Relevant Education
B.A in Education
Dr. Haya Kisos
Academic Director
Position: Academin Director
As AICAT Academic Director, Dr. Kisos is in charge of the curriculum and professional programs for both students and teaching staff, including the new MSc program in Food Security Plant Science in collaboration with Tel Aviv University.

Short biography:
Born in Jerusalem and mother of two, Dr. Kisos is married to the lawyer Avi Kisos. Dr.Kisos completed her PhD in Medical Sciences researching the mechanism of development of Parkinson's disease at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Inspired by the Zionist spirit, the Kisos family dreamed to build their home in the south surrounded by the natural beauty of the desert and a community that is able to turns problems into challenges and visions into reality.

  2007 -2013-           
Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry and molecular   biology, Faculty of  Medicine, Hebrew university of Jerusalem, Israel. Thesis title:? synuclein pathogenesis in Multiple System Atrophy "
Supervisor : Dr Ronit Sharon.

M.Sc. in neurobiology, Department of neurology, Hadassah hospital,  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.   Thesis title: "embryonic stem cell transplantation in Parkinson disease ".
Supervisor : Pr. Tamir Ben Hur.

B.Sc. in medical labored science, Hadassah college, Jerusalem, Israel.


Yael Meir
U.S.F Coordinator
Position: USF (Univerity-Student- Farmer) Coordinator 

In Charge of coordinating between the universities, the students, the farmers and AICAT. Ongoing work that starts with interviewing the students in their country of origin and escorting each student during his or her stay in Israel. That includes dealing with special situation or problems, work condition, personal issues and discipline matters. Continuously updating the universities and keeping in touch with the local farmers.

Ilana Ninio
Office Manager
Position: Office Manager
Working with manpower offices in the Moshav's, in charge of AICAT stuff: lecturers, supervisors, group leaders and general workers. Responsible for preparing the Monthly curriculum, transportation, tours, salaries and special events such as the Open day and graduation ceramony.

Short Biography:
Married + 2, lives in Moshav Hatzeva, runs a family agriculture farm.

BA in Criminology, Ariel University.

Tatyana Akselbant
House Keeper
Position: House Keeper

Tanya is in charge of  maintaining the school building , meeting the students and lecturers needs and wants and working with AICAT Office Manager throughout the year, helping with the daily work and toward special occasions such as Open day, Closing ceremony, delegations visits and more.
Short Biography
Tanya arrived from Russia in 1994. Her past positions include hardware testing engineer and Deputy Shift Manager in Vishay, and Production worker in Domus. In August 2011 she moved with her family to the Arava.

BA in Food Technology
Keren Fox
Head Of External Relations & Media
Position: Head Of External Relations & Media

In charge of the development and maintenance of AICAT's media channels and external relations, including communication with partner organizations, Alumni and donors.  Responsible for marketing strategy and development of new programs. 

Short Biography
Keren arrived to AICAT from Toronto, Canada, where she lived and worked since 2007. Throughout her career she has closely collaborated with institutions such as Ontario Ministry for Aboriginal Affairs, Israel’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Israel’s Economic Mission to Canada, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, Hillel, JVS, and prison facilities in Israel.
She worked in multiple industries, such as financial services, technology development, non-profit organizations, wellness, event management, education, marketing & sales and media.
Keren’s public appearances include presentations at various events and conferences, speaking to diverse audience such as business executives, school and university students, inmates and the general public.

BA in Governance, Public Policy and Administration
Still in process: MA in Sustainability
Lihi Cohen
Accounting Coordinator
Ilanit Epstein
Payroll Administrator
Residence:     Moshav Idan
Married + 3

Relevant Employment:
- Project Supervisor at AICAT
- BitumProof SA, Waterproofing Company, Financial Manager.
- EXDEV (Pty) Ltd, Exps Prop Management cc, Financial clerk
Relevant Education:
- SAP Training Academy, SAP Academy, South-Africa TSCM – Procurement   Academy. Certification: Solution Consultant
- Bookkeeping till trial Balance