Dr. Hagit Kvitt
Aqua-Culture Farming Methods, General Genetics
Subject:          Aquaculture - Diploma program; General genetics –  Manna Institute ,MSc studies, Tel Aviv University

Residence:     Moshav Faran

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
1993 – Move to Moshav Faran

Relevant Employment:
2014-               Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training

 Relevant Education:
1986-1989       BA in Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot
1991-1993       Master's degree in Human Genetics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
1995-2007       Research on diseases in fish and reproduction of fish at the National Center for Aquaculture, Eilat 
2007-2014       PhD in marine biology, School of Marine Sciences, Haifa University



Noa Shahak
Plant Protection and Pest Control
Subject:           Plant Protection and Pest Control

Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
2001                Move to the Arava

Relevant Employment:
2003-               Lecturer on plant protection at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
2001-               Farmer on Moshav Hazeva
2000-2001       Assistant procurement manager for Strauss World Delicatessen
1998-2000       Growth manager at the Shorashim plant nursery

Relevant Education:
1995-1998       MsC , Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture - Agricultural Botany
1992-1995       BA  , Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture - Plant Protection
Sharon Wyngaard
Quality Managment, Food Safety and Food Security

Subject:        Quality Management, Food Safety and Food Security
Residence:     Moshav Hatzeva

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3
Lived in Hazeva since the age of 5,  second generation in the region. 

Relevant Employment:
 Working at AICAT since 2006
An English teacher at the local Elementary School

Relevant Education:
BA in behavioural science (magna cum laude), Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
MA in administration and public policy (summa cum laude), Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva
Currently studying toward a PhD in the field of sustainability and food security, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, and writing her thesis on "Ecology and Food Security"

Dr. Eyal Policar
Agro - Economics, Entrepreneurship
Subject:-Agri-entrepreneurship, and workshop for leadership in bringing about change
Residence -Moshav Zofar
Short Biography-
Leading Innovation and Change Specialist with 20 years of progressive experience both in practice and in teaching within the academic & business community. These days Eyal is Head of the Board of CannArava- the largest cannabis medicinal indoor facility in Israel and the EU.
Relevant Milestones
  • Head of Board CannArava
  • Doctorate of Business Administration-DBA
  • CEO of an American start-up company specializing in on-line fresh agri products
  • Lecturer,  educator, and seminar expert in AICAT
  • Economic Coordinator Moshav Zofar
Relevant Education
  • Dr. (DBA) in Business Administration and innovation and change management School of Business Administration, Horizons Univ.  Paris, France.
  • MA York St. John Univ, York, England in leading change and innovation
  • BA agricultural economics, Jerusalem Univ.
  • Directors' course, Bar Ilan University
  • Farm coordinators course, Ruppin College
  • Short courses through Coursera: Motivation and Inspiration (Michigan Univ.)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurs, (Univ. of Maryland)
  • Foundation of Virtual Instructions (Univ. of California).
Creativity-Literature Review, Quiz, and What is your Creative Profile -  2017
The experience curve vs shaping demand curve is this also going to be in agriculture (Hebrew) 2016                                                                                           
Are Some of the Asia Cultures Chancing Their Agri-Business Cultural Practices - 2014
Ran Segev
Aqua-Culture Farming Methods
Subject:          Aqua-Culture Farming Methods    

Residence:      Moshav Idan

Short Biography
 Married + 3
2007-    Establishment and management (owner) of a farm for export of ornamental fish, consultant for establishment of      systems for fish breeding

Relevant Employment:
1997-2006         Research and development management in aquaculture in the Negev and the Arava:                                     
1997-               Lecturer at AICAT on Aquaculture
 Relevant Education:    
1991-1996       Hebrew University, Animal Sciences, specializing in fish
                      BA at the Agricultural Faculty at the Hebrew University, specializing in fish, as well as courses and seminars in the field
Haddas Guttman
Change Implementation in Traditional Communities
Subject:        Change Implementation in Traditional Communities 

Residence:    Moshav Idan

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 3

Studies M.A. - A unique program for the development of advanced countries, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University
B.A. Multidisciplinary, Humanities, Ariel University in Samaria
Carmi Hosteszky
Subject:  Marketing

Residence:     Moshav Faran

Short Biography:
Marital status – married + 2
Moved to the Arava 2011

Relevant Employment:
2014 – Present           Direct Social Farming  
2013 – Present            Owner / Operator WebChic - Web Application Design and Creative Marketing Solutions
2010 – 2012                Product Management Leader - Security and Compliance products, IBM
2008 – 2010                Technical Sales Leader, Security and Compliance Products, South West Europe, IBM

Relevant Education:
BA in Computer Science in Bar Ilan Univesity
Sigrid Penno-Winters
Plant biology and physiology

Subject:           Plant biology and physiology

Residence:      Moshav Idan

Short Biography:
Married + 2
Born in Germany, since 2000 in Israel, since 2011 in the Arava,

Relevant Employment:
Since 2012 teacher at AICAT Sapir, plant biology course and advising international students in scientific agricultural projects
Since 2014 establishment and biologist of the algae growth facility at the agricultural R&D station Hazeva
2003-2014 Research assistant at the Dead Sea-Arava Science Center in Hazeva ,  at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the Westfälische Wilhelm University Münster, Germany. 
2003-2007 Research and teaching assistant for Marine Microbiology and Marine Photosynthesis courses at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Eilat. 
2001 Research at the Institute for Marine Science and Limnology Puerto Morelos of the National Autonomic University of Mexico.
1999-1999 Scientific position department of genetics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. 
1997-1999 Student assistant at the faculty of biology/ department of genetics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Relevant Education:
PhD studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem/ department of plant and environmental sciences and research at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Eilat.
B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in biology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany; specialized in molecular biology, microbiology and ecology

Reuvat Rabin
Plant Nutrition
Subject:              Plant Nutrition
Residence:         Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Married + 3
Ministry of Education certified teacher
1993    Move to the Arava, we lived on Sapir for two years
1995    Move to Moshav Tsofar
Relevant Employment:
1997    Establishment of the LARA Partnership, a vegetable packing + sorting house
2013    Lecturer at AICAT
2014    Logistical director of an export company
2016    QA Manager at the Amorphical Co. in the Arava

Relevant Education:                
BA at the Bezalel Academy for the Arts
Quality assurance courses
William (Bill) Chaldekas
Viticulture + Orchard
Subject:           Growing table grapes + protection of nature in orchards

Residence:     Moshav Tsofar

Short Biography:
Marital status - married + 3    
1974-1982       Member of Kibbutz Sde Boker
1982-               Member and farmer on Moshav Tsofar

Relevant Employment:
1971-1974       Auto mechanic in the United States
2001-2005       In charge of establishment and operation of the department for research on orchard crops in the Central and Northern Arava                               Research and Development Unit
1988-              Private consultant on projects abroad (in China, Jordan, Oman, Namibia and Mexico)     
2006-2010       Instruction for table grape growers for export for the Agrexco Co
2003-2012       Manager of Tsofar date orchard
2012-              Lecturer on orchards for AICAT
Maayan Kitron
Viticulture + Orchard

Subject:         Viticulture + Orchard          

Residence:     Moshav Idan

Short Biography:  
  Marital status – married + 3

Relevant Employment:
2005- Present – Central and Northern Arava R&D, Horticulture Research Coordinator and PR coordinator 
2012- Present- lecturer, AICAT

Relevant Education:
1996- 1999 – Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture–Hebrew University of Jerusalem- BSc

Mark Naveh
Sustainable Agriculture

Subject:         Sustainable Agriculture

Residence:     Kibbutz Lotan

M.Sc. Sustainability Education, South Bank University, London England
Advanced Studies in Marine Ecology, James Cook University North Queensland, Australia
B.Sc. Specialization in Biology and Ecology, University of Sydney, Australia


Dr. Reuven (Rick) Eden
Animal Husbandry
Father of 3, 28 years in the Arava, 
Born and raised in California, Dr. Eden came to the Arava 28 years ago. He is a member of Kibbutz Ketora since 1994, Father of 3.
DVM – UC Davis, California, MPVM, BS Zoology, MBA (BenGurion University of the Negev)
His experience includes:
Dairy Farming: Farm Animal Medicine, herd health, production medicine
Companion Animal Medicine: veterinary clinic on the kibbutz
Regional veterinarian for the Parks and Nature Authority, including CHAI-BAR Yotvata
Clinical veterinarian for the regional quarantine stations on Tzofar and Eilot
Lecturer for the Arava Institute and AICAT since 1999
Lia Hadas
Animal Husbandry

Subject:         Animal Husbandry

Residence:      Moshav Paran

Academic Education:

  • 2010 - 2014: M.Sc. Animal Sciences (distinction) Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Dr. Gila Kahila Bar-Gal. Thesis: “Population and conservation genetics of gazelles (Gazella sp.) in Israel: Implications for wildlife conservation”.
  • 2006 - 2010: B.Sc. Animal Sciences (honours) Nature conservation and open land management program, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Fields of Expertise and Research Skills:
  • Nature Conservation, Population Ecology, Animal Welfare.
  • Molecular Genetics, Forensic Genetics, Ancient DNA, Population Genetics, Evolution.
  • Hadas, Lia, Dalia Hermon, and Gila Kahila Bar-Gal. "Before they are gone–improving gazelle protection using wildlife forensic genetics." Forensic Science International:Genetics  (2016):51-54.
  • Hadas, Lia, Dalia Hermon, Amizor Boldo, Gal Arieli, Ron Gafny, Roni King, and Gila Kahila Bar-Gal. "Wild gazelles of the southern Levant: genetic profiling defines new conservation priorities." PloS one 10, no. 3 (2015): e0116401.
  • Kahila Bar-Gal, Gila, Shlomo E. Blum, Lia Hadas, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, and Gabi Leitner. "Host-specificity of Staphylococcus aureus causing intramammary infections in dairy animals assessed by genotyping and virulence genes." Veterinary Microbiology 176, no. 1 (2015): 143-154.
  • Hermon, Dalia, Ron Gafny, Ashira Zamir, Lia Hadas, Marina Faerman, and Gila Kahila Bar-Gal. "The genetic signature of a shrunken head." Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 3, no. 2 (2011): 223.
Yossi Livne
Modern Irrigation
Alon Dombovsky
Israel Studies
Subject:         The land of Israel, the Jewish-Arab conflict and introduction to the Arava, and Research Project Supervisor

Residence:     Moshav Idan

Short Biography
We moved to the Arava at 1996, became members in Moshav Idan at 1998.

Relevant Employment:
Lecturer at the Arava International Center for Agricultural Training
Tour guide     
Director of the Hazeva Field School

Relevant Education:
Graduate of Haifa University, majoring in Geography and Israel studies
Certified tour guide since 1997
Shmuel Rabin
Tour Guide
In the Arava (Ein Yahav) since 1960. Guiding tours in English, Spanish and Hebrew. 
Was an Israel's Foreign Ministry Emissary in central America for 3 years, focusing on international collaboration.