​Argov Team


​Program Founder - Gideon Argov, founder of the Shlomo Argov Fellows Program. Gideon is an advisory director at Berkshire Partners, an investment firm based in Boston, as well as the chairman of the board of Servotronix, an automation company based in Petach Tikva Israel. He previously served as chief executive officer of Entegris Incorporated (2004-2012) and Kollmorgen Corporation (1991- 2000). Gideon is a member of the International Council of the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Alisa Rubin is the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program. She is a senior lecturer at RU's Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, where she has received several awards for excellence in teaching. Alisa is also an external faculty affiliate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Public Diplomacy Collaborative and formerly served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. She completed her Ph.D. in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, her M.A. in international economics and finance at Brandeis University and her B.A. (summa cum laude) at Yale University. Alisa specializes in international political economy (Middle East), globalization, and business-government relations. Her current research focuses on American higher education in the Middle East and the reform of higher education for the 21st century.
Leeya Fryder 
Leeya Fryder is the program manager of the Argov Fellows Program. She recently returned to Israel after three years in California, where she served as the Jewish Agency Israeli Emissary to Stanford University.
Prior to her Shlichut, Leeya served for five years in the Education Force of the IDF, overseeing the educational content of the Officers Training School, Nativ course and the Ulpan. 
Following her service, Leeya graduated with a B.A. in Social Work from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she specialized in Mental Health and Child Services. During her time in Be’er Sheva, she worked and volunteered in the field of Special Needs, took part in "Osim Shinuy" and Hillel BGU.