​Reichman University welcomes the new deans who have taken office

24 October

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With the opening of the 2021-2022 school year at Reichman University, ceremonies marking the change of dean were held in the schools of law, computer science, business administration, entrepreneurship, and psychology.


With the opening of the school year this week, some of the schools on campus marked a change of dean. Prof. Uriel Reichman, who recently completed his term as president of Reichman University and currently serves as chairman of the board, thanked the outgoing deans and wished the incoming deans success.


Prof. Reichman: “This week we mark a historic moment – for the first time we are opening the new academic year as an officially recognized university. This is also an appropriate moment to recognize the important contribution of the deans to the various schools and their students. We are celebrating the academy of the future here – an academy that sees the student, sees the person. And helps society not only through research but also by training people to forge ahead with a Zionist mission. I wish great success to the outgoing and incoming deans and wish us all a fruitful and healthful school year.”


The incoming and outgoing deans:

Prof. Lior Zemer has been appointed dean of the Harry Radzyner Law School. Until recently, Prof. Zemer served as the school's deputy dean and as head of the M.A. in Law, Technology and Business Innovation. Prof. Zemer joined the Harry Radzyner Law School as a lecturer in 2006, after several years as a member of the research and teaching faculty in the law schools of the Universities of Leicester and Birmingham in England. Prof. Zemer holds a Ph.D. from York University in Toronto, Canada, and completed two master's degrees – an M.St. (with distinction) from Oxford University and an LL.M. (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He did his internship in the Ministry of Justice with the deputy attorney general and then worked as a legal assistant in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Pro. Zemer came to Reichman University from the University College London Faculty of Laws. Over the course of his academic studies, he has won several research awards from Oxford, the Hebrew University, and York, as well as the Israel Parliamentary Association Award in the Knesset. Prof. Zemer has been the recipient of Reichman University’s prize for excellence in research and teaching. In addition to his academic work, Prof. Zemer has been involved in a number of national and regional projects, including the submission of the Incense Route for recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Israeli and Jordanian governments and the World Bank to rehabilitate the Dead Sea. Prof. Zemer's areas of expertise include intellectual property law, law and technology, jurisprudence, EU law, and comparative law. His book The Idea of Authorship in Copyright was published in 2007. Prof. Zemer has edited three books in the field of intellectual property and his research has been published in leading journals.


The outgoing dean, Prof. Amnon Lehavi, served as dean from 2016-2021. Prof. Lehavi is the academic director of the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute, which has been operating at Reichman University since 2011. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from Yale Law School, and graduated with honors in law and history from Tel Aviv University. Prof. Lehavi's research deals with theories of private law, property law, planning and construction law, international economic law, and local government law.


Prof. Yaakov Hel-Or has been appointed dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science. Prof. Hel-Or joined Reichman University in 1998. His research interests are deep learning in the contexts of computer vision and image processing. Prof. Hel-Or completed a bachelor's degree in physics and computer science and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He completed his postdoctoral work at the Weizmann Institute and NASA in the United States, where he concurrently worked in the computer vision group at Stanford University. He has served as a scientific consultant and visiting scientist at HP, a consultant and visiting scientist at Google, and a senior scientist at Amazon, where he worked on the Amazon-Go project.


The outgoing dean, Prof. Ariel Shamir, served in the position from 2017-2021. Prof. Shamir holds a doctorate from the Hebrew University in the field of geometric modeling and digital typography, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Center for Computational Visualization at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Shamir joined Reichman University in 2000. As part of a sabbatical year in 2007, Prof. Shamir served as a researcher at the Mitsubishi Research Institute in Boston and at MIT. In 2013, he also served as a researcher at the Disney Research Center in the United States. His areas of research include computer graphics, image and video processing, geometric sampling, and automated learning.


Prof. Niron Hashai has been appointed dean of the Arison School of Business. Prof. Hashai joined Reichman University in 2017, and is a full professor of strategy and international business. He holds a B.Sc. in computer science from the Technion and an MBA and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining Reichman University, Prof. Hashai served as a faculty member at the School of Business Administration at the Hebrew University for 15 years, including as deputy dean and head of the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and held the Albertson-Waltuch Chair in Business Administration. In 2015, Prof. Hashai was one of the founders of the Hebrew University’s Entrepreneurship Center. His areas of research include theory of the multinational corporation, technological innovation, diversification, and growth patterns of high-tech companies. Prof. Hashai's research has been published in leading strategy, management, international business, and innovation journals. He serves as head of the MBA program and head of the MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Pafos Innovation Institute (PII). Prof. Hashai is the recipient of Reichman University’s award for excellence in teaching.


The outgoing dean, Prof. Dov Pekelman, served in the role from 2016-2021. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Technion and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Prof. Pekelman has been a faculty member at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Faculty of Management at Tel Aviv University, where he was in charge of the faculty’s doctoral programs as well as the executive development programs at the university. Prof. Pekelman has published many articles in his fields of expertise – control theory, marketing and management.


Prof. Anat Brunstein Klomek has been appointed dean of the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology. Prof. Brunstein Klomek is a clinical psychologist and counselor in cognitive-behavioral therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy. Prof. Brunstein Klomek joined Reichman University in 2009, and has served as the head of the clinical psychology program at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology since 2018. That year, she also won the university’s award for excellence in research. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University in New York, where she serves as a visiting researcher to this day. She completed her clinical specialization in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center. In recent years she has served as a scientific consultant to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health in the framework of the National Suicide Prevention Program. Prof. Brunstein Klomek serves as a representative of the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP), as well as the assistant editor of the Archives of Suicide Research. She was recently appointed as a member of the editorial board of Lancet Psychiatry. Prof. Brunstein Klomek's main areas of research include depression, suicide, bullying/cyberbullying, interpersonal psychotherapy, learning disabilities/ADHD, and eating disorders.


The outgoing dean, Prof. Daniel Levy, served as dean from 2019-2021. Prof. Levy holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Hebrew University, a bachelor's degree in education, and a master's degree in biblical studies from Yeshiva University in New York. He underwent advanced training in brain research on the subject of human memory at the University of California in San Diego. His research focuses mainly on understanding the core processes and brain systems that comprise human memory. Prof. Levy develops applications in the field of learning and memory based on insights and innovations in neuroscientific research. He examines the effect of aging on attention and develops methods for improving executive functioning in old age. His research has also dealt with the neuroscience of free will.


Dr. Yossi Maaravi has been appointed dean of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship. Dr. Maaravi joined Reichman University in 2009, and until recently served as the vice dean of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor's degree with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied psychology and was part of the “Amirim” interdisciplinary honors program. He completed his Ph.D. in business administration at Tel Aviv University in the direct track for outstanding students, and received the president’s and rector’s scholarship four years in a row. Dr. Maaravi has over 20 years of experience teaching and training students and executives from Israel, the United States, Singapore, Germany and China. Over the years, he has taught and managed programs for students from Princeton University, the National University of Singapore, the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Tsinghua University, Tel Aviv University, and Reichman University. His research focuses on behavioral decision-making, negotiation, creativity, and innovation. Alongside his academic research, he is the author of two children's books and a book on negotiation. Dr. Maaravi also has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and management, both as an entrepreneur and as a consultant to leading Israeli companies.


The outgoing dean, Prof. Yair Tauman, is the founding dean of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship. He served in this position from 2016-2021. Prof. Tauman holds a B.Sc. in mathematics and statistics and an M.Sc. in mathematics from the Hebrew University, both with honors. He is the recipient of the Orbach Prize in Mathematics. Prof. Tauman holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Hebrew University on the subject of game theory, under the supervision of Prof. Israel Aumann. His areas of research include game theory, imperfect competition, auctions, patents, the value of information in strategic conflict, and bargaining. He is the author of 60 articles, most of which have been published in leading professional journals in the field. He has also been the associate editor of two major professional journals. Prof. Tauman has served as a full professor for 25 years at Ohio State, Northwestern and Tel Aviv Universities. Since 2009, he has served as the academic director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program. Prof. Tauman is a leading professor in the Department of Economics at Stony Brook University (a State University of New York). He previously served as dean of Reichman University’s Arison School of Business and will now serve as vice dean of the Adelson School of Entrepreneurship.