The Tel Aviv University alumni organization launches an Advisory Committee

What is the connection between Dvir Bendek, Udi Danino and Karen Schwok? They were all chosen to serve as members of the new Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization Advisory Committee.

10 June 2020
The Tel Aviv University alumni organization launches an Advisory Committee. Photography: Yael Zur

The President of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Ariel Porat, continues to fulfill the organization's vision to cultivate and strengthen the connection with the university’s alumni community who serve as TAU’s ambassadors, and the networking between the alumni themselves.


Under his leadership, and together with the Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization, headed by Sigalit Ben Hayoun, the first step of its kind in Israel was announced, with the establishment of an advisory committee composed of leading alumni from various fields, representing all TAU faculties, who will support and invest their time, energy and skills to form and strengthen an influencing community that changes the world.


The members of the TAU alumni organization’s advisory committee met for the first time this week and discussed ways to raise donations for TAU students from the alumni community. Attended the meeting :

  • Udi Danino - Founder and CEO of SAIPS (acquired by Ford), who also hosted the meeting
  • Dvir Bendek – Actor, Comedian and TV Personality
  • Gilad Arditi - Co-Founder and COO of the tourism company Alice
  • Dr. Jacob Frand - Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center
  • Karen Schwok - Owner, Founder and CEO of Lucid Investments
  • Ran Fuhrer - Vice President Business Development with the Neopharm Group and member of the Board of Directors of Bezeq
  • Keren Shaked - owner and CEO of B-Pro
  • Tomer Blustein - Founder of Pink Park And VP of Business Development for a Bayit Bakfar


Also among the committee members are Dr. Udi Dahan - CEO of UBS-Wealth Management in Israel, and Anat Starik-Dahan - Co-CEO of Tamares Hotels (who were absent this time).


Amos Elad, TAU Vice President for Public Affairs, Resource Development & Alumni Affairs, opened by saying: "All over the world, alumni are a significant anchor in university work and are an integral part of it. Since the establishment of the TAU Alumni Organization five years ago, our community is moving forward, and now, thanks to you, we can create more value for the alumni who are already connected to us and to those who join us in the future”.


Head of TAU Alumni Organization, Sigalit Ben Hayoun, said that in 2019, the university raised more than 1.5 Million NIS from its alumni for student scholarships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the university raised a sum of 3.5 Million Dollars, donated by TAU alumni for emergency scholarships for students.

Tel Aviv University has 200,000 alumni all over the world, of whom 85,000 are members of the organization.


Ran Fuhrer surprised the committee members, and arrived to the meeting directly from the bris event of his twin sons.


Tomer Blustein, who meets the tenants of the Bayit Bakfar chain as part of his job, did not remove the mask from his face during the entire meeting, even when he presented the steps and moves mentioned in the presentation.


Photography: Yael Tzur

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