The Team

Ms. Smadar Nehab – Executive Director. Smadar is a technology entrepreneur and has held key positions in leading technology companies (EFI, Verisity, Mercury/Conduct). She brings broad experience in the initiation, the creation and management of technological organizations, and in organizational and technological consulting. Smadar earned a BA in Mathematics & philosophy of Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and M.Sc. in Computer Science form the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. Contact: smadar.nehab@tsofen.org | +972(0)54-4830418

Mr. Sami Saadi – Co-Manager, Community Relations and Finance. Sami is an independent CPA for Companies and NGO’s. Sami was a founder of the Jewish-Arab Technological Village in the Galilee, an NGO that promoted equal employment opportunities for Israeli Arabs. Sami is active in several social and cultural NGO’s for coexistence, including “Shchenim” (Neighbors). Sami earned his master and diploma as Certified Public Accountant from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Contact: sami.saadi@tsofen.org | +972(0)52-3762257

Ms. Suheir Ghraib- Eid: Office Manager. Suheir joined Tsofen in March 2012. She was head of the Liaison Bureau in the Northern Region Court Hall and the Israel Bar Association for 8 years. Suheir also worked as head secretary in the Nazareth Campus of the Joint College, and was a coordinator and a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Prior to that, Suheir worked as a clerk in the Nazareth branch of Bank Leumi. Suheir has a degree in Architectural Engineering and Accounting, and a diploma in Theology.

Ms. Maqbula Nasar: Head of Public Relations, joined Tsofen in March 2010. Has a degree in Communal Social Work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the past 7 years, Maqbula has been hosting a socio-political radio show in Ashams Radio. Maqbula has a rich experience in social organizations and Arab women organizations. In the past, she was the Coordinator of The Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Issues, led a socio-economic empowerment project in the El- Ahali non-profit organization for 4 years, and was head of public relations in the Musharka Network for the promotion of Preschoolers among the Arab sector.

Ms. Amani Brik: Head of Recruitment and Students’ Programs. Amani joined Tsofen in August 2010. She earned a BA in Psychology and Human Services from University of Haifa, and currently studies Business Coaching. Amani held various managerial positions in the import, export and customer service.

Mr. Paz Hirschmann: Director of Resource and Business Development. Paz joined Tsofen in August 2011 after holding a number of managerial positions in Ness Technologies and the Clalit Health Services for approximately 12 years. He was also the Vice President of the startup ISYS. Paz has a Masters Degree in Management, and he is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Paz leads Tsofen’s connections with investors, philanthropic donors, and foundations, and facilitates and promotes Tsofen’s relations with hi-tech companies.

Ms. Nivin Ruhana Shahada: Placement Coordinator. Nivin joined Tsofen in 2010 as a temporary employee, and joined the Recruiting and Placement team full time in 2011. Nivin earned a degree in Computer Science from Haifa University. She accompanies Tsofen candidates throughout the employment search process until their full integration in the hi-tech industry.

Ms. Ruthy Zamir: Mentoring program Manager and Placement Coordinator. Ruthy is responsible for the Mentoring Program at Tsofen and for placements. Recruiting the Mentors & the Mentees , develops & builds the program plans & meetings, follow up on the progress of each couple, coach & advice on an ongoing basis. Ruthy joined Tsofen after serving as VP HR at Spiral Solutions for 9 years. Ruthy is involved in voluntary activities & projects in her home region and her community.

Ms. Katie Karkaby: Recruitment and Training Coordinator. A graduate of Human Resources and Communication from the University of Haifa, Katie joined Tsofen in July 2011.

Maysa (Awisaat) Bishara: Recruitment and Placement Coordinator in the Triangle. Maysa joined Tsofen in 2011 after working as an Admissions and Marketing Manager in the Al-Qasemi college in Baqa al-Gharbiyye and as an Investment Advisor at Bank Hapoalim. Maysa has a first degree in Statutory Law and lectured in the field of Labor Law. She earned her MBA in Business Management and specialized in Marketing.