The hard work and dedication of a passionate team of lay leaders and staff around the world ensures ORT continues to have an impact through education.

You can find out more about our senior team here:

WORLD ORT OFFICERS

  • Dr Conrad Giles

    President

    Dr Conrad Giles was Deputy President for three years before being unanimously elected to the presidency at the General Assembly in 2016.

    Dr Giles is distinguished both in his career as a paediatric ophthalmologist and in his lifelong service to the Jewish community. He was President of the Jewish Federation of Detroit and the Michigan Jewish Conference, national Vice-Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal and President of the Council of Jewish Federations – and was part of the team that merged them to form United Jewish Communities, forerunner of today’s Jewish Federations of North America.

    His relationship with ORT stretches back more than 40 years to his presidency of Detroit’s Men’s ORT chapter. Prior to becoming Deputy President, he served as Chair of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, the umbrella organization of the 125 Community Councils in the US. He also served as a Vice President of the American ORT Federation and as a member of the Executive Committees of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Since 2007, he has been assisting World ORT’s fundraising team in the United States by acting as a liaison with the Federation system.

  • Judy Menikoff

    Deputy President

    A devoted supporter of ORT for more than 35 years, Judy Menikoff was elected as Deputy President of World ORT in 2020. Previously Secretary and Chair of the Board of Trustees, she has also served in the past as Treasurer of World ORT and Interim President of ORT America.

    As President of Women’s American ORT, she advanced its fundraising capabilities, reached out to new members and increased its overall effectiveness and productivity. While Chair of World ORT’s Fundraising Committee she created the organisation’s elite donors’ group, the 1880 Society. Ms Menikoff also served as Assistant Treasurer of the American Section of the World Jewish Congress.

  • Simon Alberga

    Deputy President

    Simon Alberga has been chairman of ORT UK since 2009 and a World ORT Trustee since 2016, becoming an Officer and a Deputy President in 2020.

    Since graduating with a BA in Economics from Harvard University, Simon has spent his career in finance and business. Since 1996, he has been a partner in private equity firm Young Associates, investing in technology companies in the UK together with former World ORT President Lord Young of Graffham.

    Simon is married to Julia, who founded the ORT-JUMP mentoring program in the UK, and they are the proud parents of three boys. He has lived in Jamaica – where he was born – Canada and the United States before moving to Britain in 1992.

  • Robert Singer

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Robert Singer serves as the Chairman and CEO of Spero Impact Solutions, and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the leading umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world, from 2013 to 2019. Prior to joining the WJC, he served for 14 years as Director General and CEO of World ORT.

    Throughout his career, Mr Singer travelled extensively throughout the world, visiting Jewish communities in more than 60 countries. He has led and participated in meetings with presidents and prime ministers of many nations, as well as prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders.

    On behalf of Diaspora Jewish communities, Mr Singer regularly engaged with Israeli government officials and other Israeli institutions. He currently also serves as Chairman of SASA Setton and Chairman of Alumot Or, as well as other senior public positions.

    Born in Ukraine in 1956, Mr Singer immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He graduated from Tel Aviv University in 1976 with a degree in Political Science and History, and later served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for 11 years, leaving the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr Singer spent 12 years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts.

  • Robert Taub

    Secretary & Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Robert Taub has more than five decades of business experience, mostly in biopharmaceutical and medtech industries. He has been an entrepreneur for the last 35 years and is currently the lead sponsor of the World ORT Taub Young Entrepreneurship Program. He is Belgian and lives in Brussels.

    He founded Nyxoah in 2009, a Belgian-Israeli company which develops implants to treat sleep apnea, and currently serves as chairman of its board. He also founded Man & Science, a neuromodulation company to treat cluster headaches and migraines and serves as its CEO.

    Mr Taub founded Omrix, a US/Belgian/Israeli biopharmaceutical company that marketed biological products for the biosurgical and immunotherapy markets and which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2008.

    He has been an independent Non-Executive Director at Maya Gold and Silver, a Canadian TSX listed company, since November 2016.

    Mr Taub holds a BA in Languages from RUCA Antwerp University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

  • Lawrence Wolfe

    Treasurer

    Lawrence A Wolfe was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and moved to Detroit with his family in 1952. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University in 1969 and a JD from the Detroit College of Law in 1972. Mr Wolfe practiced law for seven years, specializing in corporate and labor law. In 1979, he joined Production Tool Supply Company, an international distributor of industrial tools, supplies, and machinery. He became president and CEO in 2003, until his recent retirement.

    Mr Wolfe is married to the former Andrea Kahn, and they have two children and six grandchildren. He has been an active participant or board member in many organizations, including serving as President of the Detroit Jewish Community Center, the Adat Shalom Synagogue, the State of Israel Bonds - Michigan Region, and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

    He previously served on the boards of the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Technion Society, The Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit and the Jewish Community Center Association.

    In addition to his World ORT role, Mr Wolfe sits on a number of other boards including at Kids Kicking Cancer, American Friends of Rambam Hospital, Detroit Zoological Society, and University of Michigan Medicine Advisory Board.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  • Chair

    Robert Singer

  • Members

    Simon Alberga, Anat Friedman, Vivien de Gunzburg, Robert Grey, Larry Kadis, Howard Lanznar, Philippe Leopold-Metzger, Arnold Munnich, Alexei Semenov

HONORARY POSITIONS & COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Immediate Past President

    Mauricio Merikanskas

  • Honorary President

    Mauricio Merikanskas

  • Honorary Chair, Board of Trustees

    Jean de Gunzburg

  • Honorary Chair, Board of Representatives

    Moti Dotan

  • Honorary Chair, General Assembly

    Gary Alexander

  • Honorary Chair, Academic Advisory Council

    Dan Shechtman

  • Honorary Vice Presidents

    Alexander Asmolov, Dorene Berger, Shelley Fagel, Reese Feldman, Marc Hamon, Doreen Hermelin, Mark Mishon

  • Risk Management Committee

    Chair: Robert Grey. Members: Andre Touati, Michele di Veroli, Lew Zipkin

  • Finance & Audit Committee

    Chair: Yorai Linenberg. Members: David Eaton, Larry Kadis, Fernando Kiguel

  • Academic Advisory Council

    Co-Chairs: Alexei Semenov & Sidney Strauss. Vice-Chair: Jorge Grunberg. Members: Philippe Halban, Orit Hasan, Professor Kliksberg, Ilya Levin, Radan Salomonovic, Conrad Wolfram

  • Development Committee

    Chair: Gail Lanznar. Members: Brad Kolar, Bubba Urdan, Ariel Yukelson, Baruj Zaidenknop

  • Allocations Committee

    Chair: Larry Kadis Members: Eva Lynn Gans, Marie-Hélène Rheims

  • Legal, Constitution and By-Laws Committee

    Chair: Richard Bernstein. Members: Lionel Halperin, Suellen Kadis, Luis Kitainik, Claude-Maxime Weil

  • Investment Committee

    Chair: Marc de Gunzburg. Members: Jean-Marc Choblet, Michael Perlmuter, Ros Wagman

  • 1880 Society

    Chair: Linda Kirschbaum

SENIOR PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP

  • Dan Green

    Director General and CEO

    Dan is ORT’s Director General and CEO having previously been Chief Operating Officer since 2016.

    He is responsible for the central operations of ORT that run from its London headquarters, ORT House. Dan joined the ORT family in 2012 as CEO of ORT UK, where he was responsible for raising funds for ORT projects around the world.

    Prior to his roles at ORT, Dan worked in Consumer Media running sales departments across newspapers, magazines and digital at Time Inc Media, BBC Magazines and The Jewish Chronicle.

    Dan is married with three children and follows Arsenal Football Club. He collects whisky in his spare time and is a governor of his children’s high school.

  • Avital Govrin

    Chief Relationship Officer

    Avital is ORT’s Chief Relationship Officer and responsible for the ongoing relationships of the organization with its stakeholders - donors, lay leaders, supporters and overseas external relations, marketing and communications.

    Avital joined ORT’s family in 2014 as the Chief Development Officer at World ORT Kadima Mada in Israel. Her prior experience includes a role as a projects manager and social responsibility manager in high-tech companies and a cross-sector partnerships advisor for NGOs and businesses such as: Teva, Elbit, and HP in Israel.

    She holds a degree in media, communications and management. She completed her IDF service as a deputy commander of officers' training course, and is a married mother of four teenagers.

  • Vladimir Dribinskiy

    Chief Program Officer

    An educator and engineer by training, Vladimir started his career at ORT in 1992 as the first Director of ORT St Petersburg after ORT re-established its presence in the place where the organization first began in Tsarist Russia in 1880.

    After joining the ORT team at the London administrative offices in 2002, Vladimir has been responsible for many educational projects and their implementation across the ORT network and in operational countries. As a team leader, Vladimir participated in a number of projects related to STEM in education as well as to Jewish Heritage.

    Vladimir is married with two children and one granddaughter.

  • Garry Hirth

    Chief Finance Officer

    Garry is ORT’s Chief Finance Officer. He is a Chartered Accountant having trained with BDO before spending 10 years as a Management Consultant.

    More recently, Garry worked as a global C-Suite Executive with international companies such as Liberty London, Tom Dixon, Neals Yard, London & Edinburgh Swallow Group and Goodenough College.

    Garry brings his vast commercial expertise to ORT and together with his team has been in charge of modernising the organisation whilst ensuring we continue to deliver our objectives to unleash the potential of young people around the world.