Itzik Yahav – President
Itzik is the co-founder and head of YNH’s global initiatives. He was the initial agent and personal manager who spread the books worldwide, and has been Yuval’s spouse since 2001. His background is in art and production.
Cares about: The environment; animal welfare; managing disruptive technology.
Wonders: What should we teach our children to prepare them for the future?
Naama Avital – CEO
Naama comes from a background of management in social and business enterprises, focusing on innovation and educational technology.
Cares about: Human liberties; nature; spreading knowledge.
Wonders: How do humans look from a cat’s point-of-view?
Naama Wartenburg –
CMO & Head of Content
Naama’s background is in comms, marketing and brand reputation management within the third sector and PR industry. She studied literature and visual communication, and spent most of her working life in the UK.
Cares about: New urbanism; community development; art and design.
Wonders: What would a world without private cars look like?
Shay Abel – CFO
Shay is a CPA and lawyer. He recently served as the CFO of a publicly traded company, focused on real estate investment.
Cares about: Polarization of society; the focus of public discourse.
Wonders: How can we recognize fake news and prevent its blind acceptance?
Michael Zur – Global Reach
Michael comes from a background of management and operations in international sporting events, both in Israel as well as around the world.
Cares about: Climate change; social justice; governmental transparency.
Wonders: Why are women paid less than men for the same work?
Daniel Taylor –
Business Development & Licensing
Daniel has a professional background in law and business development.
Cares about: Environmental degradation; creeping totalitarianism; technology dystopia.
Wonders: Is this freedom?
Guangyu Bellenssa Chen –
Director of Chinese Speaking Markets
Guangyu (Bellenssa) comes from a background of performing arts, intercultural communication, and marketing. She is a children’s book writer and translator, as well as a children’s theater curator.
Cares about: The land mine crisis; women’s equal rights.
Wonders: Are we bringing our children a better world?
Zoe I. Levornik – Research Assistant
Zoe has a PhD in international relations from the University of Haifa and did her postdoc at MIT. Her research fields include nuclear security and policy, emerging technologies, public and cultural diplomacy, and the Middle East.
Cares about: The environment; animal welfare; nuclear proliferation; establishing norms for the ethical use of emerging technologies.
Wonders: Will machines become more like people or will people become more like machines?
Galiete Gothelf – Office Manager
Galiete has a background in office management and customer care, with an extra insight into alternative medicine.
Cares about: Helping children grow up in the best way possible; animal welfare; making people feel better about themselves.
Wonders: How can we bring down people’s natural anger levels?
Hannah Morgan –
Online Content Developer
Hannah comes from a background in cultural anthropology, media, and archaeology, with particular attention to cultural heritage.
Cares about: Public education; art accessibility; storytelling.
Wonders: What will museums be like in the future?