We are proud to be have experienced and dedicated professionals leading our efforts around the world.
Navonel Glick (Voni)
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Voni is an Israeli/Canadian citizen with more than 10 years’ experience in disaster response, international development, and non-profit management.
Navonel Glick (Voni) is IsraAID’s Co-Chief Executive Officer at the organization’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is responsible for all the day-to-day leadership and oversees the general management of the organization. Prior to this role, Voni served as IsraAID’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Programs Director, managing the Tel Aviv headquarters office and leading disaster-response missions throughout the globe. These include notably the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, Sierra Leone after the Ebola outbreak, Northern Iraq since the emergence of the Islamic State, and many more. Before joining IsraAID, Voni spent 4 years in Nepal with the organization Tevel b'Tzedek, working in volunteer management and long-term development projects to alleviate poverty with communities in rural and urban settings. In 2016, Voni was awarded the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Spirituality and was nominated on the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in a small village in Northern Israel, Yotam has been a social activist from a young age, and today boasts a dozen years of experience in humanitarian projects around the world.
Yotam began his social activism working with juvenile delinquents in a rehabilitation center. His achievements include launching a ground-breaking program to pair Israeli army volunteers with special-needs children, as well as a youth leadership and community development project in Bedouin villages of Israel’s Negev desert in 2007, Yotam joined the Tevel B’Tzedek’s development project in Nepal, where he spent three and a half years as a Project Coordinator. During this time, he was also employed by the Israeli Embassy as Consular Assistant. He joined IsraAID following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, where he served as Japan Country Director for 3 years. Following 2 years as Asia Regional Director, Yotam is now the Co-Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all of IsraAID's fundraising and strategic partnerships around the world.
Global Programs Director
Naama is a native Israeli with Chilean citizenship who has spent the better part of the last 10 years dedicated to improving education in Israel and Africa.
She obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Education and her Masters in Community Development Studies, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to her studies Naama worked in Uganda, where she founded together with partners a local NGO Dubbed ‘Little Light’. The NGO has been operating an informal school and community center in one of the biggest slums in Kampala for out of school children ever since 2006. Naama has extensive experience in the field of education, specifically with youth at risk and victimized populations both in the formal and the non-formal education system and in out-of-home care programs. Following her M.A studies Naama was involved in the management of a peacebuilding program in Sri-Lanka, in a Sarvodaya-USAID project. Since 2013 Naama has been working with IsraAID, initially as the Kenya Country Director leading operations in Kakuma refugee camp in the fields of Water-Sanitation and Hygiene, Psychosocial support, Relief programs and Capacity building activities. Currently, Naama is IsraAID's Global Programs Director, spending her time between the field and the head-quarters in Tel Aviv, opening new operations in emergencies and supervising IsraAID's programs in the 19 countries where the organization has missions.
WASH Sector Coordinator
Ben is an Environmental Engineer, experienced in WASH interventions and water projects in challenging environments.
Ben began working in challenging environments in 2007 as a field coordinator for an agriculture company in East Ethiopia. The severe water concerns the population was facing led to Bens' passion and extensive knowledge of water science and technology. Ben holds a B.Sc. in Soil and Water Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Israel. His wide-ranging knowledge on this topic has brought him to IsraAID as the establisher of the WASH department. Ben has been working with IsraAID since 2013. Currently he is working on developing a combination of low-tech and suitable high-tech solutions, facility construction and technology transfers of short term interventions as well as long term development projects.
Haiti Country Director
Natalie is a native Israeli with American citizenship who has been working in the field of education for almost two decades, in Israel, USA and France.
Natalie specializes in working with children and adults with special needs. Previously Natalie coordinated and operated a one- of- a- kind professional training program for students with complex ADD syndrome, at Ruppin Technological College. Natalie has extensive management experience in both profit and non-profit organizations. She holds a B.Ed degree from Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv, and an MSM (Master of Science in Management) degree from the Polytechnic institute of NYU. Today she lives with her family in Port-Au- Prince, Haiti, running IsraAID's programs in the field of GBV(gender based violence) and childhood trauma.
Haiti and Sierra Leone MHPSS Professional advisor
Dr Diddy Mymin Kahn brings her professional skills as a clinical psychologist together with her love of the arts to her work as a trauma specialist in humanitarian aid and intervention.
She has over 22 years experience working in the UK, Hong Kong, Israel, Sierra Leone, and Haiti as a clinician, supervisor, trainer and group facilitator. She has 15 years of clinical experience in the National Health Service in the UK. She co-founded and managed a dynamic community based open art studio in London. Diddy has been involved in assisting African refugees in Tel Aviv for the past 6 years, managing a psycho social service and co-founding an arts -based women’s empowerment NGO for refugees surviving torture and GBV. Diddy is currently professional advisor for the IsraAID Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) Ebola response project in Sierra Leone and GBV program in Haiti.
Japan Country Director
Mayumi is a native Japanese with over 9 years of experiences in management of community development projects and disaster response in the Middle East and in the disaster-afflicted Tohoku (Japan) where she was born.
In 2007, after joining an internship program in Kosovo provided by a Japanese NGO, Mayumi decided to end her career at a Japanese trading firm and relocated to the Middle East to manage grassroots community development projects by a Japanese NGO. She lived in Jordan and Palestine for the period of five years, and engaged in projects with a focus on economic improvement through improvement of agricultural practices and products as well as market development. In 2012, she moved back to Tohoku area of Japan which had suffered catastrophic damages from the giant tsunamis and implemented numbers of projects which included emergency response, psychosocial care and economic development projects. She joined JISP in Oct 2015, and now oversees the entire operations of the organization both in Japan and overseas.
Nepal Country Director
Ben is an East Asia and environmental specialist with experience in management, business development, innovation and technology.
Ben was a social and political activist as a young teenager – working with youth, human rights, workers’ rights and marginalized communities. He fell in love with Asia, particularly with Nepal and India, at the age of 21 following his army service. Ever since, he's been volunteering and implementing development projects in agriculture, WASH, Livelihood and more. Ben also has management and business skills from working on China-Israel Technology and business cooperation projects. Ben holds a BA in East Asia studies and currently completing his MA thesis in environmental studies, both from Tel Aviv university. Ben received several excellence scholarships and finished his studies with special remarks and in the Dean honor list.
Nepal MHPSS Professional Advisor
Tammy Bar-On, PhD, is a registered art therapist and teaches in the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies at Haifa University.
She helped create the Art Therapy Division program and was its Head from 2008-2013. In the summer of 2013, Tammy was the head trainer in an expressive arts psycho-social support project in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya where, together with a group of graduates from The Graduate School of Creative Arts, she taught expressive arts psycho-social support to a group of refugees. The project was a joint effort of IsraAID and Haifa University. At present she is the Professional Advisor of the IsraAID Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) training in Ormoc, the Philippines, in the aftermath of the Yolanda typhoon. She participated in the training of a Philippine core group which is now conducting further trainings, together with therapists from Israel. She is a proud mother and grandmother.
Eyaid is an accountant, tax consultant and government certified financial consultant with over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector.
He holds a BA in economics and MBA in Business Management from Ben Gurion University (BGU), and is currently finishing an MBA in Law from Bar-Ilan University. Eyaid heads an accounting office in Beer Sheva, and has been teaching tax and accounting at Sapir college for 10 years. Since 2009, he has also been lecturing for the BGU Management School's MBA program. Highly involved in the research sector, Eyaid’s research proposal recently won an Excellence Award from the Israeli Center for Third Sector Research in Israel. He is also about to start his PhD studies at the School of Management, where he is hoping to focus on "Employment in the Arab sector in Israel".
US Office Executive Director
Erin Zaikis is the CEO of IsraAID-US. Born and raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy, and also studied at NYU and Tel Aviv University.
Erin is also the founder of Sundara - a nonprofit that trains women how to recycle hotel soap and distribute it back to their communities while training on hygiene - across India, Uganda and Myanmar. She has been recognized by the Huffington Post, ONE, CNN, BBC and the Clean India campaign and has spoken at universities and conferences across the US and Canada, including a Tedx talk. Erin has lived in India, Thailand, and Israel before making the Bay Area her home.
US Office Senior Director of Operations
Sarith is the Sr. Director of Operations for IsraAID US. She’s responsible for the daily operations of the organisation’s US-based activities.
Sarith is a seasoned marketing and programs professional with 15 years of work experience for technology companies and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in International Relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a MSc in Marketing from Baruch College, New York. Originally from Germany, Sarith lived in the UK and Israel before relocating to the Bay Area in 2012. Before joining IsraAID in early 2017, Sarith set up and ran a community outreach program for Jewish families in the Bay Area as well as consulted for various local non-profits on marketing and outreach.