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TEAM

Unique nexus of experts in education, Problem-Based Learning,  Social-Emotional Learning and data science.

YARON JACOBS

FOUNDER & CEO

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

PROF. Maurice Elias

Chief Social-Emotional Learning Officer

Dr. Danielle Hachimonji

Senior Advisor, Social-Emotional Learning
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Dr. Danielle Hachimonji

Senior Lab Research and Practice Advisor at the Rutgers SECD Lab; Assistant Research Scientist at Nemours Children’s Health in the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science. PhD - Rutgers University in Psychology. Her research examines how school and healthcare systems can address inequity to optimize positive development for all children.

Dr. Arielle Linsky

Senior Advisor, Social-Emotional Learning
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Dr. Arielle Linsky

Senior Lab Research and Practice Advisor at the Rutgers SECD Lab; Assistant Attending Psychologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital; Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her work is largely focused on supporting the mental health needs of individuals coping with trauma and adversity. In her research, she has developed, implemented, and evaluated social-emotional and character development interventions in low-resource schools in urban districts.

Technology

DR. OREN GLICKMAN

Senior Advisor – AI
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DR. OREN GLICKMAN

Data science expert bridging academic excellence with industry solutions and innovation.

Manager of the Data Science Institute at Bar-Ilan University.

Previously Oren held industry leadership roles including chief scientist of Citi’s Innovation Lab in Tel Aviv, Israel, manager of Shopping.com’s global research team at eBay, and research staff member at DEC’s Cambridge Research Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Oren completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University, and holds an M.Sc. in computational linguistics from Carnegie Melon University and a B.Sc. in math and computer science from the Hebrew University.  

Father to Aviv, Adva and Ya’ara. Lives in Moshav Tsofit – an agricultural community, where he grows his own hydroponic organic vegetables.  

AVIGAD ORON

Senior Advisor - Technology
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AVIGAD ORON

Experienced technology executive, software engineer, entrepreneur. Co-founder and VP Product of Vitalerter, a successful healthcare IoT analytics startup.

Over 15 years experience leading the development of innovative software technology. Expert in applicative data science, conversational and emotional AI, search systems, NLP, machine learning and IoT.

Cofounder and former CTO of Bloq, search startup. Over 7 years as program manager lead at Microsoft Innovation Labs in Israel and Silicon Valley.

M.Sc. in computer science, Tel Aviv University;  EMBA,  Hebrew University.

Product

ADI SHMORAK

VP Product
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ADI SHMORAK

Adi Shmorak is the VP of Product at Responcity Ltd. Adi has vast experience in education, working with world leading brands such as LEGO Education, World Robot Olympiad and Intelitek.

Previously, Adi was VP of Product at CoderZ, an online learning environment for cyber-robotics and interim VP of Product at eTeacher Group, a global leader in online education. Adi's expertise in product management and Product/Market Fit will help Responcity deliver impactful educational programs at scale.

Adi also volunteers in MassChallenge as both judge and mentor, teaches product management in Shenkar college and mentors early-stage startup founders on their journey to Product/Market Fit.

Adi lives in Mevaseret Zion, just outside Jerusalem and is married with four children.

Pedagogy

Pedagogy

YELENA ADELMAN

Educator, Problem-Based Learning Specialist
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YELENA ADELMAN

High school teacher who specializes in PBL method in the spirit of “High Tech High – San Diego.” Active in Dror Israel movement for social change. Plays soccer on women’s team. Native English and Russian speaker.  

SHRAGA (ELI) STERN

Educator, Problem-Based Learning Specialist
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SHRAGA STERN

Teacher and educator, PBL specialist. Maker- saws, cuts, welds, cuts, glues, takes apart- puts back together. BEd, informal education, teaches humanistic. Speaks English and Hebrew

JACKI EDRY

Marketer & Educator
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JACKI EDRY

Jacki has a tremendous love of creativity, writing and education. She spends most of her time learning by observing and appreciating how young minds discover and interpret the world and then uses this knowledge in her work and creative ventures. She is particularly interested in the brain, mindbody, and inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Her overall goal is to use all of the knowledge that she has acquired in order to help make the world a better place. 

Dr. Judy Steiner

VP EFL
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Dr. Judy Steiner

Served as Chief Inspector of English Language Education in the Ministry of Education for 24 years.

Over 40 years of experience in the English education field as an English teacher, English Inspector, and teacher trainer in teaching training colleges. MA and Ph.D. - Tel Aviv University in Education; BA - Washington University, St. Louis in Psychology.

After retiring, she is now a certified medical clown, laughter yoga instructor and Zumba instructor. 

Responcity U.S.

JAMIE HORWITZ

Strategic Advisor

U.S.

Responcity Germany

Helge Eikelmann

Marketing and Sales Director

Germany

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HELGE EIKELMANN

Helge Eikelmann is the CEO and founder of Agenten der gepflegten Debatte, an agency promoting discourse and critical analysis in civic education. Helge has been engaged in education and public affairs for over ten years, founding Die Politiksprecher in 2017 and creating several education programmes for students and young professionals on public policy, constitutional rights and civic debate.
Alongside, Helge has worked on startup promotion and bilateral business cooperation with Israel since 2010, including four years as Representative for the Consulate General of the State of Israel in Frankfurt. Since 2020, he is responsible for German market integration and the Innovation Hub program of the German-Israeli Business Association D-I-W. Helge also holds an MA degree in Political Science from Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Torsten Reibold

Marketing and Sales Director

Germany

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TORSTEN REIBOLD

Torsten Reibold is the co-founder and head of fundraising and partnerships at Agenten der gepflegten Debatte. Within the last two years, he worked on several education programmes for Die Politiksprecher and was responsible for new strategic cooperations, including several State Ministries of Culture and Education in Germany.
Torsten also has a strong relationship with Israel and has been the Representative for Europe for Givat Haviva since 2012. Prior to that he lived in Israel and worked for the Kibbutz Movement, among others. Torsten holds an MA degree in Political Science from Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Responcity Singapore

SALLY CHEW

Strategic Advisor

Singapore

Suraj P. Upadhiah

Marketing & Sales Director

Singapore

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Suraj P. Upadhiah

A passionate social entrepreneur who founded Air Amber in Singapore to positively impact communities globally, through the co-creation of social enterprise ventures, community development initiatives, and social impact education. 

Passionate about working to build uplifting relationships between people and communities that inspire positive action.

BA in Sociology, SUNY Buffalo.

Shahril B. Hassan

Marketing & Sales Director

Singapore

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Shahril B. Hassan

Drives the execution of core functions at social enterprise company Air Amber, while ensuring operational excellence in implementation. Plays a key human resource role in managing local community base, project managers, and facilitators. Graduate of Singapore Management University.