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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

Technology

DR. ARIK PARAN

V.P. Data Science
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DR. ARIK PARAN

Dr. Arik Paran is a Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence expert with over 20 years of experience in algorithmic research and development. 
He was the director of analytics research in Cyberark where he worked closely with others in order to identify business needs, and was responsible for 
architecting Machine Learning solutions, executing algorithmic R&D, and working with development teams to bring the solutions to production. 
Prior to that he was a principal system engineer of an algorithmically intensive aerial defense system in Israel Aerospace Industries. 
 
He holds a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Cambridge (2009), an MSc in Machine Learning from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (2004), and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University (2000).

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

Chief Technology Officer
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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.

Measurement & Assessment

DR. VERED HAAS

Director - Assessment & Efficacy
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DR. VERED HAAS

Dr. Vered Haas is an assessment and efficacy expert, with a major emphasis on social-emotional learning and assessment indicators. Building on 15 years of experience in efficacy research in bothformative and summative settings, her work aims to promote equity in education through innovative products and services. Dr. Haas holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Haifa in Israel. She lives in Kibbutz Amiad in northern Israel, and enjoys gardening, creating ceramics, and reading fiction and myths.

Dr. Yigal Rosen

Senior Advisor - Assessment & Efficacy
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DR. YIGAL ROSEN

Dr. Rosen and his group design and develop innovative AI-enhanced curriculum-embedded assessments targeted to develop critical skills for success in college, career, and life.

He is leading innovative design and development in gold-standard assessments: OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021 Creative Thinking Assessment, and the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science.

Dr. Rosen has led multiple research and development projects in innovative digital learning and assessment technologies at Harvard University, Microsoft, Pearson, and ACT.

Pedagogy & Content

NIR BOSCO

Senior Pedagogical Director
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NIR BOSCO

Nir is a teacher, a trainer of other teachers, an expert in problem-based learning, and a consultant to schools on transformative processes for teaching 21st century skills. Nir is the pedagogical coordinator of the Friends of High Tech High in Israel and leader of delegations to the HTH (High Tech High) Schools network in San Diego, a global leader in the world of PBL and SEL.
 
Nir is also a graphic designer and maker. He is a member of the global maker community and loves to create and turn ideas into reality.
Nir leads the Responcity pedadogical team in designing our unique teacher training programs, which deliver world-quality professional development and tools. In addition, teachers receive Responcity’s “Road to PBL” guide, a comprehensive booklet that details the stages of Responcity’s problem-based learning process, along with practical tools and methods for implementation in every lesson.

He has a B.Ed. in informal education and teaches humanities. Speaks English, Hebrew, and Spanish.

JESSICA SETBON

Senior Content Director
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JESSICA SETBON

Content crafter and word wizard with over 25 years of experience in writing and cross-cultural communication. 

Mover and shaker in her local community for youth, cultural, and volunteer activities, with a passion for solving problems to improve co-existence among diverse sectors.

BA Harvard, MA in comparative religion. Amateur flutist.

In her spare time, she runs a big household with six kids and a golden retriever.

Native English speaker, fluent Hebrew and French.

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. 

Responcity U.S.

JAMIE HORWITZ

Strategic Advisor

U.S.

Responcity Germany

Dr. Markus Gick

Marketing and sales director

Germany

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DR. MARKUS GICK

Chair of German startup association NRWalley. Previous senior project manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung, where he focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, especially on projects connecting Israel and Germany. Gained deep business experience as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

 Ph.D. in law from Freie Universität, Berlin. 

 In his spare time, Markus loves to go skiing and hiking. He lives with his family in Cologne.

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.