Prof. Sharon Pardo 
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Prof. Sharon Pardo (Ph.D., Ghent University, Faculty of Political and Social Studies) is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU).

Pardo is the Chairperson of The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies – The National Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at BGU, a Centre which he chaired also between the years 2005 to 2017.

He is the co-editor of Europe and the World book series by Lexington Books. Prof. Pardo served as the Chairperson of the Department of Politics and Government at BGU between the years 2016-2018, and is currently serving as a Senior Adjunct Fellow at the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE), University of Canterbury, New Zealand, a Member of the Academic Council of the European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS), a Member of the Board of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) and of the Israeli Association of International Studies (IAIS) and a Member of the Israel Bar Association. His research interests focus on the legal and political dimensions of European Union foreign and security policy. Prof. Pardo also has a significant interest in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean region, in Israeli-European Union relations and in the Israeli-Canadian relationship. He has published widely on these issues.

Prof. Pardo teaches courses on the European integration process, diplomacy and public international law.

Dr. Hila Zahavi

Hila Zahavi is a graduate of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and CSEPS, receiving her PhD in August 2018. Her research dealt with the Bologna Process as part of the European Union's External Action set of interests. Hila holds a Bachelor’s (summa cumme laude) and Master’s degrees in Politics and Governement from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In addition to her studies, Hila served in various functions at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Hila has worked as the Tempus Corinthiam project coordinator at the Centre of International Academic Affairs at the university. Since 2012, Hila also worked as a project coordinator of the Bologna Training Center (BTC). Hila is currently the Director of the Simone Veil Centre. 

Gil Elkabetz
Project coordinator  

Gil is an MA student in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev. After accomplishing her BA in the Department of Politics and the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, she continued her studies for MA in the department.
As a member of Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies, Gil is coordinating several projects of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence.
In her academic work, Gil's research focuses on the position of the EU as a mediator in ongoing conflicts while her specific case study is the conflict in Cyprus.

Roni Yacobi
Website Manager and Event Coordinator

Roni is on her second year B.A in European Studies with Politics and Government. She is responsible for the Simone Veil Centre's websits as well as engaged in the event coordination team.