Prof. Sharon Pardo 
Chair

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.

Prof. Renée Poznanski
Senior researcher

Renée Poznanski has recently completed her tenure as Yaakov and Poria Avnon Professor of Holocaust Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University – a department she helped creat and headed during several years. She has published extensively on Jews in France during World War II: her research examines their daily lives, relations between Jews and non-Jews, Rescue and Resistance of the Jews and the impact of memory on the historiography of this period. Her book The Jews in France during the World War II, (University Press of New England, 2001) has been awarded the Jacob Buchman Prize for the Memory of the Holocaust. Her last book on The Propaganda of the Resistance and the Persecution of the Jews, (Fayard, 2008) has been awarded the 2009 Henri Hertz prize by the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris. She has been a fellow at The Remarque Institute (NYU), the Center for Advanced Studies (US Holocaust Memorial Museum, DC), Sciences Po (Paris), the EHESS (Paris) and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University). Her book on the Drancy internment camp (in collaboration with Denis Peschanski) was published in the spring of 2015 (Paris: Fayard). She is presently writing a book on the Resistance of the Jews in France during the Second World War.

Dr. Hila Zahavi
Director 

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. 

Ido Rosenblum

Researcher and Project Manager

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Ido Rosenblum is a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and Government Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His current research focuses on the connection between gastronomy, normative power, diplomacy, immigration and identity. Ido works at the Simone Veil Centre as a project manager and he is the co-initiator of the Cultural Diplomacy Forum. In his former position, he was the editor of Masa Aher, an Israeli travel magazine. Between 2014-2017 Ido worked at the Simone Veil Centre and studied at the Department of Politics and Government. During this time, Ido managed the marketing and advertising team of the centre, coordinated the C3EU Israeli research group, established the Berlin study tour, and wrote his M.A research on the identity of Israeli immigrants to Berlin through the prism of culinary activities. From 2009-2012, Ido was a B.A. student for Politics and Government, European Studies and Media, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During his studies, Ido worked at CSEPS as a coordinator of the Jean Monnet project conducting academic workshops, events, and the editor of the first website about the EU in Hebrew. Ido's main research interests are the Identities and immigration within the European Union, European politics, culture and society, cultural diplomacy and gastrodiplomacy. He considers himself as a Europhile (and as a magical sign for it, his son was born on May 9th).  

 

idorose@post.bgu.ac.il

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Hilit Sagie 
Social Media Manager and Event Coordinator
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Hilit is currently pursing her B.A in the Department of Communications, combing European Studies with Conflicts Resolution. Recently got back from the Zionist Seminars delegation to Australia, where she was teaching at the Jewish Day School in Sydney, Australia. Hilit is a former spokeswoman at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and an Assistant to the Intelligence Attache at the Embassy of Israel, Washington DC. She is responsible for the Simone Veil Centre's social media as well as engaged in the event coordination team.

Yonatan Herskowitz
Research Assistant and Project Coordinator 
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Yonatan is a second-year M.A student in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev. Yonatan joined the Simone Veil Centre in 2018, providing coordination in the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, EXCELEM, alongside organizing study tours abroad. In addition, he helps out with the Centre's different websites. In his studies, Yonatan focuses on Identity and Nationalism through the prism of National flags. In his research, he examines the discussions, debates and disputes that followed attempts and processes of the changing of National flags in Canada and New Zealand, alongside the implications they have had on the way the society members perceive their Identity.

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Adi Finzi  
Research Assistant 
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Adi is a B.A. student at the Department of Politics and Government, the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society combined with Gender studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Adi works as a research assistant at the Simone Veil Centre involved in the research on Israeli media perceptions of EU states and NATO.

Tal Globerman 
Research Assistant 
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Tal is a second-year B.A. student at the Department of Politics and Government, the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society combined with Economics at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Tal works as a research assistant at the Simone Veil Centre since 2018 and is involved in the research on Israeli media perceptions of EU states and NATO.

Gil Elkabetz
Project coordinator  
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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.

 May Blonder 
Project Coordinator
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May is a B.A. student at the Department of Politics and Government, the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society combined with Israel Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. May recently received her rank as "major" in the IDF when her last job was as a company commander in the Intelligence Corps. May works as a coordinator for the "WOMEN OF THE EU" project at the Simone Veil Centre.

 Hila Shaaya
Project Coordinator 
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Hila is a B.A. student at the Department of Politics and Government, the Adenauer Division for the Study of European Politics and Society combined with Conflict Resolution at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Hila works as a coordinator for the "WOMEN OF THE EU" project at the Simone Veil Centre.