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ECF is an Israeli Policy Think-Tank - Working Towards Peace, Security and Prosperity

Executive Board

Ms. Adina Vogel-Ayalon, member of the board
Adina Vogel-Ayalon is the Chief of Staff at J Street. She joined J Street in 2015 as the Deputy Israel Director at J Street and in 2020, she served as J Street’s Israel Director before taking on the role of Chief of Staff in 2021. Prior to J Street, Adina worked at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in the Development and External Relations Department, where she gained extensive experience in developing and initiating Israeli-Palestinian people-to-people, peacebuilding programs in a variety of sectors, including peace education, healthcare, business, and environment. Adina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and Master’s in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. 

Dr. Shira Efron, member of the board
Dr. Shira Efron is director of research at Israel Policy Forum, a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, and a special advisor on climate change to Israel’s Ministry of Defense and National Security Council. She is currently (2022/2023) on sabbatical from the RAND Corporation, where she founded and led the Israel program between 2016-2022. Her research focus is U.S. Middle East policy and the nexus between climate change and national security. Previously, Dr. Efron was a Middle East analyst at several think tanks in Washington, D.C., including the Center for American Progress and Middle East Institute. She has a PhD and MPhil in policy analysis from RAND’s Graduate School, an MA in international relations/international business from New York University, and a BSc in biology (major) and computer science (minor) from Tel Aviv University. She is a member of the Deborah Forum, which promotes women in the security establishment.

Ms. Tally Zingher, member of the board
Tally Zingher is the CEO and co-founder of Dawsat, and is also the Managing Director of Blue Laurel Advisors. Tally practiced corporate law (financing & M&A) in New York and Dubai, UAE. Prior to that, Tally was a law clerk to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the Netherlands. Tally started her career as a technology M&A investment banker at Broadview (Jefferies) in New York. She has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, fellow at the Dubai Initiative of the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at Harvard University (collaboration with the Dubai School of Government), and a Fulbright Scholar in the field of economics. Tally lectures on subjects related to economic development, emerging markets, and innovation for development at conferences in the US, Europe and the Middle East and has taught at Harvard University and Tel Aviv University.
Tally holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard College, magna cum laude, an M.P.A. in international development economics from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Tally is a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.