Prof. Itzhak Harpaz
Itzhak Harpaz, Professor of Management (PhD, Human Resources and Labor Studies, University of Minnesota) is an expert in human resource management, organizational behavior, industrial/employment relations & cross-cultural comparative management. He was Dean of Graduate Studies and Director and founder of the Center for the Study of Organizations & Human Resource Management at the University of Haifa.
Harpaz has served in a number of public offices, including as a member of Israel’s National Council of Higher Education, a lay judge in Israel’s National labor Court, and the chairperson of the Industrial Relations Research Association of Israel. He was a visiting professor in several North American universities, including The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, The Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto, Boston College, and Brigham Young University.
Professor Harpaz is an author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications in prestigious international scientific journals, and has authored or co-authored seven books.
Harpaz has received many awards & grants from prominent institutions such as the European Commission, the United States-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation (BSF), the National Council for Research and Development, the Israel Foundation Trustees (Ford Foundation), the Israel Science Foundation, and the Ministry of Science, Ministry of Labor and Welfare, and National Insurance Institute of Israel. He is a recipient of a Competitive Teaching Innovations Award and Best Teaching Award. Harpaz has supervised more than 60 MA, PhD and Post-Doctoral students.
VP External Relations and Development
Sagi Melamed is the Vice President for External Relations & Development at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, where he focuses on enriching the society and developing the economy of Israel’s northern periphery through quality higher education.
Since his graduation from Harvard University in 1996 with an MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Sagi has held senior positions in the non-profit and higher education sectors, all focused on strengthening the economic and social fabric of the Galilee. He is a founding partner in MASIG – a consulting firm which builds development capacity for non-profit organizations.
Sagi was the founder and Chief Instructor (4th Dan Black Belt) of the Shotokan Karate Club in his community of Hoshaya in the Galilee, a Captain in the Israeli Defense Forces and a board member of Budo for Peace.
Currently serving as President of the Harvard Club of Israel, Sagi was a Founding Board Member of the Middle East University and the Founding Director of the Jordan Valley Cross-Border Cooperation Center.
Born in kibbutz Ramat Yochanan, Sagi represents the third generation in a family that were founders of the kibbutz movement and the State of Israel. He is the author of Son of My Land (2012) and Fundraising (2016).