Boris Mints Institute is headed by Prof. Itai Sened, Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. Prof. Sened returned to Tel Aviv University after serving for 12 years as Director of the Institute for New Institutional Social Sciences at Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, USA, established by economics’ Nobel Laureate Douglass C. North. From 2004-2007 Prof. Sened also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science at Washington University, during which time the Department rose to 15th place in the US News and World Report rankings. As an expert in decision making, institutions, policy, and a rich experience as a former economic advisor for several governments in Israel, Prof. Sened has authored or edited five books and written over fifty chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Prof. Itai Sened

Head of BMI, Founding Chair School of Social and Policy Studies at TAU and Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr. Alexander Pesov

Representative of BMI President

Dr. Haim Ben Yaakov

Representative of TAU President

Petr Pesov

Director of BMI

Steering Committee

The day to day business of Boris Mints Institute will be managed by the director, the donor, a representative on behalf of the Donor, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Vice President of TAU.

Dr. Boris Mints


Prof. Milette Shamir

Vice President for Foreign Affairs, TAU

Prof. Tami Ronen-Rozenbaum

Former Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at TAU and the Founding Head of the MA program in Developing Countries

Ms. Natalia Borovik

Advisor to the committee

International Academic Committee

The International Academic Committee at the Boris Mints Institute comprises scholars and scientists from TAU, other Israeli universities, and leading academic and research institutions abroad. The committee meets once a year to evaluate the success of the past year’s activities and deliberate on which projects will be funded in the coming year.

Prof. Yossi Rosenwaks

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, TAU

Prof. Miranda Schreurs

Professor of Environment and Climate Policy, Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich

Dr. Segenet Kelemu

Director General of the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) Nairobi, Kenya

Prof. Itai Sened

Head of BMI, Founding Chair School of Social and Policy Studies at TAU and Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences

Research topics will be chosen according both to ongoing projects being pursued at TAU and to their potential for return on investment in terms of the likely impact of the findings and potential for solving real-world problems. An emphasis will be put on paradigm building, whereby solutions would be workable on a large, worldwide, scale, thereby ensuring the highest possible impact. A structured evaluation process will judge the merits of the research at the end of each year, and the results will form the basis of choosing which projects will be supported in the subsequent year.

International Advisory Board

Mrs. Joelle Aflalo

Co-Founder of the Matanel Foundation

Prof. Armen Darbinyan

Former Prime Minister of Armenia

Dr. Simeon Djankov

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich

Founder and President of the Israel Institute, Former Ambassador of Israel to USA and President Emeritus of TAU

Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel

Chairman, TAU Board of Governors, former Governor of the Bank of Israel

Hon. Václav Klaus

Former President of the Czech Republic, Head of the Václav Klaus Institute

Seppo Remes

Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, EOS Russia

Prof. Igor Luksic

University of Donja Gorica, Former Prime Minister of Montenegro

Strategic Planning and Oversight

  • Highly respected members of the international community recruited and engaged by Dr. Boris Mints with the consent of TAU’s President or his representative on the Steering Committee.
  • The IAB will meet twice a year, once in TAU and once in an international location of choice.
  • The agenda for the IAB meetings: Feedback on the annual report, as well as a discussion of exciting new ideas of how we can make this world a better place to live in and choose one or two of them and consider ways of moving them from the idea stage to implementation at the global stage.