Paz Hirschmann is a senior staff member of the Mandel Graduate Unit. Before joining the Mandel Foundation–Israel, he was the CEO of the Hasharon and South Triangle Municipal Cluster, which brings together eight Jewish and seven Arab local authorities to collaborate on economic development. Previously, Paz served as co-CEO of Tsofen, an Arab-Jewish organization working to develop the tech industry in Israel’s Arab cities. In this capacity, he was listed by The Marker as one of the 100 most influential figures in the Israeli economy in 2017, and was awarded a prize for his contribution to coexistence by the Abraham Fund Initiatives in 2018. Paz is a graduate of Cohort 18 of the Mandel School of Educational Leadership, which he attended after a decade working on medical information systems. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv–Yaffo. Paz is currently writing his thesis for a master’s degree in history at the University of Haifa, on the subject of economic development programs for Arab society in Israel devised by Mapam (the United Worker’s Party) in 1956–1966.
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