The ISGAP Board of Advisors brings together business people, entrepreneurs, public servants, academic leaders, and cultural figures to advise ISGAP as we chart a course for combatting antisemitism. The Board of Advisors provides input on ISGAP's research priorities and advises on policy relevance, while also serving as ambassadors for the organization.
President of Advisory Board
Dennis has served on several private and public company boards, and regularly serves on charitable boards. Dennis was instrumental in starting and is President of the Advisory Board at ISGAP. He is an honorary board member of CJPAC, founding board member of CIJA, and the co-founder of the University of Toronto, Creative Destruction Lab.
Vice President of European Affairs
Luca Lindner is the Global President (retired) of McCann Erickson Worldwide, the largest advertising and communications agency in the world. He the first non-US born President in the company’s history. He is based in Milan and New York. Over a 30-year long career, he has been working and living in Milan, Rome, Paris, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, and over the last seven years New York City.
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Community Leader. Based in Toronto, Trevor is the CEO of Giftcraft, a full-service, leading edge designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative lifestyle and giftware products.
Successful entrepreneur, advisor, mentor, Board member, investor, philanthropist and volunteer in the Toronto Jewish Community, columnist for the Canadian Jewish News, founding board member of CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs) and CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee)
Based in Toronto, Wendy is a philanthropist and community leader. She was the chair of the Montreal 35 that pressed for the release of Soviet Jews and has not stopped working for the Jewish Community since then. She was the 2019 Negev dinner honoree in Canada along with her sister, Carole Zucker.
Based in Jerusalem, Israel, Ronit is an entrepreneur and has run family businesses in the fields of diamonds, jewelry and real estate. She has investments in startups in the areas of bio-medical, cyber and construction. She is a partner in HackerU Ltd, the leading institution in Israel for Cyber Security & IT training.
Based in Hong Kong, Jesse Friedlander, CFA, is co-founder and chief investment officer of Des Voeux Partners, a multifamily office that manages intergenerational wealth. His areas of interest include macroeconomics, geopolitics, language and culture.
Based in Boston, Melisa Gerber is an artist and a conceptual thinker.
Based in Toronto, David is a philanthropist and community Leader. He served as a founding board member of both CIJA and CJPAC. David has had a successful career in Real Estate development and management.
Jeffrey M. Katz
Jeffrey M. Katz is a partner at Dechert LLP. A member of Dechert’s International and Insolvency Litigation group, Mr. Katz has experience in a broad range of issues that arise in cross-border transactions, including foreign currency and exchange issues as well as foreign collateral security issues. He has been involved with many transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is familiar as well with Israeli corporate and commercial law. Mr. Katz has been listed in multiple editions of legal directory The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in bank lending. He has also appeared on CNN and other national media on a range of legal and financial issues.
Gregg M. Mashberg
Gregg Mashberg is a litigation partner at the international law firm, Proskauer Rose LLP. He is the co-head of the Securities Litigation Group and a former chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. Gregg has been deeply involved in Israel advocacy and combatting antisemitism. He is a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Global Advisory Council and co-chair of ADL’s Government Relations Committee.
Entrepreneur, philanthropist and Community Leader. Based in Toronto, Neil is the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Our Family Office, a multi-family office where families protect and grow their wealth while preserving their legacy for the future.
Founding Director of ISGAP, Prusoff Family Foundation has been a major contributor to ISGAP since its inception. Volunteer baseball coach in Greenwich, CT.
David Prussky received his MBA and LLB from York University, Toronto. David is well recognized for his success in building junior growth companies. He is presently Chairman of the Board of Lonestar West Inc., an infrastructure service business with operations across North America. He was also Chairman of Carfinco Financial Group Inc., Canada’s largest public sub-prime lender. Carfinco was sold successfully 2015. He has served on the board of numerous private and public companies.
Bob Rae is a Canadian lawyer, negotiator, public speaker, and former politician. He was a federal Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and was the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was previously leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party and the 21st Premier of Ontario, from 1990 until 1995. Bob Rae is currently a professor at the Munk School of Public Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto.
Ariel Sender has over twenty years of experience in politics holding senior positions in parliamentarian power centers. Among other things, Sender served as director-general of the "National_Union - Israel beytenu" party, adviser to the Minister of National Infrastructures and acting director-general of the Tourism Ministry.
Ronald Stackler is a retired lawyer currently living in Malibu California. He had active law practices in both Illinois and California. Ron is active in Chabad of Malibu and Malibu Toastmasters.
Rebecca grew up in Harrison, NY and attended Westchester Day School and Ramaz High School. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English literature and holds a Masters Degree in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rebecca founded and ran The Alumni community, a New-York based post-Birthright Israel educational program which operated for 12 years. She spent a year at Mosaic United as Director of Strategic Partnerships before becoming Vice President of the JMT Charitable Foundation. Rebecca serves on the Boards of Chabad on Campus International, Civic Spirit, Gatestone Institute, Artists 4 Israel and Shavei Israel. She has recently published several articles in the Wall Street Journal, The Spectator and JNS.org. Rebecca is married and has twin 14-year olds who attend The Ramaz School.
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Sima Vaknin-Gil is engaged in several initiatives fighting against global antisemitism, one of which is the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), of which she is a member of the founding team. Sima served as the Director General of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, of the State of Israel, during which she formulated the strategic campaign against the delegitimization and BDS of Israel. Sima had a distinguished career in the IDF as a former Intelligence Officer in the Israeli Air Force, and the Chief Censor of the State of Israel.
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld
Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld is a Financial Advisor and Principal in Bernstein’s New York office. Jeffrey joined the firm in 2000 in his current position and was appointed a Principal in 2004. Previously, Jeffrey was a regional director with the Empire State Development Corporation; an executive assistant to the governor of New York State, George Pataki; an executive assistant to US Senator Alfonse D’Amato; and chief of staff to the traffic commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. He earned a BA in political science from Queens College of the City University of New York and attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Based in Toronto, Carole is a philanthropist and community Leader, former Co-President of Israel Cancer Research Fund and was the 2019 Negev dinner honoree along with her sister Wendy Eisen.