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Company's Board of Directors:


Chairman of the Board - Micha (Michael) Harish, born November 28, 1936, is a former member of the Knesset and former Secretary General of the Labor Party. Harish who was born in Timisoara, Romania, immigrated to Israel in 1950. He served in the army as an officer in the Golani Brigade, and received his BA in Economics and Political Science from the Hebrew University.
Harish was elected to the Knesset on behalf of the Labor Alignment Party in 1973, and served in the Knesset for 22 years, until 1996. Harish served as Chairman of the Finance Committee (for the 12th Knesset), Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (for the 11th Knesset) and Chairman for the Subcommittee on Energy (in the 9th and 10th Knesset). Between 1984 and 1986, Harish served as representative of Mr. Shimon Peres, Prime Minister at the time, at the secret talks with Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, which led to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain. In 1988, Harish headed the Parliamentary committee investigating traffic accidents and road safety. He served as Minister of Industry and Commerce in the second government of the late Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin and in the government headed by Shimon Peres (1992-1996), and served as co-chair of the first U.S. - Israel Science and Technology Council which was founded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Harish retired from politics to work as an economic consultant. At the same time, he continued to be active in the Labor Party.
About 15 years after retiring from politics, in 2011, Harish was asked to return to serve as temporary Chairman of the Labor Party for a period of 9 months.
Harish is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University and serves as Chairman of the AMIR (the Association of Immigrants from Romania).
Harish speaks Hebrew, English, French, Romanian and Hungarian.

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Professor Ben Zion Zilberfarb - A world expert and researcher of economics, certified in Israel and the USA. Prof. Zilberfarb heads the Edmund de Rothschild School of Banking and Global Capital Markets at Netanya Academic College. He serves as external director for leading companies in Israeli and world economies - companies traded both on the TASE and the NASDAQ. In the past he served as Director of the Ministry of Finance, and as the Manager of the Economics Planning Authority.
His public offices have included Advisory Board Member for large financial organizations such as Bank Mizrahi, Bank Discount, the Bank of Israel, the Stocks & Bonds Authority and more. Professor Zilberfarb is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Israeli Government Board of Economics and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Agency. Amongst other public positions, in addition to his activity for the Company for the Location and Restitutions of Assets of Victims of the Holocaust, he volunteers as a member of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design Finance Committee, as a member of the Investment Committee of the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), the Pa'amonim Organization and the Ramat Gan Center for Alzheimer's Disease.


Commissioner (Ret.) Mr. Shai Or-Csillag - Survivor of the Budapest Ghetto, Mr. Or-Csillag made Aliyah in early 1957.
Mr. Or-Csillag earned his Undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Economics & Statistics (B.A.) at Jerusalem's Hebrew University and his Masters degree (M.A.) in Financial & Social Planning at the Institute for Social Studies in Hague, Holland. Or-Csillag held management positions in several public organizations including: the Central Bureau of Statistics, Budget Division at the Ministry of Finance and at the Israeli Police Force (IPF) where he was head of the Financial division, the IPF's representative in Europe and head of the Planning & Organization branch. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Development Bank of Israel and the Arab Israel Bank. Following his retirement, he served as the CEO of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel for 15 years. This organization was one of the first to bring to the forefront the injustice regarding Holocaust Restitution in Israel, with so many assets owned by Holocaust victims still being held by the State as well as other public and private institutions.


Mr. Arie Fruchter - Extension of tenure - Romanian-born Holocaust survivor. During World War II, Mr. Fruchter was imprisoned at the Breslau work camp where he lost his father. He came to Israel with the remainder of his family in 1946. He joined the cause of assistance for Holocaust survivors out of a deep sense of commitment to try and improve the needy survivors' well being for the remainder of their lives.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Fruchter has held several senior positions at El-Al, including that of Deputy CEO. After his departure he joined the Boeing Company as Deputy Director of Strategy.


Attorney at Law Mordechai Bas - Israeli born son of a Holocaust survivor, he attributes great importance to the heritage of Holocaust victims' and the finding of their heirs, and to the provision of support and assistance to Holocaust survivors and commemoration of the Holocaust . Over the years Attorney Bas has served as Counsel General and as CEO of the State Comptroller's Office. Amongst his public positions he has served as Chairman of the Public Committee for Re-use of Confiscated Money under the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Until he was appointed as Director, Bas served as a voluntary member on the Company's Advisory Board for Commemoration and Assistance. Attorney Bas has a private practice which specializes in auditing and State Comptroller matters, as well as ethics, conflict of interest in public service, administrative and constitutional law.

Attorney at Law Nurit Elstein - Born in Tel Aviv, Lectures on Parliamentary law at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University, and has a private practice specializing in labor law, administrative law and public sectors. Her reading of all the K. Tzetnik books, even before the Eichmann trial, was a turning point that influenced her perspective and caused her to study the period (1933-1945), especially the seizure of power by the Nazis - the "legal revolution", a topic of her lectures in various forums. Attorney Elstein has served in various public positions, amongst others as Director of the Department of Labor Disputes in the Attorney General's Office and served as legal adviser to the Knesset. In this capacity she was instrumental in leading to the legislation of the Law of Assets during her tenure. Elstein considers her appointment to the Board of Directors of the Company, a natural extension of her work in the Knesset and her contribution to the restitution of Holocaust victims' assets to their heirs and assistance for needy Holocaust survivors living in Israel.
Smadar Elhanani, born in Tel - Aviv, a graduate of Hebrew University in Economics and History, from 1975 to 2008 Economic Advisor to the Finance Committee of the Knesset. Currently a director of Bank Otsar Ha Hayal, a board member of the multidisciplinary Center for Dear Children (MICHA), a member of the Council of Yad Ben Zvi, and Friends of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.
As a member of the Company for Restitution Board of Directors is a continuation of her work in the Knesset and her and contribution to the heirs of Holocaust victims and survivors living in Israel.
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