Academic Background

B.Arch – Architecture and Town Planning
With Distinction
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2009- 2014)

M.A – Geography and Environmental Studies
With Distinction
Haifa University (2002-2005)
Dissertation title: Telephone traffic in remote rural areas: The case of Gilat Satellite Network in Peru.

B.Sc – Combined degree of Electrical engineering and Computer sciences
Tel-Aviv university (1996-2000)

 

Occupations

Planning and Environment

  • Pedestrian realm, public space and urban experience – Policy paper and plan for Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality – Strategic Planning Unit (Via Ram Eisenberg Environmental Design Office) (2015 – )
  • Story Gardens and Parks – Holon – Master plan and urban trails layout  (Via Ram Eisenberg Environmental Design Office) (2013 – 2014)
  • Haifa Trail – Multi segment urban trail – Initiation, layout, design & marketing – grassroots initiative that evolved into a municipal project (2011 – )
  • Andersa Street Warsaw – Area plan and infill design inspired by historical layers – Final architecture studies project – Technion (2013-2014)
  • Winner of the 2004 “Pratt” Prize for Environmental Journalism
  • Creator, format developer and editor of “Svivon” nature and environment magazine – A visual geographical magazine issued as a Power Point presentation and distributed via the Internet (2004 – )

Travel and Tourism

  • Traveled to more than 45 countries across 6 continents
  • Lecturer in various geography/environment/architecture subjects to a variety of audiences (2003 – )
  • Author of the “India and Nepal” Travel Guide Book, published by “Yediot Ahronot Books” (2001 – 2003)
  • Author and Publisher of “China Travel Journal” (“Yoman Sin”), specification and maintenance of accompanying website  (2006 – 2008)
  • Creator of the first independent Hebrew travel website – “Libi Bamizrah” – an introductory guide to East Asia (1997 – )
  • Photographer and producer of unique landscape presentations circulated on the Internet (2002 – )
  • Creator of “Israel – Earth’s Microcosmos” visual campaign for Israel (2005)

Technology oriented

National Geographic Personal Explorer (2007-2009)
As a global licensee of National Geographic, Personal Explorer developed a navigation and content product for travelers based on a GPS device.
Served as the Internet website product manager, content product manager, and dealt with competitive analysis issues.

Gilat Satellite Networks (1998 – 2007)
Gilat manufactures satellite communications terminals, that are installed mostly in remote locations globally. I served as an Integration engineer in R&D department. As part of the position I took part in on-site installations of new systems and provided support and training for operators in various countries.

Logtel Communications (2001 – 2007)
Senior lecturer. Specialist in broad telecommunications courses for non-technical audience. Developed bottom-up, integrative and intuitive methodologies to address such audience. Courses delivered in Israel and overseas in Hebrew or English.

Additional details available upon request

Ever since I remember myself I cannot do without traveling, exploring and observing. As a child, those qualities were promoted by my parents, solely in the premises of the land of Zion.

Back in 1996 I went on a long trip in East Asia. This trip was an outstanding experience, and brought to a breakthrough in my relationship with the world and the outdoors. To share the experience, I built “Libi Bamizrah” independent website for travelers to East Asia, a pioneering web project at that time.

I started studying in Tel Aviv University for a B.Sc degree in Electronics Engineering and Computer Sciences. In order to maintain my sanity (solving integrals wasn’t enough), I also combined work in “Gilat Satellite Communications” and travel – mainly in Israel, Europe and America.

After completing my studies, I went on a long trip to South Asia – India and Nepal. I met many travelers who were not satisfied with the existing guidebooks, thus, decided to write a new guidebook:  “India and Nepal – a Travel Guide”, which was published in Israel by “Yediot Ahronot” publishing house.

During the work on the book I worked as a senior lecturer in “Logtel” communications. In parallel, started studying geography for M.A degree. I completed the studies in Haifa University. The dissertation I wrote combined between geography and my work in the telecommunications field: A quantitative research about the Gilat rural satellite telephone network installed in remote villages in Peru.

A beginners-luck  flash floods chasing trip to the Negev desert and a photo presentation I sent following it, became a comprehensive documentation project. Sights of floods, snow, blossom – all experienced in Israel, were packed into Power-Point presentations and circulated throughout the Internet. Thus I became a “Geographic photographer”. An environmental byproduct of the presentations was then introduced – “Svivon” – “A wandering Magazine of Nature and Environment in Israel”. This initiative won the 2004 “Pratt” prize for Environmental Journalism.

After concluding the M.A. duties, I traveled in China. Prior trips and the geography studies upgraded my point of view and led to unique experiences. A decision was made to write another book, this time, with emphasis on the journey and its qualities in the overwhelming Chinese location.
As a publisher of the “China Travel Journal” book, this production turned out to be a challenging yet fascinating project. In parallel, I continued working in “Gilat Satellite Networks” and later as a product manager in “National Geographic Personal Explorer” – a global licensee of National Geographic, which developed a navigation and content product solution for travelers based on a mobile device.

I then returned to academic studies, this time in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, for five years of Architecture and Town Planning studies for B.Arch degree. It was a fantastic journey and a significant addition to my academic “tool box”, widening my perspective about the world and the ability to react and influence. The studies final project took me to Warsaw Poland, where I planned and designed structures in Andersa Street, inspired by pre-WWII layers.

Currently I am mainly involved in strategic projects related to urban public space. I lecture about the world to various audiences, providing a unique multidisciplinary approach.

Pratt Award for Environmental Journalism is granted by The Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership and the Pratt Foundation. The Award is designed to raise awareness among the Israeli public and the media community about the social, economic, cultural and ethical aspects of the environmental crisis in Israel.

Head of the 2004 Award Committee: Prof. Avishay Braverman, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Winners of the 2004 Pratt award

Guy Shachar, The independent media (The Internet) for “Svivon” E-Magazine
Emanuel Rosen, The electronic media (Television and Radio)
Guy Leshem, The print media
Ori Binder, The local print

Useful links

The Pratt Award for Environmental Journalism

The Pratt Foundation

Various articles and items in newspapers and TV