The Most Engaging Speakers in the World
Michael Oren served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, as a Member of Knesset, and as Deputy Minister of Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office. A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, he has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
He holds four honorary doctorates and was awarded the Statesman of the Year Medal by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize. His last three books, Six Days of War, Power, Faith, and Fantasy, and Ally, were New York Times bestsellers and won both the Los Angeles Times and Jewish Book of the Year Awards.
Formerly the Middle East analyst for CBS and CNN, he has appeared on the Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher shows, 60 Minutes, and the View. Moving to Israel in 1979, he served as a paratrooper in the IDF and participated in several wars, reaching the rank of major.
Michael Oren was named by NPR as one of the best college commencement speakers ever, by Politico as one of the fifty most influential thinkers in America, by the Forward as one of the five most influential Jews in America, and by the Jerusalem Postas one of the ten most influential Jews worldwide.
Since its opening in April 2008 by HRH, The Prince of Wales, Jonathan Ornstein has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, Poland, an organization devoted to rebuilding Jewish life in Krakow.
The JCC boasts over 750 Jewish members, welcomes 10,000 visitors a month and has become one of Poland’s most visible signs of Jewish revival. He created Ride For The Living and Holocaust Survivor Day, two global initiatives with tens of thousands of participants.
Prior to the JCC’s opening in 2008, he lectured in Modern Hebrew at Krakow’s Jagiellonian University Department of Jewish Studies for 6 years and founded the “Gesher” association for Polish-Israeli dialogue. A native of New York City, Jonathan moved to Israel in 1994, living for 7 years on a kibbutz in the Negev desert and served in a combat unit in the I.D.F. before making his way to Poland in 2001.
He is a founding member of the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews where he serves as vice president. He also serves on the boards of the Krakow branch of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust organization and JCC Global.
Jonathan, a primary architect of Poland’s contemporary Jewish rebirth, is a frequent international speaker and media contributor on issues relating to Jewish Poland, and an activist for Holocaust survivors.
Arsen Ostrovsky is a leading international human rights lawyer and voice in the pro-Israel community.
He is currently Chair and CEO of The International Legal Forum (ILF), an Israel-based global network of over 3,000 lawyers in 30 countries, leading the fight against Antisemitism, terror and assault on the State of Israel in the international legal arena.
Arsenhas spoken before the UN Human Rights Council, in parliaments across Europe, to audiences in North America, as well as regularly addressing the Knesset and other high-level forums.
Arsen is considered an expert on Antisemitism, Israeli – Palestinian conflict, Israel advocacy, human rights and international law, Middle East foreign policy and Digital Diplomacy. He has also written widely on human rights in China, Iran and across the Middle East. Arsen is a regular columnist for Newsweek and is often sought out as an expert commentator on TV and speaker to groups around the word.
In 2018, Arsen was awarded the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize in ‘Israel Advocacy’, while JNS has recognized him as one of the 'Top 40 Global Advocates for Israel On-Line' and the Jewish Journal said "it's his fierceness in defending the Jewish people and the Jewish state, that makes him stand out online and in real life."
Following the historic Abraham Accords, Arsen has become intimately involved in a number of civil society initiatives promoting ties between Israel and the Gulf, including serving as a Board Member of Sharaka, an NGO working to promote people-to-people peace between Israel and the Arab – Gulf world.
Arsen was formerly a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute in New York, and for many years practiced as a litigation attorney in Australia.
He is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Melanie Phillips, journalist, broadcaster and author, is Britain’s best known and most controversial champion of traditional values in the culture war.
Her weekly column, which currently appears in The Times of London, has been published over the years in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Daily Mail. She also writes for the Jewish News Syndicate, is a regular panellist on BBC Radio's The Moral Maze and speaks on public platforms throughout the English-speaking world.
Her first novel, The Legacy, which deals with conflicted Jewish identity, antisemitism and the power of history, was published in 2018 along with her personal and political memoir, Guardian Angel.
Her previous books include her 2006 best-seller Londonistan, about the British establishment's capitulation to Islamist aggression, and The World Turned Upside Down: the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, published in 2010.
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