• Sharon (Sheri) Asif
  • Shiran Vaknin
  • Nathan Hemmendinger
  • Nir Lotan
  • Ori Dvir
  • Shira Eting
  • Assa Cohen

Shiran Vaknin

Shiran interned in the Finance and  Development Department at the Israel Tax Authority.

Prior to joining the Milken Fellows Program, Vaknin worked as a lecturer and teacher assistant in economics at the Ben-Gurion University, The College of Management and Ashkelon Academic College.

During her studies, Vaknin researched the sovereign debt market. The research included collecting data, econometric analysis and paper writing. Her thesis was an empirical examination of the sovereign debt credit ratings over twenty three years.

Vaknin was an active member of the Ben-Gurion University Student Association and served a year as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. As chairman, she was responsible for the organization’s budget, investments and financial decisions. Vaknin is a member of the Jewish Leadership Program at Generations of Israel, where she takes part in delegations to Jewish communities in the Diaspora. Vaknin was also a Leadership Coordinator at ISEF Foundation. ISEF is a Zionist social organization, which works to promote equality of opportunity in education and the reduction of gaps in Israeli society

In the military, Vaknin served as Human Research Officer at Adjutant Corps at the border with Egypt. Today, she serves in the reserves. In 2012, she won award for outstanding reserve officer.

Vaknin holds a B.A. summa cum laude in economics and management from the Open University of Israel. Most of the courses of her B.A. were taken during high school. Shiran also holds an M.A. in economics from the Ben-Gurion University.

Following the program she worked as a teaching assistant and as a researcher at Kohelet.

Currently, PhD candidate in accounting and finance at Fuqua School of Business and accounting at Duke University.

Photo: Chen Leopold

  • “What I’ve learned since I joined theProgram is more than I learned in all my university studies. The program “is made for me,”. I’m doing research yet making practical recommendations and am involved in issues of concern to society as a whole.”
    Adi Hachmon, class 2008-2010Adi Hachmon, class 2008-2010Currenlty,working at the Ministry of Finance, budegt department
  • "The Program selects young professionals with skyrocketing motivation and exceptional potential, places them in decision-making hubs and leads them through an intensive training process. The fellows program provides guidance, support and training that help integrate everyday challenges with research and theoretical knowledge. There is no other program in Israel that offers such a comprehensive and high-level opportunity.”
    Anat Arbel-Shamir, class 2008-2010Anat Arbel-Shamir, class 2008-2010Currently, working at the Ministry of Economy at the Foreign Trade Administration
  • "The Fellows program equipped me with both high-level theoretical training as well as the skills necessary to apply and implement what I've learned. The best thing about the program is that it places you a critical decision-making environment at the Israeli government. Exposed to the inner workings of policy implementation, not only did I broaden my skills and knowledge, but I got to do it with an amazing group of people while meeting and working with extraordinary professionals. There is no doubt that in this kind of ecosystem, the program gives to its fellows a once in a lifetime experience that reverberates for many years to come."
    Omri Carmon, Class 2015Omri Carmon, Class 2015Currently working at the Ministry of Environmental Protection
  • "The Fellows Program opened for all of us a window into public service, a rare opportunity to explore, implement, expand our horizons, and perhaps most importantly do all this with an amazing group of people. The success of the program is actually our success, Fellows and alumni, take the knowledge gained and continue to have a positive effect on the Israeli public each and every one in his own respective fields. The alumni network which is developing and evolving is another important element indicating a further stage in the development of the center and will be the platform for further cooperation. "
    Noa Litmanovitz,class 2013-2014Noa Litmanovitz,class 2013-2014Currently, senior advisor to the director general,Ministry of Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources
  • "During my participation at the Milken Fellows Program, I was exposed to a huge variety of social economic issues of national importance, usually by first source, and by the people that conduct these issues and have considerable expertise at it. This enabled me to bring with me during my fellowship at the Ministry of Education a wide angle perspective and provided me with many ideas to promote and contribute to the various office issues I handled. On a personal note, through the Fellows Program I was introduced to the education field and it brought me to this current job I work at, and also part of my dissertation that deals with the field of educational technology industry."
    Assaf Amit, Class 2012-2014Assaf Amit, Class 2012-2014Currenlty, Ph.D. Candidate and works at MOFET Institute
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