Suha Ibrahim -Co-Chair of the board

Suha holds a BA in Hebrew Language and Literature and an MA in educational management.  She currently serves as a consultant at Mifras – A Space for Educational Innovation.  In her previous capacity she directed educational programs in southern Israel for the Rashi Foundation.  Suha was Hagar’s first director of pedagogy.   Her two children have been educated at the Hagar School.

Ido Horowitz - Co-Chair of the board

Father to Peleg, Lotem and Nevo, partner to Keren.  Ido is a founder of EretzIr, a major community- building organization in the Negev, and is a member of the Kama community in Beer Sheva.  He holds an MBA, a B.Sc. in life sciences and is a real estate appraiser.  Over the past decade he has been parent and community member at the Hagar School.  

Ali Abu Ajaj

Ali is in charge of STEM educational initiatives in the Eastern and Western Negev municipal clusters.  For six years he managed the Kseifa community center.  Ali holds a BA in behavioral sciences and an MA in business management.  His wife, Lama, is a psychologist specializing in children and youth.  Their three children al study at the Hagar School.

Dr. Abed Azab

Abed, father to Muhammad and Lena (Hagar’s school alumni). Their love story with Hagar began when their children were one-year-olds. Once they discovered Hagar bilingual education system, they didn’t have any doubts any more to which school to send their children.

Abed believes that everything starts with education and there’s nothing like Hagar’s education frameworks to teach about values of equality, fraternity, diversity and peace.  

Abed is a researcher and lecturer in clinical biochemistry and pharmacology at Ben Gurion University in the Negev, and a registered nurse in the cardiac emergency unit at the Soroka Medical Center.

Oded Ovadiah


Oded holds a BA in Life Sciences and an MA in Zoology.  He is an ornithologist and an expert in flight safety.  A Lt. Colonel (res.) in the IDF, Oded served in the Israeli Air Force for 20 years.  He now runs workshops in navigation and nature hiking for families, schools and small enterprises.  Two of Oded’s children graduated the Hagar School, and he has been a volunteer leader at Hagar for many years.

גדיר האני

Ghadir Hani

Ghadir is one of Israel’s best known activists, leading public struggles in the fields of shared society, women’s rights, peace and interfaith understanding.  She is the winner of the 2018 Sami Michael Prize for reducing social gaps in Israeli society.  

Founders of Hagar Association

Dr. Akiva Leibowitz

Adv. Anwar Al Hjooj

Professor Neve Gordon

Yifaat Hillel

Adv. Afnan Abu Taha

Marwan Aamer

Yosef Al Atowna