Professional Background

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Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al-Qaq

Gershon Baskin and Zakaria al-Qaq

1988 – Present
Israeli CEO and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI).
IPCRI is a joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy research think-tank working on issues in conflict between the sides. IPCRI proposes policy options to decision makers regarding the issues in the peace process. Dr. Baskin was the founder of IPCRI and has served as co-director since its establishment. The director’s tasks include: policy development, researching, writing policy papers, fundraising, project development, administration of projects, contacts with government officials and the diplomatic community, and hiring staff.

2012-Present
Vice President, Special Projects, Gigawatt Global
Gigawatt Global Coöperatief U.A. is a multinational renewable energy company focused on the development and management of utility-scale solar fields in emerging markets.

2013 – 2015
Business and Civil Society Engagement Specialist, Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) (USAID – Deloitte Consultancy)
The Trade-Related Assistance for Development project is directed toward improving Palestine’s global standing in the international economy through higher levels of trade and foreign direct investment. Through this project, USAID supports activities that enhance the policy and institutional environment for trade and investment, improve trade facilitation, strengthen the business environment for competition, and support advocacy and outreach activities that advance trade policy agenda.

1981-1988

Prince Hassan bin Talal and Gershon Baskin

Prince Hassan bin Talal and Gershon Baskin

Director and Founder, Institute for Education for Jewish-Arab Coexistence
The Institute was founded jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister’s Office (Zevulan Hammer and Menechem Begin). Dr. Baskin proposed the idea to the Prime Minister’s Office and to the Minister of Education. The work of the institute concentrated on developing models of educational programs for Jewish-Arab encounters, developing teaching plans for Jewish and Arab teachers and conducting intensive teacher training. The work of the director included working with donors, the Ministry of Education and Prime Minister’s Office, developing educational material, staff training, and facilitating encounters and teacher training.

1983-1986
Consultant, Van Leer Institute
Consultant to the staff of the Van Leer Education for Coexistence staff working alongside of Aluf Hareven. Work included facilitating teacher training courses, lecturing on Jewish-Arab relations and developing curricula for schools.

1981-1982
Coordinator of Educational Programs Between Jewish and Arab Schools, Israeli Ministry of Education
The position entailed getting the Ministry of Education to recognize the value of education for coexistence, enabling schools to create encounters for their students with schools from the other sector, coordinating between various departments of the Ministry of Education (Arab, youth, Pedagogical Executive, regional district offices, etc. ) This position was created at my initiative and following considerably lobbying.

1978-1981

Interns for Peace: Esther Lafontaine, David Lafontaine, Gershon Baskin, and Tamar LaFontaine

Interns for Peace: Esther Lafontaine, David Lafontaine, Gershon Baskin, and Tamar LaFontaine

Interns For Peace, Kfar Qar’a
Developing community based programs of interaction and cooperation between Kfar Qar’a and nearby Jewish communities such as Pardes Hanna and Hadera. During this period, I also taught English in the primary and secondary schools of Kafr Qar’a.

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin

Gershon Baskin is one of the most recognizable names in the Middle East Peace process. His dedication to creating a culture of peace and environmental awareness, coupled with his impeccable integrity, has earned him the trust of the leaders of all sides of the century old conflict. Few people have such far-reaching and positive impacts on promoting peace, security, prosperity and bi-national relationships.
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
Gershon Baskin