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Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg

Trajtenberg has been a Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University since 1984, after obtaining his Ph.D. at Harvard. He was elected to the Knesset for the Labor Party in the elections of March 2015, and served as MK until October 2017. He chaired the Higher Education System in Israel (2009-2014), and served as first Head of the National Economic Council at the Prime Minister Office (2006-2009). Following the mass social protests in Israel in 2011, Trajtenberg was appointed by the Government to head the highly influential Committee for Social and Economic Change. Professor Trajtenberg currently leads a policy-oriented project named “the first 100 days – a 21st century socio-economic agenda for progressive governments” supported by the Samuel Neaman Institute at the Technion.