Before joining the Mandel Leadership Institute as coordinator of the Mandel Program for Academic Leadership in Teacher Education, Yael worked for the informal education department of the Jewish Agency for Israel and at the Harry Oscar Triguboff Institute in Jerusalem. As part of her job as manager and coordinator of projects and partnerships, Yael promoted international cooperation and coordinated inter-organizational educational programs. Prior to this, Yael worked at the Yesod Jewish Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she organized, promoted, and produced social, educational, and cultural events. Yael holds a bachelor's degree in the humanities from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and speaks and translates in three languages. She has lived, worked, and volunteered in several countries, and taught English at orphanages in Kenya as part of her volunteer work. Yael was also a translator and member of the organizing committee for the Limmud FSU St. Petersburg conferences. Yael was Israel's national fencing champion for several years, and won gold and silver medals in Fencing World Cup tournaments. At the Mandel Leadership Institute, she is responsible for the administration and logistics of the Mandel Program for Academic Leadership and for ongoing communication with the program's fellows.
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