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Mare Nostrum is led by a team of accomplished academics and professionals:

RachelleAltermanProf. Rachelle Alterman, Project Head

Professor Alterman is an internationally acclaimed expert in urban planning and law. Based at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, her fields of research include comparative land use law and land policy, comparative property rights, public participation in planning and the implementation of public policy. She is the Founding President of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights and co-founded the International Platform of Experts in Planning Law. Rachelle is also a consultant to UN-Habitat, the OECD and the World Bank. Recently she received the highest academic honor of the Association of European Schools of Planning (the 5th person to do so and the only non-European).


RaananBoral2Raanan Boral, Project Manager

Mr. Boral is an environmentalist and entrepreneur, with a wealth of experience in the public sector, non-governmental organizations, education and environmental consulting. He has a biology degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Boral’s publications include annual reports on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), government guidelines for producing environmental impact surveys, topical environmental policy assessments and recommendations, and environmental opinion pieces appearing in the Israeli press.


Simon van DamSimonvanDan, Project Manager (administrative)

Mr. van Dam is the EC Project Coordinator in the Liaison Office of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he is in charge of creating effective partnerships between Technion researchers and their partners in Israel and abroad. Previously, he held several senior positions in business development and financial and general management at a number of companies, including Applied Materials Inc. and El Al. Simon is also a Senior Partner at Agora Partners, one of Israel’s leading consultancy firms for EU Grant Programs. He has served as project manager on a number of EU-funded projects.