BOG 2021: Board of Governors Confirms Dafna Meitar-Nechmad as New Chair

A triple alumna and TAU benefactor, she is the first woman to serve in top role
17 October 2021

On Thursday, the Tel Aviv University Board of Governors ratified the appointment of Dafna Meitar-Nechmad as the next Chair of the TAU Board of Governors.


After serving as Co-Chair of the TAU Global Campaign, Meitar-Nechmad replaced Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel, who completed two terms as Chairman of the Board. The transition took place at a festive ceremony at TAU, which honored both Frenkel and Meitar-Nechmad, followed by a concert by singer Marina Maximilian.


“Dafna, you are being entrusted with a precious honor and responsibility,” said Frenkel in his farewell speech. “I am confident that, under your leadership, the Board of Governors will continue to make a far-reaching contribution to academia, to Israeli society, to the Jewish people and to the world.”


After the Board of Governors voted to approve Meitar-Nechmad’s appointment, Mika Almog, an Israeli media personality, interviewed her about her relationship with the University and her vision for the years to come.


Meitar-Nechmad is an alumna of TAU and former partner in the Meitar Law Offices. No longer a practicing lawyer, she is a social investor with extensive philanthropic experience. Among her many public roles, she serves on the Boards of JFN – Jewish Funders Network and the Metropolitan Opera of New York, and heads the Zvi and Ofra Meitar Family Fund, which supports a wide range of cultural and educational organizations and projects both in Israel and overseas, with TAU as its major beneficiary. Meitar-Nechmad and her family founded the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies at TAU’s Buchmann Faculty of Law. In addition, Meitar-Nechmad is a founding member of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy, also at TAU's Faculty of Law, which aims to advance justice and equality in Israeli society, and serves on its Management Committees. She is also a member of Committed to Give, an initiative for promoting philanthropy in Israel.


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