Dr. Mike Naftali
Michael (Mike) Naftali, is a social entrepreneur, social inventor and social activist. For more than 35 years he has taken an active part in advancing, managing and leading a wide range of social endeavors, including the formation of social entrepreneurship platforms, volunteering and civil society infrastructure programs, youth at risk services, formal and non formal educational settings, mental health programs, community based art programs and a variety of international development initiatives.
To date, Dr Naftali serves as the founding chairperson of Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development, Topaz – Leading Social Innovations and Inspiration Arts for Humanity. Formerly Dr. Naftali served as the chairperson of the National Council for Voluntarism in Israel, the national Civil Society umbrella association for Voluntary Effort. He is also co-founder of Natan – The Israeli Coalition for Disaster Relief, and served as vice chairperson of S.I.D. Israel – The Society for International Development.
In the past Dr. Naftali served as the founding director of Enosh- the Israel Mental Health Association and between the years 1984 – 2003 the founding C.E.O. of Elem – Youth in Distress in Israel . During this period Dr. Naftali initiated and advanced numerous endeavors challenging the unique needs of at risk, neglected and delinquent youth.
Dr. Naftali has written a variety of research reports on youth programs and strategies, over two dozen articles and numerous working papers on various issues in the areas of volunteer management and civil society, social entrepreneurship, international development and community and local involvement. He also specializes in issues concerning youth at risk and delinquency, youth empowerment and leadership and cross cultural intervention strategies. For the last three decades he has been teaching these topics in both graduate and post graduate courses – both in Israeli academic institutes including Tel Aviv, Bar Ilan and The Hebrew Universities, as well as in Tel Aviv and Tel Hai Academic Colleges. He has also run international work shops for Mashav (Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in African countries, in South East Asia including in the Philippines, Thailand and India and in Mediterranean countries.