Daniel Doron, Founder & Director
After serving in Air Force intelligence during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, and studying Sociology and Economics at the Hebrew University, Doron pursued a career in government (under the late Teddy Kollek, then director-general of the Prime Minister’s Office), journalism, and literature (translating James Joyce into Hebrew). In 1957 Doron was delegated by Kollek to serve as Special Consultant to the US Embassy in Tel Aviv on a US-Israel social and cultural fund.
In 1960 he became a Fellow of the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. In 1964 he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, working with Lionel Trilling and Jacques Barzun on the intellectual history of the West.
Since 1973, Doron has been involved in political and economic reform in Israel. He helped found the Shinui (Change) Party. In 1975, Doron initiated the American Jewish Committee’s first Israeli-Diaspora Task Force.
Doron represented the internationally-renowned artist Shalom of Safed, arranging his 15 museum exhibitions. His film on Shalom won several awards and represented the United States in international festivals. It has been described as “an art film classic”.
Since 1983, Doron has devoted all his time to promoting economic reforms through ICSEP.
Doron served as part of an economic advisory group for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and on the Israel Government Council for National and Economic Planning. He was a board member of the Entrepreneurial Center of Tel Aviv University, and was among the founders of the Herzliya Conference, serving on its Steering Committee and initiating the conference’s economic segment. Doron is a member of the international pro-market Mont-Pelerin Society founded by Milton Friedman and Friedrich Von Hayek.
Doron has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard and National Review along with other US publications. His work appears regularly in the Israeli press and is a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.