• Jason Harris
    Jason Harris
    Executive Director
    As Executive Director, Jason is working closely with the Board of Directors to architect a vision for the future of Israel21c, prioritizing the creation of original content that explores the many contributions of Israelis to the world.
  • Nicky Blackburn
    Nicky Blackburn
    Editor and Israel Director
    Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. She also has a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Bar Ilan University.
  • Eyal Gamba
    Eyal Gamba
    Director of Digital Content
    Originally hailing from the south of France, Eyal Gamba has called Israel home since 2015. Eyal served in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, where he honed his skills as a Digital Content Creator for the IDF social media channels. Leveraging this experience, he has also contributed his expertise to prominent media companies in Israel, including Vocativ, where he excelled as a Video Producer and Digital Content Creator, accumulating hundreds of millions of views online throughout his career. Eyal finds inspiration in the waves of Herzliya, where he frequently indulges his passion for surfing. Energized by the sea, he returns full of energy to craft compelling social media content, continually pushing the boundaries of digital storytelling.
  • Abigail Klein Leichman
    Abigail Klein Leichman
    Writer and Associate Editor
    Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.
  • Yulia Karra
    Yulia Karra
    Prior to joining our team Yulia Karra was a senior editor and later managed Ynet English. She has a Bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a passion for all things pop culture.
  • Zachy Hennessey
    Zachy Hennessey
    Zachy Hennessey is a writer and editor at ISRAEL21c. Since moving to Israel from Atlanta in 2017, he has written for several news outlets and publications including the Jerusalem Post, while taking as many opportunities as possible to interact with robots and bees. Zachy is an avid musician, a lover of pie, and approximately 180.33 centimeters tall.
  • Naama Barak
    Naama Barak
    Naama Barak is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She loves all things history and politics. Food and fashion come a close second. Prior to joining ISRAEL21c, Naama worked for Israel's leading English-language dailies and cutting-edge startups.
  • Brian Blum
    Brian Blum
    Brian has been a journalist and high-tech entrepreneur for over 20 years. He combines this expertise for ISRAEL21c as he writes about hot new local startups, pharmaceutical advances, scientific discoveries, culture, the arts and daily life in Israel. He loves hiking the country with his family (and blogging about it). Originally from California, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
  • Natalie Selvin
    Natalie Selvin
    Social Media Coordinator
    Natalie Selvin is the social media coordinator at ISRAEL21c. Originally from the Washington metropolitan area, Natalie has been living in Israel since the beginning of 2018. After serving in the IDF as a lone soldier, she fell in love with the land and people of Israel, and never left. Natalie's first steps into the world of social media began when she started her own science-based blog at age 6! Natalie has a love for electronic dance music, and has a special place in her heart for her favorite baseball team, The Baltimore Orioles. She currently resides in Herzliya.
  • Emily Averbukh
    Emily Averbukh
    Program Manager, Digital Ambassador Program
    Emily was born in Paramus, New Jersey to a Soviet Jewish immigrant family, but was then raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Psychology in 2022. She has worked and represented several Jewish non-profits including American Jewish Committee, StandWithUs, and ISRAEL21c. She was a passionate advocate for her community on campus, eventually starting a Jewish Cultural Coalition to represent and unify Jewish students on campus. In her free time, she is working towards a certificate in user experience and interface design. She loves traveling, art, photography, and building new connections.