About the School
The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy is situated in the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel’s largest university. As Israel's economic capital, Tel Aviv is home to major security agencies, local government authority associations, and many of the country’s leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Established in 2000, the Hartog School is dedicated to improving governance in Israel by:
Preparing students for leadership in public service
Serving as a leading public policy think tank
Encouraging multidisciplinary research into governance and related issues
Bridging between the academic and policy communities
More information about our development, research programs, fellows and past events can be found in our annual reports:
Israel faces multiple challenges, the most pressing of which is the preservation of its security. Yet good governance – the effective, honest, equitable, and accountable exercise of power by all strata of government – is also crucial to the country's ability to thrive. Good governance is essential for the establishment of a stable economic foundation, a strong polity, and an informed voting public. It thwarts corruption, and gives ample berth to the views of minorities and vulnerable populations. Good governance is a precondition for a society that is responsive to its members' current and anticipated needs.
Ensuring good governance for all of the State’s citizens requires creating a cadre of skilled, enlightened leaders and civil servants who can creatively address Israel’s public policy problems. The Hartog School is dedicated to training skilled leaders in the public and non-profit sectors and to conducting high-quality, relevant research that will yield the data needed by decision-makers.
About Harold Hartog
Harold Hartog is the benefactor behind the founding of the school and an avid supporter of Israel. Born in Holland, now residing in Germany, he is a descendant of a founder of Unilever, one of the world's largest industrial and commercial conglomerates. Mr. Hartog served as Chairman of Unilever's International Board of Directors and played an important role in building its German subsidiaries. At Tel Aviv University, he has supported the Freedom from Hunger Campaign, as well as the building that houses the Institute for Cereal Crops Improvement.
Harold Hartog with his wife, Inge.