AFKIEDF Staff in the U.S.

Claudia J. Hardin, Secretary and Treasurer

KIEDF Staff in Israel

Carl H. Kaplan, Managing Director

Carl H. Kaplan Carl Kaplan developed and manages all aspects of KIEDF's activities in Israel. In addition to the loan and fellows programs, Carl is engaged with developing new partnerships and programs, fundraising,  board development and relations with the American Friends of KIEDF and other sources of support. (Read an update from Carl Kaplan)

Fahina Klarin, Deputy Director, Fund Operations

Fahiina KlarinFahina Klarin is responsible for the day to day management of all fund programs including intake, business plan review, loan committee approvals, working relationships with partner banks, and recordkeeping and reporting. Fahina is located in the original office in Beersheva, which she established at the inception of KIEDF in 1994. 

Chagit Rubinstein, Program Director, Microenterprise Initiative

Chagit Rubinstein Chagit Rubinstein initiates and manages the various microfinance programs of this developing KIEDF initiative that includes intensive training, credit, and post-loan mentoring. Programs are targeted primarily for various disadvantaged populations including welfare-dependent women and Negev Bedouin. Chagit's challenge includes implementing first-of-kind programs in Israel and convincing philanthropists that a substantial need exists.

Ala Agbaria, Program Director, Israeli Arab Loan Fund

Ala Agbaria Ala Agbaria identifies applicants from the Israeli Arab sector and from jointly-owned Jewish and Arab businesses that would qualify and benefit from a small-business loan. He oversees  the application, business plan, and approval processes with the partner bank.

Zev Golan, Program Director, Koret-Milken Institute Fellows

Zev GolanZev Golan recruits, selects, trains and supervises the Koret-Milken Institute Fellows and program relations with the Knesset and other placement locations. He oversees with the Senior Fellow the identification, development and editing of the fellows' research initiatives published at program year-end. Intently interested in bringing free-market solutions to Israeli business challenges, he inspires the Fellows to focus on reforms that can tangibly improve the small business climate in Israel while assisting a legislator or regulator in understanding the importance of capital markets, credit, and related economic reforms.

Glenn Yago, Senior Koret-Milken Institute Fellow

Glenn Yago Glenn Yago is Director of Capital Studies at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, CA and a leading authority on financial innovations, capital markets, emerging markets, and environmental finance. As the Senior Koret-Milken Institute Fellow, he oversees the Fellows' research on economic and financial reform in Israel, focusing on the innovative use of financial instruments to solve long-standing economic development, social, and environmental challenges. His work has contributed to policy innovations fostering the democratization of capital to traditionally underserved markets and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world.