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Alon Tal

Environmental Policy Expert and JNF International Board Member (KKL)

Travels from Israel

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability.


Positively Israel, JNF's Work in Israel


After a recent sabbatical at Stanford where he completed a new book on Israel's forests, Alon has returned to the JNF international board where he chairs the land development committee that oversees forestry.  As chairman, he is presently preparing Israel's Green Party for the upcoming elections.

Dr. Alon Tal’s career has been a balance between academia and public interest advocacy. He was most recently a visting professor on sabbatical at the Stanford University Center for Conservation Biology. He is on the the faculty at Ben Gurion University. Alon has held faculty appointments at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities in Israel,and was a visiting professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Between 1990 and 1998 he was an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University.

Dr. Tal was the founding director of Adam TevaV’din,the Israel Union for Environmental Defense from 1990-1997, a leading public interest law group.  He was also chairman of Life and Environment, an umbrella group for eighty environmental organizations in Israel from1998-2003.

In 1996, Dr. Tal founded the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, a graduate studies center in which Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian students join environmentalists from around the world in an advanced interdisciplinary research program.  He served as chairman of the committee for sustainable development and is a still a member of the international board of the Jewish National Fund (KKL).  Dr. Tal represents Israel’s Foreign Ministry at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. He is also co-chair of Israel's Green Party.

Most recently, he established The Tal Fund – a new grassroots ecological initiative in Israel in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund.  Dr. Tal has published dozens of academic and popular articles. His most recent books are "All the Trees of the Forest", "Water Wisdom", "Speaking of Earth", and "Before Pollution in a Promised Land".

Dr. Tal has received degrees in political science and economics from the University of North Carolina, and a degree in law from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health Policy.

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