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Orr Karassin

Environmental Activist in the Academia and KKL Board member

Travels from Kfar Saba

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Environmental and Sustainability Issues, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel


Dr. Orr Karassin is currently a lecturer and head of the Public Law Program, Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Open University in Israel.  She holds a PhD in law from Bar Ilan University, an LLM magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University and an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.She has held the position of visiting research fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Orr was awarded several prizes for her doctoral work, including the Rothschild Scholarship for early-career researchers, and the Wolf Foundation Prize for excelling doctoral students. Orr is one of the GZA representatives on the board of directors of Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael, where she heads the board's Students and Research Grants Committee. She is also the chairperson of the Sustainable Development Council of Kfar Saba. Orr was the first executive director of Life and Environment, the umbrella group for Israeli environmental organizations. She was appointed by the Israeli government to serve as a charter member of the National Committee for Environmental Quality.

Additionally, Orr was among the founders of Green Course, Israel's largest environmental organization for students. Orr is the author of two books on environmental policy and has published widely on environmental policy and law both in academic and non-academic journals. She lives in Kfar Saba with her husband and their two young children.

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