JNFuture Nature


Nature Knows No Borders

An Interactive Panel on Peace Through Environmental Sustainability With the Arava Institute

Hosted by JNFuture in Mountain States


Wednesday, April 7, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MT


Join Jewish National Fund-USA and our panelists, Mohammad Al-Azraq, Frances Gould and Matan Tawfik, from the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies for a discussion on environmentalism and co-existence in the Middle East.


With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and participants from around the world, the Arava Institute offers students an exceptional opportunity to learn from leading professionals. The students form friendships and develop skills that enable them to lead the region and the world in solving today’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Featured Guest Speakers


Mohammad Al-Azraq


Mohammad Al-Azraq is an environmental and economic development consultant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Al-Azraq has over 15 years of work experience in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Region. He was recently the Capacity Building and Network Development Manager at the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) based out of Tunis, Tunisia.


Before joining AFF, Al-Azraq served as Senior Officer for Philanthropy and Social Investing at the American University in Cairo - School of Business. In 2010, he spent a year studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.


Frances Gould


Frances Gould is the University Relations and Development Associate at the Friends of the Arava Institute, the North American fundraising and recruitment branch of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. During her studies at the Arava Institute, Gould pursued her academic interests and conducted research on the feasibility of saline agriculture in hyper-arid regions for her senior thesis. She has previously worked as a research assistant in the Earth and Environment Department at Boston University and is a contributor for Laika Magazine.


Matan Tawfik


Matan Tawfik is an Arava Institute alum who is now a professional content and visual researcher. In recent years Matan served as a research assistant for various art projects, academic research, cultural archives, and institutions in Israel, including at the Israeli Film Archive at the Jerusalem Cinematheque (where he currently manages the cataloging and research team), the National Library of Israel, and the Van Leet Institute in Jerusalem. Two of his dance pieces have been presented in performance art festivals in Israel.

Event Chair

Hillary Marcus

JNFuture Mountain States Board Member

More Information

Noam Dahary, Associate Director, Mountain States and Pacific Northwest

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