The Palestinian Internship Program (PIP), Inc. is a professional development non-profit that aims to empower Palestinian professionals in developing and building their careers, and establishing themselves as business leaders, thereby stimulating innovation, investment, and opportunity in the Palestinian tech ecosystem.
Founded in 2014 by venture capitalist Yadin Kaufmann, PIP Inc. provides young Palestinian professionals with work experience placements at leading Israel-based companies. In the summer of 2020, PIP Inc. launched its sister program, the Palestinian Mentorship Program (PMP). Through PMP, Palestinian entrepreneurs are matched with Global Experts, especially in the fields of tech, business, and finance for hands-on mentoring.
To date, PIP has matched 100+ Palestinian Interns with 60+ Multinational, Israeli, and Palestinian companies. PMP has had nearly 90 Mentees come through our Mentorships. Through PIP and PMP engagement, we are working to build long-lasting professional and personal relationships between Palestinian tech leaders and Israelis.
What We Offer
Matching Palestinian university graduates and young professionals with high-tech internships at Israeli tech companies
Connecting Palestinian Entrepreneurs and senior executives with business and tech leaders from around the world for professional mentorship
WORKSHOPS & PROFESSIONALADVICE
PIP's professional development programming targets Soft/Power Skills through workshops and practical one-on-one training. PMP's Mentor-led Entrepreneurial Skills Workshops help Mentees develop critical skills to grow their businesses.
PIP's networking events enable Palestinians to expand their professional networks with Israeli & Palestinian executives, entrepreneurs, and other young professionals. Our annual summer gathering brings 200+ Palestinians and Israelis together to celebrate economic cooperation.
Meet Some of Our Alumni
Interned at: Colabo "My overall experience in PIP was fascinating. It gave me the opportunity to step forward in my career by interning at a hi-tech host company and acquiring experience in the software development field. The PIP organization is very helpful for Palestinian graduates, and for the Palestinian economy in general."
Interned at: Colabo "On one of my lucky days, I was exploring my Facebook and I saw ads about an internship with PIP. I opened the website and I read some of the success stories. It inspired me and I found myself sending my application to what would become the greatest opportunity of my life."
Anna D. Gol is the Executive Director for the Palestinian Internship Program and Palestinian Mentorship Program, responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization. Born in New York City and raised in Toronto, she holds a B.A. in Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies from the University of Toronto’s Munk School. Upon completion, she worked as the Campus Director and Educator for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center in Toronto, where she ran social justice workshops for middle school and high school students. Anna received her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Tel Aviv University in 2016, along with her certification in Mediation. During the course of her studies, she also worked as a research intern at the Jerusalem Center for Justice. Prior to joining PIP in January 2018, Anna worked with boutique recruitment firm Venture Talent as an Executive Recruiter for startup and high tech companies in Toronto.
Molly Kalat is the Program Manager of PIP/PMP, facilitating company recruitment, intern matching, mentor/mentee relationship building, and resource development. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Molly moved to Israel in 2018. She joined the PIP/PMP team in 2021 during her MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University, where she also became a UNITAR certified Mediator. Molly earned a B.S. in Economics from Tulane University in New Orleans, with minors in Mathematics and Public Health. After she completed her first degree, her passion for education led her to be an education researcher and a teacher in two Israeli schools. She's experienced in programming, leadership development, and facilitation. In her free time, Molly's favorite things to do are camping, skiing, seeing live music, and running!
Mohammed received his B.S. in Energy and Environment Engineering from An-Najah University, during which he helped found the first chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers in Palestine. Mohammed has 11 years of experience working and participating in international affairs programs and is also a certified dialogue and conflict transformation facilitator. Mohammed enjoys hiking, reading, and playing Basketball and soccer in his free time.
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Yadin Kaufmann founded the Palestinian Internship Program in 2014. Yadin has been involved in venture capital in Israel since 1987. He co-founded Sadara Ventures, the first fund investing in early-stage Palestinian technology companies, in 2011. Yadin founded and is Chairman of Tmura, a leading non-profit organization in the Israel high-tech sector. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). He is a native of New York and a member of both the New York and Israel bars. Yadin received his B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Harvard University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Abed is the Managing Partner of NAS & Co. law firm and has 15 years of experience as a corporate attorney providing legal counseling to local and foreign companies in a wide range of industries in cross-border transactions, joint ventures, M&As, financing, commercialization of technologies and other general corporate work. Mr. Nashef has specific expertise in the areas of tech and venture capital. Abed was previously a partner at the Hi-Tech Group of the law firm of Pearl Cohen, and before that a Senior Associate in the Venture & International Practice Group of GKH law firm. In 2013, he was as Senior Legal Advisor for the UNCTAD, and earlier, an in-house counsel at a multi-disciplinary investment company which operates in countries across the MENA region. Abed is active in several non-profit organizations in the areas of entrepreneurship and technology and often mentors and advises entrepreneurs and startups in the region in various forums. He also lectures before various audiences on entrepreneurship, venture capital financing and the legal aspects of tech ventures.
Hani Alami, CEO of Coolnet, has more than twenty years of national and regional experience in telecommunications and business development. He is attuned to all aspects of technology and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of endeavors. Since 2009, with Hani at the helm, Coolnet Group has become one of the largest telco companies in Palestine and a leading telecom solutions provider in the field of broadband and communication technologies. An experienced enthusiast, Hani excels at creating blue oceans and the kind of added value that triggers markets. With multiple acquisitions and mergers in the telecom sector, he leverages his experience and network to mentor and support emerging entrepreneurs and promising ideas. Hani also routinely contributes his time and experience as a philanthropist and mentor to multiple initiatives across the region. He recently established JEST (Jerusalem Entrepreneurs for Society and Technology), the first entrepreneurship center and hub for startups in East Jerusalem. JEST promotes and supports technology and the culture of innovation, with special emphasis on programs for women and youth.
Tally, an attorney and technology consultant, is CEO of Dawsat, a weight loss and wellness solution based on the traditional Middle Eastern diet. Prior to co-founding Dawsat, Tally was Managing Director at Blue Laurel and the co-founding managing director of the MENA Investment Network. She also practiced corporate law in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, including a secondment with Istithmar, the sovereign wealth fund of Dubai. Tally started her career as a technology investment banker for BroadviewInternational (now part of Jefferies LLC). With expertise in Middle East economic development, Zingher is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a formerfellow at the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs. Zingher also was a clerk forLuis Moreno Ocampo, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. AFulbright scholar, she holds an A.B. in economics and Middle Eastern studies from HarvardCollege, an M.P.A. in development economics from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D.from Harvard Law School.
Maysa, a human rights and a peace activist, co-founded of All for Peace radio, the first Palestinian Israeli Peace radio station and served as its Executive Director for over ten years. She is currently a board member, as well as serving on the board of a number of other organizations, including JEST Hub in Jerusalem, ALLMEP (Alliance for Middle East Peace), The Palestinian Israeli Peace NGO Forum, and Kids 4 Peace. Maysa since worked in the fields of CSR, PR and entrepreneurship at BCI Group, a leading telecommunication company in Palestine, Jordan and UAE.
Jesse is an independent consultant on projects relating to economic development and international cooperation in the Middle East. Born and bred in the UK, Jesse holds a B.A. from Cambridge University, where he studied Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies with Arabic, and is soon to complete his Master's in Business Administration at Tel Aviv University. Jesse served as the Palestinian Internship Program's Program Director until January 2018.
Ron is a multidisciplinary manager with particular focus on impact, diversity and inclusion. As Managing Director of Hybrid, an Israel-based accelerator for Arab-led startups, Ron advised dozens of early-stage entrepreneurs who went on to raise $5M to date. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Robus, a marketing and consulting firm focused primarily on law firms. Ron holds an MBA from INSEAD, as well as an LLB an BA in Law and Government from Reichman University. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
Dori is an international business speaker & facilitator (60 countries, 5 continents), and author. Her book, Business Meetings that Work: 6 Steps to Increase Productivity, is a result of facilitating and participating in thousands of meetings around the world. Over the last 30+ years, she has helped coach & educate thousands of students to focus and achieve the business goals they desire. In addition to holding positions in both Sales & Marketing, Dori has formal education in Business, Social Work, NLP Trainer, Coaching, SPIN, TAS, and TOC. Recently Dori has qualified as a Certified Lifeline Practitioner and is devoting her time to helping people lead a balanced and satisfied life.
Dr. Weinberg is recognized in both industry and academia as an outstanding educator and researcher based on distinguished achievements throughout an extensive executive management career focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in global environments. Currently holding a fulltime position as a Senior Lecturer of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna as well. During her tenure in industry, Caren developed processes for the creation and introduction of organizational initiatives to maintain and enhance innovation within both start-up and corporate entities. She designed business and marketing plans to benefit from cultural differences and increase collaborative value for partnerships. While continuing to work with many of the worlds Fortune 100 Companies, she now lectures, develops curriculum and takes part in research in major higher educational institutions worldwide.
Adam is a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He teaches leadership and organizational behavior, social networks, and an international learning expedition to Israel. He also consults to organizations about issues of the design of formal and informal organization. His research has been published in leading journals from Nature Communications to the Harvard Business Review and has been covered by media outlets ranging from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal to Teen Vogue and Cosmo. He enjoys commuting to campus on his vintage 3-speed bicycle.
Avigail is an interdisciplinary researcher and architectural designer. She currently works for Machado Silvetti Architects in Boston, having recently completed her BA in Architecture, Urban Studies, and Entrepreneurship from Princeton University. Originally from Israel, she is interested in the intersection of landscape, public access, and participatory initiatives, as inspired by communities living in the Negev desert, where she often traveled as a child. In her entrepreneurial ventures, she combines that with an interest in the circular economy, co-living models, and issues of Democracy. Avigail will resume her academic journey this fall at MIT's Masters of Architecture program.
Zev is an entrepreneur with broad experience in multiple industries. Early in his career, he practiced corporate law with a focus on VC, startups and public companies. Following his graduation from Kellogg School of Management, he worked for Dell Services in operational and strategic roles, consulted for the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and then worked as director of portfolio management at OurCrowd, an equity crowd funding VC. He co-founded a startup in the mental health space and has been responsible for US business development for a startup in the fitness and wellness industry. Zev is currently involved in the establishment of a new accelerator for women-led startups in the MENA region.