Professor Yakov Faitelson
Yakov Faitelson holds degree in Computer Sciences and Mathematics (MSc). In 2013 he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of International Solomon University, Kyiv, Ukraine.
He served as the first Mayor of the Israeli city of Ariel (1981-1985), the Chairman of the Board Committee for Computerization of the Israel Electric Corporation (1990-1993), the General Director of the Industrial Park Barkan (1988-1994) and several other senior positions in Israel. He also served as a Representative and Director for special projects of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Former Soviet Union (1998-2011) and as Head of the Jewish Agency Representative Office for Ukraine (2012-2013).
He was one of the heads of Aliya movement in Lithuania and USSR (1969-1971) and one of the organizers of the First 3-day Hunger Strike of 32 Jews from Lithuania and Latvia for Aliya in the building of the Central Telegraph in Moscow on May 1971.
From 1981 he wrote over 170 articles (in Hebrew, Russian and English) on the Demography of the Land of Israel and other different issues connected to the State of Israel and the Middle East problems.
Professor Faitelson served as consultant on Demography for Benjamin Netanyahu, during the 1988 Knesset Election Campaign (October 1988).
His articles have been published by the Institute for Zionist Strategies, the Moscow Institute for Middle East Studies, Middle East Quarterly, by various newspapers, magazines and various Internet sites in Israel, Russia, Ukraine and USA.