Genesis Speakers

Please find below a selection of bio's of speakers that feature currently or featured recently on the Genesis programme.

Sgt. Benjamin Anthony

Veteran & combat reservist in the Israel Defence Forces

Specializing as a heavy machine gunner, Sgt. Anthony has participated in recent campaigns by the IDF to defend Israeli citizens in the face of new age terrorist activity. Additionally, Sgt. Anthony has served as a combat soldier along Israel’s northern borders and in the area of Judea and Samaria / the West Bank. Sgt. Anthony founded Our Soldiers Speak in 2007.

Ashley Blaker

Comedy writer and producer

Ashley Blaker is a comedy writer, series creator and radio & tv producer who was responsible for first unleashing the comedy phenomenon Little Britain on the nation. His recent shows include The Matt Lucas Awards which had two series and a special on BBC One and Pompidou that recently aired on BBC Two.

Saul Blinkoff

Disney Animator, Director & Film Consultant

Saul Andrew Blinkoff began his career as an animator for the Walt Disney Studios working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan and Tarzan. He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the hip action/adventure series SpyGroove for MTV. He also co-directed Disney’s animated features Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and the hilarious Kronk's New Groove. In addition to his work on feature films and television, Saul has also directed high profile national commercials.

Keith Breslauer

Founder & Managing Director, Patron Capital Advisers

Mr Breslauer started his career at Lehman Brothers where he worked in the Financial Institutions Group. He has led or assisted in the acquisition of over £16bn in assets in several European countires and in the United States. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a degree from the New York University School of Business.

R’ Shlomo Farhi

Director of Schools Department, Aish UK

Rabbi Farhi is one of the most sought after and charismatic speakers in the UK. A rare blend of intelligence, dynamism and wit, he brings years of study in top yeshivas in Israel (Brisk, the Mir, Jerusalem Kollel), together with an insightful understanding of the issues that young Jewish people face today.

Racheli Frankel

Mother of Naftali Fraenkel (Terror Victim)

In June 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped at the bus stop at the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion as they were hitchhiking to their homes. The three teens were Naftali Fraenkel (16), Gilad Shaer (16), and Eyal Yifrah (19). On 30 June, search teams found the bodies of the three missing teenagers in a field north-west of Hebron. Naftali’s mother Racheli speaks to groups in Israel and around the world about her family’s ordeal and how they have learned to cope with the tragedy.

R’ Gavriel Friedman

Senior Educator at Aish, Jerusalem

Originally from New York, Rabbi Gavriel Friedman has spent the last decade studying and teaching in various Yeshivot throughout Jerusalem. An up-and–coming star of the Jewish speaking circuit, Rabbi Friedman has lectured in dozens of cities around the globe, including Johannesburg, London, Montreal, and across the East Coast of the United States. Rabbi Friedman’s charisma captivates audiences of all ages and inspires men and women across the Jewish spectrum.

Sgt. Steve Gar

Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit, Israel Defence Forces (IDF)

Gar's military service in the IDF and his natural desire to protect Jews wherever they may be, paved the way for his life as a security expert. He lends his efforts as a counter-terrorism expert by training soldiers and performing demonstrations and lessons for tourists.

Major Keren Hajioff

Major and Head of Spokesperson Unit for Israel Defence Forces (IDF)

Former Hasmonean student who made Aliyah and moved her way up the ranks to become a Major in the IDF. Keren works as the Head of the IDF Spokesperson Unit and coordinates speaker tours for IDF soldiers all over the world.

Ray Hill

Ex-BNP mole

Ray Hill was a leading figure in the British far right who went on to become a well-known informant. A sometime deputy leader of the British Movement and a founder member of the British National Party, Hill also secretly worked for Searchlight in feeding information about the groups' activities.

Damon Hoff

Capricorn Investment & Fund Manager

Damon founded Capricorn Fund Managers in 2003. Damon began his career with Frankel Pollack Vinderine brokers in 1990 as a trainee portfolio manager and together with senior management, broke away to form Irish & Menell Rosenberg in 1992 where he was instrumental in building it into one of the largest private client portfolio management and broking companies in South Africa). Damon relocated to London in 2008 to launch the Capricorn GEM Fund LP/Inc.

Beverley Milun

Self Esteem Engineer

Beverley has an honours degree in Optometry and lives in South Africa. She is a dynamic, entertaining and engaging speaker who inspires people to look at themselves objectively, an effective and experienced workshop facilitator and a patient and dedicated relationship mentor, both privately and in business.

Steven Neerkin

Derivatives Broker

Hired by the small boutique firm in 1994 to run their $ Swaps Desk, he was one of the companies highest producers on fixed Income through several mergers and takeovers, and became ICAP’s highest producing $ Swaps Broker ever in London & Europe. Steven is a former captain of the GB Karate team in the Maccabiah Games, has taught Krav Maga to the Israeli Army, and is a Director of Aish UK.

R’ Daniel Rowe

Executive Director, Aish UK

Rabbi Rowe holds a BA in philosophy from University College London (UCL) where he was awarded the A. J. Ayer prize for philosophy. He was a tank driver in the 401st Armoured Brigade of the Israel Defence Forces and was awarded with an "Outstanding Soldier" award. Rabbi Rowe studied for almost a decade in Israel in various Talmudic institutes and is considered one of the most dynamic Jewish speakers in the UK, teaching in campuses, communities and schools across the country. He is Chief Executive of Aish UK.

Paul Martin

Freelance Journalist

Paul Martin is a career journalist specialising in war correspondence. In 2010 whilst in Gaza, he was kidnapped by Hamas operatives and held for 26 days on charges of espionage. Paul's extensive career as a freelance journalist has led him all over the world often reporting from areas of conflict. Still active as a journalist, Paul also devotes time to educating students, schools and communities, providing them with knowledge and inspiration from his own incredible experiences.

R’ Akiva Tatz

Jewish Medical Ethics expert and senior educator at Jewish Learning Exchange

R’ Tatz graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, graduating with distinction in surgery. He served as a medical officer in the South African Defence Forces and served in the Angolan Bush War. He moved to Israel where he became a Rabbi and now lectures all over the world in Jewish Medical Ethics. He is the founder and Director of Jerusalem Medical Ethics Forum and has written 7 books.

Louise White

Campaigner & Volunteer for Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD)

Diabetic since childhood, Louise White lost her sight after suffering kidney failure at the age of 27, being placed on dialysis and undergoing kidney and pancreatic transplants. Despite the challenges she faced she has gone on to trek across the Himalayas and writes a blog.

R’ Eliezer Blatt

Speaker Trainer and Presentation Skills expert

After years as a child actor and singer performing in front of large audiences, R' Blatt went on to graduate with a BA with honors in Communication before enjoying a successful career working with award-winning television production teams of some of America's most popular shows. Eliezer now uses his skills and talent to coach thousands of people all over the world in everything from script development through giving over a keynote speech.

Marsha Gladstone

Director of the Yoni Jesner Foundation

Marsha's son Yoni Jesner was killed in 2002 by a terrorist bomb in Israel when he was 19yrs old. Marsha subsequently set up the Yoni Jesner Awards and Scholarships perpetuating Yoni's memory by inspiring young people to do more and care more. The Yoni Jesner Foundation encourages and supports voluntary communal service schemes and provides scholarships for young people who wish to spend time studying in Israel. Marsha speaks to audiences around the world about the work of the Foundation.

Jonny Benjamin

Mental Health Campaigner

Jonny is a British mental health campaigner, author and vlogger. In January 2014 he launched a social media campaign called Find 'Mike' to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness. It went viral and received global media attention. Jonny now speaks to audiences all over the world about mental illness and his personal story.

Neil Lazarus

Communications Consultant & Middle-East Political Expert

Neil Lazarus is an internationally acclaimed expert in the fields of Middle-East politics, public diplomacy and effective communication training. He has advised numerous organisations including the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNESCO, Jewish Agency for Israel and Herzilya IDC. He speaks to over 30,000 people each year around the world and is one of Israel's leading informal educators.

Tamir Goodman

American-Israeli Basketball Player and Motivational Speaker

Dubbed by Sports Illustrated magazine as the 'Jewish Jordan', Tamir is a former American-Israeli basketball player who was ranked 25th-best high school player in the country. He accepted a scholarship from Towson University and then in 2002 moved to Israel and signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Since fully retiring from playing in 2009, Tamir has established his reputation as a sought-after motivational speaker, coach, and educator. He is the founder and director of the non-profit Coolanu Israel, creator and CEO of Sport Strings Tzitzit, author of The Jewish Jordan's Triple Threat, and the inventor of the Zone190 training aid.

Charlotte Korchak

Director of International Student Programmes – StandWithUs

Charlotte Korchak is the Director of International Student Programmes at StandWithUs Israel. Charlotte graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Middle Eastern History. Initially serving as the West Coast Campus Coordinator, she then made aliyah and became the Diaspora Education Coordinator at StandWithUs Israel. In her current role, Charlotte works with over 6,000 students a year from nearly every continent educating them about Israel and training them to be effective activists in their high schools, universities, and communities worldwide. She has quickly become one of the foremost public speakers in her field.