Category Archives: They make the world


Bernard-Henri Lévy – Philosopher

Bernard-Henri Lévy (commonly named “BHL”) is a French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe. He is the author of over 30 books, including works of philosophy, fiction, and biography, as well as several documentary films.

On Tuesday 22nd March, I attended one of his conferences organized by The Hexagon Institute in London. He signed for me his latest book “L’Esprit du Judaïsme” (“The Spirit of Judaism“), a reference to the book written in the 1790s by the french author and politician François-René de Chateaubriand: “Génie du christianisme” (“The Genius of Christianity“).


Jimmy Wales – Co-Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is the co-founder of Wikipedia. He came to speak at Tel Aviv University and I was fortunate enough to listen to him as part of the trip I co-organized (University College London MSc Technology Entrepreneurship).


Hillel Neuer – Executive Director of UN Watch

Hillel C. Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally from Montreal, Neuer has written on law, politics and international affairs for publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Juriste International, Commentary, The New Republic Online and the Christian Science Monitor.

He appears regularly before the UN Human Rights Council, intervening for a range of causes including the rape victims of Darfur, political prisoners in Cuba, and Middle East peace.

Freddie Knoller

Freddie Knoller – Shoah survivor

Freddie Knoller was born into a cultured Viennese family in 1921. When the Germans entered Austria, he fled west. He became a “tourist guide” and pimp for the Nazi soldiers in Paris. He joined the French Resistance, but was betrayed to the authorities by a spurned lover. The French police handed him to the Gestapo and he was sent by cattle truck to a concentration camp.

As the allies advanced, Freddie went on a number of death-marches from one concentration camp to another. His supreme optimism and determination to live saved him. His parents perished, but his two brothers had escaped to the U.S.A. Freddie married an English woman, and became a successful businessman.


Johan Verbeke – Belgian ambassador to United Kingdom

Lunch with HE Mr Johan Verbeke, current Belgian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Prior to serving in London, Verbeke was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG). He was formerly the permanent representative of Belgium to the United Nations and to its Security Council. He was briefly the UN special coordinator for Lebanon, serving as the United Nations Secretary General’s representative in Lebanon. Prior to that, he had been the Chef de Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Zigi Shipper – Shoah survivor

Mr Zigi Shipper was 14 when he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. He described himself as lucky to have survived and said he felt he owed it to those who did not survive to keep talking about what had happened.

He said: “Whole families were wiped out – who will tell their story?”

At King's College London


Matthew Gould – British Ambassador to Israel

Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, and his wife Celia arrived in Israel on 12 September 2010. 

At King's College London

Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Daniel Cohn-Bendit – European MP

Daniel Cohn-Bendit is a French-born German politician, active in both countries. He was a student leader during the unrest of May 1968 in France and he was also known during that time as “Dany le Rouge” (French for “Danny the Red”, because of both his politics and the color of his hair). He is currently co-president of the group European Greens–European Free Alliance in the European Parliament, becoming “Dany le Vert” (French for “Danny the Green”, because of his new fight for ecology).

Dan Schueftan

Dr. Dan Schueftan

Dr. Dan Schueftan has served as an advisor to Israel’s National Security Council, and to former Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon.

In London

Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell founded WPP in 1985 and has been Chief Executive throughout. WPP is now the world’s largest advertising and marketing company with revenues of £9.3 billion, a valuation of over £8 billion and 140,000 employees in 107 countries around the world.

At University College London

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