Board of Trustees

Mr. Ronald S. Lauder

Mr. Ronald S. Lauder

Honorary President

International philanthropist, diplomat, public servant, entrepreneur, investor and patron of the arts, Ronald S. Lauder is deeply committed to his Jewish heritage.

In 1983, Mr. Lauder served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Affairs, and in 1986 he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Austria by President Ronald Reagan.

In 1987, he established The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, which now has 20 Jewish schools, kindergartens and summer camps throughout 15 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Over 4,200 children attend these schools today, and 2,500 children attend the summer camps. Over the years, the Foundation has educated more than 50,000 children in a region that was devoid of Jewish scholarship and has helped build thriving Jewish communities throughout this area. Mr. Lauder also created an International Student Exchange Program between Jewish high school students in New York and Vienna.

Encouraged by the success of the Foundation, and passionate about the power of Jewish day schools, The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, together with five other Jewish foundations and organizations and in partnership with the Government of Israel, established a new charitable entity. Educating for Impact (EFI), of which Mr. Lauder serves as Honorary President, works with 20 Jewish communities across Europe. EFI inspires thousands of Jewish children and their families to become active, engaged members of both their local and their global Jewish community.

In February of 1999, Mr. Lauder was elected Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. His selection by the Conference followed his election in 1997 as President of the Jewish National Fund, of which he now serves as Chairman-Emeritus. Through his work with JNF-KKL, Mr. Lauder established the Lauder Employment Center in the old city of Beersheba. He also serves as Chairman of the Friends of Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation as well as being a member of the International Auschwitz Council.

In June 2007, Mr. Lauder was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress and has served as the organization’s President ever since. In this capacity, Mr. Lauder meets with heads of countries, diplomats and religious leaders, representing Jewish communities in 100 countries around the world. Mr. Lauder’s name is synonymous with flourishing Jewish life across the globe.

The son of the late Estée and Joseph Lauder, founders of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Mr. Lauder was born on February 26, 1944. He holds a B.A. in International Business from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Paris and received a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels. Mr. Lauder is married to Jo Carole Knopf.

Professor David Latchman

Professor David Latchman

Chairman

Professor David Latchman is Master (CEO) and Professor of Genetics at Birkbeck University of London, a post he has held since 2003.

Prior to this he was Dean of the Institute of Child Health at University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He is Chairman and Trustee of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, Trustee of the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Philanthropic Foundation and a member of the Protector Committee of the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Charitable Foundation . He is also a Board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Centre (JDC). He founded a company BioVex Ltd which was ultimately sold to Amgen Ltd. Its anti-cancer virus therapy has received FDA approval for marketing in the USA. Professor Latchman holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from Cambridge University and was awarded a DSc by London University. He was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday’s Honours of 2010 for services to Higher Education.

Helen Abeles

Joelle Aflalo

Vladimir Dribinskiy

Kate Goldberg

David Schizer

Joshua Spinner