THE Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) have announced Sydney-based David Solomon as their new federal CEO.
A talented business leader with a broad range of industry, not-for-profit and communal experience, Solomon has held various roles in business management, strategic and operational consulting, business coaching, mentoring, leadership and executive search.
Most recently he spent three years working as national philanthropy executive for the Australian Red Cross.
“As AFTAU positions itself for an exciting future, we were looking for an enthusiastic and proactive fundraising professional with a commercial approach, who can think strategically, build relationships and deliver results. David fit that bill perfectly,” said AFTAU federal chairman Clive Donner.
Solomon said he is very excited to be working with AFTAU.
“I feel a tremendous alignment with the Tel Aviv University objectives of pursuing the next big idea, the next challenge, the next mystery that will advance human knowledge and improve all of our lives,” he said.
“And after 13 years on the board of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, it means I have an inherent understanding of the role of AFTAU to serve as a dynamic bridge between two inspired communities — Australia and Israel.”
Many people in the community also know Solomon as a singer and actor. He most notably played the role of Tevye in Moriah College’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof in 1994 and 2018.
AFTAU’s role is to promote Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Australia generating support, funds and opportunities to advance the University. It provides scholarships for financially underprivileged Israeli students, direct support of research within TAU, and collaborative research between TAU and Australian Universities and Corporations.
Founded in 1956, TAU is Israel’s largest and most comprehensive higher learning and research institution, offering 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities and arts, Israel’s biggest bio-medical research and teaching complex and 128 research centres.
It leads Israel in the number and impact of research publications and was ranked eighth in the world and first outside the USA in terms in an international index of entrepreneurs in 2020.