UJIA appoints new Chief Executive
The United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) have announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive, Michael Wegier, who will take over from outgoing CEO Douglas Krikler in September.
Wegier emigrated London in 1989 and has spent the last five years as Executive Director of Melitz Educational Institute in Jerusalem, where he was responsible for setting and implementing the overall strategy of the organisation, fundraising and the development of strategic partnerships with major Israeli and overseas Jewish organisations.
Prior to that, Wegier had spent five years as a shaliach (an emissary seconded from Israel) with UJIA, based in London in the role of Director of Programme and Planning from 2002-2007, where he led the development of UJIA's strategy for Jewish education in the UK in areas of informal Jewish Education, Israel Experience Programmes and Educational Leadership. During that time, Wegier was also central in helping to develop UJIA's new Galil-focused Israel strategy in co-ordination with the Israeli Ministry of Education and Ministry for Development of the Negev and Galil, the Jewish Agency and Israeli and international foundations.
Commenting on the appointment, UJIA Chairman, Mick Davis said: "We are delighted to have appointed someone of Michael Wegier's skills and experience to this post, at an important time in the development of UJIA and in the context of the evolving relationship between Israel and the Diaspora, where UJIA and the British Jewish community continue to play such an important and historic role. Michael is a hugely respected professional, who combines both a profound knowledge and understanding of Israel and the Jewish world with top level leadership and management experience. He inherits a first class team and a firm foundation on which to build for the future and we look forward to welcoming him on board."
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