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How the “Start-Up Nation” Needs to Step Up In Order to Keep Up

An IDF Perspective on Israel’s Human Resource Challenges With Keren Ben-Natan Kruger

Israel lives in a challenging environment, one in which scientific and technical education plays an existential role and is increasingly necessary for the survival of the state. How will Israel continue to meet its need for experts in science, technology, cyber-security, mathematics and engineering? What steps can and should be taken to draw from diverse sectors of the population to meet this human resource challenge – and what role can the IDF play?
We’ll hear a fascinating perspective from Keren Ben-Natan Kruger, a recently-retired IDF Lt. Colonel, and daughter of Beth Am member Rafi Ben-Natan (z"l), of blessed memory. As part of her 25 year career with the IDF, from 2009-2017 Keren headed up two branches in the IDF's Personnel Planning and Management Division. She guided the IDF Academic Reserve Program, and worked on strategic personnel planning and research for the IDF.

Keren was born in the United States, and has lived in Israel since 1988. She received her  B.A. in Psychology and Criminology from Bar Ilan University and her MSC in Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University. She is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute's IDF Program in Educational Leadership. She and her husband, Allan, live in Hod Hasharon with their three children, Noa, Maya and Yonatan.

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