Prof. Galia Sabar
Galia Sabar is the president of Ruppin Academic Center and former head of the African Studies at Tel Aviv University. For the past 25 years her work has focused on four main themes: Ethiopian Jews (in Ethiopia and Israel); World Migrations with special emphasis on African migrants and refugees; Socio-political factors affecting HIV/AIDS prevention education in East Africa and the relation between religion and politics in Africa. Her publications include five books, two edited volumes and 38 articles in academic journals.
Parallel to her role as a scientist Galia is an activist in several Israeli and international NGO's including Jerusalem AIDS Project; Hotline for Migrants and Refugees, IRAC, Israel Religious Action Center and NALA – fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases. For her work that combines academic excellence and social action she received in 2009 the Unsung Heroes Award, granted by the Dalai Lama. In 2015 she was awarded by the Mayor of Tel Aviv a special prize for her international development efforts.