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In 2022, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Sagol Family launched The Bloomberg Sagol Center for City Leadership at Tel Aviv University to strengthen local leadership across Israel. The program aims to help mayors of cities across Israel – north and south, large and small, Jewish- and Arab led – deliver better public services to residents, strengthen social bonds, and deepen ties to the global community of innovative city leaders.

Programs

Accessible list of programs
Leadership Program
The Bloomberg Sagol leadership program at Tel Aviv University was established to help mayors and senior managers expand their leadership and management skills and the ability to deal with complex challenges to improve the performance of the authorities as well as the quality of life for their residents.
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Innovation Track
The Innovation Track works with Israeli municipalities to implement innovation in a specifically chosen municipal challenge - through a structured process that includes research, learning, and implementation, developing initiatives, and intervention in the field.
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Policy Papers
The Policy Paper is part of the Center’s offering to mayors participating in the leadership program and aims to assist them in managing a complex strategic issue in their local authority.
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Data Track
The Data Track is designed to enhance local authorities' management capabilities for data-driven decision-making. The premise behind our work is that authorities that use data to make decisions will be more effective and provide a better service to the community. Our track entails assisting the local authority's management from selecting the challenge they encounter to creating a work plan based on insights from an orderly data-driven approach, as well as building the infrastructure for implementation.
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Leadership Program
Innovation Track
Policy Papers
Data Track
Leadership Program
The Bloomberg Sagol leadership program at Tel Aviv University was established to help mayors and senior managers expand their leadership and management skills and the ability to deal with complex challenges to improve the performance of the authorities as well as the quality of life for their residents.
Innovation Track
The Innovation Track works with Israeli municipalities to implement innovation in a specifically chosen municipal challenge - through a structured process that includes research, learning, and implementation, developing initiatives, and intervention in the field.
Policy Papers
The Policy Paper is part of the Center’s offering to mayors participating in the leadership program and aims to assist them in managing a complex strategic issue in their local authority.
Data Track
The Data Track is designed to enhance local authorities' management capabilities for data-driven decision-making. The premise behind our work is that authorities that use data to make decisions will be more effective and provide a better service to the community. Our track entails assisting the local authority's management from selecting the challenge they encounter to creating a work plan based on insights from an orderly data-driven approach, as well as building the infrastructure for implementation.
Leadership Program
תוכנית המנהיגות
Innovation Track
מסלול החדשנות
Policy Papers
ניירות מדיניות
Data Track
מסלול דאטה
תוכנית המנהיגות
מסלול החדשנות
ניירות מדיניות
מסלול דאטה

Testimonials

Accessible list of testimonials

Gil Simenhaus

General Manager, Yehud-Monosson
״During the program, I gained practical tools aimed at improvement and change. A notable shift from a critical mindset to a growth mindset stands out among these transformative tools.״

Itzik Danino

Mayor of Ofakim
״An internationally oriented program designed to furnish tools and cultivate a deeper understanding of the issues crucial for the success of the head of the local authority״

Israel Gal

Mayor of Kiryat Ono
״Throughout the program, I encountered a distinctive approach to learning and underwent an extraordinary personal journey״

Lior Ben- Tarya

CFO, Kiryat Ono
״Strengthening the capacity to comprehend and connect with the team, recognizing the significance of collaborative efforts to optimize the inherent abilities and potential within each team member.״

Yaela Machlis

Mayor of Yehud-Monosson
״The program proved beneficial in reinforcing teamwork and fostering a sense of urban pride״

Maor Hiablochnik

Deputy Director General, Givatayim
״The program provided a unique chance for candid and open dialogues with colleagues from different authorities, fostering a platform for mutual learning and enhancing our capabilities in leading and managing the systems and individuals entrusted to our care.״

Raanan Shmaya

Deputy Director of the City Improvement Department, Givatayim
״A noteworthy takeaway from the program was the realization that we are not isolated in the municipal field and our challenges are shared by our colleagues. The greater our education, the broader our network of colleagues, and the deeper our collaborations, the higher the standard of service we can provide to both residents and internal authorities״

Moshe Fadlon

Mayor of Herzliya
״My arsenal of tools for leadership, decision-making, and crisis management has been significantly expanded.״

Liat Shohat

Mayor of Or Yehuda
״I acquired the space for creation, enabling me to design and implement practical tools for immediate application״

Nisan Ben Hamo

Mayor of Arad
״The program provided me with a unique opportunity to refine my leadership skills, master effective collaboration with work teams, and leverage the power of data and technology for informed decision-making״

Rina Yosef

Treasurer, Arad
״Beyond broadening my knowledge and professional network, I cultivated a heightened sense of self-awareness.״

Ran Kunik

Mayor of Givatayim
״This program delves into crucial aspects vital for fulfilling our duties, encompassing leadership, employee motivation, data-based management, and teamwork.״

Rotem Yadlin

Mayor of Gezer Regional council
״This program exposed me to innovative knowledge in the municipal field and the chance to become part of a network of high-quality and significant colleagues״

Amit Kapuza

Council Engineer, Gezer
״The sessions with colleagues from different authorities provided a profound and meaningful exploration of issues that impact us collectively. Notably, the program exhibits exceptional quality, marked by a high level of investment, and is adept at customization to suit the specific needs of the group״

Khaled Abo Farwa

City engineer, Umm al-Fahm
״In addition to acquiring new methods and tools, I have also strengthened my professional identity״

Israel Gantz

Mayor of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council
״The tools I received from the program significantly enhanced my role and effectiveness in the local authority, improving its management and augmenting the service provided to residents.״

Tzvika Brot

Mayor of Bat Yam
״The program provided a secure environment for me to learn from my peers, facilitating the exchange of experiences and the invaluable exchange of advice. It became a crucible for developing tools to think innovatively, encouraging me to explore beyond conventional boundaries.״

Yodfat Afek Arazi

CEO, Bat Yam
״The ability to step outside of our daily routines and analyze processes from a deeper perspective has enhanced the quality of management, administrative tools, and professional skills.״

Samir Mahamid

Mayor of Umm al-Fahm
״A research-based program that furnishes practical tools and serves as a platform for the mutual exchange of ideas״

Shay Hajaj

Mayor of Merhavim Regional council
״The leadership program is not only rich in practical content but also meticulously invested in even the smallest details. Among the myriad lessons it imparted, one standout was learning the art of boosting staff psychological confidence.״

Moshe Koninsky

Mayor of Karmiel
״The program focused on enhancing leadership skills, fostering peer learning, and honing negotiation expertise —an accolade bestowed upon a head of authority״

Akab Zaidan

Director of the Human Capital Management Division, Daliyat el-Karmel
״Integrating theory and practice to elevate both daily and strategic operations.״

Rafik Halabi

Mayor of Daliyat el-Karmel Local council
״There are roots entrenched in the valley of the earth, with a head reaching towards the clouds—a profound sense of belonging and identity intertwined with a spirit of innovation and modernity.״

Jacob Raavad

Legal Advisor, Bnei Brak
״The program presents a splendid opportunity to gain exposure to unique knowledge within a high-quality and fertile environment.״

Arik Adler

City Treasurer, Bnei Brak
״The synergy between the mayor and the professional team fosters innovative thinking and the capacity to learn and implement. ״

Mirit Katz

CEO of the Association for Education, Culture and Sports, Drom Hasharon
״Engaging with the community of senior managers in local authorities has been instrumental in honing my management and decision-making skills.״

Oshrat Gani Gonen

Mayor of Drom-Hasharon Regional Council
״The tools I received were excellent for managing my authority more effectively״

Yaseen Azbarga

Director of Engineering Department, Kseifa
״The conducive environment not only fosters trust but also facilitates seamless collaboration with other authorities.״

Mordechai Biton

Council Treasurer, Kseifa
״Equipped with practical tools imparted by leading experts in the field, I've enhanced my management skills within the Authority.״

Abed El-Aziz Nasesra

Mayor of Kseifa Local council
״I acquired a wealth of knowledge and gained insights into the realm of heads of authorities, spanning diverse sectors and confronting varied challenges״

Inbal Dror Heiman

Treasurer, Kfar - Yona
״This professional and in-depth study significantly augments the leadership capabilities of local authorities.״

Sassi Megido

City General Manage
״I've cultivated a new perspective on the challenges I encounter as a manager, and concurrently, I've forged valuable connections with colleagues from different authorities.״

Shoshi Kahlon Kidor

Mayor of Kfar - Yona
״The program presented an opportunity to equip oneself with valuable work tools, to glean insights from colleagues and to temporarily step back from authority for the purpose of rejuvenation״
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