Ms. Irith Rappaport was born in Israel, raised in Geneva, and graduated from New York University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Today, though her primary residence is in Tel Aviv, Ms. Rappaport travels extensively to the United States and Europe throughout the year.
As the Deputy Chairperson of the Rappaport Family Foundation, Ms. Rappaport has managed many projects on behalf of the Foundation, including: the construction of the Ruth Children Hospital at the Rambam Medical Campus in Haifa; the establishment of numerous family prize awards in the arts, sciences, and women of outstanding achievements; and the organization and supervision of special events.
Ms. Rappaport is the Vice Chairperson of the Bruce and Ruth Rappaport Foundation. She is a major supporter of the arts and education in Israel and internationally. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, as well as on the Museum’s Board of Directors and is the President of the Israeli Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Board of the American Friends of the Museum. Further leadership commitments include: Board of Directors, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Board of Governors and member of the Executive Board of Directors of Shenkar Institute of Design and Technology; founding member of the Institute of Law and Philanthropy at Tel Aviv University; International and Israeli Board of Directors, Jewish Funder’s Network; Board of Directors and Chairperson of Biorap (the technological transfer commercial company of the Rappaport Institute of Biomedical Research); and Deputy Chairperson of the Rappaport Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Technion. More recently Ms. Rappaport has recently joined the International Directors’ Council of the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Opera. She is a founding member of the initiative “Committed to Give”, an organization which promotes Israeli Philanthropy (http://www.ctg.org.il).
As the current Vice President for Financial and Corporate Communication at Policy Ltd., Irith has over 25 years of experience in international business development, management, project start up, negotiations and operations, budget and financial controls, government and labor relations, investor relations and communications. Ms. Rappaport has set up service and business operations abroad (including management and training activities) on behalf of foreign investors, in cooperation with government enterprises and local institutions.
Also in her role since 1998 as the Vice President International Client Relations and Corporate Communication and Business Development with Policy Ltd., Irith has taken an active role in Business and Political Communication Management in the Tel Aviv and International Relations Division. She is responsible for Policy’s multi- national clients and their affiliated activities. In this role, Ms. Rappaport is primarily responsible for multinational clients in: the pharmaceutical and medical device industry; banking and finance sector; consumer and service companies; and the energy and industrial sector. During her years as a strategic and crisis management consultant with Policy, Irith has accrued vast experience in international media relations.
Prior to joining Policy, Irith spent seven years in the CIS as Chief Operating Officer supervising projects in Moscow, St Petersburg, Uzbekistan and other republics, where she represented foreign investors for IVOG oil exploration and production in Georgia.
She also served as Vice President for Operations for the Inter Maritime Group in Geneva, Switzerland and later as the group’s Project Development Manager. In this capacity, she was responsible for sensitive business negotiations, management of investor interest in joint ventures with government agencies, and the establishment of overseas business operations.