Tel Aviv University Trust (TAU Trust) provides direct funding support for the educational and research goals of Tel Aviv University, Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, facilitated by enhanced public awareness of the University’s achievements and programming through the development of a strong local network of support. TAU Trust is based in London, leads fundraising activities for Tel Aviv University.
TAU Trust invites TAU Professors to share their research and knowledge with British audiences to strengthen the University’s reputation in the UK, and encourages academic collaborations with TAU and UK Universities. TAU Trust hosts 15 events per year, ranging in scale from small breakfasts to large scale fundraisers. TAU Trust uses these events as a vehicle to raise awareness of Israel’s largest University as well as raising funding to support it. Over the course of the past few months we have run many high-profile events for the wider community.
As part of a global network of friends associations TAU Trust facilitates academic and research partnerships between UK and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research, cultivating student and faculty exchanges and recruiting British students to participate in the TAU International Programmes.
TAU Trust is approved by the Fundraising Regulator. You can find out more here.
Israel is the largest net exporter of academic human capital in the world. More than 275 scientists and scholars have returned to Tel Aviv since 2010. Tel Aviv University is making long-term commitments – delivering a creative, interdisciplinary academic environment and state-of-the-art laboratories; delivering top-of-the-line graduate students and research associates – the best Israel has to offer.
By supporting Tel Aviv University, you will be supporting Israel’s finest academic institution.
Many of Israel’s leaders in medicine, technology, law, music, film, and governments are graduates, including Israel’s first astronaut, Ilan Ramon. The university has steadily risen in the Times Higher Education- QS World University Rankings to 114th place, up from 188th in 2005. In the number of citations per faculty, TAU is ranked 21st in the world. The institution and its staff are striving to achieve even higher standards but need your support as our constituents and stakeholders to do this. Founded in 1956, Tel Aviv University has grown into the largest and most influential university in Israel today. From ground-breaking research to life-saving technology, TAU is shaping the future of Israeli society and producing alumni that become tomorrow’s leaders, teachers and innovators.
Tel Aviv University is Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, with over 30,000 students studying across nine faculties, 29 schools and 98 departments. TAU’s rise as a world-renowned university in a mere fifty years demonstrates the power of vision and dedication.
In 2017, Forbes magazine reported that TAU ranks in the top ten when it comes to start-ups with billion dollar valuations. Read more about the ranking here.
TAU ranks 1st in Israel in the number and impact of scientific publications
TAU ranks 8th in the world for graduates with successful startups
With 30,000 students, TAU is Israel’s largest university
TAU ranks 10th outside the USA for US patent granted
TAU operates a top 15 ranked film school and a top 30 business school
Over 280 institutions in 46 countries have academic cooperation agreements with TAU
Over 3,000 international students from over 60 countries study at TAU every year
Israel is the 3rd most educated country in the OECD and ranks 1st for researchers per population
Israel ranks 3rd in the world for innovation (out of 137 countries)
Tel Aviv ranks as the 3rd best city in the world for tech businesses and 6th best for startup ecosystems
David Meller CBE is a prominent businessman and community leader. Meller began his career at Marks and Spencer before joining his family’s business, Julius A. Meller Holdings Plc, and today he serves as joint chairman of the company, one of the largest luxury home and beauty suppliers in the UK. Formerly Vice- Chairman of Watford Football Club from 1997 to 2006, he now concentrates on educational ventures. David was one of a group of sponsors who, in 2005, established The Harefield Academy. Meller received a CBE in the 2018 new year’s honours list.
David serves on the boards of the Policy Exchange and the JAFFA Institute and Greenhouse Sports & Performing Arts and is Chair of the National Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network. In 2008 David became the sole sponsor of what was to become The Bushey Academy which opened in 2009.
Meller has been involved with TAU Trust for many years and has long acted as a driving force behind the Association. In 2009, He received an Honorary Fellowship from Tel Aviv University in recognition of his standing as a prominent businessman and engaged humanitarian; his entrepreneurial success in building up the family business into a flourishing consumer products group; his widespread endeavours on behalf of children, youth, the infirm and the needy, both in Israel and the UK; and in special recognition of his valued leadership of the Tel Aviv University Trust in Great Britain and his generous support of young faculty recruitment at the University.
Asaf’s current role is Strategic Customer Success at Google. Prior to that he was the Head of Innovation at Amazon Web Services, and was a member of the senior leadership team in the UK & Ireland.
Asaf brings more than 20 years of diverse top-tier technology and business experience in multiple sectors from MAMRAM (Israeli Defence Forces software development unit), Training & Education, Gaming, Smart Mobility, and Big-Tech (Amazon).
As a Product and Innovation leader, Asaf built and scaled product organisations, successfully launched products to global markets, coached and mentored founders, and has often been invited to deliver thought-leadership workshops, keynotes and panels and co-leads the Israeli Tech Parliament in London.
Susan has worked for many ‘not for profit’ organisations both for UK based Jewish Charities and various British Friends of Israeli organisations developing and implementing Major Gift Campaigns to help increase their income and profile. Since 2014, Susan has worked as Development Director of The British Friends of Merchavim and also assists, in a voluntary capacity, as an advisor to a number of small charities.
She serves as a Governor of Tel Aviv University and also sits on its Standing Committee.
Online media pioneer Marc Worth has been involved as a founder, executive and operational leader in the consumer and media industries for over 25 years – a career that has seen him revolutionise the trends information business.
He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Stylus, a trends intelligence company that he founded in 2009 to provide comprehensive consumer research and insight to a broad spectrum of clients. Today, Stylus works across 20 consumer-facing industries, and its intelligence is used by more than 500 businesses globally. It also offers a bespoke client service, Stylus Advisory.
In 1997, Marc co-founded WGSN, the world’s first online information service for the fashion industry, which went on to become “the fashion industry bible” (The Wall Street Journal) and was sold to Emap in 2005.
Marc is a keen investor and mentor of new businesses and young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. He has served as the Chairman for both UK Israel Business (UKIB) and Israel’s Shenkar College Board of Governors. He is also a Trustee of The Tel Aviv Foundation and the Chairman of TLVinLDN.
Edwin Wulfsohn, BA (University of Cape Town), MBA (Columbia University)
Worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, London and Johannesburg.
Former chair Stenham Ltd and Trans Zambesi Ltd.
Trustee and chair Investment Committee Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity and Caine Prize for African Writing. Director Chairmen’s Forum. Co-chair of TAU Funds and Trusts Committee
Cara Grabel Case is the Chief Executive of the TAU Trust headquartered in London with responsibility for the Trust’s activities in the United Kingdom. She has run the TAU Trust since 2008. Once a relatively small charity, she has significantly raised the profile of Tel Aviv University in the UK by cultivating and engaging new donors, initiating a series of high profile annual events, launching marketing and fundraising campaigns, expanding its Board of Directors, nurturing collaborations with other charities, and broadening the university’s programmes for TAU alumni, women and young professionals.
Prior to working with the Trust, she lived in Hong for 10 years where she worked at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre, running their corporate membership and President’s Circle major donor program from 1998 until 2003. Before she relocated to Hong Kong, she worked for the New York City Ballet, writing corporate grant proposals and managing major events.
Born in New Rochelle, NY, she has a BA in History of Art from the University of Michigan. She is married to Andrew Case, General Counsel at Duet Group, and has 3 sons.
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