Director of the Israel–Middle East Relations Programall posts by Ksenia Svetlova
Ksenia Svetlova is the Director of the Israel–Middle East Relations Program at Mitvim, an expert on Middle Eastern Studies and a former member of Knesset. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and made aliyah to Israel with her family in 1991. Former MK Svetlova holds a BA and MA in Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is fluent in Arabic. She served for 14 years as a reporter and analyst on Arab Affairs on Channel 9, covering Gaza and the West Bank and reporting from Tahrir Square, Damascus, Beirut, Manama, and Tripoli. Her reports and op-eds have been published by the Washington Post, Jerusalem Post, BBC, Kommersant, Al-Monitor and other Israeli and international media. She served as a Member of Knesset in the 20th Knesset and was a member of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. She currently chairs the public council of the Israeli Society for International Development (SID) and is a research fellow at IDC Herzliya.
Former MK Svetlova can be followed on Twitter @KseniaSvetlova.