Ophir Pines Paz is Head of the Institute for Local Government at Tel Aviv University. The Institute has five main fields of operation: Academic teaching; research and policy papers; professional training and seminars; projects and urban entrepreneurship; and the Local Government Leadership Forum. As the founder of the Institute for Local Government at the Social Sciences Faculty, he has also initiated a division in the Public Policy Masters' Course addressing the relationships between the central and the local governments. He is Fellow at the I.O.P Kennedy school, Harvard University.
Formerly Israel’s Minister of the Interior, Minister of Science, Culture and Sports and Chair of Knesset Committees for the Interior and Constitution, Law and Justice. Was awarded “Knights of Quality Government”, “Ometz Award” by Citizens for Good Governance and Social Justice and “Amitai Award” for honest management and integrity. Mr. Pines Paz was Chairman of the Ghetto Fighters' House (Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum) and served on the board of the Israeli Olympic Committee as the voluntary Chairman of the Israel Gymnastics Association.
The areas of his academic interest include: leadership; the relationships between the central and the local governments; legislative branch (parliament).
Selected papers and op-eds:
- List of publications can be found here.