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Our Demeter specialists comprise an exceptional team of experts actively engaged in agriculture, water and energy projects and programs around the world. Their breadth of expertise and depth of experience provide our clients with access to the very latest in research, technology, policy and strategic planning. Demeter specialists are, therefore, uniquely able to respond with relevant and appropriate solutions to specific conditions and needs wherever we are working.

Alon Gadiel is an agricultural expert and consultant in horticulture and postharvest production. His work focuses on rural planning, financial management, economic forecasting, fundraising, and in particular, on managing and evaluating projects on desert agriculture involving vegetable production. Working with government agencies, innovators, and international institutions and organizations, Gadiel has extensive experience and knowledge in water systems, irrigation and fertigation, controlled environment and protected cultivation, organic agriculture, aquaculture, plant protection and bio-organic plant protection, soilless substrates, and environmental issues. Mr. Gadiel served as the Director of Central and Northern Arava R&D where he conducted research on agricultural and rural developmental projects in the domain of desert agriculture.  He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the "Yair Guron Scholarship Fund" for studies in agriculture and environment in the Arava region. Currently Gadiel consults for international organizations and companies specializing in agro-economic projects worldwide and lectures at local and international seminars. He serves as the director and manager of AMEP (Arava Medfly Eradication Project), an international S.I.T project on both sides of the Israeli/Jordanian border in the Arava Valley, and as the director and coordinator of the annual Arava Open Day Event, one of the largest agricultural exhibitions in Israel. Mr. Gadiel earned his B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Amos Levin is a global specialist in Post-Harvest operations. Levin has an undergraduate and graduate degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Agriculture faculty. Levin studied for his doctorate and wrote a thesis on air-controlled fruit storage in Rehovot’s Agriculture faculty, jointly with UCD Davis in the US. Moreover, he has a master’s degree in Public Policy (Tel Aviv University). In the 70s, Levin founded and managed deciduous and sub-tropical plantations. In the 80s, he managed a Peruvian plantation project on behalf of the Department of International Cooperation of the Agriculture and Foreign Affairs Ministries and the company Agridev. Since then, he was the head of a long line of companies, and since 2003 he is the CEO and chairman of Galil Cooling – Israel’s largest cooling house for fruit and vegetables storage. Levin guided, managed professional courses, advised, and examined countless agricultural activities in South America, Europe and Asia, on behalf of both private and governmental companies.

Dovik Oppenheim is a crop protection specialist for deciduous fruit, who has worked for the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture's Extension Service for over twenty years. He was involved in the most up-to-date research activity in his field, which he translated into hands-on advice and instruction to growers. He was involved in extending the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods, publishing several booklets and instructing growers on the subject. As part of his job, Mr. Oppenheim handled statewide pest issues and published more than twenty popular papers and a guidebook on IPM methods in pome fruits; he also co-authored more than one hundred professional and scientific papers. After retiring from the Extension Service in 2010, he worked for the Galilee Research Institute (Migal) for two more years, managing two projects:  the northern region section of the Israeli Statewide Med Fly project and the Northern Hula Valley Regional IPM project, and continues to provide consultation services. Mr. Oppenheim has a B.Sc. in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Haim D. Rabinowich, PhD is a noted expert and researcher in the physiology, genetics and breeding of field crops and vegetables. He is a professor in the Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has served as Chairman of the Department of Field and Vegetable Crops as well as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Services. Dr. Rabinowitch is a member of the Consultation Board of the American-Asian Journal of Scientific Research and has also headed the Faculty of Agriculture Research Committee. Haim Rabinowitch has earned international recognition for expertise and special achievement in crop improvement in developing countries, including increasing yield, quality and tolerance to stress conditions.  His interests also include raw products research, floral and fertility restoration, oxygen toxicity in plants, and seed production including the physiology and genetics of pollination and fertilization processes.  Dr. Rabinowitch earned his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nehemia Aharoni, PhD is Professor Emeritus at the Volcani Center, Agricultural Research Institute; his work has focused on postharvest and food sciences and has served as the Head of the Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce. Dr. Aharoni is a recognized expert in anti-aging processes and the effects of the  use of growth hormones in plants and flowers. Has earned an international reputation and commercial success developing “breathable” plastic packaging for controlling respiratory gases and humidity.  His research has resulted in the development of distinctive packaging allowing for long-distance transport and increased life and viability for numerous leafy vegetables and spices. Nehemia Aharoni  earned his PhD from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture. He has served as Deputy Director of the Volcani Institute for Technology and Storage of Agricultural Products, and from 1998-2001 served as Director of the Institute. He currently lectures  and continues research activities focused on spices for export.

Zohar Hanani is a third-generation nursery specialist. He has owned and managed a fruit tree nursery for over 25 years, specializing in producing and marketing deciduous fruit tree plants. Mr. Hanani is an expert on cultivating varieties of peach, nectarine, plum ,cherry , apricot, pear, apple, almond, pomegranate , persimmon and quince trees .He has a B.Sc. in agricultural engineering - where he specialized in agricultural machines - from the Technion, Israel's technological institute.