Address: Golda Center, 23 Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv 64367
Education: B.A. Studies, Miami Dade College (77).
Current Positions: Owner, The Arison Group, a global business and philanthropic group;
Member of the Board, Arison Investments; Holds controlling stake in Bank Hapoalim, Shikun & Binui
and Salt of the Earth; Founder and Owner, Miya; Member of the Board, The Ted Arison Family Foundation,
Essence of Life and All One; Initiator, Good Deeds Day, operated by Ruach Tova; Founder, Matan-Investing in the Community and goodnet.org; Member of the Board, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.
Past Positions: Chairman of the Board, The Arison Group, Arison Investments, The Ted Arison Family Foundation, Essence of Life and All One.
Awards and Recognition: Ranked No. 57 on Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women (2011);
Ranked No. 2 on Forbes World’s Greenest Billionaires (2010); Listed on Forbes World’s 50 Most Influential Women (2008); Twice chosen Women of the Year by Globes (2007, 2009); Received the America-Israel Friendship League’s Partners for Democracy Award for her contribution to the economies of America and Israel (2010); Named as an Honorary Fellow of the Decade at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya (2005).
Chairman, The Ted Arison Family Foundation
Current Positions: Chairman, The Ted Arison Family Foundation; Member of the Board,
Arison Investments; Member of the Board, Matan - Investing in the Community; Member of the Board, Tel Aviv Museum; Founder, Artport Tel-Aviv - the new arena for emerging artists.
Previous Positions: CEO, The Ted Arison Family Foundation.
For the past 10 years, held various positions in The Ted Arison Family Foundation.
Under his leadership, the foundation realizes its strategy to bring about essential social change through strategic philanthropy and social investments. Each year, the foundation invests in numerous organizations and projects in diversified fields of operation: health, education, children and youth, culture, arts and sports, populations in distress and disabilities.
Awards and Recognition: Received the prestigious King Solomon Award for the foundations' help in rescuing the America-Israel Cultural Foundation from devastation brought on by the Madoff wrought (2010).
Chairman & CEO of Arison Investments
Education: EMBA, The International Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA Program of Northwestern University and Tel Aviv University (02-04); Postgraduate diploma in Real Estate Appraisal, Tel Aviv University (99-00); Licensed CPA (98); BA, Accounting and Economics, Tel Aviv University (94-97).
Current Positions: Chairman and CEO, Arison Investments (04-present); CEO, SAFO LLC. Miami
Previous Positions: CEO, Arison Investments (06-09); CFO, The Ted Arison Family Foundation
(USA and Israel, 02-06).
Memberships and Recognition: The Forum of Young Global Leaders; The World Economic Forum;
The Clinton Global Initiative; Investment Committee for the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust, an endowment of the Weizmann Institute. Listed on Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women (2009) and on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business (2011).
Shlomit de Vries
CEO, The Ted Arison Family Foundation
Education: Graduate, Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders, Stanford University.
Current Position: CEO, The Ted Arison Family Foundation. Works to bring about essential social change through strategic philanthropy and is responsible for promoting social investments in organizations operating in the fields of health, education, children and youth, culture, art and sports, populations in distress and disabilities.
Previous Positions: For the past 14 years, served in various positions in The Arison Group, including personal assistant to owner, Shari Arison, Director of the Donations Division, and Deputy to the foundation’s CEO and Chairman.
Memberships: Chairman, The Israeli Foundations Forum; Member, the Foundation Managers Forum at Sheatufim - The Israel Center for Civil Society, JFN (Jewish Funders Network) and Council on Foundations.
Line of Business:
Finance, Real Estate and Infrastructures, Water Corporation and Energy, Philanthropic activity for the Community
he Arison Group is a global business and philanthropic group, headquartered in Israel. Owned by businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, it leads the vision of Doing Good through values-led investments in business and philanthropy worldwide, focusing on added value to the economy, people and environment.
The Arison Group comprises Arison Investments, its business arm, and The Ted Arison Family Foundation, its philanthropic arm.
An American-Israeli business woman and philanthropist, owner of the Arison Group. For more than two decades, Arison is leading values-based companies and organizations worldwide, to realize her Doing Good vision.
A leading global investments company, the business arm of the Arison Group. Headed by Chairman and CEO Efrat Peled, Arison Investments manages a diversified portfolio valued at over $2.5 billion, creating long-term values-led business investments that combine substantial financial performance with sustainable moral responsibility.
Arison Investments provides a response to the basic needs of large populations, with values-based activities spanning more than 40 countries across 5 continents, in finance, infrastructure, real estate, renewable energy, water, and salt.
Arison Investments companies
Finance: Bank Hapoalim
Arison Investments holds the controlling stake at Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s leading financial services group. The bank is committed to promoting the value of Financial Freedom, and provides all its customers with the tools and knowledge to independently make financially educated choices.
In more than 90 years of operation, the bank has developed an extensive network of branches, offering a wide range of financial services in Israel and abroad.
In Israel, the bank caters to its customers mainly through the Corporate and Retail divisions. The bank’s Corporate Division serves most of its business and commercial clients via its system of 23 business branches, business centers, and expert sectors. Through the Retail Division’s network of over 270 branches, the bank serves households, private banking, and small business customers.
Bank Hapoalim’s extensive overseas activities focus on private banking and commercial banking, managed by its International Division. Operations are carried out by its banking subsidiaries, financial firms, overseas branches and representative offices. The bank is also commercially involved with 2,400 banks throughout the world. The bank’s activities are spread over Europe, US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
The bank has attained top international rankings by Moody’s (A1), Standard & Poor’s (BBB+), Fitch (A-), and in Israel by leading S&P Maalot (AA+). It was ranked Israel’s Best Bank by three leading financial magazines The Banker (2012), Global Finance (2012 and 2013), and Euromoney (2012), and awarded the FTSE4Good ESG maximum score of 99 (2013).
Real estate and infrastructure: Shikun & Binui
Arison Investments holds the controlling stake at Shikun & Binui, Israel’s leading infrastructures and real estate group, traded on the TASE. Operating since the early 1920s, Shikun & Binui group companies are extensively experienced in large-scale complex projects in construction, infrastructure, real estate, concessions, renewable energy, and water. It has been operating in the global arena for more than 50 years, currently in 20 countries spanning four continents, primarily in the developing world.
Shikun & Binui’s operations are managed through its subsidiaries, including the major ones Shikun & Binui S.B.I. Infrastructure, Shikun & Binui Solel Boneh Infrastructure, Shikun & Binui Real Estate Development Int’l, Shikun & Binui RED, Shikun & Binui Water Corporation, Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy, and other companies mostly in the field of concessions.
In Israel, Shikun & Binui is engaged in mega-projects in infrastructure and real estate, including the financing, building, and operating of Highway 6 (Trans-Israel Highway), Carmel Tunnels, the Hadera desalination plant, student dormitories at Tel Aviv University, Israel Police Force training facility, and more. Shikun & Binui spearheads Sustainability, and operates to realize this value also through progressive green-building in infrastructure and real estate projects. It extensively applies eco-friendly methods and recycled materials that are less harmful to people and the environment, while considering and maintaining close partnerships with its major interest holders, employees, clients, suppliers, and others.
Shikun & Binui companies comply with leading international eco standards, and its headquarters relocated to a Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Gold standard compliant office complex. In 2013, it received the prestigious Green Globus award, as the only major company in its field to implement significant sustainable solutions in its core business activities, making sustainability the principal component in its vision and decision making processes, based on combining social, economic, and environmental considerations.
Water Corporation: Miya
Miya was established by Shari Arison in 2008 as part of Arison Investments, with the vision of ensuring an abundance of fresh water, through efficient management of our world’s existing fresh water resources.
More than a third of the world’s drinking water is lost from municipal supply systems, mainly due to undetected leaks underground. The most sustainable and cost-effective way to prevent such losses is to improve the efficiency of urban water distribution systems by effective water loss management.
Miya optimizes water supply in urban water systems worldwide. It partners with utilities to design and implement comprehensive technology-based solutions that significantly improve the client’s financial and operational efficiency, while also enhancing customer service levels, reducing energy consumption, and lowering contamination and health risks, to benefit people, community, and the environment.
Miya’s solutions comprise an audit of the city’s water system, full project planning, on site execution, maintenance, and training. Holding vast experience in implementing water efficiency projects around the globe, Miya is primarily active in Brazil, South Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the Philippines.
Industry: Salt of the Earth
Fully owned by Arison Investments, Salt of the Earth is a private company, focusing on industry, and finance. Its industrial activity is carried out as Israel’s main producer of salt since 1922, serving the retail, industrial and agricultural markets. With the value of Vitality guiding its activities in Israel and its export markets, Salt of the Earth produces sea salt in a natural and clean process of solar vaporization of onshore sea-water pools on the coasts of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. In finance, Salt of the Earth holds 1.4% of Bank Hapoalim’s shares.
Since it was founded, the company has been engaged in activities intended to preserve a balance between the industry and the environment, becoming an integral part of the fabric of life in the towns of Atlit and Eilat in providing employment and contributing to the community.
In 2012, Salt of the Earth published its first Sustainability Report.
The Ted Arison Family Foundation
A privately owned foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Arison Group. It was established in Miami in 1981 by the late Ted Arison, and launched activities in Israel in 1993, headed by Shari Arison. Today Jason Arison serves as the foundation’s Chairman, which operates according to business standards to advance strategic philanthropy and innovative social investments, in health, education, children and youth, culture, art and sports, populations in distress, and disabilities. The foundation continues the Arison family legacy of giving through its annual grant making process, and the innovative vision ventures it creates and runs.
The foundation views giving as a privilege and a great responsibility, and is committed to sharing the gift of giving while being mindful to the needs of the community. Its worldview is rooted in the three Jewish values Charity, Chesed (acts of loving kindness), and Tikun Olam (Hebrew phrase for repair of the world).
The Ted Arison Family Foundation organizations and vision ventures
Matan – Investing in the Community
Established by Shari Arison in 1998, to promote the value of giving and enhance the business sector’s responsibility toward the communities in which it operates. Based on United Way, Matan connects between businesses and communities, to provide responses to social needs. It encourages business to be involved in the Israeli community, and application of managerial standards by NGOs.
Essence of Life
Founded by Shari Arison in 2001, to raise personal awareness and offer tools for attaining inner peace, which can bring peace to the world at large. It provides tools in a broad and holistic approach, which also includes Internet radio broadcasts, and experiential visits at its visitor’s center, Mahuti (Hebrew for My Essence). Activities are tailored to suit different audiences, including corporations, for the public and private sectors.
Ruach Tova (Good Spirit)
Adopted by the foundation in 2003, Ruach Tova (Hebrew for Good Spirit) serves as coordinators and promoters of volunteering in Israel. It connects between individuals who want to volunteer and those in the Israeli community who seek volunteers. Ruach Tova also organizes Shari Arison’s initiative Good Deeds Day, in Israel and internationally.
Awareness Communication Center at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya
Established by Shari Arison in 2006, to encourage and promote a world of media communication that is responsible, values-led, and positive. Empowerment, responsibility, and authenticity are three of the center’s core values, which operates as part of the School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya.
Good Deeds Day
Initiated by Shari Arison in 2007, Good Deeds Day is an annual tradition of giving, where hundreds of thousands across the world do a good deed for the benefit of others, according to their heart’s desire. Good Deeds Day is celebrated every March, and is run by Ruach Tova as its annual flagship project. Based on partnerships and collaborations, MTV International campaigned Good Deeds Day 2012, reaching 24 million viewers in 50 countries, and ABC Network showcased Good Deeds Day 2013 in Times Square, Manhattan.
On Good Deeds Day 2013, 400,000 people participated in more than 50 countries across the globe. Participation reached an all high in Israel, with 191 local authorities including 81 Arab towns and villages, tens of academic institutions, and 800 schools, 355 businesses and companies, 250 youth groups and thousands of soldiers, in 5,200 dedicated projects all over the country.
Founded by Shari Arison in 2007, to generate global discussions about a new reality where our interconnectedness and mutual responsibility is realized. Through lectures from renowned experts, All One encourages unity and raises awareness that, everywhere on the face of the earth, we are all part of one.
Initiated by Shari Arison in 2011, Goodnet.org is a gateway to activating people’s goodness. Goodnet showcases personal, communal and eco-planet information on the net, and includes a comprehensive listings guide of apps and services for volunteering, charity, causes, social action, wellness, the environment and more. It offers users a direct path to finding inspirational opportunities for doing good, everyday, anywhere. Since its establishment, it has registered more than 2.8 million visits.
Initiated by Jason Arison in 2012, as the new art arena in Israel. It is the flagship project of The Center for Young Art, and serves as a creative, open, and free haven for emerging artist. Offering an enriching professional program, studio space and financial support, Artport Tel-Aviv is community-oriented, encouraging collaboration with the public and social involvement.