Dr Orit Gal
Senior Lecturer for Strategy & Complexity
Subject(s): Liberal Arts & Humanities
Dr Orit Gal is a political economist specializing in the practical applications of complexity theories. Her current fields of interest include - complexity economics, systemic change, urban networks and social entrepreneurship. She served as a project director for the Economic Cooperation Foundation, leading peace-building projects and developing policy recommendations through track-two negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians; an innovation strategist at the Operational Theory Research Institute, advancing the incorporation of the economic/civilian dimension within military operational design; was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House); and a member of IPPR’s New Era Economics panel. Orit is now focusing her teaching and research on adaptive design, exploring innovative methods for strategy development, action and impact maximization within complex environments.
- 2007, PhD, International Political Economy - IR, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Dissertation topic: Strategy development in complex environments: the World Bank's adaptation to a shifting global economy 1973-2003.
- 2005, 2006, Awards of Excellence for PhD students, Hebrew University, Davis Institute
- 1999, MA, Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, Tel Aviv University
- Thesis topic: International learning and institutional reforms: China's economic reforms 1978-1998.
- 1994, BA, Economics, Tel Aviv University
Relevant Past Employment
- 2011, Panel member - New Era Economics, Institute for Public Policy Research, London
- 2009, Associate Fellow - The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
- 2008, Strategic consultant, non-profits, London
- 2004 – 2006, Innovation strategist, The Operational Research Institute, Tel-Aviv
- 2001 – 2004, Strategic advisor and project manager, The Economic Cooperation Foundation, Tel-Aviv
- 1999 – 2001, Senior Analyst, Gallup, Tel-Aviv
Teaching & Course Development
- Politics in the Industrialized World
- International Political Economy
- Politics of Development
- Sense-Making in a Complex World
- Managing Uncertainty
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Complexity and Creative Leadership
- Complexity design
- Political economy and systemic change
- Evolving urban networks
- Conflict markets and peace-building
- Social entrepreneurship
- Innovation for NGOs
- Decision making under uncertainty
- (2013) “Complexity Manoeuvres 1: Lessons from military operational design”, “CM 2: Analysing dynamic opposition systems”, “CM 3: Acupuncture approaches to conflict transformation”
- (2012). “Complexity Economics for Public Policy: Global Ruptures – the emerging crisis of the middle classes”, IPPR.
- (2009). “Handling Hamas: Strategies for Peace and Progress in the Palestinian Territories”, LFI.
- (2008). “Assessing Israel's Gaza Strategies”, RUSI.
- (2008). “Israeli Perspectives on the Palestinian Refugee Issue” Chatham House.
- (2008) “Revolutionizing the Concept of Victory: the Lesson Not Learned by the Enquiry into Israel's Lebanon War”, RUSI.
- (2008) “Beyond Annapolis, Part I: A role for International Military Engagement?” LFI.
- (2004) “Policy Options for Israel - Third Party role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” Chatham House.
Conference Papers Given
- “Complexity and the future of peace” Inspirationlabs Series, (The Centre for Innovation - Leiden University, The Hague, 2013)
- “Complexity Manoeuvres” Innovation Lab on Dynamical Systems Theory, Peace and Conflict (Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2013)
- “Operating in a Complex World: from retrospective to prospective coherency” Complexity and Governance (NTU Singapore with the National Center for Strategic Futures, 2013)
- “Harnessing Complexity Science for Organizational Change”, (Institute for Employment Studies, 2010)
- “Victory is futile: the emerging markets of conflict”, (Conflict and Complexity, 2008)
- “Israeli-Palestinian working group paper: Planning Considerations for international involvement in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”, (The Cambridge Security Program – International Involvement Expert Forum, 2003)
- “International trusteeships – Lessons from Kosovo”, (The Herzliya Conference on National Security, 2002)