The role of the Board of Directors is the overall governance and oversight of JAA’s development and activities.  The board sets organisational policies and monitors compliance of these policies based upon agreed performance standards.  

Daniel Almagor

Qualifications: Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor of Business

Danny is the Managing director of Small Giants and was founder and CEO of Engineers without Borders.

Dr Arnold Shmerling

Qualifications: Medical Doctor

Arnold is a founding member of Jewish Aid Australia and One Umbrella (now Fare Share). Arnold was also a Senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Monash University.

Lionel Appelboom (Secretary) 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law

Lionel is a partner of Gadens Lawyers and Honorary Secretary of The King David School Council. He

has previously held positions on the boards of TBI, ARZA, Kedem and Netzer.

Nicky Carp (Treasurer) 

Qualifications – Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law (Hons), Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (Current)

Nicky is mother to three wonderful boys and co-owner and legal counsel of UHG, a health services company that connects organisations with the healthcare community.

Melanie Schwartz  (Chair)

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (USYD), MA (Oxford), MSt (USYD), LLB (UNSW)

Melanie is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales where she teaches criminal law and conducts research in the areas of criminal justice and access to justice for Indigenous people.

Marc Light

Qualifications: Bachelor of Law (Hons), Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma of Modern Languages and Graduate Diploma of Education.

Marc is the principal of the King David School. He is a devoted educator who offers advice to JAA’s educational programs.

Joel Negin 

Qualifications: AB (Harvard), MIA (Columbia), PhD (Sydney)

Joel is a Senior Lecturer in International Public Health at the University of Sydney. Before moving to Australia, Joel worked on health and development projects across sub-Saharan Africa for a number of organisations.