Dr. Irit Idan

Rafael: Designers the Future

Dr. Irit Idan is the Executive Vice President for Research and Development at RAFAEL – Advancee Defense Systems Ltd., Israel’s third largest defense
company. RAFAEL is a global leader and pioneer in the development of breakthrough defense systems, including an array of innovative solutions for land, naval, underwater, and space applications, air superiority, and cyber security. Dr. Idan received her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the Faculty of Physics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1994. As a graduate student, she received many academic awards, including the prestigious international Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Research Excellence in Aerospace Science - for three consecutive years, and the Minerva Fellowship for German-Israeli academic exchange. In 1994, she was awarded the Katzir Fellowship of the Israel Prime Minister’s Office, and began working at RAFAEL as an analytical physicist. In parallel, Dr. Idan continued to advance her academic research in Theoretical Astrophysics. She has received numerous research grants and published scientific journal and conference papers on accretion discs and novae evolution. She serves on the Board of Directors of several companies, both in Israel and abroad, and is a member of the Technion Council and the Technion International Board of Governors. Dr. Idan served as a senior member of the Steering Committee of Israel’s Grand Strategy Forum, led by Prof. Uzi Arad. The Forum submitted its report to the
.President of the State of Israel in 2017