Prof. Shlomo Eckstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics (Harvard University). He is President Emeritus and Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Retorno Psycho-Educational Center for Addiction Rehabilitation. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for: Prisoner's Rehabilitation Center; Board of Governors, The Jewish Agency for Israel; Interregional Network on Privatization, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); United Mizrachi Bank, Israel Chemicals, Ltd.; Council for Higher Education; National Council for Research and Development; Executive Committee for the Introduction of Nuclear Power into Israel, Chair of Economic Appraisal Subcommittee; Negev Phosphates, Ltd.; Dead Sea Works, Ltd. He has served as Presidential Consultant to the Presidents of Mexico and Peru and U.N. Committees.