Bina Bar-On was on Sunday approved as director-general of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. The cabinet voted to approve the lawyer to replace Menahem Greenblum, who successfully filled the position for three-and-a-half years. Bar-On was nominated by Minister Yaakov Peri.
Aged 62, married and a mother of three, the new director-general graduated from the Hebrew University’s law school and recently completed her nine-year tenure as director-general of the Industrial Cooperation Authority in the Economics and Industry Ministry. There she was responsible for developing new markets for Israeli industry and promoting exports (including in the space industry) that totaled hundreds of millions of shekels last year. Previously, Bar-On worked as deputy director-general of the Environmental Protection Ministry.
Greenblum, the ministry said, was responsible during his term for quadrupling the ministry’s budget to promote national scientific projects and expand international scientific cooperation.