Dafni Leef 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Globes has named tent protest leader Dafni Leef as its “Woman of the Year” for
2011. She beat OC Manpower Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai, the first woman to be
appointed a major-general in the IDF; billionaire Shari Arison, Bank Leumi CEO
Galia Maor, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, Apax Partners Israel CEO Zehavit Cohen,
Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich.
announcing its choice, Globes
said: “People said that she stammered, that she
lacked clout, that she did not know what she wanted. But in the end, Dafni Leef,
25, became the generator of the biggest revolution Israel has ever known. She
opened the valve, and the pent up pressure blew out with a force that no one
expected. Even after repeated attempts to push her aside and thuggish acts
against her, she insisted on taking command on the most exciting and
earthshaking event in the country.”
The top 21 women include six
executives in companies controlled by Shari Arison, including Arison Holdings
Ltd. chairwoman and CEO Efrat Peled, Bank Hapoalim vice presidents Lilach Asher-
Topilsky and Anat Levin, Isracard chairwoman Irit Isaacson and Shikun u’Binui
Holdings Ltd. CEO Ravit Barniv.
Other women in the top 20 include Strauss
Group Ltd. chairwoman Ofra Strauss, HOT Telecommunication Systems Ltd.
chairwoman Stella Handler, Bank of Israel Deputy Governor Karnit Flug,
Accountant- General Michal Abadi- Boiangiu, Ofer Investments Ltd. chairwoman
Liora Ofer, First International Bank of Israel CEO Smadar Barber- Zadik and Bank
Leumi Deputy CEO Rakefet Russak- Aminach.