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Chief Executive Officer, Zohar Yinon

 זהר ינון
Zohar Yinon

Zohar Yinon was appointed as CEO of Bar-Ilan University in February 2018. The Chief Executive Officer of Bar-Ilan University is responsible for the activities of all the university divisions, for balancing the institution's budget, and for its development and expansion plans.


From 2012-2017 Zohar was the CEO of Hagihon Ltd. During his tenure he led a "turn around" integrative recovery plan that positioned the company as the leading regional Water & Wastewater public utility in Israel and top ranked globally. Prior to this, Zohar held C-level positions (CFO of IMI, VP Biz. Dev. in GHI) in Israel’s private and public sectors, with extensive experience in traded TASE Holding companies (H&C holding, GHI) dealing mainly with infrastructure management related issues, including water & wastewater, renewable energy, natural gas, waste management, and public transportation.

While serving as Water Team Leader at Israel’s Ministry of Finance, Zohar was instrumental in developing and ensuring the successful passage of the Water Utility Act (2001). This resulted in structural reform disconnecting the municipal water and wastewater departments from local municipalities, securing economic stability, and providing essential funding and sustainability for Israel's municipal water and wastewater systems.

During his tenure as CEO, Hagihon implemented cutting-edge technologies and advanced management methodologies. Hagihon was awarded the prestigious 2014 WEX Global Award for Innovation for developing a sustainable model for decreasing NRW in Urban water systems. In 2015 Hagihon was granted the Israeli Clean Tech Recognition Award for being a national leader in applying innovative technology and for providing startup companies a base in which to prove new technologies and systems. In 2017 Hagihon was awarded the exclusive Diamond certificate from the Israeli Standard Institution. 

In addition to Zohar's position as CEO of Hagihon between the years 2013-2016 he was the founding Chairman of BOD of AFR (Apartment for Rent) a fully owned governmental company. During Zohar's tenure, AFR developed and introduced long-term rental solutions to the Israeli housing market. AFR quickly positioned itself as the implementation arm of the government in the turbulent Israeli housing market.

Education - Zohar holds a B.A. in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), from Bar-Ilan University and completed managerial programs of M&A and Corporate Governance at IDC Interdisciplinary Academic Center in Herzliya.

Zohar was a member of the CTG global panel of experts for the evaluation of new start-ups in the fields of Clean-tech in the years 2016 and 2017.

Zohar is an experienced moderator and speaker in international conferences dealing with public infrastructure, smart cities, and Clean-tech topics.

Last modified: 21/01/2020


Media Interviews and Appearances:

Yinon was a guest on Bar-Ilan’s podcast app, "Bar-Da'at" and spoke about how the COVID-19 crisis presented an opportunity for the university. In another podcast, recorded as part of "Managing Change" on the subject of public organizations, Yinon talks about the managerial challenges during the COVID pandemic period.

In an interview with the “Makor Rishon” Hebrew newspaper, Yinon speaks on a personal note about the beginning of his professional career.

Following the participation of the Bar-Ilan Center for Smart Cities in an international exhibition in Barcelona, Yinon says in an interview with Israel’s “People and Computers” magazine that part of the university's vision is to "spread knowledge and research beyond academia to the physical world" and the Center for Smart Cities is an example of this vision.

At the 27th annual conference of the Research Institute of Human Factors in Road Safety, in cooperation with the Bar-Ilan Center for Smart Cities, Yinon delivers an opening speech and emphasizes the importance of the institute's work and research, and discusses the integration of autonomous transportation technologies on the university campus.

He delivers greetings at an event of the Bnei Akiva movement for the holiday of Sukkot, briefly discussing the biblical commandment "and you shall rejoice in your festival" and linking it to the spirit of the time.

Yinon takes part in the IDF Home Front Command's search and rescue drill following the demolition of an old building in the city of Safed, on the site where a modern classroom building will be constructed for BIU’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee.

At a conference on the subject of violence against women, Yinon condemns gender-based violence and emphasizes the importance of fighting the phenomenon.

In light of his expertise and experience as the CEO of Hagihon, he is interviewed for the Waterline podcast in the episode "Want Not? Waste Not!" - Wastewater  in which he discusses the ecological and economic value of sewage. In another podcast episode "Water & Peace" - Hydropolitics, he reviews political conflicts arising from conflicts over water, and wonders where we are headed at a time when the global water shortage is only growing.


Staff of the Office of the CEO

Head of the Office:  Tali (Talia) Tzruya

Chief Executive Officer, Zohar Yinon