Prof. Arie Zaban was inaugurated President of Bar-Ilan University in October 2017. He previously served as Vice President of Research and as the Founding Director of the Bar-Ilan University Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials. Since July 2022, Prof. Zaban has also served as the Chairman of the Association of University Heads in Israel (VERA).
Over the past six years under Prof. Zaban’s leadership, Bar-Ilan University has become the fastest-growing university in Israel, with exponential growth in student enrollment. The University’s budget was balanced, and a new professional culture focusing on fiscal responsibility was implemented. These steps were taken along with the renewal and expansion of physical infrastructure and technological advances throughout the campus. Furthermore, major interdisciplinary and intersectoral projects were launched as part of President Zaban’s strategic vision for Bar-Ilan University.
Prof. Zaban has been a powerful force in materials science and renewable energy, with over 26,000 citations (h-index = 79) and over 230 publications in refereed journals, 5 book chapters and 75 invited lectures. He has garnered numerous prizes, among them the ICS Prize for Outstanding Young Scientist, the Michael Landau Research Prize in Renewable Energy, the IVS Research Excellence Prize, the Israel Chemical Society Prize of Excellence and the Kolthoff Prize from the Technion. To ensure his research has a positive impact, Prof. Zaban founded five companies based on eight of his patents.
Prof. Zaban joined Bar-Ilan University as a BA student after completing his service as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Today he and his wife Racheli live in Shoham and have four children and seven grandchildren.