Our Team

Our team at Geoteva comes from a wide variety of disciplines in order to provide the most well-rounded consultations possible. Our staff includes hydrologists, engineers, ecologists, urban planners, GIS experts, green building consultants, air quality experts, a landscape architect, and more!

Read below to find out more about our staff and their academic and work experience.

David Meninger

CEO

Graduate of the Department of Geography with a specialization in Physical Geography and trends in Environmental Planning and Geomorphology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Expert in ecological aspects and their association with the morphological structure. For 20 years, he managed and worked as a park ranger in the Yehuda Desert and Dead Sea regions for the Israel Nature and Park’s Authority before establishing Geoteva.

Nataly Ohayon

Office Manager

B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management, Sami Shimon College

Experienced in administrative management of large and small office spaces. In charge of implementation, project price quotes, collection, funds, and payments.

Department of Energy, Management of Natural Resources, and Environmental Impact Assessments
Daniel Meninger-Cohen

Manager of the Departments of Energy and Business Development

M.A. In management and economics of natural resources, from the University of Haifa, from the Department of Management in the track of natural resources management.

B.A. In geography and environmental development at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the fields of environmental protection.

She has knowledge and experience in environmental consulting, sustainable management, corporate responsibility, environmental reports and strategic and statutory planning.

Director and editor of field surveys specializing in the realm of green energy. She has extensive knowledge and experience with wind turbine initiatives.

Lilach Yatuviya

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

M.A. – Urban Planning, the Department for Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with specialization in Sustainability and Environmental Policy

B.A. – Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Experienced in the fields of Sustainability and Environmental and Urban Planning with an emphasis on analyzing the sustainability of urban agriculture.

Omri Savir

Environmental Consultant

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Knowledgeable in the fields of environmental development, statutory planning, and Geographical Imaging Systems (GIS).

Yael Shamama

Environmental Consultant

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Knowledgeable and experienced in statutory planning and writing of statutory documents.

Adi Tayar

Environmental Consultant

B.Sc. in Geology in the track of Dynamic Geology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Knowledgeable in the fields of Geology and Geomorphology

Reham Abo Audya

Environmental Consultant

M.Urb.Des. in Urban Design (in Progress), the Betzalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Experienced in statutory planning, report writing, guidance in the planning process, and the planning of transportation. Knowledgeable working with Autocad, Transcad, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the development of applications and websites.

Orly Kihaly Reina

Environmental Consultant

 

B.A. in Language and International Relations from the Hebrew University

M.A. in Environmental Studies in the track of Urban Sustainability from the University of Tel Aviv.

Knowledgeable in the fields of Environmental Sustainability and the preparation of environmental documents.

 

Department of Hydrology
Yaakov Prois

Head of the Department of Hydrology

M.Sc. in Fluvial Geomorphology , from the Department of Geology and the Environment, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Geological Environmental Sciences in the track of Environmental Geology and Hydrology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Experienced in the fields of surface water hydrology and soil conservation, Hydrometric measurements in streams, GIS modeling, creation D.E.M. and Orthophoto maps in photogrammetric methods using drones.

Nimrod Arvatz

Environmental Consultant in Hydrology

M.Sc. (in progress) in Geology in the track of oil and gas studies, from the Department of Geology and the Environment, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Geological Environmental Sciences in the track of Environmental Geology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Knowledgeable in the fields of geology, hydrology, geomorphology and oil and gas geochemistry.

Kobi Havusha

Environmental Consultant in Hydrology

M.Sc. in Geomorphology of Rivers from the Department for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Geological and Environmental Sciences in the track of Dynamic Geology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Knowledgeable in geology and geomorphology, and the dynamics of watersheds and watershed boundaries. Experiences in building Photogrametric models, programming in MATLAB, and working with various Geographic Information Systems.

Department of Seawater Desalination
Raz Studny

Head of Desalination Department

M.Sc in Hydrology and Water Resources, The Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Focusing on hydrochemistry, aquifer recharge and monitoring of groundwater contamination using gas chromatography and stable water isotope analysis.

B.Sc in Environmental sciences, Tel-Hai academic college.

Experience in project management and environmental consulting in the area of seawater desalination and renewable energy – writing of environmental reports for desalination facilities and power plants (Natural gas, solar and wind), risk assessment (with ALOHA), runoff management and drainage reports and use of GIS software.

Department of Environmental and Urban Planning
Daniel Zamler

Head of the Department for Environmental and Urban Planning

M.A. in geomorphology and hydro-thermology from the Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, with an emphasis on physical geography.

Extensive knowledge in a wide variety of environmental and statutory issues, expertise in landscape restoration of horizontal infrastructure and the interface between ecology and geomorphology between open spaces and settlements.

Extensive experience in promoting, consulting, and managing environmental plans, including an assortment of written environmental reports.

In addition, he has expertise as a tour guide and tourism consultant, with an emphasis on desert tourism.    

Noa Ruf-Abashkin

Team Leader for the Dept. of Environmental and Urban Planning

M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Expertise in Urban Planning with a focus in public spaces for diverse populaces.

B.A in Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University

Experienced working in statutory planning, preparation of statutory documents and accompaniment throughout the stages of project planning.

Lea Peretz

Landscape Architect

Landscape Architecture from ORT Jerusalem College

Knowledgeable and experienced in producing sets of detailed plans, both for submission in the stage of bidding for a project as well as for execution of project development. Further experience planning open public spaces of various sizes and characteristics.  

 

 

Tal Yamini

Environmental Consultant

M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

B.Sc. in Environmental and Health Sciences, Hadassah Academic College

Experience with preparation of maps using GIS and writing Environmental Reports.

Tal Rubin

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

M.A. in Geography and Environmental Planning with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

B.A. in Geography, Sociology, and Anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Extensive experience and knowledge with statutory regulations as well as environmental and ecological advisory as a part of the planning processes.
Management, writing and editing of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Environmental-Landscape Reports, providing expert opinion and analysis of environmental feasibility of projects.

Experienced working within the scope of National, Regional and Master Plans for new development of cities, quarters, and neighborhoods including large-scale urban renewal projects. Extensive range of project involvement includes beachfront development and national infrastructure projects, especially longitudinal infrastructural development, roads, and railways.

Sapir Ram

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development in the Urban track, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

M.A. (in progress) in Urban Planning, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Knowledgeable in the fields of planning (statutory, sustainable development, transportation, and environmental) and experienced writing environmental documents for project development.

Shaked Avni

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

M.Sc. in Hydrology and Water Quality, in the track of Environmental Microbiology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Geology, Biological track, Ben Gurion University

Knowledgeable in the fields of Geology, Hydrology, and Microbiology

Department of Green Building and Sustainability
Annette Penny

Sustainability and Certified Green Building Consultant

M.Sc.  in the Department of Man in the Desert, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Policy, Humboldt State University, California

Permaculture Design Certificate, The Center for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan

Certified Green Building Consultant, Israeli Green Building Council

Experience modeling environmental impacts of building projects including shading analyses, creating conceptual simulations for project visualization, designing and evaluating sustainable neighborhoods, and bio-climatic design for passive heating and cooling of buildings.

Deparment of Ecology
Reut Ein-Gil

Head of the Deparment of Ecology

M.Sc. in Ecology from the Department of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Development from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the fields of Geomorphology and Soils.

Experienced in the fields of Environmental Preservation, Ecology, and Zoology, with an emphasis in sandy habitats and Loess soil habitats, reptile ecology, and field work.

Anat Ben-Natan

Ecological and Environmental Consultant

M.Sc. in Ecology from the Department of Life Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Biology in the track of Ecology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Familiarity with the ecology of sandy habitats and biological pest control of mosquitos and fire-ants.

Experience in writing Environmental Impact Assessments and Environmental Landscape Reports, providing ecological opinions, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative assessments of field plots as well as conducting field surveys.

Liran Ben Altabet

Ecological and Environmental Consultant

M.Sc. in Natural Sciences from the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

B.Sc. in Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Familiarity and experience with the fields of conservation ecology and population genetics. Experience in writing environmental landscape reports, providing ecological opinions, and performing quantitative statistical analyses in various fields, such as the ecology of open landscapes.

Tamar Shalom

Ecological and Environmental Consultant

M.Sc. in Environmental Quality and Natural Resources in Agriculture, from the Faculty of Agriculture, in the Department of Entomology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

B.Sc. in Natural Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Knowledgeable in the fields of pollination ecology and landscape restoration in urban areas. Experienced writing environmental and landscape reports, providing professional opinions as an ecologist, and performing field work.

Niv Torres

Environmental Consultant and Tree Surveyor

B.A. Geography and Environmental Development from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Emphasis in Soils, Air pollution, and Aeolian Drift of Particulates.

Experienced working with various aspects of photovoltaic modules as well as solar thermal collectors.

Deparment of GIS Modeling
Omer Erez

Environmental Consultant and GIS specialist

B.A. (in progress) in Geography and Environmental Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Knowledgeable in deciphering satellite images, analyzing geographic data, and interpreting project plans and schematics.