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.

Environmental Impact and Renewable Energy Surveys - Wind Turbines
Department for Management of Natural Recources and the Department of Conventional Energy
Daniel Meninger-Cohen

Head of Environmental Impact and Renewable Energy Surveys – Wind Turbines

Head of the Department for Management of Natural Recources and the Department of Conventional Energy

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.

Department of Hydrology
Noam Levi

Head of the Department of Hydrology

M.Sc. in Hydrology and Water Quality from the Zuckerburg Institue for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc. in Agriculture and Soil and Water Sciences from the Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.

Experienced in the fields of Hydrology of ground water and surface waters, pollution sources, and wastewater treatment.

Yaakov Prois

Environmental Consultant in Geomorphology and 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.

Department of Renewable Energy
Raz Studny

Head of the Department of Renewable Energy

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 writing of environmental impact reports for power plants, risk assessment, runoff water and drainage reports, soil contamination survey, landfill rehabilitation and use of GIS and ALOHA software.

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.

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.

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).

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.    

Daniel Cohen

Landscape Architect

B.L.A in Landscape Architecture, the Faculty for Architecture and Urban Planning, Technion.

Experienced in the preparation of landscape reports and guidance according to the Urban Planning Policy, creating detailed plans for project implementation and performance, planning of open spaces organized by scale, and landscape restoration.

Noa Ruf-Abashkin

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

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.

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.

Noa Mata

Environmental and Urban Planning Consultant

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

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

Experience working with statutory planning, writing statutory documents, and consulting on urban planning projects.

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.

Department of Green Building and Sustainability
Annette Penny

Environmental Consultant in Green Building and Sustainability

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

Experience modeling environmental impacts of building projects including shading analyses, creating conceptual simulations for project visualization, conducting environmental restoration work, planning and evaluation of sustainable neighborhoods, and green building.

Shahar Ouannou

Environmental Consultant in Green Building and Sustainability

M.Sc. in Desert Studies – The Desert Architect Unit of The Department for Man in the Desert, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

B.Sc.Agr in Land and Water Sciences, the Faculty of Agriculture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Experienced in Lifecycle Analyses for building materials, bioclimatic design, thermal simulations for energy efficiency in buildings, and planning in accordance with Neighborhood 360 and other Green Building standards in Israel.

Experienced and knowledgeable in the field of building with natural building materials.

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.

Inbar Schnitzer

Ecological and Environmental Consultant

M.Sc. in Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciencies, Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

B.Sc. in Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University in Rehovot.

Knowledgeable in the fields of zoology, ecology, and the behavior and restoration of desert ecosystems. Experienced in environmental planning as well as managing and conducting field experiments and surveys.

Deparment of GIS Modeling
Dan Michaelan

Head of the Department of GIS Modeling

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

Knowledge and experience with geographical databases – QGIS, ArcGIS and with image processing programs – SNAP, ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE.

Experience with different satellite image processing, including SAR radar images. Knowledge of statistical modelling using R programming, JAVASCRIPT, and SQL.

Naama Gutman

Environmental Consultant and GIS specialist

B.A. (final semester) in Geography and Statistics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Knowledge and experience with geographical programs and databases including ArcGIS and QGIS.
Experience working with R and Python languages (statistical and radar libraries), statistical models for data analysis, and training Machine Learning (ML) models.