Professor Yael (Yuli) Tamir is the President of Shenkar College. She was a deputy speaker of the Knesset and served as Israel's Minister of Immigration (1999-2001) and Minister of Education (2006-2009).

Tamir received her BA and MA from the Hebrew University (Cum Laude), and her Ph.D. in political philosophy from Oxford University where she worked under the supervision of Sir Isaiah Berlin. She was a professor at Tel-Aviv University and a visiting professor and a scholar-in-residence at: Princeton, Harvard, The University of Pennsylvania, the Central European University in Budapest and New York University.

Tamir is the author of Liberal-Nationalism (Princeton University Press) Rethinking Education, and Who is Afraid of Equality: on Society the Education in Israel (in Hebrew), as well as of numerous articles in the fields of moral and political philosophy, philosophy of education, feminism and human rights. She is the editor of Democratic Education in a Multicultural State (Blackwell) and, Moral and Political Education with Professor Macedo (New York University Press).

Professor Tamir is a founding member of the Israeli peace movement "Peace Now" and served as the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Civil Rights.