Who We Are

Esther Sivan

Executive Director


Esther joined Shatil as director in 2018.  She oversees the management of all Shatil projects, consultation and training, coalition activities, fundraising and administration.

Esther has occupied a variety of key positions in Israeli civil society over the past 23 years – and benefited from Shatil’s guidance in all her positions. Among other achievements, her work as director of Bizchut – the Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities earned the organization the Midot Effectiveness Award for its achievements and the Gorni Public Law Prize as a leading human rights organization in Israel.



Carlos Sztyglic

Associate Director

Carlos has been with Shatil since 1989 and has served as Associate Director since 1992. He serves as liaison for strengthening Shatil -NIF joint work and strategic processes. He is also in charge of strengthening Shatil’s ties with the third sector and collaborations with academia.

Carlos’s background is in community social work and organizational consulting. He also represents the Israeli Alliance of Infrastructure Organizations’ on the Board of Directors of the Israeli Association of Non Profit and Voluntary Organizations.


Abeer Halabi

Shared Society Director

Abeer Halabi, from Daliyat al-Karmel, was appointed Shatil Shared Society Director in December 2017. Abeer has an MA in social work from Tel Aviv University and is a trained and experienced group facilitator.

Her professional past includes Jewish-Arab dialog, working with delinquent youth in the Arab community, developing work methodologies for services for Arab senior citizens, and capacity building training for young female Arab leadership. Most recently she served as group facilitator and project coordinator for Jewish and Arab educators at the Merchavim Institute.


Sultan Abu Obaid

Beersheba Office Director

Sultan joined Shatil in 2005. Sultan works to promote social change in the Negev through instruction and empowerment of local organizations and communities, with a special emphasis on the Bedouin Community.  He supervises all Shatil Negev based activities.

Prior to joining Shatil, Sultan founded the Negev Educational Association, where he supervised projects promoting early childhood education, weaving projects for Bedouin women and Jewish-Arab co-existence work. He has also served as Director of Educational Programs at the Negev Institute-AJEEC and as a facilitator in community schools run by the Israel Association of Community Centers.

Born and raised in the Negev, Sultan graduated with an M.A. in educational psychology from Ben Gurion University. He volunteers for initiatives promoting Bedouin rights and helped establish the Sons of Laqiya Cultural Association.