ITME (NON-PROFIT)

empowering future leaders to inspire through understanding and not narratives

Inside The Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives [ITME]
provides knowledge, customized educational experiences, tools, and resources to organizations, private individuals, students, practitioners, and leaders.

ITME equips people with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop a multidimensional understanding of the geopolitical developments in the complex and dynamic Middle East and empowers people to be knowledgeable media literate critical thinkers about Israel, the Middle East, and the world.

OUR METHODOLOGY RESTS ON TWO CORE PILLARS

1. Provides professional, apolitical, non-partisan, intelligence based contextualized education, and knowledge about the Middle East.

2. Teaches and equips people with practical intelligence analysis and assessment skills and tools that empower them to be sophisticated media literate critical thinkers.

"We believe the essence of education is not telling people what to think.
The essence of real education is teaching people how to think."

Avi Melamed

~ Founder & Chief Education Officer ~

Together, we can equip more people to have constructive and productive dialogue, understand Israel and the Middle East, and successfully navigate an increasingly complex wold.

Together, we can equip more people with the knowledge, skills, and tools to have constructive and productive dialogue, understand Israel and the Middle East, and successfully navigate an increasingly complex wold. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts. How Can You Help?

Together, we can equip more people with the knowledge, skills, and tools to have constructive and productive dialogue, understand Israel and the Middle East, and successfully navigate an increasingly complex wold. We hope you will consider supporting our efforts. How Can You Help?

ITME Story & Team

From 2013 - 2018, Avi served as the Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute. Under his leadership, ITME grew from an undergraduate initiative, to include workshops and seminars from High Schools to Capitol Hill and Jewish communal leadership, directly impacting the outlook, educational path, and career trajectory of more than 200 current and future leaders.

In its sixth year - now an independent 501c3, ITME has the same mission - to provide a non-partisan education on the contemporary Middle East while teaching critical analysis in an innovative and engaging fashion. ITME’s goal is to ensure that the next generation of policy influencers will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and tools to independently and accurately decipher the Middle East and accurately predict the direction of future events.

Today - a decade later, ITME continues to provide knowledge, customized educational experiences, tools, and resources to organizations, private individuals, students, practitioners, and leaders.

AVI MELAMED

Chief Education Officer

Avi Melamed’s professional background has 3 major elements – Arab Affairs, education & intelligence. For the past 15 years, he has dedicated his experience and skills to equip people with knowledge, skills, and tools to understand the Middle East. Avi’s philosophy is that in order to understand Israel, you have to understand the Middle East. Over the course of his career, Avi is proud of the fact that he has gained credibility and trust among a wide variety of audiences - conservatives, progressives, Jews, non-Jews, and across the Arab world.

MAIA HOFFMAN

Chief Experience Officer

Maia is a Bespoke Travel Consultant, the Founder of Inside The Middle East Interactive Educational Israel Experiences, and a Special Consultant to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Maia earned her B.A. in Islamic and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Her M.A. in Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures from Columbia University. She graduated with honors from both institutions.

Eli Ovits

President

Eli Ovits was appointed President of Inside The Middle East Inc (ITME) in 2021. Eli shares the passion and commitment of ITME’s founders: To educate the public, with an emphasis on current and future leaders in the United Stared and around the world on current affairs in the Arab and Muslim World and their impact on the Middle East. Eli has worked in a range of sectors including philanthropy, media / government relations, communications, and strategy.

Didier Bodin

Design & Communication

Created into 2012, The ITME Praxis is the Cornerstone of all of ITME's Apolitical Non-Partisan Educational Activities
Our Proprietary Intelligence Curriculum Equips People of all Ages with Universally Applicable Skills and Tools,
Empowering them to independently and accurately decipher the Middle East and accurately predict the direction of future events.

" Last February 2022, on our New Book Launch & Teaching Tour, we have traversed the United States.
We have had the honor of briefing and educating high school and college students, business, government, and community leaders, media professionals, and communities at large in Florida, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington, DC."

We are profoundly grateful to our visionary Board of Directors and our generous donors
Annie Berdy | Carl Chiappa | Josh Fidler | Ronnie Footlick | Beth Goldsmith | Yossef Mars