Shimon-Peres-Prize: Jury 2023-2026
Daniel Donskoy is an actor and musician. Born in Moscow in 1990 and raised in Berlin and Tel Aviv, Donskoy's political eye sharpened early on integration and anti-Semitism. His late-night show Freitagnacht Jews (WDR) was awarded with the German Television Prize in 2021 and the Grimme Prize in 2022.
Donskoy's most recent projects include the series Schlafschafe (ZDFneo), Barbaren (Netflix) and A Small Light (Disney+). He is known from roles in Dror Zahavi's feature film Crescendo, the U.S. series Strike Back, the Netflix hit The Crown, the RTL series Sankt Maik and the British series Detectorists and Victoria, among others. Donskoy lives in Berlin and London.
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Kerstin Griese is a SPD (Social Democratic Party) social politician and member of the German parliament. Since 2018, she is Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Labor and Social Affairs.
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Tamar Hay-Sagiv is the deputy director general for education at the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation where she manages the organization’s education programs and initiatives.
As part of her ongoing work at the Peres Center, she brings her knowledge, methodologies, and best practices to the table for the benefit of other organizations and serves as an external consultant for NGO’s, educational frameworks, and municipalities. In her day-to-day, Hay-Sagiv works closely with the director general of the Peres Center, providing support and leadership to the wider Peres Center team. She joined the center in April 2007 as a project manager, focusing on peace education through sports and development programs. She studied political science and public policy at the Tel Aviv University. Tamar Hay-Sagiv was born 1980 in Tel Aviv.
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Andrea Kiewel is a German TV presenter, columnist, and author. Since the early 2000s, she hosts the Fernsehgarten show on ZDF. For her work, she was twice awarded with the German media prize Goldene Henne and in 2021 with the German Television Award.
Furthermore, she hosted many television shows, including Das ist mein Israel (2016), the ZDF New Year shows Willkommen (2015-2022) and served as a guest judge on Das Supertalent (2021). Her books Mama, Du bist nicht der Bestimmer (2006) and Meist sonnig - Eine Liebeserklä-rung an das Leben (2021) were on the Spiegel bestseller list for several weeks. As editor-in-chief, she was responsible for the special issue Women of the Jüdische Allgemeine. In her child-hood she was a competitive swimmer, and she is actively involved with WIZO and Aleh Negev. Andrea Kiewel was born in Berlin in 1965, she currently lives in Israel.
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Igor Levit is a multi-award-winning pianist (Gilmore Artist Award, Opus Classic Prize, International Beethoven Prize) and activist against anti-Semitism. Since 2019, he is professor of piano at his alma mater, the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media. Levit is co-artistic director of the Heidelberger Frühling music festival and curator of the Lucerne Piano Festival.
He performs regularly in the world's most prestigious concert halls, at festivals and appears as guest with leading orchestras. The documentary Igor Levit - No Fear premiered in 2022. In spring 2021, Levit published his first book Hauskonzert. In collaboration with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, his podcasts 32x Beethoven as well as Variationen – Alles wird anders were created. His 53 house concerts, which he streamed on Twitter during the lockdown in spring 2020, re-ceived international acclaim. For these, as well as for his commitment against anti-Semitism and right-wing extremism, Igor Levit was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2020. He was born in 1987 in Nizhni Novgorod and came to Germany with his family as a child.
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Pola Sarah Nathusius is a distribution strategist at the ARD Coordination Documentation and Teamlead Conversion at the Distribution Management of the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
During and after her studies of political science and American studies in Frankfurt, she worked for many years as an editor, author and moderator for the national German TV stations ARD and ZDF. For the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB), she hosted the podcast Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland (Jewish Life in Germany). Pola Sarah Nathusius got to know Israel during several stays, among others at a journalist trip of the BpB. The Ernst Cramer & Teddy Kollek Fellowship (2016) also took her to Israel. In the course of the fellowship, she also worked for the international TV station i24News in Jaffa. After a traineeship at the Hessischer Rundfunk, she lived in Tel Aviv from 2019 to 2020. Pola Sarah Nathusius was born in Wiesbaden in 1989 and currently lives in Frankfurt.
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He has appeared in numerous feature films, such as the psychothriller Das Experiment. He is best known to international audiences in his roles in the Oscar-nominated historical drama Downfall and Inglorious Basterds, where he acted alongside Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, among others. He also appeared alongside Isabelle Huppert in Elle, the French film nominated for an Oscar. After his authorial debut Der Apfelbaum (The Apple Tree) in 2018, his second novel Ada was published in 2020. Christian Berkel lives with his family in Berlin.
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He holds a B.A from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Haifa University.
Since 2004, he has been an independent member of the board of directors of the Turkish daily Hürriyet; since 2011 he has served as non-executive director of the London Times; since 2017 as member of the Public Policy Advisory Board, UBER, San Francisco.
In addition, Diekmann has written and edited several books.
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Sara von Schwarze has won many awards for her acting, among them the Tel Aiviv-Yaffo Municipality Award in the name of Abraham Ben Yossef, which she received five times.
He has written numerous publications on numismatics and the history of Jews in Germany.
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Previously, he served as the Israeli Consul General to New England at the Boston Consulate and held positions at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. He also served as Policy Assistant to three different Foreign Ministers – Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, and David Levy.
Tamir holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science and an M.A. in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a board member of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and on the steering committee of the Geneva Initiative.
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