Adi Arbel is the manager of the Civil Society Forum since 2017.
After serving in the IDF for six years as a programmer, officer and team leader, Adi completed his B.A. in psychology, economics and geography and studied for an M.A. in conflict resolution at Bar-Ilan University. After four years of working at the Elbit Systems as a software programmer, Adi decided to quit the hi-tech industry and embark upon a new career as a project manager at the Institute for Zionist Strategies.
During his work in the IZS, Adi initiated the proposal for Basic Law: Israel the Nation-State of the Jewish People. In 2009 Adi founded the Beit Midrash for Zionist Thought. Adi was also involved with Blue & White Human Rights, a human rights movement that holds a Zionist perspective.
Adi is running a blog for restaurants in Jerusalem, where he is hosting each time a different Jerusalemite figure. For more than a decade Adi is leading a night hikes group all over Israel. Adi initiated 'This is Jerusalem' - geopolitical tours of the Capital. Adi established the Jerusalemite Daily Recommendation Facebook page, the first of its kind in the city. Adi also initiated other social ventures in Jerusalem.
For five years, Adi had written a weekly column for Makor Rishon and has published a number of op-eds in Haaretz, as well as other media outlets.
In 2011, the Jerusalem Post selected Adi as one of the top ten ‘Jewish Future Leaders’.