Head of Interpretation, The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
Lior grew up in Kfar Haim, an agricultural community village in Israel. This upbringing instilled in her a deep appreciation for the environment and the value of community. As a field instructor in the IDF it became clear to her that her calling was in the combination of work in the field with people. Lior cultivated her Jewish identity as a student and then a leader of numerous programs at Ein Prat: The Midrasha. Through travels around the world, Lior became aware of the social-economical-environmental global crisis to which she has since dedicated her life. She holds a B.Ed. (distinction) in environmental science and democratic education, and an M.A. (distinction) in sustainable economics from Schumacher College, England. During her undergraduate studies she set up a green youth leadership program in Hod Hasharon and wrote her M.A. thesis on a case study of a women's eco-social catering enterprise in Jisr al-Zarka (an Arab town in northern Israel) that she established with several partners. Lior is currently the co-founding director of The Social-Environmental Hub at The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. The Hub is an innovative new approach to community outreach and advancing sustainability goals. It serves as a linchpin of social environmental activity in Jerusalem by creating a platform that unites organizations and change-makers in an interdisciplinary network based on personal connections and professional development. This allows leveraging the strengths of members individually and collectively, while promoting wellbeing and resilience. Lior is also a board member of the Association for Sustainable Economics.