Shlomit Barnea Farago

Selection Committee Member
Legal Adviser and Manager of the Legal Department,
Office of the Prime Minister of Israel

Shlomit Barnea Farago is currently the legal adviser and manager of the Legal Department of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO); she has held this position since June 2003. From July 1998 to July 2001, Barnea Farago was the senior deputy to the legal adviser of the PMO, and from July 2001 to June 2003, she was the acting legal adviser of the PMO.

Her public service extends to her also being a member of various public committees. She is the chair of the Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution Court of the Institute of Internal Auditors in Israel (the IIA). She is also the Prime Minister's Office representative for: The Committee of the EMET Prize for Science, Art and Culture (also deputy committee chair) and both Taglit-Birthright Israel and Masa Israel Journey's Steering Committees. She is involved with security issues through the Ministry of Intelligence.

Previously, Barnea Farago was the head of: The Government-appointed inter-ministerial team to formulate draft bills regarding dividing the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare; closing the Ministry of Religious Services; the Government-appointed inter-ministerial team to examine the matter of religious rulings of the Druze community; and likewise chaired the inter-ministerial team on the matter of external financing of the Chief Rabbis' trips abroad. In addition, Barnea Farago was a liquidator of the non-profit organization for the State of Israel's Jubilee Celebrations (Amutat HaYovel), and she was a member of two other committees, one of which was the Israel Bar Association Committee on the Constitution and Basic Laws.

In addition to her public office positions, Barnea Farago has had extensive private sector experiences. She has held internships at two different law firms, and once she received her Israeli Bar Association license on October 30, 1984, she has worked at six different law practices from 1984-1998.

Barnea Farago is very active on various boards of directors and statutory corporations. Since February 2005, she has been a member of the General Assembly of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Furthermore, since April 2002, she has been a member of the Israel Electric Corporation Board of Directors, representing the State of Israel, in which she was the chair of the Audit Committee and of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, and a member of eleven various committees within the corporation's Board. From February 2003 to December 2006, she was also a member of the Council of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Barnea Farago has given lectures to various audiences, including academia and professionals since 1997. Between 1999 and 2007, Barnea Farago has published three articles, two regarding union laws (workers and trade) and another one regarding audits on the government and public companies.

Barnea Farago graduated from Bar Ilan University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and continued her studies there with a Master of Laws (LL.M.), graduating with distinction in 2001. She attended several professional courses including a course on business communication at the Vancouver school board, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, a course on analyzing financial reports and assessing companies' value, at the Recanati Business School, Tel Aviv University and a management training course for legal advisers of government ministries, organized by the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Justice.

From 1976 to 1982, Barnea Farago served in the Israeli Navy, and from 1983 to 1985, she was in the reserve service for the emergency preparedness unit in the Home Front Command.