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Orit Farkash-HaCohen


Orit Farkash-HaCohen (Class 18) is currently the Chairman of Israel's Public Utilities Authority, heading the Israeli most central  electricity market regulatory agency. This authority , is responsible for setting electricity Tarrifs for Israeli consumers, for economic regulation  and suprevision on the  various  particiapnts in the Israeli electricity market, including the Israeli Electricity Comapny (IEC), a state owned monopoly, and other private players. This agency additionaly is responsible for creating the economic regulation by which a sustainable but efficient renewable energy industry will develop in the Israeli energy market. it is also responsible for energy-efficient and demand side arrangements.  Prior to this position, Orit was the General Legal Advisor to this agency . Born in Petah-Tikva and completing her national service at the Sharei Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem, Orit graduated from the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She held a legal internship both in a private law office and at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem; and joined the Israeli civil service after working for five years in private practice. Initially she joined the Israeli Antitrust Agency, where she worked mostly as a trial lawyer in various cases of antitrust violations. Then in 2003, she joined the Israeli Electricity Public Utility Agency as a general Legal counsel, helping to set the conditions for future competition in the electricity market, which is taking place now. Orit also holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner Israel Fellow.