Dr. Lehrer holds a joint Masters Degree in Management Science from Boston University and Ben-Gurion University and a Ph.D in Geography and Environmental Development from Ben-Gurion University. Dr. Lehrer has been the Director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies since 2001. Lehrer has also worked as a business consultant for kibbutzim, small businesses, the Hevel Eilot Regional Council and the United Kibbutz Movement and has twice served as an emissary for the Jewish Agency for Israel in the United States. Among Dr. Lehrer’s other activities are the founding of the “Healthy Environment in the Arava” organization and the “Alliance for Peace in the Middle East” organization. His research includes studies on the effectiveness of the ISO 14001 environmental management system, sustainable development in the Dead Sea basin and the cost of nature conservation in Israel.
Dr. Lehrer moved to Israel in 1978 and has been a member of Kibbutz Ketura, a rural cooperative, since 1981. He is married to Barbara Pinsker and they have three daughters, Avigail, Ariana, and Meital.