About Us

The Department of Resource Development and External Affairs office for Ariel University (AU) is responsible for fundraising and for promoting and advancing AU through its international network of Friends Associations.

The office works with various offices throughout the campus in the following areas: soliciting gifts to the University, producing events, preparing marketing materials and publications, receiving delegations and guests, handling donor relations and processing donations.


Bobby Brown – Senior Vice President for Resource Development and External Relations

Bobby Brown comes to Ariel University after a long, diverse, and distinguished career in service to Israel and the Jewish world.

He has directed an impressive list of programs and projects for numerous organizations, including the World Zionist Organization,  World Jewish Congress and the Jewish Agency. He directed “Project Heart,” a joint Government of Israel/Jewish Agency program established to identify and negotiate the return of Jewish property looted by the Nazis in World War II.  Additionally, Bobby has served on the board of Yad Vashem, El Al, the Jewish National Fund, the Gush Etzion Development Corporation, the Israel Community Development Foundation (raising approximately $4.5 million annually for humanitarian services for communities in Judea and Samaria), amongst others.

Most notably, Bobby was the advisor for Diaspora Affairs to two Prime Ministers, serving as the liaison between the State of Israel and Jewish organizations and institutions throughout the Diaspora. He advised and prepared material for both Prime Ministers in matters concerning Jewish issues and community needs worldwide, and was instrumental in Israel’s government participating in establishing the Birthright program.

Bobby served as a combat medic in the IDF, and is a founding father and resident of the thriving Tekoa community in eastern Gush Etzion, chairing its Town Council for several terms. He has also sat on numerous boards and councils throughout Gush Etzion, contributing to the region’s development and prosperity.

To reach Bobby, please contact 

Abigail Szymkiewicz, 

Resource Development Coordinator:




Bobby Brown - Senior Vice President for Resource Development and External Relations

Adrian Treger—Director of Donor Relations, Dept. of Resource Development

After successfully heading the International Resources & Strategic Planning department for the non-profit organization Tzohar, Adrian moved to Ariel University in 2018 where he serves as Director of Donor Relations.

Originally, from Cape Town, South Africa, Adrian graduated in International Marketing from the AAA School of Advertising & Marketing, the country’s leading marketing institute. He then worked for leading international advertising agencies such as Ogilvy Mather and J. Walter Thompson in Cape Town.

Making aliya in 1997, Adrian studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion before volunteering for combat duty in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) NAHAL brigade.

After serving in the IDF, Adrian returned to Marcom & Sales and in 2006 founded ABT Communication Consultants which provided marketing consultancy for numerous global entities such as Bank Leumi Le-Israel and Harel Insurance as well as hi-tech and biotech firms.

Contact: adriantr@ariel.ac.il



Adrian Treger, Director of Donor Relations, Dept. of Resource Development at Ariel University