Professor Nava Levit Binnun

I am a scientist and social entrepreneur, currently serving as an associate Professor and the director of the Sagol Center for Brain and Mind at the Reichman University, Israel.

I received a B.Sc in Physics from the Hebrew University and a M.Sc and doctorate in Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science. I am also a fellow of the Mind & Life Institute.

The Sagol Center which I head is a unique research center dedicated to driving change in various sectors in Israeli society, such as education and health, through rigorous scientific work and its dissemination. The center focuses on understanding psychological and physiological underpinnings of healthy qualities of mind such as resilience, mindfulness, compassion, and reconciliation as well as intervention research to study the effects of mindfulness-based programs and its adaptations to various cultural and conflictual contexts.

As part of the greater societal vision, in 2009 I founded the Muda (in Hebrew “Aware”) Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society which has been promoting public awareness of the scientific basis of mindfulness and other contemplative practices. It is the only academic center in Israel to train and accredit mindfulness instructors (MBSR and MBCT protocols), providing scholarships to support training of mindfulness instructors from minority communities such as Arabs and Ethiopian Jews, and with more than 250 graduates of its teacher training programs. I am also the academic director of the Sagol Purple Schools Initiative, a whole-school program intended to create a profound paradigm shift in the Israeli schooling system through the dissemination of mindfulness and compassion based social-emotional learning.