Shira Herzog’s eclectic professional life spans professional philanthropy and political analysis. She is president and CEO of The Kahanoff Foundation, a Calgary-based private foundation that develops and invests in innovative community programs in Calgary and Israel, and has consulted and lectured widely on strategic philanthropy and social change.She is an Israel-affairs columnist with The Globe and Mail, co-host of the weekly Crossroads Television programme, Our Jewish World (formerly Israel Today), and a guest analyst on radio and television. Shira has a special interest in the role of community groups in international conflict resolution and in particular, has studied the work of Palestinian and Israeli peace organizations.

Shira is Chair of the Board of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) and has served on the boards of Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and Israel Venture Network (IVN). She is a native of Israel, and first came to Canada as a child, when her father, Yaacov Herzog, served as Israel’s ambassador in Ottawa. Shira was educated at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and York University in Toronto. Today, she divides her time between Canada and Israel.