Stav Shaffir, Member of Knesset (Parliament) Biography
Stav Shaffir, Chair of The Green Party, is Member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) on behalf of the Democratic Union. Shaffir is now serving her fourth term in Knesset and was the youngest person to be elected to Parliament in Israel’s history, at age 26.
Shaffir is a social activist who became a leader of the Israeli social activist movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets in the summer of 2011 and became Israel's largest-ever protest - focusing on housing, social services, equality and democracy. Shaffir became a Member of Knesset in 2013.
During her seven years in service, Shaffir led a reform for budgetary transparency and strategy, exposed the government's back-channel money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer money.
She served as Chairperson of the Transparency Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. In 2017, Shaffir was appointed chair of the OECD Transparency Committee, as well as the Social Justice Caucus.
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Prior to the 2011 protest, Shaffir worked as a journalist and teacher, and studied for her master’s degree in philosophy and history of science and ideas at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA in journalism and sociology from City University London, where she was the recipient of the Olive Tree Program scholarship, a unique initiative for young leaders from the Middle East.