The Board of Project Rozana International is pleased to advise three appointments to its new International Advisory Council.


Martin is best known, as to date, the only foreign-born United States Ambassador to Israel, a role he held from 1995 to 1997, and again from 2000 to 2001. Currently on the Advisory Board for ‘America Abroad Media’.


Born in London in 1951, Martin grew up in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1972. In 1973 he spent time volunteering on a kibbutz in Israel during the Yom Kippur War. He returned to Australia and enrolled at the Australian National University where he received a PhD in international relations in 1977.

Martin emigrated to the US in 1982 and began working as a deputy research director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). From 1985, he served eight years as the founding Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

He has been an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and has also taught at Columbia University, the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University, and Macquarie University in Sydney.

Martin has served Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in various roles. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the non-profit America Abroad Media.


Tim was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1955. He recently retired from World Vision Australia, where he was the Chief Advocate, a position created for him after completing 13 years as the CEO of the organisation in 2016.


He made a unique and powerful contribution to World Vision in the time he headed the organisation, as well as to the lives of millions of people all over the world. Tim brought extraordinary vision, compassion and a burning sense of justice to his role as CEO of World Vision Australia. He has been tireless in standing up for the world’s most vulnerable people and giving a voice to the voiceless.

When Tim took up the CEO role, World Vision had 480 projects benefiting 10.4 million people. A decade later this had grown exponentially with more than 800 World Vision development projects benefiting close to 100 million people across the globe, including in Australia.

Tim received the Victorian of the Year Award in 2004 and was made an officer of the Order of Australia in 2005. In 2008, he was awarded the Australian Peace Prize, by the Peace Organisation of Australia, and is listed by the National Trust of Australia as a ‘National Living Treasure’.

NB Tim has resigned as a Patron of Project Rozana Australia to assume the new position.


Until recently, Saleem was CEO of An-Najah National University Hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, the first university hospital in the Palestinian Territories. He is a heart transplant surgeon and currently professor of cardiothoracic surgery, at Bristol University, in the UK.


Born in Israel, Saleem Haj-Yahia studied law at Tel Aviv University before switching to medical school at the Technion in Haifa. At Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, he did his residency in cardiac and thoracic surgery. The institution’s director at the time, Professor Zeev Rotstein (now Director General of Hadassah Hospital), referred to him as the ‘Arab Prince’.

He joined London’s Imperial College after an invitation from Egyptian-born Sir Magdi Habib Yacoub, one of the world’s leading heart and heart-transplant surgeons. That was the springboard into an international career. He has performed heart operations and transplants – using both human and artificial organs – from Riyadh to Johannesburg.

He was a founder of An-Najah National University Hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus, the first university hospital in the Palestinian Territories. He is also founder and chairman of the National Heart, Lung, Vascular and Transplant Institute. And Dean Emeritus of the largest faculty of medicine and health sciences in the Middle East with 5000 students.

Saleem has been given a special ‘Honorary Chair’ position at the University of Bristol, England, and serves there as professor of cardiothoracic surgery. He is also a Professor at the University of Glasgow (Visiting Chair), Scotland. He is currently the only heart transplant surgeon in the United Kingdom to hold high profile professorial appointments at two leading British Universities, at the same time.

Ron Finkel AM, Chair of Project Rozana International, says,

“We are thrilled to welcome three remarkable humanitarians to honorary positions on Project Rozana’s International Advisory Council. They have experience and international standing, alongside their wide-ranging service to the global community. This will assist our organisation in its mission to build bridges to better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health.”