Ofer joined Sikkuy’s Equality Policy Department in February 2016, and since 2017 he serves as the Equality Policy Department Co-Director. Before managing the department, Ofer coordinated Sikkuy’s work to advance services and infrastructure for the unrecognized villages in the Negev, and to advance the successful implementation of the government’s 922 plan, designed to equalize allocations for Arab citizens in the state budget. Ofer completed a BA in social science and an MA in organizationalsociology at Ben-Gurion University, both with great distinction (magna cum laude). Ofer has worked and volunteered at important local NGOs and social initiatives in the Negev, including Shatil, the Negev Coexistence Forum, the Municipality of Beersheva, and Koach La-Ovdim (the Democratic Workers’ Organization).
During his time at Sikkuy, Ofer developed unique expertise in advancing equality policies for Arab citizens and Arab local authorities and led significant processes in this area. Among others, Ofer led the process of expanding Sikkuy’s interventions in the Negev region, and the expansion of the Equality Policy Department including developing a model for in-depth interventions with Arab local authorities.