Executive management


Chairman of the General Assembly, Achva Academic College, Major General Hagi Topolansky (res.) is a member of the intelligence division of the Israel-based defense contractor, Elbit, and leads the company's drone business. Prior to this position, Topolansky served as Chief of Human Resources for the Israel Defense Forces, with which he concluded his military career which he began as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force.

Topolansky earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Economics and Accounting from the University of Haifa, and received a master's degree in Command and Headquarters Management from the U.S. Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. He resides with his wife and children at Moshav Arugot where he grew up from age seven.



Prof Shosh Arad

President of Achva Academic College, Prof. Shosh Arad graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds an M.Sc. cum laude from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her Ph.D. from City University of New York. Prof. Arad founded and headed the Institute of Applied Biosciences at Ben-Gurion University.


Prof. Arad is an expert in the field of algal biotechnology focusing on cell wall polysaccharides. She has mentored more than thirty graduate students in her laboratory.

With proven experience moving ideas from the test tube to industry, she has developed a number of algae-based products used by leading cosmetic companies worldwide. She has published over 100 reviewed papers.


Prof. Arad was appointed as President of Achva Academic College at the end of 2016, following a 12-year term as President of the Ruppin Academic Center.


Dr. Etty Grobgeld

Director General of Achva Academic College, Dr. Etty Grobgeld earned her B.Sc. in Chemistry and her M.Sc. cum laude in Organic Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Departments of Chemical Physics and Biological Regulation, followed her dissertation, Metabolic Alterations and Cell Death Induced by DNA-Damaging Drugs; Multinuclear NMR Studies of E. coli. and Human Breast Cancer Cells,.


Dr. Grobgeld is a member of the Achva Academic College Faculty of Science and Faculty of Educational Administration. She is committed to development of academic administration and served as a tutor, for several years, in a college management training program. She promotes excellence in college teaching and played a leading role in establishing the Achva Center for Teaching and Learning. Currently focusing on the emerging field of neuropedagogy, Dr. Grobgeld is among the founders of the Center for Neuropedagogical Research and Development, established at Achva in 2014. 


Dr. Grobgeld was appointed General Director of Achva Academic College in October 2015. Prior to that, she served as rector. Her career reflects her dedication to Achva and its growing significance for higher education in southern Israel.