B Compt (Hons); CA (SA); Advanced Management Program (Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration).
Israel is the Executive Chairman of Kapela Investments & Kapela Holdings. He is the Chairman of the board of the following Kapela investees: Marsh (Pty) Ltd; SPX Flow Technology (Pty)Ltd; NECXON(Pty)Ltd. He is also a board member of BP Southern Africa (Pty). He is also member of Council of the University of Pretoria.
He previously served on boards of other companies.
Israel has extensive leadership experience and was the first black person appointed as an Executive Director of ABSA Bank and being a member of its Exco. He had various responsibilities within ABSA). He is an ex CEO of SA Express Airways and of SARHWU Investment Holdings. Israel was, by appointment by Ministers of Transport, the first Chairman of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Oct ’98 – Apr ’05). By appointment of the State Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela, Israel served 2 terms as a Commercial Member of the Special Tax Courts (1996 – 2001 and 2002 – 2007). He is a founder member and past President of The Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA). He was among the first group of Non-Executive Directors of the Financial Services Board and the Policy Board for Financial Services.
He was an honorary Professor in the Department of Accounting and Financial Management at the University of Pretoria and the Professor of Extra Ordinaries in the Department of Applied Accounting at UNISA.
He is an avid golf player.