Dr. David Silvera has been involved in the movement to introduce and develop mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution in Israel since 1998. In 1986, he established Silpar (Israel) Ltd., which provided consulting services to businesses in Israel and the United Kingdom. The firm began functioning as a center for dispute resolution and training in 1998, and earned the recognition of the Advisory Council on Mediation to the Israeli judicial system in May 2001.
Additionally, Dr. Silvera is academic director of "Pathways" ("Drachim
"): The School for Conflict Resolution, a subsidiary of Silpar (Israel) Ltd.
In 1991 he was appointed as public appointee (Lay Judge) on the Greater Tel Aviv Labor Court Bench, and in 1998, he began serving as mediator of the same labor court; he held both positions through March 2004.
Dr Silvera, who has worked as a print and broadcast journalist, is currently Editor-in Chief of Sulcha
, Israel’s mediation portal, which he established in 1999 as a cooperative venture between Silpar (Israel) Ltd. and Olive Interactive Ltd. His activities include writing articles on various aspects of mediation and mediators training.