Remembering Prof. Simon Benninga

Honoring a professor, colleague and friend

30 August 2015


It is with profound sorrow and grief that I write to inform you of the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleague, Simon Benninga, the founder of the Sofaer International MBA in 2009 and the living spirit behind this program. 


A brilliant and globally influential scholar in the field of finance, Simon was a devoted and beloved teacher and mentor to generations of Tel Aviv University students and one of the pillars of the School of Management. As Dean from 2003 through 2007, Simon launched the transformation of the School into a world-renowned school and spearheaded the internationalization of the School, a process that he continued with the founding of the Sofaer International MBA in 2009.

As a researcher and scholar, Simon was a man of unparalleled breadth with a unique ability to communicate complex ideas in a captivating and engaging manner. He published widely, including four books (in multiple editions) that have sold all over the world and have been widely translated into many languages. His book, Financial Modeling (MIT Press) is now the standard book in its field, in wide use in academia and among practitioners. 


A truly cosmopolitan academic and a much sought-after speaker and teacher, Simon traveled and lectured across the globe. Wherever he visited, Simon left an intellectual imprint and forged new and friendships - friendships that have enriched the lives of countless people all over the world.


Next to being a first-class scholar and a uniquely gifted teacher, Simon was a remarkably loving and lovable man with an exceptional gift for human relationships. Always interested in other people, Simon was equipped with a sense of humor and a perpetual twinkle in the eye that conveyed a deep passion for life with all that it had to offer. If his untimely death can only leave a deep void in our hearts, that twinkle in his eye will forever continue to light up our lives.


Our deepest condolences to his family and friends and may we all know no more sorrow,


Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean


The funeral will take place on Tuesday September 1st at 11:00 in Beit Shemesh at Eretz HaChaim Cemetery.  For more information please contact

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