Gali Hagel
Director, SNS FiReFilms Screening Clubs

Director of the worldwide SNS FiReFilms Screening Clubs, Gali Hagel is also a member of the FiReFilms Steering Committee. In addition to her work on behalf of FiReFilms, Gali is a nonprofit strategist, animal rights advocate, editor, and writer.

A graduate of Duke University, Gali attended the Vanderbilt University School of Law, with adjunct studies at Georgetown. At Vanderbilt, she served as the first female editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law.

Gali served as in-house counsel with BellSouth Corp. from 1983 until 1998, primarily as international mergers and acquisitions counsel. After two life-changing trips to Kenya, she left BellSouth to establish her own corporate and entertainment law practice with a pro bono focus on animal law. As an early animal rights attorney, she joined the initial strategic team of the Great Ape World Heritage Species Project; co-wrote and helped pass Georgia's first felony animal cruelty law; represented pioneering, world-class researchers in the field of interspecies communication; and served as an advisor to sanctuaries and other animal-related entities. Somewhere along the line, she also earned a Certificate in Applied Zoo Biology from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In 2002 she joined the Hoover Group, a multinational manufacturing company, as its general counsel.

Gali is the author of "A Practitioner's Introduction to Saudi Arabian Law" (Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law) and other legal articles; co-author of "The Great Ape World Heritage Species Project" (Conservation in the 21st Century: Gorillas as a Case Study); and author of "The Myelin Repair Foundation Accelerated Research Collaboration Model: Innovative Disruption in Biomedical Research" (Collaborative Innovation in Drug Discovery: Strategies for Public and Partnerships).

In 2010, Gali left the practice of law to focus on nonprofit strategy with a concentration on animal advocacy, documentary filmmaking, and translational medical research, as well as on editing, writing, and traveling.

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