Mr. Yehuda Yaakov
Yehuda Yaakov was born in New York and arrived in Israel in 1983. He brings 30 years of experience in the Foreign Ministry and a special interest in social equality issues.
Throughout his diplomatic career, Yaakov has acquired extensive experience in public diplomacy, strategic affairs and the creation of "diplomatic start-ups." While serving most recently in Boston as head of Israel's diplomatic mission to New England, he focused on strengthening bilateral ties in the areas of cyber security as well as the economic, academic, community and cultural spheres. He founded the Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also ran the Media and Public Affairs Unit of the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
In 2012 he was part of the Foreign Ministry's "Iran Team" which received the Director General's Award for its unique contribution to Israel's security.
Yaakov holds a master's degree from Haifa University (in conjunction with the Israeli National Defense College). His master's thesis explored Iran's nuclear negotiating strategy.