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SPEAKERS > JASON ISAACSON



Jason Isaacson, AJC Director of Government and International Affairs

SESSIONS
AJC University Breakfasts (Sold Out)
ACCESS 20/20 Weekend

JASON ISAACSON AJC Director of Government and International Affairs since 1991, is a longtime analyst of U.S. political and strategic affairs and an advocate for Middle East peace. An observer to the 1991-92 Middle East peace talks in Madrid, Moscow and Washington, he represented AJC at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna; since 1993 he has coordinated periodic AJC ministerial meetings throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia, including numerous visits that were the first by an American Jewish civic organization. He has lectured periodically at the Diplomatic Institute of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. In 2002, he was a Senior Visitor at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Isaacson directed an AJC initiative to strengthen trans-Atlantic cooperation on Middle East policy – resulting in the opening of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels in 2004. In 2005, in Tunis, he convened an NGO seminar on tolerance-promotion on the Internet, in conjunction with the UN World Summit on the Information Society. In 2007, the French Minister of Culture and Communication awarded him the rank of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. In July 2009, King Mohammed VI bestowed on Isaacson the honor of Chevalier of the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.



SPEAKERS > STEPHEN JOHNSON




SESSIONS
AJC University Breakfasts

STEPHEN JOHNSON is director of the CSIS Americas Program. He has more than 20 years of experience in Western Hemisphere affairs spanning policymaking, policy advocacy, and public affairs in the Department of Defense, the Washington policy community, the State Department, and the U.S. Air Force. From 2007 to 2009, he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere affairs. He oversaw the development and execution of policies, strategies, and programs governing hemispheric defense and security ties, involving two regional combat commands and three military academic institutions. From 1999 to 2006, he served as a senior foreign policy analyst at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, testifying before Congress and authoring studies on Latin American politics, trade, and security, as well as public diplomacy and immigration.

Mr. Johnson has spoken at numerous conferences in the United States and Latin America. His commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Business Week, and Diario Las Américas. His broadcast appearances have included CNN en Español, Univisión, Telemundo, C-SPAN, and MSNBC. He also served in the Bureaus of Inter-American and Public Affairs at the Department of State. A retired U.S. Air Force officer, he was a pilot and a military attaché. As a member of the Air Force Reserve, he served in the Office of Public Affairs of the Secretary of the Air Force and at U.S. Southern Command. He has lived in El Salvador, Honduras, and Uruguay and observed elections in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wyoming and an M.A.L.S. from Georgetown University.

From 2000 to 2001, Ambassador Forsyth worked as a consultant to the General Secretariat of the Andean Community of Nations. He has also served as a congressman from 1995 to 2000, and a founding member of the Democratic Forum and the Association for Civil Transparency in Peru. Ambassador Forsyth has been an international elections observer in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Earlier in his career, Ambassador Forsyth served as Third Secretary of the Embassy of Peru in Chile; Second Secretary and Charge d’ Affairs of Peru to Bulgaria; Second Secretary at the Embassy of Peru in Venezuela; Chief of Cabinet of the Permanent Secretary of the Latin-American Economic System; First Secretary, Chief of Evaluation and Control of the Diplomatic Academy of Peru; Under Director of Latin-American Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru; Counselor at the Embassy of Peru in Canada; and Minister- Counselor of the Embassy of Peru in Germany.



SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR VASSILIS KASKAREKIS



Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarekis, Ambassador of Greece to the U.S.

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners (Sold Out)

VASSILIS KASKARELIS, who joined the Greek Foreign Service in 1974, has had a long diplomatic career, bringing to Washington 16 consecutive years of international experience in key international organizations and a unique knowledge on European affairs, transatlantic relations and global issues.

Prior to his current post as Greece’s Ambassador to the U.S., Ambassador Kaskarelis served for the past six years in Brussels as Greece’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (2004-2009), where he actively participated in the decision-shaping of all major developments involving the EU (among others, Lisbon Treaty, EU financial perspectives, enlargement, transatlantic relations, relations with Russia and Turkey). Previously, he was Permanent Representative to NATO (2000-2004) during the 9/11 events, the stabilization of the Western Balkans region, the Afghanistan operations and the Iraq war, while also serving as head negotiator for the Confidence Building Measures between Greece and Turkey. Before that, he served in New York as Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1994-2000), having the coordination and an overview of all U.N. issues at a critical juncture for the Organization. His other posts included Ankara and Nicosia, giving him first-hand experience in the relating issues, as well as West Berlin, where he witnessed the fall of the Wall and the subsequent events that changed the face of Europe.

Born in Athens, Greece, on November 26, 1948, Vassilis Kaskarelis holds an Economics and Political Science Degree from the University of Thessaloniki and a Degree in Law from the University of Athens.

Among other distinctions, Ambassador Kaskarelis is the recipient of the Grand-Cross of the Order of the Phoenix and Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix, bestowed upon him by the President of the Hellenic Republic, as well the Knight of the Order of Merit bestowed upon him by the President of the French Republic.



SPEAKERS > FOREIGN MINISTER ERATO KOZAKOU-MARCOULLIS



Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou−Marcoullis

SESSIONS
World Leaders Plenary

DR. ERATO KOZAKOU-MARCOULLIS assumed office as Minister of Foreign Affairs on 5 August 2011. Dr. Marcoullis had served as Minister of Communications and Works since 2 March 2010.

At the time of her appointment as Minister of Communications and Works, she was Head of the Working Group on Property, in the UN−sponsored negotiations being held since 2008 between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the government of the late President Tassos Papadopoulos from July 2007 to February 2008. Along with President Papadopoulos, she had the honour to sign the Treaty of Lisbon on behalf of Cyprus in December 2007.

During 2003−2007 Dr Marcoullis served as Director of the Cyprus Question and the EU−Turkey Affairs Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was also accredited as Ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan with residence in Nicosia, from 2005 to 2007.

She had previously served as Ambassador to the United States of America from 1998 to 2003, with concurrent accreditation as High Commissioner to Canada, Guyana, and Jamaica and as Ambassador to Brazil. She was also accredited to the World Bank, the IMF, ICAO and the Organization of American States.

From 1996 to 1998 she served as Ambassador to Sweden with concurrent accreditation to Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

She had previously served at the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations from 1980 to 1988, the Cyprus Question Division (1988−1993) and as Director of the Permanent Secretary’s Office (1993−1996). During her diplomatic career she also represented Cyprus in numerous Assemblies, Congresses and Conferences of the European Union, the United Nations, the Non−Aligned Movement, the Commonwealth, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and others.

Dr. Kozakou−Marcoullis has lectured extensively in Universities and Think Tanks in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland and other countries where she was accredited as Ambassador. She has also granted interviews to many international print and electronic media. In addition, she has published many studies and articles on a wide range of issues, including the Cyprus Problem, Foreign Policy and Cultural Diplomacy. She has also received many Honours and Awards in the United States, Cyprus and other countries.

Minister Marcoullis, daughter of the late Dr George Kozakos, a cardiologist, and the late Barbara Tekmitchova, was born in Limassol in 1949. She is a graduate of Law (1967−1972) and Public Law/Political Science (1972-1974) of the University of Athens and has a Licentiate (PhD) in Sociology and Political Science (1975−1979) from the University of Helsinki. She is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of French and Finnish.

Dr. Kozakou-Marcoullis is married to Dr. George Marcoullis, Oncologist/Haematologist, Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Committee for the foundation of a Medical School at a private University in Cyprus. They have a son, Panos Marcoullis, MSIST, MS.



SPEAKERS > WILLIAM KRISTOL



William Kristol, Editor of <em />The Weekly Standard</>

SESSIONS
The Great Debate: The 2012
Presidential Election

WILLIAM KRISTOL is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.

Before starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future. Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.



SPEAKERS > JACOB LEW



Jacob Lew, White House Chief of Staff

SESSIONS
World Leaders Plenary

JACOB LEW is currently serving as President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a position he previously held from 1998 to 2001. Before returning to OMB in 2010, Lew was the first Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, in which capacity he served as Chief Operating Officer of the department.

Before joining the State Department, Lew served as managing director and chief operating officer of Citi Global Wealth Management and then Citi Alternative Investments (CAI). Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of New York University, where he was responsible for budget, finance, and operations, as well as a professor of public administration. From 2004 through 2008, Lew served on the Corporation for National and Community Service Board and chaired its Management, Administration, and Governance Committee.

Lew served in President Clinton’s cabinet as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). From 1998 to 2001, he led the Administration budget team and served as a member of the National Security Council. During his tenure at OMB, the U.S. budget operated at a surplus for three consecutive years. Earlier, Lew served as OMB’s Deputy Director and was a member of the negotiating team that reached a bi-partisan agreement to balance the budget. As Special Assistant to President Clinton from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Lew helped design Americorps, the national service program.

Lew began his career in Washington in 1973 as a legislative aide. From 1979 to 1987, he was a principal domestic policy advisor to House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr, where he served at the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee as Assistant Director and then Executive Director. There, he was the Speaker’s liaison to the Greenspan Commission, which negotiated a bipartisan solution to reform Social Security in 1983 and was responsible for domestic and economic issues, including Medicare, budget, tax, trade, appropriations, and energy issues.

Before joining the Obama Administration, Lew co-chaired the Advisory Board for City Year New York and was on the boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Brookings Institution Hamilton Project, and the Tobin Project. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and of the bar in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.




SPEAKERS > DR. CHERYL MARTIN



Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners

CHERYL MARTIN is currently the Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for leading the organization’s commercialization program to help breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to this, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California.

Previously, she was with Rohm and Haas Company for 20 years. Cheryl started her career with Rohm and Haas as a Senior Scientist for the Plastics Additives business and then held various research and marketing roles in the Plastics Additives and Coatings businesses. In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for the company’s interactions and relationships with the investment community. She later became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America in 2007 and also elected a Corporate Vice President. Most recently Cheryl had been the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects (technology, operations, sales and marketing) of the business in this region.

Dr. Martin earned a B.A. degree in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) at both the local and national levels and serves on the Board of Directors for Philabundance, the greater Philadelphia region’s largest hunger relief organization.



SPEAKERS > DR. ALAN MENDOZA



Dr. Alan Mendoza, Founder and the Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society; Founder and President of the Disraelian Union

SESSIONS
AJC University Breakfasts

ALAN MENDOZA is a Founder and the Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society. He directs analysis, research focus, strategy and development for the organisation. In the wider political world, Alan is the Founder and President of the Disraelian Union, a London-based progressive Conservative think-tank and discussion forum, and has worked to develop relationships and ideas between political networks in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe. He is also Chief Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Transatlantic & International Security and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security, a Board Member of the British-American Project, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Electric Infrastructure Security Council, and of Bright Blue. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Alan is a frequent speaker at high-profile national and international events and conferences. He has a B.A. and M.Phil in History at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and  a Ph.D. at the same institution focusing on Anglo-American relations during the Bosnian War, 1992-1995.




SPEAKERS > PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU



Prime Minister of ISRAEL- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

SESSIONS
World Leaders Plenary
(special video message)

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ...bio forthcoming...please check back soon.





SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR MICHAEL OREN



SESSIONS
ACCESS 20/20 Weekend

DR. MICHAEL OREN A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.

Ambassador Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, were both New York Times bestsellers. They won the Los Angeles Times' History Book of the Year prize, a National Council of the Humanities Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.

Raised in New Jersey, where he was an activist in Zionist youth movements and a gold medal winning athlete in the Maccabiah Games, Ambassador Oren moved to Israel in the 1970s. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. He acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations, and as the government's director of Inter-Religious Affairs.

Ambassador Oren and his wife, Sally, have three children.




SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR JOŠKO PARO



SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners

JOŠKO PARO, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Croatia to the United States of America.

Joško Paro was appointed Croatia’s Ambassador to the U.S. in 2012, and just today presented his credentials to President Barak Obama. Prior to this posting, Ambassador Paro served as the Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Croatia. He has been in Croatia’s diplomatic service since 1992 and has served as that country’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

From 1997 to 2002, Ambassador Paro served as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of relations with Europe and other neighboring countries, as well as the U.S., Russia, Canada and Israel.

A seasoned negotiator, Ambassador Paro played a prominent role in the post-conflict normalization of Croatia’s relations with the other Balkan countries in the 1990s.



SPEAKERS > FOREIGN MINISTER ANTONIO DE AGUIAR PATRIOTA



The Foreign Minister of Brazil, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

SESSIONS
World Leaders Plenary

ANTONIO DE AGUIAR PATRIOTA was born in Rio de Janeiro on April 27, 1954. He was Deputy Foreign Minister from October 2009 to December 2010; Ambassador of Brazil to the United States from 2007 to 2009; Under Secretary General for Political Affairs at the Foreign Ministry from 2005 to 2007; Chief of Staff to the Foreign Minister, in 2004; and Secretary for Diplomatic Planning at the Foreign Ministry, in 2003.

Overseas, he also served at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Geneva (1999-2003), having acted for two years as Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization; at Brazil’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (1994-1999), where he was a member of the Brazilian Delegation to the U.N. Security Council; at the Embassies of Brazil in Caracas (1988-1990) and Beijing (1987-1988); and at Brazil’s Permanent Mission in Geneva (1983-1987).

From 1992 to 1994, he was Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to then President Itamar Franco.

He graduated from Brazil’s Diplomatic Academy, the Rio Branco Institute, in 1979. His thesis for the Advanced Studies Course at the Rio Branco Institute, titled “The Security Council After the Gulf War: articulating a new paradigm for collective security”, was published in 1988.

Minister Antonio Patriota is married to Tania Cooper Patriota, who is currently the Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bogotá and Caracas, and they have two sons, Miguel and Thomas.




SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR ZYGIMANTAS PAVILIONIS



Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis, Ambassador of Lithuania to the U.S.

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners

ZYGIMANTAS PAVILIONIS Ambassador Pavilionis joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993, where he was instrumental in achieving Lithuanian accession into NATO and the European Union. Between 1993 and 2009, he has held various high-level positions in the Lithuanian MFA, most focused on Lithuania’s relationship with the European Union. Most recently Ambassador Pavilionis acted as Ambassador–at-Large and Chief Coordinator for Lithuania’s Presidency of the Community of Democracies and Chief Coordinator for Transatlantic relations. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations and Doctoral Studies. He pursued both degrees in Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Pavilionis is married to Lina Pavilioniene and has four sons.



SPEAKERS > MK YOHANAN PLESNER



Yohanan Plesner, Director General of the Kadima Party

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners

YOHANAN PLESNER, a Member of Knesset, Member of the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee, is the director general of the Kadima Party. He currently serves as chairman of the Knesset Lobby for Furthering Relations Between Israel and Europe, and as a member of the Knesset Lobby for the Prevention of Illegal Immigration to Israel, the Knesset Forum on International Relations and the Knesset Lobby for Local Government. He served as head of special projects in the Prime Minister's Office during the Sharon administration, where he was in charge of the planning of the national war on crime and reporting on the conclusions drawn from the Gush Katif disengagement. MK Plesner also served as a personal aide to the president of the Israeli Institute for Democracy and was a lecturer and spokesperson for the Israeli consulate in Boston. He was an officer in the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit. He holds a B.A. in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. in political economics and security studies from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR ELENA POPTODOROVA



Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, Ambassador of Bulgaria to the U.S.

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners

ELENA POPTODOROVA On August 10, 2010, Elena Poptodorova began her second stint as Bulgaria’s Ambassador to the U.S. She also held this role from 2002 to 2008 when Bulgaria became member of NATO and the EU.

Prior to her second appointment in Washington, Ambassador Poptodorova was Director of the Security Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has also served as served as Ambassador-at-Large for the Black Sea Region, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Organizations Directorate.

Earlier in her career (1990-2001) Ms Poptodorova was elected as a Member of Parliament. She served on the committees on foreign policy, national security, radio and TV, human rights and agriculture.

Ms. Poptodorova earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia in English and Italian linguistic and literary studies, after which she attended a post-graduate course in international relations at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia. She specialized at the University of Leeds, UK and the University of Siena, Italy.

Ambassador Poptodorova is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Assumption College, Worcester, USA.

She is a founding member and member of the Boards of Bulgarian nongovernmental organizations including: The Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, The Centre for Regional and Geopolitical Research, The Bulgarian Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association which she currently chairs.

She is also member of the Washington-based Executive Council on Diplomacy and Women’s Foreign Policy Group.




SPEAKERS > DR. RICHARD PRASQUIER



SESSIONS
Engaging Global Leaders Dinners

RICHARD PRASQUIER has been CRIF’s President since 2007. CRIF (Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France) is an umbrella body comprising all French Jewish groups that was originally created in 1944 under the Vichy Regime. Nowadays, this national federation made up of 62 Jewish organizations is the voice of the organized French Jewish community in its dialogue with authorities and in the international media, including Le Monde, BBC and The Jerusalem Post. 2010 CRIF’s work topics include: French republican values and French Jewry; training for community leadership; remembrance of the Holocaust; fighting against anti-Semitism, racism, intolerance and exclusion; human rights; solidarity with Israel and support for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict; European and transatlantic relations.

Born in 1945, in Poland, Dr. Richard Prasquier arrived in France with his parents at age one. He studied medicine and completed a three-year residency in Cardiology in Paris hospitals. In 1974, he was Research Fellow at the Cardiovascular Institute of San Francisco University. He then became Head of Clinic at the University of Medicine in Paris. Involved in medical cooperation, he became President of Friends of Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv (Israel) in 1988. Since 1970, he has been active within the Jewish community. President of the French Committee for Yad Vashem, in 1998 he joined CRIF’s Executive Committee. From 2001 to 2007, he advised former CRIF President, Roger Cukierman. He was Head of the Commission on Solidarity at the Foundation for the Remembrance of the Shoah (FMS) from 2002 to 2007.

He is also a member of the International Auschwitz Committee and very active in the dialogue between Christians and Jews. He is Vice President of Yahad in Unum, whose President is Father Patrick Dubois. At CRIF, he directed the Commission for Relations with Catholics and the Commission for International Relations prior to his election as CRIF’s President.




SPEAKERS > AMBASSADOR RON PROSOR



Amb. Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations

SESSIONS
Advocacy in Action Dinners (Sold Out)
*Open to members of AJC’s Horizon Society and National Leadership Council only.

Opening Plenary

RON PROSOR* became Israel's 15th Permanent Representative to the United Nations in June 2011. With over two decades of experience at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Prosor has carved out an international reputation as one of Israel's most distinguished diplomats. Previously, he served for nearly four years as Israel's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, where he earned plaudits for his articulate and forthright defense of Israel's position, publishing numerous articles throughout the British press and addressing the widest possible range of audiences throughout the country. Between 2004 and 2007 Mr. Prosor served as the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing the work of the Foreign Ministry during the disengagement from Gaza in 2005. His previous overseas service has included roles in Washington, London and Bonn. Mr. Prosor was instrumental in establishing diplomatic relations behind the Iron Curtain following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. He was also a member of Israel's delegation to the Wye River Summit talks in 1998. Mr. Prosor served in Washington between 1998 and 2002 as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israeli Embassy, throughout the transition from the Clinton to Bush administrations after the presidential elections of 2000. As an officer in the Artillery Division of the IDF, Mr. Prosor attained the rank of Major and is a graduate of the IDF Battalion Commanders. He also holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating with distinction. He is married to Hadas with whom he has three children, Lior, Tomer and Oren.


Jason Isaacson - AJC Director of Government and International Affairs

Stephen Johnson - Director, Americas Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies


Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarekis - Ambassador of GREECE to the U.S.

Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou−Marcoullis - Foreign Minister of CYPRUS

William Kristol - Weekly Standard editor and
Fox News pundit


Jacob Lew - White House Chief of Staff

Cheryl Martin - Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

Dr. Alan Mendoza - Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society; Founder and President of the Disraelian Union

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Prime Minister of ISRAEL

Dr. Michael Oren - Ambassador of ISRAEL to the United States

Ambassador Joško Paro - Ambassador of CROATIAto the U.S.

Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota - Foreign Minister of BRAZIL

Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis - Ambassador of LITHUANIA to the U.S.

MK Yohanan Plesner - Member of Knesset, Member of the Knesset's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee

Ambassador Elena Poptodorova - Ambassador of BULGARIA
to the U.S.


Dr. Richard Prasquier - President, Conseil représentatif des institutions juives de France (CRIF)

Ambassador Ron Prosor - Permanent Representative of ISRAEL
to the United Nations