Ambassador Eli Emanuel Lev took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Israel to the OECD on 7 November 2018.
Mr. Lev was born in Tel Aviv, in March 1958. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Master's in Business Administration, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He started his professional career in 1983 as a cadet at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1988 to 1990, Mr. Lev was posted to Turkey as deputy Consul General at the Israeli consulate in Istanbul.
In 1991, Mr. Lev joined the Israeli delegation to the U.N. General Assembly.
From 1992 until 1996, he was posted as a political counselor to the Israeli delegation to the European Union in Brussels and was part of the team negotiating a new Association Agreement with the E.U. that was finally signed in 1995.
In 1996 Mr. Lev joined the European Affairs Division focusing on the Israeli-EU relations.
Between 2000-2004, Mr. Lev was posted as the economic counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Paris and was involved with the Israeli efforts to advance its candidature as a member of the OECD.
In 2004, he was nominated to be Director at the Policy Planning Division, focusing mainly on policy recommendations in the area of external economic relations.
From 2007 to 2011 Mr. Lev served as Deputy Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg
Prior to his nomination as the Permanent Representative of Israel to the OECD Mr. Lev was the head of the Israel-EU Economic Relations Department and Deputy Head of the Economic Directorate of the Ministry.
Mr. Lev is married and has three children.