Israel: Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the OECD

 

Mr. Nimrod BARKAN


Mr. Barkan was born in Israel on 11 December 1952. In 1976, he graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in History and International Relations and holds a Masters in International Relations from the same university. Mr. Barkan joined the Foreign Ministry in 1977. In 1982, he was posted to the United States, serving as Consul for the Mid-Atlantic Region based in Philadelphia. From 1985 to 1987, he was posted to Egypt serving as Political Counsellor. Then, in 1988, he was appointed Director of the Department of Arms Control and Regional Security and Director of Egyptian Affairs. He was also Deputy Director, Bureau of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and consultant to the Ministry of Defence on U.S. Congressional Affairs.  From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Barkan taught International Relations at the National Defence College of Israel and the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1992, Mr. Barkan returned to the United States, serving as Minister responsible for Public Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. Subsequently, in 1995, he was posted to San Francisco, serving as Consul General for the Pacific North-West. In 1999, he was named Director of Palestinian Affairs Division and was a member of the Negotiation Administration, participating in the Camp David Talks. From 2001 to 2002, he was Policy Adviser to the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Bureau of Strategic and Economic Affairs at the Policy Research Centre of the Ministry. In 2002, he was named Director of the Bureau for World Jewish and Inter-religious Affairs. From January 2006 to January 2010, Mr. Barkan was the Head of the Foreign Ministry Centre for Policy Research. He is serving as Ambassador to Multilateral Organisations in France since mid-February 2010.

Ambassador Nimrod Barkan took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Israel to the OECD on 7 September 2010, following the accession of Israel to the Organisation.

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