The Ambassador

The Ambassador

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    His Excellency Ran Yaakoby serves as Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.

    Prior to his appointment to New Zealand, His Excellency Ran Yaakoby served as Director for Combating Antisemitism and for Holocaust Remembrance at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also served as Minister-Counsellor to Germany – Berlin (2011-2016), Deputy Ambassador to Sweden – Stockholm (2003-2007), and Deputy Consul General & Charge' d'affairs to Brazil – Sao Paulo (1996-2001).

    HE Ran Yaakoby is married to Debora Yaakoby and they have two children.

    Follow the Ambassador:
    Twitter – @ISRAmbNZ
    Facebook – @IsraelinNewZealand

    Diplomatic Postings Abroad
       Brazil – Sao Paulo (1996-2001) Deputy Consul General & Charge' d'affairs
       Sweden – Stockholm (2003-2007) Deputy Ambassador
       Germany – Berlin (2011-2016) Minister-Counsellor
       New Zealand – Wellington (Dec' 2020-Present) Ambassador to New Zealand and non-resident Ambassador to Samoa, Tonga & the Cook Islands

    Israeli Public Sector Positions
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
       PR & Media Dept. – Information and Internet officer.
       Assistant to the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
       Economic Dept. – Head of North & South America desk.
       North Europe Dept. - In charge of diplomatic relations with the U.K and Ireland.
       E.U Dept. - E.U-Israel cooperation programs coordinator.
        Director of Dept. for Combating Antisemitism and for Holocaust Remembrance.
    -          Head of Israeli delegation to IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance  Alliance).
    -          Chair of the 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism (GFCA2018)
    Prime Minister’s Office
       Senior Director for Policy and Defence PR

    Education
    B.A: Political Science and Urban Studies Tel Aviv University.
    M.A: Conflict-resolution, Research and Management Swiss Center for Conflict - Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    Other Studies: Computer-sciences, Media, Dispute-mediation, Diplomacy and Public-Sector Management, in addition to various other trainings in Israel, University of Malta and L'ena-Paris).
    Military Service: Commander of Computer Related Courses – IDF's academy for computer sciences (MAMRAM).
    Languages: Hebrew, English, German, Portuguese.

    Recognition of Merits: Awarded personally by the President of Bulgaria in 2019 with the "Golden Laurel Twig" an honorary insignia of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for promoting the peace and consulting Bulgaria in the process of joining the IHRA.