Daniel Taub, the UK born Israeli diplomat, is a man of many hats. He is an international lawyer as well as a writer. He currently holds the position of director of Yad Hanadiv Foundation in Jerusalem. Read more: Daniel Taub – Crunchbase
Education and Career
Born and raised in the UK by Israeli parents, Daniel went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree, Hertfordshire. While in the institution, he was awarded honorary marks to grant him admission to University College in Oxford, University College in London. He would later join Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
After his studies at the university, he moved to Israel. Since then he has served as a combat medic in the IDF and as a reserve officer in its division of international law. This position required him to give up his 30 year-long, British citizenship for an Israeli nationality.
In 1991, Daniel Taub went to work for the foreign ministry, where he honed his auspicious legal and diplomatic skills in various posts. In 2011, he had to make the change and go back to the UK as the new Israeli Ambassador.
The highlight of going back to what was once his home country was meeting Her Majesty the Queen dressed immaculately complete with a kippah, a sign that despite his UK upbringing he was a faithful Orthodox Jew.
Diplomatic Achievements as an Ambassador
In the four years that he served as the Israeli ambassador to the UK, trade between the two countries doubled. During his tenure, the two nations realized a significant deepening of academic, cultural, and business links between the two countries.
While speaking at the British Israeli Business Awards, the British Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, announced that the increasing trade between the two nations had entered a golden era.
According to the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce, bilateral trade surpassed the $5.5 billion mark, and over 300 Israeli businesses were started and remain operational to date. His efforts in the business community earned him an award in January 2013, the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honoree for his support for young entrepreneurs with startup companies.
Warrior for Peace
During the Israel-Palestinian peace negotiation, Taub was extensively involved in the process.
His duties included helping to negotiate agreements reached upon by the two countries, as well as traveling with his Palestine Counterpart as part of a benchmark mission to Northern Ireland. He also served as a member in the Israel-Syrian negotiations. Daniel Taub’s life is one to be admired.
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