GOVERNANCE / Ohad Cohen

Ohad Cohen

Head of the Foreign Trade Administration, Ministry of Economy and Industry, Government of Israel
 

Career

A diplomat specializing in international trade, Ohad Cohen was appointed Head of the Ministry of Economy and Industry‘s Foreign Trade Administration in May 2012. He leads an organization with a staff of over 250, an annual budget of NIS 220 million, and 50 trade offices worldwide.

The Foreign Trade Administration directs Israel’s trade policy and promotes the country’s high-tech and traditional industries worldwide by supporting and boosting Israeli exports, attracting foreign direct investment to Israel, facilitating strategic partnerships between Israeli and foreign governments and companies, fostering robust relations between Israeli and foreign industries, and initiating and managing Israel’s trade agreements. Mr. Cohen served in the IDF from 1989 to 1993.

After graduating from university, Mr. Cohen joined Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, where he worked in the Foreign Trade Administration in its Middle East Department. In 1998, he was appointed Commercial Attaché in Amman, Jordan, where he also led the Israeli delegation to the joint Israeli-Jordanian Qualified Industrial Zone Committee.

From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Cohen served as Commercial Attaché to Sweden, Finland, and Norway. He then returned to Israel to Lead the Commercial Attaché Cadets Course, making him responsible for training the next generation of Israel’s diplomatic commercial specialists.

From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Cohen served as Commercial Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.

Education

BA in Economics and MBA, University of Haifa (Israel)