Mr. David Akov served as the Deputy Head of the Center for Policy Research at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2008 until 2014. He joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1985. Before his current position, he served as Consul General of Israel in San Francisco (between August 2004 and August 2008). Prior to his appointment as Consul General in San Francisco, David served as Director of U.S. Congressional Affairs at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem (between 2001 and 2004). In this capacity he advised both the Foreign Minister’s bureau and the Prime Minister’s bureau on U.S. congressional affairs, as they relate to Israel, and coordinated congressional visits to Israel. Mr. Akov also served as Counsellor for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C. (1995-2000), Director of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic training program (1993-1995) and Consul at the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta G.A.(1989-1993). A native Israeli, Mr. David Akov served in the Israel Defense Forces and then went on to earn a B.A. in Middle East History and an M.A. in Political Science and Political Thought, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.