Amb. Dani Dayan serves as Consul General of Israel in New York. As Consul General, he represents the State of Israel to communities throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Delaware. Amb. Dayan has a longstanding reputation as an Israeli public figure, lecturer and entrepreneur enjoying wide support and appreciation from all sides of the Israeli political spectrum. His nomination by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was also publicly welcomed by the Israeli opposition. Dayan was Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria from July 2007 until January 2013. He was instrumental in pushing through multiple reforms and policy changes to strengthen the image of the organization and advocate on behalf of its 400,000 citizens. He then acted for two additional years as the Council's Chief Foreign Envoy. His role included advocacy trips to the major seats of government worldwide as well as regular meetings with foreign diplomats and journalists based in Israel to explain the facts on the ground. Amb. Dayan has for many years been a regular commentator in the international press, both broadcast and print and was frequently called upon to participate in public debates and panels at major conferences and universities. Among the media outlets he contributed to are New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and many more. Dayan began his professional career as an entrepreneur and businessman, founding Elad Systems in 1982 at the young age of 26. He served for several years as its CEO and later as Chairman of the Board. Elad Systems specializes in the development, integration and maintenance of sophisticated information systems, outsourcing, facility management and more, for a wide range of large governmental, public and private organizations. In 2005, when Dayan sold his interests in the firm, it employed 500 IT professionals. From 1990-1992, Dayan served as the general secretary of the Techiya political party. He was responsible for all of the movement's activities and public campaigns and was instrumental in the negotiations that led to the party's inclusion in Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir's 1990 coalition government. Before establishing his own information technology company Dayan spent seven and a half years in the Israel Defense Forces serving in the elite MAMRAM computerized data processing center, attaining the rank of Major. Dayan holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Sciences from Bar Ilan University and M.Sc. in Finance from Tel Aviv University. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Spanish. He also served on the Israel Broadcasting Authority Board and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Council. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955, Dayan immigrated to Israel in 1971. He keeps a home with his wife and daughter in the community of Maale Shomron in central Samaria.