Gadi Baltiansky

Director General of H.L. Education for Peace, Geneva Initiative

Gadi Baltiansky is the director general of H.L. Education for Peace— Geneva Initiative, based in Tel Aviv. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak. In this capacity, he was in charge of the public aspects of Israel’s security and foreign affairs in general and the peace process in particular. He was an official member of the Israeli negotiating teams opposite Syria and the Palestinians and, as such, participated in numerous summits, meetings and events in the international arena. From 1995 to 1998, Baltiansky served as Press Counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, prior to which he served as advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister (1994-5), Vice Consul in Miami, Florida (1991-3) and assistant to the Director General (1990-1). He previously worked as a journalist in Yediot Aharonot. He holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.