Ambassador Moshe Arad is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Governor of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem International Board of Governors and a member of the Executive Committee of the Mandel Institute – Jerusalem, sponsored by the Mandel Foundation, USA. Ambassador Arad is a member of the Executive Committee of the Israel Center for Excellence through Education, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Israeli branch of the Anti-Defamation League, USA.
Ambassador Arad was born in Romania on August 15, 1934, and immigrated to Israel in 1950. Following his service (1953-56) as a captain in the artillery corps of the Israel Defense Forces, he attended Hebrew University from 1956 until 1962, and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, and an L.L.B. degree from the Faculty of Law.
In 1962, Ambassador Arad joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an assistant in the Department for International Cooperation. In 1964, he was asked by the Minister of Justice to serve as his executive assistant and as the ministry’s spokesman, which he did until 1968, when he was appointed to the post of First Secretary (later Counselor) for Press at the Embassy of Israel in London. In 1972, upon completing his tour of duty in London, he was sent to New York, where he served as Deputy Consul-General. In 1973, he was appointed Minister Counselor for Information at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.
In 1976, Ambassador Arad returned to Israel and was appointed Director of the Office of the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A year later he was appointed Assistant Director-General in charge of information.
After attending the school of international affairs at Columbia University in New York as a visiting scholar in 1981, Moshe Arad returned to Israel and became the Inspector-General of the diplomatic service. In 1983, he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to Mexico and served in that capacity until his appointment as Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. in July 1987. He remained in that position until October, 1990 when he returned to Israel. During a leave of absence from government service, Ambassador Arad joined the Tel Aviv law firm of Herzog, Fox & Neeman.
In August 1992, Ambassador Arad returned to government service and was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Communications, acting in that capacity until September 1993. During that period he also was a Deputy Chairman of Israel’s Postal Authority and a member of the Board of Directors of Bezeq-Israel’s telecommunications and telephone company.
From January 1, 1994 to the end of 2003, Ambassador Arad served as Vice President for External Relations of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.