Ambassador Yossi Gal serves as Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He assumed this leadership role in 2015.
A career diplomat and Hebrew University alumnus, Ambassador Gal most recently served as Israel’s Ambassador to France and Monaco (2010-2015). Earlier in his distinguished career, he was twice posted to Washington, D.C. as Director of the Ambassador’s office (1976-1981) and as later as Spokesman of the embassy (1985-1989). He also served as Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 1995-2001. Ambassador Gal has lectured throughout the world and published articles on international affairs in the French and U.S. media.
Ambassador Gal launched his foreign service career in 1975. He fulfilled varied responsibilities at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Director of the Information Department and Deputy Director-General for Communications. He participated in peace negotiations with Israel’s neighbors and chaired the Israeli delegation to the multilateral peace talks on the environment.
He then led the Press and Communications Department at the Prime Minister’s office, serving as Deputy Director-General for Economic Affairs. He was ultimately promoted to Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Extensively involved in international relations, Ambassador Gal participated in the Madrid Peace Conference, was a member of the peace negotiating team with Jordan and the Palestinians, headed the process of Israel’s adherence to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and led the negotiations on upgrading Israel’s relations with the European Union.