Avi Melamed is the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, DC and the Gettysburg College. He is a former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs, an intelligence official and educator. As an Israeli-Jew fluent in Arabic and with a unique understanding of Arab society and culture, Avi Melamed spent many years operating in Arab cities and communities, often in high-risk positions at sensitive times. He held various intelligence and field positions on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli government agencies.
Since 2005, Mr. Melamed has worked as an independent Middle East strategic intelligence analyst. In this capacity, he provides information, briefings and tours to diplomats, policy makers, international media outlets, academic institutions and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East affairs. He is the founder and creator of “Feenjan – Israel speaks Arabic,” a non-profit initiative which presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic, and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.
Avi Melamed is the author of two published books, Separate and Unequal: The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem (Harvard University) and Ubrusi, The Novel (2010). His articles appear in several languages on international websites and media platforms.