Gilead Sher

Former Chief of Staff for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Chairman, Sapir College

Gilead Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations (CAN) and is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is an attorney and senior partner in Gilead Sher, Kadari & Co., Law Offices.

Combining law practice, business, thinking and academy in the private and public sectors, Gilead was a visiting professor on Conflict Resolution and Negotiations at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2001-2011) and teaches at Tel Aviv University. He is the founding co-chairman of the movement "Blue White Future."

Gilead was the head of bureau and policy coordinator of Israel's former prime minister and minister of defense Ehud Barak. He served as chief and co-chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the Camp David summit and the Taba talks, as well as in extensive rounds of covert negotiations. He served under PM Ytzhak Rabin as delegate to the 1994-5 Interim Agreement negotiations with the Palestinians. He holds the rank of colonel (res.), and is a former brigade commander and deputy division commander in the Armored Corps of the IDF, as well as a military judge.

Gilead's professional career combines the practice of law, policy planning and implementation, academic research, and involvement in civilian organizations. He is involved in various frameworks that deal with the future of Israel and the Middle East, preparations for regional conflict resolutions, and dialogue with official and non-official elements in Israel and abroad. His book, The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published by Routledge in 2006.

Gilead serves as chairman of the board of Sapir Academic College. He is a former board member at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a former president of Israel Shotokan Karate Association (Fifth Dan), and a member of the Council for Peace and Security.

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