Akiva Tor is the head of the Bureau for World Jewish Affairs and World Religions at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he served as consul general of Israel for the Pacific Northwest, director of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, deputy director for Palestinian affairs in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as world Jewish affairs adviser to the president of Israel, in which capacity he began the organization of the World Jewish Forum, an initiative for creating a pan-Jewish strategy for stemming assimilation and decline in Jewish life.
Akiva is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and holds an MA degree from Hebrew University in Jewish political thought and a BA from Columbia University in general philosophy. He has written and lectured on Jewish values in the foreign policy of Israel and on ethical considerations in international relations. He served as a paratrooper in the IDF and as an infantry captain in the IDF reserves. He is interested in running, mountain biking and ascending high places.
Akiva is married to Naomi, a community social worker. Their home town is Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, and they have four children – Yonah, Zohar, Yehudah and Roni.