Shmuel Sisso is World Ort Director General and Chief Executive Officer. Shmuel's involvement with World ORT is extensive, as a member of the board of representatives and the nominations and allocations committees. He worked very closely with World ORT in a major regeneration project in Kiryat Yam, creating a multi-million dollar science, educational, cultural and sports campus.
Shmuel was born Morocco and has been the highly successful Mayor of Kiryat Yam in Northern Israel since 2003. Previously, he was the Israeli consul-general (holding the rank of Ambassador) in New York. As a qualified lawyer, he has also run his own law firm and spent some years as a partner in a New York firm.
Shmuel has held an extraordinary range of past and present roles in contributing to public causes. This includes seven years as chairman of the Ha’Igud Society for the Transfer of Technology (a foreign ministry institution providing Israeli foreign aid and international cooperation with developing countries), and four years as vice president of the Sephardic World Congress. He is a judge of the World Zionist Movement’s supreme court, and a member of the board for the Advancement of Post-Elementary Education Association.
Shmuel, who speaks fluent Hebrew, Arabic and English, is a law graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a master’s in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in the United States.