Avi Melamed

Former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs and Regional Expert specializing in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region.

Lectures, tours and briefings, based on Arab sources, decades of field experience, policy design and intimate connections throughout the Arab world, offer an insider's view of the constantly-changing Middle East landscape and future regional implications.

Expertise: Arab awakening; Arab perspectives on Israel; Emerging challenges and opportunities in the Middle East; Evolving forces in the region and their current and future impact on Israel's strategic environment, etc.

Founder of Feenjan –Israel speaks Arabic, non-profit presenting Israeli society to the Arab world in Arabic, and serves as online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.

In private sector Avi facilitates relationships between Israeli and international firms and potential partners in the Arab world.

An Israeli Jew fluent in Arabic with a unique understanding of Arab society and culture, Avi spent over twenty years living in Arab cities and communities throughout the region.

During the first Intifada appointed the youngest Deputy Advisor on Arab affairs to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek.

Instrumental in developing Israeli policy in and around Jerusalem.

Held various Intelligence and Counterterrorism field positions on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli government, and Israeli security and intelligence services.

Authored Separate and Unequal - Israel's rule in East Jerusalem, published by Harvard University Press. Frequent guest on English and Arabic networks including Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic, articles are translated into multiple languages.

Unique experience, outstanding analytical abilities, profound understanding of the Arab world and the Arabic language, direct access to sources throughout the Arab world allows him to keep his finger on the pulse on the Arab world.

Proven record of foreseeing the evolution of events as well as their impact on a local and regional level.

As a speaker, an analyst, a writer, and an entrepreneur, he is a bridge builder. He dedicates himself to enhancing the Arabic,English and Hebrew speaking audience's comprehensive understanding of the Middle East and of each other.