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Amb. Uri Savir - Honorary President

Ambassador Uri Savir has spent his professional life on the frontline of peace making in Israel. As Director General of the Foreign Ministry between 1993 and 1996, Savir served as Israel's Chief Negotiator for the Oslo Accords, as a member of the Israeli Negotiations Delegation with Jordan, and as head of the Negotiation Delegation with Syria in 1995-1996.

As a second generation diplomat, Savir was Shimon Peres' right-hand man for many years, Director of the Israeli Consulate in New York, and later as Member of Israeli Parliament, he was head of the Sub-Committee for Foreign Affairs. In 1996, he established the Peres Center for Peace, over which he presides today. In 2001, Savir established a Rome-based international non-profit organization called Glocal Forum, which encourages intercity diplomacy around the world.


In the business field, Savir was the head of the executive board of the global daily newspaper Metro International - a newspaper with one of the largest readerships in the world. Savir is a graduate of the International Relations Department of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as graduate researcher of the Davis Institute of the Hebrew University.