Born and bred in Great Britain, Daniel Taub is an alumnus of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, University College in Oxford, University College in London as well as Kennedy School of Government which is an affiliate of Harvard of University. Before his appointment as the Israeli Ambassador to the UK in 2011, Taub had served as a combat doctor in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and later as a reserve representative in the international law department of IDF. In 1991, Taub joined the Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he held several diplomatic and legal posts.
Taub’s Ambassadorial Achievements
During his tenure as the Israeli Ambassador to the UK between 2011 and 2015, Mr. Tau has achieved significant accomplishments. First, Taub placed a strong emphasis on trade. It is for this reason that Israel-UK trade doubled during his 4-year tenure. According to the Israel-UK Chamber of Commerce, more than 300 Israeli business enterprises have set up base in the UK, and yearly bilateral trade is about $7 billion.
Daniel Taub also stressed the importance of technology in business. In partnership with Google, the Israeli embassy in the UK launched a business competition termed Bizcamp, which was aimed at attracting top UK-based technological entrepreneurs. This technology start-up initiative had Mr.Taub nominated for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Prize for promoting emerging start-ups and trade. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia
Cross-cultural and interfaith activity
Daniel Taub was also a staunch supporter of intercultural and interreligious cooperation. In 2014, after Bradford’s representative to parliament, George Galloway, declared the constituency as an ‘Israeli free zone,’ Mr. Taub boldly visited the city to hold discussions with councilors, religious leaders, and other groups. His visit served to reinforce his belief that people with different religious faiths and backgrounds can still live and work together in harmony.
Moreover, Taub used to honor invitations to teach Hebrew and Bible study classes in Westminster Abbey as well as the Church of England Synod. He used to co-host a lot of cultural events with other ambassadors with a view of reaching out to other cultural and ethnic groups in the UK community in line with his belief that Israel is a home with many doors.
Daniel Taub returned to Israel following the end of his ambassadorial tenure to the UK in 2015. He now serves at the Yad Hanadiv Foundation as the Director of Strategy and Planning.
He frequently writes on issues touching on Israel and the Middle East, and some of his articles appear in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Times.
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