Gadi Baltiansky

Gadi Baltiansky

Geneva Initiative-Israel Director General

Gadi is one of the founders and  the Director General of the Geneva Initiative (GI) in Israel, an NGO that promotes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through diplomatic, political, educational and public tools, together with their partners – the Palestinian Peace Coalition.

The GI, since its establishment in 2003, brought together tens of thousands Israelis and Palestinians and approached directly hundreds of thousands with the message that peace is possible as there are practical solutions to the conflict and partners in both sides.

As an expert on the Middle East conflict, Gadi served as a member of the Israeli official negotiation team with Syria and the Palestinians in 1999-2001, and as a non-official advisor to the negotiating teams in 2007-2008 and 2014-2015. Gadi addressed numerous international conferences, including several UN events, on issues regarding the conflict, the Israeli political arena and its public opinion.

During his years in the Government, Gadi served as the Press Secretary of the Israeli Prime Minister, as advisor to the Foreign Minister and as Press Counselor at the Embassy in Washington.

Gadi holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Hebrew University.