Ran Yaakoby

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Alma mater
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ran Yaakoby is an Israeli diplomat serving as ambassador to New Zealand and non-resident ambassador to the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga since December 2020. Prior to his appointment as ambassador to New Zealand, Yaakoby served as the director of the fight against anti-Semitism and Holocaust remembrance department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry and as head of the Israeli delegation to the International Alliance for the Preservation of the Memory of the Holocaust (2016–2020).


Yaakoby graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies from Tel Aviv University as well as a master's degree in research and conflict resolution at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2003). He then completed further studies in Israel, Malta and Paris in the subjects of computer science, media, diplomacy and management. Yaakoby was qualified as a mediator by the Ministry of Justice and the Israeli administration of courts.


In 1994 Ran Yaakoby joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and held a variety of positions at the Ministry's headquarters in Jerusalem and its various departments, including the Department of Economy, Culture, Science, European Union, Public Diplomacy and in the Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1996 he was appointed for Deputy Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil . Between 2003 and 2007 he served as the deputy ambassador in Stockholm, Sweden and in 2010-2011 as the head of political-security domain at the National Information Headquarters in the Prime Minister's Office .

In his next position, between 2016 and 2020, he was in the service of Counselor-Envoy to Germany at the Israeli Embassy in Berlin . As part of the role, he initiated the construction of a monument on the wall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building and an exhibition in memory of 36 diplomats who were Righteous Among the Nations and who worked to save Jews in the Holocaust. [1] Also, in 2018 he opened the global forum in the fight against anti-Semitism .


The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry's golden laurel was awarded to Ran Yaakoby by the President of Bulgaria, Ruman Radev, during his visit to Israel in 2018, for his contribution to the promotion of peace and assistance to Bulgaria in preserving the memory of the Holocaust.


  1. Raphael Ahren, "On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel to honor foreign diplomats who rescued Jews", The Times of Israel, January 17 2018

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