Mr. Carmi Gillon earned a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an M.A from Haifa University. He is a graduate of the National Defense College, and of the Harvard Business School – Advanced Management Program in the US. He has also participated in courses in management and public administration atHarvardUniversity’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Gillon has had a distinguished and varied career in both public service and in the business sector:
1972 – 1996: Command positions in the Israeli Security Service (Shin Bet)
1994 – 1996: Head of the Israeli Security Service
1997 – 2000: CEO of "Avner" Insurance Corporation
2000 – 2001: CEO of the Peres PeaceCenter
2001 – 2003: Ambassador of Israel to Denmark
2003 – 2007: Mayor of Mevasseret Zion
2007 – 2013: Vice President for External Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mr. Gillon has served as a member of the board of directors of Dankner Investments, of Clal investments, of the Arab-Israel Bank, and was Chairman of the Board of the Tahal Group, an international engineering concern.
He also serves on a number of nonprofit and public sector boards, including that of Variety Israel, of the Friends of the Israel Firefighters (FIS),Bnai Brith,Israel, the Israel Intelligence Heritage Commemoration Center, and that of the Council for Peace and Security.
Gillon’s book "Shabak in Tears" was published in 2000. He has written numerous articles for the Israeli and international media on issues of State and Security, mainly for the New York Times and Yediot Aharonot, and is often invited to serve as a television and radio commentator both in Israel and abroad.
Gillon took part in the documentary film “The Gatekeepers” together with 5 colleagues – all of them former Heads of the Israeli Security Service (Shabak). The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards. Although it did not win, it has won awards at other important festivals.