Ambassador of Israel to Egypt, former Ambassador of Israel to South Sudan
Haim Koren (Klein) is the Israeli ambassador to Egypt. He previously served as the Israeli ambassador to South Sudan and as the Director of the Middle East Division, Center of Political Research in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure with the Ministry, his positions have included serving as Director of the Political Planning Division, Deputy Spokesman of the Press Division, and as Consul for Press and Information. He has also served in various other diplomatic capacities in Chicago, USA; Alexandria, Egypt; and Kathmandu, Nepal.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bergan, Norway. He is an expert in the Arab World, including the Arabic language, media, and extremism. Since 2011, he has been a member of Advisory Board of IFIMES (The Slovenian Institute of Middle East and Balkan Studies). From 2008 to 2011, he was an Instructor at the National Defense College of Israel. He has given lectures and seminars on Arabism and Islam, the Ideology of Radical Islam, the Global Dimension of the Foreign Policy in Israel and New Framework for Thinking on the Middle East.
Koren has published dozens of articles in his area of expertise. His forthcoming piece (2014) is on “Identity, Religious and Ethnology in Dar Fur: the Sudanese Fabric, the Regional Circle and the International Arena”