Meet the Consul General
    Ambassador Opher Aviran was appointed in August 2010 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. In February 2012 the Georgia General Assembly honored Ambassador Aviran for his tireless efforts in strengthening the bond between Israel and the Southeast in the fields of economics, academics, culture and politics. In October 2014, Aviran was promoted to the rank of Ambassador.

    Ambassador Aviran joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has since served as the Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, Cultural & Scientific Affairs Attache at the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Canberra, Australia.​​​

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    Consul General Opher Aviran Consul General Opher Aviran

    In his postings abroad, Ambassador Aviran works to strengthen local relationships with the State of Israel in the fields of economics, academics, media, culture and politics.​

    Between international postings, Ambassador Aviran worked in Israel in a variety of high level national security positions, including as Director of the Jordanian, Syrian and Lebanese Affairs Department in Jerusalem and the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Israel Defense Forces Planning Branch in Tel Aviv.

    Ambassador Aviran spent several years overseeing the professional development of his colleagues. Mr. Aviran served as Director of the Cadet Course within the Foreign Ministry’s Personnel Training Department. In 2007, he was promoted to Head of the Bureau for Personnel Training and Development.

    Ambassador Aviran holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a Masters Degree in Political Science with a specialty in National Security Studies from the University of Haifa and National Defense College.

    Ambassador Aviran is joined in Atlanta by his wife, Talyah, and daughters, Adi and Noa. The Aviran’s eldest daughter, Reut, is a professional dancer in the Netherlands.