The Honorable Roey Gilad arrived in Chicago in the summer of 2012 to assume his post as Consul General of Israel to the Midwest. As Israel’s highest ranking official in the Midwest, Gilad will be responsible for 11 states in the Midwest region including his base of Chicago.
During his 25 year tenure with Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gilad has served in various positions outside of Israel including: Second Secretary in Kenya, Media Counsellor in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and head of the Political Affairs Department in the UK.
While in his native Israel, Gilad studied recently at Israel’s National Defense College and prior to that was head of the Export Control Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Last year Gilad received a Master’s Degree in National Security at Haifa University. In addition, he has a Master’s Degree in Middle Eastern studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Bachelor‘s Degree in Middle Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the artillery forces in the Israel Defense Forces.
As an avid marathon runner, he has already participated in nine marathons.
In addition to his mother tongue, Hebrew, Gilad is fluent in English and Arabic and is knowledgeable in French.
He is married to Nitza and they have one daughter Avigail.