Mr. Chaim Shacham assumed the post of Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico in the Summer of 2011. During the course of his tenure, important milestones were reached in Florida-Israel relations, including the signing of a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Joint Israel-Florida Research and Development in the realm of Space. In addition, special initiatives were undertaken to develop strategic relationships with the growing Hispanic community and to prevent a nuclear-bent Iran from benefiting in any way from Florida taxpayer dollars.
Previous to this appointment, Mr. Shacham served as the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affair's (MFA) Information & Internet Department, where his duties included formulating public policy guidelines for Israel’s diplomatic representatives and spokesmen, and maintaining the MFA website.
Additionally, Mr. Shacham directed Israel's digital diplomacy program through Israel's official social media channels and the network of Israeli diplomatic mission websites throughout the world.
Further to his internet-related duties, Mr. Shacham was also responsible for drafting position papers, speeches, opinion pieces and diplomatic correspondence to be used by Israel’s diplomats abroad.
From 1998-2008, Mr. Shacham also served as Israel’s representative in the Plenary of the annual United Nations General Assembly. In this capacity, Mr. Shacham frequently addressed the Assembly regarding Israeli positions.
From 1994-97, Mr. Shacham served as Israel’s Deputy Consul-General to the Mid-West, stationed in Chicago, were he was active in the community, publishing articles in the press, and working with the media regarding Israel related affairs.
In addition, he participated in the Israeli Delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference. In this capacity, he drafted the speech given by the late Prime Minister Rabin at the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn on September 13,1993.
Mr. Shacham is also familiar with Latin American affairs, having served consecutively in Paraguay and Panama as Deputy Chief of the Israel Embassy in those countries.
Mr. Shacham was born in the United States, grew up in Chicago and immigrated to Israel after completing High School in the Ida Crown Jewish Academy. He served as an IDF armor company commander, and has a degree in international relations and political science from the State University of New York.
Mr. Shacham speaks English, Hebrew and Spanish.