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Gilead Sher was chief of staff and policy coordinator to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, a senior negotiator at the Camp David summit and Taba talks (1999-2001), and a delegate to the 1994–95 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement negotiations under PM Rabin. He heads the Center for Applied Negotiations and is a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies INSS.


A reputable expert in negotiations and conflict resolution, Sher was a visiting professor and Israel studies fellow at Georgetown University in 2019, he is currently the Brochstein fellow in Middle East peace and security Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


A senior partner at the law firm Gilead Sher & Co., Sher serves on several corporate executive boards and public councils and chairs the executive board of Sapir Academic College, the largest public college in Israel. His expertise encompasses international negotiations; commercial law; public, administrative and election law, complex projects, arbitration and other dispute resolution proceedings.


As a reserve officer in the IDF, Colonel Sher served as a company, battalion, and brigade commander, and as a deputy armored corps division commander. During his compulsory service, Sher fought the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the southern front in the 401 armored corps brigade.


He was a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School (fall 2016) and a non-resident guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (Negotiating in Times of Crisis 2002-2012). Sher is the author of The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999–2001 (2006) and coeditor of Negotiating in Times of Conflict (2015) and Spoiling and Coping with Spoilers (2019).


Sher holds a Fifth Dan black belt in Karate and served as president of Israel Ohshima Shotokan Karate Association.

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