Executive Director, Social Entrepreneur, Business and Community Leader, Writer
Avi Zimmerman is a much sought after and experienced spokesperson for Judea Samaria and Israel advocacy. A social entrepreneur, he currently serves as the Chairman of the Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Executive Director of the American Friends of Ariel and the City of Ariel’s international representative.
Recent initiatives include the founding of the Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which coalesces the regional business community to promote economic development for Israeli and Palestinian populations. He also co-founded the Judea-Samaria Speakers Bureau, which provides an accessible interface between the international community and the individuals behind the headlines.
Avi established TALK17 at the start of 2017, with the goal of deepening and broadening the international conversation concerning the Judea-Samaria region. The TED-style format gives a voice to fifty Israeli and Palestinian speakers.
A spokesperson for the City of Ariel, Avi also engages those diplomats, journalists, professors, university students and special interest groups who have a firsthand analysis of Israel’s geopolitical issues. In Israel, Avi mobilizes and equips national leadership figures to address ever-developing international and interfaith interest in Israeli society. Organizations consult with Avi to guide their efforts in advancing partnerships with Israel. Both an author and blogger, Avi presents accurate and thought provoking narratives to the global community concerning Israel in general and Judea-Samaria in particular. Several of his opinions and articles can be found in The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post.
Born and raised in New Jersey, he moved to Israel following high school, earning a Bachelor’s of Occupational Therapy from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MBA from Ariel University. Avi lives in Ariel with his wife and their four children.