Chief Foreign Envoy, YESHA Council & Mayor, Efrat
Oded Revivi is a prominent advocate for the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. His stance on Israeli settlements is clear: They are here to stay and any future peace agreement will have to take that reality into account.
In July 2016, Revivi was appointed Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA Council, the umbrella organization of the Israeli Mayors throughout Judea & Samaria. As the official political representative of the Israeli settlement movement to the international community, he hosts as many as 30 international delegations per month consisting of elected officials, diplomats, journalists, think tanks, and other influencers. The position was formerly held by Israel’s Consul General to New York, Ambassador Dani Dayan.
Revivi has served as the Mayor of Efrat since 2008 and has overseen, the planning, development and implementation of a doubling of the population of Efrat which is slated to hit 16,000 by the end of 2018.
Following his success in Efrat, Oded was chosen to be a mentor for newly elected mayors in a special program initiated by Israel’s Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with the Center for Local Government and the Hebrew University School for Public Policy. He currently serves as mentor for two mayors and an additional two municipal general managers.
Oded began his professional career as a corporate and real estate attorney. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Revivi served for 4 and 1/2 years in the Israel Defense Forces Armored Corps as a conscript and subsequently an additional 25 years as a reserve officer attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) having commanded thousands of soldiers in multiple missions beyond enemy lines. Under his leadership and command, his tank regiment received the President of Israel’s Prize for Excellence.
Revivi received his Bachelor Degree in Law at from East London Law School and Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and Public Policy from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the San Francisco based Gvanim fellowship, that fosters the advancement of religious pluralism in Israel. He completed an Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School with a focus on leadership and management as a Maoz fellow.
Oded Revivi is a member of the Board of Directors – Israel Antiquities Authority; Head of the Board of Directors – Insurance Agency of the Economic Company – Center for Local Government and a member of the General Assembly – Israel National Lottery.
Revivi was born in Ramat Gan in 1969 and moved to Efrat in 1994 where he resides with his wife Lisa and six children.