Former Director of Communications and Senior Advisor to PM Netanyahu
Dr. Ran Baratz is a dedicated educator, political consultant and policy shaper. He most notably served as Communications Director for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu where, as one of the prime minister’s top inner-circle advisors, he took part in government and cabinet meetings, while managing the prime minister’s public diplomacy and media.
Dr. Baratz is founding editor of the Hebrew-language news site “Mida”, an online publication analyzing current events from a realistic, free-market and Zionist perspective, as well as founder and former CEO of “El Haprat: Civic Liberty and Responsibility”, a nonprofit organization promoting policy and ideas through intellectual discussion and education. Included among his most successful startup endeavors, Ran also founded and directed various international academic programs, where he built large scale academic curricula on the topics of government, national security, economics, the Middle East, international relations, Israel, and Zionism.
Dr. Baratz previously served as a director in “The Tikvah Fund” Israeli branch, an American foundation and ideas institution supporting intellectual, religious and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Throughout his career he has published hundreds of articles and op-eds in academic journals and media outlets such as Israel Hayom, Maariv, Makor Rishon, Nativ, Jewish Review of Books, and Mosaic.
Dr. Baratz has been repeatedly recognized as an outstanding lecturer and speaker, both for his academic teaching and for his public appearances. Other than teaching at the Hebrew University for many years, where he was consistently ranked best lecturer, he regularly appears as a guest commentator on Israeli national broadcast television networks and radio. Dr. Baratz also often lectures in Hebrew and English on Israel and a wide range of policy issues at various organizations, including the Israel Defense Forces and numerous private and academic institutions in Israel and abroad.
Ran earned his doctoral degree summa cum laude in ancient philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.