H.E. Eli Cohen

Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

• Eli (Eliyahu) Cohen is the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the State of Israel, since January 2024. Before that, he held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu in December 2022. Mr. Cohen also serves as a member of the Security Cabinet of the government of Israel, and of the Twenty-fifth Knesset representing the Likud party, being the third on the party's list. Before the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Cohen was the Minister of the Economy and Industry (2017-2020), Minister of Intelligence (2020-2021), there, among other things, held negotiations with Sudan, towards normalization, and was a member of the Security Cabinet.

• Prior to his appointment as Minister of the Economy and Industry, Mr. Cohen chaired the Reform Committee of the parliament. As chairman of this committee, Cohen led the parliamentary work related to several major reforms inter alia the banking system in Israel, technical standards, capital market, pension, housing and real-estate. In addition to his capacity as chairman of the Reform Committee, Mr. Cohen has promoted various private bills mainly in the pension and housing fields.

• Before joining politics, Mr. Cohen held various positions in major Israeli Financial Companies. Cohen headed the Economic sector of the accounting and consulting firm- BDO Ziv Haft, then he moved to the credit rating company “S&P” where he headed its Corporate division. Cohen’s last position in the private sector was Senior Vice President of the Israeli Insurance Company ILDC (The Israel Land Development Company). In the latter, Cohen was responsible for the ongoing management of the group’s companies and served as a member of the board in all the companies within the group.

• Mr. Cohen, CPA, holds an MBA degree majoring in accounting and finance from the Tel Aviv University, a BA in Accounting from the Tel Aviv University and a BA in Management and Economics from the Open University of Israel, later served as a lecturer at Tel Aviv University in the fields of management, finance and accounting.

• Mr. Cohen completed his military service in the Air Force and was discharged with the rank of Major.

• Born in 1972, in the city of Holon, Mr. Cohen is married and has four children.

Mr. Yossi Dayan

Director General, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

• Yossi (Yosef) Dayan was born on 26th of July, 1975 and currently serves as the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. prior to assuming his current position in February 2024, he held the position of Deputy Director General of the Israeli Minstry of Foreign Affairs.

• Dayan is a licensed attorney and has served in several senior positions in the business and private sectors.

• He enlisted in the IDF as a military student, completed his law degree with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and then served in several positions in the Military Advocate Generals unit. After completeing his Bachelor's degree in Law, he pursued a Masters degree in Business Administration (specialized in Integrative Management) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as an additional MA in Law (specializing in real estate).

• Following his army service, Dayan became a partner at the private law firm Akiva-Nino-Dayan and Partners. In the year 2000, established an indepenendent law firm primarily dealing with civil and commercial law.

• Dayan has held senior positions, including CEO and partner, in various companies within the real estate sector. Furthermore, he has served as CEO of both the Eilat and Ashkelon Economic Corporations.

• In January 2023, Dayan was appointed Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Minister of Foreign Affairs Eli Cohen. Minister Cohen later chose to appoint Dayan as Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure when he assumed his position as Minister in early 2024.