Moshe Kahlon, Israeli Ministry of Finance
In 2015, Moshe Kahlon was appointed Minister of Finance for the State of Israel. This followed his reelection to the Knesset as Founder and Head of the Kulanu Party.
As Minister of Finance, he is tasked with planning and implementing the Israel Government’s economic policy. In this role, the Minister is responsible for all the departments within the Ministry of Finance including the Budget Department, the Israel Tax Authority, the Accountant General’s Department, the Capital Market, Insurance, and Savings Department, etc. In addition to those responsibilities he also oversees the Israel Land Authority and Israel Planning Authority.
Prior to his appointment as Finance Minister, Kahlon served as the Minister of Communications (2009) as well as Minister of Welfare and Social Services (2011). As Minister of Communications, Kahlon was credited with leading the “cellular revolution” in Israel by removing obstacles to the cellular communications market and allowing new competitors into the market.
First elected to the Knesset in 2003, Moshe Kahlon has served on the Knesset Economic Affairs, Ethics, Labor, Welfare, and Health, Internal Affairs and Environment, Committees, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. He also served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset (16th Knesset) and chaired the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee and the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee on Bank Fees. An active lobbyist, he chaired the lobbies for Haifa and nearby towns, for the Israeli Police and Prisons Services, and for closing the social gaps.
Kahlon served as Director of the Scientific Industrial Center (1993-1999) and was the personal representative of the Defense Minister in the Haifa and North Region (1996-1999). He was a public representative in the Haifa Labor Court (1999-2001) and served as Bureau Chief and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Public Security (2000-2002). He has also been a member of the Council and Directorate of the Aguda Lemaan Hachayal, a member of the Council of Maccabi Haifa, Director of Matzila, a community for the prevention of crime (2001-2002), and Chairman of Ethos, a company for Art, Culture and Sport in Haifa (2005-2006).
Kahlon was born in Israel in 1960. He served in the army as a training instructor. He holds an L.L.B. from Netanya Law College and a B.A. in political science and general studies from Haifa University. He is married and the father of three children.