About the speaker:
Gidi Grinstein is the Founder and President of The Reut Institute. He established Reut with the vision of building an organization that would sustain significant and substantive impact on the future of Israel and the Jewish world in key social, economic and diplomatic areas. Gidi previously served as Secretary and Coordinator of the Israeli Delegation for the Negotiations with the PLO between 1999-01 under the Barak Government, and was part of the team that designed and led the Camp David Process.
Gidi views his biggest achievements in fifteen years of public service to be the following: the Reut Institute that he founded in 2004 and developed to become a leading force in Israel; the ISRAEL 15 Vision, which he co-authored in 1998 and has promoted since, that has become a formal national objective in 2010; the cadre of leaders that Reut has provided with a formative personal and professional experience; his role in designing the Birthright Israel program between 1995-99; and his contribution to the reform of Israel's electoral system.
Gidi led Reut's unique commitment to lead social transformations in areas of critical importance to its mission. Its approach is uniquely based on rigorous methodology for identifying strategic threats and opportunities; on articulating new visions and designing innovative strategies; and on unshakeable long-term commitment to effectuating change on this basis. Toward this aim, Reut works and partners with agencies of the Israeli government, as well as with non-governmental groups, corporations, local authorities and academia in Israel and the Jewish world.
Gidi holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner-Israel Fellow (2002) and Bachelor degrees in Economics (1991) and Law (1999) from Tel-Aviv University. He served as an economist in the Israeli Navy (1991-95) and holds the rank of Captain (Res).
Gidi is married to Betty and they are parents to five children. He is a long-distance runner, who ran half and full Marathons in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. In addition, he holds a Second Degree Black Belt in Karate.