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Israel Trade & Economic Office

U.S. Midwest Region

About

The Israeli Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy, operates over 40 Economic Missions around the world based in countries that are primary trade partners with Israel.  The U.S., Israel’s largest trade partner, is home to 5 such Missions, with one housed at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the others divided in regions of the country: Northeast (New York City), Midwest (Chicago), South (Houston), West (San Francisco).

Based in Chicago, the Midwest office covers a 13-state region, including:

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

The Israeli Foreign Trade Administration is responsible for managing and directing the international trade policy of the State of Israel and promoting Israel’s international business exchange. Each Economic Missions throughout the world exists as a gateway between local companies, organizations, and government agencies with relevant counterparts in Israel.  By spreading the Missions in regions across the country, each office is able to tailor its efforts to best suit regional needs.

The Missions’ primary objectives are the promotion of trade and exportation, initiating and maintaining trade agreements for the improvement of Israel’s trade conditions, attracting and encouraging foreign investments and creating strategic cooperation with foreign companies, organizations and government agencies.

Objectives

  • Promoting collaboration between Israeli and U.S. companies in a variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, clean energy, food, homeland security, IT, water technology, and wine.
  • Engaging the Midwest business community with opportunities from Israel, including information about the general economy, specific sectors, or specific companies.
  • Encouraging foreign investment in Israeli companies, and identifying Israeli entities and companies which are open to adding a U.S. footprint or developing R&D or other strategic cooperation.
  • Assisting the Israeli business community by providing business information and contacts through an extensive database of businesses in the Midwest from a variety of economic sectors.

About the Economic Attaché

Guy Cohen is Israel’s Consul for Economic Affairs and Head of the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the US Midwest. In this position Mr. Cohen is responsible for promoting economic and business ties between Israel and the Midwest region. Under his leadership the Economic Mission generates business opportunities for Israeli companies, facilitates collaboration in industrial research and development and attracts foreign direct investments to Israel. In addition, the Economic Mission connects Midwest corporations to the Israeli innovation eco-system and supports their technology scouting efforts in Israel.

In his previous position, Mr. Cohen served as the Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Foreign Trade Administration in the Ministry of Economy, and was responsible for providing managerial support to Israeli Commercial Attachés. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen also worked with the Advisory Committee for the Israeli Export Credit Agency (ASHRA). This Committee, comprised of representatives from several Ministries, such as Finance and Foreign Affairs, recommends which foreign high-risk projects receive state backing for Israeli exporters. Mr. Cohen both created and implemented a methodology to assess the viability of these new projects. This endeavour was recognized by Israel’s Accountant General and is now the benchmark used to evaluate every recommendation made by the Committee.

Prior to joining Israel’s Ministry of Economy, Mr. Cohen worked as an analyst at Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank. He also served as an assistant manager at one of the largest retail stores belonging to the Sherson Group in Toronto, Canada.

Mr. Cohen holds both an MBA and Bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is married and has three boys.


 

Our Team

Mr. Guy Cohen
Consul for Economic Affairs to the Midwest
Guy.Cohen@israeltrade.gov.il

Mr. Ari Rokni
Deputy Director
Automotive, Aerospace, Jewelry, Homeland Security
Ari.Rokni@israeltrade.gov.il

Ms. Jordan Miller
Director of Business and Trade Development
Energy, Agriculture, Water Technologies
Jordan.Miller@israeltrade.gov.il

Mr. Ari Cohen
Director of Business and Trade Development
Life Sciences
Ari.Cohen@israeltrade.gov.il

Ms. Sharon Gottlieb
Director of Business and Trade Development
Consumer Goods, E-Commerce
Sharon.Gottlieb@israeltrade.gov.il