Since August 2018 Yariv Becher is the Minister for Commercial Affairs and Head of the Economic and Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in London. In this capacity Yariv is responsible for advancing the trade and economic relations between Israel and the UK and Ireland, creating business opportunities for Israeli companies wishing to enter and expand their operations in the UK and Ireland.
Prior to moving to London, Yariv headed the International Financing Department at the Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Government of the State of Israel between 2016 and 2018. The International Financing Department supports Israeli companies wishing to expand their internarial marketing activities.
In 2015 and 2016 Yariv was the Director of the China-India Department of the Ministry of Economy and Industry. In this role he was in charge of maintaining and enhancing Israel’s trade relations with China and India.
Between 2010 and 2015 Yariv served as Israel’s Consul for Economic Affairs and Head of the Government of Israel Economic Mission to the US Midwest. As Consul for Economic Affairs, Yariv was tasked with promoting Israeli exports to the US Midwest, attracting investments in Israel, fostering joint ventures between American and Israeli companies and advancing opportunities for cooperation in commercial R&D.
Yariv joined the Ministry of Economy and Industry in July 2008. He graduated the Ministry’s trade cadet course and subsequently served as Chief of Staff of the Ministry’s Deputy Director General for Foreign Trade until his posting as Israel’s Consul for Economic Affairs to the US Midwest.
Yariv was a member of the 2010 secretariat of the Kimberley Process, an international system aimed at the elimination of trade in “conflict diamonds”.
Prior to joining the Ministry, Yariv worked at Check Point Software Technologies. He started at the Finance Department, where he headed the Credit and Collection Team, and later moved to the Sales Operations Department as Partner Manager.
Yariv holds a B.A. in History and an MBA.
Together with his wife, Yafit, Yariv has two daughters and a son.