Aryeh Green is director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project providing support services to foreign journalists based in or visiting Israel (www.m-central.org). He has been an advisor to Natan Sharansky and a high-tech business executive and consultant for the past decade and more, and is a frequent speaker on Israel, human rights in the Middle East, and current affairs.
Aryeh grew up in San Francisco and made Aliya in 1984 with his wife Katie (Wagerman) from London. He has been a policy advisor to Mr. Sharansky since mid-1990s; a member of the executive staff of Sharansky’s Yisrael B’Aliya party; and most recently served as a senior member of minister Sharansky’s staff in the prime minister’s office. There, Aryeh was responsible for contacts with Palestinian and other Arab democracy activists and for relations with the ‘next generation’ of Jewish leaders (under the age of 50) including coordinating support for Jewish students and faculty at universities around the world. He continues to be active in the battle to combat anti-Semitism and in Israel’s public diplomacy efforts (“hasbara”), including serving in the IDF’s Spokesperson’s Unit, as well as in a number of initiatives promoting freedom and democracy in the Middle East.
Aryeh has spent over 15 years in business, mostly high-tech, holding management positions and performing consulting work for public and private Israeli companies, including ECI Telecom, Aladdin, Lannet, Bank HaPoalim, Pfizer, AudioCodes, and others.
Aryeh holds a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley, MA in international relations from Hebrew University, and MSc in business management from Boston and Ben Gurion Universities. His publications include articles in Haaretz (Israel’s leading daily), The Jerusalem Post, JCPA’s recent “Academics Against Israel and the Jews”, Washington Jewish Week, Israel21C.com, SF Northern California Jewish Bulletin (“The J”), Israel Insider, and on http://aryeh-israel.blogspot.com/, as well as numerous essays and handbooks on public diplomacy issues. He lives happily in the “House of the Rising Sun”, otherwise known as the town of Beit Shemesh in Israel (a loose translation) with Katie and his three children, Yonatan (21, serving in the Nachal Brigade in the IDF), Michal (19, just starting her IDF service) and Moriyah (16, an 11th-grader at Jerusalem’s Pelech school), and when not promoting accuracy in the media grows grapes, makes wine and plays the guitar.