Alon Pinkas is the Former Consul General of Israel, New York and held the rank of Ambassador from 2000-2004. Former Ambassador Pinkas’ responsibilities included the US national media, US Jewish Organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Congressional Delegations, Governors, Legislatures, Government Liaison to New York financial institutions including the SEC and NASDAQ, investment banks and the financial community. In 2000 he was the Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami. During 1999-2000 Former Ambassador Pinkas served as the Chief of Staff to Foreign Minister David Levy and was the Adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Barak on US Affairs. During that period, he participated in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations following Camp David (July 2000) and was a Member of the Israeli Delegation, US sponsored Israel-Syria peace talks, January 2000, Shepardstown, West Virginia. Former Ambassador Pinkas was also a Senior Member of the US-Israel Strategic Planning Policy Group (formed in 1999 by President Clinton and Prime Minister Barak to explore expanding cooperation and upgrading relations) and a Member of the UN-Israel negotiating team on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon (completed in May 2000). From 1996-1999 he was the Foreign Policy Adviser to Ehud Barak, Chairman of the Labor party, Chairman of the Opposition. During 1995-1996 he served as the Policy Adviser to Foreign Minister Ehud Barak and was a Member of delegation to Mid-East economic conference – Paris, France. During the period of 1993-1995, 1996-1999 he was a Columnist on International Politics and US Politics, Davar Daily (Hebrew). From 1994-1995 he was the Chief Military and Defense correspondent for The Jerusalem Post (English Language). From 1993-1994, he was the Chief Diplomatic correspondent, Maariv Daily (Hebrew) and from 1992-1993 he was the Policy Adviser to Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and was a Senior Member of delegation to Vienna conference on Chemical and Biological Non-Proliferation Treaty. Former Ambassador Pinkas also held the position of Foreign Policy Adviser to Shimon Peres, Chairman of the Labor Party from 1991-1992 and the position of Chief Military and Defense Correspondent for the Jersusalem Post (English) from 1990-1991. From 1987-1990 he was the Assistant Military Attache for the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC. A graduate of Georgetown University, Former Ambassador Pinkas received an MA in American Government and International Relations in 1988 and a B.A. in Political Science from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1986. From 1979-1982 he served in the Israel Defense Forces, Armored Corps and served as a Tank Commander during the war in Lebanon.