Noam Katz serves as Deputy Director General and Head of Public Diplomacy in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Born in Jerusalem in 1964, Noam holds a BA in History and an MA in Public Policy and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and he is also a 2017 graduate of the Wexner Senior Leadership Program at Harvard University.
After joining the MFA in 1994, Noam's first diplomatic posting in 1995 was to Lagos, Nigeria. He subsequently returned to Lagos as Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) (2002-2007). Under his leadership, his embassy won the MFA's “Outstanding Embassy” award in 2005.
Noam has played a key role in the professionalization of Israel's public diplomacy over the last two decades, filling an array of positions at MFA headquarters in Jerusalem and as Minister for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.. (2009-2014) where he led all of Israel's PD activity across North America.
In his current role, Noam oversees the full array of the MFA's public diplomacy activities around the globe, including the formulation and implementation of Israel's traditional and digital communications strategies.
Noam has received several awards and medals recognizing his unique contributions to Israel's diplomacy, including the MFA Award of Excellence (1997 and 2001), and the MFA Commendation for Excellence (2009). He is married to Einat, and they have three children.