HU Professor Avi Simhon Confirmed as Advisor to the Prime Minister


Prime Minister Netanyahu has appointed Prof. Avi Simhon as his chief economic policy advisor. Simhon is a professor in The Hebrew University in the Department of Environmental Economics and Management, and the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

“Prof. Simhon combines broad academic research and action in the public sphere that are directly linked to the Israeli economy in the Finance Ministry and important government committees,” Netanyahu said in his official announcement of the appointment.

Formerly, Prof. Simhon served as chairman of the advisory council to former Finance Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz, a member of the Trajtenberg committee of socio-economic change and a member of the Yitzhaki committee on examining poverty indicators.

Prof. Simhon said, "I am grateful for the confidence that the Prime Minister is giving me and I hope to assist him in leading important processes to build up the Israeli economy and improve the welfare of Israel's citizens. I am aware of the responsibility demanded of the Chairman of the NEC. I know that an excellent professional team awaits me at the Council and that I will receive the advice and assistance of my predecessors."

Posted January 7, 2016