IsraelCast Episode 104
When author, speaker, & researcher Dan Feferman, first visited Dubai, he felt that he had stepped 20 years into the future. Tune in as Steven Shalowitz welcomes Dan onto IsraelCast for our Abraham Accord series. Listen to their conversation on the differences of Israeli business culture vs. the UAE, the warm welcome both countries had for one another, and the doors that this peace agreement opens for the rest of the Middle East.
Dan Feferman is an author, speaker and researcher who focuses on Israel, the Jewish world and the Middle East. He has published numerous articles and speaks regularly in Israel and around the world on these matters and is co-host of the Jewanced Podcast. Dan is a fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a leading think-tank focusing on issues of importance to Israel and the Jewish people. In this capacity, he researches religious pluralism in Israel, trends in global Jewish identity, Israel-Diaspora relations and more. He is also a founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council, which seeks to create commercial, cultural and personal ties between Emiratis and Israelis, and consults in the field of public relations, strategic communications and global digital marketing campaigns. Dan is a Major (res.) in the Israel Defense Forces. For almost a decade, he served as a foreign policy and national security analyst, strategist and adviser in the IDF General Staff; as a special assistant to the Deputy Chief of the General Staff; and a commander in an elite intelligence unit of AMAN's Research and Analysis Division. Through these positions, he has briefed on Israel and various strategic security issues to numerous high-level military and diplomatic delegations, in Israel and abroad. Dan holds a BA in International Politics and Middle East Studies from the American University in Washington DC and an MA in National Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, he is married with three children and lives in Rehovot, Israel. Dan enjoys cooking, cross-fit and martial arts.