Israel's Economic Minister to North America
Inon Elroy was appointed Economic Minister to North America in August 2016. Mr. Elroy has more than 18 years of experience representing the Ministry of Economy and Industry in a wide range of executive positions both in Israel and overseas. As Vice Director General of the Ministry from 2012 to 2016, he was tasked with overseeing industrial policy (promoting domestic production and innovation), trade regulations (liberalization of imports, anti-dumping and standardization), and regional economic planning. In addition, he supervised the Ministry’s digital strategy and initiated policies to foster innovation synergies between the public and private sectors. During his tenure at the Ministry, Mr. Elroy was also involved in several interministerial task forces aimed at reducing the cost of living in Israel. In addition, he served as the Economic and Commercial Counselor in France (2001-05) and Germany (2009-11). Earlier in his career, he was an advisor to several ministers of economy and trade. For the past several years, Mr. Elroy has been a Board Member of the Research Committee of the Office of the Chief Scientist, which approves industrial R&D projects. He was Alternate Director for the binational R&D funds BIRD, SIIRD and KORIL and served on the boards of the Israel Wine Institute and the Israel Consumer Council. Mr. Elroy holds an M.B.A. from the University of Haifa and a B.A. in political science and geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.