Chairman of the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria
Since June 2007, Dani Dayan has served as Chairman of YESHA Council, the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza Strip. Before his election to that position, Dayan served on the steering committee that reconstituted YESHA Council after its failure to prevent the 2005 Gaza Disengagement. During his tenure as Chairman, a greater focus is being placed on public diplomacy (hasbarah) both in Israel and overseas, with much greater exposure to global and local decision-makers and media. This comes in addition to growing political and lobbying activities aimed at strengthening and expanding the Jewish communities in the area. Noteworthy is YESHA Council’s successful campaign to prevent the extension of the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria.
During a brief stint in partisan politics, Dayan was a senior member of the Techiya Party, founded by the late Prof. Yuval Ne’eman, and served for two years as its Secretary General.Mr. Dayan had a successful business career. In 1982, when only 26 years old, he established a private information technology firm, Elad Systems, which became one of Israel’s largest in the field. He served for several years as its CEO and later as Chairman of the Board. The firm specializes in the development, integration and maintenance of sophisticated information systems, outsourcing, facility management and more, for a wide range of large governmental, public and private organizations. In 2005, when Dayan sold his interests in the firm, it employed 500 IT professionals. In his military service, he served in the IDF’s Computerized Data Processing Centre, with the rank of Major.
Dayan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1955 and moved to Tel Aviv, Israel in 1971. Since 1988, he has lived with his family in Maale Shomron, a mixed secular and religious community in Central Samaria. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Computer Sciences from Bar Ilan University and an M.Sc. in Finance from Tel Aviv University.