Einat Wilf

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Einat Wilf
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Date of birth (1970-12-11) 11 December 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth Jerusalem, Israel
Knessets 18
Party represented in Knesset
2010–2011 Labor Party
2011–2013 Independence

Einat Wilf (Hebrew: עינת וילף‎, born 11 December 1970) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Independence and the Labor Party.

Education and military service[edit]

Born in Jerusalem in 1970, Wilf was educated at the Hebrew University Secondary School. During her national service in the Israel Defense Forces she was an Intelligence Officer in Unit 8200, and reached the rank of lieutenant. She then went to Harvard University, receiving a BA in government and fine arts, before being awarded an MBA by INSEAD in France, and subsequently a PhD in political science at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge.

Political and business career[edit]

Wilf served as a Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres, a strategic consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York City and a General Partner with Koor Corporate Venture Capital in Israel. Upon her return to Israel Wilf worked as a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute and a weekly columnist for the daily newspaper Israel HaYom. Wilf also taught social entrepreneurship at Sapir College, as well as a frequent guest on Israeli radio and television talk shows and a member of the President's Conference Steering Committee.

In 2007, she ran for the presidency of the World Jewish Congress. However, she withdrew before the actual vote, and Ronald Lauder was elected president.

A member of the Israeli Labor Party, Wilf won fourteenth place on the party's list for the 2009 Knesset elections. Although Labor won only 13 seats, Wilf entered the Knesset on 10 January 2010 as a replacement for Ophir Pines-Paz,[1] who had retired from politics. However, in January 2011 she was one of five MKs to leave the party to establish Independence under the leadership of Ehud Barak. She lost her Knesset seat in January 2013 when the party chose not to contest the elections.

Personal[edit]

Wilf is married to German journalist and television personality Richard Gutjahr. She gave birth to their son in 2010.[2]

Wilf describes herself as both a Zionist and an atheist.[3]

Books[edit]

  • My Israel, Our Generation BookSurge Publishing (2007), ISBN 1-4196-5913-8
  • Back to Basics: The Road to Saving Israel's Education (at no extra cost) Yedioth Ahronot (April 2008)
  • Global actors and global politics : the case of the World Jewish Congress campaign against the Swiss Banks (thesis, Cambridge 2008) Cambridge, UK.

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