Ambassador Hagit Ben-Yaakov is the current Ambassador of Israel to Finland and Estonia. She took office in the autumn of 2020.
Previously, Ambassador Ben-Yaakov served as the Ambassador of Israel to Latvia and Lithuania (2011-2015). She has held several senior posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel in Jerusalem, most recently the Director of Israel-China Economic Affairs. During her time in the National Security Council of the Prime Minister’s Office, she was the Senior Director for European Affairs (2016-2018).
Ambassador Ben-Yaakov holds a B.A. in History and Middle East studies and a M.A. in Middle East studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Executive program of the Negotiation Strategies Institute (NSI/Harvard University).