Consul General Opher Aviran was appointed in August, 2010 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. Consul General Aviran joined Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has since served as the Second Secretary, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, Cultural & Scientific Affairs Attache at the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Counselor, Deputy Chief of Mission, at the Israeli Embassy in Canberra, Australia.
Between international postings, Consul General Aviran worked in Israel in a variety of high level national security positions. The Consul General was appointed Director of the Jordanian, Syrian and Lebanese Affairs Department in Jerusalem in 1999. In 2004 he proceeded to become the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Israel Defense Forces Planning Branch in Tel Aviv.
Consul General Aviran spent several years overseeing the professional development of his colleagues. Mr. Aviran served as Director of the Cadet Course within the Foreign Ministry’s Personnel Training Department. In 2007, he was promoted to Head of the Bureau for Personnel Training and Development.
Consul General Aviran holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has a Masters Degree in Political Science with a specialty in National Security Studies from the University of Haifa and National Defense College.
Consul General Aviran looks forward to promoting political and strategic cooperation between the State of Israel and the Southeast United States. He intends to further the economic, commercial, scientific and cultural cooperation in this region.
The Consul General is joined in Atlanta by his wife Talyah and daughters Adi and Noa. The Aviran’s third daughter, Reut, has completed studying dance in The Netherlands and divides her time between there and Israel.