Houston Oil Forum 2019 Confirmed Distinguished Speakers Include

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Gilad Katz

Consul General of Israel to the Southwest

Consul General Gilad Katz was appointed as Head of Post on August of 2017 to lead the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States, which is responsible for the six-state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Consulate’s departments include Academic, Cultural, Hispanic, Press, Political, and Strategic Affairs.

Prior to assuming the post of Consul General to the Southwest United States, Consul General Katz held the title of Advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During his tenure in the Office of the Prime Min​ister, he was Head of the Hebrew Correspondence Department and the Public Affairs Department.

Consul General Katz has a background in policy, communications, and education. He served as a correspondent for Makor Rishon Newspaper in Israel, and earned a promotion as the Political and Diplomatic correspondent for the newspaper. Katz spent a decade in education including as a Public Representative in the Directorate of the Education Corporation for the Shoham Local Council in Shoham, Israel.

Katz proudly served in Israel’s military, as a part of the elite unit of "Zanhanim" paratroopers.

He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Communications from Bar-Ilan University. Additionally, he has his bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, Communications, and History from Bar-Ilan University.

Consul General Katz is married to Mrs. Merav Katz and they have five children, Marom, Elay, Klil-Or, Passig, and Keshet.​