Nissim Ezekiel

Principal AdvisorNissim Ezekiel, Principal Advisor

Mr. Ezekiel has four decades of experience in business and economic development, with a focus on the role of the private sector, and in international public affairs. Building on over twenty years of active engagement with Israeli businesses and political authorities, Mr. Ezekiel is currently managing the Princeton Energy Group’s initiative with Israeli companies and high-tech start-ups in their efforts to raise capital for new technologies and to find new partners and markets in the U.S.

He spent 25 years at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group-Washington D.C.) from 1975 to 2000 in increasingly senior positions, and was appointed Director of IFC’s newly created Corporate Planning Department in 1992 – in which capacity he served as a member of the Corporation’s Investment & Portfolio Committees and also developed and managed IFC’s country relationship with Israel. After leaving IFC, Mr. Ezekiel was appointed Executive Director of the UN Commission on the Private Sector & Development, co-chaired by then Prime Minister Paul Martin of Canada and former President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico. He had primary responsibility for development of the Commission’s Report, Unleashing Entrepreneurship-Making Business Work for the Poor, which was presented to Secretary General Kofi Annan in March 2004, and served as one of the primary agenda items for discussion at the G8 Summit, held on Sea Island, Georgia (USA) in June 2004.

During 2005, Mr. Ezekiel was a member of the EastWest Institute’s core team on the Gaza Project, which was an initiative to promote support for Israel’s withdrawal from as well as economic development in Gaza. He worked closely with the senior-most Israeli and Palestinian leadership, and the team’s reports were jointly presented to the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority. From May 2005-October 2006, Mr. Ezekiel was Chairman of the Advisory Board of Dalberg Development and also functioned as Executive Director of the Dalberg Task Force on Capacity for Program Delivery, which was constituted under the framework of the Clinton Global Initiative. The Task Force’s final report, From Talk to Walk: Ideas to Optimize Development Impact, was released in New York on September 19, 2006.

Mr. Ezekiel’s consulting clients include Darby Overseas Investments Ltd. (a part of Franklin Templeton Investments) whom he has advised on issues relating to private investment in infrastructure in emerging markets. Since 2009, Mr. Ezekiel has been a Member of the Advisory Board of Fundamental Value Partners, an investment fund based in Hong Kong, and since 2003 has also served on the Advisory Board of Collaborative Medical Technology Corporation (CMTC), a start-up company headquartered in New Jersey, that was founded by Israeli entrepreneurs. In July 2012, Mr. Ezekiel joined the Board of Directors of the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI), a non-profit corporation (based in Seattle) dedicated to advancing science by helping improve science communication. From September 2009 through December 2013, Mr. Ezekiel was a regular columnist in Commodity Vision (and then for its online successor Financial Vision), a bi-monthly economic journal published from Mumbai, India. His column, “Letter from America”, analyzed contemporary political and economic issues in the United States.

Mr. Ezekiel holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Economics & Monetary Economics (1972) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (1970) from the University of Bombay.

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