Ambassador Martin Indyk is Acting Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution. He was previously head of The Saban Center for Middle East Policy and a senior fellow at Brookings. Indyk has served two tours as US Ambassador to Israel, where he helped to strengthen US-Israeli relations, reinforce the US commitment to advance the peace process, and substantially increase the level of mutually beneficial trade and investment.
Prior to his assignment in Israel, Indyk served as special assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. He was a senior member of Secretary Warren Christopher’s Middle East peace team and served as the White House representative on the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission. Before entering government service, Indyk served for eight years as founding executive director for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney and a Ph.D. from Australian National University.