Trade has improved in the four years that Daniel Taub served as the ambassador for Israel to the United Kingdom. Taub is now resigning, but his legacy lives in the minds of the people he served.
Daniel Taub served with diligence and resilience, hence doubling trade between the U.K. and Israel. In addition, cultural ties, business, and academic relations improved under his watch. The British Secretary for State and Business, Mr. Sajid Javid, commended Mr. Taub’s economic contribution. He said that the two nations were in a ‘golden bed’ of business.
Israel’s improved participation in trade supports this claim. The country registered over 200 businesses in the United Kingdom. Reports from the chamber of commerce indicated that trade between the two states exceeds $5.5 billion. Mr. Javid’s approximation was $7 billion.
Taub is originally from the United Kingdom. He became the ambassador in 2011, and he has been constructive in developing viable, economic policies for both states. Before that, he served as a negotiator and peace ambassador in Northern Ireland.
Taub attended the Haberdashers Askes Boys Secondary School at Elstree, Hertfordshire. He later joined Oxford University College and the Harvard School before relocating to Israel in late 80’s. His career took a turn when he joined the Israeli Defense Forces. He served as a medic during combat.
Taub’s contribution to Israel Defense Forces led to his appointment as a reserve officer in international law division. He also worked as a speechwriter for Israel’s president, Chaim Herzog. Taub joined the ministry in 1991.
Taub has held multiple diplomatic posts in Israeli’s Foreign Ministry. An expert in law, he majored in counter-terrorism. That explains his appointment as the primary deputy legal advisor for foreign affairs. In addition, he served as Israeli’s legal advisor to the United Nations. In all aspects, he represented Israel in bilateral trade and academic ties.
In 2011, Daniel Taub landed the ambassadorial role at the Court of St. James’s. He used the position to strengthen trade and technology. That is why he introduced a startup competition titled Bizcamp, a partnership with Google.
Through the partnership, Daniel received the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative prize. The award is conferred to individuals who successfully promote business and trade. As he leaves the office this summer, Daniel Taub’s contribution to Israel’s economy will be remembered.