Eyal Hulata is a senior international fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the first foreign visiting fellow at FDD headquarters.

From July 2021 to January 2023, Eyal served as Israel’s national security advisor and head of Israel’s National Security Council (NSC). Eyal served under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Prime Minister Yair Lapid. During his tenure, Eyal coordinated the national effort on Iran, coordinated the maritime border agreement with Lebanon, and co-headed the Strategic Consultation Group with his American counterpart, Jake Sullivan. 

Between February 2021 and July 2021, Eyal served as the chief product officer of the Israeli fintech company PAGAYA and entered the field of Climate Tech.

Earlier in his career, Eyal served for more than 20 years in Israeli national security roles.  For his achievements, Eyal was awarded the prestigious Israeli Defense Award.

Eyal is a graduate of the Israel Defense Forces elite technology leadership program “Talpiot,” with a B.S. in physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also holds a PhD in physics from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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