Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres
  • President of Israel

Advanced studies in Agriculture, New School for Social Research, New York and Harvard University. 1953-59, Director-General, Ministry of Defence; 1959-2007, Member of the Knesset; 1959, Deputy Minister of Defence; 1965, Secretary-General, Rafi; 1969, Minister of Immigrant Absorption; 1970-74, Minister of Transport and Communication; 1974, Minister of Information; 1974-77, Minister of Defence; 1977, Acting Prime Minister; 1984, Prime Minister, National Unity Government; 1986, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; 1988, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; 1992, Minister of Foreign Affairs; 1995, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence; 1996-97, Head of the Opposition; 1999-2001, Minister of Regional Cooperation; 2001-02, Minister of Foreign Affairs; 2005, Vice-Prime Minister; 2006, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister for the Development of the Negev and Galilee and for Regional Economic Development; 2007, President of the State of Israel. 1997, Founded Peres Center for Peace. Author of numerous bestselling books, articles and essays. Recipient of many awards and honours, including the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize.