Daniel Sherman is a strategic and organizational consultant focusing on peace and development issues. He served as a Senior General Staff officer in the Israel Defense Forces' Strategic Planning Division where he worked on the peace process and Israel’s defense-oriented international relations; developed social welfare programs for disadvantaged Jewish communities in central and eastern Europe with the Joint Distribution Committee; worked on strategic planning and leadership development at the Mandel Foundation; and was International Relations Director for an Israeli human rights organization, where he was responsible for engagement with diplomats and international policy makers.
He lectures regularly in the United States, Europe and Israel on subjects such as Israeli-Palestinian relations, the political process, Israeli civil society, and the changing Middle East. He provides briefings to diplomats and to the senior management of international NGO’s, and he facilitates discussions with faith-based leaders on engagement with peace and justice issues in the Middle East. Daniel has presented in conferences on regional dynamics within the Israeli Knesset and has lectured at Israel’s National Defense College and at Brown University’s Watson Institute.
In 2016, Daniel launched Yuvalim an innovative project that promotes peace and shared society in Israel by linking communal networks with visionary Israeli leaders and with outstanding organizations working to solve the Jewish-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. To launch Yuvalim, Daniel engaged in a 273 kilometer solo sea kayaking journey in May 2016 from Nahariya to Ashqelon during which he met and spoke with Israelis and Palestinians about their views on peace and war.
Daniel made aliya from the United States in 1990 and lives in Modi'in, Israel with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, writing and sea-kayaking.