Hagit Ben-Yaakov serves currently as the Ambassador of Israel to Finland and Estonia. She started her term in Helsinki in autumn 2020. Ben-Yaakov has held several senior posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel in Jerusalem, most recently the Director of Israel-China Economic Affairs. During her time in the National Security Council of the Prime Minister’s Office, she was the Senior Director for European Affairs (2016-2018). Ben-Yaakov served as the Ambassador of Israel to Latvia and Lithuania in 2011-2015. Ambassador Ben-Yaakov holds a B.A. in History and Middle East studies and a M.A. in Middle East studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Executive program of the Negotiation Strategies Institute (NSI/Harvard University). She lives in Helsinki with her two children.