Emanuel Shahaf was born in Germany in 1954 and immigrated to Israel in 1972. From 1974 until 1980 he studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), graduating with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. Between 1979 and 1986 he served as a staff officer in the Israel Air Force. He then spent two years in the US, studying for an MBA at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate New York.
In 1989 he returned to Israel and joined the Office of the Prime Minister in Tel Aviv, where he served in various positions both at home and abroad until his retirement in 2003. He then worked to develop Israeli business relations with Indonesia and became politically active in the Israel Labor Party, competing for a place on Labor’s Knesset list in 2012. Emanuel regularly contributes op-ed pieces to theÂ Times of Israel. His personal website is atÂ www.emanuelshahaf.co.il.
He serves as CEO ofÂ Technology Asia Consulting Ltd., is Vice Chairman of theÂ Israel-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of theÂ Israeli-German SocietyÂ and a member of theÂ Council for Peace and Security. He is on the Board of theÂ Israel-Asia Chamber of CommerceÂ and joined the board of the Israel-Asia Center in 2014.
Emanuel lives with his partnerÂ Shosh Warshai, is father to Noam and Chen, helped raise Elad, Doram and Orad and is grandfather to eight grandchildren.