H.E. Mrs. Irit Lillian Ambassador of Israel

H.E. Mrs. Irit Lillian Ambassador of Israel


Since August 2015, H.E. Mrs. Irit Lillian is Ambassador of Israel in Bulgaria. She is a career diplomat and before taking over the leadership of the Israeli diplomatic mission in Sofia, she leads Southern Europe Directorate and the Arts and Literature Directorate of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. She held diplomatic posts in France and Singapore. She has a Bachelor Degree in Archeology and a Master Degree in Egyptology. She speaks English and French.


Born on 2nd February 1962 in Israel

Married to Mr. Alon Cohen + 2


Professional career:


August 2015  Ambassador of Israel to the Republic of Bulgaria

2014               Promoted to Ambassador rank

2006               Minister, Director of South Europe Department, MFA

2005-2006    Director, Arts & Literature Department, MFA

2004-2005    Director, Middle East Department 2, Center of Political Research, MFA

1999-2004    Minister Counselor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Israel, Paris

1996-1999    Counselor, Israel-Egypt Department, MFA

1991-1996    First Secretary, Embassy of Israel, Singapore

1989-1991    Middle East Department 1, MFA

1986               Joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1983-1986    Journalist




1991               MA (with special honor), Egyptology & Classical Studies,

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1986               BA, Archeology and Ancient Cultures, Tel Aviv University




1980-1983    Military Service, Producer and News Editor, IDF Radio




English, French