Mr. Tommy Steiner

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy Certified, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Areas of expertise

  • Tommy Steiner is the Policy Director of SIGNAL, an Israeli policy organization focusing on China and China-Israel relations ( and holds Fellow positions with international policy institutes. Based in Israel, Tommy is an Honorary Fellow of the Middle East Institute (MEI) at the National University of Singapore, an Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, and a Senior Fellow at Cevro Institute’s Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations (PCTR). Concurrently, Tommy is an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches International Relations and Strategic Studies at the Lauder School of Government at Reichman University (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

    Until recently, Tommy was a senior research fellow at Reichman University’s Institute for Policy and Strategy. A member of the founding team of the Annual Herzliya Conference Series (, Tommy managed the Conference series from 2007 through 2013 – a period during which the Conference became considered one of the top international policy conferences.

    Tommy served as the executive director of the Atlantic Forum of Israel, a network-based policy organization that promoted and advanced Israel's relations with the Transatlantic Community and Europe, and which was especially instrumental in enhancing NATO-Israel relations.

    Tommy's fields of expertise include, global politics and international security, transatlantic relations, international relations of the Middle East, and Israel’s foreign relations. In his areas of expertise, Tommy regularly advises Israeli authorities, international organizations, business, media and think-tanks.

    Tommy earned his MA (cum laude) in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the recipient of the Yehoshafat Harkaby Award from the Hebrew University's Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations.

    Tommy resides with his wife Shirley in Herzliya, Israel, and they raise Tommy’s children Jonathan, Ariel, and Talya, along with Shirley’s children, Ilay and Noya.