Chief Executive Officer
Robert Singer has served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the leading umbrella organization of Jewish communities around the world, since May 2013. Mr. Singer has placed great emphasis on strengthening WJC ties with affiliated Jewish communities, various international organizations, and many governments.
Mr. Singer has traveled extensively throughout the world, enhancing the WJC’s global diplomatic presence. He has participated in meetings with prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders, including Pope Francis, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay, South African President Jacob Zuma, Belarus Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among others, often together with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. Mr. Singer has hosted high level international organization principals like United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer, and Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro in Jerusalem. Using these summits to advocate for Jewish community concerns, Mr. Singer has strengthened the WJC’s bonds with, and access to, some of the world’s most influential leaders.
Mr. Singer has also spoken at, and participated in, many high-profile events on behalf of the WJC. In March 2015, following terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, he traveled to Denmark, Norway and Finland, where he met with the leadership of those countries Jewish communities as well as senior officials of the three countries’ governments. On June 30, 2015, he addressed a demonstration outside the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, telling the crowd of more than 1,200 that the Council “needs to overcome its obsession with Israel. This obsession is destructive and it stands in the way of an effective human rights policy that is so badly needed.” At a March 2016 demonstration in Buenos Aires, marking the 21st anniversary of the July 1994 bombing of that city’s Jewish community center (AMIA), he criticized the lack of progress in bringing the perpetrators of that terrorist attack to justice. Mr. Singer addressed the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre alongside Ukrainian President Poroshenko and German President Joachim Gauck in September 2016. The sole Ukrainian-Jewish speaker, Mr. Singer commended Ukraine for the resurgence of Jewish life and then reminded the world that the lessons of Babi Yar had not yet been learned. Recently, at the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s (ICEJ) Feast of Tabernacles, the largest annual event in Israel, Mr. Singer pledged support for Christians worldwide in his keynote address, stating, “We Jews stand with the embattled Christians, just as you stand up for Jews…An attack on a Christian, just because he is a Christian, is an attack on us, too.”
Prior to joining the WJC, Mr. Singer served for 14 years as the Director General and CEO of World ORT, one of the world’s largest non-governmental education and training providers.
Robert Singer was born in Ukraine in 1956 and immigrated to Israel at the age of 15. He graduated from Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 1976 with a degree in Political Science and History. Mr. Singer served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for eleven years and left the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr. Singer spent twelve years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts, including Head of the Prime Minister’s North America Mission. In 1996, he received a Master’s degree in Management Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.