Maram Stern has been Interim CEO of the World Jewish Congress since July 2019. Prior to that he was Deputy CEO for Diplomacy (2013-2019) and Deputy Secretary General (1996-2013). Mr. Stern is also responsible for WJC participation in inter-religious dialogue and consultations with the Christian churches and other faiths.
From 1983 to 1988 Mr. Stern served as President of the European Union of Jewish Students, the youth arm of the WJC. In 1988 he became Counsellor of the WJC and in 1989 was appointed Political Advisor to the President and to the Secretary General of the WJC.
Mr. Stern heads a representative and research office located in Brussels (Belgium).
Mr. Stern has extensive knowledge of and experience in Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, North America & South Africa. For over 15 years, he has nurtured relations with the government of the People's Republic of China, and with other governments in South East Asia (especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore & Thailand).
In February 2004, Mr. Stern was decorated with the Golden Laurel Medal of the Republic of Bulgaria, and in September 2004 was appointed as Honorary Consul of Bulgaria in Belgium (Province de Liège).
Mr. Stern speaks English, French & German, and is currently learning Spanish.