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.
As WJC CEO, Mr. Singer has traveled extensively, visiting Jewish communities while enhancing the WJC’s global diplomatic presence. He regularly meets with presidents and prime ministers, as well as prominent government, business, faith and civil society leaders, often together with WJC President Ronald S. Lauder. Mr. Singer also maintains direct relations with Israeli government officials and other institutions in the Jewish state, on behalf of Diaspora Jewry.
These high-level meetings are critical to the WJC’s efforts in advocating for the civil and communal rights, institutional security, and overall well-being of Jews in more than 100 countries. To this end, the WJC holds more than 1,000 diplomatic meetings annually under Mr. Singer’s professional purview across the globe.
Mr. Singer frequently addresses and participates in high-profile events in his capacity as WJC CEO, including at the United Nations, international Holocaust commemorations, and international security and counter-terrorism conferences, inter alia. Over the course of his tenure, Mr. Singer has also propelled the WJC’s programmatic and digital activities to become unrivaled among peer organizations.
Among numerous awards, Mr. Singer was presented in November 2018 with the Republic of Bulgaria’s First Degree Order of the Madara Horseman in recognition of his efforts to strengthen ties between Bulgaria and the Jewish people.
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 11 years and left the army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. Mr. Singer spent 12 years with the Office of the Prime Minister in Israel in a number of senior posts. In 1996, he received a Master’s degree in Management Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.