Ambassador Lancry, a renowned Israeli academic, businessman and statesman with roots in Morocco, has served as a Business Development Consultant to the Vital Capital Fund and as a Member of its Advisory Board since 2010.
Ambassador Lancry immigrated to Israel as a teenager from Morocco and began a life of public service at a young age. From 1983-1992, he served as Mayor of the City of Shlomi, and from 1992-1993 as Israel’s Ambassador to France. From 1996-1999 he was a member of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, where he also served as the Vice Speaker. From 1999-2002, Ambassador Lancry served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and from 2003-2010 as a delegate for International Relations of the Alliance Israelite Universelle. From 2005-2009, Ambassador Lancry served as a Board Member of the Israel Airports Authority, and from 2008-2011 as Chairman of the Board for Israel’s Channel 2.
Ambassador Lancry completed his B.A in French Literature at Haifa University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Nice University. He has written three books and numerous articles on both political and academic subjects. He received the French Legion of Honor award by decree of France’s President Jacques Chirac, and was declared an Officer of Morocco’s Order of the Throne by His Majesty Mohammed VI.