Nimrod Novik was chairman of the board of ECF for over two decades. Throughout he has taken an active part in ECF’s Track-Two diplomacy. In addition to Israeli security and political circles, Novik maintains close contacts with the Egyptian intelligence community; Jordanian security establishment; Palestinian political leadership and Saudi security experts, as well as with senior US, European, UN and other relevant officials dealing with Middle East policy.
Concurrently, until 2011, he served as a Senior Vice President of the Merhav Group, where he was responsible for Middle East projects. These included the $1.3 billion MIDOR petroleum refinery in Egypt and the $550 million EMG pipeline system for the export of Egyptian natural gas to Israel. He was also responsible for Merhav’s overall corporate, government and media relations. In addition, he served on the boards of AMPAL (NASDAQ & Tel Aviv traded) and Channel 10 News.
Prior to that, for close to a decade he served as Advisor on Foreign Policy to Shimon Peres during his tenure as Prime Minister and Vice Premier. During those years he was involved in all foreign policy matters including negotiations with Arab leaders; negotiations with Moscow over Soviet Jewry, restoring bilateral relations and establishing intelligence cooperation, as well as Middle East policy, and with Beijing over establishing diplomatic relations. He thence served as a Special Ambassador of the State of Israel and an Advisor to the Israeli National Security Council.
Novik is a member of the board of CIS (Commanders for Israel’s Security); the Board of Governors of the Peres Academic Center, and advises IPF (Israel Policy Forum).