Arik Agassi spent five years as Head of External Affairs and Operations at the Israel Office of The Israel Project, where he pioneered communications strategies and daily interfaced with a wide range of key strategic opinion shapers and stakeholders. Agassi worked for former Israeli Knesset member, Einat Wilf, liaising with government officials, politicians, lobbyists, media and constituents while researching legislative proposals and attending various parliament committees. Agassi brings experience in public affairs, policy analysis and government relations, in addition to a robust knowledge and familiarity with Middle East political and social structures. He holds a BA in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Lauder School of Government at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzilya where he is an "Argov Fellow" for leadership and diplomacy, and an MA in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies from the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel-Aviv University. Agassi served as a staff sergeant and intelligence specialist in the Israel Defense Force Paratrooper Reconnaissance Battalion.