B. Daniel Diker (born in New York), is a former secretary general of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), an umbrella group representing Jewish communities and organizations in nearly 100 countries around the world.
Prior to becoming WJC secretary general, Diker had served as the WJC’s director for Strategic Affairs, and as WJC Middle East adviser on policy and diplomacy. He succeeded Michael Schneider, who served as the organization’s secretary general since 2007.
Diker is a respected foreign affairs analyst and Middle East expert. From 2006 to 2010, he served as director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, headed by Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, Dore Gold, where he was also senior foreign policy analyst since 2002. Today, Diker is a Fellow and senior project director at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, where he heads the Program to Counter Political Warfare and BDS.
Diker also served as an adjunct fellow of the Hudson Institute in Washington and currently serves as a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the IDC Herziliya and a foreign policy fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Diker has authored several books on the global BDS movements for the JCPA including: “BDS Unmasked: Radical Roots, Extremist Ends”(2016), “Students for Justice in Palestine, Unmasked” (2017) and “Defeating Denormalization: Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace” (2018).
Diker often appears as a commentator and analyst on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs on a variety of news networks, including CNN, Russia Today, BBC, ABC News, Fox News, and Al Jazeera news channels and as a Middle East Affairs commentator for Israel’s IBA English News. His articles have appeared in the New York Sun, The Jerusalem Post, Makor Rishon, as well as the academic journals Middle East Quarterly and Azure.