David Nissan, born and raised in Iran, is an expert on Iran and the Middle East. For 16 years, he served as officer and commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, and another 7 years as a consultant for the Ministry of Defense. David has given lectures in leading companies and financial institutions in the private sector, universities, and government ministries including Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office. He has been interviewed on Israeli national radio and television, has spoken in various forums outside of Israel, and is on the keynote speakers list of the London Speaker Bureau.

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Israel, Iran and the Changing Middle East - An Unconventional Perspective

A realistic and often unusual assessment of the breathtaking drama being played out in the Middle East today, focusing on Israel and Iran. Exposure of critical aspects in Middle Eastern affairs from an intelligence officer's point of view. The repercussions of the current crisis in Europe for the Middle East, as well as the preferred course of action regarding the conflict with the Palestinians and with Iran will also be addressed.

Inside the Mind of Iran's Leader

An unusual lecture in which David Nissan, a former officer and commander in Israel's Intelligence Corps, assumes the identity of Iran's leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, and through the realistic, candid and outspoken presentation of the Iranian perspective on key relevant issues, enables a deeper and more accurate understanding of Iran's behavior in the international arena vis-a-vis Israel and the West.

Behind the Veil - A Virtual Tour of Iran

A rare and magical glimpse into this beautiful, mysterious and fascinating land that is hidden behind the dark and ominous veil of the current Islamic regime. The presentation exposes the audience to the rich cultural dimensions of a country with a glorious past, as well as to the split identity of the Iranian people. David has presented this lecture at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Revolution and Survival - The Jews in Iran

The fascinating story of one of the most ancient Jewish communities in the world. How did the establishment of the State of Israel affect this community, and what happened when the 1979 revolution in Iran put an end to the Golden Age enjoyed by the Jews during the Shah's reign, and forced them to choose between Judaism and Zionism? Why did most leave, and why do the remainder insist on staying?


- Prime Minister's Office

- Ministry Of Foreign Affairs

- Ministry Of Defense

- Ministry of Justice

- Tel-Aviv University

- Bank of Israel

- Israel Discount Bank

- Bank Leumi

- Intel

- HP

- HSBC Bank

- Elbit Systems

- Israel Aircraft Industries

- Rabin Medical Center

- Bnei Brit


- Maccabi

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Thank you for being our guest speaker at our event in Chicago.... your presentation to donors of the Simon Wiesenthal Center was absolutely wonderful..... all truly enjoyed the insights they gained from your presentation. The event was extremely successful in cultivating prospective donors for the Center.
Alison Pure-Slovin, Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Chicago

This was definitely one of the best lectures we have had over the last 14 years since we started the Riviera Paliament...... We enjoyed every minute of it, and would love to host you again in the future.
Ran Regev, Executive Committee, The Riviera Paliament, Miami

The lectures you gave at our events in Chicago and New York were truly incredible, and we are very grateful..... I highly recommend David to any organization interested in contracting him to speak at an event. In addition to being a great speaker with lectures full of humor and interesting anecdotes, David is also a very kind and charismatic person.
Hilary Cramer Robinson, Executive Director, American Friends of the Israel National Museum of Science, New York

David Nissan offers a calculated and intuitive understanding of the ever fluid dynamic of Middle East politics. It is worth attending his lectures just to get his on the ground perspective that is so very different from the approach taken by mass media outlets.
Andreas Akaras, President, Saint Andrew's Freedom Forum, Washington DC

David Nissan talked to the Royal Geographic Society on Iran and gave an interesting virtual tour of the country. David is a natural speaker, fluent and humorous, and his extensive international experience is evident.
Rupert McCowan, Director of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong

We had David Nissan speak online to our community. He was fantastic! David is a masterful educator, weaving a personal story into the complicated nature of the Jewish community in Iran, and the country as a whole.
Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Congregation B'nai B'rith, Santa Barbara, California

Our audience was very impressed with your expertise and especially with the fascinating and thought-provoking manner in which you presented your views through the perspective of an Israeli intelligence officer. Your lecture was outstanding and unique.
Ronny Ben-Joseph, President of the Babylonian Jewish Center, Great Neck, New York

Thank you for your unforgettable presentation “Inside the Mind of Iran’s Leader”. It was not just the words that were so fascinating; your performance was extraordinary! This was one of our most memorable events, and one that will be difficult to exceed.
Rabbi Albert Gabbai and Rabbi Yosef Zarnighian, Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia

We congratulate David Nissan on his innovative, well-structured and coherent presentation to our congregation. He is a great communicator and shows great depth of knowledge. We received excellent feedback and compliments from every member of the audience.
Rabbi Joshua Neely & Natan Brener, Adult Education Chair, at Temple Israel, Orlando Florida

Your presentation on the Iran deal, the Middle East and Israel's current situation was not only compelling and entertaining, but succeeded tremendously in educating and inspiring at the same time. Your impressive talk left everyone wanting more.
Rabbi Daniel Mehlman, Temple Ner Tamid, Downey, Los Angeles County, California

Thank you very much for your compelling and visually engaging presentation of “Inside the Mind of Iran’s Leader” at the Babylonian Jewish Center. Your in-depth knowledge, the surprising revelations, the valuable insight, and the manner in which you conducted the lecture were very powerful and impressive.
Anna Hakakian, Sisterhood President at the Babylonian Jewish Center, New York

The lecture was interesting and fascinating, and was delivered in a clear and flowing manner. It was an experience that left a deep impression.
Frieda Cohen, Training Division of Israel's Foreign Ministry

I received wonderful reactions to your lecture, with extraordinary praise for its innovative approach, clarity, and delivery. In the academic world, there are many who are knowledgeable about the material that they research, but not all can fascinate an audience like you did.
Professor David Menashri, Head of the Center for Iranian Studies, Tel-Aviv University

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David Nissan was born and raised in Iran, and after graduating from the International Community School in Teheran, came to Israel to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he received his B.A. in Middle-Eastern Studies, and his M.A. in International Relations. He then joined the IDF, and after 16 years of service as an officer and commander, retired and completed a Masters degree in Business Administration, as well as certification studies for leading tours abroad.
For five years, David was the editor and site administrator of "Knesset Update", an online English-language weekly magazine, which reported on parliamentary/political events in Israel. Also, he was employed for seven years by the Israeli Ministry of Defense as a part-time consultant, and worked for 4 years as an senior analyst for Terrogence, Israel's leading company for the collection and analysis of security/terror-related intelligence from the internet. David was the editor of the Middle East and Iran Newsletter, and is currently a full-time professional speaker and consultant.
David's unique multi-cultural background (he speaks five languages), his academic credentials and his military/security career led him to focus his lectures on Middle-East and Iranian affairs. He is a sought-after lecturer in Israel, is completely fluent in English, and has given lectures in a variety of forums and conferences in leading companies and financial institutions in the private sector, universities, and government ministries including the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office. He has been interviewed on Israeli national radio and television, has spoken in various forums outside of Israel, and is on the keynote speakers list of the London Speaker Bureau.

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-Prime Minister's Office
-Ministry for Foreign Affairs
-Ministry of Defense
-Ministry of Agriculture
-Ministry of Health
-Diplomatic Spouses and Partners Israel
-Israel Aircraft Industries
-Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
-Tel-Aviv University
-Haifa University
-Bar Ilan University
-Netanya Academic College
-Friends of the IDF
-IDF Disabled Veterans Organization
-IDF Widows and Orphans Organization
-IDF Veterans Association
-AACI - Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel
-ESRA-English Speaking Residents Association of Israel
-Bank of Israel
-Bank Leumi
-Israel Discount Bank
-HSBC Bank
-Yitzhak Rabin Center
-Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
-Israel Book Publishers Association
-Rambam Medical Center
-Rabin Medical Center
-Israel Engineers Association
-Merage Foundation Israel
-Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center
-Migdal Insurance Corporation
-Kanat Insurance Company
-Israel Ports Authority
-Maccabi Health Services
-Israel Teachers Associations
-Magid Institute
-Avshalom Institute
-Mofet Institute
-Israel Insurance Agents Association
-Rafa Laboratories
-Israel Dentists Association
-Procter & Gamble
-CBC Group

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TESTIMONIALS (continued)

On behalf of the Diplomatic Spouses and Partners Israel, I want to thank you for your excellent and enlightening lecture on Cross Cultural Communication. We’ve received tremendous positive feedback from our members. Thank you for helping to make our opening event such a success!
Eden Goldberger, DSPI President

David Nissan's fascinating lecture captured my complete attention. David is not only an excellent spealer; he is an actor who sweeps you away......
Tami Shelach - Chairwoman, IDF Widows and Orphans' Organization

Your lecture was rich with content and fine-tuned. The combination of your personal background in Iran and your mastery of this country's past and present history exposed the audience to perspectives that are not readily accessible to the general public.
Sigal Aybes, Director of the Tel-Aviv University Faculty Club

Your lecture showed us that it is possible to view Iran from a different angle. It exposed for us a hidden and fascinating world.
Yaacov Galazan, VP, Israel Aircraft Industries

Your professionally delivered lecture, the presentation and the manner in which you led our virtual tour of Iran, made the event very successful, enjoyable and fascinating.
Amnon Ben-Shmuel, CEO, Book Publishers Association of Israel

We were left spellbound from seeing the magical and unbelievable slides of the Iranian landscape, and from the manner in which the lecture was delivered.
Efrat Ben-Shoshan, Keren Yeda Fund for University Graduates

It is our pleasure to thank you and express our appreciation and satisfaction from your lecture, which was presented in a professional and engaging manner.
Itzik Steinberg, Deputy VP, Israel Ports Authority

Your "Virtual Tour of Iran" lecture, the depth of the contents, and its wonderful delivery fascinated our audience.
Rina Rabinovich, Training and Development Unit, Human Resources Division, ELISRA

Thank you for your presentation of interesting and informative lectures to the English College.... all members of our audience have enjoyed your lectures and look forward to hearing from you again next year.
Audrey Goodman, English Speaking Residents Association in Israel

Thank you for the fascinating lecture you delivered to one of our foreign clients. Your mastery of the material and the tangible way you presented the content greatly impressed the audience. Your lecture enables a rare glimpse from the inside, illustrates the challenges, and points towards ways of dealing with them.
Dikla Weininger, Communications and Cyber Intelligence Solutions Project Manager, Verint

Please accept our appreciation and gratitude for taking us on an interesting and educative virtual tour of Iran, giving us a glimpse of its beautiful landscape, rich culture, art and delicious cuisine.
International Women's Club, Israel

Your wonderful lecture amazed the audience because of its fascinating and unique content, and also because of the way it was delivered.
Aliza Dayan Hamama, CEO of the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center

Thank you for the fascinating Iran event.. It was a social evening that will remain in our memories for a very long time.
Professor Zvi Rappaport, Head of Neurosurgery in the Rabin Medical Center

We were enchanted by your lecture and personal story....... We hope to listen to you in additional events in the future.
Hanoch Landau, Bank of Israel

You received many well-deserved praise on the way you delivered your lecture, your sense of humor, and the instant rapport you established with the audience.
Tofi Shaanan-Friedman, B'nai B'rith, Israel

The audience eagerly listened to your fascinating lecture, a lecture that was spiced with humor and rich with historical anecdotes. The combination of extensive knowledge and your wonderful ability to tell a story created a most impressive experience.
Liron Teits, NICE

We would like to thank you for the two fascinating lectures that you delivered to us..... You succeeded to captivate all the audience members.
Alumit Karni, Human Resources, Israel Discount Bank

Your "Virtual Tour of Iran" lecture was indeed a fascinating journey into the heart of Iran.
Ayala Benjamin, Jerusalem Cinematheque

We were impressed with your vast knowledge and the way you delivered the subject. Thank you so much for a most pleasurable experience.
Rachel Zeidan, The Campus for International Geography

Thank you for a lecture that was pure pleasure. The audience was absolutely fascinated by the way in which you presented the rich reality of Iran. We enjoyed every minute....
Adi Boblil, Merage Foundation - Israel Branch, Director

The audience members were captivated, and I received excellent reviews regarding the content of your lecture and the way it was delivered.
Dr. Soli Shahvar, Head of The Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, Haifa University

Your lecture was fascinating, and very enjoyable. The way you presented the content was unique and memorable.
Shlomit Asselman, Hewlett-Packard (HP) - Israel

The dramatic manner in which you assumed the role of Iran's leader.........mesmerized the audience. You succeeded to present in an absolutely original way very important elements that lie at the foundation of the Iranian regime's world view...... Many members of the audience told me that they received from your talk a lot of added value, food for thought, and a much better understanding of the motivations and objectives of Iran's leaders.
Avishai Yarkoni, Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem

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