On November 11th, 2008, Nir Barkat was elected the 9th Mayor of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, at the age of 49. Members of the city council have formed a wide coalition to support Mayor Barkat – a testament to his leadership and uniting vision. Mayor Barkat holds the education portfolio himself and works for 1 shekel per year on behalf of the city and people of Jerusalem.
Immediately prior to his election as Mayor, Nir Barkat served for 5 years as the opposition leader of city council, learning the details of Jerusalem’s difficult challenges and awesome opportunities. He founded “Snuneet,” the largest Hebrew educational website, “Start Up Jerusalem” an organization that encourages job creation in Jerusalem, “New Spirit” a non-profit that works to deepen the connections that students and young families have to Jerusalem, and the “Israel Venture Network”, a venture capital network that invests in social initiatives throughout Jerusalem.
In 1988, Mayor Barkat co-founded BRM Technologies, a pioneering software house and later venture capital firm that developed and marketed ground-breaking anti-virus software now standard on personal computers throughout the world. His leadership and business acumen brought him to the position of global chairman of Checkpoint, one of BRM’s largest venture projects.
Mayor Barkat received the rank of Major during six years of service as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces. He is married to Beverly, with whom he has three daughters.