Hen Mazzig is a young, energetic, Israeli – a writer, strategic communications expert, international speaker, LGBTQ activist, social media Guru and advocate on behalf of his country. Hen’s family comes from Iraq and North Africa (Berber Jews from Tunisia), giving him a unique background for his talks, in which he shares his family’s story and the story of 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries. As a young Israeli, Hen served in the IDF for almost five years as an openly gay commander. During his service as a lieutenant in the COGAT unit, he worked as an intermediary between the Israeli Defense Forces (the IDF), the Palestinian Authority, the UN, and the many non-governmental organizations that work in the West Bank.
Hen has shared his story with thousands of students throughout the USA, Canada and UK for the last six years. His articles were featured in the International Business Times, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and many other publications.
Hen has a proven track record of creating dialogue where it seems impossible. With more than 18,000 follower on Twitter and with several thousands more on facebook- where he is a voice for Israel that is so needed. He has built relationships, friendships, and changed hearts and minds of so many not simply by sharing the truth about Israel and the history of the region, but by being a voice for justice and peace for diverse groups and peoples. He is a rare voice in this divisive day and age that can unite people for a common cause rather than sewing discord and conflict over conflicting narratives in one of the most complex conflicts on earth.