MENAHEM (CHUCK) KANAFI
Ambassador Menahem (Chuck) Kanafi is an advocate and third-party neutral focusing on resolving cross-border commercial disputes with experience in India, the US, Israel, Africa and Germany. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served as an Appellate Prosecutor and Senior Civil Law Counsel in government. Thereafter, Chuck embarked on a three-decades long diplomatic career including legal, political and UN functions, culminating with ambassadorial posts in Ghana, Eritrea and as Consul-General in South India.
Upon retirement from the Foreign Service, Chuck established himself in private collaborative legal practice concentrating on mediating crossborder intercultural commercial disputes with a specific focus on the cannabis industry. Chuck is admitted to practice as an attorney in New York State and in Israel and is a member of the Berlin Bar Association as a legal advisor for US and International law. He maintains a presence in New York, Berlin and Tel Aviv. He is a member of the New York County Lawyer's Association ADR Committee, is a member of the International Committee of the International Cannabis Bar Association, and has participated in and moderated panels at their Cannabis Law Institute.
Chuck serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of educational ADR initiatives in India, has served as a judge in international mediation competitions, and has served as a mentor of students in Quinnipiac Law School's negotiation clinic. He also volunteers pro bono at the MediationsZentrum Berlin community mediation center.