Mantvydas Bekesius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago since July 2017. Prior positions in the Republic of Lithuanian included Deputy Foreign Minister; Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Parliament, Chief Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Speaker of the Parliament, Special Mission to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Arms Control and Terrorism Prevention Division, Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Mission to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a lecturer at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania with a specialty in Law Enforcement Institutions, Constitutional and Labor Law.
Mr. Bekesius graduated from the Law University of Lithuania, Vilnius and holds a master in Law and Management. He speaks five languages, Lithuanian, English, Russian, German and Dari, Farsi.
Itay Milner, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwestassumed the post in August of 2016. As the second highest ranking Israeli official, he coordinates and oversees the political and academic affairs in the nine-state Upper Midwest Region. Mr. Milner works with regional, state and local elected officials. While concentrating on collaborations with universities and colleges, he also creates partnerships and maintains relationships with community leaders throughout the Midwest to enhance Israel’s standing/image. Mr. Milner has worked for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a professional diplomat since 2011. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Serbia and Montenegro, where he was responsible for government relations, trade and public diplomacy. In addition to English, Milner is conversant in Serbian.