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Menahem 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 disputes in international trade and legal aspects of the medical cannabis industry, specifically focusing on international commercial disputes. Chuck is admitted to practice in New York State and in Israel and maintains a presence in New York, Berlin and Tel Aviv. Chuck serves on the Advisory Boards of a number of educational ADR initiatives in India, has served as a judge in international mediation competitions, is a member of the International Committee of the International Cannabis Bar Association, and has moderated panels at their Cannabis Law Institute 2019.