Yotam is an Israeli diplomat currently pursuing graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. Born in Jerusalem in 1981, Yotam spent much of his childhood in the Riverdale neighborhood of New York City. Upon completing his B.A. in international studies at the Johns Hopkins University in 2003, Yotam volunteered as a lone soldier in the IDF, where he served as an officer in the Armored Corps. Yotam joined the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 2010, serving in the Director General's Bureau (2011 - 2013) and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the U.N. (2013 - 2016). Yotam is passionate about connecting cultures and creating partnerships to further conflict resolution and development. While serving in Amman, Jordan, Yotam focused on regional cooperation and political analysis. At the U.N., Yotam was elected, a first for Israel, as chair of the U.N.'s Committee of Conferences and as Vice Chair of the U.N.'s powerful budget committee. In this capacity Yotam led the campaign to establish Yom Kippur as an official holiday at U.N. Headquarters in New York, which paved the road for recognition of additional holidays representing religions not previously recognized, including Hinduism and Buddhism. To strengthen Israel's role in international peace and security Yotam managed the successful negotiations between the IDF, the Foreign Ministry and the U.N. which led to the first ever IDF officer in U.N. peacekeeping and eventually a technology partnership with the U.N.'s peacekeeping force in Central Africa.