Having commenced a journalism career as a criminal reporter for Schoken Publishing across various Israeli publications in 1994, Ilan Carmel concurrently pursued a bachelor’s degree in European and Middle Eastern History, alongside a diploma in journalism from the Koteret School of Journalism in Tel Aviv.
Subsequently relocating to East Asia, Ilan spent the ensuing 14 years primarily in China, with stints in Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong. During this period, a two-year tenure in Australia saw Ilan earn a master’s degree in Asian Anthropology from Monash University. Initially writing for publications like the South China Morning Post, Ilan held roles such as Chief Editor for the English language magazine Shanghai Scene and later served as Chief Publisher at Ismay Publications in Beijing.
Establishing diverse business ventures, encompassing a bar, restaurant, and a trading company specializing in vehicle exports from China to Europe, Ilan eventually returned with his family to Israel. Since then, his focus has been on fostering business development between Israel and China, engaging with both established corporations and burgeoning technological startups.