Itai Shamir


Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Itai Eithan Shamir is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) by the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) specializing in transitioning individuals to an elevated personal and professional life with purpose, balance, and long lasting relationships.


Prior to entering the coaching world, Itai was the Senior Director of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s Women’s Health Empowerment Program and the Director and Grant Officer of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Response.

He moved to NYC in September 2000 to pursue a six months Global Internship Program at the United Nations’ Office of the Secretary General. This program led to a five years term at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations as an Advisor for Economic and Social Affairs, and the Mission’s Coordinator and Election Officer for all United Nations bodies. He also started the Mission’s Speakers Bureau.

Itai received his BA in Economics and Management from the Tel Aviv College, and later on, his Masters in Business Administrations from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also a certified mediator by the Israeli Mediation Center. 

Itai resides in NYC with his partner and two mini Dachshunds, Jacob and Abraham. He loves theater, music, and the Eurovision Song Contest that he attends on an annual basis!

Journey to coaching

I had a very successful career. I worked for one of the best global nonprofits where I was fundraising and running programs to benefit under-served communities and populations post disaster, and communities deprived of access to basic health services, education, shelter and food. My work was very rewarding, especially when I was out in the field, meeting our clients, seeing firsthand the profound impact of our work. But at some point I felt stuck and honestly, quite unhappy. I thought something is wrong with me or that I am spoiled and I was looking for something that doesn’t necessarily exists. 

A friend of mine introduced me to a coach, and though I was very skeptical at first, and out of respect to my friend, I met this coach. That meeting truly changed my life. During this process of working with my coach, I realized that nothing was wrong with me, I am pretty amazing, and I  was just stuck and scared of change and moving on.

But the most powerful outcome of this journey was realizing the beautiful impact of coaching. This revelation inspired me to leave my job, and pursue coaching as my career so I can help  and inspire others.