Seev Hirsch is emeritus professor of international business at Tel Aviv University. He was Jaffe Professor of International Trade at the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration since 1981. He was a founding member of the School and served as its second dean. He joined Tel Aviv University in 1965, after getting his MBA and doctorate from the Harvard Business School in Boston. He studied economics and statistics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prior to becoming an academic, he was a member of Kibbutz Maagan Michael and founding member of Kibbutz Tel Kaztir.
Since 2008 he has been heading a team which includes Dr. Niron Hashai of the Hebrew University and Mr. Dan Katarivas of the Israel Manufacturers Association which has been publiing an annual survey of Israel's leading Multinational Enterprises (MNEs). The Survey is part of a long term study of the rapid global expansion of MNEs from emerging markets, initiated and coordinated by the Vale-Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at Columbia University.
He is a member of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) and has been elected an EIBA Fellow.
Seev Hirsch founded and directed the MBA program at the College of Management, at Rishon Lezion. In recent years he directed a series of courses on entrepreneurship and industrial management for Arab and Jewish university graduates. Initiated and financed by Steff Wertheimer, chairman of the Iscar Industries group, the program sought to promote entrepreneurship, export oriented industrial development and business cooperation between Arab and Jews in Israel. By 2008, over two hundred and thirty students, including more than seventy Arabs, participated in the Course.
He was visiting professor at the Economics Department of the University of Reading and the Institute of International Economics and management at the Copenhagen Business School. He worked for the World Bank in Washington and served as advisor to the United Nations at the Iran Planning Institute, Teheran.
He served on a number of public committees including the Heth Committee on Charter Flights, the "Ne'eman" committee on the Mediterranean-Dead Sea Hydro-Electric Project and the Bejski Commission of Enquiry into the Collapse of Israel's Bank Shares.
He was associate director of the International Economic and Social Commission of the World Jewish Congress, was on the board of the Israel Foundation Trustees, and was academic director of JIM- the Jerusalem Institute of Management.
Seev Hirsch published numerous books and articles on international trade, investment and business, on the economic relations of the European Community with small outsiders and on economic aspects of the Middle East peace process.