Yehuda Lancry was born in Bujad, Morocco, and grew up in Bujad and Casablanca. He later immigrated with his family to Nahariya, Israel. He served in the Israel Defense Forces from 1966 to 1970, and was an airplane mechanic in the Israel Air Force.
Dr. Lancry headed the Documentary and Film Publications Department of Raphael (Authority for Defense Technology), from 1980 to 1983. Prior to that he served as Emissary of the Jewish Agency, Youth Department, in Antibes, France, from 1976 to 1980.
He received his Masters Degree in French literature from Nice University, in 1980, where he went on to earn a Doctorate in French literature in 1986.
Dr. Lancry served as Head of Public Council of Israel Televisions Channel Two and radio, in 1991. This followed two terms as the Mayor of Shlomi, from 1983 to 1992. Between the years 1988 and 1992, Dr. Lancry was a guest lecturer in French literature at Israels Haifa University.
Dr. Lancry served as Ambassador to France, from 1992 to 1995. Upon his return to Israel, Ambassador Lancry was a Member of the 14th Parliament, from 1996 through 1999.
In 1999, Lancry became the 12th Permanent representative of Israel to the United Nations, a position he held untl 2002.
Lancry is married and has two sons.