Chen holds a B.A. (Cum Laude) in Middle Eastern History and Islamic Studies and a M.A. in Middle Eastern History, both from the Tel Aviv University, and a B.A. in Economics from the Open University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Economic History at the University of Haifa, focusing on the American economy.
Before joining the IEP, Chen worked at the Jewish Agency's Security Division in New York, and was a research assistant at the Institute for National Security Studies.