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Israel: Towards a Future of Possibility

October 18-25, 2014 - Agenda

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A land lapped by the waves of the Mediterranean is making waves itself. Back in 1948, the Israeli economy tilted left with an emphasis on kibbutzim, collective communities based on agriculture. Today it is a booming entrepreneurial economy fueled by innovation. It leads the world in venture capital as a share of GDP. In Bloomberg’s recent list of the 30 Most Innovative Countries in the World, Israel was #1 in R&D intensity and #10 in High-tech density. It boasts the highest number of scientists, technicians, and engineers per capita in the world, an astonishing accomplishment for a small country less than 70 years old.

Israel teems with history, culture and tradition. Yet, it is also known for its bohemian travelers and avant garde urban centers. It constitutes an exciting laboratory wherein a culture is created through continuous discussion, reevaluation and reshaping in modern times. An exploration of Israel’s multiple sceneries – as seen through its art, science and technology, environmental initiatives and social discourse - offer unique opportunities for expanding understanding and appreciation of the rich fabric of both historical and contemporary Israel.

With its robust economic growth, highly educated population and technological prowess, this land of a storied past and a dynamic present is heading towards a future of boundless possibility.


Day 1 – Sunday, October 19, 2014 Arrival and Opening
12:00 - 15:00 Registration, conference material pick up and review of schedule at the King David Hotel
18:30 Depart for dinner
19:00 Dinner featuring Minister of Finance Yair Lapid
Focus: Middle class, Economic Growth, Macro-Investment Return King David Hotel
Day 2 – Monday, October 20, 2014 Jerusalem
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Morning Session: Israel – a new Singapore or Hong Kong?
Naftali Bennett, Minister of Economy and trade Governor of the Bank of Israel
09:15 Arab Spring: Repercussions, Prospects
MK Danny Danon, Deputy Minister of Defense Avi Dichter, former Minister of Homefront Defense and former head of the General Security Services (Israeli FBI)
10:15 Coffee break
10:45 Energy & Water in the Middle East: Cooperation and Integration?
Silvan Shalom, Minister of Energy and Water Igal Aisenberg, Chief Executive of Netafim Gabriel Last, chairman of Delek Group Gidon Bromberg, Friends of the Earth Middle East
12:00 Depart for lunch
12:30 Israel as a Start-Up Nation Site visit and tour of several start-ups
14:30 Depart for Yad Vashem
15:00 Visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and Museum Wreath laying ceremony at the memorial will follow the museum visit
18:00 Brief break at the hotel
18:45 Depart for dinner
19:00 Dinner hosted by Israel’s High-Tech Industry Association
Keynote Shimon Peres, President of Israel (to be confirmed) Arale Mankovski, managing general partner of Pitango and chairman of the HTIA
Day 3 – Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tel Aviv
07:30 Depart for Tel Aviv
09:00 Hedge funds and private equity in Israel
Tal Keinan, chief executive and chairman, KCPS Ishay Davidi, founder and chief executive, FIMI Zvi Yochman, co-founder and managing partner, Sky Fund
10:45 Successful Start-Ups
Zeevi Bregman, president and chief executive, NICE Eli Gelman, president and chief executive, Amdocs Gil Schwed, chairman and chief executive, Checkpoint
12:00 Depart for lunch
12:30 Lunch program: Venture capital, venture lending Shlomo Dovrat, co-founder of Viola Group Avi Zeevi, co-founder of Viola Group
15:30 Meeting with Israel Corp Idan Ofer, principal of Quantum Pacific International and controlling stakeholder of Israel Corp Mike Granoff, founder of Maniv Investments
16:30 Arrive at the residence of the US ambassador
US–Israel Alliance: an economic perspective Dan Shapiro, US Ambassador to Israel Eugene Kandel, Chairman of the National Economic Council of Israel and chief economic advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu
18:00 Depart for dinner
19:00 Dinner: Global market connections: spokes of a wheel
Day 4 – Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Jerusalem
07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Morning Session: Jerusalem Perspectives
Erel Margalit, Member of Knesset, founder of Jerusalem
Venture Partners
Mickey Levy, Deputy Finance Minister, former head of Jerusalem Police
09:15 Depart for American Colony Hotel
10:00 Palestinian Economic Development, roundtable featuring:
Speakers Munib Masri, Chairman of Padico Holdings Samir Hulileh, CEO of Padico Holdings
11:00 Behind the Scenes of Negotiations
Tziporah Malkah Livni, Minister of Justice and Chief Israeli Negotiator Saeb Erakat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator
12:30 Lunch Program:
Strategic Overview of Palestinian Perspective Salaam Fayyad, former Prime Minister of Palestinian National Authority
14:30 Palestinian Investment Fund
Mohammad Mustafa, Deputy Prime Minster, CEO of PIF,Economic Adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas and Chairman of Wataniya Mobile
15:30 Depart for Beit Issie Shapiro – review of social issues facing Israel
Tour of location
Remarks by Shelly Yachimovich, Opposition Leader of the Knesset and Chairwoman of the Israeli Labor Party
17:00 Rest time at hotel
18:30 Depart for Dinner
19:00 Dinner featuring Jerusalem Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Investors Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem Saul Singer, Author of Start Up Nation Jon Medved, founder of OurCrowd
Day 5 – Thursday, October 23, 2014 Jerusalem
Optional touring can include:
• Private guided tour of the old city, city of David and Davidson Center
• The Machaneh Yehudah market
• Traditional sabbath evening meals hosted in the homes of Israel’s leading investors
• The Dead Sea and Massada
• Israel Museum