Speakers

A Few Of Our 2019 Agenda Speakers

Between 1976 and 1982 Mr. Netanyahu worked in the private sector, first with the Boston Consulting Group, an international business consultancy, and then as a member of senior management position of Rim Industries in Jerusalem.

 

In 1979 and 1984 Mr. Netanyahu organized two international conferences that emphasized the need to fight terror groups and the regimes supporting them. US Secretary of State George Schultz has written that Mr. Netanyahu's public advocacy and books had a decisive influence in shaping American policy toward fighting terrorism.

 

In 1982, Mr. Netanyahu was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC.  From 1984 to 1988, he served as Israel's Ambassador to the UN, and became renowned for championing Israel's cause in the international arena.  He successfully led the effort to declassify the United Nations archives on war crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

 

Returning to Israel in 1988, Mr. Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset on the Likud party list and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.  During the Gulf War he served as Israel's principal spokesman in the international media.  In 1991 he participated in the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and   in the first Strategic Cooperation talks between Israel and the United States.

 

In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as Leader of the Opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996.

 

During his first term as Prime Minister, the number of terror attacks against Israel decreased dramatically.  Mr. Netanyahu also advanced the peace process with the Palestinians, signing both the Hebron and Wye Accords.  Mr. Netanyahu liberalized foreign currency regulations, accelerated privatization of government-owned companies and reduced the budget deficit.  During his term in office, foreign investment reached record highs.

 

In 2002, after three years in the private sector, Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then as Minister of Finance.  He enacted sweeping economic reforms that helped pull Israel out of a deep recession and place it on a path of long-term growth.  He controlled government spending, reformed the welfare system, cut tax rates, privatized major state-owned industries, reformed the pension and welfare systems and enacted a major capital market reform.  Following these reforms, Israel enjoyed robust growth, lower unemployment and rapidly declining debt levels.

 

In 2005, Mr. Netanyahu assumed the position of leader of the opposition. He led the opposition in a responsible manner and gave support to the government during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and Operation Cast Lead in 2009. 

In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time,  
In 2013, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the third time.
In 2015, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the fourth time.

 

Mr. Netanyahu has written and edited the following books that appeared in Hebrew and English, with some also translated into Chinese, Russian, French, Arabic, Japanese and other languages:

Self-portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu (1963-1976), co-editor, with Iddo Netanyahu (1978)
International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, editor (1979)
Terrorism: How the West Can Win, editor (1987)
A Place Among the Nations: Israel and the World (1992)
Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism (1996)

 

Mr. Netanyahu is married to Sara, a psychologist, and is the father of three.  The Netanyahu family lives in Jerusalem.

Imad Telhami is a businessman and entrepreneur who has substantial management experience and a long and successful history in global management. 

In the past, he served in various management positions and as CEO of Delta Galil's international divisions for 25 years.

 

In 2008, Telhami founded Babcom Centers in northern Israel and in 2015 the company employed approximately 2000 employees, of which 70% are from the Arab sector. Babcom has eight sites across the country (Tefen, Teradion, Migdal Haemek, Dalit El Carmel, Petah Tikva and Beersheba). 

The company provides call center services to leading Israeli companies (Cellcom, Arkia, YES, etc.) as well as software development services, primarily software QA.

Babcom focuses on two main objectives: investing in people (especially young Israeli Arabs, 

women and men) and providing excellent, high quality services including call centers, software and other services.

Babcom is a multicultural company whose managers, as well as employees, Arabs and Jews, 

are committed to providing their customers with first-rate service. 

In line with Telhami's vision, the company has Arab and Jewish stakeholders and was co-founded with the late distinguished Israeli industrialist, Dov Lautman. 

 

Telhami is committed to empowering and advancing the Arab community in Israel. 

He believes that companies like Babcom will help empower the younger generation of Israeli Arabs and facilitate their integration both in the domestic economy and the global economy.

While this is a social mission, his vision is ultimately based on the strong business desire to convert Babcom into an outstanding service provider in Israel, and to reach a position where it will compete globally with the best service providers. For this purpose, Babcom implements strict procedures and unique methods in order to recruit the best candidates, provide excellent training, and maintain exceptional quality throughout. 

 

Telhami has served in positions on several councils and boards of directors and has participated in a number of projects with partners who share his commitment, including: 

The Lautman Fund, Appleseeds Academy, member of the Board and Executive Committee of the University of Haifa.

He is a member of the Board of Kav Mashve (a non-profit organization which through academic work seeks equality between Arabs and Jews), and a member of the Advisory Committee for Economic Development in the Arab, Druze and Circassian sector, in the Prime Minister's Office.

 

In 2014 Telhami founded Takwin Labs, an internet incubator for Arab entrepreneurs in Haifa, together with Chemi Peres and MK Erel Margalit. The incubator was founded with the intention to enable more Arabs to successfully integrate into the Start-up Nation in Israel, to realize their potential and to create successful high-tech companies. 

Marius Nacht, the anchor investor L.P. of the aMoon HealthTech funds.

In 1993, Marius co-founded Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), a global pioneer of cybersecurity and one of Israel's largest companies (market cap: $18B) . He is currently the Chairman of Check Point and considered one of the founding fathers of the global cybersecurity industry. Marius recently co-founded the 8400 Health Network, an NGO fostering cross sector collaboration to position Israel as a global life sciences leader.

Eitan Bremler is responsible for overall global Marketing and Product Management activities of Safe-T including product strategy and roadmap, product marketing, positioning, and go-to-market.

In addition Eitan is responsible for working with Safe-T’s strategic customers and technology partners, leading the technology relationships with the company’s service provider, OEM, and business development partners. Eitan brings to Safe-T more than 15 years’ experience in marketing, product marketing and product management roles. Prior to joining Safe-T, he held multiple product management and product marketing positions at Radware and Radvision an Avaya company.

Oren Shoval is the co-founder and CTO of Via, a fully dynamic, on-demand transit network currently operational in NYC, CHI and DC. He is a former strategy business consultant at McKinsey, and has spent 10 years in the Israeli Air Force developing and deploying real-time avionic systems for fighter jets. Oren holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science where he focused on finding simplifying patterns in complex biological phenomena. He also holds an MSc in electrical engineering and a BSc in physics and math

Olmert was first elected to the Knesset in 1973 at the age of 28, and was re-elected seven consecutive times. He served as minister without portfolio, responsible for minority affairs between 1988 and 1990, and as minister of health from 1990 until 1992. 

Between 1993 and 2003, Olmert served two terms as mayor of Jerusalem, the first member of Likud or its precursors to hold the position

Olmert was elected as a member of the sixteenth Knesset in January 2003. He served as the head of the election campaign for Likud in the elections, and subsequently was the chief negotiator of the coalition agreement. Following the elections he was appointed as Designated Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. From 2003 to 2004, he also served as Minister of Communications.

On 7 August 2005, Olmert was appointed acting finance minister, replacing Benjamin Netanyahu

On 4 May 2006, Olmert presented his new government to the Knesset. Olmert became prime minister and minister for welfare.

Co-founder and CEO of Jolt, a startup company that builds innovative learning spaces where professionals continuously acquire the skills and connections they need to prosper in the 21st century. Roei founded and sold his first media company at the age of 15 and was a consultant to FOX International Channel vice president at age 18. After serving in the elite IDF 8200 intelligence unit, Roei was hired to manage Veribo, a company whose turn around he engineered within one year. He was also part of the founding team of the political party Yesh Atid, where he led the party’s digital elections campaign, which was widely accredited as being the first party in Israel to win an elections through social media efforts. Jolt is funded by Silicon Valley and UK based investors and currently employs 30 team members. Roei was featured as one of Forbes’s "30 Under 30" in 2017.

For more than 8 years, Or has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities as a transformational leader – combining business acumen with strong financial discipline and deep operational thinking.

He is result-oriented and solution-focused individual, combined with a marathon runner and passionate surfer.  

Or is a former Israeli Army officer who served in different positions in the special elite unit. 

He earned his LLB & BA from IDC.

Yaron Rodrig, Cyber Intelligence Director

Yaron is an operational intelligence expert with over 15 years of experience in the governmental and civil intelligence arena. Yaron is an alumnus of the Israeli elite intelligence unit 8200, where he served as an officer in charge of special investigation teams researching terror.

Yaron is specialized in developing military-grade intelligence methodologies and designing and implementing top-of-the-line technologies for big-data intelligence fusion.

Yaron has global experience with high-profile international customers both in the public and private sectors.

Nadav Aharon-Nov, VP of Cyber Defense

Nadav has More than 15 years in the Information Security industry and influenced change in many companies regarding their logical systems, security policies and procedures, penetration testing, data theft and defense, and detection and response.

Nadav has provided services to a wide range of global industries, including: Governmental, Financial, Industrial, Telecommunication, Critical infrastructure and various other Hi-Tech companies.

In his previous position Nadav had co-founded a successful InfoSec company acted as VP CTO and is acting as CISO in several companies in Israel, Cyprus and Estonia. Nadav has engaged in critical infrastructure project which considered as mega-project by global standards