Speakers

A Few Of Our 2019 Agenda Speakers

Benjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. His high school years were spent in the United States, where his father, the historian Benzion Netanyahu, taught and conducted historical research.  Returning to Israel in 1967, Mr. Netanyahu enlisted in the IDF and served in an elite unit of the Israeli army, Sayeret Matkal. He took part in several operations, including the rescue of hostages in a hijacked Sabena airplane in 1972.  In the same year, he was cited for outstanding operational command by General Mordechai Gur, Chief of Israel’s Northern Command.  After his discharge from the IDF in 1972, Mr. Netanyahu served in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and was promoted after the war to the rank of captain in the Reserves.

Mr. Netanyahu received a B.Sc. degree in Architecture and an M.Sc. in Business Management from MIT.  He also studied political science at MIT and at Harvard University.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu 

Prime Minister of Israel

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.

Jack Rosen 

President of the American Jewish Congress Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry

Jack Rosen is Chief Executive of Rosen Partners, President of the American Jewish Congress and Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry. His wide array of business interests includes ventures operating throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in Real Estate, Healthcare and Telecommunications. 

Rosen is very active in government and political affairs. Recently, President Obama visited Mr. Rosen’s home. He is a long-time friend of President Clinton, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Clinton. He was appointed by President Clinton and President Bush as a Delegate to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, to the Organization of the American States and to the OSCE Conference on Anti-Semitism. He has been on numerous Congressional Missions. 

Jack Rosen is a professor at Peking University where he lectures in the Master of Business Administration graduate program.

 

Moshe Lion

Mayor of Jerusalem

is an Israeli politician who is currently the Mayor of Jerusalem. He previously served as a member of the Jerusalem City Council, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office, Chairman of the Israel Railways, and head of the Jerusalem Development Authority.

Lion, the first mayor of Jerusalem of Sephardi descent, was elected on November 13, 2018 and took office on December 4th

In 1996, Lion was appointed managing director of the Prime Minister's Office of Benjamin Netanyahu, also becoming his economic adviser, serving in those roles till 1999.[5]

From 2003-2006, he was appointed chairman of the Israel Railways after having previously worked with the Ports and Railways Authority. Lion finished his term in 2006, after his term was not extended.

In 2008, he was appointed chairman of the Jerusalem Development Authority. Under his tenure, the First Station train complex in Jerusalem was completed.

Lion is married, with four children, and lives in Jerusalem's Rehavia neighborhood.

 

Alon Ben David

Senior Defense Correspondent for Israel Channel 10

Alon Ben-David is a television and print journalist, who has been covering the Middle East conflict for the last three decades. Specializing in defense and military issues, Mr. Ben David is currently Senior Defense Correspondent for Israel Channel 10 and a contributor to several international publications. He used to anchor the network's Friday news magazine. 

Mr. Ben-David has covered all major events in the region in the last three decades, including the first and second Intifada, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Disengagement from Gaza, Israel's long war in Lebanon and the recent Gaza conflicts. He has reported from scenes of major global events, such as the 9/11 attacks in NY.

 

Alon Ben-David holds a BA in political science from Tel Aviv University and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University. He is a senior research fellow at the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan University. 

Mr. Ben-David frequently lectures throughout the world on topics relating to the Middle East.

 

Haim Bibas
Mayor of Modi'in Maccabim Reut

Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel

Haim Bibas is currently serving his second term as mayor of Modi'in Maccabim Reut, after having risen through municipal managerial ranks and holding senior local government offices.

In recognition of his experience and accomplishments, Bibas was elected in 2014 by the majority of mayors in Israel to serve as the Chairman of the Federation of Local Authorities, the umbrella organization for 257 local authorities across the country.
In this position, Bibas represents their interests and concerns to the Israeli government at the executive, legislative and judicial levels. The Federation addresses the issues faced by local authorities and provides them with professional and efficient services.

Prior to assuming his role as Chairman, Bibas was the Director of International Projects and Development with the Federation of Local Authorities. Here he was responsible for successful joint ventures between government ministries, local authorities and the private sector. He has also served as municipal economic advisor and project manager with responsibility for environmental protection and transportation with Local Government Economic Services Ltd.

Putting his active and visible approach to public service into action as mayor, Bibas has garnered widespread praise for the many accomplishments under his tenure. He initiated a variety of reforms in education, housing, a program for promoting the Arab sector, reform in the water corporations and more. Among the key initiatives he led were adding a second assistant in kindergartens, promoting wage agreements to improve terms of employment for employees of local authorities and increasing development grants for the support of disadvantaged authorities.

Also at the national level, in 2007, Bibas served as the head of Benjamin Netanyahu's election campaign for Prime Minister. In January 2012, he was reappointed as Chairman of Netanyahu's re-election campaign within the Likud primaries.

Bibas holds a BA from the Department of Political Science, University of Haifa and an MA in Public Administration and Local Government from Bar-Ilan University. His thesis examined the subject of local government reform and professional city management.
Bibas is a Lieutenant Colonel in the IDF reserves.

Mayor Bibas has lived in Modi'in since 1997, with his wife and three children.

 

Gilad Goldshtein

VP of Cyber Intelligence & Information, R-MOR

Gilad has over 15 years of experience in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry and he is considered a highly

skilled expert in the field of Cyber Intelligence& Information Systems.

Gilad has held managerial positions as Vice President of Information Systems Solutions and Strategic Consultant in some of the most advanced large-scale firms (INTEL, SAMSUNG) as well as leading startup companies.

Gilad is a leading expert in the fields of cyber intelligence collection systems, secure communication and practical tactics security solutions for a wide range of operational needs.

He has performed cyber intelligence collection and secure communications implementation for several organizations and has acted as a consultant for Israeli and international companies implementing unique cyber intelligence technologies.

R-MOR specializes in the protection of high-risk assets worldwide. R-MOR combines cutting edge technology with extensive industry knowledge to create individualized solutions for government and business that cover all aspects of public security and cyber-protection, from design to implementation.

R-MOR enables clients to take a defensive approach in protecting their assets.

 

Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Tzipi Hotovely currently serves as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2015. 

She was invited by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join the Likud party in 2009 and is now serving her third term in Knesset. 

In 2013 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Transportation, National Infrastructures and Road Safety and in December 2014, she was appointed as Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Space, serving until May 2015.

Hotovely is a member of the Israeli Bar and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Bar-Ilan University. She is married with two children.

 

Ron Huldai

Mayor of Tel Aviv–Yafo 

In 1998, Ron Huldai was elected the ninth Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, the first Modern Hebrew city, founded in 1909.  He was reelected for his third consecutive five-year term in 2008. 

Huldai’s vision for Tel Aviv-Yafo is to further solidify the city as the epicenter of pluralism and liberalism, higher education, commerce, scientific achievement, quality of life and the focal point of Israeli art and culture. 

The accomplishments of Huldai’s administration have had a demonstrable impact on the city; most significantly, Mayor Huldai has eliminated the municipal deficit and has streamlined the city's workforce. In light of this economic turn-around, Standard and Poor’s has affirmed the city the coveted AAA rating. 

Mayor Huldai works tirelessly to create a balance between the national draw to the city’s cultural attractions and improving local residents’ quality of life. While making it a priority to upgrade facilities, much emphasis is being placed on returning the public sphere to the residents. 

Huldai has increased allocation of budgetary funds to improve living conditions and infrastructure in the lower-income areas of the south. Another top priority for the Mayor has been improving infrastructure, living conditions and the social fabric of Yafo (Jaffa).  

Ron Huldai was born in 1944 and raised in Kibbutz Hulda. He joined the Israeli Air Force in 1963 and served as a combat pilot for 26 years, including during the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars. He served as commander of two of Israel’s largest air force bases and retired from the Israeli Air Force with the rank of Brigadier General.

After his military service, Huldai had the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream. Following in the footsteps of his parents, who were educators, he became principal of the renowned Gymnasia Herzlyia, among Israel’s most prestigious high schools. During his tenure he transformed a much-deteriorated institution into a pedagogical showcase of educational and organizational excellence.

Huldai is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force’s American Air War College ('81) and  holds a Bachelor of General Studies from Auburn University of Montgomery ('81). 

Mayor Ron Huldai is married to Yael, and they have three children and seven grandchildren. He enjoys cycling along the city’s beachfront, is an avid reader, an amateur musician and frequent sampler of the city's cultural offerings.

 

Ory Segev 

CEO, R-MOR

Ory is an executive focused on excellence for both customer and organization needs.

He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management and an MBA in business strategies.

Ory is highly skilled in managing complex technological mega-projects and meeting challenges in a complex global security environment.

In his prior role before establishing R-MOR, he was responsible for developing security solutions for a major Middle East country.

R-MOR specializes in the protection of high-risk assets worldwide. R-MOR combines cutting edge technology with extensive industry knowledge to create individualized solutions for government and business that cover all aspects of public security and cyber-protection, from design to implementation.

R-MOR enables clients to take a defensive approach in protecting their assets.

 

Eytan Schwartz

CEO of Tel Aviv Global

Eytan Schwartz is the CEO of Tel Aviv Global, a municipal initiative aimed at positioning Tel Aviv as a global city. Previously he was Senior Advisor to Tel Aviv-Yafo's Mayor Ron Huldai for International Affairs, where he was in charge of managing all diplomatic and international operations of the Mayor's Cabinet. 
During his time as Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Schwartz designed and implemented a new municipal strategy to absorb the growing numbers of immigrants in the city, as well as designing and managing various public campaigns to position Tel Aviv abroad. 
In 2013, Monocle Magazine named Schwartz among its 10-people Dream Team of municipal officials from around the world. 
Schwartz has a BA summa cum laude in Anthropology from Columbia University and MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Schwartz speaks Hebrew, English and French.

 

Imad Telhami   

Founder and Chairman, Babcom Centers 

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  

Founder and Chairman, CheckPoint

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

Co-Founder and VP Technology, Safe-T 

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.

Dr. Oren Shoval

CTO & Co-Founder, Via

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

Ehud Olmert

Former Prime Minister of the state of Israel

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.

Roei Deutsch

Founder & CEO, Jolt

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.

Or Gil

Head of Sales - EMEA at Carbyne

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, R-More

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 Defence, R-More

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