The Israel Conference 2010
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Keynote Speakers Fast & Cool
In The Beginning - From Startup to Exit - All in Six Days Cisterns and Vapor – Clean Tech – Going Green
High Tech in a Slow Economy – Opportunities for Investment and Challenges for Sales Medical Miracles – Curing What Ails You
Things that go Click – Capture Technology Israel Goes Hollywood – Media without Borders




Cisterns and Vapor - Clean Tech
Going Green - Chemistry and innovation that changes our access to everyday needs and replenishes the earth. From the desert to the ocean, from Israel for the world.


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Isabel Maxwell


Isabel Maxwell - Israel Venture Network CLEAN TECH
Isabel Maxwell is a board member of the Israel Venture Network. She is the co-founder of The McKinley Group, creator of the pioneering Magellan online search engine that was successfully sold to Excite. She is the the CEO Emerita of CommTouch (NASDAQ:CTCH).

Maxwell brings over 15 years of international journalism and entertainment experience with accomplishments including production/direction for the Yorkshire and Southern Independent Television networks in the UK and feature film production for New World Pictures. She served on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-LA from 1986-1998, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS) of London, and is a long-time member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), U.K. Maxwell holds honor moderations in Jurisprudence and a B.A. and M.A. in history and modern languages from Oxford University.
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Isaac Applbaum


Isaac Applbaum - The Westly Group CLEAN TECH
The Westly Group is a clean technology-oriented venture capital. Mr. Applbaum is a Special Limited Partner with The Westly Group. He will be responsible for the team's activities in Israel and for sourcing and performing due diligence on water companies.

Mr. Applbaum was a founding General Partner of Opus Capital, a two hundred and eighty million dollar early stage venture fund, focusing his efforts on finding Israeli-based investments for the firm. Previously, Isaac was a Partner and Managing Director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over two billion dollars under management.

Prior to joining Lightspeed, Mr. Applbaum was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc. (CSI). In 1998 Mr. Applbaum sold CSI to Bank of America, becoming a Senior Vice President at the bank with responsibility for running the bank's E-ventures group and an advising the strategic investments group.

Before founding Concorde Solutions, Mr. Applbaum was responsible for running US operations for Advanced Technology International, a large Israeli software development company.

Mr. Applbaum currently serves as a Special Advisor for Economic Development to the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. Mr. Applbaum is President of the Board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, Vector Intersect Acquisition Corporation (VTRQ), The Modern Bank Corporation, and is Chairman of The Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Mr. Applbaum is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
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David Nahai


H. David Nahai is the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the United States. In this capacity, Nahai oversees more than 8,500 employees and an annual budget of more than $4.2 billion.

Nahai was nominated as LADWP's general manager and CEO by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the City Council on December 5, 2007. He has the distinction of serving on the LADWP Board of Commissioners prior to becoming the Department's CEO and General Manager. He was first appointed to the Board in 2005 and elected its president in 2006.

Nahai is widely recognized throughout California as a leading expert in water issues. He served for over 10 years on the state's Regional Water Quality Control Board, safeguarding the quality of surface, ground and coastal waters while covering a jurisdiction of 11 million residents in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Nahai is Vice President of the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters, and sits on the Boards of numerous charities, including the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, the Iranian American Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Foundation, the B'nai Zion Foundation, and the Magbit Foundation. Nahai began his career in the private sector as an attorney close to three decades ago, and became a partner at some of the nation's largest and most respected law firms. In 1992, Nahai formed Nahai Law Corporation, a Century City law firm, specializing in real estate, corporate, environmental and commercial law. He divested his interest in the firm on October 31, 2007.

Nahai holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in law from the London School of Economics and the University of California at Berkeley, and was a Visiting Scholar at Berkeley.
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Ron Hadar


Ron Hadar - Tigo Energy CLEAN TECH
Ron Hadar is President and Chief Operating Officer of Tigo Energy. Prior to founding Tigo Energy, Ron was a Vice President and General Manager at MKS Instruments (NASDAQ MKSI) where he lead the Control and Information Technology product group (CIT) which combined six multinational MKS acquisitions.

Ron led the integration and turnaround which resulted in successful and profitable business units. Prior to MKS, Ron was co-founder and CEO of Tenta Technology, a US-based company that developed control system solutions for semiconductor capital equipment and which was acquired by MKS in 2002. During his time at Tenta Technology, Ron founded Tega Systems, an integration and final test facility, based in Karmiel, Israel.

Prior to Tenta Technology, Ron worked at Applied Materials in a variety of system engineering and operational management roles. Ron also serves as a board member of Neoclarus, an on-demand software company.

Tigo Energy increases output power, up-time, and reliability on existing and new solar installations, resulting in a faster return on investment and lower cost of ownership. By viewing the system holistically over the span of its useful life, Tigo Energy mitigates a variety of issues which limit the efficiency, availability and flexibility of today's solar installations.
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Assaf Barnea


Assaf Barnea - Kinrot Ventures CLEAN TECH
Mr. Assaf Barnea is currently the CEO of Kinrot Ventures, a technological incubator fully dedicated to water technologies, which is privately held by Stern Partners from Vancouver, Canada, in cooperation with the Israeli OCS (Office of the Chief Scientist).

Previously, Assaf was managing the Business Development activity at Mekorot, Israel's national water company, where he oversaw the establishment of WaTech - the Entrepreneurship & Partnership Center for Water Technologies, a program which supports new innovative water technologies solutions that are relevant to Mekorot's daily operations. Prior to Mekorot, he served for four years as a director of business development at Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), a global telecom provider. Assaf is also a founder and a BOD member of Cardiosense, a medical device startup company.

Assaf is a certified lawyer, holds both law and business degrees from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzelia and a political science and psychology degree from Tel-Aviv University. In his previous career, Mr. Barnea played college basketball at Seton Hall University and professional basketball at Israel's top division and was a member of the Israeli national basketball team.

Kinrot Ventures was founded in 1993 as part of the Israeli Incubator Program and in 2006 was privatized by the Canadian Stern Group in cooperation with the Israeli Chief Scientist. Kinrot focus is seed investments in the water technology market and provides a solid platform for developing and commercializing water innovations.

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Selected Participating Firms:

Sequoia Capital Milken Institute LiveU Yossi Vardi STEP Strategy Advisors
Sheppard Mullin
Bank Leumi Gemini Israel Funds Los Angeles Department of Water & Power JVP cVidya
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Pitango Israel Venture Network Shamrock Holdings Intel
Novafora MARK Enterprises
Check Point William Morris Agency
Jajah Tigo Energy
Topio Jinni
DFJ Tamir Fishman
Canaan Partners USC Entertainment Technology Center Vringo
ClipSync Luxe Hotel BabyFirstTV PricewaterhouseCoopers
Premiere Radio Networks Silicon Valley Bank
Given Imaging
The Westly Group
Tamarix Ventures
Mass Animation
Timeless Jerusalem IVC
Entertainment Media Ventures
Olmstead Williams Communications
Bedoin Media
MIT Georgia Institute of Technology
New Century Capital Partners Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants
Women In Technology International LA Chamber of Commerce Maverick Angels LARTA
Business Wire Daly-Swartz Public Relations iHollywood Forum
cFour Partners Worldwide
Shelter Capital Partners O2Cool Water Yarden Wines
Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Israel Economic Mission of LA
SCICC California Capital Summit KenRadio

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