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




Keynote Speakers


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Yossi Vardi


Yossi Vardi - International Technologies MORNING KEYNOTE
Yossi Vardi is one of Israel's early entrepreneurs and has co-founded, lead, and participated in building over 60 high-tech companies.

Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ now sold to AOL. Yossi Vardi has an extensive government and public career, holding the position of Director General of the Ministry of Energy and Chairman of Israel's National Oil Company and Chairman of the Jerusalem Foundation.

Many of Yossi Vardi's investments have resulting in the company going public such as, Scopus, Granite, and Lasers with many being acquired. Yossi Vardi sits on the advisory boards of 3i and Amdocs and has served on boards of numerous state and private corporations including Bezeq, Israel Electric, and the Bank of Israel. He has also been an advisor to the CEO's of AOL, Amazon, and Allied Signal.

Yossi Vardi has received many awards, including the Prime Minister of Israel Hi-Tech award for life achievements on two occasions, the Industry prize, the Ramniceanu prize and C-E-O's Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.
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Erel Margalit


Erel Margalit - Jerusalem Venture Partners EVENING KEYNOTE
Erel is the founder and managing partner of JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners). Fifteen years ago Erel set the tone for Israeli venture capital investing by creating a new model that combined a hands-on management approach with international market creation strategies. Under Erel's leadership JVP helped build numerous technology companies that are today global enterprises with traction in Israel, United States, Europe and Asia. Consistently staying ahead of market trends, Erel anticipated the growing impact of media technologies and increased the firm's investments in that area during the past few years.

Currently, Erel focuses on media technologies, combining projects in the fields of animation and gaming that bring together engineers and artists into a new mode of thinking. He also invests in more traditional industries such as communications & networking, and enterprise software. Erel plays a direct role in creating and managing the global investment strategy for the firm and actively participates on the boards of several portfolio companies, including Cyber-Ark, Double Fusion, Magink and Sepaton.

Prior to founding JVP, Erel was the Director of Business Development for the City of Jerusalem under its former Mayor, Teddy Kollek. There he was instrumental in facilitating the arrival of more than 70 technology firms to the city, including Digital, IBM and many others that gave rise to the burgeoning technology community that drives the Israeli economy today. Erel holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University.
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Bob Rosenschein


Bob Rosenschein - Answers Corporation LUNCH KEYNOTE
Bob Rosenschein is the chairman and CEO of Answers Corporation (NASDAQ: ANSW).

Bob has over thirty years of software development, marketing and management experience. He worked for Data General, American Management Systems and the World Bank before moving to Jerusalem, Israel.

Bob founded Accent Software in 1988 and Answers Corp. (formerly GuruNet) in 1998. He consulted to Microsoft on the design and implementation of Middle Eastern (Hebrew, Arabic) Windows.

Bob is a recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister's Award for Software Achievement. Bob was born in Harrisburg, PA, in 1953. He graduated from MIT with a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 1976. is your free "one-stop shop" with instant information on over 4 million topics. delivers useful answers in a snap. Look up any word or phrase for the best definition or explanation on the Web. Not lists of links... just the information you're looking for. starts with 180 trusted titles from the most prestigious reference publishers, and adds a patented database technology, to give you the most comprehensive page available on a subject.

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Glenn Yago


Glenn Yago - Milken Institute OPENING REMARKS
Glenn Yago is Director of Capital Studies at the Milken Institute. He specializes in financial innovations, financial institutions and capital markets, and has extensively analyzed public policy and its relation to high-yield markets, initial public offerings, industrial and transportation concerns, and public and private sector employment.

In the area of capital access, Yago is creator of the Milken Institute's Capital Access Index, an annual survey that measures access to capital for entrepreneurs across countries, and co-creator of the Opacity Index, a measure of the openness of financial markets around the world, critical factors in determining a nation's economic health. Both indexes are referenced regularly in academic and business venues.

Yago has worked on financial innovations transfer and privatization projects in the Middle East since 1996, primarily in Israel and Jordan, and in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. His efforts were instrumental in the issuance of the first municipal bond in Israel's history to finance a development project in Tel-Aviv, and in spurring significant legislative amendments to democratize Israel's capital markets.

In the area of environmental finance, Yago's work focuses on developing financial innovations that monetize environmental goods and services. He organized "Financing Our Global Environmental Future," a 2001 conference co-sponsored by the Milken Institute, the U.N. Foundation and The Nature Conservancy; authored Financing Global Environmental Futures: Using Financial Markets and Instruments to Advance Environmental Goals (Milken Institute Policy Brief, 2001); and teaches environmental finance and urban economic development courses at the Tel Aviv University Recanati School of Business Administration. A central component of the 2002 environmental course was a feasibility study for financing restoration of the Yarqon River, an urban waterway that runs through seven municipalities in the most densely populated area of Israel. Yago is also a member of the California State Teachers' Retirement System Clean Technology Advisory Board, breaking new ground in the arena of environmental investing.

Before coming to the Institute, Yago was director of the Center for Capital Studies in New York, which he founded in 1992 to develop insight into the process of capital access and ownership change. He was a faculty member of the City University of New York Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Economics, and a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Business Government at Baruch College City University of New York.
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Jacob Dayan


Jacob Dayan - General Consul of Israel REMARKS
Jacob Dayan assumed the position of Consul General of Israel in October 2007. In this role, he is the senior representative of the State of Israel in the Southwestern United States.

Before assuming his post in Los Angeles, Mr. Dayan was selected to prepare a strategic plan on the feasibility of opening negotiations with Syria. Prior to this he served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom. In this position he had intimate involvement in policy formation, decision-making, and implementation. He was also responsible for Ministerial strategy development related to various diplomatic efforts and coordinated policy initiatives between Ministries. Previously he was the Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, where he was responsible for the Minister's work on US, Asia, East Europe, and Middle East affairs. He managed various projects related to Ministerial activities as well as diplomatic initiatives at the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. Dayan graduated Magna cum Laude from Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and History and has done graduate work in Historical Studies. He served in the Israel Defense Forces in a military intelligence capacity.
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Shahar Azani


Shahar Azani - Consul for Culture, Media, and Public Diplomacy REMARKS
Shahar Azani is the Consul for Culture, Media and Public Diplomacy at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles, arriving here after serving for 3 years as Israel's Deputy Ambassador to Kenya and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Headquarter in Nairobi.

In Jerusalem, Shahar used to work at the Legal Division and Division for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and before joining the diplomatic service Shahar practiced Law at Haim Zadok & Co., a leading law firm in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Shahar has a law degree (LLB) as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

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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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