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KEYNOTES

Interesting discussions with Visionaries, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and Smart Business people!

Each panel is a spirited discussion about breakthrough technology and design coming out of Israel and the business partnerships happening worldwide.  Be 'in the know' and personally meet the founders and CEOs of standout companies, senior executives of major corporations, and powerhouse VCs who are funding these amazing companies. 

Each panel grabs your attention and leaves you inspired, making you want to join the company, invest, become a customer, or call your business associates to tell them about the incredible technology.

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Yossi Vardi

The Israel Conference Co-Chair

Chairman

2013

Yossi Vardi is one of Israel’s early entrepreneurs and has co-founded, lead, and participated in building over 70 high-tech companies. Yossi Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging (IM) as the founding investor of Mirabilis, the creator of highly popular IM program ICQ sold to AOL in 1998. A number of Yossi’s investments have resulted in an IPO such as Answers.com, Scopus, Granite, and International Lasers Technology and some have been acquired by Microsoft, Cisco, Yahoo!, IAC, and Sierra Wireless. Yossi is twice the recipient of the Israel Prime Minister High Tech Award for Life Achievements. Yossi is the co-chair of The Israel Conference.

The Israel Conference

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-Os Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

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Nikesh Arora

Betting on Disruption

President, Global Sales Operations

2010

Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships. Since joining Google in 2004, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led Google’s global direct sales operations. He also developed and managed Google’s operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets and was responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of Google’s growing number of users and advertisers. Prior, he was Chief Marketing Officer at T-Mobile where he spearheaded product development, terminals, brand, and marketing activities of T-Mobile Europe.

Google

Google LLC is a global technology company specializes in internet-related services and products. The Company is primarily focused on web-based search and display advertising tools, search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google serves customers worldwide.

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Ynon Kriez

Making Digital Stars!

Executive Chairman

2013

Ynon Kreiz was formerly the CEO of Endemol, and joined Maker as an investor and chairman last year. Prior to joining Endemol, Kreiz was a General Partner at Balderton Capital and Chairman and CEO of Fox Kids Europe N.V. which he co-founded with Haim Saban.

Maker Studios

Maker Studios is a media company founded by YouTube artists. Maker is the only network that provides partners a full range of vertically integrated services including development, production, promotion, distribution, sales, and marketing.

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Jacob Dayan

Israel's Economic Outlook & State of Israel

Consul General

2009

Jacob Dayan is the Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles. He is the senior representative of the
State of Israel in the Southwestern United States. He prepared a strategic plan on the feasibility
of opening negotiations with Syria. He served as Chief of Staff to Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni and to former Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom.

Consulate General of Israel

The Consulate is an official office of the Government of Israel. It is responsible for coordinating relationships with national and local organizations in the Midwest Region, offices of public officials, businesses, and citizens.

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Steven Pressfield

The Lion's Gate

Author

2014

Steven Pressfield is the author of Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The Profession, The Lion’s Gate, The War of Art, Turning Pro, The Authentic Swing, Do the Work and The Warrior Ethos. His current book, The Lions Gate, focuses on the Israeli Six Day War. His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was adapted for screen in 2000, directed by Robert Redford and starring Matt Damon, Will Smith and Charlize Theron.

The Lion’s Gate

Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the war—fighter and helicopter pilots, tank commanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as well as women soldiers, wives, and others—bestselling author Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six Day War as you’ve never experienced it before: in the voices of the young men and women who battled not only for their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, and for the dreams of their ancestors

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Sigal Admony-Ravid

State of Israel

2011

Sigal Admony-Ravid is the Israel Consul for Economic Affairs to the West Coast with the responsibility to enhance bi-national trade relations between the local and Israeli business communities. Sigal began her career at the Ministry of Industry and Trade as the Deputy Director of the North American Department.

Israel Consul for Economic Affairs to the West Coast

The Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific South West has prioritized the increase of trade and economic ties between Israel and the States of the Pacific South-West of the United States of America.

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Raanan Horowitz

Flying High and Seeing Far with Innovations in Defense and Security

President and CEO

2011

Raanan Horowitz has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Elbit Systems Of America (ESA), a subsidiary of Elbit Systems since October 2007. Mr. Horowitz serves as a Consultant on the U.S. Army Science Board. Elbit Systems is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. They focus on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

Elbit Systems

We are an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world, primarily in the defense and homeland security arenas. We develop and supply a broad portfolio of airborne, land and naval systems and products for defense, homeland security and commercial applications.

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David Renzer

The Biz of Music and Entertainment Content

Former Chairman and CEO

2011

David Renzer, Former Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), was responsible for overseeing the activities of UMPG’s 57 offices in 47 countries. David led UMPG’s exponential growth through direct signings and catalogue acquisitions. Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to SVP and GM.

Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is the leading global music publisher. UMPG has acquired such catalogues as BMG Music Publishing, Zomba, Polygram, and Rondor catalogues.

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Jim Goldman

Profiting from the ‘Real’ Social Network

US Technology Practice Chair

2011

With over 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist for top-tier outlets like CNBC, TechTV, and ABC News, Jim Goldman has been called one of the most influential tech journalists and has won several industry awards. He was previously CNBC’s Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, coordinating and managing all technology and local coverage for the world’s top business cable news network.

Burson-Marsteller

Burson-Marsteller is a leading global communications firm providing counsel and program development across public relations, public affairs, digital media, and advertising.

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Jonathan Miller

The Name of the Game is Digital News

Chief Digital Officer, Chairman and CEO,
Digital Media Group

2011

Jon Miller is Chief Digital Officer, and Chairman and CEO, Digital Media Group for
News Corp. He drives the overall digital strategy with various operational heads, while
also overseeing all of News Corp.’s standalone digital businesses. Jon was previously a
founding partner of Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm focusing on digital
media and the consumer Internet space. Previously, Jon was Chairman and CEO of AOL.

News Corporation

News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in cable network;
filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other.

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Glenn Yago

Israel's Economic Outlook & State of Israel

Senior Fellow/Founder, Financial Innovations Lab

2009

Glenn Yago Senior Fellow/Founder Financial Innovations Lab Milken Institute. He heads the Milken Innovation Center at the Jerusalem Institute of Israel Studies and directs Fellows Program which places graduates in internships related to financial reform and economic development project.

Milken Institute

A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges and improve lives.

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Yossi Vardi

Fun and Creativity from Israel

Chairman

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Yossi Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging (IM) as the founding investor of Mirabilis, the creator of highly popular IM program ICQ sold to AOL in 1998. Many of Yossi’s investments have resulted in an IPO such as Answers.com, Scopus, Granite, and Lasers with many being acquired. Yossi sits on the advisory board of Amdocs.

The Israel Conference

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-Os Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

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Yoni Bloch

A Maze in Video

Founder

2011

Yoni is a successful Israeli musician, performer, and technology entrepreneur. As an early adopter of the Internet, Yoni released in 2003 his first album over the Internet. Since then, he has successfully launch various creative online initiatives through innovative means.

Interlude

Interlude designs, develops, and markets interactive video technology, allowing consumers to create in real-time, dynamic videos based on pre-recorded audio/video segments.

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Lior Suchard

Supernatural Entertainment

Mentalist

2011

Lior Suchard can delve into your innermost thoughts and knows what you are going to say even before you do. His outstanding performances of mind reading, thought influencing, predicting, and telekinesis have earned him international acclaim as a supernatural entertainer and mentalist from members of the public, to CEOs and Hollywood celebrities.

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Robert Rosenschein

Amazing Answers About Anything - Answers.com

2009, 2010

Bob Rosenschein is the chairman and CEO of Answers Corporation (ANSW). Bob founded
Accent Software in 1988 and Answers Corporation in 1998. Bob is a recipient of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Award for Software Achievement.
Answers.com and WikiAnswers.com provide users with the best online answers about anything.

Answers Corporation

Answers Corporation, doing business as Answers.com, provides educational information online. The Company provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, glossaries, thesauri and other reference works. Answers.com serves customers worldwide.

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Erel Margalit

Media in Motion - Animation and Content to Light up your Experience

2009

Erel Margalit is the founder and managing partner of JVP and created a new model that
combined a hands-on management approach with international market creation strategies.
Erel focuses on media technologies with projects in animation and gaming.

Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP)

JVP is a leading Israeli venture capital fund that is headquartered in Jerusalem."

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Yossi Vardi

The Secret Sauce of Israeli Creativity and Innovation

Chairman

2009

Yossi Vardi co-pioneered instant messaging (IM) as the founding investor of Mirabilis, the creator of highly popular IM program ICQ sold to AOL in 1998. Many of Yossi’s investments have resulted in an IPO such as Answers.com, Scopus, Granite, and Lasers with many being acquired. Yossi sits on the advisory board of Amdocs.

The Israel Conference

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-Os Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

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Bill Gross

Speaker Day 1

CEO

2014

Bill Gross started Idealab in 1996 to create, build and operate companies that challenge the status quo.

Idealab

Idealab has prototyped and tested hundreds of ideas, and from those, has formed and operated more than 125 companies spanning a wide range of markets. Idealab accelerates technology innovation and provides the infrastructure to help early stage technology companies succeed.

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Shirley Politzer

Culture Shift-The Motivations of Success

Chief Evangelist

2014

Shirley Politzer is a master connector and is always looking for ways to make the most of every encounter. She is passionate about learning, culture, interaction, & sharing knowledge.

LivePerson

LivePerson creates meaningful, real time customer connections that help businesses increase conversions and improve consumer experience.

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Alan Boehme

Speaker Day 1

Chief Enterprise Architect, Global Head of Emerging Technologies

2014

Alan Boehme provides leadership and oversight for several key areas within the Coca-Cola Companys Global IT organization.

Coca Cola

Coca-Cola is a carbonated soft drink sold in stores, restaurants, and vending machines throughout the world. It is produced by The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, Georgia, and is often referred to simply as Coke.

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Ori Eisen

Lasting Impressions

CEO

2015

Ori Eisen is an expert in fighting online crime, founding Trusona, 41st Paramater acquired by Experian, and previously the Worldwide Fraud Director for American Express.

Trusona

Trusona is a multi-factor security solution beyond the password cachieving assurance in digital identity.

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Peter MacLaggan

Hold the Salt!

SVP

2015

Peter MacLaggan has spent over 40 years in the water desalination and reclamation industry.

Poseidon Water

Poseidon bulds desalination facilities producing drinkable water from ocean water with technology developed in Israel.

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Mitch Garber

Speaker Day 2

President, CEO and Director

2014

Mitch Garber is the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company, a Caesars Nasdaq (CACQ) spinoff which controls Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s Las Vegas, The Cromwell Las Vegas, The Quad Las Vegas, Harrah’s New Orleans, and the future Horseshoe casino in Baltimore. He is also CEO of Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE). CIE owns the World Series of Poker and the rights to all interactive businesses worldwide for the Caesars casino brands which include Harrah’s, Caesars Palace, WSOP, and others.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment, Inc. is a gaming and hospitality company that owns and operates gaming facilities. Its principal operating activities are reported through geographic regions and reportable segments, including West, Midwest, South, East and Central.

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Jeff Pulver

Live Life Now!

Chairman

2015

Jeff is an Internet Pioneer who is known for helping to accelerate the worldwide acceptance of VoIP. He is also an early-stage investor in Israeli startups.

Zula

Zula is a Stealth mode Startup with a focus on “Revolutionizing Team Communication.”

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Raanan Horowitz

Speaker Day 2

President and CEO

2014

Raanan Horowitz has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Elbit Systems Of America (ESA), a subsidiary of Elbit Systems since October 2007. Mr. Horowitz serves as a Consultant on the U.S. Army Science Board. Elbit Systems is an international defense electronics company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world. They focus on the upgrading of existing military platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial aviation applications and providing a range of support services.

Elbit Systems

We are an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs throughout the world, primarily in the defense and homeland security arenas. We develop and supply a broad portfolio of airborne, land and naval systems and products for defense, homeland security and commercial applications.

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David Siegel

State of Israel

Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles

2012, 2015

David Siegel assumed the post of Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles in August 2011, where he serves as the senior representative of the State of Israel to the Southwestern United States.
Most recently, Mr. Siegel served as Chief of Staff to Israel s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In this role, he was involved in policy formulation and decision-making at the senior levels of Israel s foreign policy establishment.

Israel Consulate-General in Los Angeles

The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles is one of Israel’s largest diplomatic missions in the world. It covers the entire Southwest region of the United States including Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Dov Moran

Innnnnnnnovation!

Founder & CEO

2013

Dov Moran is known as the inventor of the USB flash drive, founder & CEO of M-Systems (which was acquired by SanDisk for $1.6B in 2006) and the founder & CEO of modu, which developed the concept of a modular cellular phone (its patents were acquired by Google).

Comigo

Comigo is the creator of new and exciting TV watching experience, providing internet based services, applications and social interactions related to the content you watch - whether it’s on the large screen (TV set) or the small screens (tablets and smartphones), or in both - at the same time.

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Robert LoCascio

A Global State of Mind

Founder and CEO

2013

Rob LaCasio founded LivePerson in 1997 and has led the company from its infancy into what it is today, a thriving company with global presence in New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Atlanta, London, Melbourne and Tel Aviv. Prior to LivePerson, Robert was the Founder and CEO of IKON (Sybarite Media, Inc.), a developer of interactive public kiosks.

LIVEPERSON

LivePerson, offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices.

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David Siegel

State of Israel

Consul General

2013

David Schlacht is Senior Director for Multimedia at DIRECTV. David works with the CTO to evaluate companies and technologies for future products. David was previously with NDS where he was VP of ITV and headed the NY office.

Israel Consulate-General in Los Angeles

The Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles is one of Israel’s largest diplomatic missions in the world. It covers the entire Southwest region of the United States including Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Yoram Yaacovi

Innovative Imagination - Thinking Outside the Windows

General Manager

2012

Yoram is responsible for all technological activities in Israel, including the R&D sites in Haifa and Herzeliya, new core R&D projects, partnering with the local venture-capital and start-up communities, and collaborating with Israeli academic institutions. Yoram previously headed the Amdocs Product Development Organization and later was COO of the Amdocs Products Group.

Microsoft Israel R&D

Microsoft Israel R&D Center is one of Microsoft's three strategic regional development centers, and home to some of the company's most exciting and innovative technologies.

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Yochai Rozenblat

Business Activism

CEO and President, Americas

2012

Yochai Rozenblat has served as President of the Americas for NICE Systems since September 2009. Yochai was previously President of the Enterprise Group in the Americas. Under his leadership, NICE dramatically grew its business in the Americas. From 2004 until 2008,
Yochai Rozenblat served as NICE’s Vice President of Sales, responsible for NICE’s Enterprise sales in the Americas. Before joining NICE, Yochai led the Enterprise Sales Team at Clarify,
the CRM division of Amdocs.

NICE Systems

NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE), is the worldwide leader of
intent-based solutions that capture and analyze interactions and transactions, realize
intent, and extract and leverage insights to deliver impact in real time.

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David Sable

Advertising on Fire

Global CEO

2012

David’s career in advertising began at Young & Rubicam (Y&R) in 1976. Later, he went on to Wells Rich Greene, then co-founded the award-winning Israeli agency Mimsar-Arielly. David then spent time at PR giant Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe, both parts of Young & Rubicam Brands. David was vice chairman and COO of Wunderman, responsible for managing the agencys global marketing services network. In 2011, David returned to Y&R, Young & Rubicam Brands’ largest division.

Young & Rubicam

Young & Rubicam is 6,500 people in 186 offices in 90 countries, all on a mission to Resist the Usual for our clients. Y&R believes the most powerful way to do that is to find the balance between our left- and right-brain thinking.

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Safra Catz

Empowering Business Worldwide

President

2010

Safra A. Catz has been President of Oracle Corporation since January 2004 and a member of the Board of Directors since October 2001. She served as Oracle’s Chief Financial Officer from November 2005 to September 2008, as Executive Vice President from November 1999 to January 2004, and as Senior Vice President from April 1999 to October 1999. In May 2008, Ms. Catz was also appointed to a three-year term as member of the board of directors for HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.

Oracle

Oracle provides the most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems.

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Moshe Lichtman

Building Israel’s Crown Jewels

Head of Israel R&D