Agenda (5/4/2017)

Conference Agenda


Monday, May 22, 2017

New York City

8:30 am—



9:00 am—


Welcome Remarks

Isaiah (Shy) Arkin, Vice President, Research and Development, and Arthur Lejwa Professor of Structural Biochemistry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Director, Yissum

9:05 am—


Future Forecast

Exploring the most urgent challenges of the 21st century

Roger Kornberg, Nobel Laureate, Chemistry; Professor of Structural Biology, Stanford University

9:25 am—


The Startup Economy

New data on startup capital and the Israeli innovation pipeline

Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News

9:45 am—


The Landscape of Global Investment

Inside the financial services firms fueling the next wave of Israeli tech

Financial services companies are fueling Israeli innovation by connecting startups with multinational companies that can take technology to market and reap big rewards. What are the challenges and opportunities ahead for Israeli tech? What does the most recent wave of mega-acquisitions say about the future of the Israeli-U.S. investment pipeline? What large-scale investment trends will affect future success and create new opportunities for next-generation investors?

Inon Elroy, Israel's Economic Minister to North America

Barbara Goodstein, CEO and President, TIGER 21

Yifat Oron, CEO, LeumiTech

Moderator: Matthew Winkler, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Bloomberg News

10:15 am—


Morning Break

10:45 am—


Feast or Famine

Energy, agriculture and infrastructure for a crowded planet

Rising population and the scarcity of water, food and clean energy present significant global challenges. This session will explore data on the state of innovation in energy and environmental science and discuss how new investment opportunities can sustain a crowded planet.  

Catherine Wood, Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, ARK Investment Management

Jacob Worenklein, Chairman and CEO, US Grid Company

11:05 am—


The Health of Nations

Biological, agricultural, environmental and medical sciences that are saving the planet

Oded Shoseyov, Co-Founder, CollPlant, Melodea, Biobetter and Cannabi-Tech

11:20 am—



Innovations in materials science, marine transportation and healthcare

Meital Reches, Founder, NanoAF

11:35 am—


Inside Intel

Maxine Fassberg, Executive in Residence; Intel Vice President, Intel Capital

12:00 pm—



A special conversation with Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate, Economics; Author, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Aryeh B. Bourkoff, Founder and CEO, LionTree LLC

Introduction by Clive Kabatznik, Chairman, Datos Health

1:00 pm—


Blended Reality

Cognitive computing and the age of artificial intelligence

The World Economic Forum has proclaimed that the exponential pace of innovation and technological change around the world represents the emergence of a Fourth Industrial Revolution, “characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.” What does the new blended reality of human consciousness and an emerging network of machine intelligence mean for the future?  What technologies are poised to benefit most from the acceleration of the next industrial revolution?

Jack Hidary, Senior Advisor, Google X

Tomaso A. Poggio, Member of the Board, Mobileye; Director of the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, MIT

Adam Sager, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Canary

Moderator: Vijay Vaitheeswaran, China Business and Finance Editor, The Economist

1:30 pm—



The frontiers of biology and brain science

The opportunities for brain science to radically improve lives and contribute to social progress are limitless. Entrepreneurs at the forefront of this discipline have combined seemingly disparate research areas in new ways. This session highlights trends in computational neuroscience, which combines theoretical physics, advanced mathematics, and state-of-the art computer technology, as well as innovations in human brain imaging, biochemistry, cognitive psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Learn about the technologies that will be driving improvements in human cognition and brain health in the twenty-first century. 

Howard Morgan, Partner, First Round Capital

Hagai Bergman, Professor of Brain Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Moderator: Gillian Sandler, Managing Director, Galapont

2:00 pm—


The Big Hack

Surveillance and the future of cybersecurity

Cyber-terrorism is one of the most disruptive and destructive weapons of the twenty-first century. In today’s always-on, always-online world, it is relevant to everyone.  Governments, organizations, and lone criminals and terrorists all utilize cyber-terrorism in some form. The protection of computers, networks, and data from unintended or unauthorized access is imperative for national security as well as corporate security. Explore the global cybersecurity landscape and the ways in which it is being conquered by entrepreneurs and their startups as they develop technologies and systems to counteract cyber-terrorism. 

David Blumberg, Founder, Blumberg Capital

Daniel S. Goldin, Chairman, President and CEO, KnuEdge

2:30 pm—


Computer Vision

Teaching machines to see

Shmuel Peleg, Co-Founder, Briefcam and HumanEyes

2:45 pm—


Afternoon Break

3:05 pm—


Micro to Micro

How nanotechnology has created a fourth industrial revolution

Shlomo Magdassi, Award-winning inventor in 3D printing, solar energy, and bio-medical systems

3:20 pm—


A Quantum Leap from the Lab to High-Tech

Scaling breakthroughs in nanotechnology

Uri Banin, Founder, Qlight Nanotech

3:35 pm—


Igniting Innovation

Harnessing the Israeli innovation model to solve global challenges

Israel has long pioneered original solutions to some of the world’s most vexing challenges by integrating disciplines, technologies, sectors, talent, and financial vehicles. As we experience innovation at warp speed, how can we best leverage the Israeli innovation model to prepare today’s engineers, designers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to address tomorrow’s most urgent problems? What methods, tools and approaches can we use to foster creativity, promote a culture of discovery, advance transdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage a convergence of seemingly unrelated research areas?  

Itai Tsiddon, Co-Founder, Lightricks

Raphael Ouzan, Founder, BillGuard

Introduction and moderation by : Alexis Bonnell, Division Chief, Applied Innovation and Acceleration, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

4:00 pm—


Closing Keynote

Alan Patricof, Founder and Managing Director, Greycroft LLC

Moderator: Jason Kelly, New York Bureau Chief and Executive Editor, Bloomberg

4:20 pm—


Closing Remarks

Isaiah (Shy) Arkin, Vice President for Research & Development, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Marc O. Mayer, Head of North American Institutions, Schroders Investment Management


4:30 pm—


End of Conference


*Provisional program - subject to change*