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Fuel Choices Summit 2016 2-3 November, Habima Theater, Tel-Aviv

Agenda
Agenda
A gathering of the world’s most distinguished decision makers and business leaders in the field for a series of on-stage interviews, panel discussions, case studies and brainstorming sessions. Meet 500 professionals and get up-to-date on the latest thinking on scientific, regulatory, business and operational issues in alternative fuels and smart mobility.
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Exhibition
Exhibition
A cutting-edge exhibition of new and upcoming start-ups, as well as car manufacturers and alternative fuels companies at the forefront of implementing innovation in transportation.
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Business Contacts
Business Contacts
B2B and networking opportunities with over 200 entrepreneurs and startups working on smart mobility and alternative fuels solutions.
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Speakers
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
MK Mr. Yuval Steinitz
MK Mr. Yuval Steinitz
Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources
Yuval Steinitz is Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, in charge of Israel Atomic Energy Commission and a member of the Security Cabinet. He is a member of the Knesset from the Likud party.
MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
Israel's Minister of Science, Technology and Space
Ofir Akunis serves as a Member of Knesset for the Likud Party, and Minister of Science and Technology. His prior positions include Minister in the Communications Ministry, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, and Chair of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee.

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James Woolsey
James Woolsey
Chariman FDD; Former Director of The Central Intelligence Agency
R. James Woolsey is Co-Chairman of the United States Energy Security Council. He also Chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Shaul Meridor
Shaul Meridor
Director General, Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources
Shaul Meridor is General Manager of the Infrastructure, Energy and Water ministry in the Government of Israel. Previous to Shaul Meridor’s current position, he held the position of Deputy Director of the Budget Department of the Finance Ministry and led the economic plan & reforms of infrastructure sectors such as energy, transportation, aviation, water & agriculture.

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Shai Agassi
Shai Agassi
Founder, Better Place
Shai Agassi is a successful Israeli entrepreneur with proven track record who sold three of his startups for the aggregate sum of more than $500M+ in total. Agassi is most recognized for his role as founder of Better Place – a globally renowned leader in the EV space.

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Moshe E Ben-Akiva
Moshe E Ben-Akiva
Director, Intelligent Transportation Systems Lab, Edmund K. Turner Prof. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, MIT
Moshe Ben-Akiva holds a PhD degree in Transportation Systems from MIT and honorary degrees from the University of the Aegean, the Université Lumiére Lyon, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and the University of Antwerp. Moshe Ben-Akiva won numerous awards.

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Virgilio Cerutti
Virgilio Cerutti
Vice President, Business Development Central Coordination, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Currently Vice President Group Business Development at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, he has been CEO for Latin America at Magneti Marelli, the Company which first launched the Flex Fuel Technology in Brasil revolutionizing the Country’s energy matrix in transportation.

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Dr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping
Dr. Patrick Ho Chi Ping
Deputy Chairman and Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
HO Chi Ping Patrick is the deputy chairman and secretary general of China Energy Fund Committee, a think-tank devoted to public diplomacy, with special emphasis on energy. It is a charitable NGO with special consultative status from the United Nations Social and Economic Council.

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Joesph F. Mercurio
Joesph F. Mercurio
Manager - New Business Development, General Motors
Joseph F. Mercurio has over 20 years of global business development and technology experience and a unique track record of organically building new partnerships for major new energy initiatives.
Takao Asami
Takao Asami
Senior Vice President, Research & Advanced Engineering, Nissan
Takao Asami is the Senior Vice President at Nissan and is in charge of Technology Planning and Advanced Engineering at Nissan. Mr. Asami and his teams are working to establish efficient and effective development methodologies, processes and tools for testing and designing electrical systems.

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Elmar Frickenstein
Elmar Frickenstein
Senior Vice President for Fully AutomatedDriving and Driver Assistance, BMW Group
Elmar Frickenstein is Senior Vice President for Fully Automated Driving and Driver Assistance at BMW Group. This area was re-established as part of the realignment of the corporate strategy of BMW and combines research as well as advanced and series development for one of the central issues of the future – the "Fully Automated Driving".

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Dr. Sunita Satyapal
Dr. Sunita Satyapal
Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Sunita Satyapal is the Director for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She is responsible for the overall strategy, program execution and staff in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, including oversight and coordination of approximately $100 million per year in research, development, demonstration and deployment activities.

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Meital Lehavi
Meital Lehavi
Deputy Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo for transportation, construction and infrastructure
Meital Lehavi serves as a city council member since 2003 and as the deputy mayor since 2009.  Chairwoman of "Meretz" faction in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Winner of the 2016 "Green Globe" award for her life-long environmental activity.

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Mr. Yaxiao Liu
Mr. Yaxiao Liu
Chief Information Officer, CAR Inc.
Mr. Yaxiao Liu is the Chief Information Officer in CAR Inc., the leading rent-a-car and on demand chauffer services provider in China. Mr. Liu is in charge of IT innovations and operations. His interests include autonomous drive, deep learning, stream computing and IoT.

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Gal Luft
Gal Luft
Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Dr. Gal Luft is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) a Washington based think tank focused on energy security, and a senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council, a cabinet level exta governmental advisory committee. He is also co-chairman of the Global Forum on Energy Security. He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, energy security, natural resources and economic warfare.
Anne Korin
Anne Korin
Co-director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS)
Anne Korin is co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) and senior adviser to the United States Energy Security Council.

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Dr. Klaus Bonhoff
Dr. Klaus Bonhoff
Managing Director (Chair), NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology
Dr. Bonhoff is Managing Director (Chair) of NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. In addition he is an honorary member of the board of trustees of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Freiburg) and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (Stuttgart) as well as on the advisory boards of erdgas mobil (Berlin) and NEXT ENERGY EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e. V. (Oldenburg).

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Eyal Rosner
Eyal Rosner
Chairman, Fuel Choices Initiative, Israel
Chairman of Israel’s National Program for the Development of Substitutes for Oil in Transportation (Fuel Choices Initiative).

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Bracha Halaf
Bracha Halaf
Acting Chief Scientist Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Israel
Chief Scientist (Acting) and Senior Manager, Oil Replacement Program, at the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources. Dr. Halaf holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Eric Denhoff
Eric Denhoff
President and CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)
Eric Denhoff is the President of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He has served as Chief Negotiator for the Government of Canada; Deputy Minister of the Government of British Columbia and is a Director of the Energy Council of Canada and sits on the World Energy Council Communications Committee. 

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Shen Haiyin
Shen Haiyin
Co-founder and CEO of ZHICHEAUTO Technology co. LTD
Shen Haiyin, is the co-founder and CEO of ZHICHEAUTO technology co., LTD., focusing on researching, developing and manufacturing smart electric cars in China.

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Shahar Waiser
Shahar Waiser
Founder and CEO, Gett
Shahar Waiser is a serial entrepreneur. 2005 - Founded and successfully sold Loyalize, a start-up based in SF (acquired by Viggle). 2010 - Founded Gett - the largest international on-demand player by revenues, operating in 52 cities.

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Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien
Technology and Regulation Manager, Fuel Choices Initiative, Prime Minister's Office
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien is the Senior Manager of Technology and Regulation at the Fuel Choices Initiative, Israel's Prime Minister's Office. Dr. Bonshtien holds a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. In addition, Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making.

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Taras Wankewycz
Taras Wankewycz
Executive Director, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Taras Wankewycz has over 15 years' experience in business development, corporate venture capital and marketing consulting in France, Netherlands, UK and US. Taras also worked at Eastman Chemical, where he was developing new venturing opportunities within the Cleantech sector, with a focus on the EMEA region. Earlier in his career, he developed business across Europe for Frost & Sullivan’s Chemical practice as well as for Halogen Arkwright, a Scandinavian consulting firm. At Horizon, Taras was instrumental in the company’s fundraising, driving its distinct product designs, as well as international PR & marketing capability. Since February 2011, Taras took charge of Horizon's new venture focusing on high energy density fuel cell systems for aerospace/defense applications (Horizon Energy Systems in Singapore).
Lilac Amirav
Lilac Amirav
Assistant Professor, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
In 2011 Lilac Amirav joined the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry at the Technion as an Assistant Professor. She is also affiliated with The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute (RBNI) and the Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP), and an active member of the I-CORE - Israel Solar Fuels Consortium.

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Emanuel Peled
Emanuel Peled
Professor, School of Chemistry,
Tel Aviv University
Professor Emanuel Peled is the inventor and developer of the Solid-Electrolyte-Interphase (SEI) model. He pioneered the development of several electrochemical systems including: lithium/sulfur, alkali-metal/air batteries, hydrogen/tribromide, direct methanol and ethylene glycol fuel cells. Emanuel Peled was a co-founder of three energy-related startup companies.

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Lioz Etgar
Lioz Etgar
Senior lecturer, The Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Since 2012 Dr. Lioz Etgar has been a senior lecturer at the Institute of Chemistry, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Etgar’s research group focuses on the development of innovative solar cells. He has previously received a Marie Curie Fellowship, the Wolf Prize for young scientists and was recently awarded the prestigious Krill prize.

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Michel Bitton
Michel Bitton
Founder & CEO, EnergyOr Technologies Inc.
Michel Bitton is the founder, president & CEO of EnergyOr Technologies Inc. EnergyOr Technologies Inc. (2002) is a Montreal-based Canadian company that develops lightweight and compact PEM fuel cell systems for high value-added premium niche markets. EnergyOr holds several world records based on endurance flights with their fuel cell technology.

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Oren Shoval
Oren Shoval
CTO / Co-Founder, Via
Oren Shoval is Via's co-founder and CTO. 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. Oren holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Detlef Stolten
Detlef Stolten
Director, Institute of Electrochemical Process Engineering IEK‐3 Juelich Research Center
Professor Stolten is director of the Institute of Electrochemical Process Engineering at the Juelich Research Center (DE), holds the chair for fuel cells at the RWTH Aachen University and used to work for Bosch and Daimler Benz/Dornier.

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Dario Dekel
Dario Dekel
Associate Professor, Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Prof. Dekel has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry. In past years he was the General Manager of the Power Sources Department in Rafael Ltd., he was a co-founder and VP for R&D&E of CellEra, and recently joined the Technion, conducting R&D of fuel cells and redox flow batteries.

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Eiji Ohira
Eiji Ohira
Director, New Energy Technology Dept., New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Eji Ohira is Director at NEDO and in charge of NEDO’s fuel cell and hydrogen technology group.

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Lei Zhou
Lei Zhou
Partner, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting
Lei Zhou is a Partner at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting, Tokyo. Mr. Zhou has 14 years of consulting experience, specializing in strategy for cutting-edge and innovative technologies in fields related to automotive, electronics, ICT, and mobility.

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Thomas Jordan
Thomas Jordan
President, the Int'l Assn for Hydrogen Safety HySafe & Head of the Hydrogen Group, IKET, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Thomas Jordan is the president at the International Association for Hydrogen Safety HySafe and a senior scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology KIT. He is an expert in object oriented programming, plasma physics, structural and continuum damage mechanics and computational fluid dynamics.

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Piotr Zelenay
Piotr Zelenay
Project and Team Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dr. Zelenay has been associated with Materials Physics and Applications Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the last 13 years. He is currently a project/team leader, focusing primarily on fundamental and applied aspects of polymer electrolyte fuel cell science and technology, electrocatalysis, and electrode kinetics.

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Lior Elbaz
Lior Elbaz
Head, Israel Fuel Cells Consortium & Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Bar Ilan University
Lior Elbaz is the Head of the Israel Fuel Cells Consortium & Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Bar Ilan University. His research focuses on renewable energy, previously he worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA, a world leader in the development of fuel cell technology.

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About the Event
Hosted by the Israeli Prime Minister, we will meet on November 2nd and 3rd in Tel Aviv, Israel, to create a dialogue about the world’s most forward-thinking approaches to transportation technologies and future business models, and to promote Israel’s ambitious goal of reducing 60% of the country’s oil consumption by 2025.
The two-day event will feature:
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A gathering of the world’s most distinguished decision makers and business leaders in the field of alternative fuels for a series of on-stage interviews, panel discussions, case studies, and brainstorming sessions.
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A cutting-edge exhibition of new and upcoming start-ups, as well as car manufacturers and alternative fuels companies at the forefront of implementing innovation in transportation.
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An invitation-only Gala dinner hosted by the Prime Minister in which he will award the 2016 Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for a major breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels for transportation.
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