Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Summit 2017 31 October - 1 November, Habima Theater, Tel-Aviv

2015 Event

Below you can see highlights from the 2015 Event in Tel-Aviv including information on the award winners for this year and the full list of speakers from the event.

We would like to express our thanks to everyone for attending the event.

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Speakers 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Secretary Anthony Foxx
Secretary Anthony Foxx
United States Secretary of Transportation
Anthony Foxx, nominated by President Obama, became the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation in 2013. As Secretary of Transportation, he leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees air, maritime, and surface transportation.

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MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
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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MK Mr. Avi Gabbay
MK Mr. Avi Gabbay
Minister of Environmental Protection
Mr. Avi Gabbay (born 22 February 1967) was appointed Minister of Environmental Protection on May 14, 2015. He is a member of the Kulanu party but is not member of the Knesset. Gabbay is married and has three children.

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Prof. John B Goodenough
Prof. John B Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering
John Goodenough joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He is known around the world for his pioneering work that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. He identified and developed the critical materials that provided the high-energy density needed to power portable electronics, initiating the wireless revolution.

The winner of the 2015 SAMSON - PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZE FOR INNOVATION IN ALTERNATIVE FUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION.

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Dr. Jay D Keasling
Dr. Jay D Keasling
University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Jay D. Keasling is a Professor of Chemical engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chief executive officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in synthetic biology, especially in the field of metabolic engineering.

The winner of the 2015 SAMSON - PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZE FOR INNOVATION IN ALTERNATIVE FUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION.

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Mr. Mineyuki Fukuda
Mr. Mineyuki Fukuda
House of Representatives of the National Diet of Japan
Mr. Fukuda is a member of House of Representative, Japan. He assumed the position of the Special Advisor to the Minister of State, Cabinet Office. Under his capacity, he takes leadership for hydrogen energy initiative and My Number System.

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Ziv Aviram
Ziv Aviram
Co-founder, President and CEO of Mobileye and OrCam
In 1999 Mr. Ziv Aviram co-founded Mobileye, an Israeli company developing a system-on-chip and computer vision algorithms for a driving assistance system, providing a full range of active safety features using a single camera.

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Dr. Joachim Kolling
Dr. Joachim Kolling
Vice President Energy Services, BMW Group
Dr. Joachim Kolling specializes in developing future digital services for BMW Group. He was part of BMW´s project in developing the mega city vehicle and co-founded DriveNow, carsharing services.

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Nadine LeClair
Nadine LeClair
Senior Vice President of Vehicle Engineering Develpment, Renault Group
Ms. Nadine LeClair serves as Expert Fellow of Renault since April 2015 after serving as Senior Vice-President of Vehicle Engineering Development of Renault. On September 1, 2008, she was appointed to Renault's Management Committee.

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Dr. Michael A. Tamor
Dr. Michael A. Tamor
Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Energy Systems & Sustainability, Ford Motor Company
Dr. Tamor’s responsibilities include studies of global vehicle usage and future mobility needs, the evolving integration of the stationary and mobile energy economies, and the potential for commercialization of renewable fuel. Dr. Tamor is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has published over 70 refereed journal articles, authored chapters in four books, and holds 56 US patents.

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Anja van Niersen
Anja van Niersen
CEO, Allego BV
Anja van Niersen has been CEO of Allego since 2013. She brings vast product management & product development experience from her years working at Atos Origen and Alliander. At Allego mission is to enable zero emission mobility for a sustainable world.

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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. Don Hillebrand
Dr. Don Hillebrand
Director, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratories
Dr. Don Hillebrand is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s Energy Systems Division. The Energy Systems Division develops technologies to improve the efficiency of resource and energy utilization; to minimize our dependence on imported energy; and to enhance national security.

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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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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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Andrej Heinke
Andrej Heinke
Future Research and Technology Strategy (CR/FUR), Bosch GmbH
Andrej Heinke is Director of Future Research and Technology Strategy at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. His topics include megatrends and mobility scenarios.

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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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Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux
Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux
President, Oberon Fuels
Rebecca Boudreaux, Ph.D. is President of Oberon Fuels, a US company making DME as a cleaner, alternative to diesel. Earning a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering, she has led companies in the clean-tech and life sciences sectors.

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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.
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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Gerald Jay Sanders
Gerald Jay Sanders
Chairman and CEO, SkyTran Inc
Gerald Sanders, the Chairman and CEO of SkyTran Inc., a NASA Space Act company, is the subject of a popular Harvard Business School case study. He serves as an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Graduate School of Business.

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Prof. Moti Herskowitz
Prof. Moti Herskowitz
Director, Blechner Ctr for Ind. Catal. & Proc. Devel., BGU, Israel
Moti Herskowitz is professor of chemical engineering and researcher in the fields of advanced materials, heterogeneous catalysis and renewable fuels. He established the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development in 1995, published over 130 papers and 24 patents, many of them related to the production of renewable and sustainable fuels.

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Dr. Donald L. Smith
Dr. Donald L. Smith
Director and CEO, BioFuelNet Canada; Director, McGill Network for Innovation in Biofuels and Bioproducts
During 30 years at McGill University Donald L. Smith (James McGill Professor, in plant-microbe interactions) has produced 65 graduate students, 295 papers, 11 patents, a spin-off company, widely deployed commercial technologies and he leads BioFuelNet Canada ($12 million per year).

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Dr. Giovani De Santi
Dr. Giovani De Santi
Director, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
Giovanni De Santi is the director of the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) at the Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The mission of the JRC-IET is to provide the EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support to ensure sustainable, safe, secure and efficient energy production, distribution and use and to foster sustainable and efficient transport in Europe.

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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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Daniel Amir
Daniel Amir
Managing Director, Technology Equity Research, Ladenburg Thalman
Mr. Amir is a Managing Director at Ladenburg Thalmann and covers the IoT and Hardware sector. Previously he worked at Lazard, WR Hambrecht and J.P. Morgan. Mr. Amir received his M.B.A. from UCLA and his BA from the Hebrew University.

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Dr. Hanno Butsch
Dr. Hanno Butsch
Head, International Cooperation at National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology GmbH
Mr. Butsch began his professional career at Freudenberg-Nok General Partnership (FNGP) where he was managing the fuel cell laboratory in Plymouth, MI, USA. In June 2012 he joined the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW GmbH) and is responsible for International Cooperation including development of intergovernmental and industrial exchange.

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Dr. Michael Lindenbaum
Dr. Michael Lindenbaum
Vice President of Technology, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.
Michael Lindenbaum is the Vice President of Technology for Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian company that is focused on the development and commercialization of Brassica carinata as a dedicated energy feedstock crop.

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Eric Feunteun
Eric Feunteun
Electric Vehicle Global Program Director, Renault Group
Eric Feunteun has 17 years experience in Renault operations. Recently he served as COO’s Chief of Staff. After 2 years as Deputy Program Director for Electric Kangoo and Twizy, he took over Renault Electric Vehicles Global responsibility in 2015.

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Dr. John W. Richmond
Dr. John W. Richmond
Group Chief Engineer – Mechanical Systems, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Tata Sons
John is Chief Engineer – Mechanical Systems in the Tata Group Technology Office (GTO). The GTO is responsible for technology strategy for the Tata Group as well as and developing and delivering innovative products and services. John has a background of working upon sustainable transportation and was one of the organisers of the recent 1st Indian Conference on Sustainable Fuels.
Tom De Vleesschauwer
Tom De Vleesschauwer
Transport & Mobility Practice Leader; Director of Long Term Planning & Sustainability, IHS Automotive
Tom is the leader of the Transport & Mobility practice at IHS Automotive, where he directs the long-term planning & sustainability activities. After nearly two decades of involvement in the automotive industry, he currently focuses on mobility sector projects.

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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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Dr. Veit Steinle
Dr. Veit Steinle
Director-General, Departmental Policy Issues, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
Dr. Veit Steinle holds the position of Director-General, Departmental Policy Issues at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) since 2010. Dr. Steinle studied Political Science, Geography and Sociology and holds a doctorate in Philosophy.

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Dr. Emma J. Silke
Dr. Emma J. Silke
Head of Strategy & Business Development, ESB ecars
Dr. Silke is Head of Strategy & Business Development at ESB ecars, owner and operator of the EV charging infrastructure in Ireland, and advancing commercial electromobility opportunities in Ireland and elsewhere. Having earned a PhD in combustion engineering, she has worked internationally in the energy and utility sector for over 10 years.

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Saar Shafir
Saar Shafir
Deputy Managing Director, Fuel Choices Initiative
The Initiative aims to serve as a catalyst for reduction of dependency on crude oil by establishing Israel as a center of knowledge and industrial best practices in the field of fuel alternatives and smart mobility.

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Itamar Orlandi
Itamar Orlandi
Head of Applied Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Itamar serves as Head of Applied Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He works with the firm's sector experts and economic modelling teams, providing customized research on renewable energy, commodity markets and business strategy.

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Jambu Palaniappan
Jambu Palaniappan
Regional General Manager, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Uber
Jambu Palaniappan is the Regional General Manager for Uber in the Middle East, Africa and Central Eastern Europe. In this role, Jambu oversees market strategy, expansion and operations for over 25 cities in the region.

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Zviya Baron
Zviya Baron
Principal, PetroQuantum B.V. and Consultant to the National Energy R&D Council, MOLMOP
Ms. Zviya Baron, an energy innovation and policy expert is principal at PetroQuantum, and serves as the advisor of the National Energy committee at the Israeli National R&D Council. She is specialized in designing policies and strategies to promote energy innovation.

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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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Dr. Efrat Oron
Dr. Efrat Oron
Scientific advisor, Mimshak Fellow, Fuel Choices Initiative
Dr. Efrat Oron is the Director of Research and Outreach at the Manna Center for Food safety and security in Tel Aviv University. Dr. Oron was a scientific advisor at the Fuel Choices Initiative.

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Jean-Michel Lavoie
Jean-Michel Lavoie
Département de génie chimique et de génie biotechnologique, Université de Sherbrooke
Pr Jean-Michel Lavoie is the Chairholder of the Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biocommodities (CRIEc-B) at the Université de Sherbrooke as well as leader of the Themochemical Biorefinery Task Force and the Gasification project in the BioFuelNet network.

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2015 Agenda

 

Program in PDF 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

12:00 - Registration

13:00 Opening and Welcome Remarks

13:05 – 13:25 The Ecosystem of Energy and Mobility - Eyal Rosner, Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices Initiative, Prime Minister's Office

13:25 – 13:45 Samson Prize Winner - Prof. Jay Keasling, Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Berkeley; CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute

13:45 - 14:05 Samson Prize Winner - Prof. John GoodenoughVirginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin

14:05 – 14:45 Alternative Fuels, Smart Solutions and the Regulators – Moderated Panel Discussion
The decline in oil prices since 2014 created a more challenging economic environment for alternative fuels. At the same time, an increasing emphasis is put on implementing cleaner transportation solutions. This panel will address the role of the regulator, the challenges and opportunities in this new environment.

                Moderator: Anne Korin, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
                •    Dr. Patrick Ho, Secretary General, China Energy Fund Committee
                •    Dr. Giovanni De Santi, Director, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
                •    Dr. Veit Steinle, Director-General, Departmental Policy Issues , German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
 
15:00 – 15:20 Japan’s Hydrogen Society - Mineyuki Fukuda, Chief Secretary of LDP Research Commission on Natural Resources and Energy Strategy and LDP Hydrogen Society Promotion Subcommittee, National Diet of Japan
 

15:20 – 16:40 The Future of Energy in Automotive- New Fuels, Powertrains, Smart Technologies and Business Models 
Automotive industry experts will present their vision on the future of energy in the automotive industry, discussing how alternative fuels and powertrains, and smart mobility solutions and new business models will shape the future.

                 15:20  Tom De Vleesschauwer, Director of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, IHS Automotive
                 15:40  Nadine LeClair, Senior Vice President, Expert Fellow, Renault Group
                 16:00  Dr. Mike Tamor, Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Energy Systems & Sustainability, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering Ford
                 16:20  Dr. Joachim Kolling, Vice President Energy Services, BMW Group
 
 

 

17:00 Transportation to gala dinner (by invitation only) at the Intercontinental Hotel

18:00 Gala night reception

19:00 – 21:30 Gala dinner and prize ceremony

 

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

08:00- Registration

08:30 – 09:45 Smart Mobility Innovation Session - Hosted by US Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Anthony Foxx
Israeli startups presenting innovative technologies followed by a panel discussion between US Secretary of Transportation Antony Foxx and Israeli experts in the field

                Moderator: Eyal Rosner, Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices Initiative

                •    Nir Erez, Founder and CEO, Moovit
                •    Nir Sasson, Founder and CEO, Autotalks
                •    Yahal Zilka, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Magma Venture Partners

 

09:45 – 10:00 Opening Address - MK Avi Gabai, Minister of Environmental Protection, Israel

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Innovation in Smart Mobility- Disruptive Technologies and Business Models

A series of lectures and panel discussions about emerging technologies and new business models that will impact the way we consume transportation and use energy in transportation – from autonomous driving, to the sharing economy and synchronized transportation systems.    

10:00 – 10:20 Ziv Aviram, CEO and Co-Founder, Mobileye

10:20  10:35 Shahar Waiser, CEO and Founder, Gett

10:35 - 10:50 Jambu Palaniappan, Regional General Manager - Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, Uber

10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break

11:10  11:45 The Impact of Smart Mobility Solutions for Transportation – Moderated Panel Discussion

                  Moderator: Itamar Orlandi, Head of Applied Research, Bloomberg New Energy Finance 

                  •    Dr. Andrej Heinke, Director, Corporate Foresight and Technology Strategy, Robert Bosch GmbH 
                  •    Daniel Amir, Managing Director, Technology Equity Research, Ladenburg Thalman
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Dr. Oren Shoval, Co-Founder and CTO, Via
 

11:45 - 11:55 Jerry Sanders, CEO, Skytran

 

Electric Mobility Session

12:00 - 12:20 Don Hillebrand, Director, Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratories, US Department of Energy

12:20 – 13:00 Shaping the New Electric Mobility Environment – Moderated Panel Discussion
Electric mobility presents new opportunities and challenges to transportation systems, as vehicles, charging infrastructure and information technologies are developing and business models are adapting to consumer needs. Actors along the electric mobility value chain will discuss how the electric mobility environment is shaping.

            Moderator: Saar Shafir, Deputy Managing Director, Fuel Choices Initiative 
            •    Eric Feunteun, EV Global Program Director, Renault Group
            •    Anja van Niersen, General Manager, Allego BV
            •    Dr. Hanno Butsch, Head, International Cooperation at National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology GmbH
            •    Dr. Emma Silke, Head of Strategy & Business Development, ESB ecars

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break

 

TRACK A - Rovina Hall

13:45 - 14:30 "Starter" Research Presentations
This session will be composed of latest innovative academic research in the field of alternative fuels and alternative mobility. Ted-style presentations will be given by leading Israeli researchers from different universities and research centers. 

                Moderator: Dr. Efrat Oron, Director of Research and Outreach, Manna Center for Food Safety and Security,
                Tel Aviv University and Scientific advisor, Fuel Choices Initiative

                •    Dr. Iftach Yacoby, Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University - Hydrogen Farms
                •    Dr. Brian Rosen, Senior Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tel Aviv University - Intelligent Design of 
                      Energy Conversion Catalysts
                •    Dr. Alex Schechter, Head of the Lab for Fuel Cells& Electrochemistry, Department of Biological Chemistry, Ariel University - Advance 
                      Materials for Next Generation Fuel Cells Powered Vehicles
                •    Mr. Arnon Poran, The Internal Combustion Engines Laboratory, Technion - Advanced propulsion system with high energy efficiency and
                      zero-impact emissions fed by an alternative fuel
                •    Mr. Asa Ziv, CEO, NrgStorEdge - Accelerating Zero-emission Transportation Market

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Liquid Fuels - From Lab to Application

14:30 – 15:15 Future of Synthetic Fuels - Moderated Panel Discussion
Synthetic  fuels, especially those produced from feedstock such as natural gas and biomass, could potentially have a significant effect on dependence on crude oil, energy security, economics and environment. In this session, we will hear from leading business and research speakers on their latest developments which turn this potential into reality.

               Moderator: Dr. Bracha Halaf, Acting Chief Scientist Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Israel
               •    Virgilio Cerutti, Vice President, Business Development Central Coordination, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles 
               •    Dr. Rebecca Boudreaux, President, Oberon Fuels
               •    Prof. Moti Hershkowitz, Director, Blechner Center for Ind. Catal. & Proc. Development, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
               •    Dr. John Richmond, Group Chief Engineer – Mechanical Systems, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Tata Sons


15:15 – 16:00 Future of Bio Fuels - Moderated Panel Discussion
Advanced biofuels technologies are currently being deployed around the world. Whether if the feedstock is agricultural residues or solid municipal wastes, many questions are raised regarding the economic viability as well as the LCA of these fuels.
This panel will shed light on the potential of these technologies regarding technological and economic feasibility. Different aspects will be raised both on the feedstock side as well as the conversion to fuels. In addition, the panel will discuss what is the role of the academic R&D in helping achieve the technological and economic goals that are set by different stakeholders.

                Moderator: Dr. Anat Bonshtien, Technology and Regulation Manager, Fuel Choices Initiative, Prime Minister's Office
                •    Dr. Donald Smith, Biofuelnet Canada
                •    Dr. Michael Lindenbaum, VP of Technology, Agrisoma Biosciences
                •    Dr. Jean-Michel Lavoie, Associate Professor ,Sherbrooke University
                
•    Zviya Baron, Principal, PetroQuantum B.V.

 

 

TRACK B - Bertonov Hall


13:45 - 15:00 B2B Session


15:00 – 17:00  Israel Smart Mobility Entrepreneurship 

The Smart Transportation Accelerator, part of the Center for Innovation in Transportation at the Porter School, Tel Aviv University, is holding its Demo Day for graduating round of startups, followed by the final stage competition for the next round. Join us for pitches of entrepreneurs working on smart mobility solution.

Demo day presenters: Bike Storming; Guardian; MPT; ParkLife; Security in Motion; Turbo Gen

Finalists for Accelerator Program: 3D Sense; RetSeco; Sidewalk; La'Zooz; NrgStorEdge; Multi modal routing algorithm; Delivero; GreenQ; BambooBike; Kaproolz; H2Go

 

2015 Award

The winners of the 2015 SAMSON - PRIME MINISTER’S PRIZE FOR INNOVATION IN ALTERNATIVE FUELS FOR TRANSPORTATION  are announced -
The $1 million prize is the largest monetary prize awarded in the field of alternative energy 

On Oct. 7th , Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Science, Technology and Space Minister, Ofir Akunis announced the winners of the 2015 Samson-Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation:      

Professor Jay D. Keasling from the university of California, Berkeley, USA and Professor John B. Goodenough from  the University Texas at Austin, USA, who share the Prize equally.  These two distinguished scientists have been awarded the prestigious Prize for their innovative scientific and technological contributions that have the potential to lead to the development of alternative fuels for transportation, replacing the fast depleting fossil fuels which are the major fuels used nowadays in transportation.  This is the third time this prize has been awarded by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and Keren Hayesod.

The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister Prize, of one million dollars, is the world’s largest monetary prize awarded in the field of alternative energy and is granted to scientists who have made crucial advancements to the field.  The winners were selected from a distinguished list of worthy candidates nominated for the Prize by university presidents, heads of leading research institutes and CEOs in industry, from Israel and around the world.  The winners were selected by a panel of judges composed of international leading experts in the field of alternative energy who submitted their recommendation for approval to the board of trustees of the Prize, chaired by former Technion President, Professor Yitzhak Apeloig. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "This is the largest and most distinguished prize in the field, represents the highest esteem to the researchers for their efforts and support major technological breakthroughs in the field of alternative fuels for transportation".

Minister of Science, Technology and Space, Ofhir Akunis said:  “This prize symbolizes the commitment of the State of Israel to the advancement of the field of alternative fuels, which is of utmost importance to every aspect of our live here - to Israel’s economy, security, scientific research and society".

Professor Apeloig shortly described the innovations developed by the two Prize laureates:  The first recipient, Jay D. Keasling is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chief executive officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute which is the largest in the field in the USA. Professor Keasling pioneered the engineering of microorganisms to transform cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbon biofuels that directly replace gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Prof. Keasling achieved this scientific breakthrough by constructing biochemical pathways inside microorganisms to produce hydrocarbons with properties similar to those of fossil fuels while minimizing genetic alteration of the microbe and reducing the toxicity of the fuel to the engineered microorganism by expressing cellular “pumps” to export the fuel out of the microbe's cells. These major breakthroughs have already enabled production of hydrocarbon biofuels from cellulose which are now being used in buses and planes. A major advantage of Keasling’s technologies is that there is no need to alter the existing transportation infrastructure, which has the potential to save the world billions to trillions of dollars. 

The second recipient is Professor John B. Goodenough, from the University of Texas at Austin.  Professor Goodenough is a pioneer and giant in the field of Li-ion batteries. His inventions lead to the present high energy Li-ion batteries technology which is being applied on a large scale worldwide to power both electric cars and wireless devices. Goodenough identified the materials which serve as the cathode oxides in Li-ion batteries. These oxide materials and the fabrication of discharged cells developed by Goodenough are used in the Li-ion batteries which provide electric power to the fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars, as well as in wireless devices.  Professor Goodenough continues to develop the technology of Li-ion batteries as well as other types of batteries, which may further enhance the use of electric cars replacing fossil fuel cars. 

Professor Yitzhak Apeloig, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated:  “The basic scientific discoveries and the technological developments made by the Prize recipients have helped humanity advance one step closer to the moment in which fossil fuels for transportation will be  replaced by other sources “.

The Board of Trustees that reviewed the recommendations for the prize and oversaw the selection of the winners included in addition to renowned scientists also:  Prof. Eugene Kandel – former head of the National Economic Council; Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, Prof. Nurit Yirmiya; Chairman of Keren Hayesod, Modi Zandberg and a representative of the donor’s family.

The prize will be presented to the two laureates on Nov. 10th of this year, as part of the International Conference, Fuel Choices Summit, which is being organized by the Fuel Choices Initiative at the Prime Minister’s Office, spearheaded by Eyal Rosner and Keren Hayesod.  The Summit, will gather business people, entrepreneurs, scientists and government officials from around the world, to discuss effective ways to reduce the use of crude oil in transportation.

Fuel Choices Initiative Director, Eyal Rosner: “Israel is expanding its efforts to dramatically decrease the world’s dependence on oil in transportation. For the third year, the Fuel Choices Summit will bring together policy makers, business leaders, financiers, researchers and entrepreneurs in the fields of alternative fuels and smart transportation, for 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".

Prof. John B Goodenough
Prof. John B Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering

John Goodenough joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He is known around the world for his pioneering work that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

He identified and developed the critical materials that provided the high-energy density needed to power portable electronics, initiating the wireless revolution. Today, batteries incorporating Goodenough’s cathode materials are used worldwide for mobile phones, power tools, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles.

Goodenough currently serves as the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair of Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austinhe. He is the recipient of numerous national and international honors, including the Japan Prize (2001), the Enrico Fermi Award (2009), the Charles Stark Draper Prize (2014) and the National Medal of Science (2011).

 

Prof. Jay D Keasling
Prof. Jay D Keasling
University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jay D. Keasling is a Professor of Chemical engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chief executive officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in synthetic biology, especially in the field of metabolic engineering.

Prof. John B Goodenough
Prof. John B Goodenough
Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering

John Goodenough joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1986. He is known around the world for his pioneering work that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

He identified and developed the critical materials that provided the high-energy density needed to power portable electronics, initiating the wireless revolution. Today, batteries incorporating Goodenough’s cathode materials are used worldwide for mobile phones, power tools, laptops, tablets and other wireless devices, as well as electric and hybrid vehicles.

Goodenough currently serves as the Virginia H. Cockrell Centennial Chair of Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austinhe. He is the recipient of numerous national and international honors, including the Japan Prize (2001), the Enrico Fermi Award (2009), the Charles Stark Draper Prize (2014) and the National Medal of Science (2011).

 

Prof. Jay D Keasling
Prof. Jay D Keasling
University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jay D. Keasling is a Professor of Chemical engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and chief executive officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in synthetic biology, especially in the field of metabolic engineering.

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