Prime Minister of Israel
MK Mr. Ofir Akunis
Israel's Minister of Science, Technology and Space
Ofir Akunis was born in Tel Aviv in 1973. Prior to entering politics, he served in the IDF as a military journalist in the Department of the Head Educational Officer, and earned a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. A former spokesman for the Likud, he served as Media Consultant to Likud Chairman Netanyahu, Advisor to the Minister of Finance, and Advisor to the Minister of Justice. He was elected to the Knesset in February 2009, serving as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Chair of the Knesset Economic Affairs Committee, and a member of various other committees. In March 2013 Ofir Akunis was appointed Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office. In December 2014 he was also appointed Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection. In May 2015 he was appointed Minister and in September 2015, Minister of Science and Technology. He is married and a father of two.
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien
Chairman and Director, Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative Prime Minister's Office
Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtien serves as the Chairman and Director of the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative as of January 2017. Prior to this, she served as the Technology and Regulation Manager of the Initiative. In addition, Dr. Bonshtien serves in the Board of Directors of the Capsula Israeli Smart Transportation Center. She is also a member of the National Science Committee for Energy under the Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Bonshtien is a former Mimshak Fellow, a science and policy fellowship program which integrates scientific knowledge with decision making. Dr. Bonshtien holds a MSc and a PhD in Biochemistry from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
Michel Taride is the Group President of Hertz International covering all corporate and franchise operations across EMEA, APAC, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Michel began his career with Hertz in 1980 as Station Manager at Cannes Airport and over a 37 year period has progressed through the business holding numerous leadership positions in operational, commercial, country and divisional management.
Michel is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership, a non for profit organisation that supports education in many developing countries. Michel represents the Hertz Corporation as a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Michel currently resides in London with his wife and three children and is an accomplished musician, he also enjoys sailing and mountaineering.
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer & Board Member, NIO U.S. & NIO
Padmasree Warrior is based in San Jose, CA where NIO US is headquartered. Previously, Padmasree served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity, she was charged with aligning the company's technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic
partnerships. Previous to that she was the GM for Cisco Enterprise segment and coled
Cisco's worldwide engineering organization. Prior to joining Cisco, she was
executive vice president and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was
awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.
Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has
named her one of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" for three years running. In
2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference Award.
In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the "25 Most Influential Women in Wireless".
The Aspen Institute gave her the first Leadership in Science and Technology Award.
India's National Association of Software & Service Companies (NASSCOM) named her
the Global CTO Award winner. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of "50
Women to Watch." Fast Company included her among the "100 Most Creative People
in Business." The Economic Times listed her as "the 11th Most Influential Global
Padmasree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the
Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and a Master of Science degree in
Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
In addition to the company’s board, Padmasree serves on the board of Microsoft and
Spotify. She held previous board seats for Gap and Box.
Prof. Eugene Kandel
CEO, Start-Up Nation Central
Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems. Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, and played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy. Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading Finance and Economics journals. his research was instrumental in the 1997 redesign of the Nasdaq trading rules.
General Manager, SAIC Israel Innovation Center
Mr. Lu Haifeng is the General Manager of SAIC Israel Innovation Center. SAIC, ranked No. 46 in 2016's Fortune 500, is a well-known public listed company and the biggest auto corporation group in the People’s Republic of China. With the master degree of Mechanical Engineering and EMBA, Mr. Lu has twenty years’ experience in automobile sector globally. Mr. Lu has led R&D teams globally in leading vehicle OEMs as well as components companies within SAIC. Mr. Lu is also an expertise to lead production, purchasing and quality teams.
Acting Chief Scientist Ministry, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Israel
Dr. Bracha Halaf is the Chief Scientist, at the Ministry of Energy. Dr. Halaf holds Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. Bracha also serves as the Senior Manager of Oil Replacement, the Head of the National Coal Ash Board, a member of the Natural Gas Authority Council, and board member of the Israel-U.S BSF and BIRD-ENERGY. Dr. Halaf is a member of the National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology. She lives in Rehovot with her husband and 3 daughters.
Director General, Ministry of Environmental Protection
Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and a former entrepreneur and hi-tech CEO. Dancziger was born in Kfar Etzion. He enlisted in a pilots' course, and then continued with the Sayeret Matkal commando unit, before joining the paratroopers' sabotage squad, where he served as a team commander and deputy commander of the unit. In the reserves he served as the commander of a paratroopers unit. Dancziger studied in Ben-Gurion University, and founded and managaed Digital Fuel, which developed products for massive companies and was ultimately sold to VMware. During that time, he was also a partner in the establishment, investment, and recovery of other hi-tech companies. He is the author of "Yozma - Israeli Story" - the story of the creation of a global software company. Dancziger was active in the establishment and management of several organizations that work on behalf of children, youth, and families at-risk, as well as for the promotion of employment in the periphery. In 2014, he became one of the founders of the Kulanu political party. Since 2015, Mr. Dancziger has served as the Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. During his tenure, he led the Ministry to the forefront of the governmental stage, to actions and to achievements, including: reducing pollution and environmental risks to the public; reducing social gaps; and leading strategic revolutions in the fields of vehicular pollution, industrial energy production, waste, and more.
Philipp von Hagen
Member of the Executive Board of Porsche SE, Mitglied des Vorstands
Philipp is an executive board member of Porsche SE, a listed holding company and majority voting shareholder in Volkswagen AG (Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, VW, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN, and Scania). Porsche SE also owns PTV Group, a global market leader in intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management, and is a shareholder of INRIX, a global SaaS and DaaS company providing connected car services and transportation analytics. Philipp holds degrees in economics from the London School of Economics and the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Porsche SE in 2012 Philipp was an investment banker at Rothschild.
President, NNG Kft.
Mr. David Wiernik is a Co-founder of NNG Kft. and serves as its President. Mr. Wiernik has overseen the first full 3D digital mapping for entire Israel. He owns and manages several international software companies, specializing in navigation and GPS-related technologies, including NNG Kft., developer of the I-GO and NAV N GO solutions, the world's leading navigation software. He is the honorary consul of Hungary in Israel, the president if the Israeli Hungarian chamber of commerce who received the highest decoration by the Hungarian government ever given to non-Hungarian: “The officer of the Hungarian merit order”. He has over 40 years of experience. He served as a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor and began his career as an Airline Captain. Using his experience as a Senior Airline Captain, he played a part in defining the characteristics of GPS navigation in the aviation industry. Among his many business pursuits, he worked for the family company importing and exporting agricultural equipment and operates two international marketing companies for aviation products and engines.
Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research
Carlos is a professional with history of directing cutting-edge research programs, he served as research director in startup companies in Reno, Nevada and Principal Investigator for the US Department of Defense (USDOD) in Fort Rucker Alabama. Carlos also served as VP for R&D for a research institution and CFO for a medical startup company in New York. Carlos has developed, implemented and successfully executed large research programs sponsored by the USDOT and USDOD, including the Special Operation Command and Office of Naval Research. Additional research managing experience includes industrial programs in mining operations, semiconductor manufacturing and drug development. He holds a BSc in Systems Engineering from North-East University, Argentina; MSc in Biostatistics from New York Medical College, New York and a PhD in Health Science Research from Trident University International, California.
Managing Director Europe, ChargePoint
Christopher Burghardt is ChargePoint’s Managing Director for Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the company's European business. Chris joined ChargePoint from Uber where he was the head of policy and communications, EMEA. Prior to his role at Uber he led the global and emerging market expansion at First Solar, a provider of solar panels and utility-scale PV power plants. Other roles Chris has filled were as Vice President for Corporate Affairs for Western Europe at Anheuser-Busch InBev and as Vice President for Business Development and Marketing EMEA at Hill & Knowlton.
Managing Director, Copia Growth Partners
Eran recently led Delphi Automotive’s (now Aptiv) Autonomous Driving and Connected Services business unit, overseeing global engineering teams, business staff and wholly owned subsidiaries focused on providing hardware, software, algorithms and cloud services to transform future mobility.
Prior to Delphi, Eran was a senior executive for over 20+ years in Fortune 500 companies including Qualcomm, Cypress, Texas Instruments and Marvell. During this period Eran led global businesses, operations and M&A focused on server communications, storage, mobile handsets and Internet-of-Things (IoT) for consumer, automotive and industrial applications.
Deputy Director General, European Commission, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport
General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission
As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. She has pushed for sweeping technological advances, advocated for future planning, and built critical partnerships to position the region of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency in the U.S. that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.
Deputy Group Director at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore
Chris Leck is Deputy Group Director at the Land Transport Authority of Singapore, where he oversees the Autonomous Vehicle Programme Office.
Prior to this, he served in various capacities within the Singapore Public Service, including as Director of the Futures & Transformation Division at the Ministry of Transport and Director of Strategic & Political-Military Planning at the Ministry of Defence.
Chris graduated from the London School of Economics with a bachelor’s degree in government & economics, and also holds master’s degrees in international relations and international law from Columbia University, the Australian National University and Tel Aviv University.