weekly training sessions
Each week the fellows meet as a group to learn from Israeli and international policymakers, researchers and business leaders and to experience group learning.
The fellows gain priceless insight and knowledge as they interact weekly with senior thought leaders, build professional networks, expand their horizons and perfect their research skills.
The exclusive weekly seminar, which allows small-group interaction, is not open to the public. Below is a sample of the high-level speakers featured at these gatherings.


Hon. Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel
Topic: Envisioning Israel’s Future (visit to the president’s residence)

Michael Milken, Chairman, Milken Institute
Topic: Access to Capital

Sir Ronald Cohen, Founder, Apax Partners, and Chairman, Portland Trust
Topic: Social Impact Investment: Which Models Work?

Galit Cohen, Deputy Director-General for Planning and Sustainability, Environmental Protection Ministry
Topic: Strategic Planning at the Ministry

Guy Rolnik, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TheMarker.com
Topic: Israel’s Future and the Role of Business Media in Responsible and Constructive Public Debate

Dr. Orna Berry, former Chief Scientist and Director of the Industrial R&D Administration, Ministry of Industry and Trade, former Venture Partner at Gemini Israel Funds. Since 2011 she is Vice President at EMC Corporation and manager of the company’s center of excellence in Israel
Topic: Science and Technology Policy

Bruce Cahan, Ashoka Fellow, and CEO and co-founder, Urban Logic
Topic: Ethical Finance Policy in the Middle East

Anat Naschitz, Managing Director, OrbiMed Advisors LLC
Topic: Israeli Life Sciences – What a Little Help From the Government Can Do

Chagit Rubinstein, Program Director, Microenterprise Initiative, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF)
Topic: Challenges and Opportunities – Microfinance in Israel

Isaac (Itzik) Devash, Entrepreneur, and Prof Avi Ben Bassat, Economics Professor, Hebrew University, and former Director-General, Ministry of Finance
Topic: Concentration and Competition in the Israeli Economy

Dr. Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security
Topic: Turning Oil Into Salt – The Global Need for Fuel Choice

Dr. Gitit Gur-Gershgoren, Chief Economist, Israel Securities Authority
Israel’s Capital Market and the Work of the ISA

Prof. Barry Klein, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, Davis
Topic: UC Davis West Village:  A Sustainable City Projected to Use Zero Net External Energy

Dr. Clive Lipchin, Director of Research, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Topic: World Bank Red Sea–Dead Sea Conduit Feasibility Study

Dr. Eyal Solganik, Executive Vice President and CFO, IDB Holding Group
Topic: Analytical Problem-Solving for Business and Finance

Prof. Yishay Yafeh, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Hebrew University
Topic: Corporate Governance

Elinor Cohen-Rottenberg, former Legal Advisor, Ministry of Finance Economic Mission in New York, and attorney, Meitar Liquornik Geva & Leshem Brandwein
Topic: Raising Israel’s External Debt, Bonds and the Work of the Israeli Finance Delegation in the U.S.

Dr. Gal Alon, Co-Founder and CEO, Insights, and former Advisor for Strategic Development, Prime Minister's Office
Topic: Social Policy Vs. Financial Policy

Zvika Arran, Founder, Midot
Topic: Why Philanthropists and Society Need Tools to Measure Efficiency, Effectiveness and Promoting Transparency in the Nonprofit World

Assaf Shamia, Co-Founder, Orr Ventures
Topic: Community Development Venture Capital

Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University; former Head, National Economic Council, Prime Minister’s Office
Topic: Socio-Economic Gaps in Israel

Dr. Michel Strawczynski, Assistant Director, Research Department, Bank of Israel
Topic: The Corporate Survey

Dr. Akiva Offenbacher, Director, Monetary Department, Bank of Israel
Topic: Monetary Policy

Yael Almog, Director of International Affairs, Israel Securities Authority
Topic: Israeli Capital Market Policy

Dr. Rafi Hofstein, former President and CEO, Hadasit
Topic: Israel’s Life Sciences Industry

Dr. Yaakov Sheinin, CEO, Economic Models
Topic: Modeling Israel's Economic Growth

Ronit Harel Ben-Ze’ev, Senior Vice President, Listing and Economics Department, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Topic: Visit to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange – Overview of the TASE Operations

Dr. Asher Blass, Managing Director, ERCG Economic Research & Consulting Group
Topic: Regulatory Costs in Energy Markets

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