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Star-Studded Business Forum on Israel in New York City

Opening event of 93rd Hadassah National Convention
Genever McBain

Opening event of 93rd Hadassah National Convention

(New York, NY – June 22, 2007) – A star-studded line-up of CEOs and entrepreneurs working in and with Israel will be the centerpiece of an Israel-US Business Forum, in New York City, Sunday, July 15, at an opening event of the 93rd National Hadassah Convention.

With a GDP (gross domestic product) in excess of $166 billion and a real annual growth factor of 4.5%, Israel is an economic powerhouse. From advanced communications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and defense systems to diamonds, irrigation/desalination technology, and tourism, Israel offers the wise business developer and investor ample growth opportunities.

This forum offers the opportunity to hear directly from and network with captains of industry who have found success working in Israel. They include, among others:

Benjamin Netanyahu, Member of Knesset, former Finance Minister and Prime Minister, (by tape) on the recent economic reforms that have propelled the Israeli economy forward.

Israel (Izzy) Borovich, Chairman, El Al on privatization and a drive for world class companies in Israel.

Elisha Yanai, president, Motorola Israel, on why so many technological innovations originate in Israel, with a focus on the educational underpinnings supporting the growth of this industry.

Martin Gerstel, chairman, Compugen and former chairman, Alza Corporation, on the future of pharmaceuticals and biotech in Israel.

Eran Gorev, president and CEO, NICE systems, on how Israel’s booming high-tech industry developed from its military sector.

Erel Margalit, Chairman of Jerusalem Venture Partners, on creating jobs and animation studio capability in Jerusalem.

Rafi Hofstein, president and CEO, Hadasit, on the commercialization of Hadassah’s leadership technologies through this publicly traded company.

Phyllis Korff, of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP; Sasson Darwish, managing director, Banc of America Securities LLC; Asaf Homossany, managing director, the NADAQ Stock Market/Israel and Central East Europe, on the past, present, and future of public offerings of Israeli companies.

Yair Shiran, Minister for Economic Affairs, Mission of Israel, New York, on the future for economic growth and bilateral cooperation.

This forum has been organized by Hadassah’s Business & Finance Council and the Hadassah Associates, the nearly 30,000 men who are affiliated with and support the lifesaving work of Hadassah both in the United States and in Israel. Gerald M. Ostrov, retired Company Group Chairman at Johnson & Johnson, created and is chairing this initiative.

According to Ostrov: “Many are unaware of Israel’s disproportionate contribution to advancing the worlds of medicine, technology and business. We are fortunate to have attracted renowned leaders in a variety of fields to discuss their participation in and contribution to these advances. We hope to stimulate, educate and entertain the attendees with the stories of these great men and women of accomplishment. It should be great fun.”

The cost of the forum, from 11 am to 4 pm, (including lunch) is $90 for Hadassah members and Associates/$120 for non-members. For registration and location, please contact  (212) 303-8023 or e-mail: srones@hadassah.org.

Hadassah is the largest women’s, largest Jewish and largest Zionist membership organization in the United States. Its annual national convention will be held this year in New York, July 15-18. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org/convention.


Date: 6/22/2007 12:00:00 AM

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