Israel STEM Ecosystems
Community of Practice Conference

The Power of the
STEM Ecosystems

The Role of Business and Industry

Israel STEM Ecosystems
Community of Practice Conference


The Power of the
STEM Ecosystems

The Role of Business and Industry

Table of Contents


Blessing of the Minister of Education, Mr. Yoav Galant

Blessing of the Minister of Education, Mr. Yoav Galant

  • Gathering and Exhibition 13:00
  • Festive welcome on the main stage 13:10

    Michal Cohen, General Director of The Rashi Foundation and Phd. Henry Samueli, Samueli Foundation
    Inbal Azulay, Manager of the Madakids Own Kindergarten, and Teacher Instructor, Be'er Sheva
    Ishay Sorek, Strategic Advisor for industry 4.0 initiative, JDC and Beit Hakerem Cluster

  • Pannel:Business and Industry The wheels that drives the Ecosystem 13:20

    Moderated by: Maya Hofman, Site Leader of Dell EMC R&D in Be’er Sheva
    Batya Levy, Advisor of Education and Academy, Administration of the IDF Southern Relocation, Ministry of Defense
    Henry Zimmerman,Chairman of Trilidor and Chairman of Education & Training committee Manufacturers Association of Israel
    Dr.Shlomo Markel,Vice President of Broadcom Global

  • Pannel: what does STEM learning looks like from kindergarten to employment? Multi-sectoral discourse. The dreams for the future are already happening here... 13:50

    A special broadcast from the demo center of Lockheed Martin
    Moderated by:
    Dr.Maya Lugassi Ben-Hemo, Senior VP, Beit Yatziv
    Tal Galor, Director of Business Development, Lockheed Martin Israel
    Sheikh Muhana Fares,Senior Director of National Programs and Head of Science and Technology Education, Ministry of Education
    Prof.Ami Moyal,President, Afeka College of Engineering, Tel-Aviv
    Yaron Neudorfer,Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance Israel

  • E2E Session 1 14:20

    EcosySTEM Negev The Bedouin entrepreneurship that paves the way for the professions of the future
    STEMaianot, Valley of Springs- Idan Technology - Meeting of Education, Technology and Industry
    EcoSTEM21, Kiriat Malachi- Local system change
    Hora&Kiriyat Gat Ecosystems- Ecosystems as generators of change, promote entrepreneurship and innovation
    Great Lakes Bay STEM Initiative, Michigan, US- Examples of Business Engagement in a STEM Ecosystem

  • "Find the lost Delegation" 15:00

    An interactive Escape game

  • Exhibition 15:25
  • E2E Session 2 15:35

    Regionalism 4.0, Beit Hakerem Cluster- Working with industry and business at the regional level
    MetroSTEM, ECOSTSTEM Beer Sheva- Metro Map- an interactive platform from the education system to the employment
    ECOSTEM, Sderot- Municipal process design in collaboration with Amdocs Israel
    STEM Shean, Beit Shean- People- The beating heart of the STEM

  • Diving into the Blue Ocean -The Future of Schools in Israel 16:15

    Moderated by:
    Jan Morrison, Founder and CEO of TIES and Erez Roimi, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Rashi Foundation

  • "Connections Walls" 16:45

    Moderated by:
    Maya Rosenbach, Head of STEM Eco-System and 21st Century Skills, City in the center Initiative, Rashi Foundation
    Closing the conference - Oren Baratz, Deputy Head of the Cleveland Jewish Federation
    Atar Razi-Oren, CEO, Beyachad Foundation

  • End of the Conference 17:00

The conference is moderated by Dr.Maya Lugassi Ben-Hemo, Senior VP, Beit Yatziv

The conference will be held online, by HOPIN platform

E2E Presentation

Each session you can choose one "Room", please read about each Ecosystems and choose the one you want to see in the conference

E2E Session 1

Ecosystem to Ecosystem

14:20 - 15:00

The Bedouin entrepreneurship that paves the way for the professions of the future

The Negev ecosystem has grown in the clusters of the western and eastern Negev authorities in an effort to bring a systemic change to the opportunities that exist in the region and the achievements of local students. At present times, student’s achievements in the Negev are lagging behind students from more central regions, with the Bedouin population present the lowest achievements. Among other things, the ecosystem acts as a space for the support and growth of local leadership and initiatives that change reality.

The meeting will examine how a business entrepreneur, a young Bedouin, decides to set up an initiative to promote science education in Bedouin society and how the connection to the ecosystem affects the venture he has set up.

The meeting will be led by
Esther Akiva, Director of EcosySTEM Negev
Ibrahim al-Nassara, a businessman and social entrepreneur. Founder of the Tamar Center for the Promotion of STEM Education in the Bedouin Society, founder of “Tamam”, a business group that works to bring social change to the Bedouin society in the Negev. The business group includes an innovative food factory, a transportation company, and is in the process of establishing the first “impact investment fund” for the Bedouin company.

Idan Technology – When Education, Technology and Industry meets in the Valley of Springs

The Valley of Springs Regional Council, in cooperation with and accompanied by the Darca network and with the support of the Jewish Federation in Cleveland, has been promoting the STEMaianot process in recent years. This process connects the educators in the valley and other partners to a common language and principles of learning and educational renewal to transform the valley space into one large school.

Idan Technology center, which was established in 2015 as a partnership between the regional council and Gevasol company, is an evident expression of this process. This center is a locomotive that leads the way of partnerships between sectors and the way in which education, technology and industry are connected in the Valley of Springs.

You are welcome to hear:
Yoram Karin – Head of the Valley of Springs Regional Council
Gideon Yadin – The Owner and Founder of Gevasol Group
Noga Gil – Head of Mandel North Program for Leadership in the Public Service and the former Director of the Education and Community Division in Valley of Springs
Hear about the vision they share, which led to the establishment of Idan Technology. In addition, hear what are the foundations of the partnership over the years and what dreams they see for the future.

Mor Karassin, Director of Idan Technology
Yair Lehman, STEMaianot Coordinator

Kiryat Malachi Ecosystem Doing ECO – Leading innovation in Kiryat Malachi

invites you to an interactive meeting where we will share the challenges and the core of our work in strengthening mental resilience of the kids and help them develop an optimal future im age in preparation for the world of the future. In the meeting we will focus on the questions – how do you make an old-fashioned education system innovative? What is the innovation process we are leading? What are the principles that guide us in the innovation process? What is the heart of our work? The meeting is an opportunity for direct and unmediated discussion on the opportunities and challenges of leading systemic change

The meeting will be led by – 
Tamir Hyzmi, CEO of the municipality
Dr. Avi Edri, director of the department of education

Examples of Business Engagement in a STEM Ecosystem

Businesses can engage in STEM Ecosystem work in a variety of ways, but how does an ecosystem maximize business and education partnerships. The Great Lakes Bay STEM Ecosystem will give real-life examples of businesses participating as board members, thought leaders, project leads, funders, advocates, and more. We will share successes, failures, tools, and examples to assist with developing ideas for business and education partnerships.

Moderate by:
Lori Flippin, STEM Initiative Leader, Great Lakes Bay STEM Initiative, Michigan, USA
Matt Felan, President and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, Michigan, USA

Ecosystems as generators of change, promote entrepreneurship and innovation

The meeting is an opportunity to get to know two ecosystems in two physically close municipalities, each with its own uniqueness.

In the meeting you will have the opportunity to hear about similar processes, and how each process was tailored to the human fabric and character of the place.

Hura – leads a conception of excellence with a comprehensive and broad vision, in all subjects and throughout the educational continuum, from kindergarten to academia, in order to build a basis for change of perception on learning in general and on excellence in the STEM fields in particular.
Kiryat Gat – is leading a comprehensive multi-system urban move in all schools to promote excellence in STEM with the assistance and cooperation of foundations and the Ministry of Education. The vision of the education system in Kiryat Gat for excellence in STEM is to foster a perception and awareness of scientific excellence in every child and adult in Kiryat Gat while making the most of the opportunities at all stages, from elementary to employment.

At the meeting, we will present the unique work in each of the ecosystems of the two municipalities, and the establishment of innovative learning spaces within the framework of STEM programs and their contribution to promoting excellence in ecosystems.

The meeting will be led by-
Einemtithal Awad Allah, Manager of Authoritative Excellence, Hura
Shay Cohen, STEM ecosystem manager ,Kiryat Gat
Dr.Shani Saadon Chetrit, Manager of STEM local program, Beit Yatziv

E2E Session 2

Ecosystem to Ecosystem

15:35 - 16:15

Working with industry and business at the regional level

Working with industry and business at the regional level of the Beit Hakerem cluster and how they fit into a regional STEN Ecosystem.
Presenting the map of relationships built in the cluster around a regional industry and its connection to the course of the regional STEM Ecosystem.
Demonstrating the bonds through the “Industry Innovation Leaders” program

Moderate by: 
Tal Hakim, Director of ECOSTEM21, Beit Hakerem cluster
Oded Reichsfeld, Academic program manager, “Industry Innovation Leaders” program.

Metro Map – an interactive platform from the education system to the employme

STEM Ecosystem in Be’er Sheva was initiated by a partnership of philanthropic funds from Israel and the United States as a strategic partnership with the Be’er Sheva Municipality. Be’er Sheva is a metropolis with assets such as academic institutes, a medical center, Administration of the IDF Southern Relocation, the establishment of the National Cyber ​​Camp, and industrial parks. The purpose of the ecosystem is to leverage existing assets and harness the range of players at the local and regional level to promote scientific-technological excellence from early childhood to employment. One of the main challenges in promoting excellence in education and employment in the STEM fields for the residents of Beer Sheva and the Negev is continuity and synchronization between the various systems. Knowledge of career paths and development are key to realizing the potential of graduates of the education system. Today, there is no adapted exposure to the world of employment for seniors and above, and in particular, there is no connection between the curricula and employment and also no the inclusion of the variety of existing programs. “Metro STEM” – an innovative and interactive platform – will be a key tool in addressing these gaps. The platform will promote the ability to build a future picture and promote calibrated motivation for quality employment in the STEM field. The platform will be a key tool to promote continuity and synchronization for a variety of target audiences by facilitating information about STEM activities in Be’er Sheva from birth to employment, with resources focused on middle school through military and post-secondary education to employment. The platform will combine all the information regarding the STEM world in the Be’er Sheva metropolitan area, such as: programs in the various knowledge disciplines, possible future images in all disciplines, exposure of inspiring models (via videos, etc.), access to soft tools and 21st century skills required for each future image and more. The platform will allow each ‘end user’ to deduce what is required of him at each stage in order to achieve its desired future image. Accessing the information in a layered manner, tailored to the user’s questions, and in a focused and interactive manner will help to understand the status (individual and organizational) and to implement a future image (personal and organizational) – including options of “recalculating route” to guide the desired future image.


Dr. Hefetzi Zohar, Deputy Mayor, Holds an Education Portfolio and Chairman of the Ecosystem

Yael Shtechman, Project Manager at Ecosystem

Rachel Peleg, Director of the municipality’s Post-Primary Education Division

Dr. Ziona Elkayam, Director of the “Husidman” Center

Yehud Marciano, Director of the Authority’s Innovation and ICT Division

Moderator By-

Einav Koren, Director of the Ecosystem

Design‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌council‌ ‌driven‌ ‌process‌ ‌in‌ ‌collaboration‌ ‌with‌ ‌Amdocs‌ ‌Israel‌

We‌ ‌invite‌ ‌you‌ ‌to‌ ‌get‌ ‌a‌ ‌glimpse‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌process‌ ‌of‌ ‌designing‌ ‌Sderot’s‌ ‌urban‌ ‌ecosystem‌ ‌in‌ ‌collaboration‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌IT‌ ‌department‌ ‌of‌ ‌Amdocs‌ ‌Israel,‌ ‌an‌ ‌international‌ ‌business‌ ‌company.‌ ‌
The‌ ‌municipality,‌ ‌which‌ ‌sees‌ ‌itself‌ ‌as‌ ‌responsible‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌future‌ ‌of‌ ‌its‌ ‌children,‌ ‌is‌ ‌joined‌ ‌by‌ ‌many‌ ‌partners‌ ‌to‌ ‌create‌ ‌a‌ ‌multi-system‌ ‌space‌ ‌that‌ ‌deals‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌major‌ ‌issues‌ ‌concerning‌ ‌the‌ ‌education‌ ‌and‌ ‌preparation‌ ‌of‌ ‌city‌ ‌children‌ ‌for‌ ‌tomorrow’s‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌and‌ ‌advancing‌ ‌quality‌ ‌employment.‌ ‌
During‌ ‌the‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌receive‌ ‌tools‌ ‌and‌ ‌practices‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌Design‌ Thinking‌ ‌in‌ ‌multi-sectoral‌ ‌work‌ ‌-‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌refine‌ ‌the‌ ‌challenge,‌ ‌and‌ ‌motivate‌ ‌a‌ ‌collective‌ ‌solution.‌ ‌We‌ ‌will‌ ‌deal‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌steps‌ ‌for‌ ‌defining‌ ‌the‌ ‌problem,‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌ensure‌ ‌relevant‌ ‌focus‌ ‌and‌ ‌solutions,‌ ‌what‌ ‌methods‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌used‌ ‌to‌ ‌reach‌ ‌a‌ ‌maximum‌ ‌number‌ ‌of‌ ‌ideas,‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌move‌ ‌from‌ ‌idea‌ ‌to‌ ‌implementation.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌led‌ ‌by-‌
Michal‌ ‌Dadon,‌ ‌‌Director‌ ‌of‌ ‌ECOSTEM21‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌National‌ ‌Program‌ ‌for‌ ‌Excellence‌ ‌in‌ ‌Sderot.
Noa‌ ‌Kaufman‌,‌ ‌Corporate‌ ‌Responsibility‌ ‌Manager,‌ ‌Amdocs‌ ‌Israel‌ 
Naama Efrati, Project Manager in the IT department, Amdocs Israel

People- The beating heart of the STEM

People! It is all connected to people!
People are a growth engine and a target audience.
People are human capital made up of individuals as well as a collective.
At the EcosySTEM of Beit She’an, people take part in the learning and development experience because there is no time to waste.
Our success is based on people who are partners, community, educators, pupils, parents, students, teachers, academy, and industry – They are the magic! 
They are the ones building the Ecosystem.
During the session, you will be exposed to an interactive, diverse, and collaborative way of working with all the partners in the process. Throughout the meeting – you will be the one to choose which of the ecosystem populations you want to know and how.

The‌ ‌meeting‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌led‌ ‌by
Igor Ronin, Manager of Scientific Leadership youth movement and STEM program integrator on behalf of Beit Yatziv
Ofer Ben Shabat, Beit Shean STEM ecosystem manager

Reading Material

Dr. Maya Lugassi Ben-Hamo

Senior VP, Beit Yatziv

Maya Lugassi Ben-Hamo, is a Senior VP of Beit Yatziv. She served in the Intelligence Corps as a commander in Unit 8200. She received her doctorate (Ph.D.) in genetic engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. During her studies, she published articles in major international research papers that served as the basis for applied research in the field. In 2014, she was named one of the 40 most promising young people in “The Marker” newspaper.
Maya has been working at Beit Yatziv for the past 15 years, as part of her role she is responsible for the pedagogy, innovation, research and development in Beit Yatziv.
In her position, Maya developed models of education in the fields of STEM, which were successful and applied on the national level. Maya is a member of Maoz’s Fellows. Maya is married and the mother of three, and she lives in Lachish Municipality.


Founder and managing partner of TIES

Jan is the founder and managing partner of TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. Following a 35 year career teaching STEM in schools throughout the world, Jan founded TIES as a design company to help our country move from the siloed instructional model to the STEM cross-sector approach to teaching and learning. Serving as the Senior STEM Consultants to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, design partner to create the STEM Funders Network, STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and countless STEM schools for underserved students, Jan and TIES are preeminent in the STEM conversation globally and in the work multiple communities and countries envision to create an innovative workforce connected to economic development.
TIES helps children make sense of the world while supporting a global vision to resolve our world’s grandest of challenges.


General Director of The Rashi Foundation

Michal Cohen served as Director General of the Education Ministry for four years, and earlier filled different roles in the public service, among them the Ministry’s Senior Deputy Director and Director of the Pedagogic Administration. During her career, she has led large-scale pedagogic and structural reforms and innovative initiatives.

Michal holds an MA degree in education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a diploma in Organizational Consultation for Education Systems from Tel Aviv University, as well as MA in Law from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Henry Samueli

Samueli Foundatin

Dr. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991.
In 2016 Broadcom Corporation was acquired by Avago Technologies Limited and renamed Broadcom Limited. The combined company is a global leader in providing semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Dr. Samueli currently serves as Chief Technical Officer and Board Member of the company. Since 1985 Dr. Samueli has also been a Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
He has been on a leave of absence from UCLA since 1995 in order to be at Broadcom full time.
Since 2003 Dr. Samueli has also been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at UC Irvine. He was the Chief Scientist and one of the founders of PairGain Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, where he consulted from 1988 to 1994.
From 1980 to 1985 he was employed in various engineering and management positions in the Electronics and Technology Division of TRW, Inc., a military communications defense contractor now part of Northrop-Grumman.

Dr. Samueli received a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA in 1975, 1976, and 1980, respectively.
He has published over 100 technical papers and is a named inventor in 75 U.S. patents.
He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

In 2000 Dr. Samueli was awarded the University of California Presidential Medal, the UC Irvine Medal, the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Industrial Pioneer Award, and the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science Alumnus of the Year.
In 2005 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and the Edward A.
Dickson Alumnus of the Year from UCLA. In 2006 he received the IEEE Communications Society Distinguished Industry Leaders Award.
In 2010 he received the UCLA Medal.
In 2011 he received the Global Semiconductor Alliance Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship, and in 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

In December 2003 Henry and his wife Susan purchased the management contract for the Honda Center sports and entertainment venue, creating Anaheim Arena Management, LLC to oversee all operations of the arena. In June 2005 they purchased the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) club, Honda Center’s largest tenant, and in 2007 the Anaheim Ducks became the first California team ever to win the Henry Samueli Biography NHL Stanley Cup championship.
In 2016 J.D. Power named the Anaheim Ducks as the Highest Ranked Professional Sports Fan Experience in the Los Angeles market.

The success of Broadcom has provided Henry and Susan the opportunity to support many worthwhile nonprofit organizations. After Broadcom went public in 1998 they created the Samueli Foundation and to date they have gifted over $500 million in the areas of Education, Health, Social Services, the Performing Arts, and Jewish Culture.
In 2012 they joined the Giving Pledge, initiated by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, whose members pledge the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Some of their leadership naming gifts include the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA in 1999, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine in 1999, the Samueli Theater at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in 2000, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine in 2001 (now the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute), the Samueli Jewish Campus in Irvine, CA in 2001, the Sala and Aron Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library at Chapman University in 2003, the Samueli Academy, a public charter high school in Santa Ana, CA in 2013, and the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at UC Irvine in 2017.

Batya Levy

Advisor for Education and Academy, Administration of the IDF Southern Relocation, Ministry of Defense

MA Education; BA Humanities and Social Sciences; Certified Negotiation Specialist, Shakla & Tariya Multidisciplinary Program for Specialization in Negotiation Professions;
Batya Levy specializes in strategically coordinating innovative social government projects and is experienced in supervising teams and partners in defining a vision, meeting deadlines, initiating interfaces for working with government factors and in managing major projects with local governments and diverse populations.
Since 2013 Batya has been consulting in the fields of education, academia and health, in government coordination of the Israel Ministry of Defense’s move south, and in initiating innovative joint projects between the IDF and the civilian society of the Negev.
Batya headed the Population Division of the Israel National Road Safety Authority, has directed teams for applying programs targeting different populations and has promoted government policies and legislation in this field.
Batya was a guidance counselor in the Gender Equality Department at the Israel Ministry of Education, leads processes in a variety of multicultural programs.
She started her education career as a science teacher.
Batya is married to Eran and a mother to Inon and Saray.

Maya Hofman Levy

Site Leader of Dell EMC R&D in Be’er Sheva, and a member of Dell Technologies Israeli R&D Site Senior Management

The R&D center in Beer Sheva is a branch of the Israel R&D Site led by Dan Inbar. The Center was founded in May 2011 and currently employs around 200 employees, most of them residing in Beer Sheva and neighboring towns and surrounds.
The R&D activities include a tight collaboration with the Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, the city municipality, the Or Movement, and private organizations from the private and public sectors working to promote the Hi-Tech industry in the Negev capital.
Hofman-Levy is responsible for managing and expanding Dell EMC’s operations in the Negev region, developing the Center’s business and operational strategy, strengthening the relationship with the local university, supporting the southern technology community development and leveraging the IDF’s migration to the south to cement Dell EMC’s long term capabilities.

Hofman-Levy started her journey in EMC Israel in 2011 with the founding of the Beer Sheva R&D center by being appointed as the branches HR manager.
Before work in Dell EMC, Hofman-Levy was the HR director in Atlantium Technologies and See++ CEO – an organization that deals with consulting and accompanying start-ups and hi-tech companies from the HR aspect.
Hofman-Levy holds an Undergraduate degree in Social Sciences majoring in psychology and education from the Open University.

Inbal Azulay

Manger of the Madakids Owel Kindergarten, and Teacher Instructor, Be’er Sheva

Manager of the Medkids Owl Kindergarten, defined as the first technological science Kindergarten in Israel. The Kindergarten specializes in the STEM professions.

Inbal has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education in Mathematics And MA in educational systems management.

Program partner The prestigious “Mifras” and a graduate of the “Foundation for Educational Initiatives”.

For about 5 years a horticultural instructor in the city of Be’er Sheva and began last year District counselor on behalf of the Ministry of Education to promote the professions STEM on the early childhood and responsible for educational entrepreneurship early childhood in the city; In addition, she serves as co-chair of the STEM on the early childhood promotion group, as part of the Be’er Sheva Ecosystem.

Ishay Sorek

Strategic Advisor for Industry 4.0 Initiative, JDC and Beit Hakerem Cluster

Yishay Sorek believes innovation-based ecosystems and partnerships have the potential of changing the lives of millions. He is passionate about diversity of cultures and committed to creating opportunities for diverse communities and future generations.
Yishay initiates, designs and builds regional and cross-regional innovation-based ecosystems and strategic partnerships, with specific interest in Industry 4.0.

Currently supports Industry 4.0 efforts in the Central Galilee (together with Beit Hakerem Cluster, JDC, The Russell Berrie Foundation and other partners).

Previously served in the Israeli Government and led regional development initiatives under the late Shimon Peres and other ministers. He also served as VP of the Portland Foundation in Israel.

Yishay has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Master’s Degree in the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas from Tel Aviv University.
Yishay was born to a family of educators. His late father Sharaga was an engineer who dedicated his career to STEM education and led ORT’s flagship school in Jerusalem for more than 20 years.

Prof. Ami Moyal

President, Afeka College of Engineering, Tel-Aviv

Prof. Ami Moyal has been President of Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering since 2014. Prior to his election, he founded and led the Afeka Center for Language Processing and headed of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering.

As President of Afeka, Prof. Moyal is carrying out his vision to transform engineering education and ensure the workforce readiness of Afeka graduates by modifying curricula, encouraging innovative pedagogy, integrating extra-curricular activities, restructuring learning and working spaces and building collaborations with the industry and the education system – all for the purpose of equipping students with the vital skills and knowledge required by modern engineers, while at the same time creating an atmosphere that promotes excellence through joy of learning.

Over the past year Prof. Moyal has focused efforts on maintaining the continuity and the quality of education Afeka provides its students during the coronavirus crisis. This included building a “virtual campus” online, developing a hybrid classroom teaching model, harnessing advanced technologies and modifying the pedagogy.

Before joining Afeka, Prof. Moyal was active in the speech processing hi-tech industry for 15 years, and held positions as VP Technology Dev., VP Business Dev. and CEO of NSC, Natural Speech Communication Ltd.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva, Israel.

Sheikh Muhana Fares

Senior Director of National Programs and Head of Science and Technology Education, Ministry of Education

Senior Director of Systemic National Programs and Head of Science and Technology Education in the Ministry of Education.
Muhana oversees the national programs division for the Ministry of Education. Between 2009 and 2014 he was in charge of education in the Druze and Circassian communities and prior to that, served as the Israel’s northern district’s inspector of the education in the Druze society. After two years of studies in the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Muhana worked in the Ministry’s headquarters in Jerusalem from 2003 to 2007. He worked on the implementation of the Shoshni committee’s report on differential budgeting and was in charge of wages in the economy and budgeting administration. Muhana also founded and managed the Yarka High School for the sciences and the community school in Hurfeish. He began his career in education as a math and computer science teacher at a number of high schools throughout the Galilee region.

Dr. Shlomo Markel

Vice President of Broadcom Global

Dr. Shlomo Markel earned his BSc, MSc and DSc in EE from the Technion.

Served two decades in the Israeli Navy, retiring at the rank of an R Admiral, as Cheif Material Command.

At Broadcom, since 2001, serves as Vice President, reporting to the BoD Chairman.
Served as BoD Chairman of TAU TTO, TAU Ventures and a member of the National Committee for GoI D&O Nominations.

Received at MoD/IN multiple Ingenuity Awards. In 2011 received from Israel President an award, in 2016 received a Technion Honorary Fellowship and in 2019 bestowed with a Tel Aviv University Honorary Doctorate.

Henry Zimerman

Chairman of Trilidor and Chairman of Education & Training committee Manufacturers Association of Israel


• Born in South Africa in 1962

• In 1973 Henry immigrated to Israel with his family – ardent Zionists with a great love for Israel

• Henry is married to Vered, has 3 children and lives in Rishpon Israel


Henry serves as the Chairman of the Trellidor Group – an industrial manufacturing company focused on advanced metal technologies and production of a large range of products. Trellidor is spread over an area of 50 dunams and is situated in Karmiel in northern Israel.

The company comprises 5 separate companies with approximately 700 employees – Arabs, Jews, Christians and Jewish religious and secular employees all working side by side in harmony.

Henry is a passionate Industrialist, active in the Israeli Manufacturer’s Association, serving as the Chairman of the Israeli Manufacturer’s Association in the north (voluntary activity).

The main objectives of the Manufacturer’s Association in Israel is to support and encourage entrepreneurship in the Industrial Sector, allocating time and resources to guide the younger generation and to support industry in the country, recognizing that profitable companies create jobs – the key to a successful society and strong economy.

Henry strongly believe in the necessity of improving production methods, industry 4, and innovation.

Henry is an active supporter of Jewish-Arab cooperation assisting in breaking barriers between the various classes and religions in society with the aim of helping to promote economic stability in the region.

Brief History

In 1985 Henry founded the “Tana Marketing Company”, and from 1987-1994 held exclusive distribution rights for the water purification device – the Tami 4. Henry’s innovative and extremely successful marketing programs resulted in soaring sales and unprecedented success, leading to the sale of Tami 4 to the Strauss Group.

In 1988 Henry established a partnership with Messrs. Hagai and Malachi Dumpty and together they recognized the interest and need in the market for security bars. Trellidor Israel was born, and soon became the leading manufacturing company in the country in its field, expanding to other areas and many diversified products.

In 2003 Henry and his partners established Blocker, a company specializing in the D.I.Y. market.

In 2011 Trellidor acquired Incomac, a company located in Nahariya, and moved all its activities including its’ 50 employees to the Trellidor campus in Carmiel. Today Incomac is one of the leading electronic packaging companies in the country.

In 2019 Trellidor purchased Eltron LTD , the leading company in Israel manufacturing and installing a very wide range of Industrial gates and dock levels.

In 2019 , Trellidor made a partnership with Mullhandbrand LLC in California, and established a full manufacturing facility wherein the Market, manufacture an Install a wide range of aluminum gates, fences , pergulas and railings.

Maya Rosenbach

National Director, STEM Eco-System and 21st Century Skills, City in the Center Initiative, Rashi Foundation

Maya have been taking part in social and educational work with various NGOs and youth movements in Israel’s social and geographic periphery. Today she is the head of the national Ecostem 21 at City at the center initiative by Rashi foundation.
Before, she worked in Educating for Excellence for almost 9 years in various positions, among which managing an excellence center and heading a team of managers. Her last role was the head of the Development Unit, which developed policies, training, measurement and assessment.
Maya is also an alumni of Kriat Kivun by Maoz. She holds a B.A in political science and social studies and an M.B.A with specialization in business and managerial psychology.

She lives in Mishmar Hashiva’a with her spouse Tal and their one year old daughter, Omer.

Erez Roimi

Directore of Innovation and Enterprenership, Rashi Foundation

Erez Roimi is the Head of Innovation & entrepreneurship, Rashi Foundation.
Erez has been active in Israel for the 20 years as a social entrepreneur, working in collaboration with government agencies, cities, philanthropies, business companies and NGOs.
He developed an international entrepreneurship skills training model and was founder and CEO of the Rothschild Ambassadors young leadership organization; a lecturer and consultant in social entrepreneurship, strategy and community development in Israel and abroad; and VP of the ISEF Foundation. In his role at the Rashi Foundation Erez developed a city-based investment strategy and the City at the Center initiative, which aims to build cities’ capacity to promote social mobility. Erez holds LLB and MBA degrees from IDC Herzliya.

Tal Galor

Director of Business Development, Lockheed Martin Israel

Tal Galor joined Lockheed Martin Israel in 2014 and serves as the company’s Director of Business Development in Israel. In this capacity, Ms. Galor is responsible for identifying, creating and executing the pipeline of new business opportunities for Lockheed Martin. This includes bid strategies, pricing and partnerships with Israeli Defense industries to comply with industrial participation and offset requirements. Ms. Galor is also promoting collaboration with government, local authorities, academy and NGOs supporting R&D and STEM programs in the periphery, in order to foster a prosperous local eco-system. 

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Galor served for 9 years in increasingly responsible positions at the Israeli Prime Minister Office, serving under three Prime Ministers. In her latest roles she served as the advisor to the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and then as the advisor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ms. Galor holds a law degree (LL.B) and a B.A in Business Administration, specializing in marketing from the Inter Disciplinary Center in Herzelia, and a M.A in Political Communications from Tel Aviv University. She also attended the Harvard Business School Executive development program, UC Berkeley Executives program, Colombia Business School Executive program and the Lockheed Martin’s Business Development Leadership Academy.

During her military service, Ms. Galor served as a researcher at the IDF Intelligence Corps Research Unit, processing and analyzing data in real time and providing intelligence assessments.

In addition, in her spare time, Ms. Galor dances with disabled IDF soldiers confined to a wheelchair and won the 1st prize award at the Japan world championship for wheelchair dancing.

Yaron Neudorfer

Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance Israel

Yaron Neudorfer is the co-founder and CEO of Social Finance Israel, Israel’s first social-financial intermediary, developing social impact bonds and the impact investing echo system.
He previously served for seven years as CFO of The Jewish Agency, the largest not-for-profit organization in the country, overseeing a budget of more than $400M and responsible for all fiscal, financial and budgetary considerations of the organization and its subsidiary companies. Prior to joining the Jewish Agency, Yaron served for 12 years in various positions in the Israeli Ministry of Finance, overseeing projects within social areas such as healthcare and education.

In his final position at the Ministry of Finance, he was stationed in New York City, representing the Israeli Government vis-à-vis investment banks and credit rating agencies and implementing the borrowing program of the State of Israel in the Western hemisphere, through various vehicles including retail bonds (Israel Bonds organization), sovereign credit and loan guarantees.
Yaron holds his BA in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and his Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Atar Razy-Oren

CEO, Beyachad Foundation

Atar Razy-Oren is the Executive Director of Stella and Yoel Carasso Family Foundation. Since its founding in 2015, the Foundation has been an active force at the intersection of education, technology, and employment as tools of social mobility among young adults and socioeconomic resilience in Israel as a whole and in the Galilee region in particular. The foundation invests in human capital via STEM, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in line with the shifting needs of the labor market while at the same time encouraging and boosting responsibility within the business sector. The foundation integrates innovation and technology as part of the advanced manufacturing industry that serves as an engine for growth and productivity.
With more than 25 years of experience in initiating and managing social and philanthropic programs that promote social change, Atar’s experiences enable her to address socio-economic challenges. she brings expertise through her previous involvements in enlisting, leading, and collaborating creatively with cross-sectional partners within the private and social sectors to create far-reaching and comprehensive impacts through innovation.
Among her positions in the past: Executive director of the Philanthropy Center at Sheatufim, Executive director of the Tirat Carmel Community Foundation, Advisor to the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Director of the Citizens’ Accord Forum for Jews and Arabs citizens of Israel and Marketing Supervisor at McCann Erickson advertising agency.

Oren Baratz

Deputy Head of the Cleveland Jewish Federation

Oren Baratz, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, is responsible for overseeing the Department of International Operations, as well as the departments of Government Relations and Community Relations. He also oversees all Security issues for the Jewish Federation and its community agencies. Additionally, he is on the Board of Global Cleveland, a community initiative for welcoming immigrants to Cleveland, and a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland Class.

Oren leads the Strategic Planning Process of the Federation and the focus of its work in Israel, spearheading the development and implementation of the Federation’s STEM education initiative.

Prior to joining the Federation, Oren was Project Director for an organization called Atidim, which focuses on closing the socio-economic gap among youth in Israel. He retired after 28 years of service from the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in which he held a variety of positions. Oren also served as the Vice Consul of the Israeli Consulate in Toronto for three years.

Oren has an Undergraduate Degree in Middle-Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. He has an Executive Masters in Business from Kellogg Business School.

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