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General Tentative Program

Sunday, November 27, 2016
09:00-20:00
Professional Tour in Renewable Energy Facilities

Pick-up from Arlozorov central bus station in Tel Aviv

The Ashalim Thermo-Solar Power Station 
Rotem Industrial Park, Demos of leading Energy Pilots
Off-Grid Technologies Hub
Eccopia, Robotic Cleaning of Solar Panels

Renewable Energy Research Center
Visit the startups of Capital Nature, Welcome Reception and Dinner

Transfers to Dan Eilat Hotel

Professional Tour in Renewable Energy Facilities

Pick-up from Arlozorov central bus station in Tel Aviv

The Ashalim Thermo-Solar Power Station 
Rotem Industrial Park, Demos of leading Energy Pilots
Off-Grid Technologies Hub
Eccopia, Robotic Cleaning of Solar Panels

Renewable Energy Research Center
Visit the startups of Capital Nature, Welcome Reception and Dinner

Transfers to Dan Eilat Hotel

Sunday, November 27, 2016, 09:00-20:00
Monday, November 28, 2016
09:00
Refreshments and Registration
Lobby, Dan Eilat Hotel

Refreshments and Registration

Lobby, Dan Eilat Hotel
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 09:00
10:00-12:00
Opening Session
Chair: Dorit Banet & Noam Ilan
Greetings & Keynote Addresses
Presenting Awards to the Winners of the Sustainergy International Youth Competition
Big Blue Hall

Opening Session

Chair: Dorit Banet & Noam Ilan
Greetings & Keynote Addresses
Presenting Awards to the Winners of the Sustainergy International Youth Competition
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 10:00-12:00

Eilat as a Unique Model for a Smart Solar City

Chair: Elad Tofel
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 12:00-13:30
13:30-14:40
Lunch & Visit the Exhibition
Hotel Restaurant & Foyer

Lunch & Visit the Exhibition

Hotel Restaurant & Foyer
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 13:30-14:40

Sun Industries - Algae and Other Marine Aquaculture as a Booster for Southern Israel and Regional Economy

Chair: Noam Mozes
Tarshish Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 14:40-15:50
15:50-16:50

Renewable Energy CEO's Forum – an Open Discussion: Barriers, Growth and Forecasts

Chair: Adv. Eitan Parnas
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 15:50-16:50
Innovation in Algae Biotechnology
Chair: Ami Ben Amotz and Ela Strauss
Tarshish Hall

Innovation in Algae Biotechnology

Chair: Ami Ben Amotz and Ela Strauss
Tarshish Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 15:50-16:50
16:50-17:40

Crossing the "Valley of Death"

Chair: Gil Shaki
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 16:50-17:40

TBA

Monday, November 28, 2016, 16:50-17:40
17:40-18:15
Coffee Break at the Exhibition
Foyer

Coffee Break at the Exhibition

Foyer
Monday, November 28, 2016, 17:40-18:15
18:15-20:15
ENERGYVEST – "Presenting Israeli Clean Energy Startups"
Chair: Oded Distel
Hosted By Capital Nature & Newtech (Ministry of Economy)
Big Blue Hall

ENERGYVEST – "Presenting Israeli Clean Energy Startups"

Chair: Oded Distel
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 18:15-20:15
20:30-23:00
Gala Evening including Dinner, Entertainment & Awards
(subject to preliminary registration)

Awards

  • The Brian Medwed Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Udi Gat, Retired Chairman of the Eilot Regional Council
  • Recognition Award to Dr. Shlomo Wald, who served as the Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure between the years 2007-2014
  • Recognition Award to Mr. Arnon Maoz, the CEO of Tashtiot Portal
Location TBA

Gala Evening including Dinner, Entertainment & Awards

(subject to preliminary registration)

Awards

  • The Brian Medwed Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Udi Gat, Retired Chairman of the Eilot Regional Council
  • Recognition Award to Dr. Shlomo Wald, who served as the Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure between the years 2007-2014
  • Recognition Award to Mr. Arnon Maoz, the CEO of Tashtiot Portal
Location TBA
Monday, November 28, 2016, 20:30-23:00
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Off-Grid Renewable Energy Systems – a Strategic Imperative in National Security

Chair: Roi Feder
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10:00-11:30

Coffee Break at the Exhibition

Foyer
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 11:30-12:10
12:10-13:25

Clean Energy – Regional Cooperation Opportunities

Chair: Dr. Rona Sarfaty
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:10-13:25
New Business Models for Global Utilities
Chair: Oded Agmon
Tarshish Hall

New Business Models for Global Utilities

Chair: Oded Agmon
Tarshish Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 12:10-13:25
13:25-14:25
Eilat-Eilot Off-Grid Hub
Chair: Leehe Skuler
Big Blue Hall

Eilat-Eilot Off-Grid Hub

Chair: Leehe Skuler
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 13:25-14:25
Renewable Energy Waits for Storage
Chair: Dr. Igor Derzy
Tarshish Hall

Renewable Energy Waits for Storage

Chair: Dr. Igor Derzy
Tarshish Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 13:25-14:25
14:25-15:55
Lunch & Visit the Exhibition
Hotel Restaurant & Foyer

Lunch & Visit the Exhibition

Hotel Restaurant & Foyer
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 14:25-15:55
15:55-16:50

Israel Post COP21 Commitments for the Reduction of (Greenhouse Gas) Emissions

Chair: Ron Adam
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 15:55-16:50
Urban Smart Mobility
Chair: Zviya Baron
Tarshish Hall

Urban Smart Mobility

Chair: Zviya Baron
Tarshish Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 15:55-16:50
16:50-18:00
Latest Research in Energy Public Policy
Chair: Prof. Itai Sened
Big Blue Hall

Latest Research in Energy Public Policy

Chair: Prof. Itai Sened
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 16:50-18:00
Global Renewable Energy Business Opportunities
Chair: Adv. Orit Marom
Tarshish Hall

Global Renewable Energy Business Opportunities

Chair: Adv. Orit Marom
Tarshish Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 16:50-18:00
18:00-19:00
The Solar Cocktail and Business Card Swap
Hosted by the Renewable Energy Association of Israel
Location TBA

The Solar Cocktail and Business Card Swap

Hosted by the Renewable Energy Association of Israel
Location TBA
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 18:00-19:00

Dorit Banet

Director of Strategy and Regional Development
Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
Dorit Banet is founder and CEO of the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative. She is also Co-Chairwoman of the conference. Among her many roles, Dorit manages the Eilat-Eilot administration, energy efficiency projects in Eilat and Hevel Eilot, education programs, and cooperation with the European Union. Prior to her position here, Dorit was the head of Hevel Eilot’s environmental unit for 8 years. She holds a Masters degree in Geomorphology from Ben Gurion University and a BA in geography from Haifa University.

Sessions:

Noam Ilan

Director of Technology, Business Development & Applications
Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative
Noam has been with Capital Nature since its inception, active in its establishment.
Previously, Noam founded and managed Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative, a comprehensive model for for solving the energy crisis by advancing all necessary components and generating substantial regional development. The project received wide recognition by government and the public.  Among his roles, Noam was in charge for setting up the Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Technological Center, was material in the establishment of the Timna 200MW Solar Park, and in bringing leading pilot projects to the region.  Noam serves as chair of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference, one of the world’s leading RE events.  In 1995 Noam Founded and managed Cortext Ltd., one of Israel’s first Internet related software companies, later acquired by VCI a NASDAQ traded company.
Noam possesses deep Knowledge of RE markets & technologies.
He holds a BA degree in Business Administration; MA in Environmental Studies (Tel-Aviv University)

Sessions:

Elad Tofel

Sessions:

Roi Feder

Managing Director
APCO Worldwide's Tel Aviv office

Roi Feder serves as the managing director of APCO Worldwide in Israel. APCO is one of the largest global public affairs and strategic communications firms.  Roi serves as an adviser to some of the world’s largest corporations in the fields of high-tech, financial services, energy, and healthcare. Additionally, he oversees APCO’s role in the Israeli government’s "China, India, Japan Fund,” a program set up to support the increase of trade between Israel and its key target markets. Over the past few years, Roi has worked with some of the largest Chinese renewable energy companies, supporting them in managing issues and challenges in global markets.

Mr. Feder holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University School of Government. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and East Asian Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mr. Feder is fluent in English and Hebrew, and has basic competency in Mandarin Chinese.

Zviya Baron

Energy Innovation and Policy Expert
PetroQuantum B.V.
Ms. Zviya Baron, an Energy Innovation and Policy expert, serves as Principal at PetroQuantum. She serves as Director of Alternative Energy and leads this activity in Israel and internationally. Using her 15 years of energy experience, she is specializes in designing policies and strategies to promote energy innovation, at the country level and at the corporate level. Her major assignment is as the advisor of the National Energy committee at the Israeli National R&D Council. Ms. Baron earned her BA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her MBA at the Erasmus University of the Netherlands. 

Eitan Parnass

Director General & Founder; Secretary
Green Energy Association of Israel (GEA-IL); Global Solar Council

Eitan Parnass is the founder & Director General of the Green Energy Association of Israel (formerly REEEAI Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Association of Israel), the main green energy lobbying group organization in Israel.  Established in 2009 by Parnass, GEA-IL promotes the implementation of renewable energy electricity production and energy efficiency in Israel, using the professional industry knowledge & skills.  One of the main objectives of GEA-IL is providing decision makers with the necessary information and tools to achieve national goals and set enabling policy to foster green energy sector growth.  GEA-IL was involved in the formation of the various renewables & Energy Efficiency regulations, acting for the Israeli green energy industry from the launch of the first Solar PV regulations (2008) and has marked many achievements promoting local Renewables market.

Parnass is also a public pro-sustainability activist involved in numerous initiatives to promote sustainable economy in Israel and worldwide, including the formation of the Global Solar Council, launched at Paris COP21, where he serves as board member and secretary.  Parnass has served as Board Member to various NGOs including the Israel Sustainable Energy Society (ISES), serves as Vice President of GIREC (Israel-Germany Renewable Energy Committee), member to the National Green Growth Round Table and is a notable speaker at the academy, industry, local & international conferences and seminars.

Eitan Parnass was born in Jerusalem in 1971, he holds Honours law degree from the University of Warwick UK and LL.m law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Emily Rochon

Global Energy Strategist
Greenpeace International

Lecture:

100% Renewable Energy for All

Dr. Griffin M. Thompson

Director, Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency, Bureau of Energy Resources
U.S. Department of State

Dr. Thompson has worked on energy, development, and climate change issues for over two decades, in both government and non-government positions. Dr. Thompson currently is Director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency at the U.S. Department of State. In that position he is responsible for establishing and managing the strategic direction and programmatic implementation of the Office’s mission in advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in priority countries through the promotion of electricity system reforms and functioning power markets; promoting increased access to clean and affordable energy services; and, supporting USG climate change goals by creating the regulatory and electric utility system frameworks necessary for investment in clean energy and energy efficiency. 

Before becoming the Office Director in the Bureau of Energy Resources, Dr. Thompson served as Senior Program Manager in the State Department's Climate Office. Attendant duties included: 

  • U.S. Government lead negotiator on Technology within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 
  • U.S. Government representative on the International Steering Committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century (REN21), Paris, France 
  • U.S. Government representative on the Governing Board of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), Vienna, Austria 
  • Lead U.S. Negotiator for Energy at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, New York City 

Before coming to the State Department, Mr. Thompson served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and before that, as Senior Policy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). 

Mr. Thompson has a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University. 

Lecture:

The Institutional Pathway to a Renewable Energy Future

Nurit Gal

Director of Electricity Regulation Division
Public Utility Authority (PUA)

Lecture:

The Future Need for Storage in the Israeli Electricity Sector

Gil Dotan

Head of National Dispatch Division
IEC - Israel Electric Corporation

Lecture:

The Israeli Solar Challenge in the Eyes of the System Operator

Eliad Peretz

Space Technology Research Fellow
Cornell University; NASA; NSF

Eliad Peretz serves as NASA Space Technology Research Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center. He was named by the Hertz Foundation as one of the most promising scientist in the USA for the year of 2015.

Mr. Peretz Has received many awards for is work through NASA, NSF and Cornell university. His research interest include computer optimization, prediction and fabrication of nanostructures with the goal of enhancing the performance of materials for clean energy applications. Mr. Peretz Holds a ground breaking patent for a new nano-3D printing method, which enables fast printing times, sub 50 nm resolution and printing a wide array of materials.

Mr. Peretz was recommended both by NASA and Cornell University to become a candidate for the next recruitment cycle of astronauts by the agency. Mr Peretz leads a team of M.S and B.s student as part of the Cornell Helios Energy Lab in an effort to develop groundbreaking renewable energy concepts and devices.

Mr. Peretz received his B.S in Aerospace engineering from the Technion – Israeli institute of technology, and is currently a PhD candidate working with Prof. Tobias Hanrath at Cornell University in Ithaca NY.

Mr. Peretz work is supported by:

Noam Mozes

Head of Mariculture Division, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Israel Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Noam Mozes got his first degree in agronomy and in soil and water sciences at the Hebrew University in Rehovot, Israel. He got a M.Sc. degree, as well as an engineering diploma at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology (1991). Noam Mozes established the aquaculture engineering research department at the National Center for Mariculture (NCM), IOLR, Eilat and conducted R&D projects for sixteen years, focusing on recirculating and integrated systems. He developed and studied the low head RAS approach and an airlift based recirulating system. This concept was scaled up into a commercial 100ton pilot plant under his supervision and management. He was nominated as a director in the board of the Aquaculture Engineering Society.

At 2007 Noam was nominated as the head of the Mariculture division at the Fishery and Aquaculture Department at the Ministry of Agriculture. He concentrated and analyzed all the technical and economical information on several RAS pilot projects in Israel. In addition, he promoted offshore cage farming on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. These days he is strongly involved in the planning efforts of the Israeli marine areas, focusing on integrating marine aquaculture programs. Recently he promoted a feasibility study for the development of an environmental friendly land-based mariculture park at the Southern Arava, 

Lecture:

Opening Remarks on the Vision of South-Arava Environmental-Friendly Land-Based Mariculture Park

Dr. Rona Sarfaty

Manager Research & Development Programs
Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy& Water Resources, Office of the Chief Scientist

Dr. Rona Sarfaty Gradueted and spent more than 15 years in research in the Solid State Physics and the Microelectronics Research Center in the Electrical Engineering Department, Technion. During subatical period in CALTECH/ORTEL she developed one of the best and first GaAs based QW diode laser. Later she was involved in the start-up industry (mainly in Optoelectronics) for 5 years. In 2005 she became academic staff member and Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in ORT Braude College in Karmiel. During this period she was principal researcher in the project  “High Voltage Photovoltaic Vertical Cells”. This research was done in cooperation with Prof. Y Rosenwaks and Prof. A. Kribus, Department of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University.

Feb.2014-present - Manager R & D Programs, Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy& Water Resources, Office of the Chief Scientist, Israel.  

Ron Adam

Special Ambassador on Energy Director, OECD and International Economic Organizations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Prof. Peter J. Lammers

Research Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
Peter Lammers is Research Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. Current funded research addresses renewable energy production with an emphasis on a mixotrophic extremophile known as Galdieria sulphuraria. A second focus area is  for mixotrophic wastewater treatment.  Lammers is Principal Investigator for two Department of Energy awards: “Realization of Algae Potential” (2014-2016) and “A Novel Platform for Algal Biomass Production using Cellulosic Mixotrophy (2016-2018). Lammers is also the Chief Scientist for the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3). He serves as associate editor of the journal Algal Research.  Previous positions include Vice President for Biotechnology at Solix Biosystems (2009-2010), Research Professor at New Mexico State University (2010-2014) and Asst., Assoc. and Full Professor of Biochemistry at New Mexico State University (1985-2009).   

Lecture:

Algae in the USA - Overview and on Research and Industry

Gil Shaki

Senior Director Energy & Cleantech
Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy

In recent years, responsible at the Office of the Chief Scientist for policy design and implementation aimed at the continuous development of a knowledge-based industry in the Energy and Cleantech sectors, including innovative technologies for oil & gas sector, renewable energies, alternative fuels, energy efficiency, water technologies, reducing GHG emissions, green growth strategy and more.

Before that represented Israel at OECD's Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), was involved in designing and launching various new incentive programs, including encouragement of institutional investments in the high tech sector, incentives for investments in the field of alternative fuels, programs to foster innovation and R&D in traditional industries. Involved as well at cross sector OCS activity to encourage and support technological and commercial cooperation activity with international partners.

Before that have been head of the economic and commercial departments at Israel's embassies in New Delhi, Madrid and Lisbon, assisting Israeli companies and service providers to penetrate local markets and forming collaborations with local partners as well as attracting investments to the Israel.

Previous to that worked as an economist in the Investment Center of Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor and as an economist in the Logistic and Technology department of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force).

Holding Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) and B.A. in Economics and the Studies of the Middle East, both from Bar Ilan University, Israel. Speaking fluently Hebrew, English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, with some basic communication skills in other languages. 

Casper Van der Tak

General Director
CVDT Consulting

Casper Van der Tak (50) is a Dutch economist with wide-ranging experience. His work in the last 20 years has concentrated on the issues of environment, energy and climate change, In his core field of climate change, Casper is best known for the founding and management of Caspervandertak Consulting from a single person company to one of the leading developers of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, with 168 United Nations registered projects to date. Casper is an acknowledge expert is this field and has been asked to provide expert witness reports to several cases that came before international courts of arbitration.

Casper has managed several large and complex projects for international organizations. From 1999-2003 he was international project director of a project on sustainable industrial development with the Chinese national planning commission, managing and providing guidance to a series of research teams and experts working on different aspects of sustainable industrial development and creating inputs to China’s 10th Five Year Plan. From 2013-2015, Casper was senior climate technology policy specialist and team leader at Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Climate Technology Finance Center, focused on introducing climate technologies in policies, planning, and investment pipelines. Currently Casper is responsible for significant parts of the ClimaSouth project dealing with climate change mitigation and finance.

Currently Casper is advising private sector and public sector clients on using climate finance and other financial mechanisms to support investments in climate relevant projects.