Pick-up from Arlozorov central bus station in Tel Aviv
The Ashalim Thermo-Solar Power Station
Rotem Industrial Park, Demos of leading Energy Pilots + light lunch
Off-Grid Technologies Hub
Eccopia, Robotic Cleaning of Solar Panels
Welcome reception at the Village of Off-Grid Solutions
Transfers to Dan Eilat Hotel
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
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.
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.
Daniel studied Law, Economics and International Relations in Berlin and Washington DC. He has advised Policy Planning Council of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the European Commission in Brussels and British Petroleum in Baku, Azerbaijan on energy issues.
From 2008-2010 he served as Deputy Director of the German Chamber of Commerce in Baku, Azerbaijan. Before joining OSCE he led the oil & gas practice as Vice President of BTO Management Consulting AG in Berlin and Zürich, managing international projects in M&A, post-merger integration and optimization in the oil & gas industry.
Daniel currently serves as Senior Programme Officer for Energy Security at the Office of the Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Affairs (OCEEA) at the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, advising on regional energy security issues as well as renewable energy. OCEEA has just released a handbook on Protecting Electricity Networks from Natural Hazards that serves as a guidebook for policy makers to increase networks resilience and decrease blackout rates.
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:
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.
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 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,
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.
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 (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.
For years, Leehe worked with E+CO – a pioneer renewable energy impact investment firm focused on off-grid clean energy ventures which address “access to energy” challenges in developing countries. Working from Amsterdam, Ghana and Tanzania, Leehe managed E+Co's Africa portfolio of 67 clean energy entrepreneurs and structured E+Co’s African renewable energy impact fund.
Today she continues to work with international development and RE agencies and financiers from around the world, including the EU, SNV, the African Development Bank, UNDP, GiZ, and others.
Since 2013, Leehe is actively involved in developing innovation for developing countries in Israel. She works with government agencies, accelerators, academia, Israeli ventures and funds related to development challenges (with a focus on sustainable development challenges such water, energy and agriculture) to help them develop solutions, technologies, partnerships, business model and fundraising strategies.
Prior to E+Co, Leehe worked in the global microfinance investment sector, in the Israeli non-profit sector, and for the Israeli Discount Bank (IDB). She has a BA in Political Science, Philosophy and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Administration.
Greg is a Partner at Generation Investment Management, where he is focused on making growth equity investments in companies transforming entire industries with innovative and more sustainable solutions.
Prior to Generation, Greg led the Clinton Foundation’s global solar program where he worked with various national governments to assist them in developing large-scale solar programs.
Before that, he spent eight years at Goldman Sachs in the Special Situations Group, where he was Vice President in the Alternative Energy Investing business.
Greg graduated from The George Washington University with a BBA in finance, and was awarded the CFA charter. He serves on the boards of TerraLUX, M-KOPA Solar, and Friends Of Hudson River Park.
Itamar serves as Head of Applied Research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. He works with the firm's sector experts and economic modelling teams, providing customized research on renewable energy, commodity markets and business strategy. His recent work included market outlooks for solar energy, strategic analysis for major energy companies and an assessment of business models in off-grid solar markets.
Itamar previously worked in the investment banking and wealth management division at UBS. Itamar holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Col (Res) Itai Peleg is a 27 year veteran of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including 21 years in the Home Front Command. As a current reserve officer in the Israel Home Front Command, Col Peleg is a District Commander in the Southern arena of Israel adjacent to the Gaza Strip. Following his retirement from the IDF, Col Peleg began a career as an Emergency Management and Societal Resilience consultant in Israel. Col Peleg has consulted for numerous Israeli Government ministries including the Ministry of Home Front Defense, as well as for municipal governments and the business community. Col Peleg has been involved in numerous Israeli International Humanitarian Aid Missions (eg, Turkey, Greece and Kenya) as well as been involved in all of the major Israeli Civil Defense exercises in the last decade, either as a planner or as part of the exercise audience.
Limor Nakar-Vincent is the Director of U.S. Business Development & BIRD Energy at the BIRD Foundation.
BIRD Foundation (www.birdf.com) was established in 1977 by the U.S. and Israeli governments to develop and fund industrial Research & Development partnerships between companies from both countries on a project specific basis. Located in Israel, Ms. Nakar-Vincent is responsible for initiating business matchmaking activities between Israeli and American companies, and strategic growth initiatives as well as promoting and managing BIRD Energy.
Serving in key positions both in Israel and the United States, Ms. Nakar-Vincent has extensive experience in building strategic alliances between Israeli and American companies, with strong knowledge and experience in U.S.-Israel policy and business relations.
From 2003 till September 2010, Ms. Nakar-Vincent served as East Coast and Midwest Representative of the BIRD Foundation in United States.
From 1997 to 2002, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was the Economic Consul to the Southeastern and Midwestern United States. In this position, Ms. Nakar strived to promote trade, as well as economic, technological and investment cooperation between Israel and the United States.
Prior to her appointment in the United States, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was the Director of the North American Department at the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Jerusalem. During this period, Ms. Nakar –Vincent directed the activity of Israel’s trade representatives in the United States and Canada, and coordinated the negotiations between Israel and Canada that led to the signing of the Free Trade Agreement between Israel and Canada in July 1996.
From 1992 to 1994, Ms. Nakar-Vincent was a trader and an analyst in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.
Ms. Nakar-Vincent holds an MBA and a BA in Economics and Management, both from Tel Aviv University.
An energy expert with over 30 years of working experience in the field of energy policy, strategic planning and clean energy technologies, Dr. Pradeep Monga is presently working as Director of Energy Branch at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna.
Prior to joining UNIDO in 2001, Dr. Monga worked with UNDP for over five years overseeing their energy and environment portfolio in India. Before starting his UN career, Dr. Monga has held senior positions in the Government of India, and undertook several international assignments with the World Bank, FAO and other multi/bi-lateral organizations. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Monga has been a visiting Fellow at TERI, New Delhi, and World Resources Institute, Washington DC, and completed leadership and change management programme at the Harvard Business School. He is closely involved in strengthening of global partnerships and networks on energy such as UN Energy, Global Bioenergy Partnership, REEEP, REN 21, and has been closely associated with the global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) launched by UN Secretary General at Rio + 20 in June 2012.
Dr. Monga has presented technical papers in over 45 international seminars and workshops in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development focusing on energy policies, technology transfer and capacity building issues in developing countries and economies in transition. He has several technical papers to his credit, and has organized several global forum activities. He has co-authored three books namely (a) Rural Energy Alternatives in the Hilly Areas; (b) Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development in the Himalayas; and (c) Renewable Energy and Environment - A Policy Analysis for India, and working on his fourth book on Renewable Energy for Industrial Applications: A Case Study of India.
Miranda Schreurs became Director of the Environmental Policy Research Center and Professor of Comparative Politics at the Freie Universitaet Berlin in 2007. In 2008, she was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment, a consultative committee of the German Federal government. In 2011, she became chair of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils, a network of advisory councils across Europe. In this year, she was also appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Ethics Commission on a Safe Energy Supply, charged with advising the German government with advice regarding energy questions in the post-Fukushima era, and later to an expert advisory body to consider paths towards sustainability. She was the 2009-2010 Fulbright New Century Scholar Program’s Distinguished Leader and in this capacity co-ordinated the program’s activities on the Role of the University as Knowledge Center and Innovation Driver.
She has extensive experience with comparative research on environment and energy policy governance. Much of her work has looked at policy making and implementation processes and the roles of various actors, including the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and citizens’ movements.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Leehee holds a Law degree from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya as well as a dual degree in International Relations and Sociology from the Hebrew University. Prior to joining the Adam Teva V’Din team two years ago, Leehee worked at the Ministry of Justice in the Department of International Law. Leehee deals with the nexus between environment and economy including energy – such as advancing the use of cleaner and renewable energies, air quality, industry and natural resources.
Leehee has represented Adam Teva V’Din, inter alia, in advocating for environmental concerns and the public interest during the legislation of the Sheshinski 2 recommendations, litigating the environmental aspects of Israel's "Natural Gas Framework" as well as other significant projects on behalf of the NGO - i.e. the end of the franchise of the Dead Sea and leading the planning objection regarding the expansion of the Bazan Oil Refineries compound in Haifa
ADAM TEVA V’DIN is Israel’s leading environmental advocacy organization, focusing on the human, lived-in environment. Using the power of law, science and advocacy, Adam Teva V’Din is shaping Israeli policy to protect the country’s environment, public health and quality of life. The experience and innovative advocacy of the organization’s expert team of attorneys, scientists and urban planners have significantly improved Israel’s air quality, drinking water standards, recycling practices, coastal and open space protection and have helped to strengthen Israel’s civil society.
Ariella is the Innovation Manager at General Motors Israel where she leads all activity related to identifying, analyzing and integrating mobility related innovation from the local Israeli ecosystem into GM.
Prior to joining GM, Ariella was an associate with ICV, a cleantech focused venture capital fund and also voluntarily co-organized CleanIsrael, the largest cleantech professional network in Israel. Before ICV, Ariella worked at the environmental law department of Yuval Levy & Co. Ariella holds an LL.M degree from Georgetown University, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and an LL.B in a combined program of Law and Environmental Studies from the Hebrew University. Ariella is an alumni of an elite intelligence unit of the IDF.
Alexis Abramson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at CWRU, is the director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute.
Dr. Abramson has been with the Case School of Engineering since 2003, where she has focused her research on novel techniques for thermal characterization of nanostructures; the design and synthesis of unique nanomaterials for use in alternative energy applications; virtual energy audits for building energy efficiency; and strategies to accelerate technology commercialization at universities and research institutions.
On temporary assignment to the federal government from 2011-2013, Dr. Abramson provided strategic leadership and oversight to the Emerging Technologies Team at the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, which invests about $90 million per year in the research, development and commercialization of energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies that are within five years of being market-ready. Dr. Abramson’s work focused on public engagement, peer-reviewed quantitative analysis and a re-structured prioritization of federal investment projects.
From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Abramson was a Senior Fellow at NorTech, Northeast Ohio’s tech-based economic development organization. There, she focused on enabling economic development in Northeast Ohio by leveraging technology development and commercialization opportunities at companies and academic institutions in the region.
Dr. Abramson received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA.