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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 Hub, 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 Hub, 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
12:00-13:30
Eilat as a Unique Model for a Smart Solar City
Chair: Elad Tofel
Big Blue Hall

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 Economy

Chair: Dr. Noam Mozes
Tarshish Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 14:40-16:00
16:00-17:15

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

Chair: Adv. Eitan Parnas
Big Blue Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 16:00-17:15
Innovation in Algae Biotechnology
Chair: Séance Ministry
Tarshish Hall

Innovation in Algae Biotechnology

Chair: Séance Ministry
Tarshish Hall
Monday, November 28, 2016, 16:00-17:15
17:15-18:00
Coffee Break at the Exhibition
Foyer

Coffee Break at the Exhibition

Foyer
Monday, November 28, 2016, 17:15-18:00
18:00-20:00
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, 18:00-20:00
20:00-23:00
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, 20:00-23:00
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Micro-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
Global Renewable Energy Business Opportunities
Chair: Adv. Orit Marom
Big Blue Hall

Global Renewable Energy Business Opportunities

Chair: Adv. Orit Marom
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: TBA
Big Blue Hall

Eilat-Eilot Off-Grid Hub

Chair: TBA
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 13:25-14:25
Storage – Will li-ion Batteries Become the New PV?
Chair: Dr. Igor Dargi
Tarshish Hall

Storage – Will li-ion Batteries Become the New PV?

Chair: Dr. Igor Dargi
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: Roni 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 Send
Big Blue Hall

Latest Research in Energy Public Policy

Chair: Prof. Itai Send
Big Blue Hall
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 16:50-18:00

Clean Energy and Water – Regional Development in the Mediterranean Countries

Chair: Dr. Rona tzarfati
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