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Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference

February 28-29, Eilat, Israel

Conference Chairs

Dorit Banet
Noam Ilan

Keynote Speakers

Dror Bin

CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority

Aya Avidor

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Natural Gas Lines Company (INGL)

Galit Cohen

former Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Senior researcher In INSS

Sessions Chairpersons

Mr. Eitan Parnass

CEO & founder of Green Energy Association of Israel

Limor Nakar-Vincent

Deputy Executive Director of Business & Development, BIRD Energy

Galit Kenigsberg

Climate Economy, Co-Founder of ‘Electricity 100’

Dorit Hochner

Senior Director of Physical Planning at the Ministry of Energy

Prof. Lior Elbaz

Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University

Prof. Ram Fishman

Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Zviya Baron

CEO CtD

Dr. Yael Barash Harman

Head of R&D Division, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Sinai Gohar Barak

Head of the International Ecosystem Development, DeserTech

Dr. Nurit Gal

Senior Energy Consultant

Nahum Yehoshua

Manager of the Clean Transportation Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Amos Lasker

CEO of the EnergyCom Community

Uriel Babczyk

Head of Sustainable energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Dr. Liad Ortar

Head of Shibolet ESG

Tal Avishai

Head of the Long-term Policy and Strategic Projects Division at the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructures

Oved Yavin

Manager At Doral Agro, Doral Group

Dr. Amit Mor

CEO of Eco Energy

Rammy Molcho

Chief Economist & Business Development at Taavura Holdings Ltd.

Roni Elhalal Givon

Founder & Director of the Women in Energy Community

Lihie Iuclea

ESG Department Leader, BDO Israel

Adv. Galit Ofer

Partner, Shibolet & Co.

Shon Dana

CEO at Ignite the Spark

Daniel Baron

Project manager at Energycom

Dr. Doron Markel

CEO at Ignite the SparkChief Scientist, KKL - JNF

Michal Weiss-Navon

VP Investor Relations, Legal Company Secretary & ESG manager, Doral.

Speakers

Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus

Amira Oron

Israeli ambassador to Egypt

Amir Shavit

Chairman of the Electricity Authority

Eli Lankri

Eilat Mayor

Dr. Bracha Halaf

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gravity Climate-Fund & Venture Studio

Azaria Davidov

Founder & CEO of ASTORIA Cyber

Shlomo (Sami) Turgeman

Chair of Board. NOGA -The Israel Independent System Operator

Rani Lifshitz

Founder and CEO of Teralight

Yaki Noyman

CEO Doral Group

Amichay Bram

VP Operations and Engineering, Sonol

Einat Dattner

CEO of the Israeli Energy Forum (NGO)

Shay Peretz

CEO at Ralco Energy

Yair Rubenstein

VP Business Development, Israel Natural Gas Lines- INGL

Shlomi Basson

Deputy CEO of Bazan Group

Zvika Klier

CEO, TIGI

Omer Tamir

CEO EcoTraders

Lior Handelsman

General Partner, Grove Ventures

Chen Herzog

Partner & chief economist of BDO Consulting

Cnaan Aviv

CTO (Chief technology officer) & Co-Founder of “Make My Day”

Shani Hinkis-Barak

Deputy Director of the Planning and Environment Division at Aviv Company

Janet Shalom

Head of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Asaf Wassercug

CEO BL Energy

Ran Raiz

Head of Transportation Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection, State of Israel

Dr. Yoav Lindemann

Manager, the National Development of waste-treatment infrastructures at the Ministry of Environmental protection

Irit Heitner Shayo

Manager of Local Authorities and Projects, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Liran Dor

CEO of Boson Energy

Rinat Greenberg

VP EPM & ESG at Maytronics

Dovi Miller

Chairman of Kibbutz Ma'ale Gilboa

Tzvi Ben-David

CEO of SunGrow

Shmuel Turgeman

CEO, Israel Natural Gas Lines- INGL

Elad Topel

Director of Energy and Smart City, Eilat Municipality: Climate urban innovation in Eilat

Yori Bronshtein

Executive Vice President, Dan Group

Rotem Arad

Business Development Manager, H2pro

Shelli Zargary

Communications Strategist & Climatech Evangelist, Gencell

Moran Kirshner Goldberg

CEO at Zohar CleanTech

Lior Shmueli

Director, Alternative Fuels, Dor Chemicals Group

Ronit Eshel

Senior Director, Head of National Climate-tech Action and Industry R&D, Israel Innovation Authority

Prof. Moshe Herzberg

Head of the Desalination and Water Treatment Department, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, BGU

Amnon Epstein

Founding Partner, Co-Head of Energy Infrastructure & Climate Department, Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Matan Benjamin

Director, S&P Global Ratings, Maalot

Maya Jacobs

Co-Founder and CEO, Climate Net - Networking to Net Zero

Shirly Levi

Senior head of the Planning and Environment Division

Oz Levi

VP for Electricity and Regulation

Ido Tutnauer

Business Development Representative, Shizen International

Gilad Yavetz

co-founder, CEO, and director of Enlight Renewable Energy

Pasquale Rufrano

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Desk - ITA Tel Aviv

Eli Lipman

VP R&D, Brenmiller Energy

Roni Sussman

CEO, AquaculTech

Ed Hofland

Entrepreneur, member of Kibbutz Ketura, Chairman of Ardag, Algatech and Arava Power Company.

Avital Yanovski

ESG manager, Phoenix

Yaron Gefen

CTO, Innovation Africa

John P. Michele

Department of Energy Attaché

Orit Marom Albeck

Partner at Shibolet’s Infrastructure, Project Finance, Environment and Cleantech practice.

Oren Ezer

CEO, Electreon

Prof. Ofir Rubin

The Department of Public Policy and Management, The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and The Goldman Sonnenfeldt School of Sustainability and Climate Change, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Guy Lichtenstern

Regional Technical Manager, SolarEdge

Ilan Ben-David

Co-Founder & CTO, Zooz Power

Hila Lipman

Director of Energy, Smart Infrastructures & Advanced Industry, Israel Export Institute

Prof. Erel Avineri

Head, M.Sc. Program in Energy and Power Systems Engineering at Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering

Hilit Almog

VP of business development, Smartcon Tec by Aluminum Construction group

Honi Kabalo

VP of Revenue and Product Development, Enlight MENA

Sharon Alaluf

Head of ESG- Bank Hapoalim

Sofronis Papageorgiou

Head of the Cyprus Embassy Trade Center (CTC) in Tel Aviv

Alon Segall

Team Manager, NZO

Dr. Gideon Friedmann

CTO at NetZero Technology Ventures

Riki Mor

Customer Relations and Corporate Responsibility Manager, Mekorot

Matty Katz

CEO Synvertec

Yam Efrati

Managing Director Doral Hydrogen

Dr. Dror Yitzhak

R&D and Risk Department, Noga – Israel Independent System Operator

Ron Eifer

Head of Sustainable Energy Division, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Sharon Hazor

Head of Policy Planning and Strategy Division, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Guy Deknuydt

Head of Sustainable Energy for Local Authorities at the Israel Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Prof. Itay Fischhendler

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Head of the Program in Management & Policy of Natural Resources and the Environment, Department of Geography, Hebrew university

Dr. Moshe Tshuva

Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering, Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering

Dorit Banet

Founder & CEO of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative

Dorit Davidovich Banet co-founded and CEO of Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative for the past 14 years and co-founder and chair of directors at “Keilot Israel” & “Keilot Kenya” founded two years ago. Prior to those positions Dorit was the founder and the head of the environmental office at the Eilot Regional Council and Eilat town’ in southern Israel for eight years.

The Eilat-Eilot initiative has raised more than $20 million, to operate and demonstrate a self-sustaining model for solving the energy crisis by advancing all necessary components while generating sustainable regional development:

  • Leading the process of constructing the largest decentralized solar power stations in Israel, providing 150% of electricity demand, during daytime all year long.
  • Implementing storage for reaching clean energy independence 24/7.
  • Founders and shareholders in VC “Capital Nature” that invests in innovative clean technologies.
  • Operating beta-sites for demonstrating clean energy technologies.
  • Planning the first microgrid in Israel of 500 MW installed+ storage.
  • Conducting academic courses with Israel’s top schools and universities in the fields of engineering, economic and policy.
  • Holding the Eilat-Eilot International conference and various hackathons and other events that have become the beating heart of the clean energy industry in Israel.


Keilot company, valued at $2.5 million after two years of operation, operates among small holder farmers by demonstrating and implementing Zero Carbon innovative technologies for essential households needs, and building clean energy solutions for big energy “off takers”. Keilot is using microfinance program for the farmers & cooperatives and at the same time operates an R&D center for Zero Carbon technologies in the Arava valley, Israel.

Dorit holds a master’s degree in Geomorphology from Ben-Gurion University, focusing on stratigraphic issues and earthquakes. She holds a B.A. in Geography from Haifa University.

Noam Ilan

CEO of ViaCool, an innovative Agrotech startup

Currently CEO of ViaCool, and innovative Agrotech startup
Electreon Wireless – VP business development 2019- 2022. and member of the board of directors 2015.- 2018
Noam co- founded in 2011 Capital Nature, the most successful cleantech investment company in Israel – 4 of the company’s portfolio companies are currently traded in the Tel Aviv stock exchange, among them Electreon.
In 2006 Noam was co-founder of the Eilat Eilot renewable energy initiative, one of the founding entities of renewable energy in Israel, promoting renewable energy development and implementation as a regional engine for the southern part of Israel. Noam has been also the founder and co-chair of the Eilat -Eilot renewable energy conference, one of the leading cleantech conferences in the world
In 1995 Noam co-founded and was the CEO of Cortext Ltd. one of the first Internet related software companies in Israel
Noam has a BA in business and MA in environmental studies, both from the Tel Aviv university

Dror Bin

CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority

Dror Bin is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.

Prior to his role at the Authority, Dror served as President and CEO of RAD Data Communications, a leading global telecom network solutions company with hundreds of employees at the company’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, a manufacturing center in Jerusalem and development center in Beer Sheva as well as dozens of corporate branches around the world.

Dror also served in a series of positions for close to a decade at Comverse Technology, the last one as a member of the management team and VP of Global Sales. Following this, Dror served as a venture partner at Carmel Ventures and a chairman at several of its portfolio companies. In addition, Dror served as a partner at Shaldor, a leading management consulting firm in Israel, where he led the development and implementation of business and marketing strategies for major organizations in the financial, consumer, retail, high-tech, banking and other industries.

Dror holds two bachelor’s degrees from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology: one in systems information engineering and the other in industrial management, as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University.

Aya Avidor

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Israel Natural Gas Lines Company (INGL)

Aya Avidor has a B.A degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University. She has held several executive positions in the corporate world, including Deputy CEO of Nesher Cement Company and CEO of Mashav Energy. Aya has also served as the Chairman of subsidiaries of Mashav Development and a Director of IAI. As a member of INGL’s Board of Directors, she also heads INGL’s Innovation Committee.

Galit Cohen

Head of climate and national security program at the Inss

As Director of the Program on Climate Change at the INSS, Cohen is working to identify and analyze risks and opportunities for Israel’s national security in the field of climate change. In her former position as Director General of the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection, Cohen served as Israel’s most senior environmental regulator. She has over 20 years of experience in initiating and managing national policy transformations, while implementing her deep understanding of international trends and governmental reforms, environmental and climate technologies, and financial issues. In Israel, she spearheaded performance-driven innovative projects and national partnerships between sectors and agencies, created new markets for green investments, and transformed financial regulations to address climate and environmental risks. On the global level, Cohen has led regulatory forums in international arenas such as the OECD, the UN, regional forums, and China

Eitan Parnass

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

Eitan Parnass is the founder & Director General of the Green Energy Association of Israel (formerly REEEAI), the main Renewables & Energy Efficiency advocacy organization in Israel. Established in 2009 by Parnass, GEA-IL is promoting for the past 8 years 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 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. In 2017 the Renewable Energy Goals Act was approved by parliament, marking a great achievement for GEA-IL and the Israeli RES industry.
GEA-IL enjoys the recognition of national and local government in Israel and represents the green energy industry at various committees and decision making platforms. The holistic approach to Energy has gained GEA-IL strong bond with the Israeli Energy & Sustainability community, including NGOs, experts, public figures, aside regulators and decision makers.

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 served as Board Member & Secretary (2015-2017). Parnass has also served as Board Member to various NGOs including the Israel Sustainable Energy Society (ISES), 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 (1971), he holds Honours law degree from the University of Warwick UK and LL.m law degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Limor Nakar-Vincent

Deputy Executive Director for Business Development & BIRD Energy, 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 the BIRD Energy program which has funded fifty-five projects with a total government investment of approximately $42 million.

Serving in key positions in both 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 the 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.

Before 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.

Galit Kenigsberg

Green Business Development

Galit is an environmental economist, focusing on environmental business development & “how to” tools for ESG investments & implementation, within the Israeli private market, in the face of the climate crisis. She is co-founder of the “Israeli Environmental Arena”, a multi-sector environmental initiative that promotes cooperation and science-based solutions for the private sector towards a sustainable and resilient economy. The arena works with partners from various branches of the business sector, together with the Department of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University and leading representatives of the private sector and third sector environmental organizations.

Dorit Hochner

Senior Director of Physical Planning at the Ministry of Energy

Focused on creating sustainable planning policies for energy infrastructures including promotion of large-scale plans. Leading the Adaptation of the Planning and Building law in order to encourage the proliferation of Renewable Energies, especially solar technology (PV). Promoting a “dual-use” framework for land integrated with renewable energies. Developing a “road map” to support the execution of the Governmental goal of 30% Renewable Energies by Year 2030. Leading the preparation of a planning policy for energy storage facilities, and a plan for agro-voltaic research and development.
In addition, serves as a Director on the Board of NOGA – Israel Independent System Operator.

Prof. Lior Elbaz

Head of the Israel Fuel Cells Consortium

Prof. Lior Elbaz has a BSc, MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. During his graduate studies, he became an expert in electrochemistry and electrocatalysis. After finishing his PhD, he joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA, a world leader in the development of fuel cell technology, where he developed new catalysts and advanced materials for fuel cells, in order to reduce their price and increase their durability. After almost four years at Los Alamos, Lior came back to Israel to take a position at the Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University. After his return to Israel, Lior established and the Israeli Fuel Cells Consortium (IFCC), composed of 12 leading Israeli labs, generously funded by the Israeli prime minister’s office. Lior is also the official representative of the Israeli Ministry of Energy to the International Energy Agency’s Executive Committee for Advanced Fuel Cells. In the capacity of the head of the IFCC, Lior is in direct contact and collaboration with parallel consortia leaders in the US, Germany and Japan. Lior is currently promoting the hydrogen energy economy in Israel, working together with all relevant ministries and companies to prepare Israel for the Hydrogen revolution.

Ram Fishman

Associate Professor Dept. of Public Policy Tel Aviv University

Ram Fishman is a associate professor of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University and the director of the Nitsan lab for sustainable development (nitsan.sites.tau.ac.il), which aims to bridge the gap between Israeli innovation and low income users in developing countries through intensive field work.

Ram is a development and environment economist, whose research is focused on sustainable agriculture, water scarcity and climate change, with an emphasis on developing countries. His work employs a mix of field work, field experiments and the analysis of socio-economic and environmental data. His papers have been published in leading peer reviewed journals in Economics and Sustainability Science.

Prior to coming to TAU, Ram was an assistant professor of Economics at George Washington University, and prior to that, a Giorgio Ruffolo post-doctoral fellow in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ram holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, a M.Sc. in Physics from the Weitzman Institute and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.

[email protected]
https://www.ram.sites.tau.ac.il/

Zviya Baron

CEO CtD

Zviya Baron, is a seasoned innovation Ms. Baron is a seasoned innovation professional with 25 years of hands-on innovation experience and eco-system building. She has more than 15 years of innovation consulting track record with both government agencies and multi-billion corporations on innovation strategies and policies.

Currently, she is Head of Innovation at Israel Electric Corporate (IEC), which with 3 million customers and an annual revenue of USD5 Billion, is Israel’s main electricity provider. Ms. Baron is the first person ever in this role and is responsible for setting up the innovation strategy, implementing both open-innovation and corporate innovation methodologies and heading the corporate through the major energy transition ahead of us.

Previously, Ms. Baron was the founder and Head, of HANGAR by IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries), a $4bl. company, a commercial aviation start up hub. In that role, she initiated an open-innovation model customized to the needs of a state-owned company and start-ups alike. Her major success is the forming of a commercial aviation eco-system consisted of start-up companies, technology partners, airlines, regulators and co-optitors alike.

For twelve years, she acted as Director of Innovation at Petroquantum B.V, a Dutch based energy consulting firm, she incepted the innovation practice in Israel. there, she formed innovation strategies and designed innovation policies and tools for academia, government agencies and the industry. She also served as the “in-house” advisor of the Israeli National Innovation Energy committee at the Israeli National R&D Council which was aimed at building and expanding the energy eco-system in Israel. She has reached that role after playing a substantial role in the founding teams when her last role was as a CEO of an energy start-up company.

Ms. Baron is a visiting professor to various Israeli universities giving courses on innovation and green entrepreneurship to both graduate students and PhD’s. She is a keynote speaker on innovation in various capacities.

Ms. Baron earned her BA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her MBA at the
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Yael Barash Harman

Director of Technologies and Renewable Energy, Office of the Chief Scientist, Israel Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Yael Harman, has a PhD in Environmental policy, MBA and a master in ecology and microbiology. Yael is the Head of R&D at the Chief Scientist’s Office at the Israeli Ministry of Energy. Before working for the ministry she was one of the founders of BioPetroClean, Israeli start-up in the field of industrial waste water. Yael see herself as an entrepreneur in governmental work. As such she seeks out original ways to approach problems and opportunities, and have been fortunate to have been able to lead a number of projects that are making a difference to the Israeli energy market such as: AgriPV mega project, Waste to Energy (Hydrogen), DR program and more.

Since 2023 Yael has moved to Berlin, she is leading the German Israel partnership on Energy and Cyber security from the Israeli side

Sinai Gohar Barak

Head of International Ecosystem Development, DeserTech

Sinai is Head of the International Ecosystem Development of DeserTech, forming new strategic partnerships, and leading open innovation processes worldwide. In her role she works closely with a variety of international organizations, from, the business and the public sector, to explore and design processes for exploring and implementing desert technologies. Prior to joining the Israel Innovation Institute, Sinai was the director of the social innovation unit at SIT, working closely with non-profit organizations such as municipalities, government offices, academia, and NGO’s. Sinai is an experienced Innovation facilitator; she holds a BA in Sociology and lives in a southern Kibbutz.

Nurit Gal

Senior Energy Consultant

Dr. Nurit Gal is the CEO of e-NRGY consultancy. Prior to that, she was head of regulation and vice chairman of the Israeli Electricity Authority. In this capacity, she led the implementation of Israel’s renewable targets, designed the Israeli wholesale electricity market, and led the long-term planning of the electricity sector. Dr. Gal holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Math, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, a Master in Energy Policy from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Sc. in Operations Research from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation is titled: “The effect of fuel cost uncertainty on investments in competitive electricity markets.”

Nahum Yehoshua

Manager of the Clean Transportation Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Economist with a master’s degree in public policy from Tel-Aviv University and a master’s degree in environment from Haifa University.
He worked as an economist at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and for the last decade he is the chief economist of the Fuel Administration. Since the beginning of the year, he has been the head of the Clean Transportation Division in the Sustainable Energy Division of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.

Amos Lasker

CEO of the EnergyCom community

35 years of experience as founder and manager of local and international companies in the areas of Energy, Telecommunications, Infrastructure and HighTech.
Mr. Lasker is the former CEO & President of Israel Electric Corporation (IEC), the government-owned vertically integrated electric utility with a yearly turnover of $5 Billion.
Currently, among other activities, he is:

  • The CEO of EnergyCom – The Israeli Innovation energy community
  • The Founder and CEO of Amrav investment

 

He holds B.A & M.B.A in Economics & Business Management and M.A. in Philosophy of Science, all from Tel-Aviv University.

Uriel Babczyk

Head of Sustainable energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Uriel Babczyk, Senior Department Manager of Engineering and Implementation in the Sustainable Energy Division in the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. The unit is responsible, among other things, for formulating and implementing Israel’s strategy for the transition of local authorities to sustainable energy, the national energy efficiency policy and enforcement of the Energy Sources law. As part of his work, he led among others, the government decision approve the National Plan for Energy Efficiency, the reform in electrical appliances import, and implementation of grants to local authorities.

Uriel worked in Tel Aviv Yafo 2007-2012, established and managed the Department for Sustainable Planning and Energy Planning at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Engineering Authority and led, among others, the institutionalization of green building practices in planning regulation and its implementation in dozens of municipal urban projects – buildings and public space design. He also initiated innovative policies such as the sustainable communities’ city initiative, the urban shading master plan and the sustainable storm water master plan.

Uriel holds a degree in architecture from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and a master’s degree in urban planning and development from UCL London.”

Tal Avishai

Head of the Long-term Policy and Strategic Projects Division at the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructures

Tal Avishai is the Head of the Long-term Policy and Strategic Projects Division at the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Infrastructures, including leading the energy plan for the “Tkuma” region, the development of energy economic models, and the plan for the energy sector in Israel for 2050.

Prior to her current role, Tal was a project leader at the Israeli Ministry of Transport. Including overall responsibility for priority lanes (bus and HOV lanes), as well as mass-transit projects, congestion fees, and other supportive projects. This involved policy development, budgeting, planning, and execution.

Tal is a lawyer and a mediator, with an LL.B. degree from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Amit Mor

CEO of Eco Energy

Amit Mor, an energy & environmental economist, energy strategist, and financial analyst, is the CEO of Eco Energy Financial & Strategic Consulting.  He earned his Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental & Mineral Economics at Penn State University (1997). He studied Economics, Finance and Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Mor served as a consultant to governments, financial organizations, public and private companies. He specializes in Middle East and European energy including Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turley, and other countries in the region. During the past 35 years he worked intensively on issues concerning the development of the East MED renewable energy and natural gas sectors and led the team that prepared the Energy Master Plan for the State of Israel and participated in the World Bank team that prepared Energy Master Plans for the Palestinian Authority. He is also serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Reichman University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – and teaches courses on Middle East energy and environmental economics, geopolitics, Strategy and Security.

He is also serving as a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Policy & Strategy (IPS) at Reichman University. Dr. Mor published the book “Renewable Energy in the Middle East – Enhancing security through regional cooperation”, Springer, October 2009, under the “NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: Environmental Security” (co-editor with Michael Mason). Please see http://www.springer.com/978-1-4020-9890-1

Rammy Molcho

Chief Economist & Business Development at Taavura Holdings Ltd.

Taavura is a leading mobility, transportation, logistics, energy & services Group based in Israel.

By offering elite solutions across a wide range of fields, such as logistics & haulage, importing trucks, buses, and heavy equipment into Israel, as well as importing cars and light commercial vehicles into Central Europe, Taavura has built a strong reputation in the market by providing decades of loyal service, excellence, and professionalism. In addition, Taavura is involved in the energy sector, environment sector and more.

In addition to being Chief Economist of the Group, Rammy is the Chairperson of Shmerling Synchro Energy Engineering, Taavura Energy, Venta Marketing, as well as serving on the boards of several of the group’s companies.

“Morning of Hydrogen” is Rammy’s recurring event that brings together key leaders from Israel’s hydrogen ecosystem to accelerate adoption of hydrogen-powered clean energy solutions.

Roni Elhalal Givon

Founder & Director of the Women in Energy Community

Roni Elhalal Givon is an environmental engineer with an M.A. in energy management and policy and an M.B.A. specializing in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Roni is the founder and director of the Women In Energy community in Israel and is active in the Energy-Tech ecosystem.
Works in climate energy innovation in innovation incubator and acceleration programs.

Lihie Iuclea

ESG Department Leader, BDO Israel

Lihie is an environmental engineer and a sustainability professional with vast professional knowledge and practical experience in environmental resources management, industrial emissions reduction, land-based sources pollution in the marine environment, developing advanced regulation, and its implementation. Additionally, Lihie has local experience consulting the public and private sectors in Israel and international experience consulting the UN.
Before her current position, Lihie supported the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection in developing environmental regulation for Israel’s major industrial plants and in the implementation of international legislation in Israel in the fields of integrated regulation and the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR). Furthermore, Lihie was the regional consultant for the Preparation of the Regional Plan for Urban Wastewater Treatment for the Protection of the Mediterranean for the Barcelona Convention Secretariat at UNEP.
Lihie is leading the ESG department at BDO Israel. There, she advises many clients on their ESG journey, including how to improve and implement ESG into business strategies and reports, develop ESG policies, manage climate and ESG risks and opportunities, develop green financing opportunities, and use responsible investing tools.

Adv. Galit Ofer

Partner, Shibolet & Co.

Adv. Ofer is the head of the Environment and Sustainability Practice at Shibolet.
She has extensive experience conducting environmental due diligence through mergers and acquisitions transactions, investments, financing, and funding rounds.
She advises businesses on environmental and climate risks. In addition, she provides corporate and commercial advice to startups and investors in the fields of climate tech, renewable energy, and clean tech, as well as assistance to corporations in carbon trading transactions through international and local voluntary mechanisms.
Adv. Ofer conducts compliance audits and enforcement programs in the fields of environment, safety, and ESG, assists in environmental crisis management, and represents clients, factories, and industries vis-à-vis regulators, plaintiffs, and prosecutors.

Shon Dana

CEO at Ignite the Spark

Shon Dana is a driven CEO at Ignite the Spark, the energy tech community of Israel, who has a passion for innovation and creating solutions to tackle climate change focusing on the toughest to decarbonize sector. With experience in electrical engineering, project management, and product development, Shon leverages a dynamic blend of interpersonal finesse and technical acumen to manage & empower a thriving community of over 4500 individuals. Fostering a culture of collaboration, inclusivity and innovation, while driving engagement and spearheading building impactful initiatives that drive positive change within the energy sector and beyond. Shon has a BSc in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Power and Energy Systems.

Daniel Baron

Project manager at Energycom

Meet Daniel, the Development Manager at Energycom – the pioneering energy innovation community of Israel. His role revolves around fostering foreign relations, generating and making opportunities available to the key players in the energy sector, writing the annual energy ecosystem mapping report of Israel, and much more. Daniel’s extensive expertise and vast network encompass all the key stakeholders within the entrepreneurial and investor landscape.

Having graduated with a degree in biology and philosophy from Tel Aviv University, Daniel embarked on an entrepreneurial journey in the realm of recreation in Tel Aviv. However, a higher calling drove him towards making a positive impact and advocating for meaningful initiatives. This passion led to the creation of “Alternativa – The Sustainability Podcast of Israel,” a platform where Daniel engages in meaningful conversations with inspiring individuals steering Israel towards a more sustainable future. Join Daniel in his pursuit to bridge the gap between people, humanity, and the environment, as he envisions a brighter tomorrow for us all.

Dr. Doron Markel

Chief Scientist, KKL - JNF

As the Chief Scientist of KKL-JNF, a role he has held since November 2018, Dr. Markel oversees the research and professional aspects of the organization’s core activities, including the aquatic environments, sustainability and leading KKL-JNF R& D in relation to the climate crisis.

During 2021 and 2022 Dr. Markel has represented KKL-JNF at the Expo Dubai during the Climate and Sustainability week and the Water week. In October 2022 he also led the Climate Solution Prize research competition together with JNF Canada.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Markel served as Head of the Lake Kinneret Watershed Monitoring and Management Department at the Israeli Water Authority.

Between 2008-2013 he represented the State of Israel at the Red Sea-Dead Sea Conveyance Feasibility Study, led by the World Bank.

From 2009-2018 he also served as an external lecturer at the Geography Department of the University of Haifa.

Dr. Markel received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Ph.D. thesis dealt with the biogeochemical cycles of sulfur and iron in the re-flooded Hula wetland (Agamon Hula) in northern Israel.

Michal Weiss-Navon

VP Investor Relations, Legal Company Secretary & ESG manager, Doral.

Michal joined Doral in 2015, over the years Michal served in various positions within the company, including VP of Business Development and VP of Investor relations. Michal is responsible for Doral’s corporate governance and ESG reporting.
Prior to Doral Group, Mrs. Michal was a Legal advisor in the capital market practice at Firon Law firm.
Michal holds LL.B from The College of Management Academic Studies.
Member of the Israel Bar since 2011.

Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus

Ambassador Kornelios S. Korneliou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus on 29 June 1963.

He graduated from Kykkos High School in Nicosia and studied Political Science, Philosophy and American Cultural History at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich, Germany. He wrote a thesis on “Greece’s Membership in the European Economic Community and its consequences on its foreign policy”.

Since 1989, Ambassador Korneliou is a member of the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Cyprus. He served at the Embassy of Cyprus in Germany, as Director of the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, Ambassador to Austria with parallel accreditation to Croatia, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, OSCE, IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTΟ and UN Office in Vienna, Director of the Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador to France with parallel accreditation to Andorra, Monaco and UNESCO and as Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels, whereas he served as President of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (COREPER II) during the first Presidency of Cyprus of the Council of the European Union (July to December 2012). He also served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and as Secretary General of European Αffairs.

From 1 April 2020 to 1 April 2023, Ambassador Korneliou served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.

Ambassador Korneliou has received several decorations from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Greece and the Holy See. He has also been awarded an Honorary doctor from the European University of the Republic of Serbia.

He is married to Xenia Nicolaidou and they have one daughter, Maria.

Amira Oron

Israeli ambassador to Egypt

Amira Oron is an accomplished diplomat with extensive experience in the Middle East and international affairs. She is currently the Ambassador to Cairo and the Director of economic affairs (Middle East) Dept. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

Her professional journey began in 1991 with the MFA, where she excelled in various roles. Notably, she served as Deputy Spokesperson for Arabic and Turkish media and as Director of Arab Press & Public Affairs.

Amira’s international expertise spans across multiple countries and positions, including Deputy Consul in Chicago, Commercial Attaché in Cairo, and Spokesperson for the Israeli Delegation to the E.U. in Brussels. Her tenure as the Charge D’affairs in Ankara, Turkey, and subsequent roles demonstrated her leadership and diplomatic acumen.

Amira holds a B.A. and M.A. in Middle East studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her professional development includes training at prestigious institutions like the National Defense University in Washington and the College of NATO in Rome. She is fluent in Hebrew, English, and Arabic, with partial command of French.

Born in Jerusalem, she is a mother of two sons.

Eli Lankri

Eilat Mayor

an Eilat resident for 59 years, the son of one of the city’s veteran citizens is married to Naomi, the father of three and grandfather of 11. Lankri holds a BA in Economics and is a graduate of shipping and port studies. Served as director of Dizengoff Company (Zim) in Eilat for 12 years, and deputy and acting mayor of Eilat for 18 years. Recently elected mayor of Eilat in special elections (2021).

As Deputy Mayor, Lankri spearheaded economics, tourism, employment, and innovation in Eilat. Served as Chairman of the Municipal Tourism Corporation, chairman of the Board of Directors that co-manages the Eilat Municipality and the Eilot Regional Council, Chairman of the Municipal Road Safety Committee, and Chairman of the Committee to maintain VAT exemption.
Among Lankri’s significant achievements are the economic recovery of the Eilat Municipality, restoration of tax benefits for residents, and continuation of VAT exemption. Lankri also spearheaded programs to diversify and expand sources of employment while emphasizing biotechnology, aquaculture, renewable energies, high tech, and remote employment. The new airport, promoting train planning to Eilat, upgrading the Arava road and more. Promoting tourism and improving the tourist product, branding Eilat as an international sports city, etc. As Mayor, Eli continues to lead the city while facing the challenges and maximizing Eilat’s enormous potential with dozens of plans for implementation, including an umbrella agreement, a coastline development plan, transportation plans, energy independence plans, a plan to diversify sources of employment, and a visionary plan he is spearheading, “The Southern Gateway”, which would transform Eilat into a global logical transportation hub.

Dr. Bracha Halaf

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Gravity Climate-Fund & Venture Studio

Dr. Bracha Halaf is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Gravity Climate, a full-stack climatech fund and venture studio operating from Israel. Between 2015-2018 Bracha served as the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Energy. During the last 4 years, Bracha earned her professional investment experience, as a Principal at Qure Ventures, Israel’s first exclusively focused digital health fund. Bracha also served as the public representative board member of the Israeli Electricity Authority from early 2019 until June 2022. Other roles and positions of Bracha during her public service include being a Board member of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation and the U.S.-Israel binational Industrial R&D foundation; a member of the National Council for Advancement of Women in Science and Technology; Chairman of the Advisory Committee for 3 National Research Institutes; and a member of the Israeli Natural Gas Authority Council. Dr. Halaf holds Ph.D in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and M.Sc. & B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Ben- Gurion University of the Negev. She also graduated from a Senior Leadership Program of the Wexner Foundation, from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and a Program for directors and senior officers, from Tel Aviv University.

Azaria Davidov

Founder and CEO of ASTORIA Cyber

With a distinguished background in the IDF and outstanding academic achievements in computer science, Azaria founded ASTORIA Cyber in 2018, showcasing exceptional talent for technology from a young age.

Under his leadership, ASTORIA Cyber has emerged as a global leader in cyber defense within the energy and water sectors. His expertise extends beyond the technical realm, demonstrating a deep understanding of the intricate interplay between technology, business needs and business threats, making ASTORIA Cyber a leading technology provider that offers a unique solution for large-scale energy management systems (EMS)

His contribution to the Energy field not only propels his company to the forefront of the cybersecurity and EMS industry but also establishes him as a respected figure among decision-makers in major international corporations.

Shlomo (Sami) Turgeman (Maj.Gen res).

Chair of the Board. NOGA -The Israel Independent System Operator Ltd.

Senior Research Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2017 – 2018)
Senior Research Fellow, International Institute for Counter – Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, (2016 – 2017)
Senior positions in the IDF:
Major General at the operational Southern Command (2013 – 2015);
Commander of Ground Forces HQ (2009 – 2013);
Division Commander (2007-2009);
Head of Operations Brigade in the Operations Directorate GHQ (2005 – 2007).
EMBA Tel Aviv University, 2003; BA in Social Sciences and Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1990.

Rani Lifshitz

Founder and CEO of Teralight

Rani Lifshitz is a visionary entrepreneur and business leader with a track record of spearheading multi-billion shekel global projects

As the Founder and CEO of Teralight since March 2017, Rani has built a powerhouse in the alternative energy sector, overseeing projects valued at billions of dollars across Israel and North America backed by a prestigious major   shareholders : Teralight is controlled by the shareolders of Menora Mivtahim group and Leumi Partners  .

Prior to Teralight, Rani served as the Founder and CEO of Solangia Ltd. Which owned by Menora Mivtahim group  from January 2010 to March 2017. Under his guidance, the company thrived within the Menora Mivtachim Group, managing €120 million worth of green energy projects in Europe and achieving a successful exit to a leading European investment fund.

With his vast experience, visionary leadership, and commitment to excellence, Rani Lifshitz continues to shape industries and create opportunities for growth and innovation on a global scale.

Rani holds a BA in Economics and an LLB from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Amichai Baram

VP Operation and Engineering, Sonol Israel LTD.

VP operation and engineering solutions at Sonol, one of Israel’s leading energy companies, for the last decade.
During the past 4 years, steering the company’s way into modern eco energy territories, including electric charging, solar energy and hydrogen fuel.

In charge of a government auction of the Israeli Department of Energy, regarding the establishment of the first hydrogen fuel station in Israel, which will allow the development of hydrogen fuel cells technology in busses and trucks.

H20 years of experience in the technological-logistical division of the IDF
Graduated industrial and management engineering (B.Sc) and business management (M.B.A) from the Technion Institute of technology in Israel.

Einat Dattner

CEO of the Israeli Energy Forum (NGO)

CEO of the Israeli Energy Forum – an NGO dedicated to promoting a renewable energy-based economy, thrue the implementation of community energy.

The organization operates as a one-stop-shop specialized in residential rooftop renewable energy production, offering a suite of services, including consulting servises for bouth residents and local aothurities, tool development, training courses, and a comprehensive knowledge center. The NGO plays a pivotal role in fostering cooperation among diverse stakeholders and spearheading the creation of policies to encourage this transition.

Before joining the Israeli Energy Forum, Einat led a network focused on Young Adults Communities and was the Director of the SFPN Lod Field Studies Center. In these roles, she managed various initiatives and programs aimed at community development and education. Einat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and the History of the Middle East from the Hebrew University.

Shay Peretz

CEO at Ralco Energy

Has 15 years of senior management experience in the defense industry and renewable energy
Bachelor of Laws LLB, Master’s degree of Business Administration MBA, MA in Public Administration and PMP certificate studies in technology project management.
Infantry Battalion Commander – Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) in active reserve service in the Gaza Division.
CEO of Ralco Energy from 2021.

Yair Rubenstein

VP Business Development, Israel Natural Gas Lines- INGL

Yair Rubinstein Graduate of the Technion in Civil Engineering. Previously worked as a design Engineer at Tahal and for about 10 years served as CEO of TMNG, a consulting, engineering and EPC firm in the field of natural gas in Israel and abroad and also held a concession in a distribution company. Works in INGL since 2021, responsible for developing export projects, gas storage and switching to hydrogen. He is also responsible for the company’s innovation field.

Shlomi Basson

Deputy CEO of Bazan Group

Shlomi Basson is the Deputy CEO of Bazan Group, the largest refinery in Israel with a market cap of over 1 billion dollars. He is in charge of the hydrogen, innovation, procurement and engagement, environment, safety and security departments. He also manages the operational response for the commercial SMR plant, hydrogen storage, distribution and refueling station. He leads Bazan’s transition strategy for green fuel and polymers. He is a task-oriented, natural leader and highly committed to the green energy revolution.
Prior to his roles in Bazan, Shlomi served in the IDF for 27 years, reaching the rank of colonel and serving as the Head of the Planning and Organization Department of the Israeli Navy. He held various command positions in the naval force.

Zvika Klier

CEO, TIGI

Prior to joining TIGI, Zvika served as CEO of 3DV Systems, the
developer of 3D video cameras, sold to Microsoft and serving as the basis for Xbox Kinect
and MS HoloLens. Prior to that he was president of Arel Communications Ltd.
(NASDAQ:ARLC). Mr. Klier is an MBA graduate of INSEAD, and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical
Engineering from the Technion, Israel.

Omer Tamir

CEO of EcoTraders

Omer has led EcoTraders for over 15 years, a consultancy in the Energy and Environment sectors.

EcoTraders aids the local industry in achieving emissions reduction, energy efficiency and implementing strategic processes for becoming carbon neutral (Net Zero).

In addition, the company leads long-term national planning processes such as the National Plan for GHG Reductions (2030), a low carbon vision for Israel by 2050, the National Energy Efficiency Plan, a carbon tax framework for Israel etc.

EcoTraders acts as an EAC aggregator for Israel, buying and selling I-RECs and has vast experience in implementing the full ‘carbon credit cycle’ from methodology development, to successful validation, verification, credit issuance and trade in both the compliance and voluntary markets.

Lior Handelsman

General Partner, Grove Ventures

Lior is a business and technology veteran who brings experience in a startup’s entire life cycle to Grove Ventures. Prior to joining as a General Partner to the fund, Lior was the founder of SolarEdge (NASDAQ:SEDG), took part in inventing and developing the company’s technology, and saw it grow from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar global company. Before SolarEdge, Lior spent 11 years leading research and development teams and directing large-scale, multidisciplinary R&D projects in power electronics, analog design, communications, and signal processing at the Intelligence Corps Technology Unit – Unit 81. Lior holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Cnaan Aviv

CTO & Co-Founder of “Make My Day”

He has extensive experience of over 25 years in R&D – various programming languages and technologies such as C/C++, PHP, Ruby, Java, JavaScript, and more.

Shani Hinkis-Barak

Strategy and Urban Planning, Deputy Director of Aviv’s Planning and Environment Division

Shani develops national, long-term strategic plans for leading companies, government ministries, authorities, and entrepreneurs.

She specializes in creating, driving, and promoting complex infrastructure and energy projects. Shani develops methodologies designed to grapple with the challenge of flexible planning under conditions of uncertainty and changing technologies — in both open areas and in renewable urban spaces.

With over 20 years of experience in planning disciplines, Shani takes part in and leads significant national projects such as the National Plan for Offshore Electrical Power Lines, the Water Transfer Plan to Jordan, the National Plan for Large Natural Gas-Fired Power Stations, the National Plan for Storage – Mavuot Gilboa, and the National Plan for Agrovoltaic R&D.

Janet Shalom

Head of Policy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Ms. Janet Shalom joined the Ministry of Energy at 2018 and started her role as the head of planning and policy at 2021. As Part of her duties, Ms. Shalom is in charge for the Ministry’s work plans, policy, regulation policy and strategic projects.
Prior to her nomination as head of planning and policy Ms. Shalom was the senior advisor to the Ministry of energy DG, Mr. Adiri
Before joining, the Ministry of Energy Ms. Shalom was the Regional Commissioner of Jerusalem and the South, in the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) at the Ministry of Labor and welfare.
She holds an LLB degree from the Faculty of Law at Hebrew University and passed the Israeli Bar Exam in 2009.
Ms. Shalom also serves at the Israeli reserve duty of the IDF as an acting officer at the “Home front commend”.

Asaf Wassercug

Chief business officer, BL Energy

Currently Chief Business Officer at BLEnergy, a leading and innovative BESS (Battery
Energy Storage Systems) integrator, based in Israel and operating worldwide.

Before, Asaf worked over ten years at the Budgets department at the Israeli Ministry of Finance. His last position was Deputy Director to the Head of the Budgets Department, in charge of economic segments. Among other things, he was responsible for R&D and the High-Tech sector, innovation and higher education, as well as employment, communications, development of the business sector, the cost of living and more. He was also a member of the department management and board member in several government authorities such as The Innovation Israeli Authority. During the years before that he held a variety of positions, including head of communications team and then head of transportation team.
Asaf led many significant process and reforms in the Israeli market, such as:

  • managing the Interactions between the business sector and the government during the Covid-19 period, formulating government policy, reducing restrictions on economic activity, formulating and implementing both wide and targeted aid plans and managing employment policy during and after the Covid period.
  • leading a massive import reform (reducing cost of living by deregulation and opening the Israeli market to more competition).
  • Telecom fiber deployment reform.

Dr. Yoav Lindemann

Manager, the National Development of waste-treatment infrastructures at the Ministry of Environmental protection

Yoav is concentrating the national effort for resolving one of Israel’s greatest infrastructure challenges: The lack of modern waste treatment facilities.

The process of building such facilities requires the joined Collaboration between the MoEP, and a wide variety of governmental ministries and authorities, municipalities, and private sector partners.

Yoav holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the field of Oceanography.

Irit Heitner Shayo

Manager of Local Authorities and Projects, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Irit leads the ministry’s strategic mission to transition to sustainable energy in local authorities. She helps the authorities build their capacity, access information and get grants for sustainable energy projects. Before working with local government, Irit developed educational and training programs in the field of sustainable energy. She holds a master’s degree in public policy and a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy, both from the Hebrew University.

Liran Dor

CEO of Boson Energy

Liran is an operative and manager with long experience in the waste treatment and gasification industries – developing and proving performance of new technology. At Boson he is responsible for all technology and development, and closely involved in commercial activities.

Prior to joining Boson, Liran served as CTO for Environmental Energy Resources (EER) Ltd in Israel. Liran was responsible for the development of the Plasma-Gasification-Melting (PGM) technology. He built and managed the Iblin demonstration plant in Israel as well as plants in Russia. Liran was involved in the business development and presented the PGMTM technology to clients and presented at several international conferences. He was the project manager of the PGM projects in Houston, Texas and in London, England. Liran was responsible for all technical, legal and commercial project aspects.

Liran liaises with several technical institutes globally and has published many papers on the gasification and plasma technology. Liran holds a degree in environmental engineering from the Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Rinat Greenberg

VP EPM & ESG at Maytronics

Rinat joined Maytronics in 2019.

Over the past five years, she has been VP of Construction and Infrastructure, Production Expansion, Regulatory, and ESG at Maytronics, a leading global technology company manufacturing robots for cleaning pools.

As a management member, Rinat is a partner in the outline of the business ESG strategy and its implementation in the operational and other divisions as responsible for realizing goals and vision.

Ph.D. A student with two degrees in business administration.

Dovi Miller

Chairman of Kibbutz Ma'ale Gilboa

Dovi Miller is chairman of Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa and is active in kibbutz management as well as kibbutz corporations management. Specializes in the promotion and development of renewable energy in a variety of fields and technologies.

Tzvi Ben David

General Manager Sungrow Power Israel

As General Manager of Sungrow Power Israel, Tzvi has successfully contracted over 1.3 GWh of Battery Energy Storage (BESS) Projects in Israel. Working with the major developers and Power Plants in Israel, Tzvi is by far representing the largest supply of BESS equipment in Israel. Before joining Sungrow Power, Tzvi spent over 20 years leading corporate sales, international business development and investments for international companies as well as for emerging start-ups in the high-tech industry.

Throughout his career, Tzvi held several managerial positions in public companies, including Siemens Energy (SIE:GR), Verifone (NYSE: PAY) and Amdocs (NYSE: DOX) where he developed a meaningful footprint in China, the USA and several European countries.

In addition, Tzvi had an active role in the Business Development of Impact First Investments – a pioneer platform combining social impact with Israeli hi-tech. Impact 1st is part of PITANGO Venture Capital – one of Israel’s largest investment funds.

Tzvi is an active investor in Israeli high-tech companies. He also volunteers with various educational youth activities including mentoring a Young Entrepreneurs Program as well as founder of the NPO of www.amiezer.org

Tzvi has a blended technology and economic background where he holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan.

Shmuel Turgeman

CEO, Israel Natural Gas Lines (INGL)

Mr. Turgeman is a Technion graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering. Previous employment includes managing the national water lines for ten years at Mekorot (Water Planning for Israel Ltd.), followed by five years as manager of the civil engineering department at Mekorot. In 2005, Mr. Turgeman joined Israel Natural Gas Lines, first as deputy manager of the engineering department, then in 2008 becoming the deputy CEO. In April, 2010 he was appointed CEO.

Elad Topel

Eilat smart city project manager

Elad Topel is the founder & Director General of ARAVA Environmental, Consulting & Technology Ltd. (ARAVA). Arava was established in 2009 in the Arava Institute in Kibbutz Ketura. The company is the forerunner in Renewable Energy, Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency in Israel. Arava with its team of experts lead by Elad is working with local authorities and cities in Israel towards Net-Zero Emissions plans and execution. Arava is the first company in Israel to execute off-grid projects in factories and cities. the projects include The Source Off Grid Project, Ye’elim off grid project, Nof-Edom Off Grid Project, Nizzana and more. It is also the first company to establish small scale Gasification project in Israel that use agricultural waste and convert it to energy. Elad has an MSc in Ecology from The Arava Institute and BGU and he is researching the connection between natural resources and urban resiliency.

In Eilat City, Elad act as the Smart City Manager, he is working under the guidance of the Mayor of Eilat together with Mr. Assaf Admon, the head of the Eilat-Eilot Environmental Unit. During 2021, Assaf and Elad established the international project department which allocate and recruit finance from Horizon Europe. As of today, the department is managed Seven EU projects in Eilat. The projects are mainly in Energy, Transportation, Water and Resiliency. Elad is leading the City’s vision for Energy Neutrality by 2030 as part of the city’s vision for 100% carbon neutrality by 2030. The Carbon Neutrality vision is part of the 100 cities mission set by the EU Horizon Europe which Eilat was the only city in Israel to be part of.

Yori Bronshtein

Executive Vice President, Dan Group

Col. (RET) Yori Bronshtein holds vast experienced in the fields of transportation, concessions and mega projects of electrification and infrastructure & technology.
Yori act as Executive VP at Dan group, The CEO at Dan Fast Lanes and also Board member in various subsidiaries at Dan Group in Israel and abroad.

Rotem Arad

Business Development Manager, H2pro

Rotem Arad is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 25 years of experience working B2B and B2G in the Environmental Services, Energy, Industrial Manufacturing, and Biomed industries. As the Director of BizDev for H2Pro, Rotem develops and executes region-specific strategies for introducing the novel E-TAC electrolyzer technology to the clean energy market. With a focus on developing long-term strategic partnerships in the MENA region, he has honed a deep understanding of key players, policies, and milestones necessary for realizing regional clean energy and hydrogen hub aspirations.

Prior to joining H2Pro, Rotem led Business Development and Operations for Atlantium, advancing their revolutionary UV water treatment solution across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, while leading the penetration and expansion into the Heavy Industry and Food & Beverage markets. Rotem also previously co-founded and managed MicroBVM ltd – a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced emergency field medical equipment. Fluent in English and Hebrew, he holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Management, and an Executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg-Recanati, Tel Aviv University.

Shelli Zargary

Communications Strategist & Climatech Evangelist, Gencell

A passionate promoter of sustainability and cleantech, Shelli joined GenCell as Marketing Strategy & Content
Manager in 2019 and has since been appointed Communications Specialist & Cleantech Evangelist, whereupon she leads GenCell’s thought leadership, strategic positioning and corporate & media communications as part of
GenCell’s efforts to realize its clean energy vision and mission.

Prior to her role at GenCell, she served as Director of Commercial Marketing for SolarEdge. Shelli has accumulated over 25 years of expertise and experience marketing enterprise technology solutions for leading global corporations including the Yael Software group, Dassault Systèmes and Top Image Systems (now a part of the Kofax group).

With broad B2B solution marketing knowledge across global sales channels, Shelli develops and delivers strategic communications via all types of content and collateral.

She holds a BA from Columbia University and an MA from the Hebrew University and is active in diverse environmental organizations.

Moran Kirshner Goldberg

CEO at Zohar CleanTech

Bringing over 15 years of expertise in business development and go-to-market strategies, I held the position of Director of Global Sales and Export at Infinya (formerly Hadera Paper) and served as the former CMO and CBDO at the Israeli Postal Company. My passion is about Circular Economy, where I envision fostering a sustainable future by integrating technology into traditional industries.

Lior Shmueli

Director, Alternative Fuels, Dor Chemicals Group

Mr. Lior Shmueli is a board member in Dor Chemical Group and is responsible of business development of alternative fuels in the group, mainly Hydrogen & Methanol.

Mr. Shmueli is an Energy & Environment Expert with more than 20 years of experience in initiating and promoting energy & environmental projects and initiatives.

During 2003-2004, Mr Shmueli served as the economic consultant to the Minister of the Environmental Protection of Israel, the late Prof. Yehudith Naot.

Mr. Shmueli hold an LL.B & BA degree in Economics (with honors) & M.Sc in Finance & Accounting from Tel Aviv University

Ronit Eshel

Senior Director, Head of National Climate-tech Action and Industry R&D, Israel Innovation Authority

Ronit is leading innovation in the Industry, through R&D programs enhancing global competitiveness. Exploring future technologies, to develop evolving industry sectors and establish new factories in Israel.

As Head of the National Climate-tech action, Ronit is responsible for setting the strategy, identifying gaps and barriers, and formulating multidisciplinary policy recommendations. Actively engaging with the ecosystem (government offices, private sector, Academia, and companies) to promote Israeli leadership in ground-breaking technologies.
Ronit holds over 20 years of experience in the industry and leadership positions both in Food-Tech and Smart construction ecosystem. She is a director in the executive board of the National Advanced manufacturing institute and the National Food Institute and is promoting global leadership of Israel’s Foodtech sector.

She holds a BA in Economics and Communication from the Hebrew University, and an MBA in Finance from the College of Management and working towards her MSc in Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Prof. Moshe Herzberg

Head of the Desalination and Water Treatment Department, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, BGU

Moshe Herzberg is the head of the desalination and water treatment department at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR) in Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He is full Professor in BGU, appointed as a faculty member since 2007. He did postdoctoral training in Yale University and received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, both degrees from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Israel.

Prof. Herzberg is an author of more than 80 scientific publications and 140 presentations and seminars presented all over the world. He serves as a leader of the CoWERC, The US-Israel Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center together with Prof. Aaron Packman from Northwestern University. Prof. Herzberg is performing an enhanced synergistic collaboration with different scientists and industries around the globe, from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Germany, United States and Israel.

Amnon Epstein

Founding Partner, Co-Head of Energy Infrastructure & Climate Department, Epstein Rosenblum Maoz (ERM)

Amnon is a founding partner of ERM, serving as both Co-Head of the Energy Infrastructure & Climate and Finance & Banking Departments. His extensive expertise encompasses guiding sponsors, financial institutions, and EPC contractors through intricate projects both in Israel and internationally, with a pronounced focus on renewable energy. Additionally, Amnon is well-versed in handling international arbitration for both Israeli and international clientele, along with providing expert regulatory counsel.

Before the establishment of ERM, worked at Linklaters in London and read law at the Hebrew University and at Oxford.

Matan Benjamin

Director, S&P Global Ratings, Maalot

Matan Benjamin joined S&P Global Rating Services in 2012. He leads a team of analysts that cover the financial sector in Israel including banks, insurance and leasing companies.

Previously, Matan was based in London where he covered utilities credits in UK, Middle East and South Africa.

Before joining S&P Rating Services, Matan worked for five years at the provident fund of DS Investment House Ltd as a senior debt analyst where he covered a variety of sectors.

Matan holds an MBA in finance from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, and a B.Sc Degree in Business Administration from Greenwich College in the UK.

Shirly Levi

Senior head of the Planning and Environment Division

Ms. Shirly LevI has served as the senior head of Planning and the Environment division since 2019. In addition to managing the short and long-term demands of the Production and grid Segments. She is in charge of integrating and coordinating the real estate and planning components of the Electricity Authority’s regulation. Shirly advocates for the processes involved in selling the ICE power plants to the private sector in accordance with the reform of the electricity sector. Shirly also leads the authority’s work on the 17 billion NIS transmission segment development plan for the years 2023–2030. In addition, She also writes policy papers for the Electricity Authority, including ones that discuss “burying new transmissions lines” and “raising the renewable energy target to 30% in 2030”.
In 2005, Shirly entered the field of infrastructure development, specifically the electrical infrastructure industry. She started her career as a project coordinator in The Committee for National Infrastructures, where she worked for nearly four years. She was employed with the Ministry of Energy in the Physical Planning Department from 2009 to 2019.
Shirly graduated with a BA from the Ben Gurion University and an MA from Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Oz Levi

VP for Electricity and Regulation

Mr. Oz Levi was appointed for the VP for Electricity and Regulation in the Electricity Authority as of November 2020. Levi’s division is responsible for regulation of the electricity of the private sector in Israel in various aspects, including economics, engineering and planning of the electricity market. Levi is in charge of bills and principles formulation, promoting legislation, licensing as well as long-term planning, policy issues and more, dealing with a variety of factors within and outside the government.

Prior to that, Levi was Head of the Regulation Division in the Authority. Levi joined the Electricity Authority in 2013 after gaining extensive experience in Bank of Israel, where he began his career in 2005 as a referent.

Levi hold a Master in Economics from Tel-Aviv University.

Ido Tutnauer

Business Development Representative, Shizen International Inc.

As Business Development Representative of Shizen Israel, Ido is responsible for building and maintaining solid relationships between the Israeli energy tech ecosystem and Shizen. He is focused on cultivating a robust market entry strategy and exploring innovative technologies to generate mutual value for both the Israeli energy-tech industry and Shizen Energy’s goals to develop sustainable energy solutions. Prior to joining Shizen, Ido researched the cultural barriers inhibiting Israeli-Japanese business relations in Kyoto, Japan, under Monbukagakusho (Japanese government scholarship).

Gilad Yavetz

Co-founder, CEO, and director of Enlight Renewable Energy

Enlight was founded in 2008 by Yavetz, Zafrir Yoeli, and Amit Paz, and over the past 15 years, it has transformed into a leading global renewables platform with an expansive portfolio of solar projects and wind farms in Europe, the USA, and Israel. Listed on both Nasdaq and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the company is growing rapidly thanks to diversified activity in the core areas of renewable energy worldwide, and it has a proven track record of developing projects and bringing them to commercial operation.

Gilad has been leading the company since its inception. Prior to establishing Enlight, Gilad served as VP of Marketing and Sales at BVR, a high-tech company working with leading military forces worldwide. He earned an MBA from the Executive Program at Tel Aviv University and an LLB from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Pasquale Rufrano

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Desk - ITA Tel Aviv

Pasquale is a strategic advisor with more than 15+ years in senior roles. Lived and worked in 6 different countries and 4 verticals. Father of 3 boys and a 360 degree sport enthusiast. At the Italian Trade Agency is responsible for the attraction of foreign (Israeli) investments to Italy.

Eli Lipman

VP R&D, Brenmiller Energy

VP R&D at Brenmiller Energy, a company engaged in the development of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems.

Former VP R&D and Engineering at Solel / Siemens. Prior to that, VP R&D at the PCB division, Orbotech. His experience is managing groups of engineers and scientists for the development of multidisciplinary products from the initiation stage to the completion of product introduction to customers, globally. He developed generations of solar and energy storage systems.

Has a deep familiarity with competitors in the Industrial Energy Storage Market, in the areas of performance and market requirements. He specialized in various European cleantech support funds as well as the carbon tax mechanism in Europe.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Technion and a master’s degree in business from the Tel Aviv University.

Orit Marom Albeck

Partner at Shibolet

Orit is a partner at Shibolet’s Infrastructure, Project Finance, Environment and Cleantech practice.

Orit combines her scientific, business and legal background, with an extensive global network of scientists and consultants in the cleantech and environment fields, to help her clients reach their commercial objectives.

Orit is an expert in all legal aspects of renewable energy projects (photovoltaic solar energy, wind, biogas, saving energy, pump-storage, etc.), and in the development of global-wide projects, mainly in Africa, and in assessing risks. She also represents Investors, start-up companies and funds.

Orit regularly represents leading developers, investors, cleantech funds, entrepreneurs and other clients before the Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water, the Public Utility Authority, the Israel Land Authority and other authorities.

 

 

Prof. Ofir Rubin

The Department of Public Policy and Management, The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management and The Goldman Sonnenfeldt School of Sustainability and Climate Change, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Prof. Ofir Rubin of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management (GGFBM) focuses his research on economic modeling of energy markets, management of natural resources, and the economics and environmental aspects of renewable energy.

He investigates the performances of energy markets in conjunction with firms’ strategic behavior and policy regulation.

Ofir holds M.Sc. in agricultural economics and management from the Hebrew University and a PhD in economics from Iowa State University. His research has been published in top journals in the fields of energy and fuels and environmental studies, and he is a recipient of several prestige research grants. In addition,

Ofir is a faculty member at the The Goldman Sonnenfeldt School of Sustainability and Climate Change, teaching courses in environmental economics, policy, and natural resource management, and supervising students pursuing advanced degrees in various topics related to energy policy and renewable energy economics. Professor Rubin was the head of the Department of Public Policy and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from 2019 to 2022.

Ilan Ben-David

Co-Founder & CTO, Zooz Power

Ilan is a veteran entrepreneur and executive with a proven track record of outperforming business goals.

Ilan co-founded ZOOZ and served as the company’s CEO from its foundation in 2013 and until 2020. Before co-founding ZOOZ, Ilan co-founded and served as the CEO of Genoa Color Technologies, a display semiconductor company.

Prior to Genoa, he held several senior executive positions in the electronic printing industry. Ilan served in the prestigious 8200 IDF technology unit, and is the inventor of more than 20 patent families, having earned a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and an M.Sc. in electrical engineering, both from Tel-Aviv University.

Hila Lipman

Director of Energy, Smart Infrastructures & Advanced Industry, Israel Export Institute

Director of the ClimateTech Department at the Israel Export Institute. Engaged in the promotion of Israeli innovative technologies in front of the global markets, by creating and leading business opportunities for the local industry, in the fields of Cleantech and renewable energy, construction technologies and industry 4.0.

Bringing nearly a decade of expertise as a green building consultant at WAWA Architecture firm, where she also served as the head of the Sustainability Department, Hila led numerous projects for planning and certification according to local and international green building standards, with a focus on models for energy and climate efficiency, in the private and public sector..

Hila earned her master’s degree with honors in environmental studies from Tel Aviv University, underscoring her commitment to driving sustainability and innovation in her field.

Erel Avineri

Head, M.Sc. Program in Energy and Power Systems Engineering at Afeka Tel Aviv Academic College of Engineering

Professor Erel Avineri established the MSc Program (with Thesis) in Energy and Power Systems Engineering (MSc, with Thesis) at Afeka College of Engineering, Tel-Aviv in 2020 and serves as its head.  His main expertise is in Transportation Systems. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management; M.Sc. in Transportation Sciences; and Ph.D. in Transportation Sciences from Technion. Prof. Avineri completed a Postdoctoral position in Ben-Gurion University, and served as a Faculty member at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK for eight years, and as a Faculty member at Afeka College of Engineering for eleven years. Prof. Avineri is the Associate Editor, Journal of Transport & Health (published by Elsevier) from 2020 and serves on the editorial boards of additional journals. Prof. Avineri led successful research as PI, granted from: UK Department for Transport; FP7; H2020; UK ESRC Research Council, EPSRC UK Research Council; Israel Ministry of Transportation; Or Yarok; Tel-Aviv Municipality; Bristol City Council and others. Prof. Avineri supervised 47 postgraduate students at University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Afeka Academic College of Engineering, Israel; and Haifa University, Israel. Prof. Avineri examined research students at The University of Sydney, Australia; KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Twente University, The Netherlands, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Technion, and University of Haifa, Israel. Prof. Avineri led successful research granted from: UK Department for Transport; European Commission’s FP7 and H2020; UK ESRC Research Council, EPSRC UK Research Council; Israel Ministry of Transportation; Or Yarok Israel; Tel-Aviv Municipality; Bristol City Council and others.