Shiri Ram is Head of the Mobile and Smart city sector at the Israel Export Institute.
Shiri has over 15 years of experience in marketing positions, both in Mobile and IoT companies and as a consultant to the Israeli start-ups' ecosystem. In the last year, Shiri leads the Mobile and Smart city sector activity at the Israel Export Institute, to maximize the company’s exposure by opening doors around the world. Shiri holds an MA in Business Administration from the Ben-Gurion University.
Trade Commissioner and Director of the Foreign Trade Administration, The Ministry of Economy and Industry
Ohad has been the Trade Commissioner and Director of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Economy and Industry since 2012.
The Foreign Trade Administration (FTA) at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry manages and supports Israel’s international trade and trade policy.
Before he was nominated as Director of the Foreign Trade Administration he held several significant roles within it: head of Israel’s Economic Mission in Washington DC, Director of the South Europe Department, Cadet Course Manager, Head of the Economic Mission to Sweden, which covered the entire Nordic area, Deputy Director of the Bilateral Trade Agreements Division, and head of the Economic Mission to Jordan.
Ohad holds a BA in Economics and MBA, both from the University of Haifa.
Former MK Nahmias-Verbin took on public and voluntary roles and re-assumed positions in the business sector implementing her unique multi-disciplinary expertise and knowledge. Currently serving as Vice President of the Israeli Manufacturer's Association; Chairman of Tavlit Plastic (a family owned Factory specializing in irrigation and water technologies); Chair of Jready – the global crises management network by the Jewish agency, Chair of the Board of the Ben Gurion House, serves as a board member in several companies and holds a senior lecturer position in senior management courses in Lahav, Management faculty at the TLV university. Nahmias-Verbin graduated with an LLB from the Hebrew University and holds an LLM in Commercial Law from the Tel Aviv university.
Uri Ben-Ari is a seasoned international businessperson with 30 years of experience in senior management and entrepreneurship. Uri specializes in developing and implementing strategic business and smart city master plans for municipalities and technology companies. Over the course of his career, he has undertaken senior management and business/market development activities in the United States, Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, India and the Far East www.linkedin.com/in/uribenari
Uri has developed expertise in the area of “smart cities". Over the last 9 years, he has aided 8 cities in Israel in becoming “smart cities” using methodologies developed by Uri in tandem with models developed by leading universities and research institutes in Europe. Uri also help these cities in implementing the smart city master plans and accompanies these cities on their way to become smarter. Uri has consulted to the Ministry of Defense in planning the new military bases (2.5 million square meters) to become smarter bases, he consulted to the Prime Minister's office in planning a Cyber protected smart city in Haifa and with the Ministry of development of the Negev and the Galil in developing smart periphery in 142 municipalities in the periphery.
Uri has developed a methodology to create a master plan for smart cities that includes an analysis of the current situation in the city according with 140 indexes for smart city, and according with 6 characteristics of the city (Governance, Environment, Mobility, Life, People and Economy) and the digital status of the city. Thereafter Uri is working with the city to find solutions out of 150 possible solutions for smart city and develop the master plan with the city leaders.
Uri has been lecturing in Israel, in China and in various cities in Europe about the Smart Cities, about the new trends in technology and Technology in Education and published articles in various magazines. Recently he has been interviewed in a leading magazine in China. (Please see cover below)
Uri is also a social entrepreneur who is the founder and president of Athena Fund, which is dedicated to empowering teachers (85% are women) in Israel by providing them with laptop computers and professional training www.athenafund.org. To date Athena Fund has provided laptop computers and professional training to over than 28,000 teachers in 172 municipalities in Israel. Athena's activity has been acknowledged by UNESCO and an NGO consultative status has been granted to Athena Fund by ECOSOC (Economy and Social Council) at the UN.
Uri was a member of the senior management team that led the successful IPOs on NASDAQ of two leading Israeli companies – Ness Technologies (NSTC) in 2004 and Internet Zahav (IGLD) in 1999. Over the past decades, he has been involved in more than 10 M&A deals of companies in Europe, the US, Israel and India.
From 2001 – 2007, Uri Ben-Ari acted as Executive Vice President (EVP) for Global Marketing and as Senior Board Member in Ness Technologies. Ness Technologies is a global provider of end-to-end Information Technology (IT) services and solutions with operations in 18 countries; Uri Ben-Ari was part of the IPO team when the company went public on the NASDAQ in September 2004.
Prior to joining Ness Technologies, Uri Ben-Ari was the CEO of Internet Gold International and orchestrated business development and acquisition in developing countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Uri Ben-Ari was part of the IPO team when the parent company Internet Gold went public on NASDAQ in September 1999. For a short period, Uri Ben-Ari also acted as Chairman of Queenco, which is traded on the Tel-Aviv stock exchange and as CEO of Queenco Leisure International, which was traded on the London stock exchange.
After retiring from Ness Technologies, Uri Ben-Ari started his own business - UBA Ventures - for strategic planning, consulting, business development and investment banking for companies wishing to penetrate the global market.
Uri holds an MBA in Marketing and a BA in Economics from Tel-Aviv University. He is a graduate of the Directors Training of the Executives Program at Tel-Aviv University.
With over 25 years of experience in the Israeli tech sector, across multiple industries, for the last 3 years Gaby has been leading CityZone, Tel Aviv's urban tech innovation lab, by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, Tel Aviv University and Atidim Park Tel Aviv, promoting startups working on the most pressing urban challenges around mobility, climate action, energy and more. Gaby holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, and an MA in Diplomacy from the Tel Aviv University.
Marketing Manager in TIM for the development of Vertical IOT & 5G offering for public administrations and enterprise customers. In particular my team is in charge for the development and the E2E management of Smart City offerings, leveraging on IoT and big data solutions, in synergy with TIM’s digital factories and with best in class players of IOT and analitycs environment.
Possess unique knowledge and expertise in environmental modeling, environmental health and atmospheric sciences.
PhD from HUJI (the Hebrew university of Jerusalem) and postdocs at San Jose State University, DRI (Desert Research Institute in Nevada) as well as past roles as Professor, lecturer and researcher at DRI, Hadassah College Jerusalem and IDC Herzliya.
A serial entrepreneur with multiple past terms as CEO in companies such as Trendit (IPO @ London Stock Exchange 2016) that delivered Real Time Demographics (RTD) system for commercial applications, Bombe NG that provided subscriber profiler engine and advertising enhancement for MNOs & MVNOs and Kanarit which offered startup strategy consultancy. Former chief scientist at Breezometer and CIO of the commercial solutions business unit at ImageSat International.
Director of Environment, Climate & Sustainable planning, "Forum 15"
Current position: Director of Environment, Climate & Sustainable planning in "Forum 15" – the network of Israel's 15 major cities. Leads the Forum's program and projects in the fields of environment, sustainability and local and regional planning. She works closely with municipal professionals and assists them in building and implementing sustainable policies.
Main projects in Forum 15: "Forum 15 Mayors Resolution on Green Building "(i.e. adoption of the Israeli Green Building Standard as mandatory planning requirement in all new buildings; "Cities Alliance for Quality of Life & Environment" (2018) - a joint strategy for urban sustainability; "Urban Forum for Transportation" and "Urban forum for Energy"; "The Israeli City 2030" – professional training for city planners on sustainable planning in the constantly growing Israeli city; "Internship for urban sustainability" – MA students for Environment intern in Forum 15 municipalities.
Previous positions: Deputy Executive Director and Government Relations Liaison for "Life & Environment" – the umbrella organization of the environmental movement in Israel; Parliamentary assistant to ex-MK Mr. Ran Cohen; Chair – Hebrew U debating society.
Education: MA Urban Planning & Political Science; BA Psychology & Political Science (both in Hebrew U). Sustainability fellows program - Abraham Heschel Center for Sustainability.
Head of Sectors, Automotive & Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, The Israel Export Institute
Automotive&Mobility and Industry 4.0 at the Business Development Unit. In addition, Karin deals with business events with International Organizations’ procurement departments (such as the UN).
Karin Chen has a BA in Political Science and English Literature, as well as MA degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Relations from Tel Aviv University. During her BA studies, Karin re-established a Model UN club, which is active till these days and was taught as a course for MA in one of the academic semesters. She has served in the role of Club President, staff member and committees’ moderator at various international conferences.
Subsequently, Karin has done an internship at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN in New York City, where she assisted the Israeli team in front of the UN 5th Committee and the Security Council (discussions on Peacekeeping Forces in Africa). Later, in 2016, she has done a short internship at the Commercial Wing of the Embassy of India in Israel.
Heading its first Technology & Innovation Outpost in Israel, Rama Marcus is representing the Swiss Federal Railways SBB. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Berne University of Applied Science, and further studies of Business Informations Systems, Psychology and Innovation Management. SBB strives to strengthen it’s position as a world leading railway operator and successfully manage its transition towards operating as a mobility company. Rama’s focus topics are cybersecurity, physical safety and security, (new) mobility and sustainability.
Guy is Via Israel’s general manager and acts as the point of contact for all Via’s business activities in Israel.
Guy Sher has over 18 years of project management experience and has worked to manage complex projects all over the world, including in Asia, South America, and Africa. As the Israel General Manager, Guy is responsible for creating and fostering partnerships for Via's deployments as well as executing all Via’s deals in Israel. Among the projects in Israel are Bubble Dan service, a SaaS deployment initiated by the MoT and MoF and that is operated by Dan Transportation.
Dr. Smadar Itzkovich
Co-Founder & CEO, Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab
Dr. Smadar Itzkovich, Co-Founder and CEO of the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab Consortium.
Dr. Itskovich has a professional background in the fields of science, technology, and public sector senior management in the fields of education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology. She was the head of an Israeli delegation at MIT in the REAP program.
In 2019, Dr. Itskovich founded the Israel Smart Mobility Living Lab Consortium (ISMLL), a non-profit NGO, which includes over 30 high-tech and private companies, along with governmental companies and authorities. The ISMLL is recognized and supported by the Israeli Innovation Authority as a smart mobility consortium.