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We are uniquely positioned to facilitate and actively support events which promote trade between companies in Washington State and Israel.
Check our calendar for information on upcoming events.
Past events have focused on a variety of industries including:
  • aerospace
  • agriculture
  • biomedical devices
  • biotechnology
  • homeland security
  • renewable energy
  • software
  • telecommunications
Contact us to recommend events or to receive assistance finding new contacts and potential partners through our individualized services.  Past Washington Israel Business Council events include:
  • educational events
  • forums
  • joint venture programs
  • membership programs
  • seminars
  • trade missions

Events provide opportunities for business leaders from Washington State and Israel to meet in order to establish valuable contacts and build relationships.
Selected Past Events:

April 23, 2014
Science on Tap: What's Brewing at the Weizmann Institute?
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Seattle, WA (The Pike Brewing Company)
Sponsor: American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
An evening of science and craft beers. We heard from Dr. Roee Ozeri, a scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, talking about the future of quantum computing, and other Weizmann alumni who live and practice science right here in the Seattle area. Charles Finkel, owner of The Pike, shared information about craft beers brewed at the historic Pike.

October 17, 2013
The Future of Telecommunications and Connectivity: Moving From A Connected World To A Hyper-Connected World
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Seattle, WA (Seattle Tennis Club)
Sponsor: Amdocs
This technology industry event involved presentations by Tyler Davidson - Regional Vice President of Amdocs, Jeff Wiggin - Sr. Vice President & CIO of T-Mobile,  Martin Fichter - Vice President for Product & Operations at HTC, and Richard Locke - Executive Director for the Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness at the Washington State Department of Commerce.

February 7, 2013
Reception with Israeli Minister Shalom Simhon & Seattle's Premiere Business Leaders
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Seattle, WA (Columbia Center)
Sponsor: Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Co-Host: Government of Israel Economic Mission
Co-Host: Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
The Honorable Shalom Simhon currently serves as the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Labor and Minister of Minorities in the Israeli cabinet.  He has been a member of the Knesset since 1996, and has held various ministerial roles since 2001.
Also speaking was Sharon Kedmi, Director-General of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor.

July 26, 2012
Dinner with Technion's Head of Space Research Institute
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Seattle, WA (Columbia Tower Club)
Sponsor: American Technion Society (ATS)
Professor Ehud Behar of the Technion Faculty of Physics is the Director of the Norman and Helen Asher Space Research Institute.
Dr. Behar has distinguished himself in the field of astrophysics.  His research centers on observational astrophysics and cosmology.  He observes x-ray sources in space using space-borne telescopes for investigation of active stars, supernova remnants, the intergalactic medium, and black holes in active galaxies.  Dr. Behar also teaches undergraduate courses in physics and graduate courses in high-energy astrophysics, observational astrophysics, and the physics of atoms and molecules.
This networking reception & dinner featured a discussion led by Dr. Behar about some of the many exciting projects currently underway in Israel's space industry & academia.  Israel is currently one of only 9 countries in the world with orbital launch capabilities.

February 14th, 2012
New Trends in Social Media, Local, and Mobile Technologies
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Bellevue, WA (Bellevue City Hall)
Sponsor: Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest

Aseem Badshah President & Founder, Uptown Treehouse, LLC
Erez Barak Co-Founder & Vice-President Products, Optify
Max Ciccotosto CEO & Founder, Wishpot and Venpop
Sanjiv Sharma Vice-President of Information Technology, Exponential
Dmitry Balin CEO & Co-Founder, Pikaba

This catered event included a panel discussion and insights from industry experts on the latest developments in Social Media, Local and Mobile technologies, as well as door prizes, and networking opportunities with business leaders from across Puget Sound.

November 16th, 2011
Data Storage and Security Summit
Business Reception & Talk

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Location: Seattle, WA
Cosponsor: EMC
Cosponsor: Isilon
Cosponsor: Sabey Data Centers
Cosponsor: Garvey Schubert Barer

Scott G. Warner "Data Security: Legal Landscape And Best Practices"
Sigal Admony-Ravid "Israel's Software Industry"
Ravi Gadhia "GigaSpaces Technologies"
Gil Mor "Visual WebGui by Gizmox-The bridge to the cloud"
Phil Williams "Revolutionizing High Performance SAN Storage"
Doron Levari "Scalebase-Your Database, Transparently scaled"

With Additional Remarks By:
Eric Brodersen, SVP of Marketing & Business Development, EMC Isilon
Daniel Malarkey, Deputy Director, WA State Department of Commerce 
Ensuring strong and efficient data storage and secured systems is the foundation of 
any successful business in today’s global business environment and continued migration to Cloud Computing.
Washington State and Israel are global leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and major players in the global software/IT industry, with the innovations of its companies earning international recognition and prestige.
Numerous Washington companies have already realized the benefit of establishing development organizations in Israel, engaging with Israeli companies for collaboration, and acquiring Israeli companies to gain access to their unique technology and innovative solutions.
This networking reception & dinner included representatives from some of Israel’s highly promising data storage and security companies that are looking to expand collaborations with local partners.

November 15th, 2011
Sabey Data Center Tour and Dinner
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Location: Tukwila, WA
Cosponsor: EMC
Cosponsor: Isilon
Cosponsor: Sabey Data Centers
Cosponsor: Microsoft
Cosponsor: Amdocs
Cosponsor: VMware

Bret Hartman, CTO, RSA and EMC Fellow
RSA: The Security Division of EMC
Cyber security risk arising from highly sophisticated computer criminals who may or may not be actively supported by foreign governments or organized terrorist organizations has emerged as a top risk management priority, not only for IT shops, but for CEOs, Boards of Directors and Government and military leaders across the globe.  For example, President Obama has recently designated cyber security risk as one of his key personal priorities and formed a national council to address it. 
Sabey Data Centers is a national developer and operator of cloud computing data centers; Intergate.East is a premiere example of Washington State’s state of the art data centers.  The Washington Israeli Business Council fosters business development between companies in Washington State and Israel, and Israeli security companies are among the world’s leaders in the recent development of cutting edge cyber security technologies.
Bret Hartman, who is Chief Technology Officer of RSA, one of the world’s largest and best known security technology companies with customers across the globe, will provide an update briefing from a first-hand view on recent developments in managing cyber security risks. 
This is an opportunity to see a state of the art data center first hand, to meet other local business and government leaders who are concerned about cyber security risk, to meet technologists who are developing the sophisticated technologies to manage this risk, and to get a firsthand update on current developments on this topic from a leading executive in the field.

May 23rd, 2011
"From the Cloud (computing) to Seattle and Beyond"
Business Reception & Talk

Location: Bellevue, WA
Cosponsor: GPL Tax & Accounting
Cosponsor: One Vessel
Harel Kodesh - "The New IT-Cloud Computing
Yuval Neeman is a partner at Trilogy Equity Partners since 2008. Prior to Trilogy, Yuval spent 16 years at Microsoft, most recently as Corporate Vice President of Storage and Platform Solutions.  Previously, he was responsible for the Developer Division, which included Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET and Microsoft NET Framework technologies, where he led the transformation of Microsoft development tools and platforms to support the Internet and XML-based Web services. Yuval was on the board of M-Systems until it was acquired by SanDisk in 2006. He was an advisor to Secured Dimensions and Zoomix, Israeli software companies acquired by Microsoft. 
Harel Kodesh has been the President of Cloud Infrastructure Business and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Echo at EMC Corporation since December 2008. He served as the Chief Product Officer of Amdocs Management Limited, the management subsidiary of Amdocs Ltd., since July 2003 and served as its Senior Vice President. Mr. Kodesh joined Amdocs from Wingcast Corporation, a joint venture between the Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm, which offers telematics services to people on the move. 

November 2, 2010
A Business Reception and Talk
Location: Seattle, WA
Featuring: Erez Yarkoni, CIO, T-Mobile
With Opening Remarks By:
The Honorable Akiva Tor, Consul General of Israel, Pacific Northwest
The Honorable Sigal Admony-Ravid, Consul for Economic Affairs to the West Coast

April 20, 2009
"From Research to Commercialization: The Lives of Israeli Startups"
By Benjamin Soffer, Director, Technion Technology Transfer (T3)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Cosponsor: The Northwest Chapter of the American Technion Society 
Cosponsor: Washington Israel Business Council
Mr. Benjamin Soffer joined the Technion as manager of T3, the Technion Technology Transfer office, in 2005. The T3 is the private sector's gateway to Technion innovation, and it also assists Technion researchers to bring their innovations to market through facilitation of patents and financial support. As part of his duties at T3, Mr. Soffer is responsible for the establishment of start up companies and the commercialization of technologies arising from the Technion research.
Prior to his position at the Technion, Mr. Soffer served as managing director of TopNotch Capital, one of Israel's leading life sciences investment banking boutiques, and was an investment advisor at Highbridge Capital, a $10 billion private equity fund based in New York (now owned by JP Morgan Chase). Between 1999 and 2003 he served as Israel's economic attaché in Boston. There, Mr. Soffer was responsible for enhancing economic and business relations between Israel and the US Northeast region.
A certified lawyer in Israel and in the state of New York, Mr. Soffer has interned at Israel's Supreme Court and studied law at Tel Aviv University and at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. (He is fluent in German).
Mr. Soffer has served on the boards of directors of numerous high growth companies including Genegraft, S.L.P Ltd, Regentis Biomaterials, EORD, Guide-X, Slender Medical. Mr. Soffer also serves in the Israel Defense Forces, holding the rank of Captain (Reserves).

January 2009
"Vision For Our Renewable Energy Future: A Better Place for Us All"
By Professor Gideon Grader, head of the Technion Energy Program, Technion Technology Transfer (T3) and by a spokesperson from Better Place
Location: Seattle, Washington
Imagine air conditioning powered by the sun and genetically modified plants for more efficient biofuels. Imagine solar panels that incorporate nanotechnology and stronger, longer lasting batteries. Scientists believe that new energy sources could have a transformational effect as great as that of the industrial revolution.
Israel has a fundamental national interest in developing alternative energy resources. As one of the few non-oil producing countries in the Middle East, its security situation makes energy independence a matter of survival.
The Technion Energy Program will put Israel at the forefront of global energy research, finding solutions to the world’s energy crisis, while safeguarding Israel's security, economic prosperity and environment. This latest cutting-edge research is being done at Technion, home to Israel's Nobel scientists.
Better Place is an exciting and innovative California company working to build electric car networks powered by renewable energy, using technology available today. Its goals are sustainable transportation and freedom from oil. Founded in October 2007, Better Place has announced cooperative agreements with Israel, Denmark, Australia, and the States of Hawaii and California to transform their transportation infrastructure from oil-based to renewable energy and significantly reduce harmful emissions. Shai Agassi, Founder and President of the company, is an honors graduate of the Technion.

September 2008
"Ahead of the Curve: Revealing New Horizons in Technology and Innovation from Israel to Washington State"
By Eyal Levy
By Oren Etzoni
By Assoc. Prof. Markovitch
By Prof. Natan
Eyal Levy, Oren Etzoni, Assoc. Prof. Markovitch, and Prof. Natan share their groundbreaking work and explain how it will impact the future of Washington, Israel, and people's lives worldwide.
Eyal Levy is managing partner at the venture capital fund, GTD Capital LLC. He was previously the founder and managing partner at the AIG Orion Fund and president and CEO of Pelephone Communications Ltd., Israel's first and leading cellular operator. Eyal served as vice president of personal communications products at Motorola Inc. Eyal also served as the COO of Pi Corp., a Seattle based startup that was sold to EMC. Eyal is the incoming president of the Washington-Israel Business Council.
Oren Etzioni received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Harvard University in June 1986, when he was the first Harvard student to "major" in computer science. Etzioni received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in January 1991, and joined the University of Washington's faculty, where he is now professor of computer science, in February 1991. He is the founder and director of the University of Washington's Turing Center and the author of over 100 technical papers. He is a venture partner at the Madrona Venture Group, and founder of three companies including Farecast, which utilizes data mining techniques to anticipate airfare fluctuations. Farecast was acquired by Microsoft in April 2008.
Devising a way to impart computers with an encyclopedic knowledge of the world, Assoc. Professor Shaul Markovitch has developed ways to allow computers to "think" smarter and make connections between topics just as the human mind does. This soon-to-be-patented breakthrough, which utilizes the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, will help computers perform tasks such as automatic mail filtering, intelligence gathering, and web searching in a much more sophisticated manner.
How do rockets achieve the speeds they need to leave the earth's orbit? Chemicals consisting of gel propellants hold the promise of launching ever faster and more efficient rockets for space exploration and defense. Technion Professor Benny Natan is a world-renowned aerospace expert whose 12-member research team specializes in rocket propulsion.

May 2008 
"Investing In Israel"
By Professor David Anthony, Managing Partner of 21ventures, LLC,
Learn about Israel's strong business economy and discover why Israel is the best place in the world to invest"
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in New York, 21Ventures is a venture capital fund which invests in seed and early stage Israeli technology companies in the physical security, clean energy and mobile software markets. The fund’s primary geographic focus is Israel, where over half of the company’s investment capital has been deployed to date. 21Ventures is currently managing more than $100 million worth of investments in 20 companies in both Israel and the United States.

April 2008 
"Business Continuity after Terrorism or Natural Disaster: 
How Corporate Leaders Should Prepare For the Unthinkable"
By Professor Amos Guiora
Sponsored by The International Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association
Professor Amos Guiora will give an insightful and cautionary presentation on preparing corporations for the potentially crippling impact of natural disasters and acts of terrorism. This lecture will appeal to all corporate officers, directors, and their legal counsel and financial advisors.

March 2008
"What You Need to Know to Succeed in Israel", 
An Economic, Social and Political Overview
By Mitchell Barak
Mitchell Barak is CEO of Keevoon Research, Strategy & Communications Ltd. and former adviser to Prime Ministers Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu and to Ministers of Finance Yaakov Neeman and Dan Meridor
Mr. Barak addressed many key issues concerning doing business in Israel. Topics included: Why Israeli franchises have been more successful than foreign ones; Why Subway and Starbucks failed in Israel; Who Israelis are and what they think; What cultural differences and religious issues should be considered when conducting business; Why Israel is a world leader in technology and bio-tech start-ups; Who the influential players in the Israeli economy are; Who the political leaders, personalities and parties are; Who the Russians are and how are they different from native Israelis; The affects that the "security situation" has on business; The changes have taken place in the IDF that affect the stability of Israel.

January 2007 
"Israeli Aerospace: From Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Intra-urban Aviation"
By Technion Professor Ovadia Harari, chairman of Urban Aeronautics
Professor Ovadia Harari, guest lecturer in the Technion Faculty of Aeronautics, is the chairman of the board of Urban Aeronautics, an Israeli company located in Yavne that has developed a revolutionary take-off and landing technology. He has almost four decades of impressive engineering and top management experience at the Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI).
A Technion alumnus, Prof. Harari received his bachelor's degree in the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering in 1964 and, while obtaining his master’s degree from the same faculty, served as a project officer in the Israeli Air Force. In 1969, he received his first Israel National Defense Award in 1969 (and his second in 1975). In 1987, he received the Israel Prize for engineering and technology.
Prof. Harari spent almost his entire career at IAI, a company recognized globally as a leader in developing military and commercial aerospace technology. He joined the company in 1970 and went on to hold several positions in the Lavi fighter aircraft program, including Task Force Head, Program Manager and Chief Engineer between 1975 and 1987. He continued making his way up to top management as Lahav Division General Manager, which involved the development of combat aircraft major weapon system upgrades; Division General Manager of the Arrow antiballistic missile defense system; Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group; and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In November 2005, he was appointed acting CEO and served in this role until January 2006. Prof. Harari is best known for his role in the Lavi program. Four prototype aircraft were manufactured and two successfully flown before the Israeli government ended the program in 1987. Prof. Harari later helped with the development of the Arrow Weapon System, a crucial component of Israel’s defense against enemy missiles. He played a leading role in improving IAI's efficiency, implementing innovative management methodologies, and was an early advocate for the development and growth of the roles played by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

January 2007 
"Funding US-Israeli Collaborative Innovation"
By Dr. Eitan Yudilevich Executive Director, BIRD Foundation
Followed by a briefing on the Israeli economy by Shai Aizin, Counsel for Economic Affairs, Government of Israel Economic Mission.
The US-Israel Bi-national Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation supports joint Israeli-American development projects in various areas of technology through matchmaking and funding. BIRD assists in identifying R&D partners and provides support of up to 50% of a joint project's budget, beginning with R&D and ending with the initial stages of sales and marketing. BIRD shares the risk and does not demand that the investment be repaid if the project fails to reach sales stage. Visit for more information.

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