Israeli Innovation and Cutting-Edge Technology Topics at 2019 ALEF Event

American Friends of the Hebrew University presents the Annual Leadership Education Forum (ALEF) where experts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) and other thought leaders will focus on Israeli innovation and cutting-edge technology. The event will take place Sunday, January 20, 2019, at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach.

The 2019 ALEF Conference–From Idea…To Innovation–brings together researchers and academics from HU to discuss their work in fields ranging from health, agriculture, and nanotechnology to the humanities, environment, and life sciences. The 2019 conference is chaired by Jane and Dr. Peter Feinstein.

“We are so excited to highlight the work and importance of the Hebrew University,” said Dr. Peter Feinstein. “My wife and I know this event showcases Israeli innovations shaping our global tomorrow while bringing awareness and knowledge to the South Florida community, and we look forward to this event every year.”

2019 ALEF speakers include keynote speaker Professor Eugene Kandel, the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University and CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem by connecting global business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help solve the world’s most pressing problems; keynote speaker Dr. Yaron Daniely, CEO and President of Yissum, the technology transfer company of the Hebrew University; Professor Shmuel Peleg, former chairman of the Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hebrew University and founder of two successful start-ups: BriefCam and Humaneyes Technology; Professor Hermona Soreq, the Charlotte Slesinger Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Edmond and Lily Safra for Brain Sciences at the Hebrew University, whose groundbreaking research has led to a greater understanding of neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; Professor Howard Cedar, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer Research at the Hebrew University, who is renowned for spearheading breakthroughs in the field of DNA methylation and cancer epigenetics; and Lieutenant Johnmichael O’Hare, Law Enforcement Sales Director at BriefCam and former Commander of the Vice, Intelligence, and Narcotics Division for the Hartford Police Department.

Professor Asher Cohen, President of the Hebrew University and Ambassador Yossi Gal, Hebrew University’s Vice President for Advancement and External Relations and Israel’s former Ambassador to France and Monaco, will make a special appearance.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s leading academic and research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 90 countries, it produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won eight Nobel Prizes, seven of which were awarded since 2000.

The Annual Leadership Education Forum takes place from 9 AM to 2:30 PM and tickets are $150. Breakfast and lunch are included. For reservations or more information, please contact Laura Abrams at 561.750.8585 or[email protected] or visit https://www.afhu.org/event/2019-annual-leadership-education-forum-alef/. Search #ALEF2019 on social media.

2019 ALEF From Idea…To Innovation speech topics:

BEYOND CHERRY TOMATOES AND MOBILEYE: CREATING HEBREW UNIVERSITY’S FUTURE BLOCKBUSTERS Dr. Yaron Daniely

INNOVATION, INSIGHT, AND INTEGRATION: THE FUTURE OF MODERN MEDICINE

Professors Howard Cedar and Hermona Soreq

SAVING TIME, SAVING LIVES

Professor Shmuel Peleg and Lieutenant Johnmichael O’Hare

THE ECONOMICS OF THE START-UP NATION

Professor Eugene Kandel

SPECIAL REMARKS BY Hebrew University Professor Asher Cohen and Ambassador Yossi Gal, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations and Israel’s former Ambassador to France and Monaco