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Calcalist’s Economic Conference to Host Top Industry Leaders, Politicians in Tel Aviv

National Economic Conference

Calcalist’s Economic Conference to Host Top Industry Leaders, Politicians in Tel Aviv

Held in collaboration with Bank Leumi, one of Israel’s two largest banks, the conference will take place on September 2, at Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental hotel

Naomi Zoref  :  2019-08-28T17:49:05..
Top industry executives, as well as government and public sector officials, will gather at Tel Aviv’s David InterContinental hotel on September 2 to take part in Calcalist’s National Economic Conference. The conference will be held in collaboration with Bank Leumi, one of Israel’s two largest banks.

The event will focus on pressing issues on the Israeli agenda. Just two weeks ahead of the country’s general election, the conference will explore politics, the state of the health and justice systems, and the effects Amazon’s entrance may have on the local market.
From left: Ehud Barak, Avigdor Liberman, Gabi Ashkenazi. Photo: Yair Sagi, Dana Kopal, Ait Sha’al From left: Ehud Barak, Avigdor Liberman, Gabi Ashkenazi. Photo: Yair Sagi, Dana Kopal, Ait Sha’al From left: Ehud Barak, Avigdor Liberman, Gabi Ashkenazi. Photo: Yair Sagi, Dana Kopal, Ait Sha’al

As part of the conference, Calcalist’s reporters and editors will interview Ayelet Shaked, head of Yamina (Rightward in Hebrew), a list composed of representatives of right wing parties the New Right, The Jewish Home, and Tkuma; former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, number 10 on the Democratic Union, a list composed of left wing and center parties Meretz, Democratic Israel, and the Green Movement; former Israeli military chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, number four on centrist list Blue and White, composed of parties Israel Resilience, Yesh Atid, and Telem; Avigdor Liberman, head of far right party Yisrael Beiteinu (Hebrew for Israel is our home); deputy health minister Yaakov Litzman of United Torah Judaism, a joint list made up of ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) parties Agudat Israel and Degel HaTorah; Amir Peretz, head of Israel's Labor party; and Yuli Edelstein from the ruling Likud party who is also speaker of the Knesset.

Also speaking at the event will be Emi Palmor, director general of Israel’s Ministry of Justice, who was abruptly fired last month by interim Justice Minister Amir Ohana. Other prominent figures in the judicial system to take part in the conference include former vice president of the Supreme Court Elyakim Rubinstein and Judith Tirosh, the director of the securities department of the Israel Securities Authority.
From left: Emi Palmor and Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Sharona Mazalian From left: Emi Palmor and Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Sharona Mazalian From left: Emi Palmor and Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Sharona Mazalian
Also attending is David Mizrahi, CEO of Israel's largest telecom Bezeq. Before assuming his new role in 2018, Mizrahi temporarily left the company retiring from his role as chief financial officer and deputy CEO. Mizrahi reportedly left due to disagreements concerning a deal between Bezeq and Israeli satellite television provider Yes, which is currently under probe in a criminal investigation involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Businessman Yossi Maiman will also speak at the event. Maiman recently admitted during an interrogation by Peruvian officials that nearly $35 million deposited in his bank account were bribe money meant for former President of Peru Alejandro Toledo.
From left: Yaakov Litzman, Yuli Edelstein, and Amir Peretz. Photo: Alex Kolomvisky, Amit Shabi, Ziv Koren From left: Yaakov Litzman, Yuli Edelstein, and Amir Peretz. Photo: Alex Kolomvisky, Amit Shabi, Ziv Koren From left: Yaakov Litzman, Yuli Edelstein, and Amir Peretz. Photo: Alex Kolomvisky, Amit Shabi, Ziv Koren
Also speaking will be Aurelio Ignacio Lopez Mier, the director of business development in the Americas for Acciona Agua, the water treatment arm of Madrid-listed engineering firm Acciona SA. Acciona Agua is currently among the contenders in a bid to set up Israel’s sixth desalination plant, Sorek B.
From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg
Additional speakers at the conference include: Chaim Katzman, founder and CEO of Tel Aviv-listed real estate company Gazit Globe Ltd.; Eti Elishkov, founder and CEO of Israel-based online insurer Libra Insurance Company Ltd.; Amir Yaron, governor of the Bank of Israel; Shaul Meridor, head of the budget department at Israel’s Ministry of Finance; Gil Bufman, Bank Leumi’s chief economist; Shraga Brosh, president of the Manufacturers Association of Israel; Dani Naveh, chairman of Israeli insurance company Clal Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd.; Raul Srugo, president of the Israel Builders Association; Orna Hosman-Bechor, chairwoman of Ashdod port; and Ehud Danoch, CEO of Israeli infrastructure construction company Solel Boneh Infrastructures Ltd.
From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg From left: Eti Elishkov, Yossi Maiman, David Mizrahi. Photo: Avi Moalam, Tommy Harpaz, Ronen Topelberg

Retail industry leaders will also attend to discuss Amazon’s entrance and other changes in the local industry: Rami Levy, owner of supermarket chain Rami Levy Hashikma Marketing 2006 Ltd.; Rami Shavit, controlling shareholder and CEO of department store chain and holding company Hamashbir 365 Holdings Ltd.; Hay Galis, CEO of shopping mall chain BIG Shopping Centers Ltd.; David Vaknin, head of Leumi’s small business division; and Yair Assael, head of UPS Israel.

From left: Shraga Brosh, Amir Yaron, Elyakim Rubinstein. Photo: Orel Cohen, Ohad Zwigenberg, Alex Kolomvisky From left: Shraga Brosh, Amir Yaron, Elyakim Rubinstein. Photo: Orel Cohen, Ohad Zwigenberg, Alex Kolomvisky From left: Shraga Brosh, Amir Yaron, Elyakim Rubinstein. Photo: Orel Cohen, Ohad Zwigenberg, Alex Kolomvisky
Amit Segal and Amnon Abramovich, both commentators for Israel’s largest televised news outlet Israel Television News Company Ltd., will present their perspective on the country’s upcoming general election.

Ronni Gamzu, CEO of the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital) will comment on the deteriorating shape of the public health system.

The conference will end with a talk between Calcalist journalist Ouriel Daskal and olympic judoka Or Sasson.

The conference will also host the finals for Calcalist and KPMG Israel’s Industry 4.0 startup competition. Competing startups are developing automation, connectivity, and data transfer technologies for factories and manufacturing lines. The winning startup will win a trip to Germany, including flights, accommodations, a round of meetings with potential clients, and mentoring from KPMG Germany.
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