Oct 23 2011

Business Leaders Forum hosts Minister of Finance

Published by Editor at 12:01 pm under University News

The University of Haifa’s Business Leaders Forum hosted Minister of Finance Dr. Yuval Steinitz at a prestigious and important event last Tuesday. Chaired by Chairman of the Executive Committee Ami Ayalon and President of the University Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, the panel discussed “Economic Challenges in the State of Israel”. Attended by senior members of the Israeli business community, everyone present at the meeting received a special New Year’s gift from the University - a personal caricature by the artist who designed the University’s logo.

The Business Leaders Forum meets every other month and is part of the activities of the Israeli Friends Association headed by Shira Ben-Or. To date, the forum has hosted leading figures including Former IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi; Former Head of the Shabak, Yuval Diskin; Governor of the Bank of Israel, Prof. Stanley Fischer; Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar and others.

The purpose of the Forum, as it was formulated at its establishment by Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development, Amos Gaver, is to develop a productive partnership between business leaders in Israel and the outstanding enterprises at the University.

Also attending this meeting were Mr. Baruch Marzan, CFO and Head of Business Development Mr. Shuki Shye. The meeting was generously hosted by Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University, Mr. Michael Itzhar.

The event was opened by the President Prof. Aaaron Ben Ze’ev who commented: “The University is taking a lead in exploring the sea and its resources. The development of the gas market and its infrastructure is one of the great challenges facing us as a country and we, at the University, do everything to approach this matter. Thanks to the Sheshinski Committee that was appointed by Minister Steinitz, the citizens of Israel will benefit more from the gas profits - in the hope that some of these profits will lead to higher education.”

Dr. Yuval Steinitz then introduced the various areas of activity being conducted by the committees that he has appointed: “The public is not yet aware of the tremendous improvement that is to follow the Trachtenberg Committee and the Central Committee. We were the first in the entire Western world to deal with the pension issue.” The minister also addressed the security budget and said: “I once told to Minister [Ehud] Barak that he is the most expensive minister in the history of the country. Since the report of the Brodet Committee that allocated an additional 1 billion NIS to the defense budget, the budget has been compromised again and again every year.”

Among the executives attending the event were Dr. Sami Sagol, President of Keter Plastics; Benny Landa, Chairman of the Landa Foundation; Nathan Hetz, CEO of the Alony Hetz Company; Attorney David Hodak; Arnon Tiberg, Chairman of Tefron; Shlomo Tisser, Chairman and General Manager, Villar International Ltd.; Israel Makov, Chairman of Netafim; Smadar Nimrodi, Chairperson of the Rimonim Hotels; Dan Proper, Chairman of the Osem Group; Abraham Kuznitsky, CEO and Owner of Minrav Holdings Ltd.; Ohad Shaked, Chairman of the Shaked Global Group, and others.

Photo (top): L-R: Ami Ayalon, Minister Steinitz; Prof. Ben-Ze’ev

L-R: Shira Ben-Or; Minister Steinitz; Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev; Ami Sagy

View more photos from the event (all photos by Yoni Reif)

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