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14 December 2020: TAU President's Online Forum with alumni appointed to executive positions during 2020

The Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization continues the tradition of saluting its alumni - senior executives in the Israeli economy who took office in 2020 - all Tel Aviv University alumni.

This is the second consecutive year that TAU President, Prof. Ariel Porat, hosts, congratulates and honors leading key figures in the Israeli economy who have been appointed during the past year, all Tel Aviv University alumni. Even though this year’s meeting was held in Zoom, it still was a real power multiplier.

 

The TAU Alumni Organization currently celebrates five years since its establishment, led by Sigalit Ben Hayoun, who said: “The year 2020 faced us with new challenges, unlike anything we faced before, but still was fruitful and supplied us with a series of alumni taking key positions in many different fields – from Health, Education and Culture to Infrastructure, Banking and High-Tech."

 

Tel Aviv University President, Prof. Ariel Porat, opened and surveyed part of the institution's strategy: “We are making efforts to increase our international presence, to display our Multidisciplinarity and to utilize it creating interdisciplinary connections, and not the traditional types, as well as to strengthen the bond between TAU and various companies, especially in the fields of High-Tech and Bio-Tech, creating new collaborations.”

 

The zoom meeting was attended by two different men named Ariel Porat – one is TAU president and the other is Ariel Porat who was appointed CEO of Siemens Israel. Both admitted it was a different situation. Another executive present was Ron Rotter, who was appointed CEO of the Castro-Hoodies Group this year. Inspired by the custom of alumni organizations around the world, Rotter created a high-quality, branded winter tracksuit with TAU logo as a gift for all attendees.

 

The executive alumni who participated in the event were:

  • Ron Levkovich, Chairman the First International Bank of Israel
  • Adv. Tomer Raved, CEO of B Communications
  • Ariel Porat, CEO at Siemens Israel
  • Yoni Ophir, Executive Vice President at Kushner Companies
  • Gabriel Miodownik, President and CEO at Netafim
  • Yair Avidan, Supervisor of Banks at the Bank of Israel
  • Asher Levy, President and Executive Chairman at NSO Group
  • Ron Rotter, CEO of the Castro-Hoodies Group
  • Mira Mines, CEO at Women's International Zionist Organization (WIZO)
  • Yaniv Bahar, CEO of Alliance High School
  • Nir Dagan, Chief Executive Officer at IES Holdings Ltd
  • Prof. Dr. Yaniv Sherer, CEO of the Barzilai Medical Center
  • Ron Tomer, Phd. Co-CEO of Unipharm and President of the Manufacturers Association of Israel
  • Shai-Lee Spigelman, Director General at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Israel
  • Gil Sharon, Chairman of Bezeq
  • Lior Eshkol, CEO of Wolt Israel
  • Amit Edri, Director General at the Ministry of Education, Government of Israel

 

Who praised the mayor? Who complimented the Supervisor of Banks? Who thanked the former minister?

 

Ron Rotter, one of the younger attendees at the meeting, admitted that his visits to TAU after graduation were to visit his wife Adi, while she studied Architecture in the wee hours of the night.

 

The older guard was represented by a number of executives: Yair Avidan, the Supervisor of Banks, who holds three degrees from TAU, and Asher Levy, who serves as President and Executive Chairman at NSO Group, Landa Digital Printing and Gencell, who spoke about the need for mentoring and helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and companies In growth processes.

 

The field of Education was represented by two - Yaniv Bahar, CEO of Alliance High School who began his career in the Ben Shemen Youth Village, praised the mayor of Tel Aviv for the autonomy and room for maneuver he gives him during the current challenging era. The other is Amit Edri, Director General at the Ministry of Education, who spoke about the necessity of managerial and pedagogical flexibility and the possibility of teaching in all the variety of tools and not just in the classroom, that will advance the country one generation forward.

 

Ron Levkovich, Chairman the First International Bank of Israel, said: "The strength of the banking system in Israel and its readiness for crisis enables customer service throughout this period and, more importantly, enables the granting of credit to businesses and households and thus helps the economy."

Levkovich also complimented the Supervisor of Banks on the important and sensitive moves he led during the COVID crisis.

Ron suggested removing the TAU campus fences so that the university would become a part of the community and the city: "The fence symbolizes much more than it is," he stated.

 

The female public sector was represented by the Director General at the Ministry of Science and Technology, Shai-Lee Spigelman, who took office in June and is facing a lack of budget caused by the COVID pandemic, and the incoming CEO of Walt Israel, Lior Eshkol, whose delivery missions are all successful despite the unstable era.

 

Nir Dagan, Chief Executive Officer at IES Holdings and former CEO of Arkia, joined the Zoom meeting from the desolate airport of Eilat, moments before boarding the plane. President and CEO at Netafim, Gabriel Miodownik, shared that he took office just two weeks before the corona began and ruled: “It’s all about Timing”.

 

Bezeq's chairman, Gil Sharon, predicted that "2021 will be a significant year for the company - we are investing in the launch of two ultra-fast networks that will contribute significantly to the Israeli economy - launching 5G that will allow wider bandwidth, and a Million households will be connected to the new Optic Fiber”.

 

 Tomer Raved said that he is involved in the NYU Alumni Organization and is looking forward to getting involved in the TAU Alumni Organization as well, hoping to nurture the alumni community and the next generation.

 

President of the Manufacturers Association of Israel, Ron Tomer, took office in February, the day they began talking about a delay in supply chains from China, and is working against an "impossible government that is hard to work with."

 

The event was closed by Prof. Dr. Yaniv Sherer, CEO of the Barzilai Medical Center, which treats a population of 600,000 people, including settlements in the Gaza Strip, and updated that his employees are going to be vaccinated for COVID within a few days.

 

7 June 2020: The Tel Aviv University alumni organization launches an Advisory Committee

The President of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Ariel Porat, continues to fulfill the organization's vision to cultivate and strengthen the connection with the university’s alumni community who serve as TAU’s ambassadors, and the networking between the alumni themselves.

 

Under his leadership, and together with the Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization, headed by Sigalit Ben Hayoun, the first step of its kind in Israel was announced, with the establishment of an advisory committee composed of leading alumni from various fields, representing all TAU faculties, who will support and invest their time, energy and skills to form and strengthen an influencing community that changes the world.

 

The members of the TAU alumni organization’s advisory committee met for the first time this week and discussed ways to raise donations for TAU students from the alumni community. Attended the meeting :

  • Udi Danino - Founder and CEO of SAIPS (acquired by Ford), who also hosted the meeting
  • Dvir Bendek – Actor, Comedian and TV Personality
  • Gilad Arditi - Co-Founder and COO of the tourism company Alice
  • Dr. Jacob Frand - Head of the Plastic Surgery Unit at the Edith Wolfson Medical Center
  • Karen Schwok - Owner, Founder and CEO of Lucid Investments
  • Ran Fuhrer - Vice President Business Development with the Neopharm Group and member of the Board of Directors of Bezeq
  • Keren Shaked - owner and CEO of B-Pro
  • Tomer Blustein - Founder of Pink Park And VP of Business Development for a Bayit Bakfar
     

Also among the committee members are Dr. Udi Dahan - CEO of UBS-Wealth Management in Israel, and Anat Starik-Dahan - Co-CEO of Tamares Hotels (who were absent this time).

 

Amos Elad, TAU Vice President for Public Affairs, Resource Development & Alumni Affairs, opened by saying: "All over the world, alumni are a significant anchor in university work and are an integral part of it. Since the establishment of the TAU Alumni Organization five years ago, our community is moving forward, and now, thanks to you, we can create more value for the alumni who are already connected to us and to those who join us in the future”.

 

Head of TAU Alumni Organization, Sigalit Ben Hayoun, said that in 2019, the university raised more than 1.5 Million NIS from its alumni for student scholarships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the university raised a sum of 3.5 Million Dollars, donated by TAU alumni for emergency scholarships for students.

Tel Aviv University has 200,000 alumni all over the world, of whom 85,000 are members of the organization.

 

Ran Fuhrer surprised the committee members, and arrived to the meeting directly from the bris event of his twin sons.

 

Tomer Blustein, who meets the tenants of the Bayit Bakfar chain as part of his job, did not remove the mask from his face during the entire meeting, even when he presented the steps and moves mentioned in the presentation.

30 December 2019: TAU President's Forum with alumni appointed to executive positions during 2019

The office of Tel Aviv University President Prof. Ariel Porat looked for a moment like a power multiplier of very senior executives in the economy – for the first time, Prof. Porat, alumnus of the Buchmann Faculty of Law, hosted the annual forum for alumni appointed to senior positions during the passing year, all TAU alumni, naturally.

 

Head of the TAU Alumni Organization, Sigalit Ben Hayoun, who led the executives forum together with the president and Amos Elad, TAU Vice President for Public Affairs, Resource Development & Alumni Affairs, said: “2019 was a very fruitful year, as a trope of alumni were appointed to senior positions in all walks of life – from Banking through Public Systems, Associations and Non-Profit Organizations, to High-Tech, Culture and the Arts. "

 

TAU president noted that this is a meeting of appreciation, addressed the importance of the senior roles that TAU alumni occupy, and said that the variety of roles represented in this meeting reflects one of TAU’s goals - multidisciplinary. "We are going to see more and more multidisciplinary centers which previously didn’t seem possible or compatible". He also referred to the diversity of the 2,500-member academic staff and noted that although only three of them are currently from the Arab community, he strives to rectify and change the situation.

 

Some forum members are currently facing huge challenges at the forefront of public and media discourse.

 

Head of the Israeli Bar Association, Adv. Avi Himi, said: “The Bar is facing great challenges, we must stabilize the system, restore the lawyers' trust in it and change the profession’s DNA, and do everything humbly. And there are also legal issues where we have to be careful, the rule of law is a question of democracy and therefore we have to be restrained. The situation is very complex and problematic". He turned to the president of the university and said:" We do not hear enough from the academy. There are issues that the academy needs to express its opinion on.”

 

The incoming CEO of Israel Railways, Michael Maixner, addressed the company’s challenges: "I said goodbye to the indulgences that were part of my previous role and entered a challenging position that has several main fronts - labor relations, the sharp rise in demand and implementation of new technologies."

 

Maixner and incoming Telrad CEO Moti Elmaliach, who served together in the IDF’s communications corps, were happy to be photographed together.

 

 

Moti Elmaliach admitted that he is a big believer in community budgets: "When I get into a new position I immediately double the community budgets. I believe it's really important, as one who himself comes from the periphery."

 

The new CEO of Masad Bank, Gabriel Teitel, said: "We are basically a social bank that mainly serves teachers and students of teaching colleges”. He refused to disclose the Bank’s number of customers, but said that naturally, most of them are women. “I often step out to the field to understand the Israeli teacher’s status. In the Arab sector, they are viewed as half Gods - it is impossible to even compare that to the status of the teacher in Tel Aviv. "

 

Chairperson of WIZO Israel, Ora Korazim, also referred to the Arab community and revealed that WIZO Israel has been setting up women's councils in various communities in recent years. She also revealed that last week, the first women's council in the Druze sector was opened. WIZO Israel’s economic model currently relies on its social venture of second-hand clothes, according to which all fundraising from sales goes back to the company.

 

Liad Agmon, The High-Tech Entrepreneur who founded Dynamic Yield and sold it to McDonalds, and currently serves as its CEO, shared that his studies started at TAU’s Faculty of Exact Sciences and the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, where he first met Director Avi Nesher, who convinced him to make the film "Turn Left at the End of the World" together, and the rest is history. He also revealed that the university was one of Dynamic Yield's very first customers but paid very little, only $ 1,000.

 

Dr. Hagay Amir, Director of Loewenstein Hospital, a father of seven, patted his friend Dr. Ziv Rosenbaum, the new CEO of Emek Medical Center. He too shone a spotlight on the uniqueness of the hospital, which reflects a unique integration between Jews and Arabs, not only between the patients lying bed by bed, but also between the doctors and the nurses.

 

 

 

The alumni who participated in the 2019 Executive’s Forum:

 

  • Adv. Avi Himi - Chairman of the Bar Association, alumnus of the Buchmann Faculty of Law
  • Adv. Romy Knebel‎ - Head of the Central District of the Bar Association, alumna of the Buchmann Faculty of Law
  • Ran Heilpern - CEO of the Hod Hasharon Municipality, alumnus of the Coller School of Management and the Faculties of Law and Humanities
  • Col. Ifat Tomer-Yerushalmi -  Women's Affairs Adviser to the IDF Chief of Staff, alumna of the Buchmann Faculty of Law
  • Moti Elmaliach - CEO of Telrad, alumnus of the Faculty of Humanities and the Coller School of Management
  • Omer Unger – MasterCard Country Manager, alumnus of the Coller School of Management
  • Michael Maixner - CEO of Israel Railways, alumnus of the Coller School of Management
  • Liad Agmon - Founder of Dynamic Yield (acquired by McDonalds), alumnus of the Faculty of Exact Sciences and the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at the Faculty of Arts
  • Udi Carmeli  - Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipal Engineer , alumnus of the Azrieli School of Architecture at the Faculty of Arts
  • Shir Goldberg - Artistic Director of the Be'er Sheva Theater - alumna of the Faculty of Arts
  • Haim Mesilati - Chairman of the Real Estate Appraisers Association in Israel, alumnus of the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Ora Korazim - Chairperson of WIZO Israel, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Gabriel Teitel - CEO of Masad Bank, alumnus of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Deganit Paikowsky, VP Diversity Initiatives and New Space Economy, The Interdantional Astronautical Federation, alumna of the Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Ziv Rosenbaum - CEO of Emek Medical Center, alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Hagay Amir - Director of Loewenstein Hospital, alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine and Coller School of Management
  • Noga Albalach - General Director of Hakibbutz Hameuchad -Sifriat Poalim Publishing Group, alumna of the Faculties of Exact Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities
17 Dec 2018: TAU President's Forum with alumni appointed to executive positions during 2018

Leading key figures in the Israeli economy, who took up new positions in 2018, all without exception TAU Alumni, met at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange offices, as part of the traditional annual Executives Forum held by Tel Aviv University President Prof. Joseph Klafter, together with Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Head of the TAU Alumni Organization.

 

In previous years, the meetings were held at TAU President's Office, but this year the forum moved to the office of a TAU Alumnus - CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Itai Ben Zeev, who hosted and congratulated the executive alumni.

 

TAU president, Prof. Joseph Klafter, addressed the importance of the executive positions that TAU alumni occupy, and surveyed Tel Aviv University’s high positions in various global rankings. "We do not have a football or basketball team like the world’s leading universities, but we have you, and for the past three years we have been building an active and influential Alumni Organization. Out of our 185,000 alumni, 70,000 have already joined the alumni community, which is a significant achievement."

 

From the attendees’ words:

Shaul Kobrinsky, the latest appointment, who took over as chairman of Board at the Israel Discount Bank just two weeks before the event, said that he owes a lot to TAU: "I was a child with learning difficulties. I wasn’t accepted to the faculty of Humanities but only to the department of Statistics where there probably weren’t a lot of new students, and that turned out to be the opportunity of my life, which took me all the way to a Master's Degree in Economics”. He spoke of the ever-changing field of banking, and said that although there are now several models predicting the change in the banking system in the next decade, there is no one clear insight. Questions like what the banker figure will look like? What will giants such as Amazon do next? Will they start their own banks? How would the regulator react to such a move? All these questions and more are still floating around.

 

Ronen Bar-Shalom, CEO of Keter Plastic Israel, a TAU Faculty himself, spoke about Keter Plastic and its transformation from the Low Tech industry to the High Tech industry, and the acquisition from the Sagol family, which is one of TAU’s biggest supporters.

 

Dr. Anat Engel, Director General at Wolfson Medical Center, spoke about the hospital's development plans, and admitted that she met her husband on TAU’s medical school bench. She particularly went into detail, at the request of attendees, on the hospital's flagship project “Save A Child's Heart”, through which over 5,000 children with heart disease, mainly in Africa, were operated by the Wolfson Medical Center medical staff, traveling around the world. Anat too is currently a TAU Faculty.

 

During the meeting, TAU President gifted each of the executive alumni a TAU pin.

 

 

Attended:

  • Shaul Kobrinsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Israel Discount Bank
  • Dr. Anat Engel, Director General at Wolfson Medical Center
  • Ofer Witkon, Israel Country Manager at IWG plc
  • Justice Sawsan al-Qassem, judge of Haifa's Regional Labor Court
  • Ronen Bar-Shalom, CEO of Keter Plastic Israel

 

Photography: Yael Zur

17 Dec 2017: TAU President's Forum with alumni appointed to executive positions during 2017

Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization’s 2nd annual Executive Alumni Forum was hosted by TAU President, Prof. Joseph Klafter, at his office. The exclusive forum was attended by leading alumni, who were appointed to executive positions in all sectors of Israeli society during 2017.

 

TAU President, Prof. Joseph Klafter, opened the event by congratulating the attendees on their success and said: "The more you, as TAU Alumni, become successful and occupy key positions in the Israeli (and global) society, economics and research, The more successful and prestigious TAU becomes, allowing it to keep fueling important processes in the country”.

 

Head of the TAU Alumni Organization, Sigal Adar, noted that the Alumni Organization, which already has about 60,000 alumni active in its vibrant alumni community, is constantly working to strengthen the bond between the TAU’s successful alumni and it’s young alumni, in order to help those who are starting their first career steps.

 

Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Executive Director of the TAU Alumni Organization, invited those present to take part in the alumni organization's activities, to be a source of inspiration and a model for success for the next generation of alumni, to give advice and tips on the organization's various platforms and to assist TAU Alumni’s placement in the companies in which they manage.

 

Attended the forum:

  • CPA Miri Savion, Deputy Director of the Tax Authority
  • Liad Barzilai, CEO at Atrium European Real Estate, A Gazit Globe Group Company
  • Amir Hayek, President of the Israel Hotel Association
  • Shmulik Arbel, Deputy CEO and Head of Banking Division at Bank Leumi
  • Gil Sharon, CEO of Golan Telecom
  • Haim Ziv, General Manager and Israel site manager at Telefonica
  • Elik Etzion, Global Chief Information Security Officer at Bank Hapoalim
17 September 2017: A Night at the Museum

27 December 2016: TAU President's Forum with alumni appointed to executive positions during 2016

The Tel Aviv University Alumni Organization closed 2016 with the announcement of the establishment of a new tradition: An intimate forum of leading Alumni, who were appointed during the past year to executive positions in all sectors of Israeli society.

 

The event was opened by TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter, who congratulated the attendees on their success and said: "I believe that the connection is mutual - The more you, as TAU Alumni, become successful and occupy key positions in the Israeli (and global) society, economics and research, the more successful and prestigious TAU becomes, allowing it to keep fueling important processes in the country”.

 

Head of the TAU Alumni Organization, Sigal Adar, noted that the since the organization’s establishment, a year and a half ago, it has been growing fast, as the number of alumni who have expressed a desire to connect with the organization tripled already. She also said that the organization’s top priority is to recruit TAU and it’s leading alumni in key positions to help the young generation of alumni.

 

Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Executive Director of the TAU Alumni Organization, invited those present to take part in the alumni organization's activities, to be a source of inspiration and a model for success for the next generation of alumni, to give advice and tips on the organization's various platforms and to assist TAU Alumni’s placement in the companies in which they manage.

 

Attended:

  • Ori Ben Shai, Vice President and Managing Director of Kimberly Clark Israel
  • Eyal Miller, Managing Director, Samsung Next TLV
  • Itai Ben Zeev, CEO of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
  • Doron Ben Ami, Chief Strategy Officer at Therapix Biosciences
  • Zohar Kadmon-Sela, Chairperson of News 10
  • Yaron Magber, Senior Director Engineering, Design Center Manager at ARM Israel
  • Merav Laifer, CEO of see.V
  • Elite Zexer, Director and screenwriter of the film “Sand Storm”, winner of the 2016 Ophir Award  for Best Feature Film and Best Director
  • Prof. Itamar Grotto, Associate Director General at Israel Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Ron Wexler, CEO of Isracard
  • Ran Senderovitz, Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Israel Development Centers

 

Photography: Yael Zur

26 October 2016: Event for Executive TAU Alumni

On Monday October 26 2016 the TAU Alumni Organization hosted a special event for its most prominent and influential alumni – owners, chairpersons and CEOs of leading Israeli corporations and organizations, public figures and media personages. The event was held at the magnificent building of the Porter School of Environmental Studies.

 

Sigalit Ben Hayoun, Executive Director of TAU Alumni Organization, organized an evening of science and music, revolving around a riveting discourse among some of TAU's star researchers: 

  • Dr. Carmit Levy of the Faculty of Medicine, specializing in melanoma research.
  • Prof. Yair Bar-Haim of the School of Psychology and School of Neuroscience, who studies post-trauma.
  • Dr. Oded Rechavi, a genetics researcher from the Faculty of Life Sciences.

 

TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter announced the establishment of a joint forum for alumni leading Israel's economy and society, and Chinese graduates of a special TAU program and other Chinese businessmen. The President noted that as an international university with associations in China's academia and government, TAU will work to promote the abilities of top graduates from both countries.

 

Sigal Adar, Head of the TAU Alumni Organization, launched the "Connected+" Project – TAU students and graduates for the community. For the first time, starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, the university will offer courses combining academic studies with service to the community.  These courses will become mandatory for all undergraduates. Adar called upon the alumni to adopt the courses, which will eventually encompass 200,000 annual hours of voluntary work, assisting  about 50,000 children and teens. Accountant Zeev Feldman, graduate of the School of Management, was first to answer the call, committing himself to a generous donation of $100,000.

 

Accountant Danny Margalit won a flight ticket in a lottery between the event attendees, and asked to say a few words. He warned the audience that the accounting profession is currently undergoing dramatic changes.

 

The event closed with a performance by singer Nurit GalronMichal Ansky, alumna of the Faculty of Humanities, was the evening's MC.

 

Also present were prominent TAU alumni such as: Teva CEO Erez Vigodman, Ericsson General Manager Alon Berman, CEO of the Association of Banks Moshe Pearl, Supreme Court Justice Dr. Yoram Danziger, Commissioner of the Prisons Service Ofra Klinger, State Attorney Comptroller David Rosen, Senior Director and Head of Yahoo's Tel Aviv Development Center Ido Yablonka, chairman of the Israel Cancer Research Foundation Tamir Gilat, Golan Telecom President Oren Most, actress Limor Goldstein, Accountant Shlomo Ziv, Infinity CEO Accountant Benny Ayal and others.

 

Watch videos from the events' lectures and musical performance >

 

Watch the event's photo album on TAU Alumni Organization's FaceBook page >

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