The Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society

Conference Program

Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economics and Society

Conference Program #
9:30 – 11:30 AM

From Recession to Growth: Macroeconomic Policy

Opening remarks

Yohanan Plesner

President, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI)


Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up National Central, and Conference Co-Chair; Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Government Perspective

Prof. Avi Simhon

Chair, National Economic Council

Eran Yaakov

Director, Israel Tax Authority and Acting Director-General of the Ministry of Finance

Yogev Gradus

Acting Director of the Ministry of Finance Budget Department

Yael Mevorach

Director General, Ministry for Social Equality

The Business Perspective

Dr. Ron Tomer

President, the New Israel Manufacturers Association, and Chair, Israel Chamber of Independent Organizations and Businesses

Dubi Amitai

Chair, Israel Farmers Federation, and Chair, Presidium of Israeli Business Organizations

Broadening Horizons: Israel and the Global Economy

Dr. Bruce Kasman

Chief Economist and Managing Director of Global Research, J.P. Morgan

Christian Esters

Senior Director, Analytical Manager, Sovereign and International Public Finance Ratings, S&P Global Ratings

A Green Rescue Plan for the Israeli Economy

Prof. Nathan Zussman

Israel Democracy Institute and the Graduate Institute, Geneva

Dr. Ori Sharon

Deputy Director, Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences

MK Yaakov Margi (Shas Party)

Chair, Knesset Finance Committee

Minister of Finance, MK Israel Katz (Likud Party)

Open discussion

Session Summary

Prof. Karnit Flug

Vice-President for Research and the William Davidson Senior Fellow for Economic Policy, Israel Democracy Institute and Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Former Governor of the Bank of Israel

Address by the Governor of the Bank of Israel, Prof. Amir Yaron


12:00 - 13:45

From the Corona Crisis to the Climate Crisis

Chair: Daphna Aviram-Nitzan

Director, IDI Center for Governance and the Economy

Minister of Environmental Protection, Gila Gamliel (Likud Party)

The Climate Crisis Challenge and Israel's Global Commitment

Ministry of Environmental Protection
Shuli Nazar

Deputy Director General for Industry

Dr. Gil Proaktor

Director of Energy and Climate Change

Yuval Laster

Director, Policy and Strategy Division

Director Generals in Conversation: A Government Vision for Israel 2050

Moderator: Prof. Eugene Kandel

Ehud (Udi) Adiri

Director General, Ministry of Energy

Dalit Zilber

Director-General, Israel Planning Administration

David Yahalomi

Director-General, Ministry of Environmental Protection

David Leffler

Director, Ministry of Economy and Industry

Ofer Malka

Director General, Ministry of Transport & Road Safety

A Just Transition: Policy Recommendations

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan

Shlomo Dolberg

Director General, Federation of Local Authorities

Chen Lichtenstein

Chief Financial Officer, Syngenta Ventures

Nitzan Moshe

Chair, Environmental Quality Committee of the Manufacturers Association

Harel Shlissel

Head of Energy Sector, Budget Department, Minstry of Finance

Dr. Dov Khenin

Initiator, “Changing Course 2020”; Tel Aviv University

Chani Shwartz

Youth Protests for Environmental Protection

Climate Change and Financial Risk

Galit Cohen

Senior Deputy Director for Planning, Policy, and Strategy, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Regulators in Conversation: Financial Risk and Climate Change

Moderator: Prof. Karnit Flug

Yair Avidan

Supervisor of Banks

Dr. Moshe Barkat

Head, Capital Market, Insurance, and Savings Authority

Anat Guetta

Chair of the Israel Securities Authority

Adv. Meir Levin

Deputy Attorney General (Economic Law)

How the Global Financial Market Adapts to ESG

Anath Levin

CEO, BlackRock Israel

Open Discussion

18:30 - 17:30

From Global to Local: The Impact of the Global Crisis on Israel

Moderator: Yohanan Plesner

President of the Israel Democracy Institute

Conversation with:

Dan Senor

Elliott Management; Co-author of “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle”

Prof. Karnit Flug

Vice-President for Research, Israel Democracy Institute

Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

10:00 – 12:15

The Israeli Workforce: From Crisis to Opportunity

Chair: Prof. Karnit Flug

Vice-President for Research, Israel Democracy Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Former Governor of the Bank of Israel

Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services, Itzik Shmuli,

The German Government Policy on Dealing with the Workforce

Dr. Carsten Stender

Director-General for European and International Employment and Social Policy, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Germany

The Workforce and Corona: Challenges and Opportunities

A Macro-Economic Discussion
Shira Greenberg

Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance

Prof. Michel Strawczynski

Director of the Research Department, Bank of Israel

The Government’s Role in Rehabilitating the Workforce

Moti Elisha

Director of Employment Regulation, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Services

Rami Garor

Director General, Israel National Employment Service

Michal Fink

Deputy Director General for Strategy and Policy Planning, Ministry of the Economy & Industry

Liron Hantz

Deputy Director General for Strategy and Policy Planning, Ministry for Social Equality

Hassan Tawafra

Head of the Authority for Economic Development in the Arab Sector, Ministry for Social Equality

The Response of the Business Sector

Henry Zimmerman

Chair, Trellidor Group, and Chair, Northern District, Manufacturers Association

Gabi Joffe

Israel General Manager, dbMotion Ltd / Allscripts

Roi Cohen

President of LAHAV, the Israel Chamber of Independent Organizations and Businesses

The Response of the Civil Society Sector

Tali Nir

Executive Director, 121 - Engine for Social Change

Einat Zinger-Dan

CEO, Social-Economic Forum

Labor Relations in the Economy

Moderator: Prof. Yotam Margalit

Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute; Tel Aviv University

Kobi Bar-Nathan

Director of Salary and Employment Agreements, Ministry of Finance

Arnon Bar-David

Chair, Histadrut - General Federation of Labour

Open Discussion

12:30 – 14:15

The Education System: From Crisis to Opportunity

Chair: Eli Hurvitz

Executive-Director, The Trump Foundation

The Education System: A Post-Corona Vision

Michael Fullan

Global Leadership Director, New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto

A Guide for Successful Reforms in Education

Dalit Stauber

Israel Democracy Institute, Ono Academic College, and Mandel School for Educational Leadership; former Director General of the Ministry of Education

Dr. Michal Tabibian Mizrahi

Deputy Director General & Director of Strategy and Planning Ministry of Education

Initiating Change in the Education System

Gila Ben-Har

Supervisor of Innovation, Pedagogy and Digital Learning, Mandel Foundation-Israel

Dr. Eli Eisenberg

Senior Research Fellow, Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion

Ram Shmueli

Co-Founder, The Public Cabinet of Education

Moshe Bachar

Senior Deputy for Salary and Employment Agreements, Ministry of Finance

Ran Erez

Chair, Israeli Secondary School Teachers Association

Yaffa Ben-David

Secretary-General, Israel Teachers Union

Merom Schiff

Chairman, National Parents Union

Itai Croitoru

Chair, National Student and Youth Council

Open Discussion

10:00 – 11:30

Governance in Times of an Ongoing Crisis

Opening remarks: Yohanan Plesner

President, Israel Democracy Institute

Alternate Prime Minister of Israel and Minister of Defence, Benjamin (Benny) Gantz

The Crisis of Confidence in the Corona Period

The Connection between Confidence and Compliance

Prof. Yuval Feldman, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute and Bar-Ilan University

Who is building trust?

Prof. Eugene Kandel; CEO Start-up Nation Central; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

A National Model for Evaluating Policy in Times of Crisis

Moderator: Ron Tzur

CEO Sparks Consulting Group Ltd

Prof. Nissim Cohen

Head of the Department of Administration and Public Policy and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Haifa

Yossi Kochik

Entrepreneurship and Management Ltd., Former Director General, Prime Minister's Office

MK Yair Lapid, Head of the Opposition

Open Discussion

11:30 – 13:00

Bolstering the Health System's Capacity to Manage Crisis Situations

Chair: Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov

Former Director General, Ministry of Health

Gearing up for Emergencies and Crises

A Conversation among:
Dr. Dorit Nitzan

Regional Emergency Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

Prof. Rafael (Rafi) Beyar

President, International Rambam Friends Association; former Director General of Rambam Health Care Campus

Prof. (Emeritus) Avi Porath

Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Alon Messer

Deputy Director, Budget Division, Ministry of Finance


Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov

Former Director General, Ministry of Health

Dr. Irit Ginzburg

Health Economist

Professor Chezy Levy, Director General, Ministry of Health

Learning Lessons from around the World

Dr. Hans Kluge

Regional Director for Europe, WHO

Professor Sigal Sadetsky

former Head of Public Health Services, Ministry of Health

Minister of Health, Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein (Likud Party)

Open Discussion

13:00 – 14:40

Local Government vs. Central Government

Chair: Mordechai Cohen

Director General, Ministry of the Interior

Decentralization versus Disarray in times of Corona: International Comparisons

Ariel Finkelstein

Researcher, Israel Democracy Institute

Status of the Local Authorities

Haim Bivas

Chair of the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and Mayor of Modiin-Maccabim-Reut

Ron Huldai

Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo

Itaú Tamkin

Deputy to the Director of Budgets, Ministry of Finance

Amir Levy

CEO, IBC – Israel Broadband Co. Ltd.

Ayman Saif

COVID Project Manager for the Arab Sector

A Conversation among Mayors

Tal Ohana

Mayor, Yeruham Local Council

Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman

Mayor Modiin Illit Municipality

Alon Davidi

Mayor, Sderot Municipality

Rafik Halabi

Mayor Daliet El Carmel Local Council

MK Nir Barkat (Likud Party)

Open Discussion

אלי הורביץ ז"ל, מפעל חיים

אלי נולד בירושלים וגדל בתל אביב. בוגר בית הספר היסודי "הכרמל" ותיכון עירוני א'. עם פרוץ מלחמת העצמאות בשנת 1948 התגייס לנח"ל עם חבריו מגרעין הצופים. לאחר הכשרה חקלאית קצרה ייסדה הקבוצה את קיבוץ תל קציר שבעמק הירדן, בסמוך לגבול עם סוריה. בתל קציר נישאו אלי ודליה, חברתו מגרעין הצופים החדש. באוקטובר 1953 עזבו בני הזוג את הקיבוץ ועברו להתגורר בתל אביב.


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