A chemical engineer, founder of GreenFuel, and CEO of Element Cleantech
USA, Isaac Berzin is passionate about algae: he believes that seaweed holds
the key for eating up carbon emissions and producing renewable energy.
So does the Time magazine, which named Brezin as one of the 100 most
influential people in politics, business, and science in 2008. Brezin
Bruno Giussani is the European director of the TED Conference and the
programmer of TEDGlobal. As a member of TED
A futurist, inventor, and digital security expert, Paul (Pablos) Holman is a
notorious hacker with a unique view into both breaking and building new
technologies. Pablos helped build the world
Martin Rapaport, one of the leading business players in the global diamond
industry, is also a leading advocate of fair trade jewelry and a champion of
promoting an ethical diamond industry. In 2000, during the war in Sierra
Leone, he visited amputee camps and led the establishment of the Kimberley
A clinical psychologist and a couple and relationship therapy expert, Hedy
Schleifer is a charismatic teacher and an inspirational mentor who brings
laughter and passion to the adventure of learning. Internationally known as
a grand master of the arts of listening and connection, her workshops and
trainings, given in Europe, Israel and Africa, empower people to embrace
life and relationships with joy and passion. "Crossing the Bridge" - a film by
Robyn Symon about Hedy and Yumi Schleifer, won the Best Documentary
Film award at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival.
A computer science professor at IDC Herzliya who has also taught at NYU
and Harvard, Shimon Schocken is co-inventor of a novel approach to teaching
computer science, described in an MIT Press book which recently appeared
in Chinese, Indian, and Polish editions. Schocken is also a passionate biker
and hiker who has logged more than 30,000 km on his mountain bike in many
countries around the world. Believing strongly that outdoor sports can lead
to profound psychological and mental change, Schocken founded and leads
special programs for rehabilitating juvenile delinquents through mountain biking.Short bio of this speaker
Ariel Shamir, a professor of computer science at IDC Herzliya, is a computer
graphics expert who worked at the University of Texas, Mitsubishi Electric
Research Labs, Lawrence Livermore national laboratory, and Walt Disney
Research. The author of numerous articles and patents, Shamir
Our body is made of 100 trillion cells, all offspring of a single founder cell
Entomologist Shimon Steinberg loves his pets. These include parasitic
wasps, pirate bugs, and predatory beetles. Zillions of these critters are mass-
produced in Kibbutz Sde-Eliyahu and shipped all over the world, where they
serve as the first line of defense against agricultural pests. Beneficial bugs
are replacing the use of chemical sprays in greenhouse vegetables and open
field crops, producing pesticide-free food and eliminating hazardous exposure
of millions of workers in third world countries. Steinberg is chief scientist
at BioBee, a world leader in mass production of biological control agents.
In addition to raising his bugs and insects, Steinberg is addicted to bird
watching, tennis, and long-distance running.
Karen Tal is the Principal of the Bialik-Rogozine School, located in south
Tel-Aviv. Challenges of education management and leadership take a new
meaning and scale in this unique K12 school, whose 800 students create a
fascinating mosaic of Jewish Israelis, Arab Israelis, and children of immigrants
and refugees from forty different countries ranging from Sudan to the Ukraine.
Karen Tal, who immigrated to Israel from Morocco as a child, navigates this
school with remarkable academic success through the turbulent waters of
social and political unrest.
As music director of the Tel-Aviv Symphony Orchestra and of Musica Nova
Consort, conductor Itay Talgam won the
Yair Tauman is a mathematician and economics professor at IDC Herzliya
and SUNY New York at Stony Brook, where he leads the annual Game
Theory Summer Festival. A top notch Black Jack player, Tauman is persona-
non-grata in Las Vegas casinos and a highly successful investor in several
high-tech companies like Galileo and QXL. He is an expert in the theory and
practice of optimal auction design, and a keen observer of how game theory
comes to play in personal and business decision making.
Oded Vardi is an Internet and New Media entrepreneur and investor. He is a
co-founder and COO of Superna, a pioneer in digital home enabling software.
Previously, Oded was a founding investor of R U Sure? and a consultant for
several technology startups and investment firms. Prior to that, he was an
analyst at Giza Investment banking and Giza Venture Capital. While working
out of Israel with international firms, Oded developed a unique perspective on
the multi-cultural challenges facing young entrepreneurs conducting business
on a global scale.
Engaging able and disabled dancers and performing in unique outdoor
locations, the award winning Vertigo Dance Group takes its dancers and
audiences to uncharted territories of haunting beauty and eco-social
expression. Noa Wertheim, the group