Abigail worked within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, most recently as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and prior to that as the head of the National Security Division. She has held senior roles in the Department of Home Affairs offshore covering Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and as the department’s inaugural Chief Risk Officer. She was the Deputy Commander of Maritime Border Command during the height of the people-smuggling trade.
Abigail began her career in the Royal Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies.
Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.
Prior to his role at the Authority, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at the IBM Research Division.
Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively from the Technion, where he lectured for more than 15 years.
Minister of Economy and Industry and Member of the Knesset (MK)
Amir Peretz is the Minister of Economy and Industry of the State of Israel as of May 2020, and a member of the twenty-first Knesset (Israeli Parliament) leading the Labor party. Mr. Amir Peretz is an experienced politician elected to the Knesset for the first time in 1988. Peretz was the Leader of the Opposition (2005-2006), and led the Labor party twice (2005-2006 and since
Throughout the years, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister (2006-2007), and as the Minister of Environmental Protection (2013-2014). Peretz is widely regarded as a Knesset Member who has placed social issues at the top of the public agenda, ensuring that they are a priority for all political parties. As early as 1984, during his tenure as the mayor of Sderot, contrary to the prevailing spirit at the time in Israel, especially in his city and similarly in other developing small towns, he supported the establishment of a Palestinian State.
As the Minister of Environmental Protection, Peretz promoted, among other things, the "Plastic Bag Law", which reduced plastic pollution in Israel by 80%. As the Minister of Defense, Peretz prioritized the protection of the Home Front of the State of Israel by supporting the development of the long-range "Arrow" missile defense system and the mid-range "David's Sling" system. He also was the one to advance the famed "Iron Dome" missile defense system, designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets, which eventually became the Home Front's most important defense asset of Israel, also receiving financial support from the US Administration for it.
From 1995 to 2005 Peretz served as the Chairman of the Histadrut, the General Workers' Union. In this role, he preserved many jobs through social struggles and protected the workers' provident funds, pension and other savings plans. In addition, he harnessed the Histadrut's power to protect underprivileged populations and unprotected workers, including
the disabled and the deaf.
Amir Peretz was the mayor of Sderot, a city in the south of Israel, where he grew up. He was born in Morocco in the city of Boujad in 1952, and immigrated to Israel when he was only 4-years-old. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as an officer in the Paratroopers Brigade. During his service he was injured in both his legs in a Sinai Peninsula military operation.
At the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Minister Peretz put forth the ‘human economy’ policy – according to which every person deserves to make a decent living, to live and to grow old with dignity. The 'human economy' policy stands on a three-legged stool program: encouraging the consumption of Israeli made products, providing unemployment benefits for the self-employed who were severely affected by the Corona virus crisis, and the implementation of the so called "the German Model" – a flexible unpaid vacation model.
Amir earned his Bachelor's degree with honors in social sciences and humanities from the Open University of Israel. He and his wife Achlama have four children, five grandchildren, five dogs, five cats, and one joint vision.
Assaf Mischari is a Partner and the Head of Research at Team8. Under his leadership, the team of elite researchers, with expertise in cybersecurity, data-science, data analytics, cryptography and advanced math are providing technological leadership support across the company-building lifecycle. Prior to joining Team8, Assaf held numerous leadership roles in the Israel Defense Force’s Technology & Intelligence Unit 8200, where he was trained and served as the CTO of the Cyber Division. Assaf has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience researching and developing both software and hardware. Assaf holds a B.Sc in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University.
Ayalla Reuven-Lelong is a leading expert on the topic of ‘The Future of the Workplace.’ Together with Lahav Executive Education, Ayalla leads strategic processes in local and global companies in Israel and worldwide, helping leaders and employees develop the capabilities which are crucial for their personal and professional success in the new reality we are all facing now.
Together with her team, Ayalla developed the 5Lands™ Model – a roadmap of the journey that each leader and employee have to go through in order to navigate successfully in the 4th Industrial Revolution, including a readiness assessment tool and upskilling processes.
Ben has nearly 20 years of retail management experience. He was appointed Chief Executive of eCommerce at Coles in May of 2020 moving to Australia from the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining Coles, Ben was Senior Vice President at Walmart with leadership roles in eCommerce, Technology, Store Operations, Strategy, Merchandising, and Finance. He worked in Walmart’s US, China, and International Business Units.
Ben holds an MBA for the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and a BA from Temple University.
Bg (Ret) Dr. Daniel Gold
Head, Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D – MAFAT), Israel
Brigadier General (Ret.) Dr. Daniel Gold is Head of Israel’s Defense Research and Development Directorate (DDR&D- MAFAT) at Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) since July 2016. Dr. Gold is in charge of determining the defense research and development policy for Israel, including oversight of its execution. He is in charge of all R&D, technology infrastructure, full-scale development, capabilities development including special directorates (Space, UAVs, Missiles/Rockets Defense).
Dr. Gold holds two PhDs which he unprecedentedly completed concurrently within a period of two years: a PhD in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Business Management, both from Tel-Aviv University. He has held several positions within IMOD and the Israel Air Force including management of IMOD and IDF's main key projects such as Head of IMOD/IDF R&D unit, Head of the main UAV/Drones projects, Head of Electronics & Electronic Warfare and Head of Armament & Avionics Divisions.
Dr. Gold also founded the “Gold R&D Technology and Innovation LTD” company which offer both consultancy and business-technology ventures and development. In addition, Dr. Gold was Head of the Israel National Committee for Commercial/Civilian Cyber R&D and is a board member of Israel Brain Technology Organization. In 2012 Dr. Gold was awarded the prestigious National Defense Prize for his initiation and management of the “Iron Dome” missiles/rockets defense system which made its first operational interception just 3 years after program launch. Under his leadership, the R&D unit has been awarded the National Defense Prize 12 times.
He is a four-time recipient of the Israeli Air Force Prize, a recipient of the Singapore Defence Technology Distinguished Fellowship Award and in 2012 was selected “Man of the Year” by Forbes Magazine-Israel.
Dr. Gold was honored to light the torch during the opening ceremony of Israel’s Independence Day in 2015.
In a national competition on the occasion of Israel’s 70th Anniversary set by the Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Iron Dome – founded by Dr. Gold – was selected as “The Most Innovative Israeli Technology” of all times since the establishment of the state of Israel.
The most recent achievement was the initiation of Israel’s National Technology Center for the Combat against the Corona epidemic. Under Dr. Gold’s leadership this center, and the various ventures coordinated at a national level, combined the defense R&D, academy, industry, start-ups and medical communities to focus the efforts which made a significant contribution to Israel’s success in helping the medical staff while limiting the extent and severity of the epidemic, enabling the gradual return to routine which is currently under way.
National Lead Director, Security Strategy & Governance, KPMG Australia
Chairman & CEO , Booky Oren Global Water Technologies
With over 35 years of different senior managerial roles, in the beginning of the millennium Booky Oren turned to the Water Industry and served in senior roles among which are: Executive Chairman of Mekorot – Israel National Water Company, (initiated and implemented WaTech™- Center for initiatives and Research in the water industry - leveraging Mekorot's 3,000 facilities as Beta sites for external innovation), Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Miya, Chairman of WATEC Israel, a leading global water event.
In 2011, Oren established "Booky Oren Global Water Technologies" to scale up these activities. The company operates the "Global Water Partnership Hub", and is active in hundreds of ventures globally, while overcoming the challenge of “i2i” – innovation to implementation. The uniqueness of its activities is the combination of accumulated experience and expertise with Public utilities, technology providers and large vendors, along with global connection coverage, and a business perspective approach. This creates the ability to provide relevant long-term support to its partners, with a meaningful and measurable added value
In the last few years, Booky is leading various activities at different global events, aimed at shifting the market focus from the technologies towards the “Voice of the Utilities”, highlighting their needs and challenges.
Carmel Krogh OAM
National President, The Australian Water Association.
Carmel is an experienced water infrastructure professional with extensive leadership and management skills. She has successfully combined both executive and non-executive roles and is currently National President of the Australian Water Association.
Carmel has over 39 years industry experience and has made a significant contribution to the water sector and to the advancement of women. She was the first female to graduate from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS) in Civil Engineering. She also holds a Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.
She has had many years experience in local government in several senior roles, has worked in the private sector and has also worked as an Infrastructure Advisor for the Australian Aid Program. In 2019 Carmel was awarded an OAM for her contribution to civil engineering. In that same year she was also awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Minister for Local Government for her contribution to the sector.
Chris Mitchell is Managing Director of Optus Business, providing comprehensive and integrated ICT solutions including mobile, voice and data services; cloud; cyber security; IT services; professional consulting and managed services to household name businesses, key Federal/State Government Departments, and Local Government.
Prior to joining Optus in July 2019, Chris spent many years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in senior leadership roles, the last being Global COO of PwC's Worldwide Consulting Competency Centres which provided thought leadership and deep subject matter expertise and solutions for clients in Cyber Security, Enterprise Applications and Transformation, Technology Advisory Services, Digital Operations (IoT), Intelligent Automation, Artificial Intelligence and Agile.
Previously, Chris was Managing Director of EDS in Australia and New Zealand as well as President for EDS Strategic Technology Services in the USA. Prior to this Chris was a Vice President in A.T. Kearney responsible for Asia Pacific Communications practice.
Craig Drummond joined Medibank in July 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Medibank is a leading private health insurer committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Craig has had over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector – Group Executive Finance and Strategy at NAB from 2013 to 2016; Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head from 2009 to 2013. Previous to that he was at Goldman Sachs JB Were (1986 to 2009), in various roles culminating in Chief Executive Officer.
Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1981. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton University in 2001. Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Chartered Accountant.
Craig joined Male Champions of Change in 2016 and has continued to be a leader in speaking out on gender issues. Craig is also a Muslim Women’s Association Linking Hearts Ambassador and is committed to addressing domestic and family violence in our community. Craig is also a Director of the Geelong Football Club and a Finance Committee member at Ian Potter Foundation.
Australasia Water Leader, Arup 2020 Professional Engineer of the Year, Moderator
Daniel leads Arup’s water business in Australasia and is passionate about developing water and sanitation solutions for communities with positive social, environmental and economic outcomes.
A highly qualified and decorated engineer; Daniel is business leader, a founder and director of a key NGO and an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers. He focuses on collaborating with clients to identify, develop and implement effective smart solutions. He has delivered innovative water projects in Australia, Aisa, the Pacific Islands, South America and Africa.
A recognised Fellow and Engineering Executive of Engineers Australia, he is a member of the International Water Association Global Strategic Advisory Council, the National Urban Water Reform Steering Committee and the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Water Taskforce. Daniel is also on the Expert Advisory Panel for the Australian Water Partnership, the Expert Advisory Committee for the Australian Water Association and the Advisory Council for Imagine H20.
Daniel is the 2020 Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year, has been recognised by as one of ‘Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers’ by Engineers Australia and has received the Australian Water Association Water Professional of the Year award.
David Gonski is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is a Director of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, a member of the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Chair of the Accelerating R&D in NSW Advisory Committee, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.
He was previously Chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the ASIC External Advisory Panel and Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, MD, MSc
Deputy Director General; Chief Medical Officer; and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman serves as Deputy Director General; Chief Medical Officer; and Chief Innovation Officer at Sheba Medical Center. Previously, he held the position of Lead Researcher at Partners HealthCare's Clinical Affairs Department in Boston and was heavily involved in the efforts to implement a strategic care redesign initiative there. Dr. Zimlichman has served on several advisory committees commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is chairing as well as participating in several committees at Israel's Ministry of Health.
Dr. Zimlichman is the founder and director of Sheba’s ARC innovation program, an open global innovation ecosystem which aims to redesign healthcare through digital health solutions by 2030. He is board certified in internal medicine, completed a degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and earned his MD at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.