Protecting our investment

How a threat to Israel’s democratic institutions can damage its position as the world’s start-up nation

As the threat to Israel’s democratic stability intensifies, what does this mean for Israel’s standing as the start-up nation? 

Our expert panel will discuss the crisis in Israel today with a particular lens on investment to and within Israel as well as the role the Tech community has been playing in the fight for Israel’s democracy. You can read more about NIF’s emergency response here.


Facilitated by Carmel Rafaeli, serial entrepreneur and sustainability specialist. Carmel is an INSEAD MBA graduate serial entrepreneur. She is passionate about innovation aimed at new economical growth models, based on sustainability and ROI. 


Speakers include:

Adam Fisher, Head of investment firm Bessemer’s Israel office. Adam is widely regarded as one of the top investors in Israel with experience investing across the technology stack, from cutting edge hardware to consumer Internet. Born in South Africa, Adam was raised and educated in the US, where he studied at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Before joining Bessemer, he spent nine years at Jerusalem Venture Partners, where he was a partner in their New York, Jerusalem, and Beijing offices.


Jonathan Penkin, Goldman Sachs Israel CEO. Prior to that, he was co-head of the Goldman Sachs Financing Group in Asia Pacific Ex-Japan (AEJ) and head of Equity Capital Markets for AEJ. Jonathan is a trustee of the One to One Children’s Fund, a governor of Tel Aviv University and a Board Member of the New Israel Fund. Jonathan earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Cape Town in 1986, an MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, cum laude, in 1990 and a BA in Law from University College, Oxford, in 1992.

Tech2Peace provide high-tech and entrepreneurial training alongside conflict dialogue to young Palestinians and Israelis. They partner with leading organizations like Google for Startups, Microsoft, and MIT to provide the best professional opportunities. At the same time, they use conflict dialogue and team-building activities to create a safe space for young people of all backgrounds and beliefs to meet, express their beliefs, and work with the “other side.”

Fakereporter is an impact-driven start up leading a civil effort against malicious online activity and the spread of disinformation. Leveraging crowdsourcing via its reporting platform, FakeReporter exposes and disables attacks on democratic systems, inauthentic influence campaigns, fraud, hate speech, incitement, conspiracies, and lies. FakeReporter’s work has been featured in more than 300 articles in Israeli and international media channels, including The New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, Reuters, Forbes, Vice and more.


Kindly hosted by Local Globe 

When? Tuesday 27 June 5.00 to 7pm ( 5.15pm start) 

Places are limited. To register click

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