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WELCOME Dr Orna Berry Chairperson Mr Paul Israel Executive Director Welcome to the Israel-Australia, New-Zealand & Oceania Chamber of Commerce (IACC) January-June 2010 Pictorial. The first half of 2010 has seen the Chamber host two major Delegations, a Digital Applications Mission led by Deena Shiff, Group MD- Telstra Business and an Academic Delegation led by Prof. Ed Byrne, Vice-Chancellor & President- Monash University. The IACC has made a concerted effort in actualising the potential of these visits and ensuring they have a major impact on Bi-lateral trade and relations. Telstra and Optus left Israel with approximately 15 -20 new opportunities that they are currently pursuing. The University delegates have gone back to Australia and are working hard to not only create Academic Exchanges between Monash and La. Trobe Universities and Institutions here but both Governments have been approached about providing an infrastructure which will enhance Academic Cooperation of real substance. TRADE MISSION TO AUSTRALIA The Chamber is planning a multi-disciplinary Trade Mission to Australia during the week of the 4 th of October, where each delegate will receive a personalised itinerary based on his/her corporate needs. The IACC is assessing the viability of offering delegates the opportunity to return to Israel via Shanghai, China for a 3 -day extension of the Mission. A real need has been identified whereby Israeli and Australian companies can and should join forces to work together in China! UPCOMING DELEGATIONS TO ISRAEL The 2 nd half of 2010 promises to be just as active as the 1 st half, in fact as it stands there are @ least four Missions planned! ISDEF- The AICC in Adelaide is looking @ bringing a high-level delegation to attend the International Army & Police Exhibition in mid-October. A week later, the Chamber in WA are organising a Trade Mission titled- Commercialisation, Sustainability & Business Development. Another initiative , the AICC is planning , is to build a visit around the Energy. Tech Exhibition and Conference also in October and in December the AICC in Sydney is bringing what’s called a ‘Mind of Israel Tour’. Please stay in touch about information for the above mentioned visits plus other new initiatives and of course we’re here to service any query/need you have related to Australia-Israel relations. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Leon Kempler OAM, Chairman- AICC on receiving a Honorary Fellowship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His never-ending hard work and dedication to Australian/Israeli relations is a true inspiration. Last but not least, we would like to thank you for your continued support & involvement. IACC ANNUAL SPONSORS Leon Kempler OAM, Chairman- AICC receives a Hebrew University Honorary Fellowship from HU President Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson
DIGITAL APPLICATIONS MISSION LED BY DEENA SHIFF- GROUP MD-TELSTRA BUSINESS MARCH 2010 Paul Israel- IACC, Kobie Paz, VP Bus. Div. Bezeq, Deena Shiff, Group MD- Telstra Business & Avi Gabbay, CEO- Bezeq Communications (Israel’s main Telco). The delegation with Australian Amb. Andrea Faulkner, were hosted by Yehuda Zisapel, Founder RAD Group. The following RAD Group companies presented- Radcom, Radwin, Wisair, Radvision, Radware & RAD Data. RAD Group is a family of independent companies that develop, manufacture and market solutions for diverse segments of the networking & telecommunications industry. The focus of the Mission was Digital Applications that will drive the utility of the new NBN- National Broadband Network. The National Broadband Network, is a Fibre to the Home (FTTH) network set to be built in Australia. The Australian Government has established a Government business enterprise, NBN Co Limited, to design, build and operate an Open Access Network providing download speeds of 100 Megabits per second to 90% of Australian homes and businesses, for which it is offering to contribute an initial cash injection of $US 38 Bil. Telstra Business is responsible for serving the unique needs of Australia's small to medium enterprises (SME), Teltsra is ranked amongst the world’s Top Ten largest Telcos. Other delegates were from Optus (part of the Sing. Tel Group), NEHTA (National E-Health Transition Authority), Church Resources & other leading Australian IT&T firms. IACC Chairperson- Dr Orna Berry presents a gift to delegate Mark Mulder, GM, Content + Portals, Products + Delivery @ Optus is Australia’s 2 nd largest Telco. Yossi Sela, Managing Partner @ Gemini Israel Funds with Sheila Mc. Gregor, Partner @ Gilbert & Tobin. Yossi kindly provided the delegation with an overview of the Israeli High-Tech, VC industries drawing on his vast experiences and successes.
DIGITAL APPLICATIONS MISSION LED BY DEENA SHIFF- GROUP MD-TELSTRA BUSINESS MARCH 2010 With more than 8 M mobile customers, Optus is part of Asia’s largest Telco group. Sing. Tel, with a significant presence in India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Bangladesh servicing 284, 746, 000 Mobile Customers. Anthony Hollis- AICC (NSW), Deena Shiff- Telstra, Ze’ev Bregman, CEO- NICE, Mark Mulder- Optus & Evelyn Moore- NICE Australia. NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions solutions and value-added services, powered by the convergence of advanced analytics of unstructured multimedia content & transactional data – from telephony, web, email, radio, video & other data sources. Gavin Goodvach, Manager Animation Lab presents the JVP Media Studio, which operates from JVP Media Center in Jerusalem & invests in start-up companies in the field of new media, enterprise software, mobile internet, gaming, advertising, at the seed stage. Daria Shualy, CEO- Sense-of-Fashion (So. F) presents to the delegation, an online home for independent fashion designers, trendsetters, fans & shoppers. For designers, So. F provides an online shop with a live clientele base and access to clear & open communication with buyers, fans & other designers. For trendsetters and fashion fans they provide a stage to show off their original styles, favourite designers and shopping decisions. For shoppers, this will be the biggest gallery and shop for independent fashion, including vintage and second hand, but most importantly one-of originals and new unique designs.
ACADEMIC DELEGATION LED BY PROF. ED BYRNE AO, VICE-CHANCELLOR & PRESIDENT- MONASH UNIVERSITY JUNE 2010 The objective of the delegation was to strengthen & create academic and research partnerships between Victorian and Israeli universities. The delegates met with over 200 senior Israeli Academics from Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Technion Institute of Technology, Hebrew University, Ben-Gurion Uni. & Weizmann Institute of Science. La. Trobe Vice-Chancellor- Prof. Paul Johnson, Monash Vice-Chancellor- Prof. Ed Byrne, IACC Chairperson- Dr Orna Berry, Melissa Byrne, Australian Ambassador Andrea Faulkner & AICC Chairman- Leon Kempler OAM. Assoc. Prof. Tony Wong, Program Leader for the Department of Civil Engineering- Monash University & The Institute for Sustainable Water Resources with Zvi Arom- Ta. Ka. Du which develops Water Loss Management Software Solutions. In addition, visits were paid to the Media & Innovation Lab @ IDC and the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Academic College. Monash President- Prof. Ed Byrne addresses the Israeli Minister of Science & Technology Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkovitz, MK. Monash is Australia's largest university with over 56, 000 students & 15, 000 staff. Ranked by the THES at 45 th of the world's top 200 universities, Monash is home to Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Stem Cell Centre, 100 research centres and 17 co-operative research centres. La Trobe University is a multi-campus university in Victoria, Australia with nearly 3, 000 staff and 30, 000 students La Trobe is particularly renowned for its prowess in the Arts & humanities & has a strong international reputation in Biomedicine & Science, ranking it in the top 100 biomedicine universities in the world. Prof. Ehud Gazit, VP for R&D- Tel-Aviv University Prof. Paul Johnson, Vice-Chancellor- La. Trobe, Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, Chair-Planning & Budget Council for Higher Education, Dr Orna Berry- IACC & Deputy Governor- Bank of Israel. Prof. Zvi Eckstein.
ACADEMIC DELEGATION LED BY PROF. ED BYRNE AO, VICE-CHANCELLOR & PRESIDENT- MONASH UNIVERSITY JUNE 2010 The Mission, which consisted of 14 senior executive and research staff from Monash and La Trobe Universities, primarily focused on scientific and biomedical research collaborations, particularly in water sustainability, structural biology, cancer medicine, plant biotech and bio-informatics. Leon Kempler- AICC, Saul Singer, Co-Author‘Start-Up Nation’ & Dr Orna Berry- IACC Alongside these key themes, Start-Up Nation analyses how Israel, with no natural delegates also explored resources—produces more start-up companies than large & opportunities to strengthen existing robust nations- Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, & the partnerships in Jewish Studies, the UK. humanities and social sciences, and to examine the approach that Israeli institutions take towards social inclusion. The delegation @ the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Academic College. Situated in Jaffa, in the heart of a diverse neighbourhood of Arabs and Jews, the College is committed to the development of opportunities for Jaffa residents. Outreach programs already exist, establishing the College as a venue for communal interaction, understanding and growth for residents of all ages, and from every sector of the community. For Monash and La Trobe, collaborations were either formed or strengthened between individual academics and researchers and between universities. Delegates @ the Pratt Park of the Australian Soldier in Be’er-Sheva. The centrepiece of the Park is a memorial commemorating the last great cavalry charge in war – the charge of Be’er-Sheva by the Australian Light Horse on 31 October 1917. The two universities have established a high level committee to ensure that the opportunities identified during our visit will be given maximum leverage to enable them to be brought to fruition. Dr Ron Kronish, Director- Interreligious Coordinating Council, Prof. Rae Frances, Dean of Arts- Monash & Heiger Abu-Shareb Director. Yasmin Ha-Negev Association, a non-profit seeking to improve the education & standard of living of Bedouin women.
Leon Kempler- AICC, Gail Kelly, CEOWestpac Banking Group, Prof. Stanley Fischer, Governor- Bank of Israel & Ronnie Hezkiyahu, Bank Comptroller. The Bank of Israel played an important role guarding the Israeli economy from the effects of the global financial crisis. The Swiss Institute for Management Development (IMD) ranked BOI the highest among central banks for its efficient functioning. CORPORATE VISITS Australian Ambassador HE Faulkner @ Zenith Solar with Green Earth Energy, Director- Rob Annells, Ruvi Herzog from Herzog Group & Executives from Zenith Solar. Zenith. Solar with its origins in Australia, it is developing a modular and easily scalable high concentration photovoltaic system (HCPV). The system provides high electrical output concurrently with heat at temperatures ranging from those associated with domestic hot water to those suited to process heat - that can address vertical cogeneration applications. Led by Chairman, Gary Cohen & senior executives from i. SOFT visited Israel looking @ potential JV opportunities. Here with Chamber Chairperson. Dr Orna Berry & Dr Itzik Peterburg. i. SOFT(ASX: ISF) are one of the world’s biggest providers of advanced application software solutions for the entire healthcare industry. Dr. Yoel Zeron, Professional Manager- Sion (world leading company for Artificial Insemination & Breeding) with Joe Lederman, Managing Principal @ Food. Legal. The Israeli dairy cattle population has the highest mean milk & milk solid production in the world, even though dairy production conditions are suboptimal due to heat stress in most areas during most of the year. Israeli bulls transmit outstanding genetic ability for milk yield and milk components and excel in fertility, longevity and udder health trait.
POLITICAL VISITS Gilad Erdan MK, Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection with The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, South Australia’s Min. for Environment & Conservation. Minister Weatherill visited Israel on a JNF Study Tour. Jewish National Fund is a global environmental organisation, based in Israel. It has planted 240 million trees, built over 200 reservoirs & dams, developed over 250, 000 acres of land, & created more than 1, 000 parks. Dr Mark Hulett, School of Molecular Sciences- La. Trobe Uni. Simon Fisher, Director. The Chamber organised a Business Save-a-Child’s-Heart, briefing for an AIJAC sponsored Paul Israel- IACC, delegation of Dennis Hood MLC, Head of Family First Party (SA) & Labour MPs. Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP (NSW), Grant Mitchell, Partner- Minter Ellison Lawyers. Senator Donald Farrell (SA), Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Yvette D'Ath MP (QLD), Israeli- based international Belinda Neal MP (NSW), humanitarian project, whose mission John Della Bosca, NSW MLC & is to improve the quality of pediatric Christopher Hayes MP (NSW). cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease. Hon Dr Graham Jacobs MP, WA Minister for Water & Mental Health , Peter Abetz MLA with Idan Ofer, Chairman of Better Place. Project Better Place is a venture-backed company that aims to reduce global dependency on petroleum through the creation of a market-based transportation infrastructure that supports electric vehicles.
Kirstin Martens, Senior Project Officer, Monitoring & Management. Government of South Australia, Department of Water, Land & Biodiversity Conservation, Simon Marcou with David Pargament. Hayarkon River Authority & Australian Ambassador. Pargament led the rehabilitation of the Hayarkon River, a model studied by peers worldwide. Twenty midshipmen and officer cadets from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) visited as part of the first ADFA battlefield study tour to Israel. Andrew Stead of ATP- Australia’s largest and most successful Incubator. Andrew visited Israel to see and learn about the Israeli Technological Incubator system. Anthony Leibler- Herzog Fox Ne’eman, Mark Leibler- ABL, Lior Stinus- Freidkes, Philip Braude- Anglo. Capital & Paul Israel-IACC @ an Israel-Australian Tax Seminar. VISITORS The Australian Psychological Society organised a Study Mission to Israel initiated by Prof. , Erica Frydenberg Melbourne Graduate School of Education & Dr Amanda Gordon, Director- Armchair Psychology Practice. The objectives of the visit included learning about the treatment in Israel of those suffering mental health problems such as Post-Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD) and also learn from Israel’s experience in cross-culture Psychology, in relation to academic & social adjustment of people from all parts of the world. Sagi Dagan, National Economic Council @ the Office of the PM briefs an AIJAC Group of Young Political Advisors.
NAB YACHAD SCHOLARSHIP DR ANNA LAVELLE, CEO AUSBIOTECH Anna visited Israel as part of the YACHAD National Australia Bank (NAB) Scholarship which is a Joint Venture between NAB and the Australian Jewish Community, the aim is to send high profile and respected Australians from diverse backgrounds- Academia, Media, Government & Business to visit Israel and Dr Anna Lavelle with her Israeli counterpart- Ruth Alon, Head- ILSI- Israel Life Science Industry. Ruth is also conduct an in-depth study of a particular field/topic. a Partner @ one of Israel’s largest VC funds- Pitango, managing in excess of $US 1. 3 Bil in committed capital. Ms. Alon is the force behind the establishment of ILSI, Anna's specific interest was to search for partnership opportunities, model policy a not-for-profit organisation representing the mutual frameworks, effective government and goals of approx. 630 Israeli life science companies. private sector programs in the Bio-Tech sector. Prof. Noam Gavriely, Founder- Karmelsonix with Dr Anna Lavelle. Karmelsonix is an unique Australia/Israel JV listed on the ASX: KSX, it focuses on supplying innovative non-invasive acoustic tools for disease management of asthma & related pulmonary disorders. Aus. Biotech is Australia's Biotechnology Industry Organisation, which represents over 3, 000 members, covering the human health, agricultural, medical device, bioinformatics, environmental and industrial sectors in biotechnology. Dr Lavelle @ Evogene, a world leader in delivering improved plant traits to the agbio industry through the use of a continuously improving proprietary platform combining state-ofthe-art computational genomics, molecular biology and advanced breeding methods. Aus. Biotech is dedicated to the development, growth and prosperity of the Australian Biotechnology Industry, by providing initiatives to drive sustainability and growth, outreach and access to markets, and representation and support for members nationally and around the world. @ the Weizmann Institute of Science. Weizmann been voted the best university in the world for life scientists to conduct research. As a research Institute, Weizmann earns the highest amount of royalties per annum in the world.
AUSTRALIAN WATER/CLEANTECH DELEGATION TO ISRAEL (NOVEMBER 2009) The Chamber hosted a senior Water/Cleantech Delegation, led by NSW Minister for Water. Phil Costa MP & South Australian Chief Scientist. Dr Ian Chessel. Delegates included. Katarina Hodgkinson, NSW Shadow Min. for Water, SA Commissioner for Water Security. Robyn Mc. Leod & representatives from - Sydney Water, CSIRO, AUSTRADE, University of Melbourne, Enviss, Alano Water & more. Yossi Sela- Gemini Israel Funds, Gary Zamel- Nubian, Dr Orna Berry, Chairperson- IACC, Israel Makov, Chairman- Netafim & Eli Neuman. AICC NSW President Kim Jacobs, NSW Minister for Water- Phil Costa Israeli Minister for Industry & Trade. Binyamin ‘Fuad’ Ben-Eliezer & Israeli Chief Scientist- Dr Eli Opper. During the WATEC Conference/Exhibition, the Chamber organsied a Reception held in honour of the Australian, Californian & Indian Cleantech Delegations. The Californians were led by Mr David Nahai, Senior Adviser- Clinton Climate Initiative & Bob Blumenfield, California Assembly Member. The Indian delegation was led by Mangesh R. Gupte, Head of India’s largest Infrastructure company. Hindustan.
ASIA PACIFIC NZ FM Mc. Cully with Paul Israel. IACC. NZ Foreign Minister Murray Mc. Cully @ the Opening of an ANZAC Memorial in Ness. Ziona. Israel’s Vice PM Silvan Shalom and other dignitaries attended the event. Ms. Jane Diplock, Chairman of the NZ Securities Commission & Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commission visited Israel and met with key local fund managers. The Chamber held a dinner in honour of Peter Hamilton, Deputy Secretary. NZ Min. of Foreign Affairs & Trade with guests from Alvarion (Wi. Max), Ormat (Geo-Thermal) & Poalim Capital Markets (Investment Banking). Hon. Lorin Robert. Micronesian Minister Foreign Affairs, Hon Manny Mori, President- Micronesia, Dr Orna Berry- IACC & Hon. Kieren Keke, Foreign Minister of Nauru. An AIJAC delegation of Indonesian journalists met Dror Strum, Director- Israeli Institute for Economic Planning, Dov Moran, CEOMo. Du (and Founder of MSystems) plus the Head of Asia An AIJAC delegation of Thai Operations for officials received a briefing on Netafim. Project Better Place. Pio Bosco Tikoisuva Fiji High Commissioner is welcomed to Israel.
NOT-FORPROFITS The launch of the Goshen Project held in the presence of Dr Ron Finkel, Head of Australian Friends of Hadassa and Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melb. & participant in the Aus. IMed Research Fund. The Goshen Program aims to train pediatricians for leadership positions in community pediatrics. It aims to have an impact on children’s health nationally, working at a policy level with government and with other agencies to promote children’s health and development; and at a local level. In addition, the training is designed to improve the practice of pediatrics by increasing the skills of pediatricians in developmental and behavioural pediatrics, and the assessment and management of conditions comprising ‘the new morbidity’. Chamber Chairperson. Dr Orna Berry gave an Israeli Economic Overview to an UIA (Keren-Hayasod) Family Mission. UIA, in partnership with the global Jewish community, works to further the national priorities of the State of Israel. Its mission focuses on three main areas: Strengthening Israeli society, Facilitating Immigration (Aliyah) & Absorption and furthering Jewish Zionist Education. Ron & Dina Goldschlager host a dinner in honour of ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ which aims to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Carmela & Brian Dixon with Israeli Model and Winner of Israeli Survivor competition- Noam Tur. Brian Dixon, Founder of the famous Life-Be-In-It campaign, is today a Director @ TAFISAThe Association For International Sport for All.