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Opening Plenary: My Recipe for a Better Tomorrow

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 17:00 - 18:30
Location: Ussishkin Hall

They are shaping our tomorrow with their actions, thoughts and vision. Speakers in the first plenary of the Israeli Presidential Conference will share with us their recipe for a better tomorrow.  How do they see the main opportunities and challenges of our times? What solutions do they offer, and what, in their opinion, will make the difference so that the tomorrow of humankind will be a better one?




Ms. Keren Leibovitch, Israel: Champion Swimmer and Motivational Speaker; three-time World champion; five-time European champion; holder of three world records (100-meter, 200-meter backstroke,100-meter freestyle); seven-time Paralympic medal winner; IDF disabled veteran.

Professor Daniel Kahneman, Israel/USA: Nobel Prize Laureate (Economic Sciences - 2002); Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Princeton University; Fellow, Center for Rationality, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Founding Partner, The Greatest Good


Mr. Eric Schmidt, USA: Executive Chairman, former CEO, Google; former Chairman and CEO, Novell; former Chief Technology Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc.; Chairman, Board of Directors, The New America Foundation; Member, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Prime Minister’s Advisory Council (UK), National Academy of Engineering; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Trustee, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.


Mr. Yuri Milner, Russia: Founder, Digital Sky Technologies Global; Founder and former Chairman, Group. Recipient: VC of the Year 2011.


A Dialogue: Dr. Vardi & Dr. Ruth


Dr. Yossi Vardi, Israel: Former Director-General, Ministries of Development and Energy; former Chairman, Israel Chemicals; former Chairman, Israel National Oil Company; Chairman Emeritus, Jerusalem Foundation; Entrepreneur in Israel; Over 40 years of experience co-founding, leading and helping build over 70 hi-tech companies. Recipient, TechCrunch Europe (2009); Prime Minister’s Life Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of the hi-tech industry in Israel (twice); “200 greatest Israelis at all times”, Ynet.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, USA: Psychosexual therapist, Radio host, Television personality and producer, Documentary film producer; Adjunct Professor, New York University; Associate Fellow, Calhoun College, Yale University; Fellow, Butler College, Princeton University; Honorary President, Council on Sexuality and Aging, National Sexuality Resource Center; Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine; Board Member, YMHA Washington Heights, Museum of Jewish Heritage. Co-Author: Sexually Speaking: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Sexual Health (2011); Shifting Sands: Bedouin Women at the Crossroads (2009); Dr. Ruth’s Top 10 Secrets for Great Sex (2009). Recipient: Liberty Medal, City of New York; Ellis Island Medal of Honor; Leo Baeck Medal; ‘Most Intriguing People of the Century,’ People Magazine; ‘College Lecturer of the Year’ (twice).


The plenary will be simultaneously translated into Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, and Russian.


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