Israeli minister to lecture on Israel’s tech economy, Feb. 16

Israeli minister to lecture on Israel’s tech economy, Feb. 16

    Wagner College’s Chai Society and the Staten Island Jewish Community Center invite you to attend a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. by Asaf Vitman, the Israeli Minister For Economic Affairs in the United States, entitled “From Jaffa to Java,” on the hi-tech transformation of the Israeli economy. The program will be held in Wagner College's Spiro Hall, Room 4. The lecture is free, and the public is invited.
    Based out of Israel’s embassy to the United States in Washington, Vitman works to promote the economic relationship between the United States and Israel based upon mutual trust and cooperation.
    He was the CEO of the Jerusalem Development Authority, a governmental agency created to assist in developing the city of Jerusalem. He also served as the CEO of Eden: The Company for the Development of Jerusalem's City Center. Established in 2001, Eden promotes the planning and development of downtown Jerusalem. Vitman initiated and established multidisciplinary projects in Jerusalem, including infrastructure, transportation and industrial development projects that promote higher education, culture and employment.
    Prior to serving at the JDA and Eden, Asaf Vitman was a fellow at the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. In the 1990s, he worked as a senior economist at Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and later at David Boas Economic Consultant Ltd., gaining wide experience in all major sectors of the Israeli economy and business community. In particular, he took part in the planning and implementation of major reforms in the Israeli communication market as well as aiding in the country's urban development.