Speakers will address the future of work and the global workforce skills gap

Tel Aviv, June 2, 2019 — A record number of speakers and delegates from around the globe will gather in Tel Aviv, June 4-5, for the fourth annual Israel Education Summit. Co-organized by EdTech Israel and East Wind Advisors, the summit will welcome about 1,000 industry experts, from more than 16 countries, including investors, entrepreneurs, executives, social impact leaders, academics and public sector officials to the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

?I launched EdTech Israel five years ago with the vision of connecting the Israeli ecosystem to the global market,? said Jacob (Yaki) Dayan, founder of EdTech Israel. ?We knew that having a global summit in Tel Aviv is required, so we founded a summit in 2016. It?s wonderful to see within just three years, our annual Israel Education Summit has grown to attract more than 120 international attendees. We truly are bringing the international market to Israel.?

This year?s summit themes include the future of work and the role of education in bridging the skills gap, the impact of disruptive technologies and business models, upskilling across socio-economic and cultural divides, women in leadership, mindfulness in school and workforce, sustainability models for nonprofits, the state of edtech in Israel and abroad, and investment sentiment and trends. These pressing issues and emerging opportunities confront international employers, educators, students, employees, job seekers and investors around the world.

?The foundational idea for the summit was to stimulate awareness and nurture the development of the edtech/talent tech ecosystem in Israel. We believe that Israel can and should become a leading global hub for this sector, exporting innovation around the world,? said Joshua Schwartz, founder & managing partner of East Wind Advisors.

The summit will feature 50 international speakers from India, Japan, Germany, France, USA, U.K., Hong Kong, Singapore, Russia, Panama, Vietnam, Canada and Italy. Keynote speakers at the summit include Aharon Aharon, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority; Kfir Damari, co-founder of SpaceIL; Saul Singer, co-author of bestseller StartUp Nation; Manuel Trajtenberg, Professor of Economics at Tel Aviv University; and Yossi Vardi, chairman of DLD. For a complete list of speakers, click here.

?Interest in this industry continues to deepen and expand in the U.S., China, India and other key regions around the world. Over the last three years, with the growth of high-quality start-ups and other developments, we have seen clear evidence that Israel is well positioned to claim a leadership role within this global community,? said Micha?l Bijaoui, partner & COO of East Wind Advisors.

The summit?s Israel Pavilion will allow attendees to learn more about three organizations that epitomize the Israeli innovation culture: SpaceIL, the nonprofit that built the Beresheet lunar spacecraft that took the imagination of a whole nation to the moon and beyond; Unistream, the entrepreneurship and leadership program engaging more than 2,000 teens and 2,000 young adults from a cross-section of Israeli society; and the Israel Defence Force Consolidated Training Campus, which leverages a wide range of educational technologies, including AR/VR, for educational and training purposes.

A new element at the summit this year, Maestro Nir Brand will serve as emcee, using music, storytelling and humor to both entertain and educate participants throughout the conference.

The 2019 Israel Education Summit is endorsed by Israel?s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Industry, and Ministry for Social Equality, Digital Israel. The summit is supported by Platinum Sponsors BrainPOP and the Avi Chai Foundation, and Gold Sponsors the Paul E. Singer Foundation, Amazon Web Services, Chegg and IDB Bank.