Eli Groner, Israeli Minister of Economic Affairs to the United States, will discuss the Israeli experience in cultivating innovation and why this will be more important than ever in the coming decades.
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As the world increasingly flattens and knowledge becomes the currency of the future, innovation will become more important than ever before. While many think of innovation in technological terms, the truth is that innovation has much wider applications, whose implications are limitless. Minister Groner will describe how Israel has developed a mindset around innovation that cuts across industries and functions, and why this will be so important in tomorrow’s economy.
Eli Groner is Israel’s Minister for Economic Affairs to the United States, based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Groner was confirmed by the Israeli Cabinet for this position in August 2011. Mr. Groner came to the diplomatic role by way of the private sector, where he worked most recently in private equity and management consulting. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Groner served as a special advisor to the Chairman of Tnuva, Israel’s largest consumer packaged goods company. From 2003-2009, Mr. Groner was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served a breadth of Fortune 1000 corporations from around the world, as well as many of Israel’s leading companies. While at McKinsey, Mr. Groner was also selected to lead firm-wide training for early tenure consultants.
Mr. Groner started his career as a journalist at The Jerusalem Post, where he served as a finance and economics correspondent. He was also a summer investment banking associate at Lehman Brothers in New York, where he worked on mergers and acquisitions.
He spent several years playing for Israel’s national fast pitch softball team, where he participated in the European Championships, and won a Bronze Medal at the 1993 Maccabiah Games. Mr. Groner served in the paratrooper corps from 1989-1992, where he received a citation for outstanding performance and exemplary leadership.
Mr. Groner holds an MBA from New York University where he was a Director’s Fellow. He received a BA in political science from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
He and his wife Tamar have five children.
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Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Anderson Center for Global Management/CIBER, UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
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