Global Conference 2006

Speaker's Biography

Carl Kaplan

Managing Director, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds

Carl Kaplan is Managing Director of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds (KIEDF). He developed and manages KIEDF and its Small Business Loan Program, which has facilitated financing of $90 million to more than 2,700 small businesses in Israel. KIEDF was established in 1994 to demonstrate that deploying philanthropy efficiently can stimulate private-sector economic expansion and create employment opportunity. Prior to moving to Israel in 1990, Kaplan was a partner in Goldklang, Silvers & Co. Inc., a private Wall Street investment and merchant banking firm specializing in developing U.S.-Israel corporate, capital, marketing and joint-venture relationships. His professional experience includes several years of legal practice in Washington, D.C.; work as a consultant to Claridge Israel Inc.; service as a VISTA attorney; executive director of the Greater Lansing Legal Aid Society; director of policy at the Michigan Public Utility Commission; and senior positions at the U.S. Department of Energy. Kaplan earned a J.D. at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.

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