Global Conference 2017

The application of science and technology to global challenges will shape markets during the coming decade. While life-saving solutions will enable vulnerable populations to live longer, new technologies will drive productivity gains in emerging and frontier markets. This working session will build upon recent Financial Innovation Labs sponsored by a collaboration between the University of California Office of the President and Israel. We will focus on:

  • The food-water-energy barriers that can prevent inclusive economic development and strategies to leverage market partnerships for accelerated technological solutions
  • Breakthrough methodologies for financing scalable technology transfer from R&D to commercialization and to solve challenges in developing economies worldwide


Glenn Yago

Senior Fellow and Founder, Financial Innovations Labs, Milken Institute; Senior Director, Milken Innovation Center, Jerusalem Institute


Clare Akamanzi

CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Naty Barak

Chief Sustainability Officer, Netafim

Michael Ben-Eli

Founder, The Sustainability Laboratory

Yariv Cohen

CEO, Ignite Power

Maryanne McCormick

Executive Director, Blum Center for Developing Markets, University of California, Berkeley

Gur Shomron

Chairman, WalkMe Ltd.

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