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Anath Levin of Bank Hapoalim gives her views on reinventing Israel's capital markets at the 2013 Milken Institute Global Conference. From left are David Gershon of Superderivatives, Shmuel Hauser of the Israel Securities Authority and Roger Stein of Moody's Corporation.
Eugene Kandel, head of the National Economic Council in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office, is a frequent speaker at the Global Conference. Here he takes part in the 2013 panel "Israel: The Ingenuity Society as Global Laboratory."

The Milken Institute's Israel Center develops market-based solutions to Israel's greatest challenges as it transitions from a startup nation to a global nation. Through the Milken Institute Fellows Program, we train some of Israel's best and brightest young professionals in creating pragmatic financing and economic policy solutions, and then deploy them as resources to government ministries, nonprofits and other key organizations. Our fellows program reflects the Milken Institute's emphasis on turning research into results.

Our applied research and Financial Innovations Labs® together serve as a launching pad for transformative change. We use innovative financing mechanisms, programs and policies to bridge social, regional, economic, technological and productivity gaps within Israel and between Israel and the world. The goal is to accelerate Israel's economic growth, build its human capital and cement its role as a pioneer in addressing global challenges in water, food, education, health and energy with solutions that others can replicate.

Israel's life sciences industry is a case in point. The center leveraged its expertise, networks and approximately $150,000 in charitable contributions to create a substantial impact. We began by convening a Financial Innovations Lab, which proposed a public-private life sciences fund - an idea that soon became a reality. Built on a $100 million initial government investment, this fund is expected to bring about $400 million into Israel's life sciences sector, guiding it to maturity.

Urban sprawl, water pollution and diminished environmental resources threaten Israel's health and its future. But applying and customizing the most promising policy initiatives developed internationally can help Israel achieve more sustainable growth while conserving the country's irreplaceable natural resources. We supported the first regional river authority, including plans for basic management (through the Yarqon River Authority), and recently outlined a plan for financing sewage infrastructure in the Kidron Valley. The Israel Center continues to build on this landmark initiative through its ongoing work on freshwater restoration.

In addition, we played a key role in the development of Israel's future sovereign investment fund; we continue to facilitate the development and export of green technology; and we advance many other issues that are crucial to Israel and the global community.

Read the Milken Institute Israel Center Newsletter and e-mail updates

For more information, view a summary of the Israel Center.

Glenn Yago
Senior Fellow


Koret-Milken Institute Fellows Program
(Re)inventing Israel's Capital Markets: Financing the Transition from Startup Nation to Global Nation
Date: March 2014
Steven Zecher and Glenn Yago
Strengthening Israel's Regions: Creating New Sources of Capital for Economic Development in the Negev and Galilee
Date: February 2014
Steve Zecher and Glenn Yago

Implementing Solutions to Increase Financial Access for Underserved Populations in Israel
March 25, 2014

Milken Institute Israel Center Initiative at the Globes Israel Business Conference
December 8 - 9, 2013
Tel Aviv

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Phone: 310.570.4650
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