Global Conference 2011

Global Conference 2011

Creative Models for Economic Development: Lessons From Israel

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 / 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Israel is dealing with many of the challenges that other nations confront, but they are highly concentrated and powerfully refracted in a small, diverse and complex country. As a result, Israel has become something of a beta site for global solutions. Its leaders are attempting creative solutions to issues such as scarcity of water and other resources, uneven regional development, agricultural technology and health services. Along the way, they've encountered great opportunities for building human capital, preserving cultural heritage and deploying new technologies. Using case studies from the Milken Institute's own work, this panel will discuss the need for innovative interfaces of government, private initiative and investment, and strategic philanthropy. Many of the lessons learned in this dynamic laboratory for economic, social and environmental change will have resonance around the globe.


Glenn Yago

Executive Director, Financial Research, Milken Institute


Karnit Flug

Director, Research Department, Bank of Israel

Eran Heimer

Senior Deputy Accountant General, Ministry of Finance, State of Israel

Carl Kaplan

Managing Director, Koret Israel Economic Development Funds

Brent Lane

Director, Center for Competitive Economies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

Steven Zecher

Project Finance Research Advisor, Koret-Milken Institute Fellows Program/Milken Institute Israel Center

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