Professor Dan Ben David Speaking at IVN

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Events, News |  

On September 9, 2013, IVN was honored to have the distinguished Professor Ben David, Executive Director of the Taub Center for Social Ben-David,picPolicy Studies, speak on the topic of “The Start-Up Nation’s Threat from Within“. Hosted by Carmel Ventures in Herzeliya, almost 40 IVN mentors, members and entrepreneurs joined us to be part of this thought provoking and enlightening evening.

Professor Ben David spoke about how despite Israel’s ability to deal with external threats has improved, its education system has become the worst in the Western world, and how rapidly growing population groups are disengaging themselves from Israeli society and the low employment rates that are unparalleled among developed countries.  On the other hand, while most Western countries are aging rapidly, Israel is young and, as the home to an immense cutting edge knowledge base, its potential is enormous.
There is a great need for new and effective government policies in many areas. IVN’s membership, a network of high caliber, leading business entrepreneurs, is a driving force behind this evolving change.
The stimulating event presented a marvelous opportunity to not just learn but to network and we have since received wonderful feedback.
About Professor Dan Ben-David
Professor Dan Ben-David became the Executive Director of the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel in November 2008. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and is a faculty member of the Department of Public Policy at Tel-Aviv University. Ben-David’s areas of specialization are macroeconomics, economic growth and international trade. Dan Ben-David is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and a former Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank and to the Director-General’s Office at the World Trade Organization. Ben-David was ranked among the 1,000 most cited academic economists in the world and among the ten most cited economists in Israel during the years 1990-2000. In 2010, Dan Ben-David’s was named “Person of the Year” by the Calcalist newspaper and was included among the 100 most influential people in Israel by the Haaretz-TheMarker newspaper. In 2007, the Ha’ir newspaper ranked Ben-David among the 50 most influential people in Israeli education. Professor Dan Ben-David received the Tel-Aviv University provost’s “Best Teacher Award” in Social Sciences in 2004.