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Avi Hasson

Chief Scientist; Director-General, Innovation and Industrial Research and Development Administration, Ministry of Economy of Israel

Formerly: 10 years in leading telecommunication companies, such as ECI Telecom, ECtel and Tadiran Systems; 10 years as Partner, Gemini Israel Funds, managing investments in the communications, storage and consumer electronics sector; concurrently, active board member of various portfolio companies. Since January 2011, Chief Scientist; Director-General, Innovation and Industrial R&D Administration, Israeli Ministry of Economy. The Office of the Chief Scientist is the government entity in charge of the execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. Its goal is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel's scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel, stimulating high value-added R&D and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally. Has lectured extensively worldwide on venture capital and high-tech.