American Technion Society

Presidential Forum

March 17–19, 2022
Lotte New York Palace | New York, NY

This complimentary event is by invitation only.

Event Chairs
Angelica Berrie, president, Russell Berrie Foundation
Mitch Julis, co-chairman and co-CEO, Canyon Partners, LLC

Please join us for our upcoming Presidential Forum, an exclusive insiders’ access event for Technion’s top stakeholders. It will be a special opportunity for you and fellow VIP supporters to gain firsthand expert insight far beyond what is reported in the media about major initiatives in human health and sustainability – and to learn how the Technion and other leading universities are meeting the grand challenges of our ever-changing world.

The Presidential Forum, exclusive of hotel and travel expenses, is offered by invitation only.

If you are interested in attending this event, please reach out to the Programs teams.

Additional Speakers & Programs

Thursday, March 17

Welcome Reception
Light Bites & Mingling with Program Chairs and Participants

Friday, March 18

Ten Years of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute: Impact of an Unprecedented Collaboration
Dr. Ron Brachman, director of the Jacobs Institute; Prof. Deborah Estrin, associate dean of Impact; Assoc. Prof. Wendy Ju; Fernando Gómez-Baquero, director of the Runway Startup Postdoctoral Program; and Michael Samuelian, director of the Urban Tech Hub

The Future of Universities & Research: How Do Universities Remain Competitive in a Changing Environment?
Prof. Uri Sivan; Prof. Greg Morrisett, vice provost of Cornell Tech; and Dr. A. Paul Alivisatos, president of University of Chicago

Evening Program
Walter Isaacson, Keynote Speaker

Saturday, March 19

Insider Briefing from the Technion President
Prof. Uri Sivan

Human Health: Advancing the Standard of Care in the 21st Century
Opening Remarks: Dean Kamen
Prof. Ron Kimmel of the Henry and Marilyn Taub Faculty of Computer Science; and Assoc. Prof. Shai Shen-Orr and M.D./Ph.D. candidate Tamar Koren of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine

Luncheon Program
Prof. Alon Wolf

Sustainability & Catalysis: Changing Lives for the Better
Prof. Ilan Marek and Asst. Prof. Charlotte Vogt of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry; and Assoc. Prof. Matthew Suss of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Celebratory Dinner & Program at Aspire at One World Observatory on the 102nd floor of the World Trade Center
Guest speaker Dr. Albert Bourla, chairman and chief executive officer of Pfizer, Inc. Dr. Bourla oversaw the development of one of the first vaccines to protect against COVID-19. He was named winner of the 2022 Genesis Prize and will be conferred an honorary doctorate from the Technion.


*Speakers and agenda are subject to change.