Featuring Technion Alumnus Izhar Shay, Israeli Minister of Science and Technology
Join us for a lively discussion with alumnus and Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Izhar Shay ’90, who will give us a birds-eye view of the government’s policies and involvement in promoting innovation. Hear Shay speak about his fascinating journey, while reconnecting with Technion supporters in your community. Widely known and appreciated in Israel’s high-tech ecosystem, Shay was a tech and social entrepreneur, author, and venture capitalist prior to assuming his current role as Minister of Science and Technology in April 2019.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Izhar Shay ’90 currently serves as the Minister of Science and Technology and a member of the special Coronavirus Cabinet. The personification of the Start-Up Nation, Shay served as a paratrooper in the Israeli Defense Forces and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the Technion. He built a 30-year career in Israeli high-tech, founding and selling the startup Business Layers, and serving as CEO of V-Secure Technologies during its successful acquisition. He was also a managing general partner at the venture capital fund Canaan Partners.
Shay wrote a weekly column for the Israeli financial newspaper Globes, authored two books, founded the online group Start-Up Stadium, founded and anchored a popular radio program, and has been involved with nonprofits focused on providing equal opportunities for Israel’s underserved communities.