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TAU and its American Friends to Honor Susan and Henry Samueli at International Gala in Los Angeles
Monday, November 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Philanthropists and Stanley Cup Winners to be recognized; Noa Tishby to serve as event emcee, special guests include Fauda co-creators Avi Issacharoff and Lior Raz

The 2018 Tel Aviv University (TAU) International Gala will honor changemakers, philanthropists and Stanley Cup winners Susan and Henry Samueli for their commitment to technology, education, health and Israel. The event, co-hosted by TAU and the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU), will be held December 12 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Mr. Samueli is co-founder and chief technical officer of Broadcom Inc., a diversified global semiconductor leader built on 50 years of innovation, collaboration and engineering excellence. Mrs. Samueli is president of the Samueli Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations primarily in the areas of education, integrative health, youth services and Jewish culture. The Samuelis are long-time supporters of TAU and forerunners in forging a deeper academic alliance with the men and women leading innovation in Israeli science and technology. The Broadcom-TAU relationship continues to reap rewards in California and Israel.

"Susan and Henry Samueli have a longstanding commitment to Tel Aviv University," said TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter. "Their efforts have strengthened a long and fruitful relationship between the University and Broadcom that is helping to advance research and international collaborations and will undoubtedly contribute to the prosperity and stature of both TAU and Israel."

In November, TAU announced a $20 million gift from the Samuelis to establish the Susan and Henry Samueli Engineering and Health Research Fund at the University as well as name a new building currently under construction on the TAU campus, funded by Broadcom, which will house both Broadcom's R&D Center in Israel as well as Faculty of Engineering. Their generous gift has reinforced the relationship between TAU and Broadcom. The establishment of the Samueli-Broadcom building will create a dynamic hub for state-of-the-art research, teaching and industry-academy collaboration between students, scientists and engineers.

"We are delighted to celebrate Susan and Henry and the tremendous impact they are having on technology, higher education and Tel Aviv University," said Gail Reiss, president and CEO of AFTAU. "We believe advanced research and international industry-academy ventures such as this will contribute to Israel's visibility on a global scale and perpetuate the pioneering spirit of the Samueli family among generations of Israeli professionals for years to come."

The gala will be emceed by Noa Tishby, an Israeli actress, producer and singer who recently completed filming the lead role in a groundbreaking new Israeli television drama, 2.3 Times a Week. Ms. Tishby won national recognition in Israel at the age of 16 for playing the lead in the hit original musical King David and went on to become a household name, appearing in numerous television shows and films. As a producer, she made history with the sale of In Treatment to HBO, the first Israeli television show to become an American series.

The evening will also feature special guests Avi Assacharoff and Lior Raz, co-creators of the Israeli political thriller Fauda, which depicts the two-sided story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Netflix series has become a worldwide sensation and claimed eleven Israeli TV Academy Awards this year, including best TV drama, best actor for Lior Raz and best screenplay, casting, cinematography and special effects.

Susan & Henry Samueli: Changemakers and Philanthropists

A former systems engineer at IBM Corporation, Susan Samueli developed a keen interest in alternative health care after leaving IBM in 1985 to focus on raising her children. She developed an active consulting practice in the areas of nutrition, homeopathy and Chinese herbs, and subsequently received a Ph.D. degree in nutrition from the American Holistic College of Nutrition. Henry Samueli co-founded Broadcom Corporation in 1991. In 2016, Broadcom Corporation was acquired by Avago Technologies Limited and renamed Broadcom Inc., where Mr. Samueli continues to serve as Chief Technical Officer and Board Member. Mr. Samueli holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA.

In 2003, the Samuelis purchased the management contract for the Honda Center sports and entertainment venue in Anaheim, California, and in 2005 they purchased the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League franchise. In 2007, the Ducks became the first California team ever to win the Stanley Cup. In 2016, J.D. Power named the Anaheim Ducks as the Highest Ranked Professional Sports Fan Experience in the Los Angeles market.

The success of Broadcom has provided the Samuelis the opportunity to support many worthwhile nonprofit organizations. After Broadcom went public in 1998, they created the Samueli Foundation and to date they have gifted more than $500 million, primarily in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, Integrative Health, Youth Services, and Jewish Culture. In 2012, they joined the Giving Pledge, whose members pledge the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

Mrs. Samueli serves on the Board of the Orangewood Children's Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Samueli Academy, an innovative public Charter High School in Santa Ana, CA that focuses on project-based STEM learning for community, underserved and foster youth. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute at UC Irvine. Mr. Samueli serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of both the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. Both also serve on the Advisory Board of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences at UC Irvine.

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