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New York, NY

The Innovation Nation's Secrets
for Maintaining Tech Leadership

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

Blank Rome LLP
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue at 42nd Street
New York City

Please join us for hors d'oeuvres and a conversation with one of Israel's most successful high-tech magnates, Joseph "Yossi" Vardi, Chairman of International Technologies.

For more information, call Adrienne Gruskin at 914.536.8682 or email adrienne.gruskin@gmail.com.


Joseph "Yossi" Vardi
Chairman, International Technologies

Dr. Vardi is one of Israel's most acclaimed hi-tech veterans, with 43 years of founding and building some 70 high-tech companies in software, Internet, telecommunications, electro-optics, energy, environment, and more. He is the founding investor and former chairman of Mirabilis Ltd, creator of the instant messaging program ICQ, which pioneered the Internet-wide phenomenon and was later acquired by AOL. He was involved in the creation of Answers.com, and was the first investor in companies including Download Accelerator, Gteko, Airlink, Scopus, BrightCove, epals, and tucows.

He is currently chairman of International Technologies, which engages in private high-tech investments for its own account. Among other companies he previously co-founded are Alon, Israel's largest energy company, and Advanced Technologies (Tekem), at one time Israel's largest software company.

Dr. Vardi has held a number of Israeli government positions, including serving as Director General of Israel's Ministry of Development — at 27, the youngest ever appointed; as the North American Director of the Investment Authority; and as the Director General of the Ministry of Energy, leading oil-related negotiations in the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks. After leaving government service, he was asked to lead the peace, economic, and regional cooperation negotiations with Jordan, participate in the Wye peace negotiations with Syria; and in economic discussions with the Palestinians.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum, and is an advisor on Middle Eastern economic affairs to the Council of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in the US. He is the co-author of Electric Energy Generation: Economics, Reliability and Rates (MIT Press) and has published scientific papers on energy and operation research.

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