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Israel’s Edge in Innovation & Tech for 2019 and Beyond

February 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm









Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Federation of Delaware are pleased to present Israel’s Edge in Innovation & Tech for 2019 and Beyond, featuring investment opportunities in Startup Nation.  Israel represents the greatest concentration of innovation and entrepreneurship in the world. Dive into this ecosystem and learn how to harness Israel’s technology edge to create a globally diversified technology portfolio.

Guest Speakers:

Joseph J. Levin Partner & Chief Investment Strategist BlueStar Indexes

Inon Elroy Economic Minister to North America Israeli Economic Mission in NYC

  • Where did Israel’s edge in high-tech come from?
  • Defining the Israeli public tech stock universe, market characteristics and performance
  • Spotlight on Israeli companies leading the “Global Innovation Cycle” in 5G Commercialization, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Agri/Water & Defense-Tech
  • A breakdown of how US companies are leveraging Israel’s “Innovation Nation” ecosystem
  • Harnessing Israeli innovation: a framework for building a globally diversified tech portfolio

About Inon Elroy:

Inon Elroy was appointed Economic Minister to North America in August 2016. Mr. Elroy has more than eighteen years of experience representing the Ministry of Economy and Industry in a wide range of executive positions both in Israel and overseas.

As Vice Director General of the Israel Ministry of Economy and Industry from 2012-2016, Mr. Elroy was tasked with overseeing industrial policy (promoting domestic production and innovation), trade regulations (liberalization of imports, anti dumping, and standardization), and regional economic planning. In addition, he supervised the Ministry’s digital strategy, and initiated policies to foster innovation synergies between the public and private sectors. During his tenure at the Ministry, Mr. Elroy was also involved in several inter-ministerial task forces aimed at reducing the cost of living in Israel.

Mr. Elroy served as the Economic and Commercial Counselor in France (2001-2005) and Germany (2009-2011) Earlier in his career, he was an advisor to several ministers of Economy and Trade.

For the past several years, Mr. Elroy has been a board member of the research committee of the Office of the Chief Scientist, which approves industrial R&D projects. He was also Alternate Director for the bi-national R&D funds BIRD, SIIRD, and KORIL. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Israel Wine Institute and the Israel Consumer Council.

Mr. Elroy holds an MBA from the University of Haifa and a BA degree in Political Science and Geography from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

About Joe Levin:

Joe Levin is a Partner and Chief Investment Strategist at BlueStar Indexes. He leads BlueStar’s engagement with institutional investors and our partnerships with wealth managers and advisors to guide their allocations to Israeli investments. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, he served for six years as the Chief Development Officer at the SF-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, leading the organization’s coordinated annual, endowment, and legacy philanthropic resource development efforts.

Joe has 18 years of experience in investment and philanthropic planning, most notably as a Vice President at Bernstein Global Wealth Management, where he advised wealthy individuals and organizations in aspects of financial planning and portfolio construction.

Joe received his B.A. in History from UCLA, and a Master of Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University, where he also holds a Masters from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service.

About BlueStar:

BlueStar is a research-driven provider of financial indexes, based in the US and rooted in the Israeli market, focused on serving the needs of growing index fund managers and ETF issuers around the world. BlueStar maintains the BlueStar Israel Global Technology Index (BIGITech®) which is recognized as the benchmark for Israel’s globally-listed public technology companies and tracked by the NYSE-listed ITEQ ETF and two Tel Aviv Stock Exchange listed index products. More than $400 million in assets track BlueStar’s benchmarks world-wide.


February 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Jewish Federation of Delaware
101 Garden of Eden Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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