On Thursday March 26th, a delegation from Israel’s Ministry of Economy led by Director General of the Ministry of Economy, Amit Lang, Israel’s Economic Minister to North America, Nili Shalev and Director of the Investment Promotion Center Israel NewTech, Oded Distel travelled to Delaware and Pennsylvania for meetings jointly organized by John Churchill, Director of Economic Affairs for the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region and Vered Nohi-Becker, Executive Director of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Throughout the day the delegation had the opportunity to visit with executives at Air Liquide, in Newark, DE, DuPont’s Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE as well as Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Philadelphia, PA. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss joint technology innovation opportunities between the companies and Israel.
In the afternoon, the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Consulate hosted a Water and Waste-Water Technology forum for the delegation at Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney’s offices in Philadelphia. Deputy Consul General of Israel, Elad Strohmayer and Marc Tepper, a shareholder of Buchanan, Ingersoll welcomed the delegation to Philadelphia. The water discussion featured a panel of speakers that included Denise Brinley, the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Howard Neukrug, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department and Kelly Burch, the Executive Director of Oil & Gas Operations at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and Director of the Investment Promotion Center Israel NewTech, Oded Distel. The guests had a broad discussion of water challenges, innovative solutions and advanced Israeli technologies to solve water purification needs. Over 40 guests attended this panel discussion and represented the interests of regional water utilities and industries that are large consumers of water.