2021 Business Sector Conference

to Promote Environmental Sustainability

1.6.2021   |   11:00-18:30

The Business Roundtable Israel chose to promote initiatives that offer business solutions for tackling climate change challenges. To this end, we will hold a wide-ranging conference aimed at increasing awareness, exposure, and engagement of the business sector to join forces and resources to achieve significant environmental impact. The conference will discuss ways to design and develop environmental and sustainable initiatives by motivating joint thinking, collaborative investment, and innovative implementation plans.

Leading executives will attend the conference from the business sector, start-ups, academia, and leading environmental entrepreneurs.

The registration is free of charge

*** Simultaneous translation to english will be available ***

The conference will focus on four main challenges:

Israeli Responsible CO2 Arena
Green Investing
Innovation and Collaborations for Environmental Initiatives
Solutions for Lower Transportation Footprint

The program:

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Plenary session

Moderator: Neta Ahituv


Dubi Amitai
Chairman of the Presidium of Israeli Business Organizations and the Economic Social Forum
Yoel Cheshin
Founder and chairman of 2B, Chairman of the Business Roundtable Israel
Einat Zinger Dan
CEO of the Business Roundtable Israel and the Economic Social Forum

Keynote speakers

Rodolfo Lacy
Director of the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Cem Tarık Yüksel
CEO Unilever Israel
Daphna Aviram-Nitzan
Director, Center for Governance and the Economy, The Israel Democracy Institute
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Israeli Responsible CO2 Arena

Moderator: Neta Ahituv
זירת פחמן אחראית בישראל

Carbon offsets are usually achieved through financial support for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short or long term. The most common type of offset projects is an investment in renewable energy projects and forestry. Carbon offsets have gained momentum mainly among consumers in Western countries who have become aware of an energy-intensive and consumer-intensive economy’s negative environmental impacts. However, it is crucial to promote carbon offsets only while efforts for reduction are being invested. It is clear to us that measuring the organization's environmental impact is a vital need in the new world and the impact assessment process is complex and requires a complex infrastructure that involves several shareholders.

The purpose of the session is to discuss the main challenges, such as - how will the carbon footprint measuring and offsetting tools be made available to businesses in Israel. Additionally, raise awareness among Israeli companies about the possibilities of reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, and promote the business sector’s leadership by encouraging investment in environmental projects. The session will promote a discussion on creating a digital arena that will offer a variety of tools for implementing offsets and carbon reduction. Including a variety of offsetting projects according to fixed and clear parameters that will be based on transparency principles; a professional advisory / accompanying team and a uniform index for calculating offsets. Offsetting alone is not sustainable enough. Therefore, the proposed platform will constitute a complementary outline for actions to reduce GHG emissions. The purpose of the platform is on one hand, to raise awareness, shorten processes for companies, give environmental ventures that need investment, exposure, save government resources and built-in third-party control. On the other hand, avoid double offsetting on the same project. The vision for the establishment of the arena take into account all stakeholders’ need, will bring value to all partners and of course be sustainable.

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Keynote Speakers:

Gaby Miodownik

President and CEO, Netafim

Cristina Gil White

VP Sustainability, Orbia


Dr. Gil Proaktor

Head of Climate Change Policy at Ministry of Environmental Protection

Ram Amar

Founder of NZO, The Heschel Center for Sustainability

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Environmental Arena

Dr. Ruth Dagan

Partner at Herzog Fox & Ne'eman, head of the Environment and Climate Change practice and the Industrial Manufacturing practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman.

Hagar Kostianovsky

Head of Coporate Social Responsibility, Netafim

Ido Raanan

Head of Circularity & Sustainability Ventures, Netafim

Eran Ben-Yemini

CEO at Life & Environment

Maya Inbar

Senior Director, Head of EHS&S, International Markets, Teva

Hadas Tadmor

CEO at the Good Energy Initiative

Maya Blitz-Yagel

Corporate communication & sustainability manager, Osem-Nestle, Israel

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Green investing

Moderator: Neta Ahituv
השקעות בירוק

Impact investments in all ESG areas and environmental ventures, in particular, are the future of a sustainable economy. One of the significant catalysts for growth in the field is the climate crisis, the long-term consequences of which are already being felt today in most living areas. The urgency to act requires cooperation and unification of forces. In this session, we will focus on environmental investments, elaborate on the burning questions, and think together about common solutions for different players in the business sector.

Keynote speakers:

Israel Eliahu

Chairman Of The Board at Migdal Capital Markets

Dr. Moshe Bareket

Supervisor of the Capital Market, Insurance, and Savings Authority, Ministry of Finance

Anat Levin

CEO at Blackrock Israel

James Gifford

Head of Impact Advisory at Credit Suisse


Dr. Ohad Carny
Head of Regulatory Policy Domain at Ministry of Environmental Protection
Zvi Stepak
Founder, Board Member of Meitav Dash
Elah Alkalay
Chair of the board I.B.I Mutual Funds & VP Business Development
Sandrine Montsma
Managing Partner at Bridges Israel
Astorre Modena
Managing Partner at Terra Ventures Partners
Dr. Ruth Dagan
Partner at Herzog Fox & Ne'eman, head of the Environment and Climate Change practice and the Industrial Manufacturing practice at Herzog Fox & Neeman.
Itamar Schwartz
Director, Environment, Social & Governance (ESG), Teva
Dr. Liad Ortar
Ph.D. Head of CSR Institute

Innovation and collaborations for environmental initiatives

Moderator: Neta Ahituv
חדשנות ושיתופי פעולה לקידום מהלכים סביבתיים

Israel has earned the right to be called the "start-up nation" following the success of many Israeli start-ups that have established themselves in the international arena as pioneers in several areas, including cyber, medical systems, agriculture, biotechnology, security, water desalination, and more. However, in order to solve environmental issues and problems - the quality of human capital, technological capabilities, entrepreneurial culture, and bold innovation will not succeed alone without creating collaborations between and within sectors. One of the challenges facing the transition to a circular economy-based market is the need for cooperation in several stages along the way. Sometimes, to solve an environmental problem or create a truly optimized process, various collaborations must be initiated in order to ensure an effective and comprehensive solution. In the session, we will present innovative case studies of solutions in the field of waste treatment, creative collaborations between sectors and discuss industrial symbiosis projects.

Keynote speakers:

Rani Aidler
Joachim Quoden
Managing Director at EXPRA - Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance - Inspiring Packaging Recycling


Yarden Shani-Rockman

Head of Recycling, Waste Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection

Dr. Arik Rivkin

Director of Foodtech and Circular Economy, Ministry of Economy and Industry

Adi Gamliel

Head of Sustainability development & CSR Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company

Ran Nachmani

Engineering director at the production site in Haifa, Unilever Israel

Adi Sela

Sustainability & Business Development Manager, Clariter

Victoria Kanar

Co- founder of Re-Fresh global

Sophie Tuviahu

VP of Sales & Business Development, UBQ Materials

Avraham (Avrum) Ben Yosef

VP of System Integration Engineering, Mekorot

Hagar Waksman

Packaging safety & compliance manager at Osem-nestle

Shelly Meltser

VP Marketing at TAMIR

Alon Rothschild

Director of Biodiversity, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel


Solutions for lower transportation footprint

Moderator: Michal Reut-Gelbart
פתרונות עסקיים לעידוד תחבורה דלת פחמן

Roads and parking in Israel are scarce resources, while a growing number of people are interested in using them. Israel is significantly behind in relation to many countries in the Western world regarding the transportation situation and is considered the most congested country among the OECD countries. The development of mass transit infrastructure takes a long time, and meanwhile, the congestion of roads is increasing. What’s more, public transport is clogged in a traffic jams which is one of the with very few other mobile alternatives for private vehicles. Various studies from recent years estimate that congestion leads to an economic loss of about 50 billion NIS a year because of productive worker hours deficit, an increase in car accidents, and air pollution. As a result of traffic congestion, Israeli labor productivity is about 24% lower than the OECD average.

The increasing transport load along with population growth leads to severe environmental burdens, such as poor air quality, especially in the city center, and significant damage to the quality and life of people suffering from respiratory diseases. The session will focus on the burning need to adopt immediate, non-infrastructure solutions to reduce nonefficient transportation. The potential means to achieve are diverse: hybrid remote working setup, micromobility, collaborative solutions such as carpooling, and more ideas that have been successfully implemented in the past year. These methods might allow the acceleration of the expansion of these applications in other places. The purpose of the session is to get acquainted with a variety of successful study cases and projects implemented over the past year and to encourage more companies to adopt and implement them in order to deal with the negative effects of transportation.

Keynote speakers:

Asaf Harlap

Director at Colmobil Ltd.

Michal Reut-Gelbart

CEO at Future Mobility IL

Alisyn Malek

Executive Director for the Commission on the Future of Mobility (CFM).

Dr. Gideon Friedmann

Acting chief scientist, Ministry of Energy


Yair Barzilay

CEO at We.Ride

Avi Tiller

CEO at Bar Lev Industrial Park

Yael Patkin

Entrepreneurial Projects Manager, Ayalon Highways

Ayman Saif

Officer in charge of Covid-19 situation in the Arab community

Guy Rofe

VP of Supply Chain, The Central Bottling Company - CBC (Coca Cola Israel)