For Immediate Release - December 07, 2016

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Delegation for Israeli Economic Development Mission

Nearly 50 private, public and academic sector leaders to showcase Commonwealth’s economic competitiveness for Israeli firms

BOSTON  The Baker-Polito Administration and the New England-Israel Business Council (NEIBC) today announced the business delegation attending the administration’s upcoming Economic Development Mission to Israel, including nearly 50 leaders and over 20 presidents and chief executive officers in digital health, cybersecurity, public policy, academia, and other industry sectors. The mission is focused on leveraging the Commonwealth’s unique and innovative economic climate to welcome Israel’s global leadership in cybersecurity and digital health.

“Massachusetts is home to many of the world’s leading innovative companies, accelerators and educational institutions, as well as an economically competitive climate prepared to host the world’s emerging digital health and cybersecurity industries,” said Governor Baker. “We are pleased to have many of the Commonwealth’s top executives, business and academic leaders joining us to share with their Israeli counterparts our strengths and their own reasons for choosing Massachusetts.”

Massachusetts recognizes a thriving digital health ecosystem, with nearly 300 innovative companies and 10 digital health innovation programs and accelerators, including an initiative announced by Governor Baker earlier this year. Cybersecurity continues to be one of the major economic growth drivers between Israel and the Commonwealth’s robust research, investment, capital and talent sectors.

The mission will build on the Commonwealth’s unique and existing relationship with Israel. According to the NEIBC’s 3rd edition economic impact study, Israeli-founded companies in Massachusetts booked over $9 billion in revenue in 2015 – nearly 4 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – and employed 9,000 workers.The study also found that the growth rate of Israeli companies in Massachusetts is four times that of the Massachusetts economy as a whole.

Over the course of the mission, the Governor and delegation members will participate in various forums and site visits with Israeli partners seeking to do business in the Commonwealth announced earlier this week. The administration is partnering with the New England Israel Business Council (NEIBC), with the support of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to host the mission at no cost to taxpayers.

The delegation will include representatives of nearly 50 private, non-profit, public and academic sector partners, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Jewish Community Relations Council and members of the Baker-Polito Administration, including:

  • Robert Blumofe, Executive Vice President and General Manager Enterprise & Carrier Division, Akamai
  • Ido Schoenberg, CEO, American Well
  • Kristen Rupert, Executive Director, Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) International Business Council
  • Jonathan Bush, CEO, Athenahealth
  • John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Kevin Tabb, CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Betsy Nabel, President, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Lou Shipley, CEO, Black Duck Software
  • Eric Lander, President, Broad Institute
  • Justine Levin–Allerhand, Chief Development Officer & Chief External Relations Officer, Broad Institute
  • Elliot Katzman, Partner, Commonwealth Capital
  • Udi Mokady, CEO, CyberArk
  • Lior Div, CEO, Cybereason
  • Ernesto DiGiambattista, CEO, Cybric
  • Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense
  • Kathy Kountze, CIO and SVP, Eversource
  • Carl Byers, Executive Partner, F-Prime Capital
  • Stephen Knight, President, F-Prime Capital
  • Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flare Capital Partners
  • Phyllis Gotlib, Executive Partner, Flare Capital Partners
  • Matt Moynahan, CEO, Forcepoint, a Raytheon joint venture
  • Michael Idelchik, VP for Advanced Technology Programs, GE
  • Bill Schnoor, Chairman Tech Practice, Goodwin
  • Aly Simons , Partner, Goodwin
  • Paul Maeder, Founding Partner, Highland Capital
  • Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager, IBM Security
  • Nicolas Meyerhoffer, Chief of Staff, IBM Security
  • Todd Cozzens, Managing Partner, Leerink Transformation Partners
  • John Harthorne, CEO, MassChallenge
  • Peter Sherlock, SVP for Programs and Technology, The MITRE Corporation
  • Fay Rotenberg, Co-Founder and  CEO, Mymo
  • Dan Trajman, CEO,  New England-Israel Business Council
  • Larry Renfro, Vice Chairman, UnitedHealth Group & CEO, Optum
  • Dana McNally, VP for Business Development, Optum
  • Juliet Domb, Chief Administrative Officer, Optum International
  • David Goodtree, Global Venture Partner, OurCrowd
  • David Hughes, CEO, Raven Fly
  • David Wajsgras, President - Intelligence, Information and Services, Raytheon
  • Michael Daly, Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security, Raytheon
  • Gary Nabel, Chief Scientific Officer, Sanofi
  • Scott Sperling, President, Thomas H. Lee Partners
  • Jason Robart, CEO, Zaffre Investments (BCBS/MA)

Baker-Polito Administration, Public, Non-Profit and Academic Sector Partners

  • Governor Charlie Baker
  • First Lady Lauren Baker
  • Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Katie Stebbins
  • Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Senior Advisor for Antiterrorism and Cyber Security Hans Olson
  • Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Montgomery
  • Harvard University Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ann Margulies
  • Israeli Consul General to New England Yehuda Yaakov
  • Israeli Economic Minister to North America Inon Elroy
  • Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor of Operations Management Retsef Levi, Sloan School of Management
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Associate Provost Richard Lester
  • Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) Executive Director Mark Sullivan
  • Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) Executive Director Timothy Connelly
  • MassIT Executive Director Mark Nunnelly
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology President Dr. Zorica Pantic
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) President Dr. Laurie Leshin
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Dr. Michael Ginzberg, Dean of the Foisie School of Business
  • University of Massachusetts (UMass) President Marty Meehan

About New England-Israel Business Council

The mission of the New England-Israel Business Council is to increase economic development in Israel and New England by fostering cooperation, investment opportunities and business relationships and by leading a vibrant Israeli-minded Business Community in New England. NEIBC provides a varied and diverse program of activities and events and facilitates connections between the Israeli and New England business communities and offers advice on doing business in these two regions.