About the lecture series

November 2017
Faculty of Social Studies
Masaryk University, Brno

The series of lectures will provide participants with basic orientation in the strategies of the State of Israel vis-a-vis its support of innovation and start-ups. They will get both theoretical as well as practical perspectives from leading Israeli scholars and entrepreneurs.

The lecture series is organized by Department of International Relations and European Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. The series will consist of twelve 90 minute lectures and discussion sessions and one workshop. Majority of lectures will take place within three weeks.

Lecture sessions

Faculty of Social Studies
Joštova 10, Brno

Shaping a Vibrant Czech Innovation Ecosystem: Lessons from Israel and Beyond

Prof. Shlomo Maital

Time and place TBA

Team innovation

Dr. Dana Vashdi

Time and place TBA

Creativity Workshop
Only for enrolled students

Dr. Dana Vashdi

Time and place TBA

Globalization and National Resilience – the Ambiguous Ties Between the State and the Individual

Dr. Eitan Adres

Time and place TBA

“Being an angel”

Eitan Kyiet

Time and place TBA

The hurdles in the race of medical innovation

Eitan Kyiet

Time and place TBA

Topic to be announced

Prof. Ron Kenett

Time and place TBA

The cultural/economic and psychological antecedents and explanations of Israel as a Start-Up Nation

Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli

Time and place TBA

Digital tools and their impact on learning

Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli

Time and place TBA

Confirmed speakers

Prof. Shlomo Maital

Senior research associate at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Professor emeritus

About Prof. Maital

Prof. Shlomo Maital

Prof. Shlomo Maital is the Academic Director of TIM-Technion Institute of Management, Israel's leading executive leadership development institute and a pioneer in action-learning methods.

He was summer Visiting Professor for 20 years in MIT Sloan School of Management's Management of Technology M.Sc. program. He is the author co-author or editor of 8 books, including Innovation Management (Sage, 2007);  Executive Economics (The Free Press), translated into seven languages, and Managing New Product Development & Innovation.

He is co-editor of a new journal, International Journal of Technology &Innovation Management Education. He was co-founder of SABE-Societyfor Advancement of Behavioral Economics.

He has published over 80 scholarly articles in refereed journals. He has written guest editorials for Barron's, and writes regular columns for The Marker (Haaretz business daily) and Jerusalem Report (fortnightly).  He served as Director of the National & Economic Planning Authority, Economics Ministry, Government of Israel. He has taught managers from 200 Israeli companies.

Dr. Dana Vashdi

Head of the Department for Public Administration and Policy, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa

About Dr. Vashdi

Dr. Dana Vashdi

Dana R. Vashdi is head of the division of Public Administration and Policy in The University of Haifa, Israel. Dana earned her Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the Technion - the Israel Institute of Technology and did her post doc at the Cornell ILR School.

Dana’s research focuses on teamwork and team innovation as well as employee well-being, organizational climate and healthcare policy. Her expertise include enhancing learning in different types of teams - helping teams learn how to better learn and how to be innovative. She has published in numerous academic journals. She teaches executives, undergraduates, master's students, and Ph.D. students.

She has worked with teams in many organizational settings in order to help them improve their effectiveness such as air-force teams, hospital teams and high-tech teams.

Dr. Eitan Adres

Senior research associate at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

About Dr. Adres

Dr. Eitan Adres

Dr. Eitan Adres served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force and for many years served as chief executive officer of leading steel companies with intensive international business activities.

At present he is involved in High-Tech start-ups and in promoting entrepreneurship of small and medium businesses. All these along with extensive civil society leadership related mainly to education and social mobility.

His research focuses on globalization consequences for citizen/state relationships at the Division of Public Administration and Policy, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa, and as a fellow Senior Researcher at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Dr. He lectures on globalization, business management and negotiation.

He has published in Armed Forces & Society and Public Administration Review (PAR) and participates in policymaking proposals for economic development in northern Israel and conscription models.

Prof. Ron Kenett

CEO of the KPA Group

About Prof. Kenett

Prof. Ron Kenett

Ron Kenett, Chairman and CEO of the KPA Group, Research Professor, University of Torino, Turin, Italy, International Professor Associate, Center for Risk Engineering, NYU-Poly, NY, USA and current President of the Israel Statistical Association (ISA). Ron is editor in chief of the Wiley Encyclopedia of Statistics in Quality and Reliability, past editor in chief of the international journal Quality Technology and Quantitative Management, past President of the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) and member of the board of directors of several companies and institutions.

He is one of the founders of Babylon (www.babylon.com) and has been a consultant to Amdocs, Intel, IAI, Rafael, ECI, NICE, Comverse, hp, Pontis and others.

Eitan Kyiet

COO PolyPid LTD

About Mr. Kyiet

Eitan Kyiet

Mr. Kyiet has 15 years’ experience holding a senior operations and business planning position in Biosense Webster (a Johnson & Johnson company), several business development and strategic alliance positions with Lumenis and also an M&A and high-tech partner in a major Tel Aviv law firm and an in-house counsel to a publicly-traded company in Israel and on NASDAQ.

He holds an LL.B. in law and an MBA, both from Haifa university.

Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli

Head of the Center for Internet Research, University of Haifa

About Prof. Rafaeli

Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli

Professor Sheizaf Rafaeli (B.A., Haifa University, M.A. OhioState University, M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University) is Founding Director of the the Center for Internet Research (InfoSoc, the Center for the Study of the Information Society) (1998 -present), and former Head of the Graduate School ofManagement (2005-2011), University of Haifa Israel.

He leads the "Serious Games for Executives" project, and serves as Director in a series of public interest organizations and as a member of several Editorial Boards. He is co-PI and member ofthe Academic Management of the ICORE LINKS Center of Excellence for research on Learning in the Age of Information.

Previously, he served as head of the Information Systems area atthe GSB in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, since 1986.

His interests are in computers as media. He has published on this topic in many top peer-reviewed journals, as well as in various media. Prof. Rafaeli has served in visiting research and teaching positions at Ohio State University, Michigan State University, IBM, StanfordUniversity, Technion, Israeli College of Management, and the University of Michigan.

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