Location: Neve Ilan Hotel
All expenses paid
What is economic freedom? Why is it important and how does it produce growth and prosperity? Listen, learn, and discuss with some of the best economists and leading policymakers from around the world.
Outstanding Israeli students, from all fields of study, second-year undergraduate and above (Including BA, MA and PHD students), who aspire to leadership, are encouraged to apply to this exclusive program. Formal lectures, informal discussion sessions with faculty, off-site excursion.
Lectures are in English.
The 2018 application period has ended.
All applications will be reviewed and after a screening process, 30 students will be selected to participate in the seminar.
Sunday, 7 October
Monday, 8 October
Tuesday, 9 October
Wednesday, 10 October
Thursday, 11 October
Cato Institute Distinguished senior fellow José Piñera is co-chairman of Cato’s Project on Social Security Choice and Founder and President of the International Center for Pension Reform. Formerly Chile’s Secretary of Labor and Social Security, he was the architect of the country’s successful reform of its pension system.
As Secretary of Labor, Piñera also designed the labor laws and introduced flexibility to the Chilean labor market and, as Secretary of Mining, he was responsible for the constitutional law that established private property rights in Chilean mines.
Dr. Piñera now advises governments throughout the world on the establishment of personal account retirement systems. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Wired, and several other publications. Pinera received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Leszek Balcerowicz is considered to be the architect of Poland’s economic reforms initiated in 1989. He designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of Polish economy since the fall of communism in Poland.
In September 1989 Leszek Balcerowicz was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after the Second World War. He retained his positions in the government until December 1991.
From April 1995 to December 2000 he was the President of the Freedom Union, a free-market-oriented party and from October 1997 to June 2000 he was Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance In 2001-2007 he was the governor of the Central Bank of Poland.
Yoel Nave was the chief economist of the Israeli finance ministry between May 2014 until May 2018.
Between 2009-2014 he was the CEO of Bank HaDoar, between 2005-2008 he was CEO of Harel Pension, Savings and Credit company, and between 2002-2004 he managed the Makefet pension fund.
Before his business career, Nave worked in various positions in the Finance ministry, and also served as deputy manager of the budget department.
Nave has a BA in Economics and Accounting, and MA in Economics, both from the Hebrew University.
Shai Babad is serving as the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Finance since June 2015.
Prior to joining the Ministry, Mr. Babad held several managerial positions in the public and private sectors. In 2013-2014 Mr. Babad served as the CEO of the Second Authority for Television & Radio, where he was responsible for the regulation of the commercial media market.
Previously, he served as CEO at ‘Zim Integrated Shipping Services’ and held positions in Apax Investment Group.
Shai Babad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics. In addition, Shai is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive program.
Naama Sikuler is the Editor-in-Chief of the Globes newspaper.
Previously, Naama has headed the news department at “Calcalist” for five and a half years (out of 11 years in the “Yedioth Ahronoth” group), as an economic journalist and editor.
Sikuler has a BA in law and psychology from the University of Haifa and an MA in public policy from Tel Aviv University.
Michael Eisenberg is a Partner at Aleph, a $140MM early stage venture capital fund, which he co-founded with Eden Shochat in 2013. Michael joined Benchmark Capital as a general partner in July 2005 and continues as the partner responsible for Benchmark’s Israeli portfolio. Michael joined Benchmark from Israel Seed Partners where he was a general partner from 1997. Eisenberg began his career at Jerusalem Global where he started and led the firm’s successful investment banking group and partnership with Montgomery Securities. Michael has focused on Internet investments since 1995 and has invested in and sat on the board of Israel’s leading companies and start ups, such as Shopping.com (Nasdaq SHOP, acquired by EBAY), Conduit, SeekingAlpha, Gigya, WeWork, Wix, Answers.com (Nasdaq ANSW), Tradeum (acquired: VERT), and Picturevison (acquired: EK).
Robert Lawson holds the Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom and is the Director of the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Prior to SMU, he taught at Auburn University, Capital University, and Shawnee State University.
Dr. Lawson is a co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual reports, which present an economic freedom index for over 150 countries.
Lawson has numerous professional publications in journals including Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Cato Journal, Kyklos, Journal of Labor Research, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and European Journal of Political Economy. Lawson is past-president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He earned his B.S. in economics from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University.
Anatoly Kurmanaev was born and grew up in Novosibirsk, Siberia, in the final years of the Soviet Union. He studied political economy in the University of Edinburgh and University College London and worked as an oil and gas analyst in London before moving to journalism. After cutting his teeth in local papers in the UK and Spain, moved to Latin America, where he spent eight years working for Russia’s Interfax news agency, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal. He spent the last five of these years in Venezuela, where he witnessed first-hand the unprecedented collapse of an oil superpower. In 2018, he moved back to his home country, to report on Russia’s politics, economics and the World Cup for the Wall Street Journal.