Date: Wednesday October 21, 2009: 09.30 – 11.00
Location: Teddy Hall
Oren Nahari, Israel Editor of the Foreign News Desk, Channel 1
Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, Israel
President, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor Ada Yonath Israel
Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2009
Professor Ruth Gavison, Israel President, Metzzila Center for Zionist, Jewish, liberal and humanist thought
Raymond “Ray” Kurzweil, USA Inventor and Futurist; Founder, Chairman and CEO, Kurzweil Technologies Inc.
Bernard-Henri Lévy, France Public Intellectual, Philosopher and Author
Dr. Javier Solana, Spain European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
This year’s Israeli Presidential Conference will focus on the crises and difficult dilemmas that characterize our times. The way we deal with these crises will largely shape our tomorrow – the global, Jewish and Israeli tomorrow. Can we turn crises into opportunities and create a turning point in our journey for a better tomorrow? This plenary session will provide us with an overview and focal point for the central discussions of the Conference: the challenges in the geopolitical arena, the economic crisis, climate issues and the challenges facing Israel and the Jewish people.