Recording of Rhode Island–Israel Coffee Rush Hour Episode 4 November 11th




Episode 4 of Quarterly Program was recorded on Thursday, November 11th with honorary guest speaker, Anat Katz, Economic Minister to North America, Government of Israel.

Dr. Nir Tsuk gave a quarterly update on innovation and economics in Israel.

Guest Speakers - from Newport, Rhode Island Mollie Williams, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Innovate Newport; Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, Ian Estaphan-Owen of Jaia Robotics LLC, the winner of Startup Showcase and QuickPitch at Innovation Newport October 2021.


Next episode will be February 2022


This program is in collaboration with the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, Consulate General of Israel to New England and Israel Economic Mission to North America



The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) is pleased to offer quarterly program Quarterly Coffee Rush Hour, a Virtual Rhode Island Business Affair and Summary of Current Israel Innovation and Trends.


See link to the recording of the first episode


Since the inception of the Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) there has been significant impact and flurry of activities between Rhode Island and Israel. Also, there is significant interest in Rhode Island in learning more about the new economics and innovation coming from Israel.


Speaker Information



Dr. Nir Tsuk is a seasoned practitioner, academic and facilitator with over 25 years of international experience in the fields of social capital, entrepreneurship, impact and culture of innovation. Serving as NYU’s Global Distinguished Scholar (as well as a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Osaka University, Japan). Nir has recently launched for New York University, the Institute for Impact and Intrapreneurship, connecting New York and Tel Aviv – and bringing the language of innovations to those who need it most.

Avi Nevel, Founder and CEO of the RIIC will give a review of current business affairs between Israel and Rhode Island



Honorary guest speaker, Anat Katz Economic Minister to North America, Government of Israel

Anat Katz serves as Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs in Israel’s Consulate General in New York. In this capacity Anat is responsible for promoting Israel-U.S. economic and trade ties, with a strong focus on the promotion of Israeli exports, U.S. investments in Israel and bilateral research and development collaborations. Anat held various positions in the Israeli public sector since 2002 when she first joined the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Anat served as Israel’s Economic and Trade attaché in Singapore, Director for North and Latin America in the Ministry of Economy, and as Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington DC. More recently Anat headed the International Affairs Division of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, and later returned to the Ministry of Economy and Industry to establish and head the Ministry’s Export Control Agency. Anat holds an MBA and a Bachelor degree in laws (Honors Program) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Anat is a certified lawyer in Israel. She is married to Tal and is a mother of two boys.



Guest Speaker, Mollie Williams, Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Innovate Newport; Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce









Guest Speaker, Ian Estaphan-Owen of Jaia Robotics LLC, the winner of Startup Showcase and QuickPitch at Innovation Newport October 2021

To Register go to this link.


www.theriic.org For more information contact info@theriic.org


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