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BGU Partners With U.S. Chamber of Commerce

BGU Partners With U.S. Chamber of Commerce

November 29, 2016

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first joint Israel/U.S. water conference, BusinessH2O Summit, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on December 12.

The summit will bring together policy experts, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to discuss best practices in water policy. Water experts from BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research will discuss proven practices for promoting corporate water stewardship and public policies in Israel and the U.S. that address the growing demand for water.

Key sessions and roundtables will address:

  • The Future of Water — What are the trends, risks and emerging solutions?
  • Improving Water Governance — What public policies will ensure economic growth?
  • Water Innovation —  How can businesses effectively mobilize technologies?
  • Water Stewardship as Business Strategy — What are best practices for implementing good water principles throughout corporate supply chains?
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Zuckerberg Institute students provide low-tech water solutions in Africa

Featured speakers from BGU include Zuckerberg Institute Director Prof. Noam Weisbrod, Prof. Amit Gross and Prof. Jack Gilron, co-founder of Rotec, which develops novel technologies for sensing, monitoring and preventing mineral scaling on the surface of membranes and pipes used in the water treatment industry.

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Prof. Noam Weisbrod

“BGU is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s BusinessH2O Summit featuring some of our top researchers who will share their research, innovation and expertise,” says Prof. Weisbrod. “We are looking forward to sharing technological know-how and finding new opportunities to partner with stakeholders in the global effort to mitigate water issues in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Israel is the only country where the desert is receding because of water management practices and innovations. BGU scientist Sidney Loeb pioneered modern desalination techniques in the early 1960s and the University has since developed many water technologies that ensure the country has more than enough water to serve its population and agriculture. Currently, BGU has partnerships with major U.S. universities, including the University of Chicago and Arizona State University, and continues to advance international water research.

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Roy J. Zuckerberg

Zuckerberg Institute benefactor Roy J. Zuckerberg will present a keynote address on “Investing in Water Research,” outlining his vision for water industry research in Israel and around the world. Zuckerberg is a senior director of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., a former vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and chairman emeritus of the University’s Board of Governors. He currently serves as chairman of Samson Capital Advisors.

Earlier this year, Ben-Gurion University announced a $400 million gift from the late Howard and Lottie Marcus. A portion was earmarked for water research at the Zuckerberg Institute.The Marcus bequest is believed to be the largest gift ever made to an Israeli university or institution.

Registration and Information

Click here to register for “BusinessH2O: Water Management Best Practices from the United States and Israel.” Use code CHAMBERH2O to receive a $50 discount.

Media interested in attending should contact:

A. Lavin Communications
[email protected]



Americans for Ben-Gurion University plays a vital role in maintaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision of an “Oxford in the Negev.” By supporting a world-class academic institution that not only nurtures the Negev, but also shares its expertise locally and globally, Americans for Ben-Gurion University engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world. The Americans for Ben-Gurion University movement supports a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev desert.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications
[email protected]