New Media: Is it Still Renewing?

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 09:15 - 11:00
Location: Teddy Hall


The internet, new media, and social networks touch (almost) every part of our lives.  With a tap of a screen, or a swish of a finger, any user can rule, free to embark on fascinating journeys, to belong to global virtual communities, and to discover and even to create new worlds.  What are the new technologies that the leaders of the new media are planning to place at our disposal tomorrow?




Dr. Yossi Vardi, Israel:

Joseph “Yossi” Vardi is an angel investor and hi-tech entrepreneur and Chairman of International Technologies. He has some 40 years of experience of co-founding, leading and helping build over 70 high-tech companies and was the founding investor and the former chairman of Mirabilis Ltd, the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ, which was acquired by AOL, to which he still serves as an advisor. He is a former Director-General of the Ministries of Development and Energy, a former Chairman of Israel Chemicals, and the Israel National Oil Company as well as Chairman Emeritus of the Jerusalem Foundation. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and has served on the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel, on the board of directors of State of Israel Bonds, on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University and the Open University. He is the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Life Achievement Award for the development of the high tech industry in Israel (twice), Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Rominisiaru prize for Economics from Tel Aviv University.




Mr. Tim Armstrong, USA:

Tim Armstrong is the Chairman and CEO of AOL. He served as President of Google’s Americas operations and served on the company’s operating committee. Armstrong was involved in co-founding a number of internet companies including Associated Content (sold to Yahoo) and Patch (sold to AOL).


Mr. Marc Benioff, USA:

Marc Benioff is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of, a cloud computing company. Benioff served as Vice President of the Oracle Corporation and was co-chairman of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee under President Bush. He is a member of the board of directors of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Southern California and is on the board of directors at Cisco. Benioff is also the author of three books, including the national best seller, Behind the Cloud.


Ms. Weili Dai, USA:

Weili Dai is the Co-Founder of the Marvell Technology Group. She is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she has helped Marvell’s rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. For her contributions to technology and society, Newsweek named Ms. Dai among the “150 Women Who Shake the World,” Forbes named her one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and CNN International featured her throughout its Leading Women series.


Mr. Richard Gelfond, USA:

Richard Gelfond is the Chief Executive Officer of IMAX, one of the world’s leading entertainment technology companies, specializing in immersive motion picture technologies. In the past, he served as Co-Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Company. Gelfond is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., which is affiliated with Stony Brook University, and is on the Board of Directors for Brookhaven Science Associates, which is the management company of Brookhaven National Laboratories. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Counsel, a Member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Science and was Chairman of the Columbia Shuttle Memorial Trust Steering Committee.


Mr. Maurice Levy, France:

Maurice Lévy is Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest advertising and communications group. Under his stewardship, Publicis Groupe has been transformed into a global powerhouse of top integrated communication networks (advertising, digital, media, healthcare and PR). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, and the Supervisory Boards of La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild.He co-founded the French Institute for Brain & Spinal Cord disorders (ICM) and participates closely in the development of the Institute. Lévy holds the distinctions of Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite and Commandeur of the French Légion d’Honneur.  In June 2013, Tel Aviv University conferred him the Honorary Degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa.


Mr. Robert P. LoCascio, USA:

Robert LoCascio is the Founder and CEO of LivePerson, Inc. Since 1997, LivePerson has been the leader in intelligent engagement solutions, allowing companies to create meaningful online connections with their customers. Prior to LivePerson, Robert was the Founder and CEO of Sybarite Media. He is a founding member of the NYC Entrepreneurs Council of the Partnership for New York City. Robert founded FeedingNYC, a volunteer-based organization which delivers Thanksgiving Day meals to thousands of families in need throughout New York City. 


 Mr. René Obermann, Germany:

Rene Obermann is the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Telekom AG. Formerly, he served as the CEO of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG and the Deutsche Telekom Board Member for Mobile Communications. Additionally, he has been the Vice President of the German industry association BITKOM since 2007.