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.
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Plenary: The New Media: Is it Still Renewing?