About the Office of the Chief Scientist
The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Ministry of Economy, empowered by the Israeli R&D Law, oversees all government-sponsored support of R&D within Israeli industry. It operates through the R&D Fund, as well as a gamut of domestic and international programs, agreements and collaborations. The OCS supports hundreds of projects annually, ranging from incipient concepts within a pre-seed framework, to incubator and start-up companies, to autonomous industrial R&D enterprises.
About the speaker:
Mr. Hasson is the Chief Scientist of the Ministry Economy of Israel since January 2011. For ten years prior to his appointment, Mr. Hasson was a general partner at Gemini Israel Funds, one of Israel's top tier Venture Capital firms. Prior to his time in Gemini, Mr. Hasson spent a decade in leading telecommunication companies, such as ECI Telecom, ECtel and Tadiran Systems, where he fulfilled several duties in the fields of marketing, and business development. He holds a Bachelor Degree (BA) in Economics and Middle East Studies and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a graduate of the IDF's elite HAMAN-TALPIOT, Program, where he served as an Intelligence Officer of the Israel Defense Forces.
About the Israel National Brain Gain Program for Industry and Academia:
The Israel Brain Gain Program is open to any Israeli living abroad, holding a bachelor's degree or above who can be employed in the Israeli industry, research and medical institutions, or in academia. We offer direct and personal guidance, Assistance with finding employment, and guidance for the whole family throughout the process of returning.