The Israeli Economy: Adversity and Opportunity in the Newly Elected Government

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Monday, May 20, 2013 Tuesday, May 21, 2013
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Yaacov Fisher, trained in Economics at Cambridge and Harvard universities, is a recognized expert in the field of economic and business information on and analysis of the Israel economy. In 2000, he founded I-Biz - Israel Business Information Services Ltd. Today I-Biz is a leading supplier of information and analysis on the Israeli economy, both at the macro- industry/sector and regional levels.  I-Biz clients include important economic, business and financial entities both in Israel and around the world.

As a Senior Economist in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel until 1990, he established economic information systems that are still operative at the central bank, and was responsible for the Bank's published current economic analysis. From 1990 to 1995, he served as Managing Director of Praedicta Ltd., Israel's first provider of computerized economic information systems. From 1995 to 2000, he was an independent consultant in the areas of supply, analysis and presentation of Israeli economic and business information, and acted as a consultant to several government ministries.

In 2000, he founded his company I-Biz – Israel Business Information Services Ltd. (www.i-biz.co.il). Today, I-Biz is a leading supplier of information and analysis on the Israeli economy, both at the macro-, industry/sector and regional levels: numbered among I-Biz clients are many important economic, business and financial entities both in Israel and around the world.

In 2006, I-Biz was appointed as the Israeli correspondent to the European Union (EU) Trendchart project on innovation policy, and in 2007 – as Israel's consultant to the EU Medibtikar project on establishing innovation-based industrial partnerships between Mediterranean basin countries. In 2008, the EU appointed I-Biz as the Israeli correspondent to the ERAWatch project, which analyses national R&D systems, and is currently a member of the official ERAWatch Network..

As of 2006, Yaacov Fisher was invited to join the Board of Directors of Psagot, Israel's largest investment house, which was purchased in that year by York Capital of New York: he served on the Board until 2010, when York Capital sold Psagot. In 2008, he was appointed as a member of Israel's Public Advisory Council for Statistics.

Starting in May 2006, Fisher has done 3 major annual lecture tours on the Israeli economy in the US and Canada, speaking to business audiences in more than 20 cities.