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  • Israel-Asia Conversation Series

    In late 2015, King Graduate School announced that it would be hosting a series of informational talks to be led by invited guests on Israel's shifting attention toward China as a key economic, political, and cultural partner. 

    Since first establishing diplomatic relations in January 1992, Israel and China have become increasingly influential political and economic allies. Indeed, as of 2014, China -- Israel's third-largest trading partner -- eclipsed the U.S. as Israel's primary import partner, with $8.1 billion annually in goods originating in China compared to $7.4 billion in the U.S. An historic agreement signed between the countries earlier this year facilitating increased economic cooperation between the two countries and granting China expedited customs and trade privileges once solely extended to the U.S. further underscores the countries' strengthening relationship. 

    Our conversation series on the two country’s evolving relationship is dedicated to fostering deeper understanding about the myriad ties between Israel and China, and to cultivating stronger bonds between the state of Israel and Asian diasporic communities in the United States. Monroe College thanks Stand with Us New York and community leaders throughout the Queens community for helping us bring together important voices and perspectives for our events. 

    By focusing primarily on themes relating to education, business and politics, we hope to facilitate these three goals: 

    • To educate Asian diasporic communities in the U.S. on the state of Israel
    • To connect Asian business leaders, organizations and investors based in the U.S. with Israeli business leaders, organizations and investors
    • To strengthen the political ties between the state of Israel and Asian leaders in the U.S.

    Guest Speakers 

    Assemblywoman Nily Rozic - 25th District

    Born in Jerusalem and raised in Queens, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents New York’s 25th District, which spans the northeast portion of Queens, including the communities of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Bayside, and Douglaston. Upon her election in 2012, Assemblywoman Rozic became the youngest woman in the state legislature and the first woman ever to represent the 25th District. Nily is the chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Workforce and serves on the Assembly’s Ways and Means, Consumer Affairs, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, Correction, Environmental Conservation, and Labor Committees. She is a member of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus and the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force.

    Erik Blumberg is the Director of Investment Relations for the Israel Economic Mission to New York.

    The Economic Mission, which is part of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, works to facilitate connections for Israeli companies to strategic business partners on the East Coast of the United States. In addition to helping Israeli companies enter the local market, the Economic Mission works with American corporations and investors to source for them innovation from Israel that fits their business and investment needs.

    Erik has been with the Economic Mission since May 2014. His primary focus is on helping Israeli tech companies connect with angel investors, venture capital funds, private equity firms and other private investors. He also works with Israeli venture capital and private equity firms to identify investors for their funds. Outside of the investment arena Erik leads the Economic Mission’s efforts in the areas of Augmented & Virtual Reality, Education Technology and other unique tech sectors in Israel.   

    Israel Pocket Facts (mandarin)

    News releases and representative news coverage of our Talks:

  • March 7 event featuring Congresswoman Grace Meng

    News Release: Congresswoman Grace Meng to Speak on Israel-China Relations at King Graduate School on March 7


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    Thursday, January 26th Israel Asia Alliance Investment Event

                                                     Monroe College’s King Graduate School Hosts Community Talk

                                                          on “Investing in Israel, the World’s #1 ‘Start Up’ Nation”

    Monroe College hosted a community talk on January 26 on “Investing in Israel, the World’s #1 ‘Start Up’ Nation” as part of the ongoing Israel-Asia Conversation Series sponsored by King Graduate School. 

    Erik Blumberg, Director of Investment Relations for the Israel Economic Mission to New York delivered the keynote address, with Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) and Monroe College Vice President Evan Jerome making additional remarks. The event was open to the local community and attended by students in King Graduate’s MBA program.

    As reported by Forbes magazine, “Israel has the highest concentration of startups outside of Silicon Valley…(with) the most companies listed on the NASDAQ of any foreign nation.”  The country’s favorable business environment is further evidenced by the rate of companies that successfully move on from the startup phase. “Fewer than 1% of startups in the United States manage to scale and expand, compared to 4% of new businesses in Israel,” Forbes reported. 

    Mr. Blumberg discussed Israel’s business climate and the core factors contributing to entrepreneurial growth and related investment opportunities there.

    “Israel's standing as a global innovation hub is fueled by its citizens' mentality of creating technologies that can change the world.” he said. “From Cyber Security to FinTech to Digital Healthcare, Israeli companies are creating new solutions that are revolutionizing these sectors and many other industries.”

    In his opening remarks, Mr. Jerome spoke about New York’s strong economic ties with Israel and the growing political, economic, and cultural partnership between Israel and Asia. Many in the local Queens community trace their heritage to Asian countries. 

    “We are delighted to hold forums such as these to bring greater awareness within our local Chinese-American community on the importance of Israel’s democracy in the region and provide a bridge to learn about investment opportunities in the future,” said Mr. Jerome in his opening remarks. 

    Assemblywoman Rozic then shared her insights from a global investment and trade perspective.

    Israel Asia Investment Event

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