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Karin Mayer Rubinstein
CEO and President, Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI)
As of 2011, Adv. Karin Mayer Rubinstein has been serving as CEO and President of IATI.
IATI is Israel’s umbrella organization of the high-tech, life science and other advanced technology industries, with over 700 paying members from every level and aspect of the ecosystem, including Venture Capital Funds, Israeli R&D Centers of Multinational Companies, Start-Ups, Incubators & Accelerators, Tech Transfer Organization, Academic Institutions, Innovation Centers, Hospitals, Municipalities, Service Providers and more.
Through this broad range of members, IATI connects Israel’s tech ecosystem, provides solutions and support at all levels, and integrates the various sectors and resources of the industry with strategic and ongoing governmental goals. In her position, Karin executed the merger and the bring up of various leading industry organizations to become IATI, Israel’s umbrella organization.
Karin has gained vast experience and deep knowledge and expertise in working closely with:
- The Israeli Government Ministers and Ministries’ & governmental agencies’ professional leaders (e.g. Prime Minister, Finance, Economy & Industry, Foreign, Education, Science & Technology, OCS & Israel’s Innovation Authority, National Economic Council, the Council for Higher Education, Bi-national funds and programs, etc.)
- Members of Parliament and the different High Tech lobbies
- Senior executives and founders, institutional & private global & local investors, entrepreneurs and innovative veterans in the innovation ecosystem in Israel and worldwide
- Relevant world-wide high level leading governmental and official NGOs
- Leaders of the Israeli academic institutions, as well as with their tech transfer entities, all for expanding and promoting Industry-Academic relations
Since 2008, she served at Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office (HFN), Israel's largest law firm, as the Managing Director of the Business Development Division. Prior to this, for 9 years she served as a Senior Partner - Startup Division Manager & Managing Director of Business Development at Efrati Galili & Co., one of the premier commercial law firms in Israel.
Karin is a member of steering committees and a keynote speaker of many leading global events and conferences around the world and in the United Nations, including the United States, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Great Britain, Russia, Germany, France, Canada, Ukraine, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, Latin America, Slovakia, Poland, France, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Bulgaria, and more.
Karin is a Member of the Board of Governance of Tel Aviv University;
Member of the Advising Forum of the Faculty of Engineering at the University;
Member of the 5×2 Initiative's Steering Committee;
Director in the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce;
Co-Founder of Israel 2048 Council;
Member of the Foreign Trade Administration & Ministry of Economy Committee of Outstanding Exporter Award;
Council Member of The Tel Aviv Foundation; and more.
She was nominated, twice in a row, as one of the "Top 100 Influential Young Business Persons" in Israel by Forbes Magazine, as well as one of the "Top 40 Leading Young Business Persons" in Israel by the leading Israeli business newspaper "The Marker".
Karin lectures on entrepreneurship at the MBA Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at the Coller School of Management, Tel Aviv University. She presented at the Israeli Higher Education Summit 2016 (click to watch); and on "Innovate Israel 2017" (click to Watch).
Karin regularly sits as a jury member in leading technology competitions and awards worldwide. In the last couple of years Karin was a judge in our MIXiii-Biomed Start-up Competition, IATI, Mastercard & Citi Tech Award, Huewai HiStart Innovation competition, Microsoft Israel's Innovate For Good, Women. Innovation. Technology Israel, Unisteam "Entrepreneur of the Year" Competition, Atlas Awards for Best Israeli Startup, mastersofcode, Startup Battle Korea, HackGenY contest, Impact Investing Israel, Innovex, and more. Karin has been involved in initiating and managing a few world unique hackathon contests with local MNCs R&D centers.
During her early years, Karin was involved in many academic, community, and sports activities. Among others, Chief Internal Auditor for Student Union Tel Aviv University, Lecturer for Economic and Science in leading academic institutions, Vice Chairman of the High-Tech legislative committee of the Israeli Bar Association and a professional tennis player and a Member of the Israeli National Tennis Team.
MBA (Finance and Accounting), Tel-Aviv University
LLB (Law), Tel Aviv University
BA Economics (with Honors), Tel-Aviv University
Member of the Israeli Bar Association (Advocate)
2011-present: IATI – CEO & President
2008-2010: Herzog Fox & Neeman Law Office (HFN) - Managing Director of the Business Development Division
1997-2007: Efrati Galili & Co. - Senior Partner - Startup Division Manager & Managing Director of Business Development
1996-1997: S. Horowitz & co – Intern. Working with Adv. Ruth Oren
1991-1993: Student Union Tel Aviv University - Chief Internal Auditor
Interviews, Articles & Publications:
Karin's article in Globes - calling the Government To Help The Biotech Sector under COVID-19 crisis
Karin's article was featured in the Annual IVC Annual Israeli Tech Review 2020 (January 2020).
Karin was interviewed about the 90s' Russian Aliyah to Israeli economy (Globes, January 2020)
Karin comments on the delay in securing Innovation Authority R&D grants (Feb, 2020).
Karin's special interview at Globes, September 2019 - Click to read.
Karin's special interview with Minister of Economy and Industry Mr. Eli Cohen, in TheMarker.
Karin's special opinion piece in Globes' project of Israel's most promising 2018 startup.
Karin sums up the year in Israeli tech, in a special PC.co.il project.
Karin was chosen by the Attorneys's Journal as One of Seven Attorneys Who Dedicate Themselves to Improve Israeli Society.
Karin's opinion piece in TheMarker's High-Tech Book 2018.
Karin's special interview with Minister of Finance Mr. Moshe Kahlon - making the feature story in TheMarker's Annual High-Tech Book 2017.
"Gear up to an innovation-driven Economy"- an article by Karin on TheMarker's Annual High-Tech Book 2017.
"I get up every morning and ask myself: how do I promote Israeli High-Tech" - a Globes interview with Karin.
Karin's take on institutional investments in Israeli high-tech (TheMarker, July 2017).
IATI CEO Signs MOU with British IET (Jewish News, Sep. 2017)
Karin interviewed in the Thai AIS series on Innovation Nation (June 2017).
Karin on IATI's Israeli Life Science Report - Israel21c (May 2017).
How to build a start-up ecosystem in Ukraine according to the principles of Israel - an interview in the Ukrainian Fund Media.
An interview with Karin in the Polish Gazeta Wyborcza daily (June 2017).
Karin's take on 2016 in People & Computers end year project (Jan. 2016).
More than positioning: Israel's tech challenges - a Jerusalem Post opinion piece by Karin (September 2016).
Karin sums up the Jewish new year in Israeli high-tech and life science (PC.co.il, September 2016).
Karin in a special Israeli Independence Day interview: The potential of Israeli innovation should be used for economic independence (People & Computers, May 2016).
No glass ceiling for women in tech, says top executive - Karin unfolds her vision in The Times Of Israel on the occasion of International Women's Day (Mar. 2016). French version.
Local R&D centers would love to see more women employed in tech positions - Karin in a special podcast interview for IATI MNC Women's #Weekathon DemoDay (Mar. 2016).
Karin met with Former New York City Mayor & Greenberg Traurig Chair Rudolph W. Giuliani - a People and Computers news item (Mar. 2016).
Karin in a People & Computers interview: Indian IT employees are no substitute for the innovative Israeli Tech workforce (Feb. 2016).
An interview with Karin on TheMarker's special 2015 High-tech & Life Science Book (December 2015).
Karin in a special Globes interview (July 2015): less than 5% of local High-Tech investments were made by Israelis.
Karin's video interview on i24 News - about IATI and the annual IATI MNC Weekathon (March 2015).
"As a young girl, I have dreamt of working in the white house". A StartIsrael interview with Karin (Sept. 2014).
Karin moderated an Israeli Tech executives panel, for a special IT Magazine supplement on MIXiii (PDF, Heb). First page, second page, third page, fourth page. An All-Marketing Summary of MIXiii Conference with Karin interviewed inside (Heb, May 2014).
Karin is quoted in a feature story on Israel's HighTech side - on NyTeknik (Nov. 2014, Swedish).
"Innovation overload - How you can stay competitive". An article by Karin on FullStart by WeWork (March 2014).
Stepping up the ‘Start-up Nation’ - Karin was featured on The Jerusalem Post as "one of the most influential ladies in Israel’s life sciences and technology industries". For the print version click here (December 2013).
"Just Do It!" - Karin's take on women entrepreneurs was a part of the Startup Stadium project (March 2013).
"How can Israel beat the Bloomberg Innovation Index?" - an article by Karin on TheMarker (Hebrew).
"On Israel and MNCs" - TheMarker article by Karin (January 2013).
"Why aren't there enough women in Israeli HighTech top positions?", a Channel 2 report with Karin interviewed (April 2013).
"65 years on, Israel is a top choice for tech by multinationals" - a Times of Israel story featuring IATI and Karin (April 2013).
"Investing in Israel" - a Business Insider story including an interview with Karin (October 2013).
"Brain drain is a real danger", warn 6 leading IP lawyers in an IATI round table with Karin. A Calcalist feature story (January 2014).
Karin's take on Saloona's Women Entrepreneurs project.
Please feel free to contact Karin: 972-73-713-6313, or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance and Members Account Manager
In charge of IATI's accounting and payments administrations. Keeps personal and continuous contact with life science start-up members. Committed to producing added value to LS young member companies.
Member Relations Manager
Manages IATI events and member relations. Works to provide IATI members, with whom she keeps personal contact, with added value and to connect the different ecosystem sectors.
Lior (Maleh) Atias
Head Of Operations
Coordinating IATI's special annual conferences and meeting with foreign delegations. In charge of initiating and managing the regular meetings of IATI Committes and Work Groups.
PA to CEO & President
Manages the agenda and official meetings of IATI's CEO, including coordinating the team's work meetups with hundreds of foreign delegations and organizations each year, aiding in special IATI projects, and more. Cares about arranging and synchronizing the little details.