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How BIRD Foundation Funding Promotes International Cooperation in Fighting Global Warming

April 8, 2022

How BIRD Foundation Funding Promotes International Cooperation in Fighting Global Warming

Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

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Climate change is disrupting weather patterns, leading to unpredictable water availability, exacerbating water scarcity, and contaminating water supplies. Such impacts can drastically affect the quantity and quality of water that we need to survive.

For over 70 years, Israel developed water technologies and integrated water management systems. While 60% of Israel’s area is desert and the rest is semi-arid, Israel does not have water scarcity and no longer relies exclusively on RFNW (Renewable Fresh Natural Water).

You are cordially invited to learn about Israel water technologies and its integrated water management systems and about an on-going project developed by Onvector Inc., based in Somerville MA, and Netafim LTD., based in Israel; how it came about, what the companies are doing and how it was funded by BIRD Foundation.

This event is part of Brandeis University annual conference The Business of Climate Change 2022 and is co-sponsored by Brandeis International Business School, Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Israel Initiative at Brandeis International Business School.


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Andrea Yonah
Director of Business Development, East Coast/Midwest, U.S.-Israel Bi-national Industrial R&D (BIRD) Foundation

Andrea is responsible for BIRD’s East Coast and Midwest activities and works to increase the Foundation’s profile among U.S. companies by engaging in business development, strategic growth initiatives, relationship management, and matchmaking between Israeli and U.S. companies. Prior to her position with BIRD, Andrea served for eight years as the Executive Director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission. Andrea has held positions in marketing, interactive media and Internet application development in companies located both in Israel and the U.S. She began her career at EduSoft in Tel-Aviv as part of a BIRD funded project with Berlitz International. Andrea continued her career at Berlitz as part of the Worldwide Marketing Division at their headquarters in Princeton, NJ. Andrea went on to work in product development and marketing at Princeton eCom, a New Jersey financial IT company. Andrea holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs and Political Science from Barnard College, Colombia University and a Masters degree in Foreign Language Education/ESL from Tel-Aviv University.

Daniel J. Cho
Founder & CEO at Onvector Inc.

Dan is the founder and CEO of Onvector, a provider of advanced water treatment technologies using plasma (arc lightning). He is responsible for Onvector’s strategy and overall management, including establishing key partnerships with ion exchange, filtration, and irrigation companies. He is the inventor and author of four of Onvector’s patents. Dan has more than 15 years of experience in non-chemical water treatment and cleantech. Prior to Onvector, he served as principal consultant and led a range of technical and business engagements for Pentair Water Treatment, IMI, and GE, including technology validations and new market entry assessments. Previously Dan was in the medical device industry and served as President of Rheologics, a developer of cardiovascular diagnostics, and as Vice President of ProMetrics, a pharmaceutical consulting firm, where he led engagements with pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers in the areas of cardiovascular and renal disease. A graduate of Harvard College, he has authored 20 scientific publications.

Dan Trajman
CEO at New England Israel Business Council (NEIBC)

Dan Trajman is the CEO of New England Israel Business Council (NEIBC) a not-for–profit organization that helps New England and Israeli businesses to succeed together.

Dan started his business career as an architect, with prominent projects both in Israel and Boston after earning his undergraduate degree (B. Arch) in architecture and town planning from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and his master degree (MAUD) in urban design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He subsequently moved into the high tech entrepreneurial world as an executive of high tech companies such as Scitex America Inc. and L&H N.V. (NASDAQ IPO), then as CEO/President of iKnowledge Inc. (Sold to Avid Technologies Inc.), Sapience America Inc. and Ex Libris Inc. (sold to Francisco Partners LLC).  Dan co-founded LTMI, a boutique venture capital fund and served as Managing Partner investing primarily in Israeli start-ups. In parallel to his business career, he also has focused on his passions as conceptual artist and educator with a mission of stimulating conversations and debate about important issues in society while exploring art as education tool. He has had several solo shows and participated in group shows in the US, Europe and Israel. 


The Business of Climate Change

How will business respond to climate change?

Join us as we explore the risks and opportunities posed by climate change. How we organize our economy, finance investments and manage innovation will change dramatically in the coming decades. Our goal is to help young leaders understand the business of climate change and empower them to explore innovative solutions. This annual program is sponsored by the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School.

During the event you will have the opportunity to Q&A.

The event is a free and open to the public. You are welcome to invite a friend.



April 8, 2022