Technion USA - Winter 2016-2017 - page 26-27

I
feel extremely fortunate that in my role I have the
opportunity to meet the many faces of the Technion. Whether
it is listening to the spirited journey of a first-year student
over a cup of coffee or joining our rising Ph.D.s in their labs
as they discuss their complex research, I am in awe. The
Technion’s sheer concentration of talent and passion is like
nothing else I’ve seen in my career in higher education.
My feeling of awe doesn’t end after leaving
the Haifa or New York City campuses. It
actually grows stronger each time I meet
with our alumni, lay leaders and especially
our supporters. Each of you embody what
it takes to help make the Technion a top 10
global institution. As Technion President
Professor Peretz Lavie says, leading univer-
sities need three things: excellent students,
top faculty and a sense of mission. We are
setting our sights unbelievably high:
curing cancer, revolutionizing technology
and extending human life by decades.
All of this is possible. And it is possible
because of you.
You are one of the faces of the Technion.
You are a Technion brand ambassador whose
voice and influence extends far beyond your
community. And it is through your own words to your network of friends, fam-
ily and colleagues that we will be able to
expand our supporter base.
We cannot succeed without your help.
To that end, we are introducing our new
Technion Fund, which will help ensure
that our supporters have access to a broad
array of opportunities for engagement at
all levels. You may choose to allocate your
gift to one of the following focus areas:
Student Support, Defense, Biomedicine,
Faculty Support, Sustainability, and Inter-
national Collaborations. The Technion
Fund supports the entire ecosystem neces-
sary to maintain the Technion’s distinctive
strengths.
So, yes, share your stories about the
Technion. Pass along this magazine and that last article you read about a Tech-
nion innovation. And please help us get the word out about the new Technion
Fund. You are the key to inspiring and engaging more Technion supporters.
Please visit
to donate now.
TECHNION USA 2017
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2017 TECHNION USA
Zahava Bar-Nir
President
Scott Leemaster
Chairman of the Board
Jeffrey Richard
Executive Vice President
Tova Kantrowitz
Senior Vice President,
External Relations
Matthew Sudol
Director of Communications
and Public Relations / Editor
Jennifer Frey
Editor and Writer
Rebecca A. Fannin
Dafna Gold Melchior
Gary Rockfield
Contributing Writers
Yvette Gershon
Editorial Consultant
Efrat Marag
Jeff Weiner
Filip Wolag
Nitzan Zohar
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I
n 1923, Albert Einstein visited
the one building that was then the
Technion. Despite its small size and
lack of funds, its mission and vision
of offering Jewish students a world-
class education so impressed him
that upon returning to Berlin, he
founded and chaired the world’s first
Technion society.
Since then, the number of societies has
grown to 20, and with the generosity of friends,
alumni and supporters worldwide, has helped
the Technion become the leading institution it
is today. Here’s an update on what’s going on in
three Technion societies around the globe.
ISRAEL
THE ISRAEL FRIENDS OF TECHNION (IFT)
recruited
17 alumni to its Executive Board last year.
Led by Chairman Hagai Shalom and CEO Ofer
Simchony, IFT has broadened its supporter
base through its new annual giving program.
Targeting the 1,000 most successful Technion
alumni, IFT is building relationships with high-
net-worth alumni, bringing in its first recurring
gifts earlier this year. Rafi Mehoudar, a Technion
graduate and “the father of commercial drip
irrigation,” recently made a major contribution
toward establishing the Mehoudar Innovation
Center, which will nurture Israel’s future inven-
tors and entrepreneurs. In a second initiative to
develop alumni support, founders of startups
who might not be currently capable of giving
are asked to consider allocating stock options
that would be exercised if their company is
successful. Finally, IFT is expanding its outreach
to multinationals in Israel, which have long
been supporting the Technion with scholarships,
research programs and diversity initiatives.
Apple is one of its newest recruits.
CANADA
Much like the Technion itself,
TECHNION
CANADA
, established in 1943, seems to be moti-
vated by challenges. Based in a vast country
characterized by diverse cultures, the society
accomplishes incredible feats with only four
staff members. How do they do it? It’s all about
strategically identifying key relationships—and
investing in cultivating them.
Technion Canada has created thriving part-
nerships with leading Canadian universities in
diverse fields: University of Calgary in clean-
tech; the University of Waterloo in quantum
information science, nanotechnology and water;
and the Lassonde School of Engineering, which
sends students to the Technion to develop entre-
preneurial skills. The society also focuses on
outreach to Technion alumni (there are more
than 600 living in Canada) and Generation
NEXT
.
Innovations such as ReWalk (assistive mobility
device for paraplegics); programs that are making
a difference, like Engineers Without Borders; and
cutting-edge disciplines including nanotechnol-
ogy and biomedicine, are some of the Technion
successes that energize these groups.
FRANCE
A relative newcomer to the Technion family,
TECHNION FRANCE
, founded in 2002, prides
itself on doing things differently. Rather than
employing the usual fundraising approach, based
largely on targeting the Jewish community,
Director Muriel Touaty has found a more direct
path that works well for modern-day France.
Because many large, public companies are inter-
ested in cutting-edge R&D and innovation, the
society seeks them out and arranges events that
reflect their area of interest.
Leading companies such as L’Oreal, the phar-
maceutical giant Sanofi S.A., and the advertis-
ing and communications multinational Havas
Group have sponsored Technion France galas,
classical concerts, colloquiums and other high-
profile gatherings. Medical tech, artificial intel-
ligence, smart cities and energy are among the
most popular topics. In addition, high-ranking
government ministers, and even the President
of France, have backed society events. The
society also partners with private companies,
which have supported the Technion through
R&D funding, fellowships, grants and other
investments.
If you would like to learn more about Technion societies
around the world, please contact
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“We are introducing
our new Technion
Fund, which will
help ensure that
all supporters
have access to
a broad array of
opportunities
for engagement
at all levels.”
“You may
choose
to allocate
your gift
to a personally
meaningful
focus area.”
EXECUTIVE
VICE PRESIDENT
JEFFREY RICHARD
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