New Corona Restrictions: Death Blow to the Israeli Economy? With Prof. David Gershon and Prof. Elise S. Brezis

July 8, 2020PAST EVENT

In an attempt to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus throughout Israel, the Ministry Of Health announced further restrictions. Will this decision have a detrimental effect on the Israeli economy?

Prof. David (Dudi) Gershon, Founder of the new Gershon Fintech Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Prof. Elise S. Brezis, Head of The Aharon Meir Center for Banking at Bar-Ilan University, will discuss the new regulations, and their potentially devastating effects on the Israeli economy.

Prof. Gershon is a 25 year expert in the FinTech industry and is viewed by many as one of the leading experts in FinTech in Israel. In 1999 while leaving in London he founded SuperDerivatives which became one of the global leading vendors in derivatives and financial data. Gershon was CEO and Chairman of SuperDerivatives until its acquisition by the Intercontinental Exchange in 2014. Prof. Gershon has been awarded numerous awards such as CEO of the Year by Acquisition International in 2016 and ranked among the Top 50 most influential people in Financial Technology by the Institutional Investor magazine from 2004 to 2015 consecutively. In 2016 he was declared one of the “Game Changers” in the financial industry by Finance Monthly magazine.

Prof. Elise S. Brezis is a professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University and is the director of the University’s Aharon Meir Center for Banking. Previously, she served as the head of the Statistics division at the Research Department in the Bank of Israel. Prof. Brezis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT (1989). She has published articles in leading journals, such as the American Economic Review and the European Economic Review. Prof. Brezis is an economist who combines academia with economic policy and pragmatic economics, by mixing the analysis of real life, economic history and macroeconomics. Prof. Brezis› research interests are all related to economic growth. Her main works are in two sub-fields: 1. The interaction between social mobility and economics 2. Technology, international economics and development of countries.

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