NJCU Guarini Institute to Hold International Forum “Innovation and Security in Port Management in Israel and New Jersey” on June 8

May 31, 2022

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | The New Jersey City University (NJCU) Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility will host an international forum entitled “Innovation and Security in Port Management in Israel and New Jersey” on Wednesday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the NJCU School of Business located at 200 Hudson St, Jersey City, N.J. This event is open to the media and the university community. Free registration is available by visiting https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1QYne6ak62MXkLc.

Participants in the forum on June 8 will include representatives from the business ecosystem in New Jersey interested in port management, cybersecurity, logistics and supply chain including members of chamber of commerce, incubators/accelerators, and trade associations. Faculty from higher education institutions conducting relevant research are also invited to register for the forum.

The event, spearheaded by NJCU’s Guarini Institute, is part of a three-day return delegation between partners in Israel and the State of New Jersey and builds upon an economic mission trip to Israel in November 2021 mobilized by Choose New Jersey and the New Jersey-Israel Commission. As a result of that mission, NJCU and the Port of Ashdod signed a letter of intent (LOI) that will help strengthen the economic relationship between the State of New Jersey and Israel, as well as between the Port of Ashdod and the NJCU community.

The purpose of the visit is to facilitate business partnerships between the delegates and the business ecosystem in New Jersey, and in particular with firms and agencies engaged in the management of local ports. The program will convene a diverse group of leaders from the private, public, and academic sectors, including stakeholders in New Jersey focused on port management, security, and innovation.

As an outcome of the LOI, NJCU and the Port of Ashdod continue to explore opportunities to collaborate on projects that will advance innovation, economic development and international education. Furthermore, the Port of Ashdod will draw upon NJCU’s expertise in Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Port Management.

Additionally, NJCU and the Port of Ashdod will encourage collaboration between the Port of Ashdod and port-related businesses in the New York-New Jersey metro area. NJCU will also work with the Port of Ashdod and utilize academic resources to develop educational and workforce development opportunities for NJCU students and the broader NJCU community.

“The Guarini Institute at NJCU is eager to host the first-ever delegation led by Israel’s Port of Ashdod to New Jersey and facilitate business partnerships between the delegates and the state’s business ecosystem,” said Dr. Adrian Franco, Executive Director of NJCU’s Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility. “This visit will strengthen the partnership between the Port of Ashdod and NJCU and create opportunities for economic development and educational initiatives related to innovation and security in port management and logistics.”

To further advance the commitments outlined in the agreement between the Port of Ashdod and NJCU, an Israeli delegation composed of senior level representatives of the Port of Ashdod, experts in port security, and executives of six startup companies and their guests will visit New Jersey over three days from June 7-9 to participate in a series of convenings organized by the Guarini Institute at NJCU with the support of state agencies and other partners.

Partners include Choose New Jersey, New Jersey-Israel Commission, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Sponsors include Cross River Bank and TechUnited.

On day one of the economic visit on Tuesday, June 7, there will be private roundtable meetings and visits between NJCU, the New Jersey-Israel Commission, Choose New Jersey and stakeholders from Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Deloitte has organized private meetings on the final day of the trip on Thursday, June 9.

“Innovation and Security in Port Management in Israel and New Jersey”

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

NJCU School of Business | 200 Hudson Street | Jersey City, N.J. 07302

Confirmed Speakers:

About the Israeli Delegation

The delegation includes the following senior level representatives of the Port of Ashdod, executives of startups and guests. Professional profiles and information about the startups are linked.

·      Port of Ashdod

 Orna Hozman-Bechor, Chairwoman of the Board, Ashdod Port Company

 Moshe Shiko Zana, CEO of Ashdod Port Company

 Roy Avrahami, Chief Innovation Officer, Ashdod Port Company

·      Firms

 Spinframe: Ori Yakov Dangur, CEO & Tomer Shwarzberg, VP of Sales

 Enwize: Hagai Friedman, CEO & Niv Zitelny, COO

 Storage Drop: Shay Cohen, CEO

 Cyber 2.0: Sneer Rozenfeld, CEO & Erez Kaplan-Haelion, CTO

 DockTech: Uri Yoselevich, CEO

 Salvador Technologies: Alexander Yevtushenko, CEO & Oleg Vusiker, CTO

·      Additional delegates

 Tamir Goren, Director of Strategic Program, Technology Unit, Israel National Cyber Directorate

About NJCU:
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Ira Thor
, Senior Director of University Communications and Media Relations | ithor@njcu.edu | 201-200-3301