Back row - left to right: Nathan Tsror, Minister and Head of Economic and Trade mission, Embassy of Israel, David Quarrey, British Ambassador to Israel, Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Paloma Cid, Project Manager, IET, Hugo Bieber, Chief Executive, UK Israel Business.
Front row: Karin Mayer Rubinstein, Chief Executive and President, IATI and Nigel Fine, Chief Executive, IET.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI), Israel's umbrella organisation of the high-tech, life science and other advanced technology industries.
The two organisations will collaborate on projects to support the advancement of engineering and technology through shared knowledge, academic exchanges and by hosting joint conferences.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive and Karin Mayer Rubinstein, Chief Executive Officer and President at IATI, during the Innovate Israel summit on 12 September 2017, which brought together world-leading technology founders.
The event showcased leading ‘disruptive technologies’ in areas including cyber security, artificial intelligence, machine learning, the Internet of Things and connected technology and included a series of short talks and presentations.
Speaking about the agreement, IET Chief Executive, Nigel Fine, said: “There’s a huge amount of exciting innovation and insight coming from the Israeli technology industry. This Memorandum of Understanding is a great way for us to strengthen our relationship with IATI and collaborate on some exciting projects that advance engineering and technology standards, knowledge and innovation across various sectors of the industry.”
IATI Chief Executive Officer and President, Karin Mayer Rubinstein, said: "The MoU with the IET will help both sides locate mutual opportunities for new, innovative tech training and education projects. IATI will leverage such opportunities into growth potential for its members, as one of our main challenges is the promotion of STEM education on the national level in Israel. This is done seeing the current shortage of locally-skilled high-tech professionals and starts with school children. In addition, we thrive to train and integrate populations who are under-represented in the tech world, such as women, Ethiopian Israelis, Arab Israelis and Orthodox Jews, so as to promote more diversity in the industry.”