APAC / Issue 5 2018 15 , GoforIsrael conference will be held for the second time outside of Israel, on May 29th -31st, in Hong Kong and in Foshan, China. Organised by Cukierman & Co. Investment House Ltd. and Catalyst CEL Fund, GoforIsrael is one of the most influential business conferences in Israel, having won worldwide recognition for shaping the future of Israeli and related global investments and policies. Around 100 Israeli hitech and start- up companies will fly to China to attend the GoforIsrael conference in Foshan (May 31st), a major city in Guangdong Province. More than 1,000 Chinese investors from Foshan and the Greater Bay Area, will attend the event, which will showcase the best innovation coming out of Israel on an international level, in areas such as AI, IT, Healthcare and Life Sciences, cyber security, energy, advanced manufacturing, autotech, and more. The event in Foshan is co- organised with The People’s Government of Foshan Municipality. Both events – HK and Foshan – will include 1:1 meetings between Israeli entrepreneurs and Chinese investors. GoforIsrael Conference Returns to China Hong Kong and Foshanwill host the Israeli International GoforIsrael Conference with the participation of 1,000 Investors and Entrepreneurs fromChina and Israel. Foshan is part of the Greater Bay Area, one of China’s leading metropolitans with GDP equivalent to Russia and South Korea. Foshan is a vibrant economic and manufacturing centre, with expertise in electronics, machinery, electrical products, furniture and more. The growth in Foshan’s economy is a great opportunity for Israeli tech companies to revitalise the area’s industry towards industrial 4.0 revolution. Haggai Ravid, CEO of Cukierman & Co Investments House: “Following on our successful conference in China in 2016, we decided to return to China and bring Israeli hi-tech to Chinese investors. It is a unique encounter with hundreds of Chinese investors, in a very focused and direct way. Israeli technology companies will benefit from pre- organised meetings with potential investors, and from the opportunity to present their technologies on stage. Correspondingly, Foshan’s economy and industry are eager to cooperate with ground breaking Israeli technologies.” The last GoforIsrael conference in China was a huge success– more than 2,800 participants attended the conference, among them 1,500 high quality investors. The upcoming event in Foshan and HK reflects the significant demand from Chinese investors to invest in Israeli innovation. The long list of senior speakers in Foshan event includes: Zvi Heifetz - Ambassador of Israel to China, Peggy Wang - Founder & Managing Partner, LongTech China Ventures, Nadav Cohen - Consul General of Israel in Guangzhou, Edouard Cukierman - Chairman of Cukierman & Co Investments House and Managing Partner of 1805AP11 Catalyst CEL China Israel Fund, Yair Shamir - Former Minister of Agriculture of Israel, Managing Partner, Catalyst CEL, Cheng Shuang – Executive Director & CEO of China Everbright Limited, Ilan Ofer - Corporate Director, BD, Orbotech, Yifei Li – Chairman, Man Group China, Yoav Sade – Head of China, Meitar, Shengyan Fan - Managing Director – Catalyst CEL Fund, Yongqing Zhang, Executive Director & Head of M&A – GF Securities, Xiangjun Li - Vice Chairman, China M&A Association.