UII Summit 2022 in Poland
On December 14, 2022, the sixth annual Ukrainian-Israeli innovation summit took place in the building of the Warsaw Stock Exchange with the participation of the Embassy of Israel. In previous years, the venue of the event was Kyiv, however, given the situation in Ukraine, last year the event was held in Poland. The summit was devoted to the exchange of expert opinions on the development of a long-term strategy for the development of Ukraine during the protracted military conflict, and how Israel’s high-tech experience will contribute to this.
The Ukrainian-Israeli Innovation Summit was founded in 2018 by the non-profit public organization Global Israeli Initiative to establish technological cooperation between Ukraine and Israel. During the years of its existence, the forum attracted more than 250 Israeli companies and 1,000 businessmen who visited Ukraine, about 50 technological companies of Ukraine work with clients from Israel, about 30 Israeli startups opened offices in Ukraine.
This year is a significant one for the event, as representatives of European businesses, investors, government bodies and technology companies have joined it.
The Ukrainian-Israeli Innovation Summit has undergone certain transformations, but there is something that remains unchanged. As in previous years, the speaker at the event was Yogev Samina, one of the organizers and active participants of the summit. He is the general director of the high-tech company WorkNest, which since the beginning of the full-scale war in Ukraine continues to create jobs for IT specialists.
“I see one of the main tasks of the conference in recreating the community of Israeli organizations working in Ukraine,” said Yogiev. war, I told my boys: “Whoever can and wants to go to war – we will help. 200 employees of the Kyiv office continue to work. A rocket flew to our Kharkiv office. The situation there is catastrophic. We evacuated some employees to the West of Ukraine, some to Poland, and some of the guys continue to work remotely from home in Kharkiv.
Meanwhile, I rented another office in Warsaw and recruited another 100 people, always giving preference to specialists from Ukraine. Thus, despite the military actions, our company grew. I personally invited several stars to the summit in Warsaw. We can already say that Miss Ukraine – the beautiful Lilia Watson – has confirmed her presence at the forum.”
Among the speakers of the summit were Yogev Samina, CEO at WorkNest LTD, Dr. Eitan Lasri, Chairman of UIISummit, CEO and Owner at ETGAR Strategic Solutions and Entrepreneurship, Dov Moran, Israeli entrepreneur, inventor and investor, Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, blogger, political and military commentator, Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, Ukrainian musician and public figure, Taras Topolya, co-founder and leader of the band “Antitila”, author, volunteer, spokesperson of the Youth Council under the President of Ukraine, Masha Yefrosinina, Ukrainian public figure and TV presenter, goodwill ambassador of the UN Population Fund and others.