Renewable Energy, Water and Technology

Sep 2017

Led by Nicholas Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group, the mission was designed to showcase Israel’s successful ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on renewable energy, water and associated technologies.

Faced with a shortage of natural resources, Israel has developed world leading technology in renewable energy including solar energy, wave power and energy storage. It is also a world leader in water use efficiency with desalination, irrigation and agricultural production.

The mission embraced Israel’s success in these fields as an example of how Australia can combat its future energy and agricultural needs.

The objective of this mission was to expand collaborative business links, to understand Israel’s cluster methodologies & government support policies as well as to appreciate how the strategic integration of university and researcher inputs along the value chain is successfully achieved.



Nicholas Moore


Thank you once again for all the time and effort invested before and during the Trade Mission to make it a very intense, efficient and effective Mission. The mix of cultural activities and the way they were interspersed with the Trade activities was, for me, essential to understand the Israeli context that enables the Start-Up echo system. The Trade presentations and site visits were excellent and thus the combination of Trade and cultural activities was perfect – as was the size of the delegation.

I do feel very fortunate and privileged to have been able to attend and hope to be able to leverage the experience for Woodside in the near future.

Sean Salter| Vice President Technology - Woodside Energy Ltd

Women Leaders Mission to Israel

June 2017

Led jointly by Diane Smith-Gander, non-Executive Director of AGL Energy & Westfarmers Limited and The Hon. Helen Coonan, company director and former Senator, the mission was designed for high level engagement between Israel and Australian based female leaders. The mission focused on key sectors of Innovation, Big Data, predictive analytics, IoT, Retail Tech and Cyber Security.

Israel is recognised as a world leader in innovation, being ranked 3rd out of 144 countries in the WEF Innovation Rating (2015-2016). Through engaging with Israeli start-ups, venture capitalists and local leaders, the participants received valuable insight into how to promote innovation at home as well as networking with 40 of the top Australian female executives.

The objective of the mission was to explore business and investment opportunities in Israel as well as understanding its unique entrepreneurial culture and innovative ecosystem.



The Hon. Helen Coonan
Diane Smith-Gander





Food and Agri-Tech

Nov - Dec 2016

Led by Peter Schutz, Chairman, Food Innovation Australia, the mission was designed for Food & Agribusiness leaders to engage, collaborate and to learn from Israel’s success as a world leader in Food and Agribusiness innovation and commercialisation.

Israel is recognised for its world leading position in land and water management and sustainability, supply chain and logistics optimisation, support for innovation commercialisation and the sophistication and optimisation of advanced manufacturing processes.

The objective of this mission was to expand collaborative “Farm to Fork” Agribusiness links, to understand Israel’s cluster methodologies & government support policies as well as to appreciate how the strategic integration of university and researcher inputs along the value chain is successfully achieved.



Mr. Peter Schutz


The access and influence the AICC have in Israel across Industry Leaders, Government Leaders and Cultural Leaders is incredible.  Their willingness and ability to design and flex a trade mission to meet the needs and objectives of the participants was greatly appreciated.  Beyond organising a trade mission, the AICC team have worked hard to enable ongoing connection and momentum back in Australia for the food and AgTech delegates.  AICC want to enable, and also be part of the industry gaining insight to building bridges with Israel and supporting change in Australia.  I greatly appreciated the openness to ideas and design input to the trade mission, and would recommend that anyone thinking about doing business in Israel, do so with the support of AICC.

Ben van Delden| Head of Markets & AgTech, KPMG

Women Leaders Trade Mission

May 2016

The AICC’s inaugural all-women trade mission to Israel was led by prominent businesswomen Lucy Turnbull AO and Jillian Segal AO. The delegation attracted an impressive line-up of 36 high profile female non-executive directors, executive directors, CEOs and chairwomen who came together to learn from Israel’s unique and world-leading innovation eco-system.

The delegation featured University of Queensland’s Dr Jane Wilson, University of Sydney’s Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson, former Chief Information Officer of both Qantas and Telstra, Fiona Balfour, Lisa Sonnabend, COO at Macquarie Capital and Diane Smith-Gander, Chairman at Broadspectrum, to name a few.

As an active champion of gender equality, the AICC is delighted to have been the first Chamber spearheading an all women led trade mission, which the participants described as one of the most memorable business experiences of their lives.



Lucy Turnbull AO
Jillian Segal AM


Under every rock I've picked up on this mission in Israel I have found first a thought provoking question followed quickly by a valuable lesson. Of course it helps to have a sophisticated guide like the AICC to point you towards the right rock to pick up. There's a spirit here that somehow allows enormous flexibility to co-exist with supportive structures - we've seen it most in the way universities partner flexibly with industry to ensure researchers' ideas are commercialised. And they do it in a way that allows everyone at the table to be rewarded. Totally win, win.

Diane Smith-Gander| Non-Executive Director - Wesfarmers, Chairman - Broadspectrum

It was a full agenda, comprehensively covering all aspects of the start-up ecosystem. I found it of immense value and in particular have gained an insight into the Israeli psyche and the Israeli economy which are driving this start up environment. The Chamber have been thorough in their preparation. We have met leaders in academia, government, venture capitalists, accelerators, R&D groups and startups. Additionally, we have experienced ancient and modern Israel and have been guided by experts. It was also great fun.

Fiona Balfour| Non-Executive Director - Salmat, Metcash, TAL, Air Services Australia

The mission has let us see firsthand the innovation culture in Israel. It has inspired us to take real ideas and an entrepreneurial attitude back to our companies in Australia.

Yasmin Allen| Non-Executive Director - Cochlear, ASX, Santos

Mission Led by The Hon. Mike Baird MP, NSW Premier

Apr 2016

Led by NSW Premier Mike Baird, this mission was one of the most successful to date bringing together a diverse group of people including NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, NSW Chief Scientist Mary O’Kane and medical cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam; as well as senior state government and university leaders, key business executives and top entrepreneurs.

The group of more than 22 leaders, including 13 delegates from the NSW Government, came together to experience an unforgettable journey through Israel. Participants gained direct insights into the state of play in Israel, forging a deeper understanding of the ‘Startup Nation’ and how Australia can harness innovation as a nation.

The mission captured the hearts and minds of the Premier and delegates, including Teva Pharma Australia's Managing Director, John Michailidis, who said, “The program was well thought out and allowed the delegates from all sectors to gain value from meeting with research institutions, universities, innovation incubators, commercial companies and government. Importantly, for me, it also allowed significant contacts to be made with other delegates that would otherwise not have been made.”

NSW Premier Mike Baird thanked and congratulated the AICC and its NSW Chair and trade mission delegate, Jillian Segal, on the successful mission, “Your support, and the support of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, in facilitating the program and bringing together elements of the innovation ecosystem ensured the mission was both enjoyable and a great success. It was inspiring to learn about Israel’s innovation ecosystem and to initiate a number of collaborative projects between Israel and NSW.”



The Hon. Mike Baird MP


The trade mission was extremely well organised and provided great insights, perspectives and introductions. Israel is a great case study on how need is the mother of innovation and how with the right focus and alignment across government, industry and academia incredible things can be achieved for an entire nation.

Alex Scandurra| CEO, Stone & Chalk

A unique way to explore Israel’s start up nation ecosystem with the additional benefit of being part of and getting to know others in the dynamic delegation. I took a lot from the experience!

Antony Green| Head of Real Estate, Macquarie Capital

Participating in the Premier’s Mission to Israel earlier this year was a tremendously valuable experience. I was very impressed by the level of innovation that exists in Israel and the proactive collaboration between government, industry and academia. It was apparent how Israel is deeply committed to fostering entrepreneurship and is truly an innovation ecosystem. I’ve brought many of my learnings back to NAB and continue to share stories and new ideas with both customers and colleagues.

Spiro Pappas| Executive General Manager, Global Institutional Banking, NAB