PETACH TIKVA: Diversity and Inclusion in Academia and Employment in Israel

  • 11:30 AM
  • 225 W. Washington, Suite 2600


The Petach Tikva Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is sponsoring a lecture at the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce titled “Diversity and Inclusion in Academia and Employment in Israel,” featuring Amos Shapira, President of the University of Haifa at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. (225 W. Washington, Suite 2600). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at

Amos Shapira is one of Israel’s leading business figures and serves as President of the University of Haifa.

Education and excellence in research, he believes, are key success factors for the State of Israel and that academia should promote coexistence between the various segments of Israeli society – between Jews and Arabs, between the secular and Jewish Orthodox populations, and others. He is dedicated to creating equal employment opportunities for people of all backgrounds and promoting relationships between Israelis and Palestinians through sound business relationships. The University of Haifa is uniquely positioned in Israeli society – as Israel’s most pluralistic University and located in northern Israel – to lead in academic education and research, and to make a significant and valuable contribution to coexistence between the various sectors of Israeli society.

He began his career at Hogla-Kimberly Ltd. in 1975, where he rose through the ranks to become managing director in 1993. In 2002, he was appointed Managing Director of El Al Israel Airlines, where he oversaw a smooth privatization process and made it a profitable company. In 2005, he took on a new challenge as Managing Director of Cellcom Israel Ltd., which under his direction became Israel’s leading cellular provider.

Amos has served as Co-Chairman of the Israeli Palestinian Business Council, a nonpolitical organization sponsored by the World Economic Forum, focused on promoting business ties between Israelis and Palestinians.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Haifa where he studied Economics, and his Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from The Technion.