Jerusalem, Israel Nov. 30, 2021 - The inaugural IMPROVATE International Innovation Forum was held on Monday, at the Orient Isrotel hotel in Jerusalem, Israel.  World leaders and government ministers, investors looking to invest in Israeli companies, ambassadors, heads of financial institutions, senior government officials and decision-makers from eastern and western Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Africa attended.  

Leading Israeli technology companies presented at the conference with the aim of creating wide-ranging business collaborations. The forum was intended to be an exclusive networking opportunity with only 300 invitees, including some of the world’s biggest investors.  

Irina Nevzlin, Founder and Chair of IMPROVATE Israel reported in spite of the new corona regulations restricting entry into Israel only three invitees were unable to attend.  Former President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliev told of his arrival five minutes before midnight on Sunday night, after his earlier flight had been cancelled.

Nevzlin mentioned the significance of the conference date, November 29, 1947, the historic vote at the UN, the Partition Plan to establish a Jewish state, as she was born in the former Soviet Union, grateful to be here, she added "Israel felt home to me."

To open the conference, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion welcomed the international and Israeli guests, that included Danny Gold inventor of the Iron Dome, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Ronit Hasin Hochman, Founder & CEO, champion chess player Garry Kasparov, and

Lauren Izso expertly acted as moderator and interviewer of the impressive panels. In response to a question, Kasparov mentioned his admiration for former US Senator Tom Lantos, who as a survivor of the Holocaust was able to so admirably rebuild a new life.

The conference concluded with a concert in the Jerusalem Pais Arena by the musical group Blacked Eyed Peas, headed by who first visited the Holy Land years ago with this grandmother. He repeated remarks made earlier in the day which included "mishpacha" with a Litvish accent. 

The conference was broadcast live on Facebook.