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Korea Business Conference

Hosted by Israel Export Institute and Yonaco Group, the 2014 Korea Business Conference took place in Tel-Aviv for the 4th time.

The conference provided the necessary updates and insights and covered the various business collaboration opportunities for the Israeli economy and Korean Economy – The Asian Tiger who became the world 13th biggest economy.

The Conference guests, learned from the best experts; met with Korean business leaders looking for Israeli partners; participated in over 100 business meetings – tailored for their needs, and presented their organization to the Korean delegations.

Among the conference topics

– Current trends in the Korean business and economy
– Which industries have demand for Israeli products and technologies?
– Fundraising and governmental grants
– Israeli executives sharing their experience in Korea
– Korea economy and business in diplomacy eyes
– How to leverage governmental buy-back mechanism for doing business with Korea
– Korean Executives speaking about their business


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Conference Agenda (Download PDF Version Here)

8:00 – 9:00 Gathering and Registration

Host: Mr. Yigal Haccoun, VP, Israel Export Institute

9:00 – 9:45 Greetings & Keynote

  • Mr. Lior Konitzki, Vice Director General, Head of Technology Industries Division, Export Institute
  • H.E. Kim Ilsoo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Israel
  • Mr. Itzik Yona, Chairman, Korea Business Conference

Keynote Speaker:

  • Building Korea’s Future Winning Industries
    Dr. Pahk Heui Jae, President & National CTO
    Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy

9:45 – 10:40 Session I

  • The Secrets Behind the Korean Corporate Walls
    Mr. Moshe Sharon, Vice President
    IMC Group
  • Your Seoul Secret is Safe with Me – These and Other Lies of International Negotiations
    Mrs. Heather Stone, head of the Korean desk
    GKH Law
  • Korean Mobile Gaming Industry
    Mr. Lee Sungsoo, CEO
    MobileBus Inc.
  • Presentation of The Korean Delegations

10:40- 11:20 Networking Break

11:20 – 12:35 Session II

  • Making Money from a Korean Wave
    Dr. Alon Levkowitz, researcher
    Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies
  • Introduction of KT and It’s Future Technology
    Mr. Daniel M. Shin , Strategic Investment Dep.
    Korea Telecom
  • Building a Successful Joint R&D Relationship with Koreans
    Mr. Daniel Manor , CEO and Co-Founder
  • Overview of the Coming Korea-Israel Customs Relief Program
    Mr. Aviram Abramowitz , Director Clearance Process
    Tax Authority
  • Panel Discussion: Israeli Executives Operating in Korea
    • Mr. Moshe Sharon, VP
      IMC Group
    • Mr. Igal Karni, Deputy Director for Marketing & Sales
    • Mr. Alon Shlesinger, CEO
    • Mr. Itzik Yona, CEO
      Yonaco Group

12:35 – 13:05 Networking Break

13:05 – 14:00 Session III

  • Korean Business from Ambassador Point of View
    Mr. Tuvia Israeli, Ambassador to Korea 2010-2013
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Current & future trends for Israeli companies in Korea
    Mr. Ofer Fohrer, Commercial Attaché
    Embassy of Israel in Korea
  • Increasing Your Business in Korea by Leveraging the “Buyback” System
    Mr. Gabi Golomb, Director General
    The Israeli Industrial Cooperation Authority
  • Insights Into the Korean Economy and Business Practices
    Mr. Itzik Yona, CEO
    Yonaco Group

14:00 – 14:45 Networking Lunch

14:45 – 17:45 Personal Business Meetings

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 11.41.59Dr. Pahk Heui Jae, President & National CTO, Korean 
Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy

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Dr. Pahk Heui Jae has been the President & National CTO,of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy since April 2013. Between his past positions are Founder & CEO of SNU Precision CO. LTD, Professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University and at POSTECH, Korea.He won the PAIKNAM and IR52 Jang Young Sil awards in 2013 and was awarded the Grand Award for 100 Innovations for Korea by the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. In 2004 he was awarded the Korean Presidential Decoration for technology innovation.

photoH.E. Kim Ilsoo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

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Lior Konitzki

Lior Konitzki, Vice Director General, Head of Technology Industries Division, Export Institute

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photoTuvia Israeli, Former Ambassador of Israel in the Republic of Korea

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Ofer FohrerMr. Ofer Fohrer, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of Israel in Korea
Ofer Fohrer is the Head of the Economic & Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Korea.

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Ofer Fohrer is the Head of the Economic & Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Korea. He holds this post since October 2010. Prior to his posting to Korea, Ofer served as a cadet at the North America Department of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor.
Ofer served as a cadet at the North America Department of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor.
Prior to joining the government, Ofer was an Account Manager at the Stock Option Department of the Tamir Fishman investment firm.
Ofer holds a B.A degree in Political Science, and M.A degree in Diplomacy from the Tel-Aviv University.

unnamedMrs. Heather Stone, head of Korean desk at GKH

Serves as the head of Intellectual Property Group at GKH Law

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A leading expert on intellectual property transactions, licensing, encryption licenses, and data security, Heather Stone heads the Intellectual Property Group at GKH. Heather’s practice focuses on IP based transactions in the Corporate M&A sphere, with an emphasis on representation of emerging growth companies and the representation of investors and venture capital funds involved with such companies.
Heather has advised numerous Israeli based technology and life science companies in their merger and acquisition transactions with some of the largest companies world-wide, such as Boston Scientific, Cisco Systems which acquired three of her clients, Medtronic and Red Hat.
She has advised international acquirers such as Akamai, Kimberly-Clark, and Symantic GENBAND.
Heather heads the Korean desk at GKH which serves Israeli based clients entering and doing business in Korea and Korean based clients doing business in Israel. Heather has lectured in Korea on research and development incentives in Israel and M&A and JV opportunities between Israel and Korea.
Her article “Laws Encouraging Technological Innovation in Israel: Strings Attached”, on the R&D Law was recently published in the Korean Legislation Research Institute Journal of Law and Legislation.
According to Chambers Global (2013) “Standout matters from Heather Stone’s workload include advising Akamai on its USD286 million acquisition of California-based Cotendo.”

Moshe SharonMr. Moshe Sharon, VP of IMC

Mr. Moshe Sharon served until recently as the president of TaeguTec – the Korean subsidiary of ISCAR Group

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Moshe Sharon is a senior executive in ISCAR Group, now owned by Warren Buffett, for the last 32 years.
In the last 12 years, served as the president of TeaguTech, a Korean company owned by ISCAR.
During this period TeaguTech business volume increased to hundreds of millions of dollars and becoming a role model of successful foreign investment in Korea.
Mr. Sharon is a honorary citizen of the city of Daegu and awarded a Korean citizenship for life.
Awarded several medals and certificates of appreciation from the President of Korea for his achievements.

no pictureMr. Daniel M. Shin, Strategic Investment Dep. at Korea Telecom

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Hisense is the owner of the popular infant monitor Babysense

no pictureMr. Igal Karni, Deputy Director for Marketing & Sales, Elta

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Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 13.03.31Mr. Gabi Golomb, Director General of The Israeli Industrial Cooperation Authority

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Mr. Gabriel Golomb is the Acting Director General of the Industrial Cooperation Authority (ICA), State of Israel, Ministry of Economy.
Educated in Israel, Mr. Golomb holds an MBA with Specialization in International Marketing, from Tel-Aviv University. And a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering, from the Technion, Haifa, Israel.
As Acting Director General of ICA Mr. Golomb is responsible for Israel’s global Industrial Cooperation activities, including initiation, coordination and monitoring industrial and commercial cooperation activities following Government, Government owned companies, public institutes and other State entities procurement, in the civil and defense industries, in USA, Europe and Asia.

Alon LevkowitzDr. Alon Levkowitz, Expert in Korean society, culture, history and politics, Bar Ilan University

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Dr. Alon Levkowitz is currently the Asia Program Coordinator at Bar-Ilan University. His PhD dissertation (2005 Hebrew University of Jerusalem) analyzed the defense policies of the United States’ allies in Asia: Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. His research includes security and international relations issues in North East Asia. He published articles on Arms control in Asia, Korea – Middle East relations, United Sates forces in Asia and others.
Dr. Levkowitz teaches at Bar-Ilan and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem courses on – the foreign and security policies of Asian nation, International Organizations in Asia and the Korean politics and history.

Alon ShlesingerMr. Alon Shlesinger, CEO of INSPIRA

Previously technology sourcing and innovation is SK Group and former commercial attaché in Seoul

Itzik YONA high res 1 copyMr. Itzik Yona, CPA., CEO of Yonaco Group
Itzik Yona has more then a decade experience in doing business in Korea including negotiating and executing of M&A deals, living in Korea and managing a 200 million dollar Korean company and more.

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Itzik Yona has more then a decade experience in doing business in Korea including negotiating and executing of M&A deals, living in Korea and managing a 200 million dollar Korean company, leading handful of deals with Korean companies and advising both Korean and Israeli Governmental and commercial entities.
He graduated from Tel-Aviv University with a BA in Accounting and Economics and an MBA in Finance and Marketing. He is a CPA and a member of the Institute of CPAs in Israel.

The following Korean delegation attended the Korea Business Conference 2014

KT Corporation

Biggest communication services company in Korea. – מאמר בעברית אודות החברה
KT is looking for all technologies related to KT activities including: telecom, ICT, media, mobile and more.

Hyundai Motor – Corporate VC

Investments arm of the automotive giant – מאמר בעברית אודות החברה

Naver Corporation

Largest internet company in Korea. – מאמר בעברית אודות החברה

Commercial Department – Embassy of Israel

מאמר אודות ביקור הנספח עופר פוהרר

KOTRA – Korea Trade Agency

Puts you in contact with the right Korean partners. – מאמר בעברית אודות המשלחת

Israeli Industrial Cooperation Authority (רשפ״ת)

Yonaco Group – Korea Business Experts

Business development in Korea

SeA Mechanics

Mass production of stand and wall bracket for TV.
Die-Casting parts for automobile.


Information Communication, SW, H/W

Mobilebus Inc.

Launching iOS/android games, smart TV games


Bio Medical Devices, Medical Device Testing Equipment

Investment Team, Gyeongsangbuk-do Government

Provincial Government Office

Others and Non profit organizations

Korea Testing Laboratory (KTL)

Testing Laboratory. Certification and Assesment for Electronics, Medical,IT , Environment, Renewable energy

Hanyang University
Industry Cooperation Foundation

Academic- Industrial cooperation (collaboration)

Korea Development Institute (KDI)

Economic policy research

The J Com

Life Science venture company

Korea Business Conference 2014

Dr. Pahk Heui Jae: “We are Still Hungry”

H.E. Kim Ilsoo, Ambassdor of Korea to Israel

Mrs. Heather Stone, adv. GHK Law

Mr. Moshe Sharon, VP of IMC

Mr. Lee Sungsoo, CEO of Mobilebus

Mr. Aviram Abramowitz, director Clearance Process at Israeli Tax Authority

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