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Christian Estrosi 

Since his election to the position of Mayor of the City of Nice, exchanges between Nice and major world cities involved in sustainable development, environment protection, urban innovation and high technologies have considerably developed, aiming at joining forces on a global level and unite with responsible cities committed to tackle the many challenges and threats of our time.

He has been elected President of the Regional Council of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in December 2015 defeating the candidate of the extreme right, grand-daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen. 

Jeremie Berrebi

Jeremie Berrebi is a French-Israeli entrepreneur and businessman, he is a co-founder of Kima Ventures & active in the investment, Private Equity & technology industries with more than 360 investments to date. In May 2015, Jeremie Berrebi announced his departure from Kima Ventures, the launch of Magical Capital, advising Family offices and corporates on their investments, acquisitions and digital transformation and joined the LetterOne Technology advisory board. 

Alain Juillet

Alain Juillet, former Head of Intelligence at the DGSE (French Intelligence Agency), he now chairs the Company Security’s Club and the Economic Intelligence Academy. He is the President of FITS – the International Forum on Technology and Security for a Safer World – a non-profit organization founded in 2013. After his studies, he served within special units of the paratroopers for the Intelligence Service. He then moved to the private sector and ran several national and international firms. While in the private sector he remained within operational reserve of the army until 2004. In 2002 he was appointed Head of the Intelligence within the DGSE and reorganize the agency. He then implemented the creation of the Economic Intelligence within the National Defense General Secretary.

Eric Banoun

Eric is a senior executive with a strong track record leading sales for large-scale projects to security government agencies across all regions; previously as Global Vice President heading Sales & Business Development at Nice System (Nasdaq) Cyber & Intelligence division, and later as co-founder an partner at CT Circles Technologies. Eric was a key factor in the success of Circles and remained active for 18 months after the acquisition of the Company by an American private equity fund. Prior to joining Nice, Eric served as Vice President at ECI Telecom, focused on development and success in Asia, and Orckit as Global Vice President of Sales & Business Development. Prior to ECI, Eric worked at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (Seattle, Us) in the Interior crashworthiness division and worked closely with leading commercial airlines worldwide. Eric also led Carbyne Global Sales team for two years. Eric holds a B. Sc cum laude in Aerospace from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. 

Yossi Vardi

Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Vardi is a co-chairman of DLD. With 40 years experience of co-founding, leading and participating in building over 60 high-tech companies, he is one of Israel's early entrepreneurs. Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ now owned by AOL.

Erel Margalit

Erel Margalit is an Israeli politician and a high-tech and social entrepreneur. He served as a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Labor Party between 2015 and 2017. Previously, he was the founder and managing partner of the Jerusalem-based venture capital firm Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). In 2005, Forbes international business magazine selected Margalit as the top-ranking non-American venture capitalist on its prestigious "Midas (The Golden Touch) List.” In 2010, The Marker Magazine named him the best venture capitalist in Israel. In 2013, Margalit was elected to the 19th Knesset as a representative of the Labor party. Force for Small and Medium Businesses, Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox in the High-Tech Sector, Employment for the Arab-Israeli Sector, 40+ Employment, and the Task Force for the City of Jerusalem.

Amir Elichai

Amir Elichai is the Founder & the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carbyne. For more than 12 years, Amir has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities as a transformational leader – combining business acumen with strong financial discipline, deep operational insights, and organizational management.

He is a growth-focused, results-oriented, and solutions-focused leader with a proven history of bringing analytical insights and pragmatic solutions to key business challenges.

Amir is a former Israeli Army officer who served in different positions in the special elite forces and the intelligence corps. He earned his LLB & BA from IDC.

Jean-David Benichou

Entrepreneur since the age of 22. Curious, enthusiast and optimistic. Founded, co-founded or invested in over 30 companies. A passion for electronic communications. Living in France and in Israel.

David Harari

Chairman TACTICAL ROBOTICS LIMITED

Co President of the French-Israeli High Council for research and development

General Director IAI Europe (Israel aerospace industries)

Nir Barkat

Israeli businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and politician. He was first elected mayor of Jerusalem in 2008, and was re-elected for a second term in 2013. During his tenure, Barkat has "embraced] new data-driven tools in hopes of improving life for all of his constituents", working to enhance culture, promote tourism, address social welfare issues, encourage the development of local high-tech, and provide opportunities for the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities in Jerusalem.

Dr Anat Berko

Dr. Anat Berko is a world-renowned expert on terrorism whose research focuses on suicide bombers and their handlers. She conducted research for Israel’s counterterrorism team and Israel’s National Security Council, and has served as an advisor to senior government officials. She was a visiting professor at George Washington University and a research fellow at the International Institute for Counterterrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. She also lectured at the IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Security, and on counter-terrorism for NATO and before the Congress, the State Department, the FBI and the U.S. armed forces, and many universities throughout the United States and abroad. She was a lecturer at Israel’s National Defense College and the coordinator of its counter-terrorism program.

A sought-after commentator, Dr. Berko appears frequently in the international media to provide professional insight after terrorist attacks throughout the world. After a distinguished 25-year career in the military, where she achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, Dr. Berko retired from the Israel Defense Forces in 2003. She holds a PhD in criminology from Bar-Ilan University and is the author of two books: The Path to Paradise: The Inner World of Suicide Bombers and Their Dispatchers, and The Smarter Bomb: Women and Children as Suicide Bombers. 

Dr. Berko accepted Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's offer to join the Likud list for the 20th Knesset and was elected in March 2015. She is a member of the Security and Foreign Affairs committee and the head of the sub-committee of Cyber Affairs. She is also head of the Israel-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and of the head of the Israeli mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Europe’s main security coordination organization. As one of the heads of the parliamentary lobby for fighting de-legitimization of Israel, MK Berko meets with many international delegations for Israel's public diplomacy. 

Dr. Anat Berko is married to Middle East expert, Dr. Reuven Berko, and mother of three.

Antoine Basseville

Loïc Hervé

Senator of the Haute-Savoie, member of the friendship group France-Israel at the Senate. He is auditor of the national institute of higher learning in security and justice.

Ben Avrahami

Smadar Itzkovitch

Patrice Molle

Lior Sethon

Nathalie Goulet

Nathalie Goulet is a member of the Senate of France, representing the Orne department. She is a member of the Union of Democrats and Independents and sits with the political group of the Centrist Union. She is a member of the commission of Foreign Affairs and Defense Forces. In the Senate, she supports nuclear negotiations with Iran, as well as the cause of Palestinian and Azerbaijani refugees. She is notable for advocating the recognition of the Armenian genocide, whilst at the same time promoting relationships with Turkey and Arab countries - and also criticizes the repression of opponents in Iran.

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