‘Innovation today is fast, messy, and global’

India and Israel are open societies and democracies which add to the chaos, but which also make for dynamic societies


(L to R): Mr Manoj Kohli, MD, Bharti Enterprises; Mr David Akov, Consul General of Israel in Mumbai; Mr Jamshyd Godrej, co-chair, India Israel Forum and CMD Godrej & Boyce; Mr S Ramadorai, co-chair, colloquium and chairman, National Skill Development Agency (Govt of India); Prof Yesha Sivan, executive director, The Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University

India and Israel need to find a way to create more meeting places where ideas can be exchanged and collaborations forged made for greater cooperation between the two countries, said Mr Israel Makov, chairman, Sun Pharmaceuticals, the first Israeli chairperson of a major Indian company.

Mr Makov was speaking at the India-Israel Innovation Colloquium, organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ananta Centre (formerly Aspen India), and the Tel Aviv University (TAU).

The colloquium was organized under the joint chairmanship of Israel Makov, chairman, Sun Pharmaceuticals, and S Ramadorai, chairman, National Skill Development Agency, Government of India.

Mr Makov said the Israeli government is trying to create such opportunities across the world so that India can tap the knowledge Israel has to offer and Israel cad look at opportunities here.

"There are opportunities for both sides. Israeli firms are small and in India they can learn how to operate on a large scale. Indian companies can come to Israel and gain the knowledge and expertise that Israeli firms have. Israeli companies are more innovative," he said.


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