Professor Eugene Kandel, CEO at Start-Up Nation Central. Start-Up Nation Central is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel in order to help them solve their most pressing problems. Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister; played a central role in all the
major decisions on economic policy. Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University as well as an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is financial markets and financial intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading finance and economics journals. His research was instrumental in the 1997 redesign of the Nasdaq.