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Mining For Gold

Somewhere in the thousands of entries submitted a brilliant idea is waiting to be discovered. The judging panel for The Next Einstein is made up of Nobel Laureates, scientists, entrepreneurs and researchers, all tasked with crowning The Next Einstein Winner.


Roger Kornberg

Professor Roger D. Kornberg - Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2006

Fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1986 and an honorary doctor of the Hebrew University (2001). Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. Prof. Kornberg received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription.

His pioneering research in the area of the structural biology of macromolecules has contributed to the understanding of how we view the structure and role of genetic expression and has furthered our understanding of the basic process of life. He has conducted highly important research in the field of genetic expression of eukaryotic organisms (entities whose cells include a nucleus), research whose essential contribution has been the revelation of nucelosomes the elementary parts of chromosomes which participate in the control of genetic expression. Prof. Kornberg has also done basic, pioneering research on the subject of the structure and role of large enzymes which carry out the process of transcription of RNA the first step in genetic expression.

Prof. Kornberg was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, in the US. He has maintained strong personal and scientific ties with the Hebrew University for many years, especially with the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, where he works with his wife, Prof. Yahli Lorch, every year during the summer months. He has hosted many researchers from the Hebrew university at his laboratory at Stanford University. He also heads the annual Life Sciences School held each year at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University.



  • Tori Avey

    Popular Food History Blogger, Screenwriter and Producer
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    Tori Avey is a producer, writer, and creator of the popular cooking and lifestyle blog ToriAvey.com. Her writing and photography have appeared in several major publications including PBS (regular columnist), Parade, CNN, Bon Appetit, American Profile and Williams-Sonoma. She has appeared as a guest cooking expert on Cooking Channel, NBC Weekend Today, Fox Good Day New York, NBC LA and many other TV networks. Tori’s website won the IACP People’s Choice Award, and she was elected to chair the IACP Food History Interest Section as well as the IACP Historical Cookbook Award Committee. She has spoken at BlogHer Food, IFBC, the Los Angeles launch of the Albert Einstein Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Tori was featured on the New York Times “What We’re Reading” List. She currently serves on the International Executive Committee of the Einstein Legacy Project, which is working to build an archive dedicated to Albert Einstein at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

  • Dr. Osnat Cohen

    Dr. Osnat Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    Dr. Osnat Cohen is the Director of the Authority for Community and Youth at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Cohen received her B.S.A, D.V.M, and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Osnat has served as a veterinarian at the Authority for Biological and Biomedical Models at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has managed the animal facilities at the university’s three campuses these many years. Her many obligations and accomplishments at the Hebrew University include planning and establishing the SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) Unit, participating in the process of passing the bill for Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care and establishing the committee for ethical supervision on animal experimentation. Museum. In recent years, Prof. Gutfreund has been the coordinator of all Hebrew University activities in charge of organization and participation in events related to Albert Einstein the world over.

  • Prof Hanoch Gutfreund

    Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    Prof. Gutfreund is the President Emeritus, Andre Aisenstadt Chair in Theoretical Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His professorship at the Hebrew University's Racha's Institute of Physics was followed by administrative leading roles as: Head of the Racha Institute (1981-1984), Rector (1990-1992), and President (1992-1997). Prof. Gutfreund's research interests include theoretical Solid State Physics and Computational Neuroscience. Within the realm of public activities in the Israeli educational system, Prof. Gutfreund is known for his service on the national committee on Science Education, the Pedagogical Council of the Ministry of Education, for chairing a National Committee on University Industry Relations and for chairing the Young Scientists Contest at the Jerusalem Science Museum. In recent years, Prof. Gutfreund has been the coordinator of all Hebrew University activities in charge of organization and participation in events related to Albert Einstein the world over.

  • Prof Niron Hashai

    Professor Niron Hashai, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    Niron Hashai is an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Niron currently serves as the Academic Director of the Asper Center for Entrepreneurship, The Academic Director of the Executive MBA, and the Head of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Area at the school.
    He obtained his BSc in computer sciences from the Technion and his MBA and PhD from Tel Aviv University. His research interests include: theory of the multinational corporation, technological innovation and internationalization, and growth patterns of small high technology firms. His research was published in top Strategic Management, international business and innovation journals. Niron serves on the boards of the Journal of International Business Studies, and the Global Strategy Journal, among others.
    Niron also teaches at New York University and is a research fellow at the John H. Dunning Research Centre, University of Reading, UK. Niron is co-founder and member of the advisory board of the Israel Strategy Conference (ISC).

  • Prof. Haya Lorberboum-Galski

    Prof. Haya Lorberboum-Galski, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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    Prof. Haya Lorberboum Galski was born in Lignitza, Poland, and immigrated to Israel as a baby. Following her army service (where she served as an officer), she received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Hebrew University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular Biology Laboratory, NCI, NIH.
    Her research interests focus on developing reagents for targeted human therapy (chimeric/fusion proteins), cancer, metabolic diseases, immune responses and mechanisms of apoptosis. She has published over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals, as well as review articles, and edited a book on chimeric proteins. She is currently the Chairwoman for the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and heads the IMRIC research committee at the Faculty of Medicine.

  • Leerom Segal

    Leerom Segal, Co-founder & Ceo, Klick Inc., Co-author, The Decoded Company
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    Leerom Segal (@leeromsegal) is CEO of Klick Inc. and Klick Health, the world’s largest independent health agency, which he co-founded in 1997.
    Known for his unconventional approach to business, Leerom launched his first company at age 12, was named CTO of publicly traded Motion Works Group by the time he was 16, and co-wrote the New York Times Bestseller THE DECODED COMPANY (Portfolio/Penguin). He was named One of the 100 Most Inspiring People in Health for the last four years, an EY Media & Technology Entrepreneur of the Year, a Globe & Mail Top 40 Under 40, and was inducted into PROFIT Magazine's Hall of Fame as the Youngest CEO ever to lead a PROFIT 100 company.
    Leerom recently served as Chief Curator of Klick Ideas Exchange at which he introduced President Bill Clinton. He has also spoken at TEDGlobal, Harvard University, Google, Twitter, and Cannes Lions Health Creativity Festival. He serves on many advisory boards, including Google Health, World Economic Forum Global Growth Companies, and Dream, Canada’s largest Industrial real estate investment trust.

  • Rick Hansen

    Rick Hansen, CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation
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    Rick Hansen is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all. Best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair, Rick is also a three-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold medalist, and three-time Paralympic gold medalist. Now the Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities, Rick and his team work hard to change attitudes, create accessible spaces and liberate the amazing potential of people with disabilities. Rick and his wife Amanda live in Steveston, B.C. and have three daughters, Rebecca, Alana and Emma.

  • Alan MacIntosh

    Alan MacIntosh, Co-founder and Partner, Real Ventures
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    Since the mid-90s, Alan MacIntosh has been helping build, operate and invest in entrepreneur-led technology businesses at the intersection of mobile and the Internet. Earlier in his career, he worked for innovative international companies in oilfield exploration with Schlumberger, product management with Hewlett Packard and mobile communications with the Telesystem group.
    As a venture investor, Alan co-founded GSM Capital, the first global wireless venture fund, with notable investments including Saraïde (acquired by Infospace) and Paypal. As a founding partner in Acta Wireless, he chaired OZ Communications (acquired by Nokia), co-founded Millennial Media (NYSE: MM, acquired by Verizon AOL) as well as Real Ventures, Canada’s largest and most active seed fund.
    Alan contributes to the community as President of the OSMO Foundation (Notman House), a Trustee of the McCord Museum, board member of Montréal’s Quartier de l’Innovation (QI) and founding sponsor of the Mobile Giving Foundation. A native of Scotland, keen cyclist and lifelong skier, Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Offshore Engineering from Heriot-Watt University and an MBA from INSEAD.

  • Jane Kearns

    Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, Cleantech
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    Jane is a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech. She is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation and has extensive experience growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability. She co-founded, grew and profitably sold a full-service renewable energy company, Clean Energy Developments, and leverages over 15 years of experience in the environmental finance, cleantech and sustainability sectors to help build businesses that matter.
    Throughout her career, she has advised entrepreneurs and executives on project and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and business development. She helped launch Columbia Business School’s first environmental finance course, which continues to be taught in the school’s MBA and EMBA programs, as well the School of International and Public Affairs. Jane is the co-founder of the CanadaCleantech Alliance, a board director at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and sits on advisory boards for the MaRS Catalyst Fund, Shell’s Quest Climate Grant and the Pembina Institute’s UnGALA. Jane holds an MBA from Columbia University.

  • Paula Dodick

    Paula Dodick, Principal,TDSB Forest hill Junior & Senior P.S.
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    Paula Dodick has been an educator for over 30 years. Having taught kindergarten to grade 8, she has a good understanding of the math and science curriculum and their connections to other areas. As a Principal in a large K-8 school, her commitment to STEM continues to be reflected in her school’s program and opportunities for her school community. Over the years, Paula has acted as an advisor and consultant for McGraw-Hill Ryerson publishers for many of their supplemental mathematics resources including Roads to Reasoning and More Puddle Math Questions for Canadian Schools. Paula has provided math workshops at the school and board levels as well as at OAME, Ontario Association for Mathematics Education

  • Dana Gavish-Fridman

    Dana Gavish-Fridman, VP Marketing
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    Ms. Gavish-Fridman is responsible for overall strategic marketing and PR activities at Yissum. Over the past thirteen years she successfully brought early-stage scientific inventions to successful commercialization with multinational business partners.
    Dana is also responsible for business development activities related to technologies in the fields of Chemistry, Nanotechnology and Physics.
    Prior to joining Yissum in 2004, Ms Gavish-Fridman spent seven years as a producer at Israel’s Channel 2 television news, Associated Press Television, and Fox News. She subsequently worked as a business development manager at several start-up companies and a business development consultancy. She holds a BA in Political Science and Literature, and an Executive MBA in Integrative Management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.