While some would think innovation is tangible sometimes it is simply about adaptation; It is through adaptation that we can realize tangible results. There could be no better example of this than Dr. Orna Berry currently EMC Corporate Vice President and GM for Israel COE. Orna was the first Chief Scientist Israel; Being first is her hallmark. While there are many firsts, Chief Scientist of Israel has had a powerful impact on her, her community and most of all on her country, Israel. Israel’s water resources and other natural resources being as limited as they are, the utilization of innovative technologies gathered from a knowledge based society becomes necessary and critical in order to harbor and maximize those resources as efficiently as possible. At the junction of this society is the collaboration between government, university and industry. Orna understanding the opportunity quickly and once again the first (in Israel) to focus on this community sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle of Innovation”. This union helps ensure the continued realization of the value of of innovation, entrepreneurship, high-risk production development, and international collaboration.
She clearly understands goods created intellectually need to be exported because the local Israeli market is very small, and regional trade doesn’t exist. She also believes that Israel is not just a startup nation, it’s a “restart nation“. This is due, largely, to the cultural heritage of Israel, which requires that people learn how to read situations differently, and think of things in a different context. This has been a part of Israeli culture for many generations, since The Diaspora.
Join me as we catch up to Dr. Orna Berry at EMC Forum – Israel:
A little more about Dr. Orna Berry
Dr. Orna Berry is a recognized entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in Israeli science, technology and venture capital. Known for her efforts to promote excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation in Israeli society Dr. Berry has held a wide range of positions with significant social and public impact throughout her career. One of the hall marks of Orna’s career was her 4 year tenure as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Israeli government where she managed an annual budget of a ½ Billion dollars. Having served as the Chairperson of the Israeli Venture Capital Funds Association she continues to follow her passion and is currently the Chairperson of the Israel Australia Chamber of Commerce.