We are happy to invite you to a session on Cyber in the Development Agenda – an Idea Whose Time Has Come – by Economic & Trade Mission at the Israeli Embassy in the US.

Date and Time

Wed, April 21, 2021

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM IST

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Registration to this event is free.

About this Event

While cybersecurity has sometimes been seen as a “rich world problem,” that’s starting to change. This webinar will address the following issues:

  • What is the current status of cybersecurity in the development agenda, and is there still resistance in the donor community to embrace the importance of cybersecurity?
  • Why is it time for both donors and aid recipients to elevate the importance of cybersecurity in the development community’s priority stack?
  • Why is cybersecurity important to promote digital trust?
  • Why is it in the interests of the developed world that developing countries are cyber secure?
  • How should donors incorporate cybersecurity into their agenda? One option is to have cyber as a separate topic with particular cyber projects. The second option is to bake cyber into existing development projects instead of leaving it isolated as a separate specialization. Which option is better and why?
  • How do we build up cybersecurity capacities in developing countries in a way that creates something sustainable, as opposed to a project that will collapse after donors leave?
  • What are some of the leading cybersecurity initiatives donors are funding?


 Chris Painter, President of The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation; Commissioner of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; and former Obama White House Cyber Director and Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State


  • General (Res.) Yaron Rosen, former Chief of Staff of IDF Cyber Command, and Co-founder of Toka, a leader in implementing cyber development projects for major donors
  • Roi Shaposhnik, Corporate Development, Israel Aerospace Industries Cyber Center of Excellence, which addresses “national grade” cyber challenges
  • Lior Tabansky, Head of research development, Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Steven Burns, Chief, Energy and Critical Infrastructure, Europe and Eurasia at USAID
  • Mark Williams, Global Practice Manager, Digital Development Program, World Bank

For more information please write to – chandreyee.ghatak@israeltrade.gov.il