Hispanic Chamber and TAMU conduct successful Trade Mission to Israel
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce led a delegation from San Antonio’s Texas A&M University led by President Dr. Maria Ferrier to Israel last week from May 21-26 to explore economic development opportunities, information technology, cyber security, water conservation and irrigation technology. The Trade Mission was the second trip conducted by the Hispanic Chamber to help open doors of trade and education for San Antonio’s business leaders.
The Hispanic Chamber especially wishes to thank Dr. Maria Ferrier, President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio for leading this delegation to secure the future of San Antonio as the academic and research headquarters for water conservation and cyber security.
The delegation began their mission with a visit to Ono Academic College where they met with Dr Miriam Haran, Head of Environmental Affairs, LR GROUP, Herzlia and the Former Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Quality and Professor Gabriela Shalev, President of the Higher Academic Council at Ono Academic College, Dean of The Law School, and Former Israel Ambassador to the United Nations.
The group toured the University of Jerusalem Rehovot Campus and met with Professor Avner Adin, Chair Professor for the Department of Soil and Water Sciences, and Founder and President of the Israeli Water Association. Professor Adin is an internationally recognized environmental engineer who combines teaching, research, innovation and engineering practice in the field of water treatment, waste water reuse and water security and safety.
Following the University of Jerusalem visit, the delegation traveled to the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions. The delegation then attended a special dinner meeting with Major Gen. (Ret.) Professor Yitzhak (Isaac) Ben-Israel, Chairman of the National Task Force for Cyber Security and Head of Tel Aviv University Workshop for Science, Technology and Security.
On day two of the mission, the delegation traveled to Beer Sheva to spend the day and visit Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Midreshet Sde Boker Research Institute.
The following day, the delegates visited the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources where they met with Chief Scientist Sholom Wald. They visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and received briefings on the Geo Politics, energy and water international cooperation and academic programming.
This year’s delegation included: Dr. Maria H. Ferrier, President, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Brent Snow, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Carolyn Green, Director-Center for IT & Cyber Security, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Neal Wilkins, Director- Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources; Dr. Jon Mogford, Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Texas A&M University System; Dr. William Bush, Interim School Head, School of Arts & Sciences, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Douglas H. Carter, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Dr. Megan Wise de Valdez, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-San Antonio; and Jose Rodolfo Valdez, Asst. Professor of Biology, Texas A&M University-San Antonio.