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The Electric Car: Sustainability, Oil Independence, and Technology. Can Global Change Start in the Israeli Marketplace?

You're invited to hear about sustainability in Israel.

Thursday, April 29, 2010
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Haines Hall, Room 118
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Michael Granoff
Head of Oil Independence Policies, Better Place

With Introductory Remarks by Dr. Glenn Yago
Executive Director of Financial Research at the Milken Institute

About the Speakers

Michael Granoff is Head of Oil Independence Policies for Better Place, a global provider of electric vehicle services. He helps government, industries, and other stakeholders calibrate policies to end the effects of oil dependence on the economy, the environment and security. He is the founder of Maniv Energy Capital, a New York-based investment group that became the first investor in Better Place; it was also instrumental in the founding of Israel Cleantech Ventures, the first venture fund in Israel with an exclusive focus on clean tech. In 2004, Granoff became a founding board member of Securing America’s Future Energy, a Washington, D.C. – based group that works with corporate and retired military leaders to advocate for energy security policies. Before joining Maniv Energy, he founded Maniv Bioventures, which invested in early-stage life science companies. Granoff received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and an M.B.A. and J.D. from Northwestern University.

Glenn Yago is Executive Director of Financial Research at the Milken Institute and an authority on financial innovations, capital markets, emerging markets and environmental finance. Yago received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Graduate School of Business, and is the author of five books, including: Financing the Future: Market-Based Solutions for Growth; Restructuring Regulation and Financial Institutions; Beyond Junk Bonds and Global Edge.

About the Sponsors

Founded in 2005, the UCLA Israel Studies Program is one of the nation’s premier centers for education and research about the history, culture, and society of Israel. We focus both on Israel’s signal achievements as a modern, democratic state and Israel’s relations with its neighbors, the United States, and the rest of the world. To that end, the Israel Studies Program promotes the multidisciplinary study of Israeli history, culture, and society. We sponsor courses, research, public lectures, symposia, and visits from Israeli scholars, officials and cultural figures.

The Milken Institute Israel Center accelerates and supports Israel's path toward economic independence and broad-based prosperity through capital market development, financial innovation and job creation. We develop practical solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges by convening International, Diaspora and Israeli leaders, conducting research and implementing financial and policy innovations that are replicable and produce immediate results. To learn more about the center, please visit:

The UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world. Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment. Leadership themes permeate the curriculum at UCLA Anderson, and there are a multitude of leadership experiences available through the school's many student associations and activities. To learn more, please visit:

The UCLA Institute of the Environment is a center of interdepartmental instruction. Our mission is to generate knowledge and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems and to educate the next generation of professional leadership committed to the health of our planet. Through education, research and outreach the IoE employs innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to establish a more sustainable future. To learn more about the institute, please visit:  

Through leadership development and multidisciplinary education that integrates principles of economic health, environmental quality, and social equity, the UCLA Leaders in Sustainability Graduate Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance sustainability in their fields.

The UCLA Campus Sustainability Committee is an effort that brings together the work of students, faculty, and staff alike.  Since 2004, the Sustainability Committee, comprised of representatives from across campus, has provided the leadership and coordination for this effort. More recently, dedicated staff members have been able to expand the scope of the program and pursue long-range planning and implementation. To learn more, please visit:

Parking is available in Structure 2 for $10 and may be purchased at the parking kiosk located at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme Avenues.

Cost : Free of charge

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Milken Institute Israel Center, UCLA Campus Sustainability Committee, UCLA Leaders in Sustainability Program

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