Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology founded in 1912, now has an association to Monaco. The public research university has nominated Irina Alekseeva-Laïk as the first representative of Technion in Monaco.
“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to develop partnerships within Monaco that share Technion’s founding principles,” said Alekseeva-Laik, who previously worked in Russia as a project manager at the Ministry of Sport.
The former vice-president of the Russian Ballet in Monaco hosted a private dinner on October 17 for 26 key local figures. The guest of honor, Technion vice-president for External Relations and Resource Development, Alon Wolf, commented to Forbes Monaco that this new partnership with Monaco will focus on developing relationships in the fields of research, health, and sports.
Professor Wolf, who is also director at Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab and director of the Israeli Olympic Sport Research Center, is one of the world’s leading experts in robotics. He is cofounder of Medrobotics, a surgical products company recognized for expertise in robotics and presented their surgical snake, as well as the urban search and rescue snake, to President Obama in 2013.
Muriel Touaty, director of Technion France, was also a special guest. Other attendees included British billionaire businessman and co-founder of Phones 4u John Caudwell; Marco Casiraghi, founder of the Monaco Solar and Electric Boat Challenge; Monaco’s Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Isabelle Bonnal; businessman Philippe Laïk; Honorary Consul of Israel in Monaco, Philippe Benzimra; and, Maya Frenkel, whose husband Aaron is president of Monaco’s Jewish community center.
Technion is widely recognized for its role in fostering Israel’s “StartUp Nation” economy; in 2013, MIT ranked the university at 6th place in the world for creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem.