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British PM Announces First 'Tech Envoy to Israel'

British PM announced creation of a “tech envoy to Israel" as part of a move to encourage further co-ordination between the two countries.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 12/12/2012, 7:45 AM

British PM David Cameron
British PM David Cameron
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British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of a “tech envoy to Israel" as part of a move to encourage further co-ordination between the two countries.

Saul Klein, a partner at investment firm Index Ventures, will be tasked with promoting the growing technological partnership, working with the recently established UK Israel Tech Hub and UK Israel Tech Council.

According to the Fresh Business Thinking website, Klein “will lead UK tech missions to Israel, bring Israeli start-ups to Britain, and host tech events in both countries; helping UK tech business to compete and thrive in the global race.”

Announcing the appointment, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We want to work much more closely with Israel on innovation and technology, that’s why a year ago we launched the UK-Israel tech hub at our Embassy to link up with UK Israel Business, the Israeli Embassy here in London and countless talented young people in both our countries.”

“Just last week the Tech Hub and UKTI brought over 19 Israeli tech companies over here to meet the best of British companies and investors. And I am delighted to announce today that we are appointing Saul Klein, someone with huge experience in early-stage investment, to be the UK’s first tech envoy to Israel," Cameron continues.

Commenting on his appointment, Klein said: "I have worked in tech in both the UK and Israel, and I know that there is a huge potential synergy between our two tech economies.”

“Britain could get a huge economic boost by partnering up with Israeli tech. Israeli innovation could benefit from using Britain's global reach, world-class companies, our scientific base, our capital markets and our business development expertise,” he said.  

"So I am excited to be appointed Britain's Tech Envoy to Israel. It's appropriate that our first ever Tech Envoy should be to the Start-Up nation (referring to the best-seller of that name that analyzed Israel's unparalleled success in hi-tech fields, ed), and I look forward to helping build the tech partnership that ought to exist between us," Kein added.