Private Sector Roundtable with U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group Leadership

Event Description

This event will bring senior leadership from the U.S.-Israel Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG) to conduct a roundtable with private sector stakeholders on economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic opportunities from the signing of the Abraham Accords. The JEDG is the preeminent U.S.-Israel economic dialogue that brings together top officials on both sides every year to discuss bilateral economic issues. This year's meetings, led by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Israeli Minister of Finance Israel Katz, included topics such as economic strategies post-COVID, clean energy initiatives, tax issues, and it highlighted growth opportunities in healthcare, education,  and tourism that will come from the signing of the Abraham Accords. 


Tuesday, December 1, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Eric Meyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa and the Middle East         U.S. Treasury Department

In this role, he oversees Treasury’s engagement with 59 economies across Africa and the Middle East, including economic and financial sector monitoring, analysis and policy advice, as well as development policy work.  In his over 20 years with Treasury, Eric has worked on a range of development, environment, private sector, and regional economic issues.  He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy, in the U.S. Executive Director’s offices at the IMF, World Bank and EBRD, as well as covering Europe as Treasury Representative based in Frankfurt.  As Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director for Europe and Eurasia, Eric coordinated the Department’s engagement with, and response to, financial and economic crises across Europe between 2006 and 2010.  

Shira Greenberg, Chief Economist, Israel Ministry of Finance

Since January 2019, Ms. Greenberg-Gelbwaser is holding the position of Chief Economist of the Ministry of Finance. Her duties include heading the research on Israel's economy, forecasting Israel's economic growth, overseeing tax policies and state revenue, as well as running the international economic relations department. Preceding this designation, Ms. Greenberg-Gelbwaser served in the ministry's Budget Department for ten years. In her most recent position as Deputy Director, she oversaw the management of the following sectors: industry & trade, tourism, higher education, basic research, high tech, labor market, and regulations and communications. Prior to that, Ms. Greenberg-Gelbwaser supervised the education sector, the health system and the field of water and agriculture.