Look What Happened at the Israeli Chief Digital Officer Summit


The CDO Club’s Global Affiliate Partner CDO Club IL held its 3rd CDO Summit at Krypton HaKfar HaYarok in Tel Aviv, Israel on 17 May 2016.

The sold-out Israeli summit was jam-packed with interest growing in Israel, as the number of Chief Digital Officers globally has doubled every year, to over 2,000 in 2015, according to the CDO Club.

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The summit gathered local digital leaders to discuss and learn innovative ways to improve digital transformation efforts and focus on the right factors to ensure success.

The event was presented by Microsoft and organized by Kamedia, WorkSpace, and the CDO Club. Partners included Mobisec, theMarker, BlogsRelease, DataTapas, Toonimo, and Pulseem.


Amit Kama, the CEO of Kamedia Digital & CDO Club IL. photo courtesy of Amit Kama

Amit Kama, the CEO of Kamedia Digital & CDO Club IL, began the day by welcoming the sold out crowd and setting the stage for the sessions to come.


David Mathison delivering a keynote at the Israeli CDO Summit 2016. Photo Credit: Amit Kama

CDO Club founder David Mathison then delivered a keynote on “The CDO Revolution and the 2016 CDO Talent Map, which culminated with his tracking of CDOs who have become CEO and Board Directors, as well as an overview of the previous CDO of the Year award winners.

The first panel of the day, titled “The CDO Challenge in the new Digital vortex / Digital Leaders” featured digital executives at some of Israel’s leading organizations:

  • Amit Kama (moderator): CEO of Kamedia Digital & CDO Club IL
  • Michael Mitrani: Digital Director at Super-Pharm
  • Omer Milwidsky: CDO at Meitav Dash
  • Lior Kodner: CDO at haaretz
  • Eti Neaman: Innovation Director at Hever Group

“The CDO Challenge in the new Digital vortex / Digital Leaders” Panel

Following the panel, Gadi Gilon, Founder and Chairman of Mobisec Technologies, then gave a keynote on “Monetizing the Internet of Everything (IOE)”


Gadi Gilon: Founder and Chairman of Mobisec Technologies

After a brief break for networking and snacks, Amit  CEO of Kamedia Digital & CDO Club IL, returned to cover “Digital Capabilities, The Transformation Success Factor”

This was followed by a number of keynotes, including:

Adir Ron, Strategic Innovation Lead at Microsoft, covered “The Next Customer Revolution: From Customer Dialog to Digital Trialog using Microsoft Cloud Bots.”


Adir Ron: Strategic Innovation Lead at Microsoft

Eyal Biran, Co-Founder & CEO of DataTapas, presented on “The Digital & Data Duet.”

Shay Guttman, Chief Technology and Digital Officer at UPS in Israel spoke on the topic “Winning the Last Mile with Digital API Economy.”

Maya Eisen, the Chief Marketing Officer at Hogla-Kimberly spoke about “Digital Transformation In a Red Ocean.”

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Avi Amar: Chief Digital Officer at ISSTA gave a keynote on “Issta: A Digital Travel Revolution.”

Tali Ayalon-Metser, Digital Manager at CAL covered the topic “The Digital Effect – Cost Reduction Through Customer Satisfaction.”

Liraz Margalit, PhD, Director of Behavioral Analytics at Clicktale gave a fantastic, useful presentation on “How to Create Addictive Experiences.”

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There was a tremendous amount of interest and excitement in the room, which spilled out into the gorgeous open-air courtyard during breaks and for lunch. As usual, the networking and ability to share knowledge and experiences proved invaluable for all delegates.

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If you are tasked with understanding what digital leaders must do in order to succeed in almost any industry, the best place to learn more is at the CDO Summit.

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The CDO Summit is the “must-attend” digital event of the year. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 CDO Summits received stellar endorsements from dozens of speakers and attendees alike:

“Sometimes a conference comes along that hits the trifecta – hot topic, high-caliber attendees, and stellar location. The first Chief Digital Officer Summit reached that mark with ease, and I look forward to attending the next one.”

Eric Hellweg
Managing Director, Digital Strategy/Editorial Director
Harvard Business Review

“Congratulations and thanks to David Mathison for spotting the need for community and collaboration in the growing Chief Digital Officer space, and for having the wherewithal, network, and organizational talent to put together such a top-notch event in its inaugural year. Next year’s summit should be even more of a must-do for anyone working digital at senior levels in all kinds of businesses.”

Teddy Goff
Digital Director
President Barack Obama 2008 and 2012

“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”

Perry Hewitt
Chief Digital Officer
Harvard University

“Congratulations to David Mathison and his team on the simply amazing job they did on the inaugural Chief Digital Officer Summit. Probably the most informative, insightful, on target, entertaining, collaborative, thought provoking, and inspiring conferences I have ever attended. I learned more about my business and what I do in the past 12 hours than I have from any research white paper, articles or blogs over the past 12 months. The range of topics and speakers assembled were incredibly diverse, informative, collaborative, and most of all, inspiring. It has invigorated me to be the best possible professional CDO I can be. David Mathison’s skills as a moderator were impeccable, bringing out the best of the speakers and keeping the conversation flowing. His intimate and insightful knowledge of this space is only out-shined by his humility and graciousness. Kudos to David and his organizing team.”

Mark Keys
Vice President, Client Solutions
Moving Interactive

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