OECD Competition Open Day 2021


Eugene Kandel

Professor of Economics and Finance, University of Jerusalem

CEO at Start UP Nation Central


Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems. Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, and played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy. Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading Finance and Economics journals. His research was instrumental in the 1997 redesign of the Nasdaq trading rules.

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