Renewable Energy, Water and Technology

Sep 2017


Nicholas Moore


Led by Nicholas Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Group, the mission was designed to showcase Israel’s successful ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship, with a focus on renewable energy, water and associated technologies.

Faced with a shortage of natural resources, Israel has developed world leading technology in renewable energy including solar energy, wave power and energy storage. It is also a world leader in water use efficiency with desalination, irrigation and agricultural production.

The mission embraced Israel’s success in these fields as an example of how Australia can combat its future energy and agricultural needs.

The objective of this mission was to expand collaborative business links, to understand Israel’s cluster methodologies & government support policies as well as to appreciate how the strategic integration of university and researcher inputs along the value chain is successfully achieved.



Thank you once again for all the time and effort invested before and during the Trade Mission to make it a very intense, efficient and effective Mission. The mix of cultural activities and the way they were interspersed with the Trade activities was, for me, essential to understand the Israeli context that enables the Start-Up echo system. The Trade presentations and site visits were excellent and thus the combination of Trade and cultural activities was perfect – as was the size of the delegation.

I do feel very fortunate and privileged to have been able to attend and hope to be able to leverage the experience for Woodside in the near future.

Sean Salter

Vice President Technology, Woodside Energy Ltd

It was a pleasure to lead the 2017 trade mission and see the innovation Israel is driving in renewable energy, water efficiency and technology. The AICC team tailored an itinerary that enabled us to experience Israel’s thriving business landscape and unique culture, making it an enthralling visit for everyone involved. As a result of the trade mission, Macquarie Group is now exploring opportunities in Israel, which shows how effective the AICC is in developing trade relationships between our two countries.

Nicholas Moore

CEO, Macquarie Group

AICC – does this stand for Action, Innovation, Culture and Contacts? I was so impressed with my eight days on my recent trade mission to Israel. The AICC team put together an amazing schedule that has opened my eyes to new ideas while immersing me in the Israeli culture and history. The access that AICC has to senior decision makers, business owners and innovators is exceptional and the AICC staff really care that delegates maximise the value of their time.
Robert Dunlop

Executive Director, Macquarie Capital

A lifelong dream came true when I had the opportunity to visit Israel in Sept 2017, as part of a trade delegation led by Macquarie Bank and organised by the AICC’s wonderful team.

The depth and breadth of companies we visited and met with, were very interesting and provided an extremely valuable insight into the innovation ecosystem in Israel. In addition to conscription and the ability to deal with failure, passion underlines everything an Israeli entrepreneur does to succeed.

The tour was organised with military precision. The support the delegates received throughout the tour and even before we arrived, was gratefully acknowledged by all. I know I speak for most of my colleagues on tour, when I say that the most valuable part of the tour was the cultural element which provided a remarkable opportunity to visit the most memorable and historically significant cultural centres in the world.

Thank you for inviting me, I will be eternally grateful and will cherish every moment.

Christine Holman

Non-Executive Director, CSR

I was a member of the Renewable Energy Trade Mission to Israel in September 2017. It was excellent.

The Mission had access to all facets of the industry, the programme was very well organised and used our time well, and we had good exposure to some of the key institutions that support the venture capital and tech industries in Israel.

All of this was leavened by a good dose of history, visits to cultural institutions, commentary on politics from impressive speakers and abundant Mediterranean meals. The size of the group was about right, so you could get to know people, and I think we all came away feeling that we had had a most useful and pleasurable experience.

Mark Johnson AO

Chairman - Alinta Energy and Director - Westfield Group