Ambassador Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel in New York, visits Quinnipiac

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From left, Charles Brooks, professor of marketing and chairperson of marketing and advertising, Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel in New York, and Blaine Branchik, associate professor of marketing, during Aharoni's visit to campus Oct. 30, 2013.

Oct. 30, 2013 - Ambassador Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel in New York and a 20-year veteran of Israel's Foreign Service, spent the day at Quinnipiac intent on "Broadening the Conversation" about Israel, a movement he founded to launch a strategic celebration of Israel's "competitive advantage, unique creative spirit and entrepreneurial zeal."

"As part of the job, I visit tens of universities every year," Aharoni said. "A big part of what we do - and what consulates do by nature - is building bridges. We're interested in building bridges between the State of Israel and the academic community in the United States."

Aharoni represents the State of Israel in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, although his efforts to market the country take him to colleges and universities around the United States.

"Israel is known for its strong emphasis on innovation and creativity and we're facilitating study abroad programs and academic partnerships through these visits," he said. "One of the reasons we emphasize the relationship with academic institutions, and especially an excellent academic institution like Quinnipiac University, is because of the fact that we believe you're educating the future leadership of this country and the future leadership of the world."

Aharoni's day started with a meeting with University President John Lahey and included lunch with school administrators, an appointment with Rabbi Reena Judd and 12 students and a stop at the Polling Institute. He also spent an hour meeting with Blaine Branchik, associate professor of marketing, Charles Brooks, professor of marketing and chairperson of marketing and advertising, and Tilottama Ghosh Chowdhury, associate professor of marketing.

"The idea is to explore possibilities for a partnership," he told the marketing professors. "I see a strong element here at Quinnipiac in two areas: One is business and the other is medicine."

Aharoni provided the professors with copies of the book, "Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" and offered to help bring speakers such as noted entreprenuer Jeff Pulver and Jonathan Medved, one of Israel's leading venture capitalists, to the University.

"It was a wondeful visit," Brooks said. "(Aharoni) presented some unique opportunities that would be a win-win for Israel and Quinnipiac."