About The Asper Center

The Asper Foundation, founded by Israel Asper, is an international educational fund that supports education and research in entrepreneurship and business administration. This unique foundation promotes academic and business programs in the areas of entrepreneurship and international business initiatives.

Asper Center Mission Statement

Established in 2001, the mission of The Asper Center at the Hebrew University is to promote Israeli entrepreneurship, by supporting community and academic projects. Building on the entrepreneurial spirit and the social wisdom of the late Israel Asper and his foundation, The Asper Center at the Hebrew University initiates and supports a wide array of programs that contribute to entrepreneurial growth on a multitude of levels. 

Read More

Asper Family – The Asper Foundation

The Asper Center was founded on the tenets of celebrated Canadian entrepreneur Israel Asper (O.C., O.M., Q.C., L.L.D.), a rare visionary in the business world. A unique personality in the business world, Israel Asper was not only a successful entrepreneur; he was also a media mogul, politician, lawyer, and musician, as well as a devoted supporter of Israel and one of the greatest philanthropists in the history of Winnipeg, Canada.

Read More

Asper Center Leadership Team

Read More

 

 

Asper Center Mission Statement

Established in 2001, the mission of The Asper Center at the Hebrew University is to promote Israeli entrepreneurship, by supporting community and academic projects. Building on the entrepreneurial spirit and the social wisdom of the late Israel Asper and his foundation, The Asper Center at the Hebrew University initiates and supports a wide array of programs that contribute to entrepreneurial growth on a multitude of levels. To achieve this goal, the center seeks to identify and nurture creative capital in multiple ways, including:

  • Providing students at all levels with an opportunity to experience advanced entrepreneurial content with top lecturers and leading programs from around the globe
  • Acting as a catalyst in the establishment of new ventures based on ideas developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Advancing world-class entrepreneurial research that contributes to the quality of entrepreneurial activities across the social strata.

Exploiting synergies among these activities and benefiting from the extended international networking of The Asper Foundation, The Hebrew University, the Israeli business community, and the scholars at the Jerusalem School of Business.

Asper Family – The Asper Foundation

Everything is Doable

The Asper Center was founded on the tenets of celebrated Canadian entrepreneur Israel Asper (O.C., O.M., Q.C., L.L.D.), a rare visionary in the business world. A unique personality in the business world, Israel Asper was not only a successful entrepreneur; he was also a media mogul, politician, lawyer, and musician, as well as a devoted supporter of Israel and one of the greatest philanthropists in the history of Winnipeg, Canada.

In an interview held in shortly before he passed away (2003), Israel Asper laid out his beliefs in simple equation.

“Everything is doable; if you are tenacious enough, you can do whatever you set out to do. Because all you need is more determination than the guys who are trying to stop you.”

As an early visionary in the field of media and communications, Israel Asper established the CanWest Global Communications Corporation in 1977, which became a leading international, diversified media empire spanning three continents, with interests in television, film production, radio, and newspapers. Recognizing the potential of the Internet as a medium for distributing information, Israel Asper became an early adopter of Internet publishing and media channels.

The success of the CanWest Global Communications Corporation enabled Israel Asper to found, together with this wife, Ruth (Babs) Asper, The Asper Foundation, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to education, healthcare, environmental action, and social justice.

Tikun Olam

Israel Asper’s inspirational philanthropic philosophy, which he imparted to his three children when he founded The Asper Foundation in 1983, was the unshakeable belief that each person must do something useful with their lives and make a difference. He was imbued with what in Hebrew is referred to asTikkun Olam – taking action to improve the world.  Never content to sit back and watch while a wrong was perpetrated, he created the Canadian Museum for Human rights so that, as his daughter Gail related, so that “future generations could be taught that we all need to stand up for one another and be vigilant in the protection of each other’s rights.”

In Winnipeg and elsewhere, the arts, universities, hospitals, parks and disadvantaged have all benefitted from Israel Asper’s generosity, which was based, as Leonard Asper detailed in his eulogy to his father, on the desire “to set an example for his descendants and for others that you give back to your community. It was particularly important to him that the future trustees of The Asper Foundation understand his philosophy of giving and appreciate the legacy they must uphold.”

 

Visit The Asper Foundation Website

Asper Center Leadership Team

Prof. Yishay Yafeh – Academic Director

Yishai Yafe

Yishay Yafeh holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University (1993), and has taught at Oxford, Montreal and the Hebrew University. He has served Vice Dean (2010-2012) and Dean (2012-2016) of the Hebrew University’s School of Business Administration. His research interests are corporate governance, financial intermediation, the economies of East Asia, and economic and financial history. Professor Yafeh has served as an advisor to the Bank of Israel, the Israel Securities Authority and the International Monetary Fund, and as a member of several government-appointed committees. His research has been published, among others, in the Journal of Finance, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Business and the Review of Finance. He co-authored, together with Paolo Mauro and Nathan Sussman, the book Emerging Markets and Financial Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2006). Yishay Yafeh is a Research Fellow of the London-based CEPR and the Brussels-based ECGI.

Dr. Dan Marom – Chairman

Dr. Dan Marom

Dr. Dan Marom holds a PhD in Finance from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MBA (Cum Laude), and a BSC in Electrical Engineering. He is a faculty member at The Hebrew University’s Business School, heading the Impact Investing Institute. He is a thought leader & author of pioneering books in the alternative finance/crowdfunding domain. Dr. Marom’s current focus is on empowering impactful health projects and ventures that are targeting underserved communities in emerging markets.

In 2010, Dr. Marom co-authored a pioneering book in the field of crowdfunding - “The Crowdfunding Revolution”. The 2nd edition was published in 2012 by McGraw-Hill. His second co-authored book, “Crowdfunding: The corporate era” (2015) was published by Elliott & Thompson. His latest co-authored book “CrowdAssets: Crowdfunding for policy makers” was published in mid-2020 by WSP.

In the last decade Dr. Marom has been fortunate to speak passionately about crowdfunding & impact around the globe, teach students, consult entrepreneurs, corporations and policy makers, invest and establish ventures in the fintech filed, alongside holding several board memberships and advisory board roles. He is advising international organizations such as the World Bank, the European Commission and other organizations and foundations that are operating in the alternative finance and impact fields. He is a frequent speaker in leading conferences and seminars, also writing extensively about his research projects & interests.

 

Asper Center Academic Board

The Asper Center Academic Board is comprised of leading researchers in the field of business administration and entrepreneurship:

  • Prof. Nicole Adler, Ph.D., Dean, Hebrew University School of Business Administration, and Director of the Asper Center.
  • Prof. Zvi Wiener, Ph.D., Former Dean, Hebrew University School of Business Administration
  • Dr. Shai Harel, Ph.D, Lecturer, Hebrew University School of Business Administration  

Asper Center Advisory Board

Asper Board

The Asper Center Advisory Board provides the Asper Center at The Hebrew University with a wide spectrum of expertise from the business and academic world, creating a unique, multidisciplinary advisory board that provides the Center with real-world and academic knowhow:

  • Prof. Zvi Wiener, Ph.D., Former Dean, Hebrew University School of Business Administration
  • Prof. Yishay Yafeh, Ph.D., Former Dean, Hebrew University School of Business Administration
  • Prof. Dan Galai, Ph.D., Former Dean, Hebrew University School of Business Administration and Chairman of Sigma Investment House
  • Dr. Shlomo Kalish, Ph.D., Jerusalem Global Ventures
  • Isaac (Itzik) Devash, businessman and social entrepreneur