The concepts of knowledge economy and creativity economy have become growth drivers of advanced countries. World Economic Forum (WEF) has classified economies into 3 levels of development, in which, growth originates from exploiting raw natural resources for economies at level 1, from productivity for economies at level 2, and from creativity and innovation for economies at level 3. Unsurprisingly, leading countries of the world are at the 3rd level of development.

Vietnam is one of the 38 economies driving growth on natural resources, which is at the 1st level of development. In the Global Competitiveness Report Y2014 of WEF, amongst 144 economies, Vietnam has ranked 123 in “new technologies” criterion, and 95 in creativity capabilities. Top 3 depressions of Vietnam’s competitive capabilities include: creativity, readiness for new technologies, and education, which raise strong warning signals for Vietnam economy.

On the contrary, during 60 years after independence declaration, Israel has struggled with wars, embargoes, and severe desert weather conditions, however, this tiny nation has well established its standing in economies of the 3rd level of development. Israel is the world-leading country on high-tech, technology start-ups, and venture capital attraction. Coincidentally or not, the top 3 biggest strengths of Israel are the weakest capabilities of Vietnam.

How did they do that?

Upon the coming visit to Vietnam, Professor Shlomo Maital from Israel will have a seminar at Talk & Think Forum organized by PACE Institute of Management about answers for the above questions. Details of this seminar are as follows:

Topic : “Innovation and Entrepreneurship experience from Israel”

Keynote Speaker : Professor Shlomo Maital - a world-renowned expert in Innovation Management, with 20 years of teaching experience at MIT Sloan School of Management

Contributing Speaker : Ms. Meirav Eilon Shahar -  Ambassador of Israel in Vietnam, will share about business cooperation opportunities between business communities of the two nations.

Time : 13:30 – 17:00, Thursday, November 13, 2014

Venue : REX Hotel, 77 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Audience : for businesspeople and corporate leaders, senior executives

Fee :  Free of charge (as Talk & Think is a not-for-profit sharing platform)

Organizer : PACE Institute of Management, with the cooperation of Israeli Embassy.




To participate into this Talk & Think Forum, please register


As venue capacity is restricted, please register before 5:30pm, November 11, 2014 

(The organizer reserves to right to block seats for early registrants)



Professor Shlomo Maital,

lis a world-renowned expert in Innovation Management. Based in Israel, he is the Academic Director at the Technion Institute of Management, Israel’s leading executive leadership development institute and a pioneer in action-learning methods Prof. Maital was a visiting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management for 20 years, teaching over 1,000 R&D engineers from 40 countries.

He also works as management and leadership consultant for corporations in Israel and focuses his studies and researches on improving profit margins through integrating creativity and discipline for success in the market.

Prof. Maital completed his Economics Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1967. He is also the author co-author or editor of 8 books, including Innovation Management (Sage, 2007);  Executive Economics (The Free Press), translated into seven languages, and Managing New Product Development & Innovation.  He is co-editor of a new journal, International Journal of Technology &Innovation Management Education.  He was co-founder of SABE-Society for Advancement of Behavioral Economics. In addition, he also served as Director of the National & Economic Planning Authority, Economics Ministry, Government of Israel.


About Talk & Think Forum – Talk to Think

Talk&Think is a not-for-profit monthly forum (with no participation fee) co-organized by PACE Institute of Management and Good Book Project.

The great Socrates once said: “I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think”. Making people think is a foundational activity of education, and when an individual truly thinks, he/she learns, learns authentically.

Talk & Think was, therefore, founded to help “make people think”, and focused on core and in-depth aspects of economist – business, management – leadership, culture – education… With this spirit, the Forum attracts great support and participation of prestigious and innovative thinkers of their fields to share to share these insights and wisdoms to wider communities.