Tech States: Innovative Government for the 'Start-up Nation'

This episode of Tech States features Shai-lee Spigelman, CEO of Digital Israel. Digital Israel was established as Israel's digital government bureau by the Office of the Prime Minister in 2014, and is now based in the Ministry for Social Equality. Interviewed by Dr. Tanya Filer, Shai-lee discusses the ambition of Digital Israel to bring some of the digital talent and creativity of Israel's Hi-Tech industry—the success of which has earned the young state the moniker of 'Start-up Nation' —into government, to better serve Israeli citizens. Topics include cross-organisational collaboration; digital talent pipelines for the public sector; the growth of the Israeli Digital Health market; and the challenges and opportunities for 'GovTech' start-ups seeking to work with the public sector.

Shai-lee Spigelman is CEO of Digital Israel. Previously, she served in a number of senior roles at Microsoft Israel, the last of which was as VP Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, also serving as a member of the Microsoft Israel R&D center’s management. Prior to that, Shai-Lee served at Bank Hapoalim as Deputy Director for Strategy, developing marketing activities and ventures to increase business potential. Shai-Lee holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an LL.B Degree from Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Tanya Filer leads the Digital State project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

Recorded and edited by Gizem Ozdemir, TLV1.