Thursday, January 21st, 2016
09:30-10:15 Keynote Address: "Diversity and Employment"
Intel Israel General Manger
Maxine Fassberg was educated at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She obtained a B.Sc. Physics and Chemistry in 1977, Diploma of Education in 1978, and a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry in 1979.
Maxine started her professional career as a chemistry high school teacher in Ort and Alliance Francaise high schools in Jerusalem.
Maxine joined the Intel Corporation in 1983 as a process engineer and has held numerous positions since then. She worked as a Polyimide Engineer (1991-1992) in the Portland Technology Development, and was part of the team which originated the Polyimide process for Intel. This process granted them a registered patent in the US. Maxine has also received two Intel Achievement Awards in connection with the inter-die electric material problem resolution.
After returning to Israel and following the decision to build a factory in Kiryat Gat (Fab18), Maxine became the engineering manager of the Fab. In 2000 Maxine was appointed as Fab18 Factory Manager, reporting to Alex Kornhauser, and under their leadership Fab 18 won the IQA Award (Intel Quality Award) in 2004.
In 2004 Maxine was appointed as an Intel Corporation Vice President. In 2005 she became the Plant Manager of Intel Israel’s second factory - Fab28 in Kiryat Gat. In 2007, she was appointed as Intel Israel General Manager.
Maxine was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in June 2009 for her passionate contributions and commitment to enable and encourage other technical women to advance their careers. Amongst many other prizes, she was awarded Israel’s Industry Award in 2011 by the Manufacturers Association of Israel, and also the prestigious Hugo Ramniceanu Prize in Economics in 2012. She was also identified as one of the 10 most powerful women in tech in April 2012 (CNN). In 2013 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Ben-Gurion University.
Maxine is engaged in many activities directed towards enhancing Intel's brand and proliferating Intel’s values in the community. First and foremost is her involvement in advancing STEM education in Israel, forming strong connections with the Ministry of Education in Israel. She sits on the Bank of Israel’s Managerial Committee and also on the Board of Directors of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 2014 Maxine was chosen to be one of 14 Israeli women to light the country’s Independence Day torches. The ceremony was dedicated to the “Era of Women, Accomplishments and Challenges” and focused on women who have contributed in some significant way to the country.