Industrial Innovation: Pini Badash

Industrial Innovation: Pini Badash

Pini Badash was born on an agricultural farm in southern Israel of immigrant parents from Tunisia. He studied at the University of Negev and graduated in mechanical engineering in 1979 and received a master’s degree in 2001. Mayor of Omer and President of the Regional Council since 1990. Originally Omer, a village of about 10,000 inhabitants, a stone’s throw from Beersheva, was a kibbutz founded in 1949 by Jews from Hungary and Romania. The name Omer comes from a Leviticus verse. Since then, this region has become a pool of industrial innovation where SanDisk, for example, and other high value-added companies are located. Its economy is flourishing and is one of the top 10 in the Israeli economy. Several local and international personalities live there such as Imri Gamiel, Olympic swimmer, Shaul Ladany, survivor of the Munich Olympic Games massacre and Olympic running champion. One cannot speak of Omer without mentioning its magnificent museum and all the works of internationally known Israeli artists such as Kadisman. Each roundabout, each sidewalk is in itself a museum. Pini Badash is a member of a number of important institutions such as Soroka Hospital, The Beersheva Theater Company, etc. To explain to us what it means to be Israeli, he tells us “that we cannot put the Israeli in a box. It is flexible and versatile.”