Tel Aviv University Shines at UK Diamond Anniversary Celebration

The Tel Aviv University Trust marked Tel Aviv University’s 60th anniversary with a champagne cocktail and charity auction at Christie’s.
01 May 2016
From left: TAU President Joseph Klafter, Christie’s International Consultant Anke Adler-Slottke and de GRISOGONO Founder and Creative Director Fawaz Gruosi

The Tel Aviv University Trust kicked off its student scholarship campaign at a sparkling function in London, hosted by Christie’s and sponsored by the internationally renowned jewellers de GRISOGONO. TAU President Joseph Klafter and the Founder and Creative Director of de GRISOGONO, Fawaz Gruosi, were in attendance to greet the 250 guests.


"TAU students are our diamonds – brilliant, multi-faceted and tough, facing intense pressure, but managing to excel and to shine," remarked Prof. Klafter while officially announcing the launch of the 60th Anniversary Student Scholarship Campaign. He noted that TAU has many centers of excellence in areas such as brain studies, nanotechnology, renewable energy and cyber security, and has research partners around the world including Cambridge and Oxford as well as top institutions in China and India. Participants also heard from one of the University’s many talents, Prof. Yael Hanein, Director of TAU’s Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, who gave a short presentation on her work in developing nano devices that interface with the brain.


Pictured: Fawaz Gruosi and Prof. Yael Hanein



Over the course of the evening, guests were treated to a dazzling display of de GRISOGONO jewels, which lit up Christie’s Ante Room. Anke Adler-Slottke, Christie’s International Director and renowned auctioneer, led an auction which included two sensational jewellery pieces and two invitations to the Cannes Film Festival Party donated by de GRISOGONO, as well as unique experiences at Tel Aviv University including a week’s internship in the Nanomedicine Laboratory of leading cancer researcher Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro and an opportunity to participate in an archaeological dig at the World Heritage Site Megiddo led by internationally-renowned archaeologist Prof. Israel Finkelstein.


Pictured: Eva Shore (foreground) and TAU Governor Denise Cattan admiring the jewellery



TAU Governor Susan Coller introduced the University to de GRISOGONO and it is through her connection that de GRISOGONO has become TAU’s Diamond Anniversary Patron.


The event was certainly a fitting launch to celebrate a momentous year for Tel Aviv University, which ranks among the top 10 schools in the world to produce start-up founders and first in Israel, and among the top 100 Innovation Universities globally.


From left: TAU Trust Chief Executive Cara Case, TAU Governor Susan Coller, TAU President Joseph Klafter, Christie’s International Consultant Anke Adler-Slottke, TAU Trust Chair Elect Richard Anton, de GRISOGONO Founder and Creative Director Fawaz Gruosi, de GRISOGONO International Private Sales Director Fiona Agha



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