Hebrew U. presents honorary fellowship to international entrepreneur and humanitarian Robert Harris

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) presented an Honorary Fellowship to international entrepreneur and dedicated humanitarian Robert Harris during the 85th Board of Governors Meeting on June 14th in Jerusalem, Israel.

Mr. Harris is devoted to Israeli philanthropy and the Robert S. Harris Graduate Student Scholarship Endowment Fund provides support for master and doctoral degree candidates in the fields of science, medicine, dental medicine, agriculture and brain sciences at the Hebrew University.

Mr. Harris held leadership roles for several companies in the paper packaging industry before establishing his own business, Robert S. Harris and Associates. He also served as an international consultant to the packaging industry. Formerly, he was involved in hotel development through the Kimpton Hotel Group, in which he was an original founding partner.

Paying tribute to the Honorees, HU President Asher Cohen said, “We welcome Robert Harris into the ranks of the Hebrew University Honorary Fellows. He is one of a highly select group of esteemed individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, philanthropy, and advocacy in support of Israel and the cause of higher education. ”

“The Hebrew University of Jerusalem represents the brain power of Israel and its curiosity-driven research benefits all of humanity,” Mr. said. Harris. “I am most impressed by the medical advances on campus and the breakthroughs in water conservation, which has translated into higher agricultural yields and better food security. My support of Hebrew University is the best way that I can help Israel and make the world a better, healthier, and safer place. ”

Mr. Harris is a fervent advocate of investment philanthropy, with the conviction that Israel’s success and survival depends on the productivity and imagination of its top research institutions and their ability to educate future industry and academic leaders. His gift in support of the Hebrew University is designed to increase the caliber of scientific minds and practice in Israel.

Mr. Harris’s wife, Brigita, is a retired microbiologist who founded the microbiology laboratory at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. The couple support educational, wildlife, and legal programs for Indigenous Americans. They are also dedicated to a variety of Jewish communal and international causes.

Mr. Harris graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

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