Diane Israel is a long-time Chicago-based entrepreneur, real estate developer, culinary enthusiast, writer and essayist on matters of Isreali tech innovation, philosophy and politics. Among other topics, she is passionate about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential impact, especially with respect to societal, cultural and economic metrics.
On the lighter side, her Chicago Recipes site is dedicated to sharing a variety of healthy (and not so healthy) recipes she has created or collected over the past forty years.
Diane’s interests in tech innovation, in particular, Israeli tech innovation, is aptly represented in Israel on Israel.
Ms. Israel is also a longtime member of AIPAC, the American Isreal Political Affairs Committee. AIPAC’s mission is to strengthen, protect and promote the U.S.-Israel relationship in ways that enhance the security of the United States and Israel.
AIPAC’s staff and citizen activists educate decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.
Cooperation between the two countries is advantageous for both nations. As America’s bipartisan pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC urges all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism efforts and the promotion of a negotiated two-state solution — a Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized Palestinian state.
Some of the more impactful innovations that Diane has helped bring awareness to include:
- Extracting drinkable water from the air
- An artificial visualization device that reads text and identifies symbols in real-time for the sight impaired
- Exoskeleton devices that help the disabled to walk again
When Diane is not in Chicago, her interests, both personal and professional, take her to economic, political, and cultural hotspots throughout the world with the main purpose of bringing awareness of her intellectual and culinary pursuits to her hometown of Chicago.