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Glenn D. Fogel is our Chief Executive Officer and President, a position he has held since January 2017. He previously served as our Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning, an office he held from November 2010 to December 2016. He was also Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, a position he held from March 2009 to December 2016, and was responsible for worldwide mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances. Mr. Fogel joined us in February 2000. Prior to that, he was a trader at a global asset management firm and prior to that, he was an investment banker specializing in the air transportation industry. Mr. Fogel is a member of the New York State Bar (retired). Fogel is a graduate of Harvard Law School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
A Doctor of Molecular Biology, he founded Genomic Vision in 2004, before being
appointed as CEO of the company in May 2006. He is also its scientific director.
Dr. Aaron Bensimon discovered the DNA "molecular combing" procedure. With
unique expertise in this technology and how it is applied to molecular diagnostics, he
has contributed significantly to the development of the discipline and published
numerous articles in prestigious scientific journals (Science, Nature, Cell, etc.). He is
the author of over twenty patent filings concerning molecular combing.
Before founding Genomic Vision, he spent 15 years as a researcher at the Pasteur
Institute in Paris, where, from 1994, he directed the Genome Stability Unit. It was
during his research in collaboration with the Laboratoire de Physique Statistique at
the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris that he discovered the DNA molecular
In 1995, he received the Jacques Monod Award from the Fondation de France, which
recognises young researchers who have made significant breakthroughs at the
beginning of their careers.
From 1992 to 1993, he worked at the laboratory of Prof. Jean-Pierre Changeux
(Pasteur Institute, Paris). His research focused on studying the myogenin gene's
involvement in muscle denervation. This project was funded by the prestigious
"Human Frontier Science Program" grant, obtained after earning his doctorate from
the Weizmann Institute in Israel.
Aaron Bensimon has also undergone HEC "Challenge +" management training and
regularly participates in scientific conferences.
Abgar Barseyten (36) is co-founder and managing partner of the Tentamus Group. Before Mr. Barseyten decided to go independent with Tentamus, he was part of the M&A team and responsible for the development of the Food and Agri division of Intertek. In addition, Mr. Barseyten was responsible for Intertek’s Global Renewable Energy Business Unit out of Houston, Texas in the USA.
Mr. Barseyten began his career in 2004 in Corporate Finance with T-Mobile International in London, having studied Finance in Nürtingen, Germany and in Suwon, South Korea. In 2013, he obtained his Executive MBA from Kellogg.
Mr. Barseyten has been part of shaping the life science safety industry for numerous years across the globe by connecting dots across the labs, institutions and regulatory bodies.
Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel
Innovation Authority, an independent public
entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli
innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a
whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli
innovation resources, while creating and
strengthening the infrastructure and framework
needed to support the entire knowledge industry.
Prior to his role at the Authority, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware
Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel.
His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a
startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active
Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for
data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens
and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior
management positions at the IBM Research Division.
Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical
Engineering respectively from the Technion, where he lectured for more
than 15 years.
Amir Elichai is the Founder & the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carbyne. For more than 12 years, Amir has repeatedly demonstrated his capabilities as a transformational leader – combining business acumen with strong financial discipline, deep operational insights, and organizational management.
He is a growth-focused, results-oriented, and solutions-focused leader with a proven history of bringing analytical insights and pragmatic solutions to key business challenges.
Amir is a former Israeli Army officer who served in different positions in the special elite forces and the intelligence corps. He earned his LLB & BA from IDC.
Amir is the co-founder and CEO Twiggle, a company that is fundamentally changing how people search, discover & purchase products online. Twiggle uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to build search technology that actually understands what customers want. Their mission is to facilitate a digital shopping experience that feels a lot like the very best in-store shopping experience. Twiggle’s customers are some of the biggest retailers in the world.
Prior to launching Twiggle, Amir worked on human-machine interfaces for autonomous vehicles at General Motors. These interfaces include search, speech, and multi-model experience interactions. Prior to that, Amir was a Managing Director of price comparison company mysupermarket.com. Amir was one of the founding members of Google Israel. He also co-founded and serves on the leadership team of Israel Brain Technologies, an organization founded under the auspices of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Amir holds a Ph.D. in Rationality and Interactive Decision Making from The Hebrew University and Princeton University. Amir is a thought leader and regular speaker on how artificial intelligence will impact the future of retail. He is the author of more than 25 patents and 15 academic publications.
For the past three years, Mr. Amit Dror has served as CEO and Co-founder of Nano Dimension (NASDAQ/TASE: NNDM), a leading 3D printed electronics company developing advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing that enable new ways of making electronics. Nano Dimension's unique products combine three technologies: 3D inkjet, 3D software and nanomaterials.
Previously, Mr. Dror co-founded Eternegy Ltd. in 2010 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and a director from 2010-2013. Mr. Dror also co-founded the Milk & Honey Distillery Ltd. in 2012. Over the course of his career, he has developed vast experience in project, account and sales management while serving in a variety of roles with ECI Telecom Ltd., Comverse Technology, Inc., Eternegy Ltd., and Milk & Honey Distillery Ltd.
Mr. Dror has a background that covers technology management, software, business development, fundraising and complex project execution. Mr. Dror is a Merage Institute Graduate.
Dr. Andreas Wiele, born 1962, studied law at Dijon, Salzburg and Munich Universities.
He worked first of all as an editor at „Hamburger Morgenpost“, before he became assistant to the chairman of the Gruner + Jahr management board in 1988. In 1990 he took over responsibility for the „Capital“ project at the Prisma Presse publishing company in Paris, where he became publishing manager of „Capital“ and „Geo“ in 1991.
In 1994, he moved to New York to join Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing, initially as senior vice-president and general manager of „Family Circle“ and „McCall’s“ and from 1997 onwards as executive vice-president and chief operating officer for the publishing company as a whole.
Dr Andreas Wiele was appointed member of the Executive Board responsible for International Affairs in October 2000 and has been head of the Magazines and International Affairs Division since November 2000.
In January 2008, he was appointed President BILD Group and Magazines, since March 2018 he is President Classifieds Media.
Key mandates in supervisory bodies (as of: April 2018)
@Leisure Holding B.V., Netherlands (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
AWIN AG, Germany (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Axel Springer Digital Classifieds France SAS, France (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Business Insider Inc., USA (Board of Directors)
Car & Boat Media SAS, France (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Coral-Tell Ltd., Israel (Chairman of the Board of Directors )
Elvaston Capital Management GmbH, Germany (Advisory Board)
Immoweb SA, Belgium (Chairman of the Board of Directors)
Immowelt AG, Germany (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Immowelt Holding AG, Germany (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Magnolia AG, Switzerland (Board of Directors)
meinestadt.de GmbH, Germany (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
SeLoger.com SAS, France (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
StepStone GmbH, Germany (Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Ariel has been leading technology innovation and entrepreneurship for over 25 years. Ariel is the founder and CEO of Stratoscale, a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions. He is an active angel investor in startups, and supports technology education as a philanthropist.
Ariel started his career with the IDF, where he was responsible for managing a section of the Technology R&D Department and retired after a 10 year term. In 2001 Ariel founded Passave, now the world leader in FTTH technology, and acquired in 2006 by PMC-Sierra (MCHP), where Ariel later served as VP of Strategy. In 2006 Ariel founded Pudding Media, an early pioneer in speech recognition technology, and Anobit, the leading provider of flash storage technology acquired by Apple (AAPL) in 2012. At Apple, Ariel served as a Senior Director in charge of Flash Storage, until he left the company to found Stratoscale. Ariel is a graduate of the prestigious IDF training program Talpiot, and holds a BSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science (Cum Laude) and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. He holds numerous patents in networking, signal processing, storage and flash memory technologies.
Assaf Sagy is Israel's Commercial Lead at Snap Inc. Prior to Joining Snapchat, Assaf was the Vice President of Business Development at Playbuzz and co-founded a camera drone startup, Skytrails. Earlier in his career, Assaf was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey, focused on marketing and strategic development. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BSc in Computer Engineering from Israel's Institute of Technology. He lives in Israel with his wife and two kids.
- Entering year 5 as Verisure Group CEO
- 25 years at Procter and Gamble:
- [Young] Global President
- Assignments in UK, France, China, Germany, USA,
- Turned around Braun
- Record results in Babycare
- Global Marketing head Gillette
- 7 years building P&G China
Aviad is a partner at Vertex Ventures Israel, a leading Israeli early stage Venture Capital firm. Aviad brings a very diverse background. He spent 4 years at Bessemer Israel, where he invested in and worked closely with the founders of several of Israel’s best startup companies including Traffix (acquired by F5), Ravello Systems (acquired By Oracle), Vayyar Imaging, ScyllaDB, MyHeritage, StratoScale, Soluto (acquired by Asurion), Altair (acquired by Sony), Fiverr, Intucell (acquired by Cisco) and Wix (NASDAQ:WIX). Aviad was also a founding partner of Oryzn Capital where he invested in NanoRep (acquired by LogMeIn), OwnBackup and Dronomy.
Prior to Bessemer, Aviad worked at McKinsey & Company and Barclays Capital’s corporate strategy team in NY, and he started his career as a software engineer and a team leader at Marvell Technology.
Aviad holds a dual BSc in Computer Science and Physics from Tel Aviv University and a MBA from The University of Chicago.
At Ernst Young as Senior Manger in the High-Tech Practice team (the largest in Israel), I got to provide Ernst Young services to hundreds of businesses from start-up to multinational level over an 8 year period, whilst gaining a real education as a part of one of the largest accounting firms worldwide.
As a Management Consultant I have been able to provide clients with services - Growth/profitability, corporate structure, strategic planning, corporate level fundraising and development services at start-up and SMB level. I have also aided in numerous IPO’s on the NASDAQ as well as numerous European Indices and the Tel Aviv 35.
As the CEO of Alignment Group, which has become the largest collective of Blockchain technology/Crypto innovation and facilitator companies worldwide, covering all aspects of any given ICO/TGE process. I have the ability to apply my experience and knowledge in to the technical revolution. If the IPO is the past and future is the ICO, which gives us the chance to remake the world with real technology that will improve our day to day living.
Avishay Zlotnik was appointed CEO of Promedico on July, 2017.
Avishayhas 15 years of experience in leading global companies in the food and consumer goods industries.
Over the years, Avishay had held a series of management positions in the supply chain, operations, project management, amongst others.
Avishay, holds a BSC in Industrial Engineering and an MA in Supply Chain Management from Bar Ilan University.
Barak has served as Co-CEO of Kenon as of September 2017. Prior to joining Kenon in 2015 as Vice President of Business Development and Investor Relations, Mr. Cohen worked in various capacities at Israel Corporation since 2008, most recently as Israel Corporation’s Senior Director of Business Development and Investor Relations. In this capacity, Mr. Cohen supported and monitored the development of key growth companies throughout various stages of their lifecycles, contributed to the development of Israel Corporation’s corporate investment strategy, evaluated new investment opportunities, assisted in transaction execution. Additionally, Mr. Cohen headed Israel Corporation’s global investor relations activity. Prior to joining Israel Corporation, Mr. Cohen held positions at Lehman Brothers (UK) and Ernst & Young (Israel). Mr. Cohen holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics, summa cum laude, and Accounting & Management, magna cum laude, both from Tel Aviv University
Bar Veinstein joined Ex Libris Group in June 2010 as VP, Resource Management. Following a 20-year career in marketing, product management and software research and development, Mr. Veinstein now leads the company as President of Ex Libris.
Before joining Ex Libris, Mr. Veinstein held a number of leadership roles at NICE Systems (Nasdaq: NICE). During his 12 years at NICE, Mr. Veinstein led teams responsible for product management, product marketing and integrated/solution marketing, at the NICE Americas headquarters in Rutherford, New Jersey. He subsequently served as Head of Global Integrated Marketing. Prior to joining NICE, Mr. Veinstein served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for six years, leading various software development projects.
Mr. Veinstein holds a BSc in Computer Sciences & Economics and an MBA in Marketing & Information Systems, both from Tel Aviv University.
Benson F. Smith is currently the Chairman of Teleflex Incorporated. Mr. Smith
officially retired from his Chief Executive Officer role at Teleflex on December 31,
2017. Teleflex is a global provider of medical technologies designed to improve
the health and quality of people’s lives. Teleflex applies purpose-driven
innovation with a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs to benefit
patients and healthcare providers. Teleflex is headquartered in Wayne, PA.
In March 2018 Mr. Smith received the prestigious Hubert J.P. Schoemaker
Leadership Award from the Life Sciences Pennsylvania organization (LSPA). Mr.
Smith was chosen for the Schoemaker Leadership Award due to his
demonstrated vision for the industry, spirit of innovation and for improving the
lives of patients. Mr. Smith also received one of the 2017 Most Admired CEO
Awards by the Philadelphia Business Journal. This award recognized leaders
with a strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, a
commitment to quality, a strong vision, a commitment to diversity in the
workplace, and contributions to the Greater Philadelphia/New Jersey region.
Mr. Smith was named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Teleflex Incorporated in January 2011 after serving on the Teleflex Board since
2005. Prior to 2011, he was the Founding Partner of Sales Research Group, a
research and consulting organization. From January 2000 to December 2005,
Mr. Smith was a Speaker and an Author at The Gallup Organization. He also
served as the Leader of Gallup’s Global Sales Force Effectiveness Practice. Prior
to that, Mr. Smith worked for C.R. Bard, Inc., a company specializing in medical
devices, for approximately 25 years. At C.R. Bard, he held various executive and
senior level positions culminating as President and Chief Operating Officer until
1998. He also served as a member of its Board of Directors.
He was previously on the Board of Rochester Medical Corporation and Chairman
of the Board of Zoll Medical Corporation until its sale to Asahi Kasei Group in
April 2012. He also serves on a variety of academic and health-related
Mr. Smith holds a B.A. degree from Grinnell College and was a Post Graduate
Bernard Raskin is the founder and Regional Owner of RE/MAX Israel. Since establishing the company in 1995 RE/MAX has grown to the largest network of real estate offices in Israel with over 100 branches country wide. RE/MAX is one of the most successful American franchises in Israel. Prior to purchasing the RE/MAX master franchise, Bernard was on the management team of the Mamilla project in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and holds a PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dan is a Managing Partner at Deloitte Israel and leads the Consulting, Risk and Financial Advisory group.
Deloitte is the world’s largest professional services firm, with over 286,000 employees in over 150 countries, serving 80% of the world’s leading companies.
Deloitte Israel is the leading professional services firm in Israel, offering audit, tax, risk management, financial advisory and business consulting services, including strategy, operations, technology and human capital consulting. Deloitte Israel provide end to end solutions to complex needs, based on the broadest and most professional range of solutions in Israel and Deloitte’s global leadership. Deloitte's experts have ample experience assisting senior managers in various organizations overcome their most significant business challenges; business growth, regulatory compliance while maximize value, optimization and risk management.
Dan has performed numerous professional and managerial roles at Deloitte Israel, including the establishment of the Risk Advisory group which
currently consists of more than 150 employees. While leading the Risk Advisory group he has gained extensive experience in enterprise risk
management, control systems, internal audit, and litigation support for leading national and international companies. Dan has performed
numerous risk assessments and comprehensive internal audit reviews for a wide range of industry groups, including financial institutions and
commercial, industrial, and technology companies.
Dan has a wide experience in providing management consulting, financial and risk advisory services to domestic and international clients,
private and public from a diverse range of industries. Between his clients: Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim end more.
Deloitte Israel consulting practice is the largest in Israel with over 400 consultants and specialists from different professional fields.
Dan has performed numerous professional and managerial roles at Deloitte Israel, including the establishment of the Risk Advisory group which
currently consists of more than 150 employees. While leading the Risk Advisory group he has gained extensive experience in enterprise risk
management, control systems, internal audit, and litigation support for leading national and international companies. Dan has performed
numerous risk assessments and comprehensive internal audit reviews for a wide range of industry groups, including financial institutions and
commercial, industrial, and technology companies.
Dan has a wide experience in providing management consulting, financial and risk advisory services to domestic and international clients,
private and public from a diverse range of industries.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Strauss group, Excellence Nessuah Investment House Ltd., Materna Industries, Cellcom Israel Ltd., Huawei,
Assuta Medical Center, Roche, Kamada Pharmaceuticals, Assuta healthcare centers, Compugen , Israel Chemicals, Tnuva, Bank Poalim, Bank
Discount, Bank Leumi, Harel Finance, Amitim Pension Fund, Phoenix Insurance, Excellence Insurance and Investment House, Yashir
Investment House and government and public sector organizations and institutions.
Certified in Risk Management Assurance (2012)
Certified Internal Auditor (IIA, 2001)
Certified Public Accountant
Masters of Business Administration (Hariot Watt University 2001)
Bachelor of Business Administration and Accounting (The College of management (1997)
Dan Rivlin joined Kenes in 1993 and rose through the ranks of the
organization holding senior managerial positions, including Operations
Director, prior to becoming CEO in 1999. Dan’s vision and guidance
coupled with accumulated experience and expertise gives Kenes Group its
time-honored stability and market presence. He holds a B.Sc. in Hospitality
Management from Florida International University and an MBA from
Bradford University, with a specialty in management.
Mr. Bassa is a leading Israeli entrepreneur operating in the biotech and high-tech industries. Mr. Bassa is the co-founder & C.E.O of Sela Software Labs Ltd. (1990), a leading company in the high-tech and IT industry. Mr. Bassa is a known leader and entrepreneur in Cannabis research field In 2015, Mr. Bassa founded Talent-biotechs, which focused on investigating the use of CBD to prevent and treat Graft versus Host Disease (“GvHD”). Talent was sold to Kalytera in the beginning of 2017 for 10M$-40M$ plus royalties. Mr. Bassa founded Stero Pharma in 2017, a biotech company who research the effects of CBD on autoimmune diseases. Mr. Bassa is doing major research on the effects of CBD on Cholesterol, Triglyceride and Obesity. Judge at the Cann10, Cannabis conference (2017). In 2000, Mr. Bassa founded Bio-Gal, a biopharmaceutical company that merged into XTL Biopharma (NASDAQ: XTLB) in order of developing Erythropoietin (“EPO”) for treating multiple myeloma. Mr. Bassa invested in several hi-tech startup companies including Depoint and others. Mr. Bassa was twice awarded the President Excellency Award (1981, 2002) and as a student managed the Israeli branch of the international AIESEC organization, of which he is an international Hall of Fame member (2002).
The Fattal Hotel Chain is Israel’s largest hospitality organizations with 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms under
its management. These hotels are well distributed across the country in all major tourist venues – Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Dead Sea and Eilat. The Chain also owns and manages 130
Leonardo-branded hotels in Europe. While the Fattal Hotel Chain attributes its continued growth to the
combined talents of its many gifted and dedicated people, ultimately this success is due to the
determination and vision of its founder, David Fattal. David started his career as a waiter and
acknowledges that this modest beginning gave him early insights into the core values necessary to attract
guests and convert them into repeat customers. Showing a natural aptitude, he gained rapidly promotion
to positions of influence. In 1984, at the age of 27, he was appointed Assistant General Manager of the
prestigious Dan Accadia Hotel in Herzliya. By 1988 he became General Manager of King Solomon’s
Palace in Eilat.
Ten years later, in 1998, David founded his hotel management business Fattal Hotels, also taking over
the prestigious Meridien Hotel in Eilat. Other hotels rapidly followed as David and his team set about
creating and delivering a new benchmark of ‘hotel value’ for guests. For many years now the Fattal name
has been synonymous with innovation in the hotel industry. The Fattal Hotel Chain introduced the
all-inclusive system into Israel and has set new standards in the culture of entertainment for both children and adults.
David Li is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, a US publicly traded semiconductor materials company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois (NASDAQ: CCMP). David joined Cabot
Microelectronics in 1997 and over the past 20 years, has held a number of different roles within the company including leading the company’s Asia Pacific business where he was based in Shanghai, China as well as numerous other leadership positions in Product Line Management, Investor Relations, and Operations. David started his career
as a chemical engineer working at UOP, a petrochemical technology company.
David earned a BS in Chemical Engineer from Purdue in 1995 and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg University in 2003.
David and his family including wife, Sophia, and sons Ethan and Henry split their time between Shanghai and Chicago. In his free time, David enjoys golf, reading, and travel.
Experienced Chairman. Skilled in Computer Science, Machine Learning and Software Design. Expertise: Creation of Interactive Content and Procedures, User Experience and Recommendation Systems.
Strong entrepreneurship professional skills with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management focused in Computer, Information Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Support Services from Tel Aviv University. Principal Application Fields: Integrated Multi-platform Systems for EdTech and Intelligent Integrated Visual Content Management Systems for Training, Operations & Maintenance
Don Lents serves as Senior Partner & Chair Emeritus of the firm. His practice focuses on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate matters with particular emphasis upon responsibilities of boards of directors, multinational and domestic mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, anti-takeover planning, and related matters. He is co-author of a treatise on Missouri Corporation Law and Practice and of articles on various corporate law issues. He has been an adjunct professor at the Washington University Law School.
Mr. Lents served for a number of years as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and was the Chair of the Firm from 2004 through 2014. He previously served as head of the firm’s Transactions Practice and chair of the Corporate Department. He also was the partner in charge of the firm’s London office from its opening in 1982 through 1984.
Drenusha Shala was born in November 1989 in Prizren. At the age of 7, she moved to Switzerland with her family.
She has completed her professional high school for business and administration in Zurich. During this period she worked for 3 years as a Junior Project Manager at Zurich Financial Services, which was her first and last employer.
Drenusha, together with Flamur Shala and Muhamet Veliu, set up a new business, Baruti GmbH. At that time she was only 21 years old. Consequently, following Barut's growth, she has completed her Bachelor degree at the University of St. Gallen for Management
In 2013 she was elected Chief Executive Officer of Baruti AG.
Eliaz graduated from Hebrew University with a LL.B. (Law), a B.A. (Accounting). Eliaz worked at a top-tier law firm and from there continued to work for a “Big 4” accounting firm, where he focused on projects related to corporate finance, commercial transactions and tax. Eliaz was also admitted as a member of the Israeli Bar Association.
Armed with legal and financial experience, Eliaz joined Yvel during 2011 as the CFO of the Yvel Group. Following the successful completion of 5 years as the CFO, Eliaz was appointed as the CEO of the Yvel Group.
Yvel is a luxury international high-end jewelry brand founded in 1986 and recognized worldwide for its distinctive creations featuring nature’s most treasured resources. Since the time Eliaz joined Yvel, Yvel has opened several Yvel stores in top leading cities such as Miami, Beijing and Tel Aviv in addition to maintaining and growing its worldwide sales of quality jewelry at stores and at luxurious art shows around the world.
The Yvel Group is also engaged in various investments activities, such as various real estate projects in Israel and worldwide as well as venture capital transactions.
An executive entrepreneur; likes to roll up his sleeves and get to work.
A big believer in the sayings "if you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten"
and "all possible was done, we left to do the impossible"
Co-Founder & CEO at Linnovate Technologies
Linnovate is an Open Source Software (OSS) company which has been developing high-end OSS
projects for more than a decade.
Linnovate's professional services unit has delivered hundreds of successful projects to enterprises,
startups, institutions, and nonprofits.
Co-Founder at Medical Opinion
Medical Opinion www.m-opinion.com
Global medical service company offering on-line medical opinions through its network of world-
leading specialists and institutions.The company brings together world leading physicians, surgeons and patients from all over the
Founder & Managing Director at Tanagra
www.tanagraltd.com - In Nov 2012 Tanagra and Linnovate (a leading Drupal company) combined
the open source development activities.
Tanagra provides internet and mobile solutions based on open source applications including
Drupal, Ubercart, WordPress and more.
Founder and CEO at Pandatel
founded & managed Aristicom. The company designed, developed and marketed metro access
products for the telecommunication markets. Later, the company became a subsidiary of Pandatel
AG, a global provider of optical network technology solutions for the telecommunication industry.
Within two years the company was positined as a leading regional supplier of ETH over SONET/
SDH integrated networks to primary telecommunications companies in Europe, US and Asia
Ben Gurion University
MBA, International Business, 2000 - 2002
Tel Aviv University
studies for MSc (unfinished), Computer Engineering, 1998 - 2000
Ben Gurion University
BSc, Physics and Computer Science, 1993 - 1996
After years in the advertising industry I realized the potential of influencers marketing and Co found "LEADERS"
LEADERS is a revolutionary technology-driven influencer marketing platform With 9 Offices in Europe and US.
Thanks to highly creative concepts combined with our own exclusive and one-of-its-kind re-marketing system, our campaigns produce twice the results than any other competitor.
1000+ campaigns experience with top International brands such as L'Oréal, Perrier, Reebok, Samsung and more.
Today I am the CEO of the company that strives to go global and makes a change in the digital marketing sphere.
Eyal Lifschitz is CEO, General Partner and Co-Founder of Peregrine Ventures. On behalf of the
Fund, Eyal serves on the Boards of many of the portfolio companies, including Valtech Cardio,
NLT Spine, and CardioNova. Prior to founding Peregrine Ventures, Eyal co-founded and led the
business development efforts of a number of medical technology companies including PharmaSys
(acquired by Elan Corp. NYSE:ELN), ECR (acquired by AVX Corp. NYSE:AVX), Visioncare
Ophthalmic Technologies, and BioControl Ltd. From 2003-2007 Eyal also served as a Director of
Given Imaging (NASDAQ: GIVN).
Gilad’s 22 year career in Medical Devices spans across multiple countries in Europe and the US and a variety of functional areas including General Management, Sales, Marketing, Service and Research & Development both in small and large corporations.
Currently Gilad is the CEO of Itamar Medical (TASE: ITMR) a publicly listed global medical device developer and manufacture of Home Sleep Testing and Integration of Sleep Apnea management to Cardiac care pathway. Upon entering this role, Gilad led a strategic turnaround focusing the company on alternative, more lucrative, cardiology call point – while doubling sales of the main product line and improving materially margins. To facilitate the change, Gilad raised $47US Million in additional equity investment from strategic, private equity and institutional financial investors. As accelerator, he brought multiple collaborations with global players: Philips Respironics in Japan and the US and Medtronic AF Division in the US, worked with key associations to include Itamar Technology in various Guidelines . Gilad successfully generated alignment of a professional Board of Directors including external directors Until mid 2013 Gilad was the Worldwide Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Biosense Webster Inc (BWI) overseeing all strategic and commercial activities globally and serves on the Management Board Member at that time a $1.3Bn higher-tech medical device business (2017 estimate $2B in sales) which is one of the fastest growing global subsidiaries within Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer of healthcare products in the world.
Gilad joined Biosense, one of the early success stories in Israeli medical device history, when it was a small startup company as the 2nd employee in Europe and was later acquired by Johnson & Johnson (Oct 1997) for ~$0.5B. Gilad was a key part of the company unprecedented success together with a small group of Israeli executives who drove the company from a start-up to $1.3B Cardiology Medical Device powerhouse of innovation and growth. In addition to BWI success in its industry, it became a benchmark for management and leadership within JNJ as indicated in one of the latest Morgan Stanly analyst’s covering JNJ. In his career, Gilad specialized in sales and marketing in the Healthcare Industry in all major markets including the US, Europe, Japan, China and Latin America while creating and leading large scale commercial teams in a fast growing business. Gilad is also know for taking a R&D leadership role including complex US and Israeli R&D teams to lead to the launch of one of the largest BWI brands, CARTO® 3. Gilad earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, majoring in General and Strategic Management. He is also a 2 graduate of the prestigious “Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program” at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Gilad holds Black Belt in Six Signa process Excellence from Johnson & Johnson learning center. As a service to the Israeli Start Up Community, Gilad was an active faculty at the “Merage Institute innovation bridge” program for CEOs in California. The workshop analyses in details current and past Medical Devices start ups in the Cardiology space, draw strategic learning from their case studies and help the participants reflect the learning’s on their own companies. The workshop is interactive, based on real success and failure with a true industry insider insight In his spare time, Gilad is an active volunteer in the Israeli Police Forces in a patrol unit Gilad and his wife, Orly and three 3 kids and have returned to Israel from California in the summer of 2013 after almost 20 years abroad.
Gilad holds an Israeli and Dutch Nationalities as well as B1 working Visa to the United States.
Gil Hecht has been serving as CEO of Continuity Software since he founded the company in 2005. He is responsible for building Continuity’s leadership in the IT Resilience Validation space and establishing the company’s vision. Before founding Continuity Software, Gil was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Savantis Systems, a leading provider of database virtualization solutions. Previously, Gil was the Vice President of Business Development at Aladdin Knowledge Systems. Gil originally joined Aladdin as R&D Manager, and was responsible for the conception and development of several successful commercial products. Prior to Aladdin, he held various management positions at Commtouch (CTCH) and Galor. Gil led a research and development project at the Israel Defense Forces.
Gilles Gade is a founder of Cross River Bank (CRB) and has served as its Chairman,
President and CEO since its inception in 2008. Gilles is steering CRB as an innovation-
driven state-chartered bank and a provider of fully compliant financial solutions to the
marketplace lending and payments sectors. Gilles possesses over 20 years of experience
in investment banking and venture capital including Co-Founder and Managing Director
of Chela Technology Partners and Chela Internet Ventures, a boutique investment bank
and venture fund focusing on emerging technologies and telecommunications;
technology investment banker at Barclays Capital; and FIG investment banker at Bear
Stearns. Gilles started his career in 1990 at Citicorp Venture Capital.
Gade graduated from the MBA Institute IMIP (Groupe IPESUP) in Paris with an MS in
Guillaume Alvarez is senior vice president, EMEA for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Appointed to this role in November 2011, Guillaume is responsible for Steelcase’s sales activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Previously, Guillaume was vice president of global client collaboration (2009-11), where he managed the company’s refreshed approach to delivering unique value to our customers through a consistent structure and process. Prior to that, he was vice president of global alliances (2008-09), which include overseeing Steelcase’s largest strategic global accounts, roughly $500 million a year in annual sales, and having responsibility for the sales teams for Vertical Markets, Applied Research and Architecture and Technology.
Guillaume was also vice president of sales for the Central Region of Steelcase North America (appointed March 2006), overseeing all sales activity in his region, one of four in the United States.
Dr. Amir, innovator, entrepreneur, and a community activist, founded Essence in 1994, following technology leadership positions in global companies such as HP, Digital, and IBM, where he learned about business through hands-on experience. Dr. Amir holds a BSc in Electronics and MBA cum laude from the Technion, and a PhD in Computer Science and Electronics cum laude from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Haim Bonjack is a transport economist with MBA from the Hebrew Universty of Jerusalem. In 1990, together with Ehud Cohen a civil engineer with a Master degree fro the Technion of Haifa. he founded an Engineering Consulting Company in the roads sector named TNM (Technology and Management) Limited.
As the President of the company and together with his partner they developed the company from a small Israeli based company with few employees to a middle size company with more than 150 engineers, system analysts and economists working in more than 15 countries in South America, Africa and Asia.
Harel is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the technology ecosystem, most recently as an investor and advisor for startups and VC’s. Currently, Harel is the CEO of Kryon, a leading provider of intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions.
He has held several leadership positions including AVG Israel Country Manager (acquired by Avast for $1.3B. Prior to AVG Harel led Como (Conduit Mobile), a fast-growing mobile app maker platform. Prior to Como, he founded a visionary startup in the collectibles area, Collcs Ltd., and before that managed an engineering group at Microsoft & Gteko (acquired by Microsoft) ILDC.
Dr. Harold Wiener is the Founder and General Partner of Terra Venture
Partners and Terralab Ventures, the leading early-stage Impact VC in
Israel (Founded in 2007).
Harold invested and sits on the board of some of the most promising
impact companies in Israel such as Phoebus Energy, PVNanocell, Smartap,
Neurolief, Sixgill, FieldIn, SolAround and others, with a total of 19
companies in Terra’s portfolio.
With more than 30 years of industrial and operational experience, Harold
is a veteran in the world of biotechnology, chemistry, nutraceuticals,
Cleantech and Corporate R&D, both in Israel and abroad.
Prior to founding Terra, Harold led product and business development for
both 'Aromor' and 'AlgaTechnologies' – both of which were acquired.
Harold has also served as CEO of various biotech and biomedical startups,
and was the CTO of the Misgav Technology Center Incubator, the leading
medical incubator in Israel to date.
Harold holds a Ph.D in Applied Chemistry from the Hebrew University in
Jerusalem, and has co-authored more than 30 scientific papers and
patents in prestigious international journals.
He is also an active Member of the Board in the non-profit Machshava
Tova, a leading organization aiming to reduce the social gaps in Israel
Harold is a strong believer in the crucial role of technology to solve the
most important challenges facing humanity, including the role of the new
Sharing Economy and Digital Trust to solve social problems and reduce
inequality, the most important threat of present times.
Harold was born in Uruguay and made Aliya to Jerusalem. He has lived
there ever since.
Imad Younis is a Nazarene business & social entrepreneur. After achieving his
degree in Electrical engineering from the Technion and gaining experience in the
neuroscience field for some years, he founded Alpha Omega ”AO” in 1993 – a
medical device company.
Along the years, Mr. Younis strengthened the core-competence of “AO” in the fields
of neural recording and stimulation, and built an infrastructure to grow and prosper;
from a centralized one man company to a worldwide technology company that is
considered leader in the fields of Neuroscience and Functional Neurosurgery.
He sits on multiple NGO boards and initiates programs that reflect his life mission,
which is growing leaders and entrepreneurs out of his own company & community
to take the lead for shaping the society’s future.
Imad is married to Reem, with 3 children: Dima, Jude and Nada
Izhar Shay is a Managing General Partner with Canaan Partners Israel. Izhar focuses on
investments in Mobile, Digital Media, Internet, Communications and Software. He is a
board member at Drupe, Regulus Cyber, Rollout.io, Apertio, Viewbix and LiveU, and until
recently he was a board member at Prime Sense, which was acquired by Apple, and N-
trig, acquired by Microsoft.
With more than 25 years of operational experience as a successful entrepreneur, Izhar
was previously Chairman and CEO of V-Secure Technologies, and CEO and co-
founder of Business Layers. Both companies have reached a successful exit under
Izhar writes a weekly column in Globes, Israel’s leading financial newspaper, and he is
a frequent speaker on Israeli TV and Radio and in various industry conferences. He is
the founder of “Start-Up Stadium”, the largest on-line community for high-tech
entrepreneurs in Israel, with more than 42,000 members. Izhar was selected by
Geektime as one of the top 100 influencers in the Israeli high-tech. Also, he was
selected amongst 70 high-tech role models in a special project celebrating the 70th
anniversary of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel.
Izhar Shay is the founder and anchor in “High-Tech Ba’Pkakim”, a weekly radio and
Facebook Live show that covers the Israeli high-tech scene, with tens of thousands of
Izhar is the Chairman of Tzahala, a volunteer based non-for-profit organization which
focuses on giving Israeli youngsters an equal opportunity to excel and to realize their
personal potential as they turn into young adults. Izhar also volunteers with KamaTech,
a non-for-profit organization which provides high-tech employment and entrepreneurial
opportunities for the Haredi community in Israel.
Izhar Shay has published two books: “As Beautiful As You” (Israel, Hard Copy 2009,
and an English edition on Amazon.com) and “Corner Kick” (Israel, 2013).
Izhar was a paratrooper and an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). He holds a
B.S.E.E. from the Technion, as an Electronics Engineer.
More about Izhar Shay, here (in Hebrew): Wikipedia - Izhar Shay
As a millennial innovator / entrepreneur Jason officially took over the Speedmaster reins in 2005, a typical bricks-and-mortar family business established since 1979.
Know for as a Visionary Second Generation Entrepreneur with a First Generation Work ethic
'My main focus to reinvent the offline business by growing Online footprint whilst building one of the most Innovate brands not just in the Automotive Space.' Establishing AT Racing World in 2003 with the aim to sell Automotive components on eBay.
Implementing an online business model from non existent in 2003 to a become Australia's number one online reseller of Automotive car spare parts by 2006.
Over the next 5 years the focus moved away from increasing the product offering or adding extra fluff that can't be sustained in the long run. Instead focusing on pushing the internal Eco-system to the limit, to ensure it could facilitate the growing online demand and future grow was sustainable.
With almost 10 years of proven results he had set its sites on rolling out the same business model in its Global facility in the USA, along with a strong Brand Integrity into a highly competitive automotive industry.
This instant overnight success build on years of experience lead to becoming Number 1 in 12 categories on eBay Motors and Amazon.
In 2016 ATRW has grown to become the 3rd largest aftermarket automotive online store offering over 100,000 items and shipping over 5 million products worldwide.
Growing the Brand DNA visually distinctive, that is not only visually innovative but is a blend of old and new technology. Ensuring it is a patent design and has award winning functionality. Pushing for our innovation goals, had led to us conquering 8 SEMA Awards in the last Seven Years (never achieved before) whilst competing with FORD, GM and Chrysler; Australia's Top 100 Retailers for 2016, 2017.
Officially Australia's #1 Automotive Aftermarket Brand.
Top 5 Privately Owned Automotive Aftermarket Companies.
Shipping over 5 million items worldwide.
SEMA 35 top Executives
Top 50 People in Australian e-commerce.
These Achievements have been based around the visionaries three pillar approach:
Our People, Our Products and Our Approach.
Dr. Jonathan Javitt serves as Founder and CEO of NeuroRx, a clinical stage pharma company that is in phase 2b/3 clinical trials with NRX-101, an FDA Fast Track, first-in-class drug targeting suicidality in bipolar depression. He has a 30-year history of combining clinical understanding with expertise in medical device and drug development, health information technology, health policy, and health economics. He has played senior roles on pharmaceutical and medical device development teams for Merck, Allergan, Eyetech, Mannkind, Novartis, Pharmacia, and Pfizer.
Dr. Javitt has been a founder of 6 health informatics and analytics companies that have gone on to public exits. In each of those endeavors, he has focused on the use of leading edge technology to improve clinical care processes. He has served the administration of George W. Bush in positions related to health policy and national security. Under President Clinton, he was appointed to the White House Health Reform Task Force.
Jonathan pioneered the use of outcomes and health economic research in ophthalmologic drug and device development. He wrote the blueprint for the FDA’s Sentinel Systems program and served for 10 years as an expert consultant to the Medicare program. His experience includes regulatory expertise in FDA and CE compliance with the drug and device approval process and quality system management.
After receiving his A.B. with honors in Biochemistry from Princeton University, he completed medical training at Cornell, Harvard, the Wills Eye Hospital, and the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of Johns Hopkins Universitiy. He has served as Professor of Ophthalmology and Public Policy on the full-time faculties of Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities and remains an adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins. In his academic career he directed and participated in more than $20 million of federally-funded research focused on outcomes of, and delivery of, health care including diseases of the eye, diabetes, and breast cancer. He authored the first book on computers in medicine in 1984 and has published more than 200 scientific works in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and numerous other peer-reviewed publications in addition to a novel. He is lead inventor on seven US patents.
In 2015 he was named Alumnus of Merit of the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard’s top award for public health service.
Jonathan has over 17 years of experience working with private multinational companies, startups, as well as PE & VC Funds operating in several sectors, such as financial services, technology, life sciences. He is focused on helping clients with a wide range of issues while delivering cross-functional solutions.
Jonathan joined KPMG in Israel in 2000 and worked in the Technology practice advising startups and emerging private companies on their business models, raising capital for growth, and expanding their operations internationally. Jonathan relocated to KPMG in the UK in 2004 for four years, where he held the role of EMA & Global Head of Business Development for the Transactions and Restructuring practice. Jonathan returned to KPMG in Israel in 2008 and took on the role of Head of Markets, where he is responsible for market development and growth across the firm and together with the senior partner of the firm he has oversight and manages the top 30 national and multinational accounts for KPMG in Israel.
Jonathan is also active in the investment space, assisting companies as well as professional investors in Israel and abroad to help them identify transactions across a wide range of industries including, technology, energy and real estate. Jonathan was a founding champion of the KPMG Enterprise Innovative Startups Center of Excellence and was recently elected the Global Chairman for KPMG Enterprise in May of 2017.
“Jonathan Pulitzer is the Managing Director of Israel for GE Ventures, the venture capital arm of General Electric. In this capacity, he covers investments across the nexus of the industrial and digital markets. He also leads European investments in the energy technology sector. Jonathan has been making venture and growth capital investments in the US, Israel and Europe for GE for nearly a decade. Notable recent exits include SolarEdge (Nasdaq: SEDG), TPI Composites (Nasdag: TPIC) and Emefcy (ASX: EMC). In Israel, GE currently has 11 active investments. He joined GE in 2005 with the Financial Management Program where he served various business functions across GE Capital, including Commercial Aviation Services, Capital Markets and Equity, while completing GE’s executive training program. In 2018 he was selected the #2 Rising Star in Corporate VC by Global Corporate Venturing. Jonathan earned his BA in economics and business from New York University. He lives in Israel with his family.”
Jonathan (Jonny) Saacks is Managing Partner of F2 Capital. Until 2016, Jonny was Managing Partner at Genesis Partners and brings extensive early stage investment experience from his previous roles at operational companies and venture capital funds. Jonny joined Genesis Partners in 2005 and focused on seed and early-stage technology investments. Jonny was the founder and partner responsible for The Junction, Israel's first accelerator, now widely regarded as the leading seed program in Israel. Prior to joining Genesis Partners, Jonny was at Gemini Israel Funds where he concentrated on software investments and fund operations management. Earlier in his career, Jonny was the Head of International Sales and Business Development of UK-based Waterlogic and the first employee at Barak International Telecom Corp., where he was responsible for overseeing product management, marketing, and international partnerships and helped the organization grow to 400 employees. Jonny also served for ten years in the Intelligence Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces, commanding large operational teams. Jonny is a Lieutenant Colonel from the IDF and holds an MBA from Oxford University and a BA in Economics and Management from Tel Aviv University.
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post "One of Israel's leading high tech venture capitalists". NY Times Supplement "Israel at 60" named Medved as one of the "Top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel" and he was also named as one of the "50 most influential Jews" by Jerusalem Post.
Medved currently is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the leading Global Equity Crowdfunding platform for accredited investors and angels. OurCrowd is "One of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet" according to Forbes, having raised over $300M for over 100 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. According to Bloomberg Business week "OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world."
Medved has been both an entrepreneur and investor: He has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, and as a venture and angel investor over the past two decades he invested in almost 200 startup companies, helping to bring 20 of them to values in excess of $100M. Between 2006-2012, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010.
Before founding Vringo, Medved was the founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds. Israel Seed had $262M under management in four funds and has been an investor in 60 leading Israeli companies. Exits include: Shopping.com (acquired by Ebay), Compugen (Nasdaq: CGEN), Answers.com (Nasdaq: ANSW, acquired by Summit), Cyota (acquired by RSA/CA), Finjan (Nasdaq: FNJN ), Mobile Access (acquired by Corning), Tradeum (acquired by VerticalNet), Native Networks (acquired by Alcatel), Broadlight (acquired by Broadcom), Xacct (acquired by Amdocs), Business Layers (acquired by CA), Xtellus (acquired by Oclaro), and Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare).
Prior to Israel Seed, Medved was a founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales at MERET Optical Communications, Inc. MERET was acquired by the Amoco Corporation. Medved then came to Israel where he was part of the founding management team at Accent Software which was later acquired by L&H/Microsoft.
Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and six grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.
After earning a degree in mechanical engineering Ken started his career in the aerospace industry
working on projects such as the Patriot Missiles, Advanced Tactical Fighter, Space Shuttle, Airbus A330
and Delta Rockets.
After completing an MBA at Pepperdine University, he moved into management: Initially Manufacturing
Engineering followed by Business Unit Management and the Manager of Strategic Planning at the State
of California Health and Human Services Data Center.
Since 2005 he has been the President/CEO of the GNB corporation that manufactures vacuum
processing equipment for space simulation and high-tech manufacturing.
He has been married for 33 years to his wife Alicia. Together with their two sons they manage a non-
profit organization that hosts summer camps for orphanages in Mexico.
President / CEO Logista France
Logista France, leading French wholesaler for convenience stores.
€4.5 Billion turnover, 1600 employees, 17 distribution centers & 72.000 customers
Logista France regroups 5 companies:
• Logista SAS: leading tobacco distributor
• SAF: leading tobacconist channel wholesaler
• Telecom & Business: leading dematerialized prepaid phone solution provider
• Supergroup: food wholesaler for gas stations, restaurant & bakery channels
• Strator: leading POS terminal & IT solution provider for tobaconnist channels
Executive Director Formats & Supply Chain Carrefour Group, Paris
Member of the Carrefour Group Executive Committee (Top 25)
Restructuration of the central headquarters team
Redefinition of corporate leadership in formats and supply chain
Cost reduction management : risk / loss prevention, store re-organisation
Executive Director Formats & Channels Carrefour Group, Paris
Member of the Carrefour Group Executive Committee (Top 25)
Centre of Competence Formats and Channels
Project Manager “Reinvention of Hypermarkets” in 5 European countries
Team multi-functional interacting in 12 different markets
Key learning: Innovation management, functional management of strategical projects
Executive Director / Country Manager Carrefour, Sofia Bulgaria
Launching of a new subsidiary in a fast growing environment
Structuring of the expansion plan and land lease negotiations
Organization of the headquarter processes to open 30.000 m2 year
Successful opening of 3 stores (25.000 m2)
Organization growth : from 300 to 1400 associates €20 Mio to €100 Mio turnover
Operational Director Carrefour, Sao Paulo Brazil
Management of a portfolio of 40 Hypermarkets and 50 Supermarkets
Link headquarter operations and lead day to day operations
Enhance program of productivity improvement and customer services
€2.5 Billion Turnover, Ebit: 4%, 14 000 associates
Commercial Director Food Departments Carrefour, Sao Paulo Brazil
Management of FMCG and Fresh Products categories (300 categories)
€3 Billion turnover, Ebit: 5%, 400 associates
Perimeter of 90 hypermarkets, 50 supermarkets and 2000 suppliers
Matthew is the President and CEO of Hiltzik Strategies, a strategic communications and consulting
firm specializing in corporate communications, individual strategic counsel, crisis management,
litigation support, and managing brands and narratives for high-profile organizations and
Hiltzik Strategies is a leader across the media, financial, entertainment, tech, consumer, public
affairs, and sports sectors, with specialties in high-level narrative development, content creation,
and media relations and outreach. The firm focuses on the medium to long-term interests of its
clients, elevating their profiles to better position them for partnerships, brand expansion, and new
Matthew, an attorney and active member of the New York State Bar Association, began his career as
press secretary and deputy executive director of the New York State Democratic Committee, where
he worked on the party’s successful 1998 coordinated campaign which elected Senator Chuck
Schumer. Matthew filled various roles on Hillary Clinton’s 1999 “Listening Tour,” which launched
her first US Senate campaign, before returning to serve as her Director of Jewish Relations in the
summer and fall of 2000.
He left in politics in late 1999 to join Miramax Films as Senior VP of Corporate Communications. In
2005, he went on to become President and CEO of the U.S. office of the U.K. based publicity firm
Freud Communications, before founding Hiltzik Strategies in 2008.
Matthew is a member of BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) and has produced five
documentaries, including the award winning Paper Clips, Documented (EP), Connected: An
Autobiography about Love, Death and Technology (co-producer), Holy Land Hardball (EP), and The
He is on the board of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Ghetto Film
School, Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media, The Jewish Week, The
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC-NY), and The Andi Foundation and is a
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Fellow.
Matthew is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and received
his Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife and
Dr. Michal Tsur is Kaltura co-founder and president, and leads Kaltura’s Enterprise and Learning business. Kaltura’s video platform and software products power engaging video experiences for hundreds of millions of viewers at home, at work and at school. Prior to Kaltura, Michal co-founded Cyota, a world leading provider of security and anti-fraud solutions to financial institutions (acquired by RSA Security, Inc (NASDAQ: RSAS) in 2005) Michal holds a doctoral degree from New York University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale’s Information Society Project, where her research focused on Open Source and memetics. Michal was a competitive swimmer and triathlete, and loves to run, swim and hike, and regularly blogs and writes for the Huffington post and other publications
Moshe Lichtman brings 35years of product and leadership experience and
20 years of investment experience in the global tech industry.
In 2011 he retired from Microsoft where he was Corporate VP responsible
for several of its consumer businesses. As head of MSN's international
business in the late 90's, Moshe was responsible for quadrupling the
business to become the #1 network in Europe, Canada, Australia and many
other international markets. Under Moshe's leadership in the early 2000's,
Microsoft's TV business became the leading provider of IPTV platforms to
telecom operators globally. Upon returning to Israel in 2006, as President
of Microsoft's R&D center in Israel, Moshe was responsible for turning the
Israel operation into one of the three largest strategic innovation hubs
outside the US. Mr. Lichtman was also among the leaders of the Windows
95 team and President of Softimage, a leader in media creation software.
Prior to Microsoft, Mr. Lichtman held software development and
management positions in several high-tech startups.
Mr. Lichtman is the co-author of the best-selling book "The complete guide
to the C language" and holds a BSc Cum Laude in Computer Engineering
from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the
MIT Sloan School. In 2009 Mr. Lichtman was selected Top High Tech CEO of
a large multinational company in Israel by the Israel Management Institute.
With 22 years of experience in high tech, Moshe was promoting the Israeli tech outside TLV.
In recent years Moshe has been involved in building technology accelerators, co working spaces and innovation centers ( especially in the 2nd cities cycle / peripheral of Israel) and establishing communities around, promoting tech and entrepreneurship in education, advancement of women in the job market, and employment for the 40+ challenges.
Moshe Porat is active in number of international accelerators and startups, board member in some of them.
In 2016 Moshe was named one of Israel’s top 20 influencers in Israel’s high tech scene
A broad leadership and management experience that evolved mainly during serving in the Israeli Navy, working at Strauss Group, and through international and other business experiences. Diversified business practices including: general management, strategy and B&D, financial management, marketing & sales, FMCG, BOD memberships, business partnerships, change management and culture.
Current role as CEO at Carmel wineries since 03/2018.
Carmel Wineries is the leading company in the wine market in Israel, established in 1882 in Palestine (the future state of Israel) by the Baron Benjamin Edmond De Rothschild for Jewish settlers who came from Europe in those years.
Before Carmel Wineries, between 1995-2017, Nadav worked at Strauss Group, Ltd., an international Food & Beverage company based in Israel, traded on the TLV Exchange with a turnover of above $2.0B
Last role as GM of Strauss Coffee Israel, at Strauss Coffee B.V. (headquartered in the Netherlands) for about 7 years. Strauss Coffee Israel is the leading coffee manufacturer & marketer in Israel and a key asset for Strauss Group.
Between 1988-1994 Nadav served in the Israeli Navy; 2 years in the Naval Academy, and then as a Patrol Boat Commander and as a Commander of a fleet of 5 patrol boats.
Nadav is an AMP at Harvard Business School Boston MA, graduated MBA from University of San Diego CA, and holds a BA in Agriculture Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Nadav lives in Binyamina (between TLV and Haifa), he is married with 3 children.
Mr. Kidron serves as Chief Executive Officer & President of Oramed Pharmaceuticals, which
he founded in 2006. Mr. Kidron is an entrepreneur whose experience includes senior
executive roles in a wide range of industries.
Nadav co-founded Entera Bio as a joint venture formed by Oramed and DNA Biomedical
Solutions. He is a member of the IATI (Israeli Advanced Technology Industries) board; and an
international lecturer on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture and the country’s roots as an oasis of
innovative ideas (www.israel-innovation.com). He has addressed groups ranging from Jewish
and Christian leadership missions to Israel, Chinese business delegations, Birthright Israel
delegations, Australian investors and more. He is a regular lecturer at various MBA programs
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and an international Masters in business administration,
both from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Mr. Kidron is a fellow of the Merage Business Executive
Leadership Program and a member of the Israeli Bar Association.
A technological visionary and seasoned entrepreneur, Natan Barak is the co-founder and CEO of mPrest, a leading provider of mission-critical monitoring, analytics and control software for the Industrial IoT sectors.
Prior to founding mPrest, Barak had a decorated 23-year career in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), retiring as a Colonel in 2003. Barak was involved in numerous strategic military projects, including development of a submarine simulator, defense and electronic warfare systems, and an operational combat system. Among his many roles, Barak founded and served as commander of the Israeli Navy’s C4I Division.
Based on Barak's innovative "system of systems" vision, mPrest has developed some of the industry most advanced and sophisticated command and control applications, including the software behind the world-renowned Iron Dome missile defense system. Over the past decade, under Barak's leadership, mPrest has focused on transforming its intelligent, real-time defense IoT capabilities to commercial applications. These efforts have produced the world's most sophisticated and versatile IoT command and control applications, currently installed in many countries across multiple market segments.
Among Barak's many honors is the National Security Award (2012) for leading the development of the Iron Dome command and control system. He holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Israel Institute of Technology - Technion), as well as MA degrees in Business Administration (Bar Ilan University) and Political Science (Haifa University)
Neil Corney was nominated as the Citi Country Officer for Citibank N.A, Israel in November
Prior to this, Mr. Corney joined Citibank in August 2004 as Country Treasurer. He was promoted
to Managing Director and head of FICC in 2008, after which he became Head of Markets in
Prior to Citibank, Mr. Corney ran a team of 15 as Head of the Trading department in the
Treasury at Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest Bank, where he was employed for 7 years.
Previously, Mr. Corney ran a private hedge fund in Israel investing in a plethora of instruments
ranging from Interest Rate Derivatives to Commodity Futures.
Mr. Corney also worked as a Portfolio Manager for a South African group with ties to ABSA
bank. Mr. Corney graduated with Honors in the field of economics and statistics from
Manchester University in England.
He is married with 7 children.
In 2010, Nick founded Lightsource Renewable Energy, then just a six-person start-up, which swiftly
became the largest utility scale solar developer and O&M services provider in Europe. The company
invested over USD $3 billion of capital across ~2GW of solar projects globally, and with headquarters
in London, the company has now established offices across Europe, North America, Asia and
Australia. In his role as Group CEO, Nick’s dynamic leadership and vision has driven the company to
tremendous success and in December 2017, Lightsource announced a strategic partnership with BP.
Rebranded as Lightsource BP, the company has committed to aggressively accelerate the low carbon
transition, and this powerhouse partnership is set to shape the future of global energy delivery. Nick
previously sat at Board and Senior Director level in a number of leading retail financial service
companies. Throughout his career, Nick has always been recognised for his entrepreneurial skill and
success in pairing retail financial products with low-risk, predictable investments.
Nir Amsel lends both legal and real estate
expertise to HAP Investments. He was a
founding partner and head of the
International Department at the law firm of
Amsel, Levi & Hasid, a leading real estate
firm. Mr. Amsel, a specialist in Ukrainian
business affairs, opened the first and only
branch office of an Israeli law firm in
Ukraine. Mr. Amsel is a graduate of the
Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and holds
an LL.B. and a B.A. in Business. Mr. Amsel is
currently the CEO of HAP in Israel and
oversees the investor relations, marketing,
and sales departments.
Mr. Belzer Serves as director in Desalitech, Transbiodiesel,
Tomaisins and Rootility (Aquagro portfolio companies)
Mr. Belzer also serves as board vice-chairman of Enzymotec
Co-founder and managing partner of the MMT Fund, among first
and few to appreciate the opportunity in material science and
Clean-tech; Among the MMT strategic partners are: Bayer;
Siemens; Boeing; Henkel; Schott Glass; Bekaert; DSM; EDB; IDB.
General Partner - Managing Partner A3F Aquagro Fund II
Mr. Belzer has 20 years of extensive experience in VC management, including
fund-of-funds management in the IDB Group;
Mr. Belzer brings 20 years of taking start-ups from idea to exit, building value,
strategic partnering, and industry creating. Mr. Belzer has a strong background in
marketing and finance (IDBH, Globes Business Newspaper);
Mr. Belzer holds a B.Sc in Math and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University; MBA,
Marketing and Finance, Tel Aviv University;
Avionics Engineering, IAI.
Noam Band is Chairman and CEO of Algomizer. Algomizer is a public company traded on the Tel-Aviv stock exchange (TASE: ALMO).
Mr. Band served as CEO of Timest, Mobillion and Dotomi, the latter was chosen by Ernest&Young and TheMarker, as the most promising Internet company in 2005. Dotomi was acquired by ValueClick for $295 million. Noam served as VP Marketing for FedEx Israel ,Marketing Manager for NUR Macroprinters (acquired by HP) and more.
Band started in the IDF as a programmer and set up a large staff of System Information developers for his unit.
With a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA), BA in Economics from the Hebrew University with distinction.
Invests and supports start-ups and serves as a member of the acting committee for the non profit, Global Entrepreneurship Network.
A seasoned entrepreneur, investor, and technologist, one of Israel's top influencers in blockchain, cryptography, and token economics. Created the world’s first smartphone encryption system distributed in over 50 countries, and founded the DAV blockchain based transportation network in collaboration with senior executives from Ethereum, NASA, Google, General Motors, and UPS. Noam is also a aviation enthusiast and an FAA licensed multi engine pilot.
Before starting at AFFiRiS, Oliver Siegel headed the pharma practice at Rothschild
Investment bank in London, where he previously also worked as Head of European
Pharmaceutical Sector. He advised Roche in multiple MNA and financial transactions, for
example at the acquisition of Genentech. He also supervised the IPO of several top-class
companies like Serono or Speedel. Prior to this, he was Head of Healthcare Investment
Banking at HSBC plc. in London.
Omer Keilaf has spent 19 years driving cutting edge technologies from inception to commercialization. As the co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of LiDAR sensing solutions, Mr. Keilaf is helping enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles by providing high-performance LiDAR at mass market prices. He has overseen the company’s tremendous success as it overtook older, more established LiDAR developers to earn a design win with BMW, marking the industry’s first major design win for series production of autonomous vehicles. The company has also secured partnerships with Tier 1 solution providers including Aptiv, Magna International, Samsung HARMAN and HiRain Technologies. Mr. Keilaf spearheaded the company’s rapid growth as it raised $82 million and expanded to over 150 employees in a little over two years. For his efforts, Mr. Keilaf was named CEO of the Year by the 2018 Image Sensors Europe Awards, while Innoviz itself has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Automobility LA Top Three Startup, and CES Innovation Award winner, among other awards. Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Omer served as an officer in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, before going on to a distinguished career in opto-mechanics, electrical engineering, MEMS and more. He held senior leadership roles at companies including Consumer Physics, STMicroelectronics and IDF, where he served as the System and Product Team Manager, R&D manager, and Project Manager and System Architecture Manager, respectively. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as a lecturer.
Raanan is a seasoned entrepreneur who previously founded MobileMax, leading the company from concept to multimillion-dollar international sales and IPO. As one of the industry’s foremost speakers and bloggers, he is a respected authority on logistics and supply chain market trends and disruptions, speaking in conferences and forums around the globe. Raanan is also an avid sports addict who has completed numerous marathons and triathlons including ironman & ultra-marathon distances.
B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics, EMBA from Kellogg-
Founder and CEO of Rachip, 10 years high-tech company,
provides R&D engineering services in the fields of Embedded
systems, ASIC and FPGA, Firmware and SW apps. The company
acts as one-stop- shop for industries like: Semiconductor, Medical,
Robotics, Communication systems, iOT and more, Employs more
than 100 expert engineers, most of them ultra-orthodox women, in
2 R&D centers in Haifa and Bnei-Brak.
Board member of IATI (Israel Advanced Technology Industries).
Prior to Rachip, Racheli managed projects in High-tech companies
like: MindSpeed, Verisity, FlexLight and Infineon.
For her contribution to the community, This year, Racheli has been chosen to be one of Israel’s torchlighters for the national Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremony.
Rafael Beyar, MD, DSc, MPH, and Professor of Medicine and
Biomedical Engineering, is the director of Rambam Health Care
Campus, since 2006, a leading academic referral hospital in
Northern Israel. Beyar received his MD from Tel Aviv University
(1977), a DSc from the Technion (1983), and his MPH from the
Bloomberg School of Public Health (2008). He trained at Johns
Hopkins Cardiology and has held a visiting Professor appointment there. Beyar
served as Dean of the Technion’s Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
(1999–2005); under his leadership, Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron
Ciechanover were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004. An interventional
cardiologist with research focusing on cardiovascular engineering, development of
stents, and the first robotic coronary catheterization system, Beyar has authored
numerous publications, several patents, 15 books, and is a recipient of several
Beyar successfully led the hospital staff through the 2006 Second Lebanon War,
during which the hospital was under fire. Following the war, Beyar led the hospital
through a massive development plan with a vision that emphasizes the intertwining
of superb medical care with education, research, and innovation. He led the
administration in building a new campus with a 2,000-bed fortified underground
emergency hospital, a modern children’s hospital, an advanced oncology center and
an interdisciplinary heart hospital. The Health Discovery Tower, at the center of the
campus, is a joint project with the University of Haifa and the Technion—integrating
clinical, academic, and industry activities. Beyar also spearheaded the founding of
Rambam MedTech, the hospital’s technology transfer company and has led the
hospital towards an innovative, first of a kind, joint effort with Medtronic, IBM, and
Pitango-Impact First, to establish the MindUp Incubator on Digital Health in early
2016 in Haifa.
Since 2009, Ran Bukshpan has served as President & CEO of Telrad Networks. Prior to joining Telrad, he spent the past 20 years serving in C-level executive roles at the Baran Group and its subsidiaries, Baran Telecom Inc. and Baran Raviv Telecom Ltd.
Most recently, he served for two years as CEO of the Baran Group, a large engineering company responsible for the implementation of large telecommunications and construction projects. For three years prior, Bukshpan served as Chairman & CEO of Baran Telecom Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary that specializes in providing outsourced network solutions to the wireless telecommunications industry. While he was appointed CEO of Baran Raviv Telecom, he also served as the Communications Division President for three years (from 2000-2003). He began his career in 1988 at the Baran Group and was ultimately promoted to CEO. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Ricardo Oliveira Nobre, CEO of Cross Border Talents Group is an expert in the context of talent mobility and world of work matters. Ricardo has a master degree from a European top-tier university (Mechanical Engineering, IST) and is the former Strategic Clients Director and Board Member of an American company in Germany (650 mn. € in revenue and 20.000 employees).
Ricardo has 20 years management experience in engineering, recruitment and ICT training. He started his career at ABB Alstom Power, where worked as Engineer Site Manager in Portugal (Alqueva Mutlipurpose Dam, largest artificial lake in Western Europe) and Thailand (Lam ta Khong pumped storage Project). He joined the recruitment industry in 2001, having worked 13 years as country manager and international business concept developer across 44 countries for a world top-tier staffing company. In 2014 Ricardo founded Cross Border Talents, a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Champion. His ambition is to contribute to solve the global skills shortage challenge through consistently facilitating employment transitions in increasingly volatile and complex labor markets. Ricardo is a member of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition (European Commission). In 2016 his project proposal CBT Academy (a disruptive business model to recruit, train and employ 500,000 ICT Professionals by 2020) was awarded with Seal of Excellence, a certificate delivered by the European Commission as the institution managing Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for Research and Innovation 2014-2020.
Ricardo married Marta in 1998 and is father of Ricardo, Frederico and Rita.
3 years Electro/Mechanic Apprenticeship Fachschule Schwenningen
Certificate Professional Electro Mechanic
Followed by engineering study
Diplom Ingenieur Fine Mechanics (equal Engineering Master degree )
Certificate from Fachhochschule Furtwangen / Germany
1972 - 1976 Telecommunication System Engineer Siemens AG/ Germany
1976 - 1979 Engineering Manager Continental Camera Corporation/ USA
1980 - 1982 Production Manager Contact GMBH/ Germany
1982 - 1986 Technical Director Dialbright Company Ltd/Hongkong.
1986 - 1990 Managing Director Dialbright Company Ltd/Hongkong
1990 - 1996 Managing Director Nissin Precision Metal Manufacturing Ltd
1996 - CEO and Chairman Highway Holdings Ltd Nasdaq “HIHO”
Highway Holdings Group of Companies
1. Starting in a Customer Service International Traveling Department of
Siemens AG /Munich in charge of testing large size Telecommunication
systems , which included on site Hand Over and Staff Training
2. Engineering Design and Development and Production Set up
of Cameras and Flash units in New Jersey USA , Taiwan and Hongkong
3. Manual and automatic production of Electrical Connectors and cable
4. Camera design development and production of cameras in Hongkong
5. Management of Dialbright ,a camera manufacturing company with up to
2000 employees in Hongkong and China
6. Purchase and Management of a Japanese style metal stamping company
. Transfer all of the company’s component manufacturing to China at a
time when only assembly companies were established in China .
7. Founding of Highway Holdings Ltd group of companies followed by
IPO of Highway Holdings Ltd at the Nasdaq Market .
Managing the group as CEO and as Chairman of the Board since it’s
Ronen Joined Viola Ventures in February 2008 and currently serves as a General Partner.
His investment areas of focus include SaaS, big data, cyber security and internet.
He is a board member in Samanage, ironSource, Perfecto Mobile, enSilo, Redis Labs, and
CodeFresh. He also served as a board member at Shunra (acquired by HP), Amadesa
(acquired by Live Person), Kampyle (acquired by Medallia) and Cloudyn (acquired by
Before joining Viola Ventures, Ronen was VP of Product Management at Verint Systems,
and Director of Project Management at ECtel (NASDAQ:ECTX), where he led the delivery of
large scale, multi-million dollar projects in North and Latin America.
Ronen served for 13 years in an elite Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Unit where he still
holds a rank of Lieutenant Colonel (Res.). He holds a B.A. (Com Laude) in Economics and
Middle-East History from Tel Aviv University, and an M.Sc in Technology Management from
the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Dr. Koren is a Venture Partner at Aspire Ventures and oversees all investments
in Israel and ROW. As well as Managing Partner at SIFOOD, cross border Israel-
Singapore , investment house. She currently serves as board member for
Ayalon Holding, Fantasy Networks, Cytegic & ListenApp.
♦ Dr. Koren has more than 25 years of high-tech and venture capital experience.
Prior to joining Aspire Ventures, she was Vice President at Battery Ventures, a
leading global venture capital firm, focusing on Israeli companies. She has led
investments in leading companies such as FreshPoint, Technion Seed, cVidya
and Neoclous and in global investment initiatives since.
♦ Dr. Koren holds a B.A. in Psychology from The Open University, an M.A. from
Tel Aviv University, an MBA and Ph.D. from Baruch College in New York City.
Ron Palas is the CEO and a Co-founder of Banx.one.
Ron is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive management track record in various ventures.
Previously, Ron was the Co-founder and CEO of Gorilla Play, a B2B social
gaming platform; and the Founder and CEO of Billngo, an ecommerce search technology
company. Additional roles included management positions at SanDisk, Card
Guard, and RCS (a $500M ecommerce business).
Ph. D. in Computer Science at the TU Berlin in 1992. Head of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence
Laboratory (DAI-Labor), which was founded by him in 1992. In 2003 he was appointed as Professor at
the TU Berlin, chair “Agent Technologies in Business Applications and Telecommunication”.
Founding member and member of the Steering Board of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (Concern
Research of the Deutsche Telekom AG), since 2004. Founding member of the Center for ICT (EICT) in
Berlin, 2005. Initiator and CEO of the “Connected Living e.V.” innovation center, which has more than
50 members from research and industry, since 2009. Chief Executive Director of the German-Turkish
Advanced ICT Research Centre (GT-ARC) based in Berlin and Istanbul, since 2012. Entrepreneur and
founder of various start-ups, most recently IOLITE GmbH, 2014. Beside numerous Best Paper awards
and prices, he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit) from the Federal Republic
Germany for his efforts to German-Turkish research cooperation and contribution to innovation,
2014. He has been consulting several ministries in Germany and Turkey, as well as the management
of well-known companies on technology and business strategies.
Sanjay Shah is the Founder of Vistex and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Architect. Prior to Vistex, Sanjay was employed with SAP and other large corporations in a multitude of roles. Sanjay brings a high level of passion, energy and skills to address complex business processes for global organizations.
Sanjay has been instrumental in creating an entirely new category of business software called “Go-to-Market” Programs and has charted a visionary path for Vistex that transcends the “business as usual” mindset. With relentless focus and unbridled vitality, he executes on the vision like only he can.
Shashi is an entrepreneur and a result driven director with extensive project management, advisory service, research and consulting experience. He enjoys a proven record of custom research project management and providing timely actionable recommendations to clients across the industry verticals. Sound research background with the ability to understand the leading-edge technologies, identify market trends and transform them into marketing strategies.
Shlomo Mirvis is the CEO and Co-Founder of Intelligo Group, an AI technology firm, disrupting the world of background checks and due diligence. He is an experienced business executive with a demonstrated history of achievement in the research and technology industries. He has extensive experience in the business intelligence sector. He is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a L.L.B Law focused in Public & International Law. Shlomo is also a mentor in the 8200 Social program which is an accelerator aimed to solve significant social problems through technology. Shlomo’s proudest achievement to date is his and Shira’s five beautiful children.
Stello Robinson returned to Israel in 1983 after an extended period living in the United States and France, where he worked as Marketing Director for Revlon, responsible for 23 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. On his return he set up Mediline, which he has developed into one if Israel’s leading medium-sized pharmaceutical companies, focusing particularly on Dermo-cosmetics and skin care products. Stello has degrees in economics, accounting and marketing, including an MBA in international marketing.
I have over 8 years of work experience in the fields of Market Research, Management Consulting & Business Development. Professional integrity and working on fact-based structured hypotheses are two strong pillars of my belief system.
Learning from case studies and constantly looking out for new experiences are the sine qua non of my work process. As a Consultant, I put clients on the top of my priority list and strive to design innovative solutions that help them accomplish their business goals.
Over the last 20 years, Tal has founded and led companies such as S.E.A (IPO in 1996), Orca
Interactive (acquired by France Telecom in 2008), BeInsync (acquired by Phoenix Technologies in
2008) and Dotomi (acquired by ValueClick in 2011).
Tal has been a seed investor in companies such as Qumranet (acquired by Redhat), Crossrider
(acquired by The Market). Just to name a select few, Tal is currently on the boards of Beamr,
Idomoo, Anodot, Roomer, IVY, Tailor Brands, CoCycles and Deep.
Tal served in the Israeli Special Intelligence Unit of the IDF and is a Tel-Aviv University graduate.
2008 - 2015
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, head of software portfolio management, distribution
regional banks and individual customers, finance and risk management, organization and
1995 - 2008
BWS, Informatik Kooperation, SIS West and Sparkassen Informatik
(merged to Finanz Informatik)
Member of the Board, since 2003 deputy CEO
1980 - 1995
Nixdorf Computer and ACI
Software- and system-engineering
University of Paderborn
Degree in Mathematics and Business Administration
Todd Dollinger brings decades of entrepreneurial experience to Trendlines.
He serves as the Chairman of Trendlines Medical Singapore and as Investment Committee chair of Trendlines Incubators Israel. As well, Todd is a director and chairman of a number of Trendlines’ portfolio companies. He founded The Trendlines Group with Steve Rhodes in 2007 and shares the positions of Chairman and CEO of Trendlines with Steve. Together, they lead the Group’s strategy.
The Start of Trendlines
In 1991, Todd joined the marketing department of Israeli medical device start-up SRD Medical and went on to become SRD’s CEO. It was at SRD that Todd met Steve.
In 1993, Todd and Steve founded Trendlines International. Under their leadership, Trendlines International grew to become one of Israel’s leading business development consulting firms. They merged the principal consulting activities of Trendlines International into the Group in 2008.
Under the strength of their longstanding partnership, Todd and Steve oversaw the Singapore Stock Exchange IPO in 2015, took two companies public on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (E.T.View Medical and FlowSense Medical), and expanded the Group’s activities internationally, including raising funds for Trendlines’ portfolio companies around the world.
A Born Entrepreneur
Some would say that Todd was born with the entrepreneurial gene, starting a tropical fish import and breeding business when he was 15. While a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he established a concert promotion company. His passion for bringing ideas to market led him to launch Trendlines, Inc., (in the United States) with his brother Mark in 1978, providing sales, marketing, and business development services in the United States. Todd served as Trendlines’ president until 1990 when he sold his interest to Mark and moved to Israel with his family.
Work & Professional Experience
since 12/2016: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BWI Informationstechnik GmbH
and BWI Systeme GmbH; with the merger of both companies by
end of July 2017 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) BWI GmbH
2016 – 2016: BWI Informationstechnik GmbH – Managing Director
2013 – 2016: Wipro Technologies – Chief Executive Officer Continental Europe
2005 – 2013: T-Systems – different positions, among other responsibilities
Head of System Integrations; since 2011 member of the
1998 – 2005: Deutsche Bank AG – different positions, among other
responsibilities CIO „Corporate Center“ and CIO „Retail & Private
1994 – 1997: HELABA/Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen – different positions,
among other responsibilities Head of IT Services and Application
1988 – 1994: BHF-Bank
1987 – 1988: Dresdner Bank
Yaacov Michlin serves as CEO & President of Brainsway Ltd. (TASE listed: BRIN)– Global
leader in non invasive treatment of brain disorders. Brainsway's flagship technology is Deep
TMS, or Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which launches a new era in brain
disorder treatment. Brainsway's Deep TMS is FDA cleared for treating depressive episodes
in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (FDA 510(k) No. K122288) and
is approved for marketing in Europe and Israel for various indications including OCD, PTSD,
Pain, MS, Stroke.Between 2009 -2017 Michlin served as President and CEO of Yissum – the
technology transfer company of the Hebrew University, as well as chairman of few biotech
companies including Integra Yissum's holding company that acts as a VC to fund biotech
projects of the Hebrew University that Michlin founded. He has also served for few years as Co-
Chairman of the Israeli Tech Transfer Organization. Mr. Michlin holds a Bachelor of Law and
Economics, cum laude, and a Master of Law degree, both from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a
MBA, cum laude, from the Technion Israel Institute of technology.
Yakov joined AdaSky in 2016 as a business executive and strategic thinker with extensive and
proven experience leading large teams, navigating complex environments and driving
successful outcomes even through highly tense situations. Yakov came to the technology world
with more than 30 years of experience in the Israeli Air Force, having started as a young pilot
and rising through the ranks to the most senior position as General. He now leverages his
decades of experience in the defense industry as a pilot flying helicopters and other aircrafts
with the most advanced FIR (Far Infrared) thermal sensing technology, where it is a proven and
mature technology, to bring that knowledge to the automotive market. An esteemed expert in
strategic-decision-making and practical FIR sensing technology, and as the author of a book
dealing with leadership and complex environments, Yakov has delivered presentations and has
been a guest speaker on panels about security, strategic military issues, business strategy and
leadership in events around the world. Yakov also serves as the founder of SNH Strategies LTD,
a company focusing on strategic consulting and leadership education and he has spent the past
three years advising technological companies. Yakov earned a B.S. with honors in Economics
and Computer Science, and M.A. in National Resource Strategy (Cum Laude), The National
Defense University (NDU), Washington D.C., where he was the recipient of the NDU President
Award for Visionary and Strategic Writing. Yakov also co-authored the book "Leadership – Agile
nella Complesitta" (Leadership and Agility under Complexity), published in Italy, discussing
leadership and strategy in complex environments.
Experienced CEO and entrepreneur with a proved history in the computer software industry. A member of the Matrix management team (Israel’s leading technology services company http://www.matrix.co.il/en/Pages/default.aspx ).
Vast experience in business development / M&As. A member/chairman in several board of directors in leading software and consulting firms.
Manages business operations with over 1,300 employees (technology services and business consulting – supply chain, defense, cyber, BCP, operational research, system engineering etc. )
Served in the Israeli Air Force and a Mamram graduate (IDF center of computing and information systems).
Has a BA in Economics and Business Administration and an MA from the Faculty of Law at the Bar-Ilan University.
With more than 20 years’ experience in the digital print industry, Yishai is a strategic thinker with a proven ability to drive innovation and execution. Before coming to Landa, Yishai held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Solutions Business at HP Americas. Previously he served as HP Vice President and General Manager, Indigo & Inkjet Solutions Business Americas, and Director, Worldwide Strategic Marketing, HP-Indigo. Yishai began his career in the digital print industry at Indigo, where he served in various positions including VP, Photo Business and Director, Product Marketing.
2008 - present: CEO of the Gilad Pension Fund Serving 4,000 pensioners, 400 employers, 4,500 active members and approximately 8,000 inactive members. - Managing the Fund that operates as an independent business unit and includes dozens of managers and employees, making decisions and setting organizational operations. - Maintaining financial stability pursuant to statutory reform relating to pension funds and during the capital market crisis in 2008. - Managing the budget and annual work programs, delineating procedures, directing employees, training managers and provide tools to maximize productivity. - Implementing the Funds service convention: customer support, accessible information, resolving issues, providing ongoing professional service to policyholders. - Managing the monthly budget totaling approximately 40 million NIS: collecting debt, payments to members, policyholders, suppliers and employees. - Leading debt settlement of IDB and the Israel Postal Company against shareholders, government regulators and Judicial litigation. - Managing investments with assets at a value of over 9.5 billion NIS. - Leading organizational restructuring strategy to include: - Establishing protocols and work practices, determining the organizational structure, compiling the Funds management manual and designing control process (SOX 404) - Establishing a managing company with a budget of approximately 30 million NIS: setting the regulation and integrating a new Data System. - Reorganizing Finance and Control systems, investment and credit and building customer service strategy. 2004-2008 Chief Business Manager (a role analogous to the CEO) and Representative of Special Task Force managing Pension Funds undergoing debt settlements/arrangement: Insurance and Pension Fund for Construction Workers | Insurance and Pension Fund for Agricultural Workers | Pension Fund For the Egged bus company. - Directing a business unit that manages and operates three pension funds and 7 mutual funds investment (32,000 pensioners and approximately 6,500 members) - Restructuring and Consolidating operations of three pension funds, reorganizing debt collecting and service procedures and establishing payment control procedures. - Managing a monthly budget of over 80 million NIS: debt collecting and payments to members and policyholders, suppliers and employees. - Responsible for investment strategy totaling hundreds of millions of Shekels annually. In parallel: Chairman of three subsidiary corporations, with a total value of $27.7 million, managing: Rental property - 12,000 SQM with a yield of 8%-9% annually Agricultural real estate totaling approximately 200 hectares. 2001-2004 - project manager and business consultant in the field of energy - fuel, gas and electricity. - Project Manager in Israel and abroad (Building Gas Stations in Poland) - Managing projects integrating comprised gasoline management for corporate consumer at gas stations across Poland. 1997-2000 Director of the Fuel Department in the Ministry of National Infrastructures (a role analogous to COO President in a Government office). - Managing a government unit employing 25 staff members (management and field), making decisions and setting the agenda. - Formatting government policy in the fuel industry and managing international relations between Israel, foreign governments and international agencies. - Formatting recommendations for policies in the realms of: guaranteeing fuel supply, economic structure, promoting competition and renewable sources. - Managing the Fuel Industry budget totaling approximately 120 million NIS - Promoting and addressing issues: - Regulation in the Fuel Industry - monitoring fuel industry pricing, monitoring the quality of products marketed and enforcing laws against pirate stations. - Complying fuel supply reliability, preparing for crises, renal energy, enhancing competitiveness, energy conservation and savings. Additional interests: 2007 - Today: Guiding youth groups traveling to Poland directed by the Ministry of Education. 2005: Board member, Amot investments LTD 2004: Board member, Mivtahim Pension Fund LTD 1997-1999: Board member, Issta Lines
Yong Kwek Ping is the CEO of Inventis Investment Holdings, the largest private equity
growth fund in Asia and China with over USD 14 billion of capital under management. The
Inventis funds target four themes: Greater China Growth funds, Global fund, China-Korean
fund and Sino-Russia Fund.
Yong is widely acknowledged as a thought leader in private equity and is frequently invited
to conferences and workshops globally. He is a TED speaker and the author of two
acclaimed books on China: Private Equity in China: Challenges and Opportunities (Wiley
2012) and Due Diligence in China: Beyond the Checklists (Wiley 2013). Yong teaches private
equity and entrepreneurship courses at the Wharton School, Singapore Management
University (SMU), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Moscow
School of Management Skolkovo, Russia. He is also the Centre Director of the Greater China
Centre for Private Equity (GCCPE) at the University of Macau, China, the President of the
IMD Shanghai Alumni Club and a Senior Fellow of the Wharton School, University of
Yossi Sela has been with Gemini since its formation in 1993. A prominent member of
the Israeli venture capital arena, Yossi sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio
companies JFrog, Weka.io, SAmanage, Minute Media, Outbrain, QualiSystems and
Xjet Solar, and has played a pivotal role in the investment lifecycles of Allot
Communications (NASDAQ: ALLT), Saifun Semiconductors (NASDAQ SFUN),
Commtouch (NASDAQ: CTCH), Precise (NASDAQ PRSE), Ornet Data
Communication Technologies, the sale of both Adap.tv (sold to AOL, NYSE: AOL)
and PrimeSense (sold to Apple, NASDAQ:AAPL), among others, during his nearly
two decades at the fund.
Prior to joining Gemini, Yossi served as Vice President of Marketing at DSP Group
(NASDAQ: DSPG) and later DSPC, a spin-off of DSP Group that also made a
NASDAQ debut but was later acquired by Intel. He began his high-tech career as
marketing manager at Daisy Systems in the Silicon Valley.
Yossi spent ten years in an elite intelligence unit of the Israel Defense Forces,
reaching the rank of Major. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Yossi is the Chairman of Bridges Israel, investing in high growth, high impact Israeli
companies; he was named the Managing Committee of the Russell Berrie
Nanotechnology Institute of the Technion and also serves as a member of both the
Board of Trustees and the MBA Steering Committee in The Academic College of Tel
In 2006, Yossi was named number one venture capitalist on the Forbes Israel Midas
list, and appeared on the global Forbes Midas list that same year.
Ziv Elul co-founded Inneractive in 2007 and served as its CEO until taking over the role of CEO for Fyber N.V. in July 2017. He heads the integration of Inneractive with Fyber with a strong focus on operations in the Group overall, ensuring the swift transition towards a fully consolidated technology platform. He brings 15 years of industry and management experience that helps guide the company through the deep waters and the complex process of merging 4 companies. In addition to his role at Fyber, Ziv serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in Israel’s Reserves Corps and and is a member in the Israeli branch of YPO (Young President’s Organization), a global network of young Chief Executives. Ziv is deeply involved in the local high tech and startup ecosystem and mentors and advises young entrepreneurs. He holds an Executive MBA which he graduated from with honors and is currently working on authoring a new book about management.
Alan I. Annex is Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Corporate Practice. He leads multi-disciplinary deal teams in a wide variety of large-cap and middle-market domestic and cross-border transactions. Alan has broad experience in corporate and securities matters, and regularly advises public company boards, special committees and executive management regarding their fiduciary duties; corporate governance best practices; and M&A deal strategies, structures and techniques. In addition, Alan has an active practice representing SPACs and UK Cash Shells in their IPO and business combinations.
Avi is the CEO of Prima Hotels in Israel since 2012.
Prima Hotel chain in Israel has created a collection of 14 lifestyle midrange hotels that offer a diverse selection of unique travel experiences, that deliver a verity of designed and serviced concepts to the hotels guests.
In the course of the past 30 years Avi has accumulated experience in management enterprises & projects at the hotel and tourism sectors, as well as service and commercial sectors. Major experience in leading large manpower organizations that focuses on operations, marketing, commercial and service.
Avi's professional experience prior to Prima Hotels in brief:
- CEO of Pauza Co. – a leading coffee and Beverage solutions company (B2B, B2C), part of EDEN Group.
- VP Marketing and Sales of Africa Israel Hotels – IHG hotels brands – Crwone Plaza and Holiday Inn, in Israel.
- Director of Operations – ILD Hotels – Howard Jonson Hotels in Israel.
- Varies of Hotels General Manager and other management positions of local and international Hotel brands.
Avi is married to Dr. Asnat Dor with 3 daughters.
Avi holds a Master degree in International Tourism Management from Bournemouth University, England.
1971 – 1972 Bank of Israel Jerusalem, Israel
1972 – 1975 Exchange National Bank of Chicago Jerusalem, Israel
1975 – 1980 First International Bank of Israel Jerusalem, Israel
Deputy Manager Retail Branch
Head of Foreign Currency Department
1980 – 2001 BankHapoalim B.M. Tel-Aviv, Israel
Deputy Manager Foreign Trade Dept. 1985-1989
(responsible for import financing – loan portfolio $500 Million)
Manager San Francisco Branch 1989 – 1992
Manager Foreign Branches Dept. 1992
Head of Publicity and Corporate Spokesman 1992 – 1994
Head of Foreign Trade 1994 – 2001
(Handling approx. 1/3 of Israel’s foreign trade including the financing thereof.
Responsible for export and project financing. Staff of approx. 180)
Sector Manager Corporate Division 2000 – 2001
(responsible for a loan portfolio of major corporate clients in excess of $3 billion)
Member banks central credit committee.
Member banks overseas credit committee.
2001 - 2007 HSBC Bank plc Tel Aviv Israel
Head of Corporate Division
Head of Trade Services
Part of the founding team of the branch
Led the department in being a significant player in the Israeli corporate space
2007-2010 Israel Discount Bank Tel Aviv, Israel
EVP member of Board of Management
Head of Corporate and Middle Market Division
Rejuvenated the corporate division to become a key part of the Israeli corporate
Established and expanded the banks Project Finance business
Successfully led the corporate establishment through the financial crises with
Only minor negative impact of the bank
2011-2017 Israel Discount Bank of New York New York
President and CEO
Led the $10bn bank to record profitability and ROAE
No regulatory issues
Successfully completed sale of major subsidiary Discount Bank Latin America
Led bank into major new business initiatives including opening 4 private banking
branches and setting up a non for profit financing unit (which is a key
participant in the NY marketplace)
Achieved an A- rating for the bank
2017- Director Public Traded Companies
As one of the founders and the current President of Allied Physicians Group, Gary Mirkin, MD, FAAP, is a recognized leader in the physician community. Allied Physicians Group, which was formed approximately ten years ago with approximately 30 physicians, now serves more than 180,000 patients and includes 130 physicians with 30+ offices throughout Long Island, Greater NYC, and the Hudson Valley. In addition to being the largest pediatric group in the country, Allied is recognized by the NCQA as a patient centered medical home.
Under Dr. Mirkin’s leadership, Allied Physicians Group has been recognized for its efforts in promoting wellness initiatives such as breastfeeding, weight loss and nutrition as well as pediatric mental health screening. In particular, his emphasis on early diagnosis of mental health issues through adolescent screening has helped countless young people and teens with depression and other mental health challenges.
In 2015, Allied Physicians Group launched the Allied Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of people in the community. Allied Foundation uses a combination of fundraising and program implementation to achieve its mission. Allied Foundation supports:
Breastfeeding in the community. Allied Lactation Consultants are available to help guide every mother reach her personal breastfeeding goal.
Community-wide education. Free lecture series on topics including managing food allergies, ADHD, anxiety and more.
Early childhood literacy. Many locations participate in collect gently used books from their communities to be donated to The Book Fairies and others support Reach Out and Read initaitives.
Dr. Mirkin graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Microbiology in 1979. He then went on to The Ohio State University College of Medicine, which he completed in 3 years, graduating in 1982. Dr. Mirkin completed his residency in Pediatrics at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center from 1982-1985. He has been board certified in Pediatrics since 1989, is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and has a special interest in dealing with infectious disease and autism. He has been honored with the Healthcare Heroes Physician Hero Award in 2013 as well as a “Top CEO” in 2016 by Long Island Business News.
When he is not working, spending his time as President of Allied and with his patients, Dr. Mirkin enjoys cycling. He has completed the 62 mile Mansion Ride for Autism multiple times and has also completed four NYC Century Bike Tours.
Biotechnology executive with over 30 years of experience in preclinical development of therapeutics in multiple areas, including cancer, diabetes, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and stem cells.
Participated in preclinical research team for the novel Type 2 diabetes drug that successfully completed Phase 2 trial, resulting in $350MM licensing deal with Sanofi-Aventis. Highly involved in technical, strategic and business development planning for Wellstat companies (see www.wellstat.com).
Irena Tsyrlova received her medical degree from the State Medical Institute, Novosibirsk, Russia, and obtained her PhD and DSc in Immunology-Hematology from the Institute of Immunology, Moscow, she had established and led the laboratory of Molecular Biology of Hematopoiesis. One of the pioneers of the stem cell research in Russia, she authored “The Hematopoietic Stem Cell and the Immune Response” (with V. A. Kozlov and I. N. Zhuravkin, “Nauka” Publishing House), several patents and one discovery registered by the State Committee of USSR. Additionally, she has trained 10 PhD students. As a Research Fellow she spent a year at the Christie Hospital and Paterson Institute for Cancer, Manchester, UK, and participated in the preparation for the world's first use of cultured bone marrow for leukemia treatment and the world's first single harvest blood stem-cell transplant under Prof. Michael Dexter; and later spent 6 months at the Terry Fox Lab, Vancouver, Canada, working on the development, validation and use of quantitative assays specific for hematopoietic stem cells, in collaboration with Dr. Connie Eaves.
Dr.Tsyrlova has 20 years of management experience as an operational manager and a strategic leader within an international biotech environment, advancing development efforts directed toward the use of hematopoietic stem cells in regenerative medicine, as well as for hemo- and radioprotection of stem cells during cancer-related therapy. She served as a Director, Stem Cell Biology (2001-2013) at Wellstat Therapeutic Corporation, a private biotech company located in Gaithersburg MD, USA, where she designed and led preclinical and participated in clinical studies on stem cells and new drug candidates development as well as contributed to the research and clinical programs in diabetes, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (including a diabetes drug licensed to Sanofi for $350MM). Prior to that she was a Director, Hematology, Pro-Neuron, Inc. Rockville, MD, USA, where, in addition to leading a lab, she established important partnerships with industry and other research institutions on cord blood expansion (with Dr. Visser, New York Blood Center); protection of stem cells from chemotherapy (with Dr. Moore, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center NY); gene transfer of MDR gene into stem cells with (with Dr. Bank, Columbia University); improvement of stem cells engraftment after transplantation (with Dr. Ploemacher, Rotterdam University, Holland); and others.
In addition to being an expert in immunology, hematopoietic stem cell biology with a solid background in gene and cellular therapy principles, blood banking and stem cell expansion, Dr. Tsyrlova has maintained a keen interest and hands-on mastery in developing and adapting novel, cutting edge research applications, including animal models, flow cytometry-based assays, gene therapy applications, cell assays and small scale manufacturing processes.
Importantly, she played an active role in the design and implementation of the clinical research program for the hematopoietic stem cell inhibitor-cell cycle regulator (including IND submission, clinical protocol development, Key Opinion Leader and Health Authorities interactions, and certain aspects of clinical study management) and participated in preparation of several other IND, as well as one Investigational Device Exemption Application. She has lead discussions with the Office of Cellular, Tissue and Gene Therapies, CBIR, US FDA, and in the FDA advisory committee meeting on the topic of cellular replacement therapies.
Dr.Tsyrlova`s exposure to the regular venture and Business Development and Licensing (BD&L ) presentations and negotiations has led to a keen understanding of the financial elements of pharmaceutical development. She has participated in writing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants leading to multi-million dollar funding for programs in gout, Type I diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS) and inflammatory diseases.
From 2013 till present she has been working as Independent Biotechnology Consultant advising startup and established biotechnology companies in Eastern Europe on the clinical development strategies, intellectual property and regulatory issues in the USA. She has been often invited to deliver talks and seminars like
• “Cord Blood Cells in Regenerative Medicine” (October 2013)
• "Bench to Bedside – Translation of Therapies to the Clinic” (June 2014)
• "3d Bioprinting from the FDA perspective" (October 2014)
Educated as an Organizational Psychologist, Jaime has harnessed his education and 35 years of
management consulting expertise to develop practical management tools for Innovation and
He holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the U.S., there he also completed Group
Dynamics facilitation training at the UCLA Center for Organizational and Group Dynamics in association
Jaime as an accredited Expert-Supervisor Psychologist supervises organizational psychologists and was a
member of the Israeli Ministry of Health Occupational and Organizational Psychology committee.
Jaime was a member of the Israeli Ministry of Health Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Jaime has worked in 12 different countries on projects with: the World Bank, Innpulsa (National
Innovation Agency, Colombia), Parque E (Startup incubator in Medellin, Colombia), Instituto Tecnológico
de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Largest private university in Mexico), TEVA (Largest Generic
Pharma Company. Israel, Hungary, France, Holland), Education Ministries (Albania, Serbia), GITA
National Innovation System of Georgia, Kowil (Textile, Vietnam), Arrocha (Pharma super chain, Panamá)
Has been a Judge in the TIC America´s (Technology and Innovation Competition) young
entrepreneurship yearly contest.
He developed the OT2I – Organizational Transformation to Innovation management working model,
which allows managers to transform their organization. His InnovAction workshop has been adopted by
the Young America´s Business Trust (YABT) an affiliate of the Organization of American States.
He developed an Entrepreneurship undergraduate academic program and has just finished piloting
successfully an entrepreneurship workshop for 7-8 year old kids.
Has presented at various scientific and professional conferences among them at the United Nations
(Genève, Baku) and the Organization of American States (Washington D.C., San Antonio TX), has been
interviewed for the media in different countries. (For Jaime in the media follow
Jaime is a frequent guest presenter of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MASHAV) whenever they
invite to Israel other government´s officials looking to develop Entrepreneurship and Innovation
He is a Major (ret.) with the Israel Defense Forces, still active in the reserve.
Currently holds teaching appointments at the Tel Aviv Jaffo Academic College, a leading academic
institution on Industry-Academy cooperation and Hertzelia´s Interdisciplinary Center, the leading private
academic center in Israel.
Lives in Israel, along with his life partner and his 2 sons.
Joe Caserta is an internationally recognized public speaker, entrepreneur, technologist, and founding President of Caserta. Joe co-authored The Data Warehouse ETL Toolkit, an industry bestselling book that has become the standard for preparing data for analytics. Joe is recognized as an authority on enterprise data analytics and continues to innovate and expand his role in the industry. Joe’s consulting rm, Caserta, remains at the forefront of the data analytics revolution, devising the most unique and advanced analytics environments in use today.
John Cavitt is Founder and CEO of Covenant Testing Technologies in Houston, TX. John has a long history of entrepreneurship and leadership. Out of a love for people, John began as a Chemistry teacher in Midland Texas where he sharpened his skill to motivate and lead. His first business was in high school with a shaved ice stand and lawn business and has launched multiple businesses since then including a chain of hair salons in West Texas. An import/export business in Mexico. While in Midland, John joined Oil States International, a leading oil and gas services and technology business. There he gained executive management experience and moved to Select Energy Services, a leading water solutions and technology company for oil and gas development. He served as the Vice President of the Well Testing and Well Flow Management Division, growing the division to the largest in the US.
In May, 2013, John Partnered with Ken Hersh and NGP, a private equity firm out of Irving Texas. He founded Covenant Testing Technologies greenfield with his American Express card and a vision to create an innovative and employee centric oil and gas services technology and service company. Since then, through a significant commodities downturn and distressed market, John and Covenant have capitalized on an innovative culture and multiple strategic distressed asset deals to become the largest well flow management company in the US oil and gas market. With over $100Million in revenue and 700 employees, Covenant is postitioned uniquely in the most important areas of the energy market and provide innovative and environmentally responsible techniques with superior service to its clients.
John is married to Leah with 5 kids (4 boys and a girl all 9 and under), 3 of whom have a rare eye retinal disorder rendering them legally blind. In his spare time, he fights for this cause with his work toward a gene therapy with the Blue Cone Monocromacy Family Foundation. He and his family also work to provide technical job skill training to the deeply impoverished through organizations in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.
Joshua Behar is the President and CEO of Ericom Software, a global leader for Enterprise-grade Cybersecurity and Connectivity software
Joshua Behar has more than 25 years of experience in sales, operations, management & consulting. Mr. Behar was General Manager of Time To Know U.S., an innovative startup in the education space. Prior to that, Mr. Behar worked for over 11 years in Amdocs, the market leader in software and services for service providers in the communications, media and entertainment industry in many executive roles. His last position was Chief Operating Officer of Amdocs Management Consulting division. Previously he served as Corporate Vice President & Head of Worldwide Sales at Amdocs. Prior to Amdocs Joshua held various management and sales positions in the IT industry.
Mr. Behar holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Bar-Ilan University.
Serial & Multidisciplinary Entrepreneur.
Founder ofWMN – CoWork space & ecosystem for women led startups and female
Founder & CEO of UrbanPlayground (Known before as Agora),focused on
Innovation, Lifestyle, Design & tech.
UrbanPlayground works with commercial entities, Municipalities and nonprofit
organizations, providing services and solutions designated to create and sustain
public spaces that build stronger communities.
Merav is also the founder of OpenRestaurants – a unique event that enables foodies
to experience top-chef restaurants from within. An urban culinary festival,
combining food with everything – tech, innovation, culture arts & design – and after
the success of Open Restaurants® in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem it is expanding globally,
launching Open Restaurants® in Amsterdam in cooperation with IAmsterdam
Prior to UrbanPlayground , Merav was TheCEO of Veliva (Visual
merchandise),Mishoo (Recruitment) and theVP of Ashlach, A subsidiary of"AWIS"
Association, here she focused on tenders and contracts of the Association and was
the manager of Yoter – the Consumers Club of the soldiers.
Before that Merav had a role in a few Initiatives –Medalya.com (setting up a
distribution network of Israeli designer goods to Museum shops around the world)
andKoomzitz.com - a unique recreational product development from the DIY field
for worldwide distribution.
At 1996 Merav was theFounder & CEO of BTL – an experiential marketing agency,
sold at 2000 toMomentum, a part of the globalMcCann Erickson Group (and
became BTL Momentum) and aboard member of the McCann Group in ISRAEL.
Michael Joseph is the Co-Founder and current Co-CEO and Managing Director at Ion Pacific, an investment and merchant bank that works from its base in Hong Kong to serve a prominent and diverse set of clients, partners and investors who are seeking a truly innovative approach to global financial services. Since Ion Pacific’s founding in early 2015, Michael has worked with the team across the Hong Kong, London and San Francisco offices to build the firm very quickly into a leading player across its key businesses.
Before founding Ion Pacific, Michael was a Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Reorient Group, the Hong Kong listed investment bank that was sold to Jack Ma (Ali Baba) and associated entities in 2015. While there Michael worked with Itamar Har-Even and the team on several ground-breaking international transactions across multiple industries. In his role on the investment and management committees, Michael led strategic acquisitions for the firm to both drive returns and enhance its position in the region.
Prior to joining Reorient Group, Michael was part of the Och-Ziff team in Hong Kong where he focused on investing across Asia Pacific. While at Och-Ziff, Michael looked across asset classes as well as strategies taking part in some of the larger deals in the market during the time.
Michael moved to Hong Kong as a Managing Director and a Responsible Officer overseeing Balyasny Asset Management’s expansion into Asia. While at Balyasny in Hong Kong, Michael took part in leading the group’s regional strategy and took a senior role in both investing as well as establishing the brand in the region. Before moving to Asia, Michael was a portfolio manager at Balyasny sitting in New York City overseeing the global industrials book which involved investments in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining Balyasny, Michael was a founding member of the global industrial team at the hedge fund, George Weiss Associates. While at George Weiss, Michael also ran his own book within the firm Industrials portfolio that made investments across markets worldwide.
Michael began his career at the Connecticut based hedge Fund, Pequot Capital. Pequot at the time, was a dominant player in the hedge fund space and Michael worked across various strategies.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nathan is the Founder and President of Sunrise Financial Group Inc., a growth engine for Israeli startups.
Besides founding Sunrise Financial Group, Nathan has personally invested in over 126 startups over 24 years, 76 of which in Israel, 40 of which in California, 3 of which in cyber so far, and 5 of them in the Cloud. Nathan also cofounded with IBM in 2014 the IBM AlphaZone High Tech Accelerator at IBM HQ in Petach Tikva, IBM's first ever accelerator in the world. Notable personal investments include Concentric Research, Arena Pharmaceuticals, On-Track Innovations and Enzymotec. Nathan’s investment strategy involves strong advisory presence and active support, encouraging strategic partnerships for his portfolio companies.
From 1992, through the end of 2016, Sunrise Securities raised in excess of $6 billion for over 60 domestic and international public and private companies, using a variety of financing instruments.
Nathan was graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College in 1982, and speaks English, French, Spanish and Hebrew. He also serves on a variety of charitable boards for projects involving the cancer care, education and the developmentally disabled.
Oded is currently the CEO of Orbise Corp , a global company based in NYC, with the mission of disrupting the financial services market by allowing faster consumer adoption of CryptoCurrency and Blockchain-driven related financial services like investment instruments, loans, deposits, remittances and other products, so that all consumers globally can leverage their digital assets and make them a part of their everyday financial life.
Previously Served as the CEO of CeleritiFinTech, a technology and professional services company with 9 banking software platforms, over 600 employees globally, and annual revenues of over $150M, working with top 100 global banks.
Prior to joining CeleritiFinTech, Oded has served as VP of Digital Solutions at McKinsey & Company ,
leading the Digital Solutions practice.
Helping the C-suite of fortune 500 financial services companies deliver high-impact digital strategies at
scale, legacy platform modernization strategy and design, and enable fast-speed to market, at the lowest
An established leader , industry thought leader and keynote speaker, Oded is at the forefront of technological innovation, specializing in visioning and developing cutting-edge emerging Banking Digital Transformation channels.
Oded is renowned member of the global financial technology community, led Core banking startup to an exit, pioneered Mobile Banking and Mobile Payments in the US, and was awarded the BAI “Best of Web” award for launching the industry’s first ever Facebook Banking Application.
Expert in creating Fintech ecosystems, from incubation to go-to-market to exits, with deep domain expertise with Fintechs in Blockchain, AI, RPA, RegTech , and digital disruption."
Rami founded Telesofia Medical (MyOp.md), combining his passions to medicine and technology.
He has over 20 years of experience in the Internet industry. He started his career in 1997 at ICQ (formerly Mirabilis, acquired by AOL in 1998, for US$407 million) in various roles including Director of Web Operations. Since 2001, he helped several companies and start-ups with product development, launching and marketing in the online world. As VP Operations at Novawind, he provided Hands-On marketing, business development, and innovation management services for leading companies.
Rami also holds a medical doctor degree from the Tel Aviv University and worked at the Vascular Surgery department in Tel-Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.
Richard A. “Dick” Ehst is president and chief operating officer and a founder, along with Chairman and
CEO, Jay S. Sidhu, of the $10 billion-asset Customers Bank headquartered in Wyomissing, PA with offices
in Chicago, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and
Dick previously served as executive vice president, Commercial Middle Market, Mid-Atlantic Division of
Sovereign Bank, a $90 billion-asset financial institution serving eight states in Northeast U.S. He served
as Sovereign’s regional president for Berks County from 2004-2009 and as managing director of
corporate communications from 2000-2004.
Prior to joining Sovereign Bank, Dick was an independent consultant to more than 70 financial
institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sovereign, where he provided guidance on regulatory
matters, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
As a consultant to Sovereign, Dick worked with the Commercial Development Group to identify and
develop corporate and municipal relationships for the bank.
Dick began his banking career in 1968 following his service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam
War. He attended Albright College, is a member of the Albright Board of Trustees and chairs the
Enrollment Management Committee. Dick is a graduate of the Commercial Bank Management Program
at Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
He is often asked to speak to national and international audiences on the financial landscape to include
serving as the keynote speaker at the 21 st International Seminar on Finance in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar
was sponsored by the Japanese Financial News Network. He has also been the featured speaker at
financial conferences in the United Kingdom.
Dick currently serves as an elected board member of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and
Industry, and is Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Foundation. He has been a guest at the White
House regarding education-related issues. He also serves as a Director of the Reading Hospital Health
System Foundation and has served over 40 years on several professional and not-for- profit boards in
Dick and his wife, Angela, reside in Reading, PA. They have five daughters and 11 grandchildren.
Rodney Dean Reider serves as President and CEO of Saint
Alphonsus Health System, a multi-hospital and clinically-
integrated healthcare system serving Southwestern Idaho
and Eastern Oregon. Mr. Reider provides vision and
leadership in the transformation of the organization to a
people-centered Health System. Under Mr. Reider's
leadership the health system places the people they serve at
the center of every decision as they work to improve quality,
the experience of care, and the health of our communities.
Previously, Mr. Reider served in healthcare leadership as Vice President, Aurora St.
Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI; President and CEO, Community Health
Systems/University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia, PA; as well as
several other President and CEO positions prior. Mr. Reider received his MBA at Loma
Linda University; his Masters of Science at Cal Poly Pomona Harrison; and he has a
Master of Arts and Doctorate from Harrison Middleton University. He has studied as an
international scholar studying healthcare and business in both Western Australia and
Salzburg, Austria. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Locally, Mr. Reider is involved in critical community strategies, such as the City of
Boise's Housing First Initiative, which will transition the chronically homeless to a stable
housing environment. Saint Alphonsus is a major funder of the project and will be
providing health care to the residents once the project is operational.
Mr. Reider has also been inducted into the 124 th Fighter Wing of the Idaho National
Guard as an honorary commander. In that position, he is supporting the important role
the National Guard has throughout the State of Idaho and the local community. Saint
Alphonsus works with to support and train as well as employ numerous Idaho National
Guard members in our area hospitals and clinics.
In 2017, Mr. Reider was selected as one of 10 CEO 39;s of Influence in the business and
non-profit sectors in Idaho by the Idaho Business Review.
Zvika Netter is a career-long entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in digital media and is the co-founder and CEO of Innovid—the world’s leading video marketing platform that empowers advertisers to create, deliver and measure video experiences on any device. Zvika leads the day-to-day operations and product innovation, focusing on strengthening the company’s industry position, strategic partnerships, business development and investor relations.
David Bagatelle, Executive Vice President and President of New York Metro Markets for
Sterling National Bank, which specializes in the delivery of highly personalized banking
services for small to mid-size businesses, professional service firms, not-for- profits,
governmental entities as well as business owners, their families, and consumers in
communities within the New York Metropolitan area. On March 3, 2017, Sterling
Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corp announced a definitive merger agreement, which
will result in a diversified commercial lending bank, with approximately $29 billion in
assets, a solid capital foundation, and a broad footprint in the marketplace. Expected
closing date is 4 th quarter 2017.
David is responsible for all of the bank's business activities in New York City and New
Jersey. He actively manages the commercial teams in those regions in line with
Sterling’s team-based relationship banking model, in which compact teams provide full
service to their clients and are led by a relationship manager who acts as a single point
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