DIXON DOLL

CO-FOUNDER AND GENERAL PARTNER @DCM CAPITAL

 

For more than 35 years, Dixon has influenced and guided entrepreneurs, investors and executives in the computer, communications, and internet industries. Dixon was named to the Forbes Midas List for four consecutive years and received the 2013 Special Achievement Award in VC from the International Business Forum. He was elected to the Board of the National Venture Capital Association in 2005 serving on the Executive Committee and as Chairman in 2008/9. Under Dixon’s leadership, the NVCA developed a widely embraced set of recommendations (NVCA 4-Pillar Plan) to stimulate liquidity in the U.S. venture capital industry. This plan resulted in bipartisan Congressional support for new job creation legislation and simplification of the IPO process for young emerging companies. Known as the JOBS Act, President Obama signed it into law in 2012. 

Prior to co-founding DCM Ventures, Dixon launched the venture capital industry’s first fund focused solely on telecom, investing in such noteworthy companies as Alantec, Bridge Communications, Centillion Networks, Network Equipment Technologies, Optilink, Picturetel, Polycom and UUNet.

 

GARVIS TOLER III

GLOBAL HEAD OF CAPITAL MARKETS

 

Garvis Toler is Global Head of Capital Markets for NYSE Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). He is responsible for managing relationships and the strategic direction of the NYSE’s leading listings business. Toler supports new listings acquisitions and liaises with companies, investment banks, law firms, private equity and venture capital firms to support capital market transactions, including initial public offerings.

Prior to joining NYSE Group, Toler was Global Head of Sales and Equity Capital Markets at Dealogic, a strategic data, technology and solutions provider for the equity and debt capital markets. Before joining Dealogic he held senior sales management and divisional leadership roles at MSCI, J.P. Morgan, RiskMetrics, and independent research provider CFRA.

Toler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

DOVI FRANCES

GENERAL PARTNER

@SGVC

 

Dovi Frances is an internationally renowned financier and technology investor. Frances served as a Company Commander (Captain) in the Israel Defence Forces. After his military service, he was a VP of Sales and Marketing for Mitsubishi Motors and Hyundai Motors in Israel. In 2005, Frances earned his dual BA from the Ben Gurion University in Business Administration and Psychology and in 2008 Frances graduated with an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. Following UCLA, he joined Deutsche Bank as a private banker in their Los Angeles office. In 2010 Frances founded SG, LLC, a global advisory firm for HNW and UHNW families. During his tenure at SG, Frances orchestrated over $1.2B in transactions. In 2012 Frances formed SGVC, a venture capital firm focusing mostly on technology companies based in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Israel. Since its inception, SGVC has invested in some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies alongside renown angels and VC’s. In January 2016 Frances announced the launch of SGVC Fund II, a 50MM USD fund focusing on enterprise software companies seeking their first institutional round. Frances has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Forbes and a keynote speaker at renown events such as The Lido Family Office Symposium, CSQ Magazine, E&Y Journey and Axis Innovation Conferences. He was also recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for selling the world's largest publicly disclosed life insurance policy.

 

OR SHINHERTZ

DIRECTOR

@TYCO INNOVATIONS

 

Identifying local business opportunities for Tyco, the world leader in fire & security solutions, and managing the commercialization program for startups. By leveraging the corporate's global channels and resources, he brings technologies to the marketplace, deployment and scale up. In his last role as COO at Nielsen Innovate, Or facilitated the establishment and growth of the Israeli technological incubator by Nielsen (global information and measurement company).

 

PHILIPPE SUCHET

VENTURE PARTNER

@SPIDER CAPITAL

 

Philippe Suchet is a Venture Partner at Spider Capital Partners and a very active angel investor/advisor in the US and in Israel. He’s a former serial entrepreneur, having co-founded and led two US-based companies in marketing automation (Kefta Inc.) and in mobile commerce (Zappli Inc.), which were respectively acquired by Acxiom (ACXM) and Shopzilla. Prior to that, Philippe worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs, and is a graduate of ENSAE (Statistics), HEC School of Management, and Harvard Business School.

 

ANDRAS HEMBERGER

GENERAL MANAGER

@MASTER CARD

 

Andras has worked with Mastercard since 2007, currently holding the general manager position responsible for Israel, Hungary, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia. He also serves at the country manager for Israel, and is based in Tel Aviv. His experience as head of the MasterCard office in Vienna, as well as different regional management roles within MasterCard, have proved vital in his present role on developmental and strategicic fronts, as well as operative management of the markets. Andras Hemberger holds a degree in Economics from the University of Economics in Vienna.

 

BARAK BEN AVINOAM

PARTNER

@BENHAMOU GLOBAL VENTURES (BGV)

 

Barak Ben-Avinoam is a Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), an early-stage venture capital firm with deep roots in Silicon Valley, focusing on enterprise information technology with an emphasis on mobility, cloud architecture, and cybersecurity. Prior to BGV, Barak Ben-Avinoam was a Managing Partner at Fastlane Ventures, the leading Internet accelerator in Russia. Before that, Barak was an executive in two of the leading Israeli incubators in the Incubator Program led by the Israeli Office of the Chief Scientist.

 

RON YARIV

ISRAEL COUNTRY MANAGER

@REGUS

 

Ron Yariv is the CEO of Regus Israel, which operates 8 business centers in attractive locations, throughout the country. Regus operates over 2500 business centers worldwide, in over 100 countries throughout the world, and provides services for approximately 2.1 million clients.

Previously Yariv serves in senior positions in the Hotel industry in Israel and the world. He was the CEO of the Israel Africa Hotel chain, after managing the Crown Plaza City Center in the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv – the company's leading business hotel.

Earlier he serves as the CEO of International Sales for the global Hilton Hotel chain for 5 years, and as the Regional Sales Manager of the Hilton Hotels in the Middle East. He also managed the Queen of Sheba Hilton Hotel in Eilat and the Hilton Hotel in Be'er Sheva.   

Yariv holds an M.A in Hotel Administration and Marketing from the University of Long-Island, NY, and a B.A in Hotel Management from the International University of Florida. During his many years of experience in the American tourist industry, Yariv attended advanced management courses for senior staff in prestigious American universities, such as Harvard, Kellogg and Cornell in the U.S.A.

 

ADAM BENAYOUN

VENTURE PARTNER

@500 STARTUPS

 

Adam is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups. Before joining 500 Startups, he co-founded Binpress, a marketplace for software that helped thousand of developers sell licenses to enterprises and startups. Before Binpress, Adam also co-founded a web development shop and incubator in Israel during the 2008 recession, and helped more than 15 startups successfully launch products.

URI ARAZY

DIRECTOR, ISRAEL

@INTEL CAPITAL

 

Uri serves as Intel's Board Director/Observer in Aternity, Fortscale, Gigaspaces, Interlude, Panorama Software, ReduxIO, and Stratoscale. His exits include Anobit (acquired by Apple); Omek Interactive (acq by Intel); Passave (acq by PMC Sierra); Topio (acq by NetApp); Aeroscout (acq by Stanley Black & Decker); Riverhead Security (acq by Cisco); Zend (acq by Rogue Wave); Jordan Valley (acq by Bruker). Prior to Intel Capital, he led Intel Israel IT, Intel's Corporate Engineering Computing, and was part of the Fab 8 startup team, where he managed the Automation, Supply Line and Strategic Planning functions. Prior to Intel, was Network Specialist with HP and Programmer/Analyst in the Israel Defense Forces. He holds a MSc. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an EMBA from Northwestern's Kellogg & Tel Aviv U. He's a recipient of the Intel Achievement Award, Intel's highest recognition for individual and team achievements.

FRANCOIS-XAVIER MEYER

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

@GROUP SEB

 

Francois Xavier Meyer joined SEB Alliance in 2011 at the foundation of the investment vehicle. A French-German and a graduate from ESCP Europe (Paris-Oxford, Berlin) Business School and the German Diplom Kaufmann, Francois began his career in the telecoms/media M&A department of Lehman Brothers in London later moving to the Transactions Services department of PwC in Paris. He then joined the French packaging company Ileos as a strategy and development Manager and later UFG Private Equity (now UFG-Siparex).

JEDRZEJ IWASZKIEWICZ

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

@D-RAFT

 

Co-founder of D-RAFT executive scale-up search company. Responsible for global business development and strategic partnerships. Working with biggest multinational companies like Mastercard, Accor, T-Mobile, PKO Bank Polski, P&G, Dentons on many different markets: Poland, Germany, UK, Israel. Mentor for acceleration programs such as Mind The Bridge, Alfa Ac, Starter. Highly recognized in Corporate Venture Capital and models of collaboration between startups and big corporates. D-RAFT was  founded in February 2014, company aimed to create value for the global ecosystem by helping startups and corporations grow together.

WEI HOPEMAN

MANAGING PARTNER

@ARBOR VENTURES

 

Wei is a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures, the largest fintech focused venture capital firm in Asia. Prior to Arbor, Wei was the Managing Director and Head of Asia for Citi Ventures, Citigroup's strategic venture investment and innovation arm.  Wei brings with her a unique set of experience and perspective in finance and technology spanning the Silicon Valley, Greater China and Southeast Asia.  Prior to joining Citi, she managed the China private equity practice at Winnington Capital.  She was Head of China for Jefferies & Company and was a technology investment banker in the Silicon Valley with Goldman Sachs.  Wei began her investing career with Dimensional Fund Advisors where she helped to establish the firm's Asia presence and invested across eight Asian markets.  Wei has a BA from Pomona College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

 

URI NATIV

VP ENGINEERING & SITE MANAGER

@KLARNA

 

Uri Nativ, VP Engineering and the Site Manager of Klarna Tel Aviv. Uri have more than 15 years of experience in various companies, from small startups to big corporates. Uri has adopted Agile methodologies more than 7 years ago and had never let go since then. He has established Klarna Engineering Center in Tel Aviv in 2011.

 

Klarna was founded in Stockholm in 2005 with the idea to simplify buying. Today, we are one of Europe’s fastest growing companies. Our goal is to become the world’s favorite way to buy.

 

AVI MEIZLER

CEO

@ATME ECO-SOLUTIONS

 

Israeli born and since 1976, living in Brazil. Serial entrepreneur, investor and director of the board of several companies. In 1990 he founded and was the president until June 2012 of the pharmaceutical company Meizler Biopharma S.A. In 2002 founded and has been the V. President of the company ATME, which is a holding company as well active in construction and real state. In 2010 co-founded and has been the CEO of the company advantech bioscience pharmaceutical ltda., being responsible for the development of 02 biological components, recombinant factor VIII and factor VIIa. May 2012 sold 51% of the shares of Meizler Biopharma to the pharmaceutical multinational UCB S.A. Dec 2014 sold the remaining 49% of the shares of Meizler Biopharma. Mar 2014 established and has been the CEO of the division of ATME eco-solutions that is an integrator of solutions with innovative technologies for efficiency and saving of energy & water. 

 

SCOTT LYONS

BUSINESS & PARTNER DEVELOPMENT OF CONNECTED

@FORD OF EUROPE

 

Scott Lyons leads the SYNC AppLink European Business and Partner Developments initiative within the Ford Connected Service and Solutions Organisation. Based in Berlin, Lyons is responsible for creating awareness and ultimately initiating partneships with the app developer community. Lyons joined Ford in February 2013 from Motorola Mobility where he was director of International Market Development and led a global team responsible for external developer engagement and business development within the MOTODEV organisation.

 

MATTHEW BLOOM

INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

@CT INNOVATIONS

 

Matt is an Associate with Connecticut Innovations (CI), a seed and early-stage firm consistently ranked by Pitchbook and CB Insights as one of the most active venture groups in the US. Prior to joining CI, Matt co-founded a tissue-engineering startup, helped launch two small seed VC funds, and worked as a Senior Analyst at Excell Partners in Upstate New York.   

 

JONATHAN RIFTIN

PRINCIPAL

@CEIIF

 

Before joining CEIIF, Jonathan spent five years at Google working with top tier telecommunication and travel companies as a sales executive and an analytical lead. He has a vast entrepreneurial background, including co-founding Windward Ltd., an innovative startup that raised more than $17M bringing data science to ocean and maritime data. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tel-Aviv University. Jonathan also brings hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology starting in his IDF service as a Captain in the drones unit, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles operations, and later joined Aeronautics Defense System Ltd., a leading edge company focused on unmanned solutions. In addition Jonathan advises start-ups on marketing and business strategy and gives lectures on Digital Marketing.

 

KONSTANTIN VINOGRADOV

ANALYST

@RUNA CAPITAL

 

Konstantin is Analyst at Runa Capital, responsible for pipeline generation and due diligence at fund, as well as business development assistance to portfolio companies and relations of the fund with scientific, educational and governmental organizations. His favorite investment areas include data science (machine learning, blockchain, etc), fintech, edutech and cloud business services. Geographical focus covers the USA, Israel and CIS.

 

ALEXANDER CHACHAVA

MANAGING PARTNER

@LETA CAPITAL

 

Alex is the managing partner at LETA Capital, a corporate boutique venture fund founded by LETA Group, an Eastern European technology holding company with over $100 million in revenue. The LETA Capital fund supports innovative High Tech startup companies at their seed or early growth stage. He is also head the Russian representation of the international ESET company entering in Top-20 the largest developers in the information security area and LETA Group.

 

ALEXANDER BABITSKY

INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

@WAARDE CAPITAL

 

More than 18 years’ experience in operational management, IB, PE, and Venture Capital. Alexander is a head of the Israeli office of Waarde Capital. Alexander holds B.Sc degree in Engineering from Technion, Israel Institute of technology and an MBA degree from Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.

 

OFER SCHREIBER

PARTNER

@YL VENTURES

 

Ofer has broad responsibilities at YL Ventures, including deal sourcing. investment due diligence and portfolio company value-add. Mr. Schreiber currently serves as a broad observer of FireLayers and Hexadit. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Tel Aviv University. He served in an elite technological unit of the Intelligance Corps in the Israel Defense Forces.

RUSTAM TIGER

FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER

@TIGER CONSULTING

 

Rustam is the Founder of Tiger Consulting Group - a leading venture and innovation consultant and advisory group aiding the bridge between Israel and Russia/CIS. In addition, Rustam is a prominent venture specialist in Israel and is involved in a number of leading startups, accelerators and other venture entities as a mentor/advisor/consultant and sometimes angel investor.

ELLIOTT GOTKINE

MIDDLE EAST EDITOR

@BLOOMBERG

 

Elliott Gotkine is Bloomberg Television’s Middle East Editor. Based in Tel Aviv, he is the only international broadcaster in Israel focusing on company news, the economy, and technology. 

Since joining Bloomberg in 2007, Elliott has reported on major international events including the Greek elections, the Irish bailout, and the war in Gaza.

He's interviewed business and political leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and President Shimon Peres. In 2008, he was nominated for a Business Journalist of the Year Award.

YAIR HAMMER

VENTURE ADVISOR

@PIX VINE CAPITAL

 

Yair Hammer, CEO of Sledgehammer Management Ltd, is an external advisor to Pix Vine Capital (PixVC) in Israel and Europe. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of High-Check Control Ltd, a start-up specializing in dynamic monitoring systems for water and wastewater. Prior to his involvement with High-Check Control Ltd., he has had many years of senior business management experience at Etz-Lavud Group, an industrial group of companies with an investment arm.As an entrepreneur himself, Yair understands the start-up scene in Israel and appreciates the challenges of start-up founders and entrepreneurs seeking funds and building their companies. In his free time, he enjoys advising startups and first-time entrepreneurs and mentoring students. Yair holds a BA in Economics and an MBA (cum laude) from the Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

ZIV REICHERT

ANALYST

@BLUE WIRE CAPITAL

 

Ziv joined Blue Wire Capital as an analyst in 2015 and is in charge of deal sourcing and due diligence. Prior, Ziv has held positions in banking, consulting and business development, both within the public and private sectors. Ziv was born in Israel and grew up Switzerland. He holds a degree in international business and finance from European Business School in London.

YARON KNIAJER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

@PHODIUM

 

Yaron Kniajer is a Managing Director at Rhodium, a family owned investment firm, focusing on early stage ventures in Israel and U.S. Yaron possesses extensive operational and investment experience both in Israel and internationally. Prior to joining Rhodium, Yaron worked in London as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers’ Telecom & Media Group, where he was closely involved in several M&A and financing transactions. Before joining Lehman, Yaron was the CFO of Mediagate, which was acquired by an Israeli telecom company. Prior to Mediagate, Yaron was a Manager at Ernst & Young, where he focused on tech & telecom companies.

Yaron serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of companies such as Rounds.com, HexaTier, Yotpo, ZooZ, CaptainUp, Comedy.com and Face.com (up until its acquisition by Facebook). Yaron holds an MBA from the London Business School (Distinction), and is a Certified Public Accountant.

PETER CHUN

PARTNER

@ENTIQ-LEVEL39

 

Jaewon Peter Chun is the CEO of APEX Investment & Company, a private equity investment fund and strategic consulting firm based in Korea. APEX has recently been focusing more on investing in the cutting-edge technologies in the field of ICT, Bio and security in both Asia and Europe. Mr. Chun also serves as a Senior Advisor at Tyco International and Executive Director at the Korea-Israel Chamber of Commerce (KICC). Additionally, he is the member of the Korean Goverment Advisory Comittee advising on national policy.

DR CÉLINE CHI HAE WONG 

COO

@LIFE.SREDA

 

German born Dr. Céline Chi Hae Wong holds a PhD in Politics and Finance and worked closely with the German Finance Ministry on financial regulations. With vast experiences in the international business finance world, she has previously worked at Merrill Lynch and Boston Consulting Group. In addition, specialising in Fintech, she is Co-Founder of an MPOS company that has been successfully role out in Central Europe. Furthermore, in Singapore, Dr. Céline Wong is also the initiator and founder of the “Female Fintech Club” that brings together banks, VC, start-up and entrepreneurs to exchange experiences and knowledge. At present, she holds the position as Chief Operating Officer at Life.Sreda managing portfolios and building bridges from Singapore to the world.

 

PAOLO RUBATTO 

FOUNDER

@START CAPITAL

 

Paolo Rubatto is the founder of Start Capital.  He has invested in over 30 companies across 4 continents and sits across 6 boards of directors.  Before that, he was an entrepreneur in wireless telecommunications in France, and has advised numerous other startups.  Paolo holds an MBA from London Business School.

 

 

AVRI MISGAV 

CEO

@TECHEXITISUS

 

A sales & marketing professional, highly skilled in Global Business Development, as a result of 30 years of experience in a variety of global industries at Executive managements rolls.Avri has 3 exits in his record, and he uses his experience in assisting businesses, from ideas up to established companies of different industries, to achieve their goals of International and regional growth.Working with businesses of the private sector with global aspirations Avri examines, defines, and successfully implement a marketing strategies utilizing his skills and connections in his extensive global network of professionals.With over 25 years of senior level experience working across USA, Europe and Far East helping businesses grow and succeed in new markets, Averi has built an unrivalled network and have earned his reputation ”as someone who achieves results and delivers...”.

 

ALEXANDER SATANOWSKY

MANAGER

@DAIMLER AG

 

Alexander has worked with Daimler AG since 1998 on automotive and transportation-related projects in Berlin. From 2005-2008 he headed the group´s R&D office in Moscow. Since 2009 he is involved in technology scouting and inbound technology transfer at the group´s headquarter in Stuttgart serving all vehicle divisions. Alexander focuses on disruptive unmanned ground vehicles and is a jury member at the annual humanoid robotics “NAO Challenge” in Germany. At the same time, he coordinates prospective start-ups from various automotive-related fields and guides those with interest in Daimler´s upcoming accelerator program.

 

GUY HOROWITZ

GENERAL PARTNER

@DEUTSCHE TELEKOM CAPITAL PARTNERS

 

Guy is a General Partner DTCP, a technology investment fund backed by Deutsche Telekom AG. Guy joined DTCP from Deutsche Telekom, where he headed the Tel Aviv venture office. In 2014 he was appointed as Corporate VP and the Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom BD & Venturing LTD. 

Since 1998 Guy has been involved with developing and commercializing innovative technologies in the mobile, Internet and enterprise software space - in startups, corporates and as a venture capital investor. 

With roles spanning from product management to marketing, strategy and business development, Guy has been engaged in some of the most notable efforts of getting Israeli technology into the hands of consumers and enterprises worldwide.

Before joining DT, Guy was Chairman of the Smart Water Networks Forum, and VP Marketing of TaKaDu, a smart-networks innovator. Previously he served as Director of Marketing Strategy in Modu Mobile, Director of Product Marketing in Microsoft, and as Principal in Gemini Venture Partners.

 

YAEL ELAD

CFO

@ALEPH

 

Yael Elad is CFO of Aleph, a $150M venture capital fund operating in Tel Aviv. Aleph is a service oriented fund, focused on partnering with Israeli-based startups to help scale them into large, meaningful companies and globally recognized brands.

 

Prior to joining Aleph Yael managed the private equity investment portfolio at two of Israel’s largest institutional investors. She has considerable management consulting experience working for to large international corporations in the US, Europe and Africa. She holds various board seats, Castro and City Pass, to name a few.

 

IGOR RYABENKIY

MANAGING PARTNER

@ALTAIR CAPITAL

 

Angel Investor and partner of Altair Seed Fund. Invested over 80 startups, many of them are very successful. Supports early stage Internet projects in different fields (education, health, adtech, telecom and fintech).

 

GONZALO MARTINEZ

HEAD OF SAMSUNG VENTURES ISRAEL

@SAMSUNG VENTURES

 

Gonzalo is the head of Samsung Venture Group's investments in Israel. These investments include: PrimeSense (acq. by Apple), StoreDot, Replay Technologies, Cortica, Giraffic, EarlySense, and Rounds, an undisclosed automatic consumer video editing platform and multiple undisclosed Fund of Fund investments. Prior to Samsung, Gonzalo served as a consultant with PwC and AEA Technology.

 

JEREMY LUSTMAN

PARTNER

@DLA PIPER

 

Jeremy Lustman is a partner in DLA Piper’s Corporate and Securities group and helps lead the firm’s global Israel practice. Jeremy directly represents and oversees a significant number of key Israeli relationships that have touched upon more than 35 different international jurisdictions and more than 40 DLA Piper global offices. These clients cover virtually all sectors of the Israeli economy, including leading venture capital and private equity funds, and institutional real estate.

 

KIRILL SMILANSKY

STRATEGY MANAGER

@NASPERS

 

Kiril is part of the internet strategy team in Naspers working within the SimilarWeb team in Tel Aviv. He holds a M.Sc degree in Industrial Engineering and before joining Naspers, worked at Google as an Industry Analyst with large tech clients, mainly in the B2C software distribution industry.

 

ODED SALOMY

GENERAL MANAGER OF VISA EUROPE COLLAB ISRAEL

@VISA

 

Oded became General Manager of Visa Europe Collab Israel in May, where Visa is accelerating engagement with the Israeli high tech community. Since joining Visa Europe in 2010 Oded headed the company’s operations in Israel and Malta. Prior to that, he spent many years in leadership positions with startup organisations, including Oasis, in corporate venturing; modu, creating modular mobile handsets; and Taxi Tech, which he founded, delivering mobile payment solutions in taxis, and an alternative media platform. For a number of years Oded also managed the Israel operation of IMS Health, a provider of intelligence solutions to the pharmaceutical industry with data from points of sale, physicians and distributors. He is an attorney by training and heads the Harvard Club of Israel.

 

ODELIA POLLAK

CEO

@ESOP - EXCELLENCE

 

Odelia is one of the founders and CEO of ESOP-EXCELLENCE. Odelia brings to ESOP-EXCELLENCE expertise and leadership experience in the field of Stock Based Compensation and vast experience in managing, consulting and operating diverse incentive plans and their related aspects to private companies as well as public companies. Prior to joining ESOP-EXCELLENCE, Odelia Pollak acted as the manager of the professional aspects of incentive plans in Investec Trust Company (Israel) Ltd.(currently U-Bank).

 

ROY GUNTER

PARTNER

@MOBILITY VENTURES

 

Roy was part of the creation of the smartphone, mobile payments, smart connected devices, and the mobile/wireless Internet sectors and has over 25 years experience from the very beginning of the mobile industry. Now his drive is investing and working with entrepreneurs to create everything that this industry promises. Roy Is a Partner at Mobility Ventures in London, a global venture capital and advisory firm with a focus on investing in disruptive cool mobile tech. Roy also advises corporations and governments and sits on the board of numerous startups and growth companies steering them through the challenges of delivering innovation. He has multiple venture backed startups under his belt and the added experience starting and running $billion divisions of multinational corporations in the Europe and the USA.

 

SUNIL VERMA

CO-FOUNDER

@TEAM IN RESIDENCES

 

Sunil is a founder and partner at Team in Residence, a group of sucessful entrpeneurs who partner in the pursuit of successful enterprise. Sunil is the co-founder of Mobclix, the world's largest ad-exchange connecting 30+ demand sources to reach over 100M unique users across 18,000+ iOS, Android and Mobile applications. Mobclix was acquired by Velti in 2010. In addition to Mobclix, Sunil has worked in several venture capitalist frims and investment banks in the past. Mr. Verma graduated with Honors from Santa Clara University with both an M.S. and B.S. in Computer Engineering.

 

SURAJ RAJWANI

MANAGING PARTNER

@DOUBLE ROCK

 

Suraj Rajwani is the co-founder and partner of DoubleRock, and has more than 7 years of experience doing business in the Silicon Valley, China and India. He has lived in Shanghai and Beijing for over three years and is constantly pushing for his portfolio companies to expand internationally. His specialty areas include management, investment and mergers and acquisitions. He is the former Managing Director of the Global Network Entrepreneurs Network Organization (GENO), which has more than twenty-seven chapters worldwide.  

 

VALENTINA SLAVINA

PRESIDENT

@URAL BUSINESS ANGEL ASSOCIATION

 

CEO at BAUR, business angel, the founder of the community of private investors (BAUR) in one of the largest industrial and scientific regions of Russia, the founder and director of the Ural International Venture Forum, the founder of the Ural accelerator "Factor" for innovative projects and technology entrepreneurs

 

ZIV BEN BAROUCH

PARTNER

@PEREG CAPITAL

 

Ziv brings over 20 years experience building and investing in technology ventures in the US and Israel. Ziv was a Senior Principal with Viola Group, one of the leading technology private equity investment group in Israel with over $2 billion under management, where he was accountable for the assessment and negotiation of candidate investments and served as a member of the investment team. Recently Ziv served on the board of directors of Taptica Ltd. a mobile advertising company, leading its sale to Marimedia (MARI, AIM). He also serves on the board of OurCart, Babator, Crosswise and Bringg. Ziv also has extensive experience working as part of the executive teams of Israel-US technology ventures. Ziv served as the Chief Financial Officer of a leading US-based provider of backup satellites services in North America as well as with Clearforest a leading Israeli NLP starup acquired by Reuters. Early in his carrer Ziv was the Vice President of The AKA an Israeli banking and government consortium managing over $5bn of distressed debt.

 

ALEX IBRAHIM

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL MARKETS

@NYSE

 

Alex Ibrahim is Head of International Capital Markets for the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), a wholly- owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). In this role, Ibrahim is responsible for attracting new listings from around the world – including Asia, Canada, Europe, India, Israel and Latin America – and managing the NYSE’s relationship with the hundreds of companies based outside of the U.S. in NYSE’s listed community of leading companies. In this role, he also advises private companies, private equity firms, venture capitalists, investment bankers, legal and government communities and other exchanges on the exchange landscape, issues, NYSE initiatives and venue choice. Prior to joining NYSE in 2000, Ibrahim held various positions in Brazil and the U.S. for a multinational consulting corporation. Ibrahim earned both his B.S. degree in Marketing and International Trade as well as his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business in New York. He also attended the School of Engineering at Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ibrahim currently serves as a board member of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce and the North American Chilean Chamber of Commerce. He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

 

HEIKO SCHWENDER

SENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER

@COMMERZ VENTURES

 

Heiko is senior investment manager and one of the founding members of CommerzVentures. An investment banker by trade with a passion for technology innovation, he has been providing corporate finance advice to tech companies and banks for years. He continued his career at Commerzbank's group strategy department, where he co-headed the overarching digitisation and innovation topics for the bank, before kicking off CommerzVentures in October 2014. Heiko holds an MBA from the prestigious University of Chicago Booth Business School.

 

GILAD NOVIK

CTO

@HORIZON VENTURES

 

Gilad Novik has been the Chief Technology Officer of Horizons Ventures since joining in 2010. He has over 20 years of international experience in technology and telecommunication, and has successfully identified and engaged with all of Horizon's investments activities in Israel. Gilad is based in Europe and currently sits on the boards of: Nipendo, Magisto, Ginger, Wibbits, MyStevie, Medial, Memed, Lock8, and Meekan. Gilad is a member of the Technion University Board of Governor and was ranked as one of the Top 100 influencers in Israeli Hi-Tech for 2015.

 

JONATHAN NEUMANN

SALES AND MERCHANT SERVICES MANAGER

@PAYPAL

 

Jonathan joined PayPal four and a half years ago, and today he manages the sales and merchant services in Israel, holding vast experience in the ecommerce and payment industry. Prior to PayPal, Jonathan managed sales for enterprise companies in Israel's leading price comparison website in Israel.

 

JONATHAN PULITZER

MANAGING DIRECTOR

@GE VENTURES

 

Jonathan represents GE Ventures in coverage of energy investing in Israel and Europe, and acts as the organization’s regional presence in Israel. He's been involved with more than a dozen investments during his eight years of investing across GE Ventures and GE Capital, having served as a board observer with a number of companies, including four active Israeli companies.

 

LAURENT LIPINER

CO-FOUNDER / COO

@START'INPOST

 

Co-founder and COO of Start'inPost the startup accelerator of the Lawrence Group Poste HAS over 12 years experience in innovation Both in startups and corporations off before joining the Post in 2011. In London from 2000 to 2004, he is share of the adventure of innovative companies (AltaVista, Vizzavi) before Creating Digital Medium, the first interactive advertising agency. In 2007, he Becomes a strategy consultant for McKinsey dealing with the digital transformation of blue chips. This lead to the _him_ Strategy Position and M & A department where He Was Asked in 2013 to build what is now Start'inPost. Laurent holds degrees from Northeastern University (Boston), Sciences Po Paris and INSEAD.

 

GWEN ACKERMAN

BUREAU CHIEF ISRAEL

@BLOOMBERG

 

Gwen Ackerman is the bureau chief of Bloomberg News, responsible for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. She has covered the Israeli technology industry since the early 1990s -- writing at The AP, The Jerusalem Post, Reuters, and then at Bloomberg for the past 11 years.

 

MEIRAV HAR NOY

FOUNDER, MANAGING PARTNER

@MONETA SEEDS

 

Meirav brings to Moneta 2 decades of experience as an investor with few of the world’s leading VCs. Moneta is Meirav’s 3rd Venture Capital. In 1997 she joined Intel Capital, a world leading corporate venture capital arm of Intel corporation.

 

CYRIL COHEN SOLAL

VP OF INTERNATIONAL INNOVATION

@KEYRUS

 

Cyril Cohen Solal is the VP of International Innovation. He's based in Israel, and focuses on innovation and investments in Israel and Europe. Following his sale of the business intelligence company he co-founded in France and in which he had worked for 10 years, Cyril moved to israel in 2008 and joined Keyrus Group to set up operations in 'startup nation'. He participated in numerous investments as an entrepreneur with wide-ranging expertise in digital intelligence across multiple industries. In 2015, Cyril was involved in building a comprehensive multi-dimentional platform to promote innovation within the group. He is now working a bridge program between Israeli startups and big Corporations within the Digital industry.

 

RONI HERCZ

BUSINESS ANALYST

@NORDEA

 

Roni Hercz is a Business Analyst in Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic region. Based in Oslo Norway, Roni has worked extensively with Mobil Banking solutions in all Nordic countries, including mobile payments and electronic authentication and signing. Prior to Nordea he spent several years with a local telco building up their mobile services. Earlier in his career he worked as a Deputy Director of New Media at Jerusalem Post. Roni Hercz holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bezalel and a Master of Science from the University of Oslo.

 

ERAN FLUMIN

CONSULTING DIRECTOR ISRAEL

@FORST & SULLIVAN

 

Eran Flumin is the Director of Israel and Consulting at Frost & Sullivan. Eran holds 15 years of multidisciplinary, research-based strategy, business and marketing consulting experience across global industries and markets. Eran has supported 100+ Israeli & global startups, enterprises & investors in areas including: market entry, capital raising, growth engines, commercial due diligence, identification of investment & partnership targets and innovation. He recieved his MBA (marketing), LL.B., Economics at Tel-Aviv University.

 

DAN KRASNOSTEIN

PARTNER

@SQUARE PEG CAPITAL

 

Dan joined Square Peg in Australia in 2012, and moved to Tel Aviv in 2014 to establish and manage its Israel office. Dan has extensive expertise in corporate strategy, with a strong focus on internet and marketplace businesses. He began his career as a management consultant, specialising in market entry, competitor analysis and pricing. He subsequently worked at SEEK (ASX:SEK), the world’s largest online employment business and one of Australia’s top 100 companies. Here, his role in the Corporate Strategy team focused on building fundamental strategic frameworks and pricing mechanisms, and providing strategic support to the core operational units.

 

ELIE SPRUNG

HI-TECH AND VC PARTNER

@TADMOR & CO. YUVAL LEVY & CO.

 

Elie Sprung, Head of the Hi-Tech and Venture Capital Practice Group at Tadmor & Co. Yuval Levy & Co., is a business-minded attorney with over 10 years of experience at leading firms in Israel and abroad, who advises start-ups, investors and acquirers of all types on financings, M&As, technology, general ongoing corporate matters, and commercial transactions. Over his career, Elie has represented clients in some of the more interesting transactions in Israel.

 

ELLIOT GOTKINE

MIDDLE EAST EDITOR

@BLOOMBERG

 

Elliott Gotkine is Bloomberg Television’s Middle East Editor. Based in Tel Aviv, he is the only international broadcaster in Israel focusing on company news, the economy, and technology. Since joining Bloomberg in 2007, Elliott has reported on major international events including the Greek elections, the Irish bailout, and the war in Gaza. He's interviewed business and political leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and President Shimon Peres. In 2008, he was nominated for a Business Journalist of the Year Award.

 

DAVID CITRON

SENIOR INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE

@FLINT CAPITAL

 

Mr. Yahal Zilka co-founded Magma Venture Partners. Since 1999, Yahal served as co-Managing Partner of Magma, and positioned Magma as a major player in the New Media space. As chairman and acting CEO of Phonetic Systems, a portfolio company of the Fund, Yahal repositioned the company as a market leader, and led Magma’s first exit as it was acquired by Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN). At Magma, Yahal leads the business development and the financing-related activities of the Fund and its portfolio.

 

MIRJAM EISELE

SENIOR MANAGER AT

@INVEST IN BAVARIA

 

Mirjam is Senior Manager at Invest in Bavaria. Before Mirjam joined Invest in Bavaria, she has worked for Lufthansa. For almost two years she has been responsible for Israeli companies who are interested in finding a base in Bavaria for doing business in Europe. Having worked together with a broad variety of Indian companies, Mirjam has acquired an in-depth knowledge of business environments in India. Her main strength is bringing people together in a business context and thinking around corners. Mirjam is based in Munich Germany and holds a diploma two masters in business and geography as well as a master in politics, economics and philosophy, both from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

 

YAHAL ZILKA

CO-FOUNDED

@MAGMA VENTURE PARTNERS

 

Mirjam is Senior Manager at Invest in Bavaria. Before Mirjam joined Invest in Bavaria, she has worked for Lufthansa. For almost two years she has been responsible for Israeli companies who are interested in finding a base in Bavaria for doing business in Europe. Having worked together with a broad variety of Indian companies, Mirjam has acquired an in-depth knowledge of business environments in India. Her main strength is bringing people together in a business context and thinking around corners. Mirjam is based in Munich Germany and holds a diploma two masters in business and geography as well as a master in politics, economics and philosophy, both from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

 

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