Israel Industry 4.0 Week 2020

Israel is fast becoming an international hub of Industry 4.0 innovation, with its entrepreneurial culture and innovative ecosystem. The disruptive technological advancements for which Israel is renowned, such as AI, computer vision, cybersecurity, smart sensors, blockchain, and automation processes, are helping to change the way products are manufactured, designed, and marketed.

Join Start-Up Nation Central, Grove Ventures, and Deloitte in Tel Aviv, during the week of February 24-27, 2020 for the largest gathering of Industry 4.0 professionals in Israel at II4 Week 2020. Organized over the course of a few days by many of the largest players in the Industry 4.0 ecosystem, II4 Week is your opportunity to experience everything that makes the Israel Industry 4.0 sector unique and thriving.

II4 Week will be comprised of various community events, most notably the II4 Conference, the first II4 Leader’s Forum, an Industry 4.0 start-up expo of cutting-edge technologies, and plenty of networking workshops and focused roundtable discussions.

Highlights of II4 Week 2020 Will Include:
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Who Will Attend II4 Week?
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24
Monday

Pre-scheduled B2B networking event

Pre-scheduled B2B networking event

Meet with industry 4.0 decision makers, investors, start-ups, and innovators during our matchmaking event.

Location: Start-Up Nation Central HQ, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv skyline in night

International VIP Cocktail Reception

Mingle with Industry 4.0’s finest in preparation of the II4 Conference.

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Location: Tel Aviv

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Tuesday
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Join hundreds of other Industry 4.0 thought leaders for a day packed with:

-  Keynote Speakers
-  Panel Discussions
-  Networking Lunch
-  Corporate Challenge Forum

Vertical-Specific

Roundtable Sessions:

-  Energy
-  Oil & Gas
-  Chemicals
-  Automotive
-  Aerospace & Defense
-  Construction
-  Manufacturing

Roundtables around

Digitalization Challenges:

-  Supply Chain
-  Robotics
-  3D Printing
-  Operation Optimization
-  Predictive Maintenance

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26
Wednesday

Breakout:

The Mittelstand Approach to Industry 4.0

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Breakout:

Japan’s Approach to Industry 4.0

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Manufacturing 4.0 Hackathon:

Shaping the Factory of the Future

II4 Innovation Leader Forum

Meet-up:

Stories of Successful Digital Transformation

Hear from start-ups who successfully implemented IIoT solutions to increase efficiency, eliminate barriers, manager waste, and transform their business.

27
Thursday

Breakout:

Removing Bottlenecks with AI

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Corporate Workshop:

Digitization of the Supply Chain

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Manufacturing 4.0 Hackathon:

Shaping the Factory of the Future

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Weekly Agenda

Pre-scheduled B2B networking event


Meet with industry 4.0 decision makers, investors, start-ups, and innovators during our matchmaking event.

Location: Start-Up Nation Central HQ, Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv skyline in night
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International VIP Cocktail Reception

Mingle with Industry 4.0’s finest in preparation of the II4 Conference.

II4 Conference 2018 - mingling

Location: Tel Aviv

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Pre-scheduled B2B networking event
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Start-Up Nation Central HQ, Tel Aviv
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10:00 - 10:15
Smart Solutions for the Future of Industry 4.0
Speaker: Brenda Discher, SVP, Business Strategy & Marketing, Siemens Digital Industries Software
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5 / 1 / 6 / 5
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10:15 - 10:30
On the Journey from Automated to Autonomous Production
Speaker: Bernhard Eschermann, CTO of Industrial Automation, ABB
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6 / 1 / 7 / 5
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10:30 - 10:45
Coffee Break
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7 / 1 / 8 / 5
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10:30-17:00
Start-Up Stage and Expo
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8 / 4 / 18 / 5
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10:45 - 11:15
Out with the Old, In with the New?
Thousands of companies around the world are still...
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8 / 1 / 9 / 4
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11:15 - 11:45
The Evolution of the Smart Factory
How do you evolve into the smart factory...
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9 / 1 / 10 / 4
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11:45 - 12:15
Opportunities in Industry 4.0 Investments
Industry 4.0 is expected to grow into...
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10 / 1 / 11 / 4
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12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Break
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11 / 1 / 12 / 5
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13:00-17:00
B2B Matchmaking
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12 / 3 / 18 / 4
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13:15 - 13:50
The Future of the Digital Supply Chain
Manufacturers around the world are starting...
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12 / 1 / 13 / 2
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13:15 - 13:50
Industry 4.0 Open Innovation: Tomorrow's Industrial Tool
Technology, Talent and Culture...
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12 / 2 / 13 / 3
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13:50 - 14:25
Successful I4.0 Implementation between start-ups and multinationals
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13 / 2 / 14 / 3
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13:50 - 14:25
The Power of Digital Twins across the Industry 4.0 Value Chain
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13 / 1 / 14 / 2
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14:25 - 15:00
From Mass Production to Mass Customization: The Automotive Industry
Gone are the days of mass production as Industry 4.0 technologies...
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14 / 1 / 15 / 2
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14:25 - 15:00
Successful Integration between Startups and Corporates
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14 / 2 / 15 / 3
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15:00 - 15:15
Coffee Break
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15 / 1 / 16 / 5
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15:15 - 15:50
Digitizing Process Industries
In this panel, you will learn from top experts about new opportunities emerging...
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16 / 2 / 17 / 3
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15:15 - 15:50
Leaders Discussion - Vertical Tables
The leadership discussion represents a unique...
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16 / 1 / 17 / 2
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15:50 - 16:25
Leaders Discussion - Power Solutions Tables
The leadership discussion represents...
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17 / 1 / 18 / 2
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15:50 - 16:25
The Industry 4.0 VC Landscape
As the market for Industry 4.0 solutions...
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17 / 2 / 18 / 3
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8:00 - 9:00
Gathering
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1 / 1 / 2 / 5
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9:00 - 9:30
Partner Greetings
Speakers: Dov Moran | Prof. Eugene Kandel | Debanjan Dutt
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2 / 1 / 3 / 5
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9:30 - 9:45
The Future of Supply Chain – The Case of the Beverage Industry
Speaker: Peter Kraemer, Chief Supply Chain Officer, AB InBev
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3 / 1 / 4 / 5
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9:45 - 10:00
Industrial Automation - Keynote speech
Speaker: Raja Ramana Macha, CTO of Industrial Automation Business, Schneider Electric
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4 / 1 / 5 / 5
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Breakout:

The Mittelstand Approach to Industry 4.0

German flag

Breakout:

Japan’s Approach to Industry 4.0

Japan flag

Manufacturing 4.0 Hackathon:

Shaping the Factory of the Future

II4 Innovation Leader Forum

Meet-up:

Stories of Successful Digital Transformation

Hear from start-ups who successfully implemented IIoT solutions to increase efficiency, eliminate barriers, manager waste, and transform their business.

Hackathon 4.0


The Galilee Accelerator for Smart Industry, Start-Up Nation Central, Deloitte and Grove Ventures are organizing the Israeli Industry 4.0 Hackathon, a unique event to to solve industrial challenges and create new solutions.

Industrial companies worldwide are engaged today in a quest to find solutions to their challenges and needs, using state of the art modern technologies like IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things).

Registration is open to entrepreneurs, developers, industry company managers, academics, mentors and experts.The top 3 winners of the hackathon will receive cash prizes.

Construction 4.0


Israel has become a global center for technology and innovation in the construction arena, growing faster and faster every year. The Construction 4.0 event will bring together Israeli startups, industry leaders, experts, and multinational corporations to collaborate and discuss the digitization of the construction industry.

Join ConTech for Construction 4.0, in collaboration with II4 Innovation Week, and become exposed to Israel's most disruptive construction technologies.

During II4 Week, one full day will be dedicated to construction technologies and innovation, led by ConTech. On February 26, 2020, the construction tech global community will meet to engage with leading startups, hear insights from keynote speakers, take part in B2B meetings, participate in designated roundtables focusing on major challenges of the industry, attend panel discussions, and celebrate in a cocktail event.

Connected Industries
9:30 – 12:30
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz, Tel Aviv
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Maritime 4.0
09:30 - 12:30
Google for Startups Campus, Tel Aviv
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Construction 4.0
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Hackathon 4.0
14:00 (Feb 26) - 21:00 (Feb 27)
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Breakout:

Removing Bottlenecks with AI

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Corporate Workshop:

Digitization of the Supply Chain

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Manufacturing 4.0 Hackathon:

Shaping the Factory of the Future

Hackathon 4.0
14:00 (Feb 26) - 21:00 (Feb 27)
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Industry and Energy: The Forgotten Frontier
17:00 - 19:00
Start-Up Nation Central HQ, Lilienblum 28, Tel Aviv
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8:00 - 9:00
Gathering
1 / 1 / 2 / 5
9:00 - 9:30
Partner Greetings
2 / 1 / 3 / 5
15:50 - 16:25
The Industry 4.0 VC Landscape
17 / 2 / 18 / 3
15:50 - 16:25
Leaders Discussion - Power Solutions Tables
17 / 1 / 18 / 2
15:15 - 15:50
Leaders Discussion - Vertical Tables
16 / 1 / 17 / 2
15:00 - 15:15
Coffee Break
15 / 1 / 16 / 5
14:25 - 15:00
Successful Integration between Startups and Corporates
14 / 2 / 15 / 3
13:50 - 14:25
The Power of Digital Twins across the Industry 4.0 Value Chain
13 / 1 / 14 / 2
10:30 - 10:45
Coffee Break
7 / 1 / 8 / 5
10:15 - 10:30
On the Journey from Automated to Autonomous Production
6 / 1 / 7 / 5
10:00 - 10:15
Smart Solutions for the Future of Industry 4.0
5 / 1 / 6 / 5
10:30-17:00
Start-Up Stage and Expo
8 / 4 / 18 / 5
13:00-17:00
B2B Matchmaking
12 / 3 / 18 / 4
14:25 - 15:00
From Mass Production to Mass Customization: The Automotive Industry
14 / 1 / 15 / 2
15:15 - 15:50
Digitizing Process Industries
16 / 2 / 17 / 3
13:50 - 14:25
Successful I4.0 Implementation between start-ups and multinationals
13 / 2 / 14 / 3
13:15 - 13:50
Industry 4.0 Open Innovation: Tomorrow's Industrial Tool
12 / 2 / 13 / 3
13:15 - 13:50
The Future of the Digital Supply Chain
12 / 1 / 13 / 2
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Break
11 / 1 / 12 / 5
11:45 - 12:15
Opportunities in Industry 4.0 Investments
10 / 1 / 11 / 4
11:15 - 11:45
The Evolution of the Smart Factory
9 / 1 / 10 / 4
10:45 - 11:15
Out with the Old, In with the New?
8 / 1 / 9 / 4
9:45 - 10:00
Industrial Automation - Keynote speech
4 / 1 / 5 / 5
9:30 - 9:45
The Future of Supply Chain – The Case of the Beverage Industry
3 / 1 / 4 / 5

Raja Ramana Macha

Sr. Vice President & CTO, lndustrial Automation Business, Schneider Electric

Raja Ramana Macha

Sr. Vice President & CTO, lndustrial Automation Business, Schneider Electric

Raja Ramana Macha is Sr. Vice President & CTO of $ 7 bn lndustrial Automation business of Schneider Electric, with responsibility of setting and executing the technology vision & strategy for the growth of the business. He is part of various industry standards groups to help influence the direction of the effectiveness models for the industry. An avid technologist, his interests vary across miniaturization of hardware, to use of digital technologies and artificial intelligence; from driving innovation to solve business problems, to managing cultural transformations. He also coaches young talent to achieve their potential.
Raja was brought into lnvensys as the Sr. Vice President of R&D for lnvensys Operations Management where he started the transformation of R&D for lnvensys Operations Management. He transformed the operations with a focus  חסcreating high productivity technology teams and execution of the overall technology and products roadmap with unprecedented improvements in quality, time to market and cost management.
Before joining lnvensys Raja worked in Automotive,  זוand Software technology companies leading several functions and businesses.
Over a career of 32 years, Raja has pioneered product development of software and hardware products in the engineering space working for global leaders. As a practicing consultant to several global manufacturing and technology companies Raja has helped them improve operational excellence. He has successfully led information technology and computing technology businesses and is an expert in applying LEAN techniques for driving transformation.
He is widely credited with the creation of the Foxboro Evo Distributed Control System and the Tricon CX triple modular redundant Safety system.
Raja holds an Electronics and Communication engineering degree and a Masters Diploma in Business Administration.

Tomomi Kosaka

President, Honda Engineering

Tomomi Kosaka

President, Honda Engineering

Tomomi Kosaka is the president of Honda Engineering, responsible for the global automobiles, motorcycles, power products and aviation products manufacturing. In addition, Kosaka is an operating officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  

Kosaka previously served as the vice president of Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM) – the auto industry's first manufacturing joint venture to mass-produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system that will be used in future products .

Prior to joining FCSM, Kosaka was president & CEO of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., responsible for manufacturing operations of three auto plants and an engine plant in Ohio.

Kosaka's powertrain experience includes serving as general manager of the Power Train Production Engineering Division of Honda Engineering Co., Ltd. in 2007, as engine division manager at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC in 2008 and chief engineer and plant manager of the Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio. Honda's largest auto engine plant in the world.

Kosaka joined Honda in April 1984 at Honda Engineering Co., Ltd. in Japan.

Kurt Kaltenegger

Head of ABB Technology Ventures, ABB

Kurt Kaltenegger

Head of ABB Technology Ventures, ABB

Kaltenegger holds two graduate degrees in solid state physics, a MSc from Karl-Franzens University Graz and a PhD from Montanistic University Leoben, and is the holder of more than 30 patents and was awarded for different technical publications.

Prior to joining ATV, he spent three years as ABB CTO China and as Director of the ABB Corporate Research Center in China. He was involved in future technology R&D, specifically material testing, fault current limitation, bulk power transmission (HVDC), UHV, distributed generation and robotics. From 2000 till 2007 he was Global ABB Technology Manager for Medium Voltage products development, with responsibility for 14 Development Centers worldwide. For the nine years prior, he was amongst others responsible for high voltage circuit breaker R&D at ABB Switzerland and Head of the Power Test Lab in Switzerland. He invented a new self-blast circuit breaker technology enabling SF6 Technology for ratings of 160 kA and higher, a world first.

Kurt is leading investments in Europe, Israel and China and was involved in about 20 investments so far. Kurt was/is Member of the Board in different portfolio companies such as Orbital Marine Power, Automata, Enervalis, TaKaDu, and PointGrab. Further, he is Advisory Committee member of Tsing Capital and was Committee member of KIC InnoEnergy and Investment Committee member at VI Partners.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide and has been recognized as Global Corporate Venturing GCV Rising Star 2017 as well as made it on the list of “Most Influential Investors 2019” from Venture360. Kurt was regular member of CIGRE Study Committee for Distributed Generation and was on the advisory board of Souzhou University. Kurt serves as thought leader with long term technology visions for ABB R&D.

Brenda Discher

SVP, Business Strategy & Marketing, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.

Brenda Discher

SVP, Business Strategy & Marketing, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.

Digital Go-to-Market Strategist known for launching market leading products and brands that change the world.

Brenda Discher is senior vice president of strategy and marketing for Siemens Digital Industries Software, a business unit of Siemens Digital Industries, where she leads global brand, communications and digital go-to-market strategies. With over 20 years of success in bringing technology products, brands and businesses from inception to market, she is experienced in driving change, brand innovation and deep customer engagements to ensure customers use and expand their IT investment.

Prior to joining Siemens, Discher spent more than 20 years in various leadership positions at Autodesk in marketing, product management and customer service and support.

Discher holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering and Masters of Business Administration in International Marketing and Finance from Eastern Michigan University.

Brenda and her family live in the greater Detroit area.

Jean Louis Stasi

SVP Innovation @ Edge, Schneider Electric

Jean Louis Stasi

SVP Innovation @ Edge, Schneider Electric

Jean Louis Stasi has the direct responsibility of building long-lasting strategic partnerships between business of Schneider Electric and the most innovative Start Ups; with the goal of accelerating the innovation cycle, creating new channels & growth engines for the business.

His mission is to help start-ups succeed with Schneider Electric and to drive a culture of open and collaborative innovation.

Jean Louis’ career within Schneider Electric spans over 30 years, he’s held multiple operational and general management positions in Europe, Africa and the United States.  He was most recently the Managing Director for Russia & CIS (2010-2016) and leading all global strategic launches of the company (2016-2018).

Jean Louis graduated from the Institute of Advanced Business Studies (IHEE) Paris and from the Strasbourg Business School.  He holds a BSC in Industrial Computer Science from Strasbourg University.

Victoria Van Camp

CTO and President, SKF AB

Victoria Van Camp

CTO and President, SKF AB

Dr Victoria Van Camp is head of R&D at SKF AB and a member of the group’s executive leadership team. She and her global R&D team are responsible for developing the technology – bearings, steel, AI, sensors, you name it – to make 113 y old SKF thrive into the next 113+ years. AB SKF is a 86 BSEK (2018) company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with 43 000 employees in 130 locations globally. The company, a start-up in 1907, was founded by Sven Wingqvist, a textile plant maintenance engineer. SKF’s vision is ‘a world of reliable rotation’, and is transforming itself from product-selling to a provider of reliable rotation.

Victoria has been with SKF since 1996, starting as a researcher in tribology* , then taking a tribological innovation -the NoWear™ bearing- into the market. Passionate about intrapreneurship, she moved on to building up SKF’s engineering consultancy business. From there on she took customer-facing roles in strategic marketing and product development. Since 2017 Victoria is the chief technology officer and head of R&D in SKF. One of her main objectives is to ensure the company engages in external collaboration in R&D, and that it is connected to filling gaps in the company technology roadmap. SKF spends 2.8% of turnover in R&D, and Victoria is convinced that shareholders expect focused and lean operations.

SKF’s R&D engineers use the hashtag #ILoveNotInventedHere, and we know speed comes by knowing your technology gaps and being open to others’ filling them better than you can. This how SKF came across Presenso, an Israeli startup acquired by AB SKF in October 2019. With development teams all over the world from Detroit over Schweinfurt and Haifa to Bangalore and Shanghai, Victoria lives in Gothenburg, Sweden and tries to minimize flying by having excellent local leadership (and high bandwidth videoconferencing).

Dr. Thomas Kleinert

Head of Data Management and Application, Continental AG

Dr. Thomas Kleinert

Head of Data Management and Application, Continental AG

Dr. Thomas Kleinert studied Computer Science and Information System Science in Universities of Kaiserslautern and Saarbrücken, and has an M.Sc. in Information System Science in 2011. He worked as researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH) 2011-2015 in Saarbrücken. In January 2016, Dr. Kleinert started as the Industrie 4.0 Manager in Continental in Regensburg, and in January 2019 took over as the “Head of Data Management & Application” in Continental.

Zvi Feuer

CEO, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.

Zvi Feuer

CEO, Siemens Industry Software Ltd.

Zvi has over twenty five years of experience in Enterprise Software business management, with a primary focus in the Manufacturing Industries.

Worked for the Israeli Aircraft Industries (IAI), Digital Equipment - a leading provider of hardware and system integration projects and since 1995 he works for (formerly Tecnomatix/UGS) Siemens Industry Software.

Current responsibilities include leading global teams and initiatives to develop and service customers worldwide, providing Manufacturing Engineering Software Solutions, ranging from optimization of production and service facilities, design of assembly lines, developing and validating production systems, to programing of CNC machines in major machine shops.

Education:
MSc. Industrial Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Executive MBA, UCLA – NUS (National University of Singapore)

Alrik Danielson

President and CEO, SKF AB

Alrik Danielson

President and CEO, SKF AB

Alrik Danielson is a Swedish citizen. He was born 1962, he is married to Eva and he has three children. He holds a B.Sc. in business administration and international economics from the University of Gothenburg.

Alrik joined SKF first in 1987 as a financial controller in Gothenburg. Before leaving SKF in 2005, he held a number of managerial positions in Sweden, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Brazil. Between 1996 and 1999 he was President

of SKF’s Industrial Division in Spain and Portugal. Thereafter he was appointed President of SKF do Brazil between 1999 and 2003 and from 2003 to 2005 he was President of SKF Group’s Industrial Division and member of SKF Group’s Executive Committee.

From 2005 to 2014 he was President and CEO of Höganäs AB.

Board assignment: The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries

Jim Tobojka

Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance, Schneider Electric

Jim Tobojka

Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance, Schneider Electric

In the business world, companies can come and go with the times. However, there are some that last for ages, and great leadership is the secret. A leadership that can spearhead a highly complex supply chain environment and elevate best-practices, leaving the organization and its people firmly grounded for sustainable growth well into the future, and motivating a forward momentum.

Jim Tobojka is one of those leaders and driving results as the Senior Vice President for Global Supply Chain Strategy and Performance of Schneider Electric, is what he is all about. He oversees all aspects and initiatives associated with the Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation, including Schneider Electric’s customer-centric Tailored Sustainable & Connected 4.0 (TSC4.0) Supply Chain program, innovation, industrialization and corporate technology coordination, standardizations management, Schneider Performance System (SPS), and Network Design.

In 2017 to 2018, he led the East Asia, Japan and Pacific region as Senior Vice President for Global Supply Chain wherein he oversaw the end to end Supply Chain organization of the region comprised of 18 countries, 22 factories, 21 distribution centers, with approximately 9,000 employees.

Prior to his regional role, he was the Vice President for Philippine Operations and EAJP Supply Chain Deployment. He was responsible for profitability, customer satisfaction, on-time delivery of quality products, regional industrial deployment studies and several strategic project implementations.

Originally from Rhode Island, USA, he joined American Power Conversion Corporation (APCC) in 1994 as Production Manager in West Kingston, USA. A year after, he became Manufacturing Operations Manager. In 1996, he was assigned to APC Philippines as the Managing Director, before being promoted to Director of East Asia Operations in 2003, wherein he managed six facilities both in the Philippines and China (with approximately 2600 employees - two thirds of total manpower of APCC). In 2007, he was appointed CGM and APJ Operations Manager, responsible for the overall Business Operations and Profit and Loss (P&L) in the Philippines with an overall headcount of close to 2,000 employees.

Jim has sustained the health of the corporate culture and workplace environment on a global perspective. He feels responsible for the long-term security of the people and the company and is proud to have mentored and guided many to progress in their careers to senior leadership roles.

Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

Prof. Eugene Kandel

CEO, Start-Up Nation Central

Prof. Eugene Kandel is the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.  He is an Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Prof Kandel’s primary area of academic expertise is Financial Markets, Financial Intermediaries and Corporate Governance. His research was published in the world leading Finance and Economics journals. Prof. Kandel is a member of the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University, a Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy and Research in London, and a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and served as Editor and Associate Editor of several leading Finance journals.

Dov Moran

Managing Partner, Grove Ventures Inventor, USB drive

Dov Moran

Managing Partner, Grove Ventures Inventor, USB drive

Dov is the managing partner of Grove Ventures and is known as a pioneer of several flash memory technologies, most notably as the inventor of the USB flash drive. He was a founder and CEO of M-Systems (NSDQ: FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market. Under Dov's leadership, M-Systems grew to $1B revenue, and was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for $1.6B.

Dov has invested in many successful start-ups in the digital health, media, SaaS and IoT sectors. He currently serves on the boards of Glucome, Rapid API, TriEye and Neuroblade, and was previously the Chairman of Tower Semiconductors (NASDAQ:TSEM).

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa.

Nunzio Bonavita

Technology Venture & Development Manager, ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit for Southern Europe

Nunzio Bonavita

Technology Venture & Development Manager, ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit for Southern Europe

Over 30 years’ experience in assessing, developing and introducing advanced technologies in sectors as diversified as Process Control, Energy Efficiency, Simulation, Industrial Water Treatment, Oil&Gas, Machine Learning and Advanced Instrumentation.
More than 65 papers published or presented at international conferences and at ease with public speaking also in front of large audiences.
Industrial tutor for the seven Final Thesis at the Engineering Faculties of University of Genoa, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Bologna and University of Trieste.

Andreas Geiss

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Siemens AG

Andreas Geiss

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Siemens AG

Andreas Geiss has been working in Siemens AG since 2000. During the last 17 years he had different responsibilities within Germany and China.
After his studies, he joined the chemical and pharmaceutical company Hoechst AG in 1996 (Frankfurt/ Main), starting within plant- and project engineering as an engineer and later as project director.
In 2004, Andreas Geiss transferred to the Automation & Drives group of Siemens in Nuremberg, building up a contract management group for enterprise customers.
After his General Manager position (2006-2009) beingresponsible for Process Automation Solutions at Siemens in China (Industrial Automation), he integrated and led the business segment of Comos Industry Solutions within Siemens Process Industries & Drives Division from 2010 until 2016.
In December 2016 Andreas took over the CTO- responsibility for the cloud based open IOT operating system Mindsphere within the Siemens Division of Digital Factory, assuming also responsibility as Vice President for Strategy in February 2018.
As of October 2019, Andreas assumed the responsibility for the business segment ‘Digital Enterprise & Digital Services’ within Siemens Digital Industries as Senior Vice President & General Manager.
Andreas is holding a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University in Mannheim and holds an Executive Transition Certificate of the European School of Management & Technology (ESMT) in Berlin.

Sven Harmsen

Director of External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

Sven Harmsen

Director of External Ventures, Saint-Gobain

Sven Harmsen, PhD, joinedSaint-Gobain in April 2019 as Director External Ventures. Previously, Sven (as Investment Director) hadstarted the Performance Materials investment team as part of M Ventures (thecorporate venture arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) in 2016. In 2012 Svenhad relocated to the greater Boston area to work as Investment Principal atBASF Venture Capital (BVC), where he established BVC’s East Coast office inCambridge, MA to coordinate investment activities in the eastern half of NorthAmerica. Sven served as a Board Director for Advanced Bionutrition (ABN) and asa Board Observer for Aspen Aerogels and SLIPS Technologies. Originally he washired by BASF as Head of Global New Business Development for its agrochemicaldivision. Before joining BASF SE, Sven was responsible for business developmentafter heading the medicinal chemistry department of a VC backed (now publiclylisted) biotech company called 4SC near Munich.

Following a postdoc at StanfordUniversity, Sven started his career in R&D at companies like HoechstPharma/HMR (today: Sanofi), and AgrEvo/Aventis CropScience (today: Bayer).Sven studied chemistry at the JuliusMaximilians University Würzburg, Germany, and was awarded a Doctorate inScience. Sven is fluent in English and German.

Rajesh Ramachandran

Chief Digital Officer of Industrial Automation, ABB

Rajesh Ramachandran

Chief Digital Officer of Industrial Automation, ABB

As the Chief Digital Officer of ABB Industrial Automation Globally, Rajesh drives the digital strategy, thought leadership and execution of ABB digital portfolio and business growth, thereby addressing the needs of Industry 4.0 ecosystem and bring immense value to the customers.

Rajesh brings 27 years of global leadership experience with successful track record of building and transforming technology innovation driven organizations and businesses working across India, USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. He has transformed businesses with IP & Platform led nonlinear highly profitable growth that tap the best of “Business driven technology innovation” and “Technology driven business innovation”. He brings unique combination of expertise on Technology, Platform, Business, Industry Domain and Organizational leadership.  With strong customer centricity, successfully led many strategic transformative programs along with the CXOs of the Fortune 500 organizations to move up in their digital & Industry 4.0 value chain driving transformative business outcomes.

Prior to ABB, Rajesh held CEO and senior leadership roles globally across organizations such as eBay, Oracle, Siemens and Rolta and built and transformed the organizations excelling across entire business and technology eco system.

As a Technologist and Coach by passion, he specializes in Digital Transformation, Industrial IoT and Edge Computing, AI and Big Data Analytics, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Locational Intelligence, networking, Enterprise applications across industries including Energy, Process, Manufacturing, Transportation, eCommerce, Government, Smart Cities and Defense. Rajesh has a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, M.S in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago), and Executive MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He represents in many industry forums and academia.

Bernhard Eschermann

CTO Industrial Automation Busines, ABB

Bernhard Eschermann

CTO Industrial Automation Busines, ABB

Bernhard Eschermann is Head of Technology (Chief Technology Officer) of ABB’s global Industrial Automation business and member of ABB’s Group Technology Leadership Team since 2013.

Eschermann first joined ABB in 1993 and has held a variety of managementpositions within the company since then.

Prior to his current role, he served as General Manager of ABB’s Power Sem-iconductors business from 2006 through 2012. From 2001 to 2006 he was Managing Director for ABB’s Corporate Research Center in Switzerland and Global Research Lab Manager for Power Technologies. Other earlier roles included responsibility for R&D organizations in Substation Automation and Power Electronic systems.

Outside of ABB, Eschermann is a member of the Innovation Council of Inno-suisse, the Swiss federal agency for the promotion of innovation. He is also a member of the board of OPC Foundation and a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW). He holds a PhD in Computer Sci-ence from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berke-ley.

Erich Labuda

Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, ABB

Erich Labuda

Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, ABB

Erich Labuda was appointed Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing of the Motion business, effective April 1, 2019.  Additionally, he leads Motion business efforts around start up collaborations and incubati-on called “new business factory”. Mr. Labuda joined ABB in 2011 as part of the executive trainee program in Switzerland and has held leadership positions in the field of strategy and business development. In 2013 he joined the ABB Group Corporate Strategy team, followed by his appointment as Head of Business Development for Busi-ness Unit Drives, Robotics and Motion division.

Mr. Labuda graduated from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and holds a diploma in business administra-tion.

He is a German citizen and currently based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Billy B. Bardin

Ph.D., P.E. Global Operations Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company

Billy B. Bardin

Ph.D., P.E. Global Operations Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company

Billy B. Bardin is the Global Operations Technology Director for Dow. His responsibilities include driving technology and innovation strategy within Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E) and oversight of all commercial technologies as well as development of technical talent across manufacturing and supporting operations.


Bardin began his career in 2000 with Union Carbide/Dow in the Catalyst Skill Center in South Charleston, W. Va. where he led alternative feedstock and catalytic process development programs. In 2001, he joined the Chemicals Sciences group within Core R&D, leading programs in the areas of alternative feedstocks, paraffin functionalization, and olefin partial oxidation. While in Chemical Sciences, Bardin relocated to Dow facilities in Midland, Mich.; Horgen, Switzerland; and Terneuzen, The Netherlands as leader for the development of Dow’s high throughput heterogeneous catalyst testing capability.


In 2007, Bardin was named leader for the North American Production Support Group within the Hydrocarbons and Energy business in Freeport, Texas. He led efforts in cracker plant support and developed R&D programs in next generation cracker technology. The following year, he accepted the combined role of R&D Director for Chemicals and The Dow Technology Licensing and Catalyst (DTLC) Business where he drove both internal R&D programs and technology/catalyst development efforts for licensee sales. In 2010, Bardin became R&D Director for the Feedstocks, Hydrocarbons and Chemicals businesses, leading the technology strategy for Dow’s hydrocarbons and alternative feedstock efforts and developing options to provide cost advantaged chemical feedstocks to Dow’s downstream product portfolio. Bardin was named to his current position in 2014.


Bardin holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a Registered, Professional Engineer (PE) with the W. V. State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers. Bardin serves as Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board for the School of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University and a member of the advisory boards for the Departments of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia and North Carolina State University. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2016.

Grant Allen

General Partner, SE Ventures, Schneider Electric

Grant Allen

General Partner, SE Ventures, Schneider Electric

Grant Allen is a General Partner in the Investments Practice of SE Ventures, a $565M venture capital fund backed by Schneider Electric.  Based out of Palo Alto, California, Grant focuses on emerging technologies and their role in the digital transformation of industries, transportation, the built environment and the increasingly distributed and decarbonized electrical ecosystem.  

A recognized expert in corporate innovation and a venture investor for 12 years, Grant was most recently the global head of venture capital for Zurich-based ABB where he reported to the CTO and sat on the Technology Leadership Committee helping steer technology investment and R&D strategy across the company.  Past investments include Bonsai AI (acq. by Microsoft), Industrial Defender (acq. by Lockheed Martin), Validus (acq. by ABB), Persimmon Technologies (acq. by Sumitomo), Trilliant (acq. By Undisclosed), CMR Surgical, Element Analytics, Enbala, Kespry, Soft Robotics and Vicarious.

Previous experience includes Core Capital Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on enterprise software where his investments included OLO and Infinite Power Solutions; Microsoft in their Mobile & Embedded Devices division; Jingle Networks (First Round Capital-backed search startup acq. for $63M); and several other start-ups.

Listed on Global Corporate Venturing’s Powerlist 100 for three years and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer selection committee, Grant has been an invited speaker in over a dozen countries, a featured writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, and an angel investor in over 30 companies. He holds degrees from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed executive education at IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

An east coast native who has lived in Europe and Australia, Grant now lives in Los Altos, California with his wife and three children.

Anton Papp

Investments and Corporate Development, Rockwell Automation

Anton Papp

Investments and Corporate Development, Rockwell Automation

Anton Papp joined Rockwell in August of 2017 as a senior member of the Corporate Development team supporting the software business and leading the company’s efforts in forming a Corporate Venture Fund based in San Jose, California.

Prior to joining Rockwell Automation, Anton was the Vice President of Corporate Development at Teradata, a market leader in data warehousing, big data analytics and marketingapplications where he was responsible for investments, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and strategic partnerships.  While at Teradata, Anton led, managed and acted as a board observer for Teradata’s investments numerous companies including Revolution Analytics (acquired by Microsoft) and Hortonworks (IPO’d 12/14).

Prior to that, Mr. Papp was the Vice President of Corporate Development and Global Alliances at Aprimo, a leader in on-demand integrated marketing software solutions, which he sold to Teradata for $525 million.  Before Aprimo, Anton spent over a decade in investment banking advising technology companies at several investment banks in the San Francisco Bay Area including Robertson Stephens and Banc of America Securities Merrill Lynch. 

Mr. Papp earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Finance from Columbia Business School and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors. Anton began his career as a Naval Aviator flying the F-14 Tomcat and is a graduate of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun).

Varun Jain

General Partner, SE Ventures, Schneider Electric.

Varun Jain

General Partner, SE Ventures, Schneider Electric.

Varun Jain is a General Partner at SE Ventures, a $565M venture capital fund backed by Schneider Electric.  Based out of Palo Alto, California, Varun is searching for startups that are using AI and IoT to transform the way we run buildings and factories, how we consume energy and how we commute. Prior to joining SE Ventures, he led the global early-stage fund at Qualcomm Ventures and also spearheaded their mobility and industrial practices. He managed a portfolio of over eighty companies that represented more than $100M in invested capital and included breakout companies such as Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM), 99 (acquired by Didi), Noom, Clearmotion, Spyce, Bounce and many others. He has been regularly featured in leading technology publications and recognised among the top twenty rising stars in the corporate venture industry.

Before becoming an investor, Varun was a senior executive at Mint, which started in partnership with The Wall Street Journal and is today one of the most reputed, digital-first, news organizations in Asia. He holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management where he was a McCormick Scholar and a Bachelor of Technology from DA-IICT. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and newly born son.

Debanjan Dutt

Principal, US Supply Chain, Deloitte

Debanjan Dutt

Principal, US Supply Chain, Deloitte

Debanjan (DD) has over 20 years of experience working with complex engineered product manufacturers (automotive, aerospace &, industrial product OEMs) integrating and optimizing their global supply chains. These manufacturers are asset intensive — selling, distributing, manufacturing and source globally. DD’s primary focus is on optimizing the global supply chain to help these OEMs capitalize on growth in emerging markets and minimize operating costs in mature markets to help preserve margins. He has deep experience in supply chain planning &, execution, manufacturing, sale &, distribution, including large ERP and IT transformations across North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, South East Asia, Australia and South Africa.

Barthold Veenendaal

Senior VP Start Up Partner, Innovation, Schneider Electric

Barthold Veenendaal

Senior VP Start Up Partner, Innovation, Schneider Electric

Barthold, 60 years old, joined Schneider Electric in 1999. He initially worked for several years as Country Manager, then as Senior Vice President of Business&IT Transformation, of Sensors and Field Devices Global Division, of Energy Storage Strategic Initiative, of Schneider Naming Project, and now of Innovation@edge Start Up Partners

Aside of Schneider, Barthold held various leadership roles such as: International Atomic Energy Agency, (IAEA), United Nations - Royal Philips, Corporate Legal department (Eindhoven, Paris) - Unichips Finanzaria, a food company holding (Milano), Member of the board - Advising Start Ups

Barthold is graduated in Economics and Law from the University of Utrecht and Rotterdam Netherlands and in International Relationships International Public Law from the Diplomatic Institute of Vienna Austria

He likes: Persons who see problems as opportunities
He dislikes: Persons who do not see problems as opportunities
He admires:  Persons who become stronger when the pressure rises
His favourite quote: ἄνθρωpος µέtρον, (Ánthropos métron), or “Man is the Measure of all Things” -  Protagoras

Glen Mutscher

Global Director, Diamond Systems Manufacturing & Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company

Glen Mutscher

Global Director, Diamond Systems Manufacturing & Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company

Glen Mutscher is a Global Director within The Diamond Systems Solutions (DSS) organization which was formed to accelerate productivity and value delivery across Dow; his area of focus is Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E).

During Glen’s 28 years with Dow he has held several different manufacturing roles; including Manufacturing Representative in Schkopau, Germany, Production and Site Leader in Sarnia, Canada, Six Sigma Champion and Learning Leader for M&E based in Midland, Michigan and Global Director for Talent Development in M&E. He has also held the role of Global Director that implemented Dow’s corporate investment in a new generation of Work Processes and Information Systems providing foundational support for Dow.


Glen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University in Indiana. He resides in Midland, Michigan with his wife and two children.

Bimal Mehta

VP, Startups Partner, Global Innovation, Schneider Electric

Bimal Mehta

VP, Startups Partner, Global Innovation, Schneider Electric

Bimal Mehta currently leads Corporate Innovation at Schneider Electric, driving and incubating both internal and external innovation.

Bimal is an experienced executive successful at building high performance, culturally diverse, team centered units, with excellent business process and strategy development skills. Proven ability to lead, innovate, and launch products that outperform the competition, win markets, and drive revenue. Customer centric with the ability to initiate profitable alliances with global partners.

Joe Barkai

Industry 4.0 Analyst and Strategy Advisor

Joe Barkai

Industry 4.0 Analyst and Strategy Advisor

Joe Barkai is a recognized industry analyst, strategy adviser, blogger, and a published author. His focus is on researching, forecasting, and the strategic application of technology to drive innovation and competitiveness.
With more than 30 years of experience helping organizations across diverse industries adopt new technologies, Joe offers a unique perspective and ability to forecast future trends and articulate the business value of emerging technologies. He helps organizations make sense of a fast-changing technology landscape and chart product and market strategies, drive market adoption and improve organizational decision-making.
His current research topics include the industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous driving, and mobility of the future.
In his book The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Changing Every Business, Joe explores the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things on manufacturing companies and offers a perspective on product innovation and operation in an always-connected world.
As the Chairman of the Automotive IoT program at SAE, the world’s largest organization of automotive and aerospace engineers, Joe offers an informed outlook on emerging technologies and business models in connected cars, autonomous driving and mobility of the future.
Previously, as Vice President of Research at IDC, a leading global market research firm, Joe led global research across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace, medical devices and high-tech.
Joe is a sought-after consultant and public speaker. He appeared on CNN Japan and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, CIO Magazine, and numerous industry publications.

Lotan Levkowitz

Partner, Grove Ventures

Lotan Levkowitz

Partner, Grove Ventures

Lotan is a partner at Grove Ventures. He has been an early stage technology investor since 2012 in the areas of IoT, Digital Health and Enterprise IT, and was responsible for Grove’s investments in 3D-Signals, Lumigo and Rapid API. Prior to joining Grove, Lotan was a Strategic Consultant at TASC, an international management consultancy firm where he focused on the Telecommunication sector. 

Lotan holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BA) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Yariv Lotan

Director of Strategic Sector Development, Start-Up Nation Central

Yariv Lotan

Director of Strategic Sector Development, Start-Up Nation Central

Yariv Lotan brings 20 years of experience in technology and financial ventures, with a proven track record as an executive, an entrepreneur, and an investment professional. Before joining Start-Up Nation Central, Mr. Lotan led Value-Focused Investments, an investment banking boutique, dealing in cross-border mid-market mergers and acquisitions focused on Israel and China. Prior to that, Mr. Lotan has founded and headed the first Corporate Venture Capital arm of one of the largest insurance groups in Israel, investing and managing a portfolio of over $100 USD of VC, private-equity and real-estate investments. In addition to his active involvement on the boards of many public and private companies, Mr. Lotan voluntarily served as Executive Chairman of Shiluvim, the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Engineering at Tel-Aviv University (TAU). He also served on the Steering Committee of the Industry Affiliates Program of Faculty of Engineering at TAU.

Omri Green

Partner, Grove Ventures

Omri Green

Partner, Grove Ventures

Omri has been leading sales and business activities globally in different companies focusing on utilities and different industry verticals. Prior to joining Grove Ventures, Omri was leading APAC activities in Claroty (part of Team8 group) and was co-founder and Vice President of business development at ICS2. He has over a decade of experience working with Tier 1 tech companies in Silicon Valley where he led innovative technology projects in power generation, communication and wireless technologies.

Omri has joined as a partner to Grove after serving as a Principal at Grove Ventures, leveraging his engineering background and managerial experience to create value to Grove’s portfolio companies with their global business activities.

Omri holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

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