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John Absmeier is Chief Technology Officer of Lear Corporation and leads all aspects of the company's technology and innovation efforts.
Mr. Absmeier has outstanding academic credentials and deep automotive technology, engineering and business experience. Most recently, he was responsible for the ADAS/Autonomous business unit as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harman International, and the Vice President of Smart Machines at Samsung Electronics, where he led the acquisition of Harman by Samsung. He joined Samsung in 2015 from Delphi, where he had a 19-year career and held job roles such as Founder and Managing Director of Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and Autonomous Driving, as well as Business Director for Electronic Controls and Electrification in Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Absmeier also held several roles of increasing responsibility at Delphi in the areas of Hybrid and Electric vehicles, Fuel Cells and Telematics. He joined Delphi after serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. John also has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Management Technology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Neil Ackerman, MBA, MS, and PMP, is the Head, Advanced Technologies, Global Supply Chain, Middle East and Africa for Johnson and Johnson across Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices and Consumer Products. Currently in a Global Expatriate leadership assignment that is based in Israel. In this leadership position in the Middle East and Africa, Neil is leading a global team while creating the holistic eco-system focused on collaborative partnerships in support of broad innovation for the global supply chain. Recently, Neil, an industry expert on Fulfillment and Marketplaces, is featured in a best-selling book, Always Day One, focused on Technology Titans and making history at Amazon.
Prior to this role, Neil was the Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Enterprise Plan and Innovation at Johnson and Johnson. This includes expertise on Machine Learning and Cognitive Automation. Neil held various positions at Amazon.com, including Strategy Head for Fulfillment by Amazon and the General Manager and Inventor of the Amazon Small and Light global program. In addition, Neil was the Global Director of Integrated Supply Chain, eCommerce and technology innovation at Mondelez International. In this role, Neil was recognized in global publications for inventing the Direct to Consumer Supply Chain Models. Neil is an expert on eCommerce and supply chain and is published, given multiple keynotes globally on the eCommerce Flywheel and its impact on the supply chain.
Neil holds 8 US patents and is quoted, interviewed and written about in WSJ, Bloomberg, Inc., Forbes, Business Week, CNBC and numerous international publications. Neil is a winner of numerous leadership awards including the prestigious Amazon.com “Just Do It” Award and is a Distinguished Visitor for the US Navy. Currently, Neil sits on various Board of Directors including Solstice (a 400+ retail store premium sunglass corporation) and multiple start-ups globally including Flexe, Project Verte, and OneRail. He is a graduate of University of Richmond, UVA and MIT, and he holds a PMP, MBA and MS. He is active contributor to academic networks at MIT and UVA. Neil is married for many years with 3 children and a goofy dog!
Liran Akavia is a serial entrepreneur and sales leader in the fields of AI and manufacturing. He is the co-founder and COO of Seebo, an industrial Artificial Intelligence start-up that helps tier-one manufacturers around the world to predict and prevent quality and yield losses.
SouadAl Hosani isAs amember of promotion and business advisory team Abu Dhabi Inves,Souad supports investors to exploreexploring growth opportunities and commence operationsin AbuDhabi. She connects investors with key stakeholders in the publicand private sectors, ensuring they canaccess the right partnerships and assistance to establish andgrow their business in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. She received her Bachelor degree inHuman Resource Management from the higher colleges of Technology. Her previouswork experience includes.
Beforejoining ADIO, Souad held leadership positions as the Chief Executive Officer atEmirati Group and President of Nexus Business Services, aswell as strategic roles at the Ministry of ForeignAffairs, Mubadala Development Company, British Embassy in Abu Dhabi,, Finance Department, and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), Emirati group and Nexus Group of companies all ofwhich have enabled her to improve her knowledge and . Shebrings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of business activities indifferent sectors andenvironments throughoutacross the UAE economy. ,allowing her to provide investors with the individual supportthey need to take their business to the next level in Abu Dhabi.
Souadis the recipient of a United Nations Industrial Development Organizationcertificate for successful completion of a capacity-building program for womenentrepreneurs. Additionally, she has successfully completed the Intilaaqahpublic speaking program on behalf of Shell-Abu Dhabi.
Souad has received extensive a number of awardsrecognitionfor her business achievements, including receiving the young achievers awardYoungAchievers Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in AbuDhabi (2013) and the Arab Business Women Award(2017), and beingnamed the best female business service providerBest FemaleBusiness Service Provider in the UAE (2015) and one of the best female business ownersBest FemaleBusiness Owners in the UAE by H.E Reem AlHashimi (2016). In 2018, Souad receivedwasalso acknowledged for her outstanding social contributions, receiving the community contribution business category awardCommunityContribution Award in the Business Category from the Emirates Women Award.
Souadearned her bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the HigherColleges of Technology in the UAE.
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Irene Arias Hofman is the CEO of IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, the leading source of development finance for Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of IDB Lab is to drive innovation for inclusion by supporting early-stage entrepreneurial solutions capable of transforming the lives of vulnerable populations.
Previously, Irene worked for 20 years at the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she managed the Financial Institutions Group and also the LAC region with its 16-billion-dollar portfolio. Her focus has been on innovation and technology, venture capital, and organizational development.
A serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years' experience, Leo has been deeply engaged in the digital transformation of diverse fields including retail, healthcare, manufacturing and government. Leo is the founder of the Israel Innovation Institute, an NGO dedicated to digital transformation of the Israeli public sector. He was awarded a PhD from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Business Strategy concentrating on the evolution process of knowledge-intensive industries.
Markus Bechmann combines technical expertise with business acumen. After more than 10 years’ experience in management consulting for global utility companies, he combined his technical and business skills to build up the SAP Business Transformation Service team for the Utilities industry. Since 2012, he has been in a global leadership role in the SAP Industry Business Unit for Utilities. As Global VP for Innovation and New Business Models, he is advising international utilities companies how to make use of intelligent technologies to be successful in both traditional and innovative business models.
Tal heads Value Creation and Investor Relations for Grove Ventures an Israeli VC focused on early stage deep tech investments. As part of Tal’s position at Grove, he is responsible to facilitate the relationship between the fund’s investors and the Israeli ecosystem. In addition, Tal is responsible to assist the fund’s portfolio companies connect with potential partners and scale their operations. Prior to joining Grove, Tal worked as a venture capital associate at a leading Israeli law firm. There, he was responsible for the incorporation of several venture capital funds, negotiating and structuring various types of M&A transactions and representation of many startups and multinational tech companies.
Juergen Bilo is Managing Director of co-pace, the Startup Organization of Continental.
Prior, Juergen led Strategy and Innovation for Corporate Systems and Technology, Continental’s cross divisional corporate function.
Juergen started his career with VDO A. Schindling AG as Embedded Microcontroller Software Engineer further advancing to management roles in several areas.
Throughout his career, Juergen accompanied several acquisitions, from VDO A. Schindling AG, to Mannesmann VDO, Siemens VDO on to Continental AG.
In these companies, Juergen held several senior leadership roles as Managing Director and Vice President in Germany and the US, spanning from Displays, Instrument Clusters, Haptic- and Climate Controls and Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Thereby gaining a well-rounded perspective of automotive technologies and operations, which he greatly leverages for the success of co-pace.
Juergen holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering, Business Administration and an Executive Management Education of Babson College USA.
With over 25 years of experience in the industrial software sector, Jim Chappell is currently global head of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Analytics across AVEVA’s business units, products, and markets. Prior, he led the Asset Performance Management (APM) suite of software products and related engineering/analytics services for Schneider Electric. He was also a founding partner and COO of InStep Software, a global leader in industrial AI-driven Predictive Analytics and enterprise Big Data software, acquired by Schneider Electric in 2014.
Early in his career, Jim was an officer in the U.S. Nuclear Navy where he was trained to command and control nuclear reactors and held a Top Secret security clearance. He holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, FL, and a M.B.A. from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition, he graduated from the Civil Engineer Corps Officer's School (CECOS) in Port Hueneme, CA.
Born in 1971, graduated in Business Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, magna cum laude, after many years of consultancy, he joined Enel on October 2014 as Chief Innnovability Officer. Founder of Ars et Inventio (2003), a consulting firm focused only on innovation and creativity, he has supported many companies at designing and launching innovative products and services that have become popular worldwide. Nokia, Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Poste Italiane, Eni, GDF, Edison, the P&G Fater and Fameccanica joint-ventures, Unilever, RCS, Sole24Ore, BNP, Unicredit and American Express are some of the firms he cooperated with. Lecturer of Innovation Management in Italian and Spanish universities and business schools (director of the “Programa Avanzado de Gestión de la Innovación” at Istituto de Empresa de Madrid, professor and member of the Scientific Committee of the “Master in Innovazione Strategica” at Cà Foscari), he has also authored three collections of verses and a theatrical play acted in several theatres in Italy (in Milan, Bologna, Taormina and Siracusa). Professors Henry Chesbrough of Berkeley and Mark Kramer of Harvard have written two business cases regarding his activity as Chief Innovability Officer at Enel. The two business cases are available on www.hrb.org and are used in several courses at Berkeley and Harvard.
Pavel Cyrani serves as a Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer of the CEZ Group, an integrated energy conglomerate with operations in Western, Central, and Southeastern European countries. Prior to joining the CEZ Group more than 14 years ago, Pavel spent 7 years at McKinsey working on a number of complex projects in various segments.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International trade, University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic and MBA in Finance at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.
Gabi is an experienced executive with over 20 years in the hi-tech industry and wireless technologies. He brings global experience in enterprise solutions from a variety of companies ranging from large corporates such as Intel and Stanley Black & Decker, in addition to start-up companies at various stages. Most recently, Gabi led the Marketing and Product strategy of AeroScout which pioneered the WI-FI RFID space and were acquired by Stanley Black & Decker. At Stanley, Gabi led the Solutions, Products, Business Development and Marketing of the STANLEY Healthcare division serving over 10,000 global enterprise customers. Gabi holds an Information Systems & Industrial Engineering degree (B.Sc with honors) and an MBA.
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Yinnon Dolev is the CEO of Sompo’s Digital Lab in Tel Aviv. His group is responsible for partnering and investing in innovative startups in areas such as Insurtech, Digital Health, Smart mobility, Cyber security and more. Prior to that, he founded and managed the startups partnerships program by General Electric (GE) Digital in Israel, the first of its kind dedicated to the industrial internet. In this role Yinnon was responsible for creating partnerships with 26 Israeli software companies, 3 capital investments and the acquisition of IQP, a Japanese-Israeli startup. Yinnon spent 13 years at GE, where he was a graduate of the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and held various management positions in strategic marketing, product management & business development in the US and in Israel. Prior to joining GE Yinnon was a software engineer and he is also a retired Major in the Israeli Defense Forces. Yinnon holds a BA in Computer Science from the Interdisciplinary Center in Israel an MBA from Cornell University.
An entrepreneur, Amit Dror Co-Founder and CSO of Nano Dimension, the world’s leading additive electronics provider. Since 2014 to 2020 was CEO of the Nano Dimension.
Started in the Telecoms industry and spent a decade at ECI and Comverse, before co-founding his first start-up, Eternegy Ltd in 2010, which focused on solar power and environmentally friendly electricity generation.
Co-founded the Milk & Honey Whiskey Distillery. Israel’s first ever whisky distillery, the company produces each whisky to the highest standards. It was soon recognized by Forbes and nominated as one to try.
It was not long before Amit recognized a further niche in the marketplace - this time with additive electronics, and he co-founded Nano Dimension in 2012. Amit currently serves as Nano Dimension’s CEO.
Recognized as the world’s leading additive electronics provider, and a company that is disrupting, reshaping and defining the future of how cognitive, connected electronic products are made.
Amit is keenly aware that the Nano Dimension technology will soon impact the future of every industry from medical devices and telecommunications to the defense, aerospace and automotive industries, and will heavily influence our personal futures in years to come.
Nano Dimension has an unmatched product portfolio including the unrivalled and award-winning DragonFly™ Pro System for Precision Additive Manufacturing of Printed Electronics. “This machine essentially prints simultaneously Nano-metal and complex-polymer which has never been done before. This means that electronics can be produced more quickly and securely in-house, with lower costs and disruptive designs than ever before.”
“We are enabling the electronics industry to catch up with the fast-paced world of today - and print electronics immediately and in-house. This makes our solution a cost-effective, highly efficient and accessible way to produce the much-needed electronics proliferating through our lives today - in smaller sizes and even different shapes.”
Eliran Elimelech is the senior director for strategic partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central. Prior to his arrival at SNC, Eliran ran a private consultancy for Israeli startups wishing to operate in developing markets such as China, India, and the CIS, and was a commercial attache at the Israeli Embassy in Beijing, China between 2011-2015.
Eliran holds a B.A. in international relations and East Asian studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Global MBA from the Inter Disciplinary Centre (IDC) in Herzliya.
Yuval Engelstein is the Industry 4.0 sector lead and research analyst at Start-Up Nation Central, responsible for researching Israeli innovation and world market activity relating to the strategic development of the Industry 4.0 and Smart Mobility industries. In close and continuous contact with innovators and entrepreneurs of these industries, Mr. Engelstein supplies the organization with knowledge and insights regarding both the technologies and the corporate or socio-economic challenges they could help to alleviate. Previously, Mr. Engelstein served as an analyst in the Research Divisions of the Central Bank of Israel, and of the Ministry of Transport. He holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Economics and a BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Economy, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Construction has been in Zachi’s blood before being born growing up in an engineering family, and building upon this is 20+ years of experience in the industry. Hands on experience ranging from being a licensed civil engineering, to overseeing construction software sales, to being a head of his time in developing parking algorithems, and over the past several years making Tel-Aviv the epicenter of Construction Technology with ConTech.
Zachi holds a B.S in Civil engineering from the Technion (Haifa) and M.S in Geography (GIS program) from TAU (Tel Aviv University)
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Adrian is an experienced founder, operator, engineer and investor in the industrial technology sector. He is a Managing Director at Mercury and leads the Intelligent Manufacturing practice at Mercury Fund. Mercury Fund is an early-stage venture capital firm. With $300 million under management, Mercury focuses on entrepreneurs and technology innovation originating in the U.S. Midcontinent. The Mercury investment themes target SaaS, Cloud, and Data Science/AI platforms that make the industrial ecosystems of Middle America more competitive and efficient.
Prior to joining Mercury, Fortino was the Managing Director of Detroit Innovate, a seed-stage investment fund targeting seed investments in enabling technologies in healthcare, transportation and industrial applications. During this time, Fortino was also the Managing Director of the First Step Fund, a micro-investment, industry agnostic fund focused on seed-stage companies in Southeast Michigan.
Fortino also co-founded three software companies: Sidecar (acq. by GM), ShepherdIS, and FlockTAG. Prior to his entrepreneurial experience, Fortino was the Manager of Powertrain Development Group at Ricardo, a global engineering consultancy focusing on the automotive, cleantech, military and industrial sectors.
Adrian holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA with High Distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
Mr. Gabai is the Co – General Manager and VP of Strategy of Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). This role includes overseeing strategy, policy and data and research activities in SNC. He also serves as the chairman of the board of Scale-Up Velocity, a human capital operations platform, working under the SNC umbrella, that specializes in hi-tech training programs.
Prior to this role Mr. Gabai served for seven years as the Chief Strategy Officer and head of the strategy and economic division in the Israel Innovation Authority (previously the office of the chief scientist in the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, or OCS). He has led the division since its establishment in October 2011, focusing on strategy, evaluation, budget planning and research. In this role he also led the transformation from the OCS to the Israel Innovation Authority. This included an in depth strategic, institutional, and organizational change.
For five years prior to that appointment, Mr. Gabai was a senior economist at the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister’s Office. At the National Economic Council, he led the Macroeconomic team and was involved in several government initiatives, among which, a new fiscal rule for the Government of Israel, a 7 billion USD program for transportation infrastructure, a reform in the entitlement criteria for elderly citizens and more.
Mr. Gabai is a regular participant in international forums dealing with innovation policy and lectures regularly on Israel's emergence as a leading country in technological innovation.
In addition to his public position, Mr. Gabai is teaching courses in economics, focusing on economics of innovation and theoretical economics.
Mr. Gabai holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer sciences from the Hebrew university, as well as a Master of Economics also from the Hebrew university, specializing in game theory.
Karin Gattegno is Chief Business Officer at Start-Up Nation Central, building links between Israel – the Start-up Nation, and companies, countries, governments, and entrepreneurs worldwide, connecting them to the Israeli innovation and tech ecosystem.
Karin has over a decade of experience working with High-Tech companies. Prior to joining Start-Up Nation Central, she headed up the Hi-Tech business development in PwC Israel, working with hundreds of start-ups and advising them on various issues including fundraising and M&A's. Before this, Karin worked at Tamir Fishman, a local investment house, as an investment banker in the Corporate Finance department and then as the head of operations and investor relations of DFJ-Tamir Fishman, the local affiliation of Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Nir is a seasoned cybersecurity expert with extensive IT/OT security knowledge and experience implementing complex products and projects at scale. Following a lengthy career in the Israeli Elite Cyber Defense Unit, Nir co-founded CyberX, acting as its International General Manager and CTO. CyberX has become the most widely deployed solution worldwide for protecting IoT & OT environments culminating with its successful acquisition by Microsoft in 2020. The solution since then has become the Global Microsoft solution for protecting IoT & OT networks worldwide.
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Omri has been leading sales and business activities globally in different companies focusing on utilities and different industry verticals.
Prior to joining Grove, Omri was leading APAC activities in Claroty (part of Team8 group) and was co-founder and Vice President of business development at ICS2 - a cyber security startup focusing on protecting power, oil, gas, and petrochemicals plants.
Omri has over a decade of experience as global sales and business executive in technology driven companies such as Dune Networks and Broadcom where he led innovative technology projects in power generation, communication and wireless technologies.
Omri was promoted to Investment Partner after a tenure as Grove’s Investment Principal and is now leveraging his engineering background and managerial experience to create value to Grove’s portfolio companies with their global business activities.
Lior is a business and technology veteran which brings to Grove Ventures experience in the entire life cycle of a startup. Lior is the founder of SolarEdge (NASDAQ:SEDG), and took part in inventing and developing the company’s technology, and saw it grow from a small startup to a $1B-revenue global company with a market leadership position in the smart and renewable energy markets.
In his last role at the company, Lior served as SolarEdge’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy in which he was responsible for defining and steering the company’s strategic global marketing activities, media outreach, product roadmap, corporate strategy, and corporate business development.
Prior to founding SolarEdge, Lior spent 11 years leading research and development teams and directing large-scale, multidisciplinary research and development projects in the fields of power electronics, analog design, communications and signal processing.
Lior holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (cum laude) and an MBA from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Amit Harel is a Partner and the Co-leader of Deloitte Catalyst | Tel Aviv, where he leads Deloitte Catalyst’s services to multinational corporates in Israel. Amit works to accelerate innovation and growth with the world’s most disruptive startups and largest enterprises, delivering end-to-end solutions that transform how businesses grow into the world of tomorrow.
Shahar Haroush, VP Operations at ASOCS, comes from the Global technology Operations domain , from pre-sales, through supply chain to delivery of systems to sites around the world.
Shahar previously ran the Commerce and Global Logistics at Kramer Electronics and served as the COO of Sky and Space Global - a UK based sat-comm company.
Scott Hiipakka assumed the role of the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator in May 2019 where he is responsible for accelerating Michigan’s innovation ecosystem, one Israeli connection at a time. With a focus in mobility, defense, cyber/AI, food+ag tech, and health/life sciences, his vision is to make Michigan a premier partner for Israeli innovation.
Prior, he served as the Director of the Office of Performance and Transformation for the State of Michigan where he was responsible for the integration of strategic programs along with overseeing planning, audit, process improvement, program management, and employee engagement for over 40,000 state employees. Previously, he was the Program Management Director-Executive Office of the Governor. His responsibilities include oversight and integration of key state strategic initiatives, including synchronization of programs and deliverables that supported the Governor’s priorities.
Prior to his role in state government, Hiipakka worked in the private sector at a startup in the homeland security industry along previous experience in the medical, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing sectors.
Hiipakka is a member of the Michigan Army National Guard where he currently serves as the Land Component Commander and holds the rank of Colonel. His active duty military experience includes service in the US Army Ranger Regiment and other key leadership and advisor roles. Hiipakka has over 25 years of military service.
Hiipakka holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in homeland security from Penn State University, and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Army War College.
Eran holds a Ph.D. in Lasers (Physical Electronics) from Tel-Aviv University with many patents relating to novel laser design.
He was the CEO and founder (2001-2016) of V-Gen: among the early and dominant players in the Fiber-Laser field. V-Gen was acquired by Newport/Spectra-Physics in 2014.
Since 2017 he is the founder and CEO of Prisma-Photonics: focusing on Smart Physical Infrastructure based on novel Fiber Sensing technology. Over the recent years Prisma Photonics won multiple leading industry awards and successfully demonstrated and deployed its unique solutions in the Pipeline, Power, Communications and other infrastructure fields.
Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems.
Between 2009 and 2015 Professor Kandel served as the Head of the National Economic Council and as the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, and played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy.
Kandel is the Emil Spyer Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He holds a BA and an MA from the Hebrew University, and an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago. Professor Kandel’s primary area of expertise is Financial Markets and Financial Intermediaries, and his research has been published in various world-leading Finance and Economics journals. his research was instrumental in the 1997 redesign of the Nasdaq trading rules.
Daniela Kandel is the Senior Director of Innovation Bridges, leading the Global Finder Network initiative and Country Relations at Start-Up Nation Central (SNC).
Leading the organization’s ecosystem-to-ecosystem work, Daniela develops bridges between innovation ecosystems around the globe by leveraging Israel's unique assets and capabilities. Daniela and her team develop two main kinds of innovation bridges – the Global Finder Network and Impact Bridges – in order to increase the positive impact of Israeli technologies in developing markets, with activities in India, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Daniela is building a global network of online discovery platforms (Global Finder Network) around the globe to develop opportunities for multilateral collaboration in the tech sector. She previously led SNC’s efforts to strengthen Israel’s innovation ties with Europe, and before that, she led SNC’s efforts to alleviate the shortage of human capital in the Israeli high-tech industry.
Prior to joining SNC, Daniela was a Milken Institute Fellow stationed at the Department of the Accountant General in Israel’s Ministry of Finance. Focusing on financial innovation, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing, she was involved in developing Israel’s first social impact bond for the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.
She holds an M.A. in financial economics and a B.A. in economics and statistics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Rani Kehat brings over 25 years of experience in Business Development, product go-to-market and channel management in EMEA and APAC. His experience spans various disciplines including risk management, GRC and cyber security defense and advising and supporting various industries including Critical Information Infrastructures and ICS environments.
Prior to joining Radiflow Rani held several senior positions including Cyber Security Solutions leader at EMC and Director of Business Development for EMEA with Elbit’s Security division.
Rani holds a BSc in engineering from London Polytechnic University and an MBA in Marketing from Manchester University. He is also CISSP-certified Information Security Professional from ISC.
Pavel Konečný graduated in cybernetics and biomedical engineering. He began his career in the IT consulting company, where he participated in more than 35 technological and strategic projects for 25 clients on 3 continents. About 5 years ago, Pavel founded Neuron Soundware, an innovative, award winning Czech start-up that “listens to machines” and using artificial intelligence can predict failures and malfunctions of machines.
Tomomi Kosaka is the Operating Executive, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. And the Head of Production Engineering Supervisory Unit, Monozukuri Center, Automobile Operations,
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.
Emmanuel Lagarrigue is the Chief Innovation Officer of Schneider Electric (SU.FP) and a member of its Global Executive Committee. His mission is to create new profitable growth platforms for the company and to drive a culture of open and collaborative innovation. He has the direct responsibility of Schneider Electric’s Energy Transition businesses, including mircrogrids, eMobility, solar power and the Energy Transition Hub. He also leads Schneider Electric’s venture activities, investing in or collaborating with hundreds of startups across the world. And he has led the creation of new ventures in energy and infrastructures, such as AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric or GreenStruxure.
Emmanuel serves on the boards of AlphaStruxure LLC, GreenStruxure and JBTC (NYSE: JBT). He is also the Chairman of the Menorca Preservation Fund, a non-profit organization in Spain.
Emmanuel was previously the Chief Strategy Officer of Schneider Electric. He also held multiple operational and general management positions for the company in Europe, South America, Asia and the United States. Emmanuel graduated from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.
My name is Nuttawut Lertpaiboon; I have 30+ years of experience in the Information Technology. My career is a portrait for broad-based experiences, from engineer to IT management and leadership. My responsibilities started from IT infrastructure, architecture, security and operations, to develop factory applications/MES (Manufacturing Execution System), integrate factory of the future/automation/Industry 3.0 to core MES, and now adopting the Industry Internet of Things ( IIoT) /Industry 4.0.
I’m now the head of Global Factory IT reporting CIO.
I earned a Master of Business Administration in 2000 from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, and a
bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
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Lotan has been an early stage technology investor since 2012, with a special interest in IoT, Digital Health and Enterprise IT. He is leading Grove Ventures’ Industry 4.0 and Cloud Infrastructure investment strategy and he is the founder of the Israeli Industrial IoT Forum and the II4 conference. Prior to joining Grove Ventures, Lotan was a Strategic Consultant at TASC, an international management consultancy firm, where he focused on the Telecommunication sector. Lotan served as a commander in an elite Israeli Air Force Intelligence unit, where he was honored with an Award of Excellence and took part of a team that was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the head of Unit 8200 (Israel’s NSA).
He currently serves on the boards of 3DSignals, Lumigo, RapidAPI, Navina and BeyondMinds. Lotan holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BA) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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.
Darrell Louder is Senior Director of the Operations and Technology Advanced Analytics Group at Seagate Technology, a leading provider of data storage solutions.
Seagate is helping people across the world build the datasphere and realize the value that having access to vast amounts of data provide.
Seagate has its own datasphere built from a globally distributed, vertically integrated supply chain built up over 40 years. The Advanced Analytics Group collaborates with global teams to build connected solutions unlocking the potential of this datasphere to improve Seagate’s process performance and product reliability.
Leyre Madariaga is a Bachelor of Economics and Business Sciences. A great part of her professional experience has been directed towards International Relations and Foreign Trade, and especially those with a high technological component.
Her most recent positions have been since 2013, Director for Foreign Affairs at the Basque Government President’s Office and since 2020, she is the Director for Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship at Basque Government too
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Guy A seasoned business development professional with over 20 years of diverse experience in strategy, business development, sales and management. Joined IOSight in 2019 and leads business development and sales of the company's water-specific data management and analytics solutions in global markets. Worked for leading companies, including IBM, Deloitte, PwC and Maccabi Healthcare focusing on digital and data analytics innovation and programs.
Guy also co-founded a cleantech Start-Up which focused on clean-up of environmental resources.
Guy holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and an LL.B. from the Hebrew University.
Viktor Miskovsky is an Investment Director and Member of the Board of INVEN CAPITAL, he joined the team in May 2016.
After almost 7 years with Arthur Andersen, Viktor moved to the industry where he held several senior manager positions and served as a board member of large corporations (including an electricity distribution company with more than 1 thousand employees) as well as smaller enterprises.
Viktor holds a Master‘s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Chemical technology in Prague and the Professional certification at the Association of CharteredCertified Accountants in Glasgow (ACCA).
Dov Moran is one of the most prominent Israeli hi-tech leaders in the world, and the Managing Partner of Grove Ventures.
He is an investor, inventor and entrepreneur, who is best known as the inventor of the USB flash drive.
Moran founded M-Systems, acquired by SanDisk for $US 1.6 billion in 2006.
He also served as the chairman of Tower Semiconductors, a developer and manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits, in which he led a massive overhaul. Under Moran’s guidance, the company achieved a notable turnaround and became an enormous success.
Mr. Moran was awarded with multiple prizes, including Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, the prestigious Edward Rheine award, the Johnson Information Storage Systems Award and the Netexplo Talent of the Year award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Israel's Academic Center of Law & Science, the Moscow State Technical University and the Technion - the Israeli Institute of Technology.
He lectures extensively in universities and schools, and servs as a mentor to many Israeli entrepreneurs - to which he assists in converting research and innovation into viable businesses. His book 100 Doors - An Introduction to Entrepreneurship was published in 2016 and included insights from his untraditional path.
Petr Míkovec is Managing Partner INVEN CAPITAL where he was responsible for the successful raising of EUR 50 million from the European Investment Bank, investments into sonnen, tado°, Forto, Eliq, zolar and others and serves on various boards of Inven’s portfolio companies. As well he was responsible for the successful exit of sonnen which was acquired by Shell in 2019.
Petr has over 10 years of experience in the Energy sector, and over 5 years in Investment Banking. Prior to joining INVEN, Petr worked at various positions in CEZ a.s. where he, as Corporate Development Director, implemented the corporate venture fund as one of the key building blocks of CEZ group strategy and raised EUR 190 mil from CEZ group.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Managerial Information Systems at the University of Economics in Prague and a professional Diploma in Business administration at UC Berkeley XT (California).
Doug co-founded eLab Ventures, an early-stage Venture Capital firm, in 2012 with a goal to invest in the growing Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem and bridge those investments to their network in Silicon Valley. eLab has invested in over 17 companies since its inception.
Doug previously served as Executive Director of the University of Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship and held leadership positions at Hewlett Packard, Symantec, and iPass, and co-founded Mobile Automation, which he sold in 2005.
Doug is a frequent guest speaker and panelist in the Michigan entrepreneurial ecosystem and serves on the boards of Blue Medora, New Vital Signs, Akadeum, Voxel51, Refraction.AI, and the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Doug is also a co-founder and on the steering committee for the Ann Arbor Entrepreneurs Fund (A2EF). Doug has a bachelor's degree in computer science from Central Michigan University.
Cody Norton is the Co-Founder of Ignite the Spark, the Israeli Energy Tech Innovation Community, which focuses on supporting the Israeli Energy Tech Ecosystem through both domestic and international partnerships. Cody is a graduate of Indiana University, receiving degrees in Business Entrepreneurship from the Kelley School of Business and Economics.
Besides having a passion for clean energy, Cody works to bring the brightest minds from around the world to intern at Israeli companies and he is always looking for new projects.
Cody is a 28 year old, originally from Los Angeles, USA and currently resides in Israel.
Fabrizio Opertti, an Uruguayan citizen, was appointed Manager of the Integration and Trade Sector (INT), effective October 2018.
Mr. Opertti coordinates the sector’s operational program and technical assistance, the support to regional initiatives, policy research agenda and capacity building programs, as well as several public-private policy dialogues and inter-institutional partnerships with international trade and multilateral agencies, with the goal of promoting trade and investment, economic integration and regional cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
Prior to his appointment, he led the Trade and Investment Division (TIN) between 2011 and 2018, where he led the Bank’s support to LAC countries in trade facilitation - including border coordinated management, trade logistics and single electronic windows for trade - as well as goods and services export promotion and international investment attraction operations. Mr. Opertti also led an IDB Group-wide team in the design and implementation of ConnectAmericas, the first social network for business in the region designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carry out more and better international trade and investment transactions. It was launched in March 2014 and currently has over 370,000 businesspeople registered from over 209 countries and territories.
During his 20-year tenure at the Bank, Mr. Opertti has also led the creation and organization of several key IDB’s pan-regional trade events, including the CEO Summit of the Americas (Colombia 2012, Panama 2015, Peru 2018), the Global Services-Outsource2LAC Business Forum (Uruguay 2011, Colombia 2012, Argentina 2013, Guatemala 2014, Mexico 2015, Costa Rica 2017, Argentina 2019 and the virtual version of the forum – O2LAC Virtual 2020), the Asia-LAC Fora (Korea 2007, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2019; China 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018; Japan 2013 and 2016), among others.
Mr. Opertti holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins’ School of Business, a master’s in science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy from American University.
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Bill Pescatello is the managing partner at Evolv Ventures, a $100m venture fund backed by Kraft Heinz. Bill brings over 13 years of venture experience, where he helped build multiple top performing funds for both strategic and purely financial funds.
Bill was a partner at the Chicago based seed fund Lightbank. While at Lightbank, Bill led and/or served on the boards of Udemy, Fooda, Locu, Perblue, Ionic, Hireology, CoffeeMeetsBagel, Ovia Health, and Snaptravel.
Prior to Lightbank, Bill was a founding member of the Peacock Equity Fund for NBCUniversal, where he sat on the boards of Greystipe, Ramp and Vivox. Bill also worked at GE Capital, where he helped finance early stage life science companies and was a Financial Analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Bill is a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a Bachelor Degree from Northwestern University and graduated with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dan is currently a consultant to a number of high tech companies and hardware manufacturing and cleantech accelerators nationwide. He also leads the Nation’s first Industry 4.0 Accelerator supporting manufacturing technology firms globally. Dan also serves as the Director of the Lawrence Technological University Centrepolis Accelerator, a program that helps accelerate and scale small manufacturers and innovators of new “hardware” physical products.
Dan has served as a developer for DOE / Lawrence Livermore National Lab training curricula, Build4Scale, that educates product developers / companies with “hardware” based products on how to scale their business. Dan has instructed extensively using the Build4Scale curriculum for both Centrepolis Accelerator in Michigan and FuzeHub in New York. He has been an instructor and curriculum developer for DOE / ARPA-E I-Corps Program; and has served as an advisor for the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) Clean Energy Economic Development Policy Academy program, and as a contributor to DOE’s Industry Peer and Annual Merit Review activities. Dan has developed a unique tool for coaching and mentoring early stage hardware physical product developers Commercial / Technology / Manufacturing Readiness Assessment and Planning Tool that is being adopted by the State of Michigan, and FuzeHub in New York.
Dan was formerly the Chief Strategy / Operating Officer for the Optimal Group, small businesses and start-ups focused on product development, competitive business strategy, product benchmarking, product development and engineering. While at Optimal Dan was responsible for diversifying the company’s business model to evolve into full vehicle development with specialization in electric vehicle development, growing the revenue by $20 million annually, and scaling the business globally to over 350 employees.
In his prior role as Vice President of Industry and Venture Development at NextEnergy, Dan led all market and technology analytic efforts to support the growth of early-stage and mature energy technology firms in areas such as wind, solar, advanced batteries, power electronics, vehicle electrification, smart grid, micro-grid, natural gas, and energy efficiency. This included NextEnergy’s venture and incubator services, supporting the commercialization efforts of approximately 1,000 new developers of advanced energy technologies; and helping over 120 manufacturers successfully diversify into the clean energy supply chain. Dan also orchestrated a number of global innovation challenges with corporate partners such as Ford Motor Company and Wells Fargo that crowdsourced the best ideas in building and automotive lighting, battery and smart cities technologies.
Radomski frequently serves as an advisor, judge, mentor and committee member for regional and national accelerators and cleantech competitions, including NextCorps MCorps, SecondMuse MCorps, ITAC, FuzeHub, TechStars Mobility, CleanTech Open, Clean Energy Trust Challenge, Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, DTE E-Challenge, Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.
Prior to NextEnergy Dan was co-founder of a clean energy technology consultancy with offices in Berkley, MI and Barcelona, Spain. Dan also worked for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers on product development for advanced manufacturing technologies and disciplines including lean manufacturing, machining, fabrication, composites, micro- and nano-manufacturing.
Ariel Rosenfeld is the CEO of 3d Signals. He previously served as SVP at M-Systems (NSDQ:FLSH), a world leader in the flash data storage market, where he grew the revenue of the DiskOnKey business unit from single to triple digit (in $M) in 3 years. After M-Systems, Mr. Rosenfeld developed algorithms for automated transactions in the stock market. He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management engineering from Tel-Aviv University. Mr. Rosenfeld embraces challenges and as such, he is a competitive ultra-marathon runner that participates and wins races around the world.
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Tali drives the internal and external (open) innovation strategy for the Manufacturing Engineering Segment in Siemens Digital Industries Software.
This includes building an innovation culture, where everyone has the motivation and tools to innovate; nurturing new ideas from inception to launch; testing new technologies and business models; working with research bodies and more.
Tali is also a founding partner in Siemens Dynamo – an open innovation program for startups in Israel, meant to accelerate integration of innovative technologies into Siemens Digital Industries. Dynamo’s goal is to bridge the gap between the corporate world and the startup eco system.
Tali has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and software development. She joined Siemens through the UGS and Tecnomatix acquisitions.
Tali has a B.Sc. in computer engineering and a MBA from the Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Michal Seror is the Director of Ecosystem Development at Start-Up Nation Central, an independent non-profit organization that builds bridges to Israeli innovation, accumulate knowledge and generate in-depth insights about Israel’s innovation sector. For the last three years, Michal has been responsible for supporting and strengthening Israel’s tech communities, connecting Israeli entrepreneurs and key players, and helping increase their commitment to each other. As part of the Business Development team at Start-Up Nation Central, she is committed to increasing the Israeli ecosystem understanding of global needs and challenges, in order to help create innovative solutions for a better tomorrow.
Farid Sevilla has 15 years of experience in Supply Chain, Operations, and Innovation with expertise in disruptive strategy, digital supply chain transformation, and intelligent supply chain capability enablement. He leads a global team focused on bringing emerging technologies to drive Procter & Gamble’s USD$71 Billion supply chain. His efforts focus on delivering strategic, end-to-end solutions for optimizing supply chains through emerging technology capabilities.
Farid received a BS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Rutgers University and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Gal Shaul is Co-Founder and CTO at Augury - a Digital Machine Health company building a future where people can always rely on the machines that matter. He and his team work with customers and partners to transform how they work to make products, deliver services and improve lives. Gal has extensive experience in signal processing, software engineering and embedded systems. Prior to founding Augury, Gal was the Head of Software development at EndyMed, a medical devices start-up. He also worked at Zoran, a chip manufacturing company, as a firmware engineer. Gal holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).
Wendy Singer has served as Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central since its founding in 2013. She worked with US-based funders to build the infrastructure and professional team in Israel, and to launch its activities – connecting Israel’s innovation ecosystem with government and business leaders around the world. Today she heads SNC’s Jerusalem operation.
Before joining SNC, Singer concluded a 23-year career at AIPAC. She was Director of AIPAC's Israel Office for sixteen years. There she maintained relationships with Israeli government leaders, and members of the opposition, in addition to US diplomats, and Palestinian officials.
Prior to emigrating to Israel, Singer served as a registered AIPAC lobbyist on Capitol Hill, where she was the lead contact for dozens of House Members and Senators. She also served for five years as a staff aide for three Members of Congress, focusing on foreign policy issues.
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
Mahesh Sudhakaran is the Chief Digital Officer for IBM’s Energy, Environment and Utilities Industry. In this role, he leads strategy, product management, partnerships and ecosystem development for the industry. He manages 3 global teams - Enterprise Operations, Customer Experience and Asset Management. He works with the world's top city governments and utilities to lead in the era of Energy Transition with exponential technologies - Cloud, AI, IoT and Blockchain. In the past 2 years, he has led 3 industry software products - from concept to launch – that have transformed operational reliability and resilience in asset heavy industries. In 2020, he was elected to the IBM Industry Academy, an elite cohort of IBM's preeminent technology and industry leaders.
Mahesh has over 18 years with IBM and Schneider Electric. He is a recognized thought leader in 3 Industries - Energy and Utilities, Industrial and Public Sector. He is a frequent speaker in global industry forums on AI and IoT and has been featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance and US News. He is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. He is also an Executive Member of IBM’s Asian-American Diversity Council.
Mahesh has a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, First Class with Distinction, from the National Institute of Technology, India and an MBA, Director's List, from the University of Cambridge. He is a global shaper and has lived in 7 countries and loves the milieu of technology, culture and business.
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Mourad Tamoud was first appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of the Global Supply Chain Operations for Schneider Electric in June 2016. As of January 2019, Mourad will be adding Procurement to his responsibilities, which already include overseeing the Operations, Transformation, Logistics and Network Design, as well as driving the strategic agenda for the entire Supply Chain organization.
He is passionate about the customer and believes strongly in keeping customers’ needs first and foremost in the DNA and culture of the Supply Chain, as it evolves into a Tailored Sustainable and Connected 4.0 supply chain of the future, and Schneider’s engine for business growth.
In 2012, as Senior VP of Global Supply Chain China, Mourad had oversight for manufacturing and distribution operations for the region, and was responsible for safety, quality, customer satisfaction, procurement, and supply chain planning operations.
Having been with Schneider Electric for over 20 years, Mourad has held positions in Low Voltage and Medium Voltage Industrial Operations, Industrial Strategy, Manufacturing Logistics, Production & Logistics, Procurement, and ERP Information Systems.
Mourad holds a degree from Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France).
Dr. Ron Tomer (53) was born and raised in Tel Aviv. He received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 1991 from the School of Pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then went on to pursue his PhD research at the School of Pharmacy at the University of London, which he completed in 1994. Dr. Tomer also holds an MBA from the Recanati School of Business at the Tel Aviv University.
Son of Zvulun Tomer (83), founder of Unipharm Ltd., a leading Israeli generic pharmaceutical company, Ron joined his parents in the family business in 1995. Since then, Ron has contributed to Unipharm’s growth significantly, transforming it from a small company to one of Israel's largest generic pharmaceutical companies and a drug supplier to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens. Granting affordable access to medicines by developing and producing generic pharmaceuticals has always been a cornerstone of Unipharm’s vision. In 2017 Unipharm opened its new EU-GMP compliant state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Mavo Carmel, Israel. This facility is built with the newest technologies in pharma manufacturing, allowing increased production efficiency and cost savings. Unipharm Mavo Carmel is now starting to export its many generic products to Europe, while expanding to additional International Markets.
On January 30th 2020, Dr. Ron Tomer was elected President of Manufacturers Association of Israel. 788 manufacturers participated in the election, the highest number of participants in elections of the association ever. Prior to that, Dr. Tomer served as the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel (MAI)’s Chairman of Communications committee, Chairman of the “Made in Israel” committee during 2009 to 2016, advocating for Israeli locally produced goods. He is an active Presidential Board Member of MAI, and during 2017-2019 he served as the Chairman of the Committee of Economy and Regulation at MAI, routinely working with the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Finance, and the Bank of Israel. During his leadership period, a regulatory roadmap for the Israeli Manufacturers was created in collaboration between MAI, Governmental Offices, and the Israel Democracy Institute, paving the way for a significant decrease in the regulatory burden on Israeli Manufacturers.
Dr. Tomer also served as a member of the Professional Committee of the Pharmaceutical Industry Branch in the Manufacturers Association, driving significant advancements in the Israeli Pharmaceutical Industry. He is an active Board Member of the Pharmacy Society of Israel and is the Head of the Pharmacy Society’s Professional Committee.
Dr. Ron Tomer is an expert in the field of pharmaceutical patents and actively pursues patent challenges that welcome the generic drug competition into the market.
Ron is active on the Board of Trustees of the House of Wheels for handicapped children and on the Steering Committee of Nitzan Horim, the Branch of the Israeli Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities that focuses on learning-disabled parents by guiding them through their parenting lives.
Ron is married to Esti, and the two raise three daughters in Tel Aviv.
Ara Topouzian serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association. In his leadership role at MVCA, Topouzian advocates for Michigan’s entrepreneurial and venture investor community with legislative and government officials and promotes Michigan venture investment opportunities to regional and national markets. He also supports membership growth, fundraising, guides program development and sets strategic direction for the organization.
A strategic leader experienced in both private and public industry sectors, Ara is accomplished in the field of economic development for municipalities. He has a successful track record in attracting international corporations as well as retaining small and large businesses to the area. He is a visionary who excels in the creation and implementation of organizational structure and processes. Ara is a relationship builder who astutely cultivates and utilizes relationships to create win-win situations for all involved parties. His proven abilities in marketing, leadership and operations have made him a creative thinker and problem solver who consistently delivers business growth and development for entities represented. He is also skilled in association management and membership development. To that end, he has presented, moderated and facilitated small and large groups, including service organizations, colleges, libraries, associations and more.
For more than six years, Topouzian was the City of Novi Economic Development Director, responsible for marketing to- and communicating with 2,000-plus large and small businesses by providing them with important local, regional, state and federal resources. During his tenure in Novi, Topouzian was responsible for business attraction projects valued in excess of $100 million in investment, as well as directing the city’s current economic development goals and objectives in both attraction and retention efforts.
For six years, Topouzian was the President and CEO of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, responsible for overseeing one of Oakland County's strongest Chambers with more than 650 members, as well as expanding the Chamber’s role as a champion for small and large businesses. he led Troy Chamber into financial prosperity as well as increased membership and retention as well as elevate the quality of programs and events for its membership.
Council Member, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (2018-Present)
Board Member, Michigan Society of Association Executives (2017-Present)
Board Chair, Michigan Economic Developers Association (2014)
Board Chair, Creative Many Michigan (2018-2019)
Board Member, Executive Committee, Troy Community Foundation (2016-2019)
President/CEO, Troy Chamber of Commerce (2013-2019)
Economic Development Director, City of Novi (2009-2013)
President, Farmington/Farmington Hills Chamber of Commerce (2000-2009)
Kresge Artist Fellow of Performing Arts (2012)
Mike Conboy Economic Development Award, MEDA (2013)
Wayne State University, Bachelor of Arts – Journalism (1993)
Trinity of Management - Sirolli Institute (Small Business mentorship) (2011)
Matthew (Matt) Tsien was appointed GM executive vice president and chief technology officer, effective April 1, 2020. In addition to this role, Matt was named President, General Motors Ventures LLC, effective July 1, 2020.
Tsien led GM’s operations in China since January 1, 2014. During his time in China, GM achieved unprecedented growth of business and brought in the technologies that would enable the company’s long-term growth in China, especially in electrification and connectivity.
Tsien began his professional career at Delco Electronics in 1976 as an electrical engineer, where he designed and released embedded software for automotive applications and led advanced work in navigation and telematics.
Between 1995 and 2000, Tsien worked in China, Australia and Germany in various technical, program management and planning assignments. In China, he was chief technology officer and director of Business Planning. He supported GM’s negotiations with SAIC for its early joint ventures, crafted GM China’s initial five-year business plan, and helped forge cooperation between GM and the government, industry and academic communities.
In 2001, he moved to GM North America Product Development as executive director of Vehicle Systems. Tsien joined General Motors Global Engineering in 2005 as executive director of Global Technology Engineering.
Tsien became executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM China’s manufacturing joint venture with SAIC and Guangxi Automobile Group (the former Wuling Motors), in 2009. He was a member of the joint venture’s Executive Committee and managed the company’s Purchasing and Supply Chain Management organization in addition to Information Technology and its Technical Development Center.
From 2012 to 2013, Tsien served as vice president of Planning and Program Management for GM China and GM International, and Strategic Alliances for China. He was GM’s leading planning voice across the region and helped oversee the growth of its product lineup.
Tsien entered General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) at the age of 15 and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He also has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a master’s degree in management of technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In September 2017, Tsien received the Magnolia Gold Award from the Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to the economic and social development of Shanghai.
Victoria Van Camp joined SKF 1996. She held a number of positions, based in; the Netherlands, US and now in Sweden. Her previous positions include, amongst others; President, Business and Product Development. Director, Industrial Market Technology and Solutions. Director, Product Innovation Lubrication BU.
Victoria was born in 1966 and holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD. in Machine Elements from Luleå University of Technology Sweden.
Victoria Van Camp is a member of SKF Group Management, Kungliga Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA) and she is also board member of Billerud Korsnäs AB and Amexci AB.
Julie Vargas leads the Global RFID Market Development team for the food sector, where RFID is building new capabilities for supply-chain traceability, inventory optimization and convenience retail. Her global team drives accelerated market adoption of the core use cases for digital identity in food service, grocery and supply chains worldwide.
Julie joined Avery Dennison in 2011 and has spent the last decade at the intersection of digital and physical retail. As Director of Digital Solutions, she led brand and retail partnerships in on-product innovation and helped shape the vision for the “Internet of Clothing”. During her tenure at Avery Dennison, Julie has also partnered with apparel and footwear retailers and brands to implement innovative RFID and brand protection strategies. Prior to joining Avery Dennison, Julie led product and business development for interactive RFID experiences in Latin America and was a senior analyst at Coach, where she helped launch the buy online/pick up in-store program.
Julie has shared her expertise at global events, including SXSW, the Economist Feeding the Future, Greenbiz VERGE, the GS1 Digital Convergence Forum, PI Apparel, RFID Journal, the Internet of Things Summit and Label Summit Latin America. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Sivan Yechieli is a hi-tech executive, entrepreneur and public sector leader.
As former Mayor of Kfar-Vradim (2008-2018) and Chair of Israel's Northern Confrontation Line Forum, he was the steering force of the Northern Protection Plan: a government policy aimed at ensuring regional continuity in times of war.
Prior to his public service, Sivan held senior positions at local and international hi-tech companies.
During his IDF service, he served as an Infantry and reconnaissance officer.
Sivan is a graduate of Stef Wertheimer College of Entrepreneurs. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Multidisciplinary Studies from Haifa University and an M.A. in Legal Studies from Bar-Ilan University.
Adam Zawel is the head of the Israel Industry 4.0 Community (“II4”). The intention of the II4 Community is to gather top Israeli innovators and financers into a thriving community, together with passionate industry leaders worldwide, to collaborate online and offline, uniting the sector and enhancing the ecosystem. Adam Zawel is also the Vice President of Strategy with Leader Networks, a research and consulting firm that helps companies use digital and social technologies to gain competitive advantage. Previously, Mr. Zawel was Director of Community at Palladium Group, where he worked with Drs. Kaplan and Norton (Balanced Scorecard creators) to launch a world-class community that harnessed the collective wisdom of the top strategy executives in the world.
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• Born in South Africa in 1962
• In 1973 Henry immigrated to Israel with his family - ardent Zionists with a great love for Israel
• Henry is married to Vered, has 3 children and lives in Rishpon Israel
Henry serves as the Chairman of the Trellidor Group – an industrial manufacturing company focused on advanced metal technologies and production of a large range of products. Trellidor is spread over an area of 50 dunams and is situated in Carmiel in northern Israel.
The company comprises 3 separate companies with approximately 700 employees - Arabs, Jews, Christians and Jewish religious and secular employees all working side by side in harmony.
Henry is a passionate Industrialist, active in the Israeli Manufacturer’s Association, serving as the Chairman of the Israeli Manufacturer’s Association in the north (voluntary activity).
The main objectives of the Manufacturer’s Association in Israel is to support and encourage entrepreneurship in the Industrial Sector, allocating time and resources to guide the younger generation and to support industry in the country, recognizing that profitable companies create jobs - the key to a successful society and strong economy.
Henry is an active supporter of Jewish-Arab cooperation assisting in breaking barriers between the various classes and religions in society with the aim of helping to promote economic stability in the region.
In 1985 Henry founded the “Tana Marketing Company”, and from 1987-1994 held exclusive distribution rights for the water purification device - the Tami 4. Henry’s innovative and extremely successful marketing programs resulted in soaring sales and unprecedented success, leading to the sale of Tami 4 to the Strauss Group.
In 1988 Henry established a partnership with Messrs. Hagai and Malachi Dumpty and together they recognized the interest and need in the market for security bars. Trellidor Israel was born, and soon became the leading manufacturing company in the country in its field, expanding to other areas and many diversified products.
In 2003 Henry and his partners established Blocker, a company specializing in the D.I.Y. market.
In 2011 Trellidor acquired Incomac, a company located in Nahariya, and moved all its activities including its’ 50 employees to the Trellidor campus in Carmiel. Today Incomac is one of the leading electronic packaging companies in the country.
In 2019 Trellidor purchased Eltron LTD , the leading company in Israel manufacturing and installing a very wide range of Industrial gates and dock levels.
In 2019 , Trellidor made a partnership with Mullhandbrand LLC in California, and established a full manufacturing facility wherein the Market, manufacture an Install a wide range of aluminum gates, fences , pergulas and railings.
Tally Zingher is the CEO and co-founder of Dawsat, a leading Arabic-language platform for health and wellness in the Middle East. Tally is a founding partner at Blue Laurel Advisors, an advisory firm focused on strategic opportunities across the MENA region. Tally is also an advisory board member of IL Ventures, an I4.0-focused venture fund. She previously practiced corporate law in New York with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and with Istithmar (Dubai World) in Dubai, UAE and was an M&A Investment Banker with Broadview (now Jefferies) in New York.
Tally holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Middle Eastern studies from Harvard College, an M.P.A. in international development economics from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Tally is currently a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network.