Global decision-makers, innovators, and industry leaders come to the Summit to provide unprecedented insight into the world of startup venture capital. Speakers are not paid for their stage appearance – passion and expertise are the only criteria. Attendees have become accustomed to being wowed by the content, inspired by the ideas, and surprised by the unexpected.
Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making, as well as behavioral economics, for which he was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In 2013 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Obama. His book Thinking, Fast and Slow was published in 2011 and remains an international bestseller. Daniel was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers, and The Economist listed him as one of the most influential economists in the world. He is professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Nuseir "Nas" Yassin is the maker of Nas Daily, one of the most popular storytelling platforms on Facebook. At 26 years old (as he says, 35% of his life complete), Nas left his job to travel and tell stories. Each day, Nas produces a fun new minute long video, inviting his community from around the world to dive into cultures, places, and experiences. After 1,000 days of consecutive daily videos, Nas grew to 12 million followers and amassed 4 billion views – making him one of the biggest content creators in the world. While producing fun content, Nas has also been able to create social impact, raise awareness on Israel and Palestine, and bring people together rather than divide them.
Bill Gajda is the SVP, Digital Partnerships, Fintech and Venture for VISA. Prior to joining Visa, Bill was Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for the GSMA, where he led the Mobile World Congress events globally, as well as their Mobile Money, Mobile Innovation and Strategic Partner Programs. Bill also held executive roles in Ericsson, and TELUS. Bill holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.
Ronald D. Fisher is the Vice Chair of SoftBank Group and heads up SoftBank’s Vision Fund activities in the US. Ron is also Chairman of Brightstar, Vice Chairman of Sprint Corporation and a Director of ARM, Fanatics and WeWork. Ron has over 30 years of experience of working with high growth and turnaround technology companies; in 1995 he joined SoftBank overseeing its U.S. operations and other activities outside of Asia, and was the founder of SoftBank Capital. Ron earned an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.
Dr. Kira Radinsky joined eBay in 2016 after the acquisition of her company SalesPredict and serves today as the director of data science of eBay building the next generation machine learning solutions that will transform eCommerce. Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at the Technion and Microsoft Research for developing predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, as disease epidemics and political unrests. In 2013, she was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35 and in 2015 Forbes included her as "30 Under 30 Rising Stars in Enterprise Tech”. She is a frequent presenter at global tech and industry conferences, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and publishes in HBR. Radinsky also serves as a board member in Israel Security Authorities and technology board of HSBC bank. She also holds a visiting professor position at the Technion focusing on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.
Sir Ronald Cohen is Co-founder and Chairman of The Portland Trust, Bridges Ventures, and Big Society Capital, Britain’s first social investment bank. He was the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, the largest U.K. venture firm. He was also a founder-director and Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association and a founder-director of the European Venture Capital Association. In 2007, Sir Ronald published the best-selling The Second Bounce of the Ball – Turning Risk into Opportunity. Founded as part of his leadership in impact investing, The Portland Trust is a British non-profit “action tank” whose mission is to promote peace and stability between Israelis and Palestinians through economic development. Sir Ronald is also a co-founder director of the not-for-profit Social Finance UK (2007-11), Social Finance USA, and Social Finance Israel, and Chairman of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce established under the U.K.’s presidency of the G8, the Social Investment Task Force and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets. In 2012, Sir Ronald received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Award for innovation in social finance. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jon Medved is founder and CEO of OurCrowd, a global investment platform bringing venture capital opportunities to accredited investors worldwide. Jon is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post “One of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” named him as one of the “Top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel” and he was also named as one of the “50 most influential Jews” by Jerusalem Post. OurCrowd is “one of the largest crowdfunding organizations on the planet,” according to Forbes, having raised $900M and invested in 170 portfolio companies since its launch in February 2013. Jon has been part of the founding teams at several successful Israeli startups, Jon was co-founder and CEO of Vringo, a leader in mobile social applications which went public in June 2010, and founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, one of Israel's leading venture capital funds, investing in 60 leading Israeli companies. Jon lives in Jerusalem with his wife Jane and his four children and six grandchildren, where he collects rare single malts and loud Hawaiian shirts.
Dr. Barbara Mazur is vice president for Technology Acquisition Strategy for agricultural biotechnology at DuPont Pioneer. The group identifies trait and technology collaboration and acquisition opportunities that are aligned with product needs.Barbara has more than 35 years of industry experience and has held numerous roles at DuPont and DuPont Pioneer. She is an inventor of four issued U.S. patents and is an author of more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications. A native of California, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned her A.B in bacteriology before earning her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from The Rockefeller University. She was a postdoctoral research fellow, followed by a research assistant professor, at the University of Chicago, prior to joining DuPont in 1979. She is a member of the DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology Leadership Team. She has served on a number of scientific boards and panels, including the Board on Biology of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation Biology Advisory Board, and the Board of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology.
Cathie is the Co-Founder of Australia’s largest dedicated cancer care provider, the Icon Group, and serves as Digital Advisor to the Icon Group Board. Icon Group includes Icon Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology Centres (ROC) and Slade Health, and it’s footprint of integrated cancer care centers across Australia has now expanded to include Singapore, China and New Zealand. Icon Group employs more than 3000 people, and last year provided services to over 2 million patients. Cathie has always believed in the role digital solutions can play in exceptional healthcare delivery. This fascination in breaking new ground has also led her to become one of Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts, where she eagerly awaits the opportunity to travel into space and see the world from a very different perspective. Cathie was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame in 2015, named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review in 2013, won a National Telstra Business Women’s Award in 2011, and was recognized by Monash University with a Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2012.
Storm Duncan is the Global Head of the firm's Mobility Technology Group and the Joint Global Co-Head of Technology Mergers and Acquisitions for Jefferies. He has served as Strategic advisor to leading technology companies including Google (YouTube, DoubleClick, et al), Microsoft, SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Walmart.com, LG Semiconductor, Yelp, Intuit and VeriSign, amongst others. Storm has managed businesses ranging in size from startups to over $200 million of annual revenue. He was the CEO/Co-founder of two companies including a venture-backed start-up spun out of MIT that he transformed from a company with $500,000 of debt, no capital and a non-working product into a revenue-producing, venture-funded technology leader in its sector. Prior to leading these two companies, he served as the Head of Technology M&A, and a member of the firm’s Investment Banking Advisory Committee and Managing Director Evaluation Committee at Credit Suisse for over 13 years. Storm is a frequent speaker at technology industry events, guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Stanford University, and co-authored and co-taught a course on mergers and acquisitions at Stanford Law School, and is frequently requested as a panelist for numerous industry conferences.
Avra van der Zee currently serves as Director of Market Entry at JUMP, where she leads global expansion strategy for Uber’s next gen transportation solutions within the New Mobility division. In her prior role as Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of JUMP, a pioneering micro mobility company, Avra helped shape a new vision for urban transportation models and oversaw JUMP's strategic sale to Uber in May 2018. Trained as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Avra holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and attended the Georgetown Law Center for her juris doctorate.
Dr. Ami Appelbaum is the Chief Scientist and the Chairman of the Board of Israel Innovation Authority (IIA). Dr. Appelbaum has more than 36 years’ experience in research, development and senior level management in the field of Semiconductors. Previously, Dr. Appelbaum served for 22 years at numerous executive positions at KLA Tencor, a $15.6B market capitalization company and world leader in the business of capital equipment for the semiconductor industry. Additionally, Dr. Ami Appelbaum served as Corporate Senior Vice President at KLA Tencor and president of KLA Tencor Israel. Dr. Appelbaum held positions as General Manager of Gallium Arsenide Diodes (GAD), an Israeli startup, VP Operations and Program Manager at Semiconductor Devices (SCD) in Israel, manager of semiconductor lasers and detector development at Rockwell International (US), and Member of Technical Staff (MTS) at AT&T Bell Lab (US). Dr. Appelbaum received his Doctorate and Master degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and his Engineering degree from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheba, all in the field of materials engineering. Dr. Appelbaum is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific and technical publications, and holds seven patents in the field of semiconductor equipment and processing.
A passionate inventor, mother, entrepreneur, and educator from Jerusalem. Amani holds an MBA from the Technion University and a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University. Where she invented and patented a device for teaching Braille. Amani has demonstrated creativity and leadership, winning several competitions including: Top 10 Startups in 2017 Cohort MassChallenge accelerator, the Intel Challenge me competition, Microsoft Imagine Cup, and Celebration of innovation, as well as receiving Presidential Recognition as one of best innovators of Palestinian Innovation and Creativity. Amani is the founder of WAZZA Inc. a bespoke communication platform for parents and teachers. WAZZA aims to empower teachers and parents with the administrative and communication tools they need to give the children the pre-school education they deserve. Amani allocates part of her time to motivate and influence young girls and ladies from the Arab sector to work hard, fight the obstacles, follow and achieve their dreams to make the world a better place.
Valerio started his carreer with Nestlé in Italy in 1984. He has helped build, establish and reorganize several Nestlé units, across various Technical, Supply Chain and R&D functions. To fulfill his different missions, Valerio lived in India, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, and Singapore, where he strengthened and grew the business for three consecutive years, establishing an innovative, fresh and unique working environment. Prior to his stint in Singapore, Valerio drove the innovation strategy for the Coffee & Beverages Strategic Business Unit, tracked its implementation as well as drove the Nestlé Product Technology Centre in Orbe, Switzerland which he transformed into a cross-functional organization, while designing and managing internal and external innovation networks. Valerio took his current function as Senior Vice President, Head of Strategies and Performance in April 2014. Since then, he has been driving a cross-functional culture of innovation that is fast, effective and efficient, enabling innovation to happen across the wider Nestlé. Valerio also drives open innovation as well as all major strategic partnerships and alliances. Together with highly effective teams, he contributes to designing our future. ] Valerio holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Florence, and an MBA from the University of Wales.
Tsutomu Wakitani is the Operating Officer, Honda R&D Co., Ltd. and Chief Operating Officer, Honda R&D Center-X. After joining Honda R&D Co., Ltd in June 1996, he later became the Vice President of Honda R&D Europe (Germany) in April 2012, and the company's President in April 2013. In April of 2015, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Planning Office, and the Chief Operating Officer of the THINK Research Center in October 2016, working on preparing the Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo. In April 2017, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Honda's R&D Center X.
Inken Braunschmidt has been the Chief Innovation & Digital Officer and Member of Executive Board at Halma plc. since July 2017 responsible for accelerating the development of innovative digital strategies and in building a stronger collaborative community both inside the Group and with external partners. She led the innovation and digital transformation at RWE with a customer and people- centred approach. Prior to that, she served as Managing Director of RWE's Strategy and Management Consultancy practice. Ms. Braunschmidt studied Business Administration and Innovation & Technology Management at Kiel University (including a PhD in Technology Management) and Finance at the London Business School.
After receiving his doctorate, Prof. Shechtman was an NRC fellow at the aerospace Research Laboratories at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he studied for three years the microstructure and physical metallurgy of titanium aluminides. In 1975 he joined the department of materials science & engineering at Technion. In 1981-l983 he was on Sabbatical at the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied rapidly solidified aluminum transition metal alloys (joint program with NBS). During this study he discovered the Icosahedral Phase which opened the new field of quasiperiodic crystals. In 1992-1994 he was on Sabbatical at NIST, where he studied the effect of the defect structure of CVD diamond on its growth and properties. Prof. Shechtman’s Technion research is conducted in the Louis Edelstein Center, and in the Wolfson Centre which is headed by him. He served on several Technion Senate Committees and headed one of them.
Thomas Birr is the CEO of innogy Innovation Hub, as well as chief futurist and SVP Innovation & Business Transformation at German energy company innogy SE. Since 2016, Thomas has overseen the strategic direction of innogy Innovation Hub and its mission to create the future of energy by identifying the technologies, ideas and businesses that will shape that future and providing them with funding, mentoring and a co-creation platform. Thomas firmly believes in the concept of sector disruption; that the energy industry will be fundamentally redefined, driven by digital disruption and the convergence of new technologies and business models from across industries. In his role as innogy´s SE’s SVP Innovation & Business Transformation, Thomas is focused on how technology and strategy can be leveraged to grow innogy’s future business exponentially. Thomas has over 25 years experience in the energy industry, and between 2010 and 2016 held the role of RWE´s Global strategist where he was CEO of one of its largest energy retail and grid subsidiaries. Thomas holds a degree in mechanical engineering.
Shmuel (Mooly) Eden is One of Israel’s Technology leaders, and until recently he held the position of Senior Vice President at Intel Corporation and the President of Intel Israel. Eden joined Intel Israel in 1982. He held numerous technical and managerial positions in microprocessor research & development. In 2003 Eden relocated to the US and held several marketing and executive positions. Before returning to Israel headed Intel’s biggest business unit, The Notebook and Desk Top group, growing its revenue to 32B$. In 2010 Eden was voted by the “Fast Company magazine as one the 26 most creative people in the world. In 2012 Eden was voted by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 most brilliant technological minds in the world alongside Amazon CEO and Apple chief designer. Today Eden is the chairman of the executive committee of the University of Haifa and he spends his free time promoting STEM education and innovation in IDF units and governmental agencies and helping startups.
Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry. Previously Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. Aharon joined Apple in 2011, as its first Apple employee in Israel, and managed the R&D activities of Apple’s Hardware Technologies. In 2004, Aharon co-founded Camero, a startup company developing through-the-wall micro-power radars for the defense and HLS markets. From 2003 till 2010, Aharon served as an active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup company providing solutions for data security in mobile phones and hand-held devices. Aharon began his professional career at the IBM Research Division in Haifa, Israel, where he spent 14 years. Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the Technion, where he lectured for more than 15 years
A Mauritius native, educated in the U.S., Eric is an avid explorer with a multicultural upbringing that taught him to speak seven languages. Before co-founding Klook in 2014, Eric worked in finance at a global investment bank in Hong Kong, traveling extensively worldwide. As Chief Operating Officer of Klook, Eric spearheads the company’s global expansion in the supply portfolio. He is instrumental in establishing partnerships with key travel players such as Universal Studios, Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR), Japan National Tourism Organization, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and many more. Eric’s leadership contributed significantly to Klook’s diverse product offerings and the company’s popularity across the globe. Eric was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2017 List and China’s Yicai (CBN) Brilliant 20 List, recognizing his entrepreneurial spirit and game-changing attitude. Eric has been invited to speak in various world-class tech and travel conferences including TechCrunch, RISE, WIT (Web In Travel), Phocuswright, Arival and ITB.
Roee Adler is a longtime team member at WeWork, joining as Chief Product Officer in 2013. Over the years, Roee built WeWork’s product management, software engineering, digital design, and data analysis groups. He is now spearheading WeWork Labs, the company’s program to power early-stage startups and corporate innovation. Prior to joining WeWork, Roee was part of five different startups, three of which were successfully acquired. Most recently, he served as the Chief Product Officer at Soluto and led the team's launch at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2010 (where Soluto won the startup battlefield). Soluto was acquired by Asurion in 2013. Prior to that, Roee was a product manager at AeroScout (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker), and a device driver developer at Envara (acquired by Intel). A native of Israel, Roee started programming at age 11. Later, while serving in the Israeli military, Roee was a software engineer with an elite intelligence R&D unit. He soon ran software teams and owned part of a system that won the Israel Defence Award, Israel’s most prestigious R&D award, granted by the country’s president.
Debjani Ghosh is the 5th President of The National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM), since 2018. A veteran of the technology industry, and a stanch champion of gender diversity in corporate India, Debjani was the first woman to lead Intel India, Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology (MAIT). Over her illustrious career spanning over two decades, she held diverse leadership roles across South and Southeast Asia at Intel. She is a firm believer in the power of technology in enhancing lives and livelihoods, leveraging it for societal good. She was instrumental in developing Intel’s ‘Digital Nation’ strategy to support India's digital transformation, working with the government to accelerate technology adoption in India. In January 2018, she was felicitated by the President of India under the auspices of the “First Ladies” program, which honours exceptional female pioneers in their fields. Starting 2012, she has been consecutively named as one of the 20 Most Powerful Women in Business in India by Fortune magazine for 5 years. Debjani holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Osmania University in Hyderabad, and an MBA in marketing from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research in Mumbai.
David Schwartz is Senior Director Venturing & Innovation for Europe & Sub Saharan Africa. In this role, David leads multiple programs that strengthen PepsiCo’s engagement with startups. The PepsiCo programs include Nutrition Greenhouse and PepsiCo Labs. Nutrition Greenhouse supports accelerated growth for food and beverage startups with nutrition solutions for the future. Additionally, David and his team recently launched PepsiCo Labs, to identify and nurture advanced technology-based solutions in marketing, big data analytics, manufacturing and supply chain. Prior to this role, David held multiple positions in PepsiCo including leading Global Snacks Strategy, Global Lay’s innovation & Revenue Management for Russia, CIS & Ukraine. Through these roles David honed a variety of skills from big picture strategy to local Business Unit execution in some of PepsiCo’s largest businesses. Before joining PepsiCo, David spent 6 years at McKinsey, developing commercial strategies across multiple functions and geographies across the United States and Europe. As a precursor to McKinsey, David began his career in The Home Depot’s Business Leadership Program & studied at Harvard Business School. David lives in Israel with his wife and 5 children. David shares many hobbies with his family including skiing, biking, surfing and tennis.
Alan Boheme is the Chief Technology, Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Enterprise Architect for The Coca-Cola Company. In these roles he is responsible for Global IT Operations for the company and for leading the introduction of new technologies globally across the company. Prior to joining The Coca Cola Company, Alan was Head of IT Strategy and Architecture for the financial services firm ING, held CIO positions with Juniper Networks, Sage Software, General Electric and a variety of Sr. leadership positions in both IT and Marketing with DHL and a number of logistics and airlines As both an employee and consultant Alan has been on the forefront in developing a number of technology innovations including early development of airline yield management systems, global community cargo systems, computerized reservation systems (CRS) and more recently advanced digital targeted /personalized marketing, and cloud based security (Software Defined Perimeter) architectures and solutions. Alan is a founder and member of the Board of Directors for the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) a 40,000 person non-profit focused on advancing the security methods and requirements for cloud and mobile computing. Alan serves on advisory boards for number of start-ups and venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley.
Daniel Schreiber is the CEO & Co-founder of Lemonade. Daniel is a tech leader whose passion for innovation took him from startups to the Fortune 500 (and back again). As President of Powermat, Daniel oversaw its transformation into an industry standard and a default feature in the world’s foremost smartphones (Galaxy S6), venues (Starbucks) and cars (GM). Prior to Powermat, Daniel served as SVP Corporate Marketing at Sandisk, with global responsibility for the company’s social media, press relations, 50 web and ecommerce sites and major rebranding. During the iPod’s heyday, Daniel served as SVP and GM of Sandisk’s Audio-Video business unit, attaining #1 market share worldwide after Apple, and outselling all other brands combined. Daniel joined Sandisk via the $1.6B acquisition of msystems, where he served as VP Marketing and BD. He was co-founder and CEO of Alchemedia Inc., a content security software company, and began his career as a corporate-commercial attorney.
Claudia De Antoni is a London-based investment director at Virgin Management, the family office of the Branson family and the home of the Virgin brand. In her current role Claudia looks after origination of investment opportunities for the Virgin group across a wide variety of industries and geographies. She is particularly passionate about early stage investments that have the potential to bring the group at the forefront of innovation. Claudia joined Virgin Management in 2013 after spending one year building an online marketplace in the UK and experiencing first-hand all the aches of being a startup entrepreneur. Before embarking in her entrepreneurial journey Claudia worked for five years as an investment professional in the private equity industry (Arcapita, Vision Capital) and before that she started her career as a TMT banker at Morgan Stanley (London, New York).Claudia holds a corporate finance bachelor degree from Bocconi University in Milan and is fluent in Italian, English and French.
Naftali Bennett was born in Haifa in 1972. He served in the IDF as a company commander in elite units and continues to serve in the reserves today, holding the rank of Major. After his IDF service, Bennett studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1999, in New York, he co-founded Cyota, an anti-fraud software company, and served as its CEO. He is married and the father of four. Returning to Israel, Bennett served as bureau head to then opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu from 2006 to 2008. From January 2010 until January 2012 he served as Director General of the Yesha Council. In November 2012 he was elected head of the Bayit Hayehudi party, and in January 2013 was elected to the 19th Knesset as head of the list. In March 2013 he was appointed Minister of Economy, Minister of Religious Services, Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs. Following the death of Uri Orbach in February 2015, he was appointed Acting Senior Citizen Affairs Minister. In May 2015, Bennett was appointed Minister of Education and Minister for Diaspora Affairs.
Moshe Lion is the Mayor of Jerusalem. He has served as Director General of the Prime Minister's Office as well as an economic advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister, and was Chairman of Israel Railways and Chairman of the Jerusalem Development Authority. Mr. Lion was also founder and senior partner of Lion, Orlitzki and Partners, a top 10 Israeli firm. He has served as a director for Elbit Medical Imaging, the Israel Council for Higher Education, the Wingate Institute for Physical Education, Elscint, Massad Bank, and Bank Tefahot. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and economics and a Master's Degree in Law (LL.M.) from Bar Ilan University.
Harel Kodesh joined GE from Nurego, where he served as chief executive officer and founder. Prior to starting Nurego in 2013, Kodesh served as executive vice president of EMC Corp.’s Cloud business and chief executive officer of Mozy, an EMC subsidiary. He also served as chief product officer of Amdocs from 2003 to 2008. He holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
Dorel Blitz is the Head of Fintech at KPMG Israel. Dorel advises local and global FIS on growth strategy, digital transformation, business development, service offerings, innovation management, go-to-market, thought-leadership, M&A, alliances, and talent management. Dorel leads Strategy and IT advisory projects for local and global FIS on Digital Banking. He is also a member of KPMG’s Global Fintech Practice and Leadership. Previously, Dorel led the Innovation efforts at Bank Leumi. At Bank Leumi, Dorel pioneered the launch of innovative and disruptive new strategies, products and services. In addition, he championed a systematic and sustainable innovation process, which reflects the market’s best practices. He built strategic partnerships with VCs, PEs, labs, accelerators, future-focused tech companies, start-ups, and the global Fintech community. Prior to Bank Leumi, Dorel served as the Head of Banking and Finance of the research division at Adkit. Dorel specialized in strategic global business research and advisory in the financial services sector (banks, credit card companies, insurance, investment houses and capital market firms).
As senior vice president of Siren Ideas, Mesh Gelman was responsible for institutionalizing innovation and to bring entrepreneurial speed and curiosity to Starbucks. Responsible for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible at the company, Mesh and his team establish relationships with entrepreneurs whose great ideas can be propelled by Starbucks scale and expertise. Before Siren Ideas was formed, Mesh was responsible for the retail “lobby” business in the US Market for Starbucks, responsible for 14,000 stores and ~$1B in revenue. Prior to joining Starbucks in 2014, Mesh created retail consulting firm Extreme Rep, Mesh also co-founded Extreme Linen in 2003 , a home fashions company in NYC which had a successful exit in 2015. Mesh’s work furthered the "buy-one, give-one" retail strategy, with a donation from each purchase being made to help eliminate poverty and drive change. At Choose Haiti, he brought sustainable development to the devastated nation in the form of textile development and jobs. Mesh has a Masters in Talmudic Law from Yeshivas Mir and spent four years studying abroad. He lives with his family in New Jersey.
Michael B. Oren served as Israel's ambassador to the USA from 2009-2013.Born in USA and educated at Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown, and was a Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has received fellowships from the British and Canadian governments as well as a Moshe Dayan Fellowship from Tel Aviv University and the Lady Davis Fellowship at the Hebrew University. His last two books, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East from 1776 to the Present and Six Days of War, were both New York Times bestsellers. He has won the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award and the National Jewish Book Award. In Israel, Ambassador Oren served as an officer in IDF, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the 2009 Gaza operation. He acted as an emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel's delegation to the United Nations, and as the government's director of Inter-Religious Affairs.
Neil Ackerman is the Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Innovation, for Johnson & Johnson across all segments including Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Consumer Products. He is responsible for accelerating supply chain innovation and enablement of advanced planning processes and technologies worldwide. Neil is an ex-Amazon executive, successful start-up advisor, published author and expert on e-commerce and supply chain innovations. He has given keynotes globally for his work on the e-Commerce Flywheel. He holds 10 U.S. patents and has been mentioned and interviewed in the WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC, and several other highly selective international publications. Neil is a graduate of the University of Richmond, UVA, and MIT, and holds a PMP, MBA, and M.S..
An international businessman, Jacques was born in Belgium, educated in Israel and the U.S., and has held executive positions in Europe and the U.S. Jacques leads USVP’s Israel practice and is an active investor in the Israeli market and in the IT markets in the U.S. Jacques currently works on the boards of Kenna Security, Medigate, Qnovo, Supplyframe, Zerto and ZypMedia. Before joining USVP, Jacques was CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition in 2004. He founded the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) which had a successful IPO in 1994 and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys in 1997. Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of positions at IMEC, IBM and STMicroelectronics. Fluent in English, French and Hebrew, Jacques holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is on the Board of Governors of Technion and on board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew Bolwell is VP and Global Head of Technology Vision and Tech Ventures for HP. He is responsible for helping define HP’s long-term innovation and technology vision with a focus on industry shifting trends—Hypermobility, Internet of Things, 3D transformation, immersive experiences, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence. Andrew is also responsible for HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup. Andrew is also a HP spokesperson for innovation and technology thought leadership, with coverage and quotes in The New York Times, USA Today, The Financial Times, The Economist, Reuters, CNET, Information Week and The Inquirer, among others, as well as national TV appearances on ABC News with Charles Gibson and ABC News Now. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of MagCloud, a self-publishing Web Service from HP. In this position he guided MagCloud’s evolution from early HP Labs concept to a fast growing online publishing business. Andrew built and managed a global team, and pioneered partnerships with commercial publishers, small businesses and print service providers to grow MagCloud into one of today’s premier cloud-based, self-publishing services. He holds a B.S., Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Monash University.
Zeev Elkin was born in 1971 in the Soviet Union (today in Ukraine. He immigrated to Israel in 1990. Elkin holds a BA in Mathematics from Kharkov University and a MA in the History of the Jewish People from The Hebrew University. Between 1996 and 2006, Elkin taught at the Hebrew University’s Department of the History, and established the Chase Center for the Study of Jewish Sciences in Russian. In the 18th Knesset Elkin served as chairman of the Likud faction and chairman of the Coalition, as well as chairman of the Subcommittee on Judea and Samaria in the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, chairman of the Land of Israel Lobby, chairman of the Jerusalem Lobby, chairman of the Higher Education Lobby and chairman of the Lobby for Gush Katif Evacuees. In the 19th Knesset, Elkin was appointed Deputy Minister, and the Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. In the 20th Knesset, Elkin was appointed Minister of Immigration and Absorption, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage, and member of the Political-Security Cabinet. Since 2016, Elkin has been serving as Minister of Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage and as a member of the Political-Security Cabinet.
Michael J. Radwin leads Intuit’s Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning team in Tel Aviv, Israel. Radwin’s team of data scientists builds personalization and recommender systems for consumers and small businesses, develops models for real-time anti-fraud and payments risk, and applies NLP to extract meaning from financial transactions and documents. Prior to Intuit, Radwin was VP Engineering of Anchor Intelligence, which used machine learning ensemble methods to fight online advertising fraud. Earlier, Radwin was Director of Engineering at Yahoo!, where he built ad-targeting and personalization algorithms with neural networks and naïve Bayesian classifiers, and scaled web platform technologies Apache and PHP. Radwin holds an ScB in Computer Science from Brown University.
Michael Brous joined Airbnb as Senior Business Development Lead, Growth and Strategic Partnerships in 2014 and is responsible for negotiating and managing global strategic partnerships that drive Airbnb’s core business. Brous has 10+ years of strategic business development and venture capital experience. Previously Brous was responsible for management and executive of Yahoo! Search advertising distribution parentships with leading direct navigation and domain media publishers. Brous has a BA in History and Japanese from Columbia University, New York.
Andrew Dix is CEO and founder the Crowded Media Group, publisher of Crowdfund Insider, the leading news and information site covering disruptive finance including online capital formation, online lending, blockchain and other forms of Fintech. He is also the founder of DisclosureQuest, a searchable database of securities filings including Reg D, Reg A+ & Reg CF. Andrew is a vocal proponent for access to capital for small and emerging companies and the need for an innovation driven economy. He is a member of the Cambridge Alternative Finance Leadership Advisory Board, part of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business. Crowded Media Group has partnered with the Centre for Alternative Finance of Cambridge Judge Business School as the media partner on their annual Alternative Finance Benchmarking Reports. A recognized authority in the Fintech world, Andrew is a participant in the bipartisan Securities Regulation Working Group organized by the Heritage Foundation. In 2016, Andrew received the New Capital Markets Leadership Award For leadership in the development of new capital markets under the JOBS Act. He is a founding special advisor to the Association of Online Investment Platforms and an Advisor to the National Coalition for Community Capital.
Nick Sugimoto is the Senior Program Director of Honda Silicon Valley Lab, the open innovation lab of global Honda R&D based in Mountain View, California. Nick oversees Honda’s advanced information technology R&D in Silicon Valley, as well as, strategic partnerships globally. Previously, Nick led the corporate venture capital program at Honda where he invested in a number of innovative startup companies and built strategic R&D partnerships. Prior to joining Honda, Nick was a successful entrepreneur leading a series of technology venture companies in both the US and Japan. Nick received his engineering degree from the University of Tokyo and MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Amir Freund is an entrepreneur with wide experience in growing and managing startup companies. Amir was the co-founder and COO of Alvarion (NASDAQ: ALVR), co-founder and CEO of ForNova, and the founder of UNVC – 1st startup accelerator in Israel (2nd worldwide after YCombinator). Today Amir advises to Ford on Israeli technology and innovation. Amir has an MBA in entrepreneurship from Swinburne University and BSC in Computer Science from the Technion.
Ms. Ornit Shinar serves as Director & Venture Investing Lead, Israel at Citi Ventures, Inc. since 2019. She was Senior Vice President and Head of Venture Investments Israel at the firm. Ms. Shinar joined Citi Venture in March 2017 to lead its venture investment activities in Israel. Her focus of interest includes data analytics & Machine Learning, cybersecurity and FinTech. She ran External Innovation and Business Development for Lenovo. She founded and ran the first Accelerator out of Citi’s Tel Aviv Lab. Prior to Citi, she founded and served in managerial roles in several companies. She founded Yazamiyot. She serves as the Director of External Innovation at Lenevo. Ms. Shinar serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Plus Ventures LTD. She has expertise in Commerce & Payments, Security & Enterprise IT, Data Analytics & Machine Learning. She received joint honors degree LLB in English Law and French Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science during 1990-1994 and an LLM in international commerce law cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during 1994-1996. She also studied French Law from U. Robert Schuman in Strasbourg during 1993-1994.
Ambassador David Adelman is a lawyer with Reed Smith LLP in New York who counsels businesses on cross-border transactions. He previously was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore, United States Ambassador to Singapore and member of the Georgia State Senate. Adelman was awarded the U.S. State Department Superior Honor Award and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest award granted by the U.S. Navy to non-military personnel. Adelman served as a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Capital Markets Committee, Executive Board of the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association and as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Adelman serves on several corporate advisory boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the faculty at New York University where he teaches international relations of the Asia-Pacific region at the graduate levelAdelman received his J.D. from Emory University and a master’s from Georgia State University. Adelman and his wife Caroline, have three children.
Max Cunningham has been Executive General Manager of Listings and Issuer Services since July 2017. Max joined ASX in April 2013 and has more than 20 years' experience in capital markets in Australia and overseas. At ASX he has led the Capital Markets franchise to expand internationally, overseen a new Listings framework for New Zealand and grown the number of listings of companies from Australia, NZ, USA, Singapore, Ireland and Israel. Prior to ASX, he had oversight of Goldman Sachs’ ECM Syndicate business in Australia. He has worked for Goldman Sachs in New York and Macquarie Group in London and Sydney. He has also developed equities conferences and investor relations programs for ASX listed companies.