Each Team is assigned a Lead Advisor who meets with them regularly and is charged with tracking their progress, receiving Team monthly updates, and communicating with the rest of the Advisor group if a Team has an ask or challenge.
Additionally, the Teams have direct access to the entire Advisory Board and are encouraged to contact them directly for any questions on strategy, business model, funding, team, or anything else relevant to a burgeoning startup.
Many Advisors hold professional office hours at NHSA, offering Teams the opportunity to meet one-on-one on topics such as brand identity, design development, employment law, financial management, funding, intellectual property, and product development.
Eric Benhamou, Benhamou Global Ventures
After nearly 30 years spent building or running high technology companies, I created BGV to assist other entrepreneurs to build or run a new generation of high technology companies. I will continue to put my own financial and time capital at risk. I will coach, but will not be a consultant. I will invest my time and experience at the service of the CEO and the company first, and its investors second. I will teach but will learn as well. I will insist on upholding the highest standards of governance and the best management principles and techniques but will take myself seriously only some of the time.
Dr. Yonah Alexandre Bronstein, ASTAV Inc.
Yonah Alexandre Bronstein founded ASTAV on July 03 to fight identity fraud and other Internet abuse and leads it as President & CTO. Previous 5 years were spent as a senior scientist at HP Labs, focusing on Internet systems. He received a BS in mathematics, MS and Ph.D. in computer science, from Stanford University, and an RC (reality check) from 6 years in Silicon Valley start-ups. His main career trophies are having led the 1st port of the Microsoft NT operating system to the DEC workstations, and gotten ASTAV from birth to 1000+ paying users of our Identity Fraud Protection technology! His personal interests span from Jewish mysticism to Aikido.
Andrzej Cetnarski, Managing Partner and Founder, Cyber Frontiers LLC.
Andrzej Cetnarski is a cyber secure nation-building-focused global CEO, public-private partnership leader, advisor, investor, speaker, and author. He is Founder and Managing Partner of Cyber Frontiers, LLC, a private- and government-sector, executive-leadership-level-focused cybersecurity strategy advisory, research, and investment firm with a mission of helping drive the creation of cyber-secure renditions of our physical nations for the United States and its allies. The firm brings cybersecurity (1) technology innovation, (2) regulatory policy innovation, and (3) organizational policy innovation together to help its private- and government- sector clients solve some of the most pressing issues facing the cybersecurity of national critical infrastructure, specifically in the transportation, defense, healthcare, and financial sectors. The firm selectively invests in the technologies, predominantly those of US and Israel as two of the world's foremost innovators in cybersecurity technology, that show meaningful potential to address these challenges, with a specific focus on cybersecurity technologies that leverage AI and other exponential technologies to achieve their mission.
Mr. Cetnarski has had three careers: as advisor to governments and private sector on cybersecurity strategy and a former bulge bracket technology investment banker to aerospace and defense, cybersecurity, and real estate industries with UBS Investment Bank, HSBC, and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley; as global tech CEO, founder, entrepreneur and operations executive; and as US Congressional staffer and public-private partnership leader.
Mr. Cetnarski is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MC/MPA'18 in Cybersecurity and National Security - Policy and Disruptive Technology Innovation), the Wharton School of Business (MBA'08 in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management), The Lauder Institute of International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (MA'08 in East Asian and European Affairs) and The University of Chicago School of Economics (AB'03, with Honors). He has lived/worked extensively across the US, Asia, Middle East, and Europe.
Ethel Chait Stein, Ethel Chait Stein, LLM (Magna Cum Laude)
Ethel has over 30 years experience as an attorney both in Israel and New York, specializing in Intellectual Property Rights, Commercial law, Aart law, and Entrepreneurship. Ethel is also a lecturer at BGU and other institutions, as well as a mediator and an executive and business coach.
Dr. Imrich Chlamtac, President of EAI.
Dr. Chlamtac is the President of EAI, the European Alliance for Innovation, and the Founding President of CREATE-NET. Earlier Dr. Chlamtac served as Associate Provost for Research and Distinguished Chair in Telecommunications at the University of Texas in Dallas, the top-ranked USA “young university" in The Times of Higher Education ranking.
Other appointments included Chaired Professorships at the University of Trento, Boston University, University of Massachusetts and Technion. Dr. Chlamtac holds IEEE and ACM Fellowships, the ACM Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research on Mobility, the IEEE Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions to Wireless Personal Communications. Dr. Chamtac was listed in ISIHighlyCited.Com among the 250 most cited Computer Science researchers worldwide.
Dr. Chlamtac is a co-founder and past President of CONSIP Ltd, the first network emulator company, BCN USA
specializing in DoD projects and of BCN Ltd which evolved into one of the larger information and communication technology companies in Europe. At the University of Texas, Dr. Chlamtac co-founded
an incubator dedicated to university technology transfer. At Create-Net he introduced innovation management and acceleration programs with funding and collaboration with the European Commission.
Netta Cohen, BGN
Appointed CEO of BGN in 2004, Netta Cohen has significantly increased the University's technology transfer programs, creating relationships with international corporations around the world. In the fields of information systems and communications, BGU now has relationships with global powerhouses such as Deutsche Telekom, EMC, IBM, PayPal, and many others. On the Bio-pharma domain, a number of BGU patented technologies are now in clinical trials and hope to be in the marketplace in the future. Prior to joining BGN, Mr. Cohen was VP of Pharma-Israel, The Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies Association. Previously, he was the Director of Finance & BizDev for Novartis Consumer Health and Gerber Baby Food at its regional offices. He began his managerial career at Kibbutz Harish, where he served as its General Manager. Mr. Cohen currently sits on the boards of several privately-held start-up companies. He also sits on the boards of Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU, Capital Nature, Inno-Negev and CDI digital health. Mr. Cohen holds an Executive MBA from the University of Bradford, UK, and a BA in Economics from Ruppin Academic Center.
Ekta Dang, U First Capital
CEO and founder, U First Capital, Dr. Ekta Dang has been a successful Corporate Executive, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. She is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of U First Capital which provides Venture Capital as a Service to mid-size and large Corporations. Ekta has solid experience both in Venture Capital and on Operating side at Intel. She has driven investment deals in several areas (eCommerce, Security, IoT, etc). She is a seasoned Industry Executive with over 15 years of experience in Product, Business Development and Venture Capital. She brings a stellar network from the Venture Capital and Corporate world to the startups. She is a startup enthusiast and is a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Google Launchpad, etc. She has been a member of Hillary Clinton's Technology Policy Advisory Committee. She is an invited Speaker at several top Venture Capital/Startup conferences, like TiECon, Silicon Valley Open Doors, etc. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and is a graduate of UC Berkeley Haas School's Venture Capital program. She has published several research papers in IEEE and other reputed international journals.
Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang, U First Capital
Dr. Sanjit Singh Dang has been a successful Venture Capitalist, Corporate Executive, Board Member, Speaker and Writer in Silicon Valley for almost two decades. He is currently the Co-Founder and Chairman of U First Capital. They provide Venture Capital as a Service to Corporations by bringing Startups, University IP, etc in the Corporate's specific areas of interest (dedicated model). Prior to that, he was at Intel Capital where he had an excellent track record of driving 1 Exit every year: DocuSign (IPO 2018), Body Labs (AI startup, Acquired by Amazon in 2017 within 2 years of leading Series A investment), Voke (Acquired by Intel in 2016 within 7 months of leading Series A investment), Maginatics (acquired by DELL EMC in 2015 within 1 year of leading investment) and Basis Science (Acquired by Intel in 2014 within 1 year of investment). He has been an Investor and on the Board of several companies, including True Fit (AI for eCommerce, Raised $100M), Reflektion (AI recommendation for eCommerce, Raised $42M), Helpshift (AI-driven Customer Service, Raised $38M) and Enlighted (Smart Lighting, Acquired by Siemens in 2018). He is also an investor in Mirantis (Cloud Computing, raised >$100M), GoodData (SaaS Business Intelligence, raised over $100M) and Arcadia Data (Big Data 2.0, Raised $26M).
Sanjit has been on Hillary Clinton's Tech/Innovation Policy Advisory team. He is on Advisory Council of UN’s World Artificial Intelligence Organization. He has also been on University of California President's Innovation Council. Sanjit has the fastest Eng Ph.D. from University of Illinois (2yrs 9mo after undergrad), which he received in 2000 with top research awards. He also attended the VC Executive program at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He’s an invited Speaker at several top conferences, eg SURGE/WebSummit, TiECon, ShopTalk, McKinsey Leadership Summit, Silicon Valley Open Doors, Global AI conference. He’s a mentor at Stanford and Berkeley’s Entrepreneurship programs.
Sanjit has over a decade of Exec leadership experience in Product Design, Business Development and Strategy across several domains: Big Data, Natural Language Processing, 3D Camera/Apps, Supply-Chain Analytics and Flash Memory. He has managed $2Bill/year accounts and executed >30 partnership deals in $100M-$2Bill range. Always striving to be ahead of the curve, Sanjit worked on Big Data Analytics before industry created the term 'Big Data'. Similarly, he launched 2 online courses during graduate school in 1999 and published iconic papers on learnings, way before the MOOC revolution started.
Paul de Souza, Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI)
Mr. Paul de Souza is the co-author of the book Strategic Intelligence Management (National Cyber Defense Strategy), he serves as an advisor for the Military Cyber Professionals Association (MCPA), and he is a recipient of the Order of Thor Medal. Paul serves as a Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, and Intelligence & Organized Crime Research (CENTRIC) Visiting Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Guest Lecturer at The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) Försvarshögskolanand, Institute of World Politics (IWP) Board of Advisors for The Cyber Intelligence Initiative (CII) in Washington, DC, and served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) Israel – Cyber Security and Military & Strategic Affairs Programs, completed the Executive Certificate Program in Counter-Terrorism Studies from IDC Herzliya, Israel. Mr. de Souza has over 18 years of cybersecurity experience and has worked as the Chief Security Engineer for AT&T, where he designed and approved secure networks for MSS (Managed Security Services). Mr. de Souza also worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and US Robotics as a security engineer. He was the winner and recipient of the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC) 2017 Award from Ontario, Canada. Mr. de Souza has a Masters in National Security Studies (MA) with a concentration in Terrorism from American Military University, West Virginia VA.
Prof. Shlomi Dolev, BGU and SDO
Chair Professor and founder of the Department of Computer Science of Ben-Gurion University. Served as Faculty of Natural Sciences Dean, Chair of the Board of the Inter-University Computation Center. Currently Chair of the Computer Science Discipline Committee in the Ministry of Education of Israel. Over three hundred publications in computer science, distributed computing, networks, cryptography, security, optical computing, brain science, and machine learning. Author of the Self-stabilization book published by MIT press. Collaborated with Deutsche Telekom, IBM, Intel, DELL EMC, Orange, and others. Cybersecurity entrepreneur, co-founder, board member and Chief Scientist of Secret Double Octopus.
Gili Elkin, Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund and Innosphere
Gili is a General
Partner of Israel – Colorado Innovation Fund, investing in Israeli startups in
the water/energy/transportation sectors and connecting them with the US market
through Innosphere, a leading technology incubator in Colorado. Gili is active
in promoting the business collaboration between Israel and Colorado by
facilitating the conversation between two governments. She has initiated the
Israel – US Water Initiative – a platform that accelerates the import of
Israeli water technologies to the US with the goal of helping US water utilities
face the challenges of water scarcity. Gili serves on the Board of Directors of
the B’nai B’rith of the Rockies as Vice President. Previously, Gili was the
Managing Director of SynTech Bioenergy, a waste-to-energy company located in
Colorado. Gili is an Israeli lawyer, worked at Naschitz Brandes, ADV., a
leading Israeli law firm, consulted at Ernst & Young to global venture
capital firms investing in Israeli companies and was the founder and CEO of
wordprom.com. She has served at the Israeli Defense Forces in a classified
unit. Gili earned her LLB and BA (in Law and Business) from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and her MBA from the Graduate School of Business,
Dana Gavish-Fridman, BGU
As VP Entrepreneurship at Ben Gurion University and its commercial arm - BGN Technologies-, Dana Gavish Fridman serves as a unique focal point to the flourishing ecosystem of the city of Beer Sheva, that connects between the academy, business partners, startups, VCs and multinationals. In her previous role, Ms. Gavish-Fridman was VP Marketing at Yissum, the Hebrew University Technology Transfer company, for over twelve years. She was responsible for overall strategic marketing and PR activities and has successfully brought early-stage scientific inventions to commercialization with local and international business partners. Gavish-Fridman was also responsible for business development activities related to technologies in the fields of Chemistry, Nanotechnology, and Physics. Prior to joining Yissum in 2004, Ms. Gavish-Fridman spent seven years as a producer at Israel's Channel 2 television news, Associated Press Television, and Fox News. She subsequently worked as a business development manager at several start-up companies and a business development consultancy. She holds a BA in Political Science and Literature, and an Executive MBA in Integrative Management, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ben Gilad, Tata Consultancy Services
Head of Co-Innovation Network (COIN) UK, Europe and Israel, Tata Consultancy Services. Ben was appointed in 2014 to lead Tata Consultancy Services Co-Innovation Network, a group of the Corporate Technology Office, in Europe and Israel. He is responsible for facilitating partnerships and collaborations with academic institutions and startups from the Israeli and European technology and innovation eco-systems. Focusing on IoT, Big Data, AI, Cloud, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and Fintech technologies, these partnerships are designed to yield cooperation with innovative technology vendors to widen TCS's offering while delivering on the commitment of TCS to its customers – Experience Certainty. Ben held varied management positions both in domestic and international technology companies, small and large, along his career. Prior to joining TCS, Ben was the managing director of Metis Asia, a consulting firm creating growth for Israeli startups in foreign markets. Prior to that, Ben held senior positions in Comverse Australia, Fujitsu Australia and was a co-founder at C4 Communication Australia (acquired by the Photon Group). He started his career at the late '90s joining the founders and leading a software engineering R&D group at Memco Software (acquired by Computer Associates) and thereafter Pelican Security (acquired by Microsoft). Ben is a seasoned Israeli innovation and technology evangelist with vast experience working for Israeli startups and MNCs, both in Israel and abroad.
Rafi Glick, BGU.
Rafi Glick Senior Teaching Associate and Mentor at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Rafi Glick has gained extensive experience in the Hi-Tech area, as a partner in an international high-speed fiber optics communications infrastructure company(CableRunner, acquired in 2009 by Telecom Austria), as a AVP at Eci Telecom and lightScape Networks, as a board member of the Hi-Tech Technological Incubator in Jerusalem, managed by Eci Telecom, Intel, Teva and Jerusalem Municipality Economical development Co. Rafi worked as Senior Director and head of Industrial and Data Bases Divisions in The "Israel Export Institute", A governmental owned organization for promoting the Israeli Hi-Tech and Industries companies Globally, and contributed to the infrastructures and ecosystems of Hi Teach and Technological Industries in its early days. Mr. Glick developed "Applied Courses and Work Shops" based on years of experience in Business, Hi-Tech, and Governmental Affairs as well as 14 years of teaching in the Ben Gurion University of the Negev and other Universities and Colleges in Israel and abroad and recently he collaborated with Sofia University and the new Tech-Park in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Roman Gold, JSCapital
A globally experienced Venture Capital and Innovation Management professional. Deep knowledge of and contacts in the Israeli financial and technology sectors. Expertise in Israeli venture capital and startup investing, and the overall trends of the Israeli investment landscape. Founding Partner of Israeli Blockchain Association that aims to educate, develop and empower the blockchain community of Israel and connect with both global leaders and best practice. Managing Partner at JSCapital, an Israeli Investment Platform that provides access to international investors, corporations and government agencies to the Israeli startup market, as well as an ecosystem of innovation and invaluable experience, which has been accumulated over years of state development. Working with Venture Capital and Private Equity funds, family offices and business angels based in UK, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, China, Singapore, and Switzerland. Interested in investment opportunities, focusing on venture capital rounds into Israeli startup companies, as well as in entrepreneurial initiatives around the world.
When it comes to business, David is passionate about one thing – doing amazing things with amazing people.
Focused on technology & innovation, David has a vast experience in building & leading organizations, bridging the gap between early-stage startups and corporate innovation, and bringing together strategic deals. Specifically, in the Defense & Homeland Security sector, he is considered a thought leader and a subject matter expert.
Currently, he works with tech companies, startups, PE investors, and leaders, as their execution arm on strategic missions.
Prof. Raz Jelinek, Vice-President for Research and Development, BGU
Prof. Jelinek was born and raised in Beer-Sheva. His connection to Ben-Gurion University began as a teenager when he participated in youth programs for science on campus. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude) with a degree in physics in 1988 and completed his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Prof. Jelinek joined BGU's Dept. of Chemistry and has served as visiting professor at leading research universities around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Jilin University (China) and New York University – Shanghai. He is the author of four science textbooks, two scientific books and more than 180 research papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
His academic awards include the 2010 Ruth L. Kirschstein Senior Fellowship Award, presented by the National Institutes of Health (USA), the Toronto Prize for Research Excellence (2009) and Ben-Gurion University's Distinguished Lecturer Award (2011).
In addition to his academic activities, Prof. Jelinek is active in community affairs on behalf of the environment, serving as the head of Residents Influence Modi'in NGO, which acts to preserve open spaces and the ecology in and around the city.
Dr. Barak Katz, AntisepTech
Dr. Barak Katz is the founder and CEO of AntisepTech, a digital health startup in the field of Hospital Acquired Infections prevention and elderly quality care. Barak has deep subject matter expertise in optics, holography, optical noise suppression, error-reduction, and 3D imaging. Barak graduated from Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, with a B.Sc. in Computer and Communications Systems Engineering (CSE-BGU), an M.Sc. in Electro-Optics Engineering and a PhD. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Barak is named on tens of different scientific publications and several patents related to optical, light and visual systems.
Adi Levanon, Symmetrical Ventures
Adi has a myriad of experience in the global entrepreneurial eco-system, from the investment side to business and legal operations. She has been on the investments team at early-stage venture capital funds in both the US and Israel, focusing mainly in the areas of fintech, enterprise SaaS, media, and direct-to-consumer startups, with a deep interest in artificial intelligence and computer vision technologies. Prior to her roles as an investor, Adi joined Conduit, the first Israeli internet company valued at over $1B in 2013. There she held the position of legal counsel and later was head of the compliance team. Adi was admitted to the Israeli Bar association in 2009 and is a graduate of an LL.B. in Law and a B.A in Business Administration from the IDC Herzeliya, Israel.
Gideon Levit, Shavit Bar-on Gal-on Tzin Witkon, Law Offices
Gideon Levit, Partner in Shavit Bar-On Gal-On Tzin Witkon, Law offices is an Israeli attorney with substantive corporate expertise, primarily in the high-tech industry. Gideon has been advising various private & public tech companies since early 2000, on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including M&As, private equity financing (internal and external rounds), technology licensing and other ancillary activities. Gideon has also been involved in major cross border projects related to the energy (oil exploration, solar energy, etc.), and the health care sectors (construction, management and operation of private medical centers). Gideon’s specific enthusiasm lays with accompanying and mentoring entrepreneurs and startups utilizing deep-tech in the early stages of their business lifecycle, with particular emphasis on matters relating to (i) business models,(ii) capital financing & equity structuring, (iii) incentive plans strategies for employees and contractors, etc. Gideon holds LLM from London Metropolitan University, UK (1998), and LLB from the University of Hertfordshire, UK (1997).
Liza Lichtinger, Future Design Station, MindfulExistence
Liza Lichtinger is an ambitious female futurist whose mission is to educate corporations and world governments about the use of AI in collaboration with Human Behavior. She is a Psychologist, Behavioral Wellness Advisor and Digital Prodigy on a personal mission to be sure the worlds advances in technology are ethically aligned with the footprint of humanity. Liza was born as a first-generation American in Miami, Florida, however, grew up and went to school the first few years of her life in Mexico City and is of Eastern European descent. She serves on the advisory board of several AI and Health Tech companies, is a mentor at Chinaacelerator, Founder Institute, GoogleLaunchpad, a seasonal judge at FIRST Robotics.
Liza Lichtinger, M.A. has a unique network, interesting story, and talent to connect people. Liza is an ambitious Female Futurist whose mission is to educate corporations and governments about the future of AI in collaboration with Human Behavior, and how it impacts education, health, and world economies. She is a Psychologist, Wellness Expert and Digital Prodigy on a personal mission be sure the worlds advanced in technology are ethically aligned with the footprint of humanity. Liza has degrees in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Human Capital Degree from ILR school at Cornell, and Data Neuroscience Research training. Liza founded two successful businesses, was at the forefront of Applied Mindfulness and HCI research in the workforce, and has represented brands like Pfizer, Hanson Robotics, X2.Ai, AngelVest, SV LATAM Fund, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Stanford, Berkeley, LovingAI, SFSU, CALPCC, General Assembly, AirB&B, is a periodic Researcher and Scholar Associate at the Institute of Advanced Executive Education at Hong Kong PolyTech and AI Research Lab. at MindfulExistence LLC. She started Future Design Station as a Research partner to MindfulExistenC, where the focus is the ethically purposed technology (as recognized in Forbes), aspects of Human Digital/Robotic Interaction, and most recently is working on creative ways to develop helping VCs support their portfolio companies with equipping CEOs and Founders with Mindful practices for optimal resilience. Liza advises VC Firms, and is an active mentor with ChinaAccelerator, the Founder Institute, Ben Gurion University, StartX at Stanford, GoogleLaunchpad, and seasonal judge at FIRST Robotics, applying Intuitive Foresight Strategy in Decision Making. Liza spent the first 25 years of her life with a student-centered approach to living acquiring experience and knowledge uniting the external within, leading through insights and effective measures enabling others to recognize their own inborn wellbeing. The central intent of Liza remains to support the success in her corporate clients waking, with integrity to their Authentic Self.
Koby Lif, BillRun, Servi, Darillium
Proven sales management and delivery executive with more than 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Successfully building and leading teams, over-achieving business goals in various IT segments such as hardware, software, and services. Developed strong relationships with customers and top accounts. Developed EMEA wide engagement models for partners and alliances. Managed LoB, full P&L, opened developing/new markets, developed GTM and marketing strategies and implemented them. Managed CxO level relationships, across various countries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Erin Margolis, CSFI
Erin founded and was CEO of unique game development agency Game Dev House which has 65 industry professionals who teach and run game development workshops. The firm was originally inspired by tactical gaming, and training international youth in digital development during the time she was a lead instructor at Harvard iD tech Games Academy and instructing at Princeton. She recently had the pleasure of creating guidelines for an interactive game at the Tower of David (Jerusalem Citidel) for young people with cognitive disabilities, which will also serve the general public. Erin became active in IT fieldwork after the natural disaster SuperStorm Sandy in 2012 and was a computer technician at over 200 banks, hospitals, and offices in the tri-state area in the US doing repairs and upgrades and was a preferred technician for Wells Fargo Advisors and BB&T. A career highlight was being a behind the scenes person in maintaining back up banking systems to be up to date and ready to run in the event of natural disasters and emergencies, serving both in the New York financial district and Wall St., with their respective locations in NJ. Her mission is to support growth in all things cyber, technical, and communications related, especially bringing synergistic groups together and forming win-win alliances. Besides being a contractor in cybersecurity training, she is a writer, editor, and strategic business planner with an interest in cyber warfare and CT operations. Erin is honored to be actively involved in the Negev Hi-Tech Faculty Startup Accelerator at Ben Gurion University as well as an Israel CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) fellow.
Nir Netzer, Equitech
Nir is a FinTech Innovation Strategist and a FinTech Transformation Advisor, holds extensive experience in international business development, combining financial and legal knowledge in order to lead to implementations of FinTech solution in Global Financial Institutions.
Hagai Ortner, Magna BSP
Hagai Ortner is currently acting as a business development consultant and marketing director for several organizations in the start-up Eco-system of the Negev. Few of those activities are; technological scouting for a technological incubator which involves locating researchers. entrepreneurs and ideas, evaluating team and technology strength, making initial market potential assessment and help in creating a startup company, business development for a startup company in the field of education, creating a R&D program for a company which provide support services for research and industrial laboratories, involved in several technological initiatives that are currently on the way to raise funds and start development.
Yaron Rosenbaum, Iris Capital Management
Yaron is a passionate technologist, entrepreneur, and hi-tech manager who joined Iris Capital in 2016, in order to manage Iris Capital’s activities in Israel. Before joining Iris Capital, Yaron founded two startups and successfully executed a turnaround and an exit in a third startup as its VP Engineering. In his last corporate position, Yaron served as a GM of Cordys Israel and VP Collaborative Engineering, gaining precious experience in business development and managing international teams. Yaron holds an MSc (Cum Laude) in Computer Science, and a BA (Cum Laude) in Computer Science and Business Administration, both from IDC Herzliya. Yaron loves challenges and spends a large part of his spare time practicing endurance swimming and hacking various software and hardware projects.
Dr. Harry J. Saal, Retrotope Inc.
Dr. Harry J. Saal was the founder and CEO of Network General Corporation, the first company wholly dedicated to the area of network diagnostics and the creator of the eponymous "Sniffer" network analyzer. From 2002, he served as Chairman of the Technical Committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the Microsoft Antitrust case through the May 2011 expiration of the Judgment. Most recently, he is the Chair of Retrotope, Inc. a pharmaceutical startup, based in Silicon Valley. He has served as Director of several private and publicly traded high technology firms. He currently serves on the boards of the American Institute of Mathematics, Numenta, Inc., FedArb, Inc., and more. Ernst & Young named Dr. Saal the Bay Area 1990 Software Entrepreneur of the Year and he is also the recipient of the ADL Torch of Liberty Award, the ACM/Computer Museum 1994 Computer Bowl MVP, and the JNF Tree of Life Award.
Benny Schnaider, Ravello - Oracle
Benny Schnaider is a high-tech serial entrepreneur. Recently, Benny co-founded Salto
and serves as its President and Chairman of the board.
In 2011, Benny co-founded Ravello Systems. The company has developed an over-the-
top cloud services based on its proprietary nested virtualization technology aka HVX.
Ravello was acquired by Oracle in 2016.
Previously, Benny was the CEO and co-founder of Qumranet whose team developed
KVM (the leading open source virtualization solution) and SolidICE, a desktop
virtualization solution. Following Qumranet's acquisition in 2008, Benny served as a VP
of Business Development for Red Hat.
Additionally, Benny co-founded and served on the Board of Directors for P-Cube, a
developer of IP service control platforms, which was acquired by Cisco in 2004.
Benny was also the CEO and Founder of PentaCom Ltd., a provider of networking
products implementing Spatial Reuse Protocol (SRP) for IP based metropolitan networks
which was acquired by Cisco in 2000.
Benny invests and serves as a board member in several startups. Some examples are:
Traffix Systems (acquired by F5 in 2012) and B-Hive (acquired by VMware in 2008),
ScyllaDB, otonomo, SpotInst, vHive and Colabo.
Benny has held senior management, engineering and strategic roles at several Silicon-
Valley based companies including Cisco Systems, Amdahl/Fujitsu, Sun Microsystems
and 3Com. Benny holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa
Clara University, and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute
Yuval Shachar, Innovation Endeavors
Yuval Shachar is a Founding Venture Partner and was a Co-Founder and a Partner of Marker LLC and an Investment Partner of Innovation Endeavors. Before that, he was a General Manager at Cisco where he ran a business unit in Cisco's Service Provider group. Before that, he was a Co-Founder and the CEO and President of P-Cube (acquired by Cisco). Before that, he was a Co-Founder of Pentacom, Ltd. (acquired by Cisco). Before that, he was the headed engineering at VocalTec Communications (NASDAQ: CALL) where he developed the first VoIP applications and solutions. Before that, he was an Engineer and Manager at National Semiconductors where he led the creation of InfoGear Technology Corporation (acquired by Cisco). He holds a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and holds numerous technology patents.
Dr. Dan Touitou, Bonotec
Dan is a leading entrepreneur and an avid technology strategist with over twenty years in the network security and distributed systems domains. He co-founded Riverhead Networks a DDoS protection company which was later acquired by Cisco. In Cisco, Dan was the first in Israel to be ranked Distinguished Engineer. After Cisco, he was nominated CTO at Huawei Technologies. There he leads research on 5G, the next-generation mobile network. In addition, Dan is also active in the exciting cryptocurrency entrepreneurship world and the opportunities it presents. Having spent decades of technology leadership roles in startups as well as in large corporations is instrumental to Dan in advising newly created startups on their market strategy. Dan received a BSc in Computer Sciences from the Technion and an MA and Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from Tel Aviv University. He is the winner of the distinguished 2012 Dijkstra Prize for the introduction and first implementation of Software Transactional Memory.
Yoav Tzruya, JVP
Mr. Tzruya is an experienced investor, executive, and general manager. Investments include CyActive (acquired by Paypal), ThetaRay (co-investment with General Electric), Morphisec (co-investment with Deutsche Telecom, GE), Coro.net, ScadaFence, SDO, Uponit, AnyClip, and others. Specializing in cybersecurity, media, Internet, value-added services and online content. Experience includes venture capital investments, board memberships, portfolio management, as well as executive positions in General Management, Marketing, Product Management, Sales, Business Development, Corporate Development, Strategy, and R&D. Specialties: Venture Capital, Investments, Cyber Security, Telecom, Digital Media, Online advertising, Technology infrastructure, Video Games, Online marketing, Content distribution, Media & Entertainment, General management, Marketing, Business Development.
Prof. Jeffrey D. Ullman, Stanford Univ.
Jeffrey Ullman is a computer scientist and professor at Stanford University. His textbooks on compilers, the theory of computation, data structures, and databases are regarded as standards in their fields. Ullman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Mathematics from Columbia University in 1963 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 1966. He then worked for several years at Bell Labs. From 1969 to 1979 he was a professor at Princeton. Since 1979 he has been a professor at Stanford University, where he is currently the Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Computer Science (Emeritus). In 1995 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and in 2000 he was awarded the Knuth Prize. Ullman is also the co-recipient (with John Hopcroft) of the 2010 IEEE John von Neumann Medal and co-recipient (with Al Aho and John Hopcroft) of the 2017 NEC C&C Foundation prize. Ullman's research interests include database theory, data integration, data mining, and education using the information infrastructure. He is one of the founders of the field of database theory and was the doctoral advisor of an entire generation of students who later became leading database theorists in their own right. He was the Ph.D. advisor of Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google, and served on Google's technical advisory board. He is currently the CEO of Gradiance.