Speakers

7-9, May, 2017
Our theme this year is 'Israel as an Innovative Global Hub', focusing on new opportunities in technology and investments.
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Confirmed Speakers
Manuel Bronstein
VP Product, Consumers @ YouTube
Manuel Bronstein is Vice President of Product Management at YouTube, overseeing YouTube's mobile, desktop and living room applications, as well as growth, live and community efforts. Previously, Manuel led the teams that launched YouTube's Kids, Music, and Gaming apps. He is also an active investor and advisor to tech companies. Before joining YouTube, Manuel was VP of Product and General Manager at Zynga, where he led games and platform teams working on Poker, FarmVille, FarmVille 2 and the Zynga Network. Prior to Zynga Manuel worked at Microsoft where he led product, strategy and business for several successful Xbox products. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from USB in Venezuela and an MBA from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Luther Lowe
Vice President, Public Policy @Yelp
Luther joined Yelp in 2008 as an account executive on the company’s sales team and a year later moved into the role of Manager of Business Outreach, where he built a department that educates small business owners about the importance of Yelp. Since 2011, Luther has led public policy at the company. As Vice President of Public Policy, he manages and directs the company’s global outreach to policy makers about the vital role Yelp plays in driving economic activity to local businesses while serving
James A. Pearson
Chief Communications Officer, Membit, Digital Media Communications Expert
James Pearson began his career at Harpo Studios Inc. where he worked for Oprah Winfrey on the ABC episodic “The Women of Brewster Place” and eventually for John Hughes’ Hughes Entertainment in Lake Forest Illinois. Before his current position as Chief Communications Officer at Augmented Reality, Photo Sharing App Membit (membit.co) Pearson served as of Global Communications at Shazam (Shazam.com) one of most popular apps in the world, and as Director of Corporate Communications at Audible.com.
Elena Donets
CEO, @StarTAU
Established in 2009 at the Tel Aviv University in order to service Israel's aspiring entrepreneurs, StarTau is the largest and most active entrepreneurship center in Israel.

StarTAU is non-profit organization assisting businesses and entrepreneurs from a variety of fields including: internet ventures, bio-tech development, mobile applications, low-tech ventures, patent licensing, medical devices and more.
The Center recognizes the strategic role that entrepreneurship, bold creativity, and the willingness to take risks form in Israel’s ability to hold a competitive edge in the global economy. StarTAU’s mission is to foster this entrepreneurial spirit by providing the practical training and mentorship needed to make a dream into reality. StarTAU was founded by students to assist both university students and graduates.
Ayelet Noff
Founder and CEO @Blonde 2.0
Ayelet Noff is the Founder and CEO of award-winning PR Firm Blonde 2.0 with offices in Tel Aviv and Boston. Founded in 2006, Blonde 2.0 HQ’s are right at the heart of the startup nation and the firm specializes in publicizing and marketing the hottest technology startups, enterprises, VCs, and lifestyle brands globally. In 2015 Blonde 2.0 was awarded multiple awards by the prestigious PR Daily for the Yo Launch Campaign.
Benjamin Cohen
Vice President & General Manager IAI/LAHAV division
Benjamin Cohen, Col. (ret) Israeli Air Force, Vice President & General Manager IAI/LAHAV Division.
Benjamin was the CEO of IAI Liaison office, Seoul, Korea for several years and the Defense Attaché and MOD representative in Turkey. He was the commander of the Air defense and air traffic control in IDF.
Benjamin has taken role in a vast number of managing positions in IDF and IAI and has extensive experience in international business development and entrepreneurships, In addition to, marketing and promoting large scale endeavors employing novel technologies.
He holds Master of Science in Technology Management from NYU POLY and BA in Political Science from Haifa University.
In his free time Benjamin enjoys flying Cessna 172 Skyhawk.
Ariel Sella
Managing Director of Capsula
Ariel Sella is Managing Director of Capsula, Smart Mobility @TAU. Accelerating Smart Mobility startups and research times, Capsula's Spring '17 Studio will host ten exciting startups from Israel and abroad in such areas as autonomous fleets, marine and land logistics, automotive cyber security and driver safety. Ariel was previously a venture capitalist, chief executive of Silicon Valley startups, co-founder of commercial Internet startups, marketing executive at engineering software firms and chip designer at leading semiconductor and computer firms. His expertise spans microelectronics, electronic design automation, consumer Internet, smart energy and smart mobility - in Israel, Silicon Valley and Japan. Ariel received his computer science degree at the University of California at Berkeley.
Roy Ramon
Investment Director
Roy Ramon is an Investment Manager in Intel Capital’s Platform Engineering Sector (PEG). Roy leads Israel and EU external partnerships in the area of Semiconductor and Intellectual Properties (IP) that help PEG to create market leading SOCs via business transactions ranging from Licensing, Equity Investments, JV to M&A.
Eyal Rosner
Beyond Mobility, Founder
As the Chairman of Israel's National Program for the Development of solutions to reduce the use of oil in Transportation, Eyal chaired the government’s inter-departmental steering committee, developed and executed the Program's strategy while coordinating nine government departments. During his tenure, the amount of companies and researchers in the field in Israel grow seven fold to 500 companies & 250 researchers. In addition, global collaborations with governments' academia and industry from around the world turned Israel into a global hub for technologies and forward thinking in the field, with constant presence of most of the global players.
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