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
Miri Zaretsky
Manager & Fintech Leader, KPMG Israel
Miri joined the firm in 2006. She is a manager at KPMG Somekh Chaikin. Miri has extensive experience in providing auditing and accounting services to Banking, Credit card, Fintech and other financial services companies both in the privet and public sectors.
During 2010-2012 Miri worked in the London office of KPMG UK, providing services to Global banking groups such as Credit Suisse and The Bank of New York Mellon.
Miri accompanied leading local companies such as: Bank Leumi Israel, Credit Card Israel, Diners Club Israel, Ubank and Ashot Ashkelon.

Bat-Sheva Moshe
Unistream CEO
Batsheva completed with honors both her M.A. in Organizational Consulting and B.A. from the school of Human Services and Communications, at Haifa University. In addition, she completed a leadership program – Kriat Kivun - Maoz, which targets high potential young adults, training and encouraging them to choose a public service career path.
Batsheva, named by The Marker - Israel’s leading financial magazine - as one of Israel’s 40 under 40, has been an integral part of Unistream’s operations since 2010. ​Prior to joining Unistream, Batsheva acquired a rich field of experience directing projects, mainly in the NGO sector, training and managing volunteers and leading educational programs.
Lirone Glikman
VP Partnerships @ Hype Foundation
Lirone Glikman is VP Partnership at HYPE Foundation, the worlds' largest Sport Innovation platform which is dedicated to promoting innovation in sports through the creation of a global platform of sports stakeholders as tech & sports brands, investors, academia and startups. HYPE run several global projects with leading players as ASICS, UEFA, Google and SKY Sports.
In addition, since 2012 Lirone has been performing as a business relationship expert and a global keynote speaker, helping businesses grow and achieve their goals through authentic and strategic relationships practices and some of her clients are startups, Google, eBay and Microsoft. Lirone is a contributor for "The Huffington Post" and an honorary adviser at an external United Nations committee on Sustainable Development and has a global work experience of over 16 years working for leading bodies in the USA, Australia and Israel.
Michael Brous
Senior Business Development Lead, Growth & Strategic Partnerships @ Airbnb
10+ years of strategic business development and venture capital experience. Responsible for negotiating and managing global strategic partnerships that drive the core business.
Strong negotiating skills, new deal evaluation, partner management and company growth initiatives
Shachaf Snir
Global Innovation Business Lead @ Amdocs
Shachaf has 9 years of experience in leading Innovation management and organizational consulting.
Creating the innovation center of excellence methodologies and best practices, and working with business units across Amdocs in tackling their business challenges through the practice of innovation, including:
Development of product, service and business model innovation.
Formulation of organizational processes and best practice that supports innovation execution.
Working with Amdocs customers in tackling their business challenges, building relationships and collaboration in the process.

Shachf if also retired professional chef and a proud father of 2 amazing little girls.
Ami Isakov
Head of Fintech @ the First International Bank of Israel
Ami is responsible for identifying and executing external innovation in FIBI via technological and commercial collaborations with Fintech companies and with the Fintech entrepreneurial eco-system. Previously Ami headed Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC) in Israel, where he was responsible for executing strategic equity investments in start-up firms based in Israel and actively managing the portfolio of investments as Board Observer.
Henry chen Weinstein
CEO Cockpit
Henry Chen Weinstein heads Cockpit Innovation Hub whose mission is to seek out and help Travel and Aviation innovators take off. He has been involved with product development his entire professional life. As an experienced product manager for almost a decade (private and public sectors) he helped define, scope, develop and implement products in various and diverse industries (From Electro-Optics to Mobile Commerce), driving growth and product success.
Dr. Iris Ginzburg
Head or the MBA Program in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship @Tel Aviv University
Dr. Iris Ginzburg is a director of the MBA Program for Management of Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University. She is also the CEO of Demaya Innovation Practices, which provides innovation services to large organizations in Israel and around the world, focusing on the financial sector and technology firms. Prior to establishing Demaya, Dr. Ginzburg initiated and globally led IBM’s Innovation Management Practice, part of IBM’s On Demand Innovation Services. Dr. Ginzburg holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Tel Aviv University and an M.Sc. in Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Raz Itzhaki Tamir
Founder and CEO @ NSLComm
Founder and CEO at NSLComm Ltd, Space Communication Company.

Founder and Partner at NSL Satellites Ltd, Space Engineering Company.
Adjunct Lecturer at Ben Gurion University
Founder and CEO of INSA - the Israeli Nano-Satellite Association
Eitan Elkin
Director of Marketing @ SNC
A versatile and experienced product professional, highly successful marketer and product manager with a fine balance between creative marketing, deep technical knowledge, strategic thinking, great interpersonal and business skills.
More than 15 years of increasingly responsible roles in product management, marketing, sales support with a unique diversity of experience and methodologies.
Rei Dishon
Cultural entrepreneur & founder @ CommAgain and Iartists.org
Rei has a degree from H.I.T academy in industrial design focusing in social and sustainable design.Rei is the founder of CommAgain –institute for community culture & a forum for community leaders, and is the Co-founder of Iartists.org – a community for Israeli indie professional fine artists in Israel. Rei is member of ROI community (by Schusterman foundation) & one of the regional contacts of Burning Man in Israel (and part of Midburn art foundation).
Eyal Balicer
Principal @ Glilot Capital Partners
Eyal Balicer, an expert in technology-oriented policy and business development, with almost a decade of national security experience, joined Glilot in 2017 as its Principal.

Prior to joining Glilot, Eyal served as the Head of Research and Analysis at the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office. Under his purview, Eyal led a cross-government process to shape Israel’s international cyber security strategy, and spearheaded the Bureau’s international business development efforts.
Prior to his civil service, Eyal was the youngest IDF Officer to ever serve in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Chambers
Orli Gan
Head of Products, Threat Prevention @ Check Point
Orli Gan is the Head of Threat Prevention Products at Check Point, where she leads the company’s threat prevention products vision and strategy. With a strong technical and business background, Orli brings more than 20 years of experience in Cyber Security as well as in Data Storage.
This is Orli’s second time at Check Point. Orli was Vice President of Products at Hyperwise, where she oversaw the Product and Marketing aspects of their technology, leading to its acquisition by Check Point. Prior to Hyperwise, Orli led Product Management at IBM, XIV, was Co-Founder and Vice President of Product at Safend, and a senior R&D manager at Check Point.
Orli holds BSc and MSc Degrees, cum laude, in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Stephane Itzigsohn
Investments Associate @ Ourcrowd
Stephane is a member of OurCrowd’s Investment Team where he sources, screens, researches and grades prospective investments. Stephane and his team distribute their research to OurCrowd’s worldwide network of 15,000 accredited investors, who have collectively invested over $320M in OurCrowd’s ~100 portfolio companies. Stephane has personally led the diligence efforts on over 30 deals in which OurCrowd has invested alongside industry leaders such as Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.
Oren Zamski
Co-CEO @ Nogamy
Over 20 years’ experience in establishing and managing information systems in key positions in large organizations. Specifically in the BI, BigData, CRM and Enterprise Architecture domains.
MSc in Operational Research, B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Aviel Siman-Tov
Co-Founder & CEO @ FairFly
Aviel Siman-Tov is the Co-Founder and CEO of FairFly, a travel tech company that leverages airfare volatility to deliver maximum savings on corporate travel. By automating the entire rebooking process, FairFly takes away the heavy lifting while ensuring that no savings opportunity is missed, up until departure. Prior to founding FairFly, Aviel served as a company commander in the IDF (Givati Brigade) for seven years, where he specialized in building teams to be fast and nimble in order to exceed short and long-term goals, and completed his military service with the rank of Major. Following his service, Aviel volunteered as a business consultant for NGOs and corporations. Aviel graduated with a dual B.A. in Business Administration and LLB in Law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and is also an alumni of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program.
Bar Israeli
Global Regional Partners Leadership @Salesforce
Global Regional Results-Oriented Leader with vast experience in P&L management, Strategic planning, business development, Business line and product management, partners (SIs+ISVs) Managment and alliances ecosystem buildup.
10+ years of territory and local team leadership and management of Sales Executives, Business Development leaders and Technical evangelists with the level of M2 and IC.
20 years experience in execution and consulting with proven track-record in successful strategy formation, financial results and significant project implementation in the IT and digital technology market.
Zvika Orron
Venture Partner @ Carmel Ventures
Zvika Orron joined Carmel Ventures in 2016 as a Venture Partner. Zvika has more than a decade of experience in frontier technologies, through developing physiological sensors, signal processing algorithms, interpreting and deriving actionable insights out of big data sets, and the design and manufacturing of consumer electronic devices. Zvika was a pilot in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and still serves in reserves.
Erez Berkner
Director of Cloud Security @ Check Point
Erez Berkner, Director of Product Management at Check Point leads the company’s cloud security strategy.
Erez joined Check Point in 2004 and has held key management positions in the R&D and Products organizations.
As the Director of the Platforms organization, he led the development groups in building the Check Point vSEC product line for securing private and public cloud platforms.
Currently, he spends most of his time driving Check Point’s vision for securing Public & Private Clouds
Erez holds a B.Sc. Cum Laude in Mathematics & Computer Science.
Daniel Dor
Mobile Security Presale Manager @ Checkpoint
Daniel is proactively promoting the worldwide sales efforts of Check Point’s Mobile Security Suite of Products, while creating and supporting all markets. In the past few years, he managed and assisted in over 100 sales cycles in the Analytics and Information Security domains. Prior to that, he led 10+ teams to achievements in 20+ different technological and organizational projects in several fields, in dealing with those projects initiation, design and execution phases. Finally, Daniel is a PhD student at the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering at Ben Gurion University.
David Rokach
SOSA HLS Innovation Zone & Col. (Res)
Over 20 years of experience in the field of HLS & Defense Technology. An expert in business bridging operational gaps with innovative and combat proven solutions.
David served as the Head of Combat Weapons System Division, leading R&D and procurement projects in the IDF.
These days he is the Land Business Director for ELTA and The Founder of the SOSA HLS Innovation Zone - connecting new technologies and solutions with corporate & customer needs.
DR. René Pompl
Principal @ Next47
René represents next47 in Israel, the new innovation unit of Siemens that is dedicated to start-up investments, partnerships and creation. In his last position at Siemens in Munich he was active in building start-up partnerships.
Prior to joining Siemens René was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute where he conducted research resulting in innovations mainly in healthcare. He also co-founded two start-ups in data analytics and healthcare.
René holds a PhD degree in Computer Science and spent part of his studies at Oregon State University.
Moriya Kassis
Founder @ Product of Things
Moriya has spent her career learning how to combine her three best interests: business, design, and technology. As a product manager and the founder of Product of Things, she gets to pursue all three. With a background as a startup founder (Morpheus), startup investor (UpWest Labs), and specialist in IoT and disruptive technologies, Moriya is not just an advocate of innovation, but an active sponsor. Currently, Moriya is a product consultant working with startups in Israel and abroad. She holds an MBA with distinction from TAU and a BFA from Bezalel.
Neta Gruber
Co-founder of The Generator
Neta holds a BA (hons) in Amirim Interdisciplinary Excellence Program and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, UK. Neta was Director of Alumni and Volunteers at “Education for Excellence” - promoting youth from Israel’s socio-geographic periphery, before heading Research and Strategic Partnerships at Tel Aviv Global’s Economic Development Department, overseeing Tel Aviv municipality’s efforts to support and promote the local startup ecosystem.
Alongside years of activity in education, communities and economic development, Neta has been involved with the Israeli Burning Man (Midburn), a special community of makers and artists, who volunteer to create Israel’s biggest open-air annual art and community event in the Negev desert. Midburn community inspires its members to cultivate a creative and engaged life year-round. Following her leading role in building Midburn’s strategic partnerships department, Neta co-founded and leads the Generator - Midburn’s platform for social change, whose innovative approach brings tools and awareness for promoting social change to thousands of Midburners in their communities. With 23 social initiatives supported in merely a few months of activity, the Generator can turn into one of Israel’s strongest catalysts for social change
Sapir Shpigel
Co-Founder and CEO, Merkspace
Sapir Shpigel is the founder and CEO of Merkspace, a chain of accelerating coworking spaces.

Ran Tzachar
CEO @ COMMITIGO – ESI
Ran Tzachar serves as the CEO of ESI, possessing over 20 years of experience in developing expert and artificial intelligence systems in Israel and overseas.
Ran holds an MA in Economics with a research track from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in gaming theory.
Nir Netzer
Founding Partner @ Equitech
Nir holds an extensive experience in management consulting, international business development and entrepreneurship, combining financial and legal knowledge in order to lead startup ventures to business success. Nir is a CPA, holds an LLB, a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from the College of Management. Nir is a keen supporter of the Israeli FinTech ecosystem growth and leading several FinTech initiatives.
Joël McConnell
Director for Europe and Central Asia @ IE University
Joël is not only a lifelong student of globalization, but has lived it professionally as well through the various roles he has help in Finance, Pharmaceuticals, and the elite business school segment of the global Education sector. Joël has much experience in working with several types of stakeholders, from both the private and public sector, and has travelled to 59 countries for work and personal reasons to date.
Oran Goldstein
Chairman @ IDC Entrepreneurship Club
A passionate, creative entrepreneur and an expert on the Israeli Start-Up ecosystem.
Working closely with the entrepreneurship community to build better understanding of the Israeli start up community. Some of my skills include analyzing problems and putting together strategic solutions for security control systems, building teams for multiple projects and day-to-day project management of teams of 20.
Ido Rozenberg
VP R&D @ Compie
Prior to founding the company, Ido and his partners founded and sold two startup companies, which led the way to the establishment of the company.
The company delivers complex technological platforms in all cutting-edge technologies such as React & React Native and AngularJS 2.
Moreover, the company is an expert in the field of Machine Learning and Deep Learning in particular. We create deep neural networks which are customized to our customer needs and enable a significant leap in performance and results.
Our solutions allow enterprises and startups to thrive and get a competitive advantage in their domain.
Tom Bar Av
Director of Marketing and Ecosystem @ MassChallenge
Tom Bar Av is MassChallenge Israel's Director of Marketing and Ecosystem. In his role, Tom is responsible for the development and execution of MassChallenge Israel’s marketing strategy, and for building and cultivating MassChallenge Israel’s community.
Adi Vagman
Founder and Managing partner @ AgriNation VC
Adi Vagman is the founder and the managing partner of AgriNation VC, an agritech and foodtech investment fund. AgriNation VC invests in early-stage companies (after the stage of development and before sales) and supports their go-to-market phase in local and global markets. Adi is an experienced investor, consultant and executive with over 6 years of experience in the Agritech and the food industry.
Previously, Adi was former VP of business development and marketing in Coffee Joe where she played a key role in the company's turnaround to be the largest coffee chain in Israel. Adi is an active angel investor and acts as a director at Tropic Bioscience.
Prof. Eyal Shimoni
CTO, VP Technology @ Strauss Group ltd.
Head of Vision and Technological Strategy. Responsible for the future business development of the Strauss Group. Eyal Joined Strauss as an external advisor in 2008, and was appointed as VP of Technology of the Strauss Group in August 2010. Eyal received his doctorate (D.Sc) in Food Engineering and Biotechnology from the Technion and is a professor at the Food Engineering faculty. Eyal's research, which has been published in respected international circles in the food industry, mainly addresses the issues of improving the health qualities of food products by mastering the ingredients from the molecular level to the manufacturing level.
Hoff Reshef
Director of Marketing & Business Development @ RavTech
Hoff Reshef is the Business Development & Marketing VP of RavTech - a unique, first and one of its kind project designed to train and integrate excelled Haredi male Torah scholars into the hi-tech world, without having to abandon their Talmudic studies and while preserving their spiritual, observant lifestyle.
Hoff holds a BA in International relations & Political Science, and an MA in Law - both from Bar-Ilan University.
Prior to joining RavTech several months ago, Hoff used to work at one of the world's leading online news publications on Israeli Innovation & Technology.
Yonatan Chelouche
VR Product Manager @ Moveo Group, Editor in Chief @ VRIL
Yonatan holds a vast knowledge in the field of VR and AR, both from his experience as product manager @ Moveo Group, as well as from his experience as editor-in-chief at VRIL.co.il, the most popular VR content site in Hebrew.
Jonathan Berger
CEO @ The Kitchen
Jonathan brings a unique combination of experience in clean-tech, agritech and foodtech investments along with hands on managerial experience. Jonathan served as the CEO of Elam, an Israeli start-up in the field of electro-optic and as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) in Precede VC. In the food industry, Jonathan has served in various positions including general management of Itzhar a leading edible oils producer. Jonathan has leaded "The Kitchen", the first Israeli FoodTech incubator since its inception in 2014. The Kitchen, owned by the Strauss Group and supported by the state of Israel has been investing in early stage Israeli FoodTech start-ups aiming at nurturing the "FoodTech Valley".
Jonathan holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering & an MBA from Kellogg and Tel-Aviv University
Tom Yagev
Creative Director @ Moveo Group
After completing a 4 years service at an elite intelligence unit, Tom has co-founded Moveo Group, and functions as its Creative Director. Tom holds a 10 years experience in UX, UI, graphic and product design, in the fields of VR, mobile and web.
Elliot Hool
CMO @ Simple order
15-year hi-tech vet, Dublin-born Elliot Hool is delighted to marry his passions for fine dining and online marketing as CMO at SimpleOrder, the world's leading inventory management platform for restaurants.
Amir Raveh
CEO @ HYPE- Sports Innovation Foundation
Amir is a Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, International Speaker and Seminar Leader.
He founded the British investment house MG Equity Partner Managing, that invests in early stage ventures. He also Founded & served as CEO of Media Call UK Ltd – sold in 2003. The original founder of the EMGI active workshop and the E-Mindset model.
Neta-Li Meiri
Managing Director @ The 8200 Social Program
Neta-Li is a former Corporate-Civil Litigator at M. Firon and S. Horowitz, two of the largest law firms in Israel, and a Tel-Aviv University graduate (Bachelor of Laws).
Before and during her university studies, Neta-Li worked at two Startup companies (Insightix and Dgtronix) in marketing and business development positions.
Neta-Li served at 8200 unit as an English Intelligence Analyst, and after Officers Course, as the head of the Foreign Relations Section.
Neta-Li holds an LL.B from Tel Aviv Unviersity.
Guy Katsovich
Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Splash Ventures
Guy Katsovich is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Splash Ventures, a Los Angeles-based accelerator investing in Israeli start-ups. Through our Tel Aviv office, our partners have privileged access to the network of Israeli founders and are proven leaders for early stage start-ups.

Guy also serves as an Active Board Member and a Former Managing Director of 8200 EISP program, a non-profit accelerator for early-stage entrepreneurs in Israel. Our 120 start-ups alumni raised funding of over $450M in total and employ more than 500 people.
Axel Menneking
Managing Director@ Deutsche Telekom hub:raum Fund GmbH
Axel Menneking leads the international activities of hub:raum in Germany, Israel and major innovation hubs of Western-Europe.
Together with the investment team he scouts and selects investment opportunities and helps portfolio companies to grow their business. In his international role he has build-up operations in Tel Aviv and develops an increasing network of international strategic partnerships for innovation sourcing and open innovation activities.
Before joining hub:raum Axel Menneking was holding various leadership roles in product marketing and product management in fast moving consumer goods, strategy consulting, internet startup and telecom environments. Axel has studied Industrial Engineering and Management and he likes hiking, skiing and building things that matter.
Vered Mor
CEO @ RavTech
Vered Mor is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ravtech - a unique, first and one of its kind project designed to train and integrate excelled Haredi male Torah scholars into the hi-tech world, without having to abandon their Talmudic studies and while preserving their spiritual, observant lifestyle.
Vered was recruited in 2013 by Rabbi David Leybel, the visionary of this pioneering concept and the founder of RavTech. As a secular woman, Vered is motivated by the opportunity of leading a breakthrough in the integration of a significant, high potential sector into the Israeli high-tech industry, and creating the bridge between both worlds. Vered brings two decades of experience working with the the social and public sectors, running large-scale projects at the Prime Minister's office and at the Branco Weiss institute,
Uri Pinhasi
Design & Interfaces specialist
Over his career, Uri had a leading role in more than 200 development projects ranging from dance wear to missile systems, focusing on physical and computer-based interfaces of mission-critical products. He gained extensive knowledge and understanding of complex systems, advanced materials, current manufacturing techniques, as well as software and hardware rapid prototyping. His expertise and his passion is finding easy solutions to difficult problems.
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