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  1. 1. Conference Book 8-9 September 2015
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  3. 3. DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival 2015 - Index Speakers 7 StartUps 289
  4. 4. Speakers
  5. 5. Yossi Vardi Chairman, DLD Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Vardi is a co-chair of DLD. With 4 years experience of co-founding, leading and participating in building over 60 high-tech companies, he is one of Israel’s early entrepreneurs. Yossi co-pioneered instant messaging as the founding investor and the former Chairman of Mirabilis Ltd., the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ now owned by AOL. 9
  6. 6. Steffi Czerny Founder of DLD Steffi Czerny is Managing Director of DLD Media and co-founder of DLD Conference as well as its global spin-offs DLDwomen Conference, DLD Tel Aviv Festival, DLDmoscow and DLDcities. Joining the Burda group in 1995, Steffi has held several executive positions in new media activities. Her background is in political sciences and communications. Steffi has followed developments in the digital world for over 20 years and focuses on developing branding and communication initiatives. In 2010 Steffi was identified as one of Germany’s 25 most influential business women by Financial Times Germany for her success in bringing the international digital elite together at DLD. 11
  7. 7. Mr. Shimon Peres Former President of the State of Israel
  8. 8. 13 Mr. Ron Huldai Mayor of Tel Aviv
  9. 9. Olivier Abecassis COO eTF1 / WAT 41 year-old, graduating from French Telecommunications Engineering School eTF1 CEO - Founder & CEO of WAT since 2006 eTF1 is the online company of TF1 (Web, Mobile, Tablet, IPTV) Board member of Teads Previously: 2006 - Founder of WAT / Leader of the social Internet strategy (investments in start-up such as Overblog, the first blog player with 10M unique a month) 2004 - Head of Broadcast & Consumers Technologies in TF1 1999 - Head of Broadcast Engineering & Investments in TF1 1996 - Project manager for the launch of TPS (the french satellite bouquet, equivalent to YES) as a digital video expert & leader Most current focus: Online video - Online advertising - Mobile applications - Internet/Mobile/Tablet/IPTV - OnTV - Gaming & Gambling - VOD/SVOD - Data/CRM 15
  10. 10. Eytan Avriel Founder TheMarker Eytan Avriel is a founder of TheMarker, a leading and influential business media provider in Israel. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of TheMarker Magazine and as one of the group’s leading op-ed columnist. Eytan is a frequent guest at many of Israel’s TV and Radio news programs where he comments on business, economic and social issues. Eytan led or co-led the launches of TheMarker website in 2000, TheMarker Finance trading information system (2000), TheMarker Magazine (2001), TheMarker Daily Newspaper (2005), TheMarkerCafé Social Network (2006), TheMarker TV, and numerous other products. Eytan was business editor and business manager at Reuters Plc, a leading international news and financial data provider. He consulted clients on investment banking, financial IR/PR, and managed a financial information platform that he developed and launched and later sold. Eytan holds a BSc in business and Biology and an MBA, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2004, Eytan initiated and led a SEC-sponsored commission to set an ethical code for financial websites. In 2015 he attended the Singularity University. He occasionally lectures at the Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University, the IDC center in Hertzelia and other forums. Eytan writes on financial markets, macroeconomics and broad socio-economic issues. Some of his columns can be found at http://www.themarker.com/misc/writers/1.436 )in Hebrew) and http://www.haaretz.com/misc/writers/eytan-avriel-1.392 (in English). He is an IDF Navy underwater expert, and he likes diving, sailing and all matters of off-road activities. His other hobbies include reading economic books, SEC filings, academic research and IMF/OECD reports. Eytan speaks English, French and Hebrew. 17
  11. 11. Raz Bachar Business Development Manager EMEA StartUp Community AWS Raz Bachar is a Business Development Manager Leading the EMEA Start-Up Eco- system Team at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is working with early stage and mature start-up companies as well as other members of the start-up eco system in Europe, Middle East and Africa, such as Venture Capitalists, Accelerators and Incubators. In his role Raz helps start-ups to understand the benefits of AWS and mentors them in order to rapidly grow their businesses with the help of cloud technologies. During his career Raz has worked in enterprises and start-up companies as well founded his own his own Cloud Services Company. Raz is leveraging this experience to help start-ups to grow their business and boost their global reach. 19
  12. 12. Noy Barak Neuroscientist & Technology Evangelist Neurosteer Noy Barak is a neuroscientist and multi-disciplinary entrepreneur. She holds an M.Sc. In Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute, with specialization in developmental disorders and active sensing research. Noy serves as a technology evangelist at Neurosteer. Neurosteer develops a platform that provides a simple access to a real-time, emotional and cognitive, brain activity interpretation. The platform enables brain machine interaction in existing and novel applications across the entire spectrum of applications, from advanced medical to casual lifestyle and gaming. Neurosteer’s portable platform is ideal for mobile sensing and self-care neurofeedback, and for continuous monitoring and management of brain health and wellness. In her spare time, Noy is also organizes and participates in scientific and technological education programs and competitions for specially gifted teens and for teachers education. 21
  13. 13. 23 Nahum Barnea Political Columnist Yedioth Ahronoth Daily Education 1973 B.A. in History and Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. 2006 Visiting Fellow, Saban Center, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. Professional Experience 1989-Present Political Columnist, "Yedioth Ahronoth" (Daily). 1982 - 1989 Editor in Chief, "Koteret Rashit" (Weekly). 1977 - 1982 Political Columnist, "Davar" (Daily). 1973 - 1977 Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, "Davar". 1966 - 1973 Correspondent, "Davar". 1965 - 1966 Editor in Chief, The Hebrew University Students Magazine. Community Membership 2015 - Present Member, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 2010 - Present Member of the Board, International Crisis Group. 2009 - 2014 Member of the Board, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Publications 2008 "My Journeys with a Notebook", A Collection of Columns, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishers, 343 pp. 2006 "Backchannel: Bush, Sharon and the Uses of Unilateralism", with Ariel Kastner. Monograph Series, The Saban Center for Middle East Policy, at The Brookings Institution, Washington DC. 1999 "Bibi Time", A Collection of Essays, Zmora-Bitan Publishers, 474 pp. 1981 "They Shoot and They Cry", A Collection of Essays, Zmora-Bitan Publishers, 277 pp. Awards Received 2008 Maria Grazia Cutuli International Prize for Journalism, given by Corriera Della Sera, Italy. 2007 The (State of) Israel Prize (Media). 2007 The President of Tel-Aviv University Award. 1997 "The Most Influential Journalist in Israel’s 50 Years", Awarded by a Public Poll, sponsored by "Channel 2" TV. 1981 The Israeli Award for Journalism - The Sokolov Award.
  14. 14. Menny Barzilay Cyber Security Strategist Menny Barzilay is a cyber security strategist and esteemed public speaker. A former CISO in the Israeli Defense Forces, Barzilay (Capt. (Res)) is now the head of the IT Audit department at Bank Hapoalim Group (Based in Israel) and the chairman of the student board audit committee at the Open University. An evangelist of innovation, Barzilay meets and advises many startups companies and entrepreneurs from around the world. In addition to his ongoing activities, Barzilay lectures and serves as the host and panelists at cyber security conventions, conferences and professional workgroups worldwide and his publications are featured in renowned computer magazines. 25
  15. 15. Yariv Bash Co- Founder SpaceIL Yariv Bash is the CEO and Co-Founder of SpaceIL - the Israeli team competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize - a privately funded, unmanned race to the moon, competing for $30 million prize established by Google. SpaceIL’s goal is to make Israel the 3rd country to successfully land on the moon (after the USA’s Apollo and an unmanned Soviet mission). SpaceIL is aimed at inspiring the young generation in Israel and abroad by creating interest in space and science. SpaceIL is registered as an Israeli non-profit, and is committed to donating all prize money to promote education and science. Yariv is an Electronics and computer engineer. In his spare time, Yariv organizes and participates in technological creativity events in Israel and around the world. 27
  16. 16. Marcos Battisti Managing Director, Western Europe & Israel Intel Capital Marcos is the Managing Director for Intel Capital in Western Europe and Israel. Marcos leads the investment activity of Intel Capital in his region and is one of the members of Intel Capital’s investment committee Marcos joined Intel Capital in 1998 and is one of the founding members of the European team. Marcos has worked on a substantial number of transactions for Intel Capital over the past years, amongst which Azure Solutions (acquired by Subex), eTel (acquired by Telecom Austria), Imagination technologies (publicly listed in the LSE), Silicon Hive (acquired by Intel), IPTego (acquired by AcmePacket), Aldebaran Robotics (acquired by Softbank), Anobit (acquired by Apple), Indisys (acquired by Intel), Omek (acquired by Intel), Tribold (acquired by Sigma Systems), FeedHenry (acquired by Red Hat) and Amplidata (acquired by Western Digital). Currently Marcos represents Intel Capital at the Boards of Adaptive Mobile Security, News Republic, Sigfox and VOSS. Prior to Intel Marcos worked at BBA Creditanstalt, one of the leading investment banks in Brazil. Marcos is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer having graduated from the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo. Marcos holds an MBA from INSEAD. 29
  17. 17. Yossi Beinart CEO Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Mr. Yossi Beinart was born in 1956. He holds his current position since January 2014. For over two decades Mr. Beinart has served as a senior executive in the American and European financial markets. From 2008 to 2013 Mr. Beinart was President and CEO of NADEX (The North American Derivatives Exchange). Between 2005 and 2007 he served as IT systems manager at the IG Group(UK) and Portero, Inc. (US), where he also served as a member of the executive committee . Prior to this he served as President and CEO of SheildIP from its inception in 2000. In the 1990s Mr. Beinart served as the Managing Director and Chief Information Officer of Investment Technology Group Inc (NYSE - ITG). 31
  18. 18. Arik Benzino Chairman Memeni LTD. (Tel Aviv) 12 years in Media, TV, Talent, and Internet ventures Partnered with CHUM TV [Canada] initiating and participating in numerous tenders and collaborations for several channels in Israel  Founder & C.E.O. of Elbit Trade and Retail- Part of Elbit Imaging (NASDAQ) focus on developing shopping centers and hotels • Brought GAP, Banana Republic, and Old Navy to Israel and Eastern Europe.  • Bought and managed Mango in Israel In 2012, founded Memeni Technologies LTD. Memeni is a tool for corporations/ organizations to better communicate and engage with their external communities. 33
  19. 19. Nathalie Boulanger Director of Strategic Marketing & Operations Orange Labs Nathalie Boulanger heads the Orange Start-up Ecosystem division which’s mission is to develop Open Innovation within the Orange Group through two major programs: "Orange Partner API Platform" and "Orange Fab international network" - start-up accelerators present in USA, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Coordination of relations with the funds among which Orange invested, in particular Orange Digital Ventures and Orange Publicis Ventures. Previously, Nathalie served in senior management roles within the Orange Group, formerly France Telecom, heading the coordination of French Operations (former name of Orange France) and being in charge of the West Greater Paris Region. Nathalie is a graduate of: the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Sèvres, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Administration Economique and the Corps des Ingénieurs des Télécommunications. 35
  20. 20. David Brodet Chairman Bank Leumi David Brodet was born in 1944. He received his BA in Economics and Political Science in 1969 and his MA in Economics in 1973, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Mr. Brodet has been Bank Leumi’s Chairman of the Board since 2010. David Brodet has served as chairman of many government and public committees dealing with various issues of the national economy: the defense budget, ownership of ‫״‬real entities‫״‬ by banks, dual listing of shares, the postal industry, capital markets, options to the public, criteria for construction of public buildings, medical malpractice, the position of the National Insurance Institute, flour milling industry. He is also active in the community as has served on committees for a variety of organizations. 37
  21. 21. Mike Butcher Editor At Large TechCrunch Mike Butcher is Editor At Large of TechCrunch, the biggest breaking news site about the world’s hottest tech companies. Mike has been named one of the most influential people in technology in surveys by The Daily Telegraph, GfK NOP, The Independent, Wired UK and The Evening Standard. He is a regular commentator on the tech business, appearing on the BBC, Sky News, and Channel 4, among others. Mike founded the annual European Tech Startup Awards & Conference: TheEuropas.com, on June 16th 2015. He has been an advisor on startups to The British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London. 39
  22. 22. Dr. Lily Chan CEO NUS Enterprise Dr Lily Chan leads NUS Enterprise at the National University of Singapore (NUS), with the vision to inject an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research involving the University’s students, staff and alumni. The Enterprise Cluster comprises several divisions dedicated to the implementation of a holistic innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem, including entrepreneurship support, experiential education, technology commercialisation and industry partnerships. As the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chan spearheads strategies and initiatives to promote new models of industry collaboration and business ventures for the University. Prior to joining NUS in 2006, Dr Chan held the position of Managing Director, Investments, of Bio*One Capital Pte Ltd, an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board with focus on expanding the growth of the biomedical science industry in Singapore. Dr Chan brings with her more than 20 years of industry experience, from initiating start-ups and venture investments, to active Board involvement in many startup companies. She sits on several national-level committees on enterprise and innovation. 41
  23. 23. Diane Chang Lead EMEA Facebook Diane joined Facebook in early 2015 as Head of Mobile Platform Partnerships, EMEA. Diane leads Facebook's work with a wide range of mobile apps, from startups to established companies, with a specialty in helping commerce partners figure out the best way to leverage Facebook's platform. Prior to Facebook, Diane spent a number of years at Google, working with Google's top e-commerce partners in the UK and most recently worked at Lyst, a fashion aggregation startup, focusing on partnerships. Diane holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor degree from Princeton University. 43
  24. 24. Phil Chen Advisor HTC Phil Chen is an explorer and technology pilgrim. As head of HTC’s business and corporate development, Phil has led investments into KKBox (#1 music service in Asia), Soundhound, Magnet and the acquisition of Beats electronics. Most recently, Phil founded the HTC Vive VR HMD group and is pioneering a VR seed fund called Presence capital to catalyze the VR/AR industry. Prior to HTC, Phil was VP of Product for the first patented dual-screen E-Ink to LCD Alex eReader, which was later licensed to the first Barnes & Noble Nook. He also founded the Glo Bible, an award winning interactive media Bible that presents scripture in 3D virtual explorations with contextual visuals. Before his corporate endeavors, Phil served as a missionary in Afghanistan, Ghana, and China and also worked as a research assistant at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Phil holds a B.A and B.S in Pure Mathematics and Physics from UCSD, and an M.Div from Fuller Seminary.  His biggest return is from his role as father of Miles & Naomi.  45
  25. 25. Maayan Cohen Founder EyeCanTouch Maayan is a maker, interaction designer and the founder of EyeCanTouch, a gaming platform that enables children with motor and speech disabilities to play with tangible toys using their eyes only. Maayan comes from a rich background of transmedia storytelling and physical computing. She is passionate about creating transformative user experiences that connect people and bridge between digital and physical worlds. She spent the past 12 years in Canada, hacking, designing and creating interactive projects while working with the country's top digital production houses. She has worked in robotics, wearable tech and multitouch interfaces. She was named as one of Canada’s "10 to Watch" by Bell Global Media and has received a multiple awards for her work. Maayan has a BAA in Digital Media from Ryerson University and an MDes in Digital Futures from OCAD University in Toronto. When she is not hacking something, you’ll find her building castles in the sand with her two little boys. 47
  26. 26. Carlos Conde Senior Manager Technical Evangelism AWS Chief Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services EMEA Carlos is the Chief Technology Evangelist at AWS in EMEA and works with businesses of all sizes to help them understand the technical aspects of Amazon Web Services and move their IT into the cloud. During his career Carlos has worked in enterprises and start-ups, having launched and then sold, many of his own companies. Carlos uses this experience to help customers bringing their ideas to life using Amazon Web Services’ IT infrastructure platform. Carlos works with customers throughout Europe and is a frequent speaker at public events and technical workshops. 49
  27. 27. Gary Coover Global Operations Samsung Accelerator Gary Coover is currently working to drive innovation in Samsung through the development of new start-ups in the Samsung Accelerator. As the Global Head of Operations, Gary has helped architect, launch and scale the Samsung Accelerator from concept to reality in SF and NY. Gary's Accelerator Ops team helps deliver the Samsung unfair advantage to Accelerator startups by providing strategic, biz dev and operational support. Prior to helping launch the Accelerator, Gary spent three years in Samsung's South Korean headquarters, first as an internal consultant in the Global Strategy Group and later in business development. In both roles, he worked to drive strategic initiatives and facilitate cross-platform media and content partnerships across Samsung devices, including mobile, tablet and Smart TVs. Before heading to Korea to join Samsung, Gary earned his MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. While at Haas, he co-founded Modify Watches, a wrist-watch company that specializes in customizable, modular watches (www.modifywatches.com). Prior to Berkeley, he spent almost four years in consulting at Navigant Consulting. Gary is passionate about the innovation/incubation scene and always open to connect and discuss, especially, or more accurately, only if done over coffee. 51
  28. 28. Orlando Crowcroft Executive Editor International Business Times UK I have been executive editor at International Business Times UK since early 2015, prior to that I was a political and business reporter based in the Middle East and China for seven years. I have lived and worked in Tel Aviv, Dubai and Shanghai. 53
  29. 29. Edouard Cukierman Founder & Managing Partner Catalyst Investments Mr. Edouard Cukierman is the Founder and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments and serves as the Chairman of Cukierman & Co. Investment House. Since its establishment in 1993, Cukierman & Co. Investment House advised in more than € 4 billion worth of corporate finance transactions. Prior to establishing and managing Catalyst Investments in 2000, Edouard Cukierman served as Chairman of BOS (NASDAQ: BOSC). Mr. Cukierman was also the President and CEO of Astra Technological Investments, a Venture Capital Fund established in 1993, which was the first Israeli company to go public in Continental Europe. Edouard Cukierman is the Founder of the Go4Israel annual conference. Today, Edouard Cukierman serves as a board member of Lamina Technologies which is based in Switzerland, Tufin technologies, Dori Media Group as well as Harmon.ie in Israel. Edouard Cukierman is the Chairman of the European Committee of the "High- Tech Industry Association" in Israel since May 2011. Mr. Cukierman serves as the Vice President of the Fondation France Israël. He is a board member of "Alliance Israelite Universelle en Israel" and a board member of Sar-El (Association that brings volunteers from across the world to the IDF in Israel). Inthepast,hewasalsothePresidentoftheSupervisoryBoardofCitecEnvironmentSAinParis. He was a Board member of Orex, MTI Wireless and other portfolio companies of Catalyst Investments and served as a Board member of Otto Capital, a Singapore based VC fund. He now serves as a reserve officer in the Crisis & Hostage Negotiation team and in the Spokesperson’s Unit of the IDF. Edouard Cukierman together with Dr. Daniel Rouach co-authored the book "Israel Valley Le bouclier technologique de l’innovation" published in June 2013 by Edition Pearson in Paris and in Chinese in November 2014. Mr. Cukierman holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a B.Sc. from the Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology. 55
  30. 30. Iñigo de la Serna Hernáiz President of the Spanish Network of Intelligent Cities and Mayor of Santander Íñigo de la Serna Hernáiz was born on 10 January 1971. He got a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Cantabria, specialized in Hydraulics, Oceanography and Environment. He was elected Mayor of the city of Santander in 2007, being Popular Party’s candidate, and re-elected in municipal elections in 2011 and 2015. We had worked in private industry as head of the hydraulics department at the engineering company APIA XXI, from 1995 to 1999. Later, he was appointed as director of the office of Cantabria’s regional Minister of Environment, from 1999 to 2003. He has been Santander’s city councillor of Environment, Water and Beaches during the term in office 2003-2007. He has been regional deputy during his first term in office as Santander’s Mayor, from 2007 to 2011, and he continues being regional deputy during current term in office 2015- 2019. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Cantabria region‘s Popular Party. Currently, he is president of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP). He also presides over the Spanish Smart Cities Network. He is currently co-president of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) of which he will be president from December on, and he is member of the Network Global Agenda Councils and the Regional Committee of the World Economic Forum. 57
  31. 31. Rob Dembitz Corporate Development Director Lions Festivals Rob Dembitz is the Corporate Development Director of Lions Festivals. He sits on the Executive Team and is responsible for the strategic growth of the business. Rob began his career at M&C Saatchi in their new media team, eMCSaatchi, before taking a different path into financial services. After studying for a MBA at London Business School, he joined GI Partners, a private equity firm and then moved to join the Terra Firma restructuring team at EMI. Rob has most recently led the development and launch of both Lions Health and also Lions Innovation, for which he is also acting as Festival Director. Lions Festival’s flagship event is the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which takes place every year in June and is the world’s leading celebration of creativity in communications. The company also runs Lions Health, Lions Innovation, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia, and the Asian Marketing Effectiveness Festival. 59
  32. 32. Kirk Donohoe Director MasterCard Start Path / MasterCard Labs Kirk Donohoe is the Director of Start Path Europe, MasterCard Labs European startup Engagement and Acceleration Group for commerce, FinTech and payment startups. Prior to joining MasterCard Kirk successfully found and scaled a number of Startups and served as the Chief Product Manager for other international Startups. 61
  33. 33. Nusrat Durrani Senior Vice President & General Manager MTV World Nusrat Durrani is a Senior Vice President at Viacom Media Network and General Manager of MTV World, an innovation team producing cutting-edge pop culture content. The division also creates bespoke advertising programs for partners including Intel, and General Motors.   Nusrat is executive producer of the acclaimed Rebel Music documentary series and Intel’s The Music Experiment, an award winning live music platform. He is creator and EP of several forthcoming trans-media series about love/sex, social change, music and fashion as well as "Madly", a feature-length anthology of short films about love by six visionary international directors including Mia Wasikowska, Gael Garcia Bernal and Anurag Kashyap.   He has held positions in business development and launched MTV.COM and has been profiled in the New York Times, Time, Forbes and other leading outlets. He is one of Fast Company’s 28 Innovation Agents for 2012 and has been honored with Asia Society’s 2013 Cultural Achievement award. 63
  34. 34. Daniel Eilemberg Chief Digital Officer & SVP, Fusion Network Founder and President, Animal Politico Daniel Eilemberg is a journalist, producer and new media entrepreneur with business interests in digital media, publishing, and film.  Daniel currently serves as Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President of Fusion, a TV and digital media network targeting millennials. Daniel oversees all digital content, social media, platforms and technology. Fusion is a Joint Venture between The Walt Disney Company and Univision.  Daniel is founder and president of Animal Politico (www.animalpolitico.com), México’s leading political news platform and Pajaro Politico (@pajaropolitico), the first news platform to launch exclusively on twitter in Mexico. Today, with over 680,000 twitter followers, and 1 million Facebook fans, and an audience of over 4 million visits per month, Animal Politico is widely recognized one of the strongest news and social media brands in Mexico.  Prior to founding Animal Politico, Daniel served as Editor of PODER Magazine, a premier business magazine focusing on influential and innovative leaders in the fields of business and politics. Daniel also served as Editor of Hispanic Magazine and LOFT Magazine, which earned the prestigious Eddie Gold Award for Best Lifestyle Publication at the FOLIO awards. Daniel also produced the documentary "INSIDE: FARC Hostage Rescue" for National Geographic Channel. From 2002 to 2005 Daniel worked in the creative department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Daniel is the Founder and Managing Director of the ABC Fellows program, and a 2014 visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. 65
  35. 35. Keren Elazari Cyber Security Industry Analyst & Public Speaker Gigaom Research Keren Elazari is a security expert, public speaker and industry analyst with GIGAOM Research, the independent technology research arm of GIGA OM MEDIA. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading IT vendors, government organizations, Big 4 firms and Fortune 500 companies. Keren is a featured speaker at many international events such as TED 2014, RSA Conference, NATO’s International Cyber Conflict Conference, DEFCON, WIRED and more. Keren is fascinated by the rising power of hackers, the value of data and the evolution of security paradigms. In 2012, Keren held the position of Security Teaching Fellow with Singularity University. Keren holds a BA in History & Philosophy of Science from Tel Aviv University, and the international accreditation for Information security professionals, CISSP since 2007. Keren is currently a research fellow with the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security at Tel Aviv University, where she explores the intersection of cyber conflict and politics. 67
  36. 36. Eli Elhadad Omek Studio Manager Perceptual Computing Group Intel Eli Leads a group of handpicked talented individuals at Intel in the Perceptual Computing group. together, they get a chance to "play" with the latest and greatest tech from Intel and partners only to come up with an "out of the box" experiences that take the tech to a new level of interaction and user experience. All in all, Eli is dealing with motion technology for more than 10 years at different companies, starting with Linear IR sensors, simple RGB cameras through sophisticated depth cameras with combination of inertial sensors and other input devices In addition to that, Eli worked at different Internet security companies (in today’s words - Cyber) doing web/email protection, web content filtering and software copy protection Eli is also a proud father of 4 adorable kids, an avid gamer and an amateur musician 69
  37. 37. Moti Elmaliach CEO Bezeq International Moti Elmaliach - CEO of Bezeq International - Israel’s leading Internet ,IT and comprehensive communications solutions provider. Mr. Elmaliach has over 17 years of experience as a Director of businesses dealing in technology, integration and consumptions. For 8 years he served as  CEO of Eurocom Digital Communications, which importing, distributing, marketing and providing consumer products and integration solutions, in the areas of Communication and Multimedia. Eurocom represent  exclusively worldwide vendors, such as Panasonic and other leading brands. Elmaliach also served as Chairman of "Twist Capital Markets" managing client portfolios in total assets of 4.5 Billion Nis; Chairman of "DM Engineering"; Director of public companies: "Satcom Systems", "Yes" (up to the purchase of Bezeq) and other private companies   71
  38. 38. Anna Fang Partner & CEO ZhenFund Anna is the Partner and CEO of ZhenFund where she oversees ZhenFund’s investments, portfolio management and operations. Since joining ZhenFund in 2011, Anna has managed over 100 seed stage investments in the TMT and education sectors. She also sits on the Board of many of ZhenFund’s investments. Before joining ZhenFund, Anna worked at GE China in Corporate Business Development. She started her career as an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York. Anna was named one of the 40 Under 40 Investors by China’s Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 73
  39. 39. Maxine Fassberg President Intel Israel Education: 1977: B.Sc. Physics and Chemistry (Double Major), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1978: Diploma of Education, Teacher’s Certification, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1979: M.Sc. Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Job Experience: 2007 to present: Intel Israel General Manager 2006 to present: F28 Plant Manager 2004 to present: Intel TMG Vice President 2004-2006: F18 Plant Manager 2000-2004: F18 Factory Manager 1995-2000: F18 Engineering Manager 1995: Israel Site Public Relations Manager 1994: Israel Site Academic Relations Manager 1992-1993: F8 Group Leader 1991-1992: Polyimide Engineer in PTD (Portland Technology Development, established the Polyimide process for Intel, developed Du-Pont as a supplier and certified Polyimide for Intel products - patent granted on the process. 1988-1990: F8 Group Leader 1986-1987: Manufacturing Area Engineer 1984-1985: F8 Litho Engineer 1983-1984: F6 Litho Engineer 1981-1983: Alliance Francaise High School, Physics and Chemistry Teacher 1979-1981: Ort School of Technology Physics, Chemistry Teacher and 9th Grade Manager Professional Achievements: Awarded the Ramniceanu Prize for Economy, 2012 Awarded the Manufacturers Association of Israel 2011 Prize, May 2011 Inducted into the WITI (Women in Technology International) Hall of Fame, June 2009 Member of Israel Government Financial Advisory Board since 2009 Member of Appleseeds Academy Board of Directors since 2009 Member of the Hebrew University Board of Managers since 2010 Member of Israel Prime Minister’s Round Table, 2008-2011 Member of ICA advisor council to the Ministry of Economy since 2010 Member of Bank of Israel Board of Directors and Executive Council since 2011 Beacon Lighter in Israel 66th Independence Day, May 2014 Honorary Doctorate from Ben-Gurion University, 2013 75
  40. 40. Michael Fertik CEO reputation.com Michael Fertik founded Reputation.com with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. A futurist, Michael is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and lauded as the world’s leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation. Michael was most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award and through his leadership, the Forum named Reputation.com a Global Growth Company in 2012. Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and Newsweek. Named a LinkedIn Influencer, he regularly blogs on current events as well as developments in entrepreneurship and technology. Fertik frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is the author of two books, Wild West 2.0 (2010), and New York Times best seller, The Reputation Economy (2015). Fertik founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School. 77
  41. 41. Abraham H. Foxman National Director Emeritus Anti-Defamation League Abraham H. Foxman is National Director Emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Foxman retired in 2015, after serving a total 50 years with the organization, including as national director from 1987 through July 2015. Mr. Foxman is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination. He is the co-author of Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet and author of Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype; The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control and Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism. He regularly speaks out on issues of global anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust. Mr. Foxman regularly speaks out on issues of global anti-Semitism, the war on terrorism, church/state issues, religious intolerance and issues relating to the Holocaust. During his long career, Mr. Foxman had direct consultations with world leaders in Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Japan, South Africa, Argentina and elsewhere, and with Palestinian leaders, on problems of ethnic hatred, violence, terrorism and promoting democracy. He had multiple audiences with Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Mr. Foxman is a passionate supporter of the State of Israel and a voice for peace in the Middle East. 79
  42. 42. Moshe Friedman Co-Founder KamaTech Moshe Friedman - 36, married + 4, lives in Bnei Brak, Israel. Moshe belongs to one of the most illustrious rabbinical families in the Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) world. He studied in the most prestigious institutions of the Haredi community more than 15 years (Hebron Yeshiva - Jerusalem, Kollel Chazon Ish - Bnei Brak). At the age of 30 Moshe founded Clipop, a start-up company in the on-line video field, and later on become a social entrepreneur leading Haredi integration into the Israeli workforce, especially the hi-tech industry. Moshe also co-founded KamaTech, a coalition of 30 large hi-tech companies (i.e. Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, etc.) to help Haredis integrate into the hi- tech industry. In addition, he opened TicTech, providing hi-tech courses and training workshops for Haredis, in cooperation with Kemach foundation and the U.S embassy in Israel. And also KamaTech accelerator for entrepreneurs from the Ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. Moshe is completing his law degree at the Hebrew University, and was also a fellow at "Shluchei Tzibur", a joint leadership of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Moshe was selected to the U.S state department prestigious international leadership program IVLP, and part of the European ELP program (emerging leaders program). 81
  43. 43. Rakesh Garg Chairman, Telecom Commission & Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India Did B.E. from University of Roorkee & now IIT, Roorkee & M.Tech from IIT, Delhi. Supplemented it with MBA from University of Ljubljana (pronounced as Lubliana) in Slovenia. Has done many short-term executive refresher / training courses from many prestigious institutions. Is an Alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School (John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University). As an IAS officer, served in many important places - both in the Centre and the State. Before joining the IAS, worked for 2 years in Indian Railways. In the IAS, got an opportunity to run an Industrial PSU for about 4 years. Worked as Secretary (Industries), Director (Udyog Bandhu - single window clearance & grievance redressal organization for Industries) and as Commissioner, Sales Tax. Also worked in the field of Non-Conventional Energy, Agricultural Marketing and Urban Development.Also held important positions, in the State Government, such as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister and Secretary / Special Secretary to Governor. In Govt. of India, was entrusted with huge logistical challenge of handling FCI operations of food grain movement and storage. Spearheaded the successful Private Sector Participation Scheme for godown construction which led to creation of storage capacity of more than 150 lakh metric tons across the country including in remote & backward areas. Has been awarded by Govt. of Uttar Pradesh for outstanding work as District Magistrate, Banda, and also received Presidential Silver Medal in 1991 for exemplary work in the field of census operations. Has joined as Secretary, Department of Telecommunications on 17th July 2014. 83
  44. 44. Yair Geva Partner Herzog Fox & Neeman Yair Geva is the Co-chair of HFN’s Corporate & Hi-Tech Groups, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, and related corporate matters. Yair was recognized by Chambers Global Guide and Legal500 as one of the leading practitioners in the field of HiTech M&A in 2014. Prior to joining HFN, Yair practiced in New York as a senior associate at the M&A Group of Gibson Dunn and previously as an associate at the Corporate and M&A Group of Davis Polk. Yair also serves as the head of the firm’s China Desk. Yair received his LL.M from New York University (magna cum laude) and his LL.B from Tel-Aviv University (magna cum laude) where he was an editorial member of the Tel Aviv University Law Journal and research assistant. Yair also completed Chinese studies at Tel Aviv University. Yair is admitted to practice law in New York (2003) and Israel (2004). Yair is the Chairman of the Israel - Singapore Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Israel - Asia Chamber of Commerce. Yair was recognized by Chambers Global Guide as one of the leading practitioners in the field of HiTech M&A in 2014. Education New York University, LL.M. magna cum laude, 2003 Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law, LL.B. magna cum laude, (member of the TAU’s Law Review), 2002 Tel-Aviv University, School of East Asia (Chinese), 2002 85
  45. 45. Gregor Gimmy Co-Founder & Head BMW Startup Garage Gregor is co-founder and head of the BMW Startup Garage, the incubator for early stage automotive startups of the BMW Group. The Garage helps startups with technologies that can significantly advance or transform the automotive sector to succeed in this multi trillion dollar industry. Prior to the Garage, Gregor helped create BMW InnovationWorks, an internal Innovation Strategy team. Before joining BMW, Gregor started various VC funded software companies in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to entrepreneurship, Gregor  worked at IDEO in Palo Alto where he helped transform IDEO from a Design to a strategic innovation consultancy by creating the Business Factors practice (which is the Business circle in IDEO’s Design Thinking). Gregor also lectures and publishes about innovation, and he mentors student research work. Gregor studied business, engineering and acting at TU Stuttgart, Harvard and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. 87
  46. 46. Dror Globerman TV Host, Channel 2 Editor-in-Chief, NEXTER Dror Globerman is a Journalist, TV Personality, public speaker and a musician. He hosts the TV documentary series "Anashim" at Keshet Broadcast at Channel 2, Israel's largest TV network. He is also senior technology journalist, and the ​founder and Editor-in-Chief at NEXTER. co.il, the leading tech media website in Israel (part of the mako.co.il). 89
  47. 47. Gil Golan Director Advanced Technical Center Israel Director, General Motors Ventures Gil Golan leads General Motors (GM) Israel’s Advanced Technical Center Israel (ATCI). Gil joined GM in 1995 and has severed in several leading management positions in the corporation including: Managing Director of the GM-UMIT JV and Director of Global Strategy (RnD). In 2008 Gil established ATCI as a new GM entity in Israel. The ATCI incorporates top technological research and engineering talent leading cutting edge R&D in non-transitional automotive technologies including: smart sensing & computer vision, connectivity, infotainment, user experience, controls and cybersecurity. Gil is also a member of GM Ventures team, with oversight responsibilities for investment opportunities in the Israeli ecosystem. Additionally, the Israeli site also takes part in supporting GM’s purchasing activities in Israel with local vendors (local portfolio size ~ $100M/yea). Golan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Engineering from Technion, the Israeli Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Kettering University and Harvard Business School - executive education programs and completing a GM-Stanford GBS executive program this upcoming fall. 91
  48. 48. Marc Goldberg Founding Partner Maslow Capital Partners Marc Goldberg is the founding partner of Maslow Capital Partners the European growth Marchant Bank advising and investing in Information driven Industries. Prior to Maslow Capital Partners, Marc was a General Partner with the Reuters Greenhouse Fund and a founding Partner of Occam Capital. Marc Sold Occam Capital to Bryan Garnier & Co. to launch BGPI.  Marc brings more than 20 years of investment experience in TMT Europe/USA with more than 50 transactions as principal and 50 transactions as advisor. He is the former Chief Architect of Reuters with 15 years of IT operation background in Europe/USA. Marc has an BS/MS Paris VI University,  was a post graduate visiting researcher at the Stanford AI Lab,and graduated from the IHEDN. 93
  49. 49. Roy Goldenberg Tech Reporter Globes Passion about discovering new innovative and disrupting startups and companies, in the last four years Roy is covering the internet and digital industry in Israel for the leading business daily newspaper in Israel, Globes. Roy is writing about startups, mobile apps, digital media and online advertising as well as the local internet ecosystem in Israel and also covering news about global internet and technology companies around the globe. Roy is also the co-host of the web TV show Geek Show on Globes TV. Prior to his current position, Roy had five years of experience as an editor at Globes, responsible for the technology, telecom, career, health and education desk. Prior to that, he was a reporter in local TV news broadcast for two years. 95
  50. 50. Elliott Gotkine Middle East Editor Bloomberg TV Elliott Gotkine is Bloomberg Television’s Middle East Editor. Based in Tel Aviv, he is the only international broadcaster in Israel focusing on company news, the economy, and technology. Since joining Bloomberg in 2007, Elliott has reported on major international events including the Greek crisis, the Irish bailout, and last year’s war in Gaza. He’s interviewed business and political leaders, including Alexis Tsipras, Patrick Drahi, Sheldon Adelson, and Shimon Peres. In 2008, he was nominated for a Business Journalist of the Year Award. Before joining Bloomberg, he spent six years at the BBC, where he served as a business reporter and South America correspondent. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Nottingham, and speaks fluent French and Spanish, and a smattering of Italian. He’s working on his Hebrew. 97
  51. 51. Ran Haklai General Manager Applause Israel Ran is the General Manager of Applause Israel (formerly uTest). In 2009, soon after the company launched its service, Ran established the Israeli office. Under Run’s leadership, the company grew rapidly in Israel and became a leading vendor to the local eco-system, serving hundreds of startups, hi-tech and enterprise companies. In 2014, the company re-branded to "Applause" and introduced new technologies while maintaining the vastly adopted "in the wild" testing service, which leverages a worldwide community of 175,000+ testers. Prior to Applause, Ran served in various managerial positions at Enigma and before that he was a high-school teacher for 5 years. Ran holds a double B.A degree in Economics and Management (both cum-laude) from Tel-Aviv University. 99
  52. 52. Edgar Hardless CEO Singtel Innov8 Edgar Hardless is the Chief Executive Officer of Singtel Innov8. Based in Singapore, he has over 18 years of telecommunications experience. Prior to Singtel Innov8, Mr Hardless was VP of Strategic Investments responsible for coordinating and executing all M&A activities undertaken by Singtel. He has been with Singtel over 10 years, having joined the company’s International Group in 2001 as a Director of International Finance and Operations. During his tenure at Singtel, Mr Hardless also set up and headed Singtel’s first ever Group Innovations unit which was tasked with identifying new technologies and innovations that had the potential to have an impact on the telco industry and Singtel Group. Mr Hardless is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration from the University of Bath in the UK. 101
  53. 53. Ronen Hausire Partner Herzog Fox & Neeman Ronen is an associate in the technology licensing group in the High Tech department. Specialising in commercial transactions between Israeli companies and major corporations in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Ronen advises clients from a range of industries including software, semiconductors, telecommunications, and media in a variety of transactions, most notably technology licensing, OEM, general commercial transactions, joint ventures and strategic collaborations. Ronen advises clients on an on-going basis regarding intellectual property and licensing issues including being deeply involved in the strategic decision-making and implementation processes with clients, both on the commercial and legal issues. One recent and notable transaction is the establishment of a multinational standard- setting organisation and patent licensing pool for the semiconductor and consumer electronics industries. Along with Life Sciences partner Maya Racine Netser, Ronen’s involvement included advising on and drafting strategic licensing and royalty collection policies, drafting of organisational documents and licensing policies and deep involvement in negations with establishing partners and subsequent strategic joining members. Ronen also leads the R&D incentive practice at HFN, and has substantial experience in advising Israeli and multinational corporations regarding R&D incentives matters, such as funding programmes of the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor ("OCS"), bi-national and multi-national funds, EU and other international programmes. The support offered as part of HFN’s R&D incentives practice includes advising and supporting corporations and investors regarding obligations and limitations under the R&D Law and the various other funding programmes offered by the OCS. Ronen has successfully represented companies in front of the OCS, negotiated and drafted rulings and settlements enabling the successful consummation of M&A transactions meeting the specific needs of multinational corporations with respect to their international R&D strategies and needs, allowing the transfer of manufacturing abroad, source code escrow agreements required to meet various commercial and disaster recovery needs, finance and performance of regulatory programmes, etc.   103
  54. 54. Wolfgang Hisserich Vice President, Business Development and Global Alliances Deutsche Telekom With over 20 years in international business, with executive roles in sales, marketing, partner and alliance management as well as business consulting, Wolfgang is most known for his pragmatic style, entrepreneurial approach and leadership skills. Following a rich career in Deutsche Telekom, Wolfgang has been nominated last year to lead Deutsche Telekom’s Partnering activities as Group VP Business Development. Among his many roles and responsibilities, he leads Deutsche Telekom’s Israeli strategy and oversees the Israeli office lead by Guy Horowitz. Wolfgang has developed and promoted the concept of "MoMaS" - mobile managed services, DT’s approach of leveraging 3rd party mobility solutions for major corporations. Wolfang strongly believes in the future of new business concepts for renewable energy and the blending of these traditional utilities (energy, telco, IT) leading to new industry setups.His versatile experience in ICT, chemical, automotive and heavy industries allow for a broader view which is taking Deutsche Telkeom to new directions. Wolfgang holds degrees from business schools in Germany (Dortmund), Switzerland (St. Gallen) and US (Orlando). Together with his wife and his two sons he divides his time between Frankfurt and Bonn. 105
  55. 55. Asaf Homossany Managing Director - EMEA Nasdaq Asaf Homossany is Managing Director EMEA, Global Corporate Client Group at NASDAQ OMX (NASDAQ: NDAQ), the world’s largest exchange. In this role, Mr. Homossany is responsible for leading business development efforts and account management from the region in international listings across all sectors. He brings over seven years of experience within the exchange field, to bear on his work in guiding companies and their legal financial advisors on the process of listing on the U.S.’s largest electronic market. His focus on working with growth companies to maximize the financing and visibility opportunities that can be provided by public capital markets means he also works very closely with venture capital, private equity and investment firms to educate them on the liquidity options NASDAQ can provide. Prior to joining NASDAQ Stock Market, Mr Homossany headed the European business development team with Shopping. com (NASDAQ: SHOP), an online shopping comparison company which listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market in 2005 and was acquired by eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) shortly after. Prior to joining Shopping.Com, Mr. Homossany headed the Human Capital Consulting practice at E&Y Israel, consulting companies on global talent management, total rewards solutions and post merger integration. Mr. Homossany is a trained lawyer who specialized in US capital markets and corporate law. Mr. Homossany holds an MBA from London Business School and an LLB from Tel Aviv University. He currently resides in London, UK. 107
  56. 56. Guy Horowitz General Partner Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners Guy joined DT in 2012 as Managing Director of Deutsche Telekom BD & Venturing LTD. In his current role as General Partner, Guy is responsible for DTCP’s venture investments in Israel. Before joining DT, Guy was VP Marketing of TaKaDu, a smart-networks innovator. Previously he served as Director of Marketing Strategy in Modu Mobile, Director of Product Marketing in Microsoft, and as Principal in Gemini Venture Partners. Guy’s career in the technology innovation space spans over 17 years in startups and corporates. He headed mobile products in Commtouch (Nasdaq: CYRN) and product management in Followap (acquired by Neustar). Guy represents DT as board member in AHK (German-Israel Chamber of Commerce). He also serves on the boards of several privately-held companies. 109
  57. 57. Romain Huet Senior Developer Advocate Twitter Romain Huet is a software engineer and entrepreneur. As a Developer Advocate at Twitter, Romain is focused on driving success and adoption of the Twitter platform products with a particular passion and expertise for Fabric, as well as being the face of the developer community in Europe. He is @romainhuet on Twitter. https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/535845362095767552/PXYsWThV.jpeg 111
  58. 58. Michael Hyman SVP AOL Michael is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and CEO, who has worked at many of the software industry’s greats - such as Amazon and Microsoft - as well as having founded many great but much smaller companies himself. He brings a deep technical knowledge to his business passion. Outside of work, Michael is an oil painter and involved in a number of philanthropic ventures. 113
  59. 59. Harel Ifhar Country Manager Amazon Web Services, Israel Ltd. Harel Ifhar is the Country Manager for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Israel. In his role Harel is responsible to guiding the strategy of AWS in the country and leading the team that helps Israeli customers and partners of all sizes move to the cloud. Prior to joining AWS, Harel worked for many years in various sales and management roles in the high tech industry with a focus on the hardware, software and IT services business. 115
  60. 60. Asha Jadeja Investor Ms. Asha Jadeja Motwani has invested in over a 100 tech startups as one of Silicon Valley’s first women venture capitalists between 2000 and 2015. She currently angel invests in tech as well as social impact for-profit startups along with some of bay area’s top angels and VC firms. Asha founded Dot Edu Ventures along with her late husband Stanford Computer Science Professor, Rajeev Motwani to invest in student and faculty led startups in the US. As an active philanthropist, Asha helped create MakerFaire Africa in 2009 and later launched MakerFest India (2014) with the objective of creating a globally networked maker community in both countries. She also founded and funded School in the Cloud, Ahmedabad, India in 2014 and set up India’s most advanced FabLab at Cept University Ahmedabad, India. Her long term vision is to help liberate students of all ages from institutionalized learning to self driven peer based learning. 117
  61. 61. Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the Innovation, Marketing and Technology (IMT) Division, Orange Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, born in 1968, has been Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of the Innovation, Marketing and Technology (IMT) Division since March 1, 2014. Since joining the Orange Group in 1996, Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière has held a series of project and management positions: Director of International & Backbone Network Factory, merger between France Télécom and Orange France SA, Director of Group Research & Development, Head of the Consumer Marketing Department of Orange France and Regional Manager where she was responsible for technical and commercial services for consumers and enterprise customers. Mari- Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière is a graduate of the École des Mines of Paris and of the École Normale Supérieure. She also holds a Doctorate in Quantum Chemistry from the University of Paris XI – Waterloo. 119
  62. 62. Frederic Josue Global Executive Advisor / Head of Innovation Havas media Specialised in media and brands, Frédéric Josué’s area of expertise is alternative media communication strategies. He holds a Master degree from the Sorbonne in Industrial Strategy and started as economic intelligence analyst within the Ministère de la Défense. He later became a macroeconomist within a private institute. After being a news editor within Canal Plus he contributed in creating C.U.L.T. program on urban cultures, which won an Emmy Award in 2006. Frédéric Josué is currently Global Executive Advisor to Dominique Delport, Chairman of Havas Media Global and Chief Innovation Officer. He runs 18Hubs a collaborative research Lab based in Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Seoul. 18 Hubs scouts startups and develops research partnerships with universities such as USC-University of Southern California USA, UCLA-University California Los Angeles and Technion Israel on topics such as Media, Cultural Industries, Technology and Data Science. Its website is 18hubs.io In May 2015 Frédéric Josué created a TV Series called THE FRAT (French Radicalized Terrorists) for french OTT Canal Play. He has been an "Entertainment and creative industries" Lecturer at Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris since 2007. He also is a board member at The Marseille WebSeries festival and Paris Transmedia Immersive University. 121
  63. 63. Henk Kamp Minister of Economic Affairs Government of the Netherlands Education 1972: Secondary school, Lochem  1977-1980: Auditor’s course at the Tax and Customs Administration Training Centre, Utrecht Career From 1972 to 1977 Mr Kamp worked for two wholesalers. Following his training in Utrecht, from 1980 he worked as an investigator at the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD). From 1986 to 1994 he served on the municipal executive of Borculo. In the same period he was a member of Gelderland provincial council, representing the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). In 1994 Mr Kamp became a member of the House of Representatives, also for the VVD. The subjects he covered included asylum and immigration policy, integration, and social affairs and employment. From 22 July 2002, Mr Kamp was Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment in the first Balkenende government. He also took over the portfolio of Minister of Defence on 12 December 2002. He was Minister of Defence in the second and third Balkenende governments (27 May 2003-22 February 2007). From 30 November 2006 to 18 December 2008 Mr Kamp returned to the House of Representatives, where he was the VVD’s spokesperson on immigration and integration policy. On 1 January 2009 he was appointed Commissioner for Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. On 14 October 2010 Henk Kamp was appointed Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Rutte-Verhagen government. From 13 September to 30 October 2012, Mr Kamp acted as mediator in the formation of the present government together with Wouter Bos. On 5 November 2012 Henk Kamp was appointed Minister of Economic Affairs in the Rutte-Asscher government. 123
  64. 64. Rick Kaplan Country General Manager IBM Israel Rick has been the IBM Israel Country General Manager since May 2012. During that time Rick has used his vast global experience to bring to Israel top IBM talent in the areas of creating globally integrated enterprises; data center design, build and transformation; and delivering cutting edge solutions around big data, analytics, cloud, mobile and security. Prior to joining IBM Israel, Rick was the Chief Trust and Compliance Officer for IBM globally leading a team of compliance professionals who worked with IBM employees, Business Partners and Clients around the world to help ensure that IBM conducted business with integrity and was a model of compliance with legal and regulatory requirements everywhere in the world the company does business. Prior to that Rick was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, IBM Global Services, responsible for risk management, high level business negotiations and delivery of legal services worldwide for IBM’s 100,000 person consulting, systems integration, application maintenance services and business transformation outsourcing unit. Rick has been IBM’s partnership executive for the Israeli Ministry of Defense for many years and is fluent in Hebrew. Rick earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 1977 and graduated from Cornell Law School in 1984. 125
  65. 65. Jeff Karras Managing Director Singtel Innov8 Ventures LLC Jeff Karras is a Venture Capital Professional with experience in technology, operations, marketing, and finance including more than 15 years investing in early to expansion stage technology companies. Jeff is currently a Managing Director with SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he is responsible for running the fund’s North American investment activities. Jeff’s current investments include DataTorrent, Teridion, Bitglass, Jasper Technologies, August, Guavus, Demyst, Ruckus Wireless (NYSE:RKUS), Maker Studios (Acquired by Disney), Arista (NYSE: ANET), Vuclip (Acquired PCCW), Ness (Acquired OpenTable), and MobileIron (Nasdaq:MOBL). Before joining SingTel Innov8 Ventures, Jeff was a General Partner with Levensohn Venture Partners (LVP) where he focused on infrastructure and platform technologies across digital media, enterprise infrastructure, security, and mobile/wireless. Past investments include Atheros (Nasdaq: ATHR), Covigo (acquired by Symbol), Veraz Networks (Nasdaq: VRAZ), Radiance (acquired by Comcast), Rapt (acquired by Microsoft), Reconnex (acquired by McAfee), Plum (acquired by Nokia), Wild Pockets (acquired by Autodesk), and ShotSpotter (private). Prior to LVP, Jeff was at Sun Microsystems where he was hired to help establish the Portal Server division. As a start-up division within the larger organization, Jeff played a lead role in developing the market and product strategy, product specifications, and the partnership ecosystem. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Jeff was a Principal Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Strategic Change Group, where he provided strategic guidance across a variety of industries including telecommunications, software, energy and financial services Jeff received a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 127
  66. 66. Yaron Kniajer Managing Director Rhodium Yaron Kniajer is a Managing Director at Rhodium, a private firm focusing on early stage investments in Israel and the U.S. Yaron possesses extensive operational and investment experience both in Israel and internationally. Prior to joining Rhodium, Yaron worked in London as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers’ Telecom & Media Group, where he was closely involved in several M&A and financing transactions. Before joining Lehman, Yaron was the CFO of Mediagate, which was acquired by an Israeli telecom company. Prior to Mediagate, Yaron was a Manager at Ernst & Young, where he focused on tech & telecom companies. Yaron serves as a member or observer on the Board of Directors of companies such as Rounds.com, GreenSQL, Yotpo, CaptainUp, Comedy.comand Face.com (up until its acquisition by Facebook). ‫‏‬Yaron holds an MBA from the London Business School (Distinction), and is a Certified Public Accountant. Yaron is passionate about working closely and partnering with entrepreneurs and early stage ventures. Yaron grew up and currently lives in Ramat Hasharon. He is married to Meytal, and is a proud father of two daughters, Sivan and Maayan. 129
  67. 67. Dr. Nimrod Kozlovski Partner JVP Cyber Labs Dr. Nimrod Kozlovski is a renowned expert in the area of information technology and information security. With a strong legal and technological background, Nimrod brings to the team a deep expertise in information security and proactive security. Co-founder of two start-ups, PLYmedia and Altal Security, Nimrod also co-launched the Information Security and Cyber Security program as part of the MBA in Information Technologies in Tel Aviv University. He received his doctorate in law (J.S.D) from Yale Law School and conducted his Post-Doc research in computer science on proactive security at Yale School of Computer Sciences. In the Israel Defense Forces, Nimrod served as Captain in the Electronic Warfare unit. Nimrod was an adjunct professor at New York Law School and has written books and articles on Internet Law, Cyber Crime and Digital Law Enforcement and Copyright Law. 131
  68. 68. Neelie Kroes Special Envoy StartupDelta Neelie Kroes is Special Envoy for startups in the Netherland and heads the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch startup ecosystem and aims to place it among the top 3 ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Neelie Kroes previously served 11 years as Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe and in a previous term as EU Commissioner for Competition. Before her Vice-Presidency at the EC, Kroes was President of Nyenrode University from 1991-2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd. From 1982-1989 she served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands. She is an international advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. 133
  69. 69. Nils Larsen Business Development Partner HIRO Media Mr. Nils E. Larsen served as Chairman and President of Tribune Broadcasting Division at Tribune Company since October 2010. Mr. Larsen served as Chief Executive Officer of Broadcasting Division at Tribune Broadcasting Company, Inc. since June 2011 and Chief Investment Officer since December 2009. He served as a Member of Executive Council of Tribune Company from October 22, 2010 to May 6, 2011 and also served as its Co-President until May 6, 2011. He joined the Tribune Co. in December 2008 and served as its Executive Vice President. He served as the Managing Director of Equity Group Investments, LLC since 2001. From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Larsen held various other positions with Equity Group Investments, working in the transportation, energy, communications and retail industries. He joined EGI in 1995. He served as a Financial Analyst with CS First Boston in the taxable fixed-income/derivatives group, where he was involved in raising capital for international issuers and domestic financial institutions. He served as the Chairman of Tribune Broadcasting Company, a division of Tribune Media Company. He serves as a Director of REVShare Corporation. He served as a Director of ACL I Corporation. He served as a Director of Commercial Barge Line Company from January 11, 2005 to December 21, 2010. He has focused on a variety of industry sectors including transportation, energy, communications and retail. He served as a Director of Rewards Network Inc. from September 13, 2005 to January 2008. Mr. Larsen graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in economics and history. 135
  70. 70. Prof. Peretz Lavie President Technion President Peretz Lavie received his formal training in Sleep research and Sleep medicine at the University of Florida and at the University of California San Diego, and was a visiting professor at Harvard University in Boston. In 1975 he joined the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he founded the Sleep Research Laboratory and the Center for Sleep Medicine. He was the Dean of Medicine (1993-1999) and Vice President for Resource Development and External Relations (2001-2008) and in 2009 was elected for a 4-year term as the President of the Technion and was re-elected for 4 more years. Professor Peretz Lavie is considered one of the founders of sleep medicine. He published more than 400 scientific articles and eight books in the field of sleep research and sleep disorders. His book "The Enchanted World of Sleep" has been translated into 15 languages. His research has won many prizes, including the Elkeles Prize from the Keren Kayemet LeIsrael for the best medical scientist (2001), the University of Pisa Sleep Award to Best Sleep Researcher in Europe (2004), the American Society of Sleep Research William Gruen Prize for innovative research (2006), and the EMET prize in medicine (2006), the most prestigious prize for academic achievements in Israel. He was the founder and co-founder of 5 companies that develop and produce medical devices for sleep medicine and cardiology and provide diagnostic services. Professor Lavie, a fifth generation Israeli, is married to Dr. Lena Lavie. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. 137
  71. 71. Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich Latar Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications IDC Herzliya Noam Lemelshtrich Latar is the Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at IDC Herzliya. Served on the executive committee of the Israeli Press Council and as the Chairperson of the Israel Communications Association (ISCA) from 2009 to 2012 Lemelshtrich Latar received a Ph.D. in Communications from MIT in 1974, and M.Sc. in Engineering Systems from Stanford in 1971. One of the founders of the Community Dialogue Project at MIT, experimenting with interactive TV programs involving communities through electronic means. Lemelshtrich Latar pioneered the papers on touch screen feedback and interactive TV, on new media and cybernetic decision making, on Digital Social DNA, and the effects of Artificial Intelligence on Journalism. Lemelshtrich Latar was involved in the Israeli high-tech industry establishing several communications startups in cognitive enhancement employing computer algorithms and data mining of consumer choices. A member of the academic committee of the Science and Communications Annual Conferences of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the representative of Israel in the European Media Accountability Team. From 2012 Lemelshtrich Latar is the Chair of the Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute (DPIJI) focusing on International press coverage of war zones. Founding Dean Responsibilities included: Creation of the school's vision and academic programs and receiving the Israeli government full academic accreditation; planning of the technological infrastructure which includes TV ,Radio, Audio Visual and Virtual studios, a twenty stations newsroom, post production facilities; creation of research laboratories and centers including a new media innovation laboratory (MiLab), a research center for the study of the psychology of the internet, a virtual world laboratory, and a media online advocacy center; hiring all academic and professional personnel and establishing all relevant academic committees. Lemelshtrich Latar papers pioneering the iPhone and iPad and Samsung Screen Feedback Communications Devices: The paper "Screen Feedback From Home Terminals" published in "Talking Back: Citizen Feedback And Cable technology" De Sola Pool ,MIT Press 1973 was the first pioneering paper calling for the use of the entire screen of the communications devices by a hand touch for feedback in the areas of politics, social activities, education and services . Several technologies available at the time for screen feedback were outlined. These concepts are now being employed by companies like Apple, Samsung and others. The 1973 paper provides the guidelines for using the entire screen for feedback outlining the human ergonomic advantages while analyzing the political and economic contexts. One of the advantages described in the paper of the screen feedback is that it allows the projections of the entire key boards on the screen while these being adapted to the specific users. It allows groups not fluent in reading texts to project icons or pictures for communications. The political and commercial advantages were discussed. The paper Two Way Communications; Political and Design Analysis of a Home Terminal, Sage Research Papers in Social Sciences, Series 90-011 Vol 2, 1974 discusses the political implications of the design features of a two way communications process and describes a first ever experiment in designing feedback responses for a two way public participation in a discussion on Television. 139
  72. 72. Joern Leogrande Executive Vice President Mobile Services Wirecard AG I run a business unit that is developing payment apps and mobile wallets for leading european mobile operators, merchants, startups and financial institutions. My team is furthermore working on establishing value added services like integrated couponing and loyalty offers for payment offers. And we are running a successful white label programm for mobile card acceptance for companies like Mytaxi or Orderbird. 141
  73. 73. Steven Leonard Executive Deputy Chairman Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore Mr Steve Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience working in leading global technology companies. In his position as Executive Deputy Chairman, he holds executive leadership responsibility for IDA, with a special focus in industry promotion and development. This includes spearheading the building of innovative start-ups and local enterprises, overseeing various national cross-sectoral programmes, technology and communications infrastructure development and the strategic planning and development of qualified professionals for the ICT sector. Prior to joining IDA, Mr Leonard was the President of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) where he was responsible for driving EMC’s growth and market share leadership in APJ, enhancing partner and channel relationships and contributing to product-development efforts throughout the region. Before joining EMC, he served as President of the Asia Pacific and Japan business for Symantec and Veritas. Prior to those executive management positions, Mr Leonard spent 18 years with EDS, where he focused on European and Asian operations for 12 years, ultimately rising to the position within EDS of President of Solutions Consulting for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa Mr Leonard currently sits on the Boards of IDA Singapore, IDA International and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd. 143
  74. 74. Tsvi Lev VP Innovation & Strategy Head of the Amdocs Team AT&T Foundry Tsvi Lev serves as VP Innovation at Amdocs, leading the Amdocs team in the AT&T Foundry. Previously, Tsvi managed the R&D Center of Samsung Electronics in Israel, a center devoted to innovation and cutting edge development for Samsung’s future Mobile, TV, Medical Imaging, IoT and Wireless communication products. Before that Tsvi was an Entrepreneur in the Mobile Multimedia and Computer Vision space, and sold his company to Emblaze Systems. Tsvi holds a Masters in Theoretical Physics, and is a frequent speaker in events related to technological innovation. 145
  75. 75. Uri Levine Entrepreneur & Mentor Uri Levine is a passionate serial entrepreneur and mentor to other entrepreneurs. He co-founded Waze, the world’s largest driving traffic and navigation app, with more than 200M drivers around the globe. Which was acquired by Google on June 2013 for more than $1.1 billion. After Waze he co-founded and is active chairman at FeeX, which addresses the biggest secret in the world, $600B of financial fees that no-one knows they are paying. FeeX allows users to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in their retirement savings and long term investment plans. Levine focuses solely on consumer services, specifically those which create a lot of value to a lot of users, like saving money, time and empower them– in other words, doing good and doing well. In addition to FeeX, Levine is also co-founder and board member in half a dozen startups:  Chairman and first Investor at Zeek - a marketplace for unused store credit. Addressing $100B of loss store credits every year. Member of the board and godfounder of Roomer - a marketplace for non-refundable hotel reservations, a $20B annual loss. Founder, Chairman and 1st investor at FairFly - which addresses the biggest secret in the travel industry - what happened to airfare after the booking. FairFly monitors the airfare of your own itinerary after you made reservation and allows you to rebook the same flight or a better flight once price drops. 1st Member of the board of Moovit - which is like Waze but for public transportation, and today, serves about 25M passengers in 600 cities around the globe. Founder, Chairman and the 1st investor at Engie – which deals with our frustration and helplessness at the mechanics, with an app that connects to the car computer, running diagnostic before and gathers quotation before we go to the mechanic, and empowers the driver. Uri is also working on couple of new startups which follow the same theme – creating a lot of value to a lot of users, all in the consumer space. Uri has been in the high tech business for the last 30 years, half of them in the startup scene, and has seen everything ranging from failure, middle success and extreme success. Thanks to his long and proven experience, Uri is able to deliver highly engaging keynotes to entrepreneurs and companies and offer them a cookbook, a recipe for success. Uri has worked in all possible business areas from product development, marketing, business development, running startups and mainly coaching CEO’s. Over the last years he has coached and given keynotes to CEO’s, entrepreneurs and corporate staff from all over the world. 147
  76. 76. Oren Liebermann Jerusalem Correspondent CNN Oren Liebermann is CNN’s Jerusalem Correspondent. He is an award-winning television news reporter with more than a decade of experience in the field. Recently, he covered the Israeli elections, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the earthquake in Nepal. Before moving to CNN, Liebermann reported in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware. He is also a pilot and aircraft owner. 149
  77. 77. Alon Lifshitz Partner Blumberg Capital Alon joined Blumberg Capital in 2010. Alon has been active in the Israel, European and Japanese technology market for the past 13 years. He has formed alliances with mobile operators, equipment vendors and system integrator across Asia and Europe. Former and current clients include blue chip companies such as Logica, British Telecom, Internix Japan, NTT group, Softbank, Fujisoft, Card Guard, Audiocodes and others, as well as numerous start up companies in the mobile, new media and enterprise software sectors Alon holds a B.A. with honors in Finance and Business Management from the Hertzliya Interdisciplinary Center of Israel. 151
  78. 78. Uria Lin Manager The 8200 Social Program Uria lin, a social entrepreneur, founder and manager of the 8200 social program. Formerly the manager of ‘Education Circles’, a non-profit organization which operated learning centers in schools in south TA and Holon. Reserve officer in Unit 8200, A Krav Maga instructor and an amatuer runner. 153
  79. 79. Steve Linde Editor in Chief The Jerusalem Post Steve Linde is the Editor-in-Chief of The Jerusalem Post. He has worked at Israel’s most popular English-language newspaper since 1997, serving as Managing Editor, News Editor and Night Editor. He also served as Director, Editor, Reporter and News Reader for Israel Radio’s English News over a period of 21 years. Born in Zimbabwe, he grew up in South Africa, and made aliya in 1987. He has graduate degrees in sociology and journalism, the former from the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban and the latter from the University of California at Berkeley.  155
  80. 80. Pierre Louette Deputy CEO & General Secretary Orange Pierre Louette is currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Orange, in charge of General Secretary, Orange Wholesale France, Group Sourcing and Supply Chain, Chrysalid operational efficiency program, Orange Silicon Valley, Orange Horizons and Orange Digital Ventures. He is member of the boards of Jazztel, BuyIn, the joint-venture between Orange and Deutsche Telekom in charge of procurement, Dailymotion, Deezer, Iris Capital and the National Museum Institution. Pierre started his career in 1989 at the French Government Audit Office (Cour des comptes) and was technical advisor for communications, youth and sports to the French Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office from 1993 to 1995. He then became General Secretary and Director of Communications at France Télévisions before moving on to the Havas Group in 1996 to found and develop the web agency Connectworld. Afterwards, he became Managing director at Europatweb, an Internet investment fund created by Bernard Arnault, where he participated in the incubation and development of more than 50 start-ups, including Webhelp and Immostreet. The CEO of Agence France-Presse from 2003 to 2005, he was elected Chairman & CEO in 2005 and held that position until 2010, when he joined Orange. During this period he turned around the Agency’s financial position, developed its online operations and launched video production abroad. A graduate of Sciences Po, Sorbonne Law School and ENA, Pierre Louette is Maître des requêtes at the Court des comptes and has been made a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur. 157
  81. 81. Yoelle Maarek Vice President of Research EMEA Yahoo Labs Yoelle Maarek is VP Research EMEA at Yahoo. Her teams in Israel and UK conduct research around mail, search and native ads, directly impacting Yahoo products. Prior to this, Yoelle was the Director of Google Haifa Engineering Center, which she opened in 2006 and grew to close to 40 team members. There, she led the team that launched "Suggest", Google’s query completion feature on google.com and YouTube. From 1989 to 2006, Yoelle was with IBM Research, first in the US, and then in Israel, where she held a number of technical and management positions, eventually leading the search and collaboration department and becoming a Distinguished Engineer. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Technion, in Haifa, Israel. In parallel, she spent a year in the Computer Science Department of Columbia University in New York, as a visiting PhD student. She graduated from the "Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees" in Paris, France, and received her "DEA" (graduate degree) in Computer Science from Paris VI University, both in 1985. Yoelle’s research interests include Information Retrieval, Web search, Web mining and Web applications. She has published more than 70 articles in these fields. She has been involved in various senior roles in most of the recent SIGIR,WWW and WSDM conferences. Yoelle currently serves as Vice Chair of the SIGIR Executive committee and was recently elected to IW3C2, the organization that manages the WWW conference series. Yoelle is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion, chairing its Student Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Technion Management Council. She was inducted as an ACM Fellow in 2013. 159
  82. 82. Emmanuel Macron Minister of Economy, Industry and the Digital sector, French Republic Emmanuel Macron was born in December 1977 in Amiens. He is a haut fonctionnaire (senior public official) specialising in economic affairs. He studied philosophy and was Paul Ricœur’s assistant for two years before attending the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) from where he graduated in 2004. Emmanuel Macron then joined the Inspectorate General of Finance (IGF) and, in 2007, became expert adviser to the head of department. In this capacity, he served as rapporteur for the Commission pour la libération de la croissance française (French Commission on Economic Growth), chaired by Jacques Attali. He then went to work in the banking industry. In 2011, he was involved in François Hollande’s campaign for the socialist party’s presidential primary and, subsequently, in the presidential campaign itself. During the latter campaign, he was tasked with coordinating a group of experts and with drawing up the candidate’s economic manifesto. In May 2012, he took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the President’s Private Office with particular responsibility for monitoring strategy and economic affairs, and for overseeing fiscal, financial, tax and sector-based issues. On 26 August 2014, Emmanuel Macron was appointed Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in the government headed up by Manuel Valls. His mandate is to ensure France’s economic recovery. 161
  83. 83. Alexis Madrigal Editor in Chief Fusion Alexis Madrigal is editor in chief of Fusion, an ABC-Univision joint venture, where he is hosting a television show about the future. He is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a former staff writer at Wired. Madrigal is the author of the book Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, as well as an affiliate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was born in Mexico City and raised in the suburbs of Portland. 163
  84. 84. Eldad Maniv President & COO Taboola Eldad leads Taboola’s worldwide operations driving the product development, sales and business development. He has two decades of track record in building technology companies in the US and in Israel. Prior to joining Taboola, Eldad held senior executive positions at BMC Software, Zend Technologies and Identify Software. At Identify Software Eldad played a key role in growing the company’s revenue from initial sales to a run-rate of over $60M. Earlier in his career Eldad founded NextNine, a leading provider of remote support automation solutions. Eldad is a graduate of the prestigious Talpiot program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and spent five years in Israeli intelligence. 165
  85. 85. Jimmy Maymann President of Consumer Brands AOL Jimmy Maymann joined AOL in January 2011, following the acquisition of goviral, ​​the branded content distribution company he co-founded in 2005. Jimmy currently serves as the President of Consumer Brands, AOL. ​In this role, ​Jimmy ​leads the company’s consumer brands and consumer platforms​​ business​. He is primarily responsible for shaping AOL's content strategy and operations across all of its content brands including the Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, AOL.com and MAKERS. Prior to this role, Jimmy served as CEO of Huffington Post between 2011- 2015. During his tenure at Huffington Post, it expanded from 30 million unique monthly​​visitors in the U.S. in 2011 to over 200 million users in 14 countries today​​including the UK, Canada, France (Le Huffington Post with Le Monde), Spain (El​​Huffington Post with El Pais), Italy (L'Huffington Post with La Repubblica), Japan​​(Huffington Post Japan with Asahi Shimbun), Maghreb, Germany (Huffington​​Post Germany with Burda/Tomorrow Focus), Brazil (Huffington Post with Abril),​​South Korea (Huffington Post with Hankyoreh), Greece (Huffington Post and​​24MEDIA), Australia (Huffington Post and ​Fairfax Media) and Arabi (Huffington Post and​​​Integral Media Strategies) and India (Huffington Post and The Times of India Group​)​. Jimmy has a Masters in International Marketing and an Executive MBA from​​London Business School. 167
  86. 86. Dave McClure Founder 500 Startups Incubator Dave McClure is a venture capitalist and founding partner at 500 Startups, a venture c apital firm & startup incubator headquartered in Silicon Valley with over $125 in a ssets under management. Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor & investor, blogger, and internet marketing nerd. Dave is a frequent speaker at technology & entrepreneurship conferences and has invested in hundreds of companies around the world including: Credit Karma (valued at >$1B in 2014), Twilio (raised over $100M as of 2013), MakerBot (acq by Stratasys for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq by Google for $350M), Viki (acq by Rakuten for $200M), Mashery (acq by Intel for ~$200M), SendGrid (raised >$45M a s of 2014), Mint.com (acq by Intuit for $170M), and SlideShare (acq by LinkedIn for $119M), among others. From 2008 thru 2010, Dave managed the FF Angelseed investment program forFounders Fund, and ran the 2009 fbFund incubator program on behalf of Facebook, Accel Partners, & Founders Fund. From 2006 thru 2008 Dave was an advisor & consultant to several startups and helped teach the nation’s first-ever class on Facebook and social networking platforms at Stanford University in 2007. From 2005 thru 2006 Dave ran marketing for job search engine Simply Hired. From 2001 thru 2004, Dave was Director of Marketing at PayPal(acquired by eBay in 2002), where he started the PayPal Developer Network program. Prior to PayPal, Dave was a database consultant & programmer for several companies, including Microsoft and Intel. In 1994 he founded Aslan Computing, an internet & e-commerce consulting group later acquired by Servinet / Panurgy in 1998. Before coming to Silicon Valley, Dave barely graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a BS Engineering in Mathematical Sciences a nd a minor in frisbee, billiards, & foosball. His interests include microfinance and economic innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital, ultimate frisbee, cartoons and animation, and an ever-growing collection of funny-looking hats. For more info on Dave see: LinkedIn, Crunchbase, Angel List, or his blog: Master of 500 Hats. 169
  87. 87. Dr. Beate Merk Bavarian State Minister of European Affairs and International Relations Bavarian State Chancellery Beate Merk was born in August 1957 in Nordhorn (Germany). She is Bavarian State Minister of European Affairs and International Relations in the Bavarian State Chancellery and in this function responsible within the Bavarian State Government for coordinating the Bavarian policies within the European Union and worldwide. Beate Merk studied law and political science in Munich and holds a doctorate degree in law from the University of Wuerzburg (Germany). She began her professional career as legal officer within the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior and served in several bodies of the Bavarian State Administration. In 1995 she was elected Mayor of her home town Neu-Ulm. In this capacity, she served as vice-chairwoman of the supervisory board of Stadtwerke Neu-Ulm (utility corporation) and chairwoman of the administrative council of Sparkasse Neu-Ulm/Illertissen (savings bank). In 2003, she was appointed Bavarian State Minister of Justice and served in this function until 2013 when she was appointed Bavarian State Minister for European Affairs and International Relations. From 2003 to 2013, Beate Merk was vice-chairwoman of the Christian Social Union (CSU) and member of the executive committee of her party. Since 2009, she is chairwoman of the Frauen-Union (women’s organization of the CSU) of the district of Swabia. Beate Merk is member of the Bavarian State Parliament (Landtag) and member of the council of the county of Neu-Ulm. She is Honorary Senator of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Science. She lives in Munich and Neu-Ulm. 171
  88. 88. Ran Merkazy Head of Innovation EU DA Samsung Electronics R an Merkazy is a prolific product designer and innovation manager, having lead innovation teams at Samsung, Dyson and Speedo. He is also an entrepreneur, having created his own kitchen innovations brand RMDLO. H e is adept at managing the creation of new products by working form the shelf backwards and ensuring all processes across the business are accounted for, including i nnovation strategy, design, manufacturing, R&D, technology integration, consumer research, concept validation, consumer insight & IP management. At Samsung, reporting directly to SVPs in South Korea, Ran builds products across all of the company’s consumer electronics portfolio, from fridges to phones and everything in between. His current focus is on smart home devices. 173
  89. 89. Moni Milchman Chairman & CEO Archimedicx M oni has long-standing history in establishing innovative projects and healthcare facilities. He has been involved in developing private hospitals and health insurance programs in Europe and Africa. Prior to that, he founded a large insurance sales organization and acquired a private insurance company. Moni is the founder of ARCHIMEDICX and has academic degrees in Economics and Business Administration. 175
  90. 90. Dennis Mitzner Director of Content Webydo D ennis Mitzner is the Director of Content at Webydo, an Israeli web design platform. Active in the Israeli start-up community, Dennis writes about startups, new tech trends and phenomenons for a variety of tech publications, including TechCrunch, The Next Web, Geektime and Venture Beat. Previously, Dennis was a correspondent fro AFP and the chief editor of two technology publications. In addition to journalism, he helps startups craft a brand identity online through effective content marketing and modern public relations methods. Read more about Dennis and follow him on Twitter. 177
  91. 91. Dov Moran Founder & Managing Partner Grove Ventures Dov Moran is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor, best known as the inventor of the USB stick. Founded M-Systems in 1989 and led it till its acquisition by SanDisk for $1.6B at the end of 2006. From that time established several companies and invested in many successful start-ups in the fields of IoT, B2B Cloud platforms, mobile and New Media Technologies. He has earned his BSc. at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and received many prestigious awards from major organizations and institutions; e. g. "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young, "CEO of the Year" from the IMC, and more. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Edward Rheine Award for inventing the USB Flash Drive; in January 2013, was named "Doctor Honoris Causa" from Moscow State Technical U niversity of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation and in 2015, he has received the "IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems" award. He has filed more than 37 patents and currently sits on the advisory board of Tel Aviv University Innovation Fund. 179
  92. 92. Oded Napchi VP Product & Marketing HIRO Media O ded’s extensive TV experience has been instrumental in guiding HIRO’s current product offerings and market strategy. Prior to HIRO, Oded co-founded Valis, where he spearheaded the company’s product and social development. Throughout his career, Oded has held a number of highly-influential roles in TV and radio. In fact, he founded I srael’s most popular radio station, acted as the chief content officer of the Israeli Cable Programming Company, served as a showrunner of several prime time shows, and functioned as a discipline leader at McCann Ericson. Oded was elected “Best UX expert” in Israel by one of the premier Israeli business magazines. Oded has a B.A. in Philosophy and Humanities from Tel Aviv University. 181
  93. 93. Tereza Nemessanyi Entrepreneur in Residence Microsoft NYC Tereza Nemessanyi leads Microsoft’s work with Startups in New York, helping startups go further and faster by leveraging the best of Microsoft. A seasoned media and technology e xecutive and entrepreneur, Tereza’s breadth and depth of experience across high- growth startups and the world’s largest enterprises is truly unique. C ompanies she has worked with, at senior levels, include PwC, IBM, The Walt D isney Company, Unilever, Symphony IRI, Interpublic Group, and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB). Currently, she leads Microsoft’s relationships with top NYC s tartup accelerators Techstars, Entrepreneurs Roundtable, Grand Central Tech and Work-bench. Obsessed with startups since before it was cool, Tereza was the first employee to launch the first commercial television network in post-Communist Europe -- the most successful station launch of all time (IPO 1995: CETV). Tereza is a sought-after speaker (TED, SXSW, Lean Startup Conference, Harvard Club), and been named one of 2015’s "Top Forty Women over 40" as well as a Forbes "Top 10 Female Entrepreneur" (2011), and been included in innovation initiatives with the White House and the United Nations. She earned a dual MBA/MA at The Wharton School and Lauder Institute. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, who love technology at least as much as she does. 183

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