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.
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.
Mr. Shimon Peres
of the State of Israel
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
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
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.
Business Development Manager
EMEA StartUp Community
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.
Neuroscientist & Technology Evangelist
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
Yedioth Ahronoth Daily
1973 B.A. in History and Political Science, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2006 Visiting Fellow, Saban Center, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.
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.
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.
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.
2008 Maria Grazia Cutuli International Prize for Journalism, given by Corriera Della
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.
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
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.
Managing Director, Western Europe & Israel
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
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.
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
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).
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.
Director of Strategic Marketing & Operations
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
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.
Editor At Large
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
Dr. Lily Chan
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
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
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.
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.
Senior Manager Technical Evangelism
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.
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.
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.
Founder & Managing Partner
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).
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.
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-
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
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
Corporate Development Director
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.
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.
Senior Vice President & General Manager
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
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.
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
Daniel also produced the documentary "INSIDE: FARC Hostage Rescue" for National
Geographic Channel. From 2002 to 2005 Daniel worked in the creative department of
Daniel is the Founder and Managing Director of the ABC Fellows program, and a 2014
visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Cyber Security Industry Analyst & Public Speaker
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
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.
Omek Studio Manager
Perceptual Computing Group
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
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
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
Partner & CEO
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Abraham H. Foxman
National Director Emeritus
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
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
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
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.
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
Tel-Aviv University, School of East Asia (Chinese), 2002
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.
TV Host, Channel 2
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).
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 ~
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.
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.
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.
Middle East Editor
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Vice President, Business Development and
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.
Managing Director - EMEA
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.
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
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.
Senior Developer Advocate
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of
the Innovation, Marketing and Technology (IMT)
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 –
Global Executive Advisor / Head of Innovation
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
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.
Minister of Economic Affairs
Government of the Netherlands
1972: Secondary school, Lochem
1977-1980: Auditor’s course at the Tax and Customs Administration Training Centre,
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
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
Country General Manager
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.
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
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.
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.
Dr. Nimrod Kozlovski
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.
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.
Business Development Partner
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.
Prof. Peretz Lavie
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.
Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich Latar
Founding Dean of the Sammy Ofer School
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
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.
Executive Vice President Mobile Services
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.
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.
VP Innovation & Strategy
Head of the Amdocs Team
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deputy CEO & General Secretary
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
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
Vice President of Research EMEA
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.
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.
Editor in Chief
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.
President & COO
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.
President of Consumer Brands
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 monthlyvisitors in the
U.S. in 2011 to over 200 million users in 14 countries todayincluding the UK, Canada,
France (Le Huffington Post with Le Monde), Spain (ElHuffington Post with El Pais),
Italy (L'Huffington Post with La Repubblica), Japan(Huffington Post Japan with Asahi
Shimbun), Maghreb, Germany (HuffingtonPost Germany with Burda/Tomorrow Focus),
Brazil (Huffington Post with Abril),South Korea (Huffington Post with Hankyoreh),
Greece (Huffington Post and24MEDIA), Australia (Huffington Post and Fairfax Media)
and Arabi (Huffington Post andIntegral Media Strategies) and India (Huffington Post and
The Times of India Group).
Jimmy has a Masters in International Marketing and an Executive MBA fromLondon
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.
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
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
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.
Head of Innovation EU DA
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.
Chairman & CEO
M oni has long-standing history in establishing innovative projects and healthcare
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.
Director of Content
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.
Founder & Managing Partner
Dov Moran is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor, best known as the inventor of the
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
VP Product & Marketing
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.
Entrepreneur in Residence
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.