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Speaker Biographies

Adam Kostyál

Head of International Listings, Nasdaq, Stockholm 

Adam Kostyál is the Senior Vice President of the Global Corporate Client Group and head of European Listings for Nasdaq. Besides the Nordic Exchanges, Nasdaq has more than 120 companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on Nasdaq in USA. In addition Nasdaq has recently launched the Nasdaq Private Market which will be an offering for private issuers world-wide.
Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 12 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was VP of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the European, Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg.
He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.

Alan Freudenstein

Managing Partner, Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, New York 

Alan Freudenstein is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Asset Management business and Managing Partner of Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, LLC, based in New York. He sits on the board of Actiance, BATS, Ensyn, US Health Group and VITEOS.
Prior to his current role, Alan led the bank's Principal Investment Group within the Investment Banking division.
Alan joined Credit Suisse in 2000 from Bankers Trust Company where he was a Managing Director responsible for incubation and venture investments within the New World Ventures Group. Previously, he was a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and an equity research analyst at Salomon Brothers.
Alan received a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Assaf Ben Ami

CFO, ironSource, Tel Aviv 

Assaf Ben Ami joined ironSource as the CFO in 2011. Previously, he served as the Director of Finance at Carmel Ventures, an affiliate of the Viola Group, and as an Audit Manager at Deloitte Israel. A CPA, Assaf earned his BA in Economics and Accounting from Hebrew University, and his MBA specializing in Financial Management from Tel Aviv University.

Asaf Homossany

Senior Managing Director EMEA, Nasdaq, London 

Asaf Homossany is a Senior Managing Director EMEA, Global Corporate Client Group at NASDAQ (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.

Gigi Levy-Weiss

Angel Investor, Tel Aviv 

Gigi Levy is an angel investor, co founder and board member in many start ups including Playtika, Kenshoo, Plarium, MyHeritage, SweetIM, Eyeview, RealMatch, Lovelive.tv, NonoRep, Gooodjob, Superfly, Massive Impact, SpaceApe, SpeakingPal, R2Net and many others. These days Gigi spends his time working with his portfolio companies and meeting new, innovative Israeli start ups, mostly in the consumer Internet, gaming, mobile, e-commerce and SaaS spaces.
Till April 2011 Gigi Levy served as the CEO of 888 Holdings (LSE: 888.L), one of the world’s leading online gaming entertainment companies in the world. Prior to this role, Gigi worked for Amdocs, a world leading software provider and systems integrators for the Telecom market (NYSE: DOX), where his last position was Division President managing Amdocs’ activity in Europe (except Eastern Europe), Central and Latin America. Earlier in his career, Gigi held several management roles in various companies in Israel and the UK.
Before entering the business world, Gigi served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Gigi holds an MBA from the Kellogg school of management in the Northwestern University. Gigi sits on the board of MEET (Middle East Education through Technology), the prominent Israeli-Palestinian educational organization (http://meet.mit.edu/) and is a member of the advisory board of the Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBA in the Tel Aviv University.

John Metz

Managing Director, Global Technology Banking Division, Credit Suisse Investement Banking, San Francisco 

John Metz is Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Global Head of Enterprise and Cloud Communications Banking within Credit Suisse’s Technology Banking Division. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Metz focuses primarily on enterprise, cloud and communications infrastructure, with particular focus on security, virtualization, networking and storage technologies.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse First Boston in 1998, Mr. Metz was a Vice President in the Debt Finance division of the DMG Technology Group specializing in providing structured finance and equity derivatives to the high tech industry. Prior to DMG, Mr. Metz was an Associate Director at BancAmerica Securities providing acquisition, recapitalization, and bridge financing in the private and public debt markets where he helped form Bank of America’s Mid-Cap Technology Division. In addition, Mr. Metz worked at Anderson Consulting as a clustered systems architect, specializing in the financial service industry.
Mr. Metz has led over 30 technology IPO’s, advised over $100 BN in technology mergers and acquisitions, and over $1 BN in technology private placements in his 22 year career as a technology banker. Mr. Metz has served on the Board of Directors of SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Executives) and has been a frequent lecturer on the subject of the Pan Asian Technology Industry at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Mr. Metz has worked with and advised companies such as Arista Networks, 3Par, BlueCoat, Cisco, CommVault Systems, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, McDATA, Mellanox, Micron, Microsoft, Netezza, Oracle, Palo Alto Networks, Raytheon, Riverbed, Sandisk, Symantec, VERITAS Software and VMware.

Laly David

Business Development Manager, OurCrowd, Jerusalem 

Laly is a business development manager at OurCrowd and leads strategic relationships for OurCrowd and its portfolio companies. Before joining OurCrowd, Laly has held senior positions in business development and strategy across multiple industries in private and public companies. She also experienced the rollercoaster of being the CEO of a startup making eco-friendly cardboard products. Laly began her career as a lawyer and enjoyed six years in the upper west side of New York working at a leading firm on mergers & acquisitions and securities offerings. Laly was an honored soldier and served as a non-commissioned officer of education in the IDF officers school. She holds both a law degree (1997) and a Philosophy degree (1997, magna cum laudae) from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA from the Nash Honors Program at Baruch College (2000). Laly is a long distance runner and adores hiking with her family.

Philippe Cerf

Co-Head of EMEA Telecom, Media & Technology Group and Vice Chairman of the M&A EMEA Group, Managing Director, Credit Suisse Investment Banking and Capital Markets, London 

Philippe Cerf is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Division, based in London. He is Co-Head of the EMEA Telecom, Media and Technology Group and a Vice Chairman of the M&A EMEA Group.
Mr. Cerf has 26 years of investment banking experience and has been with Credit Suisse for 7 years. The European technology team at Credit Suisse covers a broad spectrum of clients and verticals from software to internet. The team has been involved in 15 IPOs of European companies over 2014/2015 including Siltronic, Zalando, Flow Traders and Markit. They are also leading M&A advisors to technology firms and one of the largest providers of leveraged finance solutions to European companies including NXP, Alcatel, Misys and Spotify, as well as the leading Private Equity houses.
Mr. Cerf is a graduate of HEC Paris and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Richard Sanders

Co-Head of Global Technology Team, Permira, London 

Richard is Co-Head of the Global Technology Team at Permira, and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He joined Permira in 1999 and became a Partner in 2006. He spent the first nine years at Permira based in London before locating to the United States in 2008 to establish the firm’s Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park, CA. Richard returned to London in 2011 but continues to serve a global role.
He has worked on numerous investments including ABS, Ancestry.com, Freescale Semiconductor, Genesys, Inmarsat, Intelsat, NDS, Teamviewer and Teraco. He currently serves as a Board member at Teamviewer, ABS and Teraco (observer).
Prior to joining Permira, Richard worked for Morgan Stanley in London in the M&A and High Yield Capital Markets divisions. Richard has a degree in Classics from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford, USA.

Shlomo Dovrat

Founder & Managing Partner, Carmel Ventures, Tel Aviv 

Shlomo Dovrat has over 30 years of recognized leadership in the hi-tech entrepreneurial and investment scene. Shlomo is a Co-Founder of the Viola Group and General Partner and Co-Founder of Carmel Ventures, a top-tier Israeli venture capital firm, with over $800 million under management.
Shlomo has extensive experience in leading software companies from inception to successful initial public offerings or sales, as well as leading and mentoring high growth technology companies. Shlomo began his career as a hi-tech entrepreneur, eventually becoming CEO and Chairman of several leading high-tech companies. Shlomo co-founded Oshap and served as its CEO and President, and later led it to its IPO on NASDAQ. Eventually, SunGard acquired Oshap for $220 million. Shlomo was also the founder of Tecnomatix, served as its CEO and President from its inception and led its IPO on NASDAQ. Later he served as Chairman and as Director until the company was sold to UGS in 2005.
Shlomo served as Chairman for ECI Telecom and led its strategic turnaround from 2002-2007, leading to its $1.25 billion acquisition. Shlomo also led Carmel’s investment in Wanova, which was acquired by VMware in May 2012. Shlomo served as Chairman of the board of Red Bend that was acquired by Harman in January 2015. Shlomo currently serves on the board of directors of Outbrain, ironSource, cVidya, eXelate, and Yallo.
In addition to his successful business career, Shlomo is actively involved in various public and philanthropic initiatives. Shlomo is a founding member of the Israel Venture Network, an initiative by leading figures in the US and Israeli high-tech communities to promote social change throughout Israel, and serves as the Chairman of the recently founded Aharon Institute for Economic Policy.

Thomas Schornstein

Market Leader Israel, Managing Director, Credit Suisse Private Banking, Zurich 

Thomas Schornstein is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Private Banking Division, based in Zurich. Since 2009 he is responsible for Market Group Israel and is the Market Leader for Israel globally. Positions held within Credit Suisse have included Market Group Head, Sector Head, Senior RM and Head of Trust Office for various markets as Germany, The Netherlands, Nordics and Africa. Mr. Schornstein served as a member on the Managing Director Evaluation Committee (MDEC) during 2009. Thomas joined Credit Suisse Private Banking in 1998 from LGT, Vaduz where he was the Head of Divisional Planning Private Banking. Prior to that, Mr. Schornstein worked at Bank Leu for two years as Chief of Staff, reporting to a member of the Management Board. Mr. Schornstein holds a Master in economics and business administration (lic.oec.publ.) from the University of Zurich.

Yori Nelken

General Partner, OurCrowd First 

Yori Nelken is an 8200 alumni, a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor bringing to OurCrowd First over 18 years of leadership experience driving startup companies from concept to success.
Yori was the founder and CEO of Banter, a pioneer in natural language processing technologies, where he successfully established the company as a category leader in the call-center space, with the largest US banks - including Wells Fargo and Bank of America - as early customers, until its acquisition by IBM.
After selling Banter in 2004, Yori joined the Mayfield Fund in Silicon Valley as entrepreneur-in-residence, where he provided dealflow and due-diligence support as well as portfolio mentoring.
In 2005, Yori founded TimeBridge - a pre-cloud calendar management assistant - which was an early example of successful viral promotion; TimeBridge drove its corporate user base to millions of users and was eventually acquired by The Merchant Circle (Reply.com).
Yori co-founded Local Sciences, a local data-as-a-service provider, successfully engineering its pivot towards becoming a broad data collection and analysis technology. Local Sciences quickly became the largest local database for service businesses in the health & beauty and automotive verticals, providing data to Yellowpages.com, Groupon and other industry leaders.
With his deep experience building businesses from the ground up and through their acquisitions, Yori has emerged as a highly sought-after CEO coach, mentor, advisor and angel investor.

Chris Cottrell

Head of Digital Media within TMT, Credit Suisse Investment Banking, New York 

Chris Cottrell is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is responsible for coverage of media content, entertainment and cable network companies within the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Group.
Chris joined Credit Suisse in October 2010 from UBS where he was a Director in the TMT and M&A groups. Prior to that, he worked at Lehman Brothers for three years in the Media & Communications and M&A groups, McKinley Greenfield Capital, GE Capital and CIBC.
Chris holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School, a degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is also a CFA charter-holder.

Daniel Cohen

Partner of Carmel Ventures 

Daniel Cohen joined Carmel Ventures in mid-2013 as a General Partner, with more than 11 years of VC experience. Daniel investment interests include digital media and consumer internet. He currently serves on the board of Tapingo, Lucky Fish and PlayBuzz.
Prior to joining Carmel, Daniel served as a General Partner in Gemini Israel Ventures from 2006 to 2012 and before that as a principal since 2001. In Gemini Daniel led investments and served as a board member in Adap.tv (acquired by AOL in 2013 for $405M), Outbrain, SupportSpace, Massive Impact, Watchdox, Eyeview and FTBPro. Daniel also managed Gemini’s Silicon Valley office in the years 2006-2009.
Daniel is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program and He holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Psychology from Tel Aviv University an MBA from INSEAD.

David Rowan

Editor, WIRED magazine, UK; Future Trends Expert and Columnist 

David Rowan is editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine, which won 2009 Launch of the Year at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards. He travels the world to meet and interview the entrepreneurs and innovators creating the future – from the Silicon Valley founders of Google and WhatsApp to the entrepreneurs building world-changing technology businesses in China. In addition, he writes the monthly “Digital Life” column in GQ magazine, and the “Tech Traveller” column in Condé Nast Traveller. He has also made TV films for Channel 4 News and written long features for eminent UK newspapers.
David speaks widely on topics ranging from the future of luxury brands to the new rules of business in a mobile-internet age; from technology megatrends to creating a culture of innovation.

Doron Averbuch

CEO of Credit Suisse Financial Services (Israel) Ltd., Managing Director, Tel Aviv 

Doron Averbuch is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse in Israel, based in Tel Aviv. He is responsible for Credit Suisse's integrated Investment and Private Banking business in Israel. Before Credit Suisse, Mr. Averbuch joined Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in 2000 where he was a member of the Investment Banking Technology team. Prior to that, Mr. Averbuch served with the Israeli Air Force for eight years as a fighter pilot.
Mr. Averbuch has advised on numerous financing, equity capital markets and M&A transactions involving Israeli and international companies in the technology, healthcare, energy, real estate and telecommunications sectors.
Mr. Averbuch holds an MBA degree from the London Business School and a BA in Economics Magna cum Laude from the Tel Aviv University.

Eyal Waldman

President & CEO of Mellanox Technologies 

Eyal Waldman is the President and CEO, Mellanox Technologies, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and Yokneam, Israel. He co-founded Mellanox Techonologies, a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for server and storage systems, in 1999. In 2007, Mellanox went public at a market cap of approximately $550 million.
Mr. Waldman believes that technical, financial, and quality milestones can be achieved with the right mindset and teamwork. Under his expert guidance, Mellanox has established a sound reputation as a leader in the data center interconnect market.
Mr. Waldman’s initiatives and management style have led Mellanox to build the world’s fastest interconnect solutions which are consistently generations ahead of all competitors. These products have changed the way companies build their computing and storage data centers to be more efficient and environment-friendly. Mellanox’s solutions have led to further research and science discoveries that were impossible with other technologies, as well as increased product development and reduced time-to-market for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to co-founding Mellanox, from March 1993 to February 1999, Mr. Waldman served as vice president of engineering and as a co-founder at Galileo Technology Ltd., a fabless semiconductor company that went public on NASDAQ in 1997 for approximately $250 million and was later sold to Marvell for $2.7 billion in 2000.
From August 1989 to March 1993, Mr. Waldman worked at Intel where he received the Intel Achievement Award in 1991 and the employee of the year award in 1992.
Mr. Waldman holds a BSc degree in Computer Engineering and an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

Joshua G. Kiernan

Partner White Case Capital Markets group; Head of European Technology Practice and the Firm's Israel Practice 

Joshua Kiernan is a US qualified partner in the White & Case's Capital Markets group in London and is Head of the Firm's European Technology Practice and the Firm's Israel Practice. Josh concentrates on international securities work and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He is also experienced in a variety of debt offerings, including high-yield bonds and sovereign debt.
Joshua represented numerous technology and life sciences companies in connection with their SEC-registered IPOs on NASDAQ and the NYSE, including Wix, CyberArk Software, ReWalk Robotics, Mediwound, Evogene, Enzymotec, Luxoft, Allot Communications, Voltaire, Saifun and Given Imaging.
He also advised the underwriters in connection with numerous SEC-registered IPOs, follow-on and secondary offerings by technology and life sciences companies such as Varonis, QIWI, Mellanox, MediaMind, Foamix, Sapiens, Magic Software, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Wintegra, ECI Telecom, Lumenis, Ituran and PowerDsine.

Leo Berent

Strategic Advisors group, Director, Credit Suisse, Zurich 

Leo Berent is a Director in Credit Suisse and is responsible for the Strategic Advisors group and the EEMEA (Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) region at Credit Suisse Solution Partners. In this role, he is in charge of originating transactions and ultra-high-net-worth-individual solutions including financing, corporate finance, wealth structuring and investment solutions.
From 2011 to 2013 Leo was at Renaissance Capital where he was responsible for the Financial Solutions Group which facilitated all financing and derivative transactions for the Group’s clients across EMEA and APAC. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in Credit Suisse running the equity team covering institutional clients in the French speaking part of Switzerland.
Leo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, London with a specialization in medical robotics.

Rami Bracha

Managing General Partner at Pitango 

Rami Beracha is a Managing General Partner at Pitango. His investment focus is primarily in Mobile Applications, Data Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure startups.
He previously practiced law in New York at the corporate financing department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson.
Rami currently serves on the Board of Directors of Carambola, ConvertMedia, FixYa, mySupermarket, Neebula, OpTier, Shaker and Ubimo.
He previously served on the Board of Directors of RADLAN (acquired by Marvell), GTEKO (acquired by Microsoft), Clearforest (acquired by Reuters), Dune Networks (acquired byBroadcom), Convergin (acquired by Oracle), , MobileAccess Networks (acquired by Corning), dbMotion (acquired by AllScripts) and Anobit (acquired by Apple).
He earned his J.D. from Tel Aviv University, L.L.M. from Fordham University, NY, and M.B.A. from INSEAD, France.

Ran Nussbaum

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Pontifax Group 

Ran Nussbaum is a managing partner and co-founder of the Pontifax Group, which has established three funds with over $220 million under management and over 30 portfolio companies. Over the past ten years, Mr. Nussbaum has been managing the group alongside Mr. Tomer Kariv. He has also served as CEO of Biomedix and Spearhead Ltd as well as chairman of the board at Ocon Medical.
Mr. Nussbaum's real life experience in the life sciences arena, coupled with a 10-year experience in the business intelligence field, creates a unique blend of skills, enabling him to support companies from inception to commercialization. His work revolves around constant and active involvement in companies, providing them with strategic and business development oversight. Mr. Nussbaum serves as a board member of many of the group's portfolio companies, including c-CAM, Insuline (public company), Eloxx, Bioblast (public company), TheraCoat, CollPlant (public company), Quiet, and Ocon Medical.

Shelly Hod Moyal

Founding Partner, iAngels 

Shelly is a founding partner at iAngels, an equity crowdfunding platform that gives accredited investors the opportunity to become angels in their own right by investing in technology startups alongside top tier angel investors in Israel.
She has an extensive financial and investment background. Prior to iAngels, Shelly was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where she was involved in numerous M&A, IPO and private equity transactions. Before that, she was a Research Analyst at Avenue Capital, where she helped identify and invest in financially distressed companies at the company’s flagship US distressed fund during the subprime crisis. She started her career as a Financial Adviser in UBS where she managed investment portfolios for private high net worth individuals.
Shelly is an MBA candidate in Kellogg Recanati and holds a BA degree (summa cum laude) in Economics from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Sai Wai Alain Lam

Managing Director & Head of Technology and Media, Credit Suisse Investment Banking and Capital Markets, Asia Pacific, Hong Kong 

Mr. Alain Lam is a Managing Director and the Head of Technology and Media in the Investment Banking and Capital Markets department, Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Credit Suisse in 2016, Mr. Lam was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley responsible for the origination and execution of equity and equity-linked financings for issuers in the telecom, media, technology, and renewable sectors in Asia Pacific.
Mr. Lam joined Morgan Stanley in 1997 and worked in Morgan Stanley's offices in New York, Menlo Park, and London before relocating to Hong Kong in 2006. Over the course of his 18 years with Morgan Stanley, Mr. Lam covered many of the most prominent technology companies globally, executing over 140 transactions with aggregate deal value of over US$60Bn.
Mr. Lam graduated with a MEng degree from the University of Oxford in 1997. Mr. Lam is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Amit Ben Sira

Market Head Israel & Central & Eastern Europe 

Amit Ben Sira is a Director in the Private Banking & Wealth Management Division of Credit Suisse, based in Zurich. He is responsible for the Market Area of Israel & Central Eastern Europe.
Amit Joined Credit Suisse in Switzerland in October 2014, where he was initially a team leader in the Israel Market Group until assuming his current role in May 2016. Prior to Joining Credit Suisse, he served for 4 years as the head of Citibank International Personal Banking as part of Citi Israel management team, overseeing both Israel and Turkish markets out of Tel Aviv. Before joining Citi, Amit worked for 10 years with Meitav, a local Israeli asset management firm, where in his last role he acted as executive vice president of business development and served on various board positions within the firm.
Amit Holds a BSc in Economics and communications from the University of Tel Aviv, and an Executive MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University as well as the Recanati School Of Management at the University of Tel Aviv.

Dov Moran

USB Stick, or DiskOnKey 

Dov Moran is an Israeli entrepreneur and investor, best known as the inventor of the USB Flash Drive (USB Stick, or DiskOnKey).
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, big data and digital health.

Dov Moran is recognized globally and received many prestigious awards from major organizations and institutions:

  • "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young
  • "CEO of the Year" from the IMC
  • The prestigious Edward Rheine Award for inventing the USB Flash Drive (2012)
  • In January 2013, was named "Doctor Honoris Causa” from Moscow State Technical University of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation
  • In 2015, he has received the “IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Information Storage Systems” award
  • In June 2016, he was given the title of “Honorary Doctor” from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Dov has recently founded an early-stage fund called Grove Ventures. The fund invests in startups with hard-to-replicate technology in the areas of IoT, Cloud and Big data.
Grove Ventures operates in a unique investment model, supporting the startups throughout their inception and growth; influencing their DNA and culture, helping them to define their way and stay focused on execution and scaling. Grove provides all the support needed to shape and build successful global businesses: capital, expertise, networks and a shared place for creative work.
Dov has earned his BSc. at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and filed more than 40 patents and currently sits on the advisory board of Tel Aviv University Innovation Fund.

Jon Medved

Founder & CEO, OurCrowd 

Jon Medved (Founder & CEO, OurCrowd) is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists”. In the 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60” Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel.
Medved is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors which has raised more than $230M for 93 companies since its launch in February 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek said that OurCrowd “has blown up the exclusivity around tech fundraising” and The Jerusalem Post added that "It has taken OurCrowd only a matter of months to become one of Israel’s most active funds". TheStreet.com said that OurCrowd is “Crowdfunding for Real Investors.”
Prior to OurCrowd, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) and the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, with $262M under management.

Shmuel (Mooly) Eden

Former Senior Vice President Intel Corporation, High Tech Consultant 

Shmuel (Mooly) Eden is One of Israel’s Technology leaders, and until recently he held the position of Senior Vice President of Intel Corporation and the President of Intel Israel (The biggest private employer in the state).

Eden joined Intel Israel in 1982. He held numerous technical and managerial positions in microprocessor research & development. Among the highlight of his career one can mention:

  • Leading the design of the Intel® Pentium® processor with MMX™ technology (The 1st Multibillion $ processor designed in Israel). 
  • Leading the design of Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology (That started the Mobile revolution)
  • Shaping the Intel Israel development centers to be one of the best innovative design centers in the world

In 2003 Eden relocated to the US and held several marketing and executive positions. Before returning to Israel he was heading Intel’s biggest business unit, The Notebook and desk top group, growing its revenue to 32B$.
In 2012 Eden returned to Israel where he has been serving as the President of Intel Israel as well as the General Manager of the Perceptual Computing organization which he established in 2011. Eden dedicated his free time to promote STEM education and help startups.
In 2010 Eden was voted by the “Fast Company magazine as one the 26 most creative people in the world.
In 2012 Eden was voted by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 most brilliant technological minds in the world along side Amazon CEO and Apple chief designer.
Eden received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel in 1973 and a senior business management degree from Jerusalem University. He taught as an adjunct senior lecturer at the MBA program of the Technion Institute of Technology from 1999 to 2002.

Tal Barnoach

General Partner, Disruptive Technologies L.P, Venture Capital Fund 

Over the past 20 years he acted as a co-founder and executive of companies such as S.E.A which went public in 1996, Orca Interactive (acquired by France Telecom in 2008), BeInsync (acquired by Phoenix Technologies in 2008) and Dotomi (acquired by ValueClick in 2011).
He was a seed investor in companies such as Qumranet (acquired by Redhat), Crossrider (acquired by The Market) and he is a seed investor in Israeli Start Up companies.
Tal founded Disruptive Technologies L.P in 2014 an early stage fund which focuses on Israeli related companies and technologies.
Tal is currently on the boards of Beamr, Idomoo, Anodot, Docady, Askem, IVY, Tailor Brands, CoCycles, Deep, Engageya . He served in the Israeli Special Intelligence Unit of the IDF and is a Tel-Aviv University graduate.

Venus Tse

Credit Suisse Digitization Strategy and Credit Suisse Program Lead for Kickstart Accelerator Program 

Venus Tse is Vice President in Digitization Strategy and Platform Transformation at Credit Suisse, Swiss Universal Bank – based in Zurich. Her responsibilities include defining the digitization strategy for the bank with the goal to place Credit Suisse in the leading position of innovation. She is also leading the Kickstart Accelerator initiative from Credit Suisse’s end to organize a 3-month program to bring in startups world-wide to cultivate and grow their businesses in Switzerland.
Venus joined Credit Suisse in mid-2015 from Deutsche Telekom in Germany where she held the role of Strategic Partnerships and Partner Management in mobile applications. Prior to that, Venus was at Dell in the US where she was part of the Corporate Strategy and Corporate Development team with specific focus on establishing strategic partnerships and M&A of fortune 500 companies. Venus holds an M.B.A. from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree from Purdue University.

Marco Rodzynek

Founder NOAH Advisors Ltd. and NOAH Conference, March 2009 – present 

In 2009, Marco Rodzynek founded NOAH Advisors, a Pan-European Internet-focused corporate finance boutique.
Marco has over 16 years of investment banking experience covering the Internet and media space, having started his career at Lehman Brothers where he was the Head of European Internet Investment Banking. Since early 1998, he has been involved in 50 announced M&A deals with a total transaction value of over $100 billion and worked on 10 capital market transactions which raised $16 billion.
NOAH Advisors is a leading corporate finance boutique focused on sizable European Internet companies. The NOAH team advises on secondary sell-side transactions, as well as selected buy-side mandates and private debt and equity capital raisings for mature Internet companies. Since its foundation in 2009, NOAH has completed 22 transactions. In 2014, NOAH Advisors most notably closed the $800m sale of Fotolia to Adobe, the sale of Facile.it to Oakley Capital, the $230m sale of Yad2 to Axel Springer and the €80m sale of Trovit to Next Co.
About NOAH Conference
Launched in 2009, the NOAH Conference has grown into the preeminent European event where over 2,000 Internet CEOs, executives and investors gain insights into the latest proven concepts, network and establish new business relationships, while also enjoying the NOAH business networking dinner party. Known for its focus on profitable business models and data, the event is also about interacting with speakers, being inspired, and having fun.
In 2015, NOAH hosted two events in Europe with different underlying themes. NOAH London in November is focused on connecting capital with great entrepreneurs and helping service providers to find relevant customers. NOAH Berlin (co-hosted with Axel Springer Verlag) in June is a platform for digital challengers and industry leaders in automotive, energy, healthcare, education, finance, travel, TMT, retail, gaming, wearables, home automation and advertising.
Executive Director
Lehman Brothers
February 1998 – March 2009 (11 years 2 months)
Media Investment Banking Team in London covering Internet, professional media and yellow pages companies across Europe.
Marco Rodzynek lives in Switzerland (Luzern) and is the father of two girls.