Following is a glance to my professional career. My CV is available here.

An academic and practitioner at once, I was priviledged to be directly involved for the last 35 years in the remarkable build-up process of the Israeli high-tech sector, my career ranging from technology development and engineering to marketing, management, consulting and investment.

 

My career includes executive management positions at leading publicly traded hi-tech companies like Sapiens International Corp., Lannet Data Communications Ltd. and Fibronics Ltd. as well as at a series of technology start-ups such as XOsoft, Snapshield, OptoSTORAGE and Bacsoft and served in the Board of Directors of several high-tech firms.

I serve as policy design advisor to the Israeli National Economic Council, the Israeli Chief Scientist Office and various international and foreign government agencies.

 

In parallel I developed my academic career. I hold the position of  Research Assistant Professor at The Technion, and  visiting professor at the Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the ORT University of Montevideo, in the fields of Entrepreneurial Finance and Economics of Innovation.

 

I hold a MSEE from TUI, a MSM from Boston University and a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

EDUCATION:

 

2002-2006

PhD in Business Management (Entrepreneurial Finance)

The Hebrew University - Jerusalem, Israel

 

1999

Senior Executives Forum Program

IMD Lausanne, Switzerland

 

1996-1997

MS in Management

Boston University

 

1984

Postgraduate Program (Computer Networks)

Tel Aviv University, Israel

 

1972-1977

MS in Electronics Engineering

Technical University of Iasi, Romania

 

Jan. 2002 – present
Independent Management Consultant

 

A recent partial client list includes:

  • The National Economic Council at Israeli PM Office

  • EUREKA, EU

  • The Israeli Foreign Ministry

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, EU

  • Intra American Development Bank (IADB), USA

  • IEICI

  • UEFISCDI, Romania

2006 – 2007 BacSoft
Non-Executive Director and Interim Chairman 

 

BacSoft is a leading provider of industrial automation remote monitoring and control (M2M) wireless solutions. In addition to the regular Board Member duties I functioned as interim Board Chairman during company’s recapitalization process.

 

2003 – 2006 OptoSTORAGE
Chief Executive Officer

 

OptoStorage is a young startup that developed a genuine, patented, non-volatile optical memory technology for mobile applications such as cameras, phones and more.

2000 – Dec. 2001SNAPshield Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer

 

At the request of Founders and Shareholders took over the position of CEO and lead the company migration from start-up to self-financed, operation. During my term, SNAPshield became break-even, increasing yearly sales by a factor of four and securing $4M sales backlog for the subsequent year.

 

1999 – 2000 ISAL Investments and XOsoft
Consultant, VP, Board Member 

 

Served as Vice President of ISAL Investments, as well as Executive and Board Member in several start-up companies.

Responsible for identifying opportunities, executing due diligence and recommending the investment in high tech companies.

Active Director in the Board of SNAPshield.

Chief Officer of Marketing and Business Dev. at XOsoft. 

1997 - 1999 Sapiens International Corp.
Executive VP, Business Dev. and Marketing

 

Member of Management Board with ministerial responsibility over M&A, strategic alliances, strategy and Corporate Marketing planning and implementation. Executed a number of acquisitions in France, Germany, Israel and US. Developed relationships with the European Union including joint projects funded by EU.

 

1993-1997 Lannet Ltd. / Madge Networks Ltd.
Vice President, Business Dev.

 

Organizing and directing Business Activities at Corporate level.

Initiated and implemented a series of strategic relationships with companies like: AT&T (Lucent), Olivetti, and Matsushita. In 1995, BD accounts generated 10% of LANNET revenues. Managing a team of six senior managers responsible for different BD projects in US, Europe and Asia.

In January 1996, Madge Networks Ltd. acquired LANNET.

1992-1993 Fibronics Ltd.
Director, Business Development.

 

Responsible for OEM, Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures.

Successful penetration of Japanese Market, through alliances with Nichimen and Hitachi; launched a new operation (MAVIX) in cooperation with Bitfield (Finland) in the field of multimedia.

 

1990-1992 Fibronics Ltd., London, UK
European Mrkt. and Sales Support Manager.

 

Relocated to London.

Establishing a pan-European entity with Marketing and Sales Support of Fibronics regional operations responsibilities.

Developing business relations with trans-national European corporations like Olivetti, Memorex and ESA.

1988-1990 Fibronics Ltd.
FDDI Product Line Manager

 

In charge with business planning, product specification, R&D and engineering project control as well as product rollout, market penetration and consolidation of FDDI products. During this period, Fibronics repositioned itself from a Fiberoptic Multiplexers provider as an FDDI leader.

 

1979-1988 IAI Ltd.
Manager, Distributed Data Systems.
 

Responsible for computer networking strategies at IAI’s Engineering Division, one of the largest and most complex computing systems in Israel. Design and implementation of EDAN, a computer network serving 6 Computer Centers, 1500 terminals, CNC machines, industrial robots, etc. Computers in use: CDC, DEC, GOULD, IBM, DATA GENERAL, HP, TEKTRONICS, SUN. Managing a 15-member team.

 

1977-1978 Technoton, Iasi, Romania
Prototype Line Engineer.

 

Responsible for prototype design and production technology at Technoton (Romania), a general-purpose electronic equipment factory.

Public Assignments:

 

  • Committee Member, Prime Minister of Israel Prize for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (2010 – present)

  • Co-Chairman, Global Entrepreneurship Week in Israel (2010 – 2011)

  • Advisory Board Member, iCreate, India  (2012 – present)

  • Country Coordinator, RICAFE II (EU), (2004 – 2009)