Michal Simler, Executive Director

Michal portrait smaller pic for webMichal serves as CEO of IVN and brings with her 25 years of business experience and a passion for social engagement. Michal’s professional background and area of expertise is focused on strategy and marketing: Michal established and managed Cellcom’s CRM Group and in her last position, prior to joining IVN, she was a partner at the international firm of Deloitte, managing Deloitte Israel’s consultancy group.
Today, in addition to her role as CEO of IVN, Michal serves on the board of directors and on various committees, including: the board of directors at Kimron and the Israeli Forum for Diversity Hiring, as well as on the marketing committee at Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People and more.
Michal holds B.A. degrees in International Relations and Art History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an M.A. in Law from Bar Ilan University and a fitness trainer’s certification from the Wingate Institute.


Jackie Goren, Director – Social Businesses Investment Manager

Jackie GorenJackie serves as IVN’s Director – Social Business Investment Manager. Prior to this, Jackie was VP of Business Development and Managing Director of the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Koor Industries.
In addition to her responsibilities at IVN, Jackie is also the Managing Director of the Global Business Studies program at the Recanati Graduate School of Business at the Tel-Aviv University and serves as a Board Member of a number of public companies.

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from the Hebrew University, an LLB degree from Tel Aviv University and an International Executive MBA Kellogg Recanati Program of Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University.


Iris Lahav, West Coast Director, US

Iris-IVNIris joined IVN with years of experience in business development, banking and finance, specializing in relationship management and with a deep understanding of the Israeli hi-tech sector. Prior to managing the Israeli Scouts operation in the San Francisco Bay Area, Iris spent over two decades at Bank Leumi and Bank Leumi USA, culminating with her role as Business Development Manager, responsible for business development and customer relationship management in the private banking and corporate departments.
Iris served as Professional Liaison Operations Officer in the Israeli Defense Forces; earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Derby University.


Rebecca Schumer, East Coast Director, US

Schumer-photo (2)Prior to joining IVN, Rebecca worked in Morgan Stanley’s Prime Brokerage business helping hedge funds leverage best practices to execute efficient daily business, and as a Consultant at Valeocon Management Consulting, a boutique, global management consulting firm specializing in operational excellence & strategy. Before her time with Valeocon, Rebecca served as Deputy Director at Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a nonprofit committed to developing the next generation of grantmakers in order to increase the role that philanthropy plays in building a just, equitable, and sustainable society.

Rebecca earned her B.S. in Communications & Social Policy from NYU, and her MPA in Management from the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


Michal Woolfson, Professional Director

Responsible for the professional management of the IVN-Yozma Social Fund initiative, Michal brings with her two deIMG_0109 (4)cades of experience in development and management of social programs, catering to a variety of disadvantaged populations. Michal has a very strong professional background in the area of measurement & evaluation of social programs. During her time at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Michal managed a quality improvement initiative for programsdealing with at-risk populations and was a partner in many evaluation studies dealing with the integration of immigrants and immigrant teens, youth at risk and people with disabilities. In her last position, as Director of Planning and Control, at the Lazlo Tauber Foundation, Michal developed and led projects in various social spheres.

Michal holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science and an M.A. in public policy and nonprofit management, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Hedva Fensterheim, Senior Manager, Social Business Projects

hedva fensterheimHedva was the first Manager of Israel Venture Network’s Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program, Israel’s first and leading program for Social Entrepreneurs. Prior to joining IVN, Hedva was the Founder and first Chairperson of the NGO Parents for Pluralistic Education and founded the Meitarim Raanana Junior High – High School for Pluralistic Jewish Education, now in its eighth year. Over the course of more than a ten year period, Hedva has served as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Member of Executive Parents Board of all of the schools where her six children attended. Prior to that Hedva founded and managed CIRO Israel, the Israeli franchise of the International Fine Fashion Jewellery retailer.

Hedva holds an MBA in Marketing Management and Organizational Behavior, a B.A. in Economics and Hebrew Literature and a Teacher’s Certificate.


Varda Shoham, Manager, Social Business Projects

Vardo ShohamVarda serves as Manager, Social Business Projects and brings with her years of marketing & sales and management experience in areas of consumer products, academia and hi-tech. Before joining IVN, Varda was CEO of Sodastream – Israel, Tango (subsidiary of Clal industry) and Ram Institute; VP of Marketing at Largo Computers and University of Derby.
Varda holds an M.B.A. and a B.Sc. in Biology from Northeastern University, Boston.


Iris Arazi, Chief Financial Officer

Iris AraziIris joined IVN in 2009. Prior to this, Iris gained experience in the Venture Capital sector as a Controller at Vertex Venture Capital Fund and at Vitalife Life Sciences Venture. Before that, Iris was an auditor at Somekh Chaikin, KPMG in Tel Aviv.

Iris is a C.P.A. and holds a BA in Economics and Accounting.


Leah Kotin, Communications Manager

Leah KotinLeah is British born, grew up in Germany, lived in Israel for over fifteen years and moved back in 2008 after four years in New York.
A seasoned writer, Leah has written for a number of organizations and companies over the past fifteen years. However, not satisfied to handle only the content side, Leah recently graduated Graphic Design College and now also works as a graphic designer.

Leah holds a B.A. in International Relations and German Literature, as well as an MBA.


Nirit Edeltin, Operations Manager

NirNirit joined IVN as Operations Manager in 2012. Nirit brings with her a decade of experience in customer portfolio management and administrative projects, specifically from Playtech and G.R.A.D. Software.

Nirit has a degree in naturopathy (N.D.)


Ilana Sasson, Bookkeeper

Ilana SassonA certified seasoned bookkeeper, Ilana has been with IVN for 6 years. Prior to IVN, Ilana worked for a number of companies, including .Checkpoint and Heath & Behavioral Sciences College.