IVN Members & Mentors are part of an elite network of senior business executives, dedicated and committed to the betterment of Israel’s social landscape.
Member involvement is instrumental in helping our social ventures realize their dreams.
- Developing an overarching investment strategy applying the most innovative social finance models aimed at bridging societal gaps
- Implementing a rigorous process of social gap identification and selection of social ventures capable of having the highest possible, sustainable impact on the identified social gaps
- Providing operational oversight on the ground, based on established business management practices
- Developing strategic partnerships in order to reach sustainable and replicable social impact.
We are grateful to our almost 100 members. Your experience, time, talent and financial support are instrumental in helping us shape a better Israel.
At some point in our lives we all develop the desire to give back to society; to put to work what we have been fortunate to accumulate over the years and give to those less fortunate. But how do you do it? Investing your time, talent, and money for the benefit of society is not something to be taken lightly. How do you find the ‘right’ cause – a cause which on the one hand can make a noticeable and lasting impact while on the other, gets you interested, excited, and emotionally involved? Once you find a social venture which may be right for you, how do you qualify it? Is it well managed? Does it track its results and have measurements for success?
This is where IVN comes in. At IVN we fulfill our mission by recruiting some of the best and most successful business executives and by harnessing their resources – time, talent, and money.
You’ll receive periodic updates and invitations to intimate events presenting prominent speakers and have the unique opportunity to invest in high impact social ventures that are inline with your interests and vision while being assured that they are part of a well defined investment strategy.
The IVN Network
Mentors are members of the IVN network. Mentorship is done on a volunteer basis. Every venture receives close guidance from at least one dedicated volunteer mentor and access to a team of horizontal mentors while included in the program. IVN is fortunate to have a quality network of active mentors who are involved in our programs and activities.
The following is a partial list of IVN members & mentors (in alphabetical order):
- Larry Akerman, CPA
Larry is CFO of Pelephone Communications Ltd. and brings with him years fo experience in the field of communications, finance and management.
- Erez Antebi
With decades of experience in high-tech management, Erez is the former CEO of Gilat Satellites.
- Shai Beilis
A veteran in the field of high-tech, Shai is a Managing Partner of Tamarix Ventures and also serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of Formula Ventures, Ltd.
- Anat Ben Baruch
Former VP Marketing and Business Development at MicroSteps Technologies and VP Marketing at C.O.M (College of Management) Israel, Anat is a consultant, providing executive level strategic, marketing and organizational consulting services to numerous organizations, companies and start-ups. She brings with her a deep organizational knowledge and years of marketing experience.
- Heli Ben Nun
Heli Ben Nun is a prominent veteran of Israel’s technology investment industry. She has over two decades of experience in high-tech development, specializing in communications and Cleantech.
- Avi Ben Zichri
Avi has over 25 years of experience in managing Hi-Tech R&D multi-disciplinary teams in corporate and start-up companies, including COO and VP R&D at Neistar, VP R&D at Oplus Technologies (later acquired by Intel) and R&D Manager at Siemens Data Communication (Ornet).
- Yossi Ben Shalom
Prior to co-founding DBSI Investments Ltd., Yossi served as Executive VP and CFO of Koor Industries Ltd. and as Chairman of the Board of Cimatron Ltd. & Pointer Telocation Ltd.
- Arie Bergman
Former chairman and CEO of Mobat Communication, Arie is founder, chairman and CEO of Bartal Electronic Enclosures. He brings with him decades of experience in product design, development and manufacturing.
- Dr. Ilan Cohn
Ilan is a patent attorney with many years of experience and is a senior partner in Reinhold Cohn, the largest patent attorney firm in Israel. Ilan is involved in the founding and management of technology ventures and, among others, is the Chairman of Can-Fite BioPharma, a public company that is dually listed in Israel and in the USA. Ilan is also involved in social activities and serves as a co-chairman of the Center for Israeli Education (“Chinuch Yisraeli”) movement.
- Adina Enden
Adina is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in key executive management operational positions for world-class technology companies, such as Dvtel Inc., SmarTeam, CheckPoint Software, Adjungo Networks & Comverse. Adina has a successful track record of creating growth through strategic partnerships.
- Nirit Eshkar Tolkowsky
With over 20 years of social and organizational experience in the field of psychology, Nirit is head of the Financial Committee and member of the Board of Directors at Sapir Academic College, as well as Director of Finance at BME Capital Management. She has served as Chairwoman and President of the Israeli Psychological Association and was involved in parliamentary legislation in the field.
- Dubi Feldman, CPA
Currently CEO at Tolipaz Investments Ltd, Dubi has held the position of CFO at Caribbean Gulf Petroleum, V.P. Finance at Minrav Holdings Ltd & V.P. Finance and CFO at the Zeevi Group.
- Maier Fenster, Esq.
Maier is the lead patent attorney responsible for medical devices & special projects at Ehrlich & Fenster.
- Avi Fogel
Avi, a serial entrepreneur and IVN board member, is an active angel investor and principal & owner of Majorlee Investments, a combination hedge and VC fund focusing on tech investments. Avi has been the CEO of four technology startups in which he saw six exits.
- Dr. Amir Guttman
Founder and managing partner of Aviv Venture Capital, Amir brings with him 20 years of business experience. Prior to Aviv, Amir served for 6 years as member of the senior management of Discount Investments Corp, after serving as a senior associate at the consulting practice of Coopers & Lybrand in San Francisco.
Amir is an adjunct Professor at the Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University and serves on a number of boards.
- Shaul Gur
For 25 years, Shaul was co-owner and director of Bama Plus Services, a full-service theatrical installation company. Today, Shaul is putting his years of experience to good use as a top of the line event service professional.
- Simon Hakim
Simon is currently the Senior Relationship Manager of the Private Banking Division at HSBC.
- Amir Halevy, Esq.
Amir is a Partner at Gross, Kleinhendler, Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. Amir’s areas of expertise are capital markets, technology & venture capital, private wealth and labor relations.
- Adrian Horodnicean
Adrian is currently a Partner at Afterdox after many years as a senior executive at Amdocs.
- Naftali (Tali) Idan
Former CFO at Ceragon, Tali currently serves as director at Lumenis and is involved in a number of social organizations. As a seasoned financial executive, having served as CFO in leading Israeli high-tech companies, Tali brings with him years of invaluable experience.
- Michal Kahan
Michal is currently the CEO of Lev El. Prior to Lev El Michal was a Director of Marketing for Broadcom Corporation (NADAQ: BRCM) and co-founder of Dune networks in 2001 which was then acquired by Broadcom in Dec 2009.
- Noga Kap
Bringing over twenty years of hands-on experience in sales, finance and management in the high-tech industry, Noga is responsible for all seed and early-stage investments in BRM Hi-Tech.
- Ronen Kaufman
With a background in sociology and behavioral studies, Ronen brings with him valuable experience. Currently a partner at Emda Technologies, Ronen has served as VP of HR at Psagot, Menora Mivtachim and Corisma.
- Ayelet Levav
Previously an executive at Telrad and Amdocs, Ayelet is VP of Human Capital at a leading Internet company. Ayelet brings with her almost two decades of experience.
- Vered Livne
Executive Director of Hakol Hinuch , IVN Mentor, Management Consultant, former Executive Director of the Kahn Foundation and founding Executive Director of AGENDA.
- Bruria Miron
Formerly VP Human Resources at Gemini Israel Funds, today Bruria works as a freelance Human Resource Consultant.
- Ziv Mendel
Since the establishment of John Bryce Training in 1994, Ziv has held the position of co-CEO and has succeeded in creating Israel’s top training company, with branches nationwide and abroad.
- Hanan Miron
Hanan is CEO of the Aurum Group, having held senior positions in hi-tech companies such as Schema Ltd, BackWeb Technologies and Nice Systems.
- Rami Mittelman
Previously Senior VP and Managing Director at Verint Systems, Rami has decades of experience in leading hi-tech companies.
- Eytan Mizrahi
With a graduate degree in social work, Eytan is the former CEO of the Israeli Association of Community Centers, a government owned company operating 170 community centers nationwide, employing more than 20,000 employees.
- Brenda Morginstin
With years of experience in management, negotiation and building partnerships for program development with government ministries, public organizations, local government, private funds as well as numerous NGOs, Brenda, is currently a consultant for social service development. Prior to that, Brenda was Director of Service Development Funds at Israel’s National Insurance Institute (NII) and Director of Research, also at the NII.
- Gady Muntz
Former Managing Director of Manpower Southern Europe (a business unit with Revenues of $2.5 Billion) and with years of experience in M&A, Business Development and Marketing including in the field of high-tech. Gady is currently a partner and a board member at AfterDox.
- Igal Nissim, CPA
Currently CFO at Galil Software Technologies (a social enterprise), Igal has served as Chief Financial Officer of various hi-tech public companies, including Verint and Comverse.
- Rachel Offer
Formerly a manager and Senior VP of HR at Comverse, Rachel is currently a management and HR consultant with over 30 years of experience.
- Avi Ostfeld
Entrepeneur, was founder and CEO of CastUP (today a Cisco company), before – a senior manager at the Tel-Aviv Stock exchange, today a board member and mentor in several companies and NGO’s, acting mainly in the fields of education and technology.
- Noga Perry
Previously an executive at Comverse, SunGard STeP, Oblicore and Navajo (acquired by Salesforce.com), Noga is General Manager Israel and VP at Salesforce.com, a leading company in cloud computing. Noga brings with her over two decades of experience.
- Dror Pockard
Over the past 25 years, Dror has built and lead consultancy units. Dror founded Ernst and Young’s Management Consulting practice in Israel, and established the System Integration and Implementation Division at Amdocs. Dror also served as CEO for eglue Business Technologies (sold to Nice Systems).
- Huli Raz
Former VP of Customer Service at Pelephone & Visa Cal, Huli is owner and CEO of a consulting firm specializing in customer service for large telecom companies in Israel.
- Shuki Raz
Currently Product Lifecycle Group Manager (PLM) at ECI Telecom, Shuki was previously PLM at Nokia Siemens Networks and at Atrica.
- Reuven Reif, Esq.
Reuven was a Senior Partner at Goldfarb, Levy, Eran & Co., one of Israel’s leading law firms, until his retirement at the end of 2007 and remains Of Counsel to the firm.
- Aviv Ron
Aviv is the CEO and Co-Founder of Huntington Property Investments.In addition to being a real estate entrepreneur he has held CEO and GM positions in several Hi-Tech companies in the US, France and Israel. Aviv is also a former management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.
- Dr. Doron Rozen
Doron has more than 25 years of experience in the medical field and almost 15 as an entrepreneur and investor in medical devices and biotech.
- Yair Sakov
VP of Business Development at Al Fanar (an Arab-led social venture specializing in workforce development) and owner of the Tanor Group, Yair has decades of experience as a senior executive with international high-tech companies and VC’s, including Gilat Satellite Networks, FTS, Vertex Venture Capital, Mobilitec, 3Com and more.
- Eli Sasson
Eli, a seasoned executive, is a professional director and consultant of business and non-profit organizations. With decades of experience in business & strategy, he founded Minicom in 1988 and, as CEO, ran the company until it was acquired by TrippLite in 2012.
- Rina Shainski
With a successful 20 year career leading business development and R&D in several high-growth companies, Rina is currently a General Partner at Carmel Ventures.
- Nira Simels
With over two decades of experience in management, business development, recruitment, operations and sales, Nira is Deputy Director General for Business Relations at the Israeli Employment Service. Prior to this, she served as Managing Director of Manpower Professional Israel.
- Edwin Slonim
Edwin has over 30 years of operational experience with high-tech companies globally, including senior management positions in Intel and CEO of prominent Israeli startups.
- Orli Tori
With a background in microbiology, Orli currently serves as interim CEO at Bar Ilan R&D Co., as well as Executive Consultant at AS OnLine. Prior to this, Orli served as Senior VP Corporate Business Development at Neopharm group and later General Manager of Neopharm Israel.
- Paule Tzuker
Paule is the founder and CEO of the Nisha Group, a leading contingency placement firm in Israel, specializing in the high tech and biotech industries. The Nisha Group is subsidiary of the Danel Company, which is traded on the Tel Aviv stock exchange and has more than 250 employees. The Nisha Group handles professional and executive placement, recruitment and local hiring worldwide. Paula brings with her more than 25 years of valuable experience in human resources and placement.
- Dani Tzur
An executive organizational, managerial and personal consultant to wide variety of companies, Dani brings with him two decades of experience in the field of HR. Former Deputy Director of HR in companies such as Pelephone, Strauss-Elite and Eurocom Nokia, Dani is actively involved with educational ventures supporting employment for special needs populations and youth-at-risk. Dani has played key roles in social organizations, including serving as coordinator of a national training for the Israeli Scouts Movement and as CEO of the Israeli Society for Autistic Children (ALUT).
- Carmel Vernia
Previously at Intel Corp, former CTO of Comverse, Chief Scientist for the Government of Israel and Chairman of Tower Semiconductors, today Carmel is a private investor in early-stage technology companies in Israel through the Startup Factory – an Angel Club he founded and runs.
- Dr. Oded Wachsman
Oded is a very experienced entrepreneur with extensive experience in establishing and managing medical devices and Biotech start-up companies.
- Eran Wagner
With a rich entrepreneurial and executive background and over 20 years of experience in developing and scaling businesses in the high-tech industry, Eran is General Partner at Gemini. He currently sits on the board of Moovit, WalkMe, WatchDox, Contextream, Totango, Cloudshare and Weka.io.
- Eran Yarkoni
Eran, a serial entrepreneur and high-tech executive, has decades of hands-on experience in establishing, financing and executive management of global ventures and companies.
- Claudio Yarza, CPA
With 25 years of experience in the financial arena, both in the public and private sector, Claudio is a partner at Kesselman & Kesselman (PwC Israel), and a member of its Executive Board. For the last 15 years, he has headed up the Life Sciences division.
- Daniel Zimet
Founder and CEO of Zimet Marketing Communication, specializing in brand development and marketing communication strategies, Daniel is a senior fellow and lecturer at the Center for International Communication, Bar-Ilan University.