Mentors are members of the IVN network, who are among the leading business entrepreneurs in Israel and the US with many years of business, strategic, marketing, funding, technical, and financial expertise to share. 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 list of current and past IVN mentors (in alphabetical order):
- Tali Aben, B.Sc., M.B.A.
A former General Partner at Gemini Israel funds, Tali advises international Cleantech investors on opportunities within the Israeli Cleantech sector.
- Larry Akerman, B.A., CPA
Larry is CFO of Pelephone Communications Ltd. and brings with him years fo experience in the field of communications, finance and management.
- Ami Amir, B.Sc.
With years of experience in the high-tech sector, Ami founded RADVISION in the early 90’s and opened Partech’s Israeli office in April 2002.
- Erez Antebi, M.Sc.
With decades of experience in high-tech management, Erez is the former CEO of Gilat Satellites.
- Olga Barel, M.Sc
Olga has over 30 years of experience in the field of hi-tech, from software development of communications systems to team management, project management, all the way up to senior management as Director of Sales & Marketing at Verint. Olga is currently a life and business coach.
- Shai Beilis, M.Sc.
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, M.B.A., M.Sc.
Former VP Marketing and Business Development at MicroSteps Technologies and VP Marketing at C.O.M (College of Management) Israel, Anat is a marketing and organizational consultant, specializing in business strategy.
- Heli Ben Nun, M.Sc.
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.
- Yossi Ben Shalom, B.A., M.B.A.
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.
- Dr. Yuval Carmon, Ph.D.
Previously an Information Systems Engineer at RAFAEL (Government of Israel’s Defense R&D Arm) and a Central Information Department Manager at Mekorot (National Water Authority), Yuval founded Carmon Integrated Information Systems in 1983 with an expertise in creating information systems for project management including the conversion and adaptation of MS Project to Hebrew. From 2003 Yuval was a partner and CEO of Calanit Carmon. In 2009, through a partner, Yuval purchased Proceed and turned it into an independent company.
- Vibeke Dank, Adv.
Vibeke specializes in providing commercial and corporate legal services to hi-tech and defense companies active internationally. Working at multi-national technology companies since 1996, Vibeke brings a comprehensive, original and practical business approach to her legal involvement. She specializes in agreements with large enterprises as well as government agencies and brings a unique approach to the negotiating table. Additionally, Vibeke provides various legal infrastructure and compliance support. Further details may be found at www.vibekedank.com
- Ofer Du-Nour, B.A., M.Sc.
With over 20 years of semiconductor related experience, Ofer is currently the Chairman and CEO of Tevet Process Control Technologies, Ltd. Prior to Tevet, Ofer served as Senior VP at Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and as the Projects Department Manager at Tower Semiconductors. Ofer holds multiple patents.
- Adina Enden, B.Sc.
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.
- Dubi Feldman, C.P.A.
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, B.Sc, M.Sc
Maier is the lead patent attorney responsible for medical devices & special projects at Ehrlich & Fenster.
- Susan Fisher, M.B.A.
Susan is the Director of First Class Training which she founded in 1991 and which has grown to be one of Israel’s leading personal effectiveness & communication training organizations. The company is also active internationally.
- Avi Fogel, B.Sc.E.E., M.B.A.
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 , M.A., PhD.
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.
- Andrew Griffel, B.A., J.D.
An international lawyer, seasoned executive and consultant, Andy has decades of experience in the fields of business-nonprofit partnerships, social entrepreneurship, institution establishment and restructuring, board leadership training, publishing, writing & editing.
- Tamir Galili, B.Sc., M.B.A.
Currently CEO of PerfAction, Tamir was Chairman & CEO at Parrot media, President & CEO at InspiAir & President & CEO at CogniTens.
- 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, B.Sc.
Adrian is currently a Partner at Afterdox after many years as a senior executive at Amdocs.
- Giora Inbar, B.A., M.B.A.
Giora currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of Isal Amlat, TAT Technology’s controlling shareholder, and as the chief executive officer of KMN Holdings Ltd., the parent of Isal Amlat.
- Irit Israeli-Kahana, M.A.
Having spent many years as a senior executive and then as VP at Amdocs, Irit is currently Managing Director at Afterdox.
- Yigal Jacoby, B.A., M.Sc.
Yigal co-founded Allot Communications and serves as member of the board. Prior to Allot, Yigal founded Armon Networking which he sold to Bay Networks and after which he then went on to serve as General Manager of Bay Network’s Network Management Division in Santa Clara.
- Michal Kahan, B.Sc., M.B.A.
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, B.Sc., M.B.A.
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.
- Giora Kaplinski, B.Sc.
Former manager in the high tech arena and part owner of the Marvell Technology Group, Giora is currently a professional life coach.
- Ronnie Kenneth, B.A., M.B.A.
Currently Chairman and CEO at Voltaire Ltd., Ronnie served as Chairman of the Board of Iamba Technologies and was a General Partner of Telos Venture Partners, as well as having been the European Business Unit General Manager at Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
- Rudy Leser, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Currently VP Strategy at Sequans Communications, Rudy’s previous positions include Corporate VP at Alvarion and VP Marketing and Business Development at Floware Ltd.
- Ayelet Levav, M.A.
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, M.A.
Executive Director of Hakol Hinuch , IVN Mentor, Management Consultant, former Executive Director of the Kahn Foundation and founding Executive Director of AGENDA.
- Bruria Miron, B.A., M.A.
Formerly VP Human Resources at Gemini Israel Funds, today Bruria works as a freelance Human Resource Consultant.
- Ziv Mendel, B.Sc.
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, LLB, M.B.A.
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, B.Sc., M.Sc.
Previously Senior VP and Managing Director at Verint Systems, Rami has decades of experience in leading hi-tech companies.
- Eytan Mizrahi, B.A., M.A.
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, M.P.A, M.S.W
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.
- Ron Moritz, M.Sc., M.B.A.
Ron is a well-regarded executive with over twenty five years of broad operational and strategic experience from premier technology companies such as Symantec, Microsoft and Computer Associates.
- 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.
- Lee-Bath Nelson, Ph.D.
Former General Partner at Plenus, and now Corporate Director of Business Development at Orbotech, Lee-Bath brings with her over 15 years of hi-tech and business experience.
- Igal Nissim, B.A., C.P.A.
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, M.B.A.
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, B.Sc., M.Sc.
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.
- Idit Primes, M.Sc., C.P.A.
As a seasoned CPA, Idit brings over fifteen years of experience in the field of corporate, hi-tech finance and management.
- Dror Pockard, B.A., M.B.A.
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, M.B.A.
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, M.Sc., M.B.A.
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, B.Sc., M.B.A.
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, MD, M.B.A.
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.
- Amir Rozenzweig, B.Sc., M.B.A.
Prior to his positions as Senior VP of Business Development at Redline Communications & Managing Partner at LAR Advisors, Amir was President of Alvarion.
- Sivan Sadan, B.A., M.B.A.
Founder and CEO of Or Capital, Sivan has over 15 years of experience in general management, investment banking and venture capital. Prior to the establishment of Or Capital, Sivan was VP Business Development and then Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance at Tamir Fishman & Co. Sivan was also a partner at Tamir Fishman Ventures.
- Yair Sakov, B.Sc., M.B.A.
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.
- Rina Shainski, M.Sc.
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.
- Ofir Shalvi, Ph.D.
CTO and co-founder of Anobit Technologies, Ofir was previously a Fellow at Texas Instruments & CTO and co-founder of Libit Signal Processing.
- Assaf Shamia, B.Sc., M.B.A.
A venture capital founder, Assaf is the founding partner of Orr Community Ventures, a community development venture capital fund aimed at promoting economic development in Israel’s poorest regions by applying the tools and methodologies of venture capital to high-potential businesses located in those areas.
- Avner Shelem, B.Sc.
General Partner at Ascend Technology Ventures, Avner has been active in the high tech marketplace for more than two decades.
- 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.
- Carmel Vernia, B.Sc., M.Sc.
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, M.D., M.B.A.
Oded is a very experienced entrepreneur with extensive experience in establishing and managing medical devices and Biotech start-up companies.
- Dov Yanai, B.Sc.
Chairman and owner of Genesis Consulting Group, previously Dov was Chairman and owner of Adam Milo Group.
- Eran Yarkoni, B.Sc.
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.