Our Advisory Board
Prof. Ton Backx
High-Tech and Photonics
CEO Institute for Photonic Integration and CEO Photon Delta
Prof. Ton Backx received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) from 1972-1977. After gaining some working experience in industry, he returned to TUE for his PhD focused on Systems Identification and Model Based Process Control which he finished in 1987. He attained a position as part-time professor at TUE in the Control Systems group in 1990. or the past two decades Ton has had senior management positions within Setpoint, AspenTech, IPCOS and Eindhoven University of Technology. Ton Backx is specialized in the field of process identification, model based process control and model reduction and its applications to a wide range of processes in hydrocarbons processing, chemical processing, glass manufacturing and steel production.
Mr. Assaf Barnea
Mr. Assaf Barnea, CEO of Sanara Ventures is a seasoned entrepreneur and a venture capital professional with significant multidisciplinary experience in building innovation platforms and commercialization processes in Healthcare and Cleantech. Sanara Ventures is a healthcare investment platform, jointly held by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Philips Healthcare, aimed to invest in early stage medical devices and healthcare technologies. Mr Barnea is also a business consultant at the World Bank/IFC venture capital team, supports the IFC investments in technologies that are relevant for developing countries. Formerly, Mr. Assaf was the CEO of Kinrot Ventures, managing the Business Development activity at Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, and Director Business Development of Comverse. Mr. Assaf holds a degree in Law & Business.
Mr. Iddo Moed
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Iddo Moed is the Cyber Security Coordinator in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also a member of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security. Iddo Moed joined the MFA in 1992 and was posted in several missions around the world including The Dominican Republic, The Hague and Beijing (DCM). Positions in Israel included Head of the Training Department, Assistant to the Director General and Assistant to Senior Deputy Director General. As Coordinator he is responsible for the formulation and coordination of policies regarding international cooperation in cyber security.
Prof. Raoul Bino
Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group
Raoul Bino is general director of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group (AFSG), one of the five research groups of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). He is in the board of many Dutch research and education programs, member of the executive board of the Top Institute Food Nutrition (TIFN) and represents the Dutch scientific community in the Topteam Agro&Food for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He is specialized in Food Technologies, Plant Sciences, Biochemistry and Metabolomics with special attention to human health.
Prof. Eugene Kandel
Chairman of the board
Start-Up Nation Central
Eugene Kandel is an Israeli economist, who is CEO of Start-Up Nation Central. Previously he served as Chairman of the Israeli National Economic Council (NEC), under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Being appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2009, he was asked to serve a second term in 2013 where he stayed until 2015. Previous to his political career, Kandel studied Economics at the Hebrew University and obtained an MBA and MA in Economics and Econometrics at the Chicago University and the Hebrew University. In 1990 he graduated as Ph.D. in Business Economics and Industrial Organization at Chicago. He has been a (visiting) teacher at various universities. In 2015 Eugene Kandel was named CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, a not-for-profit organization connecting international business and government leaders with the Israeli innovators and technologies that will help them to solve their most pressing challenges. The platform is seen as the global leading example of stimulating and enabling entrepreneurship and startups.
Gideon Soesman is co-founder and managing partner of GreenSoil Investments. GreenSoil Investments has offices in Toronto, Canada and Raanana, Israel and funds companies with transformative technologies that change how we use the world's resources. GreenSoil's activities are concentrated in two investment funds: GreenSoil Agro & Food Technologies Fund (GAFT) and GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund (GBIF).
Before co-founding GreenSoil, Gideon founded and managed GMS Capital, a boutique investment bank. At GMS Capital, Gideon worked with several companies on their global business development strategy, helped companies raise funds and managed several mergers and acquisitions for European, American and Israeli companies.
Prior to GMS Capital, Gideon was responsible for all global merger and acquisition activities for a major division of Royal Philips Electronics. While acting as Senior Director of Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions, Gideon managed deals valued at over $1.5B. At Philips, Gideon also served as Director of Corporate Strategy & Venturing, with overall responsibility for all deal flow management, due diligence, deal negotiations, and portfolio management in Israel.
Before joining Philips, Gideon held senior positions at Shaldor and Ergo, both leading strategic management consulting firms in Israel and served as a project manager at MATI, the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development. Gideon holds a B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an M.A. in Business Administration from the Boston University / Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He immigrated to Israel from the Netherlands in 1990, is married and has 3 kids.
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