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Speakers 2011

Rami Kalish  I Managing General Partner  & co Founder,  Pitango Venture Capital, Co Founder of TSAV 8

Rami has an extensive experience in venture capital and international management in the high-tech environment. Prior to founding Pitango in 1992, Mr. Kalish garnered rich managerial experience at high-technology firms in the U.S., Europe and Israel. He previously held sales and marketing positions at IBM and senior executive roles at Orbotech (NASDAQ:ORBK), a leading manufacturer of capital equipment for the PCB and semiconductor industries.

Some of the Board of Directors on which Mr. Kalish previously served include VocalTec (VOCL), Retalix (RTLX), Optibase (OBAS), RADWARE (RDWR), and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Surf, ForeScout and Comsys, among others. Mr. Kalish was, for many years, also a member of the Board of the Israel Venture Association (IVA).

Rami Kalish holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Information Science from the Technion Institute of Technology.

Ido Aharoni I Head of Israels' Branding Management Team, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ido Aharoni has served as the head of Israel's brand management team since September of 2007. He has been a member of Israel’s Foreign Service since the summer of 1991. During his time with Israel’s diplomatic service, Aharoni held two overseas positions in Los Angeles and in New York. In the spring of 2006 he was appointed to serve as a Senior Advisor to then Israel's Foreign Minister and Vice Prime Minister, Ms. Tzipi Livni, in charge of media and public affairs.
Until the summer of 2005, Ido Aharoni served as Israel’s Consul for Media and Public Affairs at Israel's Consulate General in New York and the Tri-State area. He assumed this position in the summer of 2001, several weeks prior to the terror attacks of 9/11. As the head of the department, Aharoni oversaw the operation of Israel's largest public affairs and media relations apparatus worldwide. He handled media relations and community outreach, as well as a variety of informational services.

Aharoni earned a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston. He had an active career in news production and produced several independent videos in Israel and in the United States. 


Joseph Ziskin I  Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM

Mr. Ziskin joined IBM in 1997 and has worked in IBM Global Services, IBM Sales & Distribution, and Corporate Strategy. Mr. Ziskin joined IBM Corporate Strategy at the end of 2006.   His responsibilities include developing strategies for new  business opportunities/business models and improving operations focusing on service delivery, service platforms, and ecosystems.   He works across IBM to drive strategy efforts in the areas of Cloud Computing Business Models, Networks, and Mobility/Wireless.  

Prior to his current position he was Vice President for IBM’s Global Telecommunications Industry.  He was responsible for Solutions Development, IBM strategy for the Telecom Industry and development of IBM growth initiatives for Telecommunication service providers and business partners.  He continues to lead IBM’s efforts in telecom standards, business development, & growth initiatives.  These efforts include strategic alliance development and driving industry investment and corporate development strategies.   

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Ziskin spent over 10 years as a strategy consultant with Ernst & Young/Whinney, Coopers & Lybrand, and The MAC Group. Mr. Ziskin was also Vice President, Strategic Planning for Technology for The Bank of New England. He is a member of IBM’s Corporate Standards Advisory Council and is the executive sponsor of Industry Standards and Solutions Council.   Mr. Ziskin is a Board Member and Officer of the TM Forum

Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Distinguished Global professor at NYU & at Brookings Institution,  former ambassador of Israel the USA

Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich is Israel's former Ambassador to the United States and former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990's and the former president of Tel-Aviv University (1999-2007). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History of Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Rabinovich has been a member of Tel Aviv University's faculty since 1971 and served as Ettinger Professor of the Contemporary History of the Middle-East, Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of Humanities and Rector.

Professor Rabinovich is the author of six books on the Modern History and Politics of the Middle East and the co-author and co-editor of several other volumes and he the author of numerous essays and papers. His most recent books are The Brink of Peace, Waging Peace (Princeton University Press), and The View from Damascus (Valentine Mitchell, 2008).

Over the years, Professor Rabinovich held several public positions in Israel and in other countries. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Dan David Foundation, a member of the Advisory Council of APCO WORLDWIDE, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Wexner-Israel Program, a member of the Trilateral Commission, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Brookings Institution in Washington and a  member of the International Advisory Board of The American Interest;  He is the Vice Chairman of the INSS (Institute for National Security Studies), an external institute of TAU, and a senior research fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle-Eastern studies.  He is co-editor of the Center's new review journal, Bustan.

Professor Rabinovich has held visiting appointments in several academic institutions, including the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. He was for several years the Andrew . White Professor at Large at Cornell University, and has recently served as Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Professor Rabinovich is a member of the American Philosophical Society and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been awarded the Honorary Grand Golden Cross of the Austrian Republic and has been made by the Government of the French Republic a Commandeur l'ordre des Palmes Académiques. In 2009 he was awarded the Korn-Gerstenman Prize for contribution to peace in the Middle-East.


H.E. Young Sam Ma, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Israel

2006-2008 : Director-General for Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Seoul, Korea2005-2006 : The 1st Head of the Korean Representative Office, Ramallah, Palestine2003-2006 : Minister-Counselor, Korean Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel2002-2003 : Director, Protocol Office of the Prime Minister, Seoul2001-2002 : Director, Human Rights and Social Affairs Division, UN Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade1999-2001 : Director, Planning and Research Division, IFANS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade1996-1999 : Korean Mission to the United Nations, New York1995-1996 : Office of the President, Seoul1993-1995 : UN Bureau, Asian Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul1991-1993 : Korean Embassy, Bangladesh1988-1991 : Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.1981 : Foreign Service Exam of the Korean Government. http://universal-monotheism.biu.ac.il/en/members/young-sam-ma

Mr. Javier GARCÍA DE VIEDMA BERNALDO DE QUIRÓS, Deputy-Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain 

in Tel Aviv from 2010 to present

 Born August 19th, 1964 in Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands (Spain). Married w. two children. 

Bachelor in Law by the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid in 1987. Entered the Diplomatic School in 1991

Second Secretary and Deputy-Head of Mission at the Embassy of Spain in Kuwait from 1991 to 1994

First Secretary at the Embassy of Spain in Santiago de Chile from 1994 to1998. 

Counsellor at the Protocol Department of Spain’s  Prime Minister’s Office in Madrid, from 1998 to 2000. 

Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Secretary of State (Vice-Minister) for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madrid, from 200 to 2003. 

Counsellor Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations (New York), in charge of the Second Committee, the Balkans and the Middle East , from 2003 to 2006. 

Consul General of Spain in Lima (Peru) from 2007 to 2010


Bonny Berger , Canadian Commercial Counsellor to Israel

Ms. Berger has worked with the Government of Canada since 1987 in the Departments of Employment and Immigration; Citizenship and Immigration, where she was Ministerial Advisor; Treasury Board, where she was Senior Communications Advisor for the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).  At DFAIT, she held a number of specialized positions including Special Assistant to the Deputy Minister (DM) of International Trade; Chief of Staff to the Assistant DM for Communications, Culture and Policy Planning; Senior Account Executive for Investment Attraction, Asia.; and Science, Technology and Innovation Specialist, Mexico Division. 

Ms. Berger has served abroad with Citizenship and Immigration Canada in Asia and Europe, and with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Senior Trade Commissioner in Asia and Latin America.  Ms. Berger began her assignment as Commercial Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Israel in September 2010.  She is multilingual, with proficiency in some seven languages including English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Bonny Berger graduated from the Université de Montréal, (Montreal, Canada) with a Baccalauréat ès Arts in Ancient and Modern Studies, majoring in Italian literature, with a minor in German studies. Under a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she undertook graduate work at the University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy). Subsequently, she completed Master’s Studies in Interpreting/ International Relations and Economics at the University of Trieste (Trieste, Italy).


 Yael Shany I Branding strategist, co founder of TSAV 8

10 years experience heading strategic and creative planning in advertising agencies, currently strategic consultant specialised in Integrated marketing Communication, community management of entrepreneurs & mentors community manager (Open Coffee Club Israel).
Have led strategic branding processes, advertising and communication strategies for telecom companies, such as MIRS, BEZEQ, CELLCOM, as well as with commercial companies such as Jaguar, Corona, El-Al and more.
 MA in Social Psychology from Tel Aviv University.

Mr. Eliaz Lavi, Sr VP Marvell & Marvell Israel General Manager

Mr. Lavi is responsible for all development and operational activities at Marvell’s Israel site which employs ~1,100 employees (largest site outside of the U.S.) and provides engineering solutions for 2 business units: Communication & Computing and Enterprise. He is responsible for the development activities of the Cellular, System Controller & SםC, and Switches products, as well as their support functions, and serves as the senior manager representing Marvell’s interests across from all legal and governmental authorities and institutions in Israel.

In November 2007 Mr. Lavi was appointed to consolidate Marvell’s three acquisitions over the past decade in Israel (Galileo Technology, Radlan Computer Communications and Intel’s Cellular Handheld division) into one subsidiary under his direction, reporting directly to Marvell’s CEO. 

Mr. Lavi has over twenty-five years of experience in the electronics-semiconductor industry, including six years in a leading position as Vice President of Operations at Galileo Technology Ltd., before its acquisition by Marvell.  Prior to joining Galileo, Mr. Lavi spent twelve years at Intel Corporation, where he held several key technical and management positions related to product development, quality systems, test, and manufacturing.


Adina Enden,   Executive and Business telecom consultant

Has managed and merged startups, led R&D and marketing as an executive in large corporations, in the software and mobile fields (Comverse, Checkpoint).Worked with global corporations in many countries. Headed large multi National projects in the Telecom area including in the Far East, Europe and US. Was in charge of the Product merger between Comverse and Boston Technology.  Headed and merged startups, led R&D and marketing as an executive in large corporations, in the software and mobile fields (Comverse, Checkpoint).Worked with global corporations in many countries. General Manager of Dvtel Israel. Dvtel is developing video surveillance systems including both video management systems and IP cameras. Adina led the products of the company that are installed all over the world and brought the key products of the company to be one of the leading products in the video surveillance market. The product has moved to be in SAS architecture and installed at large telecom customers. Adina has led the products groups that includes tenth of software and hardware engineers and product managers located both in Israel and in US. General Manager and CEO of  SmarTeam, (sold to Dassault systems) which distributes products to over 80,000 customers in over 80 countries. Developed close ties with Microsoft, IBM and major VARS. Was Senior Director of R&D at Checkpoint, President and CEO of Adjungo Networks,  Corporate Vice President and General Manager of SMS Division, Comverse Network Systems.Adina holds an EMBA from Kellog Business management, and a BSC in mathematics & computer science from Tel Aviv University.Adina is involved in several community activities : Chairman of City Public schools Parents organization in Raanana,  active in Push association which is providing private lessons to childrens who cannot afford it. both in Israel and in US.Adina holds an EMBA from Kellog Business management, and a BSC in mathematics & computer science from Tel Aviv University