The Fellows2021-11-15T08:17:37+02:00

Meet the 2020 Fellows

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David Abensur
Data Scientist (Outbrain)

David is passionate about creating new technological products. After studying Engineering and Data Science at Ecole Centrale in France, David made Allyah 4 years ago. He is currently working for Outbrain as Data Scientist where he applies Machine Learning in the field of advertising. He is also fascinated by the impact of blockchain & VR/AR in the future.
David loves working on side projects with his roommate, playing music, dancing or playing volleyball on the beach.

Daniel Benarroch
Director of Research (QEDIT)

Daniel Benarroch has over 10 years of experience in cryptographic and mathematics research. He has designed and built several products based on privacy-enhancing techniques and is currently leading strategy and the R&D team at QEDIT. He graduated with an M.Sc. in computer science from the Weizmann Institute and an M.A. in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. Daniel is passionate about the world of gaming, the metaverse, and decentralized finance, having angel-invested in a few start-ups. He is also a member of the AJC ACCESS Global Board and an avid snowboarder.

Aaron Bours
VP Marketing (Hyro)

Aaron has always been a social animal. Having joined the IDF as a lone soldier in 2009, forging deep-rooted relationships became even more of a priority. After serving in Givati, Aaron completed a BA in Business at IDC Herzliya while acting as Class Representative for three consecutive years. Upon entering the tech scene, earlier roles at Check Point and Google revealed a passion for smaller teams within corporate settings. Aaron translated those experiences to startups, moving to Hyro as the first hire. He is now VP Marketing as the company hits 50+ employees. When out of the office, you’ll get his attention with hosting events, branding, the New York Knicks and beach volleyball.

Maia Budman
Software Developer (Wix)

Maia’s international and multi cultural background is what sparked her enthusiasm for thriving in new environments and challenging herself to aim high.
Growing up in Argentina and Canada, and moving to Israel 6 years ago, Maia expanded her political and legal background into the world of technology. While completing her B.Sc in Computer Science in Raichman University (IDC), she started to work at Wix as a front end software developer. There, she also gets the opportunity to take part in product and design decision making. After hours, she greatly enjoys reading a book on the beach of Tel Aviv after a fun tennis lesson.

Rachel Caplin
Co-founder (sĀge)

Rachel is co-founder of sĀge – a platform that curates the stories and knowledge of people age 65+ and offers an interactive way to learn from their life experience. Rachel was born and raised in Western Australia and made Aliya in 2015. As part of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Rachel has spent 4+ years in the tech scene on all sides of the table – corporate, investor, and start-up. She is a Board Member at 2x non-profits, and a proud wife and mother. Rachel wrote a novel and represented Israel in the European World Netball Championships and Maccabiah Games.

Nathan Cavaglione
CEO & Founder (Synthetic Biometrics)

After growing up in Nice, Nathan received a scholarship to study his Bachelor & Masters in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London where he graduated summa cum laude. In parallel, he worked as a Computer Vision Engineer at Preligens on satellite infrared cameras and at Intel on functional safety for self-driving cars. Upon graduation in 2018, Nathan completed ITC and joined AI startup Datagen as its first employee until it scaled to 60 employees over 3 years. He then founded Synthetic Biometrics in 2021 to solve the lack of access to biometric data through synthetic data generation. In his free time, you can find Nathan drawing, climbing or on a calisthenics bar.

Daniil Chernov
Senior Product Analyst, Growth (Wix)

Daniil’s core strength is a combination of strategic & analytical thinking with relationships building skills. Currently working as a Senior Product Analyst at Wix.com, previously worked at Gett, Schlumberger and Ostrovok.ru.

Originally from Moscow, Russia. Studied Quantum Physics in University. Moved to Israel with his wife.

Prepared to the full marathon (42.2 km) from zero in 11 months and lost 15 kg of weight on the way. Besides work, he is playing drums, loves sports, reading and investing. Also participating in building an NGO focused on providing food for people in need in Israel.

Eden Cohen
Product Designer (myInterview)

Eden started her career in the Tech world as a Product Designer in New York before moving to Tel Aviv. Today, she leads the UX-UI at myInterview, a startup founded by Olim! Passionate about Arts, Technology and Design, she discovered her passion for creating user-centric experiences while studying at Parsons. On her free time, Eden explores ways to create interactive, very often abstract and conceptual, technology-based artworks.

Lorena Feldman
Business Development Representative (GigaSpaces)

Lorena is a proud Mexican living in Israel. She studied International Relations in Mexico and opened her own Digital Marketing Agency when she was only 24. When she made Aliya she changed her career and has been working in Business Development for Hi Tech companies. Her passion is to promote Israeli technologies around the world. In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter and husband and walking on the streets of Tel Aviv. One of her main strengths is that she speaks 5 languages.

Lauren Glass
Data Engineer (Jokr)

For over 5 years, Lauren Glass is a Data Engineer and has previously worked at Instagram-Facebook, Zillow, and Check Point. She’s written 2 technical books, Data Mastery Python & SQL, to help other engineers prepare for interviews and ramp up on the data essentials quickly and efficiently. She has her BSc in Economics from the University of Washington and now lives in Tel Aviv. Lauren loves writing, photography, travel, and coding.

Jillian Goldberg
VP Marketing and Investor Relations (GuardKnox)

Jillian Goldberg is the VP of Marketing and Investor Relations at GuardKnox. Originally hailing from Ohio, she graduated from Tulane University before joining Teach for America. She obtained her MPH- Emergency and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University and in turn changed career paths. She is passionate about education, technology, and anything related to athletics. She is a mentor in the flagship program through Women in Mobility, an Expert at Quantum Hub Accelerator, Competitive Powerlifter, Crossfitter, Flag Football Player and advisor to the AMHSI for Entrepreneurship, among others.

Gabriel Gordon
Software Engineer/Scrum Master (Ottopia)

Gabe moved to Israel in 2016 from New Jersey to join the IDF as a lone soldier. Prior to his army service, he studied Business & Economics and Computer Science in the US. His passion for software development lead him to pursue his career as a Software Engineer at Ottopia, a Tel Aviv based start up committed to unlocking the full potential of autonomous mobility.

During his free time, Gabe enjoys to cook, play sports and coach wrestling in Tel Aviv. He is an avid traveler and a passionate musician.

Katerina Greenstein
Head of Partner Community (AppsFlyer)

Katerina is originally from Ukraine, with an MA Degree in Literature she managed to enter the high-tech ecosystem. Katerina is a community architect, building and nurturing communities as a part of her role at AppsFlyer and outside of it. When there are waves, you can be sure to find Katerina surfing otherwise she will be spending free evenings in the CrossFit gym.

Alex Ingberg
Algorithm Engineer (Outbrain)

Alex’s passion revolves around everything that relates to data. Graduated as a Computer Engineer from Universidad de Buenos Aires and moved to Israel one year after. Since 2014 he has been working in start ups, both in Argentina and Israel, and currently he’s an Algorithm Engineer in Outbrain.
An amateur photographer and a beginner podcaster, he also dedicates a lot of his spare time to help run Sofar Sounds Tel Aviv as a Partnerships Coordinator and Artists Liaison.

Nathan Joel
Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand (Riskified)

Nathan is Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand at Riskified.

Before making Aliyah in 2018, Nathan worked on the speechwriting team for Israel at the United Nations in New York and spent 3+ years in corporate strategy roles at Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra.

Nathan is passionate about helping Olim find work, the Jewish world and loves a game of chess. Nathan holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics/Finance) both from Monash University.

Melanie Koss
Product Manager (Zencity)

Melanie Koss is a Product Manager for Zencity, a Tel-Aviv-based startup revolutionizing civic engagement by collecting and analyzing citizen feedback. Since making Aliyah in 2014, Melanie has jumped from practising law to working in Israel’s bustling tech scene, where she has cut her teeth in various Product and Marketing roles. Originally from Melbourne, adventuring in the outdoors is Mel’s biggest passion and you will find her most weekends hiking along one of Israel’s stunning trails. During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdowns, Melanie helped organize an open-water swimming group for women in Tel Aviv, who continue to meet every week at sunrise to swim, all year round.

Jonatan Macznik
Social Responsibility Manager (AppsFlyer)

Jonatan is a dedicated social responsibility professional from the windy west coast of Sweden with a previous background in NGOs, the public sector and the political sphere. Before moving to Israel in 2019, he completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institue At Lund University.

Today he is lucky to put those experiences to work at AppsFlyer, determined that social responsibility must be a vital part of any venture´s global growth. When not in the office, Jonatan loves cooking with his toddler and attending his organic vegetable garden.

Yonatan Mandelbaum
Principal (TLV Partners)

Yonatan is a Principal at TLV Partners, an early stage VC based in Israel. He joined the firm in 2017 and prior to that was an analyst at iAngels, another early stage Israeli VC. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Yonatan spent two years studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion and then served as a commander in the Haruv Unit in the IDF. Most importantly, he is a proud father of two daughters, and enjoys spending time with them as well as sharing random thoughts on twitter.

Alon Margolin
Product Manager (Via)

With a technical background in data and backend development, Alon is now a Product Manager at Via.
After studying French and Spanish Literature at Cambridge, and living in Mexico and France, he moved to Israel to learn Arabic.
Alon grew up in London, speaks four and a half languages, plays the guitar, and is also a certified scuba dive guide.

Tamar Roth
Product Manager (Lemonade)

Passionate about using tech to solve real-world problems, Tamar is a product manager currently working at Lemonade. A mechanical engineer by training, she led product engineering at a London-based lifestyle electronics startup (notably creating a millennial-appropriate portable iPhone charger shaped like an avocado) before moving to Tel Aviv. In her spare time, Tamar loves learning languages, running, propagating plants and has a fierce drive for social impact. She previously led operations for a social initiative that created networking opportunities for talented adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Reuven Shirazi
Algorithm Developer (SolarEdge)

Reuven studied physics at Cambridge University and moved to Israel in 2016. Following a stint in cybersecurity, he transitioned to data science, working in the field of sustainable energy. In his spare time, you can find him riding his bike, playing the piano, hiking around Israel, and helping Olim out with their personal finances.

Matias Sigal
Business Development (Eco Wave Power)

Matias is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, convinced to create a positive environmental impact. Matias is currently leading Eco Wave Power’s Business Development activities, to this endeavor, he participated in accelerator programs in the Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, and Spain, and the UK. Prior to EWP, Matias co-founded a startup at the age of 19 in Argentina and worked in real estate development. His background is in industrial engineering complemented with business for startups and sustainability courses. When he is not talking about startups, technology, and climate change, you will find him surfing on the coast of Tel Aviv.

Jorge Smulevici
Software Development Engineer (Cloudendure (AWS))

Jorge was born and raised in Argentina. Holding a Computer Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires and with 5+ years of experience in the software engineering field, he is truly passionate about cloud computing and the impact technology has in day to day life.

Besides that, he is a hiking, travelling and food enthusiast.

Dov Stern
Product Manager (BeyondMinds)

Dov, a native New Yorker, made Aliyah in 2021. While studying Materials Science, Math and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dov discovered his interest in data. He broke into the field as Product Manager for WeWork’s Data & Machine Learning teams. Working closely with WeWork’s Tel Aviv team gave Dov the network and career path to actualize his dream of making Aliyah. Today, Dov is a Product Manager at BeyondMinds, working on the core platform to provide fully customizable production-grade enterprise AI solutions. Dov loves all things music and food, and getting outdoors to hike, cycle or ski.

Aaron Taylor
Product Manager (Poptin)

Originally from Toronto, Aaron moved to Israel at 18 and served in the paratroopers. He went on to study business and finance at IDC Herzliya where he founded an ed-tech startup. After deciding to close the startup, he honed his design and dev skills and worked as a frontend developer and UI/UX designer. Currently, he works as a product manager at Poptin.

Aaron maintains several side projects such as TasteJury, a dish rating website, and Open Sukkah, described as an “Airbnb for sukkahs”. He also loves to cook and play tennis.

Ari Tuch
Enterprise Account Executive (monday.com)

Ari originally hails from the sunny beaches of Sydney, Australia from where he made aliyah in 2015. He proudly served in the paratroopers brigade after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Business Law.

Ari found his passion in the high-tech world, bringing together his love of people and technology to upend the status quo. He currently works with large global corporations as part of the enterprise sales team at monday.com.

Reading is one of Ari’s favorite pastimes, with interests spanning economics, investing, sustainability, history and the occasional Tom Clancy novel for fun. On the weekends when not reading he can be found hiking or cycling the length of Israel.

Ma’ayan Tzoubari
Software Engineer (Via Transportation)

Ma’ayan works as a software engineer, with prior experience working in Venture Capital, Investment Banking, and Product Strategy. She graduated with a degree in International Development Studies from McGill University, and is currently carrying out her mission to give a hand up to disadvantaged populations by founding her first company. When not working or pursuing passion projects, you can find her on the beach, sailing, volunteering as a mentor in coding programs, or baking.

Kyle Ungerman
Sales & Business Development Lead (Oribi.io)

Kyle moved to Israel in 2018 to do his MBA at Tel Aviv University. Prior, Kyle graduated from Western University in Canada with a BA in Psychology and afterwards worked at a bank and then a start-up in Toronto called Turnstyle, building their Sales team that led to an acquisition by Yelp. Currently, Kyle is doing Sales and Biz Dev at Oribi.io in Tel Aviv. Kyle can be found running on the tayalet, watching new exciting documentaries and finding ice in Israel to satisfy his Canadian-ness of being an avid Ice Hockey Player.

Hunter Weinsheink
Developer Success Engineer (Frontegg)

Hailing from the desert land of Arizona, Hunter is a Developer, Manager, and Pun Enthusiast. He studied Literature and Digital Culture at Tel Aviv University while working as a Full Stack Developer, R&D Tech & Team lead across multiple Israeli startups. Now, he leads DevSuccess at Frontegg, focusing on the intersection of engineering and people.
In his free time, he works as the Artistic Director of The Stage, a non profit organization that creates performing arts opportunities for Anglos in Tel Aviv.
Like a staircase, he’s always up to something.

Michael Weiss
Strategic Finance Manger (Themis-Tech (Stealth Mode Startup))

Mikey made aliya 5 years ago from New York. He currently lives in Tel Aviv with his fiancé (and their two cats, Scooby and Bamba) and works at Themis-Tech (Stealth Startup) as a Strategic Finance Manager. Following his BA from Johns Hopkins, Mikey served as a lone solider in the IDF. After releasing from the army, he worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan for almost 2 years before joining his current company. In his free time, you’ll find Mikey shopping at the Carmel Market, hosting dinners, exercising, and spending time with friends and his Israeli host families.

Giovahnna Ziegler
Director of Marketing, Demand Generation (anecdotes)

Giovahnna was born and raised in Rio, and made Aliyah in 2015. Passionated about Data, and with a tremendous creative vain, Giovahnna has been leading Marketing departments for the past 10 years and had worked in multi-national Companies, NGOs and Star-ups. She’s a writer by soul, and is current writing her next book. Giovahnna loves to read, good food and red wine. Usually, all of it together.

Eden Adler
Backend Engineer (Lemonade)

Eden is a challenge seeker and creative problem solver. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and works as a backend engineer at Lemonade. Outside of work, Eden is passionate about creating communities and getting more women into technical careers. She is one of the team members behind Women of Startup Nation, is a board member of Olim in Tech, and also runs What the Tech (@_whatthetech) on Instagram.

Daniel Bollag
Product Manager (XR Health)

Daniel moved to Israel in 2015 following his studies in Biomedical engineering at Imperial College in London.
He is passionate about product & strategy where previously worked at PayPal and WeWork and currently a product manager at XR Health working on building a telehealth platform.
Hosting Shabbat dinners, swimming, biking and family keep him busy and happy the rest of the time.

Avi Cabessa
Product Manager (eToro)

Avi studied computer science at Brooklyn College where he started freelance development and a few years later founded BH Labs, a web & app development agency. He then continued to study Business Administration & Finance at IDC Herzliya, and where he discovered product management and has been in love with it ever since. Currently, when not managing products at eToro, Avi can can be found enjoying the beach, at the gym, playing some sort of musical instrument, or just enjoying the wonderful life Tel Aviv has to offer.

Lia Cromwell
Principal (UpWest)

Lia is a Principal at UpWest, a cross-border VC fund investing at the US-Israel tech junction. She joined the fund in 2017 and focuses on Pre-Seed and Seed investments. A native New Yorker, Lia previously worked in credit research at a boutique New York-based firm, as well as in business development at FiscalNote, a global regtech startup. Outside the office, Lia is an avid reader who spends her time between cafes, (zoom) yoga class, and running on the tayelet.

Hannah Danan Moise
Data Scientist (Windward)

Hannah studied Data Analytics in France, and pursued her studies after her Aliyah to strengthen her engineering background. Since then, she has been working as a Data Scientist at Windward, focusing on solving problems in the maritime domain while being strongly connected to the business aspects. In her free time, Hannah loves cooking, training, and watching series (mostly documentaries)

Ezra Erani
Android Developer (ironSource)

Ezra is passionate project-starter and skills-acquirer who loves nothing more than flirting with a new language (human or machine, he doesn’t discriminate). After studying Middle Eastern Studies and working briefly as a toy salesman, Ezra took a crash-course in mobile development with a focus on Android and has since been working professionally on atypical Android projects. In his free time Ezra loves playing music, likes to sew and occasionally forces himself to go for a run.

Adir Gozlan
Data Scientist (Cato Networks)

Adir is a French national who studied Applied Physics at Yeshiva University & Columbia University in NY. After a short period applying his physics skills in the industry, he moved towards Machine Learning and Data Science and has worked at Akamai Technologies and Cato Networks where he applied these capabilities to the cybersecurity domain. He is also fascinated by the application of such technologies to “”forgotten”” industries.
When not working, Adir is into sailing, playing tennis, building stuff, and always likes starting new hobbies.

Kevin J. Hanna
Product Manager (Promo.com)

You can usually find Kevin creating new things at work or as a hobby. He graduated as a Software Engineer, joined a couple of startups as the first employee, and later became a Product Manager. Kevin co-hosts Hummus and Tech, a Podcast for Olim in the Israeli hi-tech industry, runs LazyHebrew.com, paints watercolours, and writes about his creative journey on kevinjhanna.com.

Max Kane
Product Manager (Lemonade)

Max grew up in New York and lived there until he moved to Israel at the age of 18. He served in the Golani brigade, first as a soldier, then a commander. After discharging, Max founded his first company OFFr, with the mission of helping people become less distracted in their every day lives. He built OFFr while completing his bachelors degree at Reichman University in Herzeliya where he also participated in the Zell Entrepreneurship Program. After graduating, Max went on to work in Product Management at companies like Wix and Lemonade. Max is also an avid runner, occasional writer and serious snowboard bum.

Taly Kisel
Technical Support Engineer (Camilyo)

For over 5 years, Taly has been a leader in the e-business industry. You may know her for her work as Project Manager at Pepperi, she has also worked at Fornova as an Application Engineer. Most recently she joined Camilyo as a Technical Support Engineer. Taly has been honored with scholarships to pursue her studies. She currently holds an MsC in Advanced Computer Science (Data Analytics) from University of Leeds and a BEng in Systems Engineering and IT from Universidad Anahuac.

Josh Lewittes
Machine Learning Engineer (Gloat)

Josh is originally from New York and made Aliyah 4 years ago. He currently lives in Tel Aviv and works as a Machine Learning Engineer at Gloat.

Josh has a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and after working for two years on Wall Street decided to transition into software development.

In his free time Josh can be found running on the boardwalk by the beach and trying out new Jamie Oliver recipes.

Matan Markind
Software Engineer (Google)

Matan works at Google working as part of the Cloud team to help develop computer network. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and came to Israel on ITC to learn programming. He moved to Israel 5 years ago and just got married. Matan likes going outside and doing activities, playing sports or just going for a hike, and also reading fiction.

Eli Parkes
Physical Design (Chip) Engineer (Apple)

Eli is an aspiring generalist. He loves the thrill of going deep on a problem, but his curiosity (and reading list) extends broadly in multiple directions. An electrical and computer systems engineer by training, Eli presently works at Apple designing custom silicon microchips. When not working, or reading, he likes to write, scuba-dive, and cook tasty meals for his friends.

Javi Plavnick
Solutions Architect (Bringg)

Javi is passionate about solving problems using technology. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and made Aliyah in 2015. Technically-savvy, Javier is an information systems engineer and has been developing software and consulting on business-intelligence and logistic solutions for 10+ years. He’s worked with both multi-national companies and start-ups. Javi loves learning new things, and feeding his friends with home-made meals on the Sabbath.

Jon Rathauser
Founder & CEO (Keheala)

Jon Rathauser is the CEO & Founder of a digital health company, Keheala. Previously, Jon addressed healthcare clients’ toughest business challenges at Deloitte Analytics and pursued his interests in renewable energy at the Weizmann Institute. He earned an MBA from the Technion and a Bachelors of Science in the Ecological Determinants of Health from McGill. As a competitor, Jon captained McGill to a lacrosse National Championship, the Israeli National Team to Silver in the European Championships and seventh-place finishes in two World Championships.

Adi Rosen
Software Engineer (Nexar)

Adi studied computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Checkpoint, BlackRock, and is currently a Software Engineer at Nexar, a startup working to create the world’s first safe-driving network. She loves running, her family and friends, is an aspiring yogi, and is grateful to have made Israel and technology central parts of her life.

Dan Schwartz
Machine Learning Engineer (Immunai)

Dan is passionate about the intersection of technology and its ability to solve hard real-world problems. He studied Human Biology at Stanford University and has worked at Palantir, Udacity, Mobileye, and most recently joined the biotechnology startup Immunai as a Machine Learning Engineer, focused on using AI techniques to understand the immune system and improve health outcomes. In his free time, Dan loves outdoor sports (a former competitive tennis player and current triathlete), reading (especially history), and hosting dinners.

Esther Teplitsky
Product Data Lead (JoyTunes)

Esther is passionate about all things data. She studied Economics at UC Berkeley and has since worked in various analytics roles in advertising, e-commerce, consulting, and internet companies. In her free time, Esther can usually be found playing beach volleyball and enjoying the Mediterranean Sea.

Sheina Tolmas
DevOps Engineer (Checkpoint)

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sheina moved to Israel 5 years ago. After serving in the Givati brigade, she set her sights on hi-tech and completed the ITC programming bootcamp. She now works to “keep the lights on” as one of Checkpoint’s most tenacious DevOps engineers. Sheina is an avid exerciser and reader, and can dribble circles around almost anybody.

Avital Tzubeli
Regional Developer Advocate (Vonage)

Avital Tzubeli is a passionate storyteller and technical storytelling coach. She believes that any boring content can be turned into a magical fairytale. Avital began telling stories in NYC, and has since spoken on stages in Stockholm, Dublin, Tokyo, Brussels, and throughout the USA. A software engineer turned developer advocate, currently at Vonage, Avital empowers developers to build epic stories and share them with the world. And when she’s ready to take a break from talking, Avital loves telling stories with food, fresh and locally sourced, in her happy-place-kitchen in Jaffa, Tel Aviv.

Allie Vogel
Product Designer (Microsoft)

Starting her career in Silicon Valley and now living in Tel Aviv, Allie has designed products for LinkedIn, WalkMe, Booking.com, and now Microsoft. Studying Sociology, Design, and Business at the University of California, San Diego, she is currently completing her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction at IDC Hertzylia. Her professional passions lie at the intersection of design and human behavior. When not designing products, you can find her in the sea: surfing, running a coding program for refugees or building various art projects.

David Abensur
Data Scientist (Outbrain)

David is passionate about creating new technological products. After studying Engineering and Data Science at Ecole Centrale in France, David made Allyah 4 years ago. He is currently working for Outbrain as Data Scientist where he applies Machine Learning in the field of advertising. He is also fascinated by the impact of blockchain & VR/AR in the future.
David loves working on side projects with his roommate, playing music, dancing or playing volleyball on the beach.

Daniel Benarroch
Director of Research (QEDIT)

Daniel Benarroch has over 10 years of experience in cryptographic and mathematics research. He has designed and built several products based on privacy-enhancing techniques and is currently leading strategy and the R&D team at QEDIT. He graduated with an M.Sc. in computer science from the Weizmann Institute and an M.A. in mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. Daniel is passionate about the world of gaming, the metaverse, and decentralized finance, having angel-invested in a few start-ups. He is also a member of the AJC ACCESS Global Board and an avid snowboarder.

Aaron Bours
VP Marketing (Hyro)

Aaron has always been a social animal. Having joined the IDF as a lone soldier in 2009, forging deep-rooted relationships became even more of a priority. After serving in Givati, Aaron completed a BA in Business at IDC Herzliya while acting as Class Representative for three consecutive years. Upon entering the tech scene, earlier roles at Check Point and Google revealed a passion for smaller teams within corporate settings. Aaron translated those experiences to startups, moving to Hyro as the first hire. He is now VP Marketing as the company hits 50+ employees. When out of the office, you’ll get his attention with hosting events, branding, the New York Knicks and beach volleyball.

Maia Budman
Software Developer (Wix)

Maia’s international and multi cultural background is what sparked her enthusiasm for thriving in new environments and challenging herself to aim high.
Growing up in Argentina and Canada, and moving to Israel 6 years ago, Maia expanded her political and legal background into the world of technology. While completing her B.Sc in Computer Science in Raichman University (IDC), she started to work at Wix as a front end software developer. There, she also gets the opportunity to take part in product and design decision making. After hours, she greatly enjoys reading a book on the beach of Tel Aviv after a fun tennis lesson.

Rachel Caplin
Co-founder (sĀge)

Rachel is co-founder of sĀge – a platform that curates the stories and knowledge of people age 65+ and offers an interactive way to learn from their life experience. Rachel was born and raised in Western Australia and made Aliya in 2015. As part of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Rachel has spent 4+ years in the tech scene on all sides of the table – corporate, investor, and start-up. She is a Board Member at 2x non-profits, and a proud wife and mother. Rachel wrote a novel and represented Israel in the European World Netball Championships and Maccabiah Games.

Nathan Cavaglione
CEO & Founder (Synthetic Biometrics)

After growing up in Nice, Nathan received a scholarship to study his Bachelor & Masters in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London where he graduated summa cum laude. In parallel, he worked as a Computer Vision Engineer at Preligens on satellite infrared cameras and at Intel on functional safety for self-driving cars. Upon graduation in 2018, Nathan completed ITC and joined AI startup Datagen as its first employee until it scaled to 60 employees over 3 years. He then founded Synthetic Biometrics in 2021 to solve the lack of access to biometric data through synthetic data generation. In his free time, you can find Nathan drawing, climbing or on a calisthenics bar.

Daniil Chernov
Senior Product Analyst, Growth (Wix)

Daniil’s core strength is a combination of strategic & analytical thinking with relationships building skills. Currently working as a Senior Product Analyst at Wix.com, previously worked at Gett, Schlumberger and Ostrovok.ru.

Originally from Moscow, Russia. Studied Quantum Physics in University. Moved to Israel with his wife.

Prepared to the full marathon (42.2 km) from zero in 11 months and lost 15 kg of weight on the way. Besides work, he is playing drums, loves sports, reading and investing. Also participating in building an NGO focused on providing food for people in need in Israel.

Eden Cohen
Product Designer (myInterview)

Eden started her career in the Tech world as a Product Designer in New York before moving to Tel Aviv. Today, she leads the UX-UI at myInterview, a startup founded by Olim! Passionate about Arts, Technology and Design, she discovered her passion for creating user-centric experiences while studying at Parsons. On her free time, Eden explores ways to create interactive, very often abstract and conceptual, technology-based artworks.

Lorena Feldman
Business Development Representative (GigaSpaces)

Lorena is a proud Mexican living in Israel. She studied International Relations in Mexico and opened her own Digital Marketing Agency when she was only 24. When she made Aliya she changed her career and has been working in Business Development for Hi Tech companies. Her passion is to promote Israeli technologies around the world. In her free time, she loves spending time with her daughter and husband and walking on the streets of Tel Aviv. One of her main strengths is that she speaks 5 languages.

Lauren Glass
Data Engineer (Jokr)

For over 5 years, Lauren Glass is a Data Engineer and has previously worked at Instagram-Facebook, Zillow, and Check Point. She’s written 2 technical books, Data Mastery Python & SQL, to help other engineers prepare for interviews and ramp up on the data essentials quickly and efficiently. She has her BSc in Economics from the University of Washington and now lives in Tel Aviv. Lauren loves writing, photography, travel, and coding.

Jillian Goldberg
VP Marketing and Investor Relations (GuardKnox)

Jillian Goldberg is the VP of Marketing and Investor Relations at GuardKnox. Originally hailing from Ohio, she graduated from Tulane University before joining Teach for America. She obtained her MPH- Emergency and Disaster Management from Tel Aviv University and in turn changed career paths. She is passionate about education, technology, and anything related to athletics. She is a mentor in the flagship program through Women in Mobility, an Expert at Quantum Hub Accelerator, Competitive Powerlifter, Crossfitter, Flag Football Player and advisor to the AMHSI for Entrepreneurship, among others.

Gabriel Gordon
Software Engineer/Scrum Master (Ottopia)

Gabe moved to Israel in 2016 from New Jersey to join the IDF as a lone soldier. Prior to his army service, he studied Business & Economics and Computer Science in the US. His passion for software development lead him to pursue his career as a Software Engineer at Ottopia, a Tel Aviv based start up committed to unlocking the full potential of autonomous mobility.

During his free time, Gabe enjoys to cook, play sports and coach wrestling in Tel Aviv. He is an avid traveler and a passionate musician.

Katerina Greenstein
Head of Partner Community (AppsFlyer)

Katerina is originally from Ukraine, with an MA Degree in Literature she managed to enter the high-tech ecosystem. Katerina is a community architect, building and nurturing communities as a part of her role at AppsFlyer and outside of it. When there are waves, you can be sure to find Katerina surfing otherwise she will be spending free evenings in the CrossFit gym.

Alex Ingberg
Algorithm Engineer (Outbrain)

Alex’s passion revolves around everything that relates to data. Graduated as a Computer Engineer from Universidad de Buenos Aires and moved to Israel one year after. Since 2014 he has been working in start ups, both in Argentina and Israel, and currently he’s an Algorithm Engineer in Outbrain.
An amateur photographer and a beginner podcaster, he also dedicates a lot of his spare time to help run Sofar Sounds Tel Aviv as a Partnerships Coordinator and Artists Liaison.

Nathan Joel
Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand (Riskified)

Nathan is Country Manager – Australia & New Zealand at Riskified.

Before making Aliyah in 2018, Nathan worked on the speechwriting team for Israel at the United Nations in New York and spent 3+ years in corporate strategy roles at Australia’s largest telecommunications company, Telstra.

Nathan is passionate about helping Olim find work, the Jewish world and loves a game of chess. Nathan holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics/Finance) both from Monash University.

Melanie Koss
Product Manager (Zencity)

Melanie Koss is a Product Manager for Zencity, a Tel-Aviv-based startup revolutionizing civic engagement by collecting and analyzing citizen feedback. Since making Aliyah in 2014, Melanie has jumped from practising law to working in Israel’s bustling tech scene, where she has cut her teeth in various Product and Marketing roles. Originally from Melbourne, adventuring in the outdoors is Mel’s biggest passion and you will find her most weekends hiking along one of Israel’s stunning trails. During the 2020 Coronavirus lockdowns, Melanie helped organize an open-water swimming group for women in Tel Aviv, who continue to meet every week at sunrise to swim, all year round.

Jonatan Macznik
Social Responsibility Manager (AppsFlyer)

Jonatan is a dedicated social responsibility professional from the windy west coast of Sweden with a previous background in NGOs, the public sector and the political sphere. Before moving to Israel in 2019, he completed an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institue At Lund University.

Today he is lucky to put those experiences to work at AppsFlyer, determined that social responsibility must be a vital part of any venture´s global growth. When not in the office, Jonatan loves cooking with his toddler and attending his organic vegetable garden.

Yonatan Mandelbaum
Principal (TLV Partners)

Yonatan is a Principal at TLV Partners, an early stage VC based in Israel. He joined the firm in 2017 and prior to that was an analyst at iAngels, another early stage Israeli VC. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Yonatan spent two years studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion and then served as a commander in the Haruv Unit in the IDF. Most importantly, he is a proud father of two daughters, and enjoys spending time with them as well as sharing random thoughts on twitter.

Alon Margolin
Product Manager (Via)

With a technical background in data and backend development, Alon is now a Product Manager at Via.
After studying French and Spanish Literature at Cambridge, and living in Mexico and France, he moved to Israel to learn Arabic.
Alon grew up in London, speaks four and a half languages, plays the guitar, and is also a certified scuba dive guide.

Tamar Roth
Product Manager (Lemonade)

Passionate about using tech to solve real-world problems, Tamar is a product manager currently working at Lemonade. A mechanical engineer by training, she led product engineering at a London-based lifestyle electronics startup (notably creating a millennial-appropriate portable iPhone charger shaped like an avocado) before moving to Tel Aviv. In her spare time, Tamar loves learning languages, running, propagating plants and has a fierce drive for social impact. She previously led operations for a social initiative that created networking opportunities for talented adults from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Reuven Shirazi
Algorithm Developer (SolarEdge)

Reuven studied physics at Cambridge University and moved to Israel in 2016. Following a stint in cybersecurity, he transitioned to data science, working in the field of sustainable energy. In his spare time, you can find him riding his bike, playing the piano, hiking around Israel, and helping Olim out with their personal finances.

Matias Sigal
Business Development (Eco Wave Power)

Matias is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, convinced to create a positive environmental impact. Matias is currently leading Eco Wave Power’s Business Development activities, to this endeavor, he participated in accelerator programs in the Netherlands, Australia, Portugal, and Spain, and the UK. Prior to EWP, Matias co-founded a startup at the age of 19 in Argentina and worked in real estate development. His background is in industrial engineering complemented with business for startups and sustainability courses. When he is not talking about startups, technology, and climate change, you will find him surfing on the coast of Tel Aviv.

Jorge Smulevici
Software Development Engineer (Cloudendure (AWS))

Jorge was born and raised in Argentina. Holding a Computer Engineer degree from the University of Buenos Aires and with 5+ years of experience in the software engineering field, he is truly passionate about cloud computing and the impact technology has in day to day life.

Besides that, he is a hiking, travelling and food enthusiast.

Dov Stern
Product Manager (BeyondMinds)

Dov, a native New Yorker, made Aliyah in 2021. While studying Materials Science, Math and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania, Dov discovered his interest in data. He broke into the field as Product Manager for WeWork’s Data & Machine Learning teams. Working closely with WeWork’s Tel Aviv team gave Dov the network and career path to actualize his dream of making Aliyah. Today, Dov is a Product Manager at BeyondMinds, working on the core platform to provide fully customizable production-grade enterprise AI solutions. Dov loves all things music and food, and getting outdoors to hike, cycle or ski.

Aaron Taylor
Product Manager (Poptin)

Originally from Toronto, Aaron moved to Israel at 18 and served in the paratroopers. He went on to study business and finance at IDC Herzliya where he founded an ed-tech startup. After deciding to close the startup, he honed his design and dev skills and worked as a frontend developer and UI/UX designer. Currently, he works as a product manager at Poptin.

Aaron maintains several side projects such as TasteJury, a dish rating website, and Open Sukkah, described as an “Airbnb for sukkahs”. He also loves to cook and play tennis.

Ari Tuch
Enterprise Account Executive (monday.com)

Ari originally hails from the sunny beaches of Sydney, Australia from where he made aliyah in 2015. He proudly served in the paratroopers brigade after completing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Business Law.

Ari found his passion in the high-tech world, bringing together his love of people and technology to upend the status quo. He currently works with large global corporations as part of the enterprise sales team at monday.com.

Reading is one of Ari’s favorite pastimes, with interests spanning economics, investing, sustainability, history and the occasional Tom Clancy novel for fun. On the weekends when not reading he can be found hiking or cycling the length of Israel.

Ma’ayan Tzoubari
Software Engineer (Via Transportation)

Ma’ayan works as a software engineer, with prior experience working in Venture Capital, Investment Banking, and Product Strategy. She graduated with a degree in International Development Studies from McGill University, and is currently carrying out her mission to give a hand up to disadvantaged populations by founding her first company. When not working or pursuing passion projects, you can find her on the beach, sailing, volunteering as a mentor in coding programs, or baking.

Kyle Ungerman
Sales & Business Development Lead (Oribi.io)

Kyle moved to Israel in 2018 to do his MBA at Tel Aviv University. Prior, Kyle graduated from Western University in Canada with a BA in Psychology and afterwards worked at a bank and then a start-up in Toronto called Turnstyle, building their Sales team that led to an acquisition by Yelp. Currently, Kyle is doing Sales and Biz Dev at Oribi.io in Tel Aviv. Kyle can be found running on the tayalet, watching new exciting documentaries and finding ice in Israel to satisfy his Canadian-ness of being an avid Ice Hockey Player.

Hunter Weinsheink
Developer Success Engineer (Frontegg)

Hailing from the desert land of Arizona, Hunter is a Developer, Manager, and Pun Enthusiast. He studied Literature and Digital Culture at Tel Aviv University while working as a Full Stack Developer, R&D Tech & Team lead across multiple Israeli startups. Now, he leads DevSuccess at Frontegg, focusing on the intersection of engineering and people.
In his free time, he works as the Artistic Director of The Stage, a non profit organization that creates performing arts opportunities for Anglos in Tel Aviv.
Like a staircase, he’s always up to something.

Michael Weiss
Strategic Finance Manger (Themis-Tech (Stealth Mode Startup))

Mikey made aliya 5 years ago from New York. He currently lives in Tel Aviv with his fiancé (and their two cats, Scooby and Bamba) and works at Themis-Tech (Stealth Startup) as a Strategic Finance Manager. Following his BA from Johns Hopkins, Mikey served as a lone solider in the IDF. After releasing from the army, he worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan for almost 2 years before joining his current company. In his free time, you’ll find Mikey shopping at the Carmel Market, hosting dinners, exercising, and spending time with friends and his Israeli host families.

Giovahnna Ziegler
Director of Marketing, Demand Generation (anecdotes)

Giovahnna was born and raised in Rio, and made Aliyah in 2015. Passionated about Data, and with a tremendous creative vain, Giovahnna has been leading Marketing departments for the past 10 years and had worked in multi-national Companies, NGOs and Star-ups. She’s a writer by soul, and is current writing her next book. Giovahnna loves to read, good food and red wine. Usually, all of it together.

Eden Adler
Backend Engineer (Lemonade)

Eden is a challenge seeker and creative problem solver. She studied Neuroscience at the University of Michigan, and works as a backend engineer at Lemonade. Outside of work, Eden is passionate about creating communities and getting more women into technical careers. She is one of the team members behind Women of Startup Nation, is a board member of Olim in Tech, and also runs What the Tech (@_whatthetech) on Instagram.

Daniel Bollag
Product Manager (XR Health)

Daniel moved to Israel in 2015 following his studies in Biomedical engineering at Imperial College in London.
He is passionate about product & strategy where previously worked at PayPal and WeWork and currently a product manager at XR Health working on building a telehealth platform.
Hosting Shabbat dinners, swimming, biking and family keep him busy and happy the rest of the time.

Avi Cabessa
Product Manager (eToro)

Avi studied computer science at Brooklyn College where he started freelance development and a few years later founded BH Labs, a web & app development agency. He then continued to study Business Administration & Finance at IDC Herzliya, and where he discovered product management and has been in love with it ever since. Currently, when not managing products at eToro, Avi can can be found enjoying the beach, at the gym, playing some sort of musical instrument, or just enjoying the wonderful life Tel Aviv has to offer.

Lia Cromwell
Principal (UpWest)

Lia is a Principal at UpWest, a cross-border VC fund investing at the US-Israel tech junction. She joined the fund in 2017 and focuses on Pre-Seed and Seed investments. A native New Yorker, Lia previously worked in credit research at a boutique New York-based firm, as well as in business development at FiscalNote, a global regtech startup. Outside the office, Lia is an avid reader who spends her time between cafes, (zoom) yoga class, and running on the tayelet.

Hannah Danan Moise
Data Scientist (Windward)

Hannah studied Data Analytics in France, and pursued her studies after her Aliyah to strengthen her engineering background. Since then, she has been working as a Data Scientist at Windward, focusing on solving problems in the maritime domain while being strongly connected to the business aspects. In her free time, Hannah loves cooking, training, and watching series (mostly documentaries)

Ezra Erani
Android Developer (ironSource)

Ezra is passionate project-starter and skills-acquirer who loves nothing more than flirting with a new language (human or machine, he doesn’t discriminate). After studying Middle Eastern Studies and working briefly as a toy salesman, Ezra took a crash-course in mobile development with a focus on Android and has since been working professionally on atypical Android projects. In his free time Ezra loves playing music, likes to sew and occasionally forces himself to go for a run.

Adir Gozlan
Data Scientist (Cato Networks)

Adir is a French national who studied Applied Physics at Yeshiva University & Columbia University in NY. After a short period applying his physics skills in the industry, he moved towards Machine Learning and Data Science and has worked at Akamai Technologies and Cato Networks where he applied these capabilities to the cybersecurity domain. He is also fascinated by the application of such technologies to “”forgotten”” industries.
When not working, Adir is into sailing, playing tennis, building stuff, and always likes starting new hobbies.

Kevin J. Hanna
Product Manager (Promo.com)

You can usually find Kevin creating new things at work or as a hobby. He graduated as a Software Engineer, joined a couple of startups as the first employee, and later became a Product Manager. Kevin co-hosts Hummus and Tech, a Podcast for Olim in the Israeli hi-tech industry, runs LazyHebrew.com, paints watercolours, and writes about his creative journey on kevinjhanna.com.

Max Kane
Product Manager (Lemonade)

Max grew up in New York and lived there until he moved to Israel at the age of 18. He served in the Golani brigade, first as a soldier, then a commander. After discharging, Max founded his first company OFFr, with the mission of helping people become less distracted in their every day lives. He built OFFr while completing his bachelors degree at Reichman University in Herzeliya where he also participated in the Zell Entrepreneurship Program. After graduating, Max went on to work in Product Management at companies like Wix and Lemonade. Max is also an avid runner, occasional writer and serious snowboard bum.

Taly Kisel
Technical Support Engineer (Camilyo)

For over 5 years, Taly has been a leader in the e-business industry. You may know her for her work as Project Manager at Pepperi, she has also worked at Fornova as an Application Engineer. Most recently she joined Camilyo as a Technical Support Engineer. Taly has been honored with scholarships to pursue her studies. She currently holds an MsC in Advanced Computer Science (Data Analytics) from University of Leeds and a BEng in Systems Engineering and IT from Universidad Anahuac.

Josh Lewittes
Machine Learning Engineer (Gloat)

Josh is originally from New York and made Aliyah 4 years ago. He currently lives in Tel Aviv and works as a Machine Learning Engineer at Gloat.

Josh has a BA in Economics from Johns Hopkins University and after working for two years on Wall Street decided to transition into software development.

In his free time Josh can be found running on the boardwalk by the beach and trying out new Jamie Oliver recipes.

Matan Markind
Software Engineer (Google)

Matan works at Google working as part of the Cloud team to help develop computer network. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and came to Israel on ITC to learn programming. He moved to Israel 5 years ago and just got married. Matan likes going outside and doing activities, playing sports or just going for a hike, and also reading fiction.

Eli Parkes
Physical Design (Chip) Engineer (Apple)

Eli is an aspiring generalist. He loves the thrill of going deep on a problem, but his curiosity (and reading list) extends broadly in multiple directions. An electrical and computer systems engineer by training, Eli presently works at Apple designing custom silicon microchips. When not working, or reading, he likes to write, scuba-dive, and cook tasty meals for his friends.

Javi Plavnick
Solutions Architect (Bringg)

Javi is passionate about solving problems using technology. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and made Aliyah in 2015. Technically-savvy, Javier is an information systems engineer and has been developing software and consulting on business-intelligence and logistic solutions for 10+ years. He’s worked with both multi-national companies and start-ups. Javi loves learning new things, and feeding his friends with home-made meals on the Sabbath.

Jon Rathauser
Founder & CEO (Keheala)

Jon Rathauser is the CEO & Founder of a digital health company, Keheala. Previously, Jon addressed healthcare clients’ toughest business challenges at Deloitte Analytics and pursued his interests in renewable energy at the Weizmann Institute. He earned an MBA from the Technion and a Bachelors of Science in the Ecological Determinants of Health from McGill. As a competitor, Jon captained McGill to a lacrosse National Championship, the Israeli National Team to Silver in the European Championships and seventh-place finishes in two World Championships.

Adi Rosen
Software Engineer (Nexar)

Adi studied computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Checkpoint, BlackRock, and is currently a Software Engineer at Nexar, a startup working to create the world’s first safe-driving network. She loves running, her family and friends, is an aspiring yogi, and is grateful to have made Israel and technology central parts of her life.

Dan Schwartz
Machine Learning Engineer (Immunai)

Dan is passionate about the intersection of technology and its ability to solve hard real-world problems. He studied Human Biology at Stanford University and has worked at Palantir, Udacity, Mobileye, and most recently joined the biotechnology startup Immunai as a Machine Learning Engineer, focused on using AI techniques to understand the immune system and improve health outcomes. In his free time, Dan loves outdoor sports (a former competitive tennis player and current triathlete), reading (especially history), and hosting dinners.

Esther Teplitsky
Product Data Lead (JoyTunes)

Esther is passionate about all things data. She studied Economics at UC Berkeley and has since worked in various analytics roles in advertising, e-commerce, consulting, and internet companies. In her free time, Esther can usually be found playing beach volleyball and enjoying the Mediterranean Sea.

Sheina Tolmas
DevOps Engineer (Checkpoint)

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sheina moved to Israel 5 years ago. After serving in the Givati brigade, she set her sights on hi-tech and completed the ITC programming bootcamp. She now works to “keep the lights on” as one of Checkpoint’s most tenacious DevOps engineers. Sheina is an avid exerciser and reader, and can dribble circles around almost anybody.

Avital Tzubeli
Regional Developer Advocate (Vonage)

Avital Tzubeli is a passionate storyteller and technical storytelling coach. She believes that any boring content can be turned into a magical fairytale. Avital began telling stories in NYC, and has since spoken on stages in Stockholm, Dublin, Tokyo, Brussels, and throughout the USA. A software engineer turned developer advocate, currently at Vonage, Avital empowers developers to build epic stories and share them with the world. And when she’s ready to take a break from talking, Avital loves telling stories with food, fresh and locally sourced, in her happy-place-kitchen in Jaffa, Tel Aviv.

Allie Vogel
Product Designer (Microsoft)

Starting her career in Silicon Valley and now living in Tel Aviv, Allie has designed products for LinkedIn, WalkMe, Booking.com, and now Microsoft. Studying Sociology, Design, and Business at the University of California, San Diego, she is currently completing her Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction at IDC Hertzylia. Her professional passions lie at the intersection of design and human behavior. When not designing products, you can find her in the sea: surfing, running a coding program for refugees or building various art projects.

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