INVESTMENT BOARD

Our story began when Imad Telhami, businessman and founder of Babcom Centers, conceived an unprecedented partnership between the founders of the two largest investment funds in Israel: Chemi Peres, founder of Pitango Venture Capital and Dr. Erel Margalit, founder of Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP).

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CHEMI PERES

Co-Founder and Head of the Investment Committee

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Managing General Partner, Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital; Founder and Chairman, Amelia Fund; Chairman, Al Bawader Investment Fund; has served on the boards of several NASDAQ companies; He currently serves on the boards of numerous Pitango portfolio companies and several not-for-profit organizations, and as the Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace.
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IMAD TELHAMI

Co-founder & Chairman

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Co-Founder & Chairman, Babcom Centers (~2000 employees); formerly Chief Operating Officer, Delta Galil Industries; active leader helping empower and integrate Israeli Arabs successfully in both the local and global economy. A member of the Board of Directors of numerous public companies.
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Erel Margalit, PhD

Co-Founder, Investment Committee

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Erel N. Margalit, Ph.D. founded JVP over 24 years ago, and is one of the chief architects of the startup nation, bringing innovation and entrepreneurial leadership to the country’s most pressing political, economic, and social challenges. Chosen for the Forbes Midas list and by Israel’s prestigious  business newspaper as its “first venture capitalist with the golden touch”, Erel has led numerous global exits as Managing Partner of JVP, including establishing the first state-sponsored incubator as part of the famed JVP family of funds, creating the Media Quarter in Jerusalem, and leading the cyber security effort in Be’er Sheva.

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ITZIK FRID

Managing Partner and CEO

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 A board member of numerous companies, including all of Takwin’s portfolio companies. Formerly Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance; VP Business Affairs at AOL; Managing Director of Argoquest Holdings; and CEO, Playscape (MoMinis). Elected board member of IATI (Israel’s high-tech association). Graduate in Physics and Law, Tel Aviv University. 
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Asaf Shariv

Investment Committee

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 Asaf Shariv is the founder and CEO of Amelia Investments. Mr. Shariv is a renowned expert in numerous sectors; a seasoned lawyer, spokesperson, diplomat and foreign affairs advisor.  Mr. Shariv is the founder and principal of TZ.U.M Shariv Consulting – a strategic consulting and political analysis firm. Shariv received an LL.B. at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. 
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HASSON HASSON

Investment Committee

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A highly decorated Brigadier General (ret.) who served in the IDF’s Special Services for over 36 years. Served as Army Secretary of Israel’s president. A prominent leader in the Druze society, engaged in promoting employment and education initiatives in the Druze and Arab sectors in Israel.
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FADI SWIDAN

VP Marketing and Business Development

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Previously Director of the Nazareth Business Incubator Center & founder of the Hybrid accelerator (Arabic and 8200 cooperation); Co-Founder of NazTech, first ever Arab/Israeli accelerator; Consultant for startups; ;assistant of Nazareth Municipality CEO. Noted by Israel21c as one of 16 Arabs from Israel making difference on the World Stage. Graduated BsC in Industrial Engineering and Management – Technion and MBA from Clark University, Boston.

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Advisors

Our advisors and mentors are hi-tech leaders and experienced entrepreneurs with a passion for nurturing change-makers and brilliant technologists.

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Yoram Yaacovi

Advisory Board

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For seven years through January 2018, Yoram was the General Manager of the Microsoft Israel Research and Development Center, one of the three Microsoft Global Development Centers (GDCs). Yoram is a board member of the Israeli Advanced Technology Forum (IATI) and founded the Forum of Multinational R&D Centers in Israel (MNC Forum).  Yoram is the co-author of 23 patent applications and several IETF RFCs including Dynamic LDAP. He has a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion.
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URI ADONI

Advisory Board

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Partner at JVP, and currently serves on the boards of numerous JVP portfolio companies and several not-for-profit organizations; formerly the CEO of MSN (Microsoft Networks) Israel; was a partner and co-CEO at Geller-Nessis/Publicis Advertising Agency, and Head of Strategic Planning and the International Department at Ogilvy Israel. 
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Advisory Board

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CEO of Afifi Group, which consists of over 20 companies, Afif has over 20 years of experience in the group’s core field of operation and practice. He holds a Business administration (BA), specializing in IT and Tourism from IDC College Herzliya, a master’s in business administration (MBA), specializing in finance banking and startups, from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and a Postgraduate diploma in strategy and innovation, from Oxford university – Said business school
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ODED KRAFT

Advisory Board

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Founder, board, and advisory board positions with numerous startup companies. Advisor of the Technion and Weizmann Institute on patent commercialization. Previously, the VP Product Development at Kornit Digtal (NASDAQ:KRNT);; senior executive business role and scout with Roche Diabetes Care, Germany; VP Products & BD at Medingo (acquired by Roche);  Global Segment Business Leader at GE Healthcare . Oded holds an MBA and a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion.
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