Prof. Amatzia Baram

Prof. Amatzia Baram is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Center for Iraq Studies at the University of Haifa. He has also served as Chairman of the Department of Middle East History, Director of the Jewish-Arab Center and of the Institute for Middle East Studies.

Since 1980, Prof. Baram has been advising the Israeli government, and since 1986 also the US government (during the Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush administrations) about Iraq, Syria and the Gulf states.

Inon Beracha

Inon Beracha was CEO of PrimeSense, the provider of the famous Kinect

sensor of the Xbox360 (acquired by Apple in 2013). He served as CEO

of DSP Group (2004-2006), the leader of system-on-a-chip solutions

for cordless phones. Mr. Beracha was also Co-Founder and COO of

Ceragon Networks Ltd., which provided high capacity wireless telecom

and datacom systems (1996-2004). Between 1985-1996, he was Vice

President of the Electronic Research and Development Department at

the Israeli Ministry of Defense. He received his BSc and MSc degrees in

Electrical Engineering and Electronics from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Miriam Haran, PhD

Miriam Haran is an Environmental Management specialist. She is Head

of the MBA Environmental Management Program at the Ono Academic

College in Israel and serves on the boards of several major companies

including Israel Chemicals and MAI - a major recycling company.

Between 2003-2006 she was Director General of the Ministry of

Environment. She earned her PhD at Brandeis University.

Dr. Ely Karmon, PhD

Ely Karmon is Senior Research Scholar at The International Institute

for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute

for Policy and Strategy at The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC),

Israel. He has written extensively on global terrorism and strategic

issues, and served in several UN and international committees and

institutes. Dr. Karmon is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern

and security affairs. He earned his MA and PhD degrees from Haifa

University.

Leonard Sackstein

Lenny Sackstein is a well-known entrepreneur in Israel. He is the

Founder and Chairman of Carmit Candy Industries Ltd., a leading

Israeli manufacturer of confectionery products. He is also founder

and owner of Lagova Properties, which manages an extensive

portfolio of commercial, office and industrial property. He earned his

Commerce and LLB degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand

in Johannesburg.            

Hillel Schuster

Hillel Schuster is Principal at KPMG Israel, where he serves as

Head of Management Consulting, Corporate Finance and China Practice. One of Israel’s leading experts in mergers and acquisitions and transaction execution, Hillel has extensive experience across sectors for major Israeli and international companies. He recently provided key advisory and financial modeling services on Noble Energy’s sale of a portion of its stake in the Tamar Gas Field. Mr. Schuster holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yeshiva University, a J.D. and M.B.A. from Cornell University, an L.LM. (Taxation) from New York University, and is a member of the New York

and New Jersey Bar Associations.

Amit Shafrir

Shafrir is the Co-Founder & CEO of Quiv, a marketplace of askers and experts where the proceeds benefit charitable organizations. Shafrir is also the Co-Founder & COO of several successful companies in the senior care tech space, such as SaferAging, lert.ly, and OurParents. Shafrir has vast expertise in both consumer internet and enterprise software, having managed some of the Internet’s most powerful brands such as ICQ, Netscape Security Solutions, and Winamp - products that have reached over 1 Billion users. Shafrir was recently the Executive President and Director of Badoo, a social network for meeting new people with annual sales of over $150 million. He is the former President of AOL Premium Services, and has held senior positions at Amdocs, the global leading supplier of customer care, billing and operations support software.

Izhar Shay

Izhar Shay is Managing General Partner at Canaan Partners Israel,

where he focuses on Mobile, Digital Media, Internet, Communications

and Software investments. He is a board member at Rollout.io,

Algomizer, N-trig, Viewbix, LiveU, and until recently at PrimeSense.

With more than 20 years of operational experience as a successful

entrepreneur, Izhar was Chairman and CEO of V-Secure Technologies,

and CEO and Co-Founder of Business Layers. He writes a weekly

column in “Globes”, Israel’s leading financial newspaper, and is acommentator on Israeli TV and Radio, at various industry conferences, and financial and high tech forums.

Ido Sivan-Sevilla

Ido Sivan-Sevilla is a computer and social scientist. He is completing a PhD thesis on cyber-security regulation and teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS).  He received his BSc with honors in computer science from the Technion and his MA in public policy from the University of Minnesota.  He is writing a book about cyber-security regulation, and conducts research on the value of honeypot technologies to organizations' security. He served at the Prime Minister's Office and was a product manager at NextNine, a cyber-security company. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the U.S. Congress and worked as a legislative assistant and research fellow.

Lior Tabansky

Lior Tabansky is the Director of Strategy at Cyber Security Group

(CSG), a Tel Aviv based cyber security global business consultancy and solutions provider. Concurrently, he is a scholar of cyber power at Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and a doctoral candidate in Political Science on Cyberspace in National Security. Since 2005, Lior has been a senior researcher at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security. Lior has published a book Cybersecurity in Israel (2015) and several articles in leading scholarly and professional publications including International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism (IJCWT), Journal of Information Warfare, Atlantic Voice and Military and Strategic Affairs.

Prof. Uriya Shavit

Uriya Shavit is an associate professor in Islamic studies and head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and the Graducate Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the study of modern Islamic theology and law, Muslim radicalization, and the sociology of Muslim minorities in the West. He is the author of nine academic books and several dozen articles in these fields. He frequently comments on Middle Eastern affairs on Israeli national media and in the international media.

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