||Chairman and CEO, Benhamou Global Ventures, LLC. |
||General Partner, Mohr Davidow|
||Vice Chairman, SVB, Chairman, SVB Capital|
President and CEO, imperva
|Dr. Giora Yaron
Chairman, Ramot Tel Aviv University
|Chairman of the Board - Zvi Alon
||CEO, Alon Ventures|
|Jacques Benkoski, Ph.D.
||Partner, U.S. Venture Partners|
||Fortress Investment Group LLC|
Board of Directors
||Partner, Perkins Coie|
Head of Relationship Management, Venture Capital amd Private Equity Division, SVB Financial Group
||Consul General at Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific North West|
||Deloitte & Touche LLP|
|Shmuel (Mooly) Eden
||VP and General Manager, PC Client Group, Intel |
||Co-Founder, UpWest Labs|
||Vice President of Engineering, Applied Materials, Inc.|
Chair, MedTech Committee
Chair, Mobile & Internet Committee
Chair, Big Data/Saas/Cloud Committee
Chair, Security Committee
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Alon is the founder of NetManage, Inc. and has served as its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since the Company’s formation in 1990. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Alon was President of Halley Systems, a manufacturer of network equipment. He previously held management positions at Sytek, Inc., a networking company and served as Manager of the Strategic Business Group for Architecture, Graphics and Data Communications at Intel Corporation. Mr. Alon holds a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
U.S. Venture Partners
Jacques joined USVP in 2005 and became a Venture Partner in 2009. Jacques focuses on fostering USVP position as an active investor in the Israeli market. He is working with several USVP companies such as BPT, Factery, Kilopass, Qnovo, and Trusteer. Previously, he has advised several portfolio companies including ClearShape, Dune Networks, LightSpeed, and Yoomba, and served as executive chairman of Certess and Synfora.
Before joining USVP, Jacques was President and CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition by Synopsys (SNPS) in 2004. Prior to that, he founded and served as General Manager of the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys. Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of research and management positions at IMEC in Leuven, Belgium, at IBM's Scientific Center in Haifa, Israel and STMicroelectronics in Grenoble, France.
Fluent in English, French and Hebrew, Jacques holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and has published over 30 technical papers.
He is currently Chairman of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Technion Society, he is on the board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Steering Committees of the Israel Web Tour and the Israel Cleantech Tour and was vice-chairman of the EDA Consortium from 1999 through 2005.
Head of Relationship Management
Venture Capital and Private Equity Division
SVB Financial Group
John China is head of relationship management for SVB Financial Group. In this role, he oversees all aspects of SVB Financial Group’s relationships with the venture capital and private equity communities.
China’s leadership encompasses five key areas of this business for SVB:
- Venture Capital Relationship Management: managing the company’s network of relationships with venture capital and private equity firms and their partners
- Entrepreneur Services Group: supporting emerging technology and life science companies by engaging founders and CEOs with programming and networking events to add value during their development stages
- Venture and Private Equity Services: providing banking services to venture capital and private equity clients
- Private Banking: focusing solely on the unique financial needs of the partners at VC and PE firms
- SVB Capital: overseeing the company’s venture capital investing business which includes fund of funds and direct investment funds exceeding $1.2 billion under management
In addition, China co-chairs SVB Financial Group’s investment committee for Limited Partner investments in emerging managers. Prior to joining SVB Capital, China worked for more than 14 years at Silicon Valley Bank, the commercial banking subsidiary of SVB Financial Group, where he held several leadership roles.
China holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the advisory board for DEMO, a board member of ASTIA and the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, and previously served on the advisory board for the Executive Roundtable of New York City.
Shmuel (Mooly) Eden
General Manager, PC Client Group
Shmuel (Mooly) Eden is vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group (PCCG). In this capacity, he is responsible for the platform planning, architecture, enabling and marketing of Intel's PC solutions for the desktop and mobile computing segments.
Eden joined Intel in 1982. He held numerous technical and management positions in microprocessor design for several Intel microprocessors, including the Intel® Pentium® processor with MMX™ technology. From 1999 – 2003 Eden was director and general manager of the Israel Development Center. He was responsible for the development of the mobile microprocessors and chipsets, including Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology and the Intel® Pentium® M processor, formerly codenamed Banias. In 2004 he served as vice president and director of marketing for the Mobile Platforms Group, responsible for driving growth in the notebook computing segment. In 2005 he was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Mobile Platforms Group, where he was responsible for ramping the notebook and later on the netbook categories. In 2009 he was promoted to the current position as the vice president and general manager of the PC client group.
Prior to joining Intel in 1982, Eden was an engineer for Tadiran Communication, Ltd.
Eden received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel in 1973 and a seniot business management degree from Jerusalem University. He taught as an adjunct senior lecturer at the MBA program of the Technion institute of Technology from 1999-2002.
Shuly spent the last decade building Silicon Valley’s gateway to Israel. Working with the Valley’s leading tech giants, investors and business leaders she helped found the California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC) and created the ultimate platform for ongoing business exchange serving a network of over 10,000 companies. Under Shuly’s leadership CICC had significant impact on its members’ success in securing millions in venture capital, establishing US/Israel offices and R&D Centers and branding Israel’s emerging tech industry in Silicon Valley.
The most significant impact of Shuly’s work at CICC was on advancing Israel’s leading tech entrepreneurs. Recognizing their challenge in opening new markets overseas, bridging cultural divide, acquiring business know-how and raising capital, Shuly created and implemented programs that accelerated over 500 Israeli startups innovating across diverse tech sectors.
Prior the CICC, Shuly held marketing and program development roles at various international NGOs focusing on economic development programs and educational initiatives. She studied for her B.A. of International Relations at San Francisco State University and French Studies at Grenoble University in France. Shuly is invited to speak often on issues related to global entrepreneurship, cross-border partnerships and investments. She serves on the Advisory Board of C100 - A Canadian Entrepreneurs Network.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Erez Levy serves as Managing Director with TriplePoint Capital, a leading global specialty finance company providing financing solutions to venture capital backed companies throughout their lifespan. Erez has more than 15 years of executive and finance experience in investment banking and principal investing, including expertise in structured financings, leveraged buy-outs, equity, and strategic advisory services. At TriplePoint Capital, Erez works with a variety of companies in various industries and stages of development. In addition, Erez works with many of the TriplePoint Capital’s international portfolio companies.
Prior to joining TriplePoint Capital, Erez served as a senior investment banker in JPMorgan’s technology investment banking group in San Francisco, where he worked with many leading technology, high growth companies, and private equity clients. At JPMorgan he was responsible for raising capital and providing advice on mergers and acquisitions to the firm’s clients. Prior to JPMorgan, Erez was an investment banker at Hambrecht & Quist (H&Q), a leading technology and life-sciences investment bank. At H&Q, Erez also led several of the firm’s equity investments in leading technology and high-growth companies. Erez was instrumental in building both H&Q’s and JPMorgan’s international technology investment banking practices in Europe and in Israel. Erez holds a B.S. in Business Administration from University of California at Berkeley.
Gil Livnah has been working with U.S. and Israeli technology companies, founders and investors as an investment banker and corporate attorney since 1988. Gil has executed domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions totaling more than $7.5 billion in consideration and private placements and public offerings totaling in excess of $9 billion in raised capital.
Gil launched Livnah Associates to offer a broad range of both corporate law and corporate development services to technology companies with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property transactions, venture financings and commercial transactions. He continues to work closely with technology companies and investors based in the United States, Israel, Europe and Asia.
Gil’s legal experience includes working in the business department of Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto where he led many M&A transactions and venture financings. In addition, Gil served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel of an Israel-related venture-backed wireless software and device company, where he led all of the company’s strategic, financing and intellectual property transactions globally.
Gil’s investment banking experience spans several years with Lehman Brothers, Citigroup and Jefferies Broadview in New York and California. During that time Gil led multiple technology M&A transactions, private placements and public offerings as well as specialized restructuring transactions.
Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. He was born in Haifa, Israel, is fluent in Hebrew and is an avid classical piano and tuba player.
Applied Materials Inc
Mr. Merry is a Vice President responsible for leading Applied Materials’ Synexis Engineering organization and is a member of Applied Materials Engineering Governance Board (EGB).
Synexis is Applied Materials’ common platform engineering organization serving both the Silicon and Energy segments. Synexis engineering responsibilities include: robotics, embedded controls, wafer handling platforms, fluid delivery and integrated metrology solutions. Synexis is a global engineering organization with engineering resources in Silicon Valley, California, Austin, Texas, and Bangalore, India.
Mr. Merry joined Applied Materials in 1995 and held various engineering leadership roles. During his tenure at Applied, Mr. Merry has been a true innovation leader who has built and led multidisciplinary teams that have designed some of the semiconductor industry most innovative products. Some of the successful products developed by Mr. Merry’s team include: Vantage Radiance, Centura EPI-RP, Centura DPN, and Vantage Astra - Laser Anneal. These products have enabled Applied to maintain its leading position as the premier supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
As a member of Applied’s Engineering Governance Board, Mr. Merry has initiated and championed a number of corporate-wide engineering initiatives which include: knowledge management programs such as knowledge mapping and research, global expert director and the adoption of engineering Community of Practice (CoPs).
Prior to joining Applied Materials, Mr. Merry was an engineering manager at Energyline Systems where he managed the development of embedded systems for equipment and home automation.
Mr. Merry holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.