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Meet the Team.

Jonathan Menuhin, PhD
Jonathan Menuhin, PhD

Jonathan Menuhin, PhD

CEO

Jonathan Menuhin, PhD

Jonathan's career has focused on links between organizational processes and strategic needs for more than 20 years, working as an Organizational Development consultant; an economics and business consultant in EBRD and the World Bank projects; business strategy researcher and lecturer, managing the Israeli major CSR and Sustainability consultancy; and as the Institute CEO. Jonathan received his PhD from Warwick Business School (UK) on analyzing HSBC (UK) innovation processes and has BA and MA degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tal Biran Ben Gal
Tal Biran Ben Gal

Tal Biran Ben Gal

Director, Strategic Collaborations

Tal Biran Ben Gal

Tal has gained experience in analyzing initiatives and projects, incorporating goals, resources and the required operational structure. In her previous position as Director of HealthIL (formerly BeWell.il), Tal initiated innovative partnerships and projects aimed to strengthen the health care ecosystem in Israel.  Successfully planning, implementing, and executing ventures locally and globally while harnessing the power of key players in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the institute, Tal managed government projects with the collaboration of the European Union. Tal holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Faculty of Economics at La Spinza University in Rome, where she graduated with honors.

Jennifer Schwarz
Jennifer Schwarz

Jennifer Schwarz

Executive Director, EcoMotion

Jennifer Schwarz

Jennifer Schwarz has worked at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership development and community impact across private, public and NGO sectors. Previously, Jennifer was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at TAU Ventures, the VC of Tel Aviv University, and launched a global leadership development fellowship called Adaptive Leadership Lab (ALL) under the Jewish Agency for Israel. Jennifer holds an MSc in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a B.S in Environmental Policy & International Development from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in Maryland, USA, she has also lived and worked in Thailand, India, England and Israel.

Sivan Cohen Shachari
Sivan Cohen Shachari

Sivan Cohen Shachari

Director, DeserTech

Sivan Cohen Shachari

Sivan is the executive director of DeserTech, a non-profit desert technologies innovation ecosystem which plays a key part in the Negev regional economic development initiative. DeserTech is a joint venture of Israel Innovation Institute, Merage Foundation Israel, KKL and others (BGU, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Be'er Sheva municipality). Prior to joining the Israel Innovation Institute, she led the "gap year program" at Bina - the Jewish Movement for Social Change and was involved building processes of many communities in the Negev. Sivan graduated with a BA in Hebrew Literature and Education from Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva.

Doron Meller
Doron Meller

Doron Meller

COO

Doron Meller

Doron was raised on a Negev Desert Kibbutz, working the land and maintaining the agriculture equipment. Throughout the years he has worked as a consultant to Israeli "blue-chip" companies on sustainability and CSR. Doron has joined the company in order to lead the Israel's agriculture and food tech ecosystem. At the beginning of 2018, Doron established the GrowingIL community (Ag- tech) and two years later he was appointed as the VP of the Israel Innovation Institute. Doron holds M.A. in Management (Cum Laude) from Ben-Gurion University and for several years has volunteered as a strategic consultant for Israeli's NGO's.

Yael Ophir
Yael Ophir

Yael Ophir

Executive Director, HealthIL

Yael Ophir

Yael is the Executive Director of HealthIL, the prominent integrator between healthcare challenge and tech companies in Israel, domain experts in Healthcare Innovation, Digital Transformation and community engagement, leading the Israeli healthcare system to its next-level. Prior to joining Israel Innovation Institute, Yael was a Business Development Manager at NovellusDx, a cancer diagnostic start-up. Yael obtained her M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences, summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University specializing in immunology and cancer research.

Avi Buskila
Avi Buskila

Avi Buskila

Director, CatalystIL

Avi Buskila

Avi leads a wide network of innovation directors in corporates, public agencies, and NGOs & in charge of domestic & international training programs & conferences.
Avi is a well-known public figure, and currently developing a social initiative to offer promising leaders from Israel's rural areas, mentoring from prominent figures in prospective fields.
Avi was the CEO of several marketing agencies & was the General Director of 'Peace Now' organization aimed to promote a viable political solution between Israel and Palestinians. Avi is an IDF officer, he served for 14 years, and was discharged as a Major. During his service Avi received special commendations for his bravery and resourcefulness from the Israeli Prime Minister.

Uriel Klar
Uriel Klar

Uriel Klar

Director, PLANETech

Uriel Klar

Uriel is dedicated to connect technology, business, and environmental missions to solve climate change challenges. He established an environmental research venture, founded an air pollution technology startup, and developed global partnerships in a multinational water company. Uriel leads PLANETech, a climate change innovation community, that promotes the development and implementation of climate change technologies across a broad set of sectors. PLANETech functions as a network for the Israeli and global climate tech ecosystem, tackling the most prominent global challenge – climate change. Uriel holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

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