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Advisory Committee

Eli Talmor – Chair
Eli Talmor is Professor at London Business School and founder of its Coller Institute of Private Equity as well as the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University. He was previously a professor of finance at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and B.Sc. (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Professor Talmor is the co-author of International Private Equity, broadly considered as the reference book of the private equity industry. He served on the board of Governors of London Business School and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. In recent years he has been asked by the UK Parliament to provide a leading testimony at its high-profile hearings on private equity and to advise the UK Prime Ministerial office.

Jeremy Coller
jeremy collerJeremy holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester, UMIST; an MA in Philosophy from Sussex University; and a Diplôme Cours de Civilisation from the Sorbonne. He attended Carmel College. Jeremy is Executive Chairman and CIO and founder of Coller Capital. In 2012, he was recognised as one of the 20 most influential people in private equity over the last decade by Private Equity International (PEI), and by Real Deals magazines. He was also voted one of the most influential people in European financial markets and private equity by Financial News magazine. In 2009, Jeremy won PEI’s ‘Private Equity Leader’ award.

In 2011, Jeremy was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the London Business School. In 2013, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University.

Jeremy is the founder of the Coller Institute of Venture.

Joseph (Yossi) Klafter
Prof. joseph klafterProf. Joseph Klafter is widely recognized in his field, chemical physics. He completed his BSc and MSc in physics at Bar-Ilan University, and his PhD in chemistry at Tel Aviv University in 1978 under the supervision of Prof. Joshua Jortner. After post-doctoral studies in chemistry at MIT, he joined the research and engineering division of Exxon in the US, where he worked for eight years. He joined the TAU Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Chemistry in 1987, and was promoted to full professor in 1989. From 1998 to 2003 he was the incumbent of the Gordon Chair in Chemistry, and from 2003 onward he has held the Heineman Chair of Physical Chemistry.

Prof. Klafter has published close to 400 scientific articles and edited 18 books. He is a member of the editorial boards of six scientific journals, and has been a member of the scientific committee of dozens of conferences. Prof. Klafter is a former Chairman of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

Yossi is the President of Tel Aviv University, the host University for Coller Institute of Venture.

Moshe Zviran
moshe_zviran_1Prof. Moshe Zviran serves as Dean of the Coller School of Management at TAU. He is the incumbent of the Isaac Gilinski Chair of Entrepreneurship, Technology, Innovation and Management, and serves as the Chair of the MBA program in Management of Technology and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MoTIE) and the Head of the Adams Institute for Information Technology.

He holds B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science and M.Sc and Ph.D in Management, all from Tel Aviv University, Israel. His published works have appeared in leading academic journals including MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Communications of the ACM, Information and Management, Computers & Security and other journals. He is also the author of Information Systems – From Theory to Practice (co-authored with Seev Neumann, published by Dyonon, 2001). Prof. Zviran serves as a consultant for a number of organizations and as a board member of several private and public companies.

Moshe was the first academic director of the institute and is the Dean of the Coller School of Management, the host Faculty for Coller Institute of Venture.

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Core Team

Odeya Pergament – Coordinator
Odeya was granted her B.A. degree in Social Science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and her MBA degree with a major in marketing from the Ono Academic College. Odeya worked as the administrative coordinator of the Information Systems Management program from the School of Management and Economy at the Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College.

Dvir Shavit – Research Assistant
Dvir majored in mathematics and computer science in high school. While enlisted in the IDF, he served in the Intelligence Corps, and later as a commander in the 8200 unit. Dvir studies Shiatsu at Campus Broshim, Tel Aviv.


Yesha Sivan – Executive Director (2013-2017)
Prof. Yesha Sivan is the founder and CEO of i8 ventures (http://i8.ventures) – a business platform focusing on innovating innovating. He is also a visiting professor of innovation and venture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School. Sivan’s professional experience includes developing and deploying innovative solutions for corporate, hi-tech, government, and defense environments. He focuses on digital strategy (SVIT – Strategic Value of Innovation Technology), innovation and venture (employment black holes), mindful leadership (orange bike workshop), virtual worlds (3D3C platforms), and knowledge age standards. After receiving his doctorate from Harvard University, he has taught executives, EMBA, MBA, engineering and design courses in his areas of expertise.

His personal blog is http://www.dryesha.com.

Asher Tishler
Asher Tishler received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics (with honors) from the Hebrew University, Israel, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. From 1976 he is a faculty member at the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University. Professor Tishler’s main research topics are focused on applied microeconomics, models of research and development, econometrics, energy economics and defense related issues. His articles were published in leading journals such as The Journal of Econometrics, Research Policy, Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Defence and Peace Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Management Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, European Economic Review, Energy Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Operations Research, and more.

Asher was the dean of the School of Management at the founding of the institute. 

Robyn Klingler Vidra – Senior Research Fellow (London)
Robyn Klingler-Vidra joins King’s College London in the Department of European & International Studies as a Lecturer for the 2014-2015 academic year. Most recently, Robyn served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University where she was the Associate Editor of Coller Venture Review. Robyn‟s research interests focus on the role of government policy in building venture capital markets as a means to promote innovation and entrepreneurial clusters. Robyn leads the World Economic Forum‟s United Kingdom Executive Opinion Survey on global competitiveness and has led studies on economic growth, technology clusters and development. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles on the development of venture capital markets in East Asia and how policy models transform as they diffuse. Robyn received her MSc and PhD in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics & Political Science and her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Ann Iveson – Senior International Advisor (London)
Ann was Executive Director at the London Coller Institute of Private Equity for the years (2008-2009) and played a key role in defining and implementing many of the strategic initiatives and projects. She has extensive banking experience in the fields of credit, fixed income sales, derivatives and capital markets. She headed credit at CSFB and European Corporate Origination at BNP Paribas. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and holds a BSc (Econ) from LSE and is a London Business School Sloan Fellow. She is Treasurer and on the Board of City Women Network and a Senior Advisor to the Coller Institute of Private Equity in London.

Ann worked on developing channels and connections to broaden the international footprint of Coller Institute of Venture.
To connect with Ann: LinkedIn, Twitter: @AnnIveson

Nathan Zeldes – Director of Research / CVR Managing Editor
Nathan Zeldes, a physicist morphed into an organizational change agent, is recognized as a global thought leader in the search for improved knowledge worker productivity. Having enjoyed a long career as a manager and senior engineer at Intel, he now helps organizations to solve core problems at the intersection of technology and human behavior. Nathan has been active mentoring startup companies since the early nineties, when he represented Intel in a startup incubator in Israel. Subsequently, when he became globally known as an email productivity expert, he became a valuable resource for startups seeking input on their product and business plans in this space. Nathan holds an MSc in applied physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His professional activity is accessible at http://www.nathanzeldes.com.
Nathan is a long-time collector and student of technology history, and his work as an affiliate researcher at the Coller Institute focuses on the history of venture.

Ido Yavnai – Research Infrastructure Director
Ido PortraitIdo was granted (with honors) his MBA degree with specializations in IT Management & Marketing Management from  Tel Aviv University and a B.A. degree in computer science from the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo. Ido worked as a P&L manager and as a senior project manager of several major IT projects such as the Zip code changes in the Israeli post company, BI projects for international real estate company, and Knowledge Management implementation, etc. Ido combines business and strategic thinking, with high technological abilities, creativity, and analytical thinking.

Ido worked as a research fellow at the institute with a special focus on the history of venture capital and is responsible for the digital infrastructure of the institute.

Vladi Dvoyris – Director of Marketing and Community Relations (2016-2018)
vladi-dvoyrisDr. Vladi Dvoyris was granted his MBA degree with a specialization in management of knowledge-based firms from the Technion (2012) and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Hebrew University (2009). Before joining CIV he served as an advisor for several dental enterprises, and still acts as a scientific and business consultant for medical startup companies at different stages of maturity.
Vladi is a popular lecturer and public speaker, and his work at the Coller Institute of Venture focused on business development, marketing, community and event management, and maintaining the institute’s web-presence.

Currently, Vladi is the owner of ExJuvant Medical Business Consulting, a boutique consultancy specializing in biomedical ventures.
Connect with Vladi: LinkedIn

Allee Zhang – Research Fellow (London)
allee-zhangAllee Zhang was a London-based research fellow at the Coller Institute of Venture. Allee completed her Masters in Finance at the London Business School (LBS). She is a management consultant, previously working at Accenture and Deloitte. Ms. Zhang also worked as an investment analyst for a Southeast Asia-based Private Equity and Venture Capital firm. Her research interests include private equity, venture capital fund performance and VC value creation.

Tanya Gottlieb – Senior Research Fellow
tanya1With over 20 years of experience in scientific research and communication, Tanya Gottlieb holds a BA in Natural Sciences, a PhD from Cambridge University, UK,  and an MBA from the Technion, Israel. Her professional development has encompassed 3 perspectives – (1) as an academic researcher in world class laboratories, (2) as a professional writer and (3) as an industry stakeholder – in the UK, USA and Israel. Her multicultural high level scientific background facilitates working with top tier players from across the world.

Currently Senior Director of Scientific Affairs at MeMed Dx Ltd, Tanya specializes in making scientific research more readable so that it reaches a wider and more distinguished audience. Her clients are researchers in industry, medicine and academia who wish to maximize the impact of their work by publishing in prestigious journals.

During her time in CIV, Tanya was leading the Deep Innovation research strand.

Connect with Tanya: LinkedIn

Itai Assaf – Research Fellow
Currently iOS Developer at ironSource. With over 3.5 billion installs to date, 6M successful new installs per day and 450 million unique users reached across all major geos, devices and platforms each month, ironSource leverages its massive scale and advanced segmentation and targeting algorithms to provide the right content to the right people at the right time. Used by leading developers, mobile carriers and device manufactures, the ironSource targeting platform enables them to connect more effectively with their users.

During his time as CIV Research Fellow, Itai develope research objectives, projects and proposals about Venture, Innovation and Start-Ups. He managed digital distribution channels over the web, including social media pages, YouTube channel, professional blog and more; designed and developed a data visualization models, as part of CIV researches.

Yu (Zöe) Zhai – Research Fellow
ZoeCurrently living in Germany, Zöe focuses on research of crowdfunding and its social impact within the political science domain. She believes in and is driven by creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

In addition, Zöe is an experienced simultaneous interpreter and translator in English/Chinese.

Sagi Shavit – Research Assistant
Sagi maunnamedjored in mathematics and computer science in high school. While enlisted in the IDF, he served in the Intelligence Corps. Soon he will begin to study Bio-medical engineering at Tel Aviv University.

During his time in CIV, Sagi dealt with improvement of the institute’s infrastructure.

Noa Mondrowicz – Marketing Director
Noa_MondrowiczNoa Mondrowicz has joined the Coller Institute of Venture as Marketing Director. Before joining the Coller Institute of Venture, Noa was Field Marketing Manager for Middle East and Africa at Check Point Technologies, where she managed regional marketing campaigns and channel partners. Noa brings over eight years of experience in B2B hi-tech marketing, with a specialization in Marketing Communications. Noa was granted her M.A. (with honors) in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University and holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Rutgers University.

Danel Lushi – Research Assistant
Danel is an MA student of Diplomacy Studies at Tel-Aviv University and a research intern at INSS Israel’s Arms Control research program. Danel is a former journalist at Channel 10’s international news desk and has a BA Degree in Political Science and Communications and an Associate’s Degree in Journalism. At the Coller Institute, Danel is assisting in producing corporate videos and graphic design. Danel also volunteers at Israel AIDS task force’s anonymous HIV test center as a consultant.

Naama Brezner – Research Assistant
Naama Naama majored in physics, mathematics and visual arts in high school. She later served in the Air Force of the IDF in an operations room, where she was responsible for managing and carrying out important and classified operations. Naama will begin her academic studies in the next year.

Jael Fafner – Research Assistant
Jael is a B.Sc. student in a double Major program in Psychology and Computer science with an emphasis on Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University. Prior to her studies, she dealt mainly with various kinds of research. Jael speaks four languages fluently and is interested in the fields of innovation, entrepreneurship and design. Besides her work at the Coller institute, she is a junior designer and a fellow guide to young Danish journalists coming to Israel.

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