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 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 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.
Prof. 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.
Dr Eyal Benjamin – Head of Entrepreneurial Activities
Eyal is an innovation and strategy specialist, a serial entrepreneur, founding ICT and automotive ventures as well as in venture capital investments. Eyal is a member of the Coller School of Management at the Tel-Aviv University; leading the Entrepreneurial Activities at the Coller Institute of Venture; and leads the innovation programs at LAHAV, the executive program of TAU. Prior to that, Eyal headed the entrepreneurship division and led the Start-Hub Accelerator at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv Jaffa. He holds a B.Sc. in engineering from TAU, Tel-Aviv Israel; Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and a PhD in new-venture-strategy both from SUT, Melbourne, Australia.
Odeya Pergament – Manager of Strategy and Innovation
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.