Eli Talmor is a Professor at London Business School and founding Chairman 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.
ProfessorEsperança, José Paulo – Chairman & Co-founder of ISCTE-IUL Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, AUDAX.
José Esperança is full professor of Finance at ISCTE-IUL. He has a broad international experience, having taught and given conferences in Europe, Asia, the USA and several African Countries. He is the chairman of AUDAX an associated center focused on entrepreneurship and family business, since its inception in 2005. He has written and consulted on services and emerging multinationals, small firms’ governance and financing, executive compensation, real options and venture capital. He is an author of numerous scientific publications, namely in Revista Portuguesa de Gestão, Journal of Multinational Financial Management and Journal of Applied Financial Economics. He is a member of the board of the CPADA, the Portuguese Federation of Environmental Associations and has been actively involved in promoting eco-friendly mobility infrastructures.
Wiesner,Roy – CEO, Hutchison Kinrot , Israel
Roy Wiesner is CEO of Hutchison Kinrot. In this capacity he leads all new investments by the incubator, oversees ongoing R&D activities and business development of the portfolio companies and serves as a director in these companies. He was previously a partner at the Cross-Border M&A and Capital Markets Department at one of Israel’s prestigious law firms, where he advised entrepreneurs and companies, across various sectors on all aspects of capital raising and strategic transactions, and acted for private equity firms and financial institutions on their early and late stage investments. Prior to that, Roy worked as an associate for leading international law firm Weil Gotshal in New York and Hong Kong, specializing in M&A and Private Equity, and assisted in the establishment of their Hong Kong office. Roy holds an LL.B. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a dual Masters of Public Administration (Public and Economic Policy) from the London School of Economics and Columbia University, and is a certified lawyer in Israel and New York.
Topic (Expert review of domain): The Business of Water Ventures – Opportunities, Challenges and Realities.
Mr. Efrat, Zeev – CEO Aquarius Spectrum Ltd.
Mr. Efrat has More than 20 years of experience in managing, including creating new businesses and leading companies in the Hi-Tec, Chemical, Defense and Renewable Energy industries. Throughout his career Zeev has specialized in creating new business from its inception and bringing it to maturity of operation – both in the framework of multinational operations and in the framework of founding and serving as CEO of startups. The essence of Zeev’s contribution is the integration of engineering, marketing and interpersonal communication skills. Prior to joining Aquarius Spectrum, Zeev initiated and established the presence of Frost & Sullivan in Israel in 2006 which became a leading consulting brand in Israel. The Israeli branch supports Israeli Export Companies to grow worldwide and encourages international investments in Israel. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Zeev had 15 years of local and international management, sales and marketing experience in the Hi-Tec, Chemical, Defense and Renewable Energy industries, with in-depth understanding and intimate acquaintance with industry mega trends (local and worldwide) and was supporting startups and new technology ventures in their first steps. Zeev holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and Business Management from the Technion Institution.