PROF. EUGENE KANDEL
CEO, Start-Up Nation Central
Professor Eugene Kandel is CEO of the Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting it to the business, government, and NGO leaders around the world. He served for six years as Head of the National Economic Council in the Prime Minister's Office and as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister, where he played a central role in all the major decisions on economic policy. Eugene is also a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University.
PROF. ADI STERN
President, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Prof. Adi Stern is President of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. He is a graphic designer, type designer and a design educator. Stern's field of expertise is typography and typeface design. He writes, consults and lectures on the design and history of the Hebrew letter.
Bezalel, established in 1906, keeps - under Stern's leadership - preserving and developing traditional arts and crafts techniques, while fostering the creation of art and design in the realms of high tech, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Furthermore, Stern is finalizing the building of the new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Bezalel Campus in the heart of Jerusalem. The edifice, designed by the world-renowned architectural firm, SANAA, is expected to rejuvenate and revolutionize downtown Jerusalem.
Co-Founder and CMO, Atlas Dynamics
Guy is the Co-Founder and CMO of Atlas-Dynamics; a leading designer and manufacturer of autonomous and cost-effective Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for governments, Fortune-500’s and First Responders around the world.
In his spare time, and as a passionate design-thinker, Guy co-founded “Service Design Israel” and co-hosts Bezalel M.Des’ “Design.Talks” podcast.
He holds a BA in PPE and a Masters in Community Development from Hebrew University, and is now finalizing his M.Des at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem.
Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Tabookey; Co-Founder, SpaceIL
Kfir is an Israeli entrepreneur, engineer, researcher, lecturer, creative, proud geek. Kfir began programming at the age of 6 and wrote his first computer virus at age 11. Kfir served in an elite intelligence corps in the IDF focusing on cyber security, then pursued a B.Sc and M.Sc in communication systems engineering from Ben Gurion University. Damari is also the co-founder of Metapacket, a high-end cloud based security service that detects malwares and malicious activity in cooperate networks. Prior to SpaceIL, Kfir led several R&D teams in various companies and held a few teaching positions in Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv University and the College of Management.
Co-Founder and CEO, Lightricks
Zeev had planned on a career in academia, studying Computer Science for his Bachelor’s, Master’s and eventually his PhD at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. When he’s not at the office, you can find Zeev scouting out the next best oyster or sushi joint or practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with co-founder, Nir. Zeev believes the platform shift from desktop to mobile has presented Lightricks with a unique opportunity to bring a new generation of amazingly powerful, creative tools to millions of artists, business owners and everyday users.
Cognitive Researcher, Interaction Designer, Entrepreneur and Educator
Eyal is a lecturer and researcher at the Master's Program in Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and the founding director of the Design and Technology track.
Eyal's interests and expertise lie in the domains of Human-Machine Interaction (Brain-Machine in particular), Cognitive and Affective Computing, and the impact of design on science and the human condition.
Eyal is the co-founder of Bee3ee - a smart reading platform for Dyslexics, Acclair - a Neuro-experience consultancy, OpenInvo - an open innovation platform and involved with several bio-medical startups as a project leader and consultant. He has researched, lectured, presented and exhibited in several prominent academic institutions, conferences and museums worldwide.
Co-Founder and Chief Designer, Moxxly
Gabrielle is the Designer Co-Founder of Moxxly, where she leads a team making boss products for women, starting with a hassle-free breast pump accessory kit. She holds a Masters in Design from Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.
Founder and CEO, Cloudline
Cloudine is an African-based operator of autonomous airships that brings essential goods to remote and isolated communities that suffer poor logistics access.
Spencer holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Harvard University and is a graduate of African Leadership Academy.
An explorer at heart, he has lived and worked on 3 continents. When travelling he can be found at museums, historical sights and theatres.
Designer, Researcher and Teacher. Artificial Intelligence and Material Innovation
Despina Papadopoulos is the founder of Principled Design, a systems design and strategy studio specializing in wearable technologies, building prototypes, and working with organizations to introduce innovation at the intersection of social structures and technological possibilities.
She is currently conducting research at the Royal College of Art as a PhD candidate on
an AHRC/Techne scholarship looking at the relationship between materiality and distributed intelligence.
Chris is a young architect from Austria and founded a Studio called Penda in 2013 and Studio Precht in 2018. Together with his wife Fei, they are running the office from a remote place in the mountains of Salzburg. From there, they work on worldwide projects, which range from ecological high-rises to Farmscrapers to Bamboo-buildings. Chris is an advocate for a new generation of architects that finds meaning in their work and he is a leading voice for designing a path to a more ecological future. “Architecture is no longer defined by form, styles or eras. The problems, that our generation needs to solve, are larger than that. For us, climate change is not a theoretical possibility, but a reality. We, as architects, need to find solutions that contribute to the health of our civilisation, and to the health of our planet.
Co Author, Start-Up Nation
Saul Singer is the co-author, with Dan Senor, of the best-selling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle. The book was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and has been translated into over 30 languages. The title “Start-Up Nation” has become synonymous with Israel itself. Saul has given keynote speeches at innovation conferences and has been traveling around the world to speak and to learn about what makes countries innovative.
Co-Founder, I2D Studio; Sr. Lecturer, the Department of Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Elisha brings broad international experience from his years in Silicon Valley where he served in multiple design-leadership posts in start-up ventures and in the famed design agency IDEO where he designed the award- winning Palm-V. Elisha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Elisha served as a combat pilot in the Israeli Air force and received a degree in both Physics and Math at the Hebrew University before completing his studies in Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide and received numerous international design awards.
MARJAN VAN AUBEL
Award-winning inventor and solar designer, Marjan van Aubel (1985) focuses with her innovative concepts on sustainability, design and technology.
In collaboration with scientists, technicians and institutions such as Swarovski and ECN (Energy Research Center of the Netherlands), Marjan shows that extreme energy efficiency can be achieved through intelligent design. It gives objects a dual function by, for example: a table is not only a table but it also generates electricity. With her designs, Marjan strives to redefine our current relationship with solar energy. With this in mind, she founded Caventou in 2015, a company that focuses on integrating solar energy into our daily lives.
In 2017, Marjan was appointed the Designer of the Future by Swarovski. In 2016 she received WIRED's Innovation Award , the Wallpaper Design Award, and Neelie Kroes chose her as the Radical Innovator . She received the London Design Festival Emerging Talent medal in 2015 and in 2012 she won the first prize Dutch Material Award.
Chief Designer and Futurist, SAP
Martin Wezowski works as Chief Designer and Futurist for SAP’s Technology & Innovation strategy team. He moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to systemic design, to define innovation visions and strategies. Martin crafts future outlooks, concepts and products. He defines and runs innovation frameworks to find out what’s next beyond for SAP’s cast ecosystem, and the future of work. In 2017 he was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany as the “Software visionary” (“Handelsblatt”).
Martin talks about the mechanics and dynamics of change. How fast is it? What it means to be an innovator and strategist is transforming faster than before, from classic product definition and styling of the superficial, to systemic connections of everything, including social and political systems, deeply rooted in a space of challenges and promises between cutting edge tech and humanism.
Martin studied construction engineering, design and modern media production technologies. Prior to joining SAP in 2013, he worked for Sony Ericsson (Sweden) as creative director for 7 years. He also lived in Shenzhen, China for 2 years while serving as director of the UX board (Huawei). His innovation strategies helped to bring the Chinese tech giant’s consumer business from #8 to #3 in the marketplace.
He frequently shares his passion for the future, technology and innovation as an international keynote speaker. He builds on his adventures stretching from Polandand Sweden, to China and Germany.
MOLLY WRIGHT STEENSON
Author, Designer, Professor, Research Leader, Carnegie Mellon School of Design
Molly Wright Steenson is a designer, author, professor, and international speaker whose work focuses on the intersection of design, architecture, and artificial intelligence. She is the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the College of Fine Arts, the K&L Gates Associate Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University and an Associate Professor in the School of Design (with a courtesy appointment in the School of Architecture).
Steenson is the author of Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, 2017), which tells the radical history of AI’s impact on design and architecture, and the forthcoming book, Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, expected 2019), co-edited with Laura Forlano & Mike Ananny. A web pioneer since 1994, she’s worked at groundbreaking design studios, consultancies, and Fortune 500 companies. She holds a PhD in Architecture from Princeton University, a Master’s in Environmental Design (architectural history) from Yale School of Architecture, and a BA in German from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with honors and distinction.
Sr. Product Manager, CodeMonkey
Amit Werber is Product Manager and UX lead at CodeMonkey Studios, a company that teaches kids to code in real programming languages through games and playful activities.
She has worked in the tech industry for 10 years, gaining experience with a wide variety of startups in many fields (cyber security, sports, dev-ops solutions, entertainment and more) in New York, San Francisco and Tel aviv.
Amit earned her BFA at The Cooper Union’s School of Art in New York, a diverse and powerful experience, that left her with a passion for critical thinking and multidisciplinary work.
She believes empathy is the most important tool in the UX tool box, one that allows people to understand others and expand one's horizons beyond their personal perspective.
DR. AMIT ZORAN
Sr. Lecturer, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Hebrew University
Amit Zoran is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In his research, he explores the two divergent realms of emerging computational technologies and classical hand-hewn skills, seeking a new way of thinking about these polarities: the digital machine and the human hand. Amit Zoran received a BS in Communication System Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel; an M.Des. from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel; and an MS and Ph.D. from the Media Lab at the MIT.
Executive Director, Start-Up Nation Central
Wendy Singer has served as Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central since its founding in 2013. She worked with the US-based funders to build the infrastructure and professional team in Israel, and to launch its initial activities – connecting Israel’s innovation ecosystem with government and business leaders around the world.
Oded is the Director of Jnext, a joint-initiative of the Ministry of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority. JNext develops and supports the innovation ecosystem in Jerusalem. Oded is a serial entrepreneur, and was one of the founders of Siftech, a student-led accelerator. He is an active member of the Tech Meets Design content committee.
DR. AMNON DEKEL
Executive Director, HUJI Innovate - Hebrew University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Amnon Dekel is an applied researcher and product professional focusing on the meeting point between the physical world, computation, and information services enabled over digital networks. His passion is to enable engineers and designers to work in a synergistic fashion in creating successful and innovative products. Amnon is an active member of the Tech Meets Design content committee.
DR. ROMI MIKULINSKY
Head of the Master of Design (MDes) Program, Industrial Design, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Dr. Mikulinsky researches and lectures about digital and counter-culture, algorithmic art, as well as design-led innovation. She has worked with start-up companies and media websites, corporations and municipalities on the implementation of technological innovation, and has led design and innovation workshops worldwide. Romi served as the Director of the Shpilman Institute for Photography and worked with an array of art museums in Israel.
CEO, New Spirit
An architect, Inbar previously worked in the private sector for eight years after graduating from the Technion. She served as Chief Advisor to the Manager of the Planning Administration Authority. Inbar’s writing on urban planning, Jerusalem, and Israeli society has been published widely. At New Spirit, Inbar’s goal is to strengthen the City of Jerusalem as a leading cultural and economic center.