The Israel Conference 2010
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Organizing Team:



Sharona Justman
STEP Strategy Advisors
Glenn Yago
Milken Institute
Isabel Maxwell
Israel Venture Network
Yair Landau
Mass Animation
Eran Wagner
cVidya Networks
Ayelet Weinerman
Perception Film Fund
David Ben-Ami
NVR Labs
Zvi Alon
Alon Ventures
Chris Rice
Check Point
Ronit Harel
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Baruch Littman
The Foundation
Dan Yukelson
Premiere Radio Networks
Jim Davis   Igal Litovsky
Shamrock Holdings


Sharona Justman - STEP Strategy Advisors
Sharona Justman is the Managing Director of STEP Strategy Advisors, an acquisitions advisory and strategic planning firm supporting the identification and facilitation of business and acquisition partners for companies across many industries.

Sharona specializes in developing the strategic direction for a company and facilitating key business transactions from business development through acquisition incorporating a clear plan of action that addresses tactics to support revenue focused and market positioning activities that will yield measurable successes.

STEP is a Strategic Business Advisory firm founded in 2001 ( The STEP team is comprised of experienced CEOs and senior executives who have developed significant and successful companies who focus on providing advice on strategic direction, business alliances, market positioning, revenue growth, mergers and acquisitions, and the development and execution of strategies to achieve significant results. STEP works with emerging growth companies to build their brand value and to develop and facilitate significant business transactions. STEP has offices in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.

Sharona co-founded Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants ( in 1986 providing information technology and operations improvement management consulting services to middle market companies in the industries of distribution, manufacturing, financial services, entertainment, and large non-profit organizations. RJMC provides project management for enterprise-wide projects involving information technology evaluation, selection, and integration as well as operations improvement consulting and business process reengineering services.

Sharona Justman began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and is a CPA. Sharona is an alumna of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and California State University, Northridge with a BS in Accounting and Economics.
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Glenn Yago - Milken Institute
Glenn Yago is Director of Capital Studies at the Milken Institute. He specializes in financial innovations, financial institutions and capital markets, and has extensively analyzed public policy and its relation to high-yield markets, initial public offerings, industrial and transportation concerns, and public and private sector employment.

In the area of capital access, Yago is creator of the Milken Institute's Capital Access Index, an annual survey that measures access to capital for entrepreneurs across countries, and co-creator of the Opacity Index, a measure of the openness of financial markets around the world, critical factors in determining a nation's economic health. Both indexes are referenced regularly in academic and business venues.

Yago has worked on financial innovations transfer and privatization projects in the Middle East since 1996, primarily in Israel and Jordan, and in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. His efforts were instrumental in the issuance of the first municipal bond in Israel's history to finance a development project in Tel-Aviv, and in spurring significant legislative amendments to democratize Israel's capital markets.

In the area of environmental finance, Yago's work focuses on developing financial innovations that monetize environmental goods and services. He organized "Financing Our Global Environmental Future," a 2001 conference co-sponsored by the Milken Institute, the U.N. Foundation and The Nature Conservancy; authored Financing Global Environmental Futures: Using Financial Markets and Instruments to Advance Environmental Goals (Milken Institute Policy Brief, 2001); and teaches environmental finance and urban economic development courses at the Tel Aviv University Recanati School of Business Administration. A central component of the 2002 environmental course was a feasibility study for financing restoration of the Yarqon River, an urban waterway that runs through seven municipalities in the most densely populated area of Israel. Yago is also a member of the California State Teachers' Retirement System Clean Technology Advisory Board, breaking new ground in the arena of environmental investing.

Before coming to the Institute, Yago was director of the Center for Capital Studies in New York, which he founded in 1992 to develop insight into the process of capital access and ownership change. He was a faculty member of the City University of New York Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Economics, and a senior research associate at the Center for the Study of Business Government at Baruch College—City University of New York.
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Isabel Maxwell

Isabel Maxwell - Israel Venture Network
Isabel Maxwell is a board member of the Israel Venture Network. She is the co-founder of The McKinley Group, creator of the pioneering Magellan online search engine that was successfully sold to Excite. She is the the CEO Emerita of CommTouch (CMTC).

Maxwell brings over 15 years of international journalism and entertainment experience with accomplishments including production/direction for the Yorkshire and Southern Independent Television networks in the UK and feature film production for New World Pictures. She served on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts-LA from 1986-1998, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society (FRGS) of London, and is a long-time member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), U.K. Maxwell holds honor moderations in Jurisprudence and a B.A. and M.A. in history and modern languages from Oxford University.
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Yair Landau - Mass Animation / Bedouin Media
Yair Landau is the former Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President, Sony Pictures Digital. Landau formed Sony Pictures Digital in 1999, bringing together all of Sony Pictures' digital artists and software engineers from Sony Pictures Imageworks, Sony Online Entertainment and Columbia Tristar Interactive into one division.

Landau supervised production of Imageworks’ first animated short, THE CHUBB CHUBBS, which won several awards including an Academy Award for Best Short Film (animated) in 2003. Landau has grown Sony Online Entertainment into the worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming building upon EverQuest, the most successful MMO PC game in the United States with Star Wars Galaxies launched in partnership with Lucas Arts in 2003.

Through Sony Pictures Digital, Landau developed the technology and formed the five-studio Movielink partnership, the first major studio Internet movie download service, launched in 2002. Most recently, he reorganized Sony Pictures Digital Networks to focus on emerging mobile entertainment, broadband video delivery and media software.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Landau earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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Eran Wagner - cVidya Networks
As President, North America Operations for cVidya Networks, Eran Wagner is working to develop the company’s business in North America including direct sales, channel sales, marketing and new product creation.

Prior to his new role with cVidya, Eran was VP, Portfolio Strategy and Planning, Amdocs Products Group where he was responsible for developing Amdocs' overall product strategy, including portfolio planning, foundational products, product integration, demo capabilities, and the development of targeted solutions. Eran Joined Amdocs in 2004 following the successful acquisition of XACCT Technologies, a company he founded, by Amdocs.

Prior to Amdocs, Eran co-founded in 1997 XACCT Technologies Inc, where he served as the chairman of the Board of Directors and the executive vice president - Technology, responsible for the definition, creation and market introduction of all XACCT products, and for strategic alliances.

Before XACCT, Eran co-founded the Xpert Group in 1993, and served as president and CEO. The Xpert Group specialized in system integration projects for corporate and service providers networking and Internet/intranet environments. The Xpert Group was sold in 2005 to One.

Prior to Eran's initial business venture, he worked as a software engineer. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Tel-Aviv University. Eran is the inventor of multiple granted patents. He is based in San Jose, California.
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David Ben-Ami - NVR Labs
David Ben-Ami is a key player in the life sciences industry in Israel with activities in management, business development, and corporate strategy. David Ben-Ami is currently the CEO of NVR Labs Inc., a pre-clinical stage adult stem cell company engaged in developing a composite implant for spinal cord injuries.

Previously, David Ben-Ami was Country Director of Boston Scientific Israel and Director of Business Development of Teva Israel. David Ben-Ami serves as a board member in Meytav Technological Incubator, winner of the 2005 outstanding incubator award, and in several other medical device companies.

David Ben-Ami received his MBA degree and BA in Economics & Management from Tel-Aviv University.
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Zvi Alon - Alon Ventures
Zvi Alon founded Alon Ventures in 2008.

Zvi Alon is the founder of NetManage, Inc. and has served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer since our formation in 1990. In June 2008, Micro Focus International plc completed the acquisition of NetManage.

From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Alon was the President of Halley Systems, a manufacturer of networking equipment including bridges and routers. He also has served as Manager, Standard Product Line at Sytek, Inc., a networking company, and Manager of the Strategic Business Group for Architecture, Graphics and Data Communications at Intel Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer.

Mr. Alon received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Mr. Alon is the former son-in-law of Mr. Uzia Galil, a director of the Company.
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Chris Rice

Chris Rice - Check Point Software
Chris Rice is a Manager for Check Point Software and brings over ten years of Sales and Marketing experience in the IT Industry. Chris is responsible for account management for major clients, managing Channel Partners, and marketing activities in the Los Angeles area.

Prior to joining Check Point, Chris held sales positions with Silicon Graphics and Network Appliance. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Indiana University.
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Baruch Littman - Jewish Community Foundation / California Capital Summit
Baruch S. Littman is the Chairman of the California Capital Summit, a professional business association attracting financiers in California.

Baruch is the Vice President of Development of the Jewish Community Foundation. With more than 30 years of development and marketing experience, Littman aims to increase the assets of The Jewish Community Foundation.

Prior to joining The Foundation, he served as executive director of The California-Israel Chamber of Commerce. His career includes senior positions at The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and the American Nurses Association, as well as senior marketing and management positions at both Fortune 100 and 500 corporations.

Baruch Littman earned his bachelors degree from Long Island University and his masters degree in business administration from The City University of New York.
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Igal Litovsky


Igal Litovsky - Shamrock Holdings
Igal Litovsky is Vice President of Shamrock Capital Advisors. Igal joined Shamrock Holdings in 2002. Igal's primary responsibilities include fundraising strategy and execution, industry and company research for prospective investments, due diligence, financial analysis, and portfolio company monitoring on behalf of the Fund.

Previously, Igal was a Director with the Mitchell Madison Strategy Consulting Group, a Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and a Vice President with an L.A.-based Internet sports-media company.

Igal serves as Director of Raval ACS Ltd. and Ahava. Igal graduated from the University of Chicago and the Harvard Business School.

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Selected Participating Firms:

Sequoia Capital Milken Institute LiveU Yossi Vardi STEP Strategy Advisors
Sheppard Mullin
Bank Leumi Gemini Israel Funds Los Angeles Department of Water & Power JVP cVidya
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Pitango Israel Venture Network Shamrock Holdings Intel
Novafora MARK Enterprises
Check Point William Morris Agency
Jajah Tigo Energy
Topio Jinni
DFJ Tamir Fishman
Canaan Partners USC Entertainment Technology Center Vringo
ClipSync Luxe Hotel BabyFirstTV PricewaterhouseCoopers
Premiere Radio Networks Silicon Valley Bank
Given Imaging
The Westly Group
Tamarix Ventures
Mass Animation
Timeless Jerusalem IVC
Entertainment Media Ventures
Olmstead Williams Communications
Bedoin Media
MIT Georgia Institute of Technology
New Century Capital Partners Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants
Women In Technology International LA Chamber of Commerce Maverick Angels LARTA
Business Wire Daly-Swartz Public Relations iHollywood Forum
cFour Partners Worldwide
Shelter Capital Partners O2Cool Water Yarden Wines
Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Israel Economic Mission of LA
SCICC California Capital Summit KenRadio

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