Hani Alami Hani Alami

Hani Alami, CEO of Coolnet, has more than twenty years of national and regional experience in telecommunications and business development. He is attuned to all aspects of technology and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of endeavors. Since 2009, with Hani at the helm, Coolnet Group has become one of the largest telco companies in Palestine and a leading telecom solutions provider in the field of broadband and communication technologies. Coolnet has branched out to several locations in both the developed and developing world. An experienced enthusiast, Hani excels at creating blue oceans and the kind of added value that triggers markets. With multiple acquisitions and mergers in the telecom sector he leverages his experience and network to mentor and support emerging entrepreneurs and promising ideas. A career of successful business exits in the technology sector grants Hani the ability to see the big picture and steer management through difficulties and challenging crises.Hani routinely contributes his time and experience as a philanthropist and mentor to multiple initiatives across the region. He recently established JEST (Jerusalem Entrepreneurs for Society and Technology), the first entrepreneurship center and hub for startups in East Jerusalem. JEST promotes and supports technology and the culture of innovation, with special emphasis on programs for women and youth.

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Sandra Ashhab Sandra Ashhab

Sandra is an independent environmental consultant and is part of the founding team of MEET. She holds a Masters degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University with a focus on water and public health, and is a PhD candidate at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. While her academic interests lie in environmental justice and health, she has strong interests in youth education and empowerment.

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Anat Binur Anat Binur

Anat is part of the investment team at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage Venture Capital firm where she loves working with early stage startups that think big, especially in education and healthtech. Previously, Anat received her PhD from MIT, working with Prof. Dan Ariely to apply behavioral economics methods to intergroup collaboration, and led a World Bank project in Africa. Anat holds an MPA from Columbia and a law degree from Hebrew University.

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Yaron Binur Yaron Binur

Yaron co-founded Redbeacon, which is changing the way consumers find and book home services and was sold to Home Depot. Prior to Redbeacon, he was a Product Manager at Google specializing in Google News and Google Search, and VP of MIT AITI, a program started by MIT students to integrate computers and technology into the education of students in African schools. Yaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Assaf A. Harlap Assaf A. Harlap

Assaf is the founder and CEO of SWITCH.co.il. Previously, he served as VP of Business Development at Colmobil Corp., Israel’s largest car importer, distributor and retailer. Between 2010-2012, Assaf led the relaunch of the smart car in Israel. Assaf is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in Japanese Studies and received a MBA from Harvard Business School. He was recently selected to become a Young Global Leaders (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. Assaf has one daugter and lives in Tel-Aviv.

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Gigi Levy Weiss Gigi Levy Weiss

Gigi is an angel investor in start ups including Playtika, Kenshoo, Plarium and many others, spending his time working with portfolio companies and meeting new, innovative start ups. Previously Gigi served as the CEO of 888, Division President in Amdocs and other roles. Earlier on he served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force and did his MBA at Kellogg.

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Rafiq Masri Rafiq Masri

Rafiq Masri is a Palestinian-American entrepreneur in the information technology industry. ​Rafiq is the founder and CEO of Network Management, Inc. one of the Washington, D.C. metro area’s leading IT service providers. Rafiq is the chairman of Palestinian Economic Development Foundation (PalEco), which is focused on promoting the Palestinian private sector via engaging the Palestinian Diaspora, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, encouraging international trade, facilitating investment, and helping create a vibrant and sustainable business environment. Rafiq is on the board of Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), advisory board member with the World Venture Group (WVG) and Search for Common Ground’s (SFCG) corporate leadership council. Rafiq is also a member of Breaking the Impasse (BTI) a World Economic Forum initiative. Rafiq was born in Nablus, raised in Kuwait and immigrated to the United States in 1979. He holds a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed post graduate studies in business and software engineering at both Harvard and George Mason University. With his strong connections in the business community within the United States, Palestine and Israel, Rafiq is committed to efforts to build and support the Palestinian economy which is a paramount requirement to any future peace and stability.

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Reem Younis Reem Younis

Born and raised in Nazareth, Israel. Mrs. Younis holds a B.Sc. Degree in civil engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Together with her husband founded “Alpha Omega Ltd.” in 1993. Alpha Omega started as an R&D subcontractor and worked with companies and scientists in the Neuroscience fields. Throughout the years AO grew internationally to be one of the leading companies in the neurosurgery field. During 1994 Mrs. Younis Co-founded “Alpha-Cad Ltd.” a company that specializes in supplying complete CAD solutions, mainly for construction businesses. The company made exit in 2003. Currently, she is serving as board member in multiple NGO’s that promote her belief in the 3E’s – Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Younis’ aspiration is to promote entrepreneurship among the younger generation, encouraging them to pursue their dreams for a brighter tomorrow. In turn, she believes, this would have a great impact on Nazareth. It would transform this diverse city into a modern and technological place. Reem and Imad share three children: Dima, Jude and Nada.

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Larry Albin Larry Albin

Larry is a principal and leads Deloitte Consulting technology services go to market strategy for US Financial Institutions in Capital Markets. Larry focuses on technology strategy, design and implementation, leading business and technology transformation for investment banks and buy side firms. Prior to Deloitte Consulting, Larry worked at Lehman Brothers for 5 years as Global Director of Product Development of Equities electronic trading. In this role, Larry led the design, development and rollout of various client facing technology products, including Lehmanlive (Lehman’s client website), single stock and program trading platforms, and access to Lehman’s trading algorithms and analytics. Larry received his MBA from Columbia University and his Undergraduate from Wharton. In 2016, Larry became an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.

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Adam Fisher Adam Fisher

Adam Fisher is a partner at Bessemer and manages the Herzliya, Israel office, which he established in 2007. He focuses on investments in Israel and Europe across multiple technology sectors, from pre-revenue, early stage startups to expansion stage, growth companies. Prior to Bessemer, Adam worked for 9 years with Jerusalem Venture Partners, where he was partner in their New York, Jerusalem and Beijing offices. Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where he majored in economics and international business diplomacy. Born in South Africa, Adam has lived in the US, China and Israel. Adam was named one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists in 2013 by AlwaysOn. He blogs about venture capital and Israeli high tech at Savants in the Levant.

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Wael Salloum Wael Salloum

Born and raised in the Middle East, Wael is of Lebanese and Palestinian descent. Currently at Youtube where he is the data lead for Emerging Experiences, Wael previously worked for Senator Hillary Clinton in DC, and 9 years as a Senior Quantitative Analyst and Engineer for Google Ads. Currently he is also advising 5 Keys Charter School in their project to help ex-convicts, as well as mentoring for diversity and education. Wael received his graduate and undergraduate degrees from Stanford, the primary focus of which was Computational Mathematics and International Relations. He has a long history of volunteering and teaching, including at his high school while still a student, and at Stanford. Wael currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife Vivian.

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