WMN Board

Hanna Pri-Zan

Ms. Hanna Pri-Zan is currently Chairman of Board at Peilim Portfolio Management, a member of the Bank Hapoalim Group. She previously served as the Head of Client Asset Management and Member of Management Board at Bank Hapoalim B.M. from February 2004 to September 2012. Ms. Pri-Zan joined Bank Hapoalim in 1972 and has held several positions with responsibility for securities research and advice including with respect to trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, foreign securities trading, derivatives activity, and research/investment advice. She is also a lecturer on financial literacy at The College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion. Ms. Prizan serves as a board member for various community and cultural volunteer activities, including Tel Hai College, University of Haifa, the Weizmann Institute, and Etgarim, an Israeli association for the disabled.  -- 

Eden Shochat

Eden Shochat is an equal partner at Aleph VC, an early stage venture capital fund with $344M under management, focused on serving Israeli entrepreneurs who want to build scalable, global businesses. Since its founding in 2013, Aleph has invested in over 25 companies including WeWork, CommonSense Robotics, Lemonade, Joytunes, Windward and Nexar. Prior to founding Aleph, Shochat was a general partner at Genesis where he focused on seed-stage investments, was a co-founder of face.com, the world leader in massive, web-scale face recognition in social networks, acquired by Facebook in 2012. He was also co-founder and CTO of Aternity, where he led the strategic product direction for its dominant user-experience monitoring platform (acquired by Riverbed). Passionate about entrepreneurship, Eden founded The Junction which was voted as the #1 startup program in Israel, is a co-founder of the annual Geekcon conference and teaches entrepreneurship at the IDC (Herzeliya interdisciplinary center) Zell program.

 Tzahi Weisfeld  

Tzahi (Zack) Weisfeld is a seasoned executive and a serial entrepreneur, with 25+ years of experience in tech consumer and enterprise markets. President of ASN (Accelerating Startup Nations), Zack was one of the founders of Microsoft Israel R&D site as well as a member of its management team for 8 years. Zack was also Head of Microsoft for Startups and Founder of the Microsoft Accelerators, his responsibilities span across 110 countries and included Microsoft BizSpark, Global startup accelerator partnership with 200+ accelerators in 47 countries, Microsoft Later Stage Accelerators in Seattle, Bangalore, Beijing, Shanghai, Berlin, London and Tel Aviv, as well as post acceleration programs and VC engagement  

Nava Swersky Sofer 

Nava Swersky Sofer is a frequently-invited speaker in leading international forums on innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital and technology transfer, with over 25 years of international experience living and working in three continents. She is a member of the Board of Directors of IMI Systems – Israel Military Industries, the Board of Governors of the Ruppin Academic Centre and a mentor at the IBM Alfa Zone accelerator (Israel) and the Nanjing Microsoft Incubator (China). Nava was the founding Managing Director of IDC Beyond, IDC Herzliya's presidential programme to create innovative ventures that apply exponential technologies to solve 21st-century global challenges.  In addition, she is President & Chairperson of the Toronto-based International Commercialization Alliance, Founder of NanoIsrael, the international nanotechnology conference & exhibition, an adviser to the Israeli government on innovation and international R&D collaborations and an adviser to the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on innovation.   

Motti Vaknin

Motti is a serial entrepreneur and a partner at Cdear VC. Motti brings to Cedar deep knowledge of the U.S. and Israeli enterprise software arena and offers his expertise as an accomplished entrepreneur and CEO. 

Prior to Cedar, Motti served as CEO of BelnSync where he orchestrated its turnaround and acquisition by Phoenix Technologies(PTEC). He has also served as CEO and co-founder of WebLayers, a startup company in the SOA space and one of Cedar's Pre-Seed investments. Before that, Mr. Vaknin founded and held the position of CEO at Bridges for Islands (acquired by Attunity Ltd.) and was VP Sales and Marketing at Shiron Satellite Communication. Prior to Shiron, Motti was a technology and market information specialist. 

Motti uses his expertise in the software area to focus on enterprise software, Enterprise, Cloud, SaaS, Mobile and Internet opportunities.

Miri Polackeck  

Miri is an Israeli-American with over 20 years of passionate leadership experience in the healthcare industry. She currently serves as CEO of Joy Ventures, a unique investment and innovation hub focused on science-based consumer products for emotional wellbeing.  

After moving back to Israel in 2010, Miri was inspired by the late President Shimon Peres’ vision, to co-found and lead Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate brain-related innovation and commercialization. Under Miri’s leadership, IBT fostered and supported the entrepreneurial brain-tech community through its prestigious and internationally-recognized programs such as Brainnovations, one of the world’s first brain-tech accelerators, the BrainTech international conference, and the $1M B.R.A.I.N. Prize. During this time, Israel became known as a global brain technology hub.

Miri started her business career as a corporate economist at Teva Pharmaceuticals and later held financial management positions with increasing responsibility at Pfizer’s US Pharmaceuticals division in New York. She later served as VP Finance at IntegraMed America (NASDAQ: INMD), a specialty healthcare services firm and the largest fertility network in North America.

Miri holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics and MA in Health Economics from Boston University, as well as an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business.

Being a part of WMN community headed by the inspiring Merav Oren and devoted co-founders Adi Zamir and Carmit Oren gives me the feeling of a close sisterhood.

There’s always someone to consult with, help find contacts, willingly share info, motivate and encourage each other.

I value the help I received with finding a dreamy co-working place and can’t thank Merav, Adi & Carmit enough for their voluntary work and all the efforts they put in order to promote us all! 

 Varda Aberbach‏, Founder & CEO at Technology for People 

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