Management

Management
  • Avi Hasson
    CEO
    Avi Hasson's career spans executive leadership roles in the business, technology, and not-for-profit sectors. He served as Chief Scientist at Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry, and as Founding Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), the government entity tasked with planning and executing innovation policy in Israel.
  • Prof. Eugene Kandel
    Co-chairman of Start-Up Nation Policy Institute
    Professor Eugene Kandel is the co-chairman of the Start-Up Nation Central Policy Institute, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem through in-depth research and policy recommendations. Prior to taking on his role, Kandel served as the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central from 2015 to 2021.
  • Wendy Singer
    Executive Director and Chairwoman of Scale-Up Velocity
    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.
  • Uri Gabai
    CEO of Start-Up Nation Policy Institute
    Mr. Gabai is the VP of Strategy of Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). This role includes overseeing strategy, policy, and data and research activities in Start-Up Nation Central. He is also in charge of the human capital operations of the organization and specifically hi-tech training programs for the ultra-orthodox and Arab populations.
  • Chico Menashe
    COO
    With 21 years of experience in digital and broadcast media, Chico Menashe previously managed Reshet Bet, Israel Broadcasting Authority’s news radio station. He also served as deputy editor-in-chief at the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), overseeing news programs across digital, television and radio platforms.
  • Jeremie Kletzkine
    VP Business Development
    Jeremie Kletzkine, VP of Business Development at Start-Up Nation Central. Jeremie is an entrepreneur and executive with technological expertise. He previously served as the Director of Worldwide Business Development at PrimeSense (acquired by Apple).
  • Dana Pollak Wasserman
    Senior Director HR
    Dana has more than 15 years of experience in HR management. Dana leads all HR aspects of the organization including recruitment, training, employee and management development, welfare, HR strategy and more.
  • Laura Gilinski
    VP Philanthropic Partnerships
    Laura Gilinski is VP of Philanthropic Partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central. In this capacity, she is responsible for all Start-Up Nation Central’s development related issues including partner cultivation, retention, and support. Prior to Start-Up Nation Central, Laura served as Deputy Director for Development and International Relations at the Israel Museum (IMJ), where she was responsible for development operations including cultivation and growth of 16 international friends’ organizations; and direct fundraising from foundations, and individuals.
  • Eliran Elimelech
    VP Strategic Partnerships Department
    Eliran Elimelech is the VP of the strategic partnerships division at Start-Up Nation Central. Prior to his arrival at SNC, Eliran ran a private consultancy for Israeli start-ups wishing to operate in developing markets such as China, India, and the CIS, and was a commercial attache at the Israeli Embassy in Beijing, where he was responsible for promoting Israeli companies in China through various business and trade initiatives. Eliran holds a B.A. in international relations and East Asian studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a GMBA from the Inter-Disciplinary Centre (IDC). He is as well an alumnus of the Israeli government’s elite cadets’ program, where he was selected to “upgrade skills” program in the Israeli government. Eliran is married with three children and speaks Hebrew, Chinese, and English.
  • Arita Mattsoff
    VP Marketing
    Arita Mattsoff joined Start-Up Nation Central in August 2020 as VP Marketing. Prior to this, Arita held CMO, VP Marketing, other executive roles, and was part of management teams at Israeli and international high-tech companies, including CGTrader, Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), Magic Software (NASDAQ: MGIC), Finjan, Paradigm and Scitex.