Introduction

IEFF (Israeli Executives and Founders forum) is a non-profit organization for the Israeli entrepreneurial and executive community in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

IEFF’s goal is to promote and enrich this community by providing a platform for interaction and collaboration between the members, with the Silicon Valley tech community and its leaders.

The IEFF counts among its members more than 1,000 Israeli high tech professionals, including early stage start up leaders and executives in leading corporations, who take part in events and special interest groups.

Past meetings included meetings with leading tech companies and investors in the Bay area, meetups covering diverse topics including new technologies, career development, fundraising and other topics of interest to the Israeli tech professional community.

The Team

Eran Wagner- IEFF Israel
Eran co-founded the IEFF in 2007. In 2011 Eran moved back to Israel and is a General Partner at Gemini Israel Ventures where he invested in projects such as Moovit, Walkme and Weka.io and serves on the boards of additional companies. Prior to Gemini Eran held executive roles at companies such as Amdocs and cVidya as well as Founded and led startups including Xpert (now one1) and XACCT (now Amdocs). Eran holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and computer science from Tel-Aviv University and is the inventor of multiple granted patents. Married and a father of two, in his free time Eran enjoys swimming, martial arts and music. In addition to his business activities Eran is a MELI (Middle East Leadership Initiative) Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of the Technoda where young children get increased exposure to science.
Sharon Levite-Vaknin – IEFF Israel
Sharon was the director of programs and operations in the IEFF. Prior to moving to the USA with her family, Sharon worked for AIG for six years and managed the financial institutions insurance department. Sharon has a BA and MBA which she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem. Sharon relocated back to Israel in summer 2015.
Onne Ganel – IEFF Europe
Onne started his career interning forYigal Arnon, then transitioned to international sales for Shahal Medical. He completed his MBA at Wharton, founded a medical imaging company and later joined Edwards Lifesciences and subsequently Omnicell Inc., a public Healthcare IT, in a corporate development role. He is an avid runner, surfer, and snowboarder, and plays golf rather poorly. He lives with his wife and three kids in Los Gatos.
Michal Gutelzon
Michal is the director of programs and operations in the IEFF. Prior to moving to the USA with her family, Michal was an associate at Herzog, Fox & Neeman Law firm (Environment and Climate Change practice group). Michal has an MPA from Columbia University, an LL.M including thesis from Tel Aviv University and an LL.B from the IDC. Michal lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two sons.
Oded Hermoni
Oded Hermoni is an early stage investor and entrepreneur. He is a Venture Partner at Rhodium Capital, an investment company focused on early stage companies in Israel and US. Oded serves on the screening committee of TIE Angels and serve as a board member and advisor in several start ups, accelerators and funds. His previous roles include heading and forming of the Israeli High Tech Industry and VC Associations (now IATI and IVA), VP of Capital Point investment group (TASE) and Meytag High Tech ventures, advising to the R&D arm of the Israeli Gov, and serving as a board member and investor in over 25 companies. He co-founded TopIdea, (acquired by Zap Group in 2006) and prior to that served as the leading technology journalist in Israel at Haaretz, TheMarker and RedHerring. Oded served as an officer in the IDF (Captain). He holds BA and MBA, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children.
Moshik Raccah
Moshik co-founded the IEFF in 2007 and has been tending and growing the organization ever since. In addition to volunteering in the IEFF, Moshik is a full-time startup CEO at Silo.co, a network connecting professionals through mutual assistance. Prior to Silo, Moshik served as the VP of Strategic Alliances at Amdocs, and as the CEO of Winsite, an Israeli consulting company he founded and later sold to Ness. Moshik has been living in Silicon Valley since 2001 with his wife and two sons.