Leadership Team

Leadership Team
  • Avi Hasson
    Chief Executive Officer
    With three decades worth of tech industry leadership experience from both the private and public sectors, Avi steers the organization’s strategy and day-to-day activities. Before joining Start-Up Nation Central, Avi spent more than a decade as an early-stage investor at venture capital firms Gemini Israel Funds and Emerge
  • Wendy Singer
    Executive Director
    Wendy was an integral part of building Start-Up Nation Central’s infrastructure and professional team, and in connecting Israel’s innovation ecosystem with government and business leaders around the world.
  • Uri Gabai
    Chief Executive Officer - Start-Up Nation Policy Institute
    Uri is the founding CEO of the Start-Up Nation Policy Institute, a think tank that seeks to provide Israeli decision makers with data-based research and policy recommendations on a range of innovation-related topics.
  • Maty Zwaig
    Chief Executive Officer Scale Up Velocity
    Maty is the founding CEO of Scale-Up Velocity, Start-Up Nation Central’s human capital arm that focuses on promoting the Israeli high-tech ecosystem by finding solutions for the country’s chronic tech talent shortage.
  • Chico Menashe
    Chief Operating Officer
    Chico joined Start-Up Nation Central as COO after having worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and senior editor in Israel’s top news organizations. Prior to joining Start-Up Nation Central, Chico managed Israel Broadcasting Authority’s news radio station, and served as deputy editor-in-chief at the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC).
  • Aliza Tamir
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Aliza leads Start-Up Nation Central’s marketing and communications activities, giving the organization its voice and shaping its strategy for the years to come.
  • Michal Kelman
    VP Philanthropic Partnerships
    Michal leads Start-Up Nation Central’s resource development work, including partner cultivation, retention, and support. Prior to joining Start-Up Nation Central, Michal headed the Rashi Foundation's Partnerships Department.
  • Eliran Elimelech
    VP Ecosystem Development
    A former business consultant and diplomat, Eliran brings his years of experience in government and private sector roles to bear in his work managing Start-Up Nation Central’s relations with its most valued partners.
  • Jeremie Kletzkine
    VP Business Development
    Possessing a deep familiarity of Israel’s innovation and commercial capabilities, Jeremie is Start-Up Nation Central’s global ambassador, serving as its VP of Business Development since the organization’s earliest days.
  • Dana Pollak Wasserman
    VP Human resources
    Dana is responsible for all the HR activities of Start-Up Nation Central, including recruitment, training, employee and management development, welfare, and HR strategy.
  • Yariv Lotan
    VP Product, Data, Development
    Yariv oversees Start-Up Nation Central’s flagship online product: the business innovation platform, Finder.
  • Ari Strasberg
    VP Strategy and Chief of Staff
    Serving as Start-Up Nation Central’s VP of Strategy, Ari has extensive background in designing and managing market approaches, product launches, sales force strategies, and new strategic plans and operating models for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Yariv Becher
    VP Innovation Diplomacy
    As Start-Up Nation Central’s special agent for diplomatic missions, Yariv employs the skills he gained during his 13 years in public service at the Ministry of Economy and Industry to enable Israeli technology companies to penetrate foreign markets and expand their international business operations.
  • Noga Shiloach
    Chief Product Officer
    As Chief Product Officer, Noga creates customized and scalable solutions for Start-Up Nation Central’s clients helping them to effectively address their main challenges.