Conference Speakers

Lecturer Chen Heffer
CISO Executive Training Program Lead, Technion

Chen serves as Spinnaker Support’s Global CISO and leads the Technion Executive Training Program – CISO 2020. Chen brings over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity and information technology realms in both military and civilian industries. Prior to the Technion and Spinnaker, Chen held a number of key security positions around the world such as the Global CISO for Gilat Satellite Networks, the CISO of Douglas County Government in Colorado, the Internal Security Auditor for Kaiser Permanente and the Head of Cyber Security & Privacy and the CISO of Deloitte Israel.

In 2016 Chen was nominated and awarded with the prestigious award of the EC-Council for the Most Innovative Cyber Security Project of the year. The project Chen led was a trailblazing approach of a fully automated Security Operation Center in a US Government, from detection through investigation and prediction of millions of cybersecurity incidents. Based on a unique tailor built technology Chen brought an almost futuristic cyber security management approach and managed to drive other governments to follow that same approach.

Erez Dagan
Senior VP Advanced Development and Strategy at Mobileye

Mr. Erez Dagan is Senior VP Advanced Development and Strategy at Mobileye, an Intel Company.

During his 14 years at Mobileye, Mr. Dagan has led vision algorithms research groups and IP capturing in the field of object detection, as well as managing the suite of associated ADAS products, including Autonomous Emergency Braking and Monocular Adaptive Cruise Control.

In his current position, Mr. Dagan is responsible for building strategic partnerships, heading Mobileye’s Pre-production/advanced development projects portfolio and the sensor fusion R&D group.

Mr. Dagan holds a B.Sc in computer science from the Hebrew University and an MBA from IDC, Herzliya.

Rutt Bridges
Futurist, Entrepreneur, Author

Rutt Bridges grew up in Albany, Georgia, and earned a BS in physics and an MS in geophysical sciences from Georgia Tech. He serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences Advisory Board, the Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, and the Colorado Department of Transportation Innovisers Council. He is also an advisor for Mobility Choice, which is planning Metro Denver’s transportation future. Rutt is past president of the 30,000-member Society of Exploration Geophysicists, past chairman of Colorado Public Radio, and a former candidate for U.S. Senate. Since selling an analytics software startup four years ago, Rutt has focused on exploring the economic, environmental, and social impact of disruptive innovations. His 2015 e-book, Driverless Car Revolution, reached #1 in sales for Robotics and Automotive on Amazon, and his second book, Driverless Conquers Congestion, should be out in the second half of 2017.

Eran Shir
Co-Founder & CEO, Nexar

Eran Shir is the co-founder and CEO of Nexar, an artificial intelligence dashcam application that seeks to rid the world of car crashes. Nexar is a vehicle-to-vehicle network connecting cars nearby; it can warn its users in real-time of dangerous situations happening beyond each individual driver’s line of sight, such as issuing a forward collision warning, effectively giving drivers more time to react.

Prior to founding Nexar at the beginning of 2015, Shir was the entrepreneur in residence at Aleph, a Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm, where he focused on big-data, crypto-currencies and market disruption. He also was the senior director and head of the creative innovation center at Yahoo!, where he was responsible for their creative advertising technologies strategy and portfolio, as well as the development of their next generation personalized creative advertising platform.

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Conference Panelists

Dr. Libbi Levine Segev
Teaching Assistant Professor, The University of Denver’s Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department

Libbi Levine Segev is an assistant teaching professor in the Business Ethics and Legal Studies Department at the Daniels College of Business. In addition to her teaching, Libbi is a licensed Colorado attorney and real estate broker. She also has co-authored numerous publications. Libbi holds certifications which include REALTOR, CIPS, FIREC and served as the National Association of Realtor’s President’s Liaison to Israel.

Libbi earned her Bachelors of Arts from Brandeis University, both her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver, and an LLM (concentration in taxation and real property) from New York University.

Dr. Mark Lee Levine Professor, University of Denver’s Burns School of Real Estate & the Built Environment

Mark Lee Levine is a full professor at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business. He has been a real estate broker, attorney, investor and professor for more than 40 years, lecturing throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to China, has written 52 books and more than 300 articles. He has been at the University of Denver for more than 35 years and holds certifications and licenses that include, among others, CCIM, CIPS, CLU, ChFC, CPM, CRB, CRE, CREA, CRS, SRS, GRI, MAI, FRICS, FIABCI, Cert. FIABCI, Emeritus DREI and GAA.

Levine practices law and has traveled as an international delegation leader to dozens of locations throughout the world. He is one of the foremost experts in the U.S. on American and international real estate.

Matan Scharf
CEO and Founder of Cycuro

Cybersecurity specialist with over 17 years of experience researching, developing and integrating solutions for the enterprise market. Scharf is the CEO and Founder of cycuro, an Israeli startup company with a revolutionary cybersecurity solution for the smart mobility and transportation domain.
In 2012, founded Weboxer, a cybersecurity company offering specialized consulting services to Israeli defense agencies, financial institutes, and startup companies. Prior to starting Weboxer, Scharf held several senior managerial roles at Check Point, the largest information security vendor globally. As the Director of training and organizational development operations globally, Scharf launched security training programs for the company’s employees worldwide and was one of the major contributors to the official Check Point certifications.
In his academic capacity, Scharf is a strategic advisor to the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) at Tel Aviv and an advisory board member of the Cyber Research, Education, and Training Center (CRETC) at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Orlie Dahan
Israel Innovation Institute | EcoMotion Executive Director

Following Israeli Air Force service, a B.A. in Business from IDC and her passion for transportation, Orlie worked for a private aviation company and then founded her first company, creating 2-wheeled electric vehicles. Orlie most recently represented the Israeli transport sector in Europe, enhancing international collaborations for joint R&D. With 12 years of experience in transportation, exploring different modes and roles in transportation, Orlie is excited to lead the EcoMotion team and community, supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups reach their goals, meet, connect and collaborate.

Elan Zivotofsky
Partner, Lazarus Group

Elan Zivotofsky joined Ibex Investors (Formerly Lazarus Investment Partners) in 2017. Zivotofsky has over 20 years of on-the-ground experience researching, raising capital for, and investing in Israeli companies. Elan has deep knowledge of the Israeli investment landscape, startup ecosystem and the overall Israeli capital markets. Before joining Ibex, Zivotofsky spent 5 years as the Head of Investments at OurCrowd, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to joining OurCrowd, Elan was the Managing Partner of the Prelude Israel Fund, a hedge fund focused on Israeli companies.  Prior to founding Prelude, Elan was a Senior Vice President and the Head of Technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers in Israel from 2004-2008. Prior to Lehman, Zivotofsky was a portfolio manager at Oasis Capital, a multi-billion hedge fund with a focus on long/short, catalyst driven and special situation investing. Between 1997-2002, Elan was a top-ranked Israeli technology research analyst at Goldman Sachs. Elan started his career as a technology research analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York (1994-1997). Elan received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude).

Dr. Isaac Ashkenazi
International Expert for Crisis Management & Leadership and Professor at Ben Gurion University

 

Tal Raviv
Senior Lecturer in INdustrial Engineering

Tal Raviv is a senior lecturer in the Industrial Engineering department at the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University. He holds a BA from the Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel Aviv University (1993), an MBA from the Recanati School of Business, Tel Aviv University (1997), and a PhD in Operations Research from the William Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (2003). He spent two years (2004-2006) as a postdoctoral fellow in the Sauder School of Business at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His current main research interest is smart transportation and logistics with a focus on sustainable logistics and shared mobility systems. Tal serves now as the head of the new Shemltzer institute for smart transportation in Tel Aviv University.

 

Ariel Sella
Managing Director, Capsula.Studio Smart Mobility at Tel Aviv University

Ariel Sella is the Managing Director of Capsula.Studio, the Smart Mobility startup accelerator at Tel Aviv University in partnership with the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative at the Prime Minister’s Office.  Prior to joining Capsula, Ariel was a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and high tech executive in Tel Aviv, Silicon Valley, Boston and Tokyo. Starting his career as a chip designer at Intel, Ariel’s expertise spans semiconductors, design automation, online consumer services, enterprise IT, networking, smart energy and smart mobility. Ariel received his Computer Science degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Nicole Adler
Professor, Hebrew University’s School of Business

Nicole Adler is a professor in the Department of Operations Research and Operations Management at the School of Business Administration of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her major research interests include game theory and productivity estimation applied to the field of transportation. Nicole is currently participating in two Horizon2020 funded consortiums investigating the potential introduction of competition in the air traffic management sector (COMPAIR) and the use of big data to inform air traffic management demand forecasts (BigData4ATM). As head of the Intel Big Data Analytics Initiative and the Big Data Analytics specialization in the MBA program at Hebrew University, her most recent research is in the field of disruptive technologies and their likely impact on road networks. In her spare time, she likes to work with students and participate in fun conferences.

Dr. Weitzman Nagar
Bank of Israel

Dr. Weitzman Nagar holds a PhD in Economics from Tel-Aviv University and is a senior economist in the research department of the Bank of Israel.

Dr. Nagar research focuses on Monetary policy, and Real estate, urban and housing economics.

Dr. Carmit Rapaport
Director, National Institute for Regulation of Emergency and Disaster

Dr. Carmit Rapaport is the Director of the Institute for Regulation of Emergency and Disaster (NIRED). Carmit is also the Academic Coordinator of the Master’s programs in Coping with Disasters and Fire Studies at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. Recently, Carmit has been nominated as the Academic Advisor to the Israeli National Center for Resilience of the Israeli NEMA (National Emergency Management Authority) and IDF’s Home Front Command.

Dr. Carmit Rapaport (Ph.D.  Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 2011) fields of expertise include business continuity, population’s behavior during emergencies, preparedness and social resilience.

 

Dr. Eran Feitelson
Professor, Hebrew University – Geography Department

Eran Feitelson is a Professor at the Department of Geography of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He is currently head of the Advanced School for Environmental Studies.  He was previously head of the Federmann School for Public Policy and Government (2004-9) and head of the Department of Geography (2003-4).  He holds an MA in geography and economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University.  He has published 100 articles in the refereed journal and edited volumes on water policy issues, transport policy, environmental policy, and environmental planning.  His research focused on trans-boundary water issues in the Israeli-Arab context, transport and environment policies and land and planning policies and politics.  Recently he has worked on the political and economic facets of large-scale seawater desalination, on the definitions of water needs, on the formulation of policy packages, equity facets of transport, earthquake preparedness, and the politics of land and land use planning in Israel. In addition to his academic work, Eran Feitelson has participated in several national planning teams in Israel and has been a member of many national committees.  He is also serving on the National Parks and Nature Reserves Commission, which he chaired for ten years (1999-2009).  He was a Visiting Senior Researcher at Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, Indiana University (1997/8), a non-resident Visiting Fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (2007-11) and a Visiting Professor in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford (2009-10).

 

Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley
Executive Director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

Ann-Charlotte (“Lotta”) Granholm (PhD/D.D.S) joined the University of Denver on Sept. 1, 2015, as the founding executive director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. She comes to DU after 16 years as the director of the Center on Aging at the Medical University of South Carolina and a tenured Professor in the Neuroscience Department. In 2015, Granholm received a three-year appointment as a guest professor in neurosciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. One of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world, Karolinska is the premier research institute in Sweden and the university that gives out the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. Granholm has served on the Board for Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter and currently serves on the Board for the Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has more than 25 years of experience in federally funded research, and has published more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research focus is healthy aging and aging disorders of the brain, especially as it pertains to animal models and human studies of Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Asaf Degani
Technical Fellow | General Motors R&D

Asaf Degani is a Technical Fellow at General Motors R&D Center in Hertzelia, Israel.  His current research concerns the use of formal methods for the analysis and design of human-machine interaction, with special emphasis on automation, autonomy, and robotics.  He is involved with several development projects at GM concerning autonomous vehicles and the implications on the public space.

 

Dr. Anat Lea Bonshtein
Chairman & Director, Fuel Choices & Smart Mobility Initiative, Prime Minister’s Office

 

Eran Sadan
Director, Engineering Transportation Department, Israeli Police Department

 

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