Michal Etzion, Ph.D.
CTO and VP R&D
Michal is an expert in the field of computational linguistics algorithms. She holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science, all from the Hebrew University. Michal brings with her over 20 years of management & tech experience in leading companies.
Hadar Abramovich, MBA
Hadar has 10 years of experience in Marketing & Strategic Development, including +8 years in Asia. Hadar has previously built Sodastream Korea from scratch, led a voice-tech blockchain project and initiated a startup project at LG Electronics. She holds MBA from Korea University, where she received a Dean's award to study at UCLA Anderson.
Prof. Ari Rappoport
Ari is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Hebrew University. His area of expertise are NLP and Machine Learning. One of his papers was included in Time Magazine's list of the Best Inventions of 2010 and 5th best in the software category.
Lana Tockus, Ph.D.
Lana has more than 10 years experience in the ed-tech field. She holds B.Sc. in Mathematics & Computer Science, M.Sc. in Computer Science, and Ph.D. in Science Education, all from the Hebrew University. During 2018, Lana Co-Founded Bilanga, a company in the field of Educational Technology.
Michael Sperling, Ph.D.
Michael has more than 40 years of experience as a software expert and entrepreneur. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the Courant Institute. After consulting for Citibank for a number of years, Michael founded and sold two data mining companies. During that period, he was granted 3 patents in the fields of similar document detection and query expansion. Most recently, Michael has been working in the new field of Digital Humanities, applying NLP to ancient Jewish texts in such areas as Social Network Analysis and Author Attribution.
Masato-san , who received his BA from Sofia University, was the founding president of Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investment. His major accomplishments include serving as a General manager of the Asset Management Division at Mitsui HQ, and as the Division Operating Officer of Innovation B.U. of Mitsui EMEA and SVP of Mitsui & Co., Europe. He has vast experience in developing business and asset management of alternative investment. As an international team leader, he strongly believes in promoting diversity.
Itzik Yarkoni is the founder and CEO of Brand of Milk and Honey (BOMAH) , with over a decade of experience in marketing, sales, and product at companies such as Mobileye (acquired by Intel), Trullion, and Powtoon, Itzik has built B2B and B2C strategies and train over 40 Israeli and US based companies , he is now a consulting and board member for high-tech and startups companies .
Yarkoni also teaches marketing and communication at Bar Ilan university and Sapir college.He is also the author of Pass the Chutzpah Please: An Israeli Outlook on Bold Business and Branding.
Tal Levy has a Master's in Educational Technology & English Language Teaching from the University of Manchester. She is an expert in remedial teaching programs for false beginners and instructs SEN teachers in the field. As of 2011, Tal serves as the head of The EAP Department at Ruppin Academic College, and is the VP of the higher education network of English teachers in Israel. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences and published several research articles in the field of English for purposes of international communication.
Michael has more than 30 years of experience in education and began his career with The Princeton Review helping students gain admission to the most selective universities in the US. He expanded his reach in College and Career Readiness with international partners and has assessed Ministries of Education and various Departments of Education on global best practices for assessment, vocational training and career guidance. More recently, he was VP of Business Development for Riiid Labs and worked with education companies in the US and abroad that serve universities and K12 schools in development and adoption of AI-based learning tools. He received his M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
John has worked in education in Japan for more than 30 years and has been located in Tokyo since 2000. He was Asia ELT Director for Cengage/National Geographic Learning for more than 13 years, building sales and marketing teams in 12 territories across Asia. John led deep educational research projects for several companies, including Oxford University Press, Audible USA, Berlitz International, e-Future Korea and McGraw Hill. In Japan, he helped establish RISE Global schools in Tokyo and was a Board Director of the RISE/CELM JV company.
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