Yadin Kaufmann

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Yadin Kaufmann founded the Palestinian Internship Program in 2014. Yadin has been involved in venture capital since 1987, and he is the founder of Veritas Venture Partners, an early-stage venture fund management company in Israel and the US. With Saed Nashef, he co-founded Sadara Ventures, the first fund investing in early-stage Palestinian technology companies, in 2011. Yadin founded (in 2002) and is Chairman of Tmura, a leading non-profit organization in the Israel high-tech sector.  Yadin is a native of New York and a member of both the New York and Israel bars. Yadin received his B.A. from Princeton University,  M.A. from Harvard University, and J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Yadin was chosen by The Marker, Israel’s leading financial magazine, as one of the “Top 100 Influencers” in the Israeli economy in 2011. Yadin speaks to groups on venture capital and on social involvement, and gave a talk at TEDx in Rome.  

 

Hani Alami

Member of the Board

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Hani Alami, CEO of Coolnet, has more than twenty years of national and regional experience in telecommunications and business development. He is attuned to all aspects of technology and entrepreneurship and supports a wide range of endeavors. Since 2009, with Hani at the helm, Coolnet Group has become one of the largest telco companies in Palestine and a leading telecom solutions provider in the field of broadband and communication technologies. Coolnet has branched out to several locations in both the developed and developing world. An experienced enthusiast, Hani excels at creating blue oceans and the kind of added value that triggers markets. With multiple acquisitions and mergers in the telecom sector he leverages his experience and network to mentor and support emerging entrepreneurs and promising ideas. A career of successful business exits in the technology sector grants Hani the ability to see the big picture and steer management through difficulties and challenging crises.Hani routinely contributes his time and experience as a philanthropist and mentor to multiple initiatives across the region. He recently established JEST (Jerusalem Entrepreneurs for Society and Technology), the first entrepreneurship center and hub for startups in East Jerusalem. JEST promotes and supports technology and the culture of innovation, with special emphasis on programs for women and youth.

 

Roni Hefetz

Member of the Board

Roni is a leading venture capitalist in Israel with over 20 years experience in the field. He co-founded Walden Israel in 1993 and served as its General Partner before becoming a Venture Partner of Walden International. In the late 1980s. Roni co-founded CI Systems and served as its Executive Vice-President, before relocating to the United States to start and manage CI's North American operations. Following his return to Israel, Roni then held a variety of consultancy and and operating roles in Israel-based high-tech companies. In addition to his roles at Walden, Roni manages his own consulting firm and holds a number of directorships, including of ClearForest Corp, High Tech Industry Association, Amimon, SintecMedia and Colorchip. He has held lecturing positions in entrepreneurship at Tel Aviv University’s MBA program, and himself holds a degree in Economics and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

Abed Nashef

Member of the Board

Abed is a partner in the Corporate and Hi Tech Practice Groups of Pearl Cohen Latzer Zedek Baratz, one of the largest law firms in the country. He focuses his practice on diverse areas of corporate and commercial law, with particular focus on venture capital financing and acquisitions and representing entrepreneurs and venture-backed start-ups in all stages of development. Before joining Pearl Cohen, Abed was a senior associate at the Hi-Tech and Venture Law Group of GKH law firm, and prior to that was in-house counsel at Massar International, a Palestinian investment group with operations in countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Abed is also active in the non-profit sector, serving on the Board of other local organizations and as a member of the Steering Committee of MasarUp – the Arab Entrepreneurship Council. He is an avid supporter of the Palestinian entrepreneurship community and frequently mentors and addresses pre-seed Palestinian startups and entrepreneurs in different forums, workshops and training courses. He is a graduate in Law from the University of Essex in the UK (LL.B, Hons).

 

 

Jesse Divon

Program Director

Jesse is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Palestinian Internship Program. Born and bred in London, he has spent periods living in Jordan, Ghana and now Israel. He holds a B.A. from Cambridge University, where he studied Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies with Arabic. Since graduating, Jesse has been employed in research and consultancy on Middle East affairs and has also run an Arabic-English localization and translation enterprise. Jesse passionately believes in the benefits of economic cooperation between diverse groups of people. He is studying part-time for an M.B.A. at Tel Aviv University as well as participating in a mentoring program for disadvantaged youth in Jaffa.

After two years in the role, Jesse Divon will be leaving his position as Program Director at the end of 2017 in order to gain experience in the business sector. He thanks everyone associated with PIP for their support in his work, and looks forward to both building the final internship cycle of his tenure and also continuing to support PIP in a voluntary capacity thereafter. As PIP recruits Jesse’s replacement, referrals and applications for the position are welcome. A link to the job description is here. Please contact Jesse for more details.

Email: jesse@palinternship.com

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jessedivon