Board of Directors
Michael Federmann has served as chair of the Board since 2000. Since 2002 he has served as chair and CEO of Federmann Enterprises Ltd. (FEL), a privately owned Israeli company in which Mr. Federmann has had managerial positions since 1969. FEL, directly and through subsidiaries, holds a diversified portfolio of investments, including ownership of approximately 46% of the Company's outstanding ordinary Shares. FEL also has ownership interest in Dan Hotels Ltd. (Dan Hotels), an Israeli hotel chain, in Freiberger Compound Materials GmbH (Freiberger), a German company engaged in the supply of materials for the semi-conductor industry, as well as in several financial, real estate and venture capital investments. Mr. Federmann serves as chair of the board of directors of Dan Hotels. He serves as the president of the Israel-Germany Chamber of Industry and Commerce, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and is an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Mr. Federmann holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (the Hebrew University), which has also awarded him an honorary doctorate in philosophy.
Rina Baum is vice president for investments of FEL and since 1986 has served as director and general manager of Unico Investment Company Ltd. She serves as a director of Dan Hotels and Etanit Building Products Ltd. (Etanint) and holds other managerial positions with investee companies of FEL. Mrs. Baum holds an L.L.B. degree from the Hebrew University.
Yoram Ben-Zeev serves on the board of several non-profit organizations in Israel. He served as Israel's ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 2007 until 2012. Prior to that, he served for 26 years in various senior positions in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), including as deputy general director, head of the North America Division and senior member of the directorate. Among other positions held during his service in the MFA, Mr. Ben-Zeev served as Israel's Consul General to the West Coast in the United States, political advisor to the president of the State of Israel, Special Coordinator to the Middle East peace process, advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak for the Camp David Peace Conference and chairman of the MFA's Steering Committee - Foreign Service Strategic and Functional Planning and of the Israel-Canada Annual Strategic Forum and member of the MFA’s Nomination Committee. Mr. Ben-Zeev has been the recipient of special awards for his diplomatic service from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the president of the Federal Republic of Germany. Mr. Ben-Zeev holds a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern studies, political science and international relations from the Hebrew University and a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Ben Zeev serves as the chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee, the Financial Statements Review Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board.
David Federmann has served as vice chair of the Board since 2015. He has served in various management capacities in FEL since 2000. He currently serves as chair of the board of Freiberger and as a member of the boards of directors of Dan Hotels, BGN Technologies (the Technology Transfer Company of Ben-Gurion University) and several other private companies. David Federmann is the son of the chair of the Board. Federmann holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from New York University.
Dr. Yehoshua (Shuki) Gleitman has served since 2001 as the managing partner of Platinum VC, a venture capital firm. He currently serves as the chair of the board of directors of Capital Point Ltd., of GLK Investment and Management Company Ltd., of GIBF - Guangzhou Israel Bio Tech Fund and of Teuza – A Fairchild Technology Venture Ltd., and is a director of G Medical Innovations Holdings Ltd., a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands. From 2000 until 2005, he was the chief executive officer and a director of SFKT Ltd. From 1997 until 1999, Dr. Gleitman was the chief executive officer of Ampal-American Israel Corporation. Prior to that he served in various senior management positions in the Israeli government and in Israeli industry, including as director general and chief scientist of the Israel Ministry of Industry and Trade, chair of the U.S.-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation, joint chair of the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Commission, managing director of AIMS Ltd., vice president and general manager of Elop Electro-Optic Industries Ltd.’s (Elop) marine and aerial operations and head of the Laser Branch of the Israel Ministry of Defense. Dr. Gleitman serves as the honorary consul general of Singapore to Israel. Dr. Gleitman holds bachelor of science, master of science and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from the Hebrew University. Dr. Gleitman serves as the chair of the Audit Committee and the Financial Statements Review Committee of the Board and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. He is considered by the Board to have accounting and financial expertise under the Companies Law.
Dov Ninveh has served as chief financial officer and a manager in FEL since 1994 and as the general manager of Heris Aktiengesellschaft since 2012. He serves as a member of the board of directors of Dan Hotels, Etanit and Freiberger. Mr. Ninveh served as a director of Elop from 1996 until 2000. From 1989 to 1994, he served as deputy general manager of Etanit. Mr. Ninveh holds a bachelors of science degree in economics and management from the Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion).
Prof. Ehood (Udi) Nisan is a professor in the School of Public Policy and Government of the Hebrew University. He is a member of the board of Bezalel Academy of Art and chair of its finance committee, and an External Director of Harel Insurance & Finance Services Ltd., and Rekah Pharmaceutical Industry Ltd. From 2013 to 2016, he was the chair of the board of directors of Delek, The Israel Fuel Corporation Ltd. From 2009 to 2011, Prof. Nisan was the director of the budgets department of the Israeli Ministry of Finance, and from 2007 to 2009 he served as the director of the Government Companies Authority. Prior to that he served in various executive positions in the Israeli Ministry of Finance and served as a member and chair of several government and public committees, including from 1999 until 2002 as the CEO of the Jerusalem Development Authority. Prof. Nisan holds bachelor’s and master degrees in economics and business administration, and a PhD in economics and public policy from the Hebrew University. Prof. Nisan serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Financial Statements Review Committee of the Board. He is considered by the Board to have accounting and financial expertise under the Companies Law.
Director since 2019
Bilha (Billy) Shapira is the head of the Israeli branch of Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers (Helmholtz), a German association with centers worldwide for the promotion of research relationships and cooperation between the German government and other German institutions and industries, on one hand, and local academic institutions, industrial entities and governmental research bodies, on the other hand. Mrs. Shapira serves as a member of the Board of Governors and the audit committee of the Azrieli College of Engineering, as a member of the Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan Team and as a member of the boards of several non-profit organizations in Israel. From 2009 until 2017, Mrs. Shapira served as Vice President and CEO of the Hebrew University and as the CEO of VERA - the Association of Heads of Universities in Israel. Prior to that, she served for 36 years in various management capacities in the Hebrew University. Mrs. Shapira holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies and International Relations and a master’s degree in Administration and Public Policy from the Hebrew University. She serves as chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee, the Financial Statements Review Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board.
Prof. Yuli Tamir has served since 2010 as the President of Shenkar College, a public college in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Before that, from 2006 until 2009, she served as Israel’s Minister of Education. Prof. Tamir also served as the Minister of Immigration from 1999 until 2001. She was a deputy speaker of the Knesset and a member of the Finance Committee, the Education Committee and the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee. Prof. Tamir is a founding member of the Israeli peace movement “Peace Now”. She served as the chair of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel and was a member of the political committee of the Women’s Lobby. She was a professor at Tel-Aviv University and a scholar-in-residence at Princeton University, Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, the European University in Florence, the Central European University in Budapest and the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Prof. Tamir is the recipient of numerous academic awards. Prof. Tamir holds a bachelors of science degree in biology and a master degree in political science from the Hebrew University and a PhD in political philosophy from Oxford University. Prof. Tamir serves as a member of the Audit Committee and the Financial Statements Review Committee of the Board.