MTA has graduated some of Israel’s most successful and influential leaders in the fields of business and social entrepreneurship. Educated in an academic environment built upon experiential learning, applied research, and social commitment, our graduates have gone on to develop groundbreaking business and organizations that answer to society’s most critical needs by advancing positive social change and sustainable economic security for communities throughout Israel — and the world. Today, they share their knowledge, experience and wisdom with the next generation of leaders through MTA Alumi mentor programs, workshops and seminars.
Shay Feldman, Economics and Management
CEO, AIG Israel
Mr. Feldman is an International Director with over 15 years of experience in general management, direct marketing and global business development experience across multiple markets. Mr. Feldman joined AIG Israeli in 1998 and has a proven track record in partnership development and the successful establishment of new operations and team-building.
Liran Grinberg, Computer Science
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Team8
Team8 is a leading cybersecurity think tank and company creation platform, developing disruptive companies that challenge the biggest challenges in Cybersecurity to give organizations the advantage over cyber attackers. Mr. Grinberg, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at the company, was recently selected for the '30 under 30′ list by Forbes Israel, and as one of the 'Promising Young People's 40 under 40' by The Marker magazine.
"At MTA, I had the opportunity to be a part of the first cohort at the Entrepreneurship Center's incubator, where I founded my first startup. I owe a lot of what I know about entrepreneurship to the MTA faculty and my peers in this wonderful program".
Eran Pasternak, Economics and Management
CEO, Pasternak Shoham Investment House
Mr. Pasternak has over 15 years of experience in the capital market. Before managing Pasternak Shoham Investment House, he was VP of Investment Portfolio at Tamir Fishman Investment House and graduated from the managerial reserve track of Bank Leumi. Mr. Pasternak is a lecturer at Bar Ilan University, the College of Management Academic Studies and Bank Hapoalim, and is a regular guest on the Economic Segment of leading media channels. In addition to his BA in Economics and Management from MTA, he holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University.
Lior Div, Computer Science
CEO and Co-Founder, Cybereason
Mr. Div is an entrepreneur and Cybersecurity expert. He co-founded Cybereason in 2012, with the vision of bringing his knowledge in the field of Cybersecurity into the enterprise world, helping organizations fight persistent cyber-attacks. Mr. Div is an IDF Medal of Honor recipient for outstanding achievements as a commander and leader of an elite cyber-security unit, specializing in forensics, hacking, reverse engineering and encryption. Prior to Cybereason, Mr. Div founded and led a cyber security company that provided high quality, tailor-made services.
Moran Zipper Goldenberg, Behavioral Sciences
Ms. Zipper Goldenberg's social entrepreneurship focuses on intergenerational connections and work with senior citizens. She is the Director of Programs at "Dor Ledor" organization ("Generation to Generation" in Hebrew), where she founded a new start-up called "Ezra Baderech" ("Help is on its Way" in Hebrew), which assists the elderly their daily needs such as computer and internet skills, accompanying them on medical visits to doctors and hospitals, and helping them with minor home improvements and repairs - without committing to long-term volunteer work. Till today, hundreds of senior citizens received assistance through the project. Ms. Zipper Goldenberg was recently selected for the '30 under 30′ list by Forbes Israel.
Tsiki Naftaly, Computer Science
CEO and Co-Founder, Zemingo Group
Mr. Naftaly is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zemingo Group, a mobile company that turns devices into connected devices. With a track record that includes dozens of connected products and more than a hundred apps, Zemingo connects devices to the cloud and creates a data warehouse that allows the analysis of user behavior, building a customized experience for each user and opportunities for cross-selling additional products. Zemingo Group has offices in Israel and the US.
Lior Carmel, Behavioral Sciences
Director of the National Suicide Prevention Program, the Ministry of Health; CEO and partner, Smart Drive
Mr. Carmel is an entrepreneur in the field of national safety policy. He founded and was CEO of the National Road Safety Authority at the Israeli Ministry of Transportation, and is currently the Director of the National Suicide Prevention Program at the Ministry of Health and CEO of Smart Drive, center for training in Road Safety.
Michal Topaz, Behavioral Sciences
CEO and Founder, Shikum
Ms. Topaz is the founder and CEO of "Shikum Acher" ("Alternative Rehabilitation" in Hebrew), a nonprofit that provides vocational skills and job opportunities for people with mental disabilities. The organization employs dozens of employees who cater to many hundreds of recipients, and Michal developed the many partnerships with government, private companies, and social businesses to market the products made by program participants. As a student at MTA, Michal interned at a mental health hospital, where she gained invaluable practical training as part of their degree, which drove her to found Shikum Acher.
Ron Zalkind, Computer Science
Co-Founder and CTO, Cisco CloudLock
Mr. Zalkind has over 20 years of experience building complex software systems and product platforms, and has held varied engineering management positions in private and military sectors. Prior to founding CloudLock, he was Director of Product Management at Interwise (acquired by AT&T).
Amit Lang, Management and Economics
Former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Economy
Mr. Lang is the former Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and previously served as Manager of the Department of Economics, Manager of Business Development, and Manager of Regulation and Relationships at Partner Communications. Despite many options to pursue a bright career in the private sector, Mr. Lang chose a career in government in order to lead policy in benefit of the entire Israeli society.
Shay Dadush, Computer Science
Co-Founder at SeatServe
Shay is a co-founder of the US-based startup SeatServe, which provides venues with the technology and infrastructure to improve the fan purchasing experience and increase margins within the Food & Beverage division. SeatServe works closely with stadiums and name brands and serves the U.S. and the global market.
״One of my professors at MTA used to give us 'impossible assignments' in his Communications and Operating Systems courses. Working on these assignments, I learned that everything actually is possible, if you just put your mind to it."
Liad Ortar, Government and Society
Secretary General, the Israeli Society for CSR and Business Sustainability (ISCBS)
Mr. Ortar began his 20year environmental career as CEO of Greenpeace Israel. Later on, as the owner of a consulting firm, he worked with Israel's largest corporations on developing their environmental responsibility area. He also founded the Recycling Companies Forum to better organize and control construction waste treatment. Today, Mr. Ortar is Secretary General at the Israeli Society for CSR and Business Sustainability (ISCBS), which promotes research and teaching of CSR and Sustainability in the Israeli Academia.
Erez Gavish, Behavioral Sciences
Mr. Gavish is a business entrepreneur and developer who works with innovators to support their projects during the startup phase. A former participant at the MTA Entrepreneurship Center, he later became project manager at the Center, mentoring other students. He is currently manager of the Israel office of "Bavaria Israel Partnership Accelerator", with which MTA partners. He is also the Israeli Coordinator of the EXIST Germany business startup grant. Among his previous ventures, he served as product manager at Sling; a managing partner at Magnektik; co-founder of QRevision; and a mentor at the Production Powerhouse.