Board Of Directors

Michel Abadi

Michel has been the Global Head of Product Development at Gems since 2003. From 1995 up to 1999, Michel was a portfolio manager for local and off-shore Brazilian hedge funds totaling US$ 1.5 Billion at Banco Patrimonio, a Salomon Brothers joint-venture in Brazil. In 1999 Chase Manhattan Bank

bought Banco Patrimonio and Michel stayed with Chase as head of products for the Local Private Bank, including after the merger with JP Morgan in 2000. In this function Michel was responsible for the designing, structuring and implementation of local fund of hedge funds worth US$ 1 Billion, as well as for an advisory desk for local markets, trading currencies and creating structured trades.

Michel holds a Production Engineering degree from the University of Sao Paulo, and a Master of Business Administration conferred jointly by Kellogg School of Management and Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration.

He is also the Chairman of Beit Brasil, which helps brazilian Olim in their first year in Israel.


David Braginsky

David Braginsky holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of St. Gallen. He has gained international professional experience in both the legal as well as the banking industry, with stints at legal firms Gornitzky & Co (Israel) and Baer & Karrer (Switzerland) as well as internships at Goldman, Sachs & Co

Zurichand Raiffeisenbank. He is currently involved with the Reality Real Estate Fund in Israel. His main areas of expertise are in corporate and private equity transactions as well as real estate. Since 2005, he acts as secretary of the board of directors of the Swiss based InCentive Private Equity Holding.

David has been a board member at Aish Tel Aviv since 2009.

Eliezer Avraham Brender

Eliezer Avraham Brender is the Founder of Exigent Capital Management and has been its General Partner and Chief Investment Officer since 2008. Brender is the Founder of Liberty SBF and has been its General Partner and Director since 2011. From 2004 to 2008, Eliezer served as Managing Director of Poal

Capital Partners. From 2000 to 2001, Eliezer served as a Foreign Exchange Analyst at JP Morgan Chase. He has been a Director of Elbit Imaging Ltd. since March 13, 2014. Elie also serves as a member of the Investment Committee of Shalem College, Jerusalem, and has been member of the board of directors of AISH Tel Aviv since 2008. Brender holds several professional licenses. Elie has been on the board of Aish Tel Aviv since 2008.

Ishay Zalmanovitz

Ishay Zalmanovitz is the chief executive and chairman of the board at Lakers Holdings since 2007. The Group is investing in various companies such as Hi-Tech, Real-estate, pharmaceutical, medical and Cosmetics as well as joint projects around the world.

Lakers Holdings takes upon itself to benefit society, and is involved in a number of social projects including art in hospitals and support of companies with good social objectives.

Yaron Carni

Yaron is the founder of Maverick Ventures.

Prior, Yaron founded the Tel Aviv Angel Group and was personally involved in the business development of all the portfolio companies.  One of his notable successes was facilitating Google’s first acquisition in Israel – LabPixies.  He was also director of

Contextin (sold to Spark). Prior to that, Yaron was the Head of Business Development of GC Marketing Services in New York before it too made an exit. He is a graduate of the Sam Zell Entrepreneurship Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Law with a concentration in IP. Yaron serves as an reserves officer in the I.D.F.

Yaron also serves on the board of the United Hatzalah, an independent, non-profit Emergency Medical Services Organization. Yaron joined our advisory board in 2013.

Yair Elbaz

Yair was born in Israel and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland.  After training as a Lawyer in Switzerland, he joined McKinsey & Co., a consultancy, where he worked for about 7 years (both in Israel and abroad). He is now investing in Israeli companies on behalf of overseas investors. Yair lives in Tel Aviv with his

wife and three kids. Yair has been a director at Aish Tel Aviv since 2009.

Shira Kaplan

Shira brings seven years of experience working with investors and clients in the financial and pharmaceutical industries. She worked for Teva Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ: TEVA) Investor Relations department in Israel, and co-managed high net worth clients at Bank Julius Baer (SIX: BAER) in Zurich. Shira served in

the elite technological Israeli intelligence army unit, 8200. She holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, and an MBA in Finance and Banking from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, where she wrote her thesis on Swiss VC investments in Israeli cybersecurity startups, and where she has co-run the St. Gallen MBA Women in Business Club. Shira has been a director since 2010.

Daniel Koren

Daniel Koren is a third generation jeweler of Persian and Italian descent. Daniel’s creativity naturally seemed to find expression in jewelry after endless exposure to the inner workings of his father’s diamond business.

Daniel has been recognized in the jewelry industry with numerous design awards, and

in 2005, received the prestigious title of “Designer of the Year” by JQ Magazine. Despite being one of the youngest jewelry designers working in the US diamond industry, Daniel has quickly become known as a leading expert on design and manufacturing.

Daniel has been involved with Aish Tel Aviv since its founding. He has 4 children and is living in Great Neck, NY.

David Levy

David made Aliya from New Jersey in 2005 with his wife Rebecca and three boys.

Over the years, David has been involved in a variety of worthy causes in the US and Israel. He is particularly dedicated to organizations that enhance interaction between the different segments of the Jewish community.

David began volunteering for the Aish Tel Aviv Chavruta nights, promoting discussion/study groups in offices, and currently serves as a member of the Board. He is committed to the mission of strengthening Am Yisrael by fostering communication and bridging gaps in Israeli society through education, mutual respect and shared values.

David is currently the Head of Securities Services at Citibank Israel. Prior to that, he worked for Merrill Lynch in New York and was previously a corporate lawyer. David joined Aish Tel Aviv’s Board in 2014 after taking part for a few years Aish Chavruta Nights at the Beach Center.

Behir Sabban

Behir Sabban is a partner in FBC’s Corporate Department and specializes in corporate and commercial transactions. Behir advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fund formation, investments, and public offerings.

Behir represents international corporations in their Israeli activities, local

venture capital, private equity funds, and Israeli companies of all sizes, ranging from large public companies to start-ups.
Behir lectures on commercial law at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Prior to joining FBC, Behir Sabban was an associate in the tax department of Morrison & Foerster in New York.

He has been on the board of Aish Tel Aviv since its founding.

David Sultan

David Sultan is a partner at Fir Tree Partners, a multi-strategy hedge fund, where he has worked since 1999. He started his career at Wolfensohn & Co. after graduating from Harvard with an A.B. in Economics in 1996.

David is engaged in an array of pro-Israel activism. He is a supporter of AIPAC, and

has long been involved in a pro-Israel political group in Manhattan that meets on a regular basis with Senators, Congressmen and candidates for federal office to discuss events in the Middle East. In addition to being a board member of Aish Tel Aviv, David also the President of the American Friends of the Hesder Yeshivah of Sderot.

Robert Zellner

Robert is the Portfolio Manager at Corbin Capital Partners L.P. Prior to this Robert worked for Optima Fund Management after 6 years at BlackRock Financial Management where he was Vice President in Fixed Income Portfolio Analytics. Mr. Zellner graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in

Economics. Robbie joined Aish Tel Aviv Board in 2008.