About Us

GVAHIM – גבהים (heights)
Our
Mission
TURNING ALIYAH INTO A
PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS

ENRICHING THE ISRAELI
HUMAN CAPITAL

We created a wide network of Israeli companies, business leaders and professionals to match Olim and returning citizens with employers and professionals that on their side can take advantage of their experience and background, providing them in return with a way into the Israeli society. Gvahim’s focus is to ensure that new immigrants with high potential become active members of the Israeli society and realize their professional and social aspirations.

BENEFIT TO OUR PARTICIPANTS

  • Repackaging: redesign the professional profile and behavior to enable smooth access to the Israeli work market and ensure professional realization/fulfilment of career goals and aspirations
  • Bridging careers: build direct bridges between the already established career path from the country of origin and its natural continuation into Israel, taking into account the environmental and cultural changes that the new immigrant will encounter
  • Nurturing entrepreneurship: ease the development of entrepreneurial initiatives in the new eco-system of the start-up nation
  • Social integration: through our programs we facilitate and ensure long-term social integration of Olim in the Israeli workplace, enabling them to intertwine their professional and personal lives with the ones of Tzabarim
  • Economic advancement: faster and more steadily employment in job positions that mirror the immigrants’ real value and place them in an economic position that enables them to successfully build their lives in Israel

BENEFIT TO THE ISRAELI COMPANIES AND SOCIETY

  • Direct channel to highly qualified candidates for a wide spectrum of positions
  • Long term retention of adult immigration ready to enter the society and contribute on a professional level
  • Enhance the diversification of the society with immigration from over 60 different countries
  • Experienced and knowledgeable employees smoothly entering Israeli companies
  • The Israeli start-up ecosystem gains a high number of new talents and out of the box ideas, coming from different cultures and backgrounds
OUR
PARTICIPANTS
Today we have thousands of Alumni from OVER 60 countries, who found employment in over 650 leading companies in Israel, assisted by over 450 personalized mentor volunteers.
Average age 32 years

Singles and families

New immigrants and returning citizens

More than 60% have a Masters’ degree

Professionals in finance, engineering, sciences and more

OVER 60 COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN

Now that you know why we wake up in the morning, are you curious to know who we are?

Staff

Gali Shahar-Efrat
CEO
Originally from: Israel

Gali Shahar-Efrat joined Gvahim after serving 15 years In the Hi-tech industry, bringing with her business skills, knowledge and international experience. Gali volunteered many years in the social sector and played a significant role in establishing & leading community relations activities in Amdocs, working with children and youth, and running road safety programs for employees and their families.
Gali holds a BA from the Interdisciplinary Department for Social Sciences from Bar-Ilan University and MA in Public Policy Management from IDC Hertzelia. She lives with her husband and four daughters in Raanana, Israel.

Welcome! While Israel started almost 70 years ago, we are still far from accomplishing the task of building our country. We are privileged to have you here with us, taking part of build the next generation of pioneers! There are wealth of professional & business opportunities in Israel, but you have to patient and trust our multi-year experience, network & tools.
So, fasten your seatbelt, it is going to be a wild ride, but we are going to get you safe to your final destination! Good luck
Dana Pollak-Wasserman
VP HR & Career Program Director
Originally from: Israel

Dana holds an  M.A. in Labor Studies from Tel-Aviv University and a B.A. in Sociology and Human-Resources from Haifa University.
She has more than 15 years of experience in recruitment and HR management. Dana is the Director of Gvahim’s Career Program, which assists highly-skilled immigrants (olim) in their professional integration in Israel. She is also the VP HR at Gvahim and has been at the organization since 2010.
Previously, she worked for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office in the technology unit for five years as recruitment manager. She also held a senior HR management position at Keinan-Sheffy, a leading recruitment agency in Israel.

Try to do your best to adapt yourself to the Israeli culture and to the Israeli job market, while keeping your uniqueness as an added value everywhere you go.
Lea Elbaze
Director, Strategic Development & Government Relations
Originally from: France

Lea made Alyah in 2013 from New York where she was practicing as a lawyer. Upon completing her requalification process in Israel, she joined the international department of a leading Israeli law firm. Lea’s onnection to Gvahim started in June 2013 where she participated in Gvahim’s Career Program. Driven by the same vision as Gvahim that Olim are a strategic asset to the country, she started to actively volunteer for Gvahim and co-leading Gvahim’s legal network of volunteers. In 2017, Lea joined Gvahim as Director of Strategic Development and Government Relations.
Lea holds an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from UC Berkeley, California (2010); a Post Graduate Degree in Management and International Business Law from ESSEC Business School in Paris (2008), a Maîtrise en Droit from the University Paris I Sorbonne and an LL.M in German Law from the University of Cologne in Germany (2007). Lea was admitted to the Israel Bar in 2015 and to the New York State Bar in 2011. She is co-chair of the Olim Chadashim Committee of the Israel Bar Association.

See: http://gvahim.org.il/support-us/

Making Alyah and successfully integrating into Israel is a process. Don’t lose sight of your objectives while remaining open and flexible to change, those are keys to a good integration. Your perseverance and your ability to remember what in your heart initially brought you to Israel will give you the strength to overcome the challenges which are part of the integration process into any new country, not just Israel.
Patricia Lahy-Engel
Director of TheHive by Gvahim
and TheNest by Gvahim
Originally from: France

Shortly after arriving in Israel in 1996, Patricia opened the representative office of The Walt Disney Company in Israel and successfully developed its activity across different lines of business, partnering with major companies in the market and filling different positions in finance, product development, sales, marketing and finally as General Manager.
After a successful corporate career, Patricia decided to leverage her business experience to promote social targets and assisted nonprofits develop marketing strategies including self-generated income drivers, social business and partnerships with business corporations. Patricia also serves as a Director in Yaad, a public company in the Cleantech industry. With her multi-disciplinary background, Patricia is passionate about bringing her entrepreneurial experience to the next generation of startups.
Born in France, Patricia holds a MBA from ESCP (Leading French Business School) and a BA in Hebrew, Jewish History and Israel sociology from INALCO (Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations).

Chani Smoler
Accountant CPA
Originally from: Israel

Chani Smoler is a licensed CPA and holds a BA in Accounting and Information Systems from the Jerusalem College of Technology.
Prior to working at Gvahim, she worked at a leading accounting firm in Israel. Chani joined Gvahim in 2015.

Check out the exemptions and benefits for your income that the tax department gives you.
Daniela Fubini
Director of Marketing and Communications
Originally from: Italy

During her first year in Israel, Daniela joined the Career Program of Gvahim and quickly got on board in the organization as a volunteer, organizing cultural events for the Olim of the then starting Gvahim community. She was among the founders and served in the first Board of Gvahim Alumni.
With an extensive background in events planning and management in Italy and in New York, where she lived for 4 years in the early 2000’s, after her Aliyah she worked in her field in the business sector, while keeping an eye on non profit organizations, her real aim and main interest throughout her professional life.
Daniela joined Gvahim as Director of Marketing and Communications in March 2016, closing a circle that was open in late 2009 when she became a Gvahim alumna.

Use your network: you may be new in Israel, but you have been part of several networks since you were a kid, and it is exactly when you need to build new connections that you need that wealth. In Israel, your network is as important as your family,
so choose wisely and maintain it with method.
Lee–Haidi Musafi
Office & Project Manager
Originally from: Israel

Lee-Haidi received a B.A in Communications and Digital Media from Sapir College in Sderot, Israel.
She has over six year of experience in Office Management and has previously worked at Yaldey Hamim
and Schwartz – Arad Surgical Center.

 

Israelis are very direct - it's called Israeli Hutzpa – don’t leave your confidence at home, speak your mind and you will be heard (with taste of course)!
Rachel Hamer-Shemesh
Employment Consulting Manager
Originally from: Israel

Rachel holds M.A degree in Organisational Psychology from Haifa University.
In the past 10 years she engaged in career counseling for job-seekers and employment advisory.
Rachel has deep familiarity with the structure of the Israeli job market, the roles, the changes and needs of the market. She is experienced in intercultural consulting and orientation to the Israeli market – she serves as career consultant for new immigrants for the past 5 years.
Rachel has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources Management at the Hi-Tech industry, previously she specialized in organizational consulting. As organizational consultant, she managed structural changes, defining and implementation of vision and improvement of quality of service.
She lectures and teach these topics and guide managers in implementing change processes-in private and non-profit organizations.

Limor Schwartz
Community Manager
Originally from: Israel/US

Limor Schwartz has over 10 years of experience in project development and special events. A returning resident from the U.S. with a BA in Political Science / Communications from Queens College and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University, NY.
Limor is an alumna of the Gvahim Career Development program n.9, a past Alumni board member and the creator of the  Gvahim Alumni Facebook group. Her love for bringing people together and an eye on organization and detail make her a great fit for the role as Gvahim’s community program manager.

Make an effort to speak Hebrew. It's the best way to integrate into the Israeli society.
Oren Mizrahi
Director of Olim Medical Program
Originally from: France

Oren holds a Master in International Business Law from Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a Master in International project management from Paris Dauphine University. As a consultant in a one of the leading management consulting firm in Europe,
Oren managed various projects in CIOs departments in France. He also founded several networking projects for French Jewish students.
After his Aliyah, he joined Gvahim to develop Olim Medical, a new program for medical professionals

The "Startup-Nation" is first of all a "Nation" made by individuals conscious that they act as part of it and aware of importance its success as a group. Think of your Aliyah as a start-up project; find your place according to your skills, act as if you were indispensable but prove yourself first.
Tama Lightbody
Mentors Manager
Originally from: Israel

Tama was born and raised in a Kibbutz in Southern Israel. She hold a B.A in Human Resources and Management. Tama previously worked at a software company in technical recruitment.
Today, she is Gvahim’s Mentor Manager.

See: http://gvahim.org.il/the-career-program/

Activate, motivate, update your mentor!
The more you will keep the mentor in the loop of your job search the more he will be helpful to your process.
Maya Shofel
Placement Manager
Originally from: Israel

Maya holds a BA in Social Studies from Bar Ilan University. She has more than 15 years of experience in recruitment and placement management. Maya is a Placement Manager of Gvahim’s Career Program. She is also the Placement Manager at Gvahim Engineer Program and has been at the organization since 2011. Previously, she managed a Placement Department for leading recruitment agency in Israel and managed Placement in Hi Tech companies.

Make sure to check out https://www.meetup.com/ and start attending relevant meetings for networking
Lior Belahcen-Sion
Placement Manager
Originally from: France

Einat Salemnik
Placement Manager
Originally from: Israel

Einat is passionate about recruiting and loves to do the right match between companies and candidates. Einat is a Career Program placement manager at Gvahim. She has experience in recruiting for various positions for well-known companies, and worked previously as a recruitment consultant, technical recruiter and sourcing specialist for a global placement agency.
Einat holds B.A in Media and social science studies from Sapir college.

Have patience, it takes time to find good and challenging position, but in the end you will get a “yes”. Also, to do something fun before going to an interview so you will feel more relaxed
Norma Altamirano
Software Engineers Career Program Manager
Originally from: Mexico

Norma was born in Mexico City and graduated in Organizational Psychology from one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico.
She finished her MA in Management of Human Resources in the city of Barcelona. With more than 5 years of experience in Human Resources she has been working in different multinational companies such as PUIG and Gemalto.
She has been in Israel since 2013 and joined Gvahim in 2016, running at first the Career Program and now responsible for the Engineers Career Program.

Making Aliyah is a great challenge; the best thing you can do is to get to know the culture. You have to know Israel, its people, food, customs and for sure its language. Once this happens you will feel that you are in the right place, you will feel at home.
Hadar Ezra
Training Manager -Career Program Tel Aviv
Originally from: France

Hadar was born and raised in a city close to Paris in France. In 2012 she came in Israel for an internship and decided after this experience to make Alyah two years later.
She hold a BA in languages.
Hadar previously worked as a guide in two of the most important museums in Israel and she joined the Gvahim team in 2016.
She is now the Training Manager of the Career Program in Tel Aviv.

Be patient during your job search and don't forget that sometimes you need to work hard to finally get what you want.
Jonni Niemann
Project Manager Jerusalem
Originally from: Denmark

Raised in Denmark, Jonni holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School, as well as a B.Sc. in Social Science and Business Administration from Roskilde University. He served in The Danish Mission to the UN in New York before making Aliya in 2006. In Israel, Jonni served for five years as a Sales Coordinator with RADVISION.
Jonni Co-founded Upside Israel, an initiative focused on encouraging high-potential entrepreneurs to make Aliyah and join the Start up-Nation, before joining Gvahim in 2014 to manage the Career Program in Jerusalem.

Networking is the name of the game in Israel. The key to a successful career in Israel is building a professional network - not a virtual network, a real one. When opportunity knocks on your door in Israel, it's always a person knocking. So increase your opportunities by strategically creating multiple personal relationships with Israeli professionals and then let the net work for you. It sounds difficult, but it's not.
Izabella Filipov
Program Coordinator, TheHive Ashdod
Originally from: Kazakhstan

Izabella made Aliyah from the Former Soviet Union country Kazakhstan at the age of 9. She currently lives in Ashkelon.
Izabella served for two years as the Chief Secretary in the Human Recourses of the Navy. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Strategic Studies from Tel-Aviv University and applying this knowledge to the daily coordination of TheHive Ashdod program. Izabella can relate to difficulties of the new comers to Israel as someone that made the same very memorable journey early on in life.

Make sure to utilize the rights that you deserve as newcomers. With the right support, you could reach new Heights!
Yonathan Rubinstein
Olim Medical Program Manager
Originally from: France

Yonathan was born in Strasbourg, France. He made Aliya after high school. Before joining Gvahim he studied in “Hevron Yeshiva” in Jerusalem, volunteered in Israel Border Police and worked at Israeli Experience, a subsidiary of the Jewish Agency which focuses on educational tourism and educational programs for Jewish youth. For 5 years he worked as an educational guide in Israel and Europe and later as an Educational programs’ coordinator at schools in Israel and France. In 2015 he started working at the French desk at the Jewish Agency as a program manager for French immigration absorption.
In March 2017 Yonathan joined the Olim Medical team at Gvahim which specializes in immigrant’s employment guidance
of doctors, pharmacists and nurses.
Yonathan has a degree in political sciences and international relations from the Open University of Israel and started studying for a M.A. in Government and Public Policy.

Our Board

Yair Shamir
Founder & Chairman Emeritus

Yair Shamir is the Minister of Agriculture in the current Government of Israel.
Formerly he has been Managing Partner Chairman and Managing Partner of Catalyst Fund, and Chairman of IAI, Israeli Aerospace Industries.
From 2005-2007, Mr. Shamir was Chairman of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd (NASDAQ: SHMR),
From 2004-2005, Mr. Shamir served as Chairman of El Al, Israeli Airlines and lead the privatization process of the firm.
From 1997- 2004, Mr. Shamir served as CEO of VCON Telecommunications Ltd. and from 2004 to date, serves as the chairman of the firm.
From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Shamir served as executive vice president of the Challenge Fund-Etgar L.P. From 1994 to 1995, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Elite Food Industries, Ltd.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Shamir served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Scitex Corporation, Ltd.
Mr. Shamir served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander from 1963 to 1988. During his term in the Air Force, Mr. Shamir attained the rank of colonel and served as head of the electronics department, the highest professional electronics position within the Air Force.
He currently serves as a director of DSP Group Corporation (NASDAQ: DSPG) and also serves as a director of few private hi-tech companies as well as a director on the Board of the Technion.
Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Moshe Mor
Chairman

Moshe Mor joined Greylock Partners, a prominent global VC firm, as a Partner at their Silicon Valley office in 2001.
In 2006, Moshe moved back to Israel to co-found Greylock Israel (now 83North). Since 2012 he is a Venture Partner with the firm.
Previously, Moshe spent eight years at SPL WorldGroup, a leading international provider of enterprise software. He was a member of SPL`s founding team and from 1995 he led it as its CEO through rapid expansion to reach 1,000 employees. SPL WorldGroup was acquired
by Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) in 2003.
Prior to SPL WorldGroup, Moshe held management positions in software companies in diverse stages, from startups to large corporations. He also served six years in the Israeli Army as a Captain in the Military Intelligence branch.
He holds a BSc degree in Economics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. In addition to his role at Gvahim, Moshe serves as a board member of CET (MATAH), a non-for-profit that is the leading provider of education technology in Israel, and is working with Tavor, a pre-army program for your leaders that is based in Nazareth Ilit.

Sam Pinto
Kol Israel Haverim Chairman

Rebecca Boukhris
Trustee of Adelis Foundation

Dr. Mickael Bensadoun
Gvahim's Co-founder & first Executive Director (2006-2014)

Mickael moved to Israel as a young adult. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Bar Ilan University,
a Masters Degree in International Relations from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Sciences Po Paris (Institute of Political Studies).
From 2003 onwards, he served as Director of Special Projects at the Rashi Foundation, focusing on initiatives involving European partners.
In 2006, with Yair Shamir and other leading Israeli business figures, he started Gvahim as a Rashi project, becoming its Executive Director when Gvahim became an organization of its own, chaired by Yair Shamir and affiliated to Rashi.
Mickael lectured in Political Science, Public Policy & Philanthropy at the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University.
He is the General Secretary of the French-Israel Foundation, as a volunteer.

Daniel Singer
General Manager, Strauss Frito-Lay

Daniel joined the Board of Gvahim in 2016. He immigrated to Israel from Uruguay in 1984 and studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, obtained an undergraduate degree in Economics & Business Administration and a Master degree in Economics.
Daniel joined Strauss Group in 1997, since then he performed several positions in the Financial area, becoming the CFO of Strauss Israel.
On 2010 he moved to an Israeli Joint Venture between Strauss Group and Pepsico Inc., SFL, a Salty Snacks Division, first as Marketing Director and later on as General Manager.
Daniel lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and three children.

Elisabeth Kogan
Senior Vice President of TEVA for Global Generic R&D

Elisabeth Kogan is a graduate from Ecole Centrale Paris, specialized in chemical engineering.
After working for Sanofi Aventis Paris in process development, she moved to Israel in 1996 to join the Israeli Pharmaceutical company Teva.
In 2002, she became VP of Global Sales and Marketing for the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) Division.
Elisabeth is now VP of Teva Global Generic R&D. She participated in the Gvahim Project since its creation in 2006.

Tania Amar
Co-Founder of CXP Consulting

After 20 years in senior executive roles with leading NASDAQ traded companies such as Comverse, NICE Systems, Magic and ClickSoftware, Tania co-founded her consulting firm, CXP Consulting. Tania offers Customer Experience Programs and Go-to-market strategy services for high-tech Companies of all sizes from early stage start-ups to global giants.
Tania is involved with Gvahim since its very first days in 2006, as a career and entrepreneurship mentor, and a Board member.
Tania obtained her undergraduate degree and her MBA in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
Tania made aliyah from France with her family in 1997.

Einav Karasenty
Director of Marketing Communication at Rashi Foundation

Zehorit Peretz

Zehorit studied accounting at the Ramat Gan College and apprenticed at Kesselman & Kesselman (now PwC Israel), one of the largest accounting firms in Israel. As a certified accountant, Zehorit worked at Menen Medical and at the outsourcing division of Taldor before joining Rashi in 2005. She served as deputy director of the finance department for three years until being chosen to head it in early 2013.

Founders

Yair Shamir
Founder & Chairman Emeritus

Yair Shamir is the Minister of Agriculture in the current Government of Israel.
Formerly he has been Managing Partner Chairman and Managing Partner of Catalyst Fund, and Chairman of IAI, Israeli Aerospace Industries.
From 2005-2007, Mr. Shamir was Chairman of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd (NASDAQ: SHMR),
From 2004-2005, Mr. Shamir served as Chairman of El Al, Israeli Airlines and lead the privatization process of the firm.
From 1997- 2004, Mr. Shamir served as CEO of VCON Telecommunications Ltd. and from 2004 to date, serves as the chairman of the firm.
From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Shamir served as executive vice president of the Challenge Fund-Etgar L.P. From 1994 to 1995, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Elite Food Industries, Ltd.
From 1988 to 1993, Mr. Shamir served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Scitex Corporation, Ltd.
Mr. Shamir served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander from 1963 to 1988. During his term in the Air Force, Mr. Shamir attained the rank of colonel and served as head of the electronics department, the highest professional electronics position within the Air Force.
He currently serves as a director of DSP Group Corporation (NASDAQ: DSPG) and also serves as a director of few private hi-tech companies as well as a director on the Board of the Technion.
Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

Dr. Mickael Bensadoun
Gvahim's Co-founder & first Executive Director (2006-2014)

Mickael moved to Israel as a young adult. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Bar Ilan University,
a Masters Degree in International Relations from Columbia University, New York, and a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Sciences Po Paris (Institute of Political Studies).
From 2003 onwards, he served as Director of Special Projects at the Rashi Foundation, focusing on initiatives involving European partners.
In 2006, with Yair Shamir and other leading Israeli business figures, he started Gvahim as a Rashi project, becoming its Executive Director when Gvahim became an organization of its own, chaired by Yair Shamir and affiliated to Rashi.
Mickael lectured in Political Science, Public Policy & Philanthropy at the Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University.
He is the General Secretary of the French-Israel Foundation, as a volunteer.

Elie Elalouf
Co-Founder

Elie Elalouf was born in Morocco and came to Israel in 1965. After BA studies in political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he began working at the World Zionist Organization in Jewish and Zionist education for French-speaking youth.
In 1978 he was appointed assistant to the Deputy Prime Minister Prof. Yigael Yadin on social issues and Project Renewal.
In 1981 he joined the Jewish Agency and served as director of the Renewal and Development Corporation for Jerusalem and as director of the southern region, and later as UIA (Keren Hayesod) emissary in Geneva.
In 1995 Elalouf became the general director of the Rashi Foundation, and served in this position for 17 years, until 2012.

Elie Elalouf has been awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2011.

Eli Ayalon
Co-founder

Eli Ayalon initiated the Gvahim Project together with Rashi Foundation`s General Director, Elie Elalouf in 2006.
Mr Ayalon joined DSPG in April 2006 as President, Chief Executive Officer and director. In January 2000, he was appointed to serve as Chairman of the board. Mr. Ayalon is also a member of the board of directors of CEVA, Inc., a developer and licensor of DSP cores and related platform-level IP to the semiconductor industry and was the Chairman until February 2005. Mr. Ayalon previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mennen from May 1992 to April 1996. Mr. Ayalon is a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and a member of the executive committee of the University Center of Ariel, Israel.

Elisabeth Kogan
Senior Vice President of TEVA for Global Generic R&D

Elisabeth Kogan is a graduate from Ecole Centrale Paris, specialized in chemical engineering.
After working for Sanofi Aventis Paris in process development, she moved to Israel in 1996 to join the Israeli Pharmaceutical company Teva.
In 2002, she became VP of Global Sales and Marketing for the API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) Division.
Elisabeth is now VP of Teva Global Generic R&D. She participated in the Gvahim Project since its creation in 2006.

Tania Amar
Co-Founder of CXP Consulting

After 20 years in senior executive roles with leading NASDAQ traded companies such as Comverse, NICE Systems, Magic and ClickSoftware, Tania co-founded her consulting firm, CXP Consulting. Tania offers Customer Experience Programs and Go-to-market strategy services for high-tech Companies of all sizes from early stage start-ups to global giants.
Tania is involved with Gvahim since its very first days in 2006, as a career and entrepreneurship mentor, and a Board member.
Tania obtained her undergraduate degree and her MBA in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris-Dauphine.
Tania made aliyah from France with her family in 1997.

Ezra Charles Banoun
Co-Founder

Engineer of one of the Grandes Ecoles of Paris (Mines de Paris) specialized in the field of Waste Water and Water Treatment as Engineer Expert, Engineer-Expert, Technical Developer, Process-Designer and Manager (50 years).
In 1998 KAL BINYAN TARMAC where I was Deputy General Manager was the bigger company in Israel in the field of Urban Waste Water Treatment Plants.
In 2004 I resigned and become an Independent Expert Engineer.
As one of the managers of the AAEGE Israel founded in 2003 I participate at the foundation of GVAHIM .

Dr. Anat Geifman-Broder
Lecturer & Consultant - Intl. Management, HR

Dr. Anat Geifman-Broder, is a senior lecturer in International Management and Human Resources.
She lectures in universities, nonprofits and private businesses for leading companies and NGOs in Israel. Anat holds a Ph.D in Business Administration from Ben Gurion University.
Anat has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources Management and career consulting both in Israel and in the US. Since 2007, Anat is a leading lecturer in Gvahim’s Career Development Programs. Her lectures focus on job search & career development in Israel including themes such as:
the job interview, job search tools, networking,the employment contract & salary and benefits in the Israeli job market.
Anat also serves as a personal career/HR consultant to numerous participants in our CDPs and she serves as a board observer at Gvahim.

Daphna Zevadi
Business Consultant

Daphna Zevadi serves as an independent business consultant for executives in the hi-tech industry. Prior to that, she managed a department of executive recruitment at Gisha Shona.
In 1997, Daphna became a dealer account manager for HP in Israel. She has lived in Paris and Brussels for 10 years, where she served as a research assistant at INSEAD, FONTAINEBLEAU, and a marketing consultant at a Swedish consulting firm in Paris.
Daphna holds an MBA degree from Solvay Business School in Brussels.

Nelly Assouline

Nelly is a graduate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Chicago) & Tel Aviv University with an International Executive MBA; Dauphine University & ENSAE Paris (National School of Statistics) where she Post-graduated in Mathematics (DEA de Mathmatiques Appliques).
She has been a Lecturer in macroeconomics and capital markets at Dauphine University and ESCT. Nelly focused her professional carrier on financial markets, particularly within DEXIA Group. In 2001, attracted by the professional and personal challenges, she joined
and developed the Israeli subsidiary of Dexia, acquired in 2001, being Deputy General Manager, CFO and Dexia`s Representative.
Since September 2010, Nelly is a Senior Banker at BNP-Paribas. She is also Board Member in BOS, an Israeli company listed in NASDAQ.

Alain Zeitoun
General Secretary, AAEGE

Alain Zeitoun studied Medicine (Paris Medical School) and Business Administration (ESCP-Europe Business School, Paris). After an MD and a pharma career in France, he joined in 1998 the new Israeli subsidiary of Merck & Co Pharma Company and became its Israel Marketing & Sales Director as well as European Marketing Coordinator based in Israel.
Since 2010, Alain is the CEO of an Israeli Start Up in the Biotech field.
He has been co-organizer, designer and animator of the Gvahim Project since its creation in 2006 and has been personally coaching several new immigrants` professional integration.
Alain is the General Secretary of the Association of Alumni from French High Education in Israel (AAEGE Israel). Alain is also an active member of the Israel-France Think Tank called “Collectif Franco-Israelien – Forum Israel-France”.

Avi Zana
General Director, AMI Israel

Avi was born in Tunisia, raised in France and made his alya in 1978. He holds a Master from the Institute of Contemporary Jewry and a Bachelor degree in Jewish History and Oriental Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since 1985, Avi has worksd to help the absorption of French immigrants in Israel: general director of UNIFAN until 1990; emmissary of the jewish agency in Paris 1990-1994; head of the french desk of the jewish agency in Jerusalem in 1994- 2005 and finally the first general director of AMI Foundation for the last fourth years. AMI is a partner of the GVAHIM project from its creation in 2006.

Joel Weill
Management & Sustainability LTD. (M&S), CEO

Joel Weill is the chairman and CEO of M&S – Management and Sustainability Ltd., a leading company specialized in sustainable energy, risk management and corporate social responsibility.
M&S provides consulting to major Israeli public and private organizations, and develops in several countries, including France and China, the business of 9 Israeli suppliers of advanced and proven solutions for energy saving, renewable energy and green building.
Joel Weill, formerly VP of Ormat Systems, holds several public positions, including Chairman of the Energy and Environment Commission in the Israeli National Committee of ICC (Israeli Chamber of Commerce).

Anne-Sophie Trouillard
Co-Founder

Graduated from ESCP EUROPE, a French Management school, with a Master Degree in General Management and Strategy and a specialization in Media Management, I arrived to Israel in September 2007.
I heard from Gvahim from the Jewish Agency in Paris and I immediately participated to the integration program, which was really helpful to build my network and understand the Israeli market.
I was thus a volunteer, then Head of the Marketing and Communication Network and Board Member of Gvahim between 2008-2010.
With regards to my professional experiences in Israel, I was first a consultant in an Israeli consultant agency and then Business Development Manager for the French Speaking markets in a high tech Israeli start-up.
I am currently Head of Communication and Press Relations at the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in Israel.

Gvahim In Numbers (2017)

10
Years of Activity
3000
Alumni
60
Countries of Origin
91%
Success Rate
650
Partnering companies
700
Volunteering Mentors
75%
Active startups by TheHive
20M$
Raised by TheHive
250
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