Food Sec&Tech Israel - June 27, 28, 29 - 2023

Victor E. Friedberg
Founder and Managing Partner, New Epoch Capital
Founder/Chairman, FoodShot Global
Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, investment and sustainability for over 20 years. His first investment, Beyond Meat, became the most successful IPO in 2019 and one of the most successful food IPOs in the last decades. His second investment, Sweetgreen, was IPO’d in 2021 at a value of 5.5 billion dollars and have since revolutionised the healthy fast-casual restaurant sector.
Slogan: The future of food will be about nutritional security, where human thinking and innovation evolve to unlock the deeper relationship between food and health in a resource-stressed world. Nutritional security will be the foundation of countries' economic and political stability and the engine that allows 10 billion people to realise the full potential of their lives.
Miriam Ueberall
Senior R&D Executive
VP, R&D International Kraft Heinz
Miriam is a visionary strategic leader, believing in the power of partnerships, networks, and diversity of thought to drive the required transformation of the Foods Value Chain for sustainability, regenerative practices, and affordability.
Slogan: I believe that long-term business impact will depend on technology advancements in Food & Ag Tech to drive the necessary portfolio transformation of food-related consumer goods. With resources being depleted, climate crisis impacting livelihoods and raw material availabilities, and disrupted supply chains, Food and Ag tech will be mission-critical to stabilise and improve the Food System.
Prof. William Chen
Food Science and Technology Director,Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof. William Chen is the Michael Fam Endowed Professor and Food Science and Technology. Director at Nanyang Technological University Singapore. In the context of Singapore government-funded food initiatives, he is the Director of the Singapore Agri-food Innovation Lab (SAIL) and the Scientific Director of the Singapore Future Ready Food Safety Hub (FRESH).
Nadav Berger
Founding and General Partner, PeakBridge
Nadav was born to a family of food industrialists in Israel and later became a serial entrepreneur in the Food and FoodTech industries. In 2014 he founded FoodLab Capital, becoming the first FoodTech investor in Israel, which led to the founding of PeakBridge, A FoodTech fund managed by food people.
Prof. Emeritus Yosi Shacham-Diamand
Head of The Bernard Schwartz Chair of Nanotechnologies of Information, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Yosi is an endowed chair professor at the Thapar institute for engineering and technology, Patiala, India and the international director of the TAU/TIET Food Security Center of Excellence. He served as a consultant to companies such as Zoran, Intel, Applied Materials, Nova Instruments, and multiple investments and holding companies in Israel and abroad.
Slogan: Biconvergence, where biology meets engineering, will play a significant role in providing solutions to food security issues all along the food chain, from the field to the market, to the consumer and the waste.
Michal Neeman
CEO, Lumeega
With over 20 years of marketing experience, Michal focuses on working with startups and young companies to successfully organise exhibitions and international events to meet their goals and targets. She is highly involved in the rapidly growing Food-Tech community in Israel as a mentor and is currently managing an eco-system community group of over 1,000 members.
Slogan: It's all about creating opportunities and delivering results.
Dr. Habil. Sabine Trupp
Head of High-Performance Center, Secure Intelligent Systems, LZSiS
Dr. Trupp is a private lecturer at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Institute of Physics, University of Bundeswehr, Munich. Her research focuses on material development and integration in sensor components for point-of-care detection devices. She holds ten patents and her research team is involved in several publicly funded projects such as COLODOR (EraNet), FRESH (BMEL) and Serene IoT (PENTA).
Slogan: Abolishing hunger and ensuring sustainable food could be achieved with today's revolutionary technologies. It is about time to support the implementation of technologies and corresponding mindset into society and present life.
Dror Bin
CEO, Israel Innovation Authority
Dror is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority. Before his role at the Innovation Authority, Dror was president and CEO of RAD, a leading global telecom network solutions company. He holds a BSc in Information Systems Engineering, a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the Technion, and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Tel Aviv University.
Gil Horsky
Founding Partner, FLORA Ventures
Former Senior Director Venture Investments, Mondelēz International
Gil Horsky’s passion is investing in FoodTech ventures. Throughout his career, he was privileged to work in various commercial roles in some of the most iconic global food brands: PepsiCo, Nestle, Kraft Foods & Mondelēz International.
Slogan: Making food that is good for people and kind to the planet
Prof. Eyal Shimoni
Thinker, Speaker, Writer, Ultra-runner
Prof. Eyal Shimoni is a tech and Food-Tech expert, European 2017 “CTO of the year”, established “The Kitchen FoodTech hub”, EIT Food Accelerators Network (FAN), Israeli Food IoT - Big Data consortia, a Climate and Environment enthusiastic, former Professor at the Technion.
Slogan: Global and local food security requires a system change, a new order.
Dr. Ofir Benjamin
Senior Lecturer, Tel-Hai College
Dr. Ofir Benjamin is a lecturer and researcher in the food science department at Tel-Hai College. His research expertise deals with food sensory and food structure. He actively promotes a master plan to establish the first national food innovation research institute at Tel Hai College.
Slogan: Food innovation is the key to bringing more quality food to more people around the world and facing the challenges we will face soon.
Prof. Emeritus Roni Strier
Chair of the Israel National Council of Food Security
Roni Strier is a professor (Emeritus) at the School of Social Work at the University of Haifa. His fields of research are social exclusion and poverty. He is the founder and senior researcher of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion at the University of Haifa. Prof. Strier has published multiple articles in leading journals and was awarded with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award of Espanet-Israel for this contribution to the research and development of social policy.
Shay Cohen
Chief Innovation Officer & Managing Director of Tnuva Ventures
Shay Cohen is Tnuva Goup's Chief Innovation Officer & Managing Director of Tnuva Ventures. Prior to that Shay Co-Founded and led several pioneering Food Tech Start-Ups as well as Corporate Open Innovation Centers & Investment vehicles for several multinational companies. Shay Holds LL B. and BA in Business Administration, MA in Entrepreneurship and Finance (Zell Entrepreneurship Program).
Dr Liron Amdur
Agriculture and food system consultant, a research fellow at Yesodot Policy Research Institute
Dr. Liron Amdur is an agriculture and food security specialist, working with rural authorities, farmers’ organizations, and policymakers in Israel and worldwide. Liron published many influential policy research papers about food security, food and climate crises, and sustainable food systems.
Slogan: Don't stop dreaming
Guy Ben Zvi
Former pilot in the Israeli Air Force, hi-tech and industrial entrepreneur
Founder of Omega Galil and O’Taste food tech platform - a ground-breaking enhancement platform for natural tastes that increases the intensity of flavors such as sugar or salt x10 times, cutting the unhealthy use of it in industrial food products without any impact on their natural taste.
Pnina Sverdlov
Chief R&D and Projects Officer at Tnuva Group
Pnina is the Chief R&D and Projects Officer at Tnuva Group, where she is heading the dairy and alternative protein product development from the initial vision to launch. Having more than 15 years of experience, Pnina is closely acquainted with the food industry. She has managed hundreds of new product launches and implemented new processes for integrating novel ingredients and technologies. In recent years, alternative protein has become a growth engine in Tnuva, accompanied by many innovative launches and new capabilities that created Tnuva a significate competitive advantage in the Alternative Protein categories.
Dr. Inbar Maymon Pomeranchik
Scientist and Biotech investment consultant Expert
Inbar is a Scientist and Biotech investment consultant Expert, specializing in Life science, Biotech, Ag tech and a particular expertise in the global medical cannabis industry. Inbar brings more than 15 years of experience in molecular & genetic research at the academy and as an R&D researcher and project leader in the Biotech industry in large, small and start up technology corporates. She is a veteran speaker at global conferences, sharing her knowledge and exposing investors to insights, various opportunities and key industry topics. Inbar has taken her knowledge and applied it to the Ag & Food tech Industry, and s he serves as a director in few international companies.
Dr. Kfir Luzzatto
Dr. Kfir Luzzatto
President of The Luzzatto Group, Senior Patent Attorney
Ranked as one of the world’s leading IP strategists (IAM Strategy 300), Kfir has vast experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in different fields. He directs and participates in IP litigation and oversees complex portfolios requiring sophisticated strategy planning. Kfir’s multi-disciplinary experience ranges from foodtech, pharmaceuticals, and life science to software and defense. His extensive experience in litigation allows him a unique perspective on the development of strong IP protection for start-ups and multinational companies alike.
Dr. Anne Louise Dannesboe Nielsen
Director, PhD Food and Production
DTI is a leading research and technology Institute. We currently employ 1,050 specialists and we help in excess of 10,500 customers a year – representing 68 different countries. We pride ourselves of being a multi-disciplinary Institute, which also means that we often look at your challenge in an innovative manner – tapping into different specialties in order to find the best-suited solution for you. DTI is very active in the field of the future of food, aiding the food industry in becoming sustainable and securing the future of healthy and great-tasting foods.
Ronit Eshel
Ronit Eshel
Senior Director, Head of Advanced Manufacturing FoodTech Sector lead Israel Innovation Authority
Ronit is leading innovation in the Israeli Industry, through R&D programs enhancing global competitiveness, exploring future technologies, and developing evolving industry sectors in Israel. Ronit brings over 20 years of experience in the industry and is heading the “Advanced Manufacturing” department, as well as championing the Foodtech sector in Israel Innovation Authority
Mr. Fabian Trumper
Co-Founder and CEO of Bountica
Fabian has over 25 years of experience across multiple industries. Fabian is also the founder and owner of TTL Pharma, developing antibiotic-free functional feed additives. Prior to Bountica, Fabian served in various senior leadership roles in the technology Industry and was a Co-Founder and VP Products of Lightbits Labs. Mr. Trumper holds a BSc in Computer Sciences from The Hebrew University, Israel, and an MBA in from INSEAD, France.
Anna Minz-Dub PhD
Institute for Cereal Crops Research School of Plant Sciences and Food Security
Anna Minz-Dub, PhD, Coordinator of Genetic and Genomic Research at Tel Aviv University's Institute for Cereal Crop Research. My research focuses on exploring the genetics of disease resistance in wheat. I am interested in mapping the beneficial traits in wild cereals and transferring them to cultivated cereal crops. My work seeks to translate this knowledge into practical solutions for genetic disease control in agricultural systems.
Amit Pilowsky
Managing Partner, Key1 Capital
Prior to founding Key1 in January 2022, Amit held various leadership roles at Goldman Sachs in both Tel Aviv and London offices, from February 2005 to May 2021, including Head of Consumer and Retail team at the Cross Markets Group in EMEA and as head of Food, Beverage and Food Ingredients in EMEA. Amit also serves as a member of the board of directors of Nomad Foods (NYSE: NOMD), and Movendo Capital, a Netherlands-based registered investment company. He also serves as a board member of the Israeli Center on Addiction, a non-profit organisation. Amit served in the Israeli Air Force from July 1993 to January 2004, retiring as a Major. Amit holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, France.
Liran Sahar
Head of Business Development and Food Security Liaison Center for Secure Intelligent Systems - LZ SiS (Fraunhofer EMFT)
Liran Sahar is Food Security Liaison and Head of Business Development at Fraunhofer Center For Secure Intelligent Systems (LZSiS) in Munich since October 2022. He previously served as Deputy Consul General at the Israeli Consulate General in Munich, where he successfully facilitated collaborations between German and Israeli companies and institutions. Prior to that, he led the business division of Israel's largest digital newspaper, YNET.
Dr. Judith van der Horst-Graat
Leadership Team and Lead Food & Health
Dr. Judith van der Horst – Graat is passionate about finding common goals and language that bridge people and organisations in Food & Health. She started her career over 25 years ago with a PhD. She took several managerial and director roles in corporates like Mars and Danone Nutricia, as well as in CRO departments of Wageningen University and Research. She also hold position as theme director Food & Health at Topsector AgriFood. She is appreciated as a visionary, innovator, and practice leader in the Food & Health domain. Since three years, she is leading the Food & Health innovation field at Foodvalley NL. Foodvalley NL as an independent practice leader, driving collective action with frontrunners across sectors and countries. The result: viable businesses and new healthy sustainable sectors.
Slogan: Join the journey, shaping the future of food together.
Dr. Serdar Uysal
Founder of LIVZYM Biotechnologies
After completing his education at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, he continued his academic career in USA. Following his education at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Uysal earned his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at University of Chicago and continued his research at Harvard Medical School for six years as a post-doctoral HHMI researcher. Dr. Serdar Uysal returned to Turkey in 2014 and founded LIVZYM Biotechnologies for industrial enzyme manufacturing. Today, LIVZYM has been positioning itself to transfer its expertise and competence in the field of non-animal meat, milk and egg alternative protein space to facilitate the transition of food-tech companies to industrial scale manufacturing.