Attorney Gilad Majerowicz
Gilad Majerowicz is the Chairman of the Israel Japan Chamber of Commerce and Friendship Society, as of January 2023.
He has been serving as a member of the Management Committee of the Israel Japan Chamber of Commerce since 2013. He also served as the Vice Chairman between 2016 and 2020.
In the private practice, Gilad is a senior partner at Herzog, Fox & Neeman, one of Israel's largest law firms, and Head of the Japan Practice.
Gilad has more than 25 years of experience representing clients from all over the world in various matters related to their business activity in Israel and abroad, particularly in connection with technology-related matters. He is a Recommended Lawyer by Legal500 in the area of Hi-Tech and Startups.
Gilad established the Japan practice at Herzog, Fox & Neeman in 2013, and since then, he has been heavily focusing on representation of numerous Japanese clients in connection with their activity in Israel in a variety of matters, including investments into Israeli startups, acquisitions of Israeli companies, establishment of innovation centers and other offices in Israel, assistance with strategic agreements, assistance with regulatory matters, representation in legal disputes in Israel, and more. In addition, Gilad supports Israeli companies who are expanding their business into Japan.
Gilad has lectured numerous times in Japan on matters related to business and legal aspects of collaborations with Israeli companies in conferences, seminars and other forums in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, and Kyoto.
Ms. Moran Fogel
Chief Executive Officer of the the Israel-Japan Friendship Society and Chamber of Commerce, as of March, 2023.
An experienced accountant with 5 years of experience in BIG 4/ Banking industry. Later on, was also involved in production including project management, budget etc.
in 2014, Moran relocated with her family to Japan and had been living there for 8 years. While in Japan, she volunteered as a treasurer for a non-profit organization, contributed as a writer for a well-established magazine and eventually in 2018 started her travel company in order to share her passion for Japanese culture with Israeli travelers and has worked in the Japan-oriented tourism industry since then.
Attorney Zeev Weiss
Partner at Weiss Law firm
Member of the Chamber and the Board for over ten years.
Weiss, Porat & Co. is a law office that specialized in the areas of civil and commercial law.
The office has many years of experience with Japan, also with Officials and Israeli companies that try to break through the Japanese market and also Japanese companies that are active in Israel.
Mr. Weiss himself has many years of experience with Japan and Japanese companies. Weiss, Porat & Co. Law Offices in Japan represent Israeli companies in Japan, including Hi-Tech companies, and dealing with their distribution agreements and licensing agreements in Japan, assisting Israeli companies that acquired Japanese companies in M&A deals, help to establish companies in Japan and place local administrator, advisory and bridging between the Japanese law, the Israeli law, and the International law in the International transaction, corporate law, Tech transfer agreements, and Investment Agreements. The law office also officiates a variety of companies and individuals at the time of entry to the Japanese market.
The law office represents Japanese corporations that are active in Israel, including Japanese trading companies, financial institutions that have invested in Israel, Japanese investors in Israeli high-tech companies, Pharma companies, and Medical equipment, also Japanese government agencies.
Attorney Weiss has experience in the representation of parties at courts, also in Japan, and representation of parties at international Arbitration.
Attorney Shmuel Schnitzer
Chairman S. Schnitzer Diamonds Inc., Chairman IDI and Honorary President of Israel Diamond Exchange.
Shmuel Schnitzer served as president of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) from 1998 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2015, and after serving in this position, he was awarded the title of Lifelong Honorary President of the Israel Diamond Exchange.
Shmuel Schnitzer was president of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) from 2002 to 2006, and after his resignation, he was awarded the title of Honorary Life President of the WFDB.
In addition, Shmuel Schnitzer holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) and is honorary president of the Israel Precious Stones & Diamonds Exchange.
Schnitzer has been vice-president of the Israel–Japan Chamber of Commerce since 2012 & the Chairman of the Israel Japan Excellency Award Committee.
Dr. Roni Bornstein
CEO and President of Rakuto Kasei (Israel) Ltd.
Honorary President of the Israel-Japan Friendship Society and Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Roni Bornstein is a businessman and entrepreneur active in the Japanese market for decades. He chaired The Israel-Japan Friendship Society and Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to 2006, and then again from 2009 to 2016. Bornstein was decorated with "The Order of the Rising Sun" awarded by the Emperor of Japan and Japan's Prime Minister. He further received a medal from the Foreign Ministry of Japan for his work in promoting and developing the relations between Israel and Japan. Nominated as the Ambassador of Good Will for the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Bornstein is the importer of Kikkoman soy sauce and hundreds of other Japanese products through Rakuto Diplomat International. Additionally, he is a shareholder of Bio Dalia Microbiological Technologies located in Kibutz Dalia and a manufacturer of Biopesticides for agriculture and public health. Bio Dalia is a provider of large-scale fermentation services. In addition, he is a shareholder in Gramse Pharmaceuticals, an importer and distributor of pharmaceuticals and food Supplements.
Mr. Elchanan Harel
President of HIH, Harel-Hertz Investments House Ltd
Mr. Harel is an Investment banker, active in establishing economic ties between Israel and Japan since the 1980s. Board member of the Israel Japan Chamber of Commerce since 1982.
Served as chairmen between 1988 to 1996 and since then, holds the title of Honorary President.
In 2004 he was the first Israeli businessman to receive the "The Order of the Rising Sun" award by the Emperor of Japan and Japan's Prime Minister.
Harel holds a B. A from the Hebrew University and holds a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University.
Harel-Hertz Investments House Ltd (HIH) is a business development consulting company and investment boutique that specializes in setting up and promoting business activity between Japan and Israel. At HIH, we assist Japanese and non-Japanese parties in establishing and expanding market presence in Japan and Israel, and enable our clients to bridge all cultural gaps. At HIH, we are proud of our profound knowledge of the Japanese culture and business etiquette, vast experience and a wide network of connections within Japan's leading business and financial firms, and a proven record of achievements.
Specialties: Promoting business between Japan and Israel.
Fundraising for private placements
M & A Deals between Israel and Japan
Mr. Izhak Nakar
Founder NIR4You Capital Investment
Mr. Nakar is one of the most prolific serial entrepreneurs in Israel. He Founded & Co-founded several Hi-Tech companies. Mr. Nakar also acted as a seed investor, mentor, and chairman in several startups beyond those he had founded.
Mr. Nakar is a recipient of the “Israel Defense Award,” bestowed annually by the President of Israel, for the development of high-tech systems in the field of intelligence for the Israeli Defense.
Mr. Nakar served in Israel's Air Forces where he has reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel
Mr. Nakar was elected as a Board member of the Israel-Japan chamber of Commerce.
He received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University in 1982, and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University in 1984.
Selected by Calcalist for the 50 most influential Cyber people in Israel: www.calcalist.co.il
Mr. Nakar Founded NIR4YOU Capital Investment, a privately held company specializing in early-stage investment high–tech companies with Corporation with SunTrust Japanese VC. NIR is a private equity investment firm building on an 18+ year experience history of providing equity and strategic support to experienced management teams and growing companies. NIR invests in companies with strong business franchises led by experienced executives who aspire to achieve industry leadership.
Mr. Yony Golan
Co-Founder & COO/CIO at Jakore, Inc.
Yony specializes in finance and marketing strategies, with a deep knowledge of the startup ecosystem, acting as a leader in creating bridges between Israeli startups and Japanese companies.
Yony lived in Japan for 3 years, where he learned about the Japanese language and culture, working as an English teacher.
Yony also worked with Japanese businessmen with their initiatives to go global and expand their operations.
Prior to living in Japan, Yony worked at Shopping.com as a testing manager (IPO in 2004 and was acquired by eBay in 2005).
Yony also held a position in Bank Leumi, where he was responsible for executing a variety of deals including: M&A, Venture Capital, and Growth Equity.
In 2015, he joined Samurai Incubate, creating and leading the Israel business platform, where he successfully invested in 30 Israeli companies, building many programs such as POC and a Hackathon for Japanese companies.
Mr. David Heller
Managing Partner at Vertex Venture Capital
Active in the Asian markets since 1989. Resident in Japan for about 5 years. Graduated from Kyoto University in Japan. Speaks Japanese.
Worked as an intern in the law office Wakabayashi & Watanabe, Tokyo, Japan. During that time, he led transactions between Japanese corporations, and corporations from China, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Upon his return to Israel, he managed, led and conducted the Israel International Fund (IIF) - the first Israeli investment fund versus investments from Japan.
David currently leads the overall activities of Vertex Asia.
CEO of The Japan Committee and Korea Committee of the High Tech Industry Association (HTIA) in Israel, Member in The China Committee of the HTIA.
Mr. Jacob Fass
Founder of Jacob Fass International LTD.
Jacob took part in the Israeli Ministry of Economy, served as the Economic appendix on behalf of the Ministry of Economy in Tokyo, Japan, Austria, and Holland.
Served as chairman of the Korea Chamber of Commerce Israel, currently serves as director of governmental public bodies and also in the private sector.
Jacob managed a number of private sector organizations, and is the author of the book "How to do business in Japan".
Ms. Tal Frank
Owner of TAL TRADING COM
Initiates and promotes trade and tourism relations with Japan.
Real estate entrepreneur and agent.
Board member of Israel – Japan Chamber of Commerce, Audit Committee
Former Treasurer at Israel – Japan Chamber of Commerce (IJCC).
Embassy of Israel, Japan:
Chief of the Ambassador’s Secretariat from 2003 to 2010.
Holds a BA in East Asian studies and Japanese language, Tel Aviv University.
Microsoft, Purchasing Manager.
Studied Japanese in Hiroo Japanese Center, Tokyo.
Lived in Japan between 2001-2011.
Ms. Vered Farber
Founder and CEO of VFJapan
Vered Farber Japan (VFJ) specializes in helping Israeli businesses to succeed in the Japanese markets. With a strong track record of serving clients in the Israeli business arena for the last two decades, VFJ enables clients to first make smart strategic decisions about their market entry, and then to forge the right connections with potential business partners. Leveraging its vast network of connections throughout Japan's business arena and at bureaucratic levels, VFJ matches clients to the right potential investors, secures meetings and prepares business development and executive teams to avoid cultural faux pas and establish solid relationships that can lead to profitable collaborations.
The company maintains contacts and know-how throughout a vast range of industries, with an emphasis on the high-tech sector, especially cybersecurity, AI and Big Data, and a list of satisfied clients that includes: Taboola, NeuroDerm, Cybereason, Secbi and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
Ms. Tami Raviv
CEO at Globalconn Business Development
Based in Israel, Globalconn, established in 2002, is focused on building strategic connections between Israeli companies and foreign entities, with an expertise in the Japanese Market. Our focus is to create business opportunities as well as to bring investment from strategic investors, angels and pertinent financial groups for Israeli technologies.
Globalconn works with its Japanese partner, MTC – Mutli-Task Company, in full cooperation to carry out the business, being our ‘long arm’ in Japan. MTC’s staff are coming from the leading Japanese industry, expertising in the various fields of our operation.
Mr. Guy Lachmann
Senior Partner at Pearl Cohen
Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz (Pearl Cohen) is an international law firm with offices in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Haifa and London. Representing innovation-driven companies and their investors, we serve clients around the world, from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.
Ms. Neta Kalmanson
Partner at I.J DO Ltd.
"Falling in love with the magic of Japan, led me to explore this fascinating country in depth, including learning the language and culture and longstanding expertise in business culture in Japan, while representing Israeli companies and Japanese. The fact that I was lucky enough to win a scholarship for a master's degree in economics (MONBUKAGAKUSHO, a scholarship that is given annually by the Japanese Ministry of Education), and live almost two years in Osaka, wrapped my fate with Japan forever.
Since returning to Israel about twenty years ago, I introduced Israeli companies to the Japanese market, represented Japanese companies in Israel, and also the Director of Desk Japan for Israeli companies, both as an employee and as an independent. In addition, I deliver business seminars about business culture in Japan, host Japanese delegations, and locate breakthrough technologies.
In the last two years, I joined Dror Rotter and we are working together as part of a joint venture company. I'd be happy to share the vast experience I gained and pass my knowledge within the framework of the management of the Chamber."
Mr. Yaron Mishly
Founder of K.I.N Co.
You can refer to KIN-Japan organization's departments with 3 aspects:
* KIN-industry: IND 4.0 & Agri products- as this is our foundation
* KIN-TECH: M&As, VC, matching partners, investors, startups...roadshows, seminars, conferences - as this is our dreams and visions
* KIN-TOUR: boutique hotels, restaurant, bar, tour guide services etc.. - as this is our spirit & soul