BOARD MEMBERS

 

Attorney Zeev Weiss

Chairman

Adv. Zeev Weiss is the Chairman of the Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Friendship Society since 2016.

Zeev is the founder and head of Weiss, Porat & Co., an Israeli / international full-service law firm with offices in Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Australia and other locations.


Zeev has unique experience in Israel in working with Japan in the last 25 years, and contributed to strengthening the ties and the business relationship between Israel and Japan. Zeev visits Japan regularly and is familiar with its business environment, its culture and its history. Zeev served as legal advisor to the Government of Japan and to many Japanese companies in their activity and investments in Israel as well as to Israeli companies acting and establishing themselves in the Japanese market. He is frequently involved in cross-border transactions between the two countries, as a lawyer, consultant and initiator.

Zeev holds an M.A. in East Asia culture studies with a focus on Japan

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.

Ms. Sophiya Berezansky

IJCC General Manager

Works in Israel Japan Chamber of commerce since 2015.

Master's and Bachelor's degrees in East Asian Studies from the University of Haifa.

 

Mr. Miki Ron

Owner of Consulting and Management Technologies Company R.T.M Ltd

Miki joined the Chamber in 1991 when he was appointed the President and CEO of Delek Motors (Mazda importer). In the following years, he served as a board member and then Chairman of the Association. Miki represented the Chamber in the Israeli organization of the Binational Chambers of Commerce. Upon retirement, Miki received the title "Honorary President of the Israel-Japan Association".

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. Dror Vered

K-line GATEAST

Appointed director of the Eilat-Japan line in Zim company in the year 1960 and later, in the year 1963 was assigned as Vice President of Zim Japan, Tokyo. In 1965, moves the ZIM's management to Kobe, afterwards Mr. Vered came back to Israel in 1969, to be the manager of the shipping company(Kansai). In 1971 he became the president of Far East Zim, headquarters in Tokyo, and began managing the area of Hong Kong as he could see the development of China.

 

After returning to Israel in 1980, Vered retired to the private sector and developed trade and shipping to Japan, Hong Kong and China. Since 1993 Vered represents the largest shipping company "K -Line" and trading company Nissho Iwai / Sojitz until the year 2014. These days he continues to advise these companies and others.

Mr. Arik Dan

President and CEO of Yaskawa Europe Technology Ltd in Israel and board director at Rewalk Robotics Ltd (RWLK)

Dan joined Yaskawa in 2001 serving initially as VP Sales and Marketing.

He became President and CEO in 2005.

 

Aerospace Engineer in Education and background Dan earned profound experience knowledge and understanding of the Japanese business and culture during the '90s studying in Japan and serving as a Diplomat- Political Information and economics counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Early in his career He worked as a development Engineer at the Israel Aircraft Industries developing the LAVI fighter during the '80s and served as a marketing and sales executive in several high-tech companies in the semiconductors, Medical imaging, and Robotics areas.

 

Dan earned a bachelor's degree BSc. in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 1985 and went through an MBA research program at Keio University in Tokyo in 1991-1992.

 

Fluent in Japanese, Dan is President and CEO of Yaskawa Europe Technology, Board director at Rewalk Robotics Ltd., director and one of the founders of the Israel Robotics association and director of Israel-Japan Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Shalom Seidler

Chairman and Owner of Wissotzky Group

Largest tea company in Israel.

The company holds the largest market share and exports its products worldwide, including 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.
Japanese speaker.

Lived in Japan between 2001-2011.

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Attorney Gilad Majerowicz

Vice-Chairman of IJCC, Head of Japan Practice, Herzog, Fox & Neeman (Herzog) Law Offices

Gilad Majerowicz is a senior partner in the Commercial Department of Herzog Fox & Neeman and head of the firm's Japan Practice.

Herzog, Fox & Neeman is the largest law firm in Israel. Gilad’s practice focuses mainly on cross-border transactions involving complex technology and related commercial matters across a broad range of industries, including software, IT, Internet, cybersecurity, life science, automotive, and fintech. Gilad regularly advises Japanese corporations and funds on M&A and investment transactions with Israeli companies, the establishment of innovation centers and other local offices in Israel, strategic collaboration agreements, distribution arrangements, feasibility studies, and other legal matters related to Israeli law and business activity with Israeli companies. Gilad regularly devotes significant time and resources to creating bridges between Japanese and Israeli companies.

 

He frequently travels to Japan to lecture on business and legal aspects of doing business in Israel in seminars, business forums, and conferences. Prior to joining Herzog, Fox & Neeman, Gilad had worked for several years in New York in the Technology Transactions Group of a leading international law firm and as an in-house counsel for a U.S. telecommunication company.

 

Gilad's email: giladm@herzoglaw.co.il

Prof. Ami Ben-Amotz

Chief Scientist in Nevet Company Ltd., Eilat, Israel, and Nikken Sohonsha, Gifu, Japan

Ami Ben-Amotz received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ph.D. at the Weitzman Institute of Science (WIS), Israel, the last on studies related to the halotolerant alga Dunaliella. After post-doctorate studies at Brandeis University, Boston, USA, on hydrogen production by marine algae and Batsheva de Rothschild fellowship on marine algae at the University of California, San Diego, USA, Prof. Ben-Amotz returned to Israel in 1975 and initiated academic and research activities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and at the WIS, the last was the core of his long time research with the late Prof. M. Avron to study the biology, physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology of marine microalgae with emphasis on the halotolerant alga Dunaliella.

The fruitful scientific cooperation opened the way to establish the commercial Dunaliella plant in Eilat, Israel, known as Nature Beta Technologies Ltd, (NBT), later subsidiary of Nikken Sohonsha Co., Japan. Along with his extensive career with marine microalgae, Prof. Ben-Amotz served as Head of the Department of Marine Biology, the NIO, and Head of the Dunaliella Section at the WIS. Ami Ben-Amotz served as President of the International Marine Biotechnology Conference in Israel in 2007 and later for 4 years, 2014-2018 Leading Partner of the European Commission D-Factory project on Dunaliella.

He is now serving as the Chief Scientist of NBT, Israel, and Chief Scientist of Nikken Sohonsha Co., Japan. Ami Ben-Amotz has more than 150 scientific publications including 3 books on aspects related to marine algae, natural products and algae & environment.

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).

 

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Mr. Atsushi Mizuno

Investment Director of Mitsui & Co. Global Investment Inc.

General Partner of Magenta Venture Partners

Atsushi Mizuno has over 10 years of experience in both investing in Israeli companies through Mitsui & Co. Ltd.’s venture capital arm and establishing business relations between Israeli startups and Japanese corporations.

He is also General Partner of Magenta Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on Israeli and Israeli-related early stage technology startups.

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."

Ms. Yifat Vered 

Japan-Israel Intercultural Business Problem Solving

Japan-Israel Troubleshooting and Business Expert since 2001. Lived & studied in Japan for 10 years.
Versatile experience in Bridging, Inter-culture Communication, Market Research, BizDev, Marketing, Sales, Business Troubleshooting and Negotiations. Have worked with numerous Israeli and Japanese companies.

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

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