Adiv Baruch has been involved in the High-tech industry for the last 32 years. Currently, Mr. Baruch also serves as Chairman of Jerusalem Technology Investments Ltd and Maayan Ventures, a platform for investments in innovative Israeli technology companies. Additionally, Mr. Baruch serves as the Chairman of Covertix, whose patented technology delivers real-time, non invasive control, protection, and tracking of confidential files. Mr. Baruch is the Chairman of Institute of Technology and Innovation, which is a leader in educating technology professionals and innovative entrepreneurs.
Mr. Baruch served as Chairman of the public committee of the Hi-Tech and Telecom Division at the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI), and he was a member of the audit committee of the board of IEICI. Previously, Mr. Baruch was one of the founders of Ness Technologies, grown the company to become the first Israeli IT service company into a Global IT services company. Mr. Baruch has served as President for Nyotron, a global cyber technology company, and served as a director of the Bank of Jerusalem, and he serves or has served on the boards of a variety of charitable organizations including Make-AWish Foundation and is currently active Chairman of Or-Lachayal. Also, he has been an active member of the Young President organization (YPO).
Mr. Baruch has global experience and is involved with variety of companies on the US, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong exchanges. Mr. Baruch served in the Israeli Navy and holds an Engineering degree from The Technion, the leading engineering institute in Israel.
Mr. Yigal Unna is the Director General of the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD). Mr. Unna previously served as Chief Executive Director of the Directorate's Cyber Technologies Unit in the INCD.
Mr. Unna has three decades of experience in the Israeli security apparatus, in Sigint-Cyber positions combining intelligence, R&D and operations together with policy and capacity building. Among others roles, he served as Head of the Sigint-Cyber Division in the Israeli Security Agency ("Shin-Bet") directly under the Director General. Mr. Unna holds an MBA (Tel Aviv University) and a BA in History and Management (Tel Aviv University).
Mark K. Dowd
Mark K. Dowd joined the MTA in November 2019 as its first Chief Innovation Officer. Mark is leading several technology initiatives including the application of ultra-wideband to subways and the development of a New York regional transportation as a service model, and is deeply involved in spearheading innovative approaches to the COVID crisis in New York, including the application of ultraviolet light to kill the virus that cause COVID, developing technology tools to help with social distancing, running the COVID Challenge, and standing up a for-hire-vehicle program in five days to provide essential workers with transportation during the shutdown of subway service from 1:00am to 5:00am.
Prior to joining the MTA, Mark was the founder and Executive Director of Smart Cities Lab, a city-facing nonprofit providing policy support and a venue for cities to share what works, and what does not work, in a challenging funding environment. He also partnered with the innovation community to forge new solutions to the cities’ stubborn challenges. Mark is also a Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley where he was working with cities to find innovative ways to accelerate the adoption of new mobility technologies.
Prior to founding Smart Cities Lab, Mark served several different roles in the Obama Administration. He was a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Management and Budget and a Senior Advisor in the White House Council of Environmental Quality. Mark also was a member of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force and served for three years as a senior member of the President’s Auto Task Force, where he worked on the historic restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler.
Mark also served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Department of Transportation’s Secretary Foxx and a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology where he worked on issues related to technology and innovation. Mark is the architect of the Smart City Challenge that fundamentally changed the way American cities approach mobility.
He received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gold Medal as well as awards from the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District) for his work on the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for creating and executing the Smart City Challenge.
Mark’s nongovernmental service includes the Director and Assistant General Counsel at the Association of Global Automakers where he worked on policy development for advanced vehicle technologies. Mark practiced law for thirteen years in New York City at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel, specializing in transactions, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory matters as they relate to environmental and energy issues. Mark attended Rutgers College and Seton Hall University School of Law.
An accomplished executive with strengths in Hotel, Casino, Retail, MICE, Education, Contract Catering, Airport VIP lounge and Food & Beverage Operations. 35 years of extensive global experience spanning Europe, Middle East, North America and Asia. Expertise in hotel operations, development, mergers and acquisitions, financing and asset management.
Successfully opened and operating a USD$6 billion iconic integrated resort in Singapore. Specializes in multi-unit and flagship projects.
Strong strategic and analytical skills strengthened with an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Experienced in formulating development, management and franchise agreements.
Expertise in pre, as well as post project openings.
Completed acquisition of 3 properties in 2019 and achieved immediate profitability, significant returns on investment and superior market share.
Significant involvement in the Due Diligence process regarding the Sale of the Plaza Hotel in NY for $600 Million and the Waldorf Astoria NY for $1.95 Billion.
Colonel (Res.) Erez Katz
Defense Attaché in Germany and Austria, Berlin, 2011-2015
Head of Combat Doctrine Department, GHQ, IDF, 2009-2011
Deputy Commander of Gaza Division, IDF, 2005-2008
Southern Command Training Base Commander, IDF, 2004-2005
Head of Infantry Brigade “HaNegev", 2002-2004
Military service in the IDF from 1984 until 2016. Major positions: Commander of Infantry Battalion “Duhifat”, Commander of Infantry Battalion “Shaked” in “Givati” Brigade, Commander of Training Base of “Givati” Brigade, rich operational experience, commanding and leading operational ground missions in Gaza and Lebanon. Currently serving as COL (Ret.) in the IDF – Operation Directorate in Southern Command HQ. In addition, serving in Planning Directorate as a professional advisor to Defense Attachés Course
B.A. Political Science, Haifa University, Haifa, 1998
MBA Business Administration, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 2016
National Defense College, New Delhi, India, 2008· Brigade Commanders Course, IDF, 2003
Command and Staff College, IDF, 1997
H.E. David Saranga
David Saranga is the Ambassador of Israel to Romania, where he had his first posting as Deputy Chief of Mission between 1997-2000. Prior to that, he served for four years as Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of the State of Israel, Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, and was the Head of European Parliament Liaison Department at the Israeli delegation to the EU in Brussels (2011-2014).
Ambassador David Saranga also served as Consul for Media and Public Affairs in New York, where he was responsible for Israel’s image in the United States, being the liaison person of Israel to the American media (2005-2009). He also served as Spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel in Madrid, as well as Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. Ambassador Saranga holds an MBA degree from the Business School within the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.