Former Board Members
Prof. Ton Backx
CEO Sanara Ventures
Prof. Ton Backx received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) from 1972-1977. After gaining some working experience in industry, he returned to TUE for his PhD focused on Systems Identification and Model Based Process Control which he finished in 1987. He attained a position as part-time professor at TUE in the Control Systems group in 1990. or the past two decades Ton has had senior management positions within Setpoint, AspenTech, IPCOS and Eindhoven University of Technology. Ton Backx is specialized in the field of process identification, model based process control and model reduction and its applications to a wide range of processes in hydrocarbons processing, chemical processing, glass manufacturing and steel production.
Mr. Assaf Barnea, CEO of Sanara Ventures is a seasoned entrepreneur and a venture capital professional with significant multidisciplinary experience in building innovation platforms and commercialization processes in Healthcare and Cleantech. Sanara Ventures is a healthcare investment platform, jointly held by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Philips Healthcare, aimed to invest in early stage medical devices and healthcare technologies. Mr Barnea is also a business consultant at the World Bank/IFC venture capital team, supports the IFC investments in technologies that are relevant for developing countries. Formerly, Mr. Assaf was the CEO of Kinrot Ventures, managing the Business Development activity at Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, and Director Business Development of Comverse. Mr. Assaf holds a degree in Law & Business.
Prof. Uzi de Haan
Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion
Uzi de Haan is professor (Em.) at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and visiting professor at Cornell Tech in NYC. His area of research and teaching is entrepreneurship and innovation. He received his first degree at the University of Delft, Holland in aeronautical engineering and his M.Sc. and D.Sc. at the Technion in industrial engineering and management.
After a post doctorate at UCLA, prof. De Haan joined Philips Electronics, in the Netherlands, and was employed in a number of line and staff functions in different product divisions and countries, lastly as founder and CEO of Philips in Israel. In this function he built a $ 350 million Philips company in Israel and an R&D base through acquisitions, venture investments and organic growth.
Prof. Uzi de Haan rejoined the Technion in 2003 as professor at the faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.
Founder of Hak & Partners B.V.
Jan Hak, eldest in the Hak family, founders of HAK B.V. (one of Europe's largest glass preserves enterprises) has education and experiences covering all aspects of agro-food value chains from field to market. Especially with focus on business development in the potato, fruit and vegetable sectors as well as in integrated regional land development.
Following graduation from Wageningen University his professional activities started in the Middle East in engineering and product development for the preserves and dairy industry. Responsible for manufacturing and logistics at HAK family company, which experienced turbulent growth and rationalization, added 'hands-on' experience and proved essential qualifications later on in the supervisory board of HAK and other agro-food companies.
Jan Hak, active worldwide, founded his private holding ‘Qua Ter Nes’ specialised in agro-food technology, supply chain optimization and land development. Later ‘Clootwijck Beheer’ holding was added, specialised in products and systems for the agro-primary sector. As serial entrepreneur he established several successful start-up companies.
Jan Hak also holds several public functions both on national as well international level, stimulating economic cooperation, good governance and preserving the (natural) environment. He has been president of the Dutch Association for Manufacturing Enterprises for the Food Industry (GMV/FME). At present he is President (Co-founder) of Associations Netherlands Agro, Food and Technology Centres for Africa and Middle East (NAFTC’s), Vice President (Co-founder) of Metropolitan Food Security and Chairman of Federation Africa-Netherlands for Economic Cooperation (FANEC). He serves also as member of several Supervisory Boards of Dutch family enterprises and international companies.
Prof. Eugene Kandel
CEO Start-Up Nation Central
Eugene Kandel is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Hebrew University, and the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit promoting Israeli technological innovation. Between 2009 and 2015 he served as the Head of the Israeli National Economic Council (NEC) and the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kandel holds BA and MA in Economics form the Hebrew University and an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Chicago. Prior to the Hebrew University, Kandel served as a Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Guido Pardo-Roques
CEO Philips Israel
Guido Pardo-Roques is an Italian-Israeli businessman. He is the president and CEO of Philips Israel and CEO of Philips Medical System Technologies which constitutes the Israel Commercial and Industrial branches of the multinational corporation Royal Philips Electronics.
He was project manager of the CT Twin, the world first Multi-Slice CT scanner launched by Elscint in 1992, for which he was awarded the Rothschild prize for Innovation in 1996. In 1992–2006, he assumed the role of Head of CT R&D for Elscint, Picker and Philips. In 2007, he was appointed CEO of Philips Medical Systems Technologies. In 2012, Pardo-Roques became the president and CEO of Philips Israel.
In 2014, Pardo Roques contributed to the creation of a Healthcare Technological Incubator under the auspices of the Israel Chief Scientist, in the Israel Ministry of Economy with the participation of Philips and TEVA (as part of Sanara Ventures investment platform).
Prof. Uri Rosenthal
Chairman of the Dutch Policy Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI)
Uri Rosenthal is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from October 2010 until November 2012. He previously served as a Member of the Senate from 1999 until 2010 and the Parliamentary leader in the Senate from 2005 until 2010.
A professor of political science and public administration by occupation, he taught from 1980 until 2010 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Leiden University. Moreover he served as vice-president at the Dutch Organization of Academic Research (NWO).
As of 1 March 2013, Rosenthal is chairman of the Policy Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI). He has been nominated by the Dutch Government to serve as the Special Envoy for the fourth International Cyberspace Conference to be held in 2015. Moreover, he is involved with many boards, such as Governor International Development Research Center in Canada till 2018, the Council for Civil-Military Care and Research (veterans care), member of the Advice Council of the Brazilian-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, commissioner of Global Commission on Stability of Cyberspace, and advisor Crisis Research Center at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
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