Eddy Shalev, Chairperson
Eddy Shalev, Founder & Managing Partner of Genesis Partners, is a founding leader of Israel’s venture capital industry. Mr. Shalev has played a key role in the high-tech sector, including in Fundtech, Paradigm Geophysical and Orbot Instruments, and is currently a director of Aternity, Profitect and WorkLight. Beginning in 1985, Eddy led the Israeli affiliates of Oscar Gruss and Sons Inc., and then later CIBC-Oppenheimer, where he directed the firm’s corporate banking, sales and trading, and equity research for Israeli companies traded on NASDAQ. Eddy also co-founded the Mofet Israel Technology Fund, one of Israel’s first venture capital firms. Eddy began his career with IBM, where he served as a Large Systems Expert and Account Executive for IBM Israel and as a Large Accounts Strategic Planner for IBM United Kingdom. He is philanthropically involved with Beit Issie Shapiro, where he is Chair of the Endowment Subcommittee. He holds an MSc in Information Systems and a BA in Statistics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University.
Toby Bernstein, businessman in retail and manufacture, has specialized in the clothing and furniture industries across South Africa. He was a partner of Canvas and Tent, a world leader in the manufacture and trading of canvas-related products. Today Toby is involved with Walk-in-25, a community development company aiming to uplift and empower communities and revive local economies in townships as well as rural areas of South Africa.
Caron Bielski, CEO and founder BSP Funds, a research and investment company providing advisory and marketing services of hedge fund portfolios and fund of funds. Previously Co-Founder and Managing Director of B.A.I.N a software company specializing in product data management systems. Caron currently serves as the chairperson of the board of Beit Issie Shapiro and board member of Womans Voices Now. She has a B. A. in Social Work and an Executive M.B.A from the Kellogg, Northwestern University / Recanati Program at Tel Aviv University.
Charles Freedman, Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Economics at Carleton University. Charles worked for the Bank of Canada for 30 years, the last fifteen years of which he served as Deputy Governor. Subsequently, he was a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, served as director and chair of the audit committee of the Canadian Depository for Securities Limited and was a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University. Charles has a B.Com, a B.A.(Hon.) and M.A. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from MIT.