Ayla Matalon, Executive Director, MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel
Chairperson, Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel
Adjunct Lecturer, Tel Aviv University
As executive director of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel, Ayla led the organization throughout the critical years of the establishment of the startup nation, focusing on the development of entrepreneurial management skills. As chairperson of Global Entrepreneurship Network she led the organization to focus on the social periphery. Ayla pioneered action learning and taught 50+ entrepreneurship courses in a variety of MBA and undergrad tech related academic programs.
Co-founded Entrepreneurship-on-Tap, which developed into a strong brand with events taking place in Dimona, Nazareth and selected the kibbutzim in the north of Israel.
Co-founded and managed TRIO-Tech entrepreneurship hub with local and global partners at Kfar Kassem for the Israeli Arab minority, including a school of entrepreneurship and an accelerator.
Experience includes 20+ years as a lecturer in MBA programs at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Growth of Tech Companies, Innovation in Strategy), 14 years at Tel Aviv University, 17 years at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary and a year at TISOM - Tel Aviv International School of Management (Tech Entrepreneurship). Previously an analyst at Steps Investments in Technology and managing director of the US-Israel Science and Technology Center (part of the US-Israel Science and Technology Commission), reporting to the commercial attaché at the US Embassy in Israel.
Earlier positions as a software engineer at Technion Research & Development Foundation, Christian Rovsing (DK), Daisy Systems (NASDAQ: DaisySy) and Indigo (HP). Sporadic investor. Board member positions. Strong understanding of the Israeli high-tech start-up scene.
Lectured on behalf of the State of Israel and other public bodies in North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
Cum Laude Technion Alum (B.A., M.Sc. computer science),
M.B.A. (INSEAD, France; emphasis on entrepreneurship).
Specialties: supporting and mentoring entrepreneurs in high technology, lecturing around the world about entrepreneurship in general and the Israeli high tech scene.
Hobbies: Trekking, rowing, music. Private pilot license 1992.
Special Projects manager
Shira joined the MIT Enterprise Forum team early in 2012, and served as an administrative assistant, with tasks including daily operations, organizing events, workshops, conferences, supervising registration, facilities, costumer contact. Today, Shira operates the MIT Enterprise Forum website and manages special projects regardung the MIT Forum and GEN.
Shira also Organizes events in Entrepreneurship On Tap pro bono.
Shira has a B.Sc and an M.Sc in Life Science from Tel-Aviv University, specialized in Virology, and is now completing her Ph.D in Neurobiology at Tel-Aviv University as well. She completed her military service in 2005 as first sergeant, having served as Research Diagnoses in the IAF.
Michal Levi Medina,
Ari Fattal is a Project Manager at the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel.
He was a Program Analyst for the $220K Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge (CTTSC), presented by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel.
Ari served in the Israeli Defense Force between 2014-2017 in the Nahal Infantry 50th regiment as an infantry squad medic, and is currently studying for a degree in management and computer science.
Michal is in charge of MIT EF projects- involved in the planning and execution, managing all resources and scope of the projects.
Michal is an entrepreneur and brings extensive know-how, experience and professionalism in operations, finance, human resources and events production.
Michal's expertise in analyzing and developing computerized tools and professional reports based on her four years experience in business management, consulting firms, and former self owned businesses.
Tamir Meerovitch was born and raised in Kibbutz Yohana, Israel.
Following his 3 year army service in Yahalom- an elite IDF combat engineering unit, Tamir now works as a Project Manager for MIT Enterprise Forum Of Israel.
In addition, Tamir is active in Israeli politics, and is passionate to improve different aspects in Israeli society.