Gina Domanig, Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Based in Emerald's Zurich Office, Gina Domanig is the Managing Partner of Emerald Technology Ventures. In 2000, she founded Emerald (formerly SAM Private Equity) as the first independent cleantech venture capital fund in Europe. Emerald is one of the largest dedicated cleantech funds and the first with a transatlantic strategy.
Gina serves on the boards of Identec Solutions, Inge and Pelamis. Gina has over 20 years of international business experience including banking, M&A, strategic development and venture capital. Prior to starting Emerald, she was senior vice president at Sulzer, a Swiss multinational, responsible for strategic planning and M&A. During her ten year tenure, she built up a team which completed 45 transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs and JVs in industrial technology sectors. Gina holds MBA degrees from Thunderbird in Arizona and ESADE in Barcelona and is fluent in English, German and Spanish.
Amir Peleg, Founder and CEO
Amir Peleg founded TaKaDu in late 2008 with the vision of using advanced mathematics and software to increase efficiency of water networks.
Since late 2012, he is the Chairman of SWAN - The Smart Water Networks Forum.
Amir is a serial high-tech entrepreneur: in 2005, he founded YaData (acquired by Microsoft in 2008); previously he co-founded Unipier (formerly Cash-U) in 2000 and EVS (NASDAQ: EVSNF) in 1991.
Amir co-founded YaData, a Behavioral Targeting company, and led its rapid growth until its acquisition by Microsoft in early 2008. During that time, YaData raised one round of financing from two leading VCs, recruited a team of top notch scientists (Math & Computer Science) and introduced its first product, generating early revenues. YaData’s solution was recognized as a breakthrough in its field.
During his tenure with Unipier, Amir led the company vision, strategy and fund raising from major VCs. He was responsible for the organization's development and sales growth to annual revenues of $5M from tier-one mobile carriers. In 1991, Amir was one of the founders of EVS Ltd. (Elbit Vision Systems, NASDAQ: EVSNF), and played a key role in its management, sales and marketing activities in Europe and Asia. In 1996, Amir established and managed EVS-US Inc, the US subsidiary of EVS.
Amir holds a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (via the IDF TALPIOT program) and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. As a teenager, Amir won a special prize for young inventors from the Weizmann Institute, Israel.
Zvi Arom, Director
Zvi is actively involved with TaKaDu's executive management. Before joining TaKaDu's board, Zvi held the position of active advisor to the CEO at YaData, working with Amir Peleg until YaData's acquisition. Zvi is a veteran of the Enterprise Software industry. Zvi is one of the founders and managing partners at Afterdox, a smart angels investment group comprised mostly of ex-Amdocs top executives. Prior to YaData and for more than 20 years, Zvi held various senior roles at Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX).
At Amdocs, Zvi held the position of COO of Clarify, the CRM division of Amdocs, which is one of the world's largest CRM vendors. Zvi was involved in defining the strategy, setting the goals and was directly in charge of its execution. Zvi was also in charge of all aspects pertaining to the establishing of Amdocs's outsourcing services in Melbourne Australia - from building the facilities through development and implementation of the software and up to day to day support in production. Zvi's other significant roles included responsibility for the development and implementation of large scale projects for some tier-one and tier-two customers in North America and managing all QA and Training activities for Amdocs world-wide. Before joining Amdocs Zvi held various positions in the Insurance Software industry in Israel.
Zvi Schechter, Managing Director and General Partner, Giza Venture Capital
Zvi is the co-founder and Managing Director of Giza Venture Capital. Prior to co-founding Giza in 1992, Zvi Schechter was Vice President of Leumi & Company Investment Bankers.
Zvi has over 20 years of experience in private equity investment, company valuations and analysis and frequently lectures at management seminars. He holds a BSc in Economics and Management magna cum laude from the Technion, Israel's premier institute of technology and an MBA in Finance, magna cum laude, from Tel Aviv University. In addition to TaKaDu, Zvi sits on the boards of Viewfinity and Abiomed, and is a board observer in Cardonet.
Omer Regev, Cheif Financial Officer, Gemini Israel Funds
Omer Regev joined Gemini as Chief Financial Officer in 2011 with over two decades of experience in global financial management, private fund raising and mergers and acquisitions. His background guiding both publicly-traded as well as privately-held companies, in Israel as well as in the Silicon Valley, facilitates his role as a key player on Gemini's investment team. He sits on the boards of Gemini portfolio companies Eyeview and Massive Impact.
Prior to Gemini, Omer served as CFO at a number of technology companies: cVidya, a leading revenue intelligence and fraud solutions to telecommunication operators, Chegg.com, the leader in online textbook rentals, NetManage Inc. (Nasdaq: NETM), a provider of emulation software which was acquired by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO), PortAuthority Technologies, a provider for Information Leak Prevention (ILP) solutions, acquired by Websense (NASDAQ: WBSN), Kagoor Networks which was acquired by Juniper Networks (NASDAQ: JNPR) and XACCT Technologies which was acquired by AMDOCS (AMEX: DOX). In addition, he was the Controller for the Enterprise System Division of LANNET /Madge Networks and served as a business analyst at the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Omer holds a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from Tel-Aviv University.
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