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Chairman

Arie Belldegrun

Arie Belldegrun, M.D., FACS is Executive Chairman/Co-Founder of Allogene, Professor of Urology (Roy and Carol Doumani Chair in Urologic Oncology) and Director of the Institute of Urologic Oncology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He founded and was Chairman and CEO of Kite, which was acquired in 2017 by Gilead for $11.9 billion.

Arie is Co-Founder/Senior Managing Director of Vida Ventures, and Chairman of Two River Group, UroGen Pharma and Kronos Bio. Arie completed his M.D. at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School (Jerusalem), his post graduate fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science and Urological Surgery residency at Harvard. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons.

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Vice Chair

William Cohen

Mr. Cohen Graduated the Baldwin School and attended Long Island University. He is currently the CEO of Dillon Yarn Corp, Morristown Helicopters Services, and is a member if the Board of Fabricated Metals. Bill is a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, and was the Chairman of the American Friends of TAU in the USA.

Bill is a Commercially rated Helicopter and Airplane pilot. He is married to Anne Cohen, has two sons, Max and Julien and lives in New York City.

President

Amit Shuker

Amit Shuker is a Relationship Manager at Citi Bank and is responsible for business development, credit, portfolio management and advisement for multi-national companies. He has over 15 years of experience in banking, real estate and investments. Prior to Citi, Amit was a Relationship Manager at M&T Bank and served middle market companies with transaction origination, credit decisions and portfolio management. Prior to M&T, Amit worked at KABR, a buy side real estate distress fund and at Marcus & Millichap, a commercial real estate investment company. Amit also held an internship position in the finance division of Merck.

Amit received his MBA from Rutgers Business School and is the first non-US military veteran to serve on the business school's Military Advisory Board. He received a full academic scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from Kean University. At Kean, Amit was the co-captain of the basketball team and became the first student-athlete in Kean's history to serve as a member of the NCAA's National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Prior to matriculating, Amit spent six years in the Israeli Defense Forces, as a Lieutenant in the Elite Unit 669, the IAF Search and Rescue Team.

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Treasurer

Michael Goldstein

Mr. Goldstein is the Chief Operating Officer of The KABR Group, a private equity real estate investment company with over $330M under management. He is responsible for the firm’s finance strategy as it relates to equity/debt capital structures, acquisitions, dispositions, asset/property/project management, investment analysis and ground-up development. He joined KABR in 2010.

He has over 15 years of experience in real estate investment, development and private equity. Mr. Goldstein graduated with the highest honors achieving his master’s degree in real estate finance from New York University and a B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany.

He is married to Debra Goldstein, has one son, Hudson and one dog Sadie Mae and lives in New Jersey.

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Secretary

Zach Schapira

Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Zach moved to Israel to volunteer for the IDF after completing degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics” from the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He served in Unit 669 as a lone soldier, learned enough Hebrew to become a combat rescue operator and deputy platoon commander.

Zach and was honored with the President’s Medal of Excellence from the late Shimon Peres. Zach currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Miryam and their two children Liam and Eden.

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Board Member

Chen Porat

Chen Porat is the General Manager of Adin Dental Solution USA, the US marketing and distribution arm of a leading Israeli dental implant company. Chen has over 25 years of extensive managerial experience in finance, sales, international marketing and business development in the life science and clean tech industries. For the last 20 years, Chen has managed several life science companies (medical device and biotech). In addition, Chen is a co-founder of three medical-device / life-science companies and a co-author of several international patents.

Chen is a BA/MBA graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and resides in Bergen County, NJ with his wife Deborah.

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Board Member

Yoram Behiri

Yoram Behiri serves as Chairman, President & CEO of Tnuva USA, Inc. (Tnuva is the leading food corporation in Israel). In 2004, Mr. Behiri was chosen by Tnuva to establish its US operations. He founded Tnuva USA in North America, and has since then succeeded in leading the company to growth in sales and profit and introducing Tnuva products to new channels in the both the Kosher market as well as the mainstream food retail chains.

Prior to his position in Tnuva USA, Mr. Behiri was a Business Manager in Tnuva’s Dairy Division. Mr. Behiri managed leading brands ($200M), and was in charge of the brand development process from the initial vision phase through to the final brand.

Prior to working for Tnuva, Mr. Behiri was the National Sales Manager and Trade Marketing Manager for Wrigley Israel LTD., and was part of the team that turned their brand into the # 1 category leader in Israel.
Mr. Behiri holds an M.A in Business Management, specializing in Marketing and a B.A. in Business Management from Derby University. Mr. Behiri (Captain) served in the IDF as well as in the Israeli police before crossing over to the entrepreneurial and business world.
For the past 14 years, Mr. Behiri resides with his family in Summit NJ.

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Board Member

Michael Marin MD

Michael Marin MD is a Medical Director with Premise Health which is a national company providing on-site medical services to major companies. Prior, Dr. Marin was an Emergency Medicine physician for 25 years at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dr. Marin served as the Department’s Medical Director for over 20 years. Dr. Marin is also a consultant with Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company serving as their In-house expert in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Marin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine.
Dr. Marin is married to Marla Marin and together they have four children, Jackie, Jason, Roberta and Jordan.

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Board Member

Dina Wachtel

Dina Wachtel is Executive Director Western Region for Canadian Friends of Hebrew University
and serves as the President of Vancouver Hebrew Free Loan Association.
Her expertise lies in professional fundraising and strategic initiatives that build bridges between Israel and Diaspora.

In that role she hosted Unit 669 for their first ever fundraising event outside of Israel which raised funds for students at Hebrew University who are graduates of unit 669
Dina’s past experience includes leadership positions as the Campaign Director and Israel Emissary with the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.
She holds an Undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Graduate degree in Communication, both from Hebrew University.
Dina spent her high school years in Manhattan and Israel and served three years in the IDF as Lieutenant for administration of Talpiot project at Hebrew University.
She is married to Shlomi Wachtel parents to Amir and Shira and resides in Vancouver BC.

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Board Member

David Ben-Eli

David Ben-Eli, MD, FACEP, FAEMS did his Emergency Residency at the NYU /Bellevue program and an EMS Fellowship at the FDNY / LIJ program. Dr. Ben-Eli has been functioning as an EMS Medical Director since graduation in 2007, most recently (from 2011) with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), where he is the Division Medical Director of the Borough of Queens, and the Medical Director for the Haz-Tac Battalion (providing the medical component for Haz-Mat operations), and Resident / Medical Student Education. Dr. Ben-Eli regularly participates in teaching and training of EMTs, paramedics, medical students, EM residents, and EMS fellows. He also functions as a Response Physician, is a Medical Team Manager on the FEMA USAR NY-TF1 and FDNY SOC TF, and has previously been a Section Commander in a Military S&R MedEvac Unit (rank: Major).

Dr. Ben-Eli Chairs the Medical Standards Committee of the NYC Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC), where he takes part in defining, writing, and updating citywide prehospital protocols. He has been part of large-scale NYC citywide trials (SmartCPR, Project Hypothermia, NETT) and initiatives that are in the forefront of prehospital medical care innovation (STEMI, LVO Stroke). He is participating in a number of current on-going large citywide studies (Stroke Outcomes, Pediatric EMS Utilization).

Dr. Ben-Eli is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in both Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine, and is an Attending Emergency Physician at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, NY.

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Board Member

Peter Feinberg

Peter Feinberg began his 33-year career in the Financial Services industry in 1982, initially working for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as a clerk on the floor of the American Stock Exchange. After joining the “upstairs” Institutional trading desk, he moved to the West Coast in 1988 where he spent several years building out the Equity business with significant clients in that region. Peter was rewarded for his contributions by being made a partner of the firm, and in 1992 transferred back to New York where he took over-all responsibility for the firm’s trading effort. Following Oppenheimer’s acquisition by CIBC World markets, a division of Canadian Imperial Bank, in 1997, Peter added additional core responsibilities to his role as Head of Trading, including Miracle Day which raised over $60M dollars for children’s charities across the world from 1997 – 2002. Peter left CIBC in 2002 to become senior partner with Israel Englander and Co, a dominant Options brokerage firm, with a mandate to develop an Equity focused product for that firm. During that time CIBC divested itself of the Oppenheimer Capital Markets businesses and in 2003 Peter had the great opportunity to rejoin a newly independent Oppenheimer as a senior member of the Institutional Equities Sales and Trading division.

In 2015, after an exciting 33-year career, Peter decided to pursue an entrepreneurial path, he founded 2 companies. BridgeBio, which invests in preclinical, non-public, rare genetic disease assets. North Coast Partners, a real estate holding company, that invests in Detroit, multifamily housing, in up and coming neighborhoods. He is also an advisory board member of Ignite Power an African solar energy company, currently the largest in Rwanda, which has created a life changing experience for its citizens.

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Board Member

Avi Oster

Avi Oster is an entrepreneur the founder of Zohar Ventures LLC a window of a Global strategic investors Illuminate Opportunities, we help people rebuild lives and businesses to create values that infuse tradition with innovative technology and creativity. Previously founded Avi Oster Studio Architecture practice over 25 years in NYC with Global projects & publications.

Avi Oster is a graduate of the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, with a focus in Architectural Town Planning and Molecular Biology, residence in NYC with his wife Joelle Maslaton Oster.

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Board Member

Yishai Cohen

Yishai is a Vice President, Customer and Partner Success at Codility, leading tech assessment and recruiting platform.

He has over 20 years of experience identifying, developing, and managing strategic relations with Fortune 100 & 500 brands.
Prior to Codility, Yishai held multiple executive and management positions in companies such as CA Technologies, Blazemeter, eBay, HP and Applause.

Yishai was born and raised in Hod HaSharon, Israel and served as a Captain in the Armored Corps of the IDF.

He moved to the US in 2001, initially to Boston and since 2005 he resides in Sunnyvale, CA.
Yishai has three children, Shir and Ron who made Aliya and served/serves in the IDF and Tav.

Since arriving to the U.S., Yishai has been volunteering in a variety of community roles - as the head of the Israeli scouts,San Francisco chapter and as the Chairman of the Israeli American Council (IAC) in San Francisco.

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Board Member

Abraham (Avi) Reshtick

Abraham (Avi) Reshtick is a member of the corporate group at the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. based in New York. With over 20 years of experience, Avi provides clients at Mintz with practical advice on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, joint ventures, fund formations, capital raisings and restructurings. Avi has extensive experience representing clients in cross-border transactions and advising foreign investors into U.S. joint-ventures.

Avi has represented companies in all stages of development, including early stage venture backed entities, mid-market private equity, and hedge funds and Fortune 100 companies. He has counseled clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceutical, retail, financial services, manufacturing, technology and real estate.

Before joining Mintz, Avi was a partner at another large law firm. Earlier he practiced law at other leading Israeli and U.S. based law firms, and worked as an investment banker at a bulge bracket investment bank.

As a former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Avi is very familiar with the special attributes and capabilities of Unit 669 and its members.

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