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The Team

Director of Operations

Ronen Cohen


CEO,Israel National Lab of Advanced Photonics (ICAP)

Yaron Magal

  • Highly experienced in managing R&D based companies, steering the business strategy & improving profitability

  • Experience working in global organizations with C-level executives, building operative plans according to KPIs

  • Proven VC & execution background in identifying business opportunities, penetrating new markets and leading acquisitions

  • Excellent interpersonal and management skills, proven ability to lead efficiency processes to success

Accomplishment Highlights:
• Led turnaround of Lightech from deep crisis to acquisition by GE Lighting.
• GE-L GM Israel: Built and integrated the COE Technology Site unit in GE Lighting.
• Captured key customer accounts including Lockheed Martin and Amerlux.
• Selected most of Terralab VC portfolio. Achieved 100% success securing funding with the Israeli
Innovation Authority (IIA). Achieved 50% IRR.
• Thermion, M&A: Sold family company, from a cash hold mode, to be recovered and profitable.

Chief Scientist, Optical Fiber Pole

Yoav Sintov

Yoav received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He  headed   the lasers department of the Applied Physics Division in Soreq NRC from 2009-2014. His major field of research is the development of high energy and high average power pulsed and CW fiber lasers and associated components, employing specialty fiber configurations and pump sources. Yoav has been working with the laser industry both in Israel and overseas since 1996, and developed many concepts, components and laser systems that later became successful commercial products. Yoav has published around 22 refereed journal papers, 21 conference proceeding papers and 8 patents.

Director of the Optical Fiber Pole

Ariel Bruner

Ariel received her B.Sc. in Physics and B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva and graduated with M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees from the Electrical Engineering Department, Tel-Aviv University. She has conducted research in the area of Silica-doped waveguides, hollow core photonic bandgap waveguides, Non-linear optical devices for frequency conversion (OPGaAs waveguides, PPKTP, PPSLT) and transparent Ceramics for High Power Lasers. Additionally, Ariel has experience in frequency stabilization of lasers and high resolution spectroscopy. Since 2015 she has been leading the Specialty Fiber group at ICAP, focusing on the development of specialty optical fibers based on silica for high power lasers and other industrial applications.

Scientific and Economic Development

Bruno Sfez

Bruno graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Paris,  France,  and holds a PhD from Paris 11 University (Orsay) and an MBA  from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After working a number of years at France Telecom Laboratories, he joined Soreq NRC in 1996. His fields of interest include medical imaging, photonic crystals, guided and integrated optics, and optical semiconductors. He has authored and co-authored more than 65 refeered papers and 14 patents. Since 2010 he has been leading  business development activities at Soreq NRC, and is developing the scientific and commercial ecosystem for the Photonics Center.

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