Our team

The Orbs team is made up of a group of experienced engineers, academics and business people. We’re building fast and smart with a team that includes successful founders, researchers from Israel’s top universities, startup veterans and leading executives.

The Orbs team

Founders
Daniel Peled

Daniel Peled

President & Co-founder

Daniel is the co-founder and CEO at PayKey, an Israeli Fintech startup with investors such as MasterCard and Santander InnoVentures. He is also a veteran member of the Israeli Bitcoin community and the first person in Israel to ICO a blockchain company. Daniel holds an LLM and a BS in Economics.

Tal Kol

Tal Kol

Co-founder

Tal previously co-founded Appixia, a mobile app startup acquired by Wix.com, and was Wix.com Head of Mobile Engineering. He is an expert in blockchain applications and former Head of Engineering in Kin by Kik Interactive. Tal is an open source enthusiast, contributor to the React ecosystem and conference speaker. He holds BSc summa cum laude in Computer Engineering from the Technion and is a veteran of an elite section of the IDF 8200 unit.

Netta Korin

Netta Korin

Co-founder

Prior to Orbs, Netta served as Senior Advisor to Gen. Mordechai on special projects in the Ministry of Defense, and as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Dr. Michael Oren in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Netta began her career on Wall Street as an investment banker, and later became a hedge fund manager. She has extensive experience in philanthropy, and for over 15 years has served on multiple boards in Israel and America, holding high level positions in Executive Committees.

Uriel Peled

Uriel Peled

Co-founder

Uriel is a key advisor for notable blockchain projects and was named one of Israel’s top blockchain influencers. Uriel previously co-founded Visualead, an AR/VR startup that was acquired by Alibaba. He is a former team leader at Mellanox, a leading Israeli high-tech company. Uriel holds a BSc summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the Technion.

Executive Team
Michal Simler

Michal Simler

General Manager

Michal previously served as the CEO of IVN, establishing the first social investment fund in Israel. She was a partner at Deloitte, managing its Israel consultancy group. Michal serves on boards and on various committees, including the “Smart Money” Committee of the Israel Ministry of Economics. Michal holds a BA from the Hebrew University, an MA in Law from Bar Ilan University and a fitness trainer certification from the Wingate Institute.

Nechama Ben Meir

Nechama Ben Meir

Chief Financial Officer

Nechama has over 20 years of experience in senior financial and operational positions in the Israeli high-tech industry. She was Head of Accounting and Taxes at CheckPoint, responsible for the company’s global financial operations, and before that, CFO & COO at Crescendo Networks Ltd. and Director of Finance at Radware. In her spare time, Nechama is involved in activities improving the position of women in society.

Jonathan Noam

Jonathan Noam

VP Strategy - Customer Success

Jonathan co-founded Africa’s largest satellite ISP (acquired), Romania’s first satellite TV platform (acquired) and Aeroam Technologies. He helped launch Israel’s largest ISP (acquired), and others. Recently he managed BZ|DV, a consultancy managing projects such as India’s fastest growing DTH platform. Jonathan holds a BA from TAU and an MBA from INSEAD.

Andrey Dulkin

Andrey Dulkin

VP Technology Engagement - Customer Success

Andrey has both hands-on and leadership experience in cybersecurity research and innovation. A graduate of the Talpiot program, Andrey holds a BSc in Computer Sciences, Physics and Mathematics from the Hebrew University, an MBA cum laude from Tel Aviv University and an MA Law cum laude from Bar Ilan University.

Engineering
Oded Noam

Oded Noam

Chief Architect

Oded is the founder of VidWatch and PhraseTech, technology startups. He has held senior engineering and management positions in several technology companies. Oded holds a BSc (cum laude) in Maths and Economics.

Oded Wertheim

Oded Wertheim

Chief Technology Officer

Oded was a Principal Architect at Mellanox, in charge of the InfiniBand switch and physical layer architecture, and a former contributor, editor and chair in technical working groups. Oded holds a BSc summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering and a BSc in Physics from the Technion and an MBA with honors from Tel Aviv University.

Shai Yallin

Shai Yallin

Head of Engineering

Shai is a software engineer, father, musician and cook. Prior to joining Orbs, he spent 7 years at Wix.com, where he was principal backend engineer, engineering manager and co-founder of the Backend Engineering Guild.

Jonathan Levison

Jonathan Levison

Software Engineer

Jonathan is an engineer with over 15 years of experience. He founded two startups and launched five SaaS offerings over public and hybrid clouds. Prior to joining Orbs, he spent four years in Clicktale, managing the backend engineering and later serving as the interim CTO where he owned the company M&A strategy and execution.

Ido Zilberberg

Ido Zilberberg

Software Engineer

Ido is a full-stack software engineer, working on the Orbs Platform. Prior to joining Orbs, he was the first software engineer at the AgTech startup, Farm Dog, where he designed and built the Scout Platform. Ido holds a BSc in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

Kiril Maksimov

Kiril Maksimov

Software Engineer

Kiril is an infrastructure and cloud computing enthusiast. Prior to joining Orbs he was working on Big Data solutions in IronSource. He enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and loves his cats.

Noam Berg

Noam Berg

Software Engineer

Noam is a veteran of an elite section of the IDF 8200 unit, with over 20 years experience developing innovative, cutting edge software. Noam holds an MBA (cum laude) from Tel Aviv University and a BSc in Life Sciences (cum laude) from the Open University of Israel.

Ron Bresler

Ron Bresler

Software Engineer

Ron has over 20 years of experience as an architect, software development lead and consultant. He previously led back-end development at Milestone Sports, leading up to its acquisition. Ron holds a BA from Tel Aviv University and is a veteran of the IDF 8200 unit.

Sergey Bolshchikov

Sergey Bolshchikov

Software Engineer

Sergey is a passionate software engineer and manager who loves to solve complex problems. He previously worked as an engineering manager and developer at Wix.com and co-founded the biggest front-end conference in the Middle East - "YouGottaLoveFrontend". Sergey holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering from the Technion.

Gil Amran

Gil Amran

Software Engineer

Gil is a software engineer with great passion for UX and software architecture. Prior to Orbs, Gil worked at Wix.com where he was the technical lead for the eCommerce group‘s front end team. Gil has also designed and built a cross department dashboard for all of Wix.com’s groups.

Itamar Arjuan

Itamar Arjuan

Software Engineer

Itamar is DevOps engineer who enjoys orchestrating the development of large distributed systems from the ground up. Prior to Orbs, he was a Technical Lead at Natural Intelligence and currently manages his own companies - Web Seeds, an eCommerce platform and off-road online shop, SportyShop. Itamar has a BS from Ort Sapir College.

Oran Misgav Lefkovits

Oran Misgav Lefkovits

Software Engineer

Oran is a software engineer who enjoys reading, travelling and being a mother. Prior to Orbs, she was a backend developer and Scrum Master at Webpals Group and a IS engineer at Intel. Oran holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Ben-Gurion University and is a Computer Science MSc student at IDC Herzliya.

Research
Ori Rottenstreich

Ori Rottenstreich

Chief Researcher

Ori Rottenstreich (PhD) is a computer scientist focused on network algorithms. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the department of Computer Science, Princeton University, received a BSc summa cum laude in Computer Engineering and a PhD degree from the Technion. He serves as an editor for the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications.

David Yakira

David Yakira

Head of Research

David holds a double major BSc in math and physics and an MSc in Computer Science, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and both summa cum laude. He decided to put on hold his academic research in learning theory in order to pursue his passion from the past few years – thinking about distributed systems and making them more robust and more efficient.

Avi Asayag

Avi Asayag

Researcher

Avi is currently finishing his BSc in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science, at the Hebrew University . He is the former CTO at Moveo Group and a full stack software developer.

Gad Cohen

Gad Cohen

Researcher

Gad holds an MSc in Computer Science and a BSc in Computer Science and Psychology, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the former Chief Software Engineer at Artsignet and a software developer at NDS.

Idan Perl

Idan Perl

Researcher

Idan is a mathematician. He received his Ph.D. (with distinction) from Ben Gurion University, focusing on geometric group theory.

Operations
Danny Brown Wolf

Danny Brown Wolf

Director of Business Development - US

Danny was formerly the Decentralization Director for Cool Cousin, a startup named a “must app for travelers” by the New York Times, L.A Times, The Guardian and National Geographic. Her background is in policy and international affairs, having worked at the UN, the Israeli Parliament, as the Director of Policy at the IDC’s Abba Eban Institute, and on projects dedicated to growing Palestinian hi-tech industry and using it for peace-building between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Ran Melamed

Ran Melamed

Head of Asia

Ran is the founder & former CEO of Tingz.me, a technology startup. He was an investment team member at Viola Growth capital fund and a financial professional in various Israeli companies. Ran holds a BSc in Physics and an MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University and is a veteran of an elite section of the IDF 8200 unit.

Gili Ovadia

Gili Ovadia

Head of Global Business Development

Gili is the former Consul, Head of the Israeli Economic and Trade Mission to the West Coast, developing the business relationships between US and Israeli companies. He also served as the assistant to the Director of Foreign Trade and in the North America desk and served as an advisor to the Israeli Defense Minister. Gili holds a BS from The Interdisciplinary Center and an LLB in Law and Governance.

Ran Hammer

Ran Hammer

General Counsel

Ran is one of Israel’s leading blockchain law practitioners having represented companies in blockchain offerings, as well as digital currency and asset investing. He founded the blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital coin practice at GKH Law offices and has also specialized in corporate law, high-tech, venture capital and M&A. Ran holds an LLB summa cum laude from Haifa University.

Mayo Hotta

Mayo Hotta

Director of Business Development - Japan

Mayo started her career at SoftBank Group where she worked with approximately 100 companies and investment funds, including Alibaba, Vodafone Japan, Bio Fund, the China & India Fund and MySpace. After moving to Tel Aviv, she consulted for Japanese-Israeli business partnerships in communication, security and finance.

Amit Barkan

Amit Barkan

Chief Investment Officer

Amit co-founded Kaizen Financial Engineering, a quantitative social investment firm and ChargeAfter, the first financing network enabling instant consumer credit at the moment of sale. He conducted the world’s first Bitcoin Hackathon in 2013 and is active in the crypto space for several years. Amit holds a BA in Computer Science and an MBA in Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Ilan Sterk

Ilan Sterk

VP Trading

Ilan is a 20 year veteran of the global securities markets, previously managing the Global Trading desk and FX at Bank Of Jerusalem, Clal Finance Batucha Brokerage and at Oscar Gruss. He is also a lecturer at the Open University MBA program on financial systems and capital markets. Ilan holds a BA magna cum laude in Economics and Management and an MBA both from the Open University in Israel.

Assaf Bielski

Assaf Bielski

Director of Customer Strategy

Assaf is a veteran strategy and business development expert, specializing in launching and scaling new business lines. He has led innovative new businesses, ranging from IoT to big data, payments and healthcare. Assaf holds a LLB law from the Hebrew University and an MBA from London Business School.

Dolev Kenn

Dolev Kenn

Director of Finance

Prior to Orbs, Dolev was a senior consultant at Cognum - (Swary), a leading boutique financial consulting firm. He is a CPA with the second highest score nationwide on the Israeli CPA exams. Dolev holds a BA in Accounting and Political Science and an MBA, both from Tel Aviv University.

Oren De-lange

Oren De-lange

Portfolio Manager

Oren is an accountant and lawyer, having worked at Ernst & Young and the Israeli Ministry of Justice prior to joining Orbs. He’s active crypto enthusiast since 2014 and holds an LLB in Law and a BA in Business Administration, both cum laude, from IDC Herzliya.

Marina Rudinsky

Marina Rudinsky

Designer

Marina is graphic designer & UI expert for the past 10 years and has worked with several amazing startups. She lives and breath creative thinking, problem solving, visualizing projects and great user experience. Marina tries to make people smile through good design and an open mind.

Nate Simantov

Nate Simantov

Content and Community Manager

Having managed and mobilized large internet communities for over a decade, Nate is an expert in internet culture and online forum management. With a solid background in media and communications, this former community and content manager for Olistics Foundation enjoys both building and driving active internet communities for passive and proactive engagement.

Mattan Erder

Mattan Erder

Regulatory Compliance Strategist

Mattan holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a B.A in Philosophy and Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University. Prior to Orbs, he was a corporate lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance.

Bar Chetrit

Bar Chetrit

Operations and Welfare Manager

Bar is a former HR manager at a real estate startup. She is a people oriented person and passionate about relationship building. Bar holds a B.A in Behavioral Sciences, majoring in Human Resources from Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Academic College.

Aya Ephrati

Aya Ephrati

Project Manager

Aya previously managed channel sales at PayKey and held a variety of marketing and sales positions. She holds a BA in Individualized Study from New York University, where her focus was Environmental Science, East Asian studies, and Mandarin Chinese.

Eran Peled

Eran Peled

Project Manager

Eran holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technion and is currently finishing his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining Orbs, he worked as a process engineer team leader in Intel.

Suzana Bobis

Suzana Bobis

PA to Co-Founders & Administrative Manager

Suzana holds a BA in Communications and Management and an MBA in Marketing from the College of Management. Prior to Orbs, she was the PA to the CEO and co-founders of Mindspace and a PA at the Alrov Group as well as holding other positions in marketing.

Hadar Kaufman

Hadar Kaufman

Sr. Bookkeeper & Payroll Admin

Hadar is an experienced finances and payroll professional. Prior to joining Orbs, Hadar was the Finance Coordinator and Payroll Administrator for Lead Financial Management, and before that, the Finance Coordinator for Songo Media.

Advisors
Prof. Idit Keidar

Prof. Idit Keidar

Advisor

Idit Keidar is the Lord Leonard Wolfson Professor at the Viterbi Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion. She received her BSc (summa cum laude), MSc (summa cum laude) and PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Keidar is a renowned expert in distributed computing and concurrency. She has published over 100 papers in competitive peer-reviewed journals and conferences, which were cited 5300+ times; she served as program chair and steering committee member in a number of leading conferences.

Prof. Rosario Gennaro

Prof. Rosario Gennaro

Advisor

Rosario Gennaro, Ph.D. is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software at The City College of New York. He has a 25 year career in cryptography and network security research. After his doctorate from MIT he was a researcher at the IBM T.J.Watson Research Center until he joined CCNY in 2012. He is the author of more than 150 highly cited publications and holds 22 patents. His research focuses on issues of anonymity and the use of cryptography to mitigate systems break-ins.

Dr. Sachio Semmoto

Dr. Sachio Semmoto

Advisor

Dr. Semmoto is a renowned entrepreneur and lecturer, CEO of the Japanese telecommunication company eMobile and chairman of RENOVA, a renewable energy generation company. Prior to RENOVA, he founded four leading telecom companies including KDDI and eAccess Ltd, a leading broadband IP operator, which also IPO‘d in record time. He was a board member of NetApp, Inc. and Reuters, the world’s largest news agency.

Seonik Jeon

Seonik Jeon

Advisor

Seonik Jeon acquired his MBA at Korea University and is a founder of FACTBLOCK. He serves as a Representative at CoinTelegraph Korea’s office and is a Chairman of Korea Blockchain Week. He is also a Limited Partner at Woori Tech Investment Blockchain Fund, the CEO of The BlockPost, the CSO of Financial News which is a leading media specialized in economy, and an advisor at Cypher Group.

Prof. Neil Gandal

Prof. Neil Gandal

Advisor

Neil is Professor of Economics in the Berglas School of Economics at Tel Aviv University. He received his B.A. and B.S. degrees from Miami University (Ohio), an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. Neil has published numerous empirical papers, cited 5000+ times. He is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Neil was a managing editor at the International Journal of Industrial Organization (IJIO), going on to be named IJIO “Honorary Editor” – the only honorary editor in its history.

Prof. Joshua Gans

Prof. Joshua Gans

Advisor

Joshua is a Professor of Strategic Management and Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (with a cross appointment in the Department of Economics). He is also Chief Economist of the University’s Creative Destruction Lab, leading the Blockchain-AI stream. Previously, he was the Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the University of Melbourne. Joshua holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree from the University of Queensland.

Shelly Hod Moyal

Shelly Hod Moyal

Advisor

Shelly Hod Moyal is an Advisor to 21M Capital, Portfolio Manager of Juno Capital and Founding Partner of iAngels, a VC platform for high-tech startups, with $140M assets under management in divisions and funds that specialize in several tech industry sectors. Prior to iAngels, Shelly was recognized as a promising analyst at Goldman Sachs Investment Bank. Prior to that, Shelly worked as a Research Analyst at renowned hedge fund, Avenue Capital, covering banks, insurance, real estate and financial institutions. Shelly earned her MBA at Kellogg, Chicago and holds a degree in Economics (summa cum laude) at Hunter College, New York.

Nimrod Lehavi

Nimrod Lehavi

Advisor

Nimrod is a hacker, maker, bookworm, geek and serial entrepreneur. With over two decades of experience in Israel’s start-up sector, Nimrod is well respected for leading large-scale software projects that catalyze profound change. Nimrod is a Board Member of the Israeli Bitcoin Association, and holds a BA in Computer Science from IDC Herzliya, Israel.