Our Team


Dr. Tsvika Ben Porat

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Dr. Ben Porat is an experienced veteran of Israel’s high-tech. He was the CTO of Ness Technologies (formerly traded on NASDAQ: NSTC), Founder of dbMotion (Sold to AllScript for $235MM). He was the CEO of Maayan Ventures, the largest technology incubator in Israel (taken public on the TASE) and the CEO of Jerusalem Technology Investment Ltd. (JTI) (Traded on the TASE). Dr. Ben Porat holds a Ph.D. in physics from Ben-Gurion University as well as a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Ben-Gurion University. He served in the Israeli Air Force.

Ayelet Podval

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Ayelet is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) And holds a B.A. degree in Accounting and Economics from Tel Aviv University. Previous to joining BIRAD in 2007, Ayelet was part of the finance department and Analytics at Gazit-Globe Group, a Global owner, developer and operator of retail properties in urban markets (NYSE: GZT), (TASE: GZT) and Ernst Young (EY) Accounting Firm.

Dr. Frances Shalit

VP Business Development, Life Science and Chemistry
A member of BIRAD's management team since 2001, Frances Shalit holds a doctorate in Neuroimmunology from Bar-Ilan University. Dr. Shalit, who is US-born, did her undergraduate work at Barnard College, Columbia University, and completed a Masters degree at the Weizmann Institute. She has served in a wide range of research and teaching positions at Sheba Medical Center, the Open University, and at Bar-Ilan's Department of Life Sciences. At BIRAD, Dr. Shalit specializes in technology licensing and collaborations with both Israeli and foreign companies, and uses her vast experience and connections with Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist to help clients reach their professional goals.

Nati Fisher

VP Business Development, Engineering and Exact Sciences
An expert in Engineering management and Business development projects related to Semiconductors Process and Equipment, Solar and Image Processing Nati has a vast professional working experience in major industry companies like Intel corp. and Jusung Eng. as well as support Israeli start-up companies in Technology, Business and Investment activities in the fields of Medical Device, IoT and Semiconductors . Nati has wide network connections within leading world wide technology companies, Israeli VC's and incubators. Nati holds a BSc from the Ben-Gurion University - Material Science Engineer and Executive MBA from the Tel-Aviv University . At BIRAD, Nati specializes in technology licensing and collaborations in the engineering and exact science fields, with both Israeli and foreign companies.

Merav Burstein

Director of Marketing
Merav is communications consultant with extensive experience in outlining strategic directions, developing communication and ongoing management of various public relations budgets. she also has experience in operation of the social media accounts of the company's brands, with various content management systems, leading digital campaigns, development of creative and marketing campaigns. Previous to joining BIRAD in 2017, Merav was Marketing Communications and Social Media Manager at Ofir-Bikurim a leading Publishing House (7 years), Givat- Shmuel Municipality Spokesperson for 8 years, Team Leader position at Kav-Yashir – PR and Events for the High-Tech Industry. (in the fields of software, hardware, communications, training, start-ups etc) Merav holds MA in Public and Political Communications, Bar-Ilan University, BA in Public and Political Communications & criminology, and a Diploma from the School of Journalism and Communications (with honors), Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Iris Haas
Business Development

Iris Haas holds a Doctorate in Material Chemistry from Bar-Ilan University from Prof. Gedanken's Lab.  Her PhD thesis was in Sono-electrochemistry of Metalic Nano-particles. Dr. Haas also completed her MSc degree at Bar-Ilan University under the guidance of Prof. Aurbach. Her MSc thesis was in Magnesium Batteries. Dr. Haas previously worked as Technology Manager at LG's Technology Center in Israel for 9 years.   She has vast experience in technology innovation in multiple areas like Renewable Energy, Battery, Sensors, Display and Alternative Fuels. While working for LG, Dr. Haas was involved in business development, IP license/transfer, joint development with Israeli startups, VCs, incubators and universities.   At BIRAD, Dr. Haas specializes in collaboration with Israeli and foreign companies.  She is leading the area of scientific service agreements with members of the industry community to take advantage of Bar-Ilan University's knowledge base and technical infrastructure.  Dr. Haas' goal is to promote Bar-Ilan university technology and knowledge with Israeli and multinational companies.