Work History

Work History
Feb 2004 - Aug 2008

Chief System Engineer

RAFAEL LTD.
Leadership & Project Management Managed a team of 8 engineers and team leaders, developing an aircraft protection system. Won the head-of-division award for teamwork, after delivering a unique airborne system to the first customer and executing successful airborne tests, leading to a 3M$ contract. Marketing & Customer Relationship Presented defense systems to government officials in Europe and Asia; wrote commercial proposals winning a 1.5M$ contract. Worked with customers in Israel, Europe, and Asia, analyzing their needs and customizing systems for their aircraft Operations & Production Executed complex integration of systems with aircraft, leading cooperation among customer and industry teams Led the system's transition to production; designed the production line and doubled the production rate within the first production year Organization Development Elected team member of a cross-functional reorganization team that redefined the division's business areas
Sep 2000 - Jul 2003

R&D Projects Officer

ISRAELI MINISTRY OF DEFENSE - THE R&D UNIT
Initiated and led R&D projects in leading defense companies and research centers in Israel - total annual budget of 4M$. Promoted system development projects within the Ministry of Defense, raising the funds for turning innovative ideas into operational defense systems Led 10 researchers in 2 teams, developing strategies for operational military units
Jul 1997 - Sep 2000

Research & Development Officer

ISRAELI AIR FORCE
Initiated and led research projects, testing technological solutions for improving aircraft survivability in battle. Developed radiometric data analysis tools leading to 50% decrease in data analysis costs. Performed and led radiometric research; managed a team of 3 research students (Electro-Optics unit at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology). Published 3 scientific papers in the Journal of Optical Engineering and in an SPIE Aerosense conference.

Education

Education
2008 - 2009

MBA

INSEAD
Class of July 2009
1998 - 2004

M.Sc.

Technion-Machon Technologi Le' Israel
Wrote an M.Sc. thesis on anomaly detection based on advanced stochastic models; thesis Grade: 92/100. Sponsored by a scholarship from Qualcomm Israel Ltd. (tuition and a monthly stipend) . Published 4 scientific papers in the Journal of Signal Processing and in an IEEE Sig. Processing conference.
1994 - 1997

B.Sc.

The Hebrew University
TALPIOT Program - XVI (class of 1997) Israel's most prestigious program aimed at producing the future leaders of the R&D community in Israel. Recruited based on strong analytical and problem solving skills; sponsored by the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Admission rate: 0.5%

Interest

Licensed pilot (Group A) flying Cessna 152 and 172

Member of the Israeli Association of General Aviation (IAGA) and the Golden Wings flight club

Playing the harmonica, listening to Hebrew music, trekking, volunteering at the Civil Guard

Summary

Professional experience - 11 years: Israeli Ministry of Defense (Project management and R&D investments); Rafael - Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (last 4.5 years: project management, marketing).

Education: BSc in physics and math (TALPIOT Excellence Prog. Hebrew Univ.); MSc in electrical eng.(Technion, Israel); MBA (INSEAD - July '09).

Main skills: International marketing and sales (Europe and Asia), business development - partnerships, product design, managing multidisciplinary teams, aviation and aviation systems, private pilot (group A), electro-optical systems, system engineering.