Management

Management
  • Prof. Eugene Kandel
    CEO
    Professor Eugene Kandel is the CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Israel’s innovation ecosystem and connecting the world business, government, and NGO leaders to the people and technologies in Israel that can help them solve their most pressing problems.
  • Wendy Singer
    Executive Director
    Wendy Singer has served as Executive Director of Start-Up Nation Central since its founding in 2013. She worked with the US-based funders to build the infrastructure and professional team in Israel, and to launch its initial activities – connecting Israel’s innovation ecosystem with government and business leaders around the world.
  • Uri Gabai
    Co-General Manager
    Mr. Gabai is the VP of Strategy of Start-Up Nation Central (SNC). This role includes overseeing strategy, policy, and data and research activities in Start-Up Nation Central. He is also in charge of the human capital operations of the organization and specifically hi-tech training programs for the ultra-orthodox and Arab populations.
  • Chico Menashe
    Co-General Manager
    With 21 years of experience in digital and broadcast media, Chico Menashe previously managed Reshet Bet, Israel Broadcasting Authority’s news radio station. He also served as deputy editor-in-chief at the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC), overseeing news programs across digital, television and radio platforms.
  • Jeremie Kletzkine
    Vice President of Business Development
    Jeremie Kletzkine, VP of Business Development at Start-Up Nation Central. Jeremie is an entrepreneur and executive with technological expertise. He previously served as the Director of Worldwide Business Development at PrimeSense (acquired by Apple).
  • Karin Gattegno
    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    Karin Gattegno is the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central, building links between Israel – the Start-Up Nation, and companies, countries, governments, and entrepreneurs worldwide, connecting them to the Israeli innovation and tech ecosystem.
  • Dana Pollak Wasserman
    Head of HR
    Dana has more than 15 years of experience in HR management. Dana leads all HR aspects of the organization including recruitment, training, employee and management development, welfare, HR strategy and more.
  • Laura Gilinski
    Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships
    Laura Gilinski is VP of Philanthropic Partnerships at Start-Up Nation Central. In this capacity, she is responsible for all Start-Up Nation Central’s development related issues including partner cultivation, retention, and support. Prior to Start-Up Nation Central, Laura served as Deputy Director for Development and International Relations at the Israel Museum (IMJ), where she was responsible for development operations including cultivation and growth of 16 international friends’ organizations; and direct fundraising from foundations, and individuals.