Board of Directors
Eddy Shalev, Chairperson
Eddy Shalev, Founder & Managing Partner of Genesis Partners, is a founding leader of Israel’s venture capital industry. Mr. Shalev has played a key role in the high-tech sector, including in Fundtech, Paradigm Geophysical and Orbot Instruments, and is currently a director of Aternity, Profitect and WorkLight. Beginning in 1985, Eddy led the Israeli affiliates of Oscar Gruss and Sons Inc., and then later CIBC-Oppenheimer, where he directed the firm’s corporate banking, sales and trading, and equity research for Israeli companies traded on NASDAQ. Eddy also co-founded the Mofet Israel Technology Fund, one of Israel’s first venture capital firms. Eddy began his career with IBM, where he served as a Large Systems Expert and Account Executive for IBM Israel and as a Large Accounts Strategic Planner for IBM United Kingdom. He is philanthropically involved with Beit Issie Shapiro, where he is Chair of the Endowment Subcommittee. He holds an MSc in Information Systems and a BA in Statistics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University.
Toby Bernstein, businessman in retail and manufacture, has specialized in the clothing and furniture industries across South Africa. He was a partner of Canvas and Tent, a world leader in the manufacture and trading of canvas-related products. Today Mr. Bernstein is involved with Walk-in-25, a community development company whose aim is to establish individual retail and wholesale enterprises through the co-operative business structure as a means to uplift and empower communities and revive local economies in townships as well as rural areas of South Africa. Mr. Bernstein volunteered in the IDF for eighteen months in 1960-1961.
Robert Smith is currently President of Newmark Capital Limited, a private investment company. He was Chairman and CEO of the Carmel Investment Fund from 1996-2010, and Chairman and CEO of Talcorp Limited, an investment holding company in Toronto, Canada, for many years. He also served on the Board of Directors of several companies, including Rogers Communications Inc., Marks & Spencer (Canada) Limited and CSK Auto Inc. He has been philanthropically involved with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Theatre-Plus and the Crescent School, Toronto and is currently a director of the Lyford Cay Canadian Foundation in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. Smith was educated in England and served in the Royal Air Force.
Charles Freedman is the former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada. He currently serves as director and chair of the audit committee of the Canadian Depository for Securities Limited and is a member of the Board of Governors of Carleton University. He is also co-director of the Centre for Monetary and Financial Economics at Carleton University and is a consultant for the International Monetary Fund. Freedman was born and raised in Toronto. He completed his MA at Oxford University in the UK and received his PhD from MIT.