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Program Co-Directors

Batsheva Baraban

Batsheva is the founder and former CEO of a bootstrapped startup, a seasoned entrepreneur with experience in business, education, and non-governmental organizations as a fundraising manager. She is passionate about bridging the gap between conflicted communities and creating platforms for transcultural dialogue. She holds a MA degree from Harvard University and a BA (summa cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Aside from her role as the Israeli program director of 50:50 Startups, Batsheva serves as a board member of Integraliah, the startup she co-founded.

Marwan Meqbil

Marwan has over a decade's experience liaising between the tech sector and non-governmental organizations as a project manager and recruiter. Born and raised in the West Bank, Marwan also has extensive experience in conflict resolution working with the CEF. He holds a BA in Information Technology from the Palestine Polytechnic University. Marwan serves as the Palestinian program director of 50:50 Startups, furthermore as a Coordinator of the Palestinian Internship Program (PIP).

Our program is run by two representative Co-Directors:  One is Israeli, based in Tel-Aviv, and one is Palestinian, based in the West Bank.

Board of Directors

At 50:50 Startups, we believe that Arabs and Jews should be equal partners, which is why our Board is composed of Palestinians and Israelis, as well as international experts from across the world. Their experiences include corporate management, academia and investing, representing CEOs, professors and key plays in the global tech startup ecosystem. 

Eran Heyman

Founder and chairman of Ericom Software, a leader in cybersecurity and virtualization, with clients including Fortune 100 companies. Eran brings more than 20 years of technical and business experience in the software industry in the US, Israel, and APAC.

Amir Grinstein

Professor of Marketing at Northeastern University, Boston, and VU Amsterdam. Amir specializes in marketing for the greater good (e.g., health communication, sustainability, non-for-profits), the marketing of startups, and country branding.

Alit Wiel-Shafran

Served as Head of the Har HaNegev Environmental Unit. Alit is also a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, holding her PhD in environmental studies.

Ely Sandler

Economist and strategist with wide experience in financial services and technology. Ely worked for many years within Morgan Stanley's senior management and has a background in international capital markets. He also has worked raising capital and advising on strategy for startups, particularly in the renewable energy space.

Inbal Shenfeld 

Startup Angel investor, having previous held senior HR and operations positions at Intel, Comverse, and Veolia Environment, overseeing their activities in Israel Europe and Asia. Inbal is also a founder of a dynamic medical device startup.

Liz Cohen

Vice President of Marketing & Investor Community at OurCrowd, a leading global venture investing platform and VC with branches across the world. Liz has worked with dozens of startups and companies both in Israel and abroad, consulting brands at the pre-funding stage as well as established revenue-generating companies.

Mahmoud Khweis

Entrepreneur, speaker, mentor, and the author of several successful books. Mahmoud has more than 20 years of experience in strategy, business development, and as a CEO.

Ruud Kronenburg

Professor of Marketing & Organizational Development at ICD (Paris) and a visiting professor at Birzeit University. Ruud has extensive senior-level international Fortune-100 business management experience as well as essential people development expertise.

Tad Brockway

Corporate Vice President of one of Microsoft's largest divisions, Azure Storage Media and Edge.  Tad is a 21-year veteran of Microsoft and has been in leadership roles in the Microsoft Azure team since 2011.

Ghada Abu Ta’a 

Director at Elevation Ventures not for profit company - an incubator for innovation, scalable solutions that addresses emerging market challenges and opportunities. Ghada is an active member of the Palestinian and Israeli ecosystems with over 12 years of experience in management and providing consulting services

Lian Ryan-Hume

Founder and CEO of Manara Resources, a social initiative promoting remote employment and economic empowerment for marginalised women and communities. Holds a Master of Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (MPP 2020) and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford,. Recently selected as the 2021 EUI Policy leader Fellow.

Luna Shtay

Managing Director of Einar - Jerusalemite Youth Center. Luna is a Academic lecturer at Hadassah College. She also has experienced in career coach, strong community and social services professional. Holds a Master of Organizational Consulting and Development, and a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management.