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Meet the Alumni

 

Current Students

 

 

Mor Sagi is currently the managing director of Sage Capital, a $3B private equity fund. He currently resides in Israel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilan Danieli is founder & CEO of Precipio Diagnostics, a cancer diagnostics reference lab based in New Haven, CT. Before that he was CEO of Paradigm Labs, a lab based in Oradell, NJ. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer of Osiris Corporation, a public company based in New York City with operations in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. Ilan has over 15 years of experience in operations management of small and medium-size companies. Prior to joining Osiris, he was VP of Operations for Laurus Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. At Laurus, Ilan was responsible for managing the fund's distressed investments, and handled numerous restructurings and turnaround situations, in addition to other responsibilities. Ilan is a private pilot, and while on the ground he enjoys boating, scuba diving, skiing and gourmet cooking. He is also the Darden Israeli Chapter President. Ilan resides with his wife and daughter in New Jersey. 

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Uzi Hadar is currently the Managing Partner of a newly formed private equity fund named TADLAN Capital. Uzi has over 10 years of Wall Street investment banking and private equity related experience, and brings to bear his expertise in ISR/US deal making and corporate developments. Uzi represented Jefferies & Co. in Israel and is a former investment banker with Lehman Brothers, NYC and Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco. Prior to Darden, Uzi began his career in the Financial Advisory Services group at PWC, LA providing due diligence and business valuation services to Private Equity firms. Uzi is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), the standard professional excellence in the world of portfolio management, investment research, advisory services and investment banking. Uzi holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), where he played water-polo and won the NCAA Championship tournament MVP and All-American awards. 

 

 

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Azi Gera is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Drexel University since September 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Azi is researching firm interactions under conditions of information asymmetry and ambiguity. Specifically, he is studying how startups attract investments from VCs and Business Angels. His research on the role of business plans in securing VC investments was featured in the NY Times, International Herald Tribune, Haa'retz and other international news outlets. 

Prior to academia, Azi consulted several entrepreneurial startups in the US and Israel. Before entering Darden, Azi worked at Amdocs Ltd as an on-site team leader, and other hi-tech firms in R&D. In addition, he served as an intelligence officer at the Israeli Air Force and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. He currently lives outside of Philadelphia, is married and is the father of two. 

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Adi Shaked was raised in Boston, MA before moving to Israel in 2007. Adi currently works at SCPVitalife, a venture capital firm that invests in medical technology companies where Adi assesses potential investments, conducts detailed due diligence and works with existing portfolio companies. Prior to joining SCPVitalife, Adi was product/marketing manager at Medtronic in the U.S where she worked in the Cardiovascular Division. Prior to joining Medtronic, Adi was a senior consultant at Navigant Consulting. Adi holds a B.A in Economics and a minor in Spanish from Boston University where graduated with Summa Cum Laude Honors. Adi speaks English, Hebrew and Spanish fluently and currently lives in Israel.

 

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Elad Mardix  

Based in Hong-Kong, Elad is an Executive Director responsible for covering Technology companies in APAC for JPMorgan. In his role, Elad provides strategic advisory and capital raising services for technology companies across APAC. Previously, Elad spent more than six years with JPMorgan's Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) investment banking group in New York, primarily focused on coverage of technology companies across US, EMEA and Israel. Elad has over 11 years of capital markets experience and has completed a variety of M&A transactions, as well as public and private debt, equity and equity-linked financings for companies globally.

Elad joined J.P. Morgan in 2005. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he spent four years with Migdal Capital Markets, which is the investment management arm of the largest insurance company in Israel, as a portfolio manager. Prior to that, Elad served four years in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant.

Elad holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Accounting from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Elad lives with his wife Yael and daughters Gili and Roni in HK. 

 

 

 

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Ken Zamkow

Ken is Director of Sales and Marketing at LiveU, a live video technology startup. Ken oversees LiveU's strategic relationships with national broadcast and cable networks, major studios, O&Os, sports networks and leagues, music, and more, and manages the company's sales offerings for online content providers and platforms. 
As part of LiveU, Ken has been closely involved in the online live productions of various Super Bowls, Grammy Awards, NBA All Star Weekends, the World Cup, Olympic Games, and innovative web productions such as Focus Rally, David on Demand, and others. 
Previously, Ken led the launch of video and social media products at Business Wire - A Berkshire Hathaway Company; developed Video on Demand (VOD) products at Cox Communications; co-founded the web solutions firm i-Sites Interactive Media; and consulted for a number of digital media startups in NYC.
He is regularly invited to speak at industry events, including Digital Hollywood, Sports Video Group, NY Video 2.0, Texas Association of Broadcasters, and others, and in schools such as Columbia Business School and Baruch College, as well as at University of Virginia events, where he earned his MBA at Darden Business School. Ken lives in Manhattan with his Jack Russell Terrier Daisy.

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Menashe Salomon is an Associate in the Investment Banking and Merchant Banking divisions of Ladenburg Thalmann, where he covers the technology, media and telecom industries. Prior to joining Ladenburg, Menashe spent three years as an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Lehman Brothers, and subsequently at Barclays Capital, where he covered clients in the media and telecom industries. Menashe has experience in M&A advisory, public and private equity offerings, equity-linked products, investment grade debt and high yield debt. Prior to Darden, Menashe was a Project Engineer for Clark Construction in Washington, DC. Menashe also holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. 

 

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Ariel Geifman currently works for Eyeblaster, a leader in Internet advertising. His main focus is on quantitative marketing and marketing effectiveness studies. Before returning to Israel, Ariel had several years of consulting experience working in the US for major pharmaceutical clients on marketing and sales effectiveness optimization.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Arik Vortmann currently works at AT Kearney as a management consultant, where he has contributed to the collapse of numerous companies who would apparently have otherwise survived even the current economic crisis. Prior to coming to Darden where he gave new meaning to the combination of the Israeli-Russian descent, Arik was a professional gambler, dealing primarily in female-chicken-fights in the rural outskirts of Bat Yam. Arik moved to Israel after a heroic escape from the clasp of the KGB, following the unraveling of a fraudulent scheme that included the over-harvesting of wild mushrooms in the forests of Moscow. He currently lives in New York and to his friends' surprise, has recently succeeded in convincing an attractive and intelligent woman to marry him. 

 

 

 

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Ophir Gez came to Darden after earning a BS in Industrial Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, and working for two years at Amdocs Ltd. While at Darden, Ophir embraced its case study method as well as the social networking among its truly international body. Currently based in Connecticut, Ophir works at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in its management leadership program. 

 

 

 

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Ariel Feinsod currently works as a manager at the Financial Advisory Group of Deloitte in México City, where he leads M&A Advisory and Project Finance projects. Prior to joining Deloitte and During his second year at Darden, Ariel collaborated with two Venture Capital funds, helping in the definition of a new fund for Latin America, and analyzing the viability of an clean energy projects in Central America. Prior to Darden, Ariel spent almost three years as a management consultant at Accenture, covering the telecomm and Hi-Tech industry. Ariel was born in México City, and spent his childhood (eight years) in Israel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Arnie Katz Upon graduation, Arnie joined joined Retail Relay, an online grocery startup with national ambitions, as their Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Darden, Arnie served for 5 years in the Israeli military as a manufacturing engineer and department head, where he led an initiative to rebuild the manufacturing floor and automate a formerly-manual processes. Later, Arnie worked for Kodak, heading the customer support efforts for a new product line. In the summer between 1st & 2nd year at Darden, Arnie interned at McKinsey & Company in their Detroit office. Arnie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the Technion, and resides in beautiful Charlottesville, home to Darden and the University of Virginia, where his wife Mor is completing her PhD. 

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Eli Yoffe is currently a Channel Manager as part of a Leadership Development Program at Danaher, a $15B manufacturing conglomerate. Eli is managing strategic accounts at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, one of Danaher's largest subsidiaries and a market leader in gas station equipment. He also served as an Operations manager, overseeing production at company's various assembly lines. Prior to Darden, Eli worked as a financial analyst at Discount Bank, guiding 200 financial consultants to market financial products to private and institutional clients. He also advised the bank's investment committee on portfolio strategy. Eli graduated from Tel Aviv University in June 2006 with a BA in Economics. Prior to his studies, Eli served in the Israeli Air Force as a combat helicopter pilot and completed several leadership positions at the Air Force headquarters. He was born in Ukraine and came to Israel at the age of 17. Eli is currently living in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and 2 children.  

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Oren Root is a Product Manager at Model N. Oren serves as the VP of Partnerships and Alliances for the San Francisco Darden Alumni Chapter. At Darden, Oren served as the VP of Corporate Relations of the Business Technology Club, the Layout Editor of the Cold Call Chronicle – the Darden Student Newspaper, the Co-President of the DJSA, the President of GLAD and a House Captain for “Building Goodness in April. Oren did his summer internship at Bank of America as part of the Tech-MBA Leadership Development Program. Prior to Darden Oren worked as a Team Leader at SAP Labs. Before SAP , Oren worked as a Software Engineer at Kinor Technologies – an Israeli start-up company. Oren holds a B.Sc. from the Ben-Gurion University. Oren is married to Nastia Root (Darden ’10).  

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Nastia Root is a Product Manager for a San Francisco start-up - MyNewPlace.com. In addition, Nastia serves as a social chair for the San Francisco Darden Chapter. While in Darden, Nastia served as President of the Business Technology Club, the VP of events for the International Business Society, and the VP of Woman Leadership week at NAWMBA and served as a House Captain for “Building Goodness in April”. Nastia did her summer internship as a Marketing Intern at PayPal. Prior to Darden Nastia worked as a Product Lifecycle Manager at Telmap, an Israeli start up, specializing in GPS technologies for the mobile space. Before Telmap, Nastia worked for SAP and Comverse as an Integration Engineer. Nastia received her undergraduate degree in Information Systems Technologies from the Technion in 2003 with honors. Nastia is married to Oren Root, Darden’10 as well. 

 

 

 

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Or Rothschild is a Strategy Project Manager at Wal-Mart. While at Darden, Or was elected to serve as a VP in four Darden clubs; Finance, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital, Private Equity and Energy clubs. Prior to Darden, Or worked at Deloitte as a consultant, serving multinational clients from diverse industries. Preceding to his experience at Deloitte, Or worked at a boutique investigative accounting firm, uncovering fraud, money laundering and misappropriation of funds and assets. Or completed his undergraduate education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, completing a dual major Bachelor degree in Economics and Accounting, Or is also a CISA and is an active member of ISACA.

 

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Guy Edasis was born and raised in NYC before moving to Israel. He served in the Israeli Military as a combat medic and as an officer in a joint Israeli-Palestinian team. Guy holds B.A. (cum laude) from the IDC with a major in finance, entrepreneurship and strategy. He was part of the Sam Zell excellence program which helped him acquire knowledge in practical and theoretical aspects of entrepreneurship. Prior to Darden Guy worked as a project manager for a boutique consulting company. After his MBA Guy held a position of Marketing Director at ODIN technologies, an INC 500 Start-Up and the leader in RFID software and solutions for healthcare, government, aerospace and social media. Currently Guy is living in Chicago and holds a position of General Manager for New York at Groupon.

 

 

Current Students

 

Roy Friedman was born and raised in Israel, where he served five years in an elite unit in the Israel Defense Forces as a team leader and deputy company commander, and worked three more years in Israeli Intelligence. He completed his LL.B. with a minor in Economics at Bar-Ilan University and worked as an intern in Hermetic Trust Services Ltd. After completing the Israeli Bar Exams, Roy worked as a corporate lawyer in Ben-Naftali, Erez, Zahavi & Co. in Tel Aviv. During the summer of 2010, Roy married Alina, a local from Charlottesville, and decided to attend Darden in order to reshape his leadership skills. Roy enjoys gourmet food, cooking and sports. He has so far completed two international Marathons and is planning a bike tour in Europe for summer 2011.

 

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Anton Danichevsky served for six years in Israel Defense Forces as a project and an equipment life cycle manager. He completed his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering at Tel Aviv University. Prior moving to Israel as a teenager, Anton lived in Russia. He devotes his free time to training in Lightning Scientific Arnis – traditional style of Filipino martial arts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ori Dekel is on the Student Admissions Committee at Darden, the Diversity Student Advisory Group and Net Impact Board Fellows Program. He serves as President of the LGBT club and co-chairs UVA’s Reider Otis scholarship committee for students with exceptional leadership in LGBT related matters. Ori holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the Technion. Prior coming to Darden, Ori worked as a project manager in one of Israel’s biggest engineering firms, managed construction projects, led cross-functional teams and performed financial modeling for cost-benefit analyses. Before that, Ori ran two non-profit organizations with $5M budget and hundreds of workers: a student Association and a Sports Association. Ori chaired directorate of $8M in-house office products supplier chain-company, managed fund-raising and created efficiency improvement processes. He initiated successful campaigns for the rights of veterans and common law couples. Before that, Ori served at the IDF as an elite infantry fighter, executed combat operations and pre-deployment weapon systems training. Ori enjoys travelling, swimming, painting and working out.


 

 

 

 

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