Howard Smith 
​Vice President 
Business Development 

leadership & Management

Rick Ekstein 

Dr. Ilan Kessler
​General Partner

​Awz X-Seed

Ilan Azouri
​Venture Partner

Haim Tomer
​​Venture Partner
​Former Mossad Intelligence
​Division​ Director

Ambassador (Ret.) Yuval Rotem
Former Director-General Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Josh Gutenberg 
​Finance & Compliance

Ilana Gross
​Office Manager
​Awz X-Seed

Avi Libman 
Technology & Operations

David Amsalem
Former Senior Intelligence Officer 

Edward Sonshine 
​Founding Partner
​Chairman of the Board

Patrice E. Merrin 
​Multinational Executive 

Awz management & advisors include successful venture capital professionals, former directors and senior executives from Israeli and global security and intelligence agencies (Mossad, ISA, CIA, FBI, MI5, CSIS, CAF), and industry experts from our portfolio companies’ targeted sectors.

Dame Stella Rimington DCB
​Former MI5 Director General 

Peter Tanenbaum
Investment Professional 

Jonathan Yaari
​General Partner

​Awz Ventures III

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Michael Day
Former CAF Special Operations Commander

Professional team

Isoken Akpata 
​Financial Analyst

Itai Rotem
​Finance Manager
​Awz X-Seed

Joshua Goldman
Early-Stage Investment 

Howard Tanenbaum

Kenny Finkelstein

Roni Alsheich
​General Partner

​Awz X-Seed

Dr. Tahel Altman 

Dr. Amira Sharon 
​Chief Technology Officer
Awz X-Seed

Yaron Ashkenazi
Managing Partner

Michael Shapiro
Investment Professional 

Katherine Verrier-Fréchette
​Managing Director

Erez Kreiner 
​Venture Partner;
Cyber Security Domain

STrategic advisors & venture partners

Smart Capital. Driving Innovation & Excellence. 

Ross Johnson
​Former Senior Intelligence Officer

Roni Rabinian
​Awz Ventures III

David Posluns

Dr. Uriel Cohen
​General Partner
​Awz X-Seed

Brig. Gen. (Ret) Ehud Schneorson
Venture Partner; ​Former Unit 8200 Commander

Dr. Michal Arad
Technology Horizons

Gary Barnea
​Former ISA Protection & Security ​Division Director

Andrey Liaskovets
​Business Analyst​
​Awz X-Seed

Daniel Mak
General Partner 
​Strategic Growth

Michael Kaplan
​Executive Assistant

James Woolsey 
​Former CIA Director​ 

Nadav Katzir 
Portfolio Manager
​Awz X-Seed

Ilana Schwartz
​Senior Copywriter

West Jackson
​Senior Director 
Business Development 

Richard Fadden
​Former CSIS Director

Buck Revell 
​Former FBI Associate Deputy Director

Ofer Simchony
​Head of ​
Strategic Partnerships Awz X-Seed

Nigel Meir
​Venture Partner


Nadine Miller
​Engineering & Mining Executive

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper
Partner, President of the Advisory Committee