GigaSpaces Board Members

Meet Our Board Members

Our board members are composed of experienced thought leaders and innovators with a proven track record of simplifying technology solutions to accelerate customers' insight-driven goals.

Eli Barkat,Board Member
Eli Barkat
Board Member

Mr. Eli Barkat, chairman and co-founder of BRM Group, is a prominent figure in the Israeli business and financial community, with more than 20 years of entrepreneurial, investment and business management experience. Eli excels at growing companies – providing hands-on strategic and management guidance from founding to exit.

In 1988, Eli co-founded BRM Technologies, an anti-virus software startup sold to Symantec. Leveraging this experience, Eli led the transformation of BRM into a top-tier private Israeli investment group, later expanding its initial technology focus to include other industries as well.

Under Eli’s leadership, the Group has been involved, either directly or via venture capital funds under its control, in some of the most prominent exits in the industry. These successes have reinforced both BRM’s and Eli’s status as a leading investment player in the Israeli business arena.

Amit Ben Yehuda,Board Member
Amit Ben Yehuda
Board Member

Mr Ben Yehuda has over 20 years’ experience across a number of high growth industries focusing on implementing strategic growth initiatives and executing significant levels of M&A. Mr. Ben Yehuda has two bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and an M.B.A, all received from the University of Tel Aviv. Currently, Mr Ben Yehuda is Chief Executive Officer of Kardan Communications and Chief Executive Officer of Kardan Technologies

Liron Gitig,Board Member
Liron Gitig
Board Member

Liron is responsible for leading investments in enterprise technology & services. Prior to joining FTV Capital in 2006, Liron was responsible for software investments at venture funds including Lazard Technology Partners, Giza GE Venture Fund and BRM Capital. Before entering the venture capital field, Liron served as vice president of corporate development at Fundtech Corporation, a global provider of electronic payments, cash management, and settlement solutions. At Fundtech, Liron was responsible for leading strategic planning, and for identifying and executing on strategic acquisitions and partnerships. Liron began his career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, where he provided corporate finance and strategic advisory services to leading companies in the technology industry. Liron received a BS degree magna cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a joint JD/MBA degree from the Columbia Law and Business Schools.

Abdul Guefo,Board Member
Abdul Guefo
Board Member

Abdul leads Intel Capital’s investment activities in UK, France, Ireland and Southern Europe from London.

Investment focus areas include all areas of deep technology such as AI, transportation, IoT, wireless and the data economy.

His recent investments include Polystream, what3words, Prophesee and Aledia. He also sits on the boards of MariaDB and Sigfox. Abdul’s exits include CSR, Wirtualna Polska, centrum.cz, Epichem, Sybenetix and IMS.

Before rejoining Intel Capital in 2015, Abdul served as Intel’s Assistant Treasurer from 2010 until 2015, leading the team executing fixed income investments, FX trading and cash management in EMEA. Abdul first joined Intel Capital in 1999. Before Intel, Abdul spent 7 years with PwC Corporate Finance, was a design engineer with Plessey Semiconductors and a robotics researcher with Ikerlán in Spain.

Abdul is a UK-qualified Chartered Accountant and holds an honors degree in Electronic Engineering. Abdul is an observer at GigaSpaces.

Rami Hadar,Board Member
Rami Hadar
Board Member

As Managing Director, Rami is jointly responsible with Oded Tal for all of Claridge Israel’s investment activities, leading the operational and technological aspects of all analysis and transactions.

Recognized in 2011 as one of Israel’s top five CEOs by Calcalist magazine, Rami Hadar has been establishing and leading networking and enterprise companies as well as developing global businesses for over 24 years, following his departure from the IDF as Captain in an elite technology unit in the Intelligence forces.

Rami served as CEO and member of the board of Allot Communications (ALLT:Nasdaq) between 2006 to 2014. During his eight year tenure Rami lead Allot into the fast growing data over mobile networks space, with sales more than quadrupling to over $100m and profitability. Rami was also responsible for Allot’s Nasdaq IPO in 2006 and its secondary offering in 2012. During these years Allot also executed three successful acquisitions in the Security and Video space, further contributing to Allot’s growth.

Earlier in his career Rami co-founded and served as CEO of CTP Systems (micro cellular networks) until its acquisition by DSP Communications (NASDAQ: DSPC). Subsequently acquired by Intel, Rami was a member of DSPC’s executive management team for two years. He then went on to co-found Ensemble Communications, a pioneer in the broadband wireless space and the WiMax standard, also serving as its executive vice president, sales and marketing. Rami later became CEO of Native Networks where he was instrumental in successfully reshaping the company into a market-driven provider of MPLS based solutions to tier-1 telecoms and in orchestrating the company’s ultimate acquisition by Alcatel [ALU:Nasdaq).

Since 2014 and until joining Claridge Israel in mid 2017, Rami served as Chairman and board member of several Israeli high tech companies.

Rami also spent one year as a venture partner at JVP prior to joining Allot and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology.

Oded Tal,Board Member
Oded Tal
Board Member

As the Managing Partner of Claridge Israel, Oded is responsible for both its operations and investment activities.

Oded has over 20 years of transaction experience, varying from principal investments to investment banking.

Between 2000 and 2008 Oded held the position of Vice President of Investments/CIO with Claridge Inc., the reputable, Montreal based, Bronfman Family office where he managed a diverse, international, direct investment, private equity and hedge fund investment portfolio.

Following his return to Israel, Oded then went on to become an advisor to various Family Offices on private equity and other alternative investments and the Managing Partner of an Israel focused investment fund, sponsored by a leading European investment firm. Between 2011 and 2015, Oded was Managing Director and Head of M&A at Leumi Partners, Israel’s leading merchant and investment banking group, where apart from executing transactions across multiple industries, he substantially expanded the firm’s international capabilities.

Oded also practiced law in the fields of M&A and private equity with two leading Tel Aviv law firms, and holds an MBA from McGill University and an LL.B. from Israel’s College of Management.

Oded serves on the Board of Directors of Unistream , an organization that business mentors underprivileged teens. Until 2018 Oded served on the Board of Directors of Leket Israel, Israel’s largest food bank and food rescue network.

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