Michal Simler, CEO

Michal portrait smaller pic for webMichal serves as CEO of IVN and brings with her 25 years of business experience and a passion for social engagement. Michal’s professional background and area of expertise is focused on strategy and marketing: Michal established and managed Cellcom’s CRM Group and in her last position, prior to joining IVN, she was a partner at the international firm of Deloitte, managing Deloitte Israel’s consultancy group.
Today, in addition to her role as CEO of IVN, Michal serves on the board of directors and on various committees, including the “Smart Money” Committee of the Ministry of Finance; the marketing committee at Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People, and more.

Michal holds B.A. degrees in International Relations and Art History from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an M.A. in Law from Bar Ilan University and a fitness trainer’s certification from the Wingate Institute.


Iris Arazi
, Chief Financial Officer

Iris joined IVN in 2009. Prior to this, Iris gained experience in the Venture Capital sector as a Controller at Vertex Venture Capital Fund and at Vitalife Life Sciences Venture. Before that, Iris was an auditor at Somekh Chaikin, KPMG in Tel Aviv.

Iris is a C.P.A. and holds a BA in Economics and Accounting.


Nirit Edeltin
, Operations Manager

Nirit joined IVN as Operations Manager in 2012. Nirit brings with her a decade of experience in customer portfolio management and administrative projects, specifically from Playtech and G.R.A.D. Software.

Nirit has a degree in naturopathy (N.D.)


Stacy Fassberg, Communications Director

Originally from the US, Stacy is a versatile marketing and communications professional with over 20 years of global experience.   Stacy has served as a senior marketing executive in a broad range of industries and companies, including Grey Advertising, Young & Rubicam, Hart Hanks Communications, Comverse, AGT International and more.

Stacy holds a BS.c. in Psychology from Union College and an MBA from City University of New York.


Hedva Fensterheim
, Senior Manager, Social Business Projects

Hedva was the first Manager of Israel Venture Network’s Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program, Israel’s first and leading program for Social Entrepreneurs. Prior to joining IVN, Hedva was the Founder and first Chairperson of the NGO Parents for Pluralistic Education and founded the Meitarim Raanana Junior High – High School for Pluralistic Jewish Education, now in its eighth year. Over the course of more than a ten year period, Hedva has served as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Member of Executive Parents Board of all of the schools where her six children attended. Prior to that Hedva founded and managed CIRO Israel, the Israeli franchise of the International Fine Fashion Jewellery retailer.

Hedva holds an MBA in Marketing Management and Organizational Behavior, a B.A. in Economics and Hebrew Literature and a Teacher’s Certificate.


Shira Podhorzer
, Senior Analyst

Shira has extensive experience providing both economic and operational consulting to businesses. During her work at the consulting firm Giza Singer Even, she conducted valuations, feasibility studies, and examined business plans for hundreds of active businesses and early initiatives through the state-guaranteed Enterprise Fund and for the Manufacturers Association Fund.
This experience enabled her to familiarize herself with many businesses in various sectors of the economy, gathering in-depth understanding of the needs and challenges they face, and the actions required for them to develop and grow. She also has experience in marketing and product management as part of her work at Getter Group. Shira puts great importance on the assimilation of skills and tools from the business world for the purpose of developing the social sector.
Shira holds a BA in Business Management from the IDC Herzliya.


Peleg Reshef
Director of External Relations

Before joining IVN, Peleg managed the fundraising activity in the largest municipal fund in Israel, the Jerusalem Foundation, in the United States. Previously, Peleg served as chairman of the Student Union of the University of Haifa and later as Chairman of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS). Peleg also served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency and the World Jewish Congress (WJC). Peleg initiated, founded and managed the Jewish Diplomatic Corps, an organization that trained and sent leaders of Jewish communities around the world to promote various issues in the international diplomatic arena that affect the State of Israel and the Jewish communities outside of Israel.

Peleg holds a BA in Jewish History from the University of Haifa.


arda Shoham Director, IVN Seed Fund

Varda serves as Manager, Social Business Projects and brings with her years of marketing & sales and management experience in areas of consumer products, academia and hi-tech. Before joining IVN, Varda was CEO of Sodastream – Israel, Tango (subsidiary of Clal industry) and Ram Institute; VP of Marketing at Largo Computers and University of Derby.
Varda holds an M.B.A. and a B.Sc. in Biology from Northeastern University, Boston.


Dan (Danny) Weintraub Director, Investments & Business Development

Prior to joining IVN, Dan was CEO of Union Bank’s private equity arm, coordinator in the Ministry of Finance’s privatization team and CEO of Lotan’s Way, a non-profit NGO working with youths-at-risk through Wilderness Therapy. Dan also served on the boards of numerous public and private companies.
In addition to his responsibilities at IVN, Dan is a board member in Together Beyond Words, a non-profit NGO promoting the empowerment of women.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem, and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Michal Woolfson
, Professional Director

Responsible for the professional management of the IVN-Yozma Social Fund initiative, Michal brings with her two decades of experience in development and management of social programs, catering to a variety of disadvantaged populations. Michal has a very strong professional background in the area of measurement & evaluation of social programs. During her time at the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Michal managed a quality improvement initiative for programsdealing with at-risk populations and was a partner in many evaluation studies dealing with the integration of immigrants and immigrant teens, youth at risk and people with disabilities. In her last position, as Director of Planning and Control, at the Lazlo Tauber Foundation, Michal developed and led projects in various social spheres.

Michal holds a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science and an M.A. in public policy and nonprofit management, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.