Naomi is CEO of the PresenTense Group, overseeing programs and operations in North America as well as global organizational strategy. Previously Naomi worked in experiential Jewish education, managing training and professional development at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and JEXNET and serving as the Bronfman Fellow to Avraham Infeld at Hillel’s International Center.
Naomi earned her MBA and MPA in Business Strategy and Nonprofit Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business and Wagner School of Public Service, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Vice President of Philanthropy for the Jewish Students Association. She is a graduate of Babson College’s Symposium on Entrepreneurship Education and Advanced Education's transformational leadership program. Naomi also holds a B.S. in Marketing and Rhetoric from the University of Maryland and spent a year in Israel studying Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, Hadar.
Guy is responsible for leading the Israeli operation of PresenTense and comes to the organization after serving in executive roles at a number of innovative Israeli hi-tech and biotech companies including XMPie and AposTherapy.
Along side his business activities, Guy has been an active volunteer at Merchavim - the Institute for the Advancement of Shared Citizenship, where he is outgoing Chairman of the Board. During his time as Chairman, Merchavim’s innovating programming, that helps Israeli children from all backgrounds learn about and celebrate Israel’s cultural diversity, has reached over 500 schools and kindergartens.
Ala Sader joined PresenTense as the Council for Arab Entrepreneurship Director. Ala has experience in management, finance, accounting, and business consulting. He has an International Executive MBA from Kellogg-Recanati. A Certified Public Accountant, he received his BA in Accounting and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, previously served as the co-CEO of MEET- Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow, and was also a manager at Ernst & Young. Ala spent five years in Switzerland, serving as Finance Services Controller EAME at Syngenta Crop Protection and then as Senior Controller Reinsurance at Zurich Financial Services. He speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew, and German.
Ariella is the VP Operations at PresenTense Israel. Ariella began her career at PresenTense as Director of HR and Operations, a position which includes financial management, building organizational infrastructure, managing the team of trainers, recruitment, and content production.
She came to PresenTense with a valuable background in human resources, project management, and operations, and worked at several organizations including JSS, BioLineRX, and JVP. Ariella was born and raised in Jerusalem, and has been a political and social activist from a young age. She was part of the campaign to free Gilad Shalit, where she managed strategy, communications, logistics, and the volunteer network. In the IDF, Ariella served in a commanding role at the Educational Corps, where she was responsible for 200 soldiers with special needs.
Born in Ashdod, living in Tel Aviv, Dar is a graphic designer and illustrator. He previously worked as a designer and art director for several studios and advertising companies in Tel Aviv. Dar won Best Print Designer of 2015 in the 'QuadAward' international design contest.
David Bar is the Program Manager for PresenTense's Beersheva accelerator. He has 14 years of experience in management, entrepreneurship and business development. He works for an Israeli hi-tech company, managing its strategy, business development and penetration in the Japanese market. David is also the founder and CEO of Bike & Park, an environmental initiative to promote green transportation and environmental improvement by the usage of bicycles in the urban space. He holds a dual Bachelor's degree in business and computer science and lives in Tel Aviv.
Emily Winograd is the Director of Programs and Training at PresenTense, overseeing curriculum development, alumni engagement, and our PT School platform in North America. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a campus recruiter for Teach For America. A veteran New Yorker, Emily originally moved to the city to attend the Double Degree Program between Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary, from which she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Bible Studies. Emily lives in Washington Heights, NY and is an active community member at Mount Sinai Jewish Center.
Since 2008, Gai has been involved in the development of the high tech eco -ystem and minorities inclusion in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. As a manager for Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility, Gai facilitated the 2010 ACE-awarded outsourcing program of Cisco and other capacity building programs and accelerators in the Palestinian Territories. Gai started and managed the Ma’antech initiative for five years. (Ma’antech is Cisco and President Shimon Peres’ coalition of high tech companies to integrate Arab-Israeli engineers into the high tech industry.) Gai also led the Cisco Networking Academy in Israel, Greece, and Cyprus and supports the Arab entrepreneurship scene in Israel. Prior to that, Gai was an Engineering Manager and Program Manager at Cisco R&D and other companies, specializing in embedded systems. Gai holds a computer science degree from the Technion, Israel.
Investment banker turned entrepreneur, Giuseppe has built an expertise in launching companies from scratch and creating solutions fueled by relationships. Giuseppe has most recently managed the Nazdiv accelerator in Nazareth on behalf of StarTau.
Marc Fein is the Coordinator of the ATID Accelerator at PresenTense. In his role he facilitates a cohort of Jewish Educators who want to leverage technology to improve Jewish Day School education. He also serves as an educational consultant and has created immersive educational experiences for thousands of students and educators. A graduate of Yeshiva University and certified in Experiential Jewish Education, Marc is passionate about helping people actualize their potential as well as mental health advocacy.
Nir is the Jerusalem Eco-system and Programs Manager at PresenTense Israel. In his previous job, Nir served as the World Zionist Organization senior representative to the UK. While in London, Nir was responsible for community outreach and initiated several different communal projects aiming to strengthen the connection of the local community with Israel. He founded the "Israeli Salon," a community of over 500 Israeli young professionals based in London. Nir holds a BA in political science from the Tel Aviv Academic College where he chaired the college's student council and founded a debating club.
Nir recently moved back to Jerusalem, where he was born and raised, after spending a few years in Tel Aviv and London. Nir also manages the "Jerusalem Parliament," a network of young, Jerusalem-based leaders from who represent Jerusalem's full spectrum of religious, ethnic and political diversity.
Rachel Katz is the Director of Business Development and Strategy at PresenTense Group, overseeing the organization's growth strategies, including expansion of Accelerators and Innovation Workshops, through fundraising and partnerships. Prior to her work at PresenTense, Rachel served as Director of Corporate Philanthropy at AIG, and spent seven years in fundraising events and donor cultivation at both the American Museum of Natural History and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She holds a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University and an MBA from Boston University.
Sarah Cohen is the Manager of PresenTense’s Colorado Programs, overseeing PresenTense’s new Fellowship geared toward high school students. Previously, Sarah was a Sustainability and Conservation Program Coordinator at Stanford University, where she supervised student interns and worked to incorporate sustainability into student housing. Sarah has also spent time working at Stanford’s Design School, bringing design thinking workshops to K-12 students throughout the United States. She graduated with a B.A. in Global Information, Social Enterprise Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is an alumnus of URJ Camp Newman as well as the North American Federation for Temple Youth (NFTY). Though she misses the beach dearly, Sarah is very excited to explore all that Colorado has to offer.
Sarah Gass is the Manager of NYC Programs and Operations at PresenTense, overseeing our fellowship in New York City and the Jewish Teen Institute for Innovation. Previously, Sarah was a development professional at UJA-Federation of New York, where she oversaw the Families Division and helped New Yorkers reach their full potential as leaders, volunteers, and philanthropists through UJA's mission. She was the Content and Community Manager at Proust, a previously-owned IAC startup. Sarah graduated with a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from Smith College, and currently serves as a board member for her alma mater's local alumnae club. Sarah loves public art as a form of collective community expression, and currently resides in Brooklyn.
Simi Hinden is the Director of Resource Development and Knowledge Management at PresenTense. In her role, she manages program assessment across the organization, as well as financial resource development for PresenTense Israel. She has an MBA from the Hebrew University, with a focus on strategy and entrepreneurship, and graduated from Columbia University with a BA in biology. She has also studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Drisha Institute. Previously she was an Opinion and Analysis Editor for Seeking Alpha. Originally from New Jersey, Simi lives in Jerusalem.
Yaara is Director of Programs and Alumni at PresenTense Israel, and previously was the Jerusalem Eco-system Coordinator. Prior to joining she held positions involving personnel and knowledge management in the Knesset and municipal elections. Yaara has been a member of Rothschild Ambassadors of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation for three years. As a member of this organization she is an instructor for 20 young ambassadors for social change. In addition, she established the 'Salon Zchuyot', a social enterprise that does outreach to help single mothers exercise their rights. Yaara is studying Bible and Education at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a graduate of a course in mediation and conflict resolution at Gevim. Yaara served in the IDF as an instructor in the Combat Engineering Corps, and continues her service on reserve duty.
Yifat Leibovich is the Program Manager for PresenTense's Mubadren accelerator in Hura, and Yazamiot accelerator in Jerusalem. Yifat has over 20 years of experience in innovative environments and specializes in accompanying start-ups. Yifat was formerly COO of Maayan Ventures Ltd., the first technological incubator to be traded on the TASE. Yifat was also a project manager at Ness Technologies Inc. and was responsible for the group's worldwide technology forum. In the past Yifat also served in various roles in Intel Israel, JTI and Onyx.
Yifat has also been a lecturer in the Strategic Management department at Colman Academic College Business School in Rishon Lezion and in the Entrepreneurship and High-Tech department for the MBA program at Ben-Gurion University. Yifat has an MBA in Public Management and a BA cum laude in English Literature from Ben-Gurion University.