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TEAM

MANAGING PARTNERS

General Partners bring extensive investment origination and management experience in the Ag, Food and Water industries including a proven track record of successfully monetizing innovations, disruptive technologies and solutions into the global market

Hillel Milo

Founder & Chairman Of AAF Group

Hillel is acting as Chairman of AAF Group, he is one of the pioneers of the venture capital industry in Israel, who is personally responsible about 25 exits. In the Early 90s he co-founded and was a General Partner at Walden Israel one of the first funds in Israel.

 

Sample exits: Ornet, Zoran, Radvision, Breezecom, Jacada, Orkit, PowerDsine, Viryanet, Shopping.com, Ness Technolgies, Sayfun, Identify, Proactivity, Mazor Surgical, Evogene

  • Co-founder and managing partner in Aquagro Fund I

  • Israeli VC industry pioneer with over 20 exits

  • Co-founder Walden Israel Fund 1, Co-founder & CEO Clal Venture Capital, Co-founder and managing partner Infinity Fund I and Managing Partner Alice Ventures

  • Co-started and managed Zoran Ltd.

  • BSc ME and MA Management Sciences, University of Alabama

Nir Belzer

Founder & Managing Partner AAF II AG & FOOD Fund

​Nir is leading AAF II AG & FOOD FUND as the Ag & Food investments champion of the group.

  • Co-founder and managing partner in Aquagro Fund I

  • Material science and cleantech investment pioneer

  • Co-founder & managing partner MMT Fund

  • 24 years VC management experience including fund of fund management IDB group

  • Vest positions in the High-tech and in the industry

  • BSc Math and Computer Science, Tel Aviv University

  • MBA, Tel Aviv University

Fred Schmuck

Managing Partner - AAF II Water Fund

​Fred is leading AAF II WATER FUND as the water and energy champion of the group. Fred will be the bridge to the US market for growing  Israeli portfolio companies.

  • 20 years structured finance experience

  • $10B+ in transactions

  • Business leader for all GE Water financing activities

  • Co-founder and Managing Director, Liberation Capital

  • SVP, GE Capital Markets

  • BA Finance, Northeastern University

  • MBA, Univ. of Penn, Wharton School

​Hadar Sutovsky

Managing Partner - AG & FOOD Fund

 

  • Executive VP Investments & Innovation, Cannbit

  • VP Technology & Innovation, Earthbound, Foodtech and Sustainability leader, Israeli Unilever Global Open Innovation Port

  • Global Segment Manager & Corporate Open Innovation Leader, Frutarom Industries

  • Global Sales & Marketing Manager, Solbar Industries

  • Sales Manager & Scientific Expert, GE Healthcare – Life Sciences solutions

  • PhD researcher, IMPACT Investments and Industrial Ecology tools at the innovation Industrial Ecology Lab, Tel Aviv University (present)

  • MBA, specializing in technology management; entrepreneurship and strategic  innovation, Tel Aviv University

  • MSc  with honor in Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University

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AAF GROUP - AFFILIATED PARTNERS - EARTHBOUND

AAF Group have partnered Earthbound to accelerate global adoption of Israeli Water, Food and Ag technologies. Venture partners bring extensive entrepreneurship and scientific knowledge in the Ag and Food industries including a proven track record of bringing innovations into the global market by successfully implementing and validating product commercialization

Avner Gordin

Venture Partner – AAF Corporates Venturing Program Founder & CEO of Earthbound Israel

  • Owner & CEO, Earthbound Israel; Extensive experience sourcing innovations, technologies and products & incubating and managing the commercialization process with various channel partners

  • Co-founder, Marqera Innovations

  • CEO of a multi-million-dollar touring and real estate business in Fort Lauderdale

  • BA Communications & Business Management, College of Management, Israel

  • Extensive coursework toward MBA at Ben-Gurion University

Sharon Dayan

Venture Partner – AAF Corporates Venturing Program | VP Business Development Earthbound Israel

  • Head of Global Unilever Open Innovation Port powered by Earthbound

  • Client and program Manager of WalMart at Earthbound

  • VP Business Development at Marqera

  • Licensing Officer at Technology Transfer Office of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

  • MBA Tel Aviv University

  • BSc and PhD in Chemistry, Tel Aviv University

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AAF GROUP - SENIOR ADVISORY

Senior Advisory team bring extensive experience in the Ag, Food and Water industries

David Basson

Investment Banking – AAF Group

David brings an extensive investment banking experience along with vast career experience in strategic responsibility for water chemicals and services sector.

  • President at Migdalor Group  independent investment banking and advisory group

  • General Manager at Yakhin Hakal

  • Managing Director at B&A Consulting

  • Assistant Vice President at Chemical Bank

  • Assistant Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust

  • Corporate & Strategic Planning Manager at Albright & Wilson

  • Techno Commercial / Planning Executive at Imperial Chemical Industries

  • Process Engineer at Imperial Chemical Industries

  • MBA, Middlesex University London, MBA dissertation was about acquisitions in the food industry with detailed analysis (Nestle, Danone,  Unilever, Grand Metropolitan, and Hillsdown Holdings)

  • Msc & PhD Chemical Engineering The University of Manchester

Steve Dubin

Ag & Food Senior Advisor

  • Principal, SDA Ventures, a firm focused on assisting emerging growth, middle-market and multinational companies, primarily in health & wellness, nutritional products and Food services markets

  • Chairman, Enzymotec (Nasdaq: ENZY),

  • Operating professional for Paine & Partners

  • Former CEO, Martek Biosciences Corp (Nasdaq: MATK)

  • Lead role in sale of business to DSM Nutritional Product for ~$1.1 billion

Jeff Garwood

Water Senior Advisor

  • Co-founder, Managing Partner, Liberation Capital, a private equity firm focused on providing capital for modular, repeatable, decentralized waste to value solutions predominantly in the water, wastewater and alternative energy sectors

  • President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies, a $2.5 billion business unit of GE Infrastructure

  • President and CEO, GE Automation; President, Garrett Aviation; Global M&A leader, GE Plastics; and Assistant to the GE Vice Chairman

  • McKinsey & Co

  • DuPont, Process engineer

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