Board of Directors
Dr. Fernando de la Vega
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Fernando de la Vega holds a PhD in applied chemistry (Casali Institute, The Hebrew University). Fernando has a strong technical and management background with more than 20 years experience in the industry, performing different successful tasks (R&D management, QA, VP operations and General Manager at Chemada, Tosaf and Cima NanoTech). He is a Co-inventor in more than 11 patent families (nano materials and technologies, alternative energy), author and co-author of many papers and publications, including a book chapter in conductive inks for ink jet printing, made numerous presentations at worldwide conferences. He has performed consultant work in the fields of DOE, SPC and technology management. He is the Co-founder of Nano Polymer, Co-founder and served as Chairman of the NFM consortium (generic research in the nano field in the framework of the Magnet program, OCS, a five year, $25 M project), and Co-founded three R&D consortiums in the EC framework.
Steven Hsieh has been a member of our board of directors since 2013. Since July 2010, Mr. Hsieh has served as a Managing Director of Infinity Group, a private equity fund backed by China Development Bank and Clal Industries. Prior to serving as a Managing Director, from November 2001 to July 2010, Mr. Hsieh served as an Investment Associate at Infinity Group. From November 2001 to May, 2011, Mr. Hsieh also served as a deputy general manager of the investment department of China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Ventures Co., Ltd., the first limited partnership Israeli-Chinese joint venture fund in China. Mr. Hsieh has a master’s degree in Finance from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
Dr. Astorre Modena
Dr. Astorre Modena has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. In 2005, he co-founded, and currently serves as General Partner of, Terra Venture Partners, an Israeli venture capital fund focused on clean technology. Prior to co-founding Terra Venture Partners, from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Modena was Associate and then Principal at Israel Seed Partners, a leading Israeli seed-stage venture capital firm. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Modena was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he consulted for leading Italian, French and Israeli manufacturing and financial corporations on strategic and operational issues. Dr. Modena holds a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Imperial College in London and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (where he was a part of the Honors Program for Outstanding Students). Dr. Modena was also a researcher in the laser-plasma physics department at Imperial College in London and École Polytechnique in Paris.
Dr. Harold Wiener
Dr. Harold Wiener has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. In 2006, he co-founded, and currently serves as General Partner of Terra Venture Partners, an Israeli venture capital fund focused on clean technology. Prior to co-founding Terra Venture Partners, from 1987 to 2005, Dr. Wiener was a Vice President for Research and Development and Business Development at Aromor Flavors and Fragrances Ltd., a producer of natural identical and synthetic raw materials for the flavor and fragrance industries. Dr. Wiener has also served as Chief Executive Officer of several biotech and biomedical companies and was the Business Development Manager and VP Sales and Marketing of Algatechnologies and was the Chief Technology Officer of the Misgav Technology Center Incubator. Dr. Wiener holds a Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has co-authored more than 25 scientific papers and patents in prestigious international journals.